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EDMONTON -- Teenage golf phenom Lydia Ko made history Sunday at the CN Canadian Womens Open. The 16-year-old from New Zealand shot a final round 64 to finish at 15 under for a five-stroke victory over Karine Icher. Ko became the youngest winner of an LPGA event last year when she won the Canadian Open at the Vancouver Golf Club at age 15. With Sundays victory, she becomes the first amateur in history to win two LPGA events. Ko started the day one shot back, but shredded the course at Royal Mayfair Golf Club with five birdies on the front nine and never looked back. She had seven birdies in total and curled in a birdie putt from 16 feet out on the final hole to cap the day. "I hit a really good drive on one and I kept it to the fairway, and I think that kind of got my momentum going," Ko said. "I was in a little bit more of a pressure position (as defending champion), so I was really happy with my 64." Unfortunately winning is becoming an expensive proposition for Ko, who was born in South Korea but grew up in New Zealand. As an amateur, she cannot accept the $300,000 first prize, which instead goes to Icher. Ko has played in 14 LPGA events over the last two years, leaving almost $1 million in prize money on the table. Ko said shes still considering asking the LPGA for an exemption to let her turn pro before shes 18. "Ive got some people above me like my mom and dad. Theyre the boss, and theyre going to help me definitely make the right decision to turn pro at what time," said Ko, who shot 265 over the tournaments four rounds. "As Im only 16 its quite hard to make huge decisions. And when I turn pro its like a job, where money is all about it and every shot counts." Ko has always said her driving is the strength of her game, and proved it again this week by hitting 45 of 56 fairways and 56 of 72 greens in regulation. Icher, ranked 24th, had her best finish of the season. The 24-year-old from France carded four birdies to go with one bogey Sunday to finish 10 under for the tournament. Canada has been good to Icher, who finished 5th in July at the Manulife Classic in Waterloo, Ont. Icher said her game improved throughout the week. "I would like to play tomorrow," she said. "It was a good day today. Im very happy with my game. More putts got in." She said Kos feat was impressive. "Shes amazing. Sixteen years-old and to win twice. She has no fear, I guess," said Icher. "Its incredible. As an amateur and so young, its great for womens golf, but not so great for us (on tour)," she laughed. Swedens Caroline Hedwall began the day with a one-shot lead, but could not match her lights out 6-under performance from the third round. "I was trying to keep up with (Ko), but at the same time I couldnt hit it as close and I couldnt make as many putts," said Hedwall, who finished at 9 under overall after shooting a 71. "She was just really impressive today." Brittany Lincicome of the U.S. wound up tied for third with Hedwall after shooting a 69. It was a disappointing tournament for the top two players on tour. No. 1 ranked Inbee Park was carving up the putting greens and held a share of the lead heading into Saturdays third round only to see her game fall apart. She finished 11 strokes back in a tie for 13th. "My putting just didnt want to go in the hole like the (first) two days," Park said. "Nothing wants to drop. You get those kind of days." Park said she switched putters for this tournament because the insert on her first one was worn out. "I dont know, I might go back to my old one," she laughed. No. 2 Stacy Lewis racked up five bogeys on her first seven holes in the first-round Thursday before withdrawing due to illness. Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., was the top Canadian. Richdale shot three-over 73 to finish the tournament tied for 62nd, 23 strokes off the pace. "I had an OK day today," Richdale said. "I struggled with my ball striking. I think I hit only eight greens, which makes things pretty tough. "I would have liked to have made a few more ups and downs, but thats the way it goes." Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., ended up 72nd. She shot six-over 76 to finish 30 strokes behind Ko. "I had a lot of fun on the front side," Shepley said. "I hit it really, really well. I wish I could have made a couple of putts. I had a lot of putts I could have made and I think things could have been very different early on." The other 18 Canadians in the field, including veteran Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, did not make the cut. Cheap Jerseys . Switzerland faces Belgium or Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals in April. Serbia dropped into the World Group playoffs in September. A confident Chiudinelli and Lammer defeated veteran doubles player Zimonjic and young Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Fake Jerseys . 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"Good riddance!!!!" tweeted running back Andrew Harris following the April 2013 deal with the Argonauts was announced. But after Mitchell was released this past off-season by Toronto to pursue NFL opportunities that never materialized, the Lions jumped at the chance to bring the hulking 29-year-old with a unique skill set back into the fold by signing him to a contract on Tuesday. Despite the baggage Mitchell left behind in Vancouver, Lions general manager Wally Buono said players, coaches and management agreed he deserved another shot with the club. "Once we got into it, everybody felt it was the right thing to do," said Buono, whose team will host the Grey Cup. "When you look at trying to improve this football club, Khalif is an outstanding football player and from our point of view we wanted to move forward and we wanted to build a championship team for 2014. "If I felt I had to convince (players and coaches) then I wouldnt move forward. This was not a matter of me imposing what I wanted. This was an opportunity." The six-foot-six, 315-pound Mitchell, who met the media at the Lions suburban practice facility on Tuesday, said he grew up a lot during his time in Toronto and understands why some of his former teammates felt the way they did when he left B.C. "I dont believe that anybodys words were going to be kind when I left," he said. "I didnt leave on kind terms." An all-star in both 2011 and 2013, Mitchell has 86 tackles and 13 sacks in four CFL seasons. What those numbers dont show is how much he influences the game from the interior of the defensive line, often occupying two and three blockers to free up teammates. "Weve done five camps in the United States looking for another Khalif Mitchell and theyre not out there," said Buono, adding that Mitchell has matured a lot in the last year. "For us, when hes here in our backyard, when hes willing to make a commitment to come play for the B.C. Lions ... to me, I thought that was something worthwhile." For his part, the eccentric Mitchell downplayed any hard feelings that might linger from his first stint with the Lions. "This is a place that was my house. (If) youve got trash in your house, yyou just take it out.dddddddddddd. Its not something as complicated as the media might make it seem," he said. "Its very simple. Its trash. You take it out." The Virginia Beach, Va., native had 33 tackles and six sacks with the Lions in 2011, and had another outstanding campaign with the Argonauts in 2013, registering 32 tackles and five sacks. "Its exciting to be back. Its a place I call home. Its a place that I have a lot of fond memories of," said Mitchell. "When I look around I see a lot of Grey Cup pictures and stuff ... all of a sudden I get a lot of memories and a lot of butterflies." Despite those warm feelings, its that 2012 season that often comes to mind when Mitchells name is mentioned. He was suspended for two games by the CFL for violently hyper-extending the arm of an opponent that July before being fined an unspecified amount by the league for making multiple throat-slashing gestures in another game. Mitchell was then fined and suspended again for violating the CFLs social media policy after using a racial slur on Twitter. "Theres a risk with everybody you sign, whether its a player, a coach, a staff member," said Buono. "Theres always risks and thats part of what makes this job and life exciting. "We all grow with our experiences. Ive had experiences that I regret ... Ive gotten better for it." The move to sign Mitchell would appear to immediately improve a Lions defensive line that surrendered the second fewest rushing yards per game (94.4) in 2013, but allowed the second most rushing touchdowns (17) and recorded the third fewest sacks (45). "Im not sure that when Khalif is on his game theres too many people (as dominant)," said Buono. "A man of his size, with his athleticism and his power, they dont come around every day. In 2011, why did we win a Grey Cup? A lot of it had to do with the guys up front. "I believe today that Khalif Mitchell is a better football player than he was in 2011." With the Grey Cup set to be played at B.C. Place Stadium in November, the Lions were relatively quiet this off-season, losing a number of veterans through trade, free agency and retirement. They got a big one back on Tuesday and he seems eager to make an impact. "I was looking for a team to go ahead and win a championship with," said Mitchell. "Wally Buono went to go look for players to help put together a team to win a championship with. "We met somewhere along the path and thats how were here today." Note: The Lions made another move Tuesday, releasing defensive back Lin-J Shell. ' ' '

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