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Garcia leads a low-scoring pace in Deutsche Bank
NORTON, Mass. – Sergio Garcia started with the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and shot 65. And he needed just about every birdie.
On a course softened by rain that caused a re-start of the third round yesterday, Garcia two-putted for birdie on the 18th hole to take a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson into the final round.
Stenson stayed with the Spaniard birdie-for-birdie until a three-putt bogey late in the round. He had a 66. Steve Stricker had a 63 and Graham DeLaet of Canada all but locked up his spot on the Presidents Cup team with a 62. They were three shots behind.
Garcia was at 19-under 194.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both fell back. Woods (72) was 13 shots behind, while Mickelson (71) was 11 shots back.
Pettersen wins in Oregon
following Tseng collapse
PORTLAND, Ore. – Suzann Pettersen won the Safeway Classic for the second time in three years yesterday, taking advantage of playing partner Yani Tseng’s final-round collapse at Columbia Edgewater.
Three strokes behind leader Tseng entering the round, Pettersen closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over second-ranked Stacy Lewis.
The 32-year-old Norwegian finished at 20-under 268 for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and 12th overall. She won the 2011 tournament at Pumpkin Ridge.
Tseng followed her third-round 63 with a 78 to tie for ninth at 12 under.
Pagenaud wins crash-filled Grand Prix of Baltimore
BALTIMORE – Simon Pagenaud emerged as the winner of a collision-marred Grand Prix of Baltimore yesterday, charging to the lead after a series of mishaps involving several other contenders – including one involving rivals Scott Dixon and Will Power.
It was the second career win for Pagenaud, both this year. The 29-year-old Frenchman became the third driver to win in three years on the bumpy, challenging street course that runs through the middle of the city.
Josef Newgarden was second, the best finish of his career, and Sebastien Bourdais took third.
Last week at Sonoma, Dixon led until he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for hitting a tire in the left hand of Power’s tire holder. Dixon won the race.
In this one, Power swerved right in a crowd in front of Dixon during a restart on the 53rd lap. Power clipped the wall, and Dixon lost control and smacked into the wall, ending his day. Power made it to the pit, but he was given a penalty for interference and finished 18th, one spot ahead of Dixon.
Elliott wrecks Dillon
to win race in Canada
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Chase Elliott wrecked Ty Dillon on the last lap yesterday to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Elliott, the son of former Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, plowed into Dillon on the final turn on the 2.459-mile road course to take the lead and went on to his first series victory. At 17 years, 9 months, 4 days, he became the youngest winner in series history.
Dillon dropped to 17th, the last car on the lead lap, in the series’ first race in Canada and first on a road course since 2000 at Watkins Glen.
The ending of the race was overshadowed by a post-race altercation between Papis and the girlfriend of driver Mike Skeen, who approached Papis after the race and slapped him across the face.
Papis and Skeen had been battling for third in the closing laps of the race until contact between the two on the last lap ruined Papis’ finish. The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure about Skeen during his post-race interview.
Bills rookie QB Manuel
returns to practice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel returned to practice yesterday after missing two weeks because of a left knee injury.
Manuel participated in warm-ups and individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. He moved well and did not appear to show any effects from the injury. He was wearing a small brace on his left knee underneath his black spandex.
Manuel had been out since being hurt Aug. 16 in Buffalo’s second preseason game.
The Bills have remained hopeful that the first-round pick would return in time to start the team’s season opener against New England.
Jets claim three off waivers, including running back Green
NEW YORK – The New York Jets claimed running back Alex Green, who led Green Bay in rushing last season, off waivers from the Packers.
The Jets also were awarded tackle Ben Ijalana from Indianapolis and linebacker Scott Solomon from Tennessee off waivers yesterday.
To make room on the roster, the team released running back Kahlil Bell and linebacker Danny Lansanah, and placed linebacker Josh Mauga on injured reserve.
The Jets also added six players to their practice squad: wide receiver Michael Campbell, linebacker Troy Davis, defensive tackle Tevita Finau, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale and offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts.
Braves call up veteran RHP Garcia to work out of ’pen
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves purchased the contract of veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 36-year-old Garcia is expected to pitch out of the bullpen. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Garcia also could be used as a spot starter in the final month of the regular season.
Garcia is 155-106 in 16 major league seasons with Seattle, the White Sox, Philadelphia, Detroit, the Yankees and Baltimore. He was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, with Baltimore this season.
The Braves acquired Garcia from the Orioles on Aug. 23 for cash considerations.
Garcia has pitched in relief in only 16 games in his career, but he said yesterday, “I don’t have any problem with that.”
Tigers rest Cabrera for
second straight game
DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera was taken out of the Detroit Tigers’ lineup for a second straight game to rest his strained abdomen yesterday.
Torii Hunter hit third, in Cabrera’s spot, yesterday against the Cleveland Indians and Ramon Santiago replaced him at third base.
Cabrera started, but didn’t finish, his last two games on Thursday afternoon and Friday night because of the lingering injury.
The reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner leads major league baseball with a .359 batting average and 130 RBI and with 43 homers, he trails only Baltimore’s Chris Davis.
RHP Langwell to Arizona
to finish Kubel deal
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right-handed reliever Matt Langwell from Cleveland to complete the trade that sent outfielder Jason Kubel to the Indians.
Langwell, 27, was 3-4 with two saves, 52 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA in 42 relief appearances and one start with Triple-A Columbus. He appeared in five games with Cleveland this season, going 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA.
The Indians traded for Kubel on Friday after Arizona had designated him for assignment.