Goosen prevails in PGA Transitions
Retief Goosen took an important step toward rejoining the elite in golf yesterday by closing with a 1-under-par 70 in Palm Harbor, Fla., for a one-shot victory in the Transitions Championship, his first PGA Tour win in nearly four years. Goosen had a two-shot lead with three holes to play on the demanding Copperhead Course at Innisbrook when, just like everyone else, he struggled to hang on. The two-time U.S. Open champion, 40, from South Africa barely made it. His 5-foot putt for par on the final hole curled in the side of the cup, giving him a one-stroke victory over Charles Howell III (68) and Brett Quigley (69). "Eventually, you wonder if you can still do it," said Goosen, who finished at 8-under 276 and won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour. Tom Lehman, 50, trying to become the seventh player in his 50s to win on the PGA Tour, shot a 75 to tie for eighth.
LPGA MasterCard Classic: : Pat Hurst shot a 4-under 68 to beat top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng by one stroke in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Hurst sank a long putt on the 18th green to finish at 10-under 206. Ochoa, a Mexico native ranked No. 1, shot a 69, and Tseng had a 70.
Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 1, powered his way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andy Murray on a windy afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, winning his second title in Indian Wells, Calif., in three years. Nadal's low, hard groundstrokes gave him an edge in the gusty conditions over No. 4 Murray, whose game relies more on pace and a mix of shots. Nadal, a Spaniard, 22, added the championship to the Australian Open title he won earlier this year and avenged a loss to Murray in the Rotterdam final. No. 6 Vera Zvonareva defeated No. 7 Ana Ivanovic, the defending champion, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to win the women's title. Zvonareva a day earlier teamed with Victoria Azarenka to take the women's doubles.
Overtime change? Not likely this year
Fans overwrought by the NFL's overtime system likely won't be getting any relief this year. Overtime probably won't be discussed at the league meetings that began in Dana Point, Calif., after the NFL competition committee came up with no proposals to change it. The players support the current system - coin flip and all - so the owners will consider other issues: rules changes regarding player safety; the collective bargaining agreement with the players; and the state of the economy. Those aren't hot-button topics for most NFL fans, who saw 43 percent of overtime games won on the first possession by the team that won the coin toss in 2008. "[The players] were pretty adamant an extended playing time would expose you to injury risk," Ray Anderson, the league's vice president of football operations, said.
Raiders: : Offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Florida. Tampa police said Green became violent Saturday during an argument at his home with the mother of his two children. Police said Green slammed Teriyonal Ebony Flowers into a wall, then struck her right arm with an aluminum mop handle.
Christian Gomez and Chris Pontius scored to give D.C. United a 2-0 lead, but Landon Donovan had two goals in the final 10 minutes as the Los Angeles Galaxy rallied for a 2-2 tie in Carson, Calif., in the Major League Soccer season opener for both teams. Gomez made a penalty kick in the 44th minute after being fouled in the penalty area by the Galaxy's Dema Kovalenko. Pontius, a rookie from UC Santa Barbara, scored his first goal in the 62nd minute on a curving, 18-yard shot. "I think the second goal actually woke us up," Donovan said of Pontius' score. Donovan, who led the league with 20 goals last year, scored on a penalty kick in the 80th minute after United's Rodney Wallace committed a handball in the penalty area. Then, in the 86th minute, Donovan tied the score by beating three defenders and heading Kyle Patterson's left-wing crossing pass from 6 yards.
Phelps follows 'heart' back into pool
Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics last summer, and several other Americans are in the middle of a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for this summer's national and world championships. They're in the pool twice a day, at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and spent part of one day training with U.S. Navy SEALs. Phelps, a Baltimore resident, said all the scrutiny over a photo that surfaced in early February of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe hadn't taken away his motivation. Phelps was suspended for three months by USA Swimming and has lost two major sponsors. "It's all really about what's in your heart, and that's why I'm back in the pool," said Phelps, who plans to return to competition May 14-17 at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.
More swimming: : Australian Stephanie Rice, who won three gold medals in world-record times in Beijing, will race in up to six events at the world championships in Rome.
College wrestling:: Top-ranked Iowa relied on a deep roster to take its second straight NCAA title late Saturday in St. Louis. Iowa finished with 96.5 points, 4.5 ahead of runner-up Ohio State. Maryland had 47.5 points to place 10th, the second-best finish in school history.:
Women's college lacrosse: : Katelyn Catanese had three goals and three assists to lift host Mount St. Mary's (2-8, 2-0 Northeast Conference) to a 22-8 win over Saint Francis (Pa.), which dropped to 1-4, 0-2.
Women's college hockey:: Jessie Vetter stopped 37 shots for an NCAA-record 14th shutout of the season, and Wisconsin (34-2-5) won its third national title in four years with a 5-0 victory over Mercyhurst (31-6-0) in Boston.
Figure skating: : Reigning ice dance champions Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France will miss the world championships this week in Los Angeles because Delobel is recovering from shoulder surgery.