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Golf

Horschel takes first
PGA win at Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. – Billy Horschel shot an 8-under 64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic, maintaining his composure through a pair of weather delays for his first career PGA Tour victory yesterday.

The 26-year-old former Florida Gator began the day two shots behind third-round leader Lucas Glover and surged into the lead with six straight birdies after the first weather delay. He finished at 20 under, narrowly holding off Shell Houston Open winner D.A. Points, who shot a final-round 65, finishing one shot behind.

Golf

Park wins North Texas
Shootout for third win of ’13

IRVING, Texas – Inbee Park shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 yesterday to win the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout by a stroke over Carlota Ciganda, whose chance for a first LPGA victory was wiped out in a two-hole stretch.

Park, the world’s No. 1 women’s player, finished at 13-under 271 for her third victory this season and fifth in her last 18 starts. The 24-year-old South Korean sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole.

Golf

Sluman and Faxon win
Legends of Golf team event

SAVANNAH, Ga. – After finishing second twice, Jeff Sluman finally won the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf with a new teammate.

Sluman, a two-time runner-up with Craig Stadler at the Champions Tour’s team event, partnered with Brad Faxon for a one-stroke victory yesterday at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

Tennis

Sharapova beats Li
in Porsche GP final

STUTTGART, Germany – Maria Sharapova beat Li Na, 6-4, 6-3, yesterday to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions.

Tennis

Schiavone wins Grand Prix SAR for sixth career title

MARRAKECH, Morocco – Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year yesterday, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-1, 6-3, in the Grand Prix SAR final.

The sixth-seeded Schiavone was dominant in the first set, breaking the Spaniard twice and not facing a single break point.

Tennis

Nadal beats Almagro to
win eighth Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, Spain – Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time yesterday, defeating Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 6-3, for his fourth title of the year.

After trailing 3-0 in the first set, Nadal found his form and broke his fellow Spaniard in three of his next four service games to take command.

Tennis

Rosol beats Garcia-Lopez
to capture Bucharest final

BUCHAREST, Romania – Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy for his first ATP title.

Rosol made quick work of things, winning in 67 minutes and converting four of his nine break points in a clay-court final between two unseeded players.

NHL

Avalanche fires Coach Sacco after missing out on playoffs

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche fired Coach Joe Sacco a day after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

General Manager Greg Sherman said in a news release yesterday the “organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward.”

Colorado never got on track in the lockout-shortened season and finished last in the Western Conference.

NHL

Nieuwendyk fired as
Stars GM after four seasons

DALLAS – The Dallas Stars fired General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk after four seasons, two coaches and no playoff appearances.

The Stars announced Nieuwendyk’s firing in a news release yesterday.

Dallas is already set to name its new general manager today. The team has refused to comment on reports that Jim Nill, Detroit’s assistant GM, will be Nieuwendyk’s replacement.

College football

Big Ten going to East-West alignment for divisions

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten said it is going to an East and West alignment for divisions and a nine-game schedule for conference play.

Big Ten presidents and chancellors approved the moves yesterday.

The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning “Legends” and “Leaders” will be a thing of the past. Teams will go from playing eight conference games to nine in 2016.

Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will be in the East division. The West will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Schools will play six division games plus two against teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, they’ll play three cross-division games.

Indiana and Purdue will meet on an annual basis.

Horse racing

Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday jog at Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday took their first jogs around Churchill Downs yesterday morning, less than a week before the Kentucky Derby.

Trainers for both were pleased with the way their 3-year-old colts handled the track. Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents showed no signs of jet lag following a cross-country trip from California, jogging a leisurely mile with exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard. Jockey Kevin Krigger looked on, along with trainer Doug O’Neill, who won the Derby last year with I’ll Have Another.

Florida Derby runner-up Itsmyluckyday jogged just over a mile following a van trip from Florida.

Running

Kenya’s Kiprop, Spain’s
Veiga win Madrid Marathon

MADRID – Kanya’s Francis Kiprop and Spain’s Vanessa Veiga won yesterday’s Madrid Marathon, which observed a minute of silence before the start in commemoration of the victims of the Boston bombings.

Kiprop finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 37 seconds. Veiga won the women’s division in 2:36:38.

College hockey

Taylor, veteran Yale
coach, dies at 71

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Tim Taylor, the head hockey coach at Yale University from 1976-2006, died of cancer. He was 71.

Taylor’s wife, Diana Cooke, confirmed he died Saturday, two weeks after Yale won its first national championship.

Taylor coached 28 seasons in New Haven, not including two years with Olympic teams. He won more games (337) than any coach in the 117-year history of the program.

Cycling

Britain’s Froome
wins Tour of Romandie

GENEVA – Chris Froome of Britain completed a start-to-finish victory in the Tour of Romandie yesterday, enhancing his status as the Tour de France favorite.

Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans, the previous two Romandie champions, went on to win the Tour de France.

Froome placed third in the closing time trial won by Germany’s Tony Martin and extended his advantage over Slovakia’s Simon Spilak in the overall standings.

The Sky team leader was seven seconds faster than Spilak on the 11.6-mile route on lakeside roads in Geneva. He won the six-day race by 54 seconds.

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