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Howell beats Rodgers in playoff for first win in 11 years

(Reuters) – An emotional Charles Howell III overcame a disastrous start to his final round to defeat Patrick Rodgers in a playoff and win his first PGA Tour tournament in nearly 12 years at the RSM Classic in Georgia on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Jan 11, 2018; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Charles Howell III tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 10537540 A birdie at the second playoff hole ended…

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Howell defeats Rodgers in playoff for first win in 11 years

FILE PHOTO: Jan 11, 2018; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Charles Howell III tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 10537540 (Reuters) – Charles Howell III birdied the second playoff hole to defeat fellow American Patrick Rodgers and win the RSM Classic in Georgia on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years. Both players had finished 18 holes at 19-under 263 and recorded pars on the first…

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Zverev stuns Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title

LONDON (Reuters) – An inspired Alexander Zverev beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday — the biggest title of the German’s fledgling career. Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 18, 2018 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge The 21-year-old broke serve once in the opening set and three times in the second to pull off a shock victory in a packed 02 Arena…

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Dorsey: Browns haven’t discussed Condi Rice

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey denied the team has discussed interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Browns’ head coaching job on Sunday. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice poses for a portrait while promoting her new book “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” in New York, U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Dorsey issued the statement after a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the team was hoping to interview Rice. “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the…

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Dovizioso wins thrilling MotoGP season finale in Valencia

MotoGP – Valencian Grand Prix – Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain – November 18, 2018 Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso celebrates winning the race on the podium REUTERS/Heino Kalis (Reuters) – Italian Andrea Dovizioso mastered wet conditions in a dramatic two-part race to win the MotoGP season finale at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday. The Ducati rider twice passed Suzuki’s Alex Rins, the long-time leader, before and after a 40-minute red-flag stoppage to record his fourth victory of the season. A crash for seven-times champion Valentino Rossi with five laps…

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Golf: Molinari crowned Race to Dubai champion, Willett wins season finale

(Reuters) – Francesco Molinari clinched the Race to Dubai title after Tommy Fleetwood failed to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where England’s Danny Willett earned his first title in 2-1/2 years on Sunday. Molinari has enjoyed a remarkable season, winning his maiden major championship at the British Open along with his first Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship. Englishman Fleetwood, who needed to win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates to overtake Molinari on the European Tour’s money list, finished with a final-round four-under-par 68 to end…

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Motor racing: F3 driver Floersch fractures spine after huge airborne crash

(Reuters) – Germany’s 17-year-old Formula Three driver Sophia Floersch has sustained a spinal fracture following a huge accident at the Macau Grand Prix, her team said on Sunday. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver lost control into the Lisboa bend before flying over the barriers and into a photographers’ bunker at high speed. “Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,” Floersch wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me. Thanks to…

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NBA notebook: Warriors giving Green ‘time off,’ says Kerr

Golden State forward Draymond Green missed Saturday night’s game at Dallas because of an injured toe, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t sound as if he’s in a hurry to rush him back. Nov 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) attempts to score as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Kerr said Green will be out an undetermined amount of time, according to The Athletic. “We decided to give him…

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Mexican Ancer wins Australian Open by five strokes

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Unheralded Mexican Abraham Ancer ignited his round with a remarkable chip-in before winning the Australian Open by five strokes on Sunday to join a host of golfing greats in lifting the Stonehaven Cup. The world number 96, whose only previous win as a professional came on the Web.com tour in 2015, started the day with a five-shot cushion and a final-round three-under-par 69 proved more than enough for victory on 16-under 272. Australians Dimitrios Papadatos and Jake McLeod made things interesting for the galleries at The Lakes…

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Bryan and Sock out to cap incredible six months

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 14, 2018 Jack Sock and Mike Bryan of the U.S. celebrate winning the men’s doubles final against South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and New Zealand’s Michael Venus REUTERS/Tony O’Brien LONDON (Reuters) – American duo Mike Bryan and Jack Sock have the chance to complete a memorable six months together when they play for the title at the ATP Finals on Sunday. Bryan, who has spent a career accumulating doubles titles with twin brother Bob,…

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