Weekend Sports In Brief

Matt Kenseth stands with the trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Matt Kenseth stands with the trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The Associated Press

GOLF

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Masters champion Adam Scott won The Barclays after everyone around him did their best to lose it.

Scott played bogey-free at Liberty National in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener, making only two birdies on the back nine for a 5-under 66 that put him in the mix of a crowded leaderboard at the top. Turns out he was the only one who stayed there.

Justin Rose had a 25-foot birdie putt for the lead, ran it 5 feet by the cup and three-putted for a bogey for a 68. Kevin Chappell had a two-shot lead through 10 holes, only to play the next seven holes in 7-over par to close with a 76.

Tiger Woods’ putt from the back of the 18th green was one turn short of falling to force a playoff.

Gary Woodland fell out of the lead when he hit driver on the 13th that ran into the water, leading to bogey. Woodland had birdie chances from inside 10 feet on the final three holes, and missed them all.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Teen star Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women’s Open — again.

The 16-year-old New Zealand amateur successfully defend her title, closing with a 6-under 64 at Royal Mayfair for a five-stroke victory and her fourth win in professional events.

Last year at Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia, the South Korean-born Ko became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 15 years, 4 months, 2 days. She also was the fifth amateur winner in tour history and the first since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.

Ko had a 15-under 265 total after opening with rounds of 65, 69 and 67. France’s Karine Icher was second after a 67.

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — John Riegger won the Boeing Classic in his fifth Champions Tour start, holding off John Cook and Fred Couples at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

The 50-year-old Riegger birdied three of the final four holes — holing a 20-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th — for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Cook. Riegger finished at 15-under 201.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Australia’s Bronson La’Cassie won the Cox Classic to earn a PGA Tour card with a sixth-place finish on the Web.com Tour money list.

The former University of Minnesota player beat Matt Bettencourt with a par on the third hole of a playoff.

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — England’s Tommy Fleetwood birdied first hole of a playoff to win the Johnnie Walker Championship for his first European Tour victory.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Sanchez’s banged-up right shoulder will keep him out of the New York Jets’ preseason finale.

Whether he’s also out of the team’s quarterback competition remains to be seen.

The Jets announced Sanchez is “day-to-day” with an injured shoulder that will sideline him for the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Sanchez, competing with rookie Geno Smith for the starting job, was unlikely to play in that game anyway.

The team did not announce the nature or severity of Sanchez’s injury, suffered in the Jets’ 24-21 overtime victory over the Giants on Saturday night. Sanchez had an X-ray after the game on the shoulder, which apparently revealed no fractures, and an MRI exam the following day.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Leinart fills an immediate need at Buffalo’s injury-depleted quarterback position. The Bills later added quarterback Thaddeus Lewis in a trade that sent linebacker Chris White to Detroit. Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel also is on the roster.

Kevin Kolb left the Bills’ game Saturday against Washington because of concussion-like symptoms and first-round pick EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason with a left knee injury.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryusei Hirooka lined a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shunpei Takagi hit two solo home runs, and Tokyo beat Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4 to win the Little League World Series.

It was the 14th championship game for Japan, which was making its fourth straight appearance in the title game, and ninth championship. California, making its 23rd championship-game appearance, has won seven World Series titles.

Giancarlo Cortez had a two-run single and Grant Holman an RBI single for Chula Vista.

AUTO RACING

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth had old tires, a sputtering gas tank and Kasey Kahne in his rearview mirror in the closing laps of a race for the third time this season.

The result was the same as it was in Las Vegas, same as it was in Kansas.

Kenseth won again.

He held off Kahne on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway — the third time this season the two have gone 1-2 — to reclaim some of the momentum that had escaped Kenseth of late. A strong start to the season had given Kenseth three wins in his first 11 races with Joe Gibbs Racing, and win number four came six weeks later. But he’d been in a slump of sorts heading into Bristol, with four finishes in the last six weeks of 15th or worse.

The strong start followed by a mini-slump has made the year feel very choppy for Kenseth, who now has a Sprint Cup Series best five victories.

“I think if you look at the beginning of the season, I think it was better than I ever could have dreamed of,” Kenseth said. “We were qualifying up front every week, we were leading tons of laps in position to win races. Sitting here in August, it feels like the year has been two years long with all the different things we’ve had happen to our race team.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power won at Sonoma Raceway for the third time in four years, earning his first victory of the IndyCar season when he took advantage of a late penalty to Scott Dixon for injuring three members of Power’s pit crew.

Dixon led until he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of Power’s tire holder when Dixon left his pit directly behind Power’s Team Penske Chevrolet.

The tire holder went flying into another crew member, and a third member was injured by an air gun. Dixon thought Power’s crew got in his way on purpose, leaving him angry and confused by IndyCar’s latest call against him.

Dixon finished 15th and lost ground on overall IndyCar leader Helio Castroneves, who finished seventh.

AMERICA’S CUP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy’s Luna Rossa one last time, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the 34th America’s cup against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA.

The best-of-17 premier event starts Sept 7.

The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1 minute, 28 seconds, and Luna Rossa’s lone victory came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed.