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Inbee Park rallies to win LPGA Malaysia

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Inbee Park rallies to win LPGA Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes.

Park took the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th and moved two shots ahead with another short birdie putt on the par-4 14th. She got away with bogeys on the final two holes when Choi made a double bogey on the par-3 17th in her closing 71.

``I'm very happy to win,'' Park said. ``I played for the second time here, and it's the first time I've won twice in one year, so I'm really proud of myself for that.''

She won the Evian Masters in July in France and has six straight top-three finishes and 10 top-10s in a row. In her previous three events, she tied for second in the Safeway Classic and finished second in the Canadian Women's Open and Women's British Open.

``I think my golf has improved, everything, hitting the ball, chipping, putting. Everything has really improved,'' said Park, also the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion. ``I worked really hard on my swing. I've been hitting it very solid all year. So, that gave me a lot more birdie chances.''

Two strokes behind Choi entering the round and three behind with 10 holes left, Park picked up a stroke when the defending champion bogeyed the par-4 ninth, then pulled even with birdies on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. Park holed a 20-foot putt on 10, and a 15-footer on 11.

``I think I prefer leading, because I think it's much easier the last day,'' Park said. ``But, I mean, I had to play good on the final day to win. I knew that Na Yeon was really strong on this golf course and I knew she really liked this golf course. So I knew I had to go really low today to win, make a lot of birdies.''

Choi's tee shot on the 17th ended up an unplayable lie in a bunker.

``I think I had bad luck,'' said Choi, the U.S. Women's Open winner in July. ``My ball was unplayable. I couldn't hit it from there. I'd really like to congratulate Inbee, my friend. I could see she was really nervous. She's usually not nervous at all. She was nervous today. I'm very happy my friend won this week.''

Park finished at 15-under 269 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to match the tournament record in the event that started in 2010. She earned $285,000 to push her tour-leading total to $1,954,608.

Australia's Karrie Webb shot a 68 to finish third at 12 under, and Scotland's Catriona Matthew was another stroke back after a 67.

South Korea's So Yeon Ryu (66) was 10 under, and Australia's Lindsey Wright (67) and American Paula Creamer (69) were 9 under. American Jessica Korda matched the tournament record with a 64 to finish eighth at 8 under.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, tied for fourth after the third round, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 19th at 4 under.

Michelle Wie closed with a 68 to tie for 38th at 1 over, and top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 71 to tie for 49th at 5 over. The Taiwanese star has struggled after winning three times in the first five events of the season.

American Morgan Pressel also had another frustrating week in a season derailed by thumb and wrist injuries, shooting 79-83-81-75 to finish 67th among the 68 finishers at 34 over - 49 strokes behind Park.

The tournament opened the LPGA Tour's four-event Asian swing. The tour will be in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan the next three weeks.

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Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at 32

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Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke at 32

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heat stroke Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital after working outside that day at his family's shop about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Little Rock.

Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grips of an intense heat wave. In Lonoke County, where Petrus was working, the heat index on Thursday made it feel like it was than 100 degrees (38 Celsius) outside, according to the National Weather Service.

During his college career, Petrus played alongside Razorback greats Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and later earned all-Southeastern Conference honors.

He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and got into 11 regular-season games his rookie year, with no starts. In his second season, Petrus played in six regular-season games, starting three of them, as the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. He played six games for the Giants the following season before being released. He was picked up by the New England and played two games for the Patriots before being released. Tennessee then signed him and he played two games for the Titans before the team released him the following March.

After retiring from the NFL in 2013, Petrus returned to Arkansas, where he was well-known and often appeared as a studio analyst and sidelines reporter during televised high school football games. He also had an interest in politics, serving as Republican state Sen. Dismang's chief of staff during the Legislature's 2018 session, when Dismang was the chamber's president.

"With his energy and how positive he was, he was just a perfect fit for that session," Dismang said Friday.

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Michael Vick thinks Dwayne Haskins is in the perfect situation with the Redskins

Michael Vick thinks Dwayne Haskins is in the perfect situation with the Redskins

Though Michael Vick was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft, he didn't immediately become the starter. Instead, he spent most of his rookie season watching and getting accustomed to the NFL before assuming the starting job in 2002 and launching his exciting career. 

Rather than being thrown right into the fire, Vick was given time to learn and transition to the pros.

Now the newest No. 7 to enter the league, Dwayne Haskins, could find himself in a similar situation. With only one year of real experience in college, the Redskins could opt to let Haskins continue to adjust from the sideline and work under the veteran passers on the roster. 

To Vick, that path will make the transition much smoother.

"It's not difficult at all when you have an opportunity to sit behind guys like Case Keenum, who has a ton of experience and knows how to play the game. [Or] Colt McCoy," Vick said Friday on The Sports Junkies when asked about how hard the jump to the NFL will be for Haskins.

While Haskins will most likely take the starting role in the long run, Vick is fine with Keenum or McCoy taking the starting spot to begin the season.

Seeing that Haskins could benefit from the tutelage of the quarterback room in a situation where he's not being put under maximum pressure, Vick strongly believes Haskins progression will be better if it comes naturally.

The now-NFL analyst even mentioned that he talked to head coach Jay Gruden at a golf event recently and stated that Gruden told him, "It's going to take some time" with Haskins. That may not be what some fans want to hear, but Vick knows that time behind the veterans may be exactly what Haskins needs.

"It's not like he's been rushed out there to play. He has some time to develop," Vick said. "That's the most important thing for him right now."

"That's very fortunate for Dwayne to be in that position," he added.

Even as a high-profile pick coming into the league Vick's ascension to starter took time, and that decision seemed to work out pretty well for him.

The Redskins have an opportunity to do the same with Haskins, letting him ease into the NFL and take in everything he can from two veterans. According to Vick, it's the perfect scenario for a rookie QB to be in.

"You get to soak up everything, you get to gain the whole experience without having to be under pressure," Vick said. "That makes it extremely easy when you step out there for the first time."

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