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Morning roundup: Leishman rallies to win Farmers Insurance Open

Marc Leishman, of Australia, holds up the ball on the 18th hole after winning the Farmer's Insurance Open Sunday at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. [AP Photo/Denis Poroy]
Marc Leishman, of Australia, holds up the ball on the 18th hole after winning the Farmer's Insurance Open Sunday at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. [AP Photo/Denis Poroy]

Marc Leishman couldn't miss whether it was for birdie for par, racing from four shots behind with a 7-under 65 and winning the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Leishman ran off five birdies on the front nine to seize control Sunday over a fast-faltering Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. He kept a cushion with three big par saves down the tough stretch at Torrey Pines and closed with a 6-foot birdie putt that turned out to be the winner.

Rahm won his first PGA Tour title three years ago at Torrey Pines when he closed with a 65, making a 60-foot eagle putt on the last hole that secured the victory. This time, it was Leishman's turn.

He matched Rahm's 65 as the lowest closing round by a winner at Torrey Pines since the South Course was beefed up ahead of the 2008 U.S. Open.

LPGA: Madelene Sagstrom won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the par-3 17th to tie for the lead and winning with a par when Nasa Hataoka missed a 3-footer on the last.

Sagstrom finished with a 2-under 70 for a 17-under 271 total at rain-softened Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Hataoka shot 69. The Japanese player birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to take the lead, then fell into a tie when Sagstrom birdied the 17th and lost with the bogey on the par-4 18th.

Dubai Desert Classic: Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by capturing his first professional title, beating Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa on the second hole of a playoff at Emirates Golf Club. The 24-year-old Herbert dedicated his victory to the people back home battling Australia's unprecedented wildfire crisis.

FIGURE SKATING

Chen captures fourth straight U.S. crown

With stratospheric jumps and the sort of stage presence that even Elton John would appreciate, Nathan Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships men's gold medal Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Skating to the score from John's biopic Rocketman, Chen soared far above the competition, winning by more than 37 points.

Chen, 20, has not lost a competition since a dismal short program at the 1988 Olympics ruined any chance at a medal. He's won two world championships and three Grand Prix Final's crowns altogether.

PRO BOWL

AFC wins fourth consecutive all-star game

The AFC defeated the NFC 38-33 for a fourth consecutive victory in the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

The play of the day was Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt’s 82-yard fumble return in the fourth. Jacksonville defensive lineman Calais Campbell beat Dallas’ Travis Frederick and sacked Kirk Cousins on a fourth-and-goal play from the 9. Campbell stripped the ball, which Watt scooped up and went untouched the other way to put the AFC ahead 38-27.

Campbell was named the AFC's defensive player of the game. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was the offensive MVP, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

TENNIS

Gauff's run ends in Melbourne

Sofia Kenin of the United States stopped 15-year-old Coco Gauff's latest Grand Slam run by beating her 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0 in the Australian Open's fourth round on Sunday.

Kenin, 21, reached her first major quarterfinal with the victory. Also advancing to a quarterfinal showdown were No. 1 Ash Barty and last year's runner-up in Melbourne, Petra Kvitova.

Reigning French Open champion Barty moved on with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win against No. 18 Alison Riske of the United States. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was down a set and a break before coming back to defeat No. 22 Maria Sakkari 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep reached the quarterfinals with a straight-sets win over Elise Mertens.

In the men's fourth round, defending champion Novak Djokovic moved into a matchup against No. 32 Milos Raonic, and Roger Federer overcame a slow start to beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and advance to his 15th quarterfinal in Australia, where he will face 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren of the United States.

ETC

MLB: The Minnesota Twins signed pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Wire reports

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