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Duke wins Travelers
Championship in playoff
CROMWELL, Conn. – Journeyman Ken Duke made a 2½ foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole yesterday to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship to win his first ever PGA Tour event.
Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole to force the playoff.
But the 44-year-old Duke made the better approach shot on the second extra hole, bouncing his ball in front of the flag and rolling it close.
Duke wouldn’t have been there at all had luck not intervened on the 10th hole, when his ball ricocheted off a tree and onto the green to about five feet from the pin, allowing him to make birdie.
Canadian Graham DeLaet finished a stroke back in third place. Bubba Watson finished fourth, two-shots behind, after making a six on the par-3 16th hole.
Park’s playoff birdie
earns NW Arkansas victory
ROGERS, Ark. – World No. 1 Inbee Park sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole yesterday against So Yeon Ryu, capping her final-round rally and winning the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.
The victory is the second straight for Park, who won the LPGA Championship two weeks ago, and the fifth of the year for the South Korean star. She now has seven wins in her last 23 starts.
Park began the day two shots back of a group of four leaders, but she vaulted to the top with three straight birdies on the front nine.
Park and Ryu finished the tournament tied at 12 under, one shot ahead of Mika Miyazato. It’s the second straight year Miyazato has finished as the runner-up.
Stadler wins by one
stroke on Champions Tour
GLENVIEW, Ill. – Craig Stadler birdied four of the first six holes yesterday, then hung on to win the Encompass Championship by one stroke over Fred Couples by sinking a par-saving 12-foot putt on the final hole.
Stadler’s eight years and almost nine months between victories is the longest stretch in Champions Tour history. J.C. Snead had gone almost seven years between titles from 1995 to 2002.
Stadler shot 1-under-par 71 at North Shore Country Club to finish at 13-under 203. Couples’s final-round 66 put him at 12 under.
Mark O’Meara, Bernhard Langer, David Frost and Jeff Sluman were among seven players tied for third at 205.
Leafs get former Monarchs goalie Bernier from L.A.
TORONTO – The Toronto Leafs acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings.
The Leafs gave up forward Matt Frattin, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens and their second-round pick in the 2014 or 2015 NHL entry draft.
The 24-year-old Bernier, who played three seasons for the Manchester Monarchs, played in 14 regular-season games for the Kings in 2012-13 as Jonathan Quick’s backup. He wanted to play more, prompting the trade.
Bernier’s record was 9-3-1. He had a goals-against average of 1.88 and a save percentage of .922.
to win race in Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa – James Hinchcliffe cruised to victory in the IndyCar Series race in Iowa yesterday, leading all but 24 of 250 laps.
He won for the third time this season and gave Andretti Autosport its fourth consecutive victory at Iowa’s oval.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe’s teammate, was second followed by Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal.
Hinchcliffe took the lead on the opening lap and ceded control only briefly during pit stops. He joins Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Hunter-Reay as Iowa winners for Andretti Autosport since 2010.
Hinchcliffe is also the first three-time winner in the series this season. He won the opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., and also was first in Sao Paulo.
Series points leader Helio Castroneves was eighth.
Audi wins Le Mans race marred by driver’s death
LE MANS, France – Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the fourth straight year in an endurance race overshadowed by the death of Danish driver Allan Simonsen at the start.
Simonsen was the first driver fatality at Le Mans since 1997.
Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval steered Audi No. 2 to victory yesterday, one lap ahead of Toyota No. 8 driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.
It was Duval’s first victory at the world’s most famous endurance race, but the third for McNish and the ninth for Kristensen, who extended his record for most titles by a driver.
Audi earned its 12th title at Le Mans, four shy of Porsche’s record.
Track & field
Gay wins 200 at nationals with season-leading time
DES MOINES, Iowa – Tyson Gay completed the 100-200 sprint double yesterday at U.S. track championships, winning the 200 meters in 19.74 seconds and holding off Isiah Young.
It’s the fastest time in the world this season. Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 on Friday in a season-leading time of 9.75.
Kimberlyn Duncan upset Olympic champion Allyson Felix in the women’s 200. Duncan finished in 21.80, with Felix 0.05 seconds behind. Jeneba Tarmoh was third.
Gay built a lead after the curve and then fended off the hard-charging Young, who finished in 19.86. Curtis Mitchell was third and Wallace Spearmon, a three-time U.S. outdoor champion, wound up fourth.
Other winners include Alysia Montano (800), Jennifer Simpson (5,000), Duane Solomon (men’s 800), Ryan Wilson (110 hurdles), Bernard Lagat (5,000), Erik Kynard (high jump), Riley Dolezal (javelin), Evan Jager (3,000 steeplechase), Dalilah Muhammad (400 hurdles), George Kitchens (long jump), Ryan Whiting (shot put), Gia Lewis-Smallwood (discus) and Tim Seaman (20,000 race walk).
Olympic pole vault champion and indoor record holder Jenn Suhr cruised to a national title, setting up a showdown with outdoor record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.
Former Germany defender Friedrich retires from Fire
BERLIN – Former Germany defender Arne Friedrich says he is retiring from professional football and has asked the Chicago Fire to terminate his contract for the MLS team.
The 34-year-old Friedrich wrote on his website yesterday that he made the decision after “much consideration and consultation” with his doctors.
He said he has experienced increasing back pain in recent weeks. He added: “With two herniated disks in my lower back, I am no longer able to fulfill the demands of a professional soccer player.”
Friedrich formerly played for Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg. He made 82 appearances for Germany.
Track & field
South Africa Olympic body suspends track federation
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Olympic committee suspended the troubled national track federation yesterday and said athletes like Caster Semenya would not be able to compete at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games until the problems were resolved.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it had now “cut ties” with Athletics South Africa, which had been put under administration this year but defied that order Saturday by reinstating its own board.
The battle between SASCOC and ASA is also complicated by the apparent support for the track federation from international athletics body IAAF, which still considers ASA to be in charge of South African track and field.