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September 30, 2018


Dominant Europe team crushes US

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe’s Ryder Cup winning streak on home soil continues.

The Europeans beat the U.S. team 17½-10½ to take back the cup they lost at Hazeltine in 2016. That’s the most lopsided victory since consecutive 9-point wins by Europe in 2004 and 2006.

The Americans haven’t won a Ryder Cup match in Europe since 1993.

Alex Noren closed out Europe’s dominating win with a brilliant putt. The Swedish golfer rolled in a 40-foot birdie at the final hole to secure a 1-up victory over Bryson DeChambeau.

Sergio Garcia set a Ryder Cup record with his third victory at Le Golf National. Garcia’s 2-and-1 triumph Sunday over American Rickie Fowler gave the Spaniard 25.5 points in his career, surpassing Nick Faldo’s record of 25 points.

Garcia went 3-1 at this Ryder Cup, also pushing him past Arnold Palmer (23), Lee Westwood (23), Colin Montgomerie (23.5), Billy Casper (23.5) and Bernhard Langer (24).

Tiger Woods lost all four of his matches. Phil Mickelson lost both of his.


Final-day drama to decide division titles in NL Central and NL West

UNDATED (AP) — The last scheduled day of baseball’s regular season will see all 15 games begin within 15 minutes of each other — a perfect setup to settle a pair of NL division races.

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are tied atop the NL Central going into Game 162. Mike Montgomery starts for the Cubs vs. St. Louis at Wrigley Field. Jack Flaherty starts for the Cardinals. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez starts for the Brewers at Miller Park against Detroit rookie Spencer Turnbull.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are all even in the NL West. Walker Buehler was listed to pitch as the Dodgers visit San Francisco, trying to win their sixth straight division title. The Rockies, who’ve never finished in first place, face Washington at Coors Field.

The Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers and Rockies have all clinched playoff spots, but want to avoid wild-card peril. If the divisions are tied after Sunday, they’ll go to tiebreakers Monday at Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium — the winner advances to the Division Series, the losers meet Tuesday in the one-and-done wild-card game.

Also Sunday:

— Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) goes into the final day with a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in the National League since Joe Medwick in 1937 for St. Louis. The last Triple Crown winner in the majors was Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in 2012.Yelich holds a sizable edge in the batting race at .324 and his 36 home runs are tied for most in the league with the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter. Yelich only trails in the RBIs column — he has 109 and Javier Baez of the Cubs leads with 111.

— On his last day as Toronto’s manager, John Gibbons will let catcher Russell Martin run the club at Tampa Bay. Martin hasn’t played since Sept. 3 because the Blue Jays are looking at younger catchers. The Blue Jays said this week that Gibbons won’t return as manager next year.


Ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin charged in March attack

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin has been formally charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and breaking her jaw at his home in March.

Boykin was indicted Friday in Fort Worth and is free on bond. He denies the allegations.

Prosecutors say the attack was captured on security system video at Boykin’s home in Mansfield.

The Seattle Seahawks released the 24-year-old Boykin from the team’s practice squad shortly after reports of the attack surfaced.

It’s not Boykins’ first run-in with the law. He was arrested in Dallas last year on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and marijuana possession, though the case was later dismissed. In 2016, he pleaded no contest to resisting arrest stemming from an incident shortly before the 2015 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. He was suspended for that game and was sentenced to a year of deferred adjudication probation.


NASCAR changes angle of tire barrier for roval debut

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will leave a troublesome tire barrier at its new angle for Sunday’s race on the new roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The layout uses both Charlotte’s speedway and a road course through the infield. Multiple drivers had difficulties with a chicane on the backstretch and several cars were damaged when they hit the tire barrier exiting turn 12. NASCAR changed the angle of the barrier before the final Cup practice to create more room for drivers to exit the turn.

The race is the first elimination one in the opening round of NASCAR’s playoffs. The 16-driver playoff field will be cut by four drivers after the race. Among those in danger of elimination is seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who won eight Cup races on Charlotte’s oval layout.

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