APTOPIX Germany Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in Berlin, Germany. Kipchoge finished in 2:01:09, 30 seconds better than his previous world record. Christoph Soeder/Associated Press


Two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge bettered his own world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

The Kenyan star clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds to shave 30 seconds off his previous best mark of 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa unexpectedly won the women’s race in a course record of 2:15:37 – 18 minutes faster than she had ever run before. It was the third fastest time ever.

Kipchoge and Assefa’s combined time of 4:16:46 ensured the marathon was the fastest ever. The men’s record has now been set eight times in a row in Berlin, favored by runners for its flat course.

It’s Kipchoge’s fourth win in the city, equaling the record set by Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian great – like Kipchoge now – also set two world records (in 2007 and 2008) in Berlin.



NBA: Markelle Fultz has a broken left big toe, and the Orlando Magic aren’t sure when he will be able to get back onto the court.

Fultz is wearing a walking boot, and the team said “his return to play will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment.”


LPGA: Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand birdied the second playoff hole to beat Danielle Kang and win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas.

The victory made the 19-year-old the first LPGA player in five years to win twice in her rookie season.


Thitikul and Kang finished the 54-hole event tied at 17-under. Kang briefly took the lead when she chipped in for an eagle on the 18th hole. Playing in the group behind her, Thitikul made a birdie at No. 17 to tie for the lead.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Guido Migliozzi won the French Open by one shot over Rasmus Hojgaard after the Italian tied the course record with a 9-under 62 in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France.

It was the 25-year-old Migliozzi’s third European Tour win – his first in three years.

Frenchman Paul Barjon (70), South African George Coetzee (71) and Belgian Thomas Pieters (70) failed to apply pressure on a wide-open last day and finished four shots behind Hojgaard in a tie for third at 11 under.


FOOTBALL: Tennessee and North Carolina State broke into the top 10 of The Associated Press poll, and Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years.


Georgia remained No. 1 and received 55 of 63 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama (four first-place votes), No. 3 Ohio State (four first-place votes), No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson all held their places.

Tennessee moved up three spots to No. 8, its best ranking since 2006 and first top-10 appearance since a few weeks at ninth in the first half of 2016. North Carolina State jumped two spots to No. 10. The Wolfpack have their best ranking since they were 10th in 2002.

Florida State (4-0) moved in at No. 23. The Seminoles are off to their best start since 2015.


LAVER CUP: Frances Tiafoe staved off four match points to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-6, 7-6 (11), 10-8 in London and clinched victory in the Laver Cup for Team World over Roger Federer’s Team Europe for the first time.

Team World took the lead on the final day at O2 Arena, thanks to a pair of victories by Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 22-year-old from Canada. He defeated 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (3), after partnering with Jack Sock to edge Murray and Matteo Berrettini 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

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