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Sports log: Sergio Garcia squeezes in first victory of year

GOLF

Sergio Garcia shot a final-round 68 to beat Henrik Stenson by four strokes and win the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi on Sunday. The 33-year-old Garcia, who held the lead since the second round, turned in a solid final round that featured six birdies and two bogeys to finish at 22-under-par 266. The victory is the Spaniard’s first this year with his last win coming at the Johor Open, an Asian Tour event in Malaysia, last December. ‘‘I knew Henrik was going to make it difficult for me. He’s been playing so amazingly great, and he did. I started well, but he also did. He kept hitting good shot after good shot,’’ said Garcia, who raised some eyebrows by using his girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, as his caddie. Stenson, who this year became the first player to win the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup, matched Garcia’s 68 in his final round. ‘‘It was a good week. Especially [because] I've had a great year, but coming here really on the fumes left in the tank, not too much going for me to perform this week in that sense. But I was hanging in there and I was just coming up a couple short,’’ Stenson said. Alexander Levy shot a 69 to finish in third, eight shots back. Last year’s winner, Charl Schwartzel (67) tied for fourth with Yuki Kono (72), Justin Rose (65), and Anirban Lahiri (71). Rickie Fowler endured an up-and-down round that featured six birdies and four bogeys for a 70 to finish 11 under, sharing eighth place with Chapchai Nirat.

Kuchar, English triumph in Shootout

Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, firing a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble to set the tournament course record. Kuchar and English finished at 34-under 182, playing their last 28 holes at Tiburon in 25 under. The duo beat Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen by seven strokes, matching the tournament record for margin of victory set by Curtis Strange and Mark O'Meara (61) in 1989 in the inaugural event. Kuchar and English, who replaced the injured Brandt Snedeker in the field, each earned $385,000. Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter had a 59 to finish third at 26 under, and Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel (60) were fourth at 24 under . . . Scott Pinckney shot a 7-under 65 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course in La Quinta, Calif., to take a one-stroke lead after the fourth round of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Pinckney, from Scottsdale, Ariz., had a 21-under 267 total after 72 holes in the six-day, 108-hole event that will determine player priority rankings for the Tour season. Scotland’s Jimmy Gunn was second after a 66, also on the Nicklaus course . . . Stewart and Connor Cink won the Father/Son Challenge, making two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory in the scramble event at Orlando, Fla. Connor Cink, a Clemson freshman who preferred hockey over golf as a teen, put the duo in front with a 30-foot eagle at No. 14. His father capped the day with a 20-foot eagle putt at No. 18, the last of nine consecutive 3s in a back-nine 27. They finished with an 11-under 61 for 22-under total. Steve and Sam Elkington (63) and Vijay and Qass Singh (61) tied for second.

SOCCER

Cup stadium construction is halted

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A labor court in Manaus, Brazil, halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus, further delaying the venue that will host United States vs. Portugal and three other matches next June. The decision was announced after public prosecutors requested the immediate interruption of work in all areas where laborers need to be high above the ground. Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died Saturday after falling while helping install panels to the stadium’s roof . . . Liverpool delivered a potent attacking master class, with Luis Suarez at his devastating best in a 5-0 rout of host Tottenham that signals the team can challenge for the Premier League title. The 18-time champions, who haven’t won the title since 1990, are two points behind Arsenal.

MISCELLANY

Manning is SI’s Sportsman of the Year

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the 2013 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Manning has anchored the Broncos’ high-octane offense, which leads the league in total offense, passing, receiving, and points scored. His 47 touchdown passes put him four shy of breaking Tom Brady’s record for most in a season. Manning is just one of eight NFL members to be named Sportsman. He joins Pete Rozelle (1963), Terry Bradshaw (’79), Reggie Williams (’87), Joe Montana (’90), Brady (2005), Brett Favre (’07), and Drew Brees (’10) . . . Winnipeg Jets forward Anthony Peluso was suspended by the NHL for three games for boarding Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski in Winnipeg’s 6-4 loss to Dallas on Saturday night. Peluso was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play in the second period. Peluso will forfeit $8,653.86 during the suspension . . . Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard and 76ers center Daniel Orton were each suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for their altercation Saturday night. Leonard initiated the fight by slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 139-105 victory in Philadelphia.

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