Lincicome wins ANA Inspiration in playoff
Brittany Lincicome ended up in Poppie's Pond for the second time in her career early Sunday night in the ANA Inspiration.
Lincicome eagled the par-5 18th in regulation to pull even with Stacy Lewis and outlasted her U.S. Solheim Cup teammate with a two-putt par in fading light on the third extra hole.
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Lewis had three chances to win on the 18th. She missed birdie putts from 13 feet in regulation, 15 feet on the first extra hole and 12 feet on the second.
"Super emotional," Lincicome said at the 18th green after the victory. "I'm standing here, physically shaking like a leaf still. It's over and I'm still shaking."
Playing a group ahead of Lewis, Lincicome made a 10-foot eagle putt to match Lewis at 9-under 279. The long-hitting Lincicome, also the 2009 winner, finished with a 69.
Lewis, the 2011 champion, closed with a 70.
Lincicome lost a playoff to Inbee Park last year in the LPGA Championship, one of the tour's five majors. The 29-year-old Florida player, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is projected to jump from 18th to sixth in the world ranking.
Two strokes ahead of playing partner Sei Young Kim and four ahead of Lincicome with five holes left, Lewis missed a chance for her third major title. She has 11 LPGA Tour victories and 18 runner-up finishes, three in seven starts this year.
Morgan Pressel was third at 8 under. She nearly holed her approach on 18 for eagle and made a short birdie putt for a 70.
Source: Alabama courting Avery Johnson
Alabama has offered its men's basketball job to former NBA player and head coach Avery Johnson, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.
The person said Johnson and Alabama are working on the details of a deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made about the coaching search.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle did not return a call seeking comment.
ESPN first reported the contract talks. Johnson has been an NBA analyst for the network since being fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012. He played 16 years in the NBA, much of it with the San Antonio Spurs.
Johnson would replace Anthony Grant, who was fired after making only one NCAA Tournament in six seasons.
This would be Johnson's first college coaching job, but he's led two teams in the NBA. He started as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks after retiring in 2004 and was elevated to the head coaching job five months later.
Johnson led the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals appearance and was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2006.
TennisDjokovic tops Murray for Key Biscayne title
Hot but happy, Novak Djokovic had just begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into the crowd. They were soggy souvenirs for sure.
Djokovic earned his fifth Key Biscayne title Sunday, beating Andy Murray for the seventh consecutive time by showing superior stamina in the subtropical heat to win the Miami Open final 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.
Murray broke in the final game of the second set to even the match, but fatigue then became a factor on a sunny, humid, 80-degree afternoon.
Djokovic was the fitter player down the stretch.
"It was brutal — it's very warm," he said. "I was prepared for a physical battle. But it's one thing to prepare and another thing to experience it on the court."
Murray fell to 8-18 against Djokovic. He'll climb from fourth to third in the new rankings, but he has lost 12 consecutive matches to his biggest rivals — Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — since winning Wimbledon in 2013 by beating Djokovic in the final.
Djokovic was inconsistent early in the tournament and let his frustration show, receiving two code violations and a point penalty during one win. He drew another code violation in the final for swearing after he lost the second set, but he quickly regained his poise.
In the last set, Murray hit two weary backhands into the net to lose serve and fall behind 1-0. Two games later he saved five break points before dumping another backhand into the net to go down 3-0, and Djokovic easily closed out the win.
LeBron has triple-double for trey-happy Cavs
Kyrie Irving heard LeBron James scream to shoot, so he shot.
Irving casually dropped a 52-foot three-pointer, J.R. Smith made eight threes — highlighted by a desperation one to end the first half — and James recorded his first triple-double with the Cavs in five years as Cleveland won its 18th straight at home, 99-94 over the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavs made 16 three-pointers, three as time was draining from either the game or shot clock.
■ Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points and Shane Larkin added 15 and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 101-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
Nerlens Noel had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the losers.
UK sportsWomen's golf finishes 6th at Bryan Collegiate
Kentucky women's golf posted its second-best finish of the season, placing sixth at the Bryan Collegiate with a score of 906, 42-over par. The Wildcats improved their overall team score from the previous two days with a 12-over-par 300 on Sunday, finishing in fifth place at the Champions Course.
Sophomore Haley Mills, with a total score of 224, eight-over par, finished in a tie for 10th place, her second-best finish of the season. After battling her way back into the top 25 on Saturday, Mills fired an even-par round on Sunday with three birdies on the last four holes to shoot two-under par on the back nine. It's the sixth time Mills has placed in the top 25 out of eight tournaments.
■ No. 13 Kentucky softball could not get the bats going Sunday as No. 5 Alabama got a complete-game shutout from freshman pitcher Alexis Orsorio to claim the series finale, 2-0, and clinch the three-game Southeastern Conference series at John Cropp Stadium.
Junior infielder Nikki Sagermann went 1-for-3 with a hard-hit single, while senior outfielder Kara Howard was 1-for-1 with a single and hit by pitch.
■ In its final home competition of the season, the No. 20 Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 31 South Carolina, 4-0.
The last word
Sparky the Dragon, the toothy yet friendly New York Islanders mascot, has a murky future as the Islanders prepare to move to Brooklyn after this season. The concept of a Sparky-less future was upsetting to some fresh-faced Islanders fans, like 7-year-old Noah Berman, who made a compelling case for keeping Sparky around.
"I feel happy when I see Sparky, and I like him. I like that he knows how to use his hands instead of talking and also that he has orange things sticking up from the top of his head."