=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, October 19 ===
=== Manning breaks all-time TD pass record ===
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning's latest feat might be
his most impressive.
The Broncos quarterback tossed his 509th touchdown pass on Sunday to break
Brett Favre's NFL record.
Manning tossed for scores on three of his first four drives against the San
Francisco 49ers to vault past Favre's previous mark. The five-time NFL MVP
fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on a 3rd-and-goal in the
front right part of the end zone in the second quarter to set the mark.
"It was a special night," Manning said. "It's one I'll always remember."
Following the score, the Broncos receivers along with Julius Thomas played a
game of keepaway with Manning, not letting him have the ball before finally
giving it to the future Hall of Famer.
The Broncos played a brief tribute on the big screen, which included messages
from Favre, John Elway and several of Manning's teammates.
Favre congratulated Manning on Twitter shortly thereafter.
"Well deserved Peyton, Congratulations on breaking my record. #Onto600," he
Manning reached the record in his 246th game -- 56 games fewer than Favre.
"I'm humbled and I'm honored," Manning said. "I'm grateful to have all the
teammates and coaches I've had over my career."
Manning and Favre are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 500
=== Ravens LS Cox suffers torn ACL ===
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Ravens long snapper Morgan
Cox suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday's 29-7 win
over Atlanta and is likely done for the season.
Cox was injured while running down on punt coverage in the fourth quarter and
will undergo an MRI on Monday.
The 28-year-old tore his left ACL in Week 16 of his 2010 rookie season.
=== Bills lose Jackson, Spiller to injuries ===
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo Bills running backs Fred
Jackson and C.J. Spiller both exited Sunday's 17-16 win over the
Minnesota Vikings and didn't return.
Jackson suffered a groin injury in the first quarter, while Spiller left the
field on a cart with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Spiller
reportedly broke his collarbone.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said after the game that Spiller will be out an
"indefinite" amount of time.
=== SEC dominates top of rankings ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The SEC has long been considered the top
conference in college football and the latest Associated Press poll is further
proof, as four of the top five teams are from the powerful league.
Mississippi State remained the top-ranked team in the country after taking the
weekend off, while Ole Miss stayed at No. 3 following a lopsided win over
Tennessee. Alabama vaulted three spots to fourth after its 59-0 rout of Texas
A&M and Auburn, also on a bye this weekend, rose one spot to fifth.
The AP said it's the first time four teams from the same conference -- also
the same division (the SEC West), no less -- are among the top five in the
Florida State, following its thrilling 31-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday
night, held firmly at No. 2. The Seminoles earned 14 first-place votes from a
nationwide media panel -- two more than last week.
Mississippi State, with a visit to Kentucky set for next Saturday, received 43
first-place votes -- two fewer than last week -- while Ole Miss again picked
up three top tallies.
Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia and TCU complete this week's top
10. Notre Dame slipped just two spots from fifth after the narrow loss in
The second 10 consists of Kansas State, Baylor, Ohio State, Arizona State,
Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, East Carolina, Utah and Southern California.
Kansas State moved up three spots from 14th after its 31-30 victory at
Oklahoma, which dropped the Sooners six places from 11th.
Baylor had the biggest drop within the poll, tumbling eight spots from fourth
following a 41-27 loss at West Virginia.
Clemson, West Virginia, Marshall, LSU and UCLA are the last five teams ranked.
West Virginia, LSU and UCLA are this week's newcomers.
Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Stanford all dropped out after losing on
Just two matchups of ranked teams are on this week's schedule, as Ole Miss
takes its unbeaten mark into Death Valley to face LSU and Utah hosts USC.
=== Keselowski remains alive in Chase with Talladega win ===
Talladega, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Desperately needing a victory to advance
into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Brad
Keselowski passed Ryan Newman for the lead on the final lap to win Sunday's
Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
While Keselowski moved on to the Eliminator Round, which begins next weekend
at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending Sprint Cup Series
champion, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is
NASCAR's most popular driver, have been eliminated from championship
contention. Kasey Kahne, also with Hendrick, and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle
Busch are out of the Chase as well.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, joined Joey Logano, his teammate at
Team Penske, and Kevin Harvick as those drivers who automatically advanced
into the Eliminator Round by winning a race in the Contender Round. Logano won
at Kansas and Harvick at Charlotte.
Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon
accumulated enough points to remain in the title hunt.
This race featured two green-white-checkered finish attempts. Keselowski held
the top spot for the restart in the second two-lap overtime finish. Newman
grabbed the lead on the penultimate lap, but on the last circuit around this
2.66-mile superspeedway, Keselowski pulled ahead of Newman. He then beat
Kenseth to the finish line by 0.141 seconds for his series-leading sixth win
of the season and the 16th of his career, including his third at Talladega.
Keselowski had to overcome adversity to win this race. He had to start from
the rear of the field after his team changed the alternator in his No. 2 Team
Penske Ford following Saturday's qualifying. Keselowski was one of six drivers
involved in the first accident of the day, happening on lap 60.
"I can't believe it," Keselowski said. "Talladega is such a wild card, and to
be able to win here, you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a
little of both. I can't believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest
of the three (races) in the (Contender) bracket. To be able to win here is
really a privilege, it really is."
Keselowski won the Sept. 14 Chase-opener at Chicagoland and secured a spot in
the Contender Round, but in this second segment of the playoffs, he struggled
in the first two races. He finished 36th at Kansas after crashing into the
wall due to a cut tire. Then last weekend at Charlotte, Keselowski finished
16th and ended up in post-race skirmishes with Hamlin and Kenseth in the
garage area. Keselowski intentionally bumped Hamlin from behind and tried to
spin him out during the cool-down lap, and then he plowed into the back of
Kenseth as they were driving onto pit road.
Days after the Charlotte race, NASCAR fined Keselowski $50,000 and placed him
on probation for the next four weeks.
"It's been a long couple of weeks," he said. "To win and make it into the next
round, I know there's probably some people out there that aren't happy I won.
I can understand that. But I'm a man like anyone else who does things that
you're not really proud of. I'm not really proud of last week, but I'm very
proud of today."
Clint Bowyer finished third, followed by Landon Cassill and Newman.
Johnson led the most laps with 84 but ended up getting shuffled back in the
field during the last two laps to finish 24th. He concluded the second round
in the Chase 40 points behind teammate Gordon for the eighth and final
transfer spot. Johnson is now looking ahead to 2015 for his bid to win a
record-tying seventh championship in the series.
"Today, I went down swinging, and I take pride in that," Johnson said. "Am I
disappointed in our Chase? Absolutely. In the last two weeks, frustration was
high between (crew chief) Chad (Knaus) and I, and the fact that we haven't
been able to produce like we wanted to.
"We went down swinging. We had a chance and came up short. We have to make the
best of '15. We have a chance to finish fifth in points, which would mean the
world to me. The worst I've finished is sixth in the points, so it's not time
to put our feet up. We need to finish strong and try to be in the top-five."
Earnhardt, who led 31 laps, was involved in a five-car accident on the
backstretch following the restart for the first green-white-checkered attempt.
He spun out on the apron and was able to remain on the lead lap. Earnhardt
"I was just running along there behind the No. 5 (Kahne), and I don't think I
changed lanes or anything," Earnhardt said of the incident. "I was following
him on the outside and just got hooked on the corner panel. I guess the No. 16
(Greg Biffle) moved up into me or something there. I thought I was sort of
Kahne finished 12th and missed the cut into the Eliminator Round by just three
points over teammate Gordon, who placed 26th.
"We were in, we were out," Gordon said. "We were in good position and bad
position. Those last couple of laps were the most nerve-wracking laps of my
life, so I'm glad they're over."
Gordon is attempting to win his fifth title in NASCAR's premier series but his
first since 2001.
"I'm just excited about our chances to get to Homestead, and those chances
come in these next few races - Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix," he added.
"Those are great tracks for us."
Busch came to Talladega second in the Chase standings, just six points behind
leader Logano, but Busch was caught up in a big crash on lap 103.
While running in a tight pack of cars, Aric Almirola got into the back of J.J.
Yeley and put him hard into the outside wall, triggering the incident. Busch
sustained heavy damage to car when rookie Austin Dillon collided into him.
Busch was running deep in the field at the time of the wreck.
"We're destroyed. We're absolutely killed," a frustrated Busch said over his
team radio after the accident happened. "I got hit from behind. We're done.
Busch spent nearly 50 laps in the garage for repairs before he returned. He
wound up finishing 40th, spoiling his chances to advance in the Chase after
he had finished third at Kansas and fifth at Charlotte.
=== Murray rallies past Ferrer for Vienna crown ===
Vienna, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Andy Murray rallied from a set down to
top David Ferrer in the final of the Erste Bank Open.
The second-seeded Murray pulled out a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory on Sunday for his
30th career title and second of the year. Both tournament wins have come in
the last two months, as the Scot also captured the Shenzhen Open in September.
Ferrer had beaten Murray last week in the third round of the Shanghai Masters
and won the first set Sunday, but the top-seeded Spaniard couldn't finish the
job. He had six break point chances in the second set, but failed to convert
any and Murray broke twice to send the match to a decisive third.
Murray broke early and opened a 2-0 lead, but Ferrer responded with the next
four games. Ferrer was serving for the match at 5-3, but a double fault gave
Murray a break and he carried that momentum from there by winning the
following three games.
A Murray ace finally ended the match after 2 hours and 42 minutes. He improved
to 8-6 lifetime against Ferrer.
"It was very tough, with lots of long rallies and long games," said Murray.
"The third set was very back and forth, so mentally it was quite a tough match
for both of us. I managed to be a bit more consistent and aggressive at the
Not only did the two battle on Sunday, but both are vying for one of the final
berths in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Only eight players qualify
for the London event and Murray is eighth, just ahead of Ferrer. The two could
meet again next week in the Valencia Open semifinals.
"The next few weeks are extremely important," said Murray. "I just need to win
as many matches as possible to keep hold of the eighth spot or go higher."
Murray, who struggled somewhat early in the 2014 campaign while recovering
from back surgery performed late last year, improved to 30-14 all-time in
Ferrer dropped to 21-25 in finals, including 1-3 this year. He won in Buenos
Aires back in February, but lost in Hamburg and Cincinnati this summer.
"Andy played more aggressively than I did in the crucial moments and he
deserved to win," said Ferrer. "Of course, I am disappointed as I lost the
match having had a 5-3 lead (in the third set)."
Murray collected a first prize of $120,000.
=== Cilic topples Bautista Agut for Moscow title ===
Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic returned
to the winner's circle on Sunday with a straight-set victory over Roberto
Bautista Agut in the final of the Kremlin Cup.
Cilic earned his fourth title of 2014 and the 13th of his career with a 6-4,
6-4 triumph. He also won in Zagreb and Delray Beach earlier this year before
the biggest victory of his career last month at Flushing Meadows.
Since capturing his first Grand Slam title in New York, Cilic was beaten by
Andy Murray in the Beijing quarterfinals and suffered a first-round exit last
week in Shanghai.
"After winning such a big tournament as a Grand Slam you have a lot of
emotions and it's important to bounce back and keep going," said Cilic. "I
feel this is going to be a really good push for my career. All the titles are
special, but this one will definitely have an important spot. It is important
for my progress."
Seeded second in Moscow, Cilic twice went to three sets in his first three
matches before taking care of Bautista Agut. He saved three break points in
his first service game, then broke for a 4-3 lead in the opening set. An early
break to start the second was enough for Cilic to become the second Croat to
win in Moscow, following coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.
Cilic, who also qualified for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals this
week, improved to 13-9 all-time in finals.
Bautista Agut dropped to 2-2 in title matches. The Spaniard claimed his first
ATP title earlier this year in Den Bosch and followed it with another victory
Cilic, whose 54 match wins this year trail only Roger Federer's 61, secured a
first prize of $140,750.
=== Berdych claws past Dimitrov to win again in Stockholm ===
Stockholm, Sweden (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Berdych captured the Stockholm
Open for the second time in three years with a three-set victory over 2013
winner Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final.
The top-seeded Berdych rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph for his second
title of 2014 and the 10th of his career. He improved to 2-3 in finals this
"It's the first and only tournament I've won twice," said the 2012 champion
Berdych. "The hospitality and care here is very nice. That's why I like to
come back. I feel at home here."
Berdych also won in Rotterdam back in February, beating Sunday's Moscow winner
Marin Cilic in the final, and lost in title matches to Roger Federer in Dubai
and Carlos Berlocq in Portugal before falling to Novak Djokovic in Beijing
earlier this month.
The 29-year-old Czech, now 10-14 in title matches, is still vying for a spot
in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth straight year. He is
currently seventh with only three berths still available in the exclusive
Dimitrov, last year's Stockholm winner, fell to 4-2 lifetime in finals. He is
3-1 this year, previously winning in Acapulco, Bucharest and at the Queen's
Club before Wimbledon.
"It's never easy to lose a final, but he was just better out there today,"
said Dimitrov about Berdych. "He had bigger momentum in the second and third
(sets). That made the biggest difference."
Berdych, who picked up a first prize of $120,000, improved to 2-3 lifetime
against Dimitrov. Three of the matchups came this year with Berdych winning in
Madrid and Dimitrov prevailing in Rome.
=== Pavlyuchenkova tops Begu to win Moscow crown ===
Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia
captured her seventh career title with a three-set victory over Romania's
Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday in the final of the Kremlin Cup.
The sixth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova came away with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 triumph and
picked up her second title of 2014. She also won the Paris Indoors crown back
Pavlyuchenkova broke serve seven times on Sunday to win in her home city for
the first time in six tries. She was a semifinalist at this event last year
after four first-round exits.
"It's the best way to finish the season for me -- winning the title at home,
and now I have seven in my career," said Pavlyuchenkova. "I couldn't be
happier with how the week went."
Now 7-3 all-time in finals, Pavlyuchenkova also became the fourth Russian
woman to win in Moscow. Anastasia Myskina won back-to-back titles in 2003 and
'04, Anna Chakvetadze captured the 2006 tournament and Elena Dementieva
followed in 2007.
Begu fell to 1-3 in finals and hasn't won a tournament since 2012 in Taskhent.
Pavlyuchenkova, who claimed a first prize off $120,000, also won the only
previous meeting with Begu, a straight-set triumph in the 2013 Seoul
=== Martin earns first win in Las Vegas ===
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Martin needed a strong finish on
Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory at the Shriners Hospitals for
Martin, who was 1-over par thru 14 holes, played the last four holes in 4-
under par en route to shooting 3-under 68. He ended the victory at 20-under-
"It was an awesome way to finish. I didn't really feel like I had much going
all day, but to finish 4-under thru the last four to cap my first win was just
awesome," Martin stated. "I got a good read on Russell (Knox's) putt there, so
he got an assist there for that '3' (at the 16th)."
The 27-year-old became the 11th player to earn his first PGA Tour title at
this event. It was a big rebound after he shot 78-79 last week at the Frys.com
Open and missed the cut by 14 strokes.
Kevin Streelman (65) birdied five of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin to
grab second place at minus-18. Knox, who shared the second-round lead, managed
a 1-under 70 on Sunday and he took third place at 16-under-par 268.
Last year's winner Webb Simpson briefly grabbed a piece of the lead with a
birdie on the 17th, but he bogeyed the last for a 3-under 68. He was joined in
fourth place at minus-15 by Jimmy Walker (69) and Brooks Koepka (68).
David Hearn (68), Scott Piercy (69) and Tony Finau (67) tied for seventh place
at 14-under-par 270.
Martin opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at the third to move to 18-under,
which was good for a 3-stroke lead over Knox. Martin parred five in a row from
At the par-3 eighth, Martin stumbled to a bogey, but was still ahead by three.
He tripped to another bogey on No. 11. That trimmed his lead to two. As he
parred the next three holes, Streelman joined him in the lead at minus-16.
Streelman, who had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, converted back-
to-back birdies at 12 and 13 to move within two. Streelman birdied 15 and 16
to grab a share of the lead.
He made it three in a row with an 18-foot birdie effort at the 17th. Streelman
was briefly ahead by one at that point.
Martin 2-putted for birdie at the short par-4 15th. After Streelman birdied
17 to move one clear, Martin poured in a 46-foot eagle putt on the 16th to
jump back into the lead.
After a par on the 17th, Martin drained a 19-footer for birdie at the last to
win by two.
"I tried not to (look at the leaderboards). I saw I was still leading after I
bogeyed eight. I had been playing the back nine well all week, so I just tried
to keep plugging along and let it happen," Martin stated. "To cap it off with
a 20-foot at 18 was special."
Streelman, who birdied the final eight holes to win the Travelers Championship
in June, parred the final hole to finish in second place.
"I'm super happy with how everything went," said Streelman. "I tried not to
look at the leaderboard to be honest. It was kind of like the Travelers this
year, I just needed to make as many birdies as possible as quickly as
possible. So I just kept attacking and hit some really good putts."
Simpson had a birdie and two bogeys thru 10 holes. He birdied the 13th and
15th to move to 13-under. Simpson made eagle at the par-5 16th and followed
with a birdie at 17 to join Streelman and Martin in the lead at minus-16.
However, Simpson bogeyed the last to end at 15-under.
NOTES: Martin earned $1.116 million for the victory ... Martin was the fourth
straight 54-hole leader to win this event ... The PGA Tour heads to Georgia
next week for The McGladrey Classic, where Chris Kirk earned his second PGA
Tour title last year as he won by one over Tim Clark and Briny Baird.
=== Ilonen tops Stenson for World Match Play title ===
Kent, England (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 10 seed Mikko Ilonen held the lead
throughout most of the championship match against No. 1 Henrik Stenson on
Sunday and the 34-year-old from Finland emerged as the winner of the Volvo
World Match Play Championship.
Ilonen, who now has five wins on the European Tour and two on the season after
winning the Irish Open in June, only trailed Stenson for one hole. Ilonen
defeated No. 7 Joost Luiten 2 & 1 in the semifinals earlier on Sunday, while
Stenson narrowly topped No. 16 George Coetzee 1-up to advance to the
"I see Henrik as one of the world's top players obviously, but I see him as my
friend," Ilonen said. "He didn't intimidate me at all. We've played so much
golf together over the years, so I felt quite comfortable playing with him. It
could have gone either way really. I had a better afternoon than he did.
Tomorrow morning we play, it might go the other way."
In the consolation match, Luiten escaped with a 1-up victory over Coetzee in
19 holes. Luiten only lost one match all week.
After defeating the previously unbeaten Luiten in the semifinals, Ilonen took
to the course once again looking to take down the No. 1 seed and the No. 5
player in the world in Stenson.
The duo halved the first three holes before Stenson took the early 1-up lead
with a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole. Ilonen responded right away with a par
on No. 5 to square the match and Stenson never led again.
After they halved the next two holes, Ilonen took his first lead with a birdie
on No. 8 and he never let go. Following two more halves, Ilonen rattled off
two more wins with a birdie on 11 and a par on 12, giving him a 3-up lead.
Stenson got one hole back with a birdie on 13, but Ilonen came right back with
a birdie on 14. Stenson got back to 2-down with another birdie on 15, but he
could not come through on the final three holes. After halving 16, Ilonen
birdied No. 17 to clinch a 3 & 1 victory.
"I actually exceeded my expectations for the week for sure already," Stenson
said. "And already when Jonas took me to the 18th yesterday, I felt like we
were running low on energy, and against Joost this morning, same thing. "So I
don't know where I found that energy to finish that much off in the morning.
So I was quite low on energy in the afternoon."
Luiten never trailed in his match against Coetzee, but it was back-and-forth
all day. Coetzee tripped to a double-bogey at the first and Luiten took a 1-up
lead. Coetzee got the match squared with a win on two, but Luiten won two
holes in a row at three and four to go 2-up.
Coetzee and Luiten traded wins on five and six, with Coetzee winning No. 5.
After a halve on seven, Coetzee got back to 1-down with a par on eight, but
Luiten came back with a par on nine to get back to 2-up.
Luiten's lead quickly went away, however, as Coetzee won Nos. 11 and 13 to
square the match again. After that, the duo halved the next five holes,
forcing an extra hole. Luiten went on to win the 19th to take third place.
NOTES: Luiten won all three of his matches during the group stage and did not
lose until his match against Ilonen ... With the win, Ilonen earned 375,000
euros ... The European Tour heads to Australia next week for the ISPS Handa
Perth International, which is the last event before the Final Series.
=== Hend tops Que in playoff at Hong Kong Open ===
Fanling, Hong Kong (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Hend made par on the first
playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Angelo Que and earn a victory at the Hong
Hend, who had missed the cut in each of his last four events on tour, finished
regulation tied with Que at 13-under-par 267 following a final-round, 3-under
67. The win is the first of Hend's career.
"I've come close on the PGA Tour and the European Tour just not to get across
the line, and finally, at the age of 41, I've won a European Tour event, so
it's very special. It's awesome. I love it," said Hend.
Que, who was one shot behind Hend and two shots behind the leader Marcus
Fraser to begin the day, carded a 4-under 66 at Hong Kong Golf Club, but he
had to settle for a runner-up finish.
"It actually panned out better than I thought," Que said. "I had a chance to
win, but I'll move on. There's only one winner. I played great golf all
weekend and I hit the shot of my life on the last hole so I can't complain."
Both Hend and Que ended two shots ahead of third-place finisher Kevin Phelan,
who fired a 66 to end his week at 11-under 269. Mark Foster shot a 1-under 69
on Sunday to finish alone in fourth at 10-under 270.
Second-round leader Ernie Els also carded a 1-under 69 and he ended tied for
fifth with Lucas Bjerregaard (67), S.S.P Chawrasia (67) and third-round leader
Hend, already behind the leader Fraser by one heading into his round, did not
get off to a great start as he made two pars on one and two before dropping a
shot with a bogey on No. 3. He rebounded strong with his first birdie on four,
but Hend bogeyed again on No. 5. Yet again, Hend had an answer with another
birdie on No. 6, getting him back to even par for the day.
Hend's score remained the same as he made the turn with three straight pars
from seven, and the back nine is where he got things going. Hend birdied every
other hole to start the back nine at 10, 12 and 14, which proved to be big as
it got him to minus-13. Hend closed out his round with four straight pars to
join Que, who was playing in the third-to-last group, in the clubhouse at 13-
Que also had an up-and-down front nine before turning things on when it
mattered most. Following a birdie on No. 2, Que dropped a shot with a bogey on
the par-5 third. He got that shot right back with a gain on four. Que was back
to even par shortly after when he bogeyed the par-4 seventh, but he made the
turn at minus-1 following a birdie on nine.
Another bogey on 10 was not the way Que wanted to start his back nine, but
three straight birdies from No. 12 were huge for Que as they shot him up the
Three straight pars from 15 preceded a big birdie at the last, giving Que the
clubhouse lead at minus-13 with Hend still out on the course in the last
The duo went back to the 18th tee for the first sudden-death playoff hole. Que
tripped to a crucial bogey, while Hend was able to salvage par to earn his
first victory on tour.
"I felt quite calm, the only thing is that hole at the end you never want to
have a go at the pin because you can make a bogey quite easily, so I wasn't
really sure how to play it," Hend said. "Unfortunately, Angelo made a bogey. I
would have rather one of us made a birdie because he's a great guy and it
would be nice to earn the win on a positive note. But I'll take the win and
NOTES: Hend (five) and Que (three) have a combined eight career wins on the
Asian Tour ... Before Sunday, Hend's best finish on tour this season came at
the WGC - Cadillac Championship, where he tied for 16th ... Que, who finished
tied for fifth here back in December, played in just two more events on tour
in between trips to this event. He missed the cut in both ... Hend earned
171,843 euros with this victory ... Next week, the European Tour heads to
Australia for the ISPS Handa Perth International for the final event before
the start of the Final Series.
=== Baek emerges from 3-way playoff in South Korea ===
Incheon, South Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - In her first appearance on the
LPGA Tour, Kyu Jung Baek birdied the first playoff on Sunday to defeat fellow
South Korean In Gee Chun and American Brittany Lincicome to win the LPGA KEB -
Baek, who was tied for the lead with Hee-Kyung Bae at the start of the final
round, fired a 5-under 67. Chun and Lincicome carded matching, 6-under 66s to
finish regulation tied with Baek at 10-under-par 278. The win is Baek's first
"So coming into the championship, my goal was to get in the top 10, but after
a really solid third round yesterday, my goal this morning was to get into the
top five," Baek said. "But I have to say I guess I was a little bit more
conscious because of winning because I was so nervous this morning, I kind of
Five-time major champion Inbee Park, another South Korea native, shot a 67 en
route to a 9-under 279 and she finished alone in fourth. U.S. Open champion
Michelle Wie, making her first start since withdrawing from her last two
events due to a hand injury, also carded a 67 along with Catriona Matthew. Wie
and Matthew finished tied for fifth at 8-under 280.
Hyo Joo Kim, who was another one of five South Koreans to finish inside the
top 10, ended alone in seventh at minus-7 following a final-round 66. Bae shot
an even-par 72 and she finished tied for 12th at 5-under 283 on the Ocean
Course at Sky 72 Golf Club.
Baek, playing in the final group with Bae and Park, did not get off to the
fastest start. After three straight pars to open the round, Baek drained her
first birdie on No. 4. That gain was erased two holes later when Baek tripped
to her first bogey on No. 6. She finished the front nine with three more pars,
making the turn at even par for the day.
Following another par on 10, Baek came up huge when she ripped off five
straight birdies from No. 11, getting her to minus-10 for the week. Three
straight pars from No. 16 finished off Baek's round as she joined Chun and
Lincicome atop the leaderboard.
"Going into the final nine, my goal was to come into the top five and so I
really concentrated every hole and I started making birdies," said Baek. "It
all started to kind of work for me from then on."
Playing in the penultimate group, Chun made her move early when she poured in
back-to-back birdies on one and two. After four straight pars from No. 3, Chun
closed out her front nine with two birdies on seven and nine to go along with
a par on eight.
Chun did not slow down on the back nine either as she made birdies on 11 and
13, getting her to minus-10. Chun's first and only bogey on No. 14 was a
slight hiccup, but she responded right away with her seventh birdie of the day
on No. 15. Chun closed things out with three straight pars to join Lincicome
in the clubhouse with the lead.
Lincicome, who finished runner-up at this year's Wegmans LPGA Championship
after falling to Park in a playoff, went bogey free in her round. Playing in
the fourth-to-last group, Lincicome birdied the second, fifth and eighth as
she made the turn at 7-under.
Two more birdies on 11 and 13 got Lincicome to minus-9. She slowed down a bit
with four straight pars from 14, but a giant birdie on the last proved to be
important as it put Lincicome in the clubhouse lead at the time. Chun and Baek
joined her atop the leaderboard later.
"Yesterday obviously I left a few out there. I played so good today, hit so
many good shots, especially coming in," Lincicome said. "A couple shots where
I felt like it was going to be like right in the hole and came up short or
something. Maybe just wasn't my day. But I think I shot 6-under today,
obviously was a pretty darned good day just to get myself into contention.
Can't be too sad."
The trio of players returned to the par-5 18th for the first playoff hole,
where Baek made a birdie to claim her victory.
NOTES: This was the third event Chun has played on the LPGA Tour. She finished
tied for 28th at this event last year ... Lincicome has now finished in the
top 10 in four of her last five events ... Baek earned $300,000 with this
victory ... The LPGA Tour remains in Asia again next week as it heads to China
for the Blue Bay LPGA, which is a new event on tour.
=== Haas wins third Rock Barn title ===
Conover, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Haas fired a 5-under 66 on Sunday and he
won the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn for a third time.
Haas completed his 17th Champions Tour title at 17-under-par 196. He also won
this crown in 2005 and 2009. The 2005 victory was his first on the Champions
Tour, while this victory was his first since turning 60-years-old last
"I was pretty uptight all day long. I played pretty well, but a couple 3-putts
were costly," Haas admitted. "Kirk (Triplett) made a couple birdies coming in
and with him winning last week, I knew he was on a roll. The birdie at 17, I
won't forget that anytime soon."
Haas' total of 196 set a new tournament scoring record. The old mark of 197
was set in 2011 by Mark Wiebe and James Mason, then tied a year later by
Michael Allen and Olin Browne.
Joe Durant and Triplett, last week's SAS Championship winner, both shot 66 in
the final round to share second place at minus-15.
David Frost posted a 3-under 68 to grab fourth place at 13-under-par 200. John
Cook closed with a 66 and ended one stroke further back at minus-12.
Stephen Ames fired a 6-under 65 and jumped 11 spots into a share of sixth at
11-under-par 202. He was joined there by Wayne Levi (69), Paul Goydos (67),
Skip Kendall (66) and Doug Garwood (66).
Haas followed a birdie at the second with a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 3. After
a pair of pars, he made another 4-footer for birdie at the sixth to move to
15-under, where he joined Durant in the lead.
Durant had birdied five in a row from the second, but he played the final 12
holes in even-par.
Around the turn, Haas dropped his approach at the 10th inside three feet and
kicked that in for birdie and the lead. He faltered to a 3-putt bogey at the
12th to dip back into a tie for the lead.
Haas came right back with a short birdie effort on the 13th to regain the
lead. He ran off three pars in a row from the 14th. Haas moved two shots ahead
thanks to a 16-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th. He parred the last to seal
"This is certainly the cherry on top. I've played really, really well all year
long. I've had a few chances to win. That shot at 17, I didn't do that a few
times when I had a chance," said Haas. "Just to know that I can still do it is
pretty incredible, and here in Hickory, sight of my first win, it is even more
Durant followed his five straight birdies with eight pars in a row. After
tripping to a bogey on the 15th, he birdied the last to share second.
Triplett got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and third. He also
birdied the sixth to move to 13-under. Back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 got
Triplett within one of the lead. He parred the final three to end along side
NOTES: Haas earned $240,000 for the win ... Prior to this, his last victory
was at the 2012 Principal Charity Classic ... The Champions Tour heads to
Texas next week for the AT&T Championship, where Kenny Perry birdied the first
playoff hole last year to beat Bernhard Langer.
=== Pace tops Clyburn in playoff to win in South Africa ===
Hibiscus Coast, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Lee-Anne Pace defeated
Holly Clyburn in a playoff on Sunday to earn a victory at the South African
Pace, who shot a final-round, 5-under 67, finished regulation play tied with
Clyburn (70) at 5-under-par 211. The win is Pace's third on the Ladies
European Tour and her first since winning twice last year.
Beginning the day at even par for the week, Pace needed to make a serious move
up the leaderboard if she wanted to have a chance at San Lameer Country Club.
Pace made birdie at the first, but a bogey on No. 3 dropped her back to even.
She traded a birdie on No. 5 with another bogey on No. 7 as well.
A birdie on nine got Pace going. After three straight pars from No. 10, Pace
made an eagle on the par-5 13th, getting her to minus-3. She finished off
strong with two more birdies on 16 and 18 to take the clubhouse lead at 5-
Clyburn had a bogey-free round on Sunday, but she made just two birdies on one
and 13 to go along with 16 pars.
Gwladys Nocera finished alone in third place at 3-under 213 after a final-
round 70. Florentyna Parker (68), Georgina Simpson (69), Valentine Derrey (71)
and Ann-Kathrin Lindner (73) ended tied for fourth at 2-under 214.
=== Ikeda hangs on to win Japan Open ===
Chiba, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Yuta Ikeda fired a final-round, 2-over 72
on Sunday, but he was able to hang on and win the Japan Open by one shot.
Ikeda finished the week at 10-under-par 270. The win is Ikeda's first of the
season and his 12th overall on the Japan Golf Tour.
Beginning the day with the lead, Ikeda did not get off to a great start with
four straight pars followed by a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole. Ikeda finished
the front nine with four more pars to make the turn at 1-over.
Ikeda poured in back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to get into red numbers for
the first time, but his second bogey two holes later on No. 14 dropped him
back to even par. Ikeda tripped to a double-bogey on No. 16, but he was able
to make a pair of pars on 17 and 18 to hold on for the win on the Umesato
Course at Chiba Country Club.
Satoshi Kodaira (66) and Shingo Katayama (70) finished tied for second place
at 9-under 271, while Prayad Marksaeng ended alone in fourth at minus-7
following a 2-over 72.
=== Big finish gives Edfors 3-shot win in China ===
Chongqing, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Johan Edfors used a string of four
straight birdies at the end of his final round to earn a 3-shot victory at the
Sankai Classic in China.
Edfors fired a final-round, 6-under 66 at Chongqing Poly Golf Club and he
finished the week at 15-under-par 201. The win is Edfors' fourth on the
European Challenge Tour and his first since winning three times back in 2006.
The 39-year-old from Sweden, who carded three straight rounds in the 60s
including two straight 66s on Saturday and Sunday, rattled off nine straight
pars to begin his round as he made the turn at even par.
Edfors drained his first two birdies on 10 and 12, getting him into red
numbers for the day. Following a pair of pars, Edfors won the tournament when
he ripped off four consecutive gains from No. 15.
Michael Lorenzo-Vera finished alone in second place at 12-under 204 following
a final-round, 7-under 65. Bernd Ritthammer, Tim Sluiter and Hu Mu all shot
matching 67s and they ended tied for third at 11-under 205.
=== Fox runs away with win in Australia ===
Mt. Claremont, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Fox fired a final-round,
5-under 67 on Sunday and he cruised to a 6-shot victory at the WA Open
Fox finished the week at 23-under-par 265 at Cottesloe Golf Club to earn his
first victory on the PGA Tour of Australia.
The 27-year-old started off with two birdies on his first three holes from No.
1, with a bogey on No. 2. Following a pair of pars, Fox rattled off three
straight birdies from No. 6 to get to minus-4 on the day. He finished off his
front nine with a par on nine.
Already with a substantial lead, Fox finished strong with birdies on 10 and 14
to go along with a bogey at the last to complete his fourth straight round in
Stephen Dartnall finished a distant second at 17-under 271 after his final-
round, 3-under 69. Rhein Gibson (70), Daniel Nisbet (71) and Paul Spargo (74)
all ended tied for third at 16-under 272.
=== Alvarez wins by 1 in Mexico ===
Estado de Mexico, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Oscar David Alvarez closed with
a 3-under 69 on Sunday and he held on for a 1-shot win at the TransAmerican
Power Products CRV Abierto Mexicano.
Alvarez finished at 17-under-par 271. This was his first victory on the PGA
The Colombian opened with a birdie on the first. Alvarez traded a bogey for a
birdie from the third. He followed a birdie on the sixth with a bogey at the
Alvarez converted his fourth birdie of the day at the par-5 eighth. He again
gave that right back as he bogeyed No. 9. Around the turn, Alvarez carded
back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to move to minus-17. He closed out the
victory with six consecutive pars.
Nelson Ledesma stumbled to a bogey on the 17th. He parred the last to close a
round of 5-under 67, which left him one stroke back at minus-16.
Brad Hopfinger (65) and Alexandre Rocha (67) shared third place at 14-under
274. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez shot 5-under 67 in the final round. He was joined
in fifth place at minus-12 by Brady Schnell (69) and third-round leader Chris
=== Beholder to miss Breeders' Cup after spiking fever ===
Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - One day after having a workout, two-time
Eclipse Award winner Beholder spiked a fever Sunday and has been withdrawn
from defending her title in this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff.
"When I came to the barn this morning," said trainer Richard Mandella,
"Beholder had a temperature. She had that big work (Saturday), and she's
obviously getting sick on us. So after talking it over with (Spendthrift
general manager) Ned (Toffey), we are calling off the game. She's not going to
be able to make the Breeders' Cup.
"As disappointed and sad as we are about the fact that we aren't going to get
to run, we can't have any negative feelings about Beholder because she's been
so good to us. We'll monitor her and give her the proper care until plans are
made to fly her to Kentucky to go through the November sale at Fasig-Tipton."
Beholder, champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 and last year's champion 3-year-
old filly, bounced back from a disappointing fourth in the Ogden Phipps Stakes
at Belmont Park in June to win her second straight Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 27
at Santa Anita.
The 4-year-old filly won last year's Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths over Close
Owned by Spendthrift Farm, Beholder is to be sold Nov. 3 at the Fasig-Tipton
November Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. She has won 10 of 15 starts, including
the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and earned $3,368,300.
=== Hillstar takes 77th Canadian International ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Post time favorite Hillstar surged through
the stretch on his way to winning Sunday's $1 million Canadian International
run over Woodbine's E. P. Taylor turf course at 1 1/2 miles.
The start of the International was delayed after morning line favorite Brown
Panther acted up approaching the starting gate and then ran off with jockey
Richard Kingscote in the saddle. Kingscote was unable to bring Brown Panther
under control on the turf course, then fell off the horse. Brown Panther, the
2-1 program favorite, was scratched.
"Just before the break, the horse got wound up and unfortunately he got me
off," said Kingscote. "When I got back on, I tried to keep him relaxed and as
soon as I let go he bolted. There wasn't much I could do after that. He's
never done that before. He sometimes dances about and gets on his toes, but
he's never been that extreme."
Hillstar, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, raced in
mid-pack of the nine-horse field. The 6-5 favorite began to draw closer to the
leaders entering the stretch and gained the lead nearing the furlong pole.
Owned by Sir Evelyn De Rothschild, Hillstar held off former United Nations
Handicap winner Big Blue Kitten, the 5-2 second pick, to post a three-quarters
"I am sure the boss (trainer Stoute) had this race as a target from a long way
out and it was always something we had in the backs of our minds if things
were going well," Moore noted. "I moved a bit too early today but he was the
best horse and we kept it straightforward again."
Finishing third was local runner Dynamic Sky with 6-1 third choice The Pizza
Man getting fourth. Rounding out the order of finish were Suntracer, Reporting
Star, War Dancer, Pyrite Mountain and O'Prado Ole.
The time for the 77th International was 2:29 on a 'good' turf course.
The victory was the second for both trainer and rider in the International.
Sir Michael previously won the race in 1996 with Singspiel while Moore won
last year aboard three-time winner Joshua Tree. It was the first International
win for the owner.
"He moved well and he moved fast," said Rothschild. "He's a great horse. We've
seen him win, he won last time out at Newbury. And we're thrilled to be here
Hillstar earned $600,000 to nearly double his career earnings to $1,260,500.
The 4-year-old colt has won four of 15 starts with six seconds and a third.
Hillstar captured the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial Legacy Cup at Newbury in
England four weeks ago over soft ground as the 5-2 favorite. The win snapped a
series of four races in which the 4-year-old colt finished second, including
the Boodles Diamond Ormonde in May behind Brown Panther.
Hillstar returned $4.50, $2.70 and $2.50. Big Blue Kitten paid $2.80 and
$2.80, and Dynamic Sky paid $4.50 to show.
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