In Brief: Cabrera knows how to close the deal

TUCKER'S TOWN, Bermuda -- U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera overcame an atrocious start with a spectacular finish Wednesday to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, outlasting Padraig Harrington in a playoff.

Cabrera recovered from a triple bogey on the opening hole that put him five shots behind with a birdie-eagle finish to close with a 2-under-par 68 and get into a playoff with the British Open champion at Mid-Ocean Club.

He beat Harrington on the third extra hole with another booming tee shot and a 4-iron to 18 feet on the par-5 18th.

Cabrera took two putts for birdie, which was all he needed when Harrington hit into a deep bunker off the tee and still had 4 feet for par when the Argentine tapped in.

It was the first time Harrington, who closed with a 69, trailed all afternoon.

Cabrera finished at 4-under 136, earning $600,000 in the event restricted to major champions.

Jim Furyk, the replacement for PGA champion Tiger Woods, birdied four of the last five holes for a 67 to finish third at 138. Masters champion Zach Johnson shot a 68 for a 139.

The 7,000 fans were treated to a finish they never expected.

After Cabrera chopped up the short 16th hole for bogey to fall two shots behind, he holed a 10-foot birdie on the 17th, then hit a 4-iron that caught the slope on the 18th and stopped 4 feet away for his second eagle of the round, this one forcing a playoff when Harrington two-putted for birdie.

"I told my caddie we had to make 2-3 to have a chance," Cabrera said.


Kristine Lilly scored at the end of the first half on a corner kick that seemed to tumble through Sophia Perez's hands, and the U.S. women's team went on to beat Mexico 4-0 in a chilly and damp exhibition game Wednesday night in Portland, Ore. Abby Wambach, honored before the game for her 100th cap, scored in the 76th minute. Nicole Barnhart was in goal for the United States, which was upset as the favorite in the World Cup amid a goalie controversy. It was her first start this year.

It was the second of three season-ending exhibition games against Mexico with the final match Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. The U.S. won the opener 5-1 in St. Louis on Saturday. ...

Michael Bradley scored his first international goal in the 86th minute and the U.S. beat host Switzerland 1-0 in a sloppy game played in rain in Basel. Bradley, son of U.S. coach Bob Bradley, knocked in a loose ball from close range after Clint Dempsey deflected a cross into the air from Danny Szetela, who entered two minutes earlier in his national team debut. After a 10-0-1 start under Bob Bradley, U.S. lost to Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Sweden and Brazil. ...

David Beckham aggravated his injured left ankle and may miss the L.A. Galaxy's final home game against the New York Red Bulls tonight.

Horse Racing

The top three Kentucky Derby finishers -- Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin -- will meet again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 27 at New Jersey's Monmouth Park in a race that most likely will settle Horse of the Year.


Atlanta officially joined the WNBA. The expansion team will join the Eastern Conference with Chicago, Connecticut, Detroit, Indiana, New York and Washington.