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EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France -- Suzann Pettersen barely had time to hug her caddie before the Champagne started flowing in her direction. In the first womens major played in Europe, Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career. The Norwegian calmly rolled in her par putt to seal the title. Pettersen then leaned back and held her head in her hands, hugged her caddie and laughed as she was surrounded by friends spraying her with Champagne on the green. "I might start to get a bit emotional," Pettersen said, her voice wavering, as she collected the trophy. It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007 and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month. Pettersen shot a 3-under 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursdays play was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70. American Lexi Thompson shot a 68 to finish four shots back in third place, with South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Se Ri Pak five shots behind in a tie for fourth. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the womens calendar. "I dont know if its quite sunk in yet that Ive won another major. Its been a while, but Im pretty lucky to say that Ive won two," Pettersen said. "Hopefully, this is just the start. Its been such a great month, five weeks for me, starting off with the Solheim (Cup). It was a great kick-start for what became the best month of my career." The third-ranked Pettersen plans to have "one heck of a party" to celebrate, before focusing on her goal to earn the No. 1 ranking. "This is part of the process, you have to win tournaments, you have to win majors," said Pettersen, who in the past has been hampered by a fiery temperament. "I feel Ive been a lot more relaxed around the golf course over the past year, smiling a lot more. ... Ive come to the age when Im too old to be around and not be happy." Top-ranked Inbee Park was looking to become the first golfer to win four majors in a year, but finished way out of contention. Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-shot lead going into the final round but struggled to a 79 and finished tied for 19th. That left Ko -- at 16 years, 4 months, 22 days -- as Pettersens main challenger. But she bogeyed the 13th to fall two shots behind and never looked likely to make a comeback. Her chip for birdie at the 18th -- which would have put some pressure on Pettersen -- stopped just left of the hole. "Shes such a great competitor. She keeps us on our toes," the 32-year-old Pettersen said. "Shes 16 and shes good enough to win tournaments, to win major championships. Shes a future star for this game." Shell have to wait until next year for a chance to break American Morgan Pressels record of youngest major winner. Pressel was 18 years, 10 months, 9 days when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2007. "I dont think I felt that nervous today, but coming down the last two holes I thought Suzann had it in the bag," Ko said. "It was really good to know that I could come close to a winner at a major. Hopefully, next year it will be a 72-hole event." An overnight downpour rendered the course soggy and led to a 90-minute delay in the morning. "I thought today we would fight the weather more than we did, so it was a walk in the park just to stay dry," Pettersen said. "I didnt know what to expect with the weather we had overnight. But the greens were good." When play got started, Ko opened her round with a birdie while Pettersen had birdies on the second and third holes. Pettersen bogeyed the seventh when she over-hit her approach shot. She recovered with a birdie on the next hole and led Ko by one shot and Ryu by two after the front nine. Ko looked stern-faced after missing a chance to move level on the 12th, and Pettersen shook her head in disbelief as her second shot on 13th drifted wide into the choppy rough. But she ended up saving a tricky par while Ko had to settle for bogey, leaving her two shots ahead. Ko looked downbeat when she missed another birdie chance on 17. "I didnt feel confident with my putting today. I left a couple short," Ko said. "I misread some putts. I wont blame the greens that were bumpy, and blah, blah, blah. I dont blame others." Stacy Lewis won last months British Open, but after a solid start the American finished six shots behind Pettersen in a tie for sixth along with American Angela Stanford and South Koreas Chella Choi. cheap jerseys . 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Nine days after Madrid eked out a 1-0 victory at Espanyols Cornella-El Prat Stadium in the Spanish league, the visitors were again limited to the narrowest of winning margins -- despite dominating the first half, when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post before Benzema headed home in the 25th minute. cheap jerseys from china . -- Kurt Buschs Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, in some ways, was like his career wrapped into one afternoon.MIAMI -- The last time Chris Bosh played against the San Antonio Spurs, he was offensively brilliant. It seems like a long time ago. During the Eastern Conference finals, Bosh found himself in a baffling slump, missing 26 of his last 34 shots and not even reaching the double-digit mark in scoring during any of his last four games -- the longest such drought for the All-Star big man since a five-game streak that began during the first week of his NBA career. All that, he hopes, will be forgotten now. A new series has arrived, and the stakes couldnt be higher when Bosh and the Miami Heat begin taking on the Spurs in the NBA Finals, with Game 1 set for Thursday night. "My confidence never goes anywhere," Bosh said. "It never wavers. Its always the same. I feel that Im always capable of playing well. This is a different circumstance. I take it as that, and I move on." Thats exactly what the Heat want to hear from their starting centre. For three years now, the Heat -- who have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the roster -- have routinely insisted that Bosh is Miamis most important player. And against a Spurs team that has a consummate big man in Tim Duncan, along with a combination of size and athleticism that can easily give any opponent fits, the Heat will surely need help from Bosh if theyre to successfully defend their title. "I like the way he left off last series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Very comfortable. He looked comfortable. Even though he didnt necessarily convert a lot of his makes, it was more similar to his game. And hes proven it before that one series doesnt dictate necessarily what happens the next series, particularly when match-ups and styles of play are different." Bosh scored nine points in the Game 7 win over Indiana, his best total in the final four games of that series. He shot 1 for 6 in Game 4, 3 for 7 in Game 5, 1 for 8 in Game 6 and then 3 for 13 in the final game of the East title matchup. Thats 28 points, total, in four games. Hes scored at least that many on 106 single-game occasions in his career. A quick start in Game 1 of the finals is what Bosh is looking for now, if for no other reason than to forget what hes been dealing with of late. "We always want to be aggressive individually and as a team," Bosh said. "You know, I want to really get going early offensively in games, because it helps me, we play better, I think I play better. Just coming out being aggressive and just really looking for my spotss that establishes me early.dddddddddddd And I think it propels me for the rest of the game." The irony here is that while Bosh is in the worst offensive slump of his season -- and most significant one of his career, arguably -- is that when Miami visited San Antonio on March 31, he was an offensive fireplug. With James and Wade sitting out that night because of injuries, Bosh was the No. 1 option, all the way to the end. And the Heat pulled off an 88-86 victory when Bosh made a 3-pointer over Tim Duncan with about a second remaining, capping what was a 23-point night. Bosh had 23 points in his very next game as well. Hes gotten to the 20-point mark -- and it was exactly 20 -- only one time in his 19 appearances since. "I spent a lot of time with Chris in his house. Were neighbours," Wade said, beginning to tell a story of how he and Bosh spent the night before Game 7 of the Indiana series. "And I told him, I said, Chris, it didnt matter if you scored 30 points a game up until this point. If you get in Game 7 and score two points and we lose, youll feel just as bad or worse than you feel now. So its all about Game 7, man. Its all about this moment. Lets do whatever we can." Bosh made two big jumpers during a critical stretch of Game 7, as the Heat started pulling away toward what became a rout. The stat sheet says he didnt do much else, but the Heat would argue otherwise. "He was playing with a great motor ... and that energy was contagious for everybody," Spoelstra said. The beauty of being on the Heat is that no one has to carry the load alone, a lesson that Bosh was reminded of during -- and even after -- Game 7 of the East finals. During the on-court trophy presentation, players got T-shirts and caps to wear in commemoration of the East title. Bosh tugged his shirt on over his jersey, then plopped the cap onto his head while scooping up his two young children in either arm. So when the brim of the cap dipped over his eyes, he asked someone nearby to adjust it because he didnt want to put either of his kids down and free up a hand to do it himself. Same goes on the court. If Boshs shot is struggling, someone nearby will try to help him out. But if his shot is going -- like when he averaged 15.8 points during Miamis four wins over Oklahoma City in last years finals -- then the Heat will be tough to beat. "We have to play well as a team, play well inside our system," Bosh said. "And the team that plays the best series is going to win." ' ' '