Goosen not deterred by pain,
grabs share of Transitions lead
Retief Goosen felt so much pain in his lower back that he decided to pull out of next week’s PGA Tour event and get treatment. One day later, he found himself atop the leaderboard at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Goosen ran off three straight birdies late in his round Saturday for a 6-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with Jim Furyk with more than just another PGA Tour victory at stake.
Today is Goosen’s last chance to qualify for the Masters.
Furyk, coming off his worst season since he was a rookie, hit a 6-iron to 3 feet for birdie on the par-3 15th hole and had the lead to himself until a three-putt bogey up a steep slope on the 18th. He had a 66.
The two past champions at Innisbrook were at 11-under 202, with plenty of others close behind them.
Also: Ai Miyazato birdied three straight holes on the back nine and finished with a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with Yani Tseng at the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
Miyazato, the ninth-ranked Japanese player who has seven LPGA Tour victories, birdied Nos. 14 through 16 and closed with two pars for a bogey-free round in partly cloudy, breezy conditions.
Tseng, the top-ranked Taiwanese star, settled for a 67 to match Miyazato at 14-under 130.
Mark Calcavecchia shot his second straight 4-under 67 in rainy conditions to take a two-stroke lead at the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
Calcavecchia, a 13-time PGA Tour winner, had six birdies and two bogeys to move to 8-under 134.
Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back along with Loren Roberts. Couples shot 69 and Roberts 70.
Spain’s Eduardo De la Riva shot 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead at 12-under 204 after the third round of the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain.
Eighteen-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero (68) and England’s Simon Khan (66) were tied for second.
Secret Circle gives Baffert his
third straight Rebel Stakes win
Secret Circle burst from the 12-horse field to win the $500,000 Rebel Stakes and give trainer Bob Baffert his third straight victory in the Grade 2 race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
Secret Circle, winner of the $150,000 Southwest Stakes last month, fended off Optimizer and Scatman, who was the second finisher in the Southwest.
The 1 1/16-mile Rebel is a prep for the $1 million Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 14.
Secret Circle, who finished in 1 minute, 14.2 seconds with Rafael Bejarano aboard, paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80. Optimizer, ridden by Jon Court, paid $15.60 and $8.80, and Scatman paid $4.60.
Also: Include Me Out defeated Love Theway Youare by 3¾ lengths to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Include Me Out ran 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy dirt track in 1:47.62 and paid $4.60 and $5.40 as the 13-10 second choice. Love Theway Youare returned $11.80. Miss Mittagong was another 3¼ lengths back in third.
Ellafitz, the 4-5 favorite, was fourth as her four-race winning streak ended.
Marilyn’s Guy staved off San Pablo by a neck to win the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct in New York.
Marilyn’s Guy got his ninth win in 25 starts. He paid $11.40, $5.70 and $3.30. San Pablo returned $5.50 and $3.90, while Norman Asbjornson paid $4.50 to show.
The time was 1:52.54 for 1 1/8 miles.
No. 4 UNLV men’s golf team
misses NIT title by one stroke
The fourth-ranked UNLV men’s golf team shot a final-round 1-under 287 and finished in second place, one shot behind winner San Diego State at the 12-team National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
UNLV has five team wins and two second-place finishes in eight tournaments this season.
San Diego State shot a final-round 5-over 293, but held on for the win with a 5-under 859 total, with UNLV at 860 in the 54-hole event.
The Aztecs’ J.J. Spaun shot 4-under 68 to take medalist honors at 15-under 201. Kevin Penner paced UNLV, tying for third place at 2-under 214 after an even-par final round.
Also: The UNLV softball team’s game against Quinnipiac in the San Diego Classic was canceled because of rain that hit Southern California.
The Rebels (14-12), who swept two games in the tournament on Friday, will play Valparaiso today.
The UNLV track and field team had six top-eight finishes in the rain-shortened Aztec Invitational in San Diego.
Myshauna Alexander had the Rebels’ best finish, placing second in the javelin with a throw of 133 feet, 8 inches.
The College of Southern Nevada baseball team dropped a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader to Western Nevada College at Morse Stadium, 10-0 and 10-2.
The Coyotes (19-9, 6-6 SWAC) had just three hits on the day, with Morgan Stotts collecting two.
The CSN softball team lost a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, falling 15-9 and 10-2.
The Coyotes (15-21, 10-14 SWAC) were swept in the four-game series.
Federer unfazed by rain, takes
Indian Wells semi from Nadal
Roger Federer overcame Rafael Nadal and the rain for a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal victory in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., acing Nadal on a match point that was delayed a couple of minutes by raindrops.
Federer handled the cold, windy conditions better than Nadal, whose grumpy expression matched his out-of-sorts body language. The match started nearly three hours late because of rain.
Federer will play 11th-ranked John Isner in today’s final, a rematch of their Davis Cup showdown last month, which Isner won on clay in Switzerland.
Isner fired 20 aces, including one at 135 mph on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will meet today for the women’s title.
Also: Peter Boyd scored a pair of goals as the Bakersfield Condors handed the Wranglers their second ECHL loss in as many nights, beating Las Vegas 4-2 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Chris Francis, Josh Lunden and Sean Wiles scored for the Wranglers (39-19-5, 83 points), who lost at Stockton on Friday night.
The Wranglers and Condors will meet again in a 2:05 p.m. game today at Orleans Arena.
The San Diego Padres’ Carlos Quentin is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday.
The 29-year-old outfielder began to experience inflammation in his right knee after reporting to spring training, and the team’s medical staff has been monitoring the situation since.
Lindsey Vonn set a women’s record for the most World Cup points in a season after finishing eighth in the slalom in Schladming, Austria.
Vonn reached 1,980 points to beat the mark of 1,970 set by Janica Kostelic of Croatia in 2006. She needs 21 points in today’s giant slalom to overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier’s 12-year-old record of 2,000 points.
Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was “critically ill” in a London hospital’s heart attack unit after collapsing during a match at Tottenham that was subsequently abandoned.
The Zaire-born England under-21 international fell face-down to the pitch without any players near him.
Sergio Martinez beat Matthew Macklin in an action-packed middleweight fight, stopping Macklin after 11 rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York.