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• RODRIGUEZ WINS 4TH NATIONAL ROAD RACE TITLE: CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Freddie Rodriguez won his fourth national title Monday in a sprint to the finish, edging Brent Bookwalter in the USA Cycling Professional men’s road race.

Rodriguez, 38, of Berkeley, covered the 100.6-mile course in and around Chattanooga in a time of 4 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds. Bookwalter of Asheville, N.C., also finished second in the time trial Saturday, and he came in just enough behind Rodriguez at the line.

Kiel Reijnen of Boulder, Colo., was third. Tom Zirbel, the winner of Saturday’s time trial title, finished 11th.

Jade Wilcoxson of Talent, Ore., won the women’s road race over 63.1 miles in 2:46:39. Lauren Hall of Dolores, Colo., was second and Alison Powers of Pinecliffe, Ore., third.


• WOODS TO RETURN TO TURKEY FOR EUROPEAN EVENT: BELEK, Turkey (AP) — Tiger Woods is returning to Turkey in the fall to play a European Tour event, this time over 72 holes of stroke play.

Organizers of the Turkish Airlines Open said Monday the No. 1 player in the world will be part of the 77-man field on Nov. 7-10 on the Maxx Royal course. Woods played in Turkey last year when it was an unofficial event of medal-match play. He lost in the semifinals to Justin Rose, who went on to win.

The tournament will be the third of four straight tournaments culminating with the European Tour finale in Dubai. It will have a $7 million purse.

Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management, who is promoting the tournament, said it was important to have Woods at the stop.

It will be the second European Tour event Woods plays. He missed the cut in Abu Dhabi to start the European Tour season. The Turkish Airlines Open is held the same week as the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island on the PGA Tour, which Woods has never played.


• STANFORD’S GIBBS, OHIO ST’S ROLA WIN NCAA TITLES: URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Blaz Rola of Ohio State and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford won NCAA singles titles Monday.

Gibbs repeated as women’s champion after routing a hobbled Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska 6-2, 6-4. Rola, who is from Slovenia, became the first men’s tennis champion for the Buckeyes, beating Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Gibbs, a junior who plans to turn pro, had never played Weatherholt before. She was eventually able to dominate with a strong forehand after falling behind 3-2 early in the first set.

“I’m still a little bit in shock,” Gibbs said. “We had never played each before, and coming into a match like this against a dark horse was a little unsettling. And then she hurt her knee and I was concerned that she had really hurt herself. It took a while to get back on track after that.”