Tiger wins at Torrey Pines for 8th time
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Not even a sloppy finish could keep Tiger Woods from another win at Torrey Pines.
Woods led by as many as eight shots on the back nine Monday in the Farmers Insurance Open, and closed with an even-par 72 for a four-shot victory over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater. He won the tournament for the seventh time, one behind the record held by Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. It was the eighth time Woods won at Torrey Pines, which includes his playoff win in the 2008 U.S Open.
Woods had a six-shot lead with 11 holes to play when he returned Monday to complete the fog-delayed tournament.
It was the 75th career win for Woods on the PGA Tour, seven behind the record held by Sam Snead.
Eagle on final hole gives Wood Qatar Masters victory
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Chris Wood eagled the 18th hole in Sunday’s final round to win the Qatar Masters for his first European Tour title, overtaking Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.
The 142nd-ranked Englishman hit a 6-iron from 200 yards to 12 feet to set up the winning putt. He closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 18-under 270. Garcia and Coetzee tied for second, a stroke back. Garcia shot a 66, and Coetzee had a 65.
Dodgers secure $7B TV rights deal with Time Warner Cable
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable on Monday to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years. That is double what Major League Baseball thought the local TV rights were worth when the team was sold out of bankruptcy just last year.
The gap will be the subject of discussions going forward as the league attempts to haggle over how much of that extra money will go into a revenue-sharing pool to help out baseball’s lower-revenue franchises.
MLB calculates that 34 percent of a team’s local revenue, after subtracting costs, is available for redistribution throughout the league. When the Dodgers were mired in bankruptcy last year, the league agreed to value the potential TV rights of any future deal at $84 million the first year, rising 4 percent every year thereafter. Over 25 years, that estimated TV rights revenue of $3.5 billion.
The actual TV rights contract represents a huge mark-up from that initial forecast. It could be a boon to the league, depending on how much of that revenue its internal rules committee says is subject to sharing. The contract is also a big win for the owners, including Guggenheim Partners and Magic Johnson, who bought the team out of bankruptcy last year for $2 billion from Frank McCourt.
The broad strokes of the deal terms were confirmed by three people who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney wouldn’t comment on the deal, but said the league would need to approve it.
If approved, fans in the Los Angeles area and Hawaii would have to switch from watching Dodgers games on Fox Sports’ regional sports channel Prime Ticket after the 2013 season.
The high price tag also means monthly TV bills are likely headed upward — in the Los Angeles market and elsewhere.
AP Source: Phillies to sign reliever Durbin
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Looking to fortify their bullpen, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to a familiar face.
A person familiar with the deals said the Phillies have agreed with veteran reliever Chad Durbin on a one-year contract. Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team.
The deal reached on Monday is pending a physical, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t make an official announcement.
Durbin was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.
The righty was 5-4 with a career-best 2.87 ERA in 71 appearances with the Phillies in ‘08. He left Philadelphia after the 2010 season and posted a 5.53 ERA in Cleveland in 2011 before returning to the NL with the Braves.
The 34-year-old Durbin is 42-47 with a 4.95 ERA in 440 games over 13 seasons with six teams.
Free agent P Pavano hospitalized following spleen removal
NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Pavano’s spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow.
The 37-year-old right-hander was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks.
“He lost a lot of blood. It was very, very serious,” agent David Pepe said Monday.
Pepe said Pavano didn’t think he was seriously injured after the fall, then didn’t feel well following a workout a few days later in Connecticut.
Pepe hopes Pavano will be released from the hospital this week. He would not put a timetable on the free agent’s possible return to baseball.
Pavano spent the past 31⁄2 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts last year. He didn’t pitch after June 1 because of a strained right shoulder.
A heralded free agent after the 2004 season, Pavano signed a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the New York Yankees but then was sidelined by injuries to his shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and ribs and became a target of criticism for Yankees fans and New York media. He went 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in just 26 starts over the four years.
Pavano’s career revived after he left New York. He went a combined 14-12 for Cleveland and Minnesota the following year, then was 17-11 for the Twins in 2010 before sliding to 9-13 in 2011.
Adelman coaching Timberwolves after 3-week break
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Adelman is back on the court and coaching basketball after three weeks away to help his wife through a health scare.
His Minnesota Timberwolves lost nine of 11 games without him to fall behind in the powerful Western Conference playoff race.
Adelman ran practice Monday and said he planned to coach against the Clippers on Wednesday night if all is satisfactory with Mary Kay Adelman, who is being treated for an undisclosed condition. Adelman said he delayed his return until he felt it would be for good. He said his wife is improving and he hopes the worst is over.
A team that started the season with expectations of making the playoffs for the first time since 2004 is 17-24 — 12th place in the West. The Wolves have lost four straight.
UCI disbands panel looking into Armstrong links
LONDON (AP) — The International Cycling Union disbanded an independent panel put together to review any involvement the cycling governing body had in the Lance Armstrong scandal, saying it will go ahead with a “truth and reconciliation commission” instead.
The UCI said its independent panel did not have the support of the American and global anti-doping bodies, and that a truth and reconciliation process favored by those groups offered the best way “to clear the air” and get to the bottom with the rampant doping culture during the Armstrong era.
The UCI put together the panel in November to investigate accusations made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that it helped cover up suspicious doping tests given by Armstrong and donations from the cyclist totaling $125,000. Those accusations were part of a report published by USADA that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and eventually confessing to doping after years of denials.
The independent panel held its first public hearing on Friday, but it was immediately undermined by the UCI’s decision to set up a separate truth and reconciliation commission, which will have the backing of WADA and could lead to cyclists being offered amnesty for confessing to doping violations.
The UCI said in a statement Monday that it was pointless to continue funding the independent panel because USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency “refused to cooperate” with its inquiry.
NFC rolls to 62-35 victory in Pro Bowl
HONOLULU (AP) — A handful of shenanigans and plenty of points — yet still another ho-hum Pro Bowl.
Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return next season is a something the league will ponder the next few months following the NFC’s 62-35 blowout of the AFC on Sunday.
Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson at least got the crowd pumped up in the second half with some nifty scrambles and three passing touchdowns. There was also Houston’s sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt going out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, and retiring Green Bay center Jeff Saturday snapping to two Mannings on opposite teams.
But while the NFC appeared unstoppable on offense, the AFC had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game’s MVP with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Watt, who had 201⁄2 sacks for Houston, lined up as a wide receiver on the AFC’s third play from scrimmage, but missed a pass from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. He was targeted one more time, but didn’t make the catch.
Giants wideout Victor Cruz broke a Pro Bowl record with 10 catches. Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson had 91 yards and two touchdowns. Eli Manning threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Cincinnati’s A.J. Green had three TD catches for the AFC.
Ex-49er charged in former boyfriend’s beating
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating involving a former boyfriend, a prosecutor and defense lawyer said.
Following a pretrial hearing in the case Monday, a San Mateo County judge set a late April trial date for Harris, an offensive tackle who played five seasons with the 49ers and one season with the Oakland Raiders, assistant District Attorney Al Serrato said.
The charges stem from an altercation outside a Menlo Park restaurant between Harris, 30, and Dimitri Geier, who sustained several facial fractures that required surgery, Serrato said.
Although a handful of former NFL players have come out as gay, none has while still wearing a uniform. Defense lawyer Alin Cintean said Harris, who played for Stanford before he was drafted by the 49ers in 2003 and has gone back to school to finish his undergraduate degree, identifies as gay, but “is not very public about it.”
Aaron wins men’s title at US Championships
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Max Aaron jumped from fourth to first at the U.S. Championships on Sunday.
It was the first title for the 20-year-old, who has done very little of note since winning the U.S. junior title two years ago. Aaron finished with 255 points, almost four better than Ross Miner. Jeremy Abbott, who had won three of the last four U.S. titles, dropped to third with a flawed free skate.