Wilson adds playoff win to Packers' Super Bowl title
Packers fan Mark Wilson celebrated a big victory of his own on a playing field about as close to frozen tundra as it gets on the PGA Tour. A self-described cheesehead from Menomonee Falls, Wis., Wilson won the frost-delayed Phoenix Open on Monday for his second victory in three starts this year, holing a 9-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jason Dufner.
"I'm just enjoying the ride here and that's just kind of the way I'm going to look at the year here, just ride this train as long as I can," Wilson said.
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Delays for frost and frozen turf the first four days forced the Monday finish. Two strokes ahead when play resumed Monday, Wilson closed with a 2-under 69 to match Dufner at 18 under. Dufner shot a 66, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17.
Wilson, who won the Sony Open last month in a 36-hole Sunday finish, earned $1,098,000 for his fourth PGA Tour title. The 36-year-old former University of North Carolina player jumped from 91st to 51st in the world ranking after finishing last season at No. 230.
Martin Laird (65) and Vijay Singh (66) tied for third at 16 under, and Gary Woodland (66), J.B. Holmes (67) and Nick Watney (68) followed at 15 under. Third-round leader Tommy Gainey, a stroke back with two holes left, closed with a 74 to tie for eighth at 14 under. He made a triple bogey on the par-4 17th after hitting into the water twice on the driveable hole.
Bobcats knock off Celtics 94-89
Gerald Wallace scored 19 points, including the clinching free throws with 3 seconds left, and the host Charlotte Bobcats overcame top scorer Stephen Jackson's ejection to beat the Boston Celtics 94-89 on Monday night. Shaun Livingston added a season-high 18 points, taking advantage of the smaller Rajon Rondo, and the Bobcats snapped a six-game losing streak to Boston in a testy game that included five technicals. Ray Allen scored 25 points and hit two three-pointers, leaving him two shy of breaking Reggie Miller's NBA career record of 2,560. Allen will get a chance to break the record Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers — with Miller in town to do color commentary for TNT's broadcast.
■ Kevin Love had 27 points and 17 rebounds, and the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves beat the host New Orleans Hornets 104-92. Minnesota's second double-digit win over New Orleans this season might have been a costly one, though. Michael Beasley, who had 14 points, had to be helped off the floor with a left leg injury and starting center Darko Milicic departed with a strained left hip flexor. Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists for the Hornets.
Rangers' Young asks to be traded
Michael Young has asked the Texas Rangers to trade him, a request the AL champions are willing to oblige for their career hits leader who is unhappy about his changing role. General Manager Jon Daniels, however, said "nothing is imminent" and that the Rangers would trade Young only if they could improve the team. After signing free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre last month, the Rangers said Young would become the primary designated hitter and serve in a utility role where he could fill in at every infield position. Trading him could be difficult. Young is owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons and $16 million in 2013. Plus, there are only eight teams not on his no-trade list.
■ A person familiar with the negotiations said third baseman Eric Chavez and the New York Yankees agreed to a minor-league contract Monday. Chavez won AL Gold Gloves with Oakland from 2001-06 and has spent all 13 of his major-league seasons with the Athletics. Shoulder, neck and back injuries limited him to 33 games last year, eight in 2009 and 23 in 2008.
■ The Dodgers signed infielder Aaron Miles to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Miles batted .281 in 79 games with St. Louis last season after his contract was purchased from Double-A Springfield in June. He was one of the final players cut by the Cincinnati Reds last spring and signed a minor-league deal with the Cardinals on April 30.
Nationwide's Annett charged with DUI
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett has been charged with driving while impaired following a two-car accident. Annett, entering his first season for Rusty Wallace Racing, also was charged with resisting arrest, failure to reduce speed and unlawful use of a mobile phone to text or send e-mail. All counts are misdemeanors. He has a March 18 court date. According to Mooresville Police, Annett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.32 percent — well above the 0.08 legal limit in North Carolina — after he rear-ended another car at a red light early Sunday.
Kentucky gets night Sprint Cup race
NASCAR released the start times of all its races for the 2011 season Monday, and the first Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway will start at 7:30 p.m. July 9 and will be televised by TNT.
Ohio State recruit won't be charged
Authorities say Ohio State football recruit Chris Carter won't face criminal charges stemming from his arrest last week on an allegation that he fondled a 15-year-old girl while pretending to measure her for an ROTC uniform. Carter is a senior offensive lineman at John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland. Cleveland city spokeswoman Maureen Harper said in a statement Monday that a full review found there was not enough evidence of sexual contact or conduct.
■ Alabama hired Mike Groh as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, Coach Nick Saban said Monday. Groh worked with Louisville's quarterbacks last season.
The last word
Phoenix Open winner and Green Bay Packers fan Mark Wilson was able to watch only a few minutes of the Super Bowl because he had to fulfill some parental duties.
"Luckily, my son, after we played Candy Land in the middle of the fourth quarter, he said, 'OK, the last two minutes we can watch it together.' So we watched that last stand, and I was happy that (the Packers) somehow pulled it off."