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Yang beats Seo in playoff to win KEB HanaBank
INCHEON, South Korea – Amy Yang beat South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff yesterday to win the KEB HanaBank Championship.
Yang shot a 69 in the final round while Seo had a 68 as both players ended regulation at 9-under 207 before Yang won the playoff.
Michelle Wie, who started the final round tied for 22nd, surged up the leaderboard with the day’s lowest score of 66 to finish tied for third at 8-under 208 with defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway (70) and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (69).
Simpson wins easily in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Webb Simpson cruised to victory yesterday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke victory in the second event of the PGA Tour’s new wraparound season.
Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.
Simpson earned $1.08 million for his fourth PGA Tour title.
Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second. Ishikawa, the Japanese player who had to play the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his PGA Tour card, shot a 65. Bohn had a 66.
Allen wins Greater Hickory Classic
CONOVER, N.C. – Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic yesterday for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197 at Rock Barn. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.
Second-round leader Bernhard Langer had a 69 to finish third at 11 under. He cut Kenny Perry’s lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings to 394 points with two events remaining. Perry, who entered the tournament with a 609-point lead, tied for 20th at 4 under after a 69.
Volosozhar, Trankov set record at Skate America
DETROIT – Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia set a pairs world record in their successful Skate America title defense yesterday, finishing with 237.71 points.
Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch were second at 208.45, followed by Russia’s Knesia Stobova and Fedor Klimov at 187.35.
Japan’s Mao Asada beat American Ashley Wagner for the ladies title.
Asada, the leader going into the free skate, won despite a fall on her triple axel and a two-footed landing on her triple lutz. She scored 204.55 points, thanks to her elevated technical difficulty. Wagner, the 2012 Skate America champion, finished with 193.81.
Russia’s Elena Radionova finished third at 183.95 in her first ISU Grand Prix event.
U.S. gives Sermanni win over old team, 4-0
SAN ANTONIO – Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the U.S. women’s national team overpowered Australia, 4-0, giving Coach Tom Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former team.
Holiday and Lloyd both scored on powerful volleys, and Abby Wambach scored her 162nd career international goal with a delicate flick off the outside of her right foot that trickled into the corner. Christen Press scored in stoppage time.
Hope Solo made three big saves in the first half for the United States.
Spurrier: QB Shaw probably out for Missouri
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said quarterback Connor Shaw won’t need surgery for his sprained left knee. But Shaw is unlikely to play when the 20th-ranked Gamecocks travel to No. 5 Missouri this weekend.
Spurrier said yesterday that Shaw had on a knee brace and was walking some a day after injuring the knee in a 23-21 loss at Tennessee. However, Spurrier added Shaw wouldn’t practice for two to three days.
Rangers goaltender Biron announces retirement
Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement yesterday after playing parts of 16 NHL seasons.
The New York Rangers put the 36-year-old Biron on waivers last week. Biron was assigned to Hartford of the AHL on Tuesday, but he did not report.
Biron went 230-191-52 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 508 games with Buffalo, Philadelphia, the Islanders and Rangers. He gave up nine goals on 38 shots in two appearances this season before being waived.
Dimitrov beats Ferrer to win Stockholm Open
STOCKHOLM – Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria secured his first ATP tour title yesterday at the Stockholm Open by beating top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 22-year-old Dimitrov broke the No. 3-ranked Ferrer’s serve three times to finish off the match in just over two hours.
Wozniacki wins Luxembourg Open
LUXEMBOURG – Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won her first tournament of the year, beating German teenager Annika Beck, 6-2, 6-2, in yesterday’s final of the Luxembourg Open.
Wozniacki, ranked ninth in the world, lost one set in the tournament. She dominated her 19-year-old opponent and completed the match in 1 hour, 14 minutes. The 57th-ranked Beck was playing in her first WTA tournament final.
Haas beats Haase in Vienna final for 15th title
VIENNA – Tommy Haas won his 15th career title and second this season, defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.
The second-seeded German, who also won the event 12 years ago, maintained his slim chance of qualifying for next month’s ATP finals in London.
Gasquet, Halep win Kremlin Cup titles
MOSCOW – Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France won the 10th title of his career by rallying to beat qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the Kremlin Cup. It was Gasquet’s third title of the season.
Simona Halep of Romania claimed the fifth title of her career by beating Samantha Stosur of Australia, 7-6 (1), 6-2, in the women’s final.