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Mickelson wins, takes No. 2 ranking


No longer the best player without a World Golf Championship, Phil Mickelson won a spirited duel in Doral, Fla., yesterday to capture the CA Championship and put himself in position to reach No. 1 in the world. Mickelson, taken to a hospital on the eve of the final round with heat exhaustion and dehydration, outlasted seven lead changes in 11 holes against Nick Watney before hanging on with seven pars for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory. Mickelson won for the second time in four weeks and moved to No. 2 in the world ranking, as close to Tiger Woods as he has ever been. Depending on how Woods fares at Bay Hill, Mickelson might have a chance to go to No. 1 when he plays again. Watney closed with a 2-under 70. Jim Furyk shot 31 on the back nine for a 67 to finish alone in third. Woods, in his first stroke-play event since winning the U.S. Open, closed with another 68 to finish eight shots behind in a tie for ninth.

PGA Puerto Rico Open:: PGA Tour veteran Michael Bradley won in Rio Grande by one shot after making an 11-foot putt on the 18th hole. Bradley finished with a 14-under 274.

AT&T; Champions Classic:: Dan Forsman won in Santa Clarita, Calif., for his first victory in 12 Champions Tour starts, overcoming a five-stroke deficit in regulation and beating Don Pooley with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Attorney D. Smith to lead NFLPA


DeMaurice Smith was elected as the new executive director of the NFL Players Association. He succeeds the late Gene Upshaw and is challenged with leading the union into a critical new era. Smith was chosen as the union's fourth leader in its 41-year history. The NFL outsider has served as an attorney in Washington. Smith was elected by a vote behind closed doors at the posh Fairmont Kea Lani resort on the island of Maui, where the union has been meeting. Smith has no labor law experience but has ties to President Barack Obama and worked with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Despite his lack of familiarity to NFL players, he beat out three strong contenders: former NFLPA presidents Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong, and sports attorney David Cornwell.

Broncos:: Jay Cutler finally met face-to-face with Josh McDaniels over the weekend, but nothing was resolved, leading to doubt the quarterback will show up for the new coach's first team meeting today. The coach and Pro Bowl quarterback, who are involved in a simmering feud over trade talks, met Saturday at the team's training facility, and both sides agreed to regroup and continue conversations, team spokesman Patrick Smyth told the Associated Press.

No. 4 Terps rebound, defeat Bryant, 13-6


Dan Groot and Travis Reed each had a hat trick as the No. 4 Maryland men's lacrosse team shook off Saturday's loss to No. 9 UMBC by beating visiting Bryant, 13-6, on a soggy Ludwig Field. Maryland (5-2) took a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes with goals by Groot and Reed. By the end of the first quarter, the Terps led 6-3 and went on a 5-0 run in the second half to seal the win. Zack Greer and Jim Long led the Bulldogs (4-4) with two goals each.

No. 2 Maryland women 19, No. 13 New Hampshire 7: : Lauren Merrifield scored five goals to power the host Terps (6-0) past the Wildcats (4-2). Merrifield scored three of the first four goals as the Terps took a 4-0 lead with 19:39 left in the first half.

No. 18 Loyola women 20, Davidson 3: : Grace Gavin scored five goals and Emily Gibson had three as the host Greyhounds (4-1) beat the Wildcats (5-3). Gavin, Gibson and Mary Heneberry each scored twice in the first two minutes as Loyola took a 7-0 lead.

Navy women 17, Niagara 5: : Erin Rawlick totaled 11 points (five goals, six assists) to lead the visiting Mids (5-1) past the Purple Eagles (3-3). Navy has won three straight.

Oregon women 12, Johns Hopkins 10: : The visiting Blue Jays (2-4) put together a 5-0 run late in the game but fell to the Mighty Ducks (5-2).

Mount selected for inaugural tourney

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Mount St. Mary's was selected to participate in the inaugural Postseason Tournament. The Mountaineers (19-13) will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face James Madison (19-14) in the opening round Wednesday. Tip time is to be announced. The CIT features 16 teams in a single-elimination tournament consisting of four rounds. "We are really excited that we are able to continue our season," Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown said. "It's always great when you get a postseason bid and it is fitting for our senior class to be allowed to compete for another championship."

Tennis: : Top-ranked Rafael Nadal needed just 1 hour, 7 minutes to beat Michael Berrer of Germany, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

NHL:: Defenseman Brian Pothier, who hasn't played in the NHL for more than a year because of vision problems resulting from a concussion, was recalled from the minors by the Capitals.

Cycling: : Luis-Leon Sanchez won the Paris-Nice race, overcoming two punctures and a late challenge by Alberto Contador in a final stage won by Antonio Colom.

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