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Sports briefs: Jan. 9


Stricker, Byrd, Garrigus share lead at Kapalua

Robert Garrigus made another strong recovery, holing a 50-foot eagle putt on the final hole to get back atop the leader board at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Steve Stricker made it look easy in the toughest conditions of the week for an 8-under 65. Jonathan Byrd joined him in the lead despite a poor pitch on the final hole that made him settle for par and a 67. Then came Garrigus, who opened with a double bogey and a bogey to fall out of the lead. He lingered the rest of the sunny day until the end, when his 50-foot putt banged into the back of the cup and fell for eagle. That gave him a 69.

The trio of Americans were at 18-under 201.

An American has not won at Kapalua since 2002.

Oosthuizen, Brier lead in South Africa

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa bogeyed his last hole to fall into a tie for the lead of the Africa Open with Markus Brier of Austria heading into the final round in East London, South Africa. Oosthuizen had a 4-under 69, while Brier, who bogeyed the 16th, shot a 70 as they finished the third round at 13-under 206, a stroke ahead of defending champ Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and three others on a packed leader board.

■ Asia swept all four points in fourballs to build a 6-2 lead over Europe in the three-day Royal Trophy match play tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand. Asia needs only 2½ points from the eight singles matches on Sunday to win at the Black Mountain Golf Club.

Kentucky's Albrecht takes title in Florida

Kentucky sophomore golfer Ashleigh Albrecht won the championship at the Harder Hall Women's Invitational in Sebring, Fla. After Albrecht opened the tournament with a course-record 9-under-par 63 on Thursday, she finished off the title with an even-par 72 on Saturday. She was three strokes off the course record of 13-under par set in 2009.


Bobcats spoil Wall's return to N. Carolina

Stephen Jackson scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 and Gerald Henderson had a career-best night as the Charlotte Bobcats kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road with a 104-89 victory. Henderson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who pulled away early in the fourth quarter to improve to 3-2 under interim coach Paul Silas. It was former Kentucky star John Wall's first game in his home state since high school. Wall had 16 points and 11 assists while playing in front of dozens of family and friends. Kirk Hinrich scored 18 points for the Wizards, who remained the NBA's lone winless team on the road at 0-18.

Chris Douglas-Roberts celebrated his birthday by scoring 24 points against his former teammates to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-92 victory over the host New Jersey Nets. Ersan Ilyasova added a season-high 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Earl Boykins had 17 points as the Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak and beat the Nets for the sixth straight time.

Josh Smith scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, Joe Johnson added 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 108-93. The Hawks have won four straight and eight of 10. Indiana, which never led, has dropped three in a row and six of seven.

Horse racing

Soaring Empire wins Hal's Hope

Soaring Empire beat Rule by 1¼ lengths in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, the 4-year-old Soaring Empire ran a mile in 1:354⁄5 for his fourth victory in nine career starts.

Aggie Engineer breezed to a 3¼-length victory over Spurrier in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Aggie Engineer took the lead coming out of the second turn and pulled away for his third straight victory and second straight stakes, covering 11⁄16 miles in 1:40.94.

Dance Quietly won a stakes race for her late owner, capturing the $65,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct in New York. Edward P. Evans died Dec. 31 from acute myeloid leukemia. He won more than 100 stakes races in 30-plus years as an owner. Dance Quietly, the stable's first starter since his death, was bred on his farm in Virginia. Dance Quietly's jockey, Ramon Dominguez, ended up with five wins on the day. His others came on Jimmy Vegas, Another Silver Oak and So Scott in the first three races. He ended the day with a Race 9 victory on Life's Measure.

■ Favorite Inhisglory beat Banjammer by a nose to win the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park.

Sports in the Courts

Ex-Mr. Basketball Tilford arrested

Domonic Tilford, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 2005 at Jeffersontown High School, was arrested Thursday on drug charges in Charlestown, Ind., according to Louisville's Courier-Journal. Tilford, 23, is expected to appear in Clark Superior Court on Monday on preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine over 3 grams and possession of cocaine over 3 grams. After leaving Jeffersontown, Tilford played for a New Mexico junior college, then for South Alabama and Cincinnati. He also was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in Louisville in 2008. That charge was later dismissed.


Federer beats Davydenko in Qatar finals

Roger Federer won the Qatar Open without dropping a set when he beat defending champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 in a 79-minute finals. Federer became the first three-time winner in Doha, Qatar, following titles in 2005 and 2006. Davydenko, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, also hadn't dropped a set coming in the finals and was attempting to become the first player to beat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament three times. He did it in Doha a year ago and at the 2009 ATP Finals.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner beat Belgium's Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 in mixed doubles to give the United States its sixth Hopman Cup team tennis title. Isner evened the title contest 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ruben Bemelmans after Henin won the final five games of her match to beat Mattek-Sands 7-6 (6), 6-3.


Cubs complete deal for Rays' Garza

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in an eight-player trade. The 27-year-old Garza pitched a no-hitter against Detroit last season, when he went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA. He spent his first two major-league seasons with the Twins and the last three with the Rays. Garza joins the Cubs along with outfielder Fernando Perez and left-hander Zachary Rosscup. The Rays get two of the Cubs' top prospects, right-hander Chris Archer, a 15-game winner in two minor-league stops last season, and 20-year-old shortstop Hak-Ju Lee. Also going from Chicago to Tampa Bay are catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer.

The last word

Nikolay Davydenko after his loss to Roger Federer in the Qatar Open finals:

"If I tried to play baseline, he was too fast. When he played backhand, then he was too good. ... I did not play bad. My tennis is good. It's just that Federer did not give me a chance. Today, I had no chance."