Extra Work Pays Off for Lindberg
Pernilla Lindberg plunged into Poppie’s Pond with her parents and fiance-caddie Daniel Taylor, celebrating her first professional victory in about the biggest way possible in women’s golf.
“I can’t believe that I can call myself a major champion,” Lindberg said in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
It wasn’t easy.
The 31-year-old Swede needed a major-record eight sudden-death holes over two days to finish off Inbee Park in the ANA Inspiration, ending it Monday morning with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th.
“I just know I’m a grinder, and I just felt: ‘This is mine. I’m going to do this,”’ Lindberg said. “I just knew I could, and I just kept fighting away. I couldn’t believe when that last putt went in.”
Park’s 20-footer to match stopped on the edge of the cup.
Icon Beattie dies at 85
The plaque that rested for years on ski icon Bob Beattie’s desk was inscribed with a matter-of-fact motto: It can be done.
An all-too-fitting mantra for the ski racing pioneer who helped launch the World Cup circuit more than 50 years ago and was part of the commentary crew that called one of the most thrilling Alpine races at the 1976 Winter Games.
Beattie died Sunday in Fruita, Colo., after dealing with various health issues. He was 85.
Beattie was paired with Frank Gifford to call one of the Winter Olympics’ most famous ski races for ABC -- Austrian great Franz Klammer’s electric downhill run to capture gold in ’76.
Star twins to retire
Vancouver Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin say they will retire at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old twins announced their plans in a letter on the team’s website .
The Sedins are in their 17th season in the NHL, all with Vancouver. Two likely Hall of Famers when their numbers are eventually called, Henrik Sedin has 1,068 points (240 goals, 828 assists) in 1,327 regular-season games, while Daniel Sedin has 1,038 points (391 goals, 647 assists) in 1,303 outings.
Jaren Jackson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a freshman for Michigan State, is leaving early for the NBA. The 6-foot-11, 242-pound Jackson blocked 106 shots, a single-season record for a Spartan, and swatted a Big Ten-best 3.03 shots per game. The forward averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. ... Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a broken right ankle that wi ll require surgery, putting his availability for the playoffs in doubt. The Wild announced the diagnosis Monday before hosting Edmonton, when Suter’s streak of 242 consecutive regular-season games ended.
That’s the third-longest in franchise history.