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Digest: Gene Sauers wins U.S. Senior Open

GOLF: Gene Sauers closed with a 1-under-par 69 and took advantage of another collapse by Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the rain-delayed U.S. Senior Open in in Upper Arlington, Ohio, on Monday for his first senior victory.

The 53-year-old from Georgia finished with three straight pars to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory over Jimenez and Billy Mayfair.

It capped a remarkable comeback for Sauers, who nearly died from a rare disease 10 years ago and was out of golf for seven years with pain so severe there were times he couldn’t even get off the couch.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said. “It’s been a long time and I’m at a loss for words right now.”

He finished at 3-under 277.

Jimenez had a one-shot lead going into the final round, but blew a lead at a second straight major. The Spaniard regained the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole, a two-shot swing when Sauers made bogey, only to bogey the 17th hole.

They were tied on the 18th, but Jimenez missed the green and made a second straight bogey. Sauers made a 5-foot par putt to win it.

Serena Williams out of Cincinnati tourney

TENNIS: Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a shoulder injury.

Williams, the tournament’s two-time defending champion, withdrew after a morning practice session.

She accepted a wild-card berth last week after being upset in the third round of the Rio Olympics.

The withdrawal gives second-seeded Angelique Kerber an opportunity to earn the WTA No. 1 ranking if she were to win the W&S title.

Nebraska assistant arrested for third DUI

MISCELLANY: Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams was charged with third-offense driving under the influence after a weekend crash in which he rear-ended an Uber driver’s vehicle in downtown Lincoln.

Chelsea wins opener: Diego Costa struck late as Chelsea won its first competitive match under new manager Antonio Conte, beating West Ham 2-1 in their English Premier League opener.

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