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POSTED January 8, 2012 10:44 p.m.

GOLF
• Oosthuizen edges Van der Walt at Africa Open
: EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen holed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to top fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt and retain his title at the Africa Open on Sunday.

The former British Open champion beat Van der Walt by two shots after closing with a 6-under 67 for a 27-under total of 265 at the season-opening European Tour event.

Van der Walt shot a 69 to finish one shot ahead of Retief Goosen, who also carded a 69 at East London Golf Club.

Oosthuizen and Van der Walt were tied with two holes to play but Oosthuizen’s birdie and Van der Walt’s bogey at the short par-3 No. 17 finally separated the pair.



TENNIS
• IVANOVIC LOSES IN 1ST ROUND AT SYDNEY EVENT
: SYDNEY (AP) — Ana Ivanovic’s Australian Open preparations hit another obstacle Sunday when the former No. 1 player lost to Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the Sydney International.

Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, lost to Kim Clijsters in the second round last week in the Brisbane International. That means the Serb will have had just three tournament matches going into the Grand Slam event next week at Melbourne Park..

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion who is seeded No. 2, have first-round byes in the joint ATP-WTA Sydney tournament. Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and the three other men also have first-round byes.

• RAONIC BEATS TIPSAREVIC IN CHENNAI OPEN FINAL
: CHENNAI, India (AP) — Milos Raonic beat top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) in a serve-dominated Chennai Open final Sunday, earning his second career title.

Fourth-seeded Raonic hit 35 aces in a marathon match that lasted 3 hours, 16 minutes and didn’t include a break of serve.



SKIING
•AUSTRIA’S MARCEL HIRSCHER WINS WORLD CUP SLALOM
: ADELBODEN, Switzerland (AP) — Marcel Hirscher of Austria extended his perfect start to 2012 by winning a World Cup slalom Sunday to pad his lead in the overall standings.

He won for the third time in four days and became the first man to win the first three races of the year since Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in 1978.

He mastered rapidly worsening conditions on the Kuonisbaergli slope to beat defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia by 0.27 seconds for a two-run time of 1 minute, 58.66 seconds. Italy’s Stefano Gross was third.

• SUTER WINS WORLD CUP SUPER-G IN AUSTRIA
: BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria (AP) — Fabienne Suter of Switzerland won a super-G race Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn was 18th and failed to finish among the top three in this World Cup event for the first time in nearly three years.

Suter, who was third in Saturday’s downhill, was timed in 1 minute, 9.55 seconds and won for the fourth time in her World Cup career. Tina Maze of Slovenia was the runner-up, 0.34 seconds behind. Anna Fenninger of Austria took third, another 0.40 back. The top American was Julia Mancuso in eighth place

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