Sports News Roundup: Hurricanes strike early, outlast Devils, 2-1; Redskins QB Smith sustains ugly injury
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Howell defeats Rodgers in playoff for first win in 11 years
Charles Howell III birdied the second playoff hole to defeat fellow American Patrick Rodgers and win the RSM Classic in Georgia on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years. Both players had finished 18 holes at 19-under 263 and recorded pars on the first playoff hole, the 18th.
Zverev stuns Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title
Twenty four hours after being booed for having the audacity to take down a tennis great, Alexander Zverev returned to topple another one as he stunned Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals title on Sunday. Zverev, billed as the player most likely to lead the sport into a new golden era once the holy trinity of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have hung up their rackets, took full advantage of an off-key Serb to win 6-4 6-3.
Maher lifts Cowboys over Falcons at the buzzer
Brett Maher, who had missed an extra point, kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the visiting Dallas Cowboys a 22-19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and keep their playoff hopes alive. Dallas (5-5) took a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons (4-6) tied the game on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones with 1:52 remaining.
Bryan and Sock claim ATP Finals doubles title
Mike Bryan claimed his fifth ATP Finals title, but the first without his twin brother Bob, as he and Jack Sock beat French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in a thrilling doubles final at the 02 Arena on Sunday. The American duo won 5-7 6-1 13-11 as they added the season-ending crown to the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.
Hurricanes strike early, outlast Devils, 2-1
Justin Williams and Micheal Ferland scored in the opening 30 seconds, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the visiting New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. Williams notched a goal 22 seconds into the game, and Ferland's goal came at the 30-second mark as the Hurricanes erased some of the misery from a night earlier, when they had one of their worst performances of the season.
Dorsey: Browns haven't discussed Condi Rice
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey denied the team has discussed interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Browns' head coaching job on Sunday. Dorsey issued the statement after a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter said the team was hoping to interview Rice.
NASCAR notebook: Truex falls just short in title defence
On an emotional night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. fell one place short in his bid for a second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and his attempt to deliver a sterling going-away present to Furniture Row Racing. Truex had the lead with 12 laps left Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at the 1.5-mile track, but his No. 78 Toyota was no match for Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford over the short run. Logano blew past Truex through Turn 1 on Lap 256 of 267 and beat the defending champ to the finish line by 1.725 seconds.
Logano wins race, NASCAR season title
In the lead-up to Sunday's season-ending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driver Joey Logano referred to the four remaining championship contenders as, "The big three and me." In the darkness of the South Florida swamps, it was a tear-soaked "me" hoisting the big, silver championship trophy in victory lane at the 1.5-mile oval following the Ford EcoBoost 400.
Lions edge Panthers after failed 2-point conversion
Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on a go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown pass and the Detroit Lions hung on for a 20-19 victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Panthers pulled within one on Cam Newton's 8-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Moore with 1:07 remaining. Carolina coach Ron Rivera decided to go for a two-point conversion but Newton's pass attempt fell incomplete.
NFL notebook: Redskins QB Smith sustains ugly injury
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula against the Houston Texans on Sunday and will require immediate surgery, Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game. Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter, his right lower leg in an air cast, after being sacked by J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. His right foot got caught underneath him and bent awkwardly.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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