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Sports briefs: Nov. 21

Golf

Americans win Presidents Cup

The winning point for Tiger Woods. A perfect record for Jim Furyk. And validation for U.S. captain Fred Couples.

The Americans won the Presidents Cup as a team, 19-15, avenging their worst loss ever in any cup competition 13 years ago on a Royal Melbourne course that lived up to its reputation as among the greatest tests in golf. Yet even as they gathered around the gold trophy at the closing ceremony Sunday afternoon, all of them dressed in red shirts and blue blazers, it was hard to ignore the singular achievements.

Couples was criticized in some corners for picking Woods, who had fallen out of the top 50 for the first time in 15 years and had gone two years without winning.

 South Korea's Hee Young Park won the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders for her first tour victory, closing with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to hold off Paula Creamer and San Gal by two strokes.

Park, tied for the third-round lead with Gal, finished at 9-under 279 at Grand Cypress and earned $500,000.

After bogeying the fourth hole, Park birdied three of the next four and parred the final 10 holes.

Creamer also finished with a 70, and Gal shot a 72.

 South Africa's Garth Mulroy shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship for his first European Tour title.

Mulroy began the day with a two-stroke lead. He was pushed by Scotland's George Murray, but managed to birdie Nos. 15 and 16 to finish at 19 under for the tournament.

Murray's second place was his career-best European Tour finish.

Chile's Felipe Aguilar, South African duo George Coetzee and Jaco van Zyl and Scotland's Peter Whiteford tied for third at 13 under.

 Dutchman Joost Luiten won the rain-shortened Johor Open on Sunday for his first European Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Sweden's Daniel Chopra. Luiten finished at 15-under 198 at Horizon Hills in the event also sanctioned by the Asian Tour. Chopra birdied three of the last six holes for a 70.

Colleges

EKU football to host playoff game

The Eastern Kentucky football team was one of 10 at-large teams selected to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Sunday. The Colonels will host James Madison Saturday at noon on ESPNU. The Colonels concluded the regular season 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference to earn a share of the conference title. However, Tennessee Tech claimed the OVC automatic berth to the FCS playoffs thanks to a head-to-head win over EKU on Nov. 12. James Madison is also an at-large team. The Dukes finished 7-4, 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The winner of the Eastern-JMU game will take on the No. 2 seed, North Dakota State, the following Saturday, Dec. 3.

UK rifle remains unbeaten in fall season

Led by strong performances in air rifle from Emily Holsopple and Katie Fretts, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4,691-4,646 win over Alaska-Fairbanks, concluding the fall season with an unbeaten record.

Kentucky (7-0) posted wins over Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio State, Murray State, Memphis, Air Force and UAF. The Wildcats set an NCAA record in the win over Memphis earlier in the year with a 4,711 team score, breaking their own record of 4,700 set in the 2010-11 NCAA Championships.

 Trailing 2-0 on Senior Day, the 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team received inspired performances from its senior trio to capture a 3-2 (18-25, 26-28, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13) victory over Arkansas on Sunday. The win sets up a showdown with 14th-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday for a chance to earn a share of the Southeastern Conference crown.

NBA

Erving memorabilia nets $3.5 million

SCP Auctions says more than 140 items from Julius Erving's personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday. Among the highlights: His 1974 New Jersey Nets ABA championship ring sold for $460,471; 1983 76ers championship rings sold for $244,240; 1983 All-Star game MVP trophy ($115,242); final game worn jersey from May 3, 1987 ($88,826); and 1974-75 ABA MVP trophy ($173,10)

 Portland Trail Blazers point guard Patty Mills has cut short his stay with the Melbourne Tigers and will play for a Chinese league club, the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, during the NBA lockout.

 Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic has reached a deal to play for Spanish club Caja Laboral until the end of the NBA lockout. Dragic joins fellow NBA players Rudy Fernandez and Serge Ibaka who have opted to play in Spain for the duration of the labor dispute.

Etc.

Rapid Redux threatens Zenyatta's record

Rapid Redux will go for his 20th straight win in an attempt to set a modern record for most consecutive victories. The 5-year-old gelding is entered in the eighth race on Monday's card at Mountaineer Racetrack in Chester, W.Va. Rapid Redux earned his 19th victory by 23/4 lengths on Oct. 27 at Maryland's Laurel Park, tying Horse of the Year Zenyatta and New Mexico-bred standout Peppers Pride for the modern record for consecutive wins.

Rapid Redux is trained by David Wells and will be ridden by Deshawn Parker, who last rode the gelding in a win on July 15.

Larry Munson, the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs for nearly 43 years, has died. He was 89. The university says Mr. Munson died at his Athens home of complications from pneumonia. The death was reported by Mr. Munson's son, Michael. With his health failing, he skipped most road games in 2007, then retired after calling the first two contests of the 2008 season.

 The Cleveland Indians are working on a deal to bring back former All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore.

Last month, the Indians declined a $9 million club option on Sizemore for next season, making him a free agent. Sizemore's agent, Joe Urbon, said in an email to the AP on Sunday that he "will continue to work through details with the Indians over the weekend." Urbon said nothing "is done or agreed upon."

The last word

The International team trailed 4-2 after the opening foursomes session in the Presidents Cup and never caught up — just like two years ago at Royal Montreal — allowing the Americans to pick up their fourth straight title. Said U.S. captain Fred Couples:

"They may need to find other players to play. ... The Internationals need to go play another format somewhere."

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