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ISTANBUL — Sue Bird became the most decorated player in women's world championship history when the Americans won a second straight gold with a 77-64 victory over Spain on Sunday.

Bird has won three gold medals and a bronze.

"It was a great win for us," she said. "We had one goal the entire time this team's been together and that's win a gold medal. A lot of people see a lot of talent and think it's going to be easy, and it's not. Whenever you can win a gold medal and it's a tough journey, everyone's happy. I'm definitely proud of this team."

Maya Moore scored 18 for the United States and earned tournament MVP honors.


Djokovic romps in final

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his fifth China Open title, routing Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Beijing. On the women's side, Maria Sharapova outlasted Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.


Chippy win for Chelsea

Host Chelsea consolidated its lead in the Premier League by beating London rival Arsenal 2-0 in a feisty encounter in which Arsene Wenger lost his cool and shoved Jose Mourinho in the chest on the sideline.

SPAIN: Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight games and lead host Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

MLS: Obafemi Martins scored twice, Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa added goals and visiting Seattle cruised to a 4-1 win over Colorado. Seattle (19-9-3) tied Los Angeles for the league's top spot for the third week in a row.


Phelps enters program

Putting his swimming career on hold after a second DUI arrest, Olympic champion Michael Phelps, 29, began a six-week in-patient program that he said "will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

Times wires