• Retired three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten beat Novak Djokovic 7-6 (9), 7-5 in an exhibition match in Rio de Janeiro. More than 10,000 people packed Maracanazinho Arena for the indoor match on clay.
Choi takes lead in LPGA finale
golf • U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after a careless three-putt bogey early in her third round at the Titleholders in Naples, Fla., and finished with a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Ai Miyazato into the final round of the LPGA Tour season. Choi limited her mistakes, even as those around her were struggling in a tough wind at The TwinEagles Club.
Miyazato quickly gave up her one-shot lead at the start of the round when a chip rolled back to her feet beyond the par-5 second hole and led to double bogey.
Choi hit a hybrid 5-wood to 15 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a two-putt for par to reach 12-under 204.
Vettel on pole for U.S. Grand Prix
auto racing • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured the pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, putting him in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.
Driving in the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas, Vettel dominated three practice sessions before securing the pole Saturday with a blistering round of qualifying. Vettel claimed the spot with a time of 1 minute, 35.657 seconds.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will start eighth Sunday after running 1.643 seconds slower than Vettel. Alonso trails Vettel by 10 points in the drivers' championship. If Vettel wins Sunday, Alonso must finish no worse than fourth to force the points battle into the final race of the season next week in Brazil.
Sunday's race with be Formula One's first in the U.S. since racing at Indianapolis in 2007.
From wire reports