Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
New pro Hovland already dreaming of Ryder Cup for Europe
Norwegian Viktor Hovland's rocket-like start to his professional career has him dreaming of next year's Ryder Cup, though first he has to become a member of the European Tour. Hovland, last year's U.S. amateur champion, turned pro after finishing equal 12th at the U.S. Open in June, and has instantly adjusted to the pay-for-play ranks.
Zheng wins first WTA title at Silicon Valley Classic
China's Zheng Saisai beat Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-3 7-6(3) Sunday to capture the Silicon Valley Classic and win hermaiden WTA title. Unseeded Zheng powered through the draw with several upset triumphs before finishing it off by defeating second seed Sabalenka. “Five years ago was the first time I won my first WTA match here. Now I win my first WTA title - it’s just amazing,” Zheng said. “I’m very excited about how I played here all week. It’s just been an amazing week for me.” Zheng prevailed on the back of a strong serve and converting all five of her break opportunities. After Zheng took the first set, Sabalenka mounted a brief rally by winning three straight games to take a 3-2 lead but the world number 10 could not hold the advantage.
MLB roundup: Dodgers win 11-10 on Muncy walk-off double
Max Muncy hit a game-ending two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a wild 11-10 victory over the visiting San Diego Padres on Sunday. After Corey Seager reached base on an error by Padres second baseman Luis Urias, Muncy worked an eight-pitch at-bat before sending his two-run double to right. Muncy also hit a home run, while Russell Martin and A.J. Pollock went deep as well.
Barcelona skipper Messi out of U.S. tour with calf strain
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club's pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday. The Argentine forward experienced discomfort in his right leg during Monday's training session and tests confirmed that the 32-year-old had suffered a grade one calf strain, forcing him out of the tour.
'Smiling Cinderella' Shibuno wins Women's British Open
'Smiling Cinderella' Hinako Shibuno completed a fairytale week by winning the Women's British Open in her first LPGA event at Milton Keynes on Sunday. The 20-year-old Japanese player, who earned her nickname because of her radiant smile, rammed home a lengthy birdie putt at the final hole to edge out American Lizette Salas by one stroke.
Jerry Jones: Amari, Zeke and Dak contracts 'will happen'
Speaking after a Dallas Cowboys intersquad scrimmage Sunday, owner Jerry Jones said new contracts for quarterback Dak Prescott, running Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper will get done. "Just know that like so many things, it'll happen. It'll happen," Jones said. "There literally is no concern on my part at all about any time frame. That'll happen. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. Think about it now. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happens when it's that good for both of us."
Kyrgios fights off back spasms to win Citi Open title
Nick Kyrgios overcame early back spasms to get the better of Russia's Daniil Medvedev in a pair of tiebreakers and win the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday. The Australian won 7-6(6) 7-6(4) over frustrated fourth-seed Medvedev for his sixth career ATP Tour victory. Kyrgios did not face a single break point and hit 18 aces, including two to close out the final.
Lightning sign D Shattenkirk to one-year deal
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75 million deal on Monday. The New York Rangers bought out the contract of Shattenkirk, 30, on Aug. 1. In 119 games for the Rangers over two seasons, Shattenkirk tallied 44 assists and seven goals.
Tungesvik crowned Xtri world champion after thrilling sprint finish
With just two hundred meters to go in a 220 kilometers extreme triathlon, Hans Christian Tungesvik burst past favorite Allan Hovda to snatch victory on Saturday in the first Xtri World Championship that ended at the top of a Norwegian mountain. The sprint finish was a thrilling climax to the race, which was run as part of the Norseman Extreme Triathlon, with Norway's Tungesvik crossing the line in a time of nine hours 59 minutes and 40 seconds.
NFL notebook: Pats, Brady reportedly close to extension
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are nearing a contract extension that would tie the quarterback to the franchise beyond his upcoming 20th NFL season, according to multiple reports Sunday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the deal is for a two-year extension that will increase his salary from $15 million this year to $23 million. Full terms were not available.