Sports Roundup: Golf WC for Belgium; Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi; Warriors edge Kings
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Pieters, Detry claim first World Cup of Golf for Belgium
Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry won the $7 million World Cup of Golf by three strokes in Melbourne on Sunday to secure Belgium's first title triumph in the team event. Overnight leaders by five strokes, the young pair survived a late wobble in the final round foursomes at Metropolitan Golf Club, with a bogey on the 15th trimming their lead to two shots over Australia's Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.
Motor racing: Hamilton ends the season with a win in Abu Dhabi
Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton signed off on the Formula One season in style and a cloud of tyre smoke on Sunday after a pole-to-flag victory in Abu Dhabi, his 11th win of the campaign. Ferrari's overall runner-up Sebastian Vettel finished second, and also set the fastest lap, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen third in a race that also saw a rare sprinkling of desert rain.
NBA roundup: Warriors edge Kings in final seconds
Klay Thompson capped a 31-point performance with a put-back of his own miss with 5.8 seconds remaining Saturday night to give the Golden State Warriors a 117-116 victory over the Sacramento Kings in Oakland, Calif. Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 44 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, to help the Warriors outrace their Northern California rivals down the stretch en route to their second home win in two nights. Golden State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 125-97 triumph over Portland on Friday.
Top 25 roundup: No. 10 OSU continues dominance over No. 4 Michigan
Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdowns passes, and No. 10 Ohio State scored its most points in the 115-year history of the series, defeating No. 4 Michigan 62-39 on Saturday at Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) took the Big Ten East Division and will play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis on Dec. 1.
49s linebacker Foster arrested again on a domestic violence charge
San Francisco 49s linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on Saturday night in Florida on a domestic violence charge, adding to a string of run-ins with the law over the past year. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website showed the 24-year-old was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. and booked into jail shortly after 11 p.m.
Report: Redskins quarterback Smith's playing future uncertain
The Washington Redskins remain optimistic that quarterback Alex Smith will return from the severe leg injury he suffered last week, but doctors reportedly have a wait-and-see approach with the 34-year-old's playing future. Smith suffered a compound fracture and a spiral fracture in his right leg in a loss to the Houston Texans. Coach Jay Gruden said last Monday that the spiral fracture -- a break in a long bone caused by a rotational force -- was discovered during Sunday's surgery, which he said: "went well."
NFL notebook: Ditka recovering from a heart attack
Former NFL player, coach and commentator Mike Ditka is recovering from a heart attack suffered earlier this week, according to his agent. "Coach Ditka had a mild heart attack earlier this week. Doctors inserted a pacemaker, and he is doing much better," agent Steve Mandell said. "He appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon."
NBA: 'Greek Freak' Antetokounmpo learns the art of the soft sell
Giannis Antetokounmpo has learned to speak kindly to referees when calls do not go his way, the Milwaukee power forward said after the Bucks outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 135-129 in the NBA on Saturday. Antetokounmpo's penchant for driving to the basket means he draws physical contact more often than most, and while officials do not always whistle a foul, they come around eventually if spoken to respectfully, he says.
Tennis: Inspired Cilic seals historic Davis Cup win for Croatia
Marin Cilic clinched Croatia's second Davis Cup title by crushing France's Lucas Pouille 7-6(3) 6-3 6-3 to give his side a decisive 3-1 lead in a historic final at Lille's Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday. The powerful world number seven was relentless as he snuffed out any hope of a famous French fightback -- giving Pouille little chance of extending the last final in the 118-year-old competition's current guise into a deciding fifth rubber.
NHL roundup: Laine scores five goals in Jets' win
Patrik Laine scored three of his career-high five goals in the second period, and the Winnipeg Jets pulled away for an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night in the finale of a four-game road trip. Laine joined Johan Franzen (2011) and Marian Gaborik (2007) as the only players to get a five-goal game since the start of the 1997-98 season.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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