Ernst earns surprise victory at Quail Hollow
Golf: A week like no other at Quail Hollow held one final surprise Sunday when 22-year-old rookie Derek Ernst birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, and then won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on the first extra hole against David Lynn of England.
Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event. He was the fourth alternate at the start of the week. He was No. 1,207 in the world ranking. None of that mattered when he choked up on a 6-iron from 192 yards and drilled his shot into 4 feet. He made one of only four birdies on the 18th in the final round, and this was the most important. It gave him a 2-under 70 and put him in a playoff with Lynn, who also shot 70.
Phil Mickelson, who had a one-shot lead with three holes to play, made bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, and he narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have allowed him to join the playoff. He had a 73 and finished third.
Ernst won just over $1.2 million and most important to him was the two-year exemption that comes with winning. The victory also gets him into The Players Championship next week. He qualifies for two World Golf Championships, the PGA Championship, the Tournament of Champions next year at Kapalua and the Masters.
• Kerr uses playoff to take Kingsmill title: Cristie Kerr made a short par putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Suzann Pettersen to win the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., for the third time.
Kerr shot a 2-under 69, and Pettersen had a 67 to finish at 12-under 272.
Ariya Jutanugarn, the 17-year-old Thai player who led after the first two rounds, made five birdies on the back nine in a 66 to surge into a tie for third with Ilhee Lee, who closed with a career-best 67.
• Toledo celebrates Cinco de Mayo with win: Esteban Toledo celebrated Cinco de Mayo by becoming the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history, beating Mike Goodes with a par on the third hole of a playoff in the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas.
The 50-year-old Toledo, making his ninth start on the 50-and-over tour, eagled the opening hole and finished with a 5-under 67 to match Goodes and Gene Sauers at 6-under 210.
Goodes shot a 72, and Sauers – eliminated on the second playoff hole – had a 74.
Switzerland stuns Canada in shootout
Hockey: Martin Gerber stopped Matt Duchene in the eighth round of a shootout after Reto Suri scored his second goal of the tiebreaker and Switzerland stunned Canada 3-2 in the world hockey championships in Stockholm.
Gerber stopped 19 shots in regulation and seven of eight in the shootout for Switzerland, 2-0 after upsetting Sweden in its opener.
In Helsinki, the United States beat Latvia 4-1 to improve to 2-0. Tim Stapleton, Bobby Butler, David Moss and Matt Hunwick scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves.
Chelsea tops United to move into third
Soccer: Juan Mata’s shot deflected off a leg of defender Phil Jones for an 87th-minute own goal, and Chelsea won 1-0 at Premier League champion Manchester United to boost its chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea (20-7-8) moved into third place with 68 points, one ahead of Arsenal (19-7-10), with Tottenham (19-8-8) another two points back. Chelsea hosts Spurs on Wednesday.
Sixth-place Everton (15-6-15) tied 0-0 at seventh-place Liverpool (13-9-13). With a five-point lead over its city rival, Everton is on track to finish ahead of Liverpool in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1935-36 and 1936-37.
• Messi reaches 60 goals as Barcelona eyes title: Lionel Messi came in as a second-half sub and scored twice to reach 60 goals for the second straight season, helping Barcelona rally for a 4-2 win over Real Betis and move to the brink of the Spanish league title.
Eliminated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, Barcelona (28-2-4) has an 11-point lead over defending champion Real Madrid (24-5-5) with four games left. It would clinch its fourth title in five years and 22nd overall if Real Madrid fails to win against Malaga on Wednesday.
• Juventus clinches 29th Serie A title: Juventus clinched its record 29th Serie A title and second in a row, beating Palermo 1-0 in Milan, on Arthur Vidal’s penalty kick in the 59th minute.
With three games left, Juventus (26-4-5) holds an 11-point lead over second-place Napoli (21-5-9), which beat Inter Milan 3-1 on Edinson Cavani’s hat trick.
• Paris Saint-Germain on track to end title drought: Paris Saint-Germain was held to a 1-1 tie by visiting Valenciennes, putting it in position to clinch its first league title since 1994 next weekend at third-place Lyon.
PSG (22-5-8) has a seven-point lead over second-place Marseille (20-8-7) with three games remaining.
• Scottish Premier League suspends match: The Scottish Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Hibernian in Glasgow, Scotland, was abandoned when a fan was hospitalized after a suspected heart attack.
The supporter received medical treatment at the side of the field before being taken to hospital in an ambulance. The score was 1-1 at the time, with 54 minutes having been played.
Wawrinka tops Ferrer at Portugal Open
Tennis: Stanislas Wawrinka beat top-seeded David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4 to win the Portugal Open in Oeiras, Portugal.
The second-seeded Wawrinka, who is from Switzerland, broke Ferrer’s serve three times while not giving up one break point to finish the lopsided match in 1 hour, 5 minutes.
• Haas captures BMW Open: Tommy Haas won the BMW Open for the first time in his 10th attempt.
The third-seeded Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the first all-German final in Munich in 48 years.
Wiggins leads team to Giro advantage
Cycling: Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins powered Sky to victory in the team time trial in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia and Italian teammate Salvatore Puccio took the overall leader’s pink jersey.
Sky finished in 22 minutes, 5 seconds along the picturesque 10.8-mile route on the island of Ischia, Italy. Movistar was second, 9 seconds behind, and Astana – featuring Wiggins’ expected rival for the title, Vincenzo Nibali – was third, 14 seconds back.