Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses while finishing last in the NL West at 64-98. Tracy was promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009, and was voted NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado to the playoffs. ‘‘I was surprised,’’ said Bill Geivett, the team’s director of major league operations. ‘‘I wanted Jim to come back. That’s how we began our conversation on Friday, that he was the manager. But he called and informed me today he was resigning.’’
Moore wins PGA Tour event by stroke
Former UNLV player Ryan Moore won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the 16th hole to take the outright lead and finishing with a 5-under-par 66 for a one-stroke victory over Brendon de Jonge. Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260. De Jonge shot a 67. Blixt had a 70 to finish third at 20 under . . . Bernhard Langer rallied to win the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C., to take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, shooting a 9-under 63 to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes. Langer finished at 13-under 203 . . . Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour event of the season in St. Andrews, Scotland, shooting a 2-under 70 to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots. Grace led from the first round and finished with a 22-under 266 to hold off Thorbjorn Olesen (68), who finished second . . . Sweden’s David Lingmerth won the Web.com Tour’s Neediest Kids Championship in Potomac, Md., to wrap up a 2013 PGA Tour card, closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke win over Casey Wittenberg. Lingmerth finished at 8-under 272 . . . US Amateur champion Steven Fox and Chris Williams each shot 2-under 69 to help the US beat Mexico by five strokes and win the World Amateur Team Championship in Antayla, Turkey.
Lynx edge Sparks, advance to finals
Simon Augustus scored 21 points and Maya Moore added 20 as the Minnesota Lynx held off the host Los Angeles Sparks, 80-79, to advance to the WNBA finals to defend their title. Alana Beard missed a 16-footer at the final buzzer for the Sparks. Lindsay Whalen added 17 points for the Lynx, who swept the series, 2-0, and await the Eastern champion — either Connecticut or Indiana. Candace Parker had 33 points and 15 rebounds for Los Angeles . . . The Sparks collected two of the WNBA’s season-ending awards, with Nneka Ogwumike honored as rookie of the year and Carol Ross chosen coach of the year.
Djokovic tops Tsonga for China crown
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic won the China Open in Beijing, beating third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, in the final. On the women’s side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka won her fifth title of the year by dominating second-seeded Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-1. It was the third time this year Azarenka beat Sharapova in a final after victories at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Djokovic has won the tournament on all three occasions he has entered, beating Marin Cilic in 2009 and David Ferrer in 2010. He has a 14-0 record . . . Kei Nishikori beat Milos Raonic, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-0, to win the Japan Open in Tokyo.
Kebede sets Chicago Marathon record
Ethiopa’s Tsegaye Kebede shattered the course record with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds to win the Chicago Marathon. Kebede, who finished ahead of countryman Feyisa Lilesa, eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya’s Moses Mosop last year. Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa edged Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo by one second in the women’s race with a time of 2:22:03 . . . Kenya’s Christopher Kipyego won the Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul with a time of 2:14:55. Jeannette Faber of Portland, Ore., won the women’s race in 2:32:38 . . . In MLS, Eddie Gaven’s goal in stoppage time gave the host Columbus Crew a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City; Jorge Villafana’s goal in the 69th minute snapped a 600-minute scoreless streak as Chivas USA forged a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in Carson, Calif.; and Eddie Johnson scored his 14th goal as the host Seattle Sounders beat the Portland Timbers, 3-0 . . . French driver Sebastien Loeb clinched his ninth consecutive world rally title after winning Rally France in Strasbourg . . . Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka to close within 4 points of Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso, who crashed out of the race at the first turn . . . Ridden by John Velasquez, In Lingerie won the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., to cap a big weekend for trainer Todd Pletcher. Pletcher won two Grade 1 races Saturday at Belmont.