- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

BOXING

MACAU (AP) - Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring Sunday on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight.

Pacquiao chased Algieri from the opening bell, knocking him down repeatedly and dominating from the opening bell. About the only thing Pacquiao didn’t get was his first knockout in five years, settling instead for a lopsided 12-round decision against an opponent who seemed unwilling to engage.

By the time it was over, Algieri had gone down six times. And Pacquiao had a signature win that should put to rest the idea he’s declining and maybe even set up a fight next year with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

TENNIS

LILLE, France (AP) - Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland its first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in tennis missing from his collection.

The 33-year-old Federer and Stan Wawrinka had put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead Saturday with a straight sets defeat of Gasquet and Julien Benneteau in the doubles.

Federer was thrashed by Gael Monfils in his first singles match after struggling with a bad back but recovered as the weekend progressed and did not face a break point on Sunday.

GOLF

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Tommy Armour III made a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole for a one-shot victory over Lee Janzen at the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday.

Armour III, who won the event for the third time in its 43-year history, had a final-round 67 for a 14-under 274. He began the final round trailing Janzen, the two-time U.S. Open champion, by two shots.

The co-leader after three rounds with Andrew Putnam, Janzen finished with a 69.

Armour III made a 17-foot putt on the 18th hole of regulation to match Janzen at 14 under. Janzen had just made a 30-foot birdie from the front fringe.

Kevin Sutherland, the 2000 winner of the tournament that features 83 pros from the four major tours as well as mini tour players and club pros, finished alone in third at 10 under after a 67.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Henrik Stenson birdied the last two holes Sunday to successfully defend his DP World Tour Championship title at the European Tour’s season-ending event.

Stenson shot a final round 2-under 70 to win by two strokes with an overall 16-under 272 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Three of Stenson’s teammates on Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team - top-ranked Rory McIlroy (68), Victor Dubuisson (68) and Justin Rose (69) - shared second on 14-under 274.

It was the first time Stenson has successfully defended a title and guaranteed that the 38-year-old Swede finishes second to McIlroy in the European Tour Race to Dubai.

Rose picked off three birdies in succession from the 14th while Dubuisson birdied the last.

Stenson went to 15 under when he birdied the 17th. While he was in the rough at the last, he found the fairway with his second shot before landing his third pin-high right and sealed the fate of his three Gleneagles colleagues by holing the 15-foot birdie putt.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko ended a big year on the LPGA Tour with the largest payoff in women’s golf.

Ko won the $1 million bonus from the “Race to CME Globe” on Sunday even before she began a three-way playoff. The 17-year-old added $500,000 when she defeated Carlota Ciganda of Spain on the fourth extra hole at Tiburon Golf Club.

Ciganda missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in regulation that would have given her the lead. She missed a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 on the third playoff hole. On her next try, she pulled her approach into a hazard and made bogey.

Ko played the 18th hole five times on Sunday and made par each time. The last par was worth $1.5 million.

MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) - Hideki Matsuyama of Japan beat compatriot Hiroshi Iwata in the first playoff hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday.

Matsuyama, who plays primarily on the U.S. PGA tour, started the day with a two-stroke lead and shot a 1-under 70 in regulation before saving par on the extra hole to claim his first victory this season on the Japanese tour.

Iwata began the day seven strokes off the lead and surged up the leaderboard with a 63 to tie Matsuyama at 15-under 269. Matsuyama birdied the final two holes of regulation after bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16.

Jordan Spieth of the United States shot a 69 to finish in a tie for third with Australia’s Brendan Jones, who had a 68.

AUTO RACING

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - British driver Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula One title in style with victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, with title rival Nico Rosberg drifting out of contention after failing to recover from a poor start.

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champion, entered the race with a 17-point lead over his Mercedes rival Rosberg, needing only a top-two finish to guarantee the title.

Rosberg started from pole position and, with double points on offer, could have taken his first F1 title with a win providing Hamilton finished third.

That dream scenario lasted three seconds - the time it took Hamilton to overtake Rosberg, whose race turned into a nightmare.

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa crossed the line in second place ahead of his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas.

BERLIN (AP) - Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher continues to make progress as he recovers at home from last December’s skiing accident.

Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm, tells German TV station RTL that the seven-time champion is “making progress considering the severity of his injury” and “you have to give it time. I think you really just have to have patience.”

Schumacher was left in a coma after the accident, and Kehm is grateful for the outpouring of support that has been shown.

She says, “The family is really very thankful and also very moved by it… I think that positive energy can have a good effect.”

Schumacher lives in Gland, near Geneva in Switzerland.


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