Phil Mickelson Wins At Pebble Beach

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) -- Phil Mickelson went from being down six shots entering the final round at Pebble Beach to a two-shot lead in just six holes, and closed by going 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Charlie Wi.

"To put it together this week and especially the final round, it feels terrific," said Mickelson who won for the fourth time at Pebble Beach.  "It gives me a lot of confidence but also inspires me because I believe now even more so that what I am doing in correct and that I am able to play some of my best golf."

With the win, Mickelson became only the ninth player in PGA Tour history with 40 wins.

Tiger Woods finished tied for 15th and has now failed to win a PGA tournament in his last 23 chances. 

"It was frustrating, as good as I felt on the greens yesterday was as bad as I felt today," said Woods.  "I could not get comfortable where I could see my lines.  I couldn't get my putter to swing; I just did not get comfortable."

It was the third straight week on tour that the winner started the final round at least six shots behind a 54-hole leader going after his first tour victory.

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Lakers Hold Off Raptors, 94-92

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(TORONTO) -- The Los Angeles Lakers (16-12) lead by 18 points at the half, but found themselves only up four with two minutes to play.

Kobe Bryant would not let his team down on their final game of the Grammy road trip.  He nailed a jumper with 4.2 seconds left to seal the deal and give the Lakers a 94-92 win.  The Lakers went 3-3 on the road trip.

"We're a poor road team, and that's what we need to turn around," Bryant said. "If we could figure out a way to win games on the road, our record would be much, much better."

The Raptors (9-20) had a chance to take the lead with 3.7 seconds left but Rasual Butler failed to inbound the ball and call a timeout which gave the Lakers back the ball with a 93-92 lead.

"I asked (referee Scott Foster) to count out loud and he did," Butler said. "I heard four, I turned to call a timeout and he felt like it was five seconds."

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Linsanity Has Hit The Big Apple

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) Linsanity has hit the Big Apple. New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has gone from benchwarmer to the toast of the town in a span of a week, thanks to his performance on the court.

The undrafted Lin came out of nowhere with a 25-point performance in a victory over the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4th and went on to score 20 plus points the next two games before arriving on the national stage Friday night with a 38-point outburst against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Knicks won their fifth straight game Saturday night, with a 100-98 victory over the Timberwolves in Minnesota in which Lin scored 20 points, had eight assists and six rebounds while clinching the game with a free throw shot with 4.9 seconds left.

Lin, a graduate of Harvard, is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese decent. He spent his rookie year last year with the Golden State Warriors, where he averaged 2.6 points a game. The Knicks claimed him off of waivers in late December from the Houston Rockets.

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Cavaliers Center Varejao Out With Broken Wrist

Cleveland Cavaliers/NBA(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Anderson Varejao for the foreseeable future, after the eight-year NBA veteran broke his right wrist during the third quarter of Friday night’s overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

An MRI performed on Saturday revealed Varejao has a non-displaced fracture of the wrist. Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott says the 29-year-old will be revaluated again Sunday.

Varejao was off to a strong start this season, averaging 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds.

To fill the void in the middle, the Cavaliers say they will use a combination of Semih Erden, Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels.

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Report: Napoli and Rangers Agree to New Deal

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers and catcher Mike Napoli have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one year-contract worth $9.4 million, according to The deal represents a raise of $3.6 million for the 30-year-old.

In his first season with the Rangers in 2011, Napoli had a breakout campaign, batting .320 with 30 home runs and 75 RBIs in 113 games, as Texas claimed its second consecutive American League pennant.

The Rangers acquired Napoli in the off-season last winter from the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Frank Francisco. He spent his first five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Korda Captures the Women's Australian Open Title

PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Jessica Korda won the Women’s Australian Open Sunday, her first career LPGA Tour title, with a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a six-player playoff.

The 18-year-old edged out Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Julieta Granada, So Yeon Ry and Hee Kyung Seo with a final round of 1-over 74 at Royal Melbourne.

With the victory, she will receive a payday of $165,000.

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Tiger is in the Hunt

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) -- The Tiger is lurking.

Going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM, Tiger Woods is four shots back of Charlie Wi.

Tiger shot a 5-under-par 67 while Wi shot a 3-under-par 69.

"He was playing well," Woods said. "He got off to a good start. I think he was like one under after two or three holes. He kept building on that round, and I needed to at least close the gap so I'm within touch tomorrow. I figured I had to shoot a good one today."

Woods is paired with Phil Mickelson tommorrow, and they will be the second to last group to tee off.

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Richardson's Nine Threes Sparks Magic

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Orlando Magic guard Jason Richardson hit nine 3-pointers to help lead the Magic (17-11) to a 99-94 victory over the Bucks (12-15).

Richardson ended the night with season high 31 points, including 28 in the second half.

The win closes the Magic's gap to a half game behind the Pacers for the fifth seed in Eastern Conference. They will get a chance to inch closer to that five seed Monday, when they host the Timberwolves.


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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/11/12

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(NEW YORK) -- Men’s Top 25 College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky (25-1) defeated Vanderbilt (17-8), 69-63.

(2) Syracuse (25-1) whipped Connecticut (15-9), 85-67.

(11) Michigan State (20-5) stifled (3) Ohio State (21-4), 58-48.

(4) Missouri (23-2) mashed (6) Baylor (21-4), 72-57.

(5) North Carolina (21-4) conquered (19) Virginia (19-5), 70-52.

(7) Kansas (20-5) defeated Oklahoma State (12-13), 81-66.

Tennessee (13-12) upset (8) Florida (19-4), 75-70.

(9) Murray State (23-1) defeated Austin Peay (9-17), 82-63.

(10) Duke (21-4) dominated Maryland (14-10), 73-55.

(14) UNLV (22-4) edged (13) San Diego State (20-4), 65-63.

(15) Florida State (17-7) edged Miami (15-8), 64-59.

Wichita State (22-4) stomped (17) Creighton (21-5), 81-68.

(18) Marquette (20-5) erupted against Cincinnati (17-7), 95-78.

(16) St. Mary’s (22-3) stopped Santa Clara (8-16), 82-67.

Georgia (12-12) upset (20) Mississippi State (19-6) in overtime, 70-68.

(24) Louisville (20-5) defeated West Virginia (16-10), 77-74.

Princeton (13-10) defeated (25) Harvard (21-3), 70-62.

NHL:  The Boston Bruins (34-17-2) one upped the Nashville Predators (32-18-6) in shootouts, 4-3.

The Florida Panthers (26-17-11) defeated the New Jersey Devils (31-20-4), 3-1.

The New York Rangers (35-13-5) ripped the Philadelphia Flyers (31-17-7), 5-2.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (31-19-5) went on a scoring binge and beat the Winnipeg Jets (26-25-6), 8-5.

The New York Islanders (23-23-8) pushed by the Los Angeles Kings (19-19-5) in overtime, 2-1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (24-24-6) edged the Buffalo Sabres (24-25-6), 2-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (27-21-8) shutout The Chicago Blackhawks (29-20-7), 3-0.

The Edmonton Oilers (22-28-5) dumped the Ottawa Senators (28-22-8) in overtime, 4-3.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (16-33-6) burned the Minnesota Wild (25-22-8), 3-1.

The Montreal Canadiens (23-24-9) blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-22-6), 5-0.

The St. Louis Blues (32-14-7) skated past the Colorado Avalanche (28-25-3) in overtime, 3-2.

The Calgary Flames (26-22-8) fired past the Vancouver Canucks (34-15-6) in shootouts, 3-2.

NBA:  The Denver Nuggets (16-12) nipped the Indiana Pacers (17-10), 113-109.

The Los Angeles Clippers (17-8) toppled the Charlotte Bobcats (3-24), 111-86.

The Philadelphia 76ers (19-9) stifled the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16), 99-84.

The Dallas Mavericks (17-11) hung on and beat the Portland Trail Blazers (15-13) in double overtime, 97-94.

The New York Knicks (13-15) were two better than the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-15), 100-98.

The San Antonio Spurs (19-9) beat the New Jersey Nets (8-21), 103-89.

The Orlando Magic (17-11) mystified the Milwaukee Bucks (12-15), 99-94.

The Phoenix Suns (12-15) closed out the Sacramento Kings (10-17), 98-84.


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Report: Steelers Won't Bring Back Wide Receiver Hines Ward

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It looks like one of the greatest players to ever put on a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform has played his final down with the team. According to a report from the NFL Network, the Steelers are being forced to make roster cuts for salary cap reasons, and Ward is the latest casualty.

The 35-year old Ward has spent his entire 14-year career with the Steelers, winning two Super Bowls with the team during that time. He is the Steelers all-time leading receiver. He has caught 1,000 passes for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns for his career.

Ward though, has posted on his Facebook that he would be willing to take a pay cut or rework his contract in order to return to the team next season.

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