Comeback complete, Europe wins Ryder Cup
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Europe has won the Ryder Cup, completing an historic comeback from a 4-point deficit to beat the United States.
Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker yesterday, and Tiger Woods missed from inside four feet to halve his match with Francesco Molinari. The Europeans finished with 14 ½ points while the Americans had 13 ½.
When Kaymer rolled in the 6-footer to clinch the cup, he threw up his arms in triumph and shook his fists. His teammates, surrounding the green and already on their feet, roared and began grabbing flags and hugging each other , fans — anyone and anything that was in reach.
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, watching from the middle of the fairway, closed his eyes and looked skyward. This was the first Ryder Cup without the late Seve Ballesteros, Europe's greatest player, and Olazabal had repeatedly invoked the memory of his good friend.
It was a brutal loss for the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for only the third time since 1999 after taking a 10-4 lead midway through Saturday afternoon's matches. But the Europeans rallied to win the final two, then built on the lead by winning the first five matches Sunday.
Price gets 20th win as Rays beat White Sox 6-2
CHICAGO (AP) — David Price became Tampa Bay's first 20-game winner, B.J. Upton homered twice and the Rays stayed afloat in the AL wild- card race by beating the fading Chicago White Sox 6-2 yesterday.
Tampa Bay, which began the day three games behind Oakland for the second wild card, won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Rays were eliminated from the AL East earlier yesterday.
Chicago has lost 10 of 12 and moved to the brink of elimination, falling three games behind AL Central-leading Detroit with three games to play. The White Sox held at least a share of the lead from July 24 until Wednesday and had not been third far back since late May.
Chicago's only hope is to sweep three games at Cleveland and have the Tigers lose three at Kansas City, which would force a one-game tiebreaker.
Ventura plans on managing through his contract
CHICAGO (AP) — Robin Ventura made it clear yesterday: The first-year manager plans on being around for the remaining two years on his contract with the Chicago White Sox.
He raised a few eyebrows Saturday when asked if he could ever see himself managing as long as a Walter Alston or Tommy Lasorda. Ventura said he couldn't and was just hoping to get through this season.
He clarified his answer when asked again, saying he plans to be around for two more years if the White Sox want him.
Chicago, in first place for 117 days this season, trailed Detroit by two games in the AL Central before yesterday's play.
Cubs end 7-game losing streak, beat Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Rizzo had three hits, David DeJesus homered and the Chicago Cubs ended a seven-game losing streak, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 yesterday.
The Cubs had lost 18 in a row against NL West opponents.
Chris Rusin (2-3) allowed one earned run and three hits in five innings.
Brian LaHair's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning against Bryan Shaw (1-6) and two other Arizona relievers.
Beltran homers twice as Cardinals beat Nats 10-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals closed in on the NL's second wild-card berth by beating the Washington Nationals 10-4 yesterday.
St. Louis (86-74) reduced its magic number for clinching to two.
Washington (96-63), already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, saw its magic number for clinching the NL East remain at one over second-place Atlanta (93-66).
Lance Lynn (18-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last five appearances.
Zuerlein kicks lead Rams over Seahawks 19-13
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals, including a 58-yarder and a club record 60-yarder, to help the St. Louis Rams to a 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday.
Special teams led the way for the Rams (2-2), with a fake field goal turning into a 2-yard touchdown pass from punter Johnny Hekker to Danny Amendola to put St. Louis ahead 10-7 late in the first half.
The loss came six days after Seattle (2-2) beat Green Bay on a botched call by replacement officials on a final-play touchdown pass into the end zone. Regular officials were back this weekend.
Marshawn Lynch led Seattle with 118 yards on 20 carries, including an 18-yard score to cap the game's first possession.
The Rams intercepted Russell Wilson three times, with Bradley Fletcher clinching it with a pick at the Rams 25 with a minute to go.
Antron Brown wins NHRA Midwest Nationals
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Antron Brown raced to his sixth Top Fuel victory of the season yesterday, winning the NHRA Midwest Nationals to increase his championship points lead.
Brown beat championship rival Spencer Massey in the final round and moved 21 points ahead with three races left in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Brown had a run of 3.766 seconds at 325.22 mph, while Massey trailed with a 3.812 at 324.05.
Jack Beckman won in Funny Car, Erica Enders in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.