Thiem downs top seed for third career title

GSTAAD - Austria's Dominic Thiem claimed his third career ATP title when downing top seed David Goffin 7-5, 6-2 in the Swiss Open final Sunday. He added this to his wins in Nice in May and last week in Umag to become the first Austrian to get on the Gstaad roll of honour. For Thiem there was a sense of revenge as last season Belgium's Goffin had come out on top when they met in the final at Kitzbuehel. On the way to the final he overcame second seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the semis and seventh seed Pablo Carreno-Busta in the last eight. Thiem went 3-1 up in the opening set only for Goffin to peg him back with two breaks of serve only for a double fault allowing Thiem to level at 5-5. A third break saw Thiem take the set, and closing out comfortably to win in one hour and 26 minutes.–AFP

Gasparyan denies Tig to take maiden title

BAKU - Russian Margarita Gasparyan won her maiden WTA title on Sunday beating Patricia Tig of Romania in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 to land the Baku Cup. Gasparyan, 20 and ranked 112th in the world, looked to be in trouble when the year older Tig showed the kind of form she had on Saturday to topple top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 100 places above her in 42nd, and levelled the match by taking an enthralling second set. However, Gasparyan, who came through qualifying to make both the main draws of the French Open and Wimbledon this year losing in the first round to eventual champion Serena Williams at the latter, gathered herself together and whisked her way through the deciding set. On her way to final, Gasparyan beat second seed Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in semi-finals.–AFP

Latvala holds off Ogier in Finland

JYVÄSKYLÄ - Jari-Matti Latvala held off his VW Polo teammate and double world champion Sebastien Ogier in a thrilling duel to claim his home Rally of Finland on Sunday. The Finn set up his third win at his local rally when braving treacherous conditions Saturday to hold a slender overnight lead on France's Ogier. He held his nerve to come home victorious in Jyvaskyla after 320 kilometres of special stages on gravel roads in central Finland by 13.7sec. Norway's Mads Ostberg took third in a Citroen over one minute and a half further away. Latvala, who won Sunday's opening stage before filling second to Ogier in the concluding powerstage, moved into second in the world drivers championship - albeit 89 points adrift. The 30-year-old was adding this to his victory in the Rally of Portugal.–AFP

Dixon breaks track record in IndyCar

LEXINGTON - New Zealand's Scott Dixon shattered the track record Saturday to seize pole position for Sunday's IndyCar race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Dixon, who has won five of the last eight IndyCar races held on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course, clocked 1min 4.5814sec to eclipse the previous one-lap record of 1:05.347 shared by Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran. The Target-Chip Ganassi Racing driver captured the 23rd pole position of his IndyCar career, and will be considerably better placed for the 90-lap race than he was last year -- when he won the race despite starting at the rear of the 22-car grid. Dixon reset the track lap record in the concluding "Fast Six" segment of qualifying, when the fastest drivers from earlier sessions vie for the top six slots on the grid.–AFP

Wolfsburg stun Bayern to win Super Cup

WOLFSBURG - German Cup winners Wolfsburg upset Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first domestic Super Cup at the Volkswagen Arena. Arjen Robben's second-half strike from close range looked to have secured victory for Bayern. But substitute Nicklas Bendtner -- who scored just one goal in 18 league appearances -- equalised in the 89th minute after a terrific cross from Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne. With no extra-time played, the match went straight to penalties with Xabi Alonso the culprit for Pep Guardiola's Bayern who lost the shootout 5-4. Alonso -- Bayern's second penalty taker -- was thwarted by Wolfsburg's Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels who saved with his legs, while Dieter Hecking's Wolfsburg were successful with all five of their spot kicks.–AFP