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       === 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
 said.
 
 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
 TD passes.
 
 
                    === 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
 rankings.
 
 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
 Tallahassee.
 
 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
 Saturday.
 
 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
 finished 31st.
 
 "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
 going straight."
 
 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.
 It's everything."
 
 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
 end."
 
 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
 finals.
 
 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
 in Stuttgart.
 
 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
 year.
 
 "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
 eight-man field.
 
 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
 in February.
 
 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
 quarterfinals.
 
 
                  === 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
 Children Open.
 
 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-
 par 268.
 
 "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
 the third.
 
 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
 championship.
 
 "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
 Kong Open.
 
 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
 Fraser (72).
 
 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-
 under.
 
 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
 leaderboard.
 
 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
 group.
 
 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
 I'm ecstatic."
 
 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 -
 HanaBank Championship.
 
 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
 on tour.
 
 "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
 couldn't sleep."
 
 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
 December.
 
 "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
 the win.
 
 "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
 special."
 
 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
 Durant.
 
 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
 Women's Open.
 
 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-
 under.
 
 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
 Championship.
 
 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
 the 60s.
 
 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
 Tour Latinoamerica.
 
 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
 seventh.
 
 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
 Gilman.
 
 
           === 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
 Hatches.
 
 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
 length victory.
 
 "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
 at Woodbine."
 
 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.
 
 
 10/20 00:31:15 ET

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