Sports weekend in brief
SANDWICH, England (AP) – Collin Morikawa is the Golf Champion of the Year.
Morikawa won the British Open on Sunday for his second major championship in two years. It was his first time playing at the British Open, just as it was his first time playing at the PGA Championship when he won at Harding Park last year.
The 24-year-old American has played the final 31 holes at Royal St. George’s without a bug. Starting the last lap one stroke behind, he finished with a 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth.
For Louis Oosthuizen, it was more of a heartbreak. The South African lost his head with a bunker-to-bunker bug on the par-5 seventh hole. He was four behind Morikawa at the turn and could never catch up.
Oosthuizen has finished second in the last two majors. He tied for third with US Open champion Jon Rahm.
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Seamus Power won the Barbasol Championship for his first victory on the PGA Tour, beating JT Poston with a tap-in on the sixth hole of a playoff.
Poston entered the water bordering the right side of the 18th par-4 at Keene Trace and bogeyed the last extra hole. Power hit the fairway, played his second from 12 feet, and put down two putts for the win.
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) – Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, shooting their second 11 under 59 in best ball game for a three-stroke victory over defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura.
Ariya, 25, has won the LPGA Tour for the 12th time and second this season, and Moriya, 26, has won her second title. Ariya won the Honda LPGA Thailand on May 9 for her first victory since July 2018.
The Jutanugarns finished 24 under 256 at Windy Midland Country Club. They started with a 67 in alternative shot, had a 59 on Thursday in best ball and shot 71 in alternative shot on Friday to enter the final round two strokes behind Clanton and Suwannapura.
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) – Rose Zhang won the US Girls’ Junior on Saturday at Columbia Country Club, beating local favorite Bailey Davis 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final to become the eighth player to win both the junior and the US Amateurs Women.
Zhang, 18, won the amateur championship last year at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. She is the only one of the eight players to win the amateur before the junior.
Zhang, the rising Stanford rookie from Irvine, Calif., Is the first qualifying medalist to win since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2011. She finished Davis with a birdie victory over the 32nd par 4 after play was suspended in due to a storm.
PARIS (AP) – Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France for the second year in a row after a final, mostly ceremonial stage at the Champs-Elysées on Sunday in the world’s biggest cycling race.
The Slovenian rider from UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes and 20 seconds over runner-up Jonas Vingegaard.
Pogacar, 22, won his first title last September by becoming the youngest Tour champion in 116 years. He is now the youngest double winner of the race.
PHOENIX (AP) – Jrue Holiday’s robbery of Giannis Antetounmpo for a dunk sealed a wild Game 5 and gave the Bucks a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night in the NBA Finals.
Antetokounmpo had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton added 29 points and Holiday had 27 points and 13 assists.
The Bucks escaped from a 16-point first hole, but then won it by making a huge defensive play for the second game in a row.
They can win their first title since 1971 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
Devin Booker had 40 points for the Suns.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Wes Unseld Jr. was hired as the coach of the Washington Wizards on Saturday, allowing the former Denver Nuggets assistant to come full circle with the franchise his father led to his only NBA title.
Unseld wears a solid CV apart from his name. He has spent the past six years with the Nuggets and was promoted to associate coach under Michael Malone last season.
He began his career in Washington as a scout in 1997 before becoming an assistant coach, a position he held from 2005 to 2011.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning on Saturday night after police said there had been a shootout outside Nationals Park.
The shooting, a shootout between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant police chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. One of those shot was a woman attending the match who was beaten while outside the stadium, he said. His injuries were not considered life threatening.
Two people who were in one of the cars later entered a local hospital with gunshot wounds and were interviewed by investigators, Benedict said, and the extent of their injuries was not immediately clear. Investigators were still trying to locate the second vehicle involved in the shooting.
The gunfire caused panic among fans inside the stadium, some of whom hid under tables and behind seats as announcers warned people to stay inside the park.
The Padres had just taken the field for the bottom of the sixth when several loud noises were heard from the left side of the baseball field.
The Padres were leading 8-4 when the game was interrupted.
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – Nashville reshuffled their roster even more on Saturday, trading defenseman Ryan Ellis at the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick.
This is the second member of the Predators’ 2017 Stanley Cup Final roster that Nashville traded. Nashville sent forward Viktor Arvidsson to the Los Angeles Kings on July 1, while Philadelphia has a defenseman at Ellis who can play with the better pair.
Nashville didn’t keep Patrick for long. The Vegas Golden Knights have announced that they have acquired Patrick from the Predators who received forward Cody Glass as part of the deal. The Golden Knights also acquired defenseman Brett Howden from the Rangers, sending New York Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft.
LOUDON, NH (AP) – As darkness drew nearer, Aric Almirola came to life Sunday night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and created a surprise for Stewart-Haas Racing’s win of the year.
The race was delayed by nearly two hours in the rain and NASCAR called it early due to the darkness, leaving it eight laps from its scheduled conclusion.
Almirola earned his third career Cup victory and his first since 2018 and was the first driver in the SHR peloton which includes Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe to cross the checkered flag.
He broke up the Penske team party – Brad Keselowksi and Ryan Blaney had fun at one point for the head – and Christopher Bell couldn’t catch up to him.
LOUDON, NH (AP) – Christopher Bell turned a one-off start to the Xfinity Series into a journey to victory lane, taking a victory Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Bell made his first start since 2019 in NASCAR’s second tier series when needed as a late replacement driver. He won all stages of the # 54 Toyota and won his 17th career Xfinity race. He won seven races in 2018, nine in 2019 and was promoted to the Cup last season.
Justin Allgaier was second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton.
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) – Formula One Championship leader Max Verstappen crashed during the British Grand Prix when a heated first round battle with Lewis Hamilton sent the Dutchman up against a barrier.
The race was marked with a red flag on Sunday for the repair of the tire barrier. Verstappen, tottering as he got out of his car, was first seen at Silverstone Medical Center but was later taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Hamilton was fined 10 seconds for contact with Verstappen. The seven-time world champion had no reaction to his radio when Mercedes informed Hamilton of the penalty.
American tennis player Coco Gauff has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.
The 17-year-old lost to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 on center court in the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this month. It was the second time she has lost at this point after her breakthrough at the All England Club in 2019.
Gauff is No. 25 in the WTA rankings.
TOKYO (AP) – Two South African footballers became the first athletes inside the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID-19, with the Tokyo Games opening on Friday.
A manager of the South African football team has also tested positive, as has a fourth member of the South African contingent, the head coach of the rugby sevens team.
Organizers on Sunday confirmed positive tests for the two athletes in the Olympic Village in Tokyo, but did not identify them other than to say that they were not Japanese.
The South African Olympic Committee subsequently confirmed the three cases of COVID-19 in its football delegation to the village – two players and a video analyst. All three were now isolated in the Tokyo 2020 isolation center, the South African Olympic committee said.
NEWPORT, RI (AP) – A group of pioneering women known as the “Original 9” have now officially made their mark on the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Nine teamed up with Philip Morris’ Virginia Slims cigarette brand to kick off the tour in the early 1970s and bring more awards to women’s football. On Saturday evening, this popular action led to their registration on the Hall’s grass courts as part of the 2021 promotion.
They joined a class that included former Australian star Lleyton Hewitt of the players category and Dennis Van der Meer, who was posthumously inducted, as a contributor.
The nine: Billie Jean King, King, Rosie Casals, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Jane “Peaches” Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Julie Heldman, Nancy Richey (Class of 2003), Kristy Pigeon and Judy Tegart Dalton.
ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta United’s disappointing 2021 record has cost coach Gabriel Heinze his job.
Atlanta United sacked Heinze on Sunday. Assistant coach Rob Valentino has been appointed interim head coach.
Atlanta United is 2-4-7 and 10th in the Eastern Conference.
OCEANPORT, NJ (AP) – Kentucky Derby finalist Mandaloun received the $ 1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday after apparent winner Hot Rod Charlie veered into the stretch and caused a frightening fall from Midnight Bourbon and of his jockey.
Midnight Bourbon recovered from a fall on the track and got away with it unscathed, the Jersey Shore track vet on duty said. Jockey Paco Lopez was picked up and taken off the track in an ambulance. Lopez said he was doing fine after the race.
The marshals immediately flashed the inquiry panel after the race and it didn’t take long to place Hot Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favorite after a second place finish in the Belmont Stakes, last for interference. Mandaloun claimed his first win in Grade I stakes and was once again in the midst of a contested finish.
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