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woman anchors mixed-gender win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Not even the elite men's swimmers could catch Britta Steffen.

In the sport's first top-level event featuring both sexes, Steffen held off two fast-charging men to anchor Germany to victory in a 4x50-meter mixed relay at the World Cup meet Tuesday in Dubai. Teams have two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order

Steffen, a world record-holder in the 50 free, started the final leg with a lead of half a pool length. Hungary's Krisztian Takacs and Ukraine's Sergii Frolov closed the gap, but Germany won in 1 minute, 43.21 seconds. Hungary was 2.10 seconds back.

Swimming's governing body, FINA, says mixed relays could be introduced at the short-course world championships in Istanbul in December.


Olazabal has enough of Ryder Cup captain job

Describing the role as "torture" at times, victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal ruled out staying on with Europe for the 2014 competition at Glen­eagles. After seven matches as a player and now another as a winning captain, he said, "I can assure you it will be a no, period. It's a lot of work … it takes a lot out of you for a stretch of time. It is difficult. In a way, it's torture."

More golf: South Africa will host the second richest tournament in 2013, but it won't have the World Golf Championship status initially promised by the country's national tour. The Tournament of Hope, with prize money of $8.5 million, will be staged in South Africa for 10 years. The prize puts it ahead of all four majors and on a par with money offered at the four WGC events. Only the Players Championship is richer at $9.5 million.


Little league: Lance Van Auken, who from age 7 to 18 played at Cross Bayou Little League in Largo and went on to become Little League's assistant director at the Southern Region Headquarters in St. Petersburg, was named vice president and executive director of the Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.

tennis: Australian Open organizers increased prize money to a record $31.1 million for 2013 in response to player concerns about compensation at Grand Slam tournaments, making it the richest in tennis history. Tournament director Craig Tiley said the $4.15 million increase announced Tuesday was the largest from one year to the next for the tournament. Tiley also said Rafael Nadal indicated he was still targeting the Australian Open for his Grand Slam return from a left knee injury that has sidelined him since Wimbledon. … The site of the Czech Republic-Spain Davis Cup final will be the O2 Arena in Prague. The Czechs beat Serbia on clay in the same arena in the quarterfinals but are expected to use a faster surface to counter the Spaniards, who haven't lost on clay for 12 years. The final is Nov. 16-18.

wnba: Katie Douglas scored 24 and Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 20 rebounds as host Indiana beat Atlanta 75-64 to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

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