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Vegas resident wins Vegas PGA tourney

– Former UNLV player Ryan Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the 16th hole to take the outright lead and finishing with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Brendon de Jonge.

Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260 at TPC Summerlin. The Las Vegas resident earned $810,000 in the Fall Series opener.

De Jonge shot a 67. Blixt had a 70 to finish third at 20 under.

Jason Day pulled within three strokes of Moore and de Jonge with a birdie on No. 16 but closed with a double bogey on the par-4 18th. He had a 65 to finish fourth at 18 under.

Bill Lunde was fifth at 15 under after a 66. He jumped from 157th to 131st on the money list, with the final top 125 getting full tour cards for next season.

AUTO RACING

F1 points race tightens

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix from the pole to close within four points of the Formula One championship lead as series leader Fernando Alonso crashed out of the race at the first turn at Suzuka, Japan.

Penske seeking sponsor for Briscoe

If Penske Racing fields three IndyCars next season, the team owner hopes Ryan Briscoe will fill the third seat. Roger Penske told The Associated Press on Sunday his priority is securing sponsorship for a third IndyCar entry. Options have already been picked up for Will Power and Helio Castroneves. Briscoe has spent the past five seasons driving for Penske.

Rain postpones NHRA event

Persistent rain forced NHRA officials to postpone the completion of eliminations in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, Pa., until today.

BASEBALL

Tracy resigns as Rockies manager

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses. The Rockies said a search for Tracy’s replacement would begin immediately. Colorado (64-98) finished last in the NL West this year.

BASKETBALL

Summitt attends Vols’ 1st practice

Pat Summitt made an appearance at Tennessee’s first full-scale practice for new coach Holly Warlick, who spent the last 27 years as an assistant. Although Summitt stepped down as the Vols’ coach in April after winning eight national titles in 38 years, she remains on staff as head coach emeritus.

Sparks rookie, coach honored

Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks was honored as WNBA rookie of the year after averaging 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. And her coach, Carol Ross, was chosen coach of the year.

GOLF

Rounup

Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour event of the season by shooting a 2-under 70 at St. Andrews, Scotland, to protect his lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots. The South African finished with at 22-under 266 to hold off Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who finished second after a 68. …

In Cary, N.C., Bernhard Langer rallied to win the SAS Championship to take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, shooting a 9-under 63 to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes. Four shots back entering the round, Langer birdied the final two holes to finish at 13-under 203 at Prestonwood Country Club. …

In Antalya, Turkey, U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox and Chris Williams each shot 2-under 69 to help the U.S. win the rain-shortened World Amateur Team Championship with a record 24-under 404 score.

RUNNING

Ethiopian sets Chicago record

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia shattered the course record while winning the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya’s Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countrymen Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52) and Tilahun Regassa (2:05:28), who also bettered Mosop’s record.

TENNIS

Djokovic wins China Open

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic extended his perfect record at the China Open when he defeated third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the final in Beijing, the third time Djokovic has won the tournament. On the women’s side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka won her fifth title of the year by dominating second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-1.

TRIATHLON

Armstrong returns to competition

Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon after organizers of the Ellicot City, Md., event dropped USA Triathlon sanctioning so he could take part in a race that raises money for cancer. Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Armstrong finished the 70-mile swim, bike and run in 4 hours, 16 minutes at the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon, racing in a wave of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.

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