In Brief


GOLF

Wilson's last-hole birdie wins Humana Challenge

Mark Wilson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Humana Challenge on Sunday in La Quinta, Calif., beating Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner by two strokes in a dramatic dusk finish to the wind-delayed tournament.

Moments after Garrigus barely missed a 35-foot eagle putt that would have given him the lead, Wilson coolly made his birdie try in the disappearing light, calmly celebrating his fifth career PGA Tour victory.

Wilson led by three strokes Sunday morning after finishing his third round, which was delayed by ferocious wind Saturday. Wilson quickly gave away the lead on the low-scoring Palmer Private course, but played bogey-free over the final 15 holes while every other competitor dropped back.

Wilson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 24-under 264. Wagner, the Sony Open winner last week in Hawaii, shot 65, Mallinger had a 66, and Garrigus a 68.

Dan Forsman won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship for his third Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions for a two-stroke victory over Jay Don Blake in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

The 53-year-old Forsman, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished at 15-under 201 total. Blake (67) finished at 203.

South African Branden Grace beat his more experienced countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff to win the Volvo Golf Champions in George, South Africa. The three players finished the final round tied at 12-under 280.

Grace birdied the first playoff hole at The Links at Fancourt -- the par-5 18th -- to earn his second consecutive victory on the European Tour, having won last week's Joburg Open. Both Els and Goosen parred the hole.

MISCELLANEOUS

Gorman's Scoggins will play football for Lobos

Bishop Gorman High School senior offensive guard Ron Scoggins made an oral commitment to New Mexico's football program late Sunday after returning from his official visit, choosing the Lobos over scholarship offers from UNLV, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 315-pound Scoggins was a first-team all-state pick as a senior, helping Gorman (16-1) win its third straight Class 4A state title.

"Just getting to see Albuquerque for the first time, it reminds me of Las Vegas without the Strip," Scoggins said. "On one side, there's the city life, and on one side, the mountains. It's the best of both worlds."

Also: Manchester City scored a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham, leaving Manchester United as its only likely rival for the English Premier League title.

Third-place Tottenham rallied from 2-0 down to tie the score. But Jermain Defoe missed an injury-time chance for Tottenham, and Mario Balotelli won the game for City with a penalty kick.

Defending champion United is three behind City in second place after a 2-1 win at Arsenal.

The Wranglers lost to the Stockton Thunder 4-2 in an ECHL game at Stockton, Calif.

Las Vegas (25-13-4) trailed 2-0 nine minutes in and got no closer than one goal the rest of the way. Sean Wiles and Eric Lampe scored for the Wranglers.

The UNLV women's tennis team, ranked 36th, beat Weber State 7-0 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Rebels (3-0) won all three doubles matches for the first point, then swept through the six singles matches.

Aleksandra Josifoska led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Annika Karlsen at No. 1 singles.

Auburn football coach Gene Chizik hired former Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to run his offense.

 

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