Sabbatini wins Byron Nelson Championship

The Associated PressMay 25, 2009 

Rory Sabbatini won the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 to break the tournament scoring record and hold off late-charging Brian Davis by two strokes.

"Obviously this tournament is very special," Sabbatini said. "It's one that I wish I had been able to win it and look up and see Byron sitting there at the 18th green. ... What a wonderful name to be associated with now."

Sabbatini finished at 19-under 261 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas to break the tournament mark of 18 under set by Loren Roberts and playoff loser Steve Pate in 1999 -- when the Cottonwood Valley course also was used the first two days.

Sabbatini, a South African based in nearby Fort Worth, earned $1.17 million for his first victory since the 2007 Colonial in Fort Worth.

Davis shot a bogey-free 64 to finish second. D.A. Points (65) was 16 under for his career-best finish of third. Scott McCarron (62) and Dustin Johnson (66) tied for fourth at 15 under.

Allen wins in Senior Tour debut

Michael Allen ended his long victory drought with two late birdies, shooting a 3-under 67 to hold off Larry Mize by two shots at the Senior PGA Championship in Beachwood, Ohio -- the first Champions Tour major of the season.

Winless in two decades on the PGA Tour, Allen won in his senior debut. He opened with rounds of 74, 66 and 67 and finished at 6-under 274 on the Canterbury course.

Bruce Fleisher (67) was third at 3 under. Tom Watson had the low round of the day - a 66 - to finish fourth at even par.

LPGA Corning Classic: Taiwan's Yani Tseng won the final of the LPGA event in Corning, N.Y., when South Korea's Soo-Yun Kang missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole.

The 20-year-old Tseng, the 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship and LPGA rookie of the year, closed with a 5-under 67 for a 21-under 267 total, a stroke ahead of Kang (69) and Paula Creamer (65). Tseng opened with rounds of 68 and 70 and matched the Corning Country Club record with a 62 on Saturday.Michelle Wie (67) tied for 26th at 13 under.

BMW PGA Championship: Paul Casey won in Virginia Water, England, for his third victory of the year and the No. 3 spot in the world ranking, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over English countryman Ross Fisher.

David Beckham was among 24 players picked Sunday for England's roster for World Cup qualifiers next month, and Gary Neville received a surprise recall for the games against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

Beckham, on loan to AC Milan from Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, has 17 goals in 110 international appearances. The 34-year-old midfielder hopes to play at next year's World Cup, where he could break goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record of 125 games for England.

Newcastle relegated: One-time Newcastle great Alan Shearer failed to keep the club in the Premier League after it lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on Sunday and was relegated along with West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough.

Torres wins 50 free at Texas meet

Dara Torres won the 50-meter freestyle at the Texas Senior Circuit No. 2 meet at Texas A&M in College Station on Sunday night.

The 42-year-old Torres, who won a silver medal in the event in Beijing last summer, breezed to victory in the final in 24.62 seconds, improving on her time of 24.73 seconds from the morning preliminaries.

Leonardo Bertagnolli has won the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia with a long breakaway Sunday, while Denis Menchov held onto the overall leader's pink jersey.

Bertagnolli, an Italian with the Diquigiovanni team, finished in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 34 seconds over the 100-mile leg from Forli to Faenza in hot weather.

Serge Pauwels of Belgium finished 54 seconds behind, and Marco Pinotti of Italy was third with the same time.

Over and over and over again Sunday, Lleyton Hewitt's opponent in the French Open's first round, the 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, smacked aces from on high, finishing with a tournament-record 55. Those easy points helped Karlovic take the first two sets.

There were straight-set wins for defending champion Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray and Marat Safin and straight-set exits for 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio and two-time major winner Amelie Mauresmo.

Miami Dolphins defensive end Randy Starks has been charged with using his truck to hit a police officer who tried to stop the vehicle on foot.

The officer wasn't injured, but Starks was charged with aggravated battery.

Jenson Button has won the Monaco Grand Prix to stretch out his Formula One championship lead to 16 points.

Button finished 7.6 seconds in front of Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello for his fifth win of the season. It was the Briton's fourth wire-to-wire victory of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen earned Ferrari its first podium of the season by finishing third at the famed street circuit race.

RailHawks swipe 1-0 win over Austin

The Carolina RailHawks picked up their third straight win on the road Sunday night with a 1-0 win over the host Austin Aztex at Nelson Field, a result that moves Carolina back into sole possession of first place in the USL First Division.

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