Late push helps Harvick steal Shootout victory

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Kevin Harvick received a huge push from Denny Hamlin to power into the lead and steal a win in the exhibition Budweiser Shootout last night in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jamie McMurray appeared headed for the win at Daytona International Speedway until a late wreck set up a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish. Harvick was in fourth on the restart and didn't seem to have anything for McMurray. But as they closed in on the finish line, Harvick used the push from Hamlin to slide past McMurray on the outside. He coasted to the win as Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch all crashed behind him. McMurray finished second, and Tony Stewart was third.

Galaxy rejects AC Milan's initial offer for Beckham



The Galaxy rejected AC Milan's initial offer for David Beckham and expects the Italian club to come back with a much higher bid or the British midfielder will be back in Los Angeles next month. Tim Leiweke, chief executive of the company that owns the Galaxy, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that he would not consider an extended loan of the England star, 33, to Milan but he is willing to negotiate a purchase deal.

Rollins takes 3-shot lead at Buick Invitational


John Rollins caught up to Camilo Villegas again, and this time he kept right on going until he finished off a 2-under-par 70 that gave him a three-shot lead at the Buick Invitational in San Diego. Rollins, who lost a share of the lead with a bogey on the final hole of the second round, made up for that quickly with two birdies on the first four holes to take the lead, surging ahead when the Colombian struggled from the sand and on the greens. Rollins was at 12-under 204, his first outright lead going into the last round in his nine years on the PGA Tour. Villegas shot a 2-over 74. Nick Watney had a 71 and was at 7-under 209, putting him in the final group.

Obituary: : Betty Jameson, one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour, died at 89, the tour said.

Navy men's lacrosse team wins season opener

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The Navy men's lacrosse team used a big second half to survive a first-half scare and earn a 13-5 win over Virginia Military Institute at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in both teams' season opener. With the score tied at 5 at the half, the Midshipmen outscored VMI 8-0 in the second half. Evan Sullivan had three goals and an assist for Navy, and Tim Paul (Loyola) and Brendan Connors each added two goals and an assist. Joe Lennon (Loyola) had one goal and three assists. A goal by attackman Andy Warner five minutes into the third quarter gave Navy the lead for good. The Midshipmen then broke the game open by scoring three goals in just more than a minute, two from Bruce Nechanicky and one from Sullivan.

Boxing: : Undisputed super-flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan punished Jorge Arce with powerful left hooks from the opening bell on his way to an 11th-round knockout in Anaheim, Calif. Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 knockouts) retained his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation belts with the victory over the determined but outclassed Arce (51-5-1).

Swimming: : Reaching a beach in Trinidad, Jennifer Figge became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. The 56-year-old from Aspen, Colo., left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa's western coast Jan. 12, swimming 19 out of 25 days and battling waves of up to 30 feet.

Figure skating: : Canadian teenager Patrick Chan continues to take men's figure skating by storm, capturing a gold medal in the ISU Four Continents championships in Vancouver. Skating to music by Rachmaninov, Chan, 18, scored a season-best 160.29 points for his free program to earn the gold with an overall score of 249.19 at the Pacific Coliseum. American Evan Lysacek won the silver with 237.15. Japan's Takahiko Kozuka took the bronze with 221.76.

Tennis: : Favorites Jill Craybas of the United States and Gisela Dulko of Argentina won in straight sets in Surprise, Ariz., to leave the countries tied at 1 after the opening day of their first-round Fed Cup competition. Craybas, the top-ranked player for the U.S. at No. 75 in the world, defeated Betina Jozami, 6-2, 6-1. Dulko stopped 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, 6-2, 7-5.

Horse racing: : Everest Stables' Strut the Canary seemed to be the easy winner a furlong from the finish, but at the wire she was in front by only a head, enough to win the $50,000 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park. Strut the Canary, ridden by Jeremy Rose, finished the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies in 1 minute, 10.72 seconds, holding off the furious rally of 42-1 shot Huge to take the top prize, and paid $3.60 as the 4-5 favorite.