Ernst wins Wells Fargo
Derek Ernst beat England’s David Lynn in a playoff on Sunday to win his first PGA Tour title at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, after Phil Mickelson squandered a late lead. Ernst, ranked outside the top 1,200 at the start of the week and in the field as the fourth alternate, birdied the 72nd hole of regulation to seize a share of the lead, then returned to the 18th for the first hole of the sudden-death playoff. Lynn, who was also seeking a first PGA Tour title, hit his drive into the rough along the bank of the stream left of the fairway. He found a greenside bunker with his second shot, while Ernst was on the fairway and landed his approach 15 feet from the pin. Lynn’s bunker shot flew the green and he chipped seven feet past. Ernst’s birdie putt lipped out, but his tap-in for par was enough for the victory, which also brought him an invitation to this week’s prestigious Players Championship.
Haas, 35, wins BMW Open
Tommy Haas won the BMW Open for the first time in his 10th attempt on Sunday, at age 35. Third-seeded Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to win the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years. “I can hardly believe that I still managed to win here after such a long career,” said Haas, who emulated Fabrice Santoro’s feat in winning an ATP tour event in Newport at the same age in 2008. Haas capped an impressive week by beating Kohlschreiber in 83 minutes for his 14th ATP Tour title, his fourth on home soil.
Switzerland beat Canada
Switzerland took another big scalp at the ice hockey world championships on Sunday, beating Canada 3-2 after a penalty shootout in Stockholm. Goalkeeper Martin Gerber displayed nerves of steel in front of the Swiss net and Reto Suri converted twice in the shootout for Switzerland. Switzerland had already beaten co-hosts Sweden in their opening game. In Helsinki, Ilya Kovalchuk’s hat-trick helped defending champions Russia to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Germany. The US came back from a goal down to beat Latvia 4-1, twice punishing Latvia with power-play goals, while Damien Fleury netted his second goal of the tournament as France beat Austria 3-1 in other games in the Finnish capital. In Stockholm, Belarus registered their first win of the tournament as they edged out Slovenia 4-3 thanks to a late goal from forward Alexei Ugarov. Norway beat Denmark 3-2.
LeBron James named MVP
LeBron James is the overwhelming choice as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The Miami Heat star took 120 of 121 first-place votes in this year’s balloting, giving him the award for the fourth time. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant finished second and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony was third. Anthony received the only other first-place vote from a panel of broadcasters and sports writers who cover the league.
Nets fire coach Carlesimo
The Brooklyn Nets have fired P.J. Carlesimo as interim head coach of the NBA team, the team general manager said one day after the club was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls. Carlesimo led the Nets to a 49-33 finish for second place in the Atlantic Division. He replaced the fired Avery Johnson in December last year. The Nets flopped in their first-round playoff series, falling 99-93 in Game 7 at home on Saturday.