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Langer takes Oa­sis Bern­hard Langer made him­self right at home in the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship. Play­ing 10 min­utes from his house in Boca Ra­ton, Fla., Langer closed with a 7-un­der 65 on Sun­day at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound for a five-stroke vic­tory. The 61-year-old Ger­man star birdied five of the first seven holes in a bo­gey-free round. Langer fin­ished at 19-un­der 197 for his 39th vic­tory on the 50-and-over tour. Marco Daw­son was sec­ond af­ter a 69, Bob Estes shot a 68 to fin­ish third at 13 un­der, and David Toms was an­other stroke back af­ter a 70. Scott McCar­ron (67), Gene Sauers (69) and Woody Austin (70) were 11 un­der, and Fred Cou­ples (70) and Ken Tani­gawa (70) fol­lowed at 10 un­der. Retief Goosen (72) tied for 24th at 6 un­der in his se­nior de­but. Gary Nick­laus, 50, the son of Jack Nick­laus, had a 73 to tie for 51st at 1 over. He was mak­ing his first tour start and played on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion. Glen Day (Lit­tle Rock) shot a 6-over 78 and was 1 un­der for the tour­na­ment. Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) shot even-par 72 and was even af­ter his three rounds. John Daly (Dar­danelle, Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) had an 8-over 80 and was 14 over for the tour­na­ment. Boutier, Law win Vic Open Ce­line Boutier of France claimed a two-stroke vic­tory in the LPGA’s Vic Open on Sun­day at Bar­won Heads, Aus­tralia, while Scot­land’s David Law made ea­gle on the par-5 18th to win the men’s ti­tle by a stroke over Aus­tralians Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby. Boutier shot a fi­nal-round 72 to fin­ish at 8-un­der 281. Aus­tralians Sarah Kemp (65) and Su Oh (74) and Eng­land’s Char­lotte Thomas (69) were tied for sec­ond. Law’s fi­nal-round 66 left him a stroke ahead of Kennedy (67) and third-round leader Ormsby (70) at 18-un­der 270 on the 13th Beach Golf Links to win his first Euro­pean Tour tour­na­ment.

Gligic wins Panama Cana­dian Michael Gligic shot a 5-un­der 65 to win the Tour’s Panama Cham­pi­onship at Panama City on Sun­day by a stroke over Xin­jun Zhang. Gligic had an 8-un­der 272 for his four rounds. Zhang shot a 4-un­der 66 on Sun­day. Carl Yuan (69) was along in third a 6 un­der and Ben Tay­lor (71) was alone in fourth at 5 un­der. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) shot a 68 and ended 2 over. Tay­lor Moore (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) had a 66 and was also 2 over for the tour­na­ment.


Tsonga beats Her­bert Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga beat Pierre-Hugues Her­bert 6-4, 6-2 in an all-French fi­nal of the Open Sud de France on Sun­day, win­ning his 17th ca­reer ti­tle and deny­ing his coun­try­man a first. Tsonga broke the sev­enth-seeded Her­bert’s serve three times and dropped only four points through­out the match on his own serve. Tsonga, 33, was out for seven months last year fol­low­ing a left­knee in­jury. His pre­vi­ous ti­tle was in Oc­to­ber 2017 at the Euro­pean Open in An­twerp. He also beat Her­bert, who owns a ca­reer grand slam in dou­bles, in their two pre­vi­ous matches. Her­bert has now lost his three sin­gles fi­nals on the ATP Tour.

Fed Cup up­date Ro­ma­nia up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Czech Repub­lic 3-2 to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals of the Fed Cup on Sun­day, along with France and Be­larus. Ro­ma­nia made the last four for the first time af­ter its first vic­tory against the Czechs, who won six ti­tles in the last eight years. Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five series against their hosts with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 over Czech pair Ka­te­rina Sini­akova and Barbora Kre­j­cikova. In Liege, Caro­line Gar­cia clinched an in­sur­mount­able 3-0 lead for France over host Bel­gium af­ter eas­ing past Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-3 to set up a semi­fi­nal against Ro­ma­nia. In Asheville, N.C., Danielle Collins, who reached her first Grand Slam semi­fi­nal at the Aus­tralian Open, evened the U.S. and Aus­tralia at 2-2 af­ter a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 vic­tory over

Daria Gavrilova. Ear­lier, Ash­leigh Barty beat Madi­son Keys 6-4, 6-1 to give Aus­tralia a 2-1 lead. Collins and Ni­cole Melichar will take on Barty and Priscilla Hon in the de­cid­ing dou­bles.


Ducks fire coach

The Ana­heim Ducks fired coach Randy Car­lyle on Sun­day amid a seven-game los­ing streak. The Ducks an­nounced that Gen­eral Man­ager Bob Mur­ray would take over as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Ana­heim will name a new coach fol­low­ing the sea­son. Car­lyle, 62, the win­ningest coach in Ducks his­tory, was in his sec­ond stint with Ana­heim. He led the team to the Stan­ley Cup in 2007 and three ap­pear­ances in the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nal (2006, 2007, 2017). The Ducks made the playoffs in seven of Car­lyle’s eight full sea­sons with the team, go­ing 46-37 in the post­sea­son. They were swept out of the first round last sea­son. The team has strug­gled of late. Its loss to their Fly­ers on Satur­day night was its 19th in the last 21 games. The Ducks were outscored 37-8 dur­ing their freefall.


New boxing threat? Am­a­teur boxing is fac­ing a break­away threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo af­ter its in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion elected a pres­i­dent ac­cused of ties to or­ga­nized crime. The fed­er­a­tion, known as AIBA, said a “rogue group” led by un­named “Kaza­khstani in­di­vid­u­als” has asked na­tional boxing fed­er­a­tions to write to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of­fer­ing to help run an Olympic boxing tour­na­ment with­out AIBA. Re­la­tions be­tween the IOC and AIBA are tense af­ter Uzbek­istan busi­ness­man Ga­fur Rakhi­mov was elected AIBA pres­i­dent in Novem­ber, beat­ing Kazakh can­di­date Serik Kon­akbayev. The U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment has al­leged Rakhi­mov is a heroin traf­ficker linked to or­ga­nized crime and placed him un­der sanc­tions. Rakhi­mov de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. AIBA risks be­ing dere­c­og­nized in June af­ter an IOC in­quiry panel re­ports. Un­til then, AIBA is banned from con­tact­ing 2020 Tokyo Olympic or­ga­niz­ers.


Panama wins Series

With a team that wasn’t even sup­posed to be in the tour­na­ment, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 on Sun­day in Panama City to win its sec­ond-ever Caribbean Series and first since 1950. Panama was rep­re­sented in the tour­na­ment for the first time since 1960 only af­ter the Caribbean Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Leagues moved the series out of Venezuela due to se­cu­rity con­cerns shortly be­fore it be­gan. With Panama host­ing, the Toros de Her­rera were in­vited to play as a guest. Panama’s Allen Cor­dona and Elmer Reyes had RBI in the bot­tom of the first against Freddy Asiel Al­varez and added a run in the sev­enth on Ro­drigo Vigil’s hit. Car­los Ben­itez pro­duced the Cubans’ only run of the game in the fifth in­ning. Javy Guerra, a short­stop in the mi­nor leagues with the San Diego Padres, was named the Most Valu­able Player of the tour­na­ment. De­spite win­ning this year’s tour­na­ment, it is un­cer­tain whether Panama will play next year in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Cubans won their last Caribbean Series ti­tle in 2015 and were look­ing to add a fourth on Pana­ma­nian soil, where they were the cham­pi­ons in 1952, 1956 and 1960.

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