Orlando Sentinel : 2019-02-11

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SPORTS MONDAY

C2 | Monday, February 11, 2019 Orlando Sentinel FINAL A B C D E Top TV IN BRIEF AUTO RACING: MONDAY William Byron won the pole for next weekend’s Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year. Byron, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year, will be joined on the front row by teammate Alex Bowman . ... NASCAR suspended the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon for the Daytona 500 because of repeated inspection failures before qualifying. The drivers were docked 15 minutes from the final practice before the season-opening race . ... Jimmie Johnson won the rain-shortened exhibition Clash at Daytona International Speedway. COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7: 7: 7: Lehigh at Bucknell CBSSN Indiana at Michigan St. BTN Virginia at North Carolina Norfolk State at Florida A&M Kentucky at Alabama Kansas at TCU Oklahoma at Baylor ESPN 7: ESPNU SEC ESPN ESPN2 7: 9: 9: NBA Associated Press 8: Dallas at Houston NBA PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson put himself on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am by turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from finishing Sunday. Mickelson will have to return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the last two holes of the tournament. About the only thing that didn’t go Mickelson’s way was the timing. The final round started an hour late because of rain and then was delayed two more hours when sunshine gave way to a hailstorm that covered greens in white. Mickelson wanted to finish, even in the dark. Paul Casey, who was tied for second at three shots back, said he could barely see on the 16th hole. NHL 7: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN SKIING 8:30 a.m.: FIS World Alpine Championships: men’s super-combined (slalom), Sweden The Pirates and free-agent OF Melky Cabrera, 34, agreed to a minor-league contract worth up to $2 million. BASEBALL: NBCSN SOCCER Four-time champ Phil Mickelson had six birdies and no bogeys through 16 holes to take a three-stroke lead in the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., before play was suspended because of darkness. The tournament was scheduled to resume Monday morning . ... David Law of Scotland and Celine Boutier of France won the men’s and women’s titles at the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia. The event was co-sponsored by the European and LPGA tours. It was Law’s and Boutier’s first career victories . ... Bernhard Langer claimed a five-stroke victory at the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. It was Langer’s 39th career PGA Tour Champions title. GOLF: 2:55: Premier League: Wolves vs. Newcastle United ERIC RISBERG/AP NBCSN WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Boutier, Law win Australian events really, really good. I was very pleased with the way my short game held up. I putted really good because sometimes with the long putter it’s even harder in windy conditions. “But I read the greens well, my speed was good and I was fortunate enough to make a whole bunch of them.” He also won the 2010 event and finished second last year. 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, also making his first tour start, had a 73 to tie for 51st at 1-over. The 50-year-old son of Jack Nicklaus played on a sponsor exemption. Winning at home is always extremely special, no doubt about it. “It made it more special having my first win with my daughter Jackie, who’s only caddied three times for me.” Langer moved within six of Irwin’s tour victory record and won in his 13th straight season to extend his record. “The key to success is a lot of things,” Langer said. “You’ve got to be healthy — otherwise you can’t play — and a lot of guys at age 61 aren’t healthy anymore. They had this operation or that operation or a knee replacement or a hip replacement or whatever it may be. So I’ve been fortunate enough not to have any major surgeries so far besides my thumb in 2011, so that’s key.” Langer birdied five of the first seven holes in a bogeyfree round to contribute to his victory. “One of my best starts ever, probably,” Langer said. “And in these conditions, as windy as it was today, it was 7: South Carolina at UConn ESPN2 BARWON HEADS, Australia — Celine Boutier of France claimed a twostroke victory in the LPGA’s Vic Open on Sunday 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 finalround 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. The Women’s Australian Open, also sanctioned by the LPGA, will be played next week at The Grange in Adelaide. The men’s European Tour is co-sanctioning the Perth World Super 6 in Western Australia next week. TUESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL Langer takes Champions event close to home 6:30: 6:30: Purdue at Maryland St. Bonaventure at St. Joseph's LSU at Kentucky Michigan State at Wisconsin Pittsburgh at Boston College Georgia at Texas A&M Michigan at Penn St. Butler at St. John's Duke at Louisville Kansas State at Texas Arkansas at Missouri Alabama at Mississippi State Air Force at UNLV San Diego State at Colorado State BTN CBSSN ESPN BOCA RATON — Bernhard Langer made himself right at home in the Oasis Championship. Playing 10 minutes from his house, the 61-year-old German star closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday in windy condition at The Old Course at Broken Sound for a five-stroke victory. Langer finished at a tournament-record 19-under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50-and-over circuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Irwin’s tour career record with $27,196,504. “There’s many things to celebrate,” Langer said. “It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your family, your friends. 7: 7: ESPN2 7: ESPNU SEC BTN 7: 8:30: 8:30: CBSSN ESPN ESPN2 ESPNU 9: 9: 9: 9: In the final race of her career, Lindsey Vonn won bronze in the downhill at the world championships in Are, Sweden. Vonn, 34, finished 0.49 seconds behind winner Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. Corinne Suter of Switzerland was 0.23 seconds behind Stuhec and took silver. Vonn, 34, finished her career with three Olympic medals (one gold, two bronze), eight worlds championship medals (two gold, three silver, three bronze), four World Cup overall titles and 82 victories in Cup races. SKIING: SEC CBSSN 10:30: 11: ESPN2 NBA 8: 8: 10:30: Orlando at New Orleans FSFL Boston at Philadelphia TNT Utah at Golden State TNT NHL 7: 7:30: Chicago at Boston Calgary at Tampa Bay NBCSN SUN skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at a worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie MoserProell and Christel Cranz. “Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course. Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark. “She really deserves this sendoff from her great career,” said Eleanor Bodin, a 21-year-old fan from Sweden who was holding up a sign saying “Thank You Lindsey.” “She has been my favorite skier since 2008 when I saw her winning on television,” Bodin said. “I was a little girl sitting on the sofa. I just thought what a great skier and inspiration.” At 34, Vonn eclipsed her own record from two years ago for oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds. Fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start, which favored Vonn because it reduced the strain on her knees. Now she can finally let her body heel and move onto the next phase of her life — possibly acting, having children, starting a business . “I’m looking forward to just chilling out a bit and recovering everything, including my mind,” Vonn said. “It’s been a lot to process. “The nice thing is that, in the real world I’m actually pretty young. I have felt really old for a long time, because I’m racing with girls that are like 15 years younger than me. So now, in the real world, I’m normal. Thirty is the new 20 so I’m super young. I’ve got a lot to look forward to.” SKIING 9:55 a.m.: FIS World Alpine Championships: men's and women's team event, Sweden Sergio Aguero recorded a hat trick to help defending English Premier League champ Manchester City rout visiting Chelsea 6-0. It was Chelsea’s worst loss in 28 years. City regained the top spot in the league standings, overtaking Liverpool on goal differential . ... Defending La Liga champ Barcelona settled for a scoreless draw against visiting Athletic Bilbao. Barca holds a six-point lead over Real Madrid, which moved past Atletico Madrid into second with a 3-1 win in the capital derby Saturday . ... Paris Saint-Germain announced that striker Edinson Cavani will miss at least the first leg of the club’s Champions League last-16 match against Manchester United on Tuesday after damaging a tendon in his right hip during the Ligue 1 leader’s 1-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday. PSG also will be without striker Neymar (foot). SOCCER: By Andrew Dampf and Steve Douglas NBCSN Associated Press SOCCER ARE, Sweden — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down. Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones? Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize — an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman. Add one more — final — comeback to the list. Five days after crashing in super-G — a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib — and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career. She’s shed so many tears that there are none left — just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees. “I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it. “Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. Every athlete has their 3: UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain TNT WEDNESDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:30: St. Louis at George Washington Providence at Villanova South Carolina at Tennessee SEC Rutgers at Northwestern BTN Clemson at Miami ESPN2 USF at UCF ESPNEWS Creighton at Xavier CBSSN Georgetown at Seton Hall Ole Miss at Auburn Minnesota at Nebraska Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Vanderbilt at Florida Boise State at Fresno State Arizona State at Colorado USC at Stanford JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GETTY CBSSN 6:30: FS1 6:30: 7: 7: 7: 8:30: 8:30: own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.” Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets. “She has been business as usual this whole week, saying I’m racing to win,” Karin Kildow, Vonn’s sister, told the Associated Press. “I was like,J`ust maybe make it down and maybe stand up.’ But she was likeN, `o, I’m going full out’. She was definitely in the mindset to push it and she really did.” It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career. “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and getting injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to,” Vonn said. “It was an internal battle.” As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did — 86 to 82. “I basically begged him to come here via text, in all caps, many exclamation points,” Vonn said. “He’s an icon and a legend in our sport and he doesn’t really like the spotlight but he deserves to have it. I was just so grateful that he was there. Honestly, it’s a perfect ending to my career.” The third skier on the course, Vonn had a big smile on her face when she came down with the fastest run to that point. She waved and bowed to the crowd. Eventually, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn. “Not many were counting on (Vonn) to get the medal in her last race, which makes it even more special,” Stuhec said. “She has won everything.” Vonn became the first female FS1 SEC BTN 8:30: 9: 9: ESPN2 ESPNU 9: 10:30: CBSSN 10:30: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat No. 7 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 in an all-French final at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. It was Tsonga’s 17th career ATP title and his first since Oct. 2017. Herbert fell to 0-3 in ATP singles finals . ... No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4, 6-3 to win the Sofia Open in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was Medvedev’s fourth career ATP title . ... The U.S. fell to Australia 3-2 in a Fed Cup first-round tie in Asheville, N.C. TENNIS: FS1 ESPNU 11: GOLF 9: LPGA Tour: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 1st round GOLF NBA 8: Houston at Minnesota ESPN NHL 8: Edmonton at Pittsburgh NBCSN SOCCER 3: UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs. Borussia Dortmund — Edited from news services TNT

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