Woods will have to wait at least one more day for No. 1
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim No. 1 in the world.
Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a vicious thunderstorm packing gusts that topped out at 62 mph interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and wiped out play until 8 a.m. (Mountain) today.
The storm dumped nearly 1˝ inches on Bay Hill and formed small ponds in the fairways – there was even a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway. The wind toppled the TV tower behind the 10th green, which was a pile of metal poles, wood, mesh netting and had a stationary camera in the middle of it all.
UCLA fires Ben Howland after a decade as head coach
LOS ANGELES – UCLA has fired Ben Howland as basketball coach after 10 seasons that included three Final Four appearances,but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland on Sunday he was out, and the university announced it in the evening.
Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships, including this season. The Bruins’ season ended last Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament.
Froome pedals to overall win at Criterium International
COL DE L’OSPEDALE, France – Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome of Britain won the Criterium International on Sunday in the third and final stage.
Froome broke away 3.4 miles from the end of the 110-mile stage to beat Team Sky teammate Richie Porte by 27 seconds and overtake the Australian in the overall standings. Froome had started the day two seconds behind Porte, who won the individual time trial Saturday.
Martin’s Irish eyes smile wide at Volta a Catalunya
BARCELONA, Spain – Daniel Martin of Ireland held off local favorite Joaquin Rodriguez to protect his lead and win the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday.
Thomas de Gendt won the seventh stage, a 76-mile ride from El Vendrell to Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast ending in a climb of the Catalan capital’s Montjuic hill.
The 26-year-old Martin took over the leader’s jersey on the fourth stage of the seven-day race, and the Garmin Sharp safely protected his 17-second lead over Rodriguez.
Michele Scarponi of Italy finished third, another 17 seconds behind.
Hinchcliffe clinches the first IndyCar win of the season
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – James Hinchcliffe watched the 2011 season-opening race at St. Petersburg from the sidelines because he didn’t have a deal yet to drive in the IndyCar Series. Out of work again at the end of the year when his race team closed its doors, the Canadian was pondering his future in the Indianapolis house he shared with a bunch of roommates when his big break finally came.
Sebastian Vettel sorry for his 27th career F1 victory
SEPANG, Malaysia – Sebastian Vettel’s 27th victory in Formula One didn’t earn him a lot of admiration. He even had to apologize for it.
The three-time defending champion ignored team orders Sunday and overtook fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber toward the end to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, having been told to stand down and cruise to a 1-2 finish.
The German’s move left Webber fuming and had team officials remonstrating Vettel publicly after the race. Vettel apologized but said he didn’t realize he had been told to hold back.