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UNK ends playoff drought

The wait was worth it for UNK, which is the Division II playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Lopers held a watch party for Sunday’s selection show, and they were the final team revealed when the field was announced. UNK, a sixth seed, will play at third-seeded Western Colorado on Saturday.

The Lopers finished the regular season 9-2 as quarterback TJ Davis has rushed for 1,039 yards and thrown for 2,051. Western Colorado went 10-1 and was the co-champions in the RMAC — UNK’s former conference. It was Western Colorado’s first conference title since 1998.

Northwest Missouri, which handed UNK one of its two losses this season, advanced to the playoffs for the 17th year in a row. The 9-1 Bearcats will host Central Washington at noon Saturday.

Morningside No. 2

Morningside is the No. 2 overall seed and Northwestern is fourth for the NAIA playoffs, and both will play Round of 16 games at home Saturday.

Morningside will take on Ottawa (Ariz.) at noon while Northwestern will face Central Methodist at noon.

Morningside is 10-0 and handed Northwestern its only loss 55-49. Northwestern was the national runner-up last season, when the championship game took place in May.

Tide rise to second

Alabama jumped Cincinnati to No. 2 behind Georgia in the Associated Press poll and Oklahoma dropped eight spots to No. 12 after losing for the first time this season.

Georgia is the unanimous No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week and the SEC has the top two teams in the poll for the sixth time this season.

Behind the Bearcats, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Oklahoma State all moved up one spot after Oklahoma tumbled.


Lefty win Schwab Cup

PHOENIX — Phil Mickelson birdied three of the final holes Sunday to win the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship while Bernhard Langer held on to win his sixth PGA Tour Champions season points title.

Mickelson shot a 6-under 65 at Phoenix Country Club, getting up-and-down from short of the par-5 18th for birdie to reach 19-under. He joined Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win four of his first six PGA Tour Champions starts.

Langer, who battled back pain all weekend, struggled getting putts to fall as he labored through a 2-under 69. The 64-year-old German finished at 12-under and had to wait for Jim Furyk to see if he would win the Schwab Cup for the fifth time in seven years.

Furyk needed to win the tournament or tie for third and have Langer end up worse than eighth to win his first PGA Tour Champions series title. He dropped in a long birdie putt on the par-4 17th to pull within two of the lead, but Mickelson’s birdie on No. 18 made it three shots.

Needing an eagle to win the Schwab Cup, Furyk pulled his second shot into the grandstand left of the 18th green and and had to drop in mulch. He hit his next shot across the green into the rough and got up and down for par.

Korda hangs on

BELLEAIR, Fla. — A duel between Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson turned into a stunning meltdown by both. Korda at least managed to recover and win a four-way playoff in the LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship.

Korda won for the fourth time this year on the LPGA Tour, none of the others this wild.

Korda fell out of the lead on the 17th hole by chopping her way to a triple bogey to fall two shots behind. She answered with an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 1-under 69 and got into a playoff when Thompson made a second straight bogey for 69.

In other tournaments:

PGA Tour: Jason Kokrak had reason to believe he shot himself out of the Houston Open on the back nine Saturday morning. He played it 10 shots better when it counted Sunday afternoon, making four straight birdies for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot victory.


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