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Sunday's Sports in Brief

Roger Chapman shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes at 10 under at Indianwood. He won the Senior PGA Championship by the same margin two months ago on the other side of Michigan.

The self-described former European Tour journeyman, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin and Irwin are the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.

Before this year, his career highlight was a European Tour win in Brazil in 2000.

Bernhard Langer (72), Fred Funk (67), Tom Lehman (68) and Corey Pavin (68) finished tied for second at 8-under 272 at the Champions Tour's fourth of five majors. Pavin's two-stroke penalty after his first round for hitting a ball that moved a fraction of an inch proved to be costly.

Langer took a four-shot lead into the final round and closed with a shaky performance that spoiled his shot at winning his second U.S. Senior Open.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Zach Johnson won the John Deere Classic on Sunday with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. His 193-yard 6-iron approach from the bunker left of the 18th fairway ran up to less than a foot from the cup for an easy birdie, enabling him to knock off Troy Matteson, whose approach landed 43 feet from the pin.

The kick-in birdie had seemed unlikely minutes earlier after Johnson followed Matteson into the water from the same bunker on the first playoff hole. Each settled for double-bogey 6, then went back to the 18th tee for another try.

Johnson's bunkered his tee shot again, but this time, he played one of the better shots of a career that includes a 2007 Masters victory and eight other PGA Tour titles.

When Matteson was unable to sink his long birdie putt, Johnson tapped in to secure his second victory of the year, adding to the title he won at Colonial Country Club.

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Jeev Milkha Singh beat Francesco Molinari in a playoff Sunday to win the Scottish Open and secure a late berth in next week's British Open.

A final-round meltdown by local hope Marc Warren left Singh and Molinari tied at 17-under 271. The 40-year-old Indian won by draining a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 18.

Singh, the son of an Olympic 400-meter runner, shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to tie for the lowest round of the day. Warren and overnight leader Molinari (72) dropped shots down a tough closing stretch into the wind.

Warren, playing in the second-to-last group and also seeking that one remaining berth in the British Open, led by three shots with six holes remaining. But he faltered under pressure and dropped four strokes in the final four holes. He finished tied for third with Alexander Noren of Sweden (70) at 16 under.

A fierce westerly wind and heavy rain at times proved too much for top-ranked Luke Donald (73) and Phil Mickelson (74), who both finished tied for 16th at 12 under.

AUTO RACING

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kasey Kahne got his second Sprint Cup win of the season. Denny Hamlin and his crew chief had trouble communicating.

Kahne took the lead from Hamlin during a restart on the 240th lap of the 300-lap race at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. The winner was helped by miscommunication between Hamlin, who wanted two tires changed, and crew chief Darian Grubb, who thought he wanted four.

That longer pit stop left Hamlin all the way back in 13th place, but he kept passing cars until only Kahne remained in front. Kahne stayed ahead and won by about 10 car lengths.

It was Kahne's 14th win of his career and first since May 27 at Charlotte. Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

The win enhances Kahne's chances of qualifying for the Chase, the last 10 races of the season in which the top 10 drivers in the point standings win automatic berths. Two additional spots go to the drivers with the most wins who are ranked 11th to 20th in points. Kahne began the day in 16th place, but his two wins are more than anyone in the second group of 10.

Kyle Busch, the pole-sitter, led the first 66 laps before his own costly pit stop. It took longer than usual as his crew had a problem with the right tire. Then there was more trouble — a drive-through penalty against Busch for entering pit road too fast. When he finally returned to the track, he was all the way back in 22nd place.

Busch finished 24th. Busch's teammate, Hamlin, took over the lead from Busch after that problem.

Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth finished 13th and has won just once this year — in the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.

Sam Hornish Jr., replacing the suspended AJ Allmendinger, came in 22nd. Allmendinger was suspended about 90 minutes before the race at Daytona International Speedway last weekend after a urine sample taken the previous weekend at Kentucky Speedway came back positive for what his team identified only as a stimulant. His "B'' sample is to be tested, probably this week, with his toxicologist present.

PRO BASKETBALL

Jason Kidd mentoring Jeremy Lin was a nice story last week.

Then Kidd was arrested on a drunken-driving charge, Lin's departure from New York for a "ridiculous contract" in Houston became more realistic, and a position of strength suddenly was one of turbulence for the Knicks.

Kidd's arrest came within hours of the Knicks agreeing to a trade for fellow point guard Raymond Felton, raising the possibility they will refuse to match Lin's offer sheet with the Rockets.

Police said Kidd crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons on Sunday, days after signing with the Knicks.

Treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the crash, Kidd was arraigned on a misdemeanor driving-while-intoxicated charge and released without bail, Southampton Town police said.

Phone and email messages were left seeking comment from Kidd's agent. His attorney, Ed Burke Jr., said in a statement that Kidd was returning from a charity function before his accident, had pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge and was awaiting further court proceedings.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns beefed up their frontline Sunday, winning the bidding for rugged forward Luis Scola.

The Suns parted ways with longtime point guard Steve Nash last month and lost out on a bid for Eric Gordon when New Orleans matched their $58 million, four-year offer to the dynamic scorer. But they got their man this time, adding the 6-foot-9 Scola a couple days after Houston used the amnesty clause to cut him loose.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers' young star and the NBA's reigning rookie of the year, broke his right hand slapping a padded wall in practice on Saturday and is expected to miss two months.

Irving traveled back to Cleveland on Sunday but arrived too late to be seen by team doctors. He will be examined on Monday, when the Cavs will have a better sense of how long they will be without their leading scorer, top playmaker and budding franchise player. On Saturday, the team estimated Irving would be back by the opening of training camp in late September.

OLYMPICS

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti athletes will be allowed to compete under their country's flag at the London Games.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in 2010 because of political interference. The IOC said in May that Kuwaiti athletes may participate at the games despite the dispute, but would have to compete and march in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Sunday the suspension has been lifted, adding the Kuwaiti flag will be raised and the national anthem played at the Olympics.

The Kuwait News Agency praised the decision, which was announced a day after Kuwaiti officials met with IOC President Jacques Rogge. The state-run news agency didn't give details of the meeting.

Kuwait is sending 11 athletes to the Olympics that start July 27. They will compete in shooting, table tennis, swimming and track and field.

CYCLING

FOIX, France (AP) — Crashes, falls, fractures — Bradley Wiggins has seen it all. Now add tacks and nails to list. Still, nothing can break his stranglehold on the Tour de France.

On a day of sabotage in the Pyrenees, Wiggins had luck on his side. He avoided the chaos and spent another trouble-free stage as his Sky team controlled his main rivals to protect his yellow jersey.

At least 30 riders were disrupted by tire punctures at the top of the final climb after tacks and small nails were tossed on the road. Tour officials asked police to investigate.

Defending champion Cadel Evans was caught in the havoc. He had to wait three times for assistance. He lost nearly two minutes at one point before teammates arrived and gave the former world champion a rear wheel.

But Wiggins honored cycling etiquette by not attempting to capitalize on Evans' misfortune. He urged the peloton to slow down to allow Evans to return to the pack. Wiggins and Evans finished in the same time — 18 minutes, 15 seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain, who won the 119-mile, 14th stage between Limoux and Foix.

This was the first day of racing in the Pyrenees, and Wiggins kept his overall lead of 2:05 over Sky teammate Christopher Froome. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy is third, 2:23 off the pace while Evans remains fourth, 3:19 behind.

With only two big mountain stages remaining before the race ends in Paris next Sunday, and a long time trial where Wiggins is expected to blow his rivals apart, the former Olympic track champion looks all but guaranteed to become the first Brit to win the Tour.

BASEBALL

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to be out for at least a month.

Baltimore placed Hammel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Hammel's knee has been bothering him since May, but the injury became more serious Friday night when he was forced to leave a game against Detroit after throwing a pitch in the fourth inning.

PRO FOOTBALL

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in Florida.

Court records show the 28-year-old Dumervil is facing the third-degree felony charge in Miami-Dade County. Det. Vivian Hernandez said Dumervil and another man were arrested Saturday in Miami Beach, but that no further details were immediately available.

A spokesman for the Denver Broncos said the team is aware of the matter and continuing to gather facts.

Dumervil is a Miami native and one of the Broncos' top defensive players.

Dumervil's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he expects authorities to clear his client after they conclude their investigation.

TENNIS

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams has spent most of her career matching — and often breaking — older sister Venus' records. After tying Venus for the most WTA Tour titles among active players, there's little left for her to equal.

Except Olympic gold.

Williams overcame a shaky start and two service breaks to beat lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 Sunday for her second straight Bank of the West Classic title in a final tuneup before the London Olympics.

Serena and Venus won gold in doubles in 2000 and 2008 and will go for a third again this year when play begins July 28 on Wimbledon's grass. While Venus took home gold in singles in 2000, Serena has never medaled on her own.

Eight days after winning Wimbledon, Williams earned her 43rd WTA Tour championship, tying her older sister for the most among active players.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner put on a performance similar to last year and defended his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title by beating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday.

The 6-foot-9, hard-serving American wasn't broken in the match and earned his fourth career ATP title. He held serve in 57 of 58 games in the tournament.

Isner had 16 aces in the match and improved to an ATP-best 25-10 mark in tiebreakers this season.

It was the first career final loss on grass for Hewitt after seven victories. The 31-year old Australian entered the week ranked 233rd, coming off five surgeries in four years.

In the final set, Isner collected the first break of the match in the third game, going up 2-1 when he hit a perfectly placed forehand winner.

In the last game, Isner unloaded aces on his first two serves. Isner closed out the 91-minute match with an ace on his second match point.

UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Marin Cilic became the first player from the country in 22 years to win the Croatia Open by beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday's final.

Cilic trailed 4-2 in the first set before winning nine games in a row to seize a commanding 5-0 lead in the second.

Cilic served for the match at 5-1, but Granollers broke and saved two match points before Cilic sealed the victory with a forehand winner.

Cilic is the first Croat to claim the title since Goran Prpic won the inaugural event in 1990. It was his second title of the year, after winning at Queen's Club last month.

Despite the loss, Granollers will crack the top 20 in the ATP rankings Monday for the first time, jumping from 24th to 19th. He won his last title in Valencia in November last year.

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Sara Errani cruised past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Italiacom Open.

Errani dominated from the start and needed only 75 minutes to beat the eighth-seeded Czech player for her fourth title of the year.

Errani, runner-up at the French Open this year, dropped a total of 20 games in five matches en route to reclaiming the trophy she won in 2008.

Her other victories this year were in Budapest, Barcelona and Acapulco. Errani, ranked No. 9 in the world, is the first Italian to win four tournaments in a season.

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia won his first title of the year, beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Sunday in a rain-delayed Mercedes Cup final.

Tipsarevic is ranked No. 8 and was the only top-10 player not to have won a tournament this year. The second-seeded Monaco was seeking his third title of the year.

Tipsarevic surrendered a 4-1 lead in the second set after a brief rain delay. He also dropped his serve after a longer, 20-minute interruption in the third. But he won the next two games on Monaco's serve to capture his first title on clay.

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — David Ferrer won his second Swedish Open title by defeating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2.

The No. 5-ranked Ferrer was never challenged during the clay-court match, which was his 11th career victory over Almagro. Almagro has never beaten Ferrer.

Ferrer last won the Swedish Open in 2007.

Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecia of Romania won the men's doubles at the tournament earlier Sunday, defeating Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 7-6 (5).

HORSE RACING

NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister has a fever, and trainer Bob Baffert says the colt won't run in the Haskell Invitational in two weeks.

Baffert posted on Twitter on Sunday that Bodemeister will miss the $1 million race at New Jersey's Monmouth Park "due to temperature" Saturday.

Bodemeister would likely have been the favorite. Last week, Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags was declared out of the Haskell with a tendon injury.