Berger ral­lies to win in Mem­phis

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Daniel Berger shot a bo­gey-free four-un­der-par 66 Sun­day to erase a three-shot deficit and win the St. Jude Clas­sic for the sec­ond straight year. Berger, 24, is the fourth back-to­back win­ner of the tour­na­ment in Mem­phis, Tenn., and the first since David Toms did it in 2003 and 2004.

A 17-foot birdie putt on No. 15 put Berger ahead for good and he fin­ished at 10-un­der 270. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel shot a 66 and South Korea’s Whee Kim shot a 67 to fin­ish sec­ond, one shot be­hind Berger. Ste­wart Cink, Ben Crane and Rafa Cabr­era Bello started the day with a one-shot lead and were three ahead of Berger.

Brandt Jobe held off his for­mer col­lege room­mate Scott McCar­ron to win the Prin­ci­pal Char­ity Clas­sic, his first PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons ti­tle and first vic­tory of any kind in 19 years. Jobe shot a fi­nal-round 69 at Des Moines, Iowa, to end a drought that dated to 1998, when he won an event in Ja­pan. His 14-un­der 202 to­tal was one shot bet­ter than de­fend­ing cham­pion McCar­ron and Kevin Suther­land.

Ariya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land won the Man­ulife LPGA Clas­sic with a birdie on the first play­off hole to beat Amer­i­can Lexi Thomp­son and South Korea’s In Gee Chun in Cam­bridge, Canada. Thomp­son had started the day with a one-stroke lead but shot an even-par 72 in the fi­nal round to fin­ish in a tie with Ju­tanu­garn (69) and Chun (70) af­ter 72 holes.

Dylan Frit­telli shot a five-un­der 67 to win the Ly­oness Open at Atzen­brugg, Aus­tria, his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle. He fin­ished 12 un­der, one stroke ahead of Fin­land’s Mikko Korho­nen, Eng­land’s David Horsey and fel­low South African Jbe Kruger.

U.S. women win

Chris­ten Press scored in the 60th minute to lift the U.S. women’s na­tional soc­cer team to a 1-0 vic­tory over Nor­way in a friendly at San­de­fjord, Nor­way. Press’ 42nd in­ter­na­tional goal helped the reign­ing World Cup cham­pi­ons de­feat the world’s No. 11ranked team, a team that has had more suc­cess against the Amer­i­cans than any other in­ter­na­tional side, beat­ing them 19 times.

Eng­land won the Un­der-20 World Cup with a 1-0 vic­tory over Venezuela in the fi­nal at Su­won, South Korea, for its first global soc­cer ti­tle since 1966. Do­minic Calvert-Lewin scored in the first half, and goal­keeper Fred­die Wood­man pre­served the lead by sav­ing a sec­ond-half penalty kick from Adal­berto Pe­naranda as Venezuela missed out on its first FIFA tro­phy.

The win ended decades of English un­der­achieve­ment on the in­ter­na­tional stage since the Brits won the se­nior World Cup 51 years ago on home soil.

FIFA waded into the es­ca­lat­ing Per­sian Gulf diplo­matic cri­sis by re­mov­ing a Qatari ref­eree from a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier fol­low­ing a re­quest from the United Arab Emi­rates. Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup, was iso­lated ear­lier this week by four Gulf na­tions, in­clud­ing the UAE, who ac­cuse it of fund­ing ter­ror­ism.

River­side boxer Daniel “Twitch” Franco was in a coma fol­low­ing emer­gency surgery to stop bleed­ing in his brain af­ter he was knocked out by a right-handed punch from Jose Haro in the eighth round of a feath­er­weight bout Sat­ur­day night in Sloan, Iowa. Franco, 25, had been knocked down pre­vi­ously in the round.

In a state­ment re­leased by Franco’s pro­moter, RocNa­tion Sports, man­ager Ray Cha­parro said, “The doc­tors have told us the next 48 hours will be crit­i­cal in re­gards to mak­ing a com­plete re­cov­ery.” — Lance Pug­mire

Emi­rates Team New Zealand held off Swe­den’s Artemis Rac­ing to reach match point in the Amer­ica’s Cup chal­lenger fi­nals on Ber­muda’s Great Sound. The Ki­wis won two of three races Sun­day to take a 4-2 lead in the best-of-nine se­ries that will de­ter­mine the chal­lenger to two-time de­fend­ing Amer­ica’s Cup cham­pion Or­a­cle Team USA.

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