Clark sends Woods packing after second round
One day after a ceremonious return to golf, Tiger Woods was on his way home.
Tim Clark of South Africa played 16 holes without a bogey and pulled ahead for good on the back nine Thursday, knocking Woods out of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., with a 4-and-2 victory.
Woods holed out a 50-foot bunker shot for birdie on the 14th hole and appeared to be making a run, but his tee shot on the 15th hole hit a cart path and went over a fence and out of bounds, costing him the hole.
•Van Pelt rides birdie binge: Bo Van Pelt birdied seven of his last nine holes at the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Play Del Carmen, Mexico, for a 7-under-par 63 and the first-round lead. He started the run with four straight birdies, then birdied three of the final four holes, including about a 2-foot putt to close the round.
Rockets shut down Cavs
The Houston Rockets held LeBron James without an assist for the first time in his career and limited Cleveland to its lowest point total of the season, beating the Cavaliers 93-74 in Houston.
Yao Ming scored 28 points and Ron Artest added 15. James scored 21 points, but went 7 for 21 from the field with three turnovers.
Cleveland forward Ben Wallace will miss four to six weeks after breaking his right leg.
Wallace said Yao kicked him as the two were running down the court in the second quarter. Wallace managed to play midway into the third quarter before leaving for good with 6:19 left.
•Bone chip sidelines Oden: Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will sit out of today’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a bone chip in his left knee.
Engram may not be back
Wide receiver Bobby Engram is now a free agent and doesn’t sound overly optimistic about a return to the Seattle Seahawks.
Speaking to the Associated Press during halftime of Thursday night’s game between No. 21 Washington and No. 14 Arizona State, Engram said he’s received plenty of interest from other teams and that being a free agent “is a good place.”
•SoCal stadium approved: Council members in the City of Industry unanimously approved a proposal for a pro football stadium intended to lure a team back to the Los Angeles area.
The vote helped clear the way for developers of the $800 million venue to begin talks with NFL teams about a possible move to the industrial and warehousing city 15 miles east of L.A.
•Redskins add Hall: The Washington Redskins and cornerback DeAngelo Hall agreed to a six-year, $54 million contract early Friday, including $22.5 million in guaranteed money.
•Colts keep Saturday: Colts star center Jeff Saturday, a three-time Pro Bowler, agreed to a three-year deal to remain in Indianapolis.
•Wilson signs with Dolphins: Safety Gibril Wilson signed a $27.5 million, five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
•Bills release veterans: High-priced left guard Derrick Dockery and veteran tight end Robert Royal were released by the Buffalo Bills.
Releasing Dockery and Royal frees up a total of about $8 million in salary cap space for the Bills.
Michigan punishes Purdue
DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 29 points and Manny Harris had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Michigan (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) to an 87-78 win over No. 16 Purdue in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Robbie Hummel scored 24 points for the Boilermakers (21-7, 10-5), while E’Twaun Moore had 18 and Keaton Grant 11.
•Lady Vols fall to LSU: Katherine Graham made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and LSU (16-9, 9-4 SEC) slipped past No. 18 Tennessee 63-61 at Baton Rouge, La.
LaSondra Barrett led LSU with 18 points. Angie Bjorklund (University HS) led all scorers with 21 for Tennessee (19-9, 8-5).
Brodeur makes return
Martin Brodeur recorded his 99th career regular-season shutout, making 24 saves in his first game since elbow surgery in early November and the New Jersey Devils beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 in Newark, N.J.
The shutout was Brodeur’s third this season and it moved him within four of Terry Sawchuk’s regular-season career mark of 103.
•Hurricanes win in shootout: Jussi Jokinen scored the winning goal in a shootout, and Cam Ward made 36 saves in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Raleigh, N.C.
•Bruins beat Ducks: Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and Michael Ryder had a goal and two assists to lead the Bruins to a 6-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Boston.
Ramirez declines deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Manny Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras had declined a $25 million, one-year contract with a $20 million player option for 2010.
•Japan wins as U.S. falters: Japan won the Nordic combined team event at the Nordic skiing world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, while the United States withdrew after one jumper was disqualified for losing his bib.
The U.S. team pulled out following the ski jumping portion after Bill Demong failed to find his start number in time and was not allowed to jump.
•Rippon wins junior title: American figure skater Adam Rippon earned a personal-best 147.70 points in the free skate and a total of 222.00 to win his second straight men’s title at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
•Olympian Godina retires: Shot put and discus thrower John Godina is retiring after a career in which he won two Olympic medals and four world championships.
The 36-year-old Godina won a silver in the shot put at the 1996 Atlanta Games, then a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.