Sports log: Graeme McDowell wins World Challenge


Graeme McDowell closed with a 4-under-par 68 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and held off Keegan Bradley to carry him to a three-shot win in the World Challenge on Sunday, his first victory in two years. McDowell finished with a 17-under 271. Bradley, two shots behind with five holes to play, never got any closer. He wound up with a 69. Tiger Woods, the tournament host and defending champion, didn’t make birdie until the 13th hole and closed with a 71 to tie for fourth . . . Martin Kaymer shot a 3-under 69 to earn his first title of 2012 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Kaymer finished at 8-under 280, two ahead of Charl Schwartzel. American Bill Haas was third after a 71. Louis Oosthuizen (74) was fourth. Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood’s run at Sun City ended with a 73, seven shots behind the winner . . . Australia’s Steven Bowditch shot an 8-under 64 on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, Calif., to take a one-stroke lead after the fifth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Georgia native Kris Blanks sits in second. Bowditch had a 23-under 337 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Tour cards . . . Canada’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham shot a 5-under 67 to tie Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn for the top spot in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. Lee-Bentham and Jutanugarn finished the five-round event at 13-under 347 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jutanugarn shot a 74 after taking a six-stroke lead into the day. The top 20 finishers earned full status on the LPGA Tour.


Shields lifts BC women past Rutgers

Kerri Shields hit a driving layup with four seconds to play, giving the Boston College women’s basketball team a 58-56 win over Rutgers (3-3) at Conte Forum. Freshman Nicole Boudreau led the Eagles (5-3) with 14 points . . . Despite 17 points from Nicola Zimmer and 16 from Faziah Steen, Dartmouth (1-5) fell to Old Dominion (5-1), 73-59, in Norfolk, Va. . . . Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Stanford (8-0) beat Gonzaga (6-2), 69-41, in Spokane, Wash. . . . Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help No. 4 Duke beat No. 10 California, 77-63. Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the host Blue Devils (6-0), who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Brittany Boyd scored 23 of her career-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Golden Bears (6-1) . . . In State College, Pa., No. 6 Penn State (6-1) routed Fairleigh Dickinson (1-5), 101-44, behind Maggie Lucas’s 24 points . . . Jasmine Hassell scored 22 points and No. 8 Georgia (9-0) held Georgia Tech (3-4) to 30.2 percent shooting in a 60-50 victory . . . No. 9 Kentucky topped in-state rival and seventh-ranked Louisville, 48-47. The visiting Wildcats (6-1) got 14 points from DeNesha Stallworth, and the Cardinals (8-1) got 13 points from Shoni Schimmel.

Gilligan backstops UNH women to win

The UNH women’s hockey team notched a 3-1 upset win over No. 9 Northeastern at Matthews Arena. The Wildcats (7-10-1, 4-3-1 Hockey East) got 31 saves from goalie Jenn Gilligan and scored three unanswered goals after the Huskies (9-5-2, 5-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on Kendall Coyne’s goal eight minutes into the game. Nicole Gifford and Sara Carlson scored power-play goals for UNH . . . In San Diego, the North Carolina women scored three goals in the second half to beat Penn State, 4-1, and win their 21st Division 1 soccer title. The Tar Heels got the winner from Hanna Gardner 48 seconds into the second half . . . The Creighton men’s soccer team scored with 1:30 left in the game to upend host UConn, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 1 tournament. Christian Blandon scored for the Bluejays, who will face Indiana in the semifinals on Friday in Hoover, Ala. The Huskies’ loss snapped a 38-game home unbeaten streak, which was tied for the third longest streak in NCAA history.

Winter Sports

Vonn wins 56th career World Cup race


Lindsey Vonn completed a weekend trifecta in the World Cup, winning the Super-G in 1 minute, 22.82 seconds at Lake Louise, Alberta. Vonn won the downhill events on Friday and Saturday. With 56 victories, the four-time World Cup champion is now the second most successful skier in the history of the competition behind Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell, who has a record 62 wins. Julia Mancuso finished second, 0.43 behind Vonn. Slovenia’s Tina Maze retained the overall World cup lead by finishing a solid fourth, 0.62 off Vonn's pace . . . Ted Ligety easily captured his second straight World Cup giant slalom race with a flawless and fast final run. He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 25.59 seconds to hold off top rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 1.76 seconds in Beaver Creek, Colo.


Guadalajara fires Dutch great Cruyff

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Johan Cruyff, a former Barcelona soccer coach and Dutch national team member, has been fired as an adviser to Guadalajara club Chivas. The club released a statement saying Cruyff’s contract ‘‘had been terminated.’’ The move came just nine months after Cruyff was hired to help turn around the slumping Mexican side . . . In the NBA, the Chicago Bulls say veteran guard Richard Hamilton has torn tissue in his left foot. The team says an MRI confirmed he tore the plantar fascia tissue and will return ‘‘as his symptoms permit.’’ Hamilton left Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in the third quarter and returned to hit three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds, clinching a 93-88 win.