Green edges Goosen, wins Canadian Open

Nathan Green won the Canadian Open on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory, beating Retief Goosen with a par on the second hole of a playoff in the rain-delayed tournament.

After Green missed a 12-foot birdie attempt on the par-4 17th, Goosen’s 8-foot par try slid right, ending the first Monday finish in the national championship since 1988.

In sunny conditions, Green completed a third-round 69 with an eagle on 18 and shot a 68 in the fourth round at saturated Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. Goosen three-putted the 18th for par and a 67 in the morning, then eagled it in the afternoon for a 69.


Formula One’s Massa recovering from crash

Formula One driver Felipe Massa was awake and talking to family members, making significant improvement after his high-speed crash two days earlier.

The chief surgeon at AEK hospital in Budapest, Hungary, said Massa is now breathing unassisted and moving his limbs. In addition, a drain from his skull wound was removed.

Also: NASCAR accused Jeremy Mayfield of lying to a federal court about the chronology of a second random drug test, offering to provide an audio tape of the conversation in which Mayfield was told to submit a sample. The driver says the telephone call went to voicemail.

The accusation came in court filings that ask U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to lift the July 1 injunction he granted Mayfield so he could return to racing.

Allstate Corp. is ending its sponsorship of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard following a five-year sponsorship run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Police: Forrest traded gunfire with robbers

Former boxing champion Vernon Forrest exchanged gunfire with robbery suspects before being shot to death, Atlanta police said.

The 38-year-old former two-division champion, who gained notoriety when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley, was killed Saturday night. Investigators believe between 20 and 24 shots were fired from two guns, said Lt. Keith Meadows.

Also: UNLV sophomore linebacker Bryce Saldi continues to improve in the intensive care unit of Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California after suffering serious injuries during a skateboarding accident on July 3.

Maria Sharapova shook off inconsistent play to beat Ai Sugiyama, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1, in the first round of the $700,000 WTA Premier Bank of the West Classic.

The 62nd-ranked Sharapova, working her way back from right shoulder surgery, avoided losing her first match in a tournament since Oct. 8, 2007, in Moscow to Victoria Azarenka. She has not lost a first round match since Aug. 11, 2003.

Marat Safin, the No. 8 seed in the 28-player L.A. Tennis Open field, beat Pete Sampras in an exhibition rematch of their 2000 U.S. Open final, which Safin won.

Safin won the exhibition 10-6 in a tiebreaker after they had split two sets. The Russian had said he wanted the match to be “all about fun.”

Rick Bryan, an All-America defensive end at Oklahoma who played his entire 10-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons, died of congestive heart failure Saturday in Coweta, Okla. He was 47.

Soccer star Ronaldo will be sidelined at least a month after breaking his hand in a league match over the weekend.

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