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In Brief: Knox, a footnote to history, wins Travelers golf

Russell Knox celebrates after his winning putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Travelers. (Fred Beckham / Associated Press)
Russell Knox celebrates after his winning putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Travelers. (Fred Beckham / Associated Press)
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GOLF: Russell Knox nicknamed himself “The Beast” after playing two good rounds at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conneticut.

He doubled down on that Sunday after sinking a 12-foot putt on the final hole to save par and beat hometown favorite Jerry Kelly by a stroke, hours after Jim Furyk shot the first 58 in PGA Tour history.

“I felt like the Incredible Hulk when it went in,” Knox said. “I could have ripped my shirt off.”

Knox closed with a 2-under 68 for a 14-under 266 total at TPC River Highlands. The 31-year-old Scot won for the second time on the tour.

Kelly, the 49-year-old former University of Hartford player, finished with a 64.

Furyk tied for fifth at 11 under. He opened with rounds of 73, 66 and 72.

The Scot hit his tee shot on the par-4 18th right and into the crowd, and his second shot into a green-side bunker below the hole. He pitched out short of the hole, setting up a putt that went straight into the hole. He didn’t tear his shirt off, but did send his hat flying in celebration.

“Everybody dreams of making a putt on the last hole to win a tournament,” he said. “I just kept telling myself, this is your chance to make a putt to have a great celebration and hear the roars. I’m glad it went in.”

Justin Thomas was almost an afterthought despite shooting a 62. He finished at 12 under for the tournament, tied with Patrick Rodgers for third place.

Durant beats Jimenez in playoff: Joe Durant made a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the PGA Tour Champions 3M Championship in Blaine, Minnesota.

The 52-year-old Durant won on the par-5 18th after closing with a birdie on the hole in regulation for a 9-under 63. After a double bogey on the par-4 14th, Jimenez birdied the last four holes for a 67 to match Durant at 19-under 197 at TPC Twins Cities.

Jimenez birdied the 18th in the playoff, too, before Durant rolled in the right-to-left winner.

Seong wins U.S. women’s Am: South Korea’s Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Rolling Green in Springfield, Pennsylvania, to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls’ Junior in the same year.

The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.

The 19-year-old Carta, coming off her freshman season at Duke, was trying to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.

Man United captures Community Shield

SOCCER: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 83rd-minute winner as Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 in London to capture the Community Shield and earn Jose Mourinho his first trophy as the club’s manager.

Ibrahimovic was lurking at the back post when Antonio Valencia floated over a cross from the right wing. Beating Wes Morgan in the air, Ibrahimovic planted a downward header against the post and the ball rebounded over the line.

The Community Shield is nothing more than a friendly match between the winners of last season’s Premier League (Leicester) and FA Cup (United), but both teams treated it seriously.

Pogba worth a pretty pound: Paul Pogba is close to joining Manchester United from Juventus for what is expected to be a world-record transfer fee.

The France midfielder has been given permission by Juventus to have a medical examination to complete his return to Old Trafford, United said. The English club made the announcement in a one-line statement under the hashtag “Pogback.”

Pogba left United to join Juventus in 2012, reportedly for 800,000 pounds (now $1.05 million) in compensation. He is set to return for a fee of around 105 million euros ($116.4 million), which would eclipse the 101 million euros that Real Madrid spent to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013.

Timbers blank Sporting KC: Diego Valeri, Jack Jewsbury and Fanendo Adi scored second-half goals while both teams played a man short to help the Portland Timbers beat visiting Sporting Kansas City 3-0.

Meola fired: The Jacksonville Armada have fired coach Tony Meola after nine months on the job.

The Armada ranks 11th in the 12-team North American Soccer League’s fall season table. Jacksonville is winless in six consecutive games.

Meola, a former national team goalkeeper, was hired in November 2015.

He was 2-10-6 overall, including 1-5-2 this fall.

Meola made 100 appearances for the national team and was on the squad for the 1990, 1994 and 2002 World Cups.

Kyrgios outlasts Isner to win Atlanta Open

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios handled the intense heat and humidity well enough to earn his second ATP title with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) victory over John Isner in the Atlanta Open.

The 18th-ranked Kyrgios did not appear bothered by temperatures in the mid-90s, high humidity and sunshine that helped raise the on-court reading at Atlantic Station to 130 degrees at times.

The 21-year-old Australian played crisply, and the second seed kept asking for balls quickly when he was serving so he could dictate tempo.

Yingying wins Jiangxi: China’s Duan Yingying battled back from a set down to beat American Vania King 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Jiangxi Open in China for her first career title.

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