Friday, December 19, 2014


McIlroy denied top spot

MARANA, Ariz.—Hunter Mahan is among the top 10 in the world.
He has played on every U.S. team in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup for the past five years.
About the only thing keeping him from being truly part of the elite in golf is winning more often.
Two of his four wins, however, show why his game holds so much promise.

Team Canada won’t defend title

RED DEER, Alta.—Amber Holland’s team will not defend their Canadian women’s curling championship.
Her team from Kronau, Sask. was eliminated from contention in the final draw of the preliminary round last night.

Stewart, Kenseth tops in qualifiers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races yesterday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle.
The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday’s race—right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle.

Woods sent packing at Match Play

MARANA, Ariz.—Nick Watney is one of the few players who at least admits that he looks at the brackets.
Watney knew that if he could win in the first round of the Match Play Championship, there was a good chance he would face Tiger Woods.
And after that, he might get another match with Lee Westwood.

Tiger narrowly survives first round

MARANA, Ariz.—The good Tiger Woods knocked in a 50-foot birdie putt and drove onto the par-four 15th green—both times to erase a deficit.
The bad Tiger Woods took three trips into the desert to lose the hole, including once having to hit a shot left-handed.

Raptors snap skid

TORONTO—Aaron Gray has never been a star in his five-year NBA career.
But as the Toronto Raptors were putting an end to a four-game losing skid with a 103-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night, the crowd was chanting “MVP, MVP” in appreciation of the way Gray played.
“It is what it is. It was fun, it was exciting,” Gray said with a grin.

Red-hot Karlsson sparks Senators over Caps

OTTAWA—With each passing day, the whispers of Erik Karlsson as a Norris Trophy candidate get a little louder.
The Senators’ defenceman was instrumental for his team again last night with a goal and two assists as Ottawa jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in dumping the Washington Capitals 5-2.

Scott, Holland tied atop standings

RED DEER, Alta.—B.C.’s Kelly Scott and defending champ Amber Holland continued to lead the field at the Canadian women’s curling championships despite misfortune yesterday.
Scott’s teammate, Sasha Carter, didn’t play in two games because of the ’flu. With alternate Sherry Fraser in the lineup, B.C. lost 8-7 to Nova Scotia after beating Holland 7-5 earlier in the day.

Sens rout Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y.—Erik Karlsson had a simple explanation for Ottawa’s dominant performance yesterday.
“Everyone from offence to defence did the job today,” the all-star defenceman said.
Sure looks that way.
Karlsson had two goals while fellow defencemen Chris Phillips and Brian Lee also scored to lead the Senators to a 6-0 victory over the N.Y. Islanders.

Nets get their revenge on ‘Linsanity’

NEW YORK—Deron Williams takes full responsibility for “Linsanity.”
“This all started on me,” the New Jersey Nets’ star said.
He was ready last night when he got another shot at the kid from Harvard.
Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Lin while leading the Nets to a 100-92 victory over the N.Y. Knicks in a game the all-star guard said was circled on his calendar.

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