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  • Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

  • Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
  • Beatriz Recari, of Spain, tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Golf

Recari hangs on down stretch to win Marathon

SYLVANIA, Ohio – Spain’s Beatriz Recari outdueled Paula Creamer in a head-to-head battle to win the Marathon Classic yesterday, rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good en route to her third LPGA Tour title.

Recari and Creamer, who won the tournament then known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic five years ago, started the day tied for first, three shots ahead of their nearest pursuers. They traded the lead but were still even until Recari birdied the par-3 14th.

The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267. She missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 18th. Creamer finished with a 67.

Golf

49-year-old Austin wins
Sanderson Farms playoff

MADISON, Miss. – Woody Austin won the Sanderson Farms Classic yesterday for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

The 49-year-old Austin is the eighth oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007.

Austin came into the final round two shots behind Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson, but made up ground with a 5- under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. Beckman and Summerhays both birdied No. 18 to match Austin, and Beckman missed a 5-foot putt that would have forced a second playoff hole.

Austin was making his fourth PGA Tour start of the year. He has four career victories.

America’s Cup

Kiwis lose jib, still
beat Italians in trials

SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand overcame the loss of its jib early in the race and routed Italy’s Luna Rossa yesterday in just their second head-to-head matchup in the America’s Cup challenger series.

The Kiwis beat Luna Rossa by 2 minutes, 20 seconds and lead 6-3 in the Louis Vuitton Cup round-robins. The team with the most points after five round-robins advances to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals, which will determine the opponent for defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup match starting Sept. 7.

Team New Zealand apparently broke its jib halyard on the upwind third leg and the headsail began flapping. The Kiwis lowered the jib and tossed it overboard. Their chase boat moved in to retrieve the sail, forcing the Italians to tack away.

The Kiwis built on their lead and were able to ride on hydrofoils sailing downwind, powered only by the wing-shaped mainsail.

Baseball

Yankees’ Rodriguez
to have MRI on left thigh

NEW YORK – The Yankees said Alex Rodriguez was expected to have an MRI on his injured left quadriceps at a New York hospital yesterday.

Rodriguez was the designated hitter on Saturday in a minor league game after feeling tightness in the thigh muscle. He has been rehabbing from surgery in January on his left hip.

The third baseman reached his 20-day rehab limit yesterday. He was hoping to rejoin the Yankees today in Texas, but wasn’t sure if he would play third or DH on his return. If the Yankees don’t activate him, Rodriguez will have to go back on the DL.

Tennis

Serena Williams
wins Swedish Open

BASTAD, Sweden – Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the Swedish Open yesterday.

The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American’s strong serve and losing the next three games.

Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson’s serve twice.

Tennis

Fognini saves three match points, wins Hamburg final

HAMBURG, Germany – Fabio Fognini saved three match points before beating Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis, 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2, yesterday to win the German Tennis Championships for his second title in two weeks.

The 12th-seeded Italian extended his winning run to 10 matches. He won his first career title, also on clay, last week in Stuttgart.

Tennis

Meusburger beats Hlavackova at Gastein for 1st career title

BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Yvonne Meusburger of Austria won her first WTA title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-2, at the Gastein Ladies yesterday.

It was Meusburger’s second straight final and third overall. She lost to Simona Halep in Budapest last week and to Francesca Schiavone in Bad Gastein six years ago.

Tennis

Karlovic captures
Claro Open Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic won the Claro Open Colombia yesterday, spoiling hometown favorite Alejandro Falla’s bid for his first ATP Tour title.

The 34-year-old Karlovic, the tallest player on tour at 6-foot-10, beat Falla, 6-3, 7-6 (4), on the hard court at Centro de Alto Rendimiento for his fifth career title. Karlovic missed three months this season because of viral meningitis, returning this month at Newport.

NFL

Browns sign rookie
Mingo to 4-year contract

CLEVELAND – The Browns signed rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, to a four-year contract. The deal also contains a fifth-year club option.

Mingo’s agent, Jeff Guerriero, finalized the $16 million package with the Browns early yesterday. Mingo had been the team’s only unsigned rookie as the sides battled over “offset” language. The Browns were able to keep the language in the contract, which means they will not have to pay him the remainder of his deal if he is cut before it expires and signs with another team.

Motorsports

Logano wins Nationwide
stop at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. – Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway yesterday.

Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June.

Hornish held on for second, giving car owner Roger Penske the top two spots. Austin Dillon finished third, earning a $100,000 bonus.

Elliott Sadler, who led for much of the race before faltering on a late restart, was fourth, followed by Brian Vickers.

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