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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts. Two strokes behind leaders Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas entering the round, Nordqvist closed with her second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Salas. "Im very excited. I still cant believe it," Nordqvist said. "I was a couple of shots back going into today, but this morning I told myself to give it a shot and I ended up making quite of bit of birdies out there. Im very excited to have two wins this season." The 26-year-old Swede won the LPGA Thailand last month to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park. In 2009, Nordqvist won the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship. Projected to jump from 16th to ninth in the world, Nordqvist finished at 13-under 275 and earned $255,000. She two-putted for par on the par-4 18th, holing a 2-footer. "My hands were shaking a little, Im not going to lie," Nordqvist said. "You never know with the sun setting you see every little spike mark. So I tried not to focus on that and see the hole." The Kraft Nabisco, the first major tournament of the year, is next week in Rancho Mirage. "I really love the majors," Nordqvist said. "Its a tougher set up on course and I feel more pressure, more spotlight on the tournament and I like that. I like the test and it seems like it is going to be pretty windy next week which will make it tougher. Im very happy with the way Im playing and cant wait to tee it up." Salas birdied the 18th for a 70. "Im going to put this in the back of my mind, but know I can make putts down the stretch," Salas said. The former Southern California player is winless on the LPGA Tour. "Obviously, I cant control what Anna does," she said. "Shes been playing awesome this year and already had a win, congrats to her. Thats just golf. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they dont. Luckily, I finished with a birdie on a good note, and off to the Kraft."" Nordqvist changed equipment and started working with instructor Jorje Parada during the off-season after considering leaving the tour. The former Arizona State player made a short birdie putt on the par-4 first hole and added birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth to make the turn at 11 under. She also birdied the par-4 13th, par-3 14th and par-4 16th before dropping a stroke on the par-5 17th. Lexi Thompson was third at 11 under after a 68, and Chella Choi was another stroke back after a 69. Kerr closed with a 73 to finish fifth at 9 under. Park, preparing for her title defence next week at Mission Hills, had a 68 to join third-ranked Stacy Lewis (71), Se Ri Pak (69) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) at 8 under. Dori Carter, the 244th-ranked player who shot a course-record 64 on Friday, finished with a 73 to tie for 10th at 7 under. Michelle Wie had a 70 to tie for 16th at 5 under. Laura Diaz had a hole-in-one for the second straight day to become the second player in LPGA Tour history to make two aces in a tournament. Diaz aced the par-3 third hole Saturday in the third round, then holed out on the par-3 sixth on Sunday -- a shot she followed with an eagle on the par-4 seventh. She also had an eagle Saturday on the par-5 fifth. Jenny Lidback is the only other player with two aces in an event, accomplishing the feat in the 1997 Tournament of Champions. Diaz used a 6-iron Sunday on the 157-yard sixth. "I was trying to hit it a little left to right high and take a little bit off of it," Diaz said. "And, yeah, I did it. It went in." On the eagle on No. 7, she holed out from 122 yards with a 50-degree wedge, the club she used to hole out twice Saturday. Shes the first tour player to follow an ace with an eagle on the next hole The 38-year-old Diaz shot 2-under 70 in each round to finish at 2 under. Leroy Sane Jersey . Bring on Freddy Garcia. The well-travelled 36-year-old right-hander earned his second NL victory since 2007, and his first since he joined the Atlanta Braves last month, pitching six innings to help beat Miami 6-1 Thursday. John Stones Jersey .com) - Maria Sharapova reached her 10th career grand slam final after beating Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets at the Australian Open on Thursday. http://www.authenticmanchestercityshop. ... ty-Jersey/. With the final four being arguably the four best – and most complete – teams from the regular season, picking a winner is not as easy as it sounds. Kevin De Bruyne Jersey . -- Canada played to expectation up until halftime. Claudio Bravo Jersey . And fellow Leaf, Jake Gardiner, hiking in Whistler.Hull KR paid tribute to Roger Millward this week while there were no home comforts for Manly in Brisbane... Home away from homeWe have seen many instances of NRL clubs taking home games around Australia and New Zealand and there were two at opposite ends of the spectrum last weekend.Penrith Panthers moved their match with the New Zealand Warriors to Christchurch and a crowd of 17,669 rocked up to AMI Stadium. Fans from both teams arrived in force at AMI Stadium in Christchurch It was the biggest crowd for a Warriors game in New Zealand this year. They last played in Christchurch in 2010 and it is safe to say the Auckland-based club will not wait quite so long before they travel to the south island again.The Panthers and the Warriors should be praised for their successful promotion of rugby league in a union heartland, which is in stark contrast to Manly. The Sea Eagles took their home game with Brisbane to… Brisbane.Manly were paid a reported £175,000 to switch the game to Suncorp Stadium as part of a double-header - North Queensland and Melbourne facing off in the other fixture.The Sea Eagles were booed as they took to the pitch and things went steadily downhill from there. They crashed to a 30-6 defeat, their sixth loss in 10 games. This is the first of a three-year agreement with Suncorp so they had better get used to their new surroundings. Phil Clarke brings you his top five Super League tries of the week Are Super League teams missing a trick by not taking games on the road?There will be a bumper crowd in Newcastle this weekend for Magic Weekend while over 8,000 supporters turned up to Wigans Super 8s meeting with Catalans in London last season.Could we ever see Leeds and St Helens square off in Bath, or the Dragons move a home game to Barcelona?Hayne the code-hopperJarryd Hayne has given up on his NFL dream and the question now is whether his future lies in rugby league or union.After one frustrating season at the San Francisco 49ers, the Sydney-born 28-year-old announced on Sunday that he had quit American football to pursue Olympic glory with the powerful Fiji rugby sevens team. Hayne has left the 49ers However, New South Wales coach Laurie Daley revealed Hayne could be selected for this years State of Origin, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Newton are willing to register the former Eel.Daley said: Who knows, Jarryd might be back here in a couple of weeks time. If hes here, fit and available, we would certainly look at him for Origin II or III.You never say never in terms of what may or may not happen. There could injuries or suspensions, you just never know. Hes a guy who has certainly proven he can do the impossible. Hes obviously decided on playing Rugby Sevens at the moment but you wouldnt say no to coming back to State of Origin this year if things dont work out.I wont dismiss anything at the moment. Jarryd Hayne is a great player.Old rivals to meet in qualifiers?A Leeds v Bradford derby used to be one of the highlights of a Magic Weekend but they look set to renew hostilities in the qualifiers.Leeds are in a deep hole and sit bottom of Super League after losing 11 of their 14 fixtures. And things dont get any easier for the Rhinos, who face Wigan, Warrington and Catalans in their next three games. Leeds were thrashed by Castleford in the latest round of Super League Talking about Leeds, their old boys have really helped to ruin their dreams. Luke Gale and Paul McShane both left the Rhinos after the club made the decision that they werent good enough.Do we make decisions too early in players careers? What Leeds would give to have them now.Has Chester saved Wakefield?WWakefields wonderful season continued on Sunday when they defeated Super League leaders Warrington to move into sixth place.ddddddddddddChris Chester, sacked by Hull KR just three games into the season, has made an incredible impact since taking over at Belle Vue, working wonders with a club that has got the lowest spend in Super League.Its a great ride were on, said Chester, who inherited a side bottom of the table when he succeeded Brian Smith at the end of March. Has Chris Chester turned around the fortunes of Wakefield? I knew the quality of players available, we just needed to get these guys to start believing in themselves.Whats pleasing for us is the last time we came up against a top-four side, we came up short against Hull FC, so we feel weve made some progress.The results have gone for us this weekend, lifting us a couple of places, but we just want to consolidate our spot in the top eight. Its important we continue this momentum. Certainly nobody here is getting excited or getting ahead of themselves because we know how quickly it can turn.Wakefield face second-placed Catalans in Newcastle on Sunday and confidence is high of a first Magic Weekend win since 2012.Brad Thorns best playmakerForget Jason Robinson, Sonny Bill Williams and, er, Sam Burgess - rugbys best cross-code player is the indestructible Brad Thorn.Thorn won the rugby union World Cup with New Zealand in 2011, three Tri Nations titles and the Champions Cup with Leinster, while playing in 14 State of Origin games for Queensland and eight tests for Australia in the Super League and NRL eras. Brad Thorn during the State of Origin in 2005 In that time, hes played with some of the best players in both codes but who did he pick as the best playmaker he ever played with? League legend Alfie Langer.If he decided to score on his own he would, or hed do something special with a grubber, a pass or a step so someone else did, Thorn told The Courier Mail.The convert rated the State of Origin up there with the toughest games in both sports, comparing it with the rivalry between the All Blacks and South Africa. Alfie Langer had a stint with Warrington from 2000-2001 Id put State of Origin in league on the same level as an All Blacks-Springboks Test in rugby union, said Thorn.They have the same ingredients with a natural enemy, capacity crowds that want blood and just a warzone mentality to the way the games are played.Hull KR pay tribute to Roger MillwardHull KR coach James Webster praised his players for honouring Roger Millward in the perfect way after they beat Widnes 24-10 on Sunday.Millward, one of the finest players to play the game, passed away at the age of 68 earlier this month. Webster asked his players to win for the clubs legendary former stand-off, and his troops duly responded with four tries as they saw off the Vikings in style. Fans held a pre-match tribute at Hull KR to mark the passing of Roger Millward MBE We saw a fitting day for Roger, Webster said after the game. The game was probably similar to a cup final. We got to the ground earlier than normal and there was a long time waiting but I thought we handled it well.It was a tough day for all but it was a fitting tribute to an inspirational person. We trained on the pitch while supporters have laid flowers and their tributes.There are only a handful of players who get rewarded with that kind of tribute. Also See: WATCH: Top 5 Super League tries Magic Weekend to break records McDermott: Well find a way back Giants sign Sebastine Ikahihifo ' ' '
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