Sports weekend in brief

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GOLF

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (AP) – The United States has concluded the Ryder Cup in a record-breaking fashion.

Daniel Berger beat Matt Fitzpatrick 1-up in Sunday’s final game to close a 19-9 win for the Americans, the biggest blowout since the competition was changed to its current format in 1979.

The United States went 7-3-2 on the final day and finished without losing any of five sessions at Whistling Straits.

The United States’ previous biggest victory was 18 1/2 points compared to 9 1/2 in 1981. Europe won this score in 2004 and 2006.

Dustin Johnson joined Larry Nelson and Arnold Palmer as the third American to go 5-0 in Ryder Cup matches.

Ian Poulter was one of the only bright spots in Europe. He beat Tony Finau 3-2 to move to 6-0-1 in singles during his career.

But that was not enough to prevent the victory of an American team with a roster of 11 players in the top 20. The only player not in the top 20, Scottie Scheffler, knocked out No.1 Jon Rahm 4 and 3 in singles to give Rahm his first loss of the week.

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) – Nasa Hataoka survived a nervous final for a one-shot victory over Minjee Lee and Eun-Hee Ji at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Hataoka, a 22-year-old Japanese, shot a final under-67 round to finish at 16. Hataoka, who won her fifth LPGA Tour title, claimed her first victory in this event in 2018.

Lee, tied for the lead with Hataoka to start the day under 12, shot one final lap 68. Ji finished with a 67.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – KJ Choi posted a final score of 4 under 68 for a two-stroke win over Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka at the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach for his first win of the PGA Tour Champions.

Eight-time PGA Tour winner Choi, 51, clocked four straight birdies from numbers 5-8 and played the top nine at 5 under. The South Korean had eight starts and a bogey on the last nine for a total of 13 under 203 in his first victory since 2011, at the Players Championship.

Langer, 64, had a patchy 4 under 68 final. Second place put Langer atop the Schwab Cup standings.

Cejka, 50, started quickly, opening with three straight birdies and four in the first five holes. He continued with bogeys # 6 and 8 and played the 9 back in 2 pennies for a 68.

KYOTO, Japan (AP) – World No.1 amateur Keita Nakajima finished 4 under 68 and pulled par on the first playoff hole to beat Ryutaro Nagano to win the Panasonic Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

Nakajima, a junior at Nippon Taiku University, joins a list of prominent amateurs to win on the Japan Golf Tour which includes Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Ryo Ishikawa and most recently Takumi Kanaya.

He finished at 18 under 270.

NFL

DETROIT (AP) – Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing him off the crossbar as time ticked to take the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions Sunday.

The kick passed the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater made for Denver against Tennessee on December 8, 2013.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Matthew Stafford had 343 yards and four touchdowns as he beat Tom Brady and led the Los Angeles Rams to a 34-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The loss ended the defending Super Bowl Buccaneers’ 10-game regular season and playoff winning streak stretching back to last season.

Brady – who completed 41 of 55 passes for 432 yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rushing) – joins Drew Brees as the only quarterback to throw over 80,000 yards.

MLB

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Brewers won their second NL Central title in four years, beating the botched New York Mets 8-4 on Sunday behind Willy Adames’ home run by two runs and three RBIs.

A day after New York was knocked out of the playoffs in their first season under new owner Steven Cohen, the Mets (73-82) lost for the 10th time in 11 games and were assured of a losing season. for the fourth time in five years.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Rays won their second straight AL East title, with Mike Zunino hitting a home run and Brandon Lowe later adding a pair of RBI doubles to beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday night.

Pete Fairbanks pulled Lewis Brinson off in a filthy popup with the bases loaded for the final, giving the Rays the chance to celebrate on the pitch. Earlier today, Tampa Bay’s magic number was reduced to one when the New York Yankees beat Boston 5-3.

Tampa Bay won its fourth division title since becoming a major league team for the 1998 season. The club debuted as the Devil Rays.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is officially closed for the season.

The AL’s triple MVP suffered calf strain on May 17 and hasn’t returned to the lineup since. The initial prognosis was six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, but the injury was worse than expected.

Trout was trying to come back this season, but recently made the decision to finish this year.

CAR RACE

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – lex Palou reached his first IndyCar championship with an easy ride on Sunday at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old became the first Spaniard to win the IndyCar Championship and won it in his second season in the United States with a fourth place finish on the temporary downtown course that runs along the Long Beach waterfront. .

Colton Herta won the race – Long Beach is considered his home track – for his second consecutive victory and his third of the season. Josef Newgarden was second and Scott Dixon, the six-time defending champion, was third before handing the IndyCar crown to his teammate Chip Ganassi Racing.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Denny Hamlin claimed his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night, fending off Chase Elliott and kicking off the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his second victory in September.

Hamlin claimed his first win of the season in the playoff opener at Darlington three weeks ago in his Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hamlin punched his ticket to the third round of the playoffs with authority in Las Vegas. Kyle Busch was third on his hometown track, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula 1 driver to win 100 races with a victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to regain the championship lead from Max Verstappen.

Hamilton fell to seventh when stuck in the first corner, but fought back and passed Lando Norris for the win when the McLaren driver stayed on slick tires in late rain and slid off the track.

Hamilton turned Verstappen’s five-point championship lead into a two-point lead as the Dutch driver finished second after a spectacular exit from last on the grid. Carlos Sainz finished third for Ferrari.

COLLECTIVE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Clemson fell to 25th in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, ending his 97-week streak in the top 10.

The Tigers (2-2) lost for the second time this season on Saturday – falling in double overtime against North Carolina State – and dropped 16 places from No.9 in the AP’s Top 25, presented by Regions Bank.

Clemson’s top 10 streak was tied with Alabama for the longest current run in college football and the second longest in AP poll history, behind Miami’s 137 from 1985 to 1993.

The Crimson Tide remained No.1 with 58 first place votes out of 62. Georgia No.2 received the remaining four first place votes. Oregon remained at No.3. Penn State moved up two spots to No.4, Iowa to No.5 and Oklahoma slipped two spots to No.6.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah sophomore cornerback Aaron Lowe died in a shootout at a house party early Sunday, less than a year after teammate Ty Jordan was killed in an accidental shootout.

Salt Lake City Police said Lowe, 21, was killed just after midnight, hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13. A second victim of the shooting, a female, is in critical condition and police are looking for a suspect.

BOXING

LONDON (AP) – Oleksandr Usyk ended Anthony Joshua’s second reign as world heavyweight champion on Saturday with a unanimous points victory in his third fight since moving from the cruiserweight division.

Usyk became the third man, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye, to win world titles in cruiserweight and then heavyweight.

Joshua couldn’t keep up with Usyk’s superior reflexes and punching power, especially on his left, and ended the fight slumped on the ropes after a flurry of quick punches by the mandatory challenger to his WBO belt.

Usyk also won the WBA and IBF titles from Joshua.

Joshua has a rematch clause in the deal.

TENNIS

Kim Clijsters is back, eager to see what it feels like to be a professional tennis player at 38 – two decades after reaching her first Grand Slam final and a decade after winning her last major singles championship.

The former No.1 player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame makes her final return to the WTA Tour at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, which begins Monday. Clijsters, who received a wild-card invitation, will face Australian Open quarter-finalist Hsieh Su-wei in the first round.

Clijsters has not competed since a first round loss at the US Open 2020 just over a year ago.

FIGURE SKATING

OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) – Two-time national champion Alysa Liu won the Nebelhorn Trophy women’s competition on Saturday, giving the United States a third place qualifier for the figure skating competition at the Beijing Winter Olympics next year .

Liu led after his short program in Don Quixote’s “Gypsy Dance II,” then won the free skate with a program that included seven triple jumps and three Level 4 spins. The 16-year-old from Clovis, Calif. , scored 207.40 points overall to win gold in his second straight Challenger Series event.

Vincent Zhou’s victory at the Nebelhorn Trophy on Friday night also gave them a third place in the men’s category.

Mma

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Alexander Volkanovski defended his featherweight title with a bloody and tumultuous unanimous decision over Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko defended her flyweight belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Saturday evening.

Nick Diaz also lost his first mixed martial arts fight in nearly seven years, refusing to continue after Robbie Lawler knocked him down with punches early in the third round during an entertaining show at T-Mobile. Arena.

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