=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, March 9th ===
=== Lions owner Ford dies at 88 ===
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Lions owner and chairman William
Clay Ford, Sr. died Sunday morning. He was 88 years old.
Ford, who would have turned 89 next Saturday, purchased the Lions on Nov. 22,
1963 for $4.5 million and owned the team until his death.
"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our
deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family," Lions
president Tom Lewand said in a statement. "No owner loved his team more than
Mr. Ford loved the Lions. Those of us who had the opportunity to work for Mr.
Ford knew of his unyielding passion for his family, the Lions and the city of
Detroit. His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were
matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and
to our community. Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly
pursue that goal in his honor."
Born on March 14, 1925, Ford was the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford,
the founder of Ford Motor Company. William Clay Ford, Sr. was also the largest
individual shareholder in Ford Motor Company.
Control of the Lions will likely go to his son, William Clay Ford, Jr., who
has served as vice chairman of the Lions since February 1995.
=== Jets release Cromartie ===
Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Jets released cornerback
Antonio Cromartie on Sunday.
Cromartie battled a hip injury in 2013, while picking up 38 tackles, three
interceptions and a forced fumble. He called it one of the worst seasons of
"Cro is one of the finest athletes I've ever coached," said head coach Rex
Ryan. "He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games,
be it defense, special teams or offense. He has a passion and enthusiasm for
the game and I wish him and his family the best."
The move will save the Jets $9.5 million in salary cap space.
The eight-year veteran spent the past four seasons with the Jets after being
traded in 2010 by the San Diego Chargers for a 2011 second-round pick.
The three-time pro bowler tweeted "It's now time for a new chapter in my life
and now it's time to let my lord and savior lead my steps every step of the
way. I would also like to give a big up to The Jets Fan base. Thank you for
all the support thru my 4 yr career with you. Thank you again."
The Florida State product, who will turn 30 in April, has 325 tackles and 28
interceptions in 127 games. He was drafted 19th overall in 2006 by the
=== Shields to remain in Green Bay ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Shields will remain in Green Bay, agreeing to terms
on a new contract with the Packers this weekend.
The Packers did not officially announce the deal, but Shields let it slip on
his Twitter account.
"Sooooooo happy to be back with my family," he tweeted.
Shields also re-tweeted a post from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
"Congrats to RSR client Sam Shields & the Green Bay Packers on the new
contract!" wrote Rosenhaus.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the deal to be worth $39 million over
four years with a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Shields has spent each of his four NFL seasons with the Packers and last year
led the team with four interceptions. The Miami-Florida product has 13 picks
in 53 games.
=== Ravens OL Reid arrested ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens will have to deal with the arrest
of another one of their players.
Offensive lineman Jah Reid was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with
two counts of misdemeanor battery following an altercation at a bar in Key
West, Fla., according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Reid and another man got into a fight at the Red Garter Saloon with several
others. Reid and the other man then got into a confrontation with security
guards after they tried to break it up, according to police.
"We have learned of the situation and are gathering information," said Ravens
director of public relations Chad Steele.
A third-round pick of the Ravens in 2011, Reid started seven games in 2012
before a foot injury ended his season and required surgery. The 25-year-old
appeared in 10 games with no starts in 2013.
He is the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, joining running
back Ray Rice (simple assault-domestic violence) and wide receiver Deonte
Thompson (possession of marijuana).
=== Cards sign Cuban SS Diaz to major league deal ===
Jupiter, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban
shortstop Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract on Sunday.
Diaz will report to the Cardinals major league spring training camp Monday.
In 2012, the 23-year-old Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen
bases in his final season for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara in Cuba's highest
level professional league, the Seri Nacional.
"We have been following Aledmys for quite some time," Cardinals senior vice
president/general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "His signing
marks a significant benchmark for the Cardinals in the international arena and
we are excited to have reached this agreement."
Diaz played five seasons (2008-12) for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara starting
when he was just 17. He's expected to start the 2014 season at the high minor
league level as he gets acclimated with the Cardinals organization.
=== Rockies agree to one-year deals with 26 players ===
Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies agreed to one-year
contracts with 26 players for the 2014 season on Sunday.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado, a Gold Glove winner during his rookie campaign
with the Rockies last year, highlighted a list of seven infielders agreeing to
one-year pacts, while catcher Wilin Rosario, fresh off a 21-homer, 79-RBI
season, also signed a contract Sunday.
Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who went 8-5 with a 3.15 earned run average in 20
starts for Colorado last season, was one of 12 pitchers to finalize a deal.
The Rockies also inked pitchers Chad Bettis, Raul Fernandez, Tommy Kahnle,
Jordan Lyles, Adam Ottavino, Rob Scahill, Jayson Aquino, Rex Brothers,
Christian Friedrich, Tyler Matzek and Kraig Sitton.
Catcher Jordan Pacheco, infielders Cristhian Adames, Charlie Culberson, Rosell
Herrera, DJ LeMahieu, Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler and outfielders Brandon
Barnes, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Kent Matthes and Kyle Parker also
=== Braves' Medlen exits start with forearm strain ===
Port St. Lucie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris
Medlen left Sunday's spring training start against the New York Mets in the
fourth inning with a forearm strain in his pitching arm.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Medlen threw his first pitch to
Matt Clark and could be seen reaching for his right forearm/elbow.
After throwing his next pitch, Medlen hopped off the mound and headed straight
for the dugout.
He returned to Braves training camp in Lake Buena Vista and will be further
examined and evaluated on Monday.
The 28-year-old had Tommy John surgery on the same elbow in August 2010 and
missed most of the following season recovering from the procedure.
Medlen bounced back to go 10-1 with a minuscule 1.57 earned run average in
2012 before going 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA over 31 starts for the Braves last
=== Raptors F Patterson out with sprained elbow ===
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto Raptors forward Patrick
Patterson has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will
be sidelined at least seven days.
The Raptors said Sunday that Patterson aggravated the injury in Friday's win
over Sacramento. He will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Patterson is averaging 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 56 games this season for
Sacramento and Toronto.
He has averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 39 games for the Raptors since
they acquired him from the Kings on Dec. 9 in the Rudy Gay deal.
The Raptors were in Minneapolis on Sunday to play the Timberwolves.
=== Weekend sweep for Keselowski at Las Vegas ===
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - After missing the 2013 Chase for the
Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski has all but guaranteed himself a
berth in this year's playoffs by winning Sunday's Kobalt 400 in dramatic
fashion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, grabbed the lead from Dale
Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap when Earnhardt ran out of fuel while coming out
of turn 2. He claimed his 11th career victory in NASCAR's premier series.
Keselowski also won Saturday's 300-mile Nationwide Series race for a weekend
sweep at Las Vegas.
Starting second, Keselowski led the most laps with 53 but had an encounter
with the wall just before the halfway point. It did not cause any significant
damage to his No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Keselowski had also pitted out of
sequence throughout the race. He benefited during the last caution with less
than 50 laps to go when he was able to pit for the final time.
"Heck of a call [by crew chief Paul Wolfe] throughout the race to get us out
front and get us some track position because clean air in these cars is so
important," Keselowski said. "At the end, this car was just really fast, and
I'm really proud of the team for giving me a car that was fast."
Keselowski became just the second driver to win both the Sprint Cup and
Nationwide races at Las Vegas on the same weekend. Jeff Burton first did it in
Earnhardt opted not to pit during the final caution and took over the lead. He
last pitted with 60 laps remaining. Earnhardt managed to coast across the
finish line in the runner-up spot, 1.53 seconds behind Keselowski.
"We weren't going to run first or second had we not stayed out on that
strategy," Earnhardt said. "We knew we were a lap short. We tried to save as
much as we could. We got it to about half a lap, and it ran out off of [turn]
2. We took a gamble and didn't win the race, but it still worked in our favor
to run second."
Earnhardt was attempting to win for the second time in three races this
season. He won the Feb. 23 season-opening Daytona 500 and then finished second
to Kevin Harvick last weekend at Phoenix.
"It sucks to lose like that, but we can't let that be a negative," Earnhardt
It was the 11th career Sprint Cup win for Keselowski, including his first at
Last year, Keselowski became the second reigning Sprint Cup champion in the
Chase era to miss the postseason. Tony Stewart failed to qualify for the Chase
in 2006 after winning the title in the previous season. Keselowski finished
14th in the point standings and scored only one victory in the series last
season, which came in the fall race at Charlotte.
During the offseason, NASCAR made sweeping changes to the Chase format by
expanding the field of drivers/teams from 12 to 16. The top-15 drivers with
the most wins over the first 26 races will become eligible for the playoffs,
provided they have finished in the top-30 in points. The 16th and final
position will go to the driver who is the highest in points without a victory.
"It's very special to get a win early in the year when it's just such a
reliever for everyone on the team, myself included, to get that win in early
and be able to enjoy the races and opportunities that we have instead of being
stressed out about them," Keselowski said.
After finishing third, Paul Menard was quick to fly back home to North
Carolina where his wife, Jennifer, is due to deliver their first child.
Reigning Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton was on standby if
Menard needed to return home earlier.
Joey Logano, the pole sitter, took the fourth spot, followed by Carl Edwards
and Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending series champion.
Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth, who won this race one
year ago, completed the top-10.
This year's 400-mile event at Las Vegas ran at a record pace of 154.633 mph
and was completed in 2 hours and 35 minutes. There were just four cautions --
the first for fluid on the track, coming from Josh Wise's blown engine, and
the other three for debris. All but one of the 43 drivers finished the race.
Michael McDowell retired early due to engine failure.
One week after his win at Phoenix, Harvick suffered a broken left-front wheel
hub, which required him to spend a short period of time in the garage for
repairs. He ended up finishing 41st. Harvick is in his first season as driver
of the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
"Just a little parts failure there, and we'll figure out the cause of it and
try to just keep that from happening," Harvick said. "Every week is a new
notebook for us. I really think as we get established and get some foundation
for our set-ups and just the little things this team is going to be
On Thursday, teams test at Las Vegas to familiarize themselves with NASCAR's
new rules package for intermediate tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule. Las
Vegas was the first of 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
=== Djokovic advances, Berdych ousted at Indian Wells ===
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Second seed Novak Djokovic earned a
straight-set win Sunday, and fourth seed Tomas Berdych was a surprising
second-round loser at the $4.72 million BNP Paribas Open, the first Masters
1000 event of the year.
Djokovic got past Victor Hanescu, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, while Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut pulled off the upset of Berdych, rallying for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
victory. Bautista Agut was a point away from leading 4-1 in the decisive set
before the Czech battled back. The world No. 53 broke Berdych's serve for the
fifth time in the match at 4-4.
Berdych last dropped an opening match at a Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal
in 2009. He was coming off a loss to Roger Federer in last week's Dubai final,
a setback that ended a career-best 11-match winning streak.
Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the event Sunday due to a left
wrist injury. Del Potro lost to Rafael Nadal in last year's Indian Wells
Lucky loser James Ward replaced del Potro in the draw and quickly exited
following a hard-fought 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 loss to Feliciano Lopez.
There were two other injuries, as No. 8 Richard Gasquet moved on when Teymuraz
Gabashvili, after losing the first eight games of the match, was forced to
retire, while No. 26 Florian Mayer's departure advanced Jarkko Nieminen.
John Isner, the 2012 Indian Wells runner-up, advanced with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
win over Russian Nikolay Davydenko. The 12th-seeded American will next play
Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, who dropped only four games in a win over 22nd-
seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was seeded ninth this week, dropped a 6-4,
6-4 decision to fellow countryman Julien Benneteau, and another seeded player
from France, No. 21 Gilles Simon, bowed to Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Two other seeded players were ousted. Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin bested
No. 25 Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-0, 6-2 and Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez
outlasted No. 31 Croat Ivan Dodig 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Croat Marin Cilic, the 24th seed, picked up his tour-leading 19th win of the
year as he breezed past Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-2.
Other winners included 15th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo,
20th-seeded Ernests Gulbis and 30th-seeded Fernando Verdasco.
=== Radwanska moves on at Indian Wells ===
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska
cruised past Annika Beck of Germany with a 6-0, 6-0 decision at the $5.9
million BNP Paribas Open tennis event at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Sixth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep advanced with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over
26th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova, while seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic bested
Magdalena Rybarikova, the 31st seed, 6-3, 6-2 and 18th-seeded Canadian Eugenie
Bouchard handed ninth-seeded Italian Sara Errani a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
In a match that lasted nearly 3 1/2 hours, Alize Cornet of France, the 22nd
seed, rallied from a first-set loss for a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-3 victory over No.
14 Spainard Carla Suarez Navarro.
Another three-set match saw Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua walk away
with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win against 13th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, but she
needed only about 1 3/4 hours.
Caroline Wozniacki of Switzerland, the 10th-seed, took away a 7-6 (9-7), 3-6,
6-1 victory against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazhakstan. American Lauren Davis
defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-2 to advance.
=== Reed earns hard-fought win at Doral ===
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Reed bogeyed two of the last four
holes Sunday, but managed to hang on to a 1-stroke win at the WGC-Cadillac
Reed closed with an even-par 72 to end at 4-under-par 284. This was his third
PGA Tour title since August, and his first title on the European Tour.
"Staying patient. I was hitting the ball so well this week I felt like, and my
putting was just outstanding. Whenever you're able to come to an event and
feel very comfortable with your putting, it allows you to let a lot of
pressure come off your shoulders," Reed stated.
"Around a golf course like this, you have to be confident, and I felt like
I've done that very well."
Bubba Watson fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday and jumped into a share of second
place. The 2012 runner-up ended alongside Jamie Donaldson (70) at minus-3.
Donaldson was within one after a birdie on 17, but he bogeyed the last.
Richard Sterne (71) and Dustin Johnson (72) tied for fourth at even-par 288,
while Stephen Gallacher (69), Thongchai Jaidee (68) and Bill Haas (71) were
one stroke back at plus-1 at Doral.
Tiger Woods, who won this title for a seventh time last year, struggled to a
6-over 78 as be battled a bad back. Woods and Jim Furyk were the only two
players without a birdie in the final round. This marked the eighth time in
Woods' tour career that he did not have a birdie in the final round.
"It started on six, that second shot out of the bunker. That's what set it
off, and it was done after that," Woods said of his back. "I was just trying
to keep the spasms at bay, but anything in flexion was done. The deeper the
flexion, the worse it felt."
Reed, who became the youngest ever winner of a World Golf Championship event,
got off to a quick start. He kicked in a 3-foot birdie effort at the first,
but gave the right back as he bogeyed the second.
The 23-year-old came right back with 23-foot birdie effort on No. 3 and made
it two in a row as he drained a 19-footer for birdie on the fourth. That moved
Reed to minus-6, where he was three clear of Johnson, who made an early
charge before falling apart down the stretch.
Reed ran off nine consecutive pars from the fifth to remain atop the
leaderboard. No one got within two during that span.
At the 14th, Reed missed the fairway off the tee and also missed the green
with his approach. He chipped to three feet, but missed the short par putt to
trim his lead to two.
Reed saw his lead over Donaldson dip to one as birdied the 17th. Donaldson
knocked his approach into a greenside bunker at the last. He blasted to 13
feet and missed the putt to slide two behind.
Knowing he had that cushion, Reed played an iron off the 18th tee, then hit
another iron down the fairway. He knocked his third to 32 feet and calmly 2-
putted for bogey and the win.
"I've worked so hard. I won a lot in junior career, did great things in
amateur career, was 6-0 in match play at NCAA's, won NCAA's two years in a
row, got third individually one year, and now I have three wins out here on
the PGA Tour," said Reed, of why he thinks he among the tour elite. "I don't
see a lot of guys out here that have done that, besides Tiger Woods of course.
"I believe in myself, I believe I'm among the top five players in the world.
To come out in a field like this and hold on wire-to-wire like that, I feel
like I've proven myself."
Donaldson had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine. He started to make his
move with a short birdie putt on No. 10 and an 8-foot birdie effort at the
The Englishman was two back at that point, but he ultimately tied for second
after his bogey at 18.
Watson had a bogey-free round with a pair of birdies on both the front and
NOTES: Reed, who won the Wyndham Championship in August and the Humana
Challenge earlier this year, earned $1.53 million for the victory ... Woods'
78 was his worst score ever in 47 rounds at Doral ... The European Tour heads
to Morocco next week for the Trophee Hassan II, where Marcel Siem is slated to
defend his title. The PGA Tour heads to Innisbrook for the Valspar
Championship, where Kevin Streelman won by two last year.
=== Hadley wins by 2 in Puerto Rico ===
Rio Grande, PR (SportsNetwork.com) - Chesson Hadley carded a 5-under 67 on
Sunday to earn a 2-stroke victory at the Puerto Rico Open.
Hadley earned his first career win on the PGA Tour at 21-under-par 267. The
tour rookie had missed the cut in six of his 10 previous starts this season
prior to this event.
"It opens up a lot of doors," Hadley said about his maiden win. "It guarantees
me a major. I've never played in a major before."
Danny Lee shot a 4-under 68 during his final round at Trump International Golf
Club to finish in second place at 19-under 269, while Ben Martin (66) took
third at 17-under.
Wes Roach (67), Richard Lee (67), David Toms (69), Carl Pettersson (69) and
Jason Gore (70) shared fourth at 16-under.
Toms was the first to meet Hadley atop the leaderboard on the day when he
birdied his first three holes to reach 16-under.
Toms, however, bogeyed the fourth to fall a shot off the pace before Hadley
birdied the second to move two clear at 17-under.
Lee was next to earn a share of the lead with gains at the second and fourth,
but Hadley answered with consecutive birdies at the fourth and fifth to again
claim a 2-stroke lead.
Hadley bogeyed the sixth to cut his advantage to one, but bounced right back
with a birdie at the seventh to get back to 19-under and claim a 3-stroke lead
over Loupe as Lee bogeyed the seventh and eighth to fall to 15-under.
Loupe had followed an opening bogey with birdies at the second, third, fourth
and sixth around an eagle at the fifth to jump to minus-16. He then countered
a bogey at the eighth with a birdie at the ninth to remain there.
No one was able to get closer than three to Hadley from there until Martin,
who had four birdies during an outward 32, followed a bogey at the 10th with
gains at Nos. 12, 16 and 18 to head into the clubhouse at 17-under.
Lee, meanwhile, followed a birdie at the 10th with a bogey at the 12th to
remain at 15-under before rolling in three birdies over his next four holes to
pull within one of Hadley at minus-18.
Hadley answered with a birdie at the 17th to regain a 2-shot cushion.
Lee would then birdie the 18th to finish at 19-under and put a little pressure
on Hadley entering the final hole, but he closed with a birdie at the 18th to
finish two clear of Lee.
"I really felt like I did my best. I gave it my best, but Chesson was just
playing rock solid," said Lee. "He made a couple of good up and downs from bad
tee shots. When he plays like that, it's just really hard to catch. He just
didn't make any silly mistakes at all."
NOTES: Hadley was making just his 13th career start on the PGA Tour ...
Hadley's total of 21-under 267 broke Scott Brown's (2013) tournament record by
one shot ... Hadley is the only rookie this season to post three top-10
finishes. He also tied for fifth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
and had a share of 10th at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
=== Hadwin hangs on for the win in Chile ===
Santiago, Chile (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Hadwin birdied his final two holes
on Sunday to close out a 3-under 69 and hang on for a 1-stroke victory at the
Hadwin earned his first career win on the Web.com Tour at 16-under-par 272.
"It's been an amazing week for me. This is a reward for all the sacrifice and
time I've invested in my game in recent years. It's my third year playing here
in Chile, and now I'll take home the best memory," said Hadwin.
Alistair Presnell carded a 4-under 68 during his final round at Prince of
Wales Country Club to finish in second place at 15-under 273, while Sung Joon
Park (66), Henrik Norlander (69) and Kyle Reifers (71) shared third at
Bhavik Patel (69), Andrew Putnam (70) and Scott Pinckney (72) tied for sixth
Hadwin entered the final round with a 1-stroke lead atop a crowded leaderboard
and was quickly met at 13-under by Pinckney and Manuel Villegas, who both
birdied the first.
Presnell would make it a four-way tie with a birdie at the third before
Pinckney broke out of the pack with a birdie at the fifth.
Pinckney failed to hang on to the lead and bogeyed the sixth to fall back
alongside Presnell and Hadwin at 13-under as Villegas fell well off the pace
with bogeys at the fifth, seventh and eighth.
Park, meanwhile, was playing in one of the earlier groups of the day and
countered a lone bogey with seven birdies, including his final two holes, to
race into the clubhouse at 13-under.
Hadwin briefly regained the outright lead with a birdie at the ninth, but
quickly gave that shot back with a bogey at the 10th.
Mulroy then joined the pack at minus-13 with a birdie at the 12th before
Presnell and Pinckney both lost their share of the lead with bogeys at the
13th and 12th, respectively.
Presnell responded with an eagle at the 14th to jump into sole possession of
first at 14-under, but he was soon joined there by Hadwin following a birdie
at the 13th.
After Presnell bogeyed the 15th to drop out of the lead, Hadwin birdied the
14th to move to 15-under and grab a 2-stroke advantage.
Hadwin would trade a bogey at the 16th with a birdie at the 17th to remain
there heading into the final hole, where Presnell had just recorded an eagle
two groups prior to finish at 15-under.
Hadwin, however, calmly birdied the last from five feet to earn his 1-stroke
"I played very well this week and I stuck to my strategy until the end,"
NOTES: Hadwin had collected two career wins on the PGA Tour Canada, the most
recent at the 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship ... Hadwin collected
$117,000 with the victory ... Presnell had three eagles during his round.
=== Park outduels Pettersen in China ===
Hainan, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park fired a 6-under 67 on Sunday to
outduel Suzann Pettersen and win the World Ladies Championship.
The world No. 1 Park, who won six times on the LPGA Tour last season, earned
her first victory of the year and second career Ladies European Tour title at
"Everything seems to be working quite well for me, from ball striking to
putting. Everything was great today so I'm just happy to be here and win my
first tournament of 2014," said Park.
Pettersen shot a 1-under 72 on Mission Hills' Blackstone Course to finish in
second place at 19-under 273, while So Yeon Ryu (69) took third at minus-16.
Amateur Minjee Lee (69) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71) shared fourth at 15-under.
Park and Pettersen entered the final round tied at 18-under, but Park
immediately grabbed a lead she would not lose with back-to-back birdies at the
first and second.
After Park and Pettersen both bogeyed the third to remain two strokes apart,
Park birdied the fifth and sixth to move to 21-under and claim a 3-stroke lead
as Pettersen had also birdied the sixth to again reach 18-under.
Pettersen was able to cut her deficit to just one when she birdied the ninth
and Park bogeyed the 10th, but Park bounced back with consecutive birdies at
the 11th and 12th to stretch her lead back to three.
Park would go on to birdie the 15th and 18th to finish at minus-24 and claim
her 5-stroke victory as Pettersen parred her final nine holes.
"There were a few extra elements of weather that we hadn't seen earlier, but I
feel like I played average, nothing better," Pettersen said. "I didn't go out
and shoot 6-under like (Park) did."
Park also won the tournament's team competition with Ryu. Their combined score
of 40-under was 28 strokes better than the team of Shanshan Feng and Xiyu Lin.
=== IUPUI fires men's basketball coach Howard ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork) - IUPUI has fired men's head basketball coach
Todd Howard after three seasons.
Howard was promoted to the head coaching position in April 2011 after spending
16 seasons as an assistant under Ron Hunter. He posted a record of 26-70
during his three-year tenure.
"I would like to thank Todd for his dedicated service to the IUPUI athletics
department and to our basketball program," said athletic director Michael
Moore in a statement. "He guided the program with great pride, effort and
integrity. I certainly wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Howard led the Jaguars to a record of 14-18 in his first season, but the team
managed just six wins each of the last two years.
"I'm so thankful and grateful to everyone at IUPUI," said Howard on Sunday.
"It's my favorite place in the world and I truly appreciate the support I've
received. While I'm certainly disappointed and wish I was able to get more
time, I'm extremely confident in knowing me and my staff gave our all.
"IUPUI is all I've known for 19-plus years and I know the hard work that has
gone into building a league champion, an NCAA Tournament team, an NBA draft
pick and much more. In this era, we were just too young and too injured and
that's hard to overcome."
IUPUI was without top scorer Ian Chiles for seven games at the start of Summit
League play this season and finished 6-26. The campaign ended Saturday with an
85-47 loss to Fort Wayne in the quarterfinals of the Summit Tournament.
03/10 02:12:34 ET