Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke Thursday to set up a title match with Lee Westwood at the World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey. The two Englishmen, who...
Woods beats McIlroy,
loses to Rose in Turkey
Justin Rose beat Tiger Woods by a stroke Thursday to set up a title match with Lee Westwood at the World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey.
The two Englishmen, who played on the victorious European Ryder Cup team, will meet Saturday, with the winner getting $1.5 million and the runner-up $1 million in the eight-player exhibition.
Rose, who holed a sand wedge shot for an eagle at the 14th, finished with a 2-under 69, while Woods was at 70.
Earlier, Woods beat Rory McIlroy by six strokes after shooting a 64.
O’Hern shoots 62
Australia’s Nick O’Hern shot a 9-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over European Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts and Jhonattan Vegas at the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif.
O’Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club.
Colsaerts and Vegas shot 65.
Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 71. Former Husky Troy Kelly had a 73.
Choi, Webb lead LPGA
Defending champion Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 65 at the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for a share of the lead with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb.
Japan’s Mika Miyazato, South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo and 17-year-old Taiwanese amateur Min Lee were a stroke back at 66.
Earnhardt to miss 2 races
A neurosurgeon determined that Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered two concussions in the past six weeks and could not be medically cleared to race. Earnhardt said he will sit out the next two weeks, at Charlotte and Kansas, ending his championship chances.
Hendrick Motorsports tabbed Regan Smith to replace Earnhardt in the No. 88 Chevrolet the next two races. Smith had been scheduled to drive the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing in Saturday night’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and AJ Allmendinger will now drive that car in his first start since his July 7 suspension for failing a random drug test.
Biffle wins pole
Greg Biffle from Vancouver, Wash., won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Biffle turned a track-record lap of 193.708 mph in his No. 16 Ford and will start alongside Mark Martin on the front row for the fifth race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Ryan Newman was third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw qualified 10th.
Armstrong’s former teammates get 6-month bans
Five of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates have accepted six-month doping suspensions, reduced because they provided evidence that helped the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency make the case to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.
George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie all would have received at least two-year sanctions had they not helped USADA with its case. As part of their deals, all agreed not to participate in the Olympics.
Leipheimer’s team provisionally suspended the rider while it reviews the USADA report.
Kentucky lands prep star
Michigan prep standout James Young said he’s going to play at Kentucky. Young is ranked No. 5 on ESPN’s list of top recruits, giving Kentucky three of the top five so far.
Embattled coaches resign
The embattled head coach of U.S. Speedskating, Jae Su Chun, and his assistant, Jun Hyung Cho, have both resigned from the organization. Chun has been accused by a dozen national team members of physical, emotional and verbal abuse.
• The NHL and the players union were back at the bargaining table in New York, hours before pucks were supposed to drop to open the regular season, but once again the sides didn’t address the core economic differences at the center of the league’s lockout that has already lasted 26 days. No plans were made to meet again.
• Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Azarenka beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-1, and Ivanovic defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 6-3.
• Roger Federer of Switzerland assured himself the No. 1 ranking for the 300th week of his career by beating Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters in China.
• Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., won her fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur golf title to match the tournament record, routing Liz Waynick of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6 and 5 in San Antonio.
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