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Sports briefs: American Chris Horner wins Spanish Vuelta
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cycling • American veteran Chris Horner completed the biggest victory of his career Sunday, winning the Spanish Vuelta at 41 to become the oldest champion of one of cycling's three-week grand tours. Horner successfully navigated the final flat stage to arrive in Madrid with his RadioShack-Leopard teammates after effectively clinching the race in the mountains over the last three days.

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Alejandro Valverde of Spain, both former winners, were second and third, respectively.

The previous oldest winner for one of the three grand tours — the Vuelta, Tour de France and Giro d'Italia — was Fermin Lambot, who won the 1922 Tour at 36.

Serbia reaches Davis Cup final

TENNIS • Serbia reached the Davis Cup final Sunday in Belgrade after Janko Tipsarevic won the decisive singles match against Vasek Pospisil to clinch a 3-2 victory over Canada. Tipsarevic beat Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6) to send Serbia into the final against the Czech Republic, which beat Argentina at home.

Canada had moved within one victory of reaching its first Davis Cup final by winning the doubles Saturday. But top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-2 in the opening singles Sunday to tie the series at 2-2.

Canada never before had made the semis, while Serbia won the event in 2010. The finals against the Czechs will be played in Serbia in November.

Real Madrid, Ronaldo reach deal

SOCCER • Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the Spanish club until 2018. The 28-year-old Ronaldo ended months of speculation surrounding his future by inking a deal Sunday with club president Florentino Perez that extended by three more years his former commitment to Madrid through 2015.

Ronaldo told a packed media hall that "I'm very grateful, above all to the president and to my fans who always support me."

Madrid did not disclose financial details of the deal.

Ronaldo has scored more than 50 goals in each of the last three seasons with Madrid after joining in 2009 from Manchester United.

The Associated Press

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