For Town, a rein­ven­tion that de­fies con­ven­tion

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Zach Helfand

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.

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