Miyazato wins title, top LPGA ranking

The Associated PressJune 21, 2010 

Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, N.J.

Miyazato, 25, will take over the No. 1 spot in today's rankings after her fourth victory of the season.

Second-round leader M.J. Hur finished second, two shots behind Miyazato. Fellow South Korean Inbee Park, the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion, was a further two shots back.

Suzann Pettersen of Norway, South Korea's Hee-Won Han and Katherine Hull of Australia shared fourth place at 11 under, one shot ahead of Paula Creamer, who had a spectacular return in her first event since surgery on her left thumb in March.

The prize of $225,000 pushed Miyazato's earnings this year to $830,238. She will replace Jiyai Shin of South Korea atop the rankings. Shin has missed the past two tournaments after undergoing an appendectomy.

Fort Smith Classic: Chris Kirk shot a 6-under 64 in the final round to win the Nationwide Tour event Sunday at Fort Smith, Ark.

Kirk finished with a 16-under 264 at the 6,783-yard Hardscrabble Country Club course. He won his first tournament as a professional, took over the top spot on the tour's money list and secured his spot on the PGA Tour next year.

Kirk had to hold off rally by Kyle Thompson, who shot a 63 and finished one shot back.

John Daly (69) finished tied for 22nd at 8 under in his first Nationwide event since 1991. He is from Dardanelle, Ark., and organizers hoped his presence could help the struggling event find a title sponsor.

British amateur: South Korea's Jin Jeong became the first Asian player to win the British Amateur Championship in the competition's 125-year history. Jeong, 20, who plays for Australia's Waverley Golf Club, beat James Byrne of Scotland 5 and 4 in a 36-hole final on Saturday at Muirfield, Scotland.

He secured a place in next month's British Open at St. Andrews and an invitation to the 2011 Masters.

Buckeyes recruit shot

Police say an Ohio State football recruit remained in critical condition Sunday after he was shot multiple times and a 17-year-old girl was killed at a house in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday.

Police say they a suspect is being sought in the shooting of Jamel Turner, a defensive end.

Sun squanders lead but wins

Tina Charles scored 24 points, including the deciding free throws with 1:17 left, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift host Connecticut Sun past the host Phoenix Mercury 96-94 on Sunday after the Sun blew a 21-point third-quarter lead.

Diana Taurasi scored 24 points and Penny Taylor had 23 to lead the defending champion Mercury.

Schleck holds off Armstrong

Lance Armstrong wrapped up his Tour de France preparations by finishing second in the Tour of Luxembourg on Sunday at Liestal, Switzerland, 12 seconds behind Frank Schleck of Luxembourg.

The seven-time Tour de France champion was seventh overall going into the stage but surged into contention by placing 11th in the 16.6-mile time trial, finishing in 33 minutes, 30 seconds to trail stage winner Tony Martin of Germany by 1:09.

Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara finished second in the stage, 17 seconds back, and American David Zabriskie was 29 seconds behind.

Track and field: At Bergen, Norway, Russia won the European Team Championships, helped by the fastest time this year in the women's 1,600-meter relay. Kseniya Zadorina, Natalya Ivanova, Natalya Antyukh and Kseniya Ustalova won in 3:23.76. In the standings, Britain was second and Germany third.

Boxing: At Niagara Falls., N.Y., two-time former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman continued his comeback by scoring a fourth-round technical knockout over Shannon Miller on Saturday.

Knutsen swims to second win

Dagny Knutsen won her second event of the Santa Clara (Calif.) International Grand Prix on Sunday, taking the women's 200 butterfly.

Knutsen, who also won the 200 freestyle, edged high school junior Jasmine Tosky 2:11.33 to 2:11.41.

American Nathan Adrian went 48.83 to win the men's 100 freestyle, Brazil's Henrique Barbosa won the men's 200 backstroke in 2:15.88, three-time Olympian Brian Johns won the men's 200 individual medley in 2:02.06, and David Plummer won the men's 100 backstroke in 55.25.

Olympian Julia Smit won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.82. Australian teenager Yolane Kukla won the women's 50 freestyle in 25.13, and Olympian Liz Beisel won her third event of the meet, swimming 2:10.80 in the 200 backstroke.

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