McDowell wins World Challenge
Graeme McDowell closed with a 4-under-par 68 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and held off Keegan Bradley to carry him to a three-shot win in the World Challenge on Sunday, his first victory in two years. McDowell finished with a 17-under 271. Bradley, two shots behind with five holes to play, never got any closer. He wound up with a 69. Tiger Woods, the tournament host and defending champion, didn’t make birdie until the 13th hole and closed with a 71 to tie for fourth . . . Martin Kaymer shot a 3-under 69 to earn his first title of 2012 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Kaymer finished at 8-under 280, two ahead of Charl Schwartzel. American Bill Haas was third after a 71. Louis Oosthuizen (74) was fourth. Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood’s run at Sun City ended with a 73, seven shots behind the winner . . . Australia’s Steven Bowditch shot an 8-under 64 on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, Calif., to take a one-stroke lead after the fifth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Georgia native Kris Blanks sits in second. Bowditch had a 23-under 337 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards . . . Canada’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham shot a 5-under 67 to tie Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn for the top spot in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. Lee-Bentham and Jutanugarn finished the five-round event at 13-under 347 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jutanugarn shot a 74 after taking a six-stroke lead into the day. The top 20 finishers earned full status on the LPGA Tour.
Shields lifts BC women past Rutgers
Kerri Shields hit a driving layup with four seconds to play, giving the Boston College women’s basketball team a 58-56 win over Rutgers (3-3) at Conte Forum. Freshman Nicole Boudreau led the Eagles (5-3) with 14 points . . . Despite 17 points from Nicola Zimmer and 16 from Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (1-5) fell to Old Dominion (5-1), 73-59, in Norfolk, Va. . . . Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Stanford (8-0) beat Gonzaga (6-2), 69-41, in Spokane, Wash. . . . Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help No. 4 Duke beat No. 10 California, 77-63. Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the host Blue Devils (6-0), who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Brittany Boyd scored 23 of her career-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Golden Bears (6-1) . . . In State College, Pa., No. 6 Penn State (6-1) routed Fairleigh Dickinson (1-5), 101-44, behind Maggie Lucas’s 24 points . . . Jasmine Hassell scored 22 points and No. 8 Georgia (9-0) held Georgia Tech (3-4) to 30.2 percent shooting in a 60-50 victory . . . No. 9 Kentucky topped in-state rival and seventh-ranked Louisville, 48-47. The visiting Wildcats (6-1) got 14 points from DeNesha Stallworth, and the Cardinals (8-1) got 13 points from Shoni Schimmel.
Gilligan backstops UNH women to win
The UNH women’s hockey team notched a 3-1 upset win over No. 9 Northeastern at Matthews Arena. The Wildcats (7-10-1, 4-3-1 Hockey East) got 31 saves from goalie Jenn Gilligan and scored three unanswered goals after the Huskies (9-5-2, 5-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on Kendall Coyne’s goal eight minutes into the game. Nicole Gifford and Sara Carlson scored power-play goals for UNH . . . In San Diego, the North Carolina women scored three goals in the second half to beat Penn State, 4-1, and win their 21st Division 1 soccer title. The Tar Heels got the winner from Hanna Gardner 48 seconds into the second half . . . The Creighton men’s soccer team scored with 1:30 left in the game to upend host UConn, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 1 tournament. Christian Blandon scored for the Bluejays, who will face Indiana in the semifinals on Friday in Hoover, Ala. The Huskies’ loss snapped a 38-game home unbeaten streak, which was tied for the third longest streak in NCAA history.
Vonn wins 56th career World Cup race
Lindsey Vonn completed a weekend trifecta in the World Cup, winning the Super-G in 1 minute, 22.82 seconds at Lake Louise, Alberta. Vonn won the downhill events on Friday and Saturday. With 56 victories, the four-time World Cup champion is now the second most successful skier in the history of the competition behind Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell, who has a record 62 wins. Julia Mancuso finished second, 0.43 behind Vonn. Slovenia’s Tina Maze retained the overall World cup lead by finishing a solid fourth, 0.62 off Vonn's pace . . . Ted Ligety easily captured his second straight World Cup giant slalom race with a flawless and fast final run. He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 25.59 seconds to hold off top rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 1.76 seconds in Beaver Creek, Colo. Continued...