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  • Russell Henley hits off the eighth fairway during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Russell Henley hits off the eighth fairway during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

  • Russell Henley hits off the eighth fairway during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • Russell Henley tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Golf

Creamer’s 75-foot putt seals HSBC Champions win

SINGAPORE – Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women’s Champions yesterday for her first LPGA title since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.

Creamer and Munoz finished 72 holes tied at 10-under 278, setting up a playoff after Karrie Webb, the leader after every round this week, made a series of mistakes to give up a three-stroke lead on the back nine.

Webb had three bogeys in her last six holes to finish third at 9 under.

Golf

Woods withdraws in final round of Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The road to the Masters got off to a bumpy start yesterday for Tiger Woods when he withdrew from the Honda Classic with what he said was a lower back injury.

Woods was 5-over par for the final round – 12 shots behind Rory McIlroy at the time – when he shook hands with Luke Guthrie on the 13th green and told him he was done. It was the farthest point at PGA National, and the tournament sent a van to collect Woods and his family.

Police kept the media from the parking lot.

“He just came over and said, ‘I can’t go anymore. It was a pleasure playing with you,’ ” said Guthrie, paired with Woods the last two days. “I just said, ‘Take it easy. Feel better.’ Pretty uneventful.”

Woods said through spokesman Glenn Greenspan it was a lower back problem that had started yesterday morning as he was warming up. He was to defend his title next week in the Cadillac Championship.

“Too early to tell,” Woods said in a statement about playing next week at Doral. “I’ll get treatment every day to try to calm it down. Just don’t know yet. Wait until Thursday and see how it feels.”

Freestyle skiing

Kearney, Kingsbury win dual moguls World Cup event

INAWASHIRO, Japan – Sochi bronze medalist Hannah Kearney, a Hanover High graduate, won a dual moguls event yesterday, beating Elena Muratova of Russia for her fourth World Cup title of the season. Japan’s Junko Hoshino was third.

Olympic gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, who won Saturday’s moguls event, placed ninth.

Olympic silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won the men’s event. Kingsbury beat Japan’s Sho Endo to claim his fourth World Cup title of the season and move into first place in the overall standings ahead of compatriot Alex Bilodeau. Pascal-Olivier Gagne, also of Canada, was third.

Alpine skiing

Fischbacher wins delayed women’s downhill

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland – Andrea Fischbacher of Austria was the surprise winner of the delayed women’s downhill at Crans Montana yesterday, claiming her first World Cup victory in four years.

Fischbacher skied down the new Mont-Lachaux slope in 1:34, beating compatriot Anna Fenninger by 0.15 seconds.

Fenninger, who is the only realistic challenger to overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch, instantly ran over to congratulate her teammate after seeing Fischbacher beat her time and the pair fell over into the snow in an embrace.

Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.47 seconds behind Fischbacher. Maze narrowly prevented an all-Austrian podium as she edged out Elisabeth Goergl by just 0.02.

Alpine skiing

Jansrud beats Keung to win men’s super-G

KVITFJELL, Norway – Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway overcame tricky racing conditions on his favorite home course to win a World Cup super-G race yesterday ahead of Switzerland’s Patrick Kueng.

Jansrud, who won gold in super-G at the Sochi Olympics, finished 0.26 seconds ahead of Kueng and 0.33 clear of Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria.

It was a third career World Cup win for Jansrud, and all of those victories have been in this Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell.

Ski jumping

Poland’s Stoch regains World Cup lead

LAHTI, Finland – Kamil Stoch of Poland won the ski jumping event at the Lahti Ski Games yesterday to reclaim the lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Stoch scored 281 points from his two jumps, beating Severin Freund of Germany in second place with 277.4 points. Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer was third with 270.2.

The win gave Stoch 1,131 points in the overall standings, ahead of Slovenia’s Peter Prevc with 1,078 and Freund with 907. Stoch, who was leading the standings before the Sochi Olympics, was briefly pushed down to second place on Friday by Prevc.

Nordic skiing

Norway’s Bjoergen and Sundby win World Cup races

LAHTI, Finland – Norway’s triple Olympic gold medalist Marit Bjoergen and Olympic bronze medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby dominated cross-country skiing World Cup races yesterday.

Bjoergen completed the women’s 10-kilometer individual race in 25:05.3, beating Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla by 26.9 seconds.

Therese Johaug, also of Norway, finished third – 27.6 seconds behind.

Johaug tops the overall World Cup standings, ahead of Bjoergen in second and Norwegian Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen in third place.

Sundby, who also won the Tour de Ski in January, clocked 33:05.5 to win the men’s 15-kilometer race. He was 10.7 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Daniel Richardsson in second place.

Russian Olympic gold medalist Alexander Legkov was third, 11.2 seconds back.

Sundby tops the men’s standings, followed by Chris Andre Jespersen of Norway and Legkov.

NBA

Bobcats waive seldom-used guard Gordon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Bobcats waived seldom-used guard Ben Gordon yesterday, leaving their roster at 14 players.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a statement that “with the recent acquisition of additional backcourt depth to our roster, we believe this is in the best interests of both parties.”

Gordon won’t be eligible to play for another team in the postseason since he wasn’t waived by the March 1 deadline.

Gordon never saw significant playing time in Charlotte. He played in only 19 games this season, averaging 5.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.7 minutes.

NBA

Warriors’ O’Neal misses game due to passport issue

TORONTO – Jermaine O’Neal’s misplaced passport left the Golden State Warriors one man short yesterday against the Toronto Raptors.

O’Neal was unable to travel with his teammates to Canada on Saturday because his passport was either lost or stolen, Warriors Coach Mark Jackson said.

After beating the Knicks in New York on Friday night, Golden State flew north of the border on Saturday. Jackson said O’Neal’s missing passport was discovered late Saturday afternoon, and the team didn’t have enough time to find a solution.

NBA

Fredette headed to Chicago to join Bulls

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls and free-agent guard Jimmer Fredette have announced a contract that covers the rest of the season.

Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was bought out by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday and cleared waivers on Saturday. He is averaging just 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes in his third season.

The 25-year-old Fredette says the Bulls were the best option for him because of how hard they play and Coach Tom Thibodeau’s ability to get the best out of his players.

The Bulls are hoping the 6-foot-2 Fredette can provide consistent outside shooting. He is shooting 49 percent from 3-point range this season.

Tennis

Delbonis wins first ATP title at Brazil Open

SAO PAULO – Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the Brazil Open final yesterday.

Delbonis broke Lorenzi’s serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

With the victory at the ATP 250 tournament in Sao Paulo, Delbonis will move to 45th in the ATP rankings, a career best.

Baseball

RHP Mota retires after 14 seasons

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Reliever Guillermo Mota is retiring after 14 seasons in the major leagues.

Mota was a non-roster invitee to the Kansas City Royals camp and did not pitch last season.

The 40-year-old right-hander made 743 career relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He was part of San Francisco’s World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.

In 2003 and ’04, Mota topped National League relievers in innings pitched.

In 2007 while with the Mets, he was suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Baseball

Indians get infielder Sellers from Dodgers for cash

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cleveland Indians acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

The Indians also said yesterday that they designated infielder David Cooper for assignment.

The 28-year-old Sellers played 82 games for the Dodgers in the past three years, hitting .199 with three home runs and 17 RBI. He split time at shortstop, second base and third base.

The 27-year-old Cooper finished last season in Triple-A for Cleveland. He hit .300 with four homers and 11 RBI in 45 games for Toronto in 2012 before sustaining a serious back injury while diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

NFL

Sources: Bills’ talks with Byrd reach standstill

BUFFALO, N.Y. – People familiar with contract talks between the Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd told the Associated Press that negotiations have stalled and no further discussions are scheduled.

The people spoke yesterday on the condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly discussed negotiations.

The Bills face a deadline today to apply a franchise tag on Byrd and retain the three-time Pro Bowl player’s rights before free agency opens March 11.

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