Bombers sign tackle

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed 25-year-old American defensive tackle Casey Sayles.

The 6-3, 290-pounder from Omaha, Neb., spent the 2020 season with the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. In five games with the BattleHawks before the XFL ceased season operations due to COVID-19, Sayles registered 8 1/2 tackles and one sack.

During his four-year collegiate career, Sayles suited up for 45 games with the Ohio University Bobcats.

He earned second team All-Mid-American Conference honours in his senior season, 2016, after recording 33 tackles and six sacks.

 

Tavatanakit takes first LPGA major

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Patty Tavatanakit survived Lydia Ko’s final-round charge Sunday to win the ANA Inspiration for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Five strokes ahead entering the day and six in front after a chip-in eagle on the par-5 second, Tavatanakit shot a 4-under 68 in 100-F heat to beat Ko by two strokes in the first major championship of the year.

Ko matched Lorena Ochoa’s tournament record with a 62, shooting 7-under 29 on the front nine for the best nine-hole score in event’s 50-year history. The New Zealander began the day tied for seventh at 6 under, eight strokes behind Tavatanakit in the tournament played without spectators for the second time in seven months.

Winless since April 2018, the 23-year-old Ko played the first 11 holes in 9 under and added a birdie on the par-4 15th. On the par-5 18th, she drove into rough near the water that lines the left side, laid up and hit a wedge 30 feet long and right. Her birdie try missed to the left, stopping inches away.

 

 

Poland’s Hurkacz makes breakthrough

MIAMI — With the Big Three absent at the Miami Open, and tennis’ next generation scrambling to fill the void, it was Hubert Hurkacz of Poland who made a breakthrough.

The 24-year-old Hurkacz won the biggest title of his career by beating 19-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Sunday.

Hurkacz improved to 10-0 in Florida this year, including the Delray Beach title in January. Ranked 37th, he is projected to climb to a career-high 16th in next week’s rankings.

The matchup in the final was a surprise even though Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer skipped the tournament, as did U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem.

 

Guerrero Jr. lighter, still heavy hitter

NEW YORK — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. dropped 42 pounds after an underwhelming 2020.

He’s hoping less can be more — and the 22-year-old sure still looks like a heavy hitter.

Guerrero and Randal Grichuk homered off Domingo Germain in the Yankee right-hander’s return from a domestic violence ban, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 3-1 Sunday to win a season-opening series against their AL East rival.

A slimmed-down Guerrero had a hit in all three games, including an opposite-field shot leading off the second inning against Germain.

It was Guerrero’s first long ball of the season after he hit .262 with nine homers in 60 games last year.

 

Cambridge rules famous river race

CAMBRIDGE, England — Cambridge won both the men’s and women’s Boat Race against historic rival Oxford on Sunday in an annual contest that was held on a different course this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The races are usually held on the River Thames in London, but took place over a shorter 4.8-kilometre stretch of the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, for the first time since World War Two.

 

Red Wings end streak of futility

TAMPA, Fla. — Thomas Greiss made 27 stops to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday for their first road win against the Lightning in the regular season in more than 10 years.

Marc Staal, Valtteri Filppula, Michael Rasmussen, Darren Helm and Dylan Larkin all scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a three-game winless streak. Luke Glendening and Anthony Mantha each finished with two assists for Detroit, which had lost 17 regular-season consecutive games in Tampa until Sunday going back to Feb. 17, 2011.

— staff, wire services

Mike Sawatzky

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