For Town, a reinvention that defies convention
About 50 miles northwest of Hollywood, not long after Sam Darnold ended an exhausting session as the star of the Pac-12 Conference’s media days, a quarterback offered a ball up into the swirling winds of Ventura.
A receiver sprinted underneath and caught it for a touchdown.
“OK!” a teammate yelled from the sideline at the quarterback. “OK, I see you Ricky Town!”
Stripped of context, Town’s presence here would not be considered abnormal, and it would not qualify his career as a bust. He’d committed to Alabama but flipped to USC, then transferred less than two weeks
I.K. Kim of South Korea finally shook a memory that had haunted her for five years, earning her first major championship Sunday with a two-stroke victory in the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Links in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Starting the day with a six-shot lead, Kim never let anyone get closer than two shots, making nine pars on the back nine for a oneunder 71 to finish at 18-under 270.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff applied some pressure with a 64, but Kim didn’t falter over an increasingly soggy course. Michelle Wie went out in 30, but the 27-year-old from Hawaii stalled and closed with a 66 to tie for third with Caroline Masson (67) and Georgia Hall (70).
Kim was just 14 inches away from winning the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, but her putt spun out. She lost in a playoff.
“It's a long process to get over 2012,” she said. “A lot of people helped me. Now I enjoy playing golf again. What it did teach me is to to give the same effort to every shot, even the shortest of putts.”
Hideki Matsuyama shot nineunder 61, the best round of his career, to tie the Firestone course record and win the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio, by five shots over Zach Johnson . He equaled Tiger Woods, who shot 61 in the second round in 2013.
Paul Goydos birdied the first playoff hole to win the 3M Championship over Gene Sauers at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., his first PGA Tour Champions title this year and fifth of his career.
U.S. captain Juli Inkster added rookies Angel Yin and Austin Ernst to her Solheim Cup team, joining qualifiers Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Wie. The defending champions face Europe Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines.
ETC. Truex holds on
Martin Truex Jr. won a fuelmileage gamble, holding off Matt Kenseth on the final lap to win the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Truex won for the fourth time this year after Brad Keselowski had to pit with three laps to go and gave up the lead.
Robert Hight won the funny car title at the NHRA’s Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., and Antron Brown won in top fuel.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins was suspended for the season’s first 10 games for violating NFL policy on performance enhancers. He also was suspended for the first four games last season.
Quarterback Jay Cutler agreed to a one-year, $10-million contract with the Miami Dolphins, postponing retirement for a chance to replace Ryan Tannehill, who has a knee injury that could be seasonending. Cutler, 34, will compete with Matt Moore for the job.
Alexander Zverev won the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4. The 20-year-old rising tennis star from Germany earned his fourth ATP tour title of the year, matching Rafael Nadal’s total and trailing only Roger Federer’s five.
Madison Keys outhit CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (4), 6-4 to win the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. In the first career matchup between the two young American stars, Keys, 22, won her third WTA tour singles title, her first on a hard court and first on home soil.
Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL pennant winners in 1993, has died. He was 55. Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013. He had two tumors surgically removed on July 1, 2013, but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.
Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos who was instrumental in bringing daytime thoroughbred racing back to the Cypress track, died after a battle with kidney cancer. He was 62.
Betty Cuthbert, who won trackand-field gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and the sprint relay for host Australia at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died after a fight with multiple sclerosis. She was 79.
Ryan Lochte, returning after a 10-month suspension stemming from his behavior at the Rio Olympics, set a meet-record of 1 minute 59.24 seconds to win the men’s 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open in East Meadow, N.Y. Michael Phelps set the previous mark of 1:59.26 in 2006.