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Chris Kirk shoots final-round 66 to win Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. -- Chris Kirk picked up the biggest victory of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Still to be determined is just how big.

Kirk closed with a five-under-par 66 in another wild Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston, coming up with three big putts on the back nine to pull away for a two-shot victory. Along the way, he made a strong case to be one of the three Ryder Cup picks that will be announced Tuesday.

Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world's best golfer. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event for his second victory this season. And he got it done with a bogey-free round.

“It's my biggest win ever,” Kirk said.

Billy Horschel had a chance to at least force a playoff — and possibly win — when he stood in the fairway on the par-5 18th hole with a 6-iron in his hand. Horschel chunked the shot so bad that it barely reached the hazard, and he made bogey for a 69.

Horschel tied for second with 54-hole...

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Clippers expected to re-sign Hedo Turkoglu this week

The Clippers are on the verge of re-signing free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu to a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract of $1.4 million, according to a league source not authorized to publicly discuss the deal because it was not official.

Turkoglu, 35, averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 38 games last season after signing with the Clippers in January. He made 38.5% of his shots, including 44% from beyond the three-point arc.

The 14-year veteran has career averages of 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds with six teams.

Turkoglu's signing would bring the Clippers' roster to 12 players, one below the league minimum.

The team already re-signed Glen Davis to a one-year contract and is believed to be interested in Ray Allen, Ekpe Udoh and/or Chris Douglas-Roberts for the final spots on their roster.

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Top seeds Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic in U.S. Open quarterfinals

Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year and Novak Djokovic reached his 22nd in a row with victories in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday.

Williams defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-3, 6-3, to keep her hopes alive for a third straight Flushing Meadows crown. The top-seeded Djokovic reached his eighth consecutive Open quarterfinal by breezing past 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

The top-seeded Williams, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the second round of the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon, said she felt the pressure of getting to the quarters in New York.

"I finally made a quarterfinal this year!" Williams said in her on-court interview, raising her hands to the cheers of the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I think I felt it in my service game. I'm like, 'Can I please make it to a Grand Slam quarters this year?' So glad to do it in New York."

That drive to do it this year was bad news...

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Another former UCLA pitcher, Erik Goeddel, reaches major leagues

A fourth pitcher from UCLA's NCAA runner-up baseball team in 2010 has reached the major leagues.

Erik Goeddel, a 24th-round draft pick of the New York Mets in 2010, was put on the Mets' 40-man roster on Monday.

He joins Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen as former pitchers from the 2010 Bruins team who've joined an MLB team. He's the 11th player under Coach John Savage to reach the majors.

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Bo Porter is fired as manager of the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros fired Manager Bo Porter on Monday in his second season with the club.

General Manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because "we need a new direction in our clubhouse."

The Astros are in fourth place in the American League West with a 59-79 record, second worst in the league.

Bench coach Dave Trembley also was fired.

Tom Lawless will take over as interim manager. Lawless worked in Houston's minor league system and was the interim manager at triple-A Oklahoma City this season when Manager Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave.

Adam Everett, who was working for the Astros in the minors, will replace Trembley.

Porter joined the Astros for the 2013 season after working as a third base coach for the Washington Nationals.

Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia could sit out Yankees series

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because of concussion-like symptoms.

Manager John Farrell said...

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Manchester United sends 'Chicharito' packing, lands Falcao

Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez slipped through international soccer's summer transfer window just before it closed Monday, moving from England's Manchester United to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

And just as Hernandez was leaving, Manchester United welcomed his replacement, Colombia's Radamel Falcao, who will join the English Premier League team on a season-long loan from Monaco. EPL rivals Manchester City and Arsenal were both believed to be actively pursuing Falcao before Monaco reached terms with Manchester United.

Manchester United's Dutch coach, Louis van Gaal, also landed valuable utility player Daley Blind from Ajax of the Netherlands ahead of the deadline. Van Gaal reportedly became smitten with Blind during this summer's World Cup when he coached Blind with Holland's national team.

For Hernandez, meanwhile, the move from the EPL to La Liga gives him a chance at a fresh start.

The former Chivas striker, one of Mexico's most popular...

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Tony Stewart returns to NASCAR racing with a tough outing at Atlanta

Tony Stewart returned to NASCAR racing Sunday night for the first time since a car driven by Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver who was on foot during a sprint car race three weeks ago.

But despite a warm reception from the fans and a strong start, Stewart had a tough race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

The three-time NASCAR champion finished 41st in the 43-car field after his car twice smacked the wall. The second accident was caused by a blown tire, and it forced Stewart out of the race just past the halfway point.

Kasey Kahne won the race in an overtime finish and Danica Patrick, who drives for Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing team, was sixth in her career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish.

The fatal incident occurred Aug. 9 during a race between sprint cars — which are unrelated to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series — at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park dirt track in upstate New York.

Stewart and 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. were racing side-by-side when Ward's car crashed...

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Galaxy beats Chivas USA, 3-0, in last 'SuperClasico'

For nearly a decade, the "SuperClasico" regular-season series between the Galaxy and Chivas USA had produced one of Major League Soccer's great rivalries. But with Chivas USA set to change its name and colors next year as it completes the transition from its previous owner, the team dubbed its final match against the Galaxy "The Last Clasico."

The sentimental description, however, didn't persuade the Galaxy to go easy on Chivas USA.

The Galaxy extended its winning streak to four games, relying on two goals by Gyasi Zardes and another by Robbie Keane to defeat Chivas USA, 3-0, before a crowd of 18,652 at StubHub Center on Sunday night.

Zardes scored in the 41st and 71st minutes, both off assists from Landon Donovan, who received a surfboard and a skateboard as retirement gifts from Chivas USA before the game. Donovan recorded his fourth two-assist game of the season, giving him four helpers in the last two matches.

"The whole team just played well together," said Galaxy Coach Bruce...

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Dean Lombardi, Stanley Cup visit Snoopy's doghouse

The Stanley Cup continues to make its rounds among Kings players, executives and other staff members, landing on Sunday in Santa Rosa, Calif., for a great photo opportunity.

Santa Rosa is home to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which features the work of the late hockey-loving “Peanuts” cartoonist, and to Snoopy’s Home Ice, longtime host of the world senior hockey tournament and other youth and adult events.

Schulz often featured hockey in his comic strips, and on Sunday the two worlds again intersected in a humorous way.

Courtesy of Cup guardian Phil Pritchard -- known on Twitter as @keeperofthecup -- comes the photo above of Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and another of Snoopy enjoying some time with the Cup.

The Hockey Hall of Fame, incidentally, has been providing twice weekly updates on the Cup’s travels. Here’s a link to its Stanley Cup journal.

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U.S. dominates in second half to beat Turkey at Basketball World Cup

Kenneth Faried had 22 points, Anthony Davis scored all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey, 98-77, on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

A night after beating Finland by 59 in its biggest rout ever while using NBA players in the former world championship, the Americans couldn't take control against Turkey until early in the fourth quarter.

They trailed 40-35 at halftime and Turkey led by six early in the third before the Americans could finally get the game into the quicker tempo they prefer and pull away to win the rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Istanbul.

But it was a much tougher one than expected after the Americans hammered Finland 114-55 while Turkey was being outplayed for most of its opener by New Zealand before pulling out the victory.

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Caroline Wozniacki outlasts Maria Sharapova in humid U.S. Open match

— It is turning out to be the relationship that gives engagements a bad name. First, golf star Rory McIlroy calls off the wedding with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and wins the British Open and the PGA.

Then, Wozniacki starts a run of success just before Wimbledon at the Eastbourne tournament in England, a span that includes 18 victories in 24 matches, one title (Istanbul) and a boost in her ranking back into the top 10, leading into the U.S. Open.

And now this. In front of a packed house in Arthur Ashe Stadium, on a day so humid New York dry cleaners celebrated in Times Square, Wozniacki outlasted and outgrunted Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova was seeded fifth, five spots better than Wozniacki, and was favored to win not only because she has won five Grand Slam tournaments and a career slam, but because she has been playing effective and determined tennis of late.

But Wozniacki, the Danish star who was No. 1 in the world for much of 2010 and '11 before her ranking slipped to No. 18 after...

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49ers' Ray McDonald arrested, accused of domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in San Jose early Sunday, police said, three days after the NFL ramped up its penalties for domestic violence.

San Jose police said they were called shortly before 3 a.m. to the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive. McDonald, 29, was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, they said.

Police said midday that he had posted bail, which was set at $25,000.

Under the NFL’s new policy on domestic violence, first-time offenders will be suspended without pay for six games, “with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a letter to team owners.

McDonald was drafted by the 49ers in 2007. In the last three seasons, the team said, he started in all but three regular-season games.

This could be another blow to the 49ers’ defense. Last week, outside...

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