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Sports briefs: June 10

Golf

Park wins LPGA Championship in sudden-death playoff

Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship on Sunday at Pittsford, N.Y.

Park made a 20-foot putt on the par-4 18th to sweep the first two LPGA Tour majors of the season. She rebounded in the playoff after blowing a three-shot lead with a closing 3-over 75. The top-ranked South Korean star bogeyed three of the final five holes in regulation and hit only six fairways in the round.

"It feels great. It was a tough day out there," Park said. "The amount of fairways I was missing today, it's almost a miracle that I won today. I think I got a little lucky there, too. And I really tried to fight off and tried not to give up. That really paid off."

The 42-year-old Matthew, from Scotland, shot a bogey-free 68 to match Park at 5-under 283 at Locust Hill.

It was a dramatic finish to a marathon of a day in which organizers were forced to squeeze in the final two rounds after torrential rain postponed the first round Thursday.

The support of a handful of old high school buddies, the calming influence of a veteran caddie and timely putting were exactly what Harris English needed to pull out his first PGA Tour victory. English won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday at Memphis, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. The 23-year-old former Georgia star in his second year on tour survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys. He finished with a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total to get the victory. English said caddie Brian Smith also helped him refocus as he made the turn.

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands won the Lyoness Open in Austria by two shots for his second European Tour title. After holding a three-stroke lead overnight, Luiten shot a 71 in the final round Sunday to finish at 17-under-par 271 on the Diamond Country Club course. The victory was Luiten's third European Tour top-10 finish of the season and 20th overall. The win will move him up from 137th to just inside the top 100 of the world rankings.

David Frost parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples on Sunday in the Regions Tradition. Both birdied No. 16 after play resumed with the sun shining after a delay of 1 hour, 8 minutes for lightning in a round played at times in a driving rain in Birmingham, Ala. Frost didn't flinch in the showdown with the Presidents Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer. Both shot 4-under 68, and Frost finished at 16-under 272. It was his first major championship in 17 tries on the Champions Tour. Frost hit his approach shot to 10 feet of the closing hole and two-putted to match Couples' par.


Auto racing

Newlywed Bayne makes victory lane

Trevor Bayne spent the first weekend of his marriage stuck in a rain-soaked racetrack in the middle of Iowa.

The 22-year-old newlywed made the most of his unorthodox honeymoon, taking his bride to victory lane for the first time.

Bayne rallied to win the rain-plagued NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa on Sunday, his second career win in the series.

Sebastian Vettel was so far ahead of the pack in the Canadian Grand Prix that only the walls and the curbs were in his way. The three-time defending Formula One champion improved his chances at a fourth straight season title Sunday, surviving an early brush with a wall and late trouble in Turn 1 to earn his first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Vettel's Red Bull left from pole position and led almost the entire way to finish 14.4 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

Helio Castroneves raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, leading the final 132 laps late Saturday night for his fourth career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Castroneves also won at the 1½ -mile, high-banked track in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Motorsports finished second, more than 5 seconds back. He led 35 of the 228 laps.


Basketball

UK's Wiltjer leads Canada over U.S.

Kyle Wiltjer had 17 points to lead the Canadian men's developmental basketball team to a 75-73 win over the United States at the Four Nations tournament Sunday in China, The Canadian Press reported. Wiltjer hit two foul shots with less than a second left on the clock to secure the victory for Canada. He finished 5-for-5 from the foul line.

Canada opened the tournament Saturday with a 70-66 victory over China.


Baseball

Indiana ends Big 10 World Series drought

Indiana is making its first trip to the College World Series. And the Hoosiers have broken a long CWS drought for the Big Ten along the way.

Sam Travis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a tie game as Indiana defeated Florida State 11-6 on Sunday in the Tallahassee super regional.

Indiana (48-14) is in the NCAA post-season for just the third time and was playing in its first super regional. But the Hoosiers played with plenty of poise on the road, sweeping the Seminoles.

Indiana is the first Big Ten team since Michigan in 1984 to reach the CWS. It's been 29 years.

Jordan Montgomery didn't want to disappoint the seniors who had helped South Carolina win two national championships. The sophomore responded with a dominating performance that kept the Gamecocks alive in their push for the College World Series. Montgomery pitched a four-hitter Sunday, leading South Carolina past No. 1 overall seed North Carolina 8-0 in the NCAA super regional for the Tar Heels' most lopsided loss this year.Legends-GreenJackets rained out

Sunday's game between the Lexington Legends and the Augusta GreenJackets was rained out. The Legends were leading 3-1 going into the top of the third inning when the game was stopped.

The game will not be made up, and statistics from the game will not count. The Legends will return home to face the Rome Braves in a three-game series beginning Monday.


Horse racing

River Boss wins Churchill feature

River Boss rallied down the center of the Matt Winn Turf Course and got up in the final jump to win the $52,162 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by a head over El Jefe Grande. A 3-year-old chestnut son of Street Boss, River Boss's record now stands at 2-0-0 from six starts. Trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Corey Lanerie, River Boss completed the 11⁄16 miles on the firm course in 1:45.48.

Boisterous took the lead in the stretch and held on to win the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Big Blue Kitten by 1¼ lengths. Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by John Velazquez, the 6-year-old ran 11⁄8 miles over a good turf course in 1:48 4-5 and returned $4, $2.40 and $2.20. The win in the Grade II race was his 10th in 24 career starts.


The last word

No matter the situation, Detroit pitcher Jose Valverde doesn't freak out. Valverde didn't freak out after giving up two home runs Friday night. And he didn't freak out after getting into trouble in the ninth inning Saturday against the Cleveland Indians, earning the save in a 6-4 victory at Comerica Park. Said Valverde:

"I took the ball and did my job. That's the role of the closer. You will save the game or lose the game. There is nothing you can do."

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