National Sports Briefs
Associated PressLAS VEGAS ó Marc Turnesa completed a wire-to-wire victory for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Matt Kuchar by a stroke in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The fourth rookie to win on the PGA Tour this season, Turnesa opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 at TPC Summerlin en route to a 25-under 263 total. He earned $738,000.
– KAPALUA, Hawaii ó Morgan Pressel birdied the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen in the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic.
Kapalua’s tour pro, Pressel finished at 8-under 280 and earned $225,000 for her second career win. She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship last year to become the youngest player in tour history to win a major.
– THE WOODLANDS, Texas ó Bernhard Langer overcame a “senior moment” to win his second straight Administaff Small Business Classic title, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Lonnie Nielsen.
BOSTON ó Kendrick Perkins had 18 points with nine rebounds and Gabe Pruitt scored 11 with 12 boards to lead the Boston Celtics to a 83-66 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.
Kevin Garnett scored eight points with eight rebounds while playing sparingly in the first and third quarters in the NBA champions’ penultimate tuneup before they begin their title defense. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen scored six points apiece in 20 and 16 minutes.
Timberwolves 111, Nuggets 107
BISMARCK, N.D. ó Kevin Ollie made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 111-107 preseason victory over Denver.
Ryan Gomes scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field for the Timberwolves (5-1). Mike Miller had 17 points, Al Jefferson added 15, Craig Smith 13 and Randy Foye 12. Foye also had 15 assists.
Lakers 108, FC Barcelona 104
LOS ANGELES ó Kobe Bryant scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat FC Barcelona, Pau Gasol’s old team, 108-104 in an exhibition game.
MADRID, Spain ó Fourth-ranked Andy Murray beat Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 7-6 (6) Sunday to win the Madrid Masters.
The U.S. Open finalist became the first Briton to win four titles in a season. He will be the first Briton in the Open era since Fred Perry in 1936 to finish the year at No. 4.
Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman both reached No. 4 but never finished the year there and never won four titles and played in a Grand Slam final in one season.Murray won in Doha, Marseille and Cincinnati. Mark Cox of Britain captured three titles in 1975.
MIAMI ó Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for comments critical of beleaguered referee Ed Hochuli and his crew in last week’s loss at Houston.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo. ó The NFL fined Broncos cornerback Dre’ Bly $20,000 for inappropriate remarks about officials after Denver’s 24-17 loss to Jacksonville last weekend. Bly played in college at North Carolina.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. ó Steve Lawson, a popular NASCAR official, was found dead in his hotel room Sunday morning, NASCAR officials said. He was 51.
The cause of death was not announced.