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Kiwi teen Ko wins Tour Championship, season crown NAPLES: New Zealand teen Lydia Ko parred the fourth playoff hole to beat Carlota Ciganda and win the LPGA Tour Championship, completing a $1.5 million haul Sunday that included a season points crown.Ko tapped in for par on the final extra hole after her Spanish rival buried her approach under a bush, giving the Seoul-born 17-year-old her third title of her first full LPGA season."This has been a big year, a roller coaster ride," Ko said. "I've learned so much this year. Winning these playoffs I've learned a lot. I think it's going to be even better next year."It will be hard for Ko to top the richest payday in women's golf history, the $500,000 tournament top prize and the $1 million season points bonus, an actual box filled with money."It's amazing. I've never seen that much cash in one place before," Ko said. "This year has been awesome." Ko, ...

Gasol sparks Grizzlies to 22nd home win in a row q MEMPHIS: Spain's Marc Gasol scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 Sunday for their 22nd consecutive home-court triumph.Zach Randolph added 10 points and eight rebounds while Courtney Lee netted 13 points for the Grizzlies, who won for the sixth time in seven games to reclaim the NBA's best record at 12-2.Chris Paul scored 22 points and also contributed five rebounds, five assists and four ...
Dutchman Thijssen takes charge at Brisbane Roar BRISBANE: Australia's A-League champions Brisbane Roar on Monday appointed former Dutch international Frans Thijssen as the club's new head coach.Thijssen, 62, replaces Mike Mulvey, who was sacked on Sunday just six months after steering the Roar to the premiership-championship double."Brisbane Roar FC believe Frans Thijssen's background and experience will be a significant asset to the club," managing director Sean Dobson said."The Brisbane Roar FC board have every confidence Frans Thijssen will inject new vigour into ...
Cullen fends off Scott to win Australian Masters MELBOURNE: Nick Cullen held firm in a tense finish to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne on Sunday and frustrate Adam Scott's bid for a hat-trick of titles.Starting three strokes adrift at Metropolitan Golf Club, the 30-year-old South Australian carded a three-under-par 69 for a nine-under total of 279, one ahead of world number two Scott (68) and two other compatriots in James Nitties (70) and Josh Younger (69).Scott was four off ...
Pacquiao scores six knockdowns in title defence MACAU: Manny Pacquiao knocked down American challenger Chris Algieri six times to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday morning.The first knockdown, in the second round, was a combination of a Pacquiao punch and Algieri slipping on the canvas but in the sixth round Algieri tumbled head over heels after a Pacquiao barrage and went down again in the same round from a right hook.A fierce left cross in the ninth sent Algieri ...
Coach Meyer draws positives from Boks' scrappy win in Italy PADOVA: With just five games scheduled before their opening match of the World Cup next year, South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer would have hoped for a more accomplished all-round display against Italy in Padova on Saturday.The Springboks laboured to a 22-6 victory in a game in which the home side were in contention going into the final 10 minutes before the Boks pulled away with a late try from Bryan Habana.The positives for Meyer were ...
Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney MELBOURNE: Adam Scott's bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonisingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week.Scott bogeyed his last hole in Sydney last year to lose the Australian Open title to McIlroy, which also cost the Australian a rare sweep of his nation's three marquee events.The loss to ...


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