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Arizona Diamondbacks' Vidal Nuno pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 13, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of their interleague baseball game Thursday, July 10, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
NL All-Star team replaces four pitchers
MINNEAPOLIS – San Francisco’s Tim Hudson, Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon, San Diego’s Huston Street and Washington’s Tyler Clippard have been added to the roster for tomorrow’s All-Star game at Target Field as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff.
They replace a quartet of pitchers who started yesterday: the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, the Padres’ Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves’ Julio Teheran.
Hudson, a four-time All-Star, is 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA, and Simon is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA. Street has 24 saves and a 1.09 ERA, and Clippard is 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 43 relief appearances.
Rose wins Scottish Open for back-to-back titles
ABERDEEN, Scotland – Justin Rose won the Scottish Open by two shots after a final round of 6-under 65 yesterday, sealing back-to-back victories either side of the Atlantic and bolstering his confidence ahead of this week’s British Open.
The 2013 U.S. Open champion turned the last day into a procession, rolling in six birdies and going bogey-free on a windless Royal Aberdeen links course.
Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second at 14 under after a 66. That secured him a place at the British Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.
Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open in playoff
EDMOND, Okla. – Colin Montgomerie won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers to win the U.S. Senior Open title yesterday at Oak Tree National.
Both entered the playoff at 5 under. Montgomerie entered the third extra hole with a one-shot lead, then made a putt on No. 18 to par the hole and claim the win.
Montgomerie became the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year. He led at the end of the first and second days of the Senior Open, but entered the final round four shots behind Sauers and shot a 2-under 69 to force the playoff.
Harman wins John Deere Classic by a stroke
SILVIS, Ill. – Brian Harman won his first PGA Tour title yesterday, using three straight birdie putts in the final five holes to pull away from veteran Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic.
Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total and a one-stroke victory over Johnson to win $846,000, along with the last exemption for next week’s British Open.
Harman, a 27-year-old Georgian in his third full season on the PGA Tour, withstood Johnson’s challenge by making three birdies beginning at No. 14 to get to 23 under with two holes to play. Johnson, playing four pairs ahead of Harman, birdied the 17th to get within a stroke, but ran out of holes.
Jhonattan Vegas raced into a tie for third with a closing 65, ending up tied with Jerry Kelly at 265. Scott Brown and Tim Clark tied for fifth at 266.
Hewitt breaks through on third try in Newport
NEWPORT, R.I. – Australian Lleyton Hewitt won in his third time in the final match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, beating second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), yesterday.
The 33-year old Hewitt captured his 30th career ATP title in a match that lasted 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Cuevas beats Sousa in Swedish Open final
BASTAD, Sweden – Pablo Cuevas defeated fifth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal, 6-2, 6-1, in the Swedish Open final yesterday at the Bastad Tennis Stadium.
The 28-year-old Uruguayan, who has fought a serious knee injury for the past three years, won his first ATP tournament. He is currently ranked 111th.
Halep captures Bucharest Open
BUCHAREST, Romania – Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci to win the Bucharest Open final, 6-1, 6-3, yesterday for her eighth WTA title.
The 31-year-old Vinci lost her serve to trail 4-2 in the second before Halep won the final game to love and clinched the title in less than 70 minutes.
Deng agrees to 2-year, $20 million deal with Heat
Free agent forward Luol Deng agreed yesterday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents.
The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said.
Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season.
Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft.