Amateur, 14, earns invite to Masters
Guan Tianlang, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from China, completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Bangkok, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-shot win that earned him an invitation to the Masters. Guan closed with a 1-under 71, finishing the event with a 15-under 273. He is believed to be the youngest male to play in a major championship. Guan also earned a spot in the final stage of qualifying for the British Open . . . One month after leading a European rally in the Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter won individually for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 to come from four shots down and win the HSBC Champions for his second career World Golf Championships title in Shenzhen, China. Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65), and Ernie Els (67) tied for second, two shots back . . . Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player to win the season points title two straight years. Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory in Scottsdale, Ariz., finishing 22-under 258 . . . Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan, for her LPGA-leading fourth title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory. Lewis, seven strokes behind Lee Bo-mee entering the round, finished at 11-under 205 and claim the $180,000 winner’s prize and a pearl-studded tiara . . . Jake Scott won the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., closing with a 2-under 70 for a seven-stroke victory.
Ferrer gets Masters monkey off back
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer beat Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-3, in the Paris Masters final for the biggest win of his career and ATP tour-leading seventh title of the year. He had lost twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Andy Murray in his previous Masters finals — but didn’t have to face a Grand Slam winner this time . . . The ATP Finals open Monday in London, and Day 1 action will pit Murray against Tomas Berdych, and Novak Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga . . . Second-seeded Nadia Petrova stunned top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria, clinching her third WTA title of the year . . . In Prague, the Czech Republic won its second straight Fed Cup when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-1, 6-1, becoming the third country in a row to successfully defend the Fed Cup title . . . Serena Williams beat her sister Venus, 6-3, 6-4, in Johannesburg for just her fourth win in 13 exhibition matches between the two.
Houston wins first leg of semifinals
Adam Moffat and Will Bruin scored for the host Houston Dynamo in a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals. The second leg is Wednesday night in Kansas City . . . Victor Bernadez scored on a free kick deep into stoppage time to lift the visiting San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 triumph over Los Angeles in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Honduran defender blistered the ball from 31 yards through the Galaxy wall at the top of the box and off goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who was unable to keep it from crossing the goal line. The second leg in the aggregate series is Wednesday in Santa Clara.
Napier leads UConn in final exhibition
Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut concluded its exhibition slate with a 100-62 rout over UMass-Lowell in Hartford. The Huskies begin the regular season Friday against 14th-ranked Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Akeem Williams scored 19 points for the River Hawks . . . In college hockey, Austin Block scored twice, Connor Hardowa and Trevor van Riemsdyk each had two assists, and Casey DeSmith stopped 42 shots as ninth-ranked New Hampshire (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Hockey East) dropped host Maine (1-8-0, 0-4-0) , 4-0. In women’s play, Vermont’s Brittany Zuback and Amanda Pelkey each had a goal and an assist, but the Catamounts (2-8-0) fell at home, 3-2, to Robert Morris (3-2-1) in overtime . . . Sportswear company Skins is suing cycling’s governing body for $2 million, claiming its brand has been damaged by backing the sport as the Lance Armstrong doping scandal unraveled. Skins has sponsored cycling teams for five years, and supplied race suits for the United States at the London Olympics. Skins has never sponsored Armstrong or the UCI, but wants compensation for the damage it says it has suffered by investing in a sport ‘‘tarnished’’ by doping . . . Heather Richardson won the 1,500 meters to complete a sweep of all five races at the US Long Track Speedskating Championships in West Allis, Wis.