Cochran holds on to win the Senior British Open

Russ Cochran won the Senior British Open by two shots on Sunday, holding off fellow Americans Mark Calcavecchia and the fast-finishing Tom Watson in Walton on the Hill, England, to capture his first major title.

Cochran, 52, made six birdies in a 5-under 67 in his final round at Walton Heath, closing at 12 under.

Calcavecchia, who shared the overnight lead with Cochran and David Frost, was the runner-up. Watson tied for third at 9 under.

PGA: Sean O’Hair won the RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver, British Columbia, after tapping in for bogey on the first playoff hole, and then watching Kris Blanks lip out his bogey putt from just over 5 feet. O’Hair started three shots off the lead before shooting 68 to get into the playoff with Blanks (70) at 4-under 276.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alexander Noren relied on his huge overnight lead to clinch the Nordea Masters title in Stockholm, finishing seven shots clear despite a disappointing 5-over 77 in the final round.

Noren entered the day with an 11-shot lead after a course-record 63 on Saturday, and was never threatened.

LPGA: Ai Miyazato won the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France, shooting a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and clinch her first title of the year.

She had a 15-under total of 273. Stacy Lewis also shot a 70 to finish two shots back in second.


WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE: Joe Hart saved A.J. DeLaGarza’s penalty and then scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout as Manchester City beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 7-6 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in Carson, Calif.

COPA AMERICA: Diego Forlan scored twice and Luis Suarez added one as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to win the South American championship a record 15th time.


NECBL: Greg Terhune pitched a seven-hitter and Mike DiBiase went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI and one run scored as the Bay Sox (15-20) built a 4-0 lead and held off the Mainers (17-17) for a 4-3 victory at New Bedford, Mass.

Sanford got three unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Tom Richards hit a two-run double as Newport scored five runs in the top of the eighth for 6-3, come-from-behind win over host Old Orchard Beach.


ATLANTA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mardy Fish beat John Isner in the final for the second straight year in Norcross, Ga., earning a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 win.


WORLD CUP: Stacy May-Johnson hit a grand slam and Christi Orgeron had a three-run double in a 10-run fourth inning, and the United States advanced to the title game by beating Great Britain 10-0 in Oklahoma City.

Orgeron broke a scoreless tie with a double that hopped to the wall in left field and cleared the bases, and the Americans (4-1) didn’t let up until the game had ended because of the mercy rule.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Australia, with former sprint world record holder Eamonn Sullivan swimming the anchor leg, won the 4×100 freestyle relay, relegating the United States and Michael Phelps to a bronze in his first appearance at the event in Shanghai.

Australia finished in a time of 3 minutes, 11.00 seconds while France took the silver in 3:11.14.

The American team led off by Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was third in 3:11.96.

The Dutch women couldn’t quite match their record time from Rome in 2009, but still won gold in the 4-x-100 freestyle relay.


INDYCAR SERIES: Will Power drove to victory at the Edmonton Indy in Alberta, taking a bite out of the points lead of reigning series champion Dario Franchitti.

Power held off Helio Castroneves to win by eight-tenths of a second.

Franchitti finished third, 1.2 seconds back in the 80-lap race.

— From staff and news services