Sports briefs: Kenny Perry wins third Champions Tour major

May 19, 2014 

One-shot victory Perry's third Champions major title in a year

Kenny Perry of Franklin, Ky., won his third Champions Tour major in the past year with a one-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia on Sunday in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala. Perry closed with an even-par 72 at Shoal Creek to finish at 7-under 281, while other contenders had up-and-down days and John Cook lost the lead with a double hit.

Perry bogeyed No. 15 but retook the lead with a birdie on the next hole and lined up an easy par putt on the closing hole.

Perry got his sixth victory and became the second player to win in three consecutive Champions Tour major starts, joining Gary Player, who did it in 1987-88.

Perry won the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts last year, then skipped the Senior British Open.

Brendon Todd won the Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Mike Weir in Irvine, Texas.

It was the 77th career PGA Tour event for Todd, who earned $1,242,000, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot next year in the Masters.

Todd finished at 14-under 266. He took the lead for good with birdies at Nos. 9 and 10, and went on to become the eighth first-time winner this season.

Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Spanish Open after a three-way playoff to become the European Tour's first winner over the age of 50. Jimenez beat Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Australia's Richard Green in a playoff after he was the only one to make par on the first extra hole. All three players finished on 4-under 284.

It was the Spaniard's 21st European Tour win and his second of the season after he won at Hong Kong also following a playoff.

Lizette Salas won the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., for her first LPGA Tour title, finishing with even-par 71 for a four-stroke victory.

The 24-year-old former Southern California player was never really challenged in the final round on the River Course. She started the day with a three-shot lead and doubled it with birdies on the par-5 third and par-3 fifth. A bogey 5 on No. 8 was her only hiccup — and only her third bogey in four rounds — until she three-putted the par-3 17th. She finished at 13-under 271 and earned $195,000.

Auto racing Carpenter captures Indy 500 pole

Ed Carpenter has won the Indianapolis 500 pole for the second straight year. He had a four-lap average of 231.067 mph and was the last of the nine fastest qualifiers to hit the track Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, knocking off James Hinchcliffe on the last lap to start first on the May 25 race.

Hinchcliffe, who will start second, was recently cleared to return from a concussion. Will Power joins them on the front row.

Helio Castroneves is fourth followed by Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and J.R. Hilderbrand are on the third row.

Carpenter decided in November to run only on ovals, where he excels, and to turn his car over to Mike Conway on road and street courses. He has the top spot in his first race of the year.

Sam Hornish Jr. beat Ryan Blaney off a restart with 21 laps to go and hung on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Blaney, who started from the pole, was second, followed by Regan Smith, Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler in the first stand-alone event of the season.

Hornish, in the No. 54 car usually driven by Kyle Busch, led 167 of 250 laps to win in second Nationwide start of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Basketball Pacers beat Heat in East finals opener

Paul George scored 24 points, David West had 19, and the Indiana Pacers protected their home court with a 107-96 victory over the Miami Heat to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Indiana led wire-to-wire and never even gave the Heat a chance to tie the score after opening up a 5-0 lead.

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and LeBron James had 25 for the two-time defending NBA champions, who lost for only the second time in 10 playoff games.

Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball who came back from a near-fatal car accident and liver cancer before closing out his career, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Aberdeen, S.D. He was 69. Meyer led his teams into the playoffs 19 times and compiled a 923-324 during his 38-year career, most of which he spent at Lipscomb in Tennessee and Northern State in South Dakota.

Four months after a near-fatal car accident and a cancer diagnosis, Meyer passed Bob Knight as the NCAA's winningest coach in men's basketball history in 2009. He retired after going 13-14 record in 2010 — only his fourth losing season.

Baseball

Legend throws no-hitter for 8 innings

Lexington's Jake Junis pitched eight no-hit innings and the Legends held on for a 1-0 victory over the visiting Hagerstown Suns, who came into the game hitting .287 as a team, second best in the South Atlantic League. Junis was taken out after the eighth because he had reached a preset pitch count. The Suns got their only hit in the ninth when Isaac Ballou hit a double off reliever Matt Alvarez.

Junis (5-2) struck out six batters, walked one and retired the last 14 men he faced. Mauricio Ramos knocked in the game's only run with a single in the second.

• UK junior A.J. Reed led the Southeastern Conference in home runs with 23 and runs batted in with 70 and his .359 batting average was .0002 percentage points shy of winning the batting title and becoming the first SEC triple crown winner since Rafael Palmeiro in 1985. Reed also led the league in pitching wins with 10. His earned-run-average was 2.11.

The Wildcats, the No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament, take on eighth-seeded Alabama at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. The Tide won two of three games against UK in March, including one of Reed's two losses. Reed will start Tuesday against Bama's Nicky Eicholtz.

NHL

Blackhawks beat Kings in West opener

Corey Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had a big goal in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist for Chicago, which remained perfect in seven home playoff games this year. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period.

The last word

Caraun Reid, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive lineman, led Princeton to an Ivy League championship last season. When the Detroit Lions picked him last week he became the school's first player drafted in the top five rounds of the NFL Draft since 1966. When he showed up at group interview session with glasses on, a reporter asked if he wears them when he plays.

"No. It makes me more aggressive when I don't have clear vision, so I just go without that. I've got to squint like this, so I'm not happy because I can't really see that well."

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