Jun. 4 Sports Briefs

Monday, June 4, 2018

Jutanugarn wins US Women’s Open on fourth playoff hole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn had a huge lead, completely lost it and then prevailed on the fourth hole of a playoff to win a dramatic U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday at Shoal Creek. Jutanugarn, a 22-year-old from Thailand, made a clutch bunker shot to within a foot of the hole to save par, beating South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff. Jutanugarn started the day with a four-shot lead over Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith and looked like she might win easily after opening with a 4-under on the front nine to stretch her lead to seven shots. But a triple bogey on No. 10 cut the lead to four and seemed to shake her confidence. She still had a two-shot lead with two holes remaining, but closed with back-toback bogeys to fall into a playoff after shooting 73.

DeChambeau wins Memorial in playoff on 2nd extra hole

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau finally got it right on his third try at the 18th hole and won the Memorial in a playoff on Sunday. DeChambeau three-putted for bogey on the 18th for a 1-under 71 to get into a three-way playoff at Muirfield Village. He missed the green from the fairway on the 18th on the first extra hole. On the third try, he hit his approach to 12 feet and holed it for a birdie to beat Byeong Hun An and win his second PGA Tour title. Kyle Stanley also was in the playoff and was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole. Tiger Woods was never much of a factor. He missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 10 and struggled to a 72 to tie for 23rd.

Truex wins NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Truex held off championship favorites Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick down the stretch and won for the second time this season. Busch and Harvick had combined to win nine races already this season and each driver spent time in front and battled for the lead over the final laps. But this one belonged to Truex, the defending Cup series champion, in the No. 78 Toyota, and he took the checkered after two straight runner-up finishes. Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday to help Toyota sweep the weekend. Kyle Larson was second Sunday, followed by Busch and Harvick. Brad Keselowski was fifth.

Hunter-Reay races to 1st Indy-Car win since 2015

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay won his first Indy-Car race since 2015, prevailing at Belle Isle after teammate Alexander Rossi slid off the track at a turn with about seven laps to go. Rossi, the pole winner, was struggling to hold off Hunter-Reay before the mishap at a right turn on lap 64 of 70. From there, it was smooth sailing for Hunter-Reay on the 2.35-mile street course. He finished more than 11 seconds ahead of second-place Will Power. Ed Jones finished third, followed by Scott Dixon. Rossi fell to 12th and dropped out of the series points lead. Power, the Indianapolis 500 champion, returned to the top of the season standings. He’d fallen from first to third after Saturday’s race, in which Dixon outlasted Hunter-Reay for the win. The second half of Belle Isle’s Indy Car doubleheader was Sunday, and Hunter-Reay earned his 17th career win. It was the 59th for Andretti Autosport.

Detroit race delayed after GM executive crashes pace car

DETROIT (AP) — The start of an IndyCar race in Detroit was delayed when the General Motors executive driving the pace car crashed into a wall. No one was seriously injured in the crash Sunday. It delayed the race about 30 minutes. Mark Reuss was driving when the Corvette spun and crashed during a pace lap just before the race’s scheduled start time. Team Chevy blamed the weather and track conditions. The Detroit News reports that Reuss got out of the car to assess the damage after the crash. He’s a product development chief for GM, which is based in Detroit. A manager with IndyCar, Mark Sandy, was a passenger.

Bare-knuckle boxing makes a bloody return in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The first ever state-sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing match got a bloody ending Saturday night — and a big response from a raucous crowd. Arnold Adams, a 32-year-old MMA heavyweight, pounded ex-UFC fighter D.J. Linderman’s face into a bloody mess in front of 2,000 rowdy fans at a hockey rink that usually hosts birthday parties and skating lessons in Wyoming’s capital. Tens of thousands more tuned in for the pay-per-view event, which featured 10 bouts, including four heavyweight fights in a tournament format. Fans were lined up outside the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center more than an hour before the first major bareknuckle event in the U.S. since 1889. The quickest knockout occurred when Sam Shewmaker used one punch, an overhand right, to send Eric Prindle to the canvas 18 seconds into their heavyweight bout. Shewmaker has been an amateur boxer for years, and when he heard about the Wyoming event, he tried out and earned a chance to compete. “I never dreamed that it would be legal to be able to do this,” he said. “I’ve been in plenty of illegal bare-knuckle fights. I mean growing up where I did, in the area I did, it’s kinda rough, but people are gentlemen about it, too. You can fight, you get up, you’re done, you shake hands and you go get a beer.”



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