SPORTS in brief: Ajax wins at Feyenoord 1-0
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Defending champion Ajax beat Feyenoord 1-0 yesterday in the Dutch league as Ricardo van Rhijn scored an early goal with a free kick from 25 metres out.
Van Rhijn's shot over the wall after only five minutes caught out Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
But Feyenoord went on to dominate play, particularly in the first half when the hosts had three shots deflected off the crossbar.
Feyenoord came close to equalising in the closing phase of the game, with two shots on goal from substitute Mitchell te Vrede, but Ajax 'keeper Jasper Cillessen saved both attempts.
The result leaves PSV Eind-hoven top with 15 points, after it trounced SC Cambuur 4-0.
Ajax and PEC Zwolle have 12 points each after Zwolle lost 1-0 at AZ Alkmaar.
Ivanovic beats Wozniacki
TOKYO, Japan (AP): Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) yesterday to win the Pan Pacific Open and capture her fourth WTA title of the year.
In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake Coliseum and won the second-set tiebreaker with a forehand to the corner to capture her first Pan Pacific title.
"The key for me was coming forward to the net," Ivanovic said. "She is a great offensive player and gets a lot of balls back so it was important for me to come forward and play well at the net."
Ivanovic, who is No. 8 in the rankings, did not drop a set en route to yesterday's final.
Tigers top KC
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP): Joe Nathan and the Detroit Tigers escaped a ninth-inning jam to hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Major League Baseball on Saturday and boost their AL Central lead.
The Tigers increased their edge to 21/2 games over the
Royals, which stayed 1/2 a game ahead of Seattle for the second wild-card spot after the Mariners slumped to a 10-1 defeat at Houston Astros.
Detroit, seeking their fourth straight division title, have won 13 of 18 against the Royals this year, including eight of nine at Kauffman Stadium.