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April 20, 2009|By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Gay outdistances Heritage field by 10

golf

Brian Gay shot a 7-under-par 64 to win at the Verizon Heritage on Sunday in Hilton Head Island, S.C., prevailing by an astounding 10 shots. He broke the 13-year-old scoring record, finishing at 20-under 264 on the way to his second PGA Tour victory. "Just another unbelievable day," Gay said. He had the tour's largest margin of victory since Phil Mickelson won the 2006 BellSouth Classic by 13 strokes. Gay bested Loren Roberts' mark of 19-under in winning the 1996 Verizon Heritage. Gay's 10-shot edge over Luke Donald (66) and Briny Baird (68) shattered the seven strokes five-time champion Davis Love III won by in 1998.

Champions Outback Steakhouse : Pro-Am: : Nick Price won for the first time on tour with a two-shot victory over Larry Nelson in Lutz, Fla. Price, 52, overcame three double bogeys with seven birdies in shooting an even-par 71 in the final round. A three-time major winner on the PGA Tour, Price ended an 0-for-38 streak on the Champions Tour.

Nadal lengthens Monte Carlo streak

tennis

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame an upset clay-court bid by Novak Djokovic, beating the third-ranked Serbian, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, for his fifth straight ATP Monte Carlo Masters title in Monaco after losing a set here for the first time since the 2006 final against Roger Federer. Nadal extended his winning streak at Monte Carlo to 27 matches and won his 21st straight victory on clay since losing to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the Rome Masters in May 2008. He has three titles this season, including the Australian Open.

WTA Family Circle Cup: : Sabine Lisicki won her first tour title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in Charleston, S.C. As she did to opponents all week, Lisicki, 19, overpowered Wozniacki with her serve, often launching serves of more than 120 mph as she scattered nine aces during the match. Wozniacki was looking for her second tour win in as many weeks.

WTA Barcelona Open: : Roberta Vinci defeated defending champion Maria Kirilenko, 6-0, 6-4, in Spain for her second tour title.

Blanchard, winner of '45 Heisman, dead

col. football

Felix "Doc" Blanchard, the 1945 Heisman Trophy winner whose power rushing helped lead Army to consecutive national titles, died Saturday at his home in Bulverde, Texas, ESPN.com reported, citing family members. He was 84. Blanchard, known as "Mr. Inside," teamed with Glenn Davis, known as "Mr. Outside," to form one of college football's great backfields. Under Blanchard and Davis, both three-time All-Americans, Army went a 27-0-1 record from 1944 to 1946. They helped Army defeat Navy in 1944 in Baltimore to claim the first of two straight national titles. Blanchard was the first junior to win the Heisman. Davis won the award next year.

Woman a target of extortion probe

et cetera

The FBI is investigating the estranged wife of Louisville's equipment manager regarding extortion allegations leveled by Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, her attorney said. Attorney Thomas Clay said he spoke with the FBI about the matter last week but declined to elaborate. He represents Karen Sypher, the wife of longtime equipment manager Tim Sypher. ESPN.com, citing a Louisville source, reported that Pitino first received threatening phone calls from Karen Sypher in February, and the calls continued during the NCAA tournament last month. Sources close to the situation have told FoxSports.com that Sypher has tried to extort millions of dollars from Pitino with threats of charges of sexual misconduct. In a statement Saturday night, Pitino did not identify the person he accuses of extortion and did not detail the nature of the threats. The Syphers are in the process of getting a divorce, Clay said.

College lacrosse: : Nikki Marcinik scored four of her five goals in the second half as the visiting Towson women beat James Madison, 10-7. The Tigers (10-5, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) overcame a 5-2 halftime deficit to the Dukes (5-10, 1-5) by scoring seven of the first eight goals of the second half. ... Jilian Howley scored with 10 seconds left to lift the host Robert Morris women (6-10, 6-2 Northeastern Conference) over Mount St. Mary's, 14-13. Despite the loss, the third-seeded Mount (9-8, 5-3) will make its seventh straight conference tournament appearance when it faces second seed Quinnipiac in Friday's semifinal. Katelyn Catanese paced the Mount on Sunday with a career-high six goals, and Breana Waraksa had three assists to become the school's career leader with 71.

Auto racing: : Dario Franchitti won the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), beating runner-up Will Power, the pole-winner, by 3.318 seconds - half of the final straightaway. Franchitti earned his ninth IndyCar victory. Helio Castroneves, who got back in his Team Penske car after being acquitted of federal tax evasion charges, finished seventh.

NBA: : Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was released from the hospital after being treated for a minor heart attack he suffered Thursday, the Boston Herald reported. He is not expected to attend Game 2 of the playoff series between the host Celtics and Chicago Bulls on Monday, the newspaper reported.

NFL: : The Philadelphia Eagles introduced new offensive lineman Jason Peters, the Pro Bowl left tackle who was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. After the trade, the Eagles and Peters, 27, reached terms on a four-year contract extension worth $53 million. Peters will earn $60 million over the next six years, with $25 million guaranteed.

Horse racing: : Jockey Garrett Gomez said he will ride Pioneerof the Nile instead of Dunkirk in next month's Kentucky Derby.

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