ROAD RACING

Rupp first American to win Chicago in 15 years

Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday to become the first American winner in 15 years.

Rupp finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds. Khalid Khannouchi was the last U.S. winner in 2002.

Kenya’s Abel Kirui was second, 28 seconds behind Rupp.

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s race in 2:18:31. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei was second, and American Jordan Hasay third.

TENNIS

CHINA OPEN: Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 6-1 in the final to win his sixth ATP title of the year, and Caroline Garcia defeated soon-to-be-No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women’s event.

JAPAN OPEN: David Goffin atoned for his defeat in the final last year by winning Sunday in Tokyo, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5.

GOLF

PGA TOUR: Brendan Steele rallied to successfully defend his Safeway Open title, closing with a 3-under 69 in Napa, California, for a two-stroke victory over Tony Finau in the season opener.

Phil Mickelson and Chesson Hadley finished three shots behind.

Two strokes behind surprising leader Tyler Duncan entering the day at Silverado Resort and Spa, Steele birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes — holing a 3-footer on 18.

The 34-year-old Steele, from the Southern California mountain town of Idyllwild, finished at 14-under 273 for his third PGA Tour title.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Tyrrell Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a final round at St. Andrews in which Ross Fisher shot a course-record 61 at the home of golf.

On a calm day on the storied Old Course, even a bogey-free round by Fisher containing 11 birdies could not reel in overnight leader Hatton, who shot 66 for a three-stroke victory over his fellow Englishman.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Cristie Kerr completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France for her first Ladies European Tour title in Saint-Jean-De-Luz, France.

The 39-year-old American closed with a 1-under 69 at Golf de Chantaco for a four-stroke victory over China’s Xi Yu Lin. Kerr opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 to take a nine-stroke lead into the final round. She finished at 17-under 263.

AUTO RACING

FORMULA ONE: Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title.

The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit.

SOCCER

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Mohamed Salah scored from a penalty kick deep into injury time on Sunday to send Egypt to the World Cup and end a near 30-year wait for Africa’s most successful team.

Salah scored both Egypt’s goals in a 2-1 home win over Republic of Congo in the penultimate round of qualifiers in Africa.

With a record-setting 16th goal in European qualifying, Robert Lewandowski led Poland’s charge into a first World Cup since 2006 on Sunday.

Lewandowski scored Poland’s third goal in its 4-2 win over Montenegro that clinched first in Group E.

– News service report