National Sports Briefs
DORAL, Fla. ó Phil Mickelson wanted another chance to go head-to-head with Tiger Woods at Doral. Nick Watney gave Lefty all he could handle Saturday in the CA Championship.
Mickelson hit his stride on the back nine of the Blue Monster with three straight birdies and wound up with a 3-under 69. That still wasn’t enough to shake Watney, who finished off a 67 with a tough par save on the 18th hole to share the 54-hole lead.
They were at 16-under 200, with no one else closer than four shots.
Woods was thrilled with how he hit the ball, disgusted with his putting, and had to settle for a 68 that left him nine shots behind.
“The best I’ve hit it in a long time,” Woods said. “Granted, I haven’t played in a long time, but still.”
– SANTA CLARITA, Calif. ó Joey Sindelar moved a step closer to his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Don Pooley in the AT&T Champions Classic.
The 50-year-old Sindelar, winless in 22 starts on the Champions Tour after winning seven times on the PGA Tour, had a 10-under 134 total on the Valencia Country Club course.
– RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico ó Michael Bradley shot a 4-under 68 in windy conditions for a share of the third-round lead with Australian Jason Day in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. ó The Green Bay Packers will retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey at some point, and team president and CEO Mark Murphy envisions a day when Favre is once again part of the family.
But given the messy divorce between Favre and the Packers last year, the reconciliation ó and the ceremony ó probably won’t happen this year.
– DETROIT ó The Detroit Lions need linebackers, and the Seattle Seahawks had one to spare.
Detroit acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson on Saturday from the Seattle Seahawks for defensive tackle Cory Redding and a fifth-round pick in next month’s NFL draft.
– MIAMI ó Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley on Saturday morning on a busy causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach, police said.
– LITTLE ROCK, Ark. ó Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones was released a day early from a weeklong stay in jail for drinking beer in violation of his plea agreement for a drug charge.
– DENVER ó The Denver Broncos insist quarterback Jay Cutler isn’t on the market. His house, though, is another matter.Cutler put his 7,516-square-foot, four-bedroom, seven-bath home in suburban Castle Pines up for sale for $2 million.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ó The Arena Football League and its players reached a collective bargaining agreement that could clear the way for play to resume in 2010.
COLLEGE FOOTBALLGAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis, who made two goal-line tackles in the national championship against Oklahoma, has left the team.
Davis, a sophomore from Seffner, had academic trouble and at least two off-the-field problems during his time in Gainesville.
SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica ó Olympic star Usain Bolt ran his first 100-meter race of the year Saturday, finishing in 9.93 seconds in a heat at the GC Foster College Classic.
He set the 100 world record of 9.69 in winning at the Beijing Games. He also won the gold and set a world record in the 200 and helped Jamaica win the 400 relay.
MIAMI ó Jake Peavy lasted only two innings, and Team USA could soon be gone, too.With an embarrassing 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico that was stopped early because of the mercy rule.
Carlos Beltran and Felipe Lopez homered, and Puerto Rico rocked Peavy for six runs.
Ivan Rodriguez, playing in Miami for the first time since he helped the Marlins win the 2003 World Series, went 3-for-4 with two doubles ato hike his WBC average to .600 (9-for-15).
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