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National Sports Briefs

Associated Press
RALEIGHó Tuomo Ruutu had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes scored three times in less than 4 minutes during the second period of their 6-4 victory over Toronto on Sunday.
Dwight Helminen and Chad LaRose also had a goal and an assist apiece, Joe Corvo and Ray Whitney also scored and Eric Staal added an empty-netter for Carolina.
Oilers 5, Flyers 4
PHILADELPHIA ó Ales Hemsky had two goals and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers held on to end the Philadelphia Flyers’ four-game winning streak.
Thrashers 5, Panthers 3
ATLANTA ó Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and added an assist, and Atlanta held off Florida to end a six-game losing streak.
NYC MARATHON
NEW YORK ó Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the New York City Marathon on Sunday to become the second woman to win the race three times.
The world record holder from Great Britain pulled away from Ludmila Petrova in the 22nd mile to win comfortably in two hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds.
FORMULA ONE
SAO PAULO, Brazil ó Lewis Hamilton became Formula One’s youngest champion on Sunday, making a last-lap pass to finish fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix and win the title by one point.
GOLF
PALM COAST, Fla. ó Ryan Palmer made a 10-foot birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to break out of a six-way tie for the lead and win the Ginn sur Mer Classic, earning a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
– SONOMA, Calif. ó Andy Bean breezed through 32 holes of play to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
NBA
NEW YORK ó Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions each scored 18 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 94-86 on Sunday night.
Thunder 88, Timberwolves 85
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Kevin Durant scored 18 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 88-85 for their first victory in their new home.

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