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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:38 PM  Number of Views: 181 

    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano called it the perfect win, even though his final hole Sunday to win the BMW Masters was anything but perfect.

    Fernandez-Castano chipped in from across the green for birdie on the tough 17th hole at Lake Malaren to build a three-shot lead. Then, he let memories of Jean Van de Velde's collapse creep into his head, and only when the 33-year-old Spaniard holed a 2-foot putt for double bogey did he exhale.

    "I made it a little more complicated," Fernandez-Castano said.

    He still closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot win over Francesco Molinari (64) and Thongchai Jaidee (66). Luke Guthrie, the 23-year-old American playing in Asia for the first time, didn't make a birdie until the 13th hole and closed with a 71 to finish alone in fourth, two shots behind.

    Fernandez-Castano gave Spain its first European Tour win this year, extending the streak to 20 years of at least one Spanish victory.

    But this was more for him than country.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:34 PM  Number of Views: 176 

    Suzann Pettersen successfully defended her title in the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her fourth tour victory of the year and third in her last five starts.

    The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. She has five LPGA Tour victories in Asia and won a Ladies European Tour event in China this year.

    "It feels great to come here and defend my title and play as well as I did," Pettersen said. "It was very tough out there. Since the very first shot on Thursday, the conditions gave us a very big challenge. Today, Azahara gave me an even bigger challenge. She played really good on the front nine well. She played really good all around. I think I can almost thank her for keep pressing and keep pushing me because I just had to keep staying aggressive and try to make birdies."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:31 PM  Number of Views: 173 

    Kenny Perry made an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Bernhard Langer on Sunday to win the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

    Perry and Langer each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 13-under 203 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. Perry saved par on the final hole of regulation with a 20-foot par putt.

    Perry extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup from 494 to 612 points entering the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship next week in San Francisco. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the finale, though Perry and Langer are the only players with a shot at the $1 million annuity for the points title.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:26 PM  Number of Views: 172 

    Lee Chang-woo of South Korea won the Asia-Pacific Amateur by three shots Sunday to earn a trip to the Masters in April.

    Lee was worried that he would think more about going to Augusta National than his golf at Nanshan International.

    That was never a problem. He stretched his lead to as many as six shots on the back nine. Even with a double bogey on the last hole, he finished with a 1-under 70 to win by three over Shohei Hasegawa of Japan.

    The winner of the Asia-Pacific gets an invitation to the Masters and is exempt until the final qualifying stage for the British Open. Hasegawa also gets into final qualifying for the British Open.

    Defending champion Guan Tianlang shot 73 and finished eight shots behind.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:21 PM  Number of Views: 169 

    Mikhail Youzhny claimed his 10th career title by beating top-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 7-5 Sunday to win the Valencia Open.

    The 31-year-old Russian dominated the No. 3-ranked Ferrer throughout, breaking the defending champion and local favorite four times on the indoor hard court.

    Youzhny used well-placed ground strokes early on, breaking twice to take the first set. Ferrer appeared to have recovered with a break in the second, but Youzhny broke back and the Spaniard then started to berate himself after each miss.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:21 PM  Number of Views: 164 

    Juan Martin del Potro denied Roger Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second year in a row, winning in three sets.

    Roger Federer is playing better tennis these days -- just not quite good enough to win titles.

    Juan Martin del Potro denied Federer his hometown Swiss Indoors title for the second straight year, winning the final 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday.

    Federer reached his first final in more than four months and showed no sign of the back problems that hampered him during the most difficult season of his career.

    "I am a winner, I don't take much confidence from losing matches," Federer said. "I am happy about the level of my play, it's getting better, but it's not in losing where I get much confidence."

    Federer had hoped that the raucous crowd support in Basel -- where he is a five-time champion -- could help revive his form. He's won just one title in the past 14 months.

    Del Potro beat the player he described as "a big inspiration" for the third straight time, including the 2012 Basel final.

    "I think Roger is playing well," the fifth-ranked Argentine said. "For me, he has the perfect game. He played much better when he has the chance to play the top guys."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:13 PM  Number of Views: 164 

    The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end.

    Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.

    Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion at the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 08:31 AM  Number of Views: 169 

    Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

    Beltran was seated next to Clemente's widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Members of Clemente's family also attended the news conference.

    "I must say this year's recipient truly exemplifies Roberto's philosophy," Vera Clemente said. "Carlos Beltran, you are the pride of all Puerto Ricans."

    Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has hosted fundraising efforts throughout the year.

    "A leader by example on the field, Carlos has demonstrated his leadership off the field as well," Selig said. "The academy has made a real difference in the lives of young men in Puerto Rico."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 08:02 AM  Number of Views: 162 

    Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

    Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels.

    "This means everything," the 20-year-old Wallace said. "This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott's backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville; it's always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it's my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here."

    Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

    "We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport's history," Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "Darrell's success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson's win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR's future growth."

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:58 AM  Number of Views: 169 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth straight Formula One championship Sunday after turning in a trademark clinical performance to win the Indian Grand Prix.

    Starting from pole, Vettel dominated the Buddh International Circuit to join F1 greats Juan Miguel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as just the third driver to win four consecutive championships. The only other driver to win four championships was Alain Prost.

    "You've won it in style," an elated Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Vettel over the car radio immediately after the race. "Brilliant stuff. You've joined the greats."

    Vettel finished almost 30 seconds ahead of second placed Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean taking his second straight third place after starting from 17th on the grid.

    After taking the checkered flag, Vettel performed several donuts on the track before climbing from his car, acknowledging the crowd and kneeling with his head bowed to the track. He then climbed the pit lane fence to embrace members of his team.

    "I'm overwhelmed, don't know what to say," he said immediately after the race. "It is one of the best days of my life.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:50 AM  Number of Views: 215 

    WBO middleweight belt holder Peter Quillin (30-0, 21 KO’s) beat Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO’s) by a 10th round technical decision. The ringside doctor advised that the fight be stopped in the 10th due to a bad cut that Rosado had suffered over his left eye in the 9th. Quillin knocked Rosado down in the 2nd round but he wasn’t hurt. The final judges scores were 90-80, 87-83 and 89-81.

    Quillin connected with a hard jab that opened up the cut. Rosado was doing surprisingly well during the entire fight and he appeared to be coming on at the time that the fight was halted. Rosado had Quillin on shaky legs in the 4th after hitting him with a tremendous right hand to the head. I’m not sure how Quillin took the shot because a lot of fighters would have been dropped.

    Quillin landed a lot of bombs in the fight with both hands, but Rosado never had any problems taking his shots.

    The crowd booed loudly after the fight was stopped in the 10th because it was starting to be an interesting fight with Rosado pressuring Quillin and landing huge punches.

    Read more at http://www.boxingnews24.com/2013/10/...rkSPoMisJ91.99
    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:46 AM  Number of Views: 190 

    Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) scored his 30th consecutive knockout in stopping Nicolai Firtha (21-11-1, 8 KO’s) in the 4th round.

    Deontay dropped Firtha four times in the fight with two of them coming in the 1st round, another in the 3rd and a final knockdown The final knockdown was brutal with Deontay poleaxing Firtha with a huge right hand that dropped Firtha’s body on the canvas. The fight was then halted.

    At all times, Deontay looked very, very powerful. The shots that he was landing were making a huge impact sound on the face of Firtha and the boxing fans were really into it. They really liked the fact that Deontay was looking to hit a homerun with every punch that he threw.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:41 AM  Number of Views: 181 

    IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) successfully defended his title by beating challenger Karo Murat (25-2-1, 15 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in a dirty fight on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. The final judges scores were 117-110, 119-108, 119-108.

    The scores were a little wide because Murat appeared to win at least 3-4 rounds based on his constant work. He landed a lot of punches in the fight despite Hopkins’ head movement.
    Hopkins failed to throw a lot of punches in most rounds, and his focus seemed to be more on trying not to get hit. When Hopkins would turn it on though, he was able to catch Murat with some big punches that would get his attention.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:38 AM  Number of Views: 197 

    2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (2-0, 2 KO’s) stopped an over-matched 37-year-old journeyman Paul Butlin (14-20, 3 KO’s) in the 2nd round

    Joshua nailed Butlin with a left-right combination at the start of the fight to put him on the canvas. Butlin staggered to his feet with a bad cut over his left eye. Joshua then nailed Butlin with a handful of shots leading to his corner throwing in the towel to have the fight halted.

    It looked like the 24-year-old Joshua was pushing his shots. They weren’t being throw crisply and it looked like he was just pushing the punches and it reminded me a lot of watching the hulking British heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo push his shots due to his lack of hand speed and the amount of muscle. Just no explosiveness that you would normally see from a big heavyweight. I can’t say I was impressed at all in watching Joshua. He’s too slow, his shots lack power and he’s too easy to hit.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:34 AM  Number of Views: 176 

    British welterweight Kell Brook (31-0, 21 KO’s) survived a close call in the 4th round to stop former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-2, 23 KO’s) in the 4th round on Saturday night in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout at the tonight at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

    Brook knocked Senchenko down in the 3rd round with a right hand, but was unable to finish him. Senchenko was throwing shots wildly landing some really big punches. In he 4th, Senchenko caught Brook with a perfect right hand that staggered him. Brook was in bad shape for a while but Senchenko was unable to land another big punch. Moments later, Brook caught Senchenko with a big right hand that put him on the canvas face first. He was able to get up but was staggering all over the ring causing the referee to half the fight.

    With this win, Brook is now the mandatory challenger for IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander. Based on what In saw tonight, I don’t give Brook any chance of beating the much faster, slicker and hard to hit Alexander.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 07:30 AM  Number of Views: 172 

    Former two division world champion Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KO’s) defeated Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (20-5, 10 KO’s) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. The final judges scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109.

    The fight didn’t look nearly as lopsided as the fight scores showed, as De Carolis looked to have won the first three rounds and definitely the 12th. It’s unclear what the three judges were thinking when they came up with that score but they definitely didn’t give De Carolis much credit at all for the work that he did.

    De Carolis was able to easily avoid the slow moving, plodding Abraham in round after round. Abraham was able to land some big shots every now and then, but he was missing with most of punches and looking really bad. De Carolis did a good job early on in backing Abraham up by charging him and throwing flurries. Abraham would retreat to the ropes and just cover up with his high guard. De Carolis was then able to land at will to his body and head and connect with a lot of pretty punches. It’s unclear why Abraham is still fighting with this technique because this was the same thing that WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz was able to exploit earlier this year in March. In that fight, Stieglitz came out throwing 100 punches per round with Abraham just covering up and waiting for him to stop throwing shots. By the 4th, Abraham’s right eye had completely closed from the nonstop head shots he’d been hit with from Stieglitz. The fight was then halted.

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    by Published on 10-26-2013 08:44 AM  Number of Views: 191 

    Reggie Rogers, a first-round NFL draft pick whose career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers, has died. He was 49.

    The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday it didn't have an immediate cause of death for Rogers, who died Thursday, because toxicology reports were pending. The Seattle Police Department was the investigating agency on the case, but a spokesman for the department declined to comment about Rogers, citing a policy to not identify victims.

    The former University of Washington defensive lineman had a troubled life and was arrested this month for investigation of domestic violence assault. His wife told police he hit her on the head with a flashlight in an argument about his drinking. Rogers had pleaded not guilty.

    Born on Jan. 21, 1964, in Sacramento, Calif., Reginald O'Keith Rogers had standout football and basketball careers at Washington. The Detroit Lions selected Rogers with the seventh pick in the 1987 draft, choosing him ahead of Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson and quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now the coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

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    by Published on 10-25-2013 11:45 AM  Number of Views: 186 

    Hall of Famer Bill Sharman, a member of three Celtics championships as a player who then coached the Lakers to their first championship in Los Angeles, died Friday at age 87, his wife told the Los Angeles Times.

    Sharman had suffered a stroke last week and died at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif., Joyce Sharman said.

    An eight time All-Star with the Celtics, Sharman averaged 17.8 points in an 11-year playing career.

    He was on the 1958-59 Celtics that won the first title of an eventual eight in a row. He stopped playing after the 1960-61 season at the age of 34.

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    by Published on 10-21-2013 03:59 PM  Number of Views: 222 

    Allan Stanley, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs during a 22-year NHL career, has died. He was 87.

    The NHL confirmed his death on its website.

    Stanley started with the New York Rangers in the 1948-49 season and was traded to Chicago during the 1954-55 season. He played in Boston before landing in Toronto before the 1958-59 season.

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    by Published on 10-21-2013 03:54 PM  Number of Views: 179 

    Defenseman Roman Hamrlik has retired after a 20-year NHL career.

    The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers.

    Hamrlik, of Zlin, Czech Republic, had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging over 23 minutes in ice time.

    "As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League," the 39-year-old Hamrlik said in an NHLPA statement Monday. "It has been a great honor and a privilege to spend 20 seasons playing in the greatest hockey league in the world.

    "I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of my time spent in North America while playing the game I love, making sacrifices and pursuing my hockey dreams."

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