Day takes World Cup for first tournament win in three years
After nearly withdrawing because of a family tragedy, Jason Day made an emotional return to golf at the World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, to win his first tournament in more than three years at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.
His 7-foot putt to save par on the 16th hole held off a faltering Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Day had a 70 for a 10-under total of 274. That was two strokes better than Bjorn, who finished with a 71 after two late bogeys.
Day's last victory came at the Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour in 2010, although he's had four top-five finishes in majors since 2011.
The World Cup was Day's first tournament in five weeks and came less than two weeks after he learned that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the devastating Nov. 9 typhoon in the Philippines. His mother, who immigrated to Australia from the Philippines 30 years ago, and sister were just off the green on 18 at Royal Melbourne. They both hugged him as he walked to the scoring tent to sign his card.
"It's just been an amazing tournament for me," Day said. "My mother, my family, coming down to support me. I'm just so happy the hard work has paid off, and I'm glad it happened in Melbourne.
Day's situation wasn't lost on Bjorn.
"Obviously a fraction disappointed, I didn't play that great today," Bjorn said. "But I couldn't be happier for Jason winning. He has gone through a rough time of late and for him to even be here is a big thing and then to go and win a golf tournament ... that's what you want to see."
■ Luke Donald shot a 5-under 66 on to defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and get his first victory of the year. Heading into the final round with a two-stroke lead, Donald had seven birdies and two bogeys to finish at 14-under 270 on the Japan Tour.
■ Shanshan Feng of China seized control early and was flawless in the final round of the LPGA Tour season, closing with a 6-under 66 to win the LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla., and claim the richest prize in women's golf, $700,000.
Feng opened with four birdies in six holes to go from two shots down to the lead, and she never gave it up the rest of the way at Tiburon Golf Club. She played the last 31 holes without a bogey.
Gerina Piller stayed within one shot and had a 10-foot birdie attempt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff. It narrowly missed, and Piller had to settle for a 69.
■ Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark won his first European Tour title as Charl Schwartzel struggled in the final round of the season-opening South African Open in Johannesburg. Madsen shot a 67 for a 19-under total of 269 and a two-shot victory.
Schwartzel had a triple-bogey 6 on No. 6 and a double bogey on No. 10 to lose his lead. Madsen had five birdies and no bogeys.
Pacquiao dominant in win against Rios
Manny Pacquiao fought back from two straight losses and provided some desperately needed inspiration to the disaster-stricken Philippines with an authoritative victory over Brandon Rios late Saturday night at at The Venetian casino in Macau.
Pacquiao's trainer publicly has said he should retire unless he convincingly beat Rios.
Thousands of fans watched the fight on screens set up in the plaza of Tacloban, the Philippine city hit worst by the Nov. 9 disaster that killed more than 5,000 people and left many homeless.
If Pacquiao felt pressure, he didn't show it in the ring, putting on a vintage display of his trademark combinations to wear down a gallant Rios and take a unanimous decision, claiming the WBO international welterweight title.
Bulls clobbered without Rose
While Derrick Rose headed home to Chicago for knee surgery, the Bulls lost to the host Los Angeles Clippers 121-82, the Clippers largest margin of victory in franchise history. Jared Dudley led the way with a season-high 21 points and Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists.
■ Joe Johnson hit eight three-pointers and scored 34 points but it wasn't enough to keep Brooklyn from losing its fifth straight, as Rodney Stuckey came off the bench to score 27 points and lead Detroit to a 109-97 victory.
Nanooks outshoot No. 1 Cats twice
The No. 1 ranked Kentucky rifle team lost the last two matches of its fall season, succumbing Saturday and again Sunday to the No. 2 Nanooks of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The host Nanooks won 4,702-4,671 Saturday, but UK kept it closer Sunday, falling by a slim six points, 4,695-4,689. On Saturday, Connor Davis led the Cats with 581 in smallbore and 593 in air rifle. On Sunday, Emily Holsopple was UK's smallbore leader with 586 while Davis again led in air rifle with 595. The Cats had won nine matches in a row, dating back to December 2012.
■ UK junior Christina Bechtel swam a school record for the second straight day and junior Christa Cabot won the platform diving title at the final day of the Ohio State Invitational.
Bechtel won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.21, edging teammate Abby Myers, who touched the wall in 1:56.59.
Cabot won platform diving with 283.50 points.
Auto racingVettel wins Formula One finale
Sebastian Vettel won Formula One's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paolo, matching Michael Schumacher's record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second, and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third.
Vettel, who had already wrapped up a fourth straight F1 title, was overtaken by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes at the start but regained the lead on the second lap and cruised to his second victory in Brazil, and 39th of his career. He won by 10.4 seconds.
Mich. St. bumps Cards out of tourney
Tim Kreutz knocked in a header from 10 yards out with just 3:31 left in the second overtime to lift host Michigan State, ranked 11th in the nation, to 1-0 victory over No. 17 Louisville in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament.
The Cardinals ended their season 11-5-4 after making their seventh straight NCAA tournament appearance and winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season title.
The game-winning goal was the only shot for Michigan State in the two overtime periods. Louisville's junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball had six saves.
The last word
Only one brother was going to feel a sense of relief after their battle in the trenches Sunday, when Chris Long's St. Louis Rams beat his brother Kyle's Chicago Bears 42-21. At one point Chris Long had to rush from off the field to yank Kyle out of a fracas. Though Kyle plays offensive line and Chris plays defensive line, their father, Hall-of-Fame Howie Long, predicted correctly they wouldn't usually be lined up against one another. After the game Chris said:
"That was a hell of a week. It's not fun. I don't want to play my brother. I don't find it fun to have to compete against your brother in a game where it is so violent. But luckily we barely touched each other, so that was good."