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Weekend Sports In Brief
August 19, 2013, 4:39 am

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) Alex Rodriguez got hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park and leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

A-Rod answered with his bat four innings later by hitting his 649th career home run, prompting even more boos and derisive chants. The solo shot began a four-run, go-ahead inning that sparked the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.

The game between the longtime rivals quickly turned testy, with the benches and bullpens clearing in the second and the teams being warned about beanballs by plate umpire Brian O'Nora.

GOLF

PARKER, Colo. (AP) - The Europeans wanted to make history by winning the Solheim Cup on American soil for the first time. They did even better than that.

Caroline Hedwall became the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five of her matches, the last one with a splendid shot to 4 feet for birdie on the 18th for a 1-up win over Michelle Wie that assured Europe of keeping the cup.

More than an hour later, Cristie Kerr and Karine Icher played all the way to the 18th green until conceding each other birdies. That half-point made it 18-10 in favor of Europe, the biggest blowout since the Solheim Cup began in 1990.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championshipfor his first PGA Tour title, beating Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Reed recovered from a drive on the par-4 10th that nearly went out of bounds and placed his second shot 7 feet from the pin. Spieth reached the green in two strokes but his 10-foot birdie putt trickled less than an inch wide of the cup. Reed then sank his birdie putt to end it.

Reed earned $954,000 money and 500 FedEx Cup points for winning the final tournament before the playoffs.

Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.

John Huh and Brian Harman were two strokes behind. Harman had a 66, and Huh shot 68.

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - Bart Bryant won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open to becoming the Champions Tour's 1,000th tournament winner.

Bryant shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round and completed his first victory on the 50-and-over tour with 72. He finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin by one shot.

Cochran closed with a 67, and Pavin shot 69.

TRACK & FIELD

MOSCOW (AP) - Usain Bolt is perfect again. And with three gold medals, the Jamaican great became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships.

The 4x100-meter relay gold erased the memories of the 100 title he missed out on in South Korea two years ago because of a false start. And, combined with an identical 100-200-relay triple from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bolt was instrumental in giving Jamaica the first sweep of the six sprint events.

Bolt had already won the 100 and 200 meters. It was his second such sprint triple at the world championships, matching the two he has achieved at the Olympics.

With his victory, Bolt moved to the top of the all-time world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver and one bronze.

AUTO RACING

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Joey Logano gave Ford a Sprint Cup sweep in Michigan - and enabled team owner Roger Penske to celebrate a victory in his home state.

Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano and Kevin Harvick both breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 400-mile, 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano was able to hold off Harvick.

The win put Logano in 13th place in the standings. He's seven points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the second wild card.

GYMNASTICS

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sam Mikulak ran away with the U.S. men's gymnastics championship, winning the all-around title with ease over Alex Naddour. The two-time NCAA champion put together a two-day total of 181.400, a whopping 2.9 points ahead of Naddour.

Jake Dalton was third, followed by defending champion John Orozco. Danell Leyva, the all-around bronze medalist in London last summer, finished seventh.

SAILING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals because of a mechanical problem, handing Italy's Luna Rossa a victory that evened the series at one apiece.

After nose-diving and losing two men overboard during its opening win, Emirates appeared to be sailing smoothly on the second day. The Kiwis pushed ahead by about 400 meters before the hydraulic system that controls the daggerboard malfunctioned near the end of the third leg of the five-leg race on foggy San Francisco Bay.

The winner of the best-of-13 series will face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup starting Sept. 7.

TENNIS

CINCINNATI (AP) - Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling summer with a first-time title. One set away from her own breakthrough, No. 1 Serena Williams wilted.

Nadal took advantage of the few openings he got against John Isner, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win at the Western & Southern Open that added yet another title to his sensational summer.

The 27-year-old Spaniard won the championship in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. He'd never even reached the finals in Cincinnati.

Williams had never won a Cincinnati title, either. Like Nadal, she was trying for her second championship in two weeks, fresh off her championship in Toronto.

She dominated the first set, then fell apart, giving No. 2 Victoria Azarenka a chance to rally for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win that ended Williams' 14-match winning streak. Williams committed 58 unforced errors that turned the momentum.

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