September 17, 2012 in Sports

Shin rolls to record win at British Open

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Korea’s Jiyai Shin is doused with water by fellow Korean So Yeon Ryu, right, as her caddy Florian Rodriguez looks on Sunday.
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Golf: Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women’s British Open on Sunday in Hoylake, England.

With the last two rounds played Sunday, Shin took a three-shot lead in the final round after shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong wind and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish at 9-under 279.

The 24-year-old South Korean player won the major championship for the second time in five years and also won for the second time in seven days on the LPGA Tour. Last Monday morning in Virginia, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship.

South Korea’s Inbee Park was second, shooting 72-76.

• Wood edges Glasson in Hawaii: Willie Wood took advantage of Bill Glasson’s back-nine collapse to win the inaugural Hawaii Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii, for his second Champions Tour victory in the last three events.

The 51-year-old Wood birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Glasson. Wood played 54 holes without a bogey, finishing at 14-under 202 at Kapolei Golf Course.

• Ballesteros’ son wins: Javier Ballesteros, son of late golf great Seve Ballesteros, won the amateur Madrid Open.

The 22-year-old Javier dedicated the win to his father, who died in May 2011 at the age of 54 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.

The younger Ballesteros finished the three-round tournament at 6 under to win by four strokes.

• Guthrie captures Boise Open: Luke Guthrie wrapped a PGA Tour card for next season, winning the Boise Open for his first Web.com Tour title.

Guthrie, 22, closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory at Hillcrest Country Club.

Richard H. Lee, Scott Gardiner, Steve Wheatcroft and Michael Putnam tied for second.

Spain ousts U.S. from Davis Cup

Tennis: John Isner and the U.S. Davis Cup team saw firsthand that Spain’s dominance isn’t limited to Rafael Nadal.

David Ferrer beat Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Gijon, Spain, to give the five-time champions an insurmountable 3-1 lead and a shot at a fourth title in five years. They’ll face the Czech Republic on the road in the final.

Spain stretched its record home winning streak to 24 straight, and it hasn’t lost on clay for 26 series. Its last clay loss was in 1999.

• Flipkens earns first title: Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens won the Bell Challenge in Quebec City for her first WTA Tour title, beating eighth-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-5.

No progress as NHL lockout begins

Hockey: Die-hard hockey fans might need to invest in some classic NHL games on DVD. It might be the only taste of hockey for months.

There’s no telling when the NHL lockout will end, especially when neither the league nor the NHLPA has committed to face-to-face negotiations to end the labor unrest. There were no formal talks on the first day of the lockout, the league’s fourth shutdown since 1992.

• Russian team signs Malkin, Gonchar: NHL stars Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar have signed with Mettalurg of the Kontinental Hockey League after the NHL imposed a lockout of its players.

Metallurg is based in the Russian industrial city of Magnitogorsk.

Malkin, a 26-year-old center with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the NHL’s reigning MVP. Gonchar, 38, is a defenseman with the Ottawa Senators.

Morgan lifts U.S. over Australia

Soccer: Alex Morgan scored a goal and set up another as the U.S. women’s national soccer team rallied from a first-half deficit to beat Australia 2-1 in Carson, Calif., in the second game on a post-Olympic tour.

Morgan scored the tying goal in the 55th minute and won the penalty kick fellow Southern Californian Shannon Boxx converted eight minutes later as London gold medalists shook off a rough first 45 minutes.

Nebraska’s Pelini returns to work

Miscellany: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini returned to work, a day after he was taken to a hospital during the Cornhuskers’ game against Arkansas State.

Pelini, 44, was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln, Neb., hospital after halftime for precautionary tests. He was released from the hospital by Saturday evening. He said after the 42-13 win that “everything checked out just fine”.

• U.S. coach placed on administrative leave: U.S. speedskating coach Jae Su Chun was placed on administrative leave Sunday, hours after his spokesman released a statement denying claims of verbal, physical and psychological abuse brought by current and former members of the national team, including five Olympic medalists.

Nineteen short-track skaters filed a wide-ranging grievance against U.S. Speedskating and 14 signed a code of conduct complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Aug. 30.

• Tiernan-Locke victorious: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke became the first home winner of the Tour of Britain in 19 years after finishing safely in the main pack in the final stage in Guildford, England, won by compatriot Mark Cavendish.

• Wise Dan tops field: Wise Dan won the $1 million Woodbine Mile in Toronto, beating Hunters Bay by 3 1/4 lengths to give jockey John Velazquez his record fourth victory in the Grade 1 race.

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