A resurgent Andre Agassi defeated 10th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, yesterday to win the Cincinnati Masters tournament in Mason, Ohio.
Agassi, the 11th seed, beat 21-year-old Andy Roddick in the semifinals, then wore down the 23-year-old Australian in the final. He broke Hewitt's serve three times.
"This certainly gives me a new life," said Agassi, who has been battling an inflamed hip. "I came into this week with a lot of questions. So for me to end up winning was beyond what I could have expected."
Agassi, 34, is the oldest ATP Tour winner since Jimmy Connors won consecutive titles in 1989 at age 37. . . .
In Montreal, Amelie Mauresmo of France won the Rogers Cup for the second time, routing Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 6-0, to end the unseeded Russian's surprising run in which she had beaten four seeded players. . . .
In Stockholm, Alicia Molik of Australia routed Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine, 6-1, 6-1, to capture the Nordic Light Open. Bjorn Borg presented Molik with the winner's trophy.
* GOLF: Rod Pampling made a 31-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the 17th hole to move past Alex Cejka and earn his first PGA Tour victory in the International in Castle Rock, Colo.
Pampling scored just two points in the final round and trailed Cejka by three shots on the par-5 17th.
He hit a big tee shot and landed his approach in the fringe just right of the flag. He then curled in the putt from the right, pumping his fist as it dropped for five points in the tournament's modified Stableford system. . . .
U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon rolled a 10-foot birdie putt into the middle of the cup on the final hole to touch off a wild celebration, beating Karen Stupples and defending champion Se Ri Pak by a shot at the Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
"I was set over that putt and I was thinking, 'I've won the U.S. Open. I don't get nervous.' But I'll tell you what, I was nervous," Mallon said after closing with a 3-under 68 for a 7-under-par 277. . . .
Annika Sorenstam made two eagles during a course-record 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory at the HP Open in Ullna, just outside Stockholm.
Sorenstam, who won the event for the fourth time, was two shots behind entering the final round and finished at 13-under 275.
Fellow Swede Carin Koch closed with a 68 for a second-place total of 277. . . .
One week after squandering a late, final-round lead, Tom Kite made three birdies over the last seven holes in Blaine, Minn., for a one-stroke victory at the 3M Championship and his first Champions Tour victory in 21 months.
* SOCCER: Arsenal, unbeaten in the Premier League last season, defeated Manchester United, 3-1, in Cardiff, Wales, behind Jose Reyes' goal and assist in the Community Shield, an exhibition marking the start of the new season that pits the FA Cup winner (Manchester United) against the league winner (Arsenal).
* HORSE RACING: Purge poured on the speed and ran away with the Jim Dandy Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Coming off a dismal last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes two months ago, the well-rested Purge won by 41/2 lengths over favorite The Cliff's Edge.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Purge covered the 11/8 miles in a near-record time of 1 minute 47.56 seconds. The stakes record of 1:47.20 was set by Louis Quatorze in 1996. . . .
In Toronto, A Bit O'Gold coasted to victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes race, the final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
* CYCLING: In Copenhagen, Norwegian Kurt-Asle Arvesen won the six-stage Tour of Denmark, finishing two seconds ahead of German teammate Jens Voigt.
Arvesen, with Team CSC, biked the 545 miles in 20:58:01.
* TRACK & FIELD: Cuban world record holder Osleidys Menendez won the javelin throw on the final day of the Iberoamerican Games in Huelva, Spain.
Spain won the most gold medals (16), followed by Cuba (14) in the event for 27 Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking nations.
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