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March 9, 2008 at 11:00 PM
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Sean O'Hair captures 2nd PGA Tour title

PALM HARBOR, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Sean O'Hair shot a 2-under-par 69 to come from four shots back and win the PODS Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., Sunday -- his second PGA Tour victory.

The 25-year-old golfer from Lubbock, Texas, finished at 4-under 280 to win by two strokes over six other players.

"When I woke up this morning, I just felt like it was going to be a good day," said the 6-foot-2 O'Hair, who won $954,000.

Stewart Cink had led going into the final round but slipped to a 74 and was passed by O'Hair on the back nine.

Cink shared second-place with John Senden (67) Ryuji Imada (68), George McNeil (69), Troy Matteson (69) and Billy Mayfair (72).

O'Hair's other win was at the John Deer Classic in 2005.


Kyle Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500

HAMPTON, Ga., March 9 (UPI) -- Kyle Busch beat Tony Stewart by more than two seconds Sunday to capture the Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup auto race at Hampton, Ga., his fifth cup win.

Busch's No. 18 Toyota took the checkered flag 2.066 seconds ahead of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Stewart's No. 20 Toyota.

Busch gave Toyota its first-ever Sprint Cup victory.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon completed the top five.

Busch's victory came after Carl Edwards, who was dominant early on, saw his engine blow up with just 53 laps remaining at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. From that point, it was all Busch to the checkered flag.

"It was an awesome piece of driving by Joe Gibbs Racing, just unbelievable to be able to run like that," Busch said. "(Carl) had a great car too, but he had some issues and to run 500 miles you can't have any."

Edwards had driven to victory Saturday at the Nationwide Nicorette 300.


Serena Williams wins Bangalore Open

BANGALORE, India, March 9 (UPI) -- Serena Williams beat Patty Schnyder in three sets Sunday, capturing the $600,000 Bangalore Open tennis tournament in Bangalore, India.

The scores were 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

The Swiss Schnyder, the No. 4 seed, built a 3-1 lead in the second set with two service breaks, but eventually, Williams, a former world No. 1 and the third seed in this event, rallied to win the last five games of the match.

Serena beat older sister, Venus, in Saturday's semifinals and got her second tournament title this season, the 29th of her career. It was worth $95,500.

"It definitely feels good to be the champion here," Williams said. "I'm feeling really good about it. Not only were there a lot of great fans showing so much support here but it always feels good to win. To win for the fans is really cool."

Schnyder had won their previous two meetings -- both last season.


Report: Plot on Beijing Olympics foiled

LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- A report late Sunday said a group of terrorists plotted to target the Olympics being held in Beijing this summer.

The Guardian, a London newspaper, reported that senior officials from Xinjiang, China, said the plot was uncovered when flight attendants foiled an attempted attack on a Chinese passenger jet.

The report said the China Southern airline prevented an attempt to crash a plane shortly after it took off from the region's capital, Urumqi, Friday.

"Some people were attempting to create an air disaster," Nuer Baikeli, governor of Xinjiang region, told reporters covering the National People's Congress session in Beijing. "Fortunately our air crew took resolute measures, discovered and put a stop to this action promptly."

He said the passengers, crew and aircraft all are safe.

"Who the (terrorists) involved in the incident were, where they were from, what their aim was and what their background was, we are now investigating," he said.

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