National Sports Briefs: Johnson, Creamer win
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. ó Paula Creamer calmly won her biggest LPGA Tour title yet, holding off a large pack in the 20-player Samsung World Championship.
Playing near her hometown of Pleasanton, the 22-year-old Creamer beat Song-Hee Kim by a stroke Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 3-under 69 for a 9-under 279 total. Creamer earned $250,000 for her fourth title of the year and eighth overall.
– VERONA, N.Y. ó Long-hitting rookie Dustin Johnson won the Turning Stone Resort Championship for his first PGA Tour title, holing an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Robert Allenby.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic ó Wade Redden and Scott Gomez each scored second-period goals and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Sunday to sweep their two-game, season-opening series in Europe.
Senators 3, Penguins 1
STOCKHOLM, Sweden ó Dany Heatley scored two more goals and captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists for Ottawa, which beat Pittsburgh.
Hurricanes 2, Predators 0.
RALEIGH ó Ray Whitney and Eric Staal both scored to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday in the final preseason game for both teams.
YPSILANTI, Mich. ó Katie Smith missed almost the entire second quarter because of foul trouble. Cheryl Ford has been out since the summer with a knee injury. And the Detroit Shock had to play in a college gym half the size of their regular home court.In the end, none of it mattered.
The Shock overcame all of that in winning their third WNBA title in six seasons on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Silver Stars 76-60 in Game 3.
STUTTGART, Germany ó New No. 1 Jelena Jankovic won her second title in two weeks, defeating Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.
ARCADIA, Calif. ó Curlin galloped two miles on Santa Anita’s synthetic track Sunday in what could lead to a possible showdown with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 25.
NEW ORLEANS ó Hornets center Tyson Chandler sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of New Orleans’ preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.