National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2017-02-19T10:47:04Z National Sports Rumford wins first World Super 6 golf title in final shootout Hometown hero Brett Rumford nailed his final drive to beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday and claim back his European Tour card. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old Australian put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three rounds of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. The final was all square until the fourth hole when Rumford somehow got himself out of the trees, over a bunker and onto the green with a brilliant second shot before sinking a 10-foot putt to take the lead. Rumford beats Khongwatmai in Super 6 matchplay final Australia's Brett Rumford captured his sixth European Tour title with a historic victory over Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai in the final of the inaugural World Super 6 Perth on Sunday. Rumford, who dominated the field by five shots after 54 holes of strokeplay, won four match play rounds of the revolutionary new European Tour format to claim victory. It was Rumford's first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open. Golf-European Tour World Super 6 scores Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour World Super 6 at the par-72 course on Saturday in Perth 1. Brett Rumford (Australia) 2. Phachara Khongwatmai (Thailand) 3. Adam Bland (Australia) 4. Jason Scrivener (Australia) 5. Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 6. Steven Jeffress (Australia) 7. Matthew Millar (Australia) 8. Wade Ormsby (Australia) 9. Johannes Veerman (U.S.) 9. David Bransdon (Australia) 9. Jake Higginbottom (Australia) 9. Nick Cullen (Australia) 9. Adam Blyth (Australia) 9. Lucas Herbert (Australia) 9. Austin Connelly (Canada) 9. Hideto Tanihara (Japan) 17. ... Golf-Rumford wins first World Super 6 title in final shootout Australian Brett Rumford beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai two and one in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday. Despite the innovative format, the 39-year-old local put together what was effectively a wire-to-wire victory at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, having finished the first three days of strokeplay with a five-shot lead. Rumford hit his tee shot to within three feet of the flag on the par-three fifth hole of the final, while Phachara hit the greenside bunker and had no luck putting his way out. South Korea's Jang wins Australian Open South Korea's Jang Ha-Na stormed to a three-shot victory in the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide with a blistering eagle-birdie finish on Sunday. The world number six claimed her fourth LPGA tournament win with a sensational flourish to her final round. Jang, 24, conjured a remarkable finish with an eagle from long range at the 17th followed by a brilliant birdie at the 18th to reach 10-under 282. Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contest Glenn Robinson scored a perfect 50 on his final dunk to capture the NBA All Star Game's slam dunk title after leaping over three people for a dynamic two-handed reverse jam. Indiana Pacers forward Robinson jumped over teammate Paul George, the club's mascot and a Pacer cheerleader to easily win the contest over Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones. The Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds. Robinson lights up All-Star Weekend with sizzling slam dunk (The Sports Xchange) - Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III won the Slam Dunk title over Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. on Saturday night by leaping over teammate Paul George, the Pacers mascot and a Pacers dance team member for a reverse slam that merited a perfect 50 in the final round. In the final round of the crowd-pleasing event on All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Robinson faced off against the Phoenix rookie, who advanced from the four original competitors. The Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Magic's Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds. Johnson leads at Riviera, edges toward number one Dustin Johnson edged closer to golf's world number one ranking, firing a five-under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the weather-hit Genesis Open. The US Open champion, who could jump from number three in the world to number one with a long sought victory at Riviera Country Club, had a 36-hole total of 10-under par 132. It was a further two strokes back to Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas and Americans Patrick Rodgers and J.T. Poston on 135. Golf: Johnson takes Riviera lead, closes in on top world ranking (Reuters) - Long-hitting Dustin Johnson closed in on the world number one ranking when he took the second-round lead at the weather-plagued Genesis Open on Saturday. Johnson overcame some errant iron shots mid-round, storming home with three birdies in the final four holes for a five-under-par 66 on the damp and unusually lush Riviera course. The U.S. Open champion posted a 10-under 132 halfway total in the event formerly known as the Los Angeles Open, one stroke better than fellow Americans Pat Perez (66) and Cameron Tringale (64). Golf-Johnson takes Riviera lead, closes in on top world ranking Long-hitting Dustin Johnson closed in on the world number one ranking when he took the second-round lead at the weather-plagued Genesis Open on Saturday. Johnson overcame some errant iron shots mid-round, storming home with three birdies in the final four holes for a five-under-par 66 on the damp and unusually lush Riviera course. The U.S. Open champion posted a 10-under 132 halfway total in the event formerly known as the Los Angeles Open, one stroke better than fellow Americans Pat Perez (66) and Cameron Tringale (64). McGrady, Moncrief, Webber among 14 NBA Hall of Fame finalists New York (AFP) - Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief and five-time All-Star Chris Webber were among 14 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named Saturday. Biyombo, Mudiay on Africa team for Johannesburg game The NBA's second game in Africa, a matchup of African talent against a global lineup, will be staged August 5 in Johannesburg, the NBA and its players union announced Saturday. Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will play for Team Africa against a Team World squad that will include Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum. Golf club brings Trump brand to glitzy Dubai The American president's businessman sons opened the Trump International Golf Club Saturday as Dubai hosted the first foreign launch of a venue bearing Donald Trump's name since he took office. The Trump International Golf Club, developed in the glitzy Gulf city state by luxury real estate firm DAMAC Properties, was inaugurated by the billionaire's sons Eric and Donald Jr. The event marks the Trump Organization's first public overseas launch since the president's January 20 inauguration. Basketball: Webber, McGrady lead Hall of Fame finalists (Reuters) - Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber and former league scoring champion Tracy McGrady are among 14 finalists for this year's Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class. The finalists, who include four former NBA players and seven coaches, were announced on Saturday in New Orleans. Webber averaged more than 20 points for nine consecutive seasons in a 15-year career with five NBA teams. McGrady led league scorers in 2003 and 2004 and earned all-star honors seven times. He averaged 19.6 points in 15 NBA seasons. ... Trump sons open Dubai golf course, praise U.S. ally U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were guests of honor at the opening of a Trump-branded golf course in Dubai on Saturday, the first Trump property project launched since their father's inauguration. Speaking on a stage in front of the clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, Donald Trump Jr. praised the development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a close U.S. ally that is also a global trade, transport and tourism hub. "To see the incredible vision Sheikh Mohammed has been able to put forward for this country is truly awe-inspiring," he said, referring to UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. Golf: Home hero Rumford claims top seeding at Perth Local favorite Brett Rumford shot a four-under-par 68 in the third round of the inaugural World Super 6 in Perth to claim the top seeding for Sunday's final round match play knockout. The Australian hit seven birdies, one bogeys and one double-bogey at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club to move to 17-under and ensure a place in the last 16 on the final day along with seven others players. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who hit a brilliant eagle at the par-four 13, was also among the top eight after shooting a 67 to join Jason Scrivener, Austin Connelly, Adam Blyth, Lucas Herbert and Steven Jeffress at 12-under after 54 holes. Golf-European Tour World Super 6 scores Feb 18 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour World Super 6 at the par-72 course on Saturday in Perth -17 Brett Rumford (Australia) 66 65 68 -12 Steven Jeffress (Australia) 68 66 70 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 68 67 Adam Blyth (Australia) 67 69 68 Jason Scrivener (Australia) 67 71 66 Lucas Herbert (Australia) 67 68 69 Austin Connelly (Canada) 69 69 66 -11 Johannes Veerman (U.S. ... Cuba says United States has deported 117 Cuban migrants since policy shift Cuba said on Friday the United States had deported 117 migrants back to the island nation since ending its policy granting automatic residency to almost every Cuban who reached U.S. soil as part of the normalization of relations. Former U.S. President Barack Obama repealed the special immigration policy for Cubans days before turning the White House over to Donald Trump. Murray powers World over US in Rising Stars Challenge Canada's Jamal Murray made three straight from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to power the World team to a 150-141 win over the US squad in the Rising Stars Challenge game. Murray, who plays for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, scored 27 of his team-high 36 points in the second half at the Smoothie King Center arena. The international team was also led by New Orleans Pelicans guard Buddy Hield, a native of the Bahamas, who had 28 points, and New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis, a native of Latvia, who added 24. Jets star Revis turns himself over to police New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turned himself in to police after being charged with five counts including making terroristic threats in connection with an alleged street fight. Revis declined to answer questions from reporters as he arrived at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building with his lawyer Blaine Jones. New York Jets' Darrelle Revis turns self in on assault charges New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turned himself in to police on Friday after police in Pennsylvania issued an arrest warrant over a confrontation he had with a group of men in Pittsburgh last weekend, according to local media footage. Revis, 31, did not speak as he entered Pittsburgh Municipal Court around 7:30 p.m. local time, according to a recording published online by local broadcaster WTAE. Revis, until recently considered one of the best defensive players in the National Football League, faces charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said in an email. Spurs' Gasol elected to Players' Association executive board (Reuters) - Six-times NBA All-Star Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs claimed another honor on Friday when he was elected to the National Basketball Players Association's executive committee. Gasol was voted in during the union's annual All-Star meeting of the board of player representatives in New Orleans. “With the number of international players in our game continuing to grow, it’s very important for us to make sure that their interests are represented on our Executive Committee,” said the union's executive director Michele Roberts. Knicks legend Oakley joins 3-on-3 basketball league Charles Oakley, the former NBA star arrested and ejected from Madison Square Garden last week, was named Friday as a player-coach in a new 3-on-3 basketball league debuting in June. Retired New York Knicks legend Oakley will join former NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s of the Big3, which opens its eight-team inaugural season on June 24. Vegas ties lead as Spieth makes moves at rainy Riviera (Reuters) - Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela battled through 14 wet and windy holes on Friday to tie for the lead as Jordan Spieth made a move before second-round play was suspended for the day at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Vegas, one of 48 players who returned early Friday morning to the famed Riviera layout to complete the first round, shot a four-under 67 and then was three-under with four to go when play was halted with continued heavy rain and high winds forecast as the area experienced one of its strongest storms in years. "I tried to stay super patient," Vegas told Golf Channel. Patriots receiver Floyd jailed for drunk driving New England Patriots receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and is serving a jail sentence in Arizona related to an arrest last December. Floyd had faced seven charges in all from the December 12 incident in Scottsdale, Arizona, but six others were dropped Thursday when he entered a guilty plea and began serving his sentence, according to court documents. After being apprehended with a blood-alcohol level of .217, Floyd will spend 24 days in the county jail, serve another 96 days of house arrest, complete 30 hours of community service, attend alcohol abuse classes and pay a fine of $5,115. Storm halts PGA play for day at Riviera Wild wind and rain lashing Riviera Country Club halted Jhonattan Vegas's charge at the US PGA Genesis Open, where the second round was stopped Friday as a storm moved in. Play was suspended for the day not long after gusting wind brought down part of a eucalyptus tree on the rain-soaked course. Vegas coped admirably with the deteriorating conditions, piling up four birdies before a bogey at the par-five 11th that left him at seven-under through 14 holes and tied atop the leaderboard with Sam Saunders -- the first-round leader who never teed off on Friday. Westbrook-Durant drama sparks All-Star tensions Once and future NBA teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played down the drama Friday of hard feelings over Durant leaving behind Oklahoma City and Westbrook to play for Golden State. Players gathered in New Orleans for interviews to hype Sunday's 66th NBA All-Star Game, in which ex-teammates Durant and Westbrook will be reunited on the Western Conference team as it faces the Eastern Conference elite. Chargers blocker Dunlap arrested over domestic disturbance Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle King Dunlap was free on bond Friday after being arrested at a woman's house on suspicion of violating a protective order. Dunlap told police after the arrest that he was aware of the protective order and was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond. "This event was a misunderstanding between the parties as to what was allowed under the order," Dunlap's lawyer, Worrick Robinson, told WKRN television. Green clarifies 'slave master mentality' remark Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green backed off his comment Friday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan used "slave master mentality" toward former Knicks legend Charles Oakley. Green said remarks on his Tuesday "Dray Day" podcast "came off the wrong way" in criticizing Dolan for his role after Oakley's arrest led to him being banned from Madison Square Garden. "I never said James Dolan has a slave master mentality," Green told ESPN Radio. Ventura toxicology report treated as private (Reuters) - The toxicology report on Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura following his fatal car crash will be released only to his family and attorneys, leaving the Major League Baseball (MLB) club wondering if they are obligated to pay the rest of his contract. Dominicans authorities told the Kansas City Star on Thursday that the toxicology report is not considered a public document. “Autopsies are performed by law to any person who has died violently,” Tessie Sanchez, spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general's office wrote in Spanish in a text message to The Star. Tongan-heritage blocker Silatolu signs with Carolina Panthers Amini Silatolu, an offensive guard of Tongan heritage, signed a one-year contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Friday, marking his second stint with the club. The 28-year-old blocker played for Carolina from 2012 into 2015, but he suffered a torn right knee ligament in October 2015 and missed the remainder of the Panthers' season, including their loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50 last year. Silatolu, whose parents left Tonga in 1985 for the San Francisco area where Amini was born, signed with the Chicago Bears last year but was released before the season began. Aussie basketball top pick Simmons set for key exam on foot injury Australian playmaker Ben Simmons, the top pick in last year's NBA Draft, will have his broken right foot examined next Thursday in New York to see when he might finally be able to make his NBA debut. On January 23, doctors examined a CT scan and found an inner portion of the bone had not mended, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report citing unnamed sources, which also said Simmons would be looked at next week at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Ben's long-term health remains our primary concern," 76ers president Bryan Colangelo said. Warrant issued for New York Jets' Darrelle Revis on assault charges Police in Pennsylvania have issued an arrest warrant for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on assault and other charges stemming from a confrontation with a group of men in Pittsburgh last weekend, authorities said on Friday. Revis, 31, until recently considered one of the best defensive players in the National Football League, faces charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said in an email. As of late Thursday, before the warrant was issued, Revis had not been taken into custody, his lawyer Blaine Jones said, adding that his client would turn himself if a warrant was issued. Golf: Rumford holds on to lead at Super 6 event in Perth Brett Rumford held on to the lead at the inaugural World Super 6 golf tournament in Perth on Friday, taking a two-stroke advantage into the weekend. Rumford, a native of Perth, rolled in eight birdies, including five straight from the sixth hole, and a lone bogey to finish his round at a seven-under-par 65. David Bransdon fired a 64 to come in at 11 under, a stroke ahead of Steven Jeffress at third. Golf-Rumford holds on to lead at Super 6 event in Perth (Corrects Rumford score on Friday to 65, not 63.) PERTH, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Brett Rumford held on to the lead at the inaugural World Super 6 golf tournament in Perth on Friday, taking a two-stroke advantage into the weekend. Rumford, a native of Perth, rolled in eight birdies, including five straight from the sixth hole, and a lone bogey to finish his round at a seven-under-par 65. David Bransdon fired a 64 to come in at 11 under, a stroke ahead of Steven Jeffress at third. Golf-European Tour World Super 6 scores Feb 17 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour World Super 6 at the par-72 course on Friday in Perth. The cut was set at 142. -13 Brett Rumford (Australia) 66 65 -11 David Bransdon (Australia) 69 64 -10 Steven Jeffress (Australia) 68 66 -9 Lucas Herbert (Australia) 67 68 Johannes Veerman (U.S.) 67 68 -8 Matthew Millar (Australia) 71 65 Adam Blyth (Australia) 67 69 Sebastian Heisele (Germany) 67 69 Daniel Fox (Australia) 67 69 -7 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 70 67 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 68 Ryan Fox (New Zealand) 69 68 Ryan Evans (Britain) 69 68 Casey O'Toole (U.S. ... Wizards rout Pacers while Bulls edge Celtics With a host of scoring threats, the Washington Wizards have become one of the NBA's hottest teams, showing their scoring depth in a 111-98 rout of struggling Indiana. Otto Porter Jr on Thursday had 25 points and eight rebounds, Markieff Morris added 21 points and seven rebounds, all-star John Wall contributed 20 points and 12 assists while Bradley Beal had 19 points as the Wizards led all the way. "We have a lot of threats and it's hard to key on any one guy," Beal said. Saunders takes two-shot lead at PGA Riviera Sam Saunders, grandson of golf great Arnold Palmer, got off to a strong start at Riviera Country Club where he's in search of a first US PGA Tour title. Saunders on Thursday fired seven birdies in a seven-under-par 64 to seize a two-stroke lead over US Open champion Dustin Johnson and four other players in a round delayed by fog and halted by darkness. World number three Johnson, who has a chance to topple Australian Jason Day from the top of the rankings with a win this week, had six birdies and a bogey in his 66. Jets cornerback Revis faces criminal charges New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is expected to be charged with criminal violations related to a Sunday street altercation in Pittsburgh that left him injured, the city's Department of Public Safety announced. Police on Thursday said charges pending include terroristic threats, robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault. ESPN reported that Blaine Jones, Revis' attorney, has been told by Pittsburgh police that the NFL standout will be charged, with an arrest warrant to be issued and Revis placing himself in police custody. Johnson, chasing top ranking, two off Riviera lead (Reuters) - Big-hitting Dustin Johnson made a strong start in his bid to claim the world number one ranking this week by firing a five-under 66 that left him two shots off leader Sam Saunders on the opening day of the weather-interrupted Genesis Open. Reigning U.S. Open champion Johnson, who can claim the top ranking with a win should incumbent Jason Day tie for third or worse, made six birdies and one bogey to tie for second behind Saunders on the classic Riviera layout in Los Angeles. Saunders, grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, made seven birdies in a bogey-free 64 as he seeks his maiden PGA Tour win in his 79th start. WRHL 2017-02-19T15:47:04Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495