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SportShorts for Monday, May 12, 2014

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:23 a.m. CST

Ginny Doyle, former University of Richmond basketball player and the Spiders’ associate head coach, was aboard a hot air balloon that exploded Friday evening after colliding with a power line.

Joining her in the basket were two others, the pilot and Natalie Lewis, 24, the Spiders’ director of basketball operations.

The balloon carrying Doyle and Lewis hit a power line and caught fire. Two people either fell or leaped from the gondola. There was an explosion, then more fire.

On Saturday, rescuers recovered the bodies of two people who had been in the balloon. But Lewis’ parents said their daughter remained missing.

Golf

Emerald Hill Ladies League starts up

The Emerald Hill Women’s Golf Association began Tuesday, with low net the play of the day.

Ronda Paufve took first, while Jane Minard placed second, and Donna Brooks finished third. Brooks had the low gross, while Minard had the fewest putts.

Paufve was closest to the pin on hole No. 2.

Kaymer wins Players Championship

Martin Kaymer holed a 30-foot par putt on TPC Sawgrass’ famous 17th island green, and it carried him to a one-shot victory Sunday in The Players Championship.

Kaymer nearly blew a three-shot lead after a 90-minute rain delay, until he holed the par putt. He got up-and-down with his putter from short of the 18th green for one last par and a 1-under 71.

Jim Furyk closed with a 66 – he had to wait until after the rain delay to rap in a 3-foot par putt – and it looked as though it might be enough to force a playoff, or even win outright.

Instead, Furyk had to settle for a runner-up finish for the second straight week.

Jordan Spieth, tied with Kaymer going into the final round, made his first bogey of the tournament on the fifth hole, and more followed. He closed with a 74.

European Tour caddie dies on course

Zimbabwean caddie Iain McGregor died of a heart attack during the final round of the Madeira Open on Sunday, the European Tour said in a statement.

McGregor, 52, was working for Scotland’s Alastair Forsyth at the tournament when he collapsed on the ninth hole.

The tournament was halted, but resumed after consultation with the players and caddies involved.

Soccer

Manchester City wins Premier League

Manchester City clinched a second Premier League title in three seasons with a 2-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday that sent their Etihad Stadium fans into raptures and condemned Liverpool to second place.

Blue and white ticker tape rained down and fans poured on to the pitch at the final whistle as City, which only needed a draw to win the trophy, finished two points clear of Liverpool, whose campaign ended with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.

Samir Nasri calmed City nerves by drilling them ahead in the 39th minute and captain Vincent Kompany’s neat finish four minutes after halftime put the hosts in cruise control, rounding off a superb debut season for manager Manuel Pellegrini.

 

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