J.R. Todd wins first NHRA Funny Car season title

POMONA, Calif. — J.R. Todd wrapped up his first Funny Car season title Sunday during the first round of Funny Car eliminations in the Auto Club NHRA Finals and went on to win the event. Matt Smith won his third Pro Stock Motorcycle title in the final event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. All of the event winners won season titles, with Steve Torrence winning in Top Fuel and Tanner Gray in Pro Stock. Todd beat Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final with a 3.872-second run…

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Mercedes claims constructors’ title, has chance at history in 2019

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Mercedes will have the chance to match Ferrari’s record six constructors’ championships in a row next year after wrapping up the 2018 crown at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Ferrari had to out-score Mercedes by 13 points or more to keep the fight alive for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, but ended up losing 12 to the world champions. Lewis Hamilton capped the achievement by claiming a victory, while teammate Valtteri Bottas finished fifth. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished third and sixth, respectively. Mercedes…

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Emotional Lee Westwood ends European Tour title drought with victory at Sun City

An emotional Lee Westwood fought back tears after claiming his first European Tour title since 2014 with a third victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Westwood fired an eagle and six birdies in a brilliant final round of 64 at Sun City to finish 15 under par and three shots ahead of overnight leader Sergio Garcia, with home favourite Louis Oosthuizen a shot further back after a double bogey on the 18th. The victory is Westwood’s 24th on the European Tour and his first on the circuit…

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Lee Westwood celebrates first title since 2015 after sealing Nedbank Challenge with superb 64

Lee Westwood wiped away the tears after rolling back the years yesterday. The former world No 1 shot a brilliant 64 to lift the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, his first win in 3½ years. This was no ordinary comeback win from the 45-year-old. Not only was the European Tour event part of the elite Rolex Series, boasting a near £1 million first prize, but ­Westwood had to battle off two ­major winners to prevail at the Gary Player Country Club. However, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen could not live…

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European Tour’s year-long Race to Dubai title down to besties Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood

They became brothers in arms, an Internet sensation sharing joint custody of the delicious label “Moliwood” as they led the European Team to a September Ryder Cup victory in France. But with one tournament remaining in the 2017-’18 Euro Tour season, next week’s DP World Tour Championship, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood will become rivals in the quest to claim the Race to Dubai title. As Lee Westwood turned back the clock with his victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, he prevented challengers Li Haotong (T-5) or Rory…

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Veteran Westwood claims first European Tour title since 2014

Sun City (South Africa) (AFP) – Former world number one Lee Westwood snatched his first European Tour title in over four years by overhauling Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen with a superb final-round 64 to win a third Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City on Sunday. The 45-year-old Englishman finished the event on 15 under par, three strokes clear of overnight leader Garcia, to claim his first win on either of the two major tours since the Malaysian Open in 2014. “That is what sport is all about,” said Westwood,…

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Fed Cup: Czech Republic beat United States to win sixth title in eight years

Siniakova’s victory earned the Czech Republic their 11th Fed Cup victory The Czech Republic won their sixth Fed Cup title in eight years as an emotional Katerina Siniakova clinched a 3-0 win over the United States with an epic victory against Sofia Kenin. Siniakova fought back tears as she saved two match points, then took a second of her own to win 7-5 5-7 7-5. The victory, which took Siniakova almost four hours, gave the home team an unassailable 3-0 lead in Prague. Siniakova and Barbora Strycova won Saturday’s opening-day…

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Westwood shines in Sun City to end European Tour title drought

An emotional Lee Westwood secured his first European Tour title since April 2014 after a final round of 64 clinched a three-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Englishman’s blemish-free performance on Sunday at Sun City included an eagle and six birdies, five of which came during a sizzling back nine at Gary Player Country Club. Westwood’s low score set the bar for the rest at 15 under, leaving him to watch on as two major winners – Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen – attempted to catch the clubhouse…

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Nedbank Golf Challenge – Big finish from Lee Westwood secures win, first title in four years

Lee Westwood bagged five birdies on his back nine to storm to victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club on Sunday, his first title on the European Tour for four years. Westwood, 45, carded a faultless 64 that included an eagle and six birdies for a tournament total of 15 under-par, three shots ahead of overnight leader Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard, who had led from the first round into Sunday, could only manage a 70 as his two-shot overnight advantage was swallowed up by a…

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