October 12, 2012 in Sports

Rose tops Woods, faces Westwood in World Golf

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Golf: Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke to set up a title match with Lee Westwood in the World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey.

The two Englishmen will meet Saturday, with the winner getting $1.5 million and the runner-up $1 million in the eight-player exhibition.

Rose, who holed a sand-wedge shot for an eagle at the 14th, finished with a 2-under 69 while Woods was at 70.

Westwood shot a course-record 61 in the semifinals to beat 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by six shots.

• O’Hern leads Frys.com Open: Australia’s Nick O’Hern shot a 9-under-par 62 to take a three-stroke lead over Nicolas Colsaerts, Jhonattan Vegas and Derek Ernst in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif.

O’Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club. He’s winless on the PGA Tour.

Red Sox start manager search with Wallach

Baseball: The Boston Red Sox will start their search for a new manager today when they interview Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.

The Red Sox are also known to be interested in current Toronto Blue Jays manager and former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. Other names mentioned include former San Diego Padres catcher Brad Ausmus and Blue Jays first-base coach Torey Lovullo.

• Girardi’s father dies: The father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has died.

The Deiters Funeral Home says Jerry Girardi died Saturday at 81. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since the 1990s and died in Metamora, Ill.

• Cancer claims Summers: Former Major League Baseball player John “Champ” Summers has died in Ocala, Fla., from kidney cancer. He was 66.

Starting in 1974, Summers played 10 seasons for six different teams – Tigers, A’s, Cubs, Reds, Giants and Padres.

Biffle grabs pole for race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Auto racing: Greg Biffle won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Chase race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, one that won’t include an Earnhardt for the first time in 33 years.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sitting out the next two races after sustaining his second concussion this year during a 25-car car crash last week at Talladega. Regan Smith, who’ll drive Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet, qualified 26th.

Biffle turned a track-record lap of 193.708 mph in his No. 16 Ford and will start alongside Mark Martin.

AJ Allmendinger will race this weekend for the first time since his July drug suspension.

NHL, union talk again, but not about money

Miscellany: NHL and players’ association representatives met for four hours in New York, but there was no major breakthrough in negotiations to end the league’s lockout.

Both sides say talks were cordial. The problem is that they aren’t discussing core economic issues. Instead, they talked about drug testing and other items such as free agency.

• Federer will regain No. 1 ranking: Roger Federer assured himself the No. 1 tennis ranking for the 300th week of his career by beating Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.

• Jets’ Slauson reportedly fined: A source says New York Jets guard Matt Slauson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his block on Houston linebacker Brian Cushing on Monday that ended Cushing’s season.

• Speedskating coaches resign: U.S. Speedskating head coach Jae Su Chun and assistant Jun Hyung Cho have both resigned from the organization effective immediately.

Chun has been accused by a dozen national team members of physical, emotional and verbal abuse.


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