Kuchar, Woodland end Americans' skid in World Cup
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States' 11-year drought in golf's World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes in Hainan, China. The American pair fired six birdies in the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish at 24-under, 264 overall, notching the 24th U.S. win in the history of the tournament.
English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day's best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22-under with Germany's Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka (69).
Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell led by two strokes going into the final round but could only manage an even-par 72 to finish tied for fourth with Australia, the Netherlands and Scotland.
The American victory was the first since Tiger Woods and David Duval claimed the title 11 years ago. "We really clicked. It's fantastic to win for the U.S.," Woodland said.
■ Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship for his second straight major Down Under tournament victory, beating Australian countrymen Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser with a par on the first hole of a playoff. The left-handed Chalmers, the Australian Open winner two weeks ago at The Lakes in Sydney, will have a chance to complete the Australian Triple Crown next month in the Australian Masters in Melbourne. American Bubba Watson had a 77 to drop into a tie for 12th at 7 under.
■ Hennie Otto recorded a par on No. 18 for a one-stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger at the South African Open in Johannesburg.
Win puts Louisville men in Elite Eight
Senior Colin Rolfe scored one goal and assisted on his team's other three to send the 12th-seeded Louisville men's soccer team past fifth-seeded Maryland 4-2 on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md. The Cardinals are in the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season.
Nick DeLeon, Daniel Keller and Michael Roman also scored for Louisville (14-6-2). The Cardinals will host the winner of Sunday' night's UCLA-Rutgers game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Federer sweeps to sixth ATP finals title
Roger Federer held off a resilient Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday for his record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title, winning 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3 at the season-ending tournament in London. Federer failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set, then wasted a match point in the tiebreaker as Tsonga threatened to stage another improbable comeback against the former No. 1.
Playing in his 100th career finals, Federer broke for a 5-3 lead in the decider and served out the match at love, sealing his 70th career title with an easy volley.
With the victory, Federer moved past Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras, who both won five titles at the season-ending event for the world's top eight players, previously known as the Masters Cup.
The Swiss star has not lost a match since the U.S. Open semifinals. He finished the year with a 17-match winning streak following titles in Basel and Paris before coming to London.
"I couldn't be more happy. I couldn't be more exhausted," Federer told the crowd at the O2 Arena after being presented with the trophy for the second year in a row.
A Diehl wins closing feature at Churchill
A Diehl splashed home under jockey Freddie Lenclud to the $51,470 closing-day feature at Churchill Downs on Sunday, holding off Color Me Blue by 11/4 lengths. The 6-year-old gelding ran a mile on the sloppy main track in 1:36.72.
The close of the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs saw jockey Julien Leparoux win his ninth overall riding title with 34 wins overall. Steve Asmussen and Mike Maker shared the training title with 15 wins each. Ken and Sarah Ramsey were the leading owners with 12 winners.
Two horses die at Hollywood Park
Jeranimo beat War Element by 2¾ lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday night in a victory overshadowed by injuries and the deaths of two horses. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, heavy favorite Jeranimo was sixth in the field of nine in the early going and was still fifth at the top of the stretch.
Earlier in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes won by Pacific Ocean, runner-up Irrefutable collapsed and died just after he was unsaddled. Hollywood Park officials said the 5-year-old, one of three horses in the race for trainer Bob Baffert, most likely had a heart attack. He had a career record of four wins in 13 starts.
In the fourth race, the 5-year-old favorite Waltzing With Blue was euthanized after injuring his left front leg. Jockey Daniel Vergara was thrown to the turf when the horse was injured and was briefly hospitalized. He was released with bruises to his hip and leg.
Back-to-back-to-back games likely
The NBA regular season would run through April 26 and require teams to play at least one set of back-to-back-to-back games if a new labor deal is ratified in time to start on Christmas.
The league posted an outline of what the schedule would look like on its Twitter pages Sunday. The plan is a 66-game regular season, ending about 10 days later than usual. The last possible day of the NBA Finals would be June 26, two weeks later than the championship series ended last season. No team would play on three straight nights more than three times. Back-to-backs might also be played during the second round of the post-season.
Mariners trade Lueke to Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right-hander Josh Lueke and a player to be named or cash from the Seattle Mariners for catcher John Jaso. Lueke, a Scott High School graduate who later played at Northern Kentucky, made the Mariners' opening-day roster last season, but was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in April after allowing 12 runs over 61⁄3 innings in eight appearances. He rejoined the Mariners in July and in 25 games overall had a 1-1 record with a 6.06 ERA.
"Josh has the stuff to get hitters out in the American League East and began to show that during the second half of last season," Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "We believe he can be an important part of our success here for many years."
Webber wins Brazilian GP ahead of Vettel
Mark Webber won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday after Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel struggled with a gearbox problem. Vettel, who had already secured the Formula One title, still finished second after letting Webber pass him almost halfway through the race at the 2.6-mile Interlagos track.
Jenson Button of McLaren finished third to secure second place in the drivers' standings.
The last word
The San Diego Chargers (4-7) have lost six straight games, their longest skid since ending 2001 with nine straight defeats. They are last in the division, three games behind Oakland with five to play. Quarterback Philip Rivers said:
"There's nothing I can say to make it sound good. It's about as rough as it gets."