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Lomu in talks with Titans
Former All Blacks wing sensation Jonah Lomu is negotiating with new Australian National Rugby League club Gold Coast Titans, reports said yesterday. The 31-year-old Lomu has been unable to command a Super 14 club contract for next season following a kidney transplant in 2004, which ended his dream of a return for the All Blacks. The Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper said yesterday that Lomu would meet the Titans management on today to discuss a possible switch to rugby league. The giant Lomu, who made 73 appearances for the All Blacks, has played in two previous World Cups and was renowned for his blockbusting style, which saw him swat aside defending players or simply run over them. If Lomu passes a medical assessment and accepts a Titans contract, he will be the second high-profile rugby signing for the new NRL franchise following Wallaby Mat Rogers' decision to join the club from 2008.
Matteson wins Frys.com
Consistently hitting his approach shots close and remaining cool and collected on the tense final holes, rookie Troy Matteson shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas for his first US PGA Tour victory. Matteson, who had to complete the last six holes of the rain-delayed third round early in the morning before beginning the final round, held off Ben Crane and Daniel Chopra by one shot. Coming into his own the past three weeks, Matteson finished at 22-under 265. Crane, a two-time winner on the tour, shot a 65, and Chopra, left looking for his first victory, had a 66. The 26-year-old Matteson won twice last year on the Nationwide Tour and broke the developmental tour's money record with US$495,009. His initial tour win wrapped up a three-week stretch when he was edging toward the top, with a tie for eighth in Mississippi earlier this month, and a tie for sixth last week in Greensboro.
Ochoa edges Sorenstam
Lorena Ochoa took a huge step toward dethroning Annika Sorenstam as the US LPGA Tour player of the year, overwhelming her on Sunday with a 7-under 65 that turned a three-shot deficit into a two-shot victory in the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, California. Ochoa was relentless at the start, a little lucky in the middle and solid down the stretch to win for the second straight week and fifth time this year, tops on the US women's golf circuit and almost enough to wrap up the points-based award that Sorenstam has captured the last five seasons. Trailing by two shots at the turn, Ochoa sunk a 60-foot putt on the 10th hole that banged into the back of the cup, hopped out briefly and then dropped back in the hole for a birdie that turned into a two-shot swing when Sorenstam made bogey from a bunker.
Dallas remain unbeaten
Sergei Zubov and Antti Miettinen scored power-play goals, Zubov and Jussi Jokinen connected on both of Dallas' shots in the shootout, and the Dallas Stars remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory on Sunday night over the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, California. Todd Marchant, Scott Niedermayer and Andy McDonald scored for the Ducks, who were coming off a six-round shootout loss to the New York Islanders last Wednesday. Niklas Hagman also scored for Dallas, which has won its first five games. The best start in franchise history was 6-0 in 1996-1997, and the defending Pacific Division champions could equal that record tonight at San Jose.