Mickelson pulls off late rally at Riviera
On the verge of blowing the biggest lead of his career, Phil Mickelson turned his fortunes around in the final hour at Riviera with back-to-back birdies that carried him to a one-shot victory yesterday in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. Mickelson went from a four-shot lead at the start of the final round to a two-shot deficit with three holes to play. But he hit a 9-iron to 5 feet for birdie on the 16th, holed a 6-foot birdie on the 17th and saved par with a 6-foot putt on the final hole. He closed with a 1-over-par 72 to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back years at Riviera. Steve Stricker closed with a 67 and finished second.
Champions The ACE Group Classic: : Loren Roberts made a 3-foot birdie putt on the last hole to beat Gene Jones by one stroke in Naples, Fla. Roberts shot a 68 to finish at 7-under 209. Jones put up a 70.
Pay dispute might end Harrison's Colts career
Marvin Harrison's reluctance to take a pay cut could mark the end of his career in Indianapolis. Colts president Bill Polian told reporters yesterday at the NFL's annual scouting combine that the team was trying to rework Harrison's deal to lower his salary cap number from about $13.4 million, the highest number of any NFL wide receiver. But a person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, said Harrison "probably would not be interested in" taking a pay cut. If Harrison decides against a pay cut, the only other options for the Colts would be to keep Harrison and his cap number or to release him.
Report: Braves agree to deal with G. Anderson
The Atlanta Braves shored up their outfield after being spurned by Ken Griffey Jr., reaching a preliminary agreement with Garret Anderson on a one-year deal. Anderson is expected to undergo a physical by tomorrow, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP. The Braves thought Griffey was going to join them Wednesday but he decided to return to the Mariners, with whom he started his career. The jilted Braves bounced back with the acquisition of Anderson, who hit .293 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 145 games with the Angels last year.
Et cetera: : Ten Diamondbacks players and one coach missed spring training drills with unspecified stomach illnesses. ... Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a sore right hamstring and expects to resume running today. ... Twins third baseman Joe Crede signed a one-year contract worth between $2.5 million and $7 million depending on how much he's on the field.
Navy women's win streak at home reaches 13
Freshman Kierstin King scored four goals and host Navy (2-0) went on a 10-0 run over an 18-minute stretch in the second half to beat Detroit Mercy, 14-6. The victory was Navy's 13th in a row at home, the second-longest home winning streak in the country.
Salisbury 21, Hood 0: : Robyn Bishop, Sarah Clemmens and Jessica Chmielewski recorded hat tricks as the visiting Sea Gulls (2-0, 1-0 Capital Athletic) shut out the Blazers (1-1, 1-1).
Lehigh 11, Mount St. Mary's 10, OT: : Leigh Ann Torcivia got the rebound off her own free-position shot and scored the game-winner with 2:43 left in overtime to lift the visiting Mountain Hawks (2-0) over the Mount (0-1). Mount St. Mary's Kelly Taylor tied the score with 1.5 seconds left to force the overtime.
National men's results: : Jeff Cohen had three goals and an assist, and visiting Harvard (1-0) used a four-goal run the third quarter to upset No. 8 Duke, 9-6. ... Bart Wagner (St. Paul's) scored three goals as No. 4 North Carolina (4-0) rallied to defeat No. 13 Colgate (1-2), 11-9, in Chapel Hill, N.C., after letting a 6-0 lead melt away.
National women's results: : Halley Quillinan tied her career high with six goals to lead No. 2 Syracuse (3-0) past host California (2-2), 18-2. ... No. 3 Duke (4-0) rallied from three goals down to beat visiting William and Mary, 18-11. Clare Dennis (Catonsville) had three goals for the Tribe (1-1). ... Corey Donohoe (North Harford) had three goals and an assist to host to lift No. 9 North Carolina (3-0) to a 15-8 win over Richmond.
Leipheimer captures Tour; Armstrong finishes 7th
Levi Leipheimer has won his third straight Tour of California. Leipheimer took over the lead in the nine-day race last Monday and never gave it up. Lance Armstrong, who began a comeback last month, spent this race in support of Leipheimer, his Astana teammate. Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, finished seventh overall.
: Jurisprudence: : Authorities in Chicago charged a man with murder in the deaths of the former girlfriend of New York Knicks player Eddy Curry and her infant daughter. Cook County (Ill.) State's Attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said Frederick Goings, 36, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Elsewhere: : Andy Roddick won his first title of 2009 and the 27th of his career, beating Radek Stepanek, 7-5, 7-5, in the final of the ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. ... Matt Cullen had his first career hat trick as the host Carolina Hurricanes beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2.
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