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Stanford's Rodgers plays a strong final round at the Greenbrier Classic

Former Stanford All-American Patrick Rodgers fired a final round of 1-under 69 top finish the Greenbrier Classic in a tie for 45th place on Sunday at the Old White TPC in West Sulpher Springs, W. Va.

Rodgers, who turned pro following his junior year at Stanford, finished with a 3-under 277.

Angel Cabrera won the tournament with a 16-under 264 following a final round of 6-under 64. Cabrera played consistently well throughout the event, with rounds of 68, 68, 64 and 64.

Rodgers, in his third event as a professional (he made the cut in all three), shot a 65 in the first round, but then suffered through a 5-over 75 on the second day.

He eventually fought his way back up the leaderboard with rounds of 68 and 69 and earned $18,219 for his efforts.

Third-round leader Billy Hurley III bogeyed four of his first six holes to fall behind and eventually finished in a tie for fourth. George McNeill was second and Webb Simpson finished third.

Rodgers enjoyed a banner year with the Cardinal, helping Stanford reach the NCAA championship match-play, winning the Pac-12 championship along the way.

Women's basketball

Stanford grad Nneka Ogwumike scored 14 points, had seven rebounds and a game-high five steals but the Los Angeles Sparks dropped a 94-89 decision to the visiting Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA game on Sunday.

The Sparks took an 89-87 lead with 2:34 remaining play but then went 0 for 4 the rest of the way.

Candace Parker led the Sparks with 27 points and Kristi Toliver added 26.

Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi scored 32 points to lead all players.

The Sparks (7-10) fell to 3-6 at home while the Mercury improved its league-leading record to 13-3.

Ogwumike and Los Angeles travel to Connecticut for a game next Sunday, setting up a showdown, for the first time, between Nneka and younger sister Chiney Ogwumike, who plays for the Sun.

Men's volleyball

Stanford grad Erik Shoji, one of the top liberos in the world, helped the U.S. national team topple host Serbia, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, in a World League match in Beogard on Sunday.

The victory, in the last match of the regular season, clinched a spot in the FINA World League Super Final, which begins July 16 in Florence, Italy.

"With everything on the line, we played our toughest, most poised match," tweeted U.S. coach John Speraw.

Cardinal grad Kawika Shoji is a back-up setter for the U.S. and Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer, a four-time collegiate All-American, serves as the team's assistant coach.

Men's water polo

Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored three times in the United States national team's 12-11 loss on the final day of the Deutschland Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany on Sunday.

Hungary won the Cup title while the Americans (11-14-1) finished third.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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