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In Brief: In Gee Chun wins Evian Championship

In Gee Chun of South Korea celebrates winning the Evian Championship, the final women’s major. (Laurent Cipriani / AP)
In Gee Chun of South Korea celebrates winning the Evian Championship, the final women’s major. (Laurent Cipriani / AP)
From wire reports

GOLF: Walking toward the 18th green at the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France, with one putt to make golfing history, In Gee Chun felt the nerves gripping her.

After some motivating words from her caddie, she steadied herself and sank a putt from 10 feet to hold a difficult par. That putt saw her win at 21 under to record the lowest 72-round ever in a men’s or women’s major.

It was the 22-year-old South Korean’s second major after winning last year’s women’s U.S. Open.

It looked like she might miss the record lowest score when her tee shot flew into left rough.

After chatting to her caddie, she chose the safe option and used a wedge to chop her way onto the fairway, about 95 yards from the pin.

“I was so nervous,” Chun said. “So my caddie David Jones told me `’if you make the par, I buy the dinner.’”

She led from start to finish, although she did share the first-round lead with Sung Hyun Park – who finished four shots back in a tie for second with So YeonRyu.

Broadhurst wins Champions: Paul Broadhurst birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to win the PGA Tour Champions’ Nature Valley First Tee Open.

The 51-year-old Englishman finished with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and playing partner Kevin Sutherland.

Thompson earns card: Michael Thomson won the Tour Finals’ Albertson Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club to regain a PGA Tour card.

The 31-year-old Thompson finished at 23-under 261 and earned $180,000 in the second of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards.

Stewart sets record

in Storm victory

WNBA: Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and the Storm clinched the seventh seed in the playoffs with an 88-75 victory over Chicago in Seattle.

Stewart also grabbed 11 rebounds, including her 277th defensive one of the season to pass Lisa Leslie’s WNBA record of 276 set in 2004.

Seattle plays at Atlanta in the single-elimination game for opening round of the playoffs.

Cathings shines in finale: Tamika Catchings scored 16 points in her final regular-season game and Indiana locked up the No. 5 playoff seed with 83-60 victory over visiting Dallas.

She played all of her 15 seasons with Indiana, finishing her WNBA career second in points, first in rebounds and first in steals.

The Fever will host Phoenix in the first round.

Team North America beats Finland

HOCKEY: Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon scored, Matt Murray made 24 saves and Team North America skated circles around Finland on the way to a 4-1 victory at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Captain Connor McDavid and the group of 23-and-under Americans and Canadians put on an unbelievable show of speed and skill in their first World Cup game, making good on the pre-tournament buzz. North America made it a torturous night for Finland, which had nine players back from the bronze-medal team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Swedes top Russia: Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves in place of ill star Henrik Lundqvist, and Gabriel Landeskog and Victor Hedman scored second-period goals to help Sweden beat Russia 2-1.

Argentina tops Britain in Davis Cup semis

TENNIS: Argentina reached its first Davis Cup final since 2011 after Leonardo Mayer sealed a 3-2 victory over defending champion Britain by beating higher-ranked Dan Evans in Glasgow, Scotland.

Croatia in finals: Marin Cilic swatted aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets to send host Croatia into the Davis Cup final for only the second time.

Donovan scores in Galaxy 2-2 draw

MISCELLANY: Landon Donovan scored two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and the Los Angeles Galaxy tied Sporting KC 2-2.

Los Angeles moved into second place in the Western Conference standings – four points behind FC Dallas. Sporting KC is five points ahead of Seattle for the sixth and final playoff spot.

Lihong wins wheelchair marathon: Chinese wheelchair racer Zou Lihong captured her third medal and first individual gold of the Rio Paralympics, beating American Tatyana McFadden in a photo finish in the women’s marathon.

Amanda McGrory of the United States was third.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second Rio gold and fourth medal of the games in the men’s race.

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