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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
South Korea's young queen of the greens

By Stacy Title

U.S. Women's Open: Twenty-one-year-old So Yeon Ryu defeated her Korean rival, Hee Kyung Seo, to win the U.S. Women's Open in a three-hole playoff after a rain-drenched, windy tournament full of stressful stops and stutters. After a stunning playoff performance that assured her victory, Ryu's childhood hero, Se Ri Pak, doused her in champagne. "It's unbelievable," Ryu said. So were those birdies on 17 and 18!

MLB: Robinson Cano outslugged Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the final round of the Home Run Derby after each hit 20 home runs in the first two rounds. The New York Yankees second baseman set a final round record (12) -- and tightened the family ties -- with his dad, Jose, who played for the Houston Astros briefly in 1989, pitching to him. Another spectator reached for a ball and went over the railing, but (thank heaven!) his brother grabbed him before he went down. Last week, a Texas firefighter, Shannon Stone died after falling in the stands at a Rangers game.

Side note: Derek Jeter goes from hero to heel, er ... heal -- at least according to the pundits who are not happy he has opted to skip the All Star Game. I say let the guy have his four days off for rest and continued healing. But Derek, how about paying off Christian Lopez's school loans? He's the kid who gave you back that 3,000th ball. OK, we know he got some memorabilia and a few tickets. But the karmic balance still feels off.

Tour de France: Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia tested positive for doping Monday. He's the first rider to fail a test at this year's race (on the Tour's fifth stage last Wednesday). The UCI found hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can also be used as a masking agent for other drugs. As always in riding, some get caught, some are clean and many game the game. Who's next?

Side note: Also caught under the influence: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver -- and "Dancing with the Stars" king -- Hines Ward, who was charged with drunken driving, according to a police report released Monday. The report said Ward had glassy, bloodshot eyes, smelled strongly of alcohol and that he failed a series of field sobriety tests during a traffic stop in Atlanta at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday night. Ward's lawyer released a statement saying Ward was not impaired and that he cooperated fully with police. The former Super Bowl MVP is due in court Oct. 6.