Nalbandian drops Nadal for Paris title
In Paris, David Nalbandian beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters and clinch his second consecutive Masters title after winning in Madrid in October.
Nalbandian beat the world's two top players on his way to the title, having knocked out top-ranked Roger Federer in the third round. He also beat Nadal in straight sets in the Madrid quarterfinals.
"He played better than me," Nadal said. "You have to congratulate him. I could not play at my best."
The win means Nalbandian is first alternate for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, which features Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic , Nikolay Davydenko , Andy Roddick , David Ferrer , Fernando Gonzalez and Richard Gasquet in the Masters Cup, which starts Sunday.
Olson taking a leave of absence
Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of absence for unspecified personal reasons. In a statement issued by his public relations firm on Sunday, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer and Arizona coach said the matter was not health related.
"For the past 25 years, I have always given 110 percent to the team and this job," Olson said. "In light of this personal matter, I feel it is in the best interest of the team and the University of Arizona to take a leave of absence."
Olson said he wanted to "reassure everyone that this isn't a health scare, but rather a personal matter that needs my undivided attention."
Assistant coach Kevin O'Neill will assume Olson's duties and led the No. 17 Wildcats to a 68-50 exhibition win over Concordia.
Calzaghe captures WBA, WBC titles
In Cardiff, Wales, undefeated Joe Calzaghe added Mikkel Kessler 's WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles to his own WBO crown early Sunday.
Calzaghe, 35, won unanimously outpointing Kessler while shaking off his powerful right hands and finished strongly for his 44th victory in a row and 21st defense of the WBO title in 10 years.
"To win the four major title belts, to be the unbeaten champion and 10 years a champion it's just amazing and I'm so proud," said Calzaghe, who said it could well be his final fight at 168 pounds before he finishes his career as a light-heavyweight.
Runner's autopsy doesn't find cause
In New York, an autopsy of elite runner Ryan Shay was inconclusive Sunday after the 28-year-old collapsed and died in Central Park at the U.S. men's marathon Olympic trials a day earlier.
"We want to take a closer look at the heart tissue," said Ellen Borakove , spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office. She said the office likely would reach a conclusion in a week after examining Shay's tissue on microscopic slides.
Shay collapsed about 51/2 miles into the race Saturday, and later was pronounced dead at a city hospital.
His father, Joe Shay , told The Associated Press on Saturday that Ryan was diagnosed with an enlarged heart at age 14. Doctors had repeatedly cleared him for competition, because having a larger than normal heart is not unusual among elite athletes.
Sugar Swirl wins at Churchill Downs
In Louisville, Ky., Sugar Swirl pulled away for a three-length victory over Generosity in the $100,000 Very Subtle Stakes for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Later, favorite Smart Enough drew away for a 31/4-length victory over Chihulykee in the $115,300 Cherokee Run Handicap.
- In New York, Sugar Shake won the $105,300 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct. The 4-year-old raced with the early leaders before taking charge on the second turn, comfortably posting a 2-length victory over Cindy's Mom .