Sports Digest: McIlroy beats Morikawa for 20th PGA Tour win




Rory McIlroy capped a great weekend in Las Vegas by overtaking Rickie Fowler and fending off Collin Morikawa to win the CJ Cup at Summit for his 20th PGA Tour title.

McIlroy took control with a 35-foot eagle putt just off the green on the 14th par-5, then played flawlessly down the home stretch for a 6-under-66 and a one-stroke win. .

Fowler, who started the final round with a two-stroke lead as he tried to go almost three years without a win, passed out with a pair of three putts and shot 71 to tie for third. The threat came from Summit Club member Morikawa, who shot 29 from the front to get into the mix and closed with an eagle for a 62.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Matt Fitzpatrick had 15 consecutive pars, then finished with two birdies on his last three holes to win the Andalucía Masters by three strokes in Sotogrande, Spain.

Fitzpatrick finished 6 under 278 on the Real Club Valderrama course in southern Spain which hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup. The Englishman took advantage of a late collapse from Swede Sebastian Soderberg, who had a double bogey and a bogey on his last two holes to finish tied for second with Min Woo Lee of Australia.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Lee Janzen landed a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the SAS Championship in Cary, NC.

Janzen also birdied the 18th par 4 in regulation in a final Under-67 game in the regular season finals. The two-time US Open champion won the 2015 ACE Group Classic for his only other senior title.

Jimenez finished with a 69 to tie Janzen at 12 under 204 at Prestonwood Country Club. He hit his approach to the green in the playoffs and landed a foot before Janzen won the game.

Jim Furyk (67) and Alex Cejka (70) fell back suddenly.


NBA: Ben Simmons trained with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time this season on Sunday, although no decision has been made on his status for the season opener.

Simmons was a staple for training camp and the start of the preseason following his offseason commercial demand. The three-time All-Star goaltender made a surprise return to the squad on Monday. Once he cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Simmons was cleared to practice.

The Sixers open the season Wednesday in New Orleans and play their home opener Friday against Brooklyn.

Coach Doc Rivers has said he will “wait and see” Simmons’ status for the season opener.


OPEN BNP PARIBAS: Cameron Norrie defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Indian Wells, Calif., becoming the tournament’s first champion ranked outside the top 25 since 2010.

Paula Badosa edged Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) in the women’s final, winning her second career title.

She joined Bianca Andreescu in 2019 and Serena Williams in 1999 in winning the tournament in her first appearance.


NHL: Chris Tierney scored in two power plays in the second period, and Filip Gustavsson made 32 saves for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 home win over the Dallas Stars.

Nick Paul also scored for Ottawa and Connor Brown had three assists to reach the 100 for his career.


GERMANY: Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry scored two goals apiece as visiting Bayern Munich demolished Bayer Leverkusen to return to the top of the Bundesliga table.

Four goals in seven minutes left Leverkusen in tatters before half-time as Bayern edged ahead of Borussia Dortmund. Leverkusen is third by three points.

SPAIN: Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho scored as Barcelona ended their losing streak by rallying to beat Valencia, 3-1.

The struggling Catalan club climbed to seventh place, five points behind leaders Real Sociedad and one game less.

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