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Sportshorts for Monday, April 8, 2013


Laird edges
McIlroy in Texas

Martin Laird tied the course record with a 9-under par 63 to hold off Rory McIlory to earn his first win in more than 2 years at the Texas Open in San Antonio.

Laird began Sunday four shots behind leader Billy Horschel, but posted a bogey-free round to finish 14 under overall and earn the third win of his career, his first since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011. The Scottish golfer entered the week having missed four of eight cuts this year.

McIlroy, the world’s No. 2, began the day at 6 under before posting a 66 to finish two shots back and finish second – his best finish of the year.

Park runs away
with LPGA major

Inbee Park doubled her lead to six strokes on the opening hole Sunday and ran away with the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title.

The 24-year-old South Korean player made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 first, while playing partner Lizette Salas had a double bogey for a three-stroke swing. Park closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 15 under, four strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu at Mission Hills.


Bulls’ winning streak against Pistons ends

The Pistons ended an 18-game losing streak against the Bulls with a 99-85 victory Sunday in Auburn Hills.

Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago, which allowed the Pistons to shoot 53.4 percent from the field.


Hawks sweep Preds in weekend series

After surviving a 1-0 victory in regulation Saturday in Nashville, the Chicago Blackhawks scored the last three goals of a 5-3 victory against the Predators on Sunday at the United Center.

Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews scored within 55 seconds of each other midway through the third Sunday to take a 4-3 lead.


Orioles’ McCutchen suspended 50 games

Right-hander Daniel McCutchen, whom the Orioles signed to a minor league deal this winter and was sent out of camp March 23, has been suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy for using a banned substance.

McCutchen, 29, tested positive for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone.

McCutchen was 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings over seven games this spring with the Orioles.


Louisville T-shirt sales stopped

T-shirts featuring injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware’s No. 5 are no longer being sold by Adidas because of a “logo issue,” a Louisville spokesman said.

Louisville had said it was waiving Adidas’ royalties for the shirt, which read “Rise to the Occasion” with the No.5 replacing the “s” in “Rise,” and had said Adidas would make contributions to the university’s scholarship fund.

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