October 20, 2008|By From Sun news services

In wire-to-wire fashion, Turnesa wins Vegas event


Marc Turnesa completed a wire-to-wire victory for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under-par 68 yesterday to hold off Matt Kuchar by a stroke in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The fourth rookie to win on the tour this season, Turnesa, a former North Carolina State star, opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 at TPC Summerlin en route to a 24-under 263 total. Turnesa, 30, birdied Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 14. Kuchar finished with a 64.

Kapalua LPGA Classic:: Morgan Pressel birdied the final hole in the inaugural tournament in Hawaii for her first victory of the season. Kapalua's tour pro, Pressel closed with a 3-under 69 to edge Suzann Pettersen (69) by a stroke. Pressel, 20, finished at 8-under 280 and earned $225,000 for her second career win. Laura Diaz (70) finished third at 6-under.

Champions Administaff Small Business Classic:: Bernhard Langer shot a 3-under 69 to win his second straight title in The Woodlands, Texas. Langer beat Lonnie Nielsen by two shots despite taking a one-stroke penalty on No. 3, when he absent-mindedly picked up his ball after driving to the green. Langer started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Nielsen and Brad Bryant. Bryant triple-bogeyed 13, shot a 77 and finished at 4-under, in a three-way tie for 20th. Tour points leader and former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk (69) placed third, three strokes back of Langer.

World Amateur Team Golf Championship: : : Callum Macaulay's 1-under 72 anchored Scotland to its first title, beating the United States by nine strokes (20-under 560) in Adelaide, Australia. Macaulay, with a four-day total of 8-under 282, finished second individually to American Ricky Fowler, whose final-round 3-over 75 put him at 10-under for the tournament.

7-7 George reportedly loses part of infected foot

col. basketball

North Carolina Asheville's Kenny George, at 7 feet 7 the nation's tallest college basketball player, will not play this year amid reports that part of his right foot was amputated. George needed surgery after contracting a staph infection, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. said the senior had surgery three weeks ago and is expected to remain in an Iowa hospital for at least a month more. UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach wouldn't confirm the reports, saying he was respecting George's wish for privacy. Biedenbach said the senior first felt foot discomfort in August after attending a basketball camp in Las Vegas. When George, 22, returned to his native Chicago, a doctor recommended immediate surgery. George has undergone several operations since.

China win puts Hamilton at doorstep of F1 title

auto racing

Lewis Hamilton's win in the Chinese Grand Prix proved to be anticlimactic, leaving the McLaren driver just short of clinching the Formula One title. Hamilton led from start to finish in a tepid race in Shanghai, finishing 14.9 seconds ahead of rival Felipe Massa, who took second thanks to Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen letting him through late in the race. The result extended Hamilton's lead in the drivers' championship to seven points with only the Brazilian Grand Prix remaining in two weeks. ... Steve Lawson, a popular NASCAR official, was found dead in his hotel room in Martinsville, Va., NASCAR officials said. He was 51. The cause of death was not announced. Lawson, of Rockford, Ill., worked as an official for stock car racing's governing body for more than a decade.

Soaring Briton Murray earns Madrid crown


Fourth-ranked Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon of France, 6-4, 7-6 (6), to win the ATP Madrid Masters in Spain. The U.S. Open finalist became the first Briton to win four titles in a season. He will be the first Briton in the Open era since Fred Perry in 1936 to finish the year at No. 4. Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman both reached No. 4 but never finished the year there. Murray won in Doha, Marseille and Cincinnati. Mark Cox of Britain captured three titles in 1975.

WTA Zurich Open: : Venus Williams won the Switzerland tournament for her second singles title of the season. Williams beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta, 7-6 (1), 6-2, to take the tournament she last won as a teenager in 1999. The win should seal the 28-year-old American's place at the season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Doha next month. She also won at Wimbledon this year.

Yankees' Chamberlain apologizes after arrest


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