November 27, 2012
Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA Tour money titles. The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to finish at 6-under 66 for a total of 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament. Rose, who was tied for seventh after three rounds, surged into contention after shooting a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies.
October 9, 2006 |
Michael Schumacher dropped out of the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday with a blown engine, likely ending his hopes to end his career with the Formula One points title. Schumacher was leading the race in Suzuka, Japan, when he saw smoke coming from his engine. "And I knew immediately what that meant for the race and championship," said Schumacher, who is retiring after this season. "For me the championship is over. I have to say clearly I don't really believe in the championship anymore.
September 11, 2006 |
World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound wants to investigate why Marion Jones' backup sample came up negative, clearing her of a positive doping test. The "B" sample from the 30-year-old sprinter did not detect the banned endurance enhancer EPO, her attorneys said Wednesday. That means her initial positive result is thrown out. She was tested after winning the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships June 23. Pound said he found the inconsistent tests "disturbing.
January 17, 2006 |
Kayla Burt ended her college basketball career at Washington yesterday, four days after her internal heart defibrillator activated during a game. Burt, 23, had the defibrillator implanted in her chest after her heart stopped on New Year's Eve 2002. She was in her off-campus apartment and teammates came to her rescue, performing CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene and took her to the hospital. "The decision is a mutual agreement between myself, my family, the doctors and the University of Washington," Burt, a senior guard, said at a news conference with coach June Daugherty and the Huskies' team doctor, Kim Harmon.
April 21, 2003 |
Wearing a black armband over his red racing suit, Michael Schumacher drove just hours after his mother's death yesterday and won the Formula One San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. His brother, Ralf, finished fourth. "My mother loved to be at the track," Schumacher said in a statement. "She loved it when we drove go-carts on the old track at home. She would have wanted to see us race today. " Under other circumstances, this finish would have prompted raucous celebrations by the five-time Formula One champion, Ferrari and their thousands of red-clad fans.
May 13, 2002 |
Michael Schumacher didn't need the fastest car to win the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria. Schumacher cruised to victory yesterday when Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello - following team orders - yielded the lead in the final straightaway, allowing the four-time world champion to take the checkered flag. Barrichello, the polesitter who led the entire race, settled for second as Schumacher claimed his first Austrian GP and fifth victory in six races this season.
April 1, 2002 |
As a flashy, shaggy-haired teenager, Andre Agassi became the youngest men's champion in the ATP tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Twelve years later, bald and businesslike, he is still the tournament's best player. Agassi won the event for a record fifth time yesterday, beating Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, in the final of the Nasdaq-100 Open. Agassi, 31, also was the champion in 1990, 1995, 1996 and 2001. The only other player to win five titles was his wife, Steffi Graf.
March 18, 2002 |
For the first time in years, Sterling Marlin starts every race thinking he can win. Even from the last starting spot in the field. Marlin extended his dominating start to the season yesterday, coming from the 43rd starting position to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in Darlington, S.C. Marlin took over the lead after an 11-car accident that sent Tony Stewart to the hospital. It was his second win of the year and 10th of Marlin's career, but half of those have come since Chip Ganassi became his primary car owner before the 2001 season.
April 16, 2001 |
Ralf Schumacher added to the rich family collection of Formula One trophies, capturing his first career victory in yesterday's San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. The 25-year-old brother of Michael Schumacher drove his Williams-BMW car to an almost unchallenged triumph, earning the British team its first GP win since September 1997 and ending a 22-race winning streak by either Ferrari or McLaren drivers. It also was the first time that two brothers have won F-1 Grand Prix - Michael is the reigning champion.
October 10, 2000 |
To fans consumed by the Eagles, Michael Schumacher's latest world driving championship is merely a blip on the sports radar screen. ("Schumacher? He's a kicker for the Seahawks, isn't he?") Internationally, however, Schumacher's triumph is a major story. Schumacher, 31, is a German driving for Ferrari. After clinching his third title by winning the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, Schumacher had to smile in his postrace interview as he thought about the reaction in Italy. "It must be amazing," he said.