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On U.S. soil, Europe retains Solheim Cup
PARKER, Colo. – For the first time in Solheim Cup history, the Europeans are leaving America with the trophy.
Caroline Hedwall became the first player in the 23-year history of the event to win all five matches. She finished in style yesterday by hitting her approach into the 18th to four feet for birdie. That gave her a 1-up victory over Michelle Wie and gave Europe the 14 points it needed to retain the cup.
With seven matches still on the course, Europe only needed a half-point to claim outright victory on American soil for the first time. Europe was leading in three of those matches.
Reed beats Spieth in playoff at Wyndham
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship yesterday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Reed recovered from a drive on the par-4 10th that nearly went out of bounds and placed his second shot 7 feet from the pin.
Spieth reached the green in two strokes but his 10-foot birdie putt trickled less than an inch wide of the cup. Reed then sank his birdie putt to end it.
Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.
Bryant wins Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. – Bart Bryant won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, becoming the 1,000th tournament champion on the Champions Tour.
Bryant, who shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round, completed his first victory on the senior tour with a closing 72 and finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin by one shot.
Cochran closed with a 67, and Pavin shot 69.
Duffy Waldorf shot 69, and Gene Sauers had a 67 to finish in a tie for fourth, another shot back.
England’s Fitzpatrick wins U.S. Amateur
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur, beating Oliver Goss, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final yesterday to become the first English champion of the tournament since 1911.
Fitzpatrick won when Goss missed a par putt on No. 15 at The Country Club. The event came on the 100th anniversary of local caddie Francis Ouimet’s landmark U.S. Open victory over British pros Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.
With the victory, Fitzpatrick earns an exemption for the U.S. Open and British Open and a likely invitation to the Masters. Fitzpatrick was the low amateur at the British Open.
Azarenka wins in Cincinnati as Williams wilts
CINCINNATI – One set away from a breakthrough, No. 1 Serena Williams wilted.
The No. 1 ranked player dominated the first set, then fell apart, giving No. 2 Victoria Azarenka a chance to rally for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win that ended Williams’s 14-match winning streak. It was reminiscent of their finals match at the U.S. Open last year, when Williams took the last four games to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
Williams won the first set in 26 minutes, dropping only 11 points. Then, she got sloppy in a second set that bogged down. The sixth game went to deuce 12 times before Williams held serve on the 30th point. Williams appeared to wear down and lost the set 6-2.
Williams broke Azarenka and took the decisive set to a tiebreaker. She led 5-4, then lost the next two points off her serve, allowing Azarenka to finish it off in 2 hours, 29 minutes.
Nadal beats Isner in two sets for Cincinnati title
CINCINNATI – Rafael Nadal took advantage of his few openings yesterday against hard-serving American John Isner, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win in the Western & Southern Open that added another title to his sensational summer.
The 27-year-old Spaniard won in Montreal a week earlier and now has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. He’d never even reached the finals in Cincinnati.
It was his fifth Masters title of the season, a career best. Nadal now is tied with Novak Djokovic for most Masters titles in a season since 1990. He’s 53-3 this year and has reached the finals in 11 of his last 12 tournaments.
Luna Rossa beats hobbled Emirates, evens series
SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals because of a mechanical problem yesterday, handing Italy’s Luna Rossa a victory that evened the series at one apiece.
After nose-diving and losing two men overboard during its opening win, Emirates appeared to be sailing smoothly on the second day. The Kiwis pushed ahead by about 400 meters before the hydraulic system that controls the daggerboard broke at the end of the third leg of the five-leg race on San Francisco Bay.
For the second straight day, officials called off the second race due to strong wind. Two makeup races will be held today, previously a scheduled day off.
The winner of the best-of-13 series will face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting Sept. 7.
Source: Dolphins’ Keller (knee) out for season
MIAMI – Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season because of a right knee injury, a person familiar with the diagnosis said yesterday.
The person confirmed the extent of the injury on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn’t commented.
Keller was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday’s exhibition game at Houston. His leg bent unnaturally when he was tackled by D.J. Swearinger on an incompletion, and he was carted off the field.
Keller signed a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the Dolphins in March after five seasons with the New York Jets. He had hoped to parlay a big season in 2013 into a multi-year deal.
Bears sign QB Edwards
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Trent Edwards to a one-year contract and waived wide receiver Jerrell Jackson.
Edwards has started 33 games in a five-season career with Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia. The former Stanford quarterback has more than 6,000 yards passing, with 26 TDs and 30 interceptions in his career.
Originally a third-round selection by the Bills, he is 14-19 as a starter.
Panthers LB Beason, WR Hixon back to practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason practiced in full pads for the first time since undergoing microfracture knee surgery this offseason, and receiver Domenik Hixon returned to work after battling a hamstring injury.
Carolina Coach Ron Rivera said yesterday that it is unclear if Beason will suit up Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Hixon is expected to play.
Rivera says Beason “moved very well” and says his return provides an emotional boost for the team’s defense. Rivera says Beason’s status for Thursday will be determined by how well he feels after practice.
Hixon entered training camp battling for the team’s No. 3 receiver spot but was sidelined the first two preseason games with a sore hamstring.
Running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and receiver Armanti Edwards (hamstring) remain out of practice.
Browns re-sign RB Cook
CLEVELAND – The Browns re-signed free agent rookie running back Jamaine Cook, a move made necessary by injuries to Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty.
Cook was with the Browns earlier this year before he was waived on May 21. The 5-foot-9, 210-pounder is the second-leading career rusher in Youngstown State history.
In the past few days, the Browns lost Lewis to a broken leg and Hardesty underwent knee surgery. Lewis is scheduled to have an operation to repair the fibula he broke Thursday night against Detroit. He could be lost for the season.
Hardesty is expected to be sidelined for at least one month.
Those injuries have given Brandon Jackson a chance to solidify a backup spot behind starter Trent Richardson and perhaps be used in third-down situations.
Alabama DB Smith arrested on DUI charge
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama cornerback Geno Smith was charged with driving under the influence.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department’s online records show the sophomore for the top-ranked Crimson Tide was arrested yesterday and jailed on $1,000 bond.
Tuscaloosa police referred questions to spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley, who did not immediately return a call.
Smith played in all 13 games as a freshman during last season’s national championship run, and his role on the nation’s top defense increased late in the year.
He was expected to compete for the starting job vacated by top-10 draft pick Dee Milliner.
Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban says in a statement that he “will handle it appropriately once I’ve had a chance to review the information.”
Mikulak cruises to U.S. men’s title
HARTFORD, Conn. – Sam Mikulak ran away with the U.S. men’s gymnastics championship yesterday, winning the all-around title with ease over Alex Naddour.
The two-time NCAA champion put together a two-day total of 181.400, a whopping 2.9 points ahead of Naddour.
The margin would have been even bigger if Mikulak hasn’t slipped twice during pommel horse, his final event.
Jake Dalton was third, followed by defending champion John Orozco. Danell Leyva, the all-around bronze medalist in London last summer, finished seventh.