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Sports briefs: Sept. 13


Johnson closes out victory; Woods, Holmes out of playoffs

Dustin Johnson won the BMW Championship and eased a summer of Sunday disappointments. Playing in the final group for the fourth time since June, Johnson blasted a tee shot over the trees and into the fairway on the 17th hole at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., to set up a tap-in birdie and the outright lead. He closed with a 2-under 69 and a one-shot victory over Paul Casey.

It was the second victory this year for Johnson, a 26-year-old American who has quickly emerged as one of golf's rising stars. And it helped ease the sting of lost chances in three other tournaments, including two majors. He blew a three-shot lead at the U.S. Open. He made up a three-shot deficit at the PGA Championship, only to lose a one-shot lead on the final hole when he didn't realize he was in a bunker and grounded his club.

Johnson moved to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, giving him a clear shot at the $10 million bonus in two weeks at the Tour Championship. One player he won't have to beat is Tiger Woods. The world's No. 1 player sputtered at the start and shot 70 to tie for 15th, not nearly enough to move into the top 30 in the standings and advance to the FedEx Cup finale.

It's the first time as a pro that Woods hasn't been eligible for a tournament. "That's just the way it is," Woods said. "I didn't play well early in the year, and I didn't play well in the middle of the year."

Kentuckian J.B. Holmes, who shot a 78 in the final round, will also miss the Tour Championship after a 60th-place finish dropped him to 34th in the FedExCup standings.

Matt Kuchar tied for third and will be the No. 1 seed in two weeks at East Lake. The 30th and final spot went to Bo Van Pelt.

■ PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes in the Netherlands. The win was the 25-year-old's seventh on the European Tour and his third in 2010 following victories in Abu Dhabi and last month's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

■ Taiwan's Yani Tseng won the Northwest Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 65 to rally past second-round leader Michelle Wie. Tseng birdied four of five holes early on the back nine, then held on for a one-stroke victory over Wie with a birdie on No. 18.

U.S. Open Tennis

Rain postpones Nadal-Djokovic matchup

A Monday men's finals is becoming a U.S. Open tradition.

The championship match in New York between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was postponed a day because of persistent rain Sunday, the third consecutive year that the season's last major tournament won't finish on schedule.

The No. 1-seeded Nadal, bidding to complete a career Grand Slam, and No. 3 Djokovic were supposed to begin playing at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, but showers began more than 1½ hours earlier and hadn't stopped by 6:15 p.m., when tournament officials decided to call it a night. The finals were rescheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, when the forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

College football

Alabama, Ohio St. pull away in AP poll

The combination of impressive victories by Alabama and Ohio State and a stunning loss by Virginia Tech led to Boise State losing all but one of its first-place votes in the Associated Press' Top 25. The Broncos were still No. 3, behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Buckeyes in the poll released Sunday, but the gap has widened.

Some of the luster came off the Broncos' big non-conference victory when Virginia Tech was upset Saturday by James Madison, which plays in Division I's second tier. Pete DiPrimio of The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Indiana was the lone voter to keep Boise State No. 1 this week. "I still think Virginia Tech is a good team and will make a bowl," DiPrimio said. "Alabama and Ohio State haven't been tested on the road like that."

Girls' High school soccer

Top teams in town for LexCath tourney

A preview of the state soccer tournament might come a couple months early at Lexington Catholic this week.

Four of the state's top-five teams will be playing in the annual Lady Knights Challenge Cup starting Monday night.

No team in the eight-team field is ranked lower than No. 23 in the state, according to the coaches' poll.

Top-ranked Sacred Heart (5-1-4), with its three straight state championships, also has won the Challenge Cup two times in a row. The Valkyries, who have allowed only five goals this season, will get an early first-round test versus No. 5 Notre Dame (8-4).

No. 2 Lexington Catholic meets No. 12 Elizabethtown (7-3-2) in the first round Monday. The Knights (7-1-1) have won five straight and come in allowing just nine goals in 10 games this season.

Third-ranked Manual (9-1-1) has won five games in a row and will meet No. 8 Highlands in the first round. The Bluebirds (7-3) have won five of their last seven games, including three straight.

No. 23 Woodford County (5-2-1) has won five of its last six games and has six straight shutouts, including a 2-0 win over first-round opponent No. 16 Assumption (1-6-2).

UK Sports

Two shutouts, one win for soccer teams

Alyssa Telang's first career goal was the lone score in the Kentucky women's soccer team's 1-0 victory against Marshall at the UK Soccer Complex. UK goalie Sydney Hiance had four saves for her 17th career shutout. The Wildcats outshot Marshall 15-9, including a 10-4 advantage in the second half.

■ Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Beadle posted his third shutout in four games this season, but Kentucky's men's soccer team was also held off the scoreboard in a draw with Houston Baptist on Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex. Kentucky (2-1-1) has allowed one goal in the last 411 minutes played. UK allowed its only goal of the season in an overtime loss Friday to Loyola Marymount. Beadle, the reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, saved three shots in the 110 minutes and now owns a 0.24 goals-against average through his first four games.

Horse racing

Uncle T Seven wins Cole at Belmont

Uncle T Seven rallied to beat Pocket Cowboys by 1½ lengths on Sunday in the $100,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York breds at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Fifth for most of the race, Uncle T Seven charged down the center of the turf course for his fifth win in 18 starts. Julien Leparoux was aboard for trainer John Kimmel as the 4-year-old horse ran the 11⁄8 miles in 1:49.88


McCoughtry, Dream drop finals opener

Sue Bird made a tiebreaking jumper from the foul line with 2.6 seconds left and the Seattle Storm beat the visiting Atlanta Dream 79-77 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. Former Louisville star Angel McCoughtry had a last-second try for the Dream, but her long three-pointer from the left side bounced off the far side of the rim at the buzzer. League MVP Lauren Jackson had 26 points and eight rebounds for Seattle. McCoughtry scored 19 for Atlanta.

The last word

Brad Dickson, a writer for the the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, wrote this about reports that Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman vomited 10 times in his team's opening win over UCLA:

"For once, I was glad I didn't get that big-screen, high-definition TV set."