Catch-up With Weekend Sports
Tiger Woods seemingly rolled back the clock. But it only lasted half a day. In the final round of the British Open, Woods had surged into the lead with nine holes to play. After four back surgeries, so many disappointments and then a few solid finishes this season, maybe it was time for him to be Tiger again.
But a double-bogey on the 11th hole undid much of the good, dropping him from first to fifth, and he played the last eight holes in 2 over, winding up in a tie for sixth. Still, the excitement engendered was reminiscent of a decade ago. “I had a chance starting that back nine to do something, and I didn’t do it,” Woods said.
Ultimately, the day (and tournament) belonged to Francesco Molinari, who became the first Italian to win a major championship. He finished at 8 under, two shots ahead of a foursome that tied for second. “I’m lost for words really. Incredible to do something like this, and very proud of what I’ve done,” Molinari said.
Chris Sale struck out nine over six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1 on Sunday to become the first team this season to win 70 games. … Matt Kemp homered twice as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-2. … Zach Greinke struck out 13 and allowed one run on two hits over eight innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who was about to enter his third season as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line coach, died from heart disease complications Sunday. He was 56. … Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who hadn’t played a snap this season for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, was traded to the Montreal Alouettes. The Als (1-4) are struggling badly and the trade reunites Manziel with coach Mike Sherman, who had recruited him at Texas A&M.
Kevin Harvick applied a bit of a nudge to Kyle Busch with seven laps remaining and held on to win on Saturday night’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire. … Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix to retake the Formula 1 championship lead. … Junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia won a unanimous decision on Saturday against the former 154-pound champ, Liam “Beefy” Smith, in Las Vegas. Muguia knocked Smith down in the sixth round.