Holmes wins 3-way play­off in Hous­ton

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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!”



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