Around the Nation (June 29): Late mistake doesn't cost Rose title at Congressional

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GOLF

Rose overcomes late mistake at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. — Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.

He got away with one Sunday at Congressional to win the Quicken Loans National.

Shawn Stefani did not.

With the poise and the putting touch of a U.S. Open champion, Rose atoned for a 4-iron he hit into the water on the 18th hole to make a 15-foot bogey putt that got him into a playoff and gave him new life. On the 18th hole in the playoff, Stefani hit the same type of shot that rolled into the same pond left of the green.

There are no second chances in a sudden-death playoff.

Rose won with a par on the first extra hole for his first victory since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. This one required about as much work, with Congressional far more difficult and unrelenting than when it hosted a soggy U.S. Open three years ago.

Lewis shoots 65 to win NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, Ark. — Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday in the NW Arkansas Championship to finally win an official event in her adopted state.

The top-ranked Lewis, who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, earned an unofficial win in the rain-shortened 2007 tournament as an amateur. On Sunday, she closed with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.

Lewis birdied three of her final holes for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year and 11th overall. She finished at 12-under 201 at Pinnacle Country Club.

Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford tied for second.

Second-round leader Michelle Wie shot a 73 to tie for eighth at 8-under.

BASKETBALL

Source: Raptors, Hawks swing 3-player trade

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade John Salmons to the Atlanta Hawks for Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira and veteran guard Lou Williams.

The two teams agreed to the trade Sunday night, just over 24 hours before free agency was set to open. The person requested anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced.

Nogueira was the 16th overall pick last year. He will team with fellow Brazilian Bruno Caboclo, who the Raptors drafted with the 20th pick last week. Williams can provide some scoring punch off the bench.

The Hawks can buyout Salmons’ $7 million contract to free up more salary cap room to give them the prime flexibility once the market opens.

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