Shelbyville's Brown earns 4th Hooters Tour win of season
Shelbyville's Brandon Brown shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to cruise to a six-shot victory in the Hooters Tour's Mississippi Gulf Coast Golf Classic in Pass Christian, Miss. Patrick Wilkes-Krier, who led Brown by a shot entering the final round, finished second.
It was the fourth win on the tour this season for Brown, an Eastern Kentucky alumnus. He also won the Kentucky Open earlier this month.
"This is the best week I've had all year," said Brown, who won $28,000. "My confidence level has been high since the first win of the season. But with the amount of competition out here, you don't ever dream of winning four times in a season.
"My putter has been good the past few months, but I putted great this week. The greens were in great shape, and I had good speed. I just tried to stay patient today, and it worked out."
With the win, Brown matched Andrew Morse (1996) for the second most wins in a season. Chad Campbell won eight in 2000.
"Anytime you can have your name mentioned with guys like that, it's a good thing," said Brown, who reclaimed the money-standings lead and put himself in good position to win Player of the Year.
However, Brown refused to look that far ahead.
"I'm just focusing on the next tournament," Brown said. "Guys like Jeff Corr and Philip Pettitt have two wins, and there's three events left, so you never know what can happen. Hopefully, I can win it, but I'm just looking ahead to my next event right now."
■ Webb Simpson shot a 67 on Sunday to claim his first PGA tour win, a three-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The Raleigh native and former Wake Forest standout finished at 18-under 262 and collected $936,000. George McNeill (64) was at 15 under, with Tommy Gainey (69) another stroke back at the final event before the PGA Tour playoffs.
Padraig Harrington, who called off a family vacation so he could try to escape the playoff bubble, finished at 6 under and jumped from No. 130 to No. 124. The top 125 qualify for The Barclays later this week in New Jersey. Ernie Els, who entered at No. 126, made it into the playoff field despite shooting a final-round 72. His 8-under finish pushed him to 118th.
Among those who didn't make it: Justin Leonard missed a 13-foot putt on the 18th, and that left him at No. 126.
■ Fred Couples knocked in a 3-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole in Harrison, N.Y., to defeat John Cook and win the Seniors Players Championship for his first major victory on the Champions Tour. Couples did not have his best day of putting and missed a birdie on 18 that would have given him the win after trailing by two strokes most of the day. He won the playoff when a second shot on the 17th hole landed a few feet shy of the hole, setting up a short tap-in for the win.
■ Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Safeway Classic Sunday, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. Pettersen jumped to No. 2 in the world rankings behind Yani Tseng.
U.S. women win University Games gold
Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne added 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the United States to a 101-66 rout of Taiwan in the gold-medal game of the World University Games on Sunday in Shenzhen, China. Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel, who also plays for Notre Dame, had five points and two assists.
■ The United States' men's team jumped out to a 12-0 run to start against Romania and never relinquished control of the game, winning 94-73 to advance to the fifth-place contest at the World University Games. The Americans will play Germany at 6 a.m. EDT Monday. Kentucky's Darius Miller scored seven points to go with three rebounds and two steals.
Stay Thirsty, Uncle Mo prep at Saratoga
Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.73 over the Saratoga main track Sunday in his final serious move prior to the Grade I Travers this coming Saturday. Owned by Mike Repole and trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of Bernardini worked in company with Grade III winner Super Espresso.
"Stay Thirsty looked really good. It was almost an identical work to what he did before the Jim Dandy," Pletcher said. "We're very happy."
Stay Thirsty's stablemate, Uncle Mo, also worked Sunday, going 5 furlongs in a bullet :59.95 in preparation for his start in the Grade I King's Bishop on Saturday. Uncle Mo has not raced since finishing third in the Grade I Wood Memorial this April after being knocked off the Triple Crown trail with a liver ailment.
"I don't think he could be training any better," Pletcher said.
High school football
Letcher edges Madison Central in OT
Letcher County Central's Logan Johnson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to Keaston Hall, and Sidney Fields kicked the extra point to give the Cougars a 35-34 victory against Madison Central on Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond.
Hunter Stocker gave Madison Central the lead with a 3-yard TD run on his team's overtime possession, but the Indians' two-point conversion attempt failed.
Johnson finished with four touchdown passes.
Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins rushed for 246 yards and scored twice. The first TD covered 99 yards, the second 55.
■ Warren East's Adarius Barnett scored three touchdowns, and the Raiders handed South Warren a 36-0 loss in the school's first varsity game in the Rafferty's Bowl on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The first play in South Warren varsity history was a memorable one — for the Raiders. Barnett took the opening kick from his 9-yard line and sliced through the Spartan special teams for a 91-yard kickoff return.
■ Bowling Green tight end Jalen Hunter caught three touchdown passes in the Purples' 48-0 rout of Allen County-Scottsville in the Rafferty's Bowl.
Sharapova, Murray win Cincinnati titles
Maria Sharapova overcame a first-set letdown on Sunday, rallying to beat Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the finals of the Western & Southern Open near Cincinnati. The fourth-seeded Russian survived a match full of service breaks — 16 in all, seven in the final set alone — for her second title of the season. Sharapova won the last five games of the second-set tiebreaker to keep it going. The match lasted 2 hours, 49 minutes and had a pair of brief rain delays.
■ Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, was forced to retire in the second set Sunday because of a sore right shoulder, giving Andy Murray the men's championship. The fourth-seeded Murray won the first set 6-4 and was ahead 3-0 in the second when Djokovic decided just before the rain came that he couldn't continue.
Legends end road trip with rainout
The Lexington Legends' game at Hickory, N.C., on Sunday afternoon was rained out. The Crawdads were leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the game was stopped. The game will not be made up. Lexington returns home to open a four-game series against Asheville at 7:05 p.m. Monday night.
The last word
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, on why it wasn't easy throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the Little League World Series:
"The catcher was pretty small."