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McIlroy wins Bridgestone, goes back to No. 1
AKRON, Ohio – Rory McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the Bridgestone Invitational and return to No. 1 in the world.
In his first start since a wire-to-wire win in the British Open, McIlroy picked up his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone. And just like Royal Liverpool, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland made it look easy.
Sergio Garcia had a three-shot lead going into the final round. McIlroy opened with three straight birdies to take a one-shot lead. He never trailed the rest of the way, taking the lead for good with an 8-foot birdie on the 11th hole.
Perry birdies final hole to win 3M Championship
BLAINE, Minn. – Kenny Perry scrambled for a birdie on the 18th hole yesterday to beat hard-charging Bernhard Langer by a stroke in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship.
Perry closed with a 7-under 65 for his second victory of the year and seventh overall on the 50-and-over tour. He finished at 23-under 193 at TPC Twin Cities.
Langer, the Senior British Open winner last week by a tour-record 13 shots, shot 63. He overcame a four-shot deficit on the back nine and was tied with Perry going to the par-5 18th.
In the second-to-last group, Langer’s second shot just cleared the water hazard and landed in the tall grass. He chipped on from an awkward stance and two-putted for par.
One group behind, Perry hit his second shot into the grandstand behind the green. After a drop, he pitched to about 15 feet and made the putt.
Jeff Maggert, Gene Sauers and Marco Dawson tied for third at 20 under. Maggert and Sauers shot 65, and Dawson had a 67.
Dixon wins fourth Mid-Ohio race in six years
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fourth win at Mid-Ohio in the last six years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s victory drought in 2014.
Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including all four of Dixon’s triumphs. It finally broke through in a familiar place.
Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and Graham Rahal fifth.
Diamondbacks’ Goldschmidt out for year with broken hand
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left hand.
Manager Kirk Gibson announced the news yesterday, two days after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.
Gibson put Goldschmidt’s rehabilitation timetable at eight weeks, with the season ending in late September. No surgery is expected.
Goldschmidt hit .300 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI this season. A two-time All-Star, he led the NL with 125 RBI last year and tied for the league lead with 36 homers while batting .302.
Pirates sign utility infielder Nix
PHOENIX – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent infielder Jayson Nix before yesterday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nix was released by the Tampa Bay Rays organization on Friday and also played for the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this season.
The Pirates optioned infielder Brent Morel, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI Saturday night in an 8-3 over Arizona, to Class AAA Indianapolis and designated infielder Dean Anna for assignment to add Nix to the 40-man roster.
Morel was 3-for-16 in nine games with the Pirates.
Nix has played third base, shortstop and second base this season. He signed with Tampa Bay on May 17 and hit .274 in 54 games with AAA Durham.
Serena Williams captures Bank of the West title
STANFORD, Calif. – Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season yesterday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber, 7-6 (1), 6-3, in the Bank of the West Classic.
The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.
Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced today. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.
Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went on a five-game run of her own.
The eighth-ranked Kerber forced a tiebreaker, where Williams took charge with five straight points to open.
Raonic tops Pospisil in first all-Canadian ATP final
WASHINGTON – Milos Raonic easily won the first all-Canadian tournament final in ATP history, erasing the only break point he faced and beating Vasek Pospisil, 6-1, 6-4, yesterday at the Citi Open for his sixth career title.
The second-seeded Raonic produced serves at more than 140 mph and broke Pospisil four times at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open. The year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins Aug. 25.
Raonic, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, earned $316,400 for the victory and his ranking will rise one spot today to No. 6, matching his career high.
Letter: Bon Jovi wants Bills to succeed in Buffalo
CANTON, Ohio – Jon Bon Jovi said his prospective ownership group wants the Bills to succeed in Buffalo.
His letter in The Buffalo News yesterday marks the first time the rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the Bills. The team is for sale after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Bon Jovi said his group is committed to working with state and local officials to identify a new stadium site in the region. He said it’s his intention to “carry on Ralph Wilson’s legacy” in Buffalo.
Bon Jovi added that he wants to clarify his group’s intentions in light of what he calls “conjecture.” Elected officials and Bills fans are concerned Bon Jovi’s group intends to buy and eventually move the team to Toronto.