High school basketball
Dylan James, a star at Sheldon Clark the past two seasons, will transfer to Mercer County. Larry James, Dylan's father, told the Herald-Leader he accepted the vacant principal job at Harlow Early Learning Center in Mercer County. Dylan said he intends to enroll at Mercer County on Monday. Dylan James averaged 22.6 points and 10.1 rebounds while starting all 27 games as a sophomore at Sheldon Clark last season. He shot 51.7 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc.
Clay County edged in World Series opener
Canada used an RBI single from Sarah Scott-Moncrief in the top of the 11th inning to prevail 11-10 in a high-scoring opener against Central Region champion Clay County in the Little League Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash. The teams combined for 38 hits.
Leadoff hitter Shelby Phillips was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI for Clay County. Pitcher Brianda Owens also had three hits and knocked in two runs. Canada's Paige Hitchins was 4-for-6 with two triples and two RBI.
Perry defends title in Minnesota
Comfortably in front, Kenny Perry felt uneasy for most of his 18 holes Sunday in Blaine, Minn. Afterward, he couldn't have been much happier.
Perry breezed to his second straight victory in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland. After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament's 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the 50-and-over tour.
Last year, Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Langer by a stroke at TPC Twin Cities.
"I like being the chaser. You're relaxed, you're free, you're going, you're charging, you're going after everything," Perry said. "When you got a four- or five-shot lead, you're playing safe, you're playing not to mess up, and that's a hard way to play golf."
In seven appearances in the event, Langer has won twice and finished second three times. The 54-year-old Perry is 46 under for his last seven rounds in the event. In five tournament appearances, he has two wins, a second, third and seventh.
"Kenny Perry is just better on this course," Langer said. "It's his length that really suits him here."
Perry leads the tour in driving distance, averaging just under 300 yards.
"When you can play mid-irons instead of a hybrid or a wood, you've got a huge advantage and you can actually stop the ball a little bit," Perry said.
■ Troy Merritt won the Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va., for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler. The win came a day after Merritt soared to the lead with a tournament-record 61 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. He won in his 96th career start on the tour, finishing at 18-under 266. Fowler, who started the day a shot off the lead, made a birdie on the final hole to claim second, and David Lingmerth was third.
"It's amazing how you can dream of winning a golf tournament your entire life and you've got it scripted and when it happens, you're not thinking," Merritt said. "You don't remember what your name is. You're just reacting. That's all it was."
On a day when no one shot better than 67, tournament host Tiger Woods also provided some excitement, making birdies on five of his first 10 holes to get to 10 under long before the leaders got underway. But Woods faltered with three back-nine bogeys and shot a 68 to tie for 18th at 8 under.
Woods rose from No. 195 to No. 185 in the FedEx Cup rankings and has just three weeks left to climb into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, but said that that is not his focus.
"I've got years ahead of me. That's how I look at it," he said.
■ Inbee Park rallied to win the Women's British Open to become the seventh women to win four different major championships. The top-ranked South Korean closed with a 7-under 65 at Turnberry in Scotland for a three-stroke victory over compatriot Jin Young Ko.
"I don't know what else to go for now," said Park, who has won six of the last 14 majors to cement her status as the best player of her generation.
■ Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory over Robert Karlsson in Aberdeen, Scotland. Aphibarnrat had three European Tour titles, also winning events in Malaysia and China.
Stopchargingmaria knocks off Untapable
Stopchargingmaria edged champion filly Untapable by a length Sunday in the Grade III, $200,000 Shuvee at Saratoga Race Course in New York. Stopchargingmaria, the Town and Country Farms-owned 4-year-old filly ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, has four victories in five starts at Saratoga, including last year's Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.
Stopchargingmaria ran 11⁄8 miles in 1:49.37 on the fast main track. Untapable, the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly of 2014 was followed by Tiz Windy in third.
■ Bob Baffert-trained Gimme Da Lute romped to a 121/4-length victory in the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar in California. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.33 for his fifth victory in eight starts. The stablemate of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Gimme Da Lute was coming off victories in the Affirmed at Santa Anita and the Los Alamitos Derby.
IndyCar's Rahal closes gap on Montoya
Graham Rahal won the IndyCar race Sunday in his home state of Ohio, and in the process made up considerable ground on series leader Juan Pablo Montoya with two events remaining in the season. Rahal held off Justin Wilson on the final restart, on the 84th of 90 laps in the 203-mile race at Mid-Ohio. Wilson finished second, 3.4 seconds behind. Simon Pagenaud was third, followed by pole winner Scott Dixon. Montoya, who came into the race with a 42-point lead over Rahal, finished 11th. Rahal, a native of New Albany, now trails by only nine points.
The last word
It's not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey extra motivation. Hurt by comments about her family, Rousey got off to a quick start and knocked out home-crowd favorite Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. Rousey came into the fight upset with Correia after the Brazilian made a comment apparently referencing to Rousey's father's suicide. Rousey said Correia crossed the line:
"I hope that nobody really brings up my family anymore when it comes to fights. I hope this is the last time."