September 25, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Baddeley, Mahan tied after 3 rounds

 
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Aaron Baddeley, of Australia, had four straight birdies on the back nine at the Tour Championship on Saturday.
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Golf: Aaron Baddeley wanted to make a good impression on Greg Norman with hopes of being picked for the Presidents Cup.

He wound up impressing a lot of people Saturday at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Baddeley holed out for eagle on the fourth hole, and then lit up the back nine of East Lake with four straight birdies on his way to a 6-under 64 that put him atop the leaderboard with Hunter Mahan.

Mahan holed a birdie putt from just over 20 feet on the par-3 18th for a 66.

They were at 9-under 201, poised to capture a meaningful cup – even if it isn’t the same one.

Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup and didn’t think he had a chance at the $10 million prize at the start of the week.

Of the top five players in the standings, however, only Luke Donald remains in serious contention, and Mahan learned when he finished his round that he was projected to win golf’s richest prize.

“I honestly didn’t think that was a possibility,” Mahan said.

Jason Day recovered from a ragged start and had a 69, leaving him only two shots back. The 23-year-old Australian was tied with K.J. Choi, who also started poorly and shot 70.

• U.S. women rally to tie Europe: The United States staged a dramatic rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 and tie Europe 8-all at the Solheim Cup in Dunsany, Ireland.

The Americans rallied to win the last three matches, leaving the sides tied heading into today’s 12 singles matches. The U.S. is trying to win its fourth consecutive Solheim Cup.

U.S. rookie Stacy Lewis teamed up with the fellow first-timer Ryann O’Toole to beat Sandra Gal and Christel Boeljon 2 and 1.

Morgan Pressel and Cristie Kerr reduced the lead to 8-7 when they beat Europe’s top player, Suzann Pettersen, and impressive rookie Caroline Hedwall by one hole.

Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome completed the U.S. comeback when they rallied to defeat Maria Hjorth and Azahara Munoz 3 and 1.

Cause of Brown’s death still unknown

NFL: A Baltimore police spokesman says it will take some time to determine the cause of death for former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play and no suspicious factors surrounding Brown’s death. He says it may take weeks before test results help determine the cause of death.

The 40-year-old Brown was found dead Friday at his home near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

He played 10 seasons in the NFL – four with Cleveland and six with the Ravens.

Lagat, Simpson win Fifth Avenue Mile

Miscellany: World champion Jenny Barringer Simpson won the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, edging Sally Kipyego and Hannah England less than a month after she became the first American woman to win the 1,500-meter title since Mary Decker in 1983.

American Bernard Lagat, who ran at Washington State University, earned his first victory in the men’s race in his fourth try, finishing in 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds to beat defending champion Amine Laalou of Morocco by 1.2 seconds. David Torrence of San Francisco was third in 3:52.4.

• Armstong settles for fifth-place finish: Lance Armstrong brought out the crowd yet had to settle for fifth place as France’s Nico Lebrun finished strong and won the XTERRA USA Championship triathlon at Snowbasin Resort, Utah, in a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds.

South Africa’s Dan Hugo was second, 24 seconds back and American Josiah Middaugh third.

Armstrong acknowledged that his first XTERRA and first triathlon in 22 years was harder than expected. He finished in 2:29:25.

• Kemper, Bennett top triathlon field: Three-time Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper won a record seventh career men’s national title and Beijing Olympian Laura Bennett earned her third women’s crown at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Bronzini wins world championship road race: Defending world champion Giorgia Bronzini won the 87-mile world cycling road race in Holte, Denmark, in a mass sprint finish.

The Italian finished in 3 hours, 21 minutes, 28 seconds, ahead of Marianne Vos of the Netherlands by a half wheel. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg of Germany was third.

Bradley signs on to coach Egypt

Soccer: Former United States men’s soccer coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take over the Egypt national team, charged with reviving the fortunes of a team that recently failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

The 53-year-old Bradley agreed to a deal worth $37,000 a month until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Vettel takes F1 pole for Singapore GP

Auto racing: World championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the pole position for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver clinched his 11th pole of the season – becoming the sixth man in F1 history to achieve that feat – by setting a time more than three-tenths of a second faster than teammate Mark Webber.


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