SOUTHPORT, England — Bernhard Langer gave Mark Wiebe one too many chances at the Senior British Open.
Wiebe took advantage of Langer’s failure to close out the tournament, beating the German on the fifth playoff hole Monday at Royal Birkdale for his first senior major title.
The American used a superb approach shot from the rough to set up a two-putt for par, while Langer failed to get up and down, seeing his par putt stay out.
“I’m speechless,” Wiebe said. “I think it’s always better for both players had there been a birdie to win the playoff instead of a bogey, but right now, I don’t really care. I’m glad it’s over, and I’m honored.”
Vanderbilt loses its top returning scorer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt guard Kedren Johnson was suspended from the university for a year, leaving the Commodores without their leading scorer from last season.
Johnson said in a letter released by the university that he’s been suspended “for a mistake I made, the result of using some very poor judgment.” Johnson said the suspension resulted from an action that occurred near the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Johnson averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a 6-foot-4 sophomore last season.
Vanderbilt also announced guard Kevin Bright has left the team to sign with the Fraport Skyliners of Frankfort, Germany. Bright averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds last season as a freshman.
UNC’s Hairston gets suspended
RALEIGH, N.C. — When a state trooper gave North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston his third recent traffic citation Sunday, the athlete was driving a car owned by a female friend.
The reckless driving charge, quickly followed by Hairston’s indefinite suspension, marked the latest off-court misstep for the UNC-Chapel Hill basketball player. Hairston had been cited twice in the span of a month while driving late model cars linked to a convicted felon. Authorities dropped one set of those charges last week.
The Associated Press confirmed through state records that the gray 2008 Acura that Hairston was driving Sunday belongs to Randi Lee Furr.
Soccer standout Holden has torn ACL
CHICAGO — Bolton Wanderers’ Stuart Holden has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, yet another major knee injury for the unlucky midfielder.
Holden was hurt early in the United States’ 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final on Sunday. He will consult with the medical staffs of Bolton and U.S. Soccer to formulate a treatment plan.
Holden took a knock on his left knee, but grabbed his right knee after he hit the ground. Trainers worked with him both on and off the field.
Gay left off U.S. track roster for world
INDIANAPOLIS — As expected, Tyson Gay was left off the U.S. roster for next month’s world championships in Moscow.
Gay qualified in the 100 and 200 meters at the nationals in June, but relinquished his spots after failing an out-of-competition drug test for a banned substance. Mike Rodgers will take Gay’s place in the 100 and Wallace Spearmon will go in the 200.
Nicholls State hires baseball assistants
THIBODAUX — Nicholls State baseball coach Seth Thibodeaux announced the additions to his coaching staff for the 2014 season, bringing in Fuller Smith, Zach Butler and former Colonels player Austin Flores.
Fuller joins the staff after spending three years as a member of the Ole Miss coaching staff. Butler was an assistant at McNeese State. Flores will be joining the staff as a student assistant while pursuing his master’s degree.