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Suzann Pettersen of Norway plays on the first hole during the third and last round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, studies her putt before playing on the 5th green during the third and last round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Norway’s Pettersen wins Evian Championship
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Suzann Pettersen of Norway beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship yesterday and clinch the second major title of her career.
Pettersen had a 3-under 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursday’s play was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70.
The 32-year-old Pettersen overcame the blustery conditions to secure her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007.
Top-ranked Inbee Park was looking to become the first golfer to win four majors in a year, but finished out of contention.
This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women’s calendar.
Rain keeps leaders away at BMW Championship
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Jim Furyk will have to wait one more day to try to end three years without a victory on the PGA Tour.
The final round of the BMW Championship was suspended yesterday because of rain that left too much water on Conway Farms. Furyk had a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker. He was about three hours from even teeing off when play was stopped for the first time by rain for 3½ hours. It resumed for an hour before more showers led to another stoppage in play.
Furyk was among 22 players who had yet to tee off. That included Tiger Woods, who was four shots behind.
Only six players completed their rounds. Rory McIlroy had a 68 and was able to get an early start on his four-week break.
Horner wins Vuelta as oldest grand tour champion
MADRID – American veteran Christopher Horner won the Spanish Vuelta yesterday at the age of 41, making him the oldest champion of one of cycling’s three-week grand tours.
Horner completed the traditional arrival to the Spanish capital with his RadioShack-Leopard teammates without mishap.
Horner, who will turn 42 next month, beat nearest challenger Vincenzo Nibali by finishing ahead of the Italian in each of the final three mountainous stages before yesterday’s 68-mile flat ride from Leganes to Madrid.
Michael Matthews won the 21st and final stage in a sprint.
The previous oldest winner for one of the three grand tours – the Vuelta, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia – was Fermin Lambot, who won the 1922 Tour at the age of 36.
Balentien breaks Japan’s home run record
TOKYO – Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 56th and 57th home runs yesterday, breaking the Japanese single-season record set by legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh 49 years ago.
Balentien hit the record-breaking three-run homer in the first inning, sending the ball over the left-field wall at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium to give his Yakult Swallows an early lead over the Hanshin Tigers. He then added a solo shot in the third for No. 57 to help the Swallows to a 9-0 win.
Oh set the mark of 55 in 1964.
Balentien’s record comes in a season which has seen attempts to reform the game to make it more exciting. In June, Japanese baseball officials acknowledged that they introduced a new ball this season without notifying players. The new ball has resulted in a dramatic increase in home runs.