Colorado teenager to swim seven events at Olympics
OMAHA, Neb. – Missy Franklin of Colorado will become the first American female to swim seven events at the Olympics.
The 17-year-old Franklin, a senior at Regis Jesuit High School, locked up her fourth individual event with a dominating win in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic trials.
She touched in 2 minutes, 06.12 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year and nearly 1˝seconds ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Beisel, who secured the second spot in London at 2:07.58.
Franklinalready had earned spots in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. She’s also assured of swimming on all three relays.
The 200 back is Franklin’s best event. She’s the defending world champion and heads to London as the overwhelming favorite in that race.
Senior Players Championship: Daley’s first Champions win
PITTSBURGH – Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.
The 51-year-old Daley, winless in his brief PGA Tour career, had a 14-under 266 total at Fox Chapel.
He earned $405,000 and full Champions Tour status for a calendar year.
Lehman finished with a 69. He was trying to win his second consecutive Champions Tour major after taking the Regions Traditions in his previous start.
Olin Browne was third at 11 under after a 65.
Mark Calcavecchia, tied with Daley for the third-round lead, had a 72 to match 2011 winner Fred Couples at 10 under. Couples finished with a 71.
Daley capped the victory with a 15-foot putt on the final hole for his tournament-high 24th birdie.
Couples, fighting chronic back problems all weekend, bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 to drop out of contention.
Lehman also faltered late in the 90-plus-degree heat, bogeying three of the final six holes.
Ai Miyazato overcomes five-shot deficit in Arkansas
ROGERS, Ark. – Ai Miyazato shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to overcome a five-shot deficit and win the NW Arkansas Championship for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year.
The Japanese star made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to reach 12 under for the tournament, and her ninth career LPGA Tour victory was secured when Mika Miyazato missed a 15-foot birdie attempt on No. 18.
Ai Miyazato had seven birdies and one bogey in the final round to finish a stroke ahead of Mika Miyazato and Azahara Munoz.
Mika Miyazato had a 67, and Munoz closed with a 65.
Veronica Felibert, the rookie from Venezuela who opened the day with a four-shot lead, shot a 72 to tie for fourth at 10 under.
Donaldson captures first title at Irish Open
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Jamie Donaldson of Wales won his first European Tour title by shooting a 6-under 66 to clinch a four-stroke victory at the Irish Open on Sunday.
Beginning the fourth round with a one-shot lead, Donaldson birdied five of his last seven holes to shoot a fourth consecutive round in the 60s to total 18-under 270 and end an 11-year trophy drought that covered 255 tournaments.
Avs sign forward Parenteau to four-year package
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche signed forward P.A. Parenteau to a four-year deal.
The 29-year-old recorded a career-high 67 points in 80 games with the New York Islanders last season.Parenteau began his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006.
He played for the New York Rangers during the 2009-10 season before signing as a free agent with the Islanders in July 2010.