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U.S. takes home Presidents Cup
DUBLIN, Ohio – The Presidents Cup ended yesterday the same way it always goes – an American celebration after Tiger Woods delivered the winning point.
Woods’s back flared up on him again in the final hour at Muirfield Village. He still managed to hang on to beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time against an International team. It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match – all three with Fred Couples as the captain.
Eagle on 18 gives Feng the win
BEIJING – China’s Shanshan Feng eagled the par-5 18th hole after her second approach shot hit the pin for a one-stroke victory in the smog-affected Reignwood Classic, the LPGA Tour’s first tournament in Beijing.
Feng closed with a 5-under 68 for a 26-under 266 total. She won the LPGA Championship last year to become China’s first major champion.
Stacy Lewis also had a 68 to finish second. Top-ranked Inbee Park was third at 21 under after a 68.
Power holds off new points leader Dixon in Houston
HOUSTON – Will Power held off new IndyCar championship leader Scott Dixon to win the second race of the Grand Prix of Houston yesterday. The race ended when Dario Franchitti’s car went airborne into the fence on the final lap.
Franchitti was taken to a hospital, but team owner Chip Ganassi said he was alert and complaining only of a sore ankle and back.
Dixon took over the IndyCar points lead 11 laps into the race when Helio Castroneves’s car stopped on the course because of a broken gearbox.
Vettel captures Korean Grand Prix
YEONGAM, South Korea – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won an eventful Korean Grand Prix yesterday to close in on his fourth straight Formula One championship.
The German led throughout the race, but two safety-car periods and significant graining on his tires made for a hard-fought win.
He finished 4.2 seconds ahead of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was just ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean.
Vettel now leads the drivers’ championship by 77 points with only five races remaining and looks increasingly certain to win the title.
Uchimura, Biles get 2nd golds at worlds
ANTWERP, Belgium – All-around champions Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Simone Biles of the United States each added a gold medal in an individual event yesterday to cap sterling performances at the gymnastic world championships.
Uchimura won the parallel bars to give Japan a fourth gold out of seven men’s events.
Biles again showed her power and jumps on the floor to complete the best overall American performance at a worlds. Like Uchimura, she finished with two gold medals and four overall.
The U.S. team ended with 12 medals, exceeding its previous high of nine at the 2005 Melbourne championships. With a dozen medals, the Americans had almost double those of their nearest challenger, Japan.
Aliya Mustafina won Russia’s first gold medal of the championships, edging Kyla Ross of the U.S. on the balance beam. It was Ross’s third silver of the championships. Biles took the bronze.
In the men’s vault, South Korea’s Yang Hak-seon slipped past American rival Steve Legendre for the gold.
Djokovic, Williams on top at China Open
BEIJING – Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-4, to win the China Open yesterday for the fourth time.
The victory was something of a consolation for Djokovic after Nadal was assured of replacing him atop the rankings by reaching the final in Beijing.
In the women’s final, top-ranked American Serena Williams maintained her dominant form, beating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-2, 6-2.
Williams won the first women’s event in Beijing in 2004 and said her second win was an unexpected bonus at the end of a year in which she has now won 10 titles, including two Grand Slams.
Del Potro beats Raonic to win Japan Open
TOKYO – Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina beat Milos Raonic of Canada, 7-6 (5), 7-5, yesterday to win the Japan Open.
Del Potro got the only break of the match to go up 6-5 in the second set and then held serve to claim his third title of the year, adding to wins in Rotterdam and Washington.