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News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, August 31



Wozniacki upsets Sharapova at U.S. Open



Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki upset former champion Maria Sharapova on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.

Wozniacki was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 winner over the fifth-seeded Russian at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sharapova won this event in 2006.

Wozniacki, who lost in the finals here to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and made the semifinals in 2010 and 2011, will face Italian Sara Errani in the next round.

"Well, it means a lot to me. You know, the season for me has been a little bit up and down, and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to," said Wozniacki.

No. 13 Errani opened the day with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 win over 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Lucic-Baroni's impressive run comes to an end after making 69 unforced errors compared to just nine for her opponent.

Lucic-Baroni, who entered this tournament on an eight-match losing streak, last made the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 1999. She was also looking to become the first qualifier to reach a women's quarterfinal of the U.S. Open since American Barbara Gerken in 1981, but came up just short.

A pair of upsets took place Sunday night when 17-year-old promising Swiss Belinda Bencic took down 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 and Chinese Peng Shuai beat 14th-seeded Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4.

Bencic's win over Jankovic, the No. 9 seed, was the Swiss teen's second consecutive victory over a Top 10 seed -- on Friday, Bencic beat No. 6 Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

Peng, who had been 0-5 in fourth-round matches at major tournaments, will play Bencic in the quarterfinals.

49ers' McDonald arrested for domestic violence



San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on felony charges of domestic violence.

McDonald was booked in Santa Clara County jail at 5:30 a.m. PT for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant," according to the Santa Clara Department of Corrections. The eighth-year veteran was later released from custody after posting bail.

The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was involved in an altercation with his pregnant fiancee while having a birthday party at his home. According to the paper, the woman showed police bruising on her neck and arms when the officers arrived and McDonald was subsequently arrested.

This news comes days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell instituted harsher penalties for players and league personnel over domestic violence offenses, a response to criticism over the two-game suspension he handed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for an altercation with his now-wife in a New Jersey casino back in February.

The revamped policy calls for a six-week suspension for a first offense while a second offense will result in a lifetime ban. McDonald could face a more severe first-time punishment, however, because the alleged victim is pregnant.

McDonald, who turns 30 on Tuesday, has started 45 games for San Francisco over the last three seasons.

Texans acquire QB Mallett from Patriots



Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots in exchange for an undisclosed future draft choice on Sunday.

According to NFL.com, the Patriots will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016 for Mallett, who reunites with current Texans head coach and former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

Mallett, who was drafted by New England in the third round in 2011, has spent each of his three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady. He has seen action in just four games, completing only one pass for 17 yards with an interception.

The 26-year-old will join offseason signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and fourth-round pick Tom Savage as Houston's quarterbacks, as the Texans reportedly waived Case Keenum after a disappointing offseason to make room for Mallett on the 53-man roster.

Keenum started eight games for Houston last season, completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards with nine passing touchdowns, one rushing score and six interceptions.

New England had depth at quarterback to deal Mallett because of a solid preseason campaign from Jimmy Garoppolo. The rookie out of Eastern Illinois connected on 46-of-79 passes for 618 yards with five touchdowns and one interception for the Patriots.

Chiefs sign QB Smith to 4-year extension



Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Chiefs signed quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract on Sunday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the club, but the Kansas City Star reported that the four-year contract extension is worth roughly $17 million per year and includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

"It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here."

Smith had one year left on a contract that was set to pay him $7.5 million this season.

"John and his staff along with Tom and his group have worked hard to get this deal done. They've done a nice job," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Alex is a smart, talented football player that has adapted well to our offensive scheme. He also, obviously, has had a tremendous amount of success as a quarterback in this league. We as a team are very happy to have Alex as our quarterback moving forward."

Smith threw for a career-best 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last season, his first with the Chiefs. He joined the Chiefs via trade with the 49ers on March 12, 2013.

Entering his 10th NFL season, Smith has played in 95 games (90 starts), completing 1,598-of-2,685 passes for 17,593 yards with 104 touchdowns and 70 interceptions. He has also carried the ball 288 times for 1,192 yards with five scores.

The Utah product was the first overall pick by the 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Browns cut loose QB Grossman



Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran quarterback Rex Grossman was one of four players waived or released by the Cleveland Browns after the team made a series of roster moves on Sunday.

The Browns were awarded four players on waivers following Saturday's final cuts, with the club adding wide receiver LaRon Byrd, offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann and Ryan Seymour and running back Glenn Winston.

Along with releasing Grossman, the starting quarterback on the Chicago Bears' 2006 NFC champion squad, the Browns waived offensive linemen Karim Barton and Martin Wallace and wide receiver Charles Johnson.

Grossman had signed with the Browns on Aug. 12 and initially made the 53-man roster as the No. 3 signal-caller behind Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. The 34-year-old attempted just eight passes during the preseason, completing four of them for 80 yards.

Byrd was claimed from Dallas and Hauptmann was waived by Seattle on Saturday. Seymour and Winston both spent the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers.

Hauptmann spent the first two weeks of last season on Cleveland's practice squad before signing with the Seahawks, though he did not appear in a game as a rookie in 2013.

Dunn deal: A's acquire slugger from ChiSox



Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics added some much needed power to their club on Sunday, acquiring veteran slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox.

Dunn is set to join his fifth major league team in 14 seasons. He established himself as one of the league's best home run hitters with Cincinnati before stints in Arizona, Washington and Chicago.

The 34-year-old ranks 36th all-time with 460 career home runs. He's also driven in 1,158 runs in 1,976 career games.

This season, Dunn has hit 20 homers with 54 RBI and a .220 batting average.

Oakland also received cash considerations and sent minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn to the White Sox. Sanburn was 3-1 with six saves and a 3.28 ERA in 42 relief appearances this season for Single-A Stockton.

Blue Jays acquire Mayberry Jr. from Phillies



Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre.

Since it's still not Sept. 1, the waiver trade means Mayberry would be eligible for the postseason if Toronto reaches the playoffs.

The 30-year-old Mayberry hit .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games for the Phillies this season. The Kansas City, Missouri native has been on the disabled list since July 21 with left wrist inflammation. He will be activated and join the Blue Jays in Tampa Bay for a three-game series that begins Tuesday.

In six seasons with the Phillies, the right-handed hitter batted .242 in 500 games with 52 home runs and 169 RBI.

Pierre batted a combined .260 with eight homers and 43 RBI at Class A and Double-A.

Cardinals make a slew of roster moves



St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals made a number of roster moves on Sunday, including recalling infielder Pete Kozma and pitcher Kevin Siegrist from Triple-A Memphis.

Kozma, who drove in 35 runs a season ago, has appeared in just four games for St. Louis this season. He has experience playing second base, third base, shortstop and left field for the Cards.

Siegrist has made 32 relief appearances with the club, compiling a disappointing 6.11 ERA with 33 strikeouts. The southpaw had a tremendous rookie campaign in 2013, when he allowed just two runs in 39 2/3 innings.

To make room for the duo, St. Louis optioned pitcher's Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons to Double-A Springfield.

Pitchers Michael Wacha and Jason Motte were also sent to Springfield for injury rehab assignments. Both are expected to pitch on Sunday.

Brewers acquire RHP Broxton from Reds



San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers acquired veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday for two players to be named later.

Broxton had a 1.86 ERA in 51 games for the Reds this season with 37 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings. He will join the NL Central-leading Brewers on Monday when they start a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.

The Brewers were in San Francisco on Sunday to wrap up a three-game set with the Giants.

Broxton, 30, has a 3.05 ERA in 531 career relief appearances for the Dodgers, Royals and Reds.

Dodgers activate Ryu, Uribe from DL



San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and infielder Juan Uribe from the 15-day disabled list.

Ryu, who missed 14 games with a right hip strain, is scheduled to start Sunday's game at San Diego. He is 13-6 with a 3.28 ERA in 23 outings this season.

Uribe sat out 12 games because of a strained right hamstring. He is batting .293 with six homers and 35 RBI in 81 games.

The Dodgers optioned pitcher Carlos Frias and infielder Miguel Rojas to Triple-A Albuquerque to clear room for Ryu and Uribe on the roster.

Henley takes 1-shot lead at TPC Boston



Norton, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Henley fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday and took a 1-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Henley ended three rounds at 12-under-par 201. The 25-year-old will go for his third PGA Tour title on Monday at TPC Boston.

Billy Horschel posted 4-under 67 to move into second place at minus-11. Rory McIlroy, the 2012 winner, and Chris Kirk played together on Sunday and both fired 7-under 64s to jump into a share of third place at 10-under-par 203. They were joined there by second-round co-leader Jason Day (69).

Webb Simpson, the 2011 champion, moved into sixth place at minus-9 thanks to a third-round 68.

Ryan Palmer, who shared the second-round lead with Day, posted his second straight 71 on Sunday. He fell into a tie for seventh at 8-under 205. Palmer was joined there by Kevin Streelman (65), Seung-Yul Noh (68) and Keegan Bradley (69).

Henley had four pars in his first five holes to go along with a birdie on the par-3 third. However, he gave that stroke back at the sixth, where he found water with his approach shot.

This year's Honda Classic winner followed with an 8-foot birdie effort on the seventh. Henley made it two in a row as he ran home a 30-footer for birdie at the par-3 eighth.

Henley dropped his approach eight feet from the hole at the 10th, and he rolled that putt in for birdie. He stuffed his tee shot on No. 11 within four feet and he made that for his second straight birdie.

After a par on the 12th, Henley moved to 11-under with a 20-foot birdie effort at 13. He parred three in a row from 14. Henley rolled in a 13-footer for birdie at 17 to grab the lead at minus-12. He ended there thanks to a par at the last.

"I played well and shot 65. I think any day you shoot 65, it's a pretty good out here on the PGA Tour. I had a really good time and obviously when you're making putts and hitting it well, golf's a lot of fun," Henley said. "I'm just trying to have a good attitude and trying to enjoy the moment, and not be too hard on myself.

Day had three birdies in his first seven holes to move to 11-under. He was alone in the lead at that point, and he picked up another birdie at the 13th.

The Australian tumbled from the lead after consecutive bogeys from the 14th.

Horschel kicked in a 3-footer for birdie on the fourth, but 3-putted for bogey on the following hole to give that stroke right back.

He birdied the eighth before posting seven consecutive pars from the ninth. Horschel jumped into second place as he birdied the final three holes, all from inside 11 feet.

"I wanted to birdie the par-5 (18th) and get myself that much closer to the lead, and give myself that much better of a chance going into tomorrow," said Horschel. "It's always nice to be in the final group. Obviously, you've done some good things the first three days to get there."

NOTES: Henley won the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii the only other time he had a piece of the lead entering the final round ... Henley is one of six former University of Georgia players that have won this season on the PGA Tour ... Horschel started the week 82nd in the FedExCup playoffs ... There was a secondary cut on Sunday with seven players failing to make it to the final round, including Brendon de Jonge, Andres Romero and Patrick Reed, who struggled to an 11-over 82 in round three ... Scott Brown was also eliminated from the final round, and that will knock him out of the playoffs as he started the week 70th on the FedExCup points list.

Couples fires 61, beats Andrade in Calgary playoff



Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Fred Couples fired a course-record 61 in the final round on Sunday, then birdied the first playoff hole to beat Billy Andrade to win the Shaw Charity Classic.

Andrade closed with an 8-under 62 to meet Couples at 15-under-par 195.

The pair returned to the par-5 18th at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. Couples stuffed his third shot to a foot and he kicked that in for birdie and the win. It was his 11th victory on the Champions Tour.

"It was a day where I just felt like I played golf and played like I did yesterday and tried to shoot a really good score. It never came into my mind about winning the tournament until really maybe the 15th or 16th hole," Couples admitted. "But I played really well."

Andrade had a chance for birdie in the playoff, but it slid by the left edge.

"I'm literally shocked that that putt missed left for birdie," Andrade said. "I thought if anything I was going to miss it to the right, it was going to go right and it didn't. But I made a good valiant effort and it didn't go in."

Joe Daley, who was one of three players tied for the lead entering the final round, carded a 3-under 67. He shared third place at minus-13 with Steve Lowery (64).

Wes Short, Jr. grabbed fifth place at 12-under 198 after closing with a 64. Woody Austin was one stroke back at minus-11 after he posted his second straight 67.

Joe Durant and Bob Tway were the other two second-round leaders. Durant faltered to a 3-over 73 and slid into a share of 19th at minus-7. Tway struggled to a 4-over 74 and dropped into a tie for 27th at 6-under 204.

Couples started the day at 6-under and flew up the leaderboard with three straight birdies from the third. He posted five birdies in a row from the sixth.

At the par-5 11th, Couples made his first eagle of the day. He followed with birdies at 12 and 13 to gain a share of the lead at 13-under par. Couples ran off four pars in a row from the 14th.

Couples closed with another eagle at the par-5 18th to get in at 15-under. He went to the clubhouse to wait as he was two groups ahead of Andrade and five groups ahead of the final threesome.

Andrade ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the fourth to jump to minus-10. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th and followed with another birdie on No. 11.

The four-time PGA Tour winner joined Couples in the lead at 13-under with a birdie on the 13th. Andrade followed with another birdie at 14 to grab the lead.

After a pair of pars, Andrade stumbled to a bogey at the 17th. Like Couples, Andrade closed with an eagle at the last to join Couples in the clubhouse at 15-under. They headed to a playoff when no one else could catch them.

NOTES: Couples, who earned $337,500 for the win, went all 54 holes without a bogey ... Couples won for the second time this season, and that marked the fourth time in five seasons on the Champions Tour that he has won multiple titles ... Bill Glasson had set the course record of 62 last year ... The tour heads to Quebec next week for the Quebec City Championship, where Esteban Toledo won last year.

Otto holds on to win second Italian Open



Turin, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Hennie Otto fired a final-round, 4-under 68 and he held off David Howell and Stephen Gallacher on Sunday to earn a 2- shot victory at the Italian Open.

Otto, who also won this event back in 2008, finished the week at 20-under-par 268 to capture his third victory on the European Tour. This was just Otto's second event since having two back operations in the summer.

"I was playing well before the injury, but it is a surprise to win so soon," Otto said. "Golf is not perfect and to come back after the operations and win in my second week, I will take that any day. I don't know what it is about Italy -- sometimes some golf courses just suit your eye and that was the case again for me this week. It just felt good this week and I was comfortable on this course."

Howell surged up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63, but it was not quite enough as he settled for second place at 18-under 270 at Circolo Golf Torino.

Stephen Gallacher, who needed either a first- or second-place finish in order to automatically qualify for the European Ryder Cup team, exploded out of the gate to get within striking distance, but a stretch of pars to end his round left him one shot back of second place. Gallacher shot a 65 to end in third at minus-17 and he will now have to rely on a captains pick from Paul McGinley in order to play in the Ryder Cup.

"It was a tall, order but I am proud of myself the way I have played," said Gallacher. "I'm delighted with 17-under, it looks just a little short, but there is nothing I can do. When it comes down to someone else's opinion ... I wanted to qualify myself just to take that away. There are four or five guys that are worthy so it's just what Paul sees."

Joost Luiten also went low with a 7-under 65 and he finished tied for fourth at 16-under 272. He was joined there by Richie Ramsay (70), who was in the final pairing with Otto.

Bernd Wiesberger, the first-round co-leader with 2006 champion Francesco Molinari, shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to finish well off the pace at 13- under. Molinari also shot 72 to finish tied for 18th at 9-under 279.

Entering the day with a 2-shot lead, Otto quickly made it a 3-shot advantage with a birdie on the par-5 first. In the meantime, Gallacher was vaulting up the leaderboard with four birdies in his first five holes to jump into a tie for second with Ramsay at minus-14.

Ramsay dropped a shot at the fifth to put Gallacher alone in second, and Gallacher poured in back-to-back birdies on seven and eight, making it six birdies in his first eight holes. Those gains got Gallacher to within one shot of Otto.

Following five straight pars, Otto made another birdie on No. 7 to regain a 2- shot lead at minus-18.

Howell began to surge in the middle part of his round as well. After an eagle at the first, he made six birdies in seven holes from seven to take over second place at 17-under.

Gallacher got back even with Howell with a birdie on the 12th and they were both just one shot behind Otto. Another gain at No. 12 put Otto two shots ahead at minus-19, but Howell was not letting him go so easily as he sank a birdie putt of his own shortly after to get back within one.

Unfortunately for Gallacher, he could not find that birdie stroke down the stretch as he closed out his final round with six straight pars to end three shots back of Otto and one shot out of that coveted second-place spot.

Otto all but sealed the deal with a big birdie putt on 15 and Howell never got closer than two shots again. Both Otto and Howell closed with three straight pars, handing Otto the title.

NOTES: If Gallacher were to have finished second he would have needed to be tied with no more than one other person in order to make the Ryder Cup team, which was poised to happen until Howell took second ... Gallacher would have supplanted Graeme McDowell as the last person to clinch an automatic bid on team Europe ... Otto earned 250,000 euros with the victory ... The European Tour heads to Switzerland next week for the Omega European Masters, where Thomas Bjorn beat Craig Lee in a playoff last year.

McCoy tops Gligic to win Wildfire Invitational



Peterborough, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate McCoy parred the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to beat Michael Gligic and win The Wildfire Invitational.

McCoy fired a 7-under 65 to get in at 19-under-par 269 at Wildfire Golf Club. He was joined there by Gligic, who closed with a 66 to force the extra session.

The duo returned to the 18th tee for the first two extra holes. Both players made par on those two holes. They shifted to the par-4 10th for the third playoff hole. Both again made par, and it was back to the 18th.

McCoy found the green with his third shot at the par-5. Gligic missed the green with his second and his chip failed to reach the putting surface. Gligic chipped his fourth to seven feet.

McCoy's birdie putt stayed above ground, but he tapped in for par. Gligic missed his par putt to give McCoy the title.

Jay Vandeventer shot 68 to grab third place at minus-18. John Ellis grabbed fourth at 17-under 271 after a final-round 66. Adam Cornelson and Max Gilbert both closed with 2-under 70s. They shared fifth place at minus-16.

Third-round leader Joe Panzeri stumbled to a 2-over 74 to fall into a share of 12th place at 14-under 274.

McCoy got off to a quick start with birdies on the first and fourth to move minus-14. After four pars in a row, McCoy poured in three consecutive birdies from the ninth.

The 24-year-old later birdied the 14th and 16th to move to 19-under. McCoy parred the final two holes to end there.

Gligic traded a birdie for a bogey from the second. He poured in three straight birdies from the fifth to jump to 16-under.

The 2012 ATB Financial Classic winner wrapped bogeys at nine and 12 around birdies on 10 and 11. Gligic forced the playoff as he birdied three of the last four holes.

NOTES: McCoy jumped to eighth on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit ... Joel Dahmen extended his lead over Timothy Madigan in the Order of Merit race to over $22,000 ... The tour heads to Nova Scotia next week for the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, where Mackenzie Hughes won last year.

Montgomerie cruises to 10-shot win at Travis Perkins Masters



Woburn, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Colin Montgomerie finished off his third round in the 60s with a 67 on Sunday and he coasted to a comfortable 10-shot victory to win his second straight Travis Perkins Masters.

Montgomerie, who set the record for winning margin at this event last year after coming out on top by six shots, eclipsed his own record after finishing at 12-under 204.

Last year's win at this event was Montgomerie's first on the European Senior Tour. He has since won two more times, making this victory his fourth on tour.

Montgomerie started to spread the gap early with a birdie on one, but he gave that shot back with a bogey on three. Two more birdies on the front nine at six and eight had Montgomerie at 2-under as he made the turn.

The 51-year-old Scotsman did not slow down on the back nine as he made three more gains on 11, 13 and 18 to go along with six pars to win comfortably.

Gordon Mason (67), Tim Thelen (71) and Andre Bossert (71) were the next closest to Montgomerie at 2-under 214, while Peter Fowler (72) and Mike Cunning (74) were the only other players to finish under par. Fowler and Cunning ended at 1-under.

Fujita edges Liang in playoff to win in Japan



Fukuoka, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Hiroyuki Fujita defeated Wen-Chong Liang in a playoff on Sunday to complete a big comeback and win the RZ Everlasting KBC Augusta.

Beginning the day six shots off the lead, Fujita surged with a final-round, 7- under 65 to join Liang at 12-under-par 276 and force a playoff at Keya Golf Club.

The victory is Fujita's 17th on tour and his second this season. He also took home the Tsuruya Open back in April.

Despite the end result, Fujita did not start his final round off well, making par at the first before dropping a shot with a bogey on the second. It was the first and only mistake Fujita made all day.

Fujita got the shot right back with a birdie on the par-3 third. Fujita finished off his front nine with two more gains at six and nine, making the turn at 2-under.

The big surge from Fujita came on the back nine when he poured in three straight birdies from 11. Down the final stretch, he made two more birdies at 15 and 17, while finishing with a par at the last.

Fujita was able to best Liang on the fifth playoff hole to win the title.

Liang closed his tournament with a 3-under 69 and he also ended regulation at 12-under.

Third-round leader Hyung-Sung Kim could not go low enough on Sunday as he shot an even-par 72 to finish tied for third at 11-under 277 with Yosuke Tsukada (66), Toshinori Muto (68) and Yusaku Miyazato (69).

Johnson hangs on to win in Scotland



East Lothian, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Trish Johnson carded a final- round, 1-over 73 on Sunday, but it was good enough to give her a 2-shot victory at the Ladies Scottish Open.

Despite her second straight round in the 70s, Johnson finished the week at 7- under 209 to claim the title at the Archerfield Links.

The win is Johnson's first on tour and it is her third top-10 finish of the season. Her best finish of the year was a tie for eighth at the Lalla Meryem Cup.

Johnson started off strong in her final round with back-to-back birdies on two and three. She did not make a birdie the rest of the way, however, and she tripped to a double-bogey on the par-4 seventh.

After making the turn with six straight pars from the eighth, Johnson dropped another shot with a bogey at 14, putting her at 1-over for the day. Johnson stayed strong and finished off her tournament with four straight pars to end at 7-under for the week.

Gwladys Nocera ended in sole possession of second place at 5-under 211 following her final-round 69.

Rebecca Artis (66), Stephanie Na (67) and Sally Watson (70) finished three shots back at 4-under, while Anne-Lise Caudal shot a 71 and she was the only other player to finish under par at minus-2.

Dodt comes out on top at Queensland Open



Bisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Dodt finished his final round with a 5-under 67 to earn a 2-shot victory at the Queensland Open.

Dodt ended the week at 7-under 281 and he edged out Tom Bond, who shot a final-round 75 and finished in second at 5-under 283.

Dodt, who is from Queensland, has not won a tournament since the 2010 Avantha Masters on the European Tour.

Beginning the day six shots behind the lead, Dodt started off on the right foot with a birdie at the first. After rattling off six straight pars, Dodt poured in his second gain of the day on the par-5 eighth and he made the turn with a par on nine.

Dodt tripped to his lone bogey of the round at 10, but after two straight pars, Dodt skyrocketed up the leaderboard.

Birdies on 13 and 15 had Dodt in contention and he road that momentum to the 17th hole. Dodt came through in the clutch and drained back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18, which eventually proved to be the two winning strokes.

Cameron Smith (70), Michael Long (70), Jake Higginbottom (71), Anthony Brown (73) and Matthew Griffin (74) all finished tied for third at 3-under 285, while amateur Kade McBride (69) and Brett Dewitt (71) were right behind them at minus-2.

Lagergren wins by 1 in Northern Ireland



Ballymena, Northern Ireland (SportsNetwork.com) - Joakim Lagergren stumbled to a 1-over 72 on Sunday, but it was enough to give him the title at the Northern Ireland Open Challenge.

Lagergren finished at 13-under-par 271. This was his first victory on the European Challenge Tour.

The Swede started the day with a 6-stroke lead, but it started to shrink right away as he stumbled to bogeys at the first and third.

Lagergren parred six in a row from the third. He got one stroke back with a birdie on the 10th. Adrien Bernadet was one stroke back at that point, as he carded five birdies on the front nine.

After four consecutive pars from the 11th, Lagergren traded a bogey for a birdie from the 15th. He stumbled to another bogey on No. 17, but birdied the par-5 closing hole for the fourth straight day to earn the title.

Bernadet parred the final nine holes to post 5-under 66. He took second at minus-12. Bernd Ritthammer also shot 66 and he shared third place at 11-under 273 with Jerome Lando Casanova (65).

Kenneth Ferrie (67), Steven Brown (68), Charlie Ford (68) and Brandon Stone (69) tied for fifth at minus-10.

Blaney edges Quiroga at the line to win Canadian truck race



Bowmanville, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Blaney nipped German Quiroga at the finish line to win Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Following the second and final restart with eight laps to go in this 64-lap race, Blaney and Quiroga staged a thrilling battle for the lead. Blaney ran in front, while Quiroga had made several attempts to overtake him.

On the last lap at this 2.459-mile road course, Quiroga passed Blaney for the lead in turn 9, but Blaney quickly reclaimed the position in the 10th and final turn.

Blaney beat Quiroga to the line by only 0.049 seconds to score his first win of the season and the third of his Truck Series career.

"I noticed since that last restart that [Quiroga] would get huge tows down the backstretch," Blaney said. "There was a huge draft there. I was protecting the best I could. He was able to get to my left side, and I didn't think he could stay out there, but I got really, really loose underneath him there in that [9th] corner.

"Old-school, short-track racing crossover move worked on him, I guess. That was really cool. It was awesome racing German. We've had our problems, but it was nice to go out there and race clean with him. We put on a great finish for the fans."

Blaney led the most laps with 34, while Quiroga ran in front for a total of eight laps.

"The last pass, I really drove it hard in the brake zone, and I tried to pass [Blaney] without wrecking," Quiroga said. "We came close. We can't come any closer on a road course."

Blaney, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, drives the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. It's the second straight win for BKR. Brad Keselowski drove his No. 19 Ford to victory in the Aug. 21 race at Bristol. Ryan Blaney won the Nationwide Series race at Bristol on the following day, driving the No. 22 car for Team Penske.

Quiroga, the driver of the No. 77 Toyota for Red Horse Racing, has yet to win a truck race in 42 career starts.

"It hurts. We've come so close so many times," Quiroga said. "We just have to keep on trying. Hopefully, I can get a win soon. I really want it, and I'm really trying hard."

Erik Jones finished third, followed by rookie Gray Gaulding and Canadian Andrew Ranger.

Matt Crafton's sixth-place finish coupled with an eighth-place run for Johnny Sauter allowed Crafton to trim Sauter's points lead from eight to seven.

With the win, Blaney moved to within 13 points of the lead.

Darrell Wallace Jr. is 38 points behind following his 12th-place run, while Quiroga trails by 48.

There are eight races left in the season.

Alex Tagliani, who hails from Montreal, started on the pole in his first career truck start. Tagliani led the first seven laps. He finished one lap behind in 16th after he spun out and stalled in turn 5 on lap 54, forcing the last caution.

Tagliani was Blaney's teammate in this race, driving the No. 19 truck for BKR.

08/31 23:58:36 ET