National Sports Briefs
SAN DIEGO ó The way Phil Mickelson likes to play golf, he didnít have much fun Saturday at Torrey Pines.
Based on how he needs to play the South Course, Phil was thrilled.
Mickelson gave up on his swashbuckling style by playing it safe in the Farmers Insurance Open, making eight pars and a birdie on the back nine for a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Bill Haas.
He was joined by Haas, who kept one shot ahead of Mickelson for most of the back nine until his wedge hopped hard on the firm green and went just over the back on the par-5 18th. He missed a 4-foot par putt and had to settle for a 1-under 71.
They were at 12-under 204, a stroke ahead of Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, who each made eagle on the 18th.
Tiger Woods, who has not lost at Torrey Pines in seven years, was nowhere to be found.
His start to a new season brought out a familiar result. Just like so much last year, Woods goes into a final round out of contention on a course where he once dominated. Woods made bogey from the second fairway with a wedge in his hand, and his day didnít improve. He shot a 2-over 74, ending his streak of 21 straight rounds at par or better on the South Course in a tour event.
ěI did not play well at all today,î said Woods, eight shots behind.
GREENSBORO ó Three months after deciding to put retirement on hold at the request of fans, Ryan Bradley won the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin won their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Later, Olympic and world silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their third straight ice dance title, leading a 1-2-3 sweep by their rink in Canton, Mich.
STILLWATER, Okla. ó Oklahoma State shut out Northern Colorado 44-0 night to become the second Division I wrestling program in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins in dual matches.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ó Indiana athletic director Fred Glass says football coach Kevin Wilson has apologized for cursing in the presence of some resident assistants after getting lost in a university dorm.
The Herald-Times reported Friday that the situation occurred Dec. 14, one week after Wilson was hired. Wilson returned late that night to his suite at McNutt Resident Center. He asked the RAs for directions after wandering through the hallways.
When the RAs asked Wilson to wait until they finished dealing with students who were being charged with an alcohol violation, Glass says Wilson “did have a few choice words, not at the RAs but in general.”
MADISON, Wis. ó Wisconsin has given football coach Bret Bielema a contract extension after he led the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl since 2000.
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