The United States reclaimed the Solheim Cup, and picked up a new star along the way.
Paula Creamer, the 19-year-old rookie who all but guaranteed a victory two weeks ago, backed it up in Carmel, Ind., yesterday with a crushing victory over Laura Davies that set the tone for an American rout in singles.
The Americans won six of the first seven matches against Europe -- none of those even reached the 18th hole -- and were leading 14-10 when Meg Mallon clinched the cup with a par putt on the 16th hole for a 2-up lead, ensuring them at least the 141/2 points required to win the Cup and keep their record perfect at home.
Mallon won the next hole with a par to finish a 3-and-1 victory over Karen Stupples, and the celebration was on. Rosie Jones played in the final, meaningless match and earned a halve against Suzann Pettersen. It was the only match that reached the 18th hole on the final day.
The score was 151/2-121/2, a perfect sendoff for Jones, 45, who is retiring, and for U.S. captain Nancy Lopez, who put her team through extra sessions of alternate shot before they arrived at Crooked Stick. The matches were tied at 8 going into the last day, an advantage for the Americans because they historically have dominated singles. . . .
Mark Calcavecchia struggled with his putter in the final round and made just one birdie on the weekend, but ended a four-year winless streak by closing with a 1-over-par 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Canadian Open in Vancouver, B.C.
Calcavecchia, whose only birdie since the second round came at the 475-yard, par-4 fifth, had a 5-under 275 total, the highest winning score for a full-field, non-major PGA Tour event this year. . . .
Retief Goosen missed a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole but escaped with a one-stroke victory at the German Masters in Pulheim, for his third title in six weeks.
The two-time U.S. Open champion led by two shots entering the last hole and closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. . . .
Australia's Adam Scott shot a 6-under 65 to coast to a seven-stroke victory in the Singapore Open.
* SOCCER: U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel had a busy second half, helping Blackburn hold on for a 0-0 tie at Bolton in the English Premier League.
Friedel made several key saves in the second half, including a bouncing volley by Kevin Nolan three minutes into second-half injury time.
Also, Juventus beat Empoli, 4-0, behind two goals from David Trezeguet and is tied for first place in the Italian league with Udinese and Livorno; Udinese beat AS Roma, 1-0, on a first-half goal from Sulley Muntari; and Cristiano Lucarelli scored during injury time in Livorno's 1-0 win at Treviso.
* OBITUARY: Sportscaster Chris Schenkel, whose easygoing baritone won over fans during a more than six-decade broadcasting career in which he covered everything from bowling to the Olympics, died following a long battle with emphysema. He was 82.
Schenkel's wife, Fran, said she and the couple's two sons were at her husband's side when he passed away early yesterday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been hospitalized for two weeks after undergoing surgery for a bleeding ulcer.
"He was a very, very sincere, loving man who loved what he did," said Fran Schenkel, noting that they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January.
Schenkel's radio and television career included nearly every major sports competition and several pioneering broadcasts.
He was the first to cover the Masters on television, in 1956; the first to call a college football game coast to coast on ABC; and the first to serve as live sports anchor from the Olympics, in Mexico City in 1968.
* BASKETBALL: The home of the Cleveland Cavaliers is now Quicken Loans Arena.
Dan Gilbert, who bought the Cavaliers this year, officially renamed the building after the online lending firm he founded.
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