Lee Westwood cruises to seven-shot win in Thailand


Lee Westwood of England completed a comprehensive victory in the Thailand Golf Championship on Sunday at Bangkok, shooting three-under-par 69 and beating Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by seven shots at the Amata Spring Country Club.

Westwood finished the tournament at 22-under 266, winning his fourth title of the year.

Schwartzel never managed to catch Westwood, but the Masters champion got within two shots after he eagled the 11th hole and birdied the 12th when he made a 30-foot putt.

That was as close as Schwartzel got. Westwood also birdied the 12th, extending his lead to three, then stretched the gap with birdies on Nos. 13 and 15.

Former world amateur champion Michael Thompson (70) of the United States was third at 274.

England’s Ian Poulter won the Australian Masters at Melbourne, spoiling Geoff Ogilvy’s bid for a victory on his boyhood course.

Poulter, two strokes behind Ogilvy at the start of the round, closed with a four-under 67 in windy conditions and finished at 15-under 269 at Victoria Golf Club.


Australian Marcus Fraser (64) finished second, three strokes back. Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion who matched the course record with a 63 on Saturday, shot 73 and ended up third at 11 under.


Davis set to join Knicks

Point guard Baron Davis is expected to sign with the New York Knicks on Monday, the Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the situation. first reported Davis’ intentions.

Davis was waived last week by the Cleveland Cavaliers and designated as their amnesty player. He was not claimed and chose the Knicks, who are seeking more backcourt depth after waiving Chauncey Billups, who has since joined the Clippers, with the amnesty clause. New York had already signed another veteran point guard, Mike Bibby.


The Indiana Pacers will trade guard Brandon Rush to the Golden State Warriors for forward Louis Amundson. The Bay Area News Group first reported the deal. Mark Bartelstein, the agent for both players, confirmed the move.

Rush averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in three seasons for the Pacers. Amundson has averaged 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in five seasons, primarily with Philadelphia, Phoenix and Golden State.



Massimiliano Blardone won his first World Cup race in two years as Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher — standouts in the giant slalom — struggled on the challenging Gran Risa course at Alta Badia, Italy.

Sixth after the opening run, Blardone had a blistering second trip down and finished in a combined time of 2 minutes 46.49 seconds. It was his third victory in this race; he also won in 2005 and 2009.

Austrians Hannes Reichelt and Philipp Schoerghofer finished second and third, 0.35 and 0.57 of a second back. First-run leader Ligety settled for fourth, 0.58 behind, and Hirscher dropped from second after the opening leg to finish fifth, 0.71 back.


Marlies Schild of Austria dominated her rivals and the treacherous Courchevel course in France, winning her second slalom race in a row this season.


Schild finished 1.87 seconds ahead of Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen and 2.19 clear of Austria’s Kathrin Zettel.

Schild can make it three out of three in slaloms this season if she wins Tuesday at Flachau, Austria.


Jilleanne Rookard and Jonathan Kuck won long-distance races and wrapped up their first U.S. speedskating allround long-track championships at West Allis, Wis.

Rookard, a 2010 Olympian from West Allis, posted a time of 7 minutes 8.58 seconds to win the 5,000-meter race. She also won the 3,000 on Tuesday.

Kuck, from Champaign, Ill., won the 10,000 with a track record time of 13:17.28, almost five seconds off the record of 13:22.93 set by Chad Hedrick in 2005. Kuck also won the 5,000 on Tuesday.

The titles were determined by the skaters’ combined times for five races.


Lionel Messi scored twice and Barcelona beat Brazil’s Santos, 4-0, at Yokohama, Japan, to win its second Club World Cup in three years. Messi, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas scored in the first half as the European champions won their 13th trophy under Coach Pep Guardiola, solidifying their status as the best club team in the world.