Woods shoots 66 for share of lead entering final round
Tiger Woods put himself in position to win his second straight tournament Saturday, and this one would leave little doubt about which direction his game is going.
On Saturday, against the strongest field golf has seen in at least three months, Woods shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with Robert Rock going into the final round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
Woods has a 55-8 record worldwide when he has at least a share of the lead going into the final round, and a win would be the first time since August 2009 that he has won consecutive starts. He finally won two months ago against an 18-man field in California.
"It's fun when I'm able to control the golf ball like I did," Woods said.
Woods finished at 11-under 205. Rock, at No. 117 in the world, birdied his final two holes to join Woods in the last group along with Peter Hanson, who had a 64 and was two shots behind.
Also two back at 9-under 207 was U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, who played with Woods for the third straight day and had a 68, keeping the No. 3 player very much in the picture. Top-ranked Luke Donald (73) is 11 shots behind Woods, with No. 2-ranked Lee Westwood (68) seven off the lead.
Stanley leads by 5 at Torrey Pines
Kyle Stanley overpowered Torrey Pines and opened a five-shot lead Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. About the only regret for Stanley was missing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have broken the 54-hole tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 1998, before Rees Jones beefed up the South Course for the 2008 U.S. Open. Stanley still managed a 4-under 68, a spot alongside Woods in the record book at 18-under 198 and great position for his first victory. John Huh, a 21-year-old rookie, and John Rollins each shot 68 and were at 13-under 203. Bill Haas (70) and Sang-Moon Bae (72) were another shot behind.
Hall of Famer Robinson injured in fall
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson broke two bones in his shoulder area, including his clavicle, when he fell backward at least 6 feet from an elevated stage during a charity event Friday night in Hollywood, Fla., The Palm Beach Post reported. Robinson, 74, was sitting at the top of a three-tiered stage as part of pre-game dinner festivities before Saturday's annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game in Fort Lauderdale. Robinson apparently attempted to get up from his chair at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and leaned back against a curtain that had no railing or wall behind it. "After all the interviews, he leaned back, thinking there was a wall behind the curtain, but there was no wall," Johnny Elias, a retired bullpen catcher for the Montreal Expos, told the newspaper. "He tumbled backward and broke something. He could've broken his neck. He fell back about 6 to 8 feet."
Revere switching to left field for Twins
If Ben Revere makes any highlight-reel catches this season, it will be at a new position. The former Lexington Catholic standout is being moved from center field to left, Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday. Denard Span, who played in only 70 games last season because of concussion and migraine problems, will be the new center fielder. "Denard, he's our center fielder, and I want to play beside him because we can cover so much ground," said Revere, who has been doing long-toss drills with a football with his older brother to help build more arm strength.
Tennis men clinch spot in nationals
Sophomore Alejandro Gomez's 6-0 third-set win sealed the seventh-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team's 4-1 win over visiting Tulsa, sending the Cats to a third consecutive trip to the National Indoor Team Championships. Kentucky (6-0) advanced to the round of 16 at the national tournament held Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va. Gomez, playing No. 5 singles, clinched the victory with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Tristan Jackson. UK's other three points came from straight-set wins in singles by sophomore Tom Jomby at No. 4, senior Eric Quigley at No. 1 and Anthony Rossi at No. 3. "Fantastic win for us today," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "It was a very intense match, and you have to give Tulsa credit because they are a great team."
■ Freshman Keilah Tyson and senior Terri-Ann Grant stole the show on the final day of the Rod McCravy Memorial meet at Nutter Field House on Saturday. Tyson, in her first 60-meter dash of the year, broke former Kentucky All-American Passion Richardson's indoor freshman record with a time of 7.36 in the finals. Grant eclipsed her personal best in the indoor high jump by 31/2 inches with a jump of 5 feet, 111/2 inches, the second-highest mark in UK history.
■ The UK swimming and diving teams won 25 of 32 events and routed Cincinnati on senior day at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on Saturday. The men, led by Tripp Crosthwaite in the 100 butterfly, won 192-101. Kristen Wilson's victory in the 50-free paced the women to a 169.5-116.5 win.
Cincinnati's Pead stars in Senior Bowl
Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to lead the North to a 23-13 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday. Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs put it away with his third short field goal, a 28-yarder with 4:11 left in the showcase for senior NFL prospects. Boise State's Kellen Moore led the clinching 13-play drive. Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead had a big day for the North. He set a Senior Bowl record in the first half with 98 yards on two late punt returns and was named the MVP. Arkansas receiver Joe Adams, the South's Most Outstanding Player, had eight catches for 133 yards after losing a fumble on the opening drive.
The last word
Former Penn State wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo remembers wanting to go to a different school. But then Joe Paterno, on a home visit, "recruited" his mother.
"My mother was ladling some tomato sauce over his pasta. My father was pouring him a glass of his homemade wine. And Joe ignored me. He looked at my mother, and I saw a twinkle in his eye, and he said, 'Mrs. Cefalo, this pasta is better than Mrs. Cappelletti's.' At the age of 17, I thought, 'Oh, that's below the belt, Joe.' "