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Thursday 17 August 2017

Ogler takes second rally title in a row

MOTORSPORT: Sebastien Ogier clinched his second successive World Rally Championship title after taking victory in Spain.

The Frenchman's seventh win of the season ensured he retained his title with one race to spare as he stretched his lead to 31 points over Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier was even more delighted to claim his second crown, which according to the 30-year-old proved his maiden win last year was not a fluke.

"It's a great achievement to win one title but even better to take a second," said Ogier.

Latvala, the only man who could have stopped Ogier taking the title, finished 11.3 seconds behind his team-mate and was ultimately left to rue a poor opening day on the mixed-surface event.

Federer makes it six

TENNIS: Top-seeded Roger Federer won a sixth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday, comfortably defeating David Goffin of Belgium in straight sets to end a run of two successive final defeats at his hometown tournament.

Federer took just 52 minutes to win 6-2, 6-2, delighting the partisan crowd as he inflicted what was only Goffin's third defeat in 46 matches.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray saved five match points against Tommy Robredo when he fought back to win 3-6 7-6 (7) 7-6 (8) at the Valencia Open and secure valuable points for his World Tour finals bid.

Marquez seals it

motorcycling: Top World champion Marc Marquez secured his 12th victory of the MotoGP season yesterday, winning the Malaysian Grand Prix from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

The 21-year-old Spaniard's triumph equalled Mick Doohan's record of most premier-class wins in a single campaign, and secured the constructors' title for Honda.

Higgins crashes out

SNOOKER: John Higgins suffered a heavy defeat to little-known Li Hang in the first round of the International Championship.

The four-time world champion was seen off 6-1 by Li, a 24-year-old still striving to make his way in the game.

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