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  • Bill Haas watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Bill Haas watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Roberto Castro watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Roberto Castro watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Roberto Castro attempts to chip out of a bunker on the first hole during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. The ball didn't make it out of the bunker on his first attempt, and he bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Roberto Castro attempts to chip out of a bunker on the first hole during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. The ball didn't make it out of the bunker on his first attempt, and he bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • D.H. Lee, of South Korea, watches his drive from the 11th tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    D.H. Lee, of South Korea, watches his drive from the 11th tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Jordan Spieth watches his drive from the second tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Jordan Spieth watches his drive from the second tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Bill Haas watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Roberto Castro watches his drive from the fourth tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Roberto Castro attempts to chip out of a bunker on the first hole during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. The ball didn't make it out of the bunker on his first attempt, and he bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • D.H. Lee, of South Korea, watches his drive from the 11th tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Jordan Spieth watches his drive from the second tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Bill Haas putts on the third green during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Golf

Haas pulls away
to win at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. – Bill Haas won the AT&T National yesterday and joined some distinguished company.

Haas pulled away from a crowd of contenders with three straight birdies in the middle of his final round at Congressional. Two key putts down the stretch gave him some room for error that he didn’t even need. He closed with a 5-under 66 for a three-shot win over Roberto Castro.

As many as six players had a share of the lead at some point until Haas made the first of his three straight birdies on No. 8. He led by at least two shots the entire back nine.

Haas now has won at least one PGA Tour event each of the last four years, matched only by Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.

Golf

Perry captures first
major title at Senior Players

PITTSBURGH – Kenny Perry won the Senior Players for his first major title, overtaking Fred Couples yesterday with a final round 6-under 64.

Perry finished his four rounds in 19-under 261 at Fox Chapel, two shots ahead of Couples and Duffy Waldorf.

Perry was runner-up in the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters while playing as a regular on the PGA Tour. He tied for second in the Senior PGA Championship last month.

Yesterday, the 52-year-old Kentuckian took control late in the round. He hit close to the pin on Nos. 16 and 17 for tap-in birdies to break free from Couples and Waldorf.

Couples began the day with a two-shot lead but missed a handful of short putts, opening the door for Perry.

Baseball

Cubs outfielder Sweeney
has broken rib, to go on DL

SEATTLE – Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will be placed on the disabled list after breaking a rib on his left side crashing into an outfield wall.

Chicago made the announcement yesterday, a day after he was hurt, and said Sweeney will be held out of baseball activities for four to six weeks.

Sweeney is hitting .295 with four home runs and 15 RBI since he came up from Triple-A Iowa on May 6.

Chicago is off today and is expected to put Sweeney on the DL before tomorrow’s game at Oakland.

Sweeney was injured in the third inning when he jumped and caught a fly ball by Kendrys Morales.

Baseball

Nady and Rockies
agree to minor league deal

DENVER – Outfielder Xavier Nady agreed to a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.

The 34-year-old had agreed to a minor league contract with Kansas City in December and was hitting .310 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI with Triple-A Omaha.

His deal with Kansas City gave him the ability to terminate the contract if he was not added to the major league roster by May 1, and he was released by the Royals yesterday to allow him to sign with Colorado.

NBA

Rockets waive
Delfino and Brooks

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets have waived guard/forward Carlos Delfino and point guard Aaron Brooks.

Delfino averaged 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 67 games last season. It was his first year with the Rockets after spending three seasons in Milwaukee.

Brooks played in just seven games for Houston last season when the Rockets signed him after he was released by Sacramento. It was his second stint with the team after playing for Houston from 2007-2011.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey took to Twitter to address the moves.

“Thank you to @cabezadelfino (Delfino) & @Thirty2zero (Brooks), you both have been great Rockets, players & teammates. Hope there is a chance to reunite,” he tweeted.

NBA

Grizzlies’ Bayless
exercises his player option

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless exercised his player option and will return to Memphis next season.

Terms of the deal weren’t released by the team. ESPN.com, the first to report Bayless’s decision, said the player option would pay him $3.1 million.

Bayless averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists while playing 80 games and making four starts for Memphis this season. He played 22.1 minutes per game and shot 41.9 percent.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 9.3 points during the playoffs.

NHL

Coyotes, goalie Smith
agree to 6-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. – An NHL official familiar with the deal says that the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a six-year contract with goalie Mike Smith that will average around $5.7 million per year.

The official requested anonymity because the contract still must be approved by the NHL.

The 31-year-old Smith had been mostly a backup before leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 2011-12, his first as Phoenix’s No. 1 goalie. Smith was about to become a free agent and had been waiting for clarity on the Coyotes’ ownership situation before signing.

The City of Glendale is set to vote on a lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment tomorrow, the last major hurdle in the group’s attempt to buy the franchise from the NHL.

Cycling

Bakelants wins second
stage of Tour de France

AJACCIO, Corsica – Jan Bakelants pulled away close to the finish line to win yesterday’s second stage of the Tour de France and take the race leader’s yellow jersey.

The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel started the day in the lead after winning Saturday’s crash-marred first stage, but the rolling hills took their toll and he finished way behind.

The 97-mile trek started from Bastia and after four moderate climbs finished in Ajaccio, where French emperor and military mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769.

Formula One

Rosberg captures
British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, England – Nico Rosberg won the British Grand Prix in an eventful race yesterday, avoiding the tire trouble that affected several drivers and overtaking Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel with 10 laps remaining after the three-time defending champion retired with mechanical problems.

The Mercedes driver won his second race of the year and third of his career, edging Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who recovered from a collision with Romain Grosjean shortly after the start. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso got past Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen with two laps remaining to claim third.

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