Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sports

Hamlin closing in on top seed

BRISTOL, Tenn.—Denny Hamlin moved towards the top seed in NASCAR’s championship race by using a calculated late pass to win for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up the move with 39 laps left Saturday night.

Teen amateur captures Canadian Open

COQUITLAM, B.C.—Lydia Ko is not going to the bank to cash a champion’s cheque, but she still gets what many pro golfers do not yet have.
Recognition in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The 15-year-old amateur made her mark in golf history yesterday as she became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA event by capturing the Canadian Women’s Open title with a five-under 67.

Watney triumphs

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—Even after a year that didn’t come close to his expectations, Nick Watney wasn’t about to give up on his season.
Amazing how one week changed his outlook in so many ways.
He beat one of the strongest fields of the year at The Barclays—on the tough track of Bethpage Black.

Tseng leading after first round

COQUITLAM, B.C.—Yani Tseng and Na Yeon Choi were feeling right at home in Vancouver during yesterday’s opening round of the Canadian Women’s Open.
Tseng, the world’s No. 1, held the first-round lead after she fired a six-under 66 in a successful return to the golf course where she won her first pro tournament in 2007.

Giants win fourth-straight

SAN FRANCISCO—The chants of “Barry! Barry! Barry!” felt familiar. The reason sure was different.
At least for one night, Barry Zito was king in San Francisco.
Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and Hector Sanchez’s two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth, as the Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 last night for their fourth-straight win.

Harrington jumps out to lead

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy yesterday.
He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a seven-under 64 for a one-shot lead at The Barclays.
And that surely got the attention of Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Armstrong facing loss of 7 Tour de France titles after giving up fight against doping charges

AUSTIN, Texas — Never one to back away from a fight, Lance Armstrong is finally giving in and the cost of quitting is steep: His seven Tour de France titles could be gone as soon as Friday.

Canada ripe for more sports teams: board

OTTAWA—Canada appears ripe for major-league sports expansion over the next two decades, says a new report from the Conference Board of Canada.
Economic and demographic trends suggest the country could support three new NHL teams, the return of major-league baseball to Montreal and the NBA to Vancouver, and as many as three new Major League Soccer teams.

Punchless Jays fall to Tigers

DETROIT—This is what the Toronto Blue Jays apparently have been reduced to: 45-year-old Omar Vizquel trying to steal second in the ninth inning of a one-run game.
Vizquel was caught by Alex Avila’s strong throw for the final out last night as the Blue Jays fell 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers.
Toronto now has scored three or fewer runs in six-straight games.

Vikings in need of more interceptions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Mn.—The Minnesota Vikings tied for the league lead in sacks last season, so opposing quarterbacks should have been pressured into forcing plenty of bad throws that the secondary could take the other way.
But that rarely happened against a depleted group of defensive backs and the Vikings matched the NFL’s worst interception total in 2011.

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