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Thompson, at 16, is youngest LPGA winner

At 16, Lexi Thompson became the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event. The Floridian closed with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win by five strokes over Tiffany Joh at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. Thompson shattered the age record for winning a multiple-round tournament held by Paula Creamer, who won in 2005 at 18. Marlene Hagge was 18 years and 14 days old when she won the single-round Sarasota Open in 1952. The victory brought a piece of history and $195,000. "This has been my dream like my whole life," Thompson said.

Rose wins BMW

Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill. Rose closed with an even-par 71 at Cog Hill for a two-shot victory and is headed to the Tour Championship with a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. He watched a five-shot lead shrink to one over John Senden until the birdie chip gave him a cushion. Senden closed with a 70 to finish alone in second and go from No. 55 in the FedEx Cup to No. 9, making him among the top 30 who qualify for the Tour Championship. -- AP

HOCKEYRangers are cautious about Staal headaches

Marc Staal, the Rangers' All-Star defenseman, will miss the team's first three preseason games -- and likely more -- because he has been experiencing headaches, presumably a recurrence of symptoms following a concussion against the Hurricanes in Carolina on Feb. 22. Coach John Tortorella said that although Staal began experiencing headaches this summer and in camp, he has been progressing for the past three days. Staal passed a baseline neurological test on Friday, a measure that is required for players who sustained a concussion during the previous season.

"He can skate, he's cleared for contact, we just want to hold him back," Tortorella said. "He's a very important guy and we want to be smart about this. I'd like to get him in a couple [preseason games] overseas" before the regular-season opener Oct. 7 in Stockholm against the Kings. Staal, 24, who was hammered by his brother, Eric, the Carolina center, in the third period of that game, also hurt his left knee on the check. "It was diagnosed as a concussion," Tortorella said. Staal was not made available for comment.


Spain, Argentina gain Davis Cup final

Novak Djokovic's ailing back didn't hold up Sunday, meaning Rafael Nadal won't have to face his main rival in the Davis Cup final. Djokovic tried to help Serbia stage a comeback in their semifinal against Argentina in Belgrade despite a lingering back problem, but had to retire when trailing 7-6 (5), 3-0 against Juan Martin del Potro. That sent Argentina into the final against Spain, which advanced after Nadal routed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-0, 6-2, 6-4, on clay in Cordoba. -- AP

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