• Wiebe beats Langer to win Senior British Open: SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Mark Wiebe beat Bernhard Langer on the fifth playoff hole Monday to win his first Senior British Open title. Langer bogeyed his fifth attempt at the 18th hole on Royal Birkdale while Wiebe made par to claim the trophy. Storms delayed Sunday’s fourth round and play was halted after two playoff holes because of darkness.
Langer held a three-shot lead going into the fourth round and was two strokes ahead with one hole to play, but finished with a double bogey. Wiebe, meanwhile, shot a 4-under 66 to match the German veteran at 9-under 271. It was the first time in the 27-year history of the Senior British Open that the tournament
• Giants affiliate to poke fun at Anthony Weiner: Giants affiliate to poke fun at Anthony Weiner: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in Virginia intends to poke fun at New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and other celebrities with “Salute to Scandal Night.” The Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League intend to sell hot dogs for $1 on Thursday. The team says fans also can enter a contest by tweeting photos during the game showing how they are enjoying their hot dogs. Weiner has admitted sending lewd photos and messages to women online.
Flying Squirrels vice president and chief operation officer Todd Parnell says the promotion is “meant to be a fun, tongue in cheek night.” Other contests will poke fun at scandals involving athletes, including a “Brett Favre football throw” and “Tiger Woods closest to the pin challenge.”
• Is he coming back? Phelps vague about future: BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Michael Phelps keeps saying he has no plans for a swimming comeback. Yet he’s leaving the door open to change his mind in time for the 2016 Olympics. As Phelps put it, “I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow.” Phelps spoke Monday in Barcelona to The Associated Press and other international media organizations in a series of one-on-one interviews set up by his sponsor, Speedo. While Phelps quickly shot down questions about whether he’s done any clandestine training for a possible comeback, he wasn’t as adamant as he’s been in the past about his swimming career ending for good at last summer’s London Olympics. Asked by the AP, yes or no, whether he’ll compete at the Rio Games, Phelps says he hasn’t planned that far ahead in his life.
• Meilutyte, other teens doing just fine at worlds: BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For Ruta Meilutyte, a gold medal would merely be a bonus. She’s already grabbed what she came for at these world swimming championships. A breakout star at last year’s London Olympics, the 16-year-old from Lithuania set the first world record of the meet Monday night — in the semifinals of the 100-meter breaststroke, no less. Meilutyte will be an overwhelming favorite in the final Tuesday, but she considers the record a bigger accomplishment than a world championship. She nearly broke the mark during the morning preliminaries, then returned in the evening to go even faster. The youngster touched in 1 minute, 4.35 seconds, beating the record set by American Jessica Hardy in 2009 at the end of the rubberized suit era. Eighteen-year-old Missy Franklin cruised into the final of the 100 backstroke as the top qualifier, despite a tough start in the semifinals when her right leg slipped while pushing off the wall. Another young American, 16-year-old Katie Ledecky, followed up her gold medal in the 400 freestyle by easily qualifying for the 1,500 free final. There were no American golds on the second night of swimming at the Palau Sant Jordi.
TRACK & FIELD
• Mo Farah challenges Usain Bolt to race: LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt has a new challenger, and maybe even a new distance to think about. The biggest star in track is being sought out by Mo Farah for a charity race somewhere between Bolt’s sprint specialty and Farah’s distance domain. Farah won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at last year’s London’s Olympics. He says “it’d be great to be able to do a distance where people vote in what distance will be suitable. ... Bolt, are you up for that?” Bolt seems to be considering Farah’s challenge. The Olympic sprint champion says “that sounds fun. It’s going to be hard, but for me it’s charity, so it’s just all about fun and enjoyment.”
• NASCAR drivers find passing tough at Brickyard: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Maybe NASCAR should steal a page from IndyCar and install a push-to-pass button. This past weekend saw the boring Brickyard at its worst. Juan Pablo Montoya griped over his radio that trying to pass another car cost him position on the track. Jimmie Johnson suggested the track needed a second lane with more banking to help the cause. Denny Hamlin called passing “impossible.” “If impossible is hard, then it was impossible,” Hamlin said. “It is just a product of the speed we run, the tire we’ve got and the surface. It all just makes for hard racing. It’s hard to pass anyone. You’ve just got to deal with it.” Even super-snail “Tubo” would have been stuck in Sunday’s single-file snoozer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Never really considered an exciting 400 miles anyway, Indianapolis may have topped itself in the 20th Cup race at the famed track. There were three cautions, for stalled cars or debris, and no accidents or spins.