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Sports briefs: March 15

NFL

Browns trade QB Quinn; Tomlinson joins Jets

The Cleveland Browns have traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for fullback Peyton Hillis and a 2011 draft pick. Quinn's departure comes one day after the Browns agreed to terms with free agent Jake Delhomme on a two-year contract.

Quinn went 3-9 in 12 starts for Cleveland, which acquired him in the first round of the 2007 draft.

■ The Jets have signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, adding an aging star to an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing last season. The 2006 NFL MVP was cut last month by San Diego and chose New York over Minnesota after visiting the Vikings on Thursday. The Jets went after Tomlinson hard despite the fact he turns 31 in June and is coming off his least productive season. He's expected to back up Shonn Greene, who became the starter after Thomas Jones was released last week.

■ Jets Coach Rex Ryan underwent a weight-loss procedure Saturday to help him fight obesity. The 47-year-old had lap-band surgery at NYU Medical Center, and was relaxing at his home in New Jersey on Saturday night. Team spokesman Bruce Speight said Ryan also had a hernia repaired.

■ A Wisconsin man who says his Green Bay Packers loyalties helped save his life has been voted into the team's Fan Hall of Fame.

Jim Becker, 79, has attended Packers games for 56 years. Becker and his wife raised 11 kids, so money was tight. To afford his season tickets, he began selling his blood for $15 per pint. His doctor later found that Becker's father died at age 43 of a condition in which the blood retains too much iron. The only treatment is to remove the iron by giving blood. By that time Becker had sold 145 pints to pay for his season tickets. He says if he hadn't, he too may have died young, too.

golf

Els' title drought ends at Doral

Ernie Els showed his South African protege what it takes to win a World Golf Championship. Just as important was that he showed himself how to win again, too.

Ending the longest drought of his 20-year career, Els played the final 23 holes on the Blue Monster without a bogey and closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the CA Championship by four shots over 25-year-old Charl Schwartzel.

It was closer than the margin suggested. Schwartzel, in his first time on a world stage, refused to let Els get away. Els was clinging to a one-shot lead as he stood over a 25-foot par putt on the 14th hole, and the Big Easy was relieved to see it fall on the final turn.

"I'm 40 years old. I've had a tough run," Els said. "Whew! The hairs are standing up. It's just great."

Schwartzel, a houseguest of Els the last two weeks, caught a bad break on the 15th hole when his ball plugged in a front bunker, and he knocked that into a back bunker on his way to a crucial bogey. He missed short putts on the next two holes and closed with a 70.

■ Taiwan's Yani Tseng won the Women's Australian Open, birdieing seven of the last 12 holes for a bogey-free 7-under 66 and a three-stroke victory over 2009 winner Laura Davies.

The sixth-ranked Tseng, the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, had a 9-under 283 total on the Commonwealth Golf Club course. She opened with rounds of 74, 71 and 72 to begin the day four strokes behind third-round leader Karrie Webb. "It was very exciting, my whole body is still shaking," Tseng said before the trophy presentation. "My heart is still at over 200 beats a minute. I just felt I needed to get some more birdies coming home, and it worked out."

Chad Collins birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a share of the Puerto Rico Open lead with Kevin Streelman just before third-round play was called because of darkness in the rain-delayed PGA event.

BOXING

50,000 watch Pacquiao win easily

With the biggest fight crowd in the United States in 17 years cheering him on at Cowboys Stadium, Manny Pacquiao dominated a passive Joshua Clottey from the opening bell Saturday night to retain his welterweight title and cement his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The fight was so one-sided that even those in the cheap seats among the crowd of 50,994 could tell without looking at the giant video screens over the ring that Pacquiao was in command. One ringside judge gave Pacquiao every round, while the two others gave the Filipino sensation all but one.

ETC.

Beckham tears his Achilles' tendon

David Beckham tore his left Achilles' tendon injury in the closing minutes of AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday and he'll have surgery on Monday, dooming his World Cup hopes.

Beckham appeared to injure himself without coming into contact with anyone. With the ball at his feet, the former England captain shifted his weight and immediately realized there was a problem, reaching his hand down to his left heel. Visibly in pain and in tears, Beckham went to the sideline for medical attention.

■ America's most decorated doubles luge sliders, Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, announced their retirement Sunday, not long after placing second at USA Luge's national championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. They competed together in four Olympics, winning a silver medal at Salt Lake City in 2002 and a bronze at Nagano in 1998. Grimmette and Martin won 65 international medals together, finishing third at the world championships six times.

■ Home runs by seniors Destinee Mordecai and Molly Johnson propelled the Kentucky softball team to a 5-3 win over Auburn. But the Tigers (15-7, 2-1) won the nightcap 1-0 with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim the rubber match game.

■ Kentucky women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 12 Tennessee on Sunday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

■ Freshmen Ashleigh Albrecht and Heather Lott led UK's women's golf team in the final round of the Tiger/Wave Classic at New Orleans, each posting a 5-over-par 77 in the Wildcats' 20th-place performance (946 —208-326-312).

Mark Austry, 32, a former Texas Tech first baseman, collapsed and died shortly after crossing the finish line of the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Dallas.

auto racing

Power takes rainy IndyCar race

Will Power made a late move to take the lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the rain-shortened IndyCar season opener on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday. The Australian passed the American with three laps to go, clinching the inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300 for his second career victory. Power crossed the line 1.858 seconds ahead of Hunter-Reay when the race ended at the two-hour time limit with only 61 of the 75 scheduled laps completed. Danica Patrick lost control of her car as it started raining, finishing 15th.

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix in his debut for Ferrari, leading the team to a 1-2 finish in Formula One's season-opening race on Sunday. Alonso passed teammate Felipe Massa at the second corner after the start. He then overtook pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on the 34th lap for a lead he never relinquished.

■ Six-time defending series champion Tony Schumacher has won the NHRA Top Fuel class at the Gatornationals in Gainesville. It was Brown's first event since his deadly crash at Phoenix three weeks ago, when a tire spun off his dragster, bounced into the grandstands and killed a Wisconsin woman.

The last word

Jets Coach Rex Ryan has frequently poked fun at himself and his rotund midsection, including after belly bearing photos of him floated around the Internet. Said Ryan during the NFL combine:

"I'm watching ESPN and I'm like, 'Whoa, that's not a real good shot.' I mean, don't get me wrong, I get hit on all the time by women."

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