News for Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Illinois makes it back-to-back Big 10 titles

Illinois held off Iowa to win its second consecutive Big 10 Championship Sunday, but more impressive might be that it was the Illini’s fourth victory since March 28.

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Kent State sweeps MAC titles

Kent State completed a dominant performance Sunday to win its record 18th Mid-American Conference Championship.

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Mexico and all of LPGA embraces Ochoa

The scene around the 18th at Tres Marias – aka Ochoa Stadium – was the kind that lodges a lump in the throats of grown men.

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Complete Ochoa retirement coverage

Golfweek.com brings you up-to-the-minute news on Lorena Ochoa’s retirement. Senior writer Beth Ann Baldry will be at Ochoa’s press conference in Mexico City on Friday and will continue to follow this story.

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Cutler ends Irish drought at Lytham Trophy

Paul Cutler knew what it was like to be in contention at the Lytham Cup – as a caddie. Now he knows what it’s like to be the champion, the first Irish victor in 28 years.

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Shin overtakes Ochoa as World No. 1

Jiyai Shin shot 66 on Sunday in Japan to win the Cyber Agent Ladies Golf Tournament by two strokes.

St. Francis rallies to win NEC title by a shot

St. Francis rallied late to win the Northeast Conference Championship Sunday, playing the 18th hole at ChampionsGate (Fla.) Golf Club in 3 under to beat Sacred Heart by one shot.

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Miyazato wins in Mexico; Ochoa finishes 6th

Ai Miyazato won her third LPGA event of 2010 at the Tres Marias Championship as good friend Lorena Ochoa said a tearful goodbye.

Loyola rallies for third straight MAAC title

Loyola staged a final-round rally to win its third straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

Piller wins in Athens for 1st Nationwide title

Martin Piller came from behind to win the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title.

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McIlroy wins Quail Hollow with stunning 62

Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event in style. The 20-year-old rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 18 Sunday to set the course record with a 62 and win the Quail Hollow Championship.

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Notes: McIlroy steals Mickelson’s thunder

Phil Mickelson entered the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship thinking 11 under might give him his second straight victory.

Siena cruises to 10th straight MAAC title

For the past decade, no team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has been able to unseat Siena College as the conference champion.

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Charlotte stays undefeated in A-10s

Charlotte cruised to its fifth Atlantic 10 Championship in a row Sunday at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla., tying Penn State for most consecutive A-10 titles.

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How to shoot 68 in just over two hours

Who says you can’t play 18 holes in under 2 hours, 15 minutes? Just ask Carl Pettersson.

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Eger rolls to victory at Gulf Resort Classic

David Eger shot a 3-under 69 in rainy conditions Sunday to win his first Champions Tour event since 2005 at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

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Spaniard Quiros wins Spanish Open in playoff

Alvaro Quiros became the first local winner of the Spanish Open in eight years, winning on the first playoff hole Sunday after English rookie James Morrison pulled his approach shot into the water.

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Ishikawa shoots 58 to win Japan Tour event

Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58 – the lowest score ever on a major tour – to win The Crowns on Sunday for his seventh Japan Tour title.

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Shoulder could sideline Stricker for Players

Don’t expect to see Steve Stricker teeing it up at the Players next week.