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Woods falls to Clark of 2nd day of comeback


One day after a ceremonious return to golf, Tiger Woods was on his way home. Tim Clark of South Africa played 16 holes without a bogey and pulled ahead for good on the back nine yesterday in Marana, Ariz., knocking Woods out of the Accenture Match Play Championship with a 4-and-2 victory. Woods holed out a 50-foot bunker shot for birdie on the 14th hole and appeared to be making a run, but his tee shot on the 15th hole hit a cart path and went over a fence and out of bounds, costing him the hole. Woods likely will play in two weeks at Doral in the CA Championship, although he said he would wait to see how his left knee felt. This was his first tournament since reconstructive surgery on the knee one week after he won the U.S. Open in June. Asked where he would go from here, Woods replied, "To the airport." Next up for Clark is 19-year-old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who birdied the last two holes to beat Hunter Mahan. Phil Mickelson again avoided a late meltdown and hung on to beat fellow Masters champion Zach Johnson, 1 up. Vijay Singh, the No. 4 seed, lost his last three holes and was beaten by Luke Donald of England in 19 holes.

Report: Vick to receive home confinement


Imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick will be allowed to serve the last two months of his sentence under home confinement because there is no room at a halfway house for him, a government official told the Associated Press. Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in eastern Virginia's Surry County. Vick will be released to his home in Hampton, Va., on or after May 21, said the official, who has knowledge of the case but requested anonymity. Vick will be on electronic monitoring and will be allowed to leave home only for activities approved by his probation officer, the official said. He is eligible for release in July.

Colts: : Center Jeff Saturday agreed to a three-year deal hours before he was expected to become a free agent. Saturday's agent, Ralph Cindrich, said the deal will make the three-time Pro Bowler one of the highest-paid centers in the NFL.

Giants:: A day after signing a $25 million contract, running back Brandon Jacobs said the only thing New York needs to make another run at a title is receiver Plaxico Burress. "We have to hope Plaxico Burress gets out of all the issues he has going on there legally," Jacobs said. "If he can get out of that, we can bring him back and ... that is basically all we need."

Dolphins:: Miami re-signed safety Yeremiah Bell on the eve of free agency and acquired safety Gibril Wilson. Wilson, a five-year veteran released last week by the Raiders, signed a $27.5 million, five-year deal. He'll receive $8 million guaranteed and $16.5 million in the first three years of the contract. Bell, who has spent his entire five-year career with Miami, signed a four-year, $20 million contract.

Et cetera: : The Hawaii Tourism Authority board rejected the NFL's proposal to return the Pro Bowl to the islands in 2011 and '12. The 10-member board, however, approved a motion to renegotiate with the NFL. ... The Bills released left guard Derrick Dockery and veteran tight end Robert Royal as the team cleared about $8 million in salary cap space to prepare for free agency. ... City Council members in Industry, Calif., unanimously approved a proposal for an $800 million pro football stadium intended to lure a team back to the Los Angeles area.

NBA lines up $200M for interested teams


The NBA has lined up $200 million to distribute to teams interested in additional cash, which the league considers a sign it remains strong in a slumping economy. Between $13 million and $20 million will be available to each of 12 teams that have expressed interest in the funds, commissioner David Stern said. The money can be used for any purpose, including helping teams deal with operating losses incurred because of the economy. It should not, Stern said, be construed as a bailout. At a time when credit markets have been frozen, investors saw the NBA as a safe bet. "It's exactly the opposite" of a bailout, Stern told the AP. "This was a show of strength in the credit worthiness of the NBA's teams."

Obituary:: Norm Van Lier, one of the most popular players in Bulls history and one of the NBA's top defensive players in the 1970s, was found dead in his home just blocks away from the team's arena. He was 61. The cause of death was not immediately known, authorities said. Van Lier most recently worked as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Part of the NBA's all-defensive first or second teams eight times, Van Lier and longtime teammate Jerry Sloan, now the coach of the Jazz, formed one of the top defensive guard tandems in NBA history.

Pistons: : Forward Rasheed Wallace won't be suspended for Detroit's game against the Magic tonight. It appeared Wallace would face a one-game suspension because he picked up two technical fouls Wednesday. NBA rules dictate that a player must be sidelined for a game when he reaches 16 technical fouls. However, technicals Wallace received Dec. 23 and Feb. 7 were rescinded, leaving him with 14.

De La Hoya 'leaning toward retirement'

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Oscar De La Hoya said he's "leaning toward retirement" from boxing but is getting pressure from people close to him to fight again. De La Hoya, 36, was soundly beaten by Manny Pacquiao in December, his fourth loss in his past seven fights. The sport's biggest and most bankable star was in Houston yesterday to promote tomorrow's lightweight championship fight between Juan Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez. De La Hoya (39-6) set no timeline for an official announcement, one way or the other.

Soccer: : Billy Ronson and Richard Chinapoo will be inducted into the Blast's Hall of Fame on March 7. Ronson, who played for the original Blast from 1985 to 1992 and for the current Blast during the 1998-99 season, was the league's leading scorer in the 1989 postseason. He later served as assistant coach and general manager. Chinapoo, a defender who played for the Blast from 1983 to 1988 and in the 1990-91 season, was a member of the team's 1984 Major Indoor Soccer League championship team.

NHL: : Martin Brodeur recorded his 99th career regular-season shutout, making 24 saves in his first game since elbow surgery in Novemeber as the host Devils beat the Avalanche, 4-0.

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