Furyk posts first victory in more than two years
Jim Furyk made two clutch putts to finish off his 5-under-par 67 and win the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for his first victory in more than two years.
Tiger Woods, the tournament host, wasn’t around to present the trophy. He missed the event because of injuries from his Nov. 27 car crash, although he was part of every conversation because of ubiquitous publicity over allegations of extramarital affairs.
Furyk finished at 13-under 275 for a one-shot victory over Graeme McDowell (70), who replaced Woods in the 18-man field.
Also: Adam Scott won the Australian Open for his first professional victory in his home country, shooting an even-par 72 to beat Stuart Appleby by five strokes.
Scott, a former UNLV standout, finished at 15-under 273 at New South Wales Golf Club in Sydney.
Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round. Stenson shot a 69 to tie Allenby at 11-under 277 at the Gary Player Country Club.
Donaghy insists he didn’t influence NBA outcomes
Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy says he refused to make calls to affect games even if it meant he lost money and it angered the mob.
In one game in which he bet on San Antonio, he ejected coach Gregg Popovich midway through the first quarter, and the Spurs eventually lost. That drew the ire of the mob, which reportedly lost money using his tip. “I just told them that I wasn’t making calls in games to influence the outcome,” Donaghy said in an interview on “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night on CBS.
Donaghy insisted he made wagers on NBA games based on his knowledge of other officials’ biases for and against certain players and teams and that his officiating was not compromised — a claim that was backed up by the FBI.
“Watching the tapes, we could see there was never anything outlandish where he called a foul or he omitted a foul because he wanted to see a certain team win,” retired FBI special agent Philip Scala told the news show.
NFL to cut supplemental revenue-sharing program
The NFL has told the players’ union it will cut a $100 million annual supplemental revenue-sharing program that subsidizes lower-revenue teams.
That plan, which is a small portion of the $6.5 billion shared in full by all 32 teams, will be cut because the 2010 season will not have a salary cap.
“We are simply going forward on the terms the union approved in March of 2006,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. Those terms pertain only to years with salary caps, the league said.
Nine franchises qualified to receive funds under the program this year, although the league has not identified them.
Also: Florida coach Urban Meyer was treated for dehydration and released at a Gainesville hospital hours after his team lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game Saturday.
Jessica McDonald scored in the third minute to help North Carolina beat Stanford 1-0 in the Women’s College Cup soccer final in College Station, Texas, and repeat as NCAA champion.
Mia Bell had a game-high 20 points and fellow freshman Kelli Thompson added 19, leading the UNLV women’s basketball team to a 74-63 victory over UNR in Reno.
The Lady Rebels (4-4) opened a 53-35 lead with 10 minutes left before withstanding a 21-6 run by the Wolf Pack (5-4).