Seahawks reach deal with ex-Packers backup QB Flynn
The Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback. Seattle reached agreement with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to the Pacific Northwest to try to solidify Seattle's QB position.
Flynn has been a career backup in Green Bay, stuck behind All-Pro Aaron Rodgers — much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.
When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay's season finale.
That sealed Flynn as one to the top free agent prospects this off-season. He visited Seattle late this week and after a brief trip to Miami, picked the Seahawks.
Terms of Flynn's deal were not released by the team.
Dominguez injured in spill at Aqueduct
Ramon Dominguez, the two-time defending Eclipse Award winner as the nation's leading jockey, suffered a dislocated collar bone in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday in New York. Dominguez was aboard Mob Wife in the eighth race when the filly fell in the stretch and he was thrown to the track. Suave N Sassy then crashed into Mob Wife, unseating apprentice jockey Samuel Camacho Jr.
Dominguez was able to walk off to an ambulance; Camacho was removed on a stretcher. Both were transported to a hospital, according to the New York Racing Association's jockey advocate.
X-rays on Camacho were negative. He hopes to resume riding on Wednesday. There was no timetable for Dominguez's return.
Dominguez won three races on the Sunday card at Aqueduct, including the Time Tested Stakes on Flat Bold.
Both horses involved in the spill appeared to escape without serious injury.
Donald No. 1 again after win in Florida
Luke Donald returned to No. 1 in the world the same way he got there the first time. He rallied from a three-shot deficit Sunday at the Transitions with a 5-under 66, then won a four-man playoff on the first extra hole with a shot out of the rough to 6 feet and a birdie putt that curled in the left side of the cup. Donald ended Rory McIlroy's two-week stay atop the world ranking. He first reached No. 1 in the world by winning a playoff over Lee Westwood at Wentworth last May.
■ Julien Quesne tied the course record with an 8-under 64 on to win the Andalucian Open for his first European Tour victory. The 31-year-old birdied four of his final five holes to finish at 17 under, winning by two strokes ahead of Matteo Manassero of Italy (68). "This is the best day of my life. I have been dreaming of this moment since I was 10," said Quesne, who has been to European Tour Q-School seven times to seek his playing card.
■ Yani Tseng two-putted for par from 40 feet in fading light to hold off Ai Miyazato and Na Yeon Choi by a stroke in the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. The top-ranked Taiwanese star won her 14th LPGA Tour title and second in four events this year.
■ Loren Roberts shot a 69 to win the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.
Nationals send Harper to minors
The Washington Nationals optioned 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse where he can get experience in center field. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said after the team's 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that the timing wasn't right for the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft to make the team out of training camp. Harper was 8-for-28 (.286) in the Grapefruit League, including a 1-for-5 performance Sunday — he struck out in his first four at-bats, then doubled.
■ Chris Young hit two doubles to lead an Arizona split squad over Cincinnati. Adam Eaton had a double and triple, driving in three runs for the Diamondbacks. Scott Rolen hit a three-run opposite field home run for the Reds. Mike Leake allowed a run on two hits and a walk in four innings, his longest outing of the spring.
Gay helps Grizzlies get by Wizards
Rudy Gay scored 27 points, including five in the final minute, to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-92 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards. John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and six assists. Washington committed 21 turnovers, including seven by Wall.
■ Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 91-81 to extend their home winning streak to 13 games. LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat.
Gymnastics team on six-match win streak
Kentucky's gymnastics team, ranked 23rd nationally, defeated Centenary in every event, including tying a season-best team score on vault with a 49.125, to roll to a 195.875-192.825 victory on Saturday night in Shreveport, La. The win was Kentucky's sixth consecutive, giving the Wildcats (9-6) their first winning regular season since 2008.
"Today was another step forward for the Kentucky gymnastics program," first-year coach Tim Garrison said. "We didn't set a record team score or even a season high. What we did was, once again, show consistency in our performance. We hit 24 of 24 routines and that has been our goal all season."
Sophomore Audrey Harrison won her fourth all-around title of the season. The Knoxville native set a career-high in the all-around with a 39.250. She tied a career highs on vault and bars with 9.825 on each. She also scored 9.775 on beam and 9.825 on floor.
■ Kentucky's Erika Silence, Rachel Riley and Krystal Smith all hit home runs, but the softball team lost 20-7 to UAB in five innings in the final game of the UK Invitational at the UK Softball Complex.
Federer, Azarenka win Indian Wells titles
Roger Federer defeated John Isner 7-6 (7), 6-3 to win his record fourth BNP Paribas Open title Sunday at Indian Wells, Calif., avenging a loss to the American who beat him in Davis Cup play last month. Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 for the women's title in the WTA Tour's first finals between the No. 1 and No. 2 players since 2008.
■ McLaren driver Jenson Button won the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix, taking the race Down Under for the third time in four years. Button beat reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull by 2.1 seconds after the race turned into a 17-lap shootout after Vitaly Petrov stopped on the main straight, bringing out the safety car.
The last word
Charlie Wi gave new meaning to the term "going backward" Sunday in the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. Three straight shots caromed off a tree and went behind him and onto the practice range at Innisbrook. It led to a 13 on the par-5 fifth hole, the second straight week that someone made an octuple-bogey.
"It was right next to the range. The range just stopped," Wi said. "Everybody was looking at me."
Wi had to ask the scorer what he made on the hole.
"It was hard to count," he said.