Roberson pockets sudden-death win

Brent Roberson beat Blake Lybrand in a sudden-death playoff to win an Augusta Junior Golf Magazine Tour event at the River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Roberson and Lybrand shot 4-over-par 76s in the 15-18 age group, forcing the playoff.

A sudden-death playoff was also needed in the 13-14 age group, where Russell Sabol beat Taylor Guilbeau after each shot 79s.

Other division winners were Taylor Ramsey (71) in the girls 15-18; Ashlan Ramsey (76) in the girls 12-14; Salil Ghamande (36) in the boys 11-12; Kendall Mann (44) in the boys 9-10; Dillon Hite (37) in the boys 8-under; Lara-Alexis Marie (61) in the girls 9-11; and Jensen Castle (42) in the girls 8-under.

- The First Tee of Aiken is playing host to a Swings & Wings event Tuesday at Houndslake Country Club.

The event, which provides an introduction to The First Tee, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. It is open to the public, but those planning to attend should RSVP at (803) 226-0053.

Denim is not allowed at Houndslake.


Serena turns back her big sister again

In Doha, Qatar, Serena Williams bested big sister Venus again, winning 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships final.

Serena broke twice in the first set and lost just seven points on serve in her last match of the year.

She looked sharper than Venus in every facet of a match that featured few long rallies and little of the spectacular tennis the two have provided in some of their previous meetings.

Serena sealed the match with a crosscourt forehand winner, then celebrated calmly with a simple fist pump before hugging her sister at the net.

"It feels great," said Serena, who also won the WTA Tour's season-ending event in 2001. "I totally didn't expect to come here and win."

It is Serena's fourth consecutive win over her sister. She also beat Venus in the round-robin stage of the Doha tournament, the Wimbledon final and the semifinals in Miami this year. She leads their head-to-head matchups 13-10.

- In St. Petersburg, Russia, Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky won his second career title, saving a match point before beating eighth-seeded Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 2-6, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (7) in the St. Petersburg Open.

The 93rd-ranked Stakhovsky won his first title last year in Zagreb, Croatia.

Stakhovsky saved a match point in the third-set tiebreaker and sealed the win with a backhand volley on his second match point.

- In Lyon, France, third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia won his first title in more than two years by beating Michael Llodra of France 7-5, 6-3 in the Lyon Grand Prix final.

The 30-year-old Ljubicic's previous title came at the Ordina Open in June 2007.

- In Vienna, Jurgen Melzer defeated top-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3 to win the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy, his second career ATP title.

The 35th-ranked Melzer, seeded seventh, saved five break points to hold serve throughout.

Auto Racing

Red Bull has strong Formula One finish

In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Mark Webber hung on for second to give Red Bull a one-two finish in the final Formula One race of the season.

Brawn GP driver Jenson Button , who had already wrapped up the drivers' championship, was third after pushing Webber to the line. Rubens Barrichello and BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld rounded out the top five at the new Yas Marina circuit.

- The former attorney for Jeremy Mayfield said he has yet to be paid for defending the suspended NASCAR driver.

Bill Diehl, the most prolific attorney in Charlotte, N.C., represented Mayfield after his May suspension for failing a random drug test. The two split last month when Mayfield hired celebrity attorney Mark Geragos .



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