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Thompson wins Lorena Ochoa Invitational
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Lexi Thompson won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational yesterday for her second victory in her last four starts, birdieing the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
The 18-year-old Thompson made a 5-foot putt on the par-5 18th, then won when Lewis missed her 5-foot try.
Thompson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 16-under 272 at Guadalajara Country Club. She won the 2011 LPGA Navistar Classic at 16, and took the LPGA Malaysia last month for her second tour title.
The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year, had a 68.
So Yeon Ryu was third at 13 under after a 69. Top-ranked Inbee Park finished fourth at 11 under to wrap up the points-based player of the year award with one event left. She also shot a 69.
English captures OHL Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole finish yesterday at Mayakoba.
English closed with a 6-under 65 after completing the third round in the morning with a 68. He moved into contention Saturday morning in the second round, matching the lowest round of his tour career with a 62.
The 24-year-old former University of Georgia star finished at 21-under 263. He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June for his first PGA Tour victory. Brian Stuard shot a 67 to finish second.
U.S. Grand Prix 8th straight win for Vettel
AUSTIN, Texas – Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel set a Formula One single-season record with his eighth consecutive victory, winning the U.S. Grand Prix with yet another dominating drive.
Starting from the pole position, Vettel got through the critical first turn with his trademark quick start and gave the field no chance to catch his Red Bull car.
Vettel charges into next weekend’s season finale in Brazil with a chance to tie Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 13 victories in a single season. Vettel is closing on the overall Formula One record for consecutive victories of nine, set by Alberto Ascari over parts of the 1952 and ’53 seasons.
Lotus’s Romain Grosjean of France was second, his best finish this year. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate, Mark Webber of Australia, was third.
Czech Republic retains Davis Cup title
BELGRADE, Serbia – The Czech Republic retained the Davis Cup title by beating Serbia, 3-2, in the final yesterday after Radek Stepanek swept past Dusan Lajovic in the decisive singles match.
The Czech veteran beat the 117th-ranked Lajovic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, converting his first match point with a volley. That sent about a thousand visiting Czech fans at Belgrade Arena into wild celebrations, blowing trumpets and beating their drums.
Stepanek spread his hands on the court as Tomas Berdych and other Czech teammates mobbed him.
This was the second Davis Cup title for the Czechs as an independent nation. Serbia won its only crown in 2010, beating France in Belgrade.
Hirscher wins World Cup slalom opener
LEVI, Finland – Double overall World Cup skiing champion Marcel Hirscher won the World Cup slalom opener yesterday ahead of countryman Mario Matt.
The 24-year-old Austrian skied seamlessly throughout the second run to clock an overall time of 1:45.42. Two-time world champion Matt climbed from third place after the first run to second, 0.62 seconds behind Hirscher. Norwegian 19-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen was third, 0.93 seconds back.
American Ted Ligety, who won the giant slalom opening race in Soelden last month, improved from a slow first run, ending 11th, 1.96 seconds behind Hirscher.
Fischnaller wins luge opener in Lillehammer
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller posted the fastest time in both runs yesterday to win the World Cup luge season opener for his first victory on the circuit.
Fischnaller had a track-record time of 49.172 seconds in his opening run and was two one-thousandths of a second away from matching that time in his second heat. His overall time was 1:38.346 – 0.146 seconds ahead of Germany’s David Moller (1:38.492).
Reigning world and Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany (1:38.497) took third.
Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, N.Y. was the top American finisher, placing 14th in 1:39.040. The series resumes next weekend in Igls, Austria.
Royals sign free-agent catcher Pena
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals signed catcher Francisco Pena and added him to the 40-man roster.
The 24-year-old Pena, the son of former Royals Manager Tony Pena, has spent the past six years in the New York Mets organization. He hit .257 last season for Triple-A Las Vegas with nine homers and 39 RBI. He committed just three errors and threw out 30 percent of stolen base attempts.
Pena was also a member of the champion Dominican Republic squad in this past year’s World Baseball Classic, where he was 1-for-2 with an RBI in two tournament games.
American Bowe breaks 1,000m world record
KEARNS, Utah – American Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the women’s 1,000 meters yesterday in a World Cup speedskating race at the Utah Olympic Oval, finishing in 1:12.58.
Bowe broke the record of 1:12.68 set by Canada’s Christine Nesbitt in Calgary, Alberta, on Jan. 28, 2012.
“I daydream about it,” Bowe said. “I’ve dreamed in my sleep about it. When it becomes a reality and finally hits you, it’s a dream come true.”
American Heather Richardson was second in 1:12.61, and the Netherlands’ Ireen Wust followed in 1:13.33.
Richardson also celebrated Bowe’s victory.
“We train together every day,” Richardson said. “It’s great to see her up on top.”
Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima won the men’s 500 in 34.24 seconds. The Netherlands’ Ronald Mulder was second in 34.25, and South Korea’s Mo Tae-mum was third in 34.28. American Mitchell Whitmore was seventh in 34.52.
The Netherlands swept the top three spots in the men’s 5,000. Sven Kramer won in 6:04.59, Bob de Jong was second in 6:07.43, and Jorrit Bergsma third in 6:08.13. American Jonathan Kuck finished fifth in 6:09.73.
The Netherlands also won the women’s team pursuit in 2:56.02. Canada followed in 2:56.90, and the United States was third in 2:57.09.