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McIlroy wins European money title

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McIlroy wins European money title

SINGAPORE (AP) After capturing his second major and finishing the year at No. 1, Rory McIlroy had just one goal left - winning the money titles on both sides of the Atlantic.

His third-place finish at the Singapore Open on Sunday guarantees he'll reach that milestone.

McIlroy has $4.7 million in winnings on the European Tour, giving him a $1.33 million edge over Sweden's Peter Hanson.

McIlroy had already wrapped up the PGA Tour money title with more than $8 million. He becomes the second golfer in history to win both titles in the same season, matching Luke Donald's feat from last year.

``It really is hugely satisfying to finally become the European No. 1, especially after finishing second two of the last three years,'' the 23-year-old McIlroy said.

``It has always been one of my goals to become No. 1 in Europe ever since securing my Tour card five years ago, but then to also end the year as both European and PGA Tour No. 1 is just amazing.''

McIlroy, who won his second major at the PGA Championship in August, needed to rally on Sunday in Singapore to finish third.

He then had to wait for Louis Oosthuizen to lose the title in a playoff to Matteo Manassero. The South African could have still passed McIlroy if he had won Singapore and the Dubai World Championship.

McIlroy said his main focus will be to ``keep trying to improve on any little thing'' next year.

``It's been nice that, year after year, my results have improved and I'd like to keep that going, but if I feel like I'm a better golfer next year than I was this year, and so on, then that's how I want to feel,'' he said.

He'd like to add to his number of majors, though. Asked to rank his three biggest achievements of 2012, McIlroy didn't hesitate: ``Major, No. 1, and then the money list.''

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.