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LOS ANGELES >> Jon Rahm returned to No. 1 in the world on Sunday by winning the Genesis Invitation­al with a performanc­e that left no doubt who's playing the best golf.

Caught in a battle with hometown favorite Max Homa at Riviera, Rahm delivered two big moments with a 45-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3 14th and then a tee shot to 2 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th.

He closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot win over Homa.

“Pretty incredible,” Rahm said. “(To win) at a golf course with this legacy, this history and hosted by Tiger Woods, is such an honor.”

Patrick Cantlay got within one shot on the back nine until two bogeys. He had a 67 to finish alone in third, moving him to No. 4 in the world.

OLESEN CRUISES TO VICTORY >> Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark claimed his seventh European tour title with a four-shot victory in the Thailand Classic at the Amata Spring Country Club.

Starting the final round two shots ahead of countryman Nicolai Hojgaard and Yannik Paul of Germany, the Dane never let anyone threaten him as he cruised through the last 18 holes with an errorfree 66 to win on 24-under 264, four ahead of the German.

KO OPENS WITH WIN >> Lydia Ko began the new year the same way she ended 2022, with a big win and a big

check as she closed with a 4-under 68 to win the Aramco Saudi Ladies Internatio­nal.

Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf, held off Aditi Ashok of India to capture the richest prize among regular Ladies European Tour events. She won $750,000 from the $5 million prize fund at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.


U.S. BEATS JAPAN >> Mallory Swanson scored in the 45th minute, and the United States shut out Japan 1-0 to remain undefeated in the SheBelieve­s Cup.

Swanson got the ball on a pass from Alex Morgan and outraced the defender before beating goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita from the center of the box with a shot off her right foot to the far corner.

The forward in her team-best fourth start this year leads the U.S. in scoring after scoring both goals in Thursday night's 2-0 win over Canada in Orlando to

start this annual event. SON SUBJECT TO ONLINE ABUSE >> Son Heung-min was subjected to “utterly reprehensi­ble” online racist abuse, Tottenham said.

The Premier League club called for social media companies to take action after Son was targeted during the 2-0 win against West Ham.

The forward scored four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.


LOVE PICKS MIAMI >> Kevin Love says he has picked the Miami Heat.

Love said that he will sign with the Heat for the remainder of the season once he clears waivers, a major add for a Miami team that is looking to move up in the Eastern Conference before the postseason begins.

“Miami it is, yes,” Love said in a text message to The Associated Press.


Topseeded Carlos Alcaraz won his first title since his milestone U.S. Open triumph by beating Cameron Norrie in straight sets at the Argentina Open.

The world No. 2 overcame No. 12 Norrie 6-3, 7-5 in the clay-court final.


Greek racer A.J. Ginnis finished runner-up to gold medalist Henrik Kristoffer­sen of Norway in the men's slalom at the Alpine skiing world championsh­ips to earn his country its first medal at a worlds in any Olympic sport on snow or ice.

Ginnis was second after the opening run and held on to his position as he finished 0.20 behind Kristoffer­sen. The Norwegian posted the fastest secondrun time as he improved from 16th position.


Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews announced that he is dealing with symptoms of long COVID-19 and chronic immune response syndrome.

Toews hasn't played since Jan. 28. The Blackhawks placed the 34-yearold center on injured reserve on Wednesday with what they said was a nonCOVID-19-related illness.


Right winger Julien Gauthier was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the New York Rangers for left winger Tyler Motte.

Ottawa also gets a conditiona­l seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft in the deal.

 ?? RYAN KANG — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Jon Rahm celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Invitation­al golf tournament at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
RYAN KANG — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jon Rahm celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Invitation­al golf tournament at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.

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