Sports briefs: South Korea's Jiyai Shin beats Paula Cramer in LPGA's longest playoff
GOLF • Jiyai Shin ended the longest playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history, making a two-putt par on the ninth hole of a playoff Monday in Williamsburg, Va., to beat Paula Creamer and win the Kingsmill Championship.
Shin and Creamer played the 18th hole eight times Sunday in an attempt to break the tie before darkness forced a suspension of play. The next morning, they drew about 1,000 fans and needed just one more hole, the par-4 6th, and 20 minutes to settle it. Creamer missed a 5-foot par putt, with the ball hitting the right edge and spinning out. Shin sunk a 3-foot putt for the win.
Shin, a 24-year-old South Korean who was ranked No. 1 for 16 weeks in 2010, had not won in two years. She earned $195,000 for the victory.
Texas Tech's Gillispie takes sick leave
college basketball • Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie is on indefinite sick leave while his bosses investigate allegations that he mistreated his players during practices. Athletics department spokesman Blayne Beal said Monday that Gillispie is taking sick days and it was not clear how long he will be out. The Texas native who is entering his second year as coach of the Red Raiders did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The school announced Aug. 31 that it had opened an investigation into alleged mistreatment of players by Gillispie. Earlier that day and hours before he was to meet with athletic director Kirby Hocutt, Gillispie called 911 and was taken to a Lubbock hospital. He told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal he thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke, and he spent six days in the hospital.
Players to challenge NHL in Canada
HOCKEY • The NHL Players Association intends to challenge a lockout before labor boards in Quebec and Alberta, a move that if successful could force the league to pay players on the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers during a work stoppage. The sport's labor contract expires at the end of Saturday and a lockout appears to be certain, which would be the league's fourth work stoppage since 1992 and first since the 2004-05 season was wiped out.
The Associated Press