Sports briefs: July 14

July 14, 2014 


Harman edges Johnson by one stroke in John Deere

Brian Harman, in his third full season on the PGA Tour, hadn't been in the final twosome in the final round until Sunday. He held the lead entering the final round of the John Deere Classic, and kept going all the way to his first victory on the Tour, using three straight birdies down the stretch to hold off Zach Johnson by one stroke.

Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total to earn $846,000 and the last exemption for next week's British Open. Johnson had the best round of the day at 7-under 64.

Colin Montgomerie won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers to win the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National. Both entered the playoff at 5 under. Montgomerie entered the third extra hole with a one-shot lead, then made a putt on No. 18 to par the hole and claim the win.

• After capturing his first major title at last year's U.S. Open, Justin Rose took nearly 13 months to return to the winner's circle. Now he's heading to the British Open seeking a third tournament victory in three weeks. Rose turned the final round of the Scottish Open into a procession on Sunday, calmly shooting a 6-under 65 to win by two strokes and seal back-to-back successes either side of the Atlantic. A fortnight ago, the Englishman won the Quicken Loans National at Congressional in a playoff.

Mo Martin knew she hit her 3-wood exactly how she wanted on the 18th hole at Royal Birkdale. With the ball slightly below her feet, just under 240 yards away and a strong wind at her back, she let it rip and watched the ball track toward the flag. "I could hear it hit the pin from the fairway," Martin said. "That was a pretty fun feeling." The ball rolled into the center of the flagstick and settled 6 feet away for an eagle, and when no one could catch her, the 31-year-old American became a major champion Sunday at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

Minor League baseball

Legends hold off ninth-inning rally

The Lexington Legends built a six-run lead, then survived a ninth-inning rally by Hagerstown and held on for a 6-5 win over the Suns on Sunday evening.

The Legends took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Alexis Rivera was hit by a pitch, and Dex Kjerstad followed with a single. Rivera stole third and came home on a single by Carlos Garcia as Kjerstad moved to second.

After Kenny Diekroeger sacrificed the runners to second and third, a single by Frank Schwindel, the first of his four hits in the game, scored Kjerstad and moved Garcia to third. A wild pitch allowed Garcia to score, and Schwindel came home on a base hit by Elier Hernandez.

Lexington extended its lead in the fifth. Suns pitcher Jake Johansen overthrew third base while attempting to get a force play, and Diekroeger and Schwindel both scored, giving the Legends a 6-0 lead.

Matt Alvarez, making his first start of the year after 21 relief appearances, shut out the Suns on one hit through the first four innings.


Smith is fifth Raven arrested in offseason

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation Saturday night for failing to follow an officer's orders.

The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman had reportedly passed out in the bathroom.

Police arrived and found the woman vomiting into a sink in the bathroom. Police say Smith was with her and refused to obey an officer's repeated orders to leave the bathroom. Smith, 25, was cited late Saturday at a police precinct in Towson and then released.

Four other Ravens had encounters with the law this offseason. Running back Ray Rice was arrested for felony assault; offensive lineman Jah Reid was cited for felony aggravated assault; wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for felony possession of marijuana; and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property.

College football

Alabama lineman arrested for DUI

Police say Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tuscaloosa police say Reed was stopped early Sunday after his car hit another car as both backed out of parking spaces. Police say Reed drove toward the lot's exit before being pulled over.

A police statement says the 21-year-old junior college transfer's blood alcohol level registered .13 percent. The legal limit in Alabama is .08 percent.


Gold medal swimmer Thorpe comes out

Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.

Thorpe, who had long denied that he was gay, told British talk show host Michael Parkinson in an interview that he just recently realized the truth about himself.

The last word

The Washington Nationals' Tyler Clippard was added to the roster for Tuesday's All-Star game as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff. He's replacing one of a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday. Said Clippard:

"It's a give and take. Obviously, I'm honored and happy in that sense. I'd like to go get some rounds of golf in, but I'll take one for the team."

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