PARAMUS, N.J.—Matt Kuchar stopped practising for a playoff and walked over to the 18th green to watch with thousands of other spectators, planning to congratulate Martin Laird on the victory.
A short time later, the celebration was for Kuchar.
His fortunes took quite a turn yesterday at The Barclays. So did his golf ball.
Detroit’s Rick Porcello stole the show on the day the Toronto Blue Jays honoured former pitching great Dave Stieb.
Porcello pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Ryan Raburn hit two home runs, as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays 10-4 yesterday afternoon.
Porcello (7-11) won consecutive starts for the first time this season. He walked none and struck out four.
Edoardo Molinari of Italy came up a big winner twice yesterday—first winning the Johnnie Walker Championship, then becoming one of three captain’s picks for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
Colin Montgomerie also chose three-time major winner Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald, who is No. 10 in the world ranking.
WASHINGTON — On this trip to Washington, Roger Clemens will be in a courtroom, not in Congress. His defiant stance is expected to remain the same, even if his statement is much shorter.
Something along the lines of “Not guilty.”
WINNIPEG—Michelle Wie didn’t need to do her happy dance to feel great yesterday.
The Hawaii native drove in the second hole-in-one of her pro career on the way to a seven-under 65 that made her the first-round leader at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
TORONTO—Two powerful men from opposite sides of the hockey world bumped into each other just outside the main conference room.
They chatted for a few minutes as they walked down the hall, shook hands, and demonstrated what organizers hope will be a lasting impact of the world hockey summit.
A milestone home run from Albert Pujols wasn’t enough to save the St. Louis Cardinals from another loss against a National League bottom feeder.
Ian Desmond singled home Nyjer Morgan in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Washington Nationals overcame Albert Pujols’ 400th home run in an 11-10 roller-coaster win over the Cardinals last night.
TORONTO—When Toronto Blue Jays’ left-hander Brett Cecil broke into the major leagues last season, he admits to some awe when he met the N.Y. Yankees.
Cecil, who grew up a die-hard Yankee’s fan, threw eight strong innings against them in a 6-3 victory last night before a crowd of 31,449 at Rogers Centre.
Canadian slugger Joey Votto saved the Cincinnati Reds from an embarrassing collapse.
The Atlanta Braves weren’t so lucky.
Votto capped a big night at the plate with a two-out, tie-breaking single in the 12th inning as the Reds rebounded from blowing a 10-1 lead with a 12-11 win over the San Francisco Giants yesterday.
TORONTO—Jose Bautista was upset when a pitch in the sixth inning came too close to his head.
Two innings later, he found the best way to take his frustration out on the N.Y. Yankees.
Bautista hit his second homer of the game—and his 40th of the season—with one out in the eighth to snap a 2-2 tie as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 3-2.