Off the wire
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 Web.com 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.