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Sports Briefs: Johnson scores win in St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday in his second event back on tour after a back injury cost him nearly three months, shooting a 4-under 66 that held off John Merrick by a stroke.
Johnson began the final round two strokes back and held a piece of the lead three different times. He won his sixth career title with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and finished 9-under 271.
He aggravated his back in early March lifting a jet ski at his home and didn’t return to the PGA Tour until last week at the Memorial, where he tied for 19th.
Johnson, who picked up the $1.08 million check, led by only a stroke going to No. 18. Rory McIlroy, Chad Campbell and Nick O’Hern, three of the four who had a chance to tie Johnson with a birdie, knocked their tee shots into the lake.
Tom Lehman withstood the rain and a couple of challengers to win his second straight Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., finishing the Champions Tour major with a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke victory.
Lehman overcame a near-constant drizzle and occasional heavy rain at Shoal Creek — plus hard charges by Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu — for his sixth Champions Tour victory. He finished at 14-under 274. Langer and Lu shot 66 to tie for second.
French Open men’s title match suspended
PARIS — Whoever is going to make history at the French Open will have to wait at least one more day.
The final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was called for the day because of rain Sunday with Nadal clinging to a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 lead.
Nadal, going for his record seventh French Open title, and Djokovic, trying to become the first man in 43 years to win four straight major titles, played under a light drizzle for much of the match, which also included a 34-minute interruption in the second set.
It means the French Open won’t end on a Sunday for the first time since 1973, when Ilie Nastase’s victory over Nikki Pilic ended on Tuesday. The forecast for Paris calls for intermittent rain Monday.
The match will resume at 7 a.m. EDT and will be shown on NBC Sports Network on cable.
Red Wings trade Stuart to Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif — The San Jose Sharks are bringing back former high draft pick Brad Stuart in a deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Sharks announced Sunday they acquired the defenseman from Detroit for forward Andrew Murray and a conditional 2014 draft pick.
Stuart, 32, was drafted third overall by San Jose in 1998 before being traded to Boston in 2005.
He had six goals and 15 assists in 81 games last season.
Vault champ strikes head, pulls out of final
ST. LOUIS — World vault champion McKayla Maroney didn’t compete in the final of the U.S. gymnastics championships after hitting her head on the floor during training.
The 16-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., is conscious, but showed signs of a concussion and was taken to a hospital. She has petitioned for a spot at the Olympic trials, June 28 to July 1 in San Jose, Calif.
Marlins recall Gaby Sanchez from Triple-A New Orleans
MIAMI — First baseman Gaby Sanchez was recalled Sunday from Triple-A New Orleans and he quickly gave the Miami Marlins’ sputtering lineup a much-needed boost. Sanchez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double against Tampa Bay, but the Marlins lost 4-2 and fell to 0-6 on their homestand. Sanchez was batting .197 with one home run in 36 games when he was demoted May 19.
• The St. Louis Cardinals transferred pitcher Chris Carpenter to the 60-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for rookie right-hander Joe Kelly, who made his major league debut against Cleveland on Sunday. Kelly, who turned 24 Saturday, was promoted from Triple-A Memphis.
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