Wi birdies 18 for share of lead at Bay Hill; Woods 3 back
Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round. So did Tiger Woods.
Coming off a final round at Innisbrook in which he made a 13 on one hole, Wi hit an 8-iron over the water to 6 feet for birdie on the 18th for a 6-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
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It's the fourth time Dufner has been atop the leader board after a round during the Florida swing — except that none of those rounds have been on Sunday.
The last time Woods was seen on the PGA Tour, he was being driven away in a golf cart after withdrawing in the middle of the final round at Doral with soreness and swelling in his left Achilles tendon. Woods, a six-time champion at Bay Hill, shot a 69 without breaking a sweat, much less breaking any body parts. There was nothing particularly special about this round, except for a 30-foot birdie putt that swirled around the cup at the 15th, and a couple of three-putt bogeys that kept his score from being lower.
Justin Rose and Sean O'Hair also were at 69, while Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Bud Cauley were in the group at 68. Ernie Els, who might need to win to get into the Masters, played with Woods and shot 71.
Phil Mickelson was all over the place, going from a bunker to a magnolia tree on his way to an unlikely par; hitting a tee shot out of bounds for double bogey; hitting into the water for another double bogey; and somehow escaping with a 73.
■ England's Robert Rock most likely lost a chance to play in his first Masters by taking an 11 on the fourth hole of the Hassan II Trophy, while Ireland's Damien McGrane opened with a 7-under 65 Thursday to lead by two strokes in Agadir, Morocco. Rock is ranked 57th and this year held off Tiger Woods to win the Abu Dhabi Championship. He must finish first or second in this European Tour event to make the top 50 and assure a spot at Augusta National in two weeks. He called it "a shame and a disappointment" that one hole cost him his Masters shot. He eagled the 17th but finished with a 77. John Daly also opened with a 77. With Rock out of contention, 18-year-old Matteo Manassero of Italy could take the last remaining European Tour qualifying spot for the Masters. He shot a 69 and would have to win to qualify.
■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Ji Young Oh in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.
Celtics snap Bucks' winning streak
Paul Pierce scored 25 points to help the Boston Celtics snap the host Milwaukee Bucks' six-game winning streak, 100-91 on Thursday night. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mickael Pietrus scored 13 points for the Celtics, who were playing their seventh game on an eight-game road trip. With Thursday's win, the Celtics improved to 4-3 on the trip. Brandon Jennings had 19 points for Milwaukee.
■ Darren Collison made a key steal of an inbounds pass, and Paul George's three-pointer with 1:01 to play gave the Indiana Pacers their first lead of the game, completing a 22-point comeback for an 85-83 win over the host Washington Wizards. The Pacers effectively kept the ball away from the Wizards in the game's final minute until Washington got one final possession with 9.5 seconds to play. John Wall, trying to find room for an open shot, essentially dribbled out the clock, making a would-be-tying 12-footer after the horn had sounded.
■ Rookie Chandler Parsons had 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, leading the host Houston Rockets to a 109-83 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
■ The Denver Nuggets say reserve guard Rudy Fernandez will undergo surgery on his lower back that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season.
Jones says this season will be his last
With his 40th birthday approaching and a long string of injuries slowing him down, Chipper Jones announced Thursday he will retire after one more season as the Atlanta Braves' third baseman. "I have fulfilled everything," Jones said at the team's spring training stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. "There's nothing left for me to do." Jones, who has spent his entire 18-year career with Atlanta, actually planned to retire after the 2010 season, only to change his mind. As he battled leg issues this spring, he openly wondered if he'd be able to make it through the season. So, he'll give it one more year with the Braves, then become a full-time dad to his three children. "I just want to make it final," Jones said. No matter what happens in his final season, Jones will go down as one of the game's greatest switch-hitters, a player who could hit for average (.304 in his career) and power (454 homers and 1,561 RBI). "Never in my mid-20s would I have given myself a snowball's chance to be in camp and have a job at 40 years old," Jones said. "But I like to think I've kept myself in pretty good shape over the years. The skills are still there to go out and get it done. I don't know for how much longer, but we're going to ride it as long as we can."
■ Jose Bautista doubled twice and scored a run and Brandon Morrow allowed one hit over six innings, outdueling Cliff Lee and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Fla.
■ Jaime Garcia struck out nine in five innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-0 victory over the Washington Nationals in Jupiter, Fla.
■ Carl Pavano, the Twins' opening-day starter, allowed six earned runs and eight hits in four innings, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 11-1 in Fort Myers, Fla. Pavano's spring ERA is 6.11 through 172⁄3 innings.
■ Adam Dunn hit two home runs — a two-run homer and a grand slam off Royals starter Bruce Chen — and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 16-4 in Glendale, Ariz. Dunn has four homers this spring.
High School Basketball
UK recruit Willis to play on U.S. team
Kentucky recruit Derek Willis was chosen to play on the U.S. team in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany, next month. Willis is a 6-foot-8 power forward who helped Bullitt East reach the Sweet Sixteen this season. The 16-country event runs April 7-14.
Sports in the courts
Sandusky wants charges dismissed
Jerry Sandusky asked a Pennsylvania judge Thursday to throw out the child sex abuse charges against him, arguing some counts are not specific enough, evidence is lacking in others and the statute of limitations may have run out regarding eight of the 10 alleged victims. The catch-all pretrial motion also sought to delay the May 14 start of his trial, saying more time was needed to prepare a defense. "We raised a number of issues that we thought were pertinent for various reasons," said his lawyer, Joe Amendola. "But the judge will have to decide that. We'll see what happens." Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said the document was under review, and prosecutors planned to respond in writing within a week. Sandusky, 68, is confined to his home in State College while awaiting trial, and has denied the allegations against him. He is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, including sexual assaults.
The last word
North Carolina State guard Scott Wood, to CBSsports.com, on Selection Sunday:
"We were the last team picked. I definitely had to wash my drawers when I got home."