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Brooks Koepka is golf’s new No. 1 after winning CJ Cup





Brooks Koepka is golf’s new No. 1 after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Sunday by four strokes. Koepka, who displaced Dustin Johnson for the world’s top ranking, shot a final-round 8-under-par 64 for a 21-under total of 267 in Jeju Island, South Korea. Koepka, who had never held the top ranking, led by four strokes after three rounds. ‘‘To be No. 1 is something I’ve dreamed of as a kid,’’ Koepka said. ‘‘I don’t think this one is going to sink in.’’ Gary Woodland certainly made it interesting. Woodland started the day five strokes behind Koepka, who was only 1 under after nine, but Woodland pulled level after making six birdies in seven holes on the front nine. The two dueled on the back nine, with Woodland birdieing 15 and 16 to again pull level. But Koepka did the same, and a bogey by Woodland on the par-3 17th gave Koepka the cushion he needed to close out the win despite a birdie on the 18th by Woodland, who finished second after a 63. Ryan Palmer birdied his last seven holes to shoot a course-record 62 and finish in a tie for third place with Rafa Cabrera Bello (65), four strokes back. Koepka is the third player this year to reach No. 1 for the first time, joining Justin Rose and Justin Thomas. The last time that happened was in 1997, when Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, and Tiger Woods each rose to No. 1.

Kang wins in Shanghai

Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title. Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day’s lowest score (66). Kang becomes the seventh player from the United States to win on the LPGA tour in 2018. Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71), and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72) . . . Woody Austin shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer in the Champions’ playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. Austin, 54, finished at 11 under for his fourth senior title and first since 2016 . . . Sergio Garcia was on course to win his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande, Spain, when play was suspended due to heavy rain and the threat of lightning. The 2017 Masters winner will take a three-shot lead over Lee Westwood into Monday at the Real Club Valderrama.

Soccer

Atlanta earns applause

Atlanta United scored two first-half goals and held on for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire, setting another Major League Soccer attendance record and securing a spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. Atlanta drew its seventh 70,000-plus crowd of the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, finishing with a total of 901,033 fans for a per-game average of 53,002. That easily eclipsed the mark of 48,200 that was set in its inaugural season. But United’s main objective, the Supporters’ Shield for the best regular-season record in MLS, will go down to the final week of the regular season. The New York Red Bulls remained 1 point behind with a 1-0 PK victory at Philadelphia. Atlanta improved to 21-6-6 for 69 points, tying the MLS points record set last season by Toronto FC. The Atlanta club will get a chance to break the mark when it faces Toronto next Sunday in the regular-season finale. Atlanta locked up its first appearance in the Champions League by compiling the most points over the last two seasons, joining fellow MLS teams Toronto, Houston, and Kansas City. The league will get one more squad in the 16-team tournament . . . Wayne Rooney scored twice, Luciano Acosta had a goal and an assist, and D.C. United wrapped up a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over visiting New York City FC . . . Sacha Kljestan scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time as host Orlando City beat Columbus, 2-1, to keep the Crew from securing a playoff spot . . . Ignacio Piatti scored two second-half goals and the host Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC, 2-0, to keep their slim playoff hopes alive . . . Roger Espinoza and Johnny Russell scored second-half goals as Sporting Kansas City beat host FC Dallas, 3-0, to move atop the Western Conference . . . Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his fifth straight game and added an assist as the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Minnesota before a club-record 52,242 fans . . . Larrys Mabiala, Diego Chara, and Sebastian Blanco scored as the host Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake . . . Diego Rossi scored two goals and Los Angeles FC tied the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-2, to set an MLS record for points in an inaugural season with 57.

Tennis

Tsitsipas makes history

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek tennis player to win an ATP World Tour title when he beat Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the Stockholm Open. The 20-year-old Tsitsipas tossed his racket in the air and put both hands to his head when Gulbis put a forehand into the net after 1 hour, 21 minutes. Tsitsipas had lost his previous two finals, both times to Rafael Nadal . . . Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured opening round-robin match wins at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Pliskova, who now leads the tour with 48 wins this season, defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-4, in the second match. Earlier, Svitolina ended a seven-match losing streak against Petra Kvitova for a 6-3, 6-3 win . . . Karen Khachanov breezed past Adrian Mannarino in 55 minutes, 6-2, 6-2, to win his third career ATP title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Miscellany

Hamilton denied F1 title

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Kimi Raikkonen won the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, for his first victory since 2013, as Lewis Hamilton’s bid for a fifth career Formula One championship was denied. Hamilton could have closed out the season title, but he only finished third, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel, his closest competitor . . . Charles Wang, a technology company founder who bought the New York Islanders hockey team in 2000, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was 74 . . . The Anaheim Ducks raised Paul Kariya’s No. 9 to the Honda Center rafters, honoring the high-scoring forward — and the first draft pick in the history of the then-Mighty Ducks — who became a Hall of Famer . . . World silver medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States broke the 200-point total for the first time in their long career together and won the ice dance gold medal at Skate America in Everett, Wash. Hubbell and Donohue finished with 200.82 points: 78.43 for Saturday’s rhythm dance and another 122.39 for Sunday’s free dance. Italy’s Charlene Guignad and Marco Fabbr, second in the rhythm dance, secured the silver, finishing with 192.30 points after their second-place free dance performance. The Russian duo of Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro followed up their third-place performance Saturday by finishing third in the free dance to bag the bronze with 181.38 . . . University of Missouri basketball star Jontay Porter tore his ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a closed scrimmage with Southern Illinois and will miss the upcoming season . . . Providence’s Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KO’s) dropped Walter Kautondokwa four times in the first four rounds in winning the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight boxing title with a 12-round unanimous decision Saturday night at TD Garden.



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