Stilwell wins gold Michelle Stilwell (Nanoose Bay, B.C.) raced to gold in a Paralympic record time of 19.97 seconds in the women’s 100-metre final in the T52 category. She was a little more than a second ahead of her closest competitor due in part to a great start. Prior to the race, Stilwell said she was looking for a twin for the gold medal she won in the 200m. “The start is my strongest asset and in a short distance like this, it’s all about the start. I was just focused on going faster than the other girls who worked just as hard as I did,” she said. In the men’s 1500m final in the T11 category, Jason Dunkerley (Ottawa, ON) and his guide Greg Dailey (Toronto, ON) won the bronze in a time of 4:12.53. The pair got off to a good start, and got well positioned at the beginning. They stayed focused throughout the strategic race. Tottenham slump Aston Villa kept Tottenham Hotspur bottom of the Premier League Monday with a deserved 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Villa scored after five minutes through Nigel Reo Coker and Ashley Young doubled the lead early in the second half before Tottenham’s Darren Bent deflected in a consolation late on. Safin pulls out of semi Former world No. 1 Marat Safin has pulled out of Russia’s team for this month’s Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina in Buenos Aires. World No. 39 Safin cited personal commitments as he attempts to climb the rankings. He is due to play at the Thailand Open immediately after the Sept. 19-21 tie in Argentina. Bali transformation The Bali Classic will be transformed next year into one of the most prestigious events on the WTA Tour calendar, offering a US$1 million bonus. Currently held in the week following the U.S. Open and won Sunday by Patty Schnyder, the event will be renamed the Tournament of Champions with increased prize money from $225,000 to $600,000. Garcia wins 15th stage Alberto Contador continued his march towards claiming his third major Tour within 14 months after the Tour of Spain’s 15th stage won by fellow Spaniard David Garcia Monday. Garcia broke free of a group of 17 riders that had escaped from the main peloton including most of the gold jersey contenders to claim solo victory after 202 kilometres of racing between Cudillero and Ponferrada. He finished the stage at five hours, two minutes and and 27 seconds, followed by Belgium’s Nick Nuyens of Cofidis and Spain’s Juan Miguel Garate of Quick Step . Davis leads in Poland Australian Allan Davis proved he had made the right choice by joining forces with Quick Step when he won the 231.2-kilometre second stage of the Tour of Poland between Plock and Olsztyn Monday. The 28-year-old broke free 300 metres from the finish line and easily outclassed his rivals. Brazil’s Murilo Fischer was second and narrowly took the overall leader’s jersey away from Denmark’s Lars Bak. Bopara wins cricket award Ravi Bopara was named as the Young Cricketer of the Year for 2008 by the British- based Cricket Writers’ Club at an awards ceremony in central London Monday. Bopara has enjoyed several fine performances since making his Test debut for England in Sri Lanka in December. Argos to call on Pickett Toronto Argonauts coach Don Matthews told reporters Monday afternoon that Cody Pickett will be the team’s starting quarterback in Saturday’s Canadian Football League game in Calgary. Pickett, who played for the University of Washington from 1999-2003, joined the Argos last season after being released by the Oakland Raiders during National Football League training camp. Pickett replaced Kerry Joseph in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 39-9 loss at home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Pickett was nine of 13 for 100 yards NFL to review rule The NFL is looking into a botched call in Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers that ended in a controversial 39-38 victory for the Broncos. The league said Monday it will look into the possibility of changing the inadvertent whistle rule in the wake of the incident. Nashiro retakes superfly title Nobuo Nashiro defeated fellow Japanese Kohei Kono on a split points decision to retake the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title Monday in Yokohama, Japan. American and Japanese judges scored it 115114 for the top- ranked Nashiro, while the other Japanese judge counted it 115-114 for Kono.