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ROGERS, Ark. Eric Decker Youth Jersey . —Ai Miyazato
added another LPGA win to her resume on Sunday with a closing birdie at the NW
Arkansas Championship. The Japanese star shot a 6-under 65 to overcome a
five-shot deficit and hold off a crowded leaderboard for her second LPGA Tour
victory of the year and ninth overall. Miyazatos 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18
sent her to 12 under for the tournament, and her victory at Pinnacle Country
Club was secured one group later when fellow Japanese Mika Miyazato missed a
15-foot birdie attempt on No. 18. “I knew I needed to make lots of birdies
today, but I didnt have any expectation and I didnt have any pressure in the
front nine,” Ai Miyazato said. “So thats why I think I could focus my game and
have four birdies on the front nine.” The win came at the expense of good friend
Mika Miyazato, who finished one back and was denied her first LPGA victory. Mika
Miyazato congratulated her friend after the round, a bittersweet moment for
both. “She said, Im very happy for you, but then at the same time she was
crying,” Ai Miyazato said. “So I was like, I didnt know what to say to her, but
I just said, Thank you and great playing. “You know, shes still young and she
still (has) a great future, and I know her win is coming definitely soon.” Ai
Miyazato had seven birdies and one bogey in the final round to finish one stroke
ahead of Mika Miyazato and Azahara Munoz. Ai Miyazato had finished in the top 10
of the tournament in each of the last four years, including a fourth-place
finish in 2008 and a third-place last year. Those disappointments were fresh on
Miyazatos mind following her only bogey of the day on No. 17, but she answered
with an up-and-down from off the 18th green for her closing birdie. “I think
last year I was pretty close to winning,” Miyazato said. “I think Im one shot
behind or something and I made bogey on 17, too. A few years ago, I did the same
thing, too. ”... But like I said to myself, you know, just one bogey so far
during the round, so I think thats pretty good. Then if I made birdie (on 18), I
thought I still (would) have a chance to get in a playoff.” Miyazato, a 15-time
winner on the Japan LPGA, also won the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii in April.
Shes the third player on the LPGA Tour to win multiple events this season,
joining top-ranked Yani Tseng, also a three-time winner, and No. 2 Stacy Lewis,
and shes projected to rise from sixth to third in the world entering the U.S.
Womens Open next week. Mika Miyazato had a 67, and Munoz closed with a 65.
Veronica Felibert, the rookie from Venezuela who opened the day with a four-shot
lead, shot a 72 to tie for fourth at 10 under. While Felibert struggled in only
her fifth LPGA tournament, Ai Miyazato opened with a 32 on the front nine and
reached 12 under after her sixth birdie of the day on the par-3 15th. She fell
back to 11 under after her only bogey on the day at No. 17, but used a 3-wood to
reach the front fringe of the 475-yard par-5 18th in two shots. After a chip to
5 feet, she calmly sank the downhill left-to-right putt to take a one-shot lead
over Munoz, who already had finished her round and made a par from the fairway
on No. 18. Munoz eagled the par-4 No. 5 and reached 11 under with a birdie on
No. 17, but she missed her approach shot on No. 18 wide to the right and left
her third shot in the fringe before getting up and down to save par. “I played
all day unbelievable,” Munoz said. “I barely missed any shots. On the last one,
I hit a great drive and was in between clubs. I decided to go with the hybrid,
and I just tried to hit it too hard and missed it right.” Mika Miyazato was also
at 12 under on the back nine, but a bogey on No. 16 left her at 11 under and
needing a birdie on No. 18 to force a playoff. She hit the fairway on the par-5
final hole but elected to lay up. She hit her approach shot 15 feet left of the
hole, but her birdie attempt just went by to the left and kept her winless on
the LPGA Tour. Mika Miyazato said the firm miss was a result of several putts
she had left short earlier in the round. “I tried to hit it too hard, so that
putt, I need to make this putt,” Mika Miyazato said. “I understand, but (it was)
still difficult, so I try it.” Felibert started the day at 11 under after only
one bogey in the first two rounds. She reached 12 under twice on the front nine,
but both times she quickly gave the shots back with bogeys. Her bogey at No. 9
led to a brief three-way tie with Mika Miyazato and Inbee Park, but Felibert
bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13 to fall out of the lead for good. The former Southern
California standout entered the week ranked 723rd in the world and had earned
only $2,489 in four previous LPGA events, in which she missed three cuts.
Felibert earned $93,770 for her fourth-place tie with Park, who shot a 68 on
Sunday. “I didnt play the way I wanted,” Felibert said. “I didnt feel nervous at
all, I was surprised. I thought I was going to be more nervous. But my swing
wasnt there, and I didnt try to like fight it. I just played with what I got and
it wasnt enough.” Ai Miyazato earned $300,000 for the victory, while Munoz and
Mika Miyazato each made $159,739. Lewis, the local favourite who played at the
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tournament of yet another elite competitor.LA TOUSSUIRE, France—Pierre
Rolland of France won the hardest Alpine stage in the Tour de France on
Thursday, and Bradley Wiggins dusted defending champion Cadel Evans in the final
climb to extend his overall lead. Rolland gave the Europcar team its second
straight stage win after the 148-kilometre 11th stage from Albertville that
ended with a grueling ascent to the ski resort of La Toussuire. In collecting
his second Tour stage victory after another tough uphill finish last year at the
fabled Alpe dHuez, Rolland won by 55 seconds over countryman Thibaut Pinot and
third-placed Christopher Froome of Britain. Wiggins and two rivals for the title
—Jurgen Van Den Broeck of Belgium and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy—were a
further two seconds slower. “Id been dreaming about this stage for six months
... I got all sorts of messages this morning saying its your turn, its your
turn,” said Rolland. “My second victory in the Alps in two years—I dont have
the words to describe the feeling.” He won even after skidding to the ground in
a crash during the last big downhill. “Thats not going to stop me,” he said.
Wiggins, along with Froome and other Sky teammates, repelled repeated attacks by
his yellow jersey rivals over three huge ascents. Evans fell from second place
overall—possibly seeing his repeat title hopes vanish—after finishing 11th
in the stage and losing another 1 minute,:26 seconds to Wiggins. Evans began the
day 1:53 behind Wiggins. Wiggins said he felt “relief” in the last few
kilometres that the hardest Alpine stage was nearly over, especially knowing
that Evans had been dropped—an outcome the Briton had not expected. The route
was brutal, with at least 65 kilometres of climbs in total, over two of the most
grueling ascents in pro cycling, plus a very tough uphill finish. Under
relentless sun, riders faces bore climbing agony: Tongues wagging, teeth
gritting, mouths agape or, as in the case of American veteran Christopher
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winding downhill from the Mollard pass—the days third climb—where Rolland
unclipped from his pedal and hit the ground on a sharp turn, but he quickly got
back on his bike. One crucial moment, possibly with the title hanging in the
balance, came when Evans took a chance and tried to shake Wiggins, about halfway
up the 2,060-meter (6,750-foot) Croix de Fer—or Iron Cross—pass. The
Australian caught up with BMC teammate Tejay Van Garderen, a promising American
rider, and was able to chisel out a lead of about 15 seconds on Wiggins. But in
cycling parlance, the Sky “train” of riders, in a line and pedaling almost in
sync, powered with a steady rhythm to escort Wiggins back up front, and
gradually erased the Australians getaway about five kilometres later. On the
last climb, Van Den Broeck, and then Nibali, gave it their own tries. This time,
Wiggins was more vulnerable because his Sky teammates—aside from Froome—
had fallen back. But Wiggins caught them, too. Evans, seemingly spent by his
earlier attack, lost ground, unable to keep up with Van Garderen, who dutifully
kept back to help his team leader as best he could. Crossing the line, Evans let
out a sigh. Froome, meanwhile, accelerated in a dramatic final dash—
surpassing his team leader Wiggins. The Sky leader said later that such a move
was in the plan, so that Kenyan-born Froome—who started the stage in third—
could cut into his deficit to Evans. “At that moment, I was really just really
concentrating on my effort and keeping it constant,” Wiggins said. The race
stays in the Alps on Friday with a 226-kilometre ride from
Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux. ’ ’ ’ 

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