Playoff birdie gives Yoo first LPGA major title
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.
Yoo won the LPGA Tour’s first major of the season with steady play down the stretch, but she got to make the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond only after Kim’s mind-boggling miss on the same green minutes earlier.
Yoo and Kim finished at 9 under, but Kim could have all but wrapped up her first major with the tap-in putt.
Kim appeared to strike the ball oddly, and it toured the lip of the cup before coming out on the same side it entered.
Mahan holds off Pettersson to win Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas – Hunter Mahan shot a 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Houston Open, edging Carl Pettersson by one stroke.
Mahan, who won the Match Play Championship in February, is the first two-time champion on the PGA Tour this year. The victory moved Mahan up to No. 4 in the world rankings, the first time he’s ever been the highest-ranked American.
major league baseball
Feud flares when Jimenez drills Tulowitzki in elbow
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez nailed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow Sunday, carrying their feud onto the field and causing the Indians and Colorado Rockies to clear the benches.
Tulowitzki left the exhibition game after being hit in the left elbow by Jimenez’s first pitch. The Rockies star was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative
Jimenez sprang off the mound after hitting Tulowitzki in the first inning, motioning toward him. The benches emptied, but there were no ejections.
Jimenez recently told The Denver Post that he was upset he didn’t receive a contract extension while Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez got new deals. Jimenez was traded by Colorado to the Indians last summer.
Tulowitzki was quoted in the same story as basically saying Jimenez needs to get over his frustration and get on with his career.
major league soccer
Rapids’ Cummings exploits Fire’s defense again
COMMERCE CITY – Omar Cummings scored in the 58th minute to help lead the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
The teams exchanged scoring chances for much of the game until Cummings found himself alone in the slot. Brian Mullan set up Cummings’ second goal of the year. Cummings has six goals in seven games in his career against Chicago.
Kamani Hill added a goal in added time at the end of the game
Matt Pickens earned his second shutout of the year and his 23rd as a member of the Rapids (3-1-0). He trails only Joe Cannon (25) for the career franchise lead.
NASL legend Chinaglia dies after heart attack
ROME – Former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia died of complications from a heart attack Sunday. The Italian soccer great was 65.
Chinaglia died at his home in Naples, Fla., his son, Anthony, said through family friend Charlie Stillitano, who was Chinaglia’s co-host on a Sirius XM radio show.
Chinaglia was the all-time leading scorer in the North American Soccer League after starring with the Italian club Lazio. He scored 262 goals in his eight seasons with the Cosmos that began in 1976.
Chinaglia lived in the U.S. since facing accusations in Rome of involvement in an organized crime group that allegedly tried to buy Lazio in 2006.
Chinaglia played for Italy at the 1974 World Cup.