Around the Nation (May 11): Martin Kaymer captures Players Championship

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GOLF

Kaymer holds on to win Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Kaymer produced one of the most unlikely pars on the 17th green at the TPC Sawgrass without ever going in the water. It carried him to a one-shot victory Sunday in The Players Championship that was emotional in so many ways.

Kaymer nearly blew a three-shot lead after a 90-minute rain delay until he holed a 30-foot par putt on the famous island green. He got up-and-down with his putter from short of the 18th green for one last par and a 1-under 71.

Furyk closed with a 66 — he had to wait after the rain delay to rap in a 3-foot par putt — and it looked as though it might be enough to force a playoff, or even win outright when the 29-year-old German began to crumble. Furyk had to settle for a runner-up finish for the second straight week.

Jordan Spieth, tied with Kaymer going into the final round, made his first bogey of the tournament on the fifth hole, and plenty more followed. He closed with a 74.

BASKETBALL

Clippers stun Thunder 101-99 to tie series

LOS ANGELES — Darren Collison scored eight of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23.

Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points, making 9-of-11 free throws, and Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford added 18 points. DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds, helping the Clippers win the boards, 45-43 — the first time in 11 playoff games the Thunder were outrebounded.

Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15-of-18 free throws, for the Thunder.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

George’s 39 lead Pacers past Wizards for 3-1 series lead 

WASHINGTON — Paul George poured in a career playoff-high 39 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers back from a 19-point deficit and past the Washington Wizards 95-92 on Sunday night to move one victory away from returning to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Pacers lead the second-round series 3-1 and can close it out Tuesday night, hosting Game 5.

George played 46 minutes and scored 28 points after halftime Sunday, including making six of his franchise playoff-record-tying seven 3-pointers.

Roy Hibbert had 17 points and nine rebounds, continuing his recent surge after a poor-as-can-be start to the series. He helped Indiana overcome Washington’s 32-2 advantage in bench scoring.

HOCKEY

Rangers win again, force Game 7 vs. Penguins

NEW YORK — Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin scored 2:51 apart in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and the New York Rangers avoided elimination again with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

The matchup between the Metropolitan Division rivals will be decided in Game 7 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Penguins, who led the series 3-1, failed in their first attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-1 home loss on Friday.

Derick Brassard pushed the Rangers’ lead to 3-1 in the second period. Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who got 26 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.

This was a far cry from New York’s disheartening 4-2 home loss in Game 4.

AUTO RACING

Patrick surprise of Kansas with career-best run

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — Danica Patrick added another May moment to cherish.

She put on a performance that recalled her better ones at the Indianapolis 500. Patrick showed that she can be a serious driver who can craft a complete weekend and contend for a top-five finish.

Patrick was the surprise of Saturday night with her seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway, the best of her Cup career.

Stewart-Haas Racing boss and teammate Tony Stewart, Gibson, and her parents were among the throng of well-wishers in the garage that made it a celebratory scene straight out of her dazzling Daytona 500 to kick off 2013.

She easily had her best weekend of the season, spending most of the race inside the top 10.

FOOTBALL

Huskers’ Martinez signs as free agent with Eagles

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez of Nebraska has with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.

Martinez’s father, Casey, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday that Martinez would join the Eagles, but he didn’t know what position Taylor would play. The Eagles’ starter is Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley are his backups.

Taylor Martinez played in only four games in 2013 because of a foot injury after being named to the coaches’ All-Big Ten first team in 2012. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Martinez left Nebraska as the program’s career leader in total offense, passing yards, career touchdown passes and starts by a quarterback.

Martinez worked at receiver and safety as well as quarterback during Nebraska’s pro day.

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