Holmes wins 3-way playoff in Houston
J.B. Holmes used a strong start Sunday for a Houston Open victory in a three-way playoff against Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner .
The 32-year-old Holmes birdied the first five holes and nine of the first 12 after starting the day six shots back of Spieth.
He had a 64, the day’s low round, and won on the second playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour victory and the $1,188,000 check. Although Holmes’ missed birdie putt had given Wagner another chance, his short putt for par lipped out.
Holmes’ final-day rally was the biggest on the Tour since Matt Jones also came from six down to beat Matt Kuchar in a playoff last April.
Of the three players tied for second through 54 holes, only Wagner contended Sunday.
Scott Piercy , who had tied the tournament course record with a 63 Thursday for the first-round lead, faded and wound up five shots back. Austin Cook , one of four qualifiers to earn spots in the field, got to 15 under through eight holes but struggled with bogeys the rest of the way to finish six behind in 11th place.
Alabama has offered its men’s basketball coaching job to former NBA player and head coach Aver y Johnson , a person familiar with the negotiations said.
The person said Johnson and the university are working on the details of a deal.
Johnson has been an NBA analyst for ESPN since being fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012. He played 16 years in the NBA, spending much of his career with the San Antonio Spurs.
Johnson would replace Anthony Grant , who was fired after making only one NCAA tournament six seasons.
It would be Johnson’s first college coaching job, but he’s led two teams in the NBA. He led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA Finals appearance and was the NBA coach of the year in 2006.
Alabama had targeted Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall , who decided to stay put.
Cristiano Ronaldo erupted for his first five-goal game, ending all talk of a dry spell as he led a 9-1 demolition of Granada that helped Real Madrid stay in touch with Spanish league leader Barcelona.
Ronaldo followed Gareth Bale’s opener by netting three goals in an eight-minute span to decide the match before halftime at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.
The Ballon d’Or holder added two more goals after the break — reaching 300 with Madrid — and Karim Benzema added two more goals.
Lon Simmons , a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose career spanned five decades calling San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and 49ers games, died Sunday at 91.
The Giants announced that Simmons had died peacefully, saying, “The Giants family and Bay Area sports community lost a true gentleman.”
Simmons was one of the original voices of the Giants when they moved west in 1958, and he covered Willie Mays and Willie McCovey , Juan Marichal , Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda .
Over three stints with the Giants, Simmons considered one of his greatest thrills getting to call Mays’ 600th home run. His signature phrase on the long ball became “Tell it goodbye!”
Simmons also had a famous call on quarterback Steve Young’s epic, back-and-forth game-winning scramble for 49 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 30, 1988, that still lives in the memories of Bay Area sports fans.
“Young, back to throw, in trouble, he’s going to be sacked. No, gets away, he runs, gets away again, goes to the 40, gets away again, to the 35, cuts back at the 30, to the 20, the 15, the 10. He dives. Touchdown, 49ers!”