=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, August 31 ===
=== Wozniacki upsets Sharapova at U.S. Open ===
Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki upset
former champion Maria Sharapova on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals at
the U.S. Open.
Wozniacki was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 winner over the fifth-seeded Russian at Arthur
Ashe Stadium. Sharapova won this event in 2006.
Wozniacki, who lost in the finals here to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and made the
semifinals in 2010 and 2011, will face Italian Sara Errani in the next round.
"Well, it means a lot to me. You know, the season for me has been a little bit
up and down, and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the
way I want to," said Wozniacki.
No. 13 Errani opened the day with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 win over 32-year-old
qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Lucic-Baroni's impressive run comes to an end
after making 69 unforced errors compared to just nine for her opponent.
Lucic-Baroni, who entered this tournament on an eight-match losing streak,
last made the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 1999. She was also looking to
become the first qualifier to reach a women's quarterfinal of the U.S.
Open since American Barbara Gerken in 1981, but came up just short.
A pair of upsets took place Sunday night when 17-year-old promising Swiss
Belinda Bencic took down 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (8-6),
6-3 and Chinese Peng Shuai beat 14th-seeded Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova
Bencic's win over Jankovic, the No. 9 seed, was the Swiss teen's second
consecutive victory over a Top 10 seed -- on Friday, Bencic beat No. 6
Angelique Kerber in straight sets.
Peng, who had been 0-5 in fourth-round matches at major tournaments, will play
Bencic in the quarterfinals.
=== 49ers' McDonald arrested for domestic violence ===
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray
McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on felony charges of domestic
McDonald was booked in Santa Clara County jail at 5:30 a.m. PT for "inflicting
injury on a spouse or cohabitant," according to the Santa Clara Department of
Corrections. The eighth-year veteran was later released from custody after
The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was involved in an altercation with
his pregnant fiancee while having a birthday party at his home. According to
the paper, the woman showed police bruising on her neck and arms when the
officers arrived and McDonald was subsequently arrested.
This news comes days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell instituted harsher
penalties for players and league personnel over domestic violence offenses, a
response to criticism over the two-game suspension he handed Baltimore Ravens
running back Ray Rice for an altercation with his now-wife in a New Jersey
casino back in February.
The revamped policy calls for a six-week suspension for a first offense while
a second offense will result in a lifetime ban. McDonald could face a more
severe first-time punishment, however, because the alleged victim is pregnant.
McDonald, who turns 30 on Tuesday, has started 45 games for San Francisco over
the last three seasons.
=== Texans acquire QB Mallett from Patriots ===
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans acquired quarterback
Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots in exchange for an undisclosed
future draft choice on Sunday.
According to NFL.com, the Patriots will receive a conditional seventh-round
pick in 2016 for Mallett, who reunites with current Texans head coach and
former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.
Mallett, who was drafted by New England in the third round in 2011, has spent
each of his three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady. He has seen action in just
four games, completing only one pass for 17 yards with an interception.
The 26-year-old will join offseason signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and fourth-round
pick Tom Savage as Houston's quarterbacks, as the Texans reportedly waived
Case Keenum after a disappointing offseason to make room for Mallett on the
Keenum started eight games for Houston last season, completing 54.2 percent
of his passes for 1,760 yards with nine passing touchdowns, one rushing
score and six interceptions.
New England had depth at quarterback to deal Mallett because of a solid
preseason campaign from Jimmy Garoppolo. The rookie out of Eastern Illinois
connected on 46-of-79 passes for 618 yards with five touchdowns and one
interception for the Patriots.
=== Chiefs sign QB Smith to 4-year extension ===
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed
quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract on Sunday.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the club, but the Kansas City Star
reported that the four-year contract extension is worth roughly $17 million
per year and includes $45 million in guaranteed money.
"It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs
uniform long-term," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "Alex is a proven
leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability,
and we are fortunate to have him here."
Smith had one year left on a contract that was set to pay him $7.5 million
"John and his staff along with Tom and his group have worked hard to get this
deal done. They've done a nice job," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Alex is a
smart, talented football player that has adapted well to our offensive scheme.
He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of success as a quarterback in
this league. We as a team are very happy to have Alex as our quarterback
Smith threw for a career-best 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and only seven
interceptions last season, his first with the Chiefs. He joined the Chiefs via
trade with the 49ers on March 12, 2013.
Entering his 10th NFL season, Smith has played in 95 games (90 starts),
completing 1,598-of-2,685 passes for 17,593 yards with 104 touchdowns and 70
interceptions. He has also carried the ball 288 times for 1,192 yards with
The Utah product was the first overall pick by the 49ers in the 2005 NFL
=== Browns cut loose QB Grossman ===
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran quarterback Rex Grossman was one of
four players waived or released by the Cleveland Browns after the team made a
series of roster moves on Sunday.
The Browns were awarded four players on waivers following Saturday's final
cuts, with the club adding wide receiver LaRon Byrd, offensive linemen Caylin
Hauptmann and Ryan Seymour and running back Glenn Winston.
Along with releasing Grossman, the starting quarterback on the Chicago Bears'
2006 NFC champion squad, the Browns waived offensive linemen Karim Barton and
Martin Wallace and wide receiver Charles Johnson.
Grossman had signed with the Browns on Aug. 12 and initially made the 53-man
roster as the No. 3 signal-caller behind Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny
Manziel. The 34-year-old attempted just eight passes during the preseason,
completing four of them for 80 yards.
Byrd was claimed from Dallas and Hauptmann was waived by Seattle on Saturday.
Seymour and Winston both spent the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers.
Hauptmann spent the first two weeks of last season on Cleveland's practice
squad before signing with the Seahawks, though he did not appear in a game as
a rookie in 2013.
=== Dunn deal: A's acquire slugger from ChiSox ===
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics added some much
needed power to their club on Sunday, acquiring veteran slugger Adam
Dunn from the Chicago White Sox.
Dunn is set to join his fifth major league team in 14 seasons. He established
himself as one of the league's best home run hitters with Cincinnati before
stints in Arizona, Washington and Chicago.
The 34-year-old ranks 36th all-time with 460 career home runs. He's also
driven in 1,158 runs in 1,976 career games.
This season, Dunn has hit 20 homers with 54 RBI and a .220 batting average.
Oakland also received cash considerations and sent minor league pitcher Nolan
Sanburn to the White Sox. Sanburn was 3-1 with six saves and a 3.28 ERA in 42
relief appearances this season for Single-A Stockton.
=== Blue Jays acquire Mayberry Jr. from Phillies ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired
outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for
minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre.
Since it's still not Sept. 1, the waiver trade means Mayberry would be
eligible for the postseason if Toronto reaches the playoffs.
The 30-year-old Mayberry hit .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games
for the Phillies this season. The Kansas City, Missouri native has been on the
disabled list since July 21 with left wrist inflammation. He will be activated
and join the Blue Jays in Tampa Bay for a three-game series that begins
In six seasons with the Phillies, the right-handed hitter batted .242 in 500
games with 52 home runs and 169 RBI.
Pierre batted a combined .260 with eight homers and 43 RBI at Class A and
=== Cardinals make a slew of roster moves ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals made a number of
roster moves on Sunday, including recalling infielder Pete Kozma and pitcher
Kevin Siegrist from Triple-A Memphis.
Kozma, who drove in 35 runs a season ago, has appeared in just four games for
St. Louis this season. He has experience playing second base, third base,
shortstop and left field for the Cards.
Siegrist has made 32 relief appearances with the club, compiling a
disappointing 6.11 ERA with 33 strikeouts. The southpaw had a tremendous
rookie campaign in 2013, when he allowed just two runs in 39 2/3 innings.
To make room for the duo, St. Louis optioned pitcher's Marco Gonzales, Nick
Greenwood and Tyler Lyons to Double-A Springfield.
Pitchers Michael Wacha and Jason Motte were also sent to Springfield for
injury rehab assignments. Both are expected to pitch on Sunday.
=== Brewers acquire RHP Broxton from Reds ===
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers acquired
veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday for two
players to be named later.
Broxton had a 1.86 ERA in 51 games for the Reds this season with 37 strikeouts
in 48 1/3 innings. He will join the NL Central-leading Brewers on Monday when
they start a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.
The Brewers were in San Francisco on Sunday to wrap up a three-game set with
Broxton, 30, has a 3.05 ERA in 531 career relief appearances for the Dodgers,
Royals and Reds.
=== Dodgers activate Ryu, Uribe from DL ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated
left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and infielder Juan Uribe from the 15-day disabled
Ryu, who missed 14 games with a right hip strain, is scheduled to start
Sunday's game at San Diego. He is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA in 23 outings this
Uribe sat out 12 games because of a strained right hamstring. He is batting
.293 with six homers and 35 RBI in 81 games.
The Dodgers optioned pitcher Carlos Frias and infielder Miguel Rojas to
Triple-A Albuquerque to clear room for Ryu and Uribe on the roster.
=== Henley takes 1-shot lead at TPC Boston ===
Norton, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Henley fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday
and took a 1-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Henley ended three rounds at 12-under-par 201. The 25-year-old will go for his
third PGA Tour title on Monday at TPC Boston.
Billy Horschel posted 4-under 67 to move into second place at minus-11. Rory
McIlroy, the 2012 winner, and Chris Kirk played together on Sunday and both
fired 7-under 64s to jump into a share of third place at 10-under-par 203.
They were joined there by second-round co-leader Jason Day (69).
Webb Simpson, the 2011 champion, moved into sixth place at minus-9 thanks to a
Ryan Palmer, who shared the second-round lead with Day, posted his second
straight 71 on Sunday. He fell into a tie for seventh at 8-under 205. Palmer
was joined there by Kevin Streelman (65), Seung-Yul Noh (68) and Keegan
Henley had four pars in his first five holes to go along with a birdie on the
par-3 third. However, he gave that stroke back at the sixth, where he found
water with his approach shot.
This year's Honda Classic winner followed with an 8-foot birdie effort on the
seventh. Henley made it two in a row as he ran home a 30-footer for birdie at
the par-3 eighth.
Henley dropped his approach eight feet from the hole at the 10th, and he
rolled that putt in for birdie. He stuffed his tee shot on No. 11 within four
feet and he made that for his second straight birdie.
After a par on the 12th, Henley moved to 11-under with a 20-foot birdie effort
at 13. He parred three in a row from 14. Henley rolled in a 13-footer for
birdie at 17 to grab the lead at minus-12. He ended there thanks to a par at
"I played well and shot 65. I think any day you shoot 65, it's a pretty good
out here on the PGA Tour. I had a really good time and obviously when you're
making putts and hitting it well, golf's a lot of fun," Henley said. "I'm just
trying to have a good attitude and trying to enjoy the moment, and not be too
hard on myself.
Day had three birdies in his first seven holes to move to 11-under. He was
alone in the lead at that point, and he picked up another birdie at the 13th.
The Australian tumbled from the lead after consecutive bogeys from the 14th.
Horschel kicked in a 3-footer for birdie on the fourth, but 3-putted for bogey
on the following hole to give that stroke right back.
He birdied the eighth before posting seven consecutive pars from the ninth.
Horschel jumped into second place as he birdied the final three holes, all
from inside 11 feet.
"I wanted to birdie the par-5 (18th) and get myself that much closer to the
lead, and give myself that much better of a chance going into tomorrow," said
Horschel. "It's always nice to be in the final group. Obviously, you've done
some good things the first three days to get there."
NOTES: Henley won the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii the only other time he had a
piece of the lead entering the final round ... Henley is one of six former
University of Georgia players that have won this season on the PGA Tour ...
Horschel started the week 82nd in the FedExCup playoffs ... There was a
secondary cut on Sunday with seven players failing to make it to the final
round, including Brendon de Jonge, Andres Romero and Patrick Reed, who
struggled to an 11-over 82 in round three ... Scott Brown was also eliminated
from the final round, and that will knock him out of the playoffs as he
started the week 70th on the FedExCup points list.
=== Couples fires 61, beats Andrade in Calgary playoff ===
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Fred Couples fired a course-record 61 in the
final round on Sunday, then birdied the first playoff hole to beat Billy
Andrade to win the Shaw Charity Classic.
Andrade closed with an 8-under 62 to meet Couples at 15-under-par 195.
The pair returned to the par-5 18th at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.
Couples stuffed his third shot to a foot and he kicked that in for birdie and
the win. It was his 11th victory on the Champions Tour.
"It was a day where I just felt like I played golf and played like I did
yesterday and tried to shoot a really good score. It never came into my mind
about winning the tournament until really maybe the 15th or 16th hole,"
Couples admitted. "But I played really well."
Andrade had a chance for birdie in the playoff, but it slid by the left edge.
"I'm literally shocked that that putt missed left for birdie," Andrade said.
"I thought if anything I was going to miss it to the right, it was going to go
right and it didn't. But I made a good valiant effort and it didn't go in."
Joe Daley, who was one of three players tied for the lead entering the final
round, carded a 3-under 67. He shared third place at minus-13 with Steve
Wes Short, Jr. grabbed fifth place at 12-under 198 after closing with a 64.
Woody Austin was one stroke back at minus-11 after he posted his second
Joe Durant and Bob Tway were the other two second-round leaders. Durant
faltered to a 3-over 73 and slid into a share of 19th at minus-7. Tway
struggled to a 4-over 74 and dropped into a tie for 27th at 6-under 204.
Couples started the day at 6-under and flew up the leaderboard with three
straight birdies from the third. He posted five birdies in a row from the
At the par-5 11th, Couples made his first eagle of the day. He followed with
birdies at 12 and 13 to gain a share of the lead at 13-under par. Couples ran
off four pars in a row from the 14th.
Couples closed with another eagle at the par-5 18th to get in at 15-under. He
went to the clubhouse to wait as he was two groups ahead of Andrade and five
groups ahead of the final threesome.
Andrade ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the fourth to jump to
minus-10. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th and followed with another
birdie on No. 11.
The four-time PGA Tour winner joined Couples in the lead at 13-under with a
birdie on the 13th. Andrade followed with another birdie at 14 to grab the
After a pair of pars, Andrade stumbled to a bogey at the 17th. Like Couples,
Andrade closed with an eagle at the last to join Couples in the clubhouse at
15-under. They headed to a playoff when no one else could catch them.
NOTES: Couples, who earned $337,500 for the win, went all 54 holes without a
bogey ... Couples won for the second time this season, and that marked the
fourth time in five seasons on the Champions Tour that he has won multiple
titles ... Bill Glasson had set the course record of 62 last year ... The tour
heads to Quebec next week for the Quebec City Championship, where Esteban
Toledo won last year.
=== Otto holds on to win second Italian Open ===
Turin, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Hennie Otto fired a final-round, 4-under
68 and he held off David Howell and Stephen Gallacher on Sunday to earn a 2-
shot victory at the Italian Open.
Otto, who also won this event back in 2008, finished the week at 20-under-par
268 to capture his third victory on the European Tour. This was just Otto's
second event since having two back operations in the summer.
"I was playing well before the injury, but it is a surprise to win so soon,"
Otto said. "Golf is not perfect and to come back after the operations and win
in my second week, I will take that any day. I don't know what it is about
Italy -- sometimes some golf courses just suit your eye and that was the case
again for me this week. It just felt good this week and I was comfortable on
Howell surged up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63, but it was not quite
enough as he settled for second place at 18-under 270 at Circolo Golf Torino.
Stephen Gallacher, who needed either a first- or second-place finish in order
to automatically qualify for the European Ryder Cup team, exploded out of the
gate to get within striking distance, but a stretch of pars to end his round
left him one shot back of second place. Gallacher shot a 65 to end in third at
minus-17 and he will now have to rely on a captains pick from Paul McGinley in
order to play in the Ryder Cup.
"It was a tall, order but I am proud of myself the way I have played," said
Gallacher. "I'm delighted with 17-under, it looks just a little short, but
there is nothing I can do. When it comes down to someone else's opinion ... I
wanted to qualify myself just to take that away. There are four or five guys
that are worthy so it's just what Paul sees."
Joost Luiten also went low with a 7-under 65 and he finished tied for fourth
at 16-under 272. He was joined there by Richie Ramsay (70), who was in the
final pairing with Otto.
Bernd Wiesberger, the first-round co-leader with 2006 champion Francesco
Molinari, shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish well off the pace at 13-
under. Molinari also shot 72 to finish tied for 18th at 9-under 279.
Entering the day with a 2-shot lead, Otto quickly made it a 3-shot advantage
with a birdie on the par-5 first. In the meantime, Gallacher was vaulting up
the leaderboard with four birdies in his first five holes to jump into a tie
for second with Ramsay at minus-14.
Ramsay dropped a shot at the fifth to put Gallacher alone in second, and
Gallacher poured in back-to-back birdies on seven and eight, making it six
birdies in his first eight holes. Those gains got Gallacher to within one shot
Following five straight pars, Otto made another birdie on No. 7 to regain a 2-
shot lead at minus-18.
Howell began to surge in the middle part of his round as well. After an eagle
at the first, he made six birdies in seven holes from seven to take over
second place at 17-under.
Gallacher got back even with Howell with a birdie on the 12th and they were
both just one shot behind Otto. Another gain at No. 12 put Otto two shots
ahead at minus-19, but Howell was not letting him go so easily as he sank a
birdie putt of his own shortly after to get back within one.
Unfortunately for Gallacher, he could not find that birdie stroke down the
stretch as he closed out his final round with six straight pars to end three
shots back of Otto and one shot out of that coveted second-place spot.
Otto all but sealed the deal with a big birdie putt on 15 and Howell never got
closer than two shots again. Both Otto and Howell closed with three straight
pars, handing Otto the title.
NOTES: If Gallacher were to have finished second he would have needed to be
tied with no more than one other person in order to make the Ryder Cup team,
which was poised to happen until Howell took second ... Gallacher would have
supplanted Graeme McDowell as the last person to clinch an automatic bid on
team Europe ... Otto earned 250,000 euros with the victory ... The European
Tour heads to Switzerland next week for the Omega European Masters, where
Thomas Bjorn beat Craig Lee in a playoff last year.
=== McCoy tops Gligic to win Wildfire Invitational ===
Peterborough, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate McCoy parred the fourth playoff
hole on Sunday to beat Michael Gligic and win The Wildfire Invitational.
McCoy fired a 7-under 65 to get in at 19-under-par 269 at Wildfire Golf Club.
He was joined there by Gligic, who closed with a 66 to force the extra
The duo returned to the 18th tee for the first two extra holes. Both players
made par on those two holes. They shifted to the par-4 10th for the third
playoff hole. Both again made par, and it was back to the 18th.
McCoy found the green with his third shot at the par-5. Gligic missed the
green with his second and his chip failed to reach the putting surface. Gligic
chipped his fourth to seven feet.
McCoy's birdie putt stayed above ground, but he tapped in for par. Gligic
missed his par putt to give McCoy the title.
Jay Vandeventer shot 68 to grab third place at minus-18. John Ellis grabbed
fourth at 17-under 271 after a final-round 66. Adam Cornelson and Max Gilbert
both closed with 2-under 70s. They shared fifth place at minus-16.
Third-round leader Joe Panzeri stumbled to a 2-over 74 to fall into a share of
12th place at 14-under 274.
McCoy got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and fourth to move
minus-14. After four pars in a row, McCoy poured in three consecutive birdies
from the ninth.
The 24-year-old later birdied the 14th and 16th to move to 19-under. McCoy
parred the final two holes to end there.
Gligic traded a birdie for a bogey from the second. He poured in three
straight birdies from the fifth to jump to 16-under.
The 2012 ATB Financial Classic winner wrapped bogeys at nine and 12 around
birdies on 10 and 11. Gligic forced the playoff as he birdied three of the
last four holes.
NOTES: McCoy jumped to eighth on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit ... Joel
Dahmen extended his lead over Timothy Madigan in the Order of Merit race to
over $22,000 ... The tour heads to Nova Scotia next week for the Cape Breton
Celtic Classic, where Mackenzie Hughes won last year.
=== Montgomerie cruises to 10-shot win at Travis Perkins Masters ===
Woburn, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Colin Montgomerie finished off his third
round in the 60s with a 67 on Sunday and he coasted to a comfortable 10-shot
victory to win his second straight Travis Perkins Masters.
Montgomerie, who set the record for winning margin at this event last year
after coming out on top by six shots, eclipsed his own record after finishing
at 12-under 204.
Last year's win at this event was Montgomerie's first on the European Senior
Tour. He has since won two more times, making this victory his fourth on tour.
Montgomerie started to spread the gap early with a birdie on one, but he gave
that shot back with a bogey on three. Two more birdies on the front nine at
six and eight had Montgomerie at 2-under as he made the turn.
The 51-year-old Scotsman did not slow down on the back nine as he made three
more gains on 11, 13 and 18 to go along with six pars to win comfortably.
Gordon Mason (67), Tim Thelen (71) and Andre Bossert (71) were the next
closest to Montgomerie at 2-under 214, while Peter Fowler (72) and Mike
Cunning (74) were the only other players to finish under par. Fowler and
Cunning ended at 1-under.
=== Fujita edges Liang in playoff to win in Japan ===
Fukuoka, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Hiroyuki Fujita defeated Wen-Chong
Liang in a playoff on Sunday to complete a big comeback and win the RZ
Everlasting KBC Augusta.
Beginning the day six shots off the lead, Fujita surged with a final-round, 7-
under 65 to join Liang at 12-under-par 276 and force a playoff at Keya Golf
The victory is Fujita's 17th on tour and his second this season. He also took
home the Tsuruya Open back in April.
Despite the end result, Fujita did not start his final round off well, making
par at the first before dropping a shot with a bogey on the second. It was the
first and only mistake Fujita made all day.
Fujita got the shot right back with a birdie on the par-3 third. Fujita
finished off his front nine with two more gains at six and nine, making the
turn at 2-under.
The big surge from Fujita came on the back nine when he poured in three
straight birdies from 11. Down the final stretch, he made two more birdies at
15 and 17, while finishing with a par at the last.
Fujita was able to best Liang on the fifth playoff hole to win the title.
Liang closed his tournament with a 3-under 69 and he also ended regulation at
Third-round leader Hyung-Sung Kim could not go low enough on Sunday as he shot
an even-par 72 to finish tied for third at 11-under 277 with Yosuke Tsukada
(66), Toshinori Muto (68) and Yusaku Miyazato (69).
=== Johnson hangs on to win in Scotland ===
East Lothian, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Trish Johnson carded a final-
round, 1-over 73 on Sunday, but it was good enough to give her a 2-shot
victory at the Ladies Scottish Open.
Despite her second straight round in the 70s, Johnson finished the week at 7-
under 209 to claim the title at the Archerfield Links.
The win is Johnson's first on tour and it is her third top-10 finish of the
season. Her best finish of the year was a tie for eighth at the Lalla Meryem
Johnson started off strong in her final round with back-to-back birdies on two
and three. She did not make a birdie the rest of the way, however, and she
tripped to a double-bogey on the par-4 seventh.
After making the turn with six straight pars from the eighth, Johnson dropped
another shot with a bogey at 14, putting her at 1-over for the day. Johnson
stayed strong and finished off her tournament with four straight pars to end
at 7-under for the week.
Gwladys Nocera ended in sole possession of second place at 5-under 211
following her final-round 69.
Rebecca Artis (66), Stephanie Na (67) and Sally Watson (70) finished three
shots back at 4-under, while Anne-Lise Caudal shot a 71 and she was the only
other player to finish under par at minus-2.
=== Dodt comes out on top at Queensland Open ===
Bisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Dodt finished his final round
with a 5-under 67 to earn a 2-shot victory at the Queensland Open.
Dodt ended the week at 7-under 281 and he edged out Tom Bond, who shot a
final-round 75 and finished in second at 5-under 283.
Dodt, who is from Queensland, has not won a tournament since the 2010 Avantha
Masters on the European Tour.
Beginning the day six shots behind the lead, Dodt started off on the right
foot with a birdie at the first. After rattling off six straight pars, Dodt
poured in his second gain of the day on the par-5 eighth and he made the turn
with a par on nine.
Dodt tripped to his lone bogey of the round at 10, but after two straight
pars, Dodt skyrocketed up the leaderboard.
Birdies on 13 and 15 had Dodt in contention and he road that momentum to the
17th hole. Dodt came through in the clutch and drained back-to-back birdies on
17 and 18, which eventually proved to be the two winning strokes.
Cameron Smith (70), Michael Long (70), Jake Higginbottom (71), Anthony Brown
(73) and Matthew Griffin (74) all finished tied for third at 3-under 285,
while amateur Kade McBride (69) and Brett Dewitt (71) were right behind them
=== Lagergren wins by 1 in Northern Ireland ===
Ballymena, Northern Ireland (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Lagergren stumbled to
a 1-over 72 on Sunday, but it was enough to give him the title at the Northern
Ireland Open Challenge.
Lagergren finished at 13-under-par 271. This was his first victory on the
European Challenge Tour.
The Swede started the day with a 6-stroke lead, but it started to shrink right
away as he stumbled to bogeys at the first and third.
Lagergren parred six in a row from the third. He got one stroke back with a
birdie on the 10th. Adrien Bernadet was one stroke back at that point, as he
carded five birdies on the front nine.
After four consecutive pars from the 11th, Lagergren traded a bogey for a
birdie from the 15th. He stumbled to another bogey on No. 17, but birdied the
par-5 closing hole for the fourth straight day to earn the title.
Bernadet parred the final nine holes to post 5-under 66. He took second at
minus-12. Bernd Ritthammer also shot 66 and he shared third place at 11-under
273 with Jerome Lando Casanova (65).
Kenneth Ferrie (67), Steven Brown (68), Charlie Ford (68) and Brandon Stone
(69) tied for fifth at minus-10.
=== Blaney edges Quiroga at the line to win Canadian truck race ===
Bowmanville, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Blaney nipped German Quiroga at the
finish line to win Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 Camping World Truck Series
race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Following the second and final restart with eight laps to go in this 64-lap
race, Blaney and Quiroga staged a thrilling battle for the lead. Blaney ran in
front, while Quiroga had made several attempts to overtake him.
On the last lap at this 2.459-mile road course, Quiroga passed Blaney for the
lead in turn 9, but Blaney quickly reclaimed the position in the 10th and
Blaney beat Quiroga to the line by only 0.049 seconds to score his first win
of the season and the third of his Truck Series career.
"I noticed since that last restart that [Quiroga] would get huge tows down the
backstretch," Blaney said. "There was a huge draft there. I was protecting the
best I could. He was able to get to my left side, and I didn't think he could
stay out there, but I got really, really loose underneath him there in that
"Old-school, short-track racing crossover move worked on him, I guess. That
was really cool. It was awesome racing German. We've had our problems, but it
was nice to go out there and race clean with him. We put on a great finish for
Blaney led the most laps with 34, while Quiroga ran in front for a total of
"The last pass, I really drove it hard in the brake zone, and I tried to pass
[Blaney] without wrecking," Quiroga said. "We came close. We can't come any
closer on a road course."
Blaney, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, drives the No. 29
Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. It's the second straight win for BKR. Brad
Keselowski drove his No. 19 Ford to victory in the Aug. 21 race at Bristol.
Ryan Blaney won the Nationwide Series race at Bristol on the following day,
driving the No. 22 car for Team Penske.
Quiroga, the driver of the No. 77 Toyota for Red Horse Racing, has yet to win
a truck race in 42 career starts.
"It hurts. We've come so close so many times," Quiroga said. "We just have to
keep on trying. Hopefully, I can get a win soon. I really want it, and I'm
really trying hard."
Erik Jones finished third, followed by rookie Gray Gaulding and Canadian
Matt Crafton's sixth-place finish coupled with an eighth-place run for Johnny
Sauter allowed Crafton to trim Sauter's points lead from eight to seven.
With the win, Blaney moved to within 13 points of the lead.
Darrell Wallace Jr. is 38 points behind following his 12th-place run, while
Quiroga trails by 48.
There are eight races left in the season.
Alex Tagliani, who hails from Montreal, started on the pole in his first
career truck start. Tagliani led the first seven laps. He finished one lap
behind in 16th after he spun out and stalled in turn 5 on lap 54, forcing the
Tagliani was Blaney's teammate in this race, driving the No. 19 truck for BKR.
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