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Global sports round-up

Europeans, Americans finish level

CHICAGO – Ian Poulter and Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 2&1 to ensure Europe and United States finished 2-2 after the foursomes at the Ryder Cup today.

The Englishmen were never behind and closed out the victory on the 17th.

Graeme McDowell holed a six-foot putt on the 18th as he and Rory McIlroy defeated Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk.

Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson beat Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari 3&2 while Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley beat Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald 4&3.

At one point, all four European pairs were leading their matches but the United States, led by Mickelson and Bradley’s charge on the back nine, fought back well in a format usually dominated by the Europeans.


Centenarian sets cycling record

Robert Marchand

LYON – A French centenarian became the fastest cyclist of his age today when he covered 100 km (62 miles) at an average speed of just over 23 km/h.

Robert Marchand, a former fireman and boxing enthusiast from Paris, who will celebrate his 101st birthday in November, had been training every day for months to cross the finish line in under five hours.

“I did better than expected,” he told reporters at the velodrome in Lyon, southeast France, where he completed the 300 laps in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 27 seconds, averaging 23.305 km/h.

Marchand’s uncommon vitality has piqued the interest of scientists at the Inserm public research institute who have examined him every three months to try to understand the secret to his longevity. The wiry centenarian, who weighs in at just 51 kg (112 lbs), says he never smoked, but otherwise indulged a healthy appetite for wine and women throughout his life.


Economaki passes on

Chris Economaki

NEW YORK – Chris Economaki, the dean of American motorsports journalism, has passed away. He was 91.

Economaki died early this morning, according to a report in National Speed Sport News, the publication he and his family had owned for many years.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Economaki was involved in every form of motorsports media during his long career: He famously wrote the weekly Editor’s Notebook for NSSN, as well as serving as a track announcer and broadcaster on radio and television.

During his long career, Economaki covered literally every form of motorsports, from Saturday night dirt-track races to the Formula One World Driving Championship.


Kenyan authorities probing dope claims

NAIROBI – Kenya’s athletics authorities say they are investigating allegations of widespread doping in the country.

There have been media allegations that doctors had given banned substances to runners at a high-altitude Rift Valley training base.

In June, distance runner Mathew Kisorio failed a drugs test at Kenya’s national championships and said doping was rife.

Athletics Kenya head Isaiah Kiplagat said most athletes were “clean”, but that he took the claims seriously.

“We are carrying out an investigation,” he said. “We are working with other authorities to ensure that we uncover if this true, and then take action appropriately on the culprits.”

Kisorio, who ran the fourth-fastest half-marathon time ever in 2011, was suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in June.

He subsequently alleged that many of his fellow Kenyan athletes were doping.

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