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Weekley wins Colonial for first PGA Tour win in 5 years
FORT WORTH, Texas – Boo Weekley made three consecutive birdies in the middle of his round to take the lead at Colonial, and finished with a 4-under 66 yesterday for his first PGA Tour victory in five years.
Weekley never trailed after those birdies on Nos. 8-10, which came about the same time Scott Stallings made double bogey at No. 15 to drop out of the lead.
At 14-under 266, Weekley finished a stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar, the second- and third-round leader who closed with a 68. Defending Colonial champion Zach Johnson shot 66 to finish third at 12 under, a stroke better than Stallings, who had a 66.
Lee wins first LPGA
Tour event in short week
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – A week like no other on the LPGA Tour ended with Ilhee Lee winning for the first time.
Lee made a clutch par putt to keep a one-shot lead, and then drilled a fairway metal onto the par-5 18th green to set up a two-putt birdie. She closed with a 5-under 42 yesterday for a two-shot win over Irene Cho in the Bahamas LPGA Classic.
It was only fitting that the tournament ended in a downpour. Flooding earlier in the week left so much of the Ocean Club under water that the tour’s best option was to shorten the course to 12 holes and play three rounds to reach the 36 holes required for an official event.
Idoki takes Senior PGA as Perry fades over final holes
ST. LOUIS – Kohki Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against a fading Kenny Perry with room to spare, charging to a two-stroke victory yesterday in the Senior PGA Championship.
It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for the 52-year-old Perry, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas.
The 51-year-old Idoki closed with a 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under at Bellerive Country Club. Idoki got a beer shower from fellow Japanese players Joe Osaki and Kiyoshi Murota after finishing ahead of Perry’s final group.
Perry shot a 72, and Haas had a 70.
Mark O’Meara was fourth, three strokes back after 65. Murota was another shot behind after a 67.
Italy’s Manassero wins
BMW PGA Championship
VIRGINIA WATER, England – Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion in the 58-year history of the BMW PGA Championship yesterday, beating Simon Khan of England on the fourth playoff hole for his fourth European Tour title.
Manassero, 20 years and 37 days, made amends for letting victory slip away at the event two years ago. The previous youngest winner was Bernhard Gallacher of Scotland at 20 years, 97 days in 1969.
With the win, the Italian qualified for next month’s U.S. Open and avoided a 36-hole qualifier today at the Walton Heath course.
Marc Warren of Scotland, Manassero and Khan were tied at 10-under 278 after regulation play. Warren was eliminated after the first playoff hole.
Rosberg keeps cool to win crash-marred Monaco GP
MONACO – Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix yesterday and give Mercedes its first victory of the season.
The German driver began from pole position for the third straight GP, but he had to re-start three times after the race was held up by a safety car, a red flag and the safety car again.
Rosberg finished ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth.
The red flag came out with about 30 laps to go when Williams driver Pastor Maldonado was nudged into the wall by Marussia’s Max Chilton.
Earlier, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa crashed and the safety car came out a second time when Frenchman Romain Grosjean smashed into Daniel Ricciardo.
Grosjean gets 10-place
grid penalty for Canada GP
MONACO – French driver Romain Grosjean was handed a 10-place grid penalty for next month’s Canadian Grand Prix after driving into the back of Daniel Ricciardo’s car at the Monaco GP yesterday.
Grosjean, who crashed in practice and qualifying before the race, lost control of his Lotus coming out of the tunnel toward the end of the race and went straight into the Australian’s Toro Rosso. The FIA said in a statement that Grosjean caused the collision.
They were among six drivers who failed to finish as the race was interrupted twice when the safety car came out and once by a red flag.
Angels cut Buckner,
activate Jepsen from DL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Los Angeles Angels activated right-hander Kelvin Jepsen from the 15-day disabled list and designated right-hander Billy Buckner for assignment a day after he earned his first big league victory since 2009.
The Angels made the move yesterday before playing the Kansas City Royals.
Buckner pitched five innings of two-hit ball in a 7-0 win over the Royals on Saturday. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2010.
Jensen missed 38 games with a right shoulder strain. He was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in six relief appearances before the injury.
Clemens still dogged
by N.Y. steroids case
NEW YORK – A judge ordered lawyers for Roger Clemens to turn over government documents in a New York civil case that relate to allegations that the baseball legend cheated on his wife.
A judge ruled last week that the documents must be produced in response to a defamation lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn. They include 22 FBI reports and notes from an Internal Revenue Service agent.
Former strength coach Brian McNamee sued Clemens in 2009, claiming Clemens ruined McNamee’s reputation by branding him a liar in their dispute over whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner ever used steroids.
A status conference in the case is scheduled for Wednesday. It’s unclear whether Clemens will be there.
Nibali takes Giro title;
Cavendish wins last stage
BRESCIA, Italy – Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Giro d’Italia title in the final stage of the three-week classic yesterday, while Mark Cavendish won the 21st leg in a sprint finish for his fifth victory in this year’s race.
For Nibali, an Italian with the Astana team, the title cemented his status in an elite group of current riders considered capable of winning Grand Tours, along with Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.
Nibali took the overall leader’s pink jersey after the seventh stage, never gave it up, and padded his lead by winning the final two mountain stages in dominating fashion.
Rigoberto Uran of Colombia finished second overall and Cadel Evans of Australia, the 2011 Tour de France winner, was third, 4:43 and 5:52 behind Nibali, respectively.
Point guard Barton
transferring to Tennessee
Antonio Barton is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee.
Barton confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he had chosen Tennessee, where the guard says he thinks the Volunteers have all the pieces in place for him to play immediately on a team that can win.
He announced in April that he would transfer from Memphis after graduation. He started 31 games in his first two years with the Tigers. But he averaged 5.6 points and 1.3 rebounds coming off the bench this past season and missed most of the final two months because of a hairline fracture in his right foot.
Barton fills a big need for Tennessee. The Vols’ only experienced point guard is Brandon Lopez, a walk-on who played in 17 games. They also have incoming freshman Darius Thompson.
Report: Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes
JOHANNESBURG – A South African newspaper said Oscar Pistorius was fined for unpaid taxes after having to declare his assets in court during his bail hearing.
The City Press newspaper reported yesterday that the South African Revenue Service audited and fined the double-amputee runner “less than one million rand” (less than $105,000), which he paid.
The Olympian is charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house in Pretoria in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14.
Pistorius declared in a court affidavit during his application to be freed on bail in February that he earned around $630,000 a year and owned three houses and a vacant plot in South Africa with a combined value of nearly $1 million.