Roger Federer became the first tennis player since 1995 to win 10 titles in a year with a 6-4, 6-0 victory yesterday over Andy Roddick in the final of the Thailand Open.
Federer needed just 58 minutes to defeat the second-seeded Roddick, whose elbow was sore from his semifinal victory over Marat Safin.
The world No. 1 matched Thomas Muster's feat of nine years ago with the victory in Bangkok. Federer joined Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe as the only players to win a dozen straight finals in the past 25 years. . . .
Top-seeded Elena Dementieva won the last five games to come back and beat Elena Bovina, 0-6, 6-0, 6-4, in the Gaz de France Stars tournament in Hasselt, Belgium, the WTA Tour's latest all-Russian final. It's the first title of 2004 for Dementieva, the runner-up at three events, including the U.S. Open and French Open.
* BASEBALL: The major leagues drew a record 73,022,969 fans, finishing the season with their third-highest average attendance.
The total for the 30 teams, helped by new ballparks in Philadelphia and San Diego, was 3.8 percent higher than the previous mark of 72,748,970 in 2000 and 8.1 percent above last year's 67,568,397, the commissioner's office said. The average attendance of 30,401 was up from 28,013 last year and trailed only 31,337 in 1993 and 31,612 in 1994.
Seven teams set home season records: Anaheim, Boston, the Chicago Cubs, Houston, the New York Yankees, Philadelphia and San Diego. . . .
The Royals will not pick up the 2005 options for third baseman Joe Randa and outfielder Juan Gonzalez.
Randa, who went 0 for 3 yesterday, finished the season with a .287 batting average, eight homers and 56 RBI. His option called for a $3.25 million salary. Gonzalez, who played in just 33 games this season, would have cost the Royals $7 million next year.
* SOCCER: Manchester United salvaged a 1-1 tie with Middlesbrough in the English Premier League on an 81st-minute goal by substitute Alan Smith.
Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 on Joe Cole's goal to move within two points of first-place Arsenal. Birmingham and Newcastle tied 2-2 in the other game.
Arsenal leads the standings with 22 points while Chelsea has 20 and Everton 16. Manchester United moved up one place to fourth with 13 points, ahead of Tottenham on goal difference. Newcastle and Bolton have 12 points.
* BASKETBALL: Sacramento Kings center Greg Ostertag will be out four to six weeks after breaking his right hand in a fall at his home Saturday night.
Ostertag signed with the Kings in July after nine seasons with the Utah Jazz. He is expected to be the backup to all-star center Brad Miller.
* CYCLING: Spain's Oscar Freire won the road race at the cycling world championships in Verona, Italy, for the third time in a sprint finish.
-- From News Services