Radcliffe finally wins

HELSINKI: Paula Radcliffe finished the marathon this time. And she finally won her first major medal, too. Radcliffe easily won the women’s marathon on the final day of the world athletics championships, answering lingering questions about whether she could win a pressure-packed race. Radcliffe clocked a championship-record of 2 hours, 20 minutes, 57 seconds. Defending champion Catherine Ndereba of Kenya was second in 2:22:01, and Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania was third in 2:23:19. The conditions were perfect for Radcliffe, who came into this year with no world or Olympic titles. — AP

Armed men arrested

LONDON: Police rushed to a London soccer stadium while a second-division game was in progress on Saturday and arrested 11 men who allegedly threatened the club director with a gun. The arrests occurred at the home stadium of the Queens Park Rangers, who defeated Sheffield United 2-1. The police were called after armed men threatened the lives of Queens Park Rangers’ club director Gianni Paladini and a woman he was with, police said. — AP

Yang beats Wang

COPENHAGEN: China’s Yang Suiling overcame a 55-pin deficit to beat Yu-Ling Wang of Taiwan

and claim the masters title at tenpin bowling’s Women’s World Championships. Yang beat Wang 446-423 after the Taiwanese qualified for the two-game final by bowling a record 3,587 in the round robin. Suiling, who finished third in the round robin, reached the title match

with a 233-150 win over American Linda Barnes, who settled for bronze. In the team competition, Taiwan finished ahead of the United States. Denmark took the bronze. — AP

England call Bent

LONDON: Charlton striker Darren Bent was called up to the England squad for the first time for this week’s friendly against Denmark after Andy Johnson withdrew with a hamstring injury. Bent scored two goals in Charlton’s 3-1 win over Sunderland on the first day of the new season’s Premier League on Saturday. Bent has scored eight times in 12 matches for England’s U-21 team. Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson didn’t include Arsenal’s Sol Campbell, Tottenham’s Ledley King, Wayne Bridge of Chelsea nor Manchester United’s Wes Brown. — AP

S Korea down North

SEOUL: Park Chu-young sealed South Korea’s 3-0 win over North Korea in a soccer friendly marking the start of joint celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the peninsula’s liberation from Japanese rule. Midfielder Chung Kyung-ho opened the scoring with a header in the 33rd minute. Two minutes later, the Kim Jing-yong made a leaping kick off a high pass directly in front of the goal, while star forward Park put the win beyond doubt in the 67th minute. — AP