Weekend Sports In Brief
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
The closing stretch was exactly what he needed Sunday.
Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies, sealing the victory with a 20-foot putt down the slope on the par-5 17th. That allowed him a bogey from the trees on the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot victory at 14-under 270 in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.
Mahan had gone 48 tournaments and nearly 30 months since his last victory. The only player to never miss a FedEx Cup playoff event, he wanted to keep alive his streak of reaching the Tour Championship every year since this series began in 2007.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) - So Yeon Ryu won the Canadian Women's Open at London Hunt, breaking the tournament record at 23-under 265.
The 24-year-old Ryu closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi. Ryu opened with a course-record 63 and added rounds of 66 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final day. She took a six-shot advantage to the back nine, but that dropped to a single stroke when she bogeyed the par-4 15th and Choi made a birdie.
Ryu rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 16th and matched Choi with pars on the final two holes to get her third career LPGA Tour title. Choi finished with a 67.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks.
Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He missed his eagle try but made his next putt for his first Champions Tour victory.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and Hae Chan Choi weathered a late Chicago rally to lead South Korea to an 8-4 win in the Little League World Series championship game.
Hwang gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in the Asia-Pacific Region champs' first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead before Jackie Robinson West made it close.
Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings for South Korea, which won its third title after back-to-back championships in 1985 and `85.
Brandon Green went 5 2-3 innings for Chicago's Jackie Robinson West, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final.
CHICAGO (AP) - A former San Diego State football player has asked a federal judge to reject the recently proposed $75 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA, saying it unfairly forces athletes who suffered head injuries to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.
The request, which came in a late Friday filing in federal court in Chicago on behalf of Anthony Nichols, is the first in what's likely to be a monthslong approval process to raise questions about the deal, under which the NCAA would create a $70 million fund to test thousands of current and former athletes for brain trauma. It also sets aside $5 million for research.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sam Mikulak successfully defended his U.S. men's gymnastics title, rallying past Jake Dalton in the final rotation to cap a dramatic comeback.
The three-time NCAA champion began the day in fourth place but surged past Dalton and former national champions John Orozco and Danell Leyva with six nearly flawless routines. Mikulak had a two-day total of 180.650, just ahead of the 180.200 by Orozco.
Jake Dalton was third, followed by Donnell Whittenburg and 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jeff Fisher shared the bad news with Sam Bradford on Sunday morning.
By the time the St. Louis Rams coach began his day-after news conference, he'd had several hours to digest the impact of an injury that puts the team's once-rosy outlook in serious doubt, and to give a vote of confidence to journeyman backup Shaun Hill.
After announcing Bradford's season-ending torn ACL in his left knee for the second time in nine months, Fisher said speculation about a trade was premature.
At the least, they'll likely wait to see who hits the market in the first round of cuts on Tuesday when rosters must be at 75 players.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Prater's lawyer said the NFL initially threatened a yearlong suspension before agreeing to ban the Denver Broncos kicker four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Harvey Steinberg said Prater's suspension was alcohol-related. He said Prater consumed a couple of beers while on vacation in between the end of the team's offseason workout program in June and the start of training camp in late July.
Prater has been in the league's substance abuse program since he was charged with DUI on Aug. 12, 2011.
An NFL spokesman declined to confirm the suspension. The Broncos have also declined to comment on the matter.
MIAMI (AP) - Dan Marino is returning to the Miami Dolphins as a newly hired special adviser to team owner Stephen Ross, a move that has been expected for some time.
Marino was briefly with the Dolphins in 2004 as their senior vice president of football operations, resigning after less than a month citing family and other reasons. He spent the last decade primarily as an NFL analyst for CBS.
Marino was at Dolphins practice this past week, seen chatting on the field with coach Joe Philbin. The specifics of Marino's new role are not yet known, with the team saying he will ''work with the organization in a variety of different capacities.''
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Scott Dixon surged ahead with three laps left for a victory at Sonoma Raceway, while IndyCar points leader Will Power recovered from a mid-race spin to finish 10th heading to the season finale.
Power leads teammate Helio Castroneves by 51 points heading to the double-points finale at Fontana on Saturday. Castroneves struggled to an 18th-place finish at Sonoma.
Simon Pagenaud is 81 points back in third after a third-place finish on a wild day in wine country.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.
Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second.