Weekend Sports in Brief
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season Sunday at The Barclays with a victory that could not have come at a better time.
Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in a decisive four-hole stretch around the turn at Bethpage Black, and no one got closer than two shots the rest of the way. Watney made a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 2-under 69 to capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup.
He wound up winning by three shots over Brandt Snedeker, who birdied the last hole for a 70. Garcia made bogey on the 18th for a 75.
The win means Watney goes to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month. Perhaps more importantly, it could be a big step toward an event that doesn't pay anything at all - the Ryder Cup.
COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) - Lydia Ko became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and just the circuits fifth amateur champion when she closed with a 5-under 67 to win the Canadian Women's Open by three strokes on Sunday.
The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama, and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.
Terrell Owens' NFL return lasted less than three weeks.
Owens was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, part of the league-mandated roster reductions from 90 to 75 players.
The 38-year-old receiver posted a message on his Twitter account shortly before 11 a.m. that he had been released and the Seahawks made the move official in the afternoon.
``I'm no longer a Seahawk,'' Owens tweeted. ``I THANK the organization 4 the opportunity, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. My FAITH is intact & will NOT waiver.''
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills are negotiating to restructure the final year of Tarvaris Jackson's contract before completing a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the seventh-year quarterback.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed the deal had been agreed to by both teams Sunday, but added the trade wasn't completed.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Four days after team owner Jim Irsay ignited speculation about a possible trade with a series of Twitter posts, the Colts acquired former first-round draft pick Vontae Davis to solidify their secondary.
Miami will get Indy's second-round pick and a conditional, undisclosed late-round pick in the 2013 draft - a steep price for a veteran cornerback who recently lost his starting job, but one the Colts found reasonable.
The deal was announced Sunday.
Rookie Russell Wilson has earned the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job.
Coach Pete Carroll announced on Sunday night that the third-round pick from Wisconsin will start when the regular season begins Sept. 9 at Arizona.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Kicker Billy Cundiff was cut Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens, who decided to keep rookie Justin Tucker instead of the former Pro Bowl star.
Cundiff's place on the roster appeared in peril after coach John Harbaugh used Tucker for all the placekicking chores in Thursday night's preseason win over Jacksonville.
Tucker was invited to camp as an undrafted free agent to challenge Cundiff, who made the Pro Bowl in 2010 but missed a potential game-tying, 32-yarder against New England in the waning seconds of the AFC title game last season.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Noriatsu Osaka hit three homers and tripled, and Japan limited Tennessee's potent lineup to two hits in a 12-2 victory Sunday in the Little League World Series title game.
Starter Kotaro Kiyomiya struck out eight in four innings and added an RBI single for the boys from Tokyo. The game ended in the fifth after Osaka's third homer made it a 10-run game.
BOSTON (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and injured outfielder Carl Crawford from Boston on Saturday, hoping to boost their playoff hopes by taking on the underperforming and high-priced stars who failed to thrive in a fractious Red Sox clubhouse.
Boston also sent infielder Nick Punto and about $11 million in cash to Los Angeles in the nine-player trade that was the biggest in Dodgers history. The Red Sox acquired first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and two players to be named.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vin Scully, one of baseball's most beloved broadcasters, is sticking around for another year with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 84-year-old Hall of Famer will return for a record 64th season in 2013. He began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games.
Scully said he is feeling energized after the Guggenheim Baseball Management group bought the team from Frank McCourt this spring for $2 billion.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Denny Hamlin moved toward the top seed in NASCAR's championship race by using a calculated late pass to win for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up the move with 39 laps remaining Saturday night. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front.
There are two races left before the field is reset for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, and seeding is done by ``regular-season'' wins. With three victories, Hamlin is tied with defending champion Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski for most in the series.
The four would be tied for the top seed right now, but all want at least one more win to break the logjam.
Johnson finished second and clinched a berth in the Chase, as did Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Briscoe got past Penske teammate Will Power out of a caution pit stop Sunday and held off the two-time defending Sonoma champion for his first IndyCar victory since 2010.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame suspended starting tailback Cierre Wood two games for violating team rules, leaving the Fighting Irish without their 1,000-yard rusher against Navy and Purdue.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Lance Armstrong was feeling just fine even after being beaten by a lanky teenager in a grueling 36-mile mountain bike race.
Better than fine, even. He's more at ease now than he has been in a decade.
In his first interview since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Armstrong with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he said, ``Nobody needs to cry for me. I'm going to be great.''
Armstrong couldn't catch Keegan Swirbul at the Power of Four bike race Saturday, finishing nearly five minutes behind the hard-charging kid.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert won the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, just in front of Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain.
Rodriguez extended his overall lead over Christopher Froome and Alberto Contador ahead of a key time trial in three days.
DENVER (AP) - Christian Vande Velde won the overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, finishing second Sunday behind Taylor Phinney in the closing time trial.
Tejay van Garderen was second overall - 21 seconds back - after finishing third in the time trial. Levi Leipheimer was ninth in the final stage and third overall - 24 seconds behind.
LONDON (AP) - Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday with Carlos Tevez scoring a late equalizer.