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MURRAY LEADS BRITAIN TO DAVIS CUP TITLE

GHENT, Belgium — Andy Murray gave Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years when he beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of reverse singles Sunday.

The win gave Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series, and the final singles match was not played.

"It's incredible that we managed to win this competition," Murray said. "I didn't know that would ever be possible."

Britain is the only nation to have competed in all Davis Cup editions since 1900, and its 10th title makes it the third most successful nation, after the United States (32) and Australia (28). But Britain hadn't won since 1936, when Fred Perry was its star, and it had last played in the final in 1978.

Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, was unbeaten in Davis Cup play this year. He is the third player, after American John McEnroe in 1982 and Swede Mats Wilander in 1983, to go 8-0 in singles in one calendar year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981.

Murray, who teamed with brother Jamie to win the doubles Saturday, is the first player since American Pete Sampras in 1995 to win three live matches in a Davis Cup final. He is also only the second player to win 11 live matches in the same Davis Cup year, after Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. McEnroe had a 12-0 record in 1982, and Germany's Michael Stich had 11 wins in 1993.

ET CETERA

ALPINE SKIING: American Mikaela Shiffrin won back-to-back World Cup slalom races in Aspen, Colo., the second in 1 minute, 40.18 seconds, to beat Sweden's Frida Hansdotter by 2.65 seconds. She won Saturday by 3.07 seconds, the largest victory margin in World Cup history for the women's discipline. The previous mark, 3 seconds, had stood since 1968.

AUTOS: Nico Rosberg ended the Formula One season with his third straight win, taking the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in United Arab Emirates by 8.2 seconds over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. It was Mercedes' 12th one-two finish of the season, an F1 record. Rosberg also finished with six straight pole positions, a charge that came too late to prevent Hamilton from taking the drivers' championship.

BASEBALL: The Tigers agreed to terms with free agent All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for five years and $110 million, reports said. The right-hander, 29, posted a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals.

FOOTBALL: Former Northern Illinois player Jordan Lynch scored on a 1-yard sneak with 3:17 left and Edmonton beat Ottawa 26-20 for its 14th Grey Cup title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

GOLF: Matt Jones escaped with a one-stroke victory in the Australian Open after shooting 2-over 73 in Sydney. Jones, who led defending champ Jordan Spieth by three to begin the day, finished with 8-under 276. Spieth (71) and Adam Scott (65) were second.

OLYMPICS: Hamburg residents rejected the German city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in a referendum, with 51.6 percent opposed. Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary, are left as bidders. The host city will be chosen in 2017.

SOCCER: Portland advanced to its first MLS Cup when a 2-2 tie with host Dallas gave it a 5-3 aggregate win in the two-leg Western Conference final. It faces Columbus, which lost the West final's second leg 1-0 to the visiting New York Red Bulls but won 2-1 on aggregate. The MLS Cup is Dec. 6 at Columbus.

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Sports in brief 11/29/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 29, 2015 10:21pm]
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