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McIlroy, Woods ousted in Match Play

Tiger Woods has already been knocked out of Match Play. (Associated Press)
Tiger Woods has already been knocked out of Match Play. (Associated Press)

Golf: The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

In a stunning conclusion Thursday, Shane Lowry made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate McIlroy in the opening round.

Moments later, Charles Howell III beat the second-seeded Woods on the 17th hole. Howell nearly holed a wedge for birdie on the 16th and made a 25-foot birdie to seize control.

It was the first time since 2002 the top two seeds were eliminated after one day.

• Lewis leads in Thailand: Stacy Lewis shot a 9-under 63 in the first round to take a three-stroke lead at the LPGA Thailand.

The American had an eagle on the par-4 third hole and added four more birdies on the front nine at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand.

Blue Jackets rally to beat Red Wings

NHL: Vinny Prospal scored with 24.7 seconds left, capping a comeback that lifted the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Derek Dorsett tied it in the third period.

Columbus center Artem Anisimov was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being struck in the head by Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Blue Jackets’ coach Todd Richards said Anisimov was “alert and stable,” but kept in the hospital overnight for observation.

• Sabres fall to Leafs in Rolston’s debut as coach: James van Riemsdyk scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, spoiling the NHL head coaching debut of Ron Rolston.

Dion Phaneuf also scored Toronto, which won its third straight home game.

• Kovalchuk leads Devils past Capitals: Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a 5-on-3 power play with about 8 1/2 minutes left to complete the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 comeback victory over the Washington Capitals.

Washington led 2-1 entering the third period.

Andrei Loktionov made it 2-all midway through the last period, and Kovalchuk dropped to a knee as he let the puck fly to put New Jersey ahead for the first time off Patrik Elias’ assist.

Heat cruise by Bulls for ninth straight win

NBA: LeBron James had 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the visiting Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 86-67 for their season-high ninth straight win.

Dwyane Wade added 17 points, and the Heat took control in the first half, sending the Bulls to their fifth loss in seven games.

• Spurs beat Clippers: Tony Parker scored 31 points and the visiting San Antonio Spurs led all the way in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90 for their fifth straight win and first over the Clippers this season.

Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season-best with 59 percent shooting.

Solo to miss Algarve, may need surgery

Miscellany: U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s Algarve Cup because of a wrist injury.

Solo has also been playing with damaged ligaments in her right wrist, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said she may need surgery.

• No. 6 Duke tops Va. Tech: Seth Curry scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as No. 6 Duke opened a 20-point lead and sent Virginia Tech to its ninth consecutive basketball loss, 88-56 in Blacksburg, Va.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer with a 25.3 average coming in, led the Hokies with 22 points.

• Legislator seeks probe into Miami: The University of Miami’s clash with the NCAA is getting political.

State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, is requesting a full attorney general investigation into the NCAA’s “corrupt” probe of Miami athletics. Officials in Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office confirmed they were reviewing the request after receiving Abruzzo’s sharp-toned letter.

• AHL player MacLeod has benign tumor: Four days after he suffered a seizure on the ice after a hit, the family of American Hockey League left wing Wade MacLeod says the Springfield Falcons player has a benign tumor.