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Sports in brief: Brazilian repeats as Disney Marathon champ

Running

Brazilians Duel in stretch at Disney marathon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Brazil's Fredison Costa staved off countryman and seven-time champ Adriano Bastos to win his second consecutive Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday.

Costa, 34, and Bastos, 33, ran shoulder-to-shoulder until there were about 2 miles to go in the 26.2-mile race through Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Holly­wood Studios parks.

Costa moved in front to stay and finished in 2:19:01, just 14 seconds ahead of Bastos, who had won six Disney marathons in a row before Costa won last year.

"I think a victory is a victory and they are always very special,'' Costa said through an interpreter.

Renee High, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., won the women's title in 2:48:33, just ahead of Boston's Emily Kroshus (2:53:11), 28, and St. Petersburg's Christa Stephens (2:55:10), 27.

Tampa's Terri Rejimbal, 43, won the women's Masters Division (3:09:33)

Soccer

Man United ousts Man City in FA Cup

Manchester United held off Manchester City, ousting the defending champ from the FA Cup with a 3-2 third-round win. City had routed United 6-1 in England's Premier League this season and beaten Man U in last season's FA Cup semifinals. Wayne Rooney headed in two goals and Danny Welbeck struck on a volley in the first half. City set up a tense finish with two goals despite Vincent Kompany's ejection in the 12th minute for fouling Nani.

Tennis

Lendl-backed Murray rolls

Andy Murray warmed up for the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Brisbane International final. Aiming to break a drought for British men at the majors dating to 1936, Murray recently hired eight-time Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl as coach. "Hopefully it'll bring more success in the future," Murray, ranked No. 4, said of his new team. He has lost the past two Open finals and is 0-3 in major finals.

Chennai Open: Milos Raonic beat top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) in a serve-dominated final in India. Raonic won all 48 of his service games during the week to become the first player to win a tournament without dropping serve since Roger Federer at a 2008 grasscourt tournament in Halle.

Et cetera

Baseball: The family of the late Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, has formed a partnership with investment banker Stanley Gold to purchase the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reported. Gold is perhaps best known for joining Roy Disney in a public push for the ouster of Michael Eisner as chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. The newspaper said the team would be owned by the family, not by the Walt Disney Co., which owned the then-Anaheim Angels from 1996 to 2003. … Second baseman Howie Kendrick, 28, and the Angels agreed to a four-year deal, pending a physical, thought to be worth $33.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Speed skating: Lana Gehring won five of six races over three days to claim the U.S. short-track national championship in Kearns, Utah. Simon Cho won the 1,000-meter race to lock up the men's overall title.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Brazilian repeats as Disney Marathon champ 01/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 10:38pm]
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