National Sports Briefs: Eaking out the victory in Hickory
CONOVER ó R.W. Eaks successfully defended his Greater Hickory Classic title, closing with a 1-under 71 in windy conditions Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Tom Jenkins and Tom Kite.
The 56-year-old Eaks had a 16-under 200 total and earned $255,000 for his second victory of the year. He has four Champions Tour victories, all in the last two years.
“It got kind of windy out there, but nobody was really making a run,” said Eaks, who has finished no worse than second in the last three years at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. “I felt that if I just stayed out of trouble and played a nice, safe game today, things might work out.”
Mark McNulty (69), Tom McKnight (70) and Mark Wiebe (71) tied for fourth at 11 under.
– MOBILE, Ala. ó Angela Stanford won the Bell Micro LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second career LPGA Tour title, holing a 31/2-foot par putt on the final hole for a 1-over 73 and a one-stroke win over China’s Shanshan Feng.
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Season tickets for Oklahoma City’s new NBA franchise have sold out in just five days.
Chairman Clay Bennett says the last of approximately 13,000 Thunder season tickets were sold Friday, and the team has put names on a waiting list for games at the Ford Center.
About 4,000 seats have been withheld for single-game, group and partial-season ticket sales.
– CLEVELAND ó Guard Delonte West signed a multiyear deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, ending concerns the restricted free agent would hold out at training camp.
– PORTLAND, Ore. ó Portland Trail Blazers center Raef LaFrentz will have shoulder surgery later this month.
MADRID, Spain ó Russia won its fourth Fed Cup in five years Sunday, defeating Spain when Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the title.
SAN FRANCISCO ó Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the AVP Crocs Cup Shootout San Francisco on Sunday.
The top-seeded duo beat second-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs, 21-16, 21-12 for their first victory in three tournaments since Beijing.