Sports shorts: Wiebe beats Langer in playoff for first senior major

2013-07-30T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Wiebe beats Langer in playoff for first senior majorThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTHPORT, England - Bernhard Langer gave Mark Wiebe one too many chances at the Senior British Open.

Wiebe beat the German on the fifth playoff hole Monday at Royal Birkdale for his first senior major title. The American used a superb approach shot from the rough to set up a two-putt for par, while Langer failed to get up and down, seeing his par putt stay out.

"I just was luckier than Bernie, I guess," Wiebe said. "I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments. He's won so many, I feel like this was my turn."

Langer led by two going into the final hole of regulation Sunday, but had a double bogey. The playoff was halted after two holes because of darkness and resumed Monday, with Langer missing another chance to win his second British Open title when his 12-foot putt wouldn't drop.

Swimming

Grevers eyes 100 back world title

BARCELONA, Spain - Tucson Ford Aquatics star Matt Grevers qualified first for today's 100-meter backstroke final at the world swimming championships.

Grevers, also a volunteer UA assistant, turned in a semifinal time of 52.97 seconds.

Also Monday, Sahuaro High School grad Caitlin Leverenz finished fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:10.73), and UA's Kevin Cordes placed seventh in the 100 breast stroke at 1:00.02, behind Aussie winner Christian Sprenger (58.79).

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom won the gold in the 100 butterfly, beating world-record holder, Dana Vollmer of the U.S., who settled for bronze.

Longtime Brazilian star Cesar Cielo took gold in the 50 fly, with Eugene Godsoe of the U.S. grabbing the silver.

MISCELLANEOUS

Soccer star's death unclear

DOHA, Qatar - Christian Benitez, a soccer star from Ecuador who led the Mexican league in scoring last season, died a day after playing in a game for his Qatari club team El Jaish. He was 27. The team gave no details on the death but said Benitez didn't complain about his health Sunday.

• North Carolina basketball top scorer P.J. Hairston's reckless driving charge, followed by his indefinite suspension from the team Sunday, marked his latest off-court misstep. He had been cited twice in the span of a month while driving late model cars linked to a convicted felon.

• Police say unrestricted NBA free agent Daniel Gibson turned himself in to face a second-degree battery charge. He is accused of breaking another man's jaw with a punch during a nightclub argument July 8.

• The Houston Rockets signed veteran free agent center Marcus Camby.

• The Lakers said they hired former L.A. player Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistants for coach Mike D'Antoni.

• The Mavericks signed first-round pick Shane Larkin, who is out until October with a broken right ankle. The point guard will make $1.28 million in his first season.

• Prosecutors are dropping charges against Maryland running back Wes Brown, weeks after he was accused of assaulting a police officer who was trying to question him about a shooting.

• No. 2-seeded Sloane Stephens fell to Olga Puchkova 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington.

• Retired sprinter Erik Zabel resigned as a member of an International Cycling Union advisory panel after admitting he used the blood-booster EPO, cortisone and other banned substances in his career.

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