National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2015-08-30T05:34:22Z National Sports Day wins FedExCup opener The Barclays by six strokes By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Red-hot PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia romped to victory at The Barclays on Sunday, winning the opening event of the lucrative FedExCup Series by a whopping six strokes. World number three Day reeled off eight birdies in a bogey-free final round 62 for a 19-under-par 261 total at Plainfield Country Club for his third victory in his last four starts. A distant second on 13-under was Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who posted a 66. Two strokes further adrift was two-times Masters winner Bubba Watson (69). ... Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta baseball stadium A 60-year-old man plunged headfirst to his death from the upper deck of a baseball stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, brushing past wires holding a protective net, according to police and witnesses. Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell about 40 feet (12 meters) in front of a sellout crowd of 49,000 during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees, raising additional questions to an ongoing debate about baseball stadium safety. The Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a fan, Marty Burns, who saw the man fall, saying, “When they called A-Rod coming to bat, he got all excited, and his momentum took him over (the railing)." The cause of his fall had not been determined but no foul play is suspected, Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said in a statement. Red-hot Day leads Barclays by four strokes after 11 holes EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - PGA Championship winner Jason Day made four birdies in 11 holes to bolt to a four-stroke lead during Sunday's final round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. The Australian, who has won the Canadian Open and the PGA from his three previous starts, was 16-under, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson was in second place at 12-under after 12 holes. Day was six strokes clear of third-placed Americans Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer, who had both completed 12 holes. ... Golf-Red-hot Day leads Barclays by four strokes after 11 holes EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 30 (Reuters) - PGA Championship winner Jason Day made four birdies in 11 holes to bolt to a four-stroke lead during Sunday's final round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. The Australian, who has won the Canadian Open and the PGA from his three previous starts, was 16-under, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson was in second place at 12-under after 12 holes. Day was six strokes clear of third-placed Americans Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer, who had both completed 12 holes. ... Braves honor fan who died in stadium fall The Atlanta Braves paid tribute Sunday to Gregory Murrey, a longtime fan who died after falling from an upper deck in the stands at Turner Field. Murrey, 60, was identified on Sunday morning by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. "The Atlanta Braves are deeply saddened by the loss of Greg Murrey at last night's game," the Major League Baseball team said in a statement following Saturday's incident. Harman fires pair of aces at Barclays Brian Harman fired not one but two holes-in-one on Sunday in the final round of the Barclays, just the third time in US PGA Tour history a player has aced two holes in one round. Harman, who started the day 11 shots off the overnight lead shared by Jason Day and Bae Sang-Moon, jump-started his morning round with a hole-in-one with a seven-iron from 183 yards at the par-three third hole at Plainfield Country Club. According to the PGA Tour, amateur Bill Whedon at the 1955 Insurance City Open and Japan's Yusaku Miyazato at the tournament in Reno in 2006 are the only other players to sign for two aces on an official US PGA Tour scorecard. Harman makes pair of aces at The Barclays Brian Harman never had a hole-in-one in 121 PGA Tour events but at The Barclays on Sunday he made up for lost time by achieving the rare feat of posting a pair of aces during the final round. The American left-hander hit a seven-iron from 183 yards at the third hole, and struck a four-hybrid from 218 yards into the cup on 14 for his second hole-in-one to become only the third player ever to enjoy that double in a PGA Tour event. "That was pretty wild," said Harman, who had five bogeys on his card to shoot 68 and finish at two-under 278. Golf-Harman makes pair of aces at The Barclays Brian Harman never had a hole-in-one in 121 PGA Tour events but at The Barclays on Sunday he made up for lost time by achieving the rare feat of posting a pair of aces during the final round. The American left-hander hit a seven-iron from 183 yards at the third hole, and struck a four-hybrid from 218 yards into the cup on 14 for his second hole-in-one to become only the third player ever to enjoy that double in a PGA Tour event. "That was pretty wild," said Harman, who had five bogeys on his card to shoot 68 and finish at two-under 278. Chargers say Seahawks rookie attacked QB Rivers San Diego offensive linemen have accused Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive lineman Frank Clark of trying to punch Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during a pre-season game. Several Chargers players were angered when team-mate King Dunlap was given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness as he yanked Clark from a pile of players after Rivers had been sacked in the Saturday night contest. Dunlap told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he did not see the incident but said he wanted to protect Rivers after hearing his teammates yelling at Clark. Daly out of hospital after collapsing on course Two-time major winner John Daly was out of hospital on Sunday, a day after collapsing at a local golf event in Mississippi, his agent said. Daly, 49, collapsed on the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club on Saturday and was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he was treated and released, his agent Bud Martin said in a statement. Will Dottley, the professional who was paired with Daly on Saturday, told the Golf Channel that he and Daly were walking off the 18th tee when Daly collapsed. Ernst takes two-shot lead into LPGA final round American Austin Ernst took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Classic on Sunday, seeking a second LPGA title in a marathon final day at the weather-hit event. Ernst completed a bogey-free third-round 68 on the Senator course on Sunday morning to take a two shot lead over Taiwan's Tseng Ya-ni and American Lexi Thompson. Tseng, a former world number one vying for her first title since 2012, carded a one-under 71, while Thompson posted a 69 for 205. Golf-European Tour Czech Masters scores Aug 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Czech Masters at the par-72 course on Sunday in Prague -20 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 66 68 65 69 -17 Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 66 67 67 71 -16 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 66 67 71 68 -14 Robert Dinwiddie (Britain) 69 67 68 70 -11 Roope Kakko (Finland) 67 72 68 70 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 69 67 74 Renato Paratore (Italy) 65 73 70 69 -10 Damien McGrane (Ireland) 69 70 71 68 Gregory Bourdy (France) 70 70 71 67 Eduardo De La Riva (Spain) 65 76 69 68 Craig Lee (Britain) 68 71 69 70 Kristoffer Broberg (Sweden) 67 73 69 69 -9 Sam Hutsby ... Belgium's Pieters wins first EPGA tournament Belgian youngster Thomas Pieters won his first EPGA tournament on Sunday as he surged to a three-shot victory at the Czech Masters. The 23-year-old from Antwerp came into the final day with a one shot lead and kept his nerve down the stretch with a rock solid three under par round of 69 to finish on 20-under and relegate Sweden's Pelle Edberg into second. Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick carded an excellent final round of four under 68 to lie alone in third place, four shots behind the champion. Lynn goes through pain to gain first win over Giants (The Sports Xchange) - Lance Lynn went through the pain barrier to beat the Giants in a regular-season game for the first time on Saturday, shutting out San Francisco on six hits before spraining his right ankle in the eighth inning of a 6-0 victory for the St Louis Cardinals. "It didn't feel good at the beginning," Lynn told reporters of the injury. "It doesn't feel great right now, either, but there's not a ton of swelling, I hear that's a good thing." First baseman Brandon Moss ignited a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff triple and catcher Yadier Molina capped the uprising with a two-RBI single as the Cardinals evened their three-game series with the Giants after a 5-4 loss on Friday. Encarnacion gets NHL tribute in three-homer display The hats were thrown on the field by Blue Jays fans -- the traditional hockey tribute when a player scores three goals -- after Encarnacion hit his third home run of the game and third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning. The three home runs gave him nine RBIs, equaling the club record set in 1977 by third baseman Roy Howell against the New York Yankees. Encarnacion admitted he did not know what the hat throwing meant until reserve catcher Dioner Navarro explained it. Fan dies in fall from upper deck at Braves stadium A man died after falling from an upper deck at the Atlanta Braves' ballpark, the Major League Baseball team said. The fall occurred in the top of the seventh inning of the New York Yankees' 3-1 win over the Braves -- as Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was walking to home plate to bat amid boos from Braves fans. "We have received confirmation that the fan involved in an accident at this evening's game has passed away," the Braves said in a statement issued after the contest. Daly hospitalized after on-course collapse: reports (Reuters) - Two-time major winner John Daly was hospitalized on Saturday after the 49-year-old American collapsed on the course while playing in a minor tournament in Mississippi, according to local media reports. Daly underwent tests at the hospital in Jackson, with his friend Billy Allen telling reporters that the golfer's vital signs were good and doctors were examining him for possible rib and finger injuries. Deerfield club professional Leigh Brannan added that Daly was having trouble breathing on the course during a hot day at the tournament. Falcons ink receiver Jones for reported $71.25 million "We could not be more thrilled to make Julio a Falcon for life," said Arthur Blank, the owner and chairman of the NFL club. "Julio has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL during his career and has already set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jones's deal is worth $71.25 million. Ernst leads by one at weather-hit LPGA event in Alabama (Reuters) - Austin Ernst moved into a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic as darkness forced the suspension of third-round action on another frustrating day for the players in Alabama on Saturday. Second-round leader Yani Tseng is a stroke back, while 2011 champion Lexi Thompson was a further shot adrift, alongside Kim Sei-young, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Julieta Granada. Golf-Ernst leads by one at weather-hit LPGA event in Alabama Austin Ernst moved into a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic as darkness forced the suspension of third-round action on another frustrating day for the players in Alabama on Saturday. Second-round leader Yani Tseng is a stroke back, while 2011 champion Lexi Thompson was a further shot adrift, alongside Kim Sei-young, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Julieta Granada. Ernst edges ahead of Tseng in weather-hit LPGA LPGA players endured a frustrating day at the Senator course as multiple weather delays saw the leaders complete just four holes of the LPGA Classic third round. American Austin Ernst, who started the third round a shot behind 36-hole leader Tseng Ya-ni, had edged ahead through four holes when darkness halted play. Ernst birdied the par-three second hole to pull level with former world number one Tseng, who fell back with a bogey at the par-four fourth. Tackle Williams re-signs with Redskins for reported $66 million Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Washington Redskins reported on Saturday to be worth $66 million. "Happy to announce I will be a Redskin for the next 5 years," the 27-year-old said on Twitter. NFL.com reported the deal makes Williams the highest paid offensive tackle in NFL history. Day, Bae share Barclays lead PGA Champion Jason Day and Bae Sang-Moon jumped on the birdie bandwagon on Saturday, both firing seven-under-par 63 to share the 54-hole lead at the Barclays. Australia's Day, who captured his first major title at Whistling Straits two weeks ago, had six birdies and an eagle with just one bogey as he joined playing partner Bae on 11-under-par 199 at Plainfield Country Club. Day said Bae's hot start -- with birdies at the first, third, fifth and seventh, helped him get going, too. Bae makes charge ahead of military service date By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Bae Sang-moon will soon be making about $130 per month in the South Korean military, but he is making the most of his remaining time on the PGA Tour with a rousing performance at The Barclays on Saturday. Bae fired a seven-under-par 63 to share the third-round lead with PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia in the opening event of the four-tournament FedExCup playoffs, which pay the overall winner a $10 million prize. "It's mandatory in South Korea," Bae, 29, told reporters about his upcoming two-year military service. Golf-Bae makes charge ahead of military service date * Hopes to play Presidents Cup in South Korea * Day continues fine form to share lead * Halfway leader Bubba slips one behind (Adds quotes, details, recasts) By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Bae Sang-moon will soon be making about $130 per month in the South Korean military, but he is making the most of his remaining time on the PGA Tour with a rousing performance at The Barclays on Saturday. Bae fired a seven-under-par 63 to share the third-round lead with PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia in the opening event of the four-tournament FedExCup playoffs, which pay the overall winner a $10 million prize. "It's mandatory in South Korea," Bae, 29, told reporters about his upcoming two-year military service. Golf-Day, Bae share Barclays lead after three rounds By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 29 (Reuters) - PGA Championship winner Jason Day and Bae Sang-moon of South Korea fired matching scores of seven-under 63 in a Saturday shootout to share the third-round lead at The Barclays. Day and Bae stood on 11-under-par 199 after a warm, sunny day at the Donald Ross designed Plainfield Country Club course for a one-stroke lead over second-round leader Bubba Watson, who shot 67. Another shot back at the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs on nine-under 201 were Sweden's Henrik Stenson (67) and Americans Ryan Palmer (65) and British Open champion Zach Johnson, who bogeyed the last for 67. Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic scores Aug 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Barclays Classic at the par-70 course on Saturday in Edison, New Jersey -11 Bae Sang-Moon (Korea) 69 67 63 Jason Day (Australia) 68 68 63 -10 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 65 68 67 -9 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 69 67 65 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 66 67 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 69 65 67 -7 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 67 71 65 Carlos Ortiz (Mexico) 73 68 62 Jason Dufner (U.S.) 66 68 69 Spencer Levin (U.S.) 65 71 67 -6 Russell Knox (Britain) 66 71 67 Bryce Molder (U.S.) 66 71 67 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 69 68 67 -5 Tony Finau (U.S.) 65 69 71 Kevin Na (U.S. ... Pieters moves closer to maiden Tour victory Belgian outsider Thomas Pieters will carry a one shot lead into the final round of the Czech Masters after carding a 54-hole total of 17-under par following a 65 on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who attended the University of Illinois, is chasing his first professional victory with Sweden's overnight leader Pelle Edberg one shot back. Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen is alone in third on 13-under and four back with English pair Matthew Fitzpatrick and Robert Dinwiddie a further stroke adrift. Mariners overcome losses to eke out win over White Sox (The Sports Xchange) - A day of losses concluded with a win for the Seattle Mariners when they beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. Paced by a dominant performance from right-hander Taijuan Walker, the Mariners evened the series at a game apiece despite struggling to convert scoring opportunities into runs for the second straight night. "He shut them down," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Walker. Gregorius shines as Yankees find power to crush Braves (The Sports Xchange) - Shortstop Didi Gregorius went a surprising 4-for-5 with a homer and a career-high six RBIs as the New York Yankees broke out for a 15-4 interleague rout of the Atlanta Braves to remain 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East. "I felt really good," said Gregorius, whose only out was a long drive to center field. "It was big (to get that start) and it probably got our guys relaxed a little bit," manager Joe Girardi said. Strong finish puts Tseng one ahead in Alabama (Reuters) - Taiwan's Yani Tseng produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to seize a one-stroke lead in the weather-disrupted second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama, on Friday. The former world number one covered her final six holes in five under par to shoot a flawless eight-under 64 on the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Tseng struck a six-iron to four feet to set up an eagle at her 17th hole, the par-five eighth, and then had to wait out a 96-minute weather delay due to the threat of lightning before returning to the course to pocket her sixth birdie of the round to post an 10-under total of 134. Golf-Strong finish puts Tseng one ahead in Alabama * Long weather delay unable to halt Tseng charge * Ersnt and Thompson spur each other on to stay in contention (adds Tseng quotes) Aug 28 (Reuters) - Taiwan's Yani Tseng produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to seize a one-stroke lead in the weather-disrupted second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama, on Friday. The former world number one covered her final six holes in five under par to shoot a flawless eight-under 64 on the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Tseng struck a six-iron to four feet to set up an eagle at her 17th hole, the par-five eighth, and then had to wait out a 96-minute weather delay due to the threat of lightning before returning to the course to pocket her sixth birdie of the round to post an 10-under total of 134. Tseng leads at weather-hit LPGA Classic Former world number one Tseng Ya-ni fired an eight-under par 64 on Friday to grab a one-stroke lead in the weather-hit second round of the LPGA Classic. Taiwan's Tseng notched six birdies and an eagle en route to a 10-under par total of 134, one stroke in front of American Austin Ernst who carded a 65 for 135. American Lexi Thompson was in the clubhouse on eight-under 136 after posting a 67, with both Paraguay's Julieta Granada and American Sydnee Michaels at eight-under on the course when darkness halted play. Phenom Finau keeps his irons in the fire at The Barclays By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Tony Finau is the first player of Tongan and American Samoan descent to compete on the PGA Tour and the former fire knife dancer has been able to transfer his skills to a different kind of blade to compete at the highest level. Finau's rise from Salt Lake City poverty to golf's premier tour is the stuff of Disney movie scripts but the strapping rookie is proving more fact than fiction as he stands one shot off the lead halfway through The Barclays. The 25-year-old followed his opening five-under 65 with a 69 on Friday to sit just behind two-times Masters winner Bubba Watson at Plainfield Country Club. Spieth misses Barclays cut to lose No. 1 ranking Jordan Spieth's reign as world number one came to an abrupt end after a missed cut at the Barclays ensured Rory McIlroy would return to top spot. The Masters and US Open champion had toppled McIlroy from the number one ranking two weeks ago with a runner-up finish to Jason Day at the PGA Championship. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was the halfway leader of the $8.25 million tournament, the first leg of the US PGA Tour playoffs. Spieth misses Barclays cut, loses top ranking to McIlroy By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth's initial reign as world number one ended after two weeks when the 22-year-old American missed the cut at The Barclays on Friday. Spieth added a three-over 73 that included a one-stroke penalty for stepping on his ball in a hazard to his opening 74 to finish five shots from the cut, which was set at two over par at Plainfield Country Club. Watson takes one-shot 36-hole lead at The Barclays By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two-times Masters champion Bubba Watson rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to claim a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of The Barclays on Friday, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Watson snapped a five-way tie for the lead with the birdie that gave him a two-under-par 68 at Plainfield Country Club for a seven-under 133 total. Missing the cut and relinquishing his world number one ranking was Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, who posted a three-over 73 for seven-over 147, five shots from the cut which was set at two over par. Golf-Watson takes one-shot 36-hole lead at The Barclays * Late birdie earns Watson outright lead * Spieth misses the cut (Updates after completion of second round) By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Two-times Masters champion Bubba Watson rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to claim a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of The Barclays on Friday, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Watson snapped a five-way tie for the lead with the birdie that gave him a two-under-par 68 at Plainfield Country Club for a seven-under 133 total. Missing the cut and relinquishing his world number one ranking was Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, who posted a three-over 73 for seven-over 147, five shots from the cut which was set at two over par. Presidents Cup must emulate Ryder: Price By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A points change for this year's Presidents Cup is "a move in a positive direction" but long-term the biennial team competition should mirror the format used at the Ryder Cup, says International captain Nick Price. Earlier this week, the PGA Tour announced that the total number of points on offer at the Presidents Cup will be reduced to 30 from 34 for this year's edition in South Korea, much closer to the 28-point tally competed for at the Ryder Cup. Three-times major winner Price, whose 12-man team will take on holders the United States at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Oct. 8-11, has long argued for a reduction in team matches to aid competitive balance. Lakers drop Bryant future hint Los Angeles Lakers president Jim Buss hinted the club would be ready to hold discussions about possibly extending Kobe Bryant's NBA career when the star's current contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season. Buss told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published on Friday that Bryant's history with the Lakers ought to grant him the opportunity to call time on his career on his own terms. "We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of Bryant's possible final season in the NBA. WRHL 2015-08-30T22:34:22Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495