National Sports Briefs
NORTON, Mass. ó Mike Weir holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, leaving him in a familiar position with hopes of a better outcome.
It was the 10th time the Canadian has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but he has only one victory when leading going into the final round.
Three shots behind were Sergio Garcia (68) and Vijay Singh (69), part of the playoff last week at The Barclays that Singh won to move atop the standings in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. ó Jeff Sluman won the First Tee Open for his second Champions Tour victory, closing with a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach for a five-stroke victory over Fuzzy Zoeller and Craig Stadler.
OTTAWA ó The Ottawa Senators traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to Tampa Bayon for defensemen Filip Kuba and Alexandre Picard and a first-round pick in 2009.
Meszaros had nine goals, 27 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 82 regular-season games for the Senators last season, his third in the NHL.
– DENVER ó Patience paid off for the Colorado Avalanche, who signed Joe Sakic to a one-year, $6 million contract after he decided to play a 20th season in the NHL rather than call it a career.
MASON, Ohio ó Olympic beach volleyball stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh lost for the first time in more than a year, dropping a 21-19, 10-21, 25-23 decision to Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh on Sunday in The AVP Crocs Cup Shootout.
With the loss, the two-time Olympic champions’ winning streak ended at 112 matches and 19 titles. They last lost on Aug. 19, 2007, also to Branagh and Youngs.
DETROIT ó Rookie Justin Wilson raced to his first IndyCar Series victory Sunday, edging Helio Castroneves in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix.
Castroneves led for the majority of the road race on the Belle Isle course, but was penalized for blocking Wilson and was forced by rule to relinquish the lead with fewer than 20 laps to go.
Series points leader Scott Dixon finished fifth. That result, coupled with Castroneves’ strong showing, means the IndyCar championship will be decided at next weekend’s final points race at the Chicagoland track.
The odds of winning the series title still favor Dixon, who entered the Detroit race 43 points ahead of Castroneves.