McIlroy, Woods oustedin first round of Match Play
The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
In a stunning conclusion Thursday, Shane Lowry made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate McIlroy in the opening round of golf's most unpredictable tournament. It was the third time in the last four years the No. 1 seed went home after one round.
Moments later, Charles Howell III beat the second-seeded Woods on the 17th hole. Howell nearly holed a wedge for birdie on the 16th and made a 25-foot birdie on the 16th to seize control.
■ Stacy Lewis shot a 9-under 63 in the first round Thursday to take a three-stroke lead at the LPGA Thailand. The American had an eagle on the par-4 third hole and added four more birdies on the front nine at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course. She had two more birdies before a bogey at No. 16.
The 2012 LPGA Tour Player of the Year birdied the last two holes to finish three strokes ahead of Karine Icher (66).
Ex-Cat Lamb traded to Magic
The Orlando Magic have reportedly agreed to trade veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick, center Gustavo Ayon and reserve point guard Ish Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks for guards Doron Lamb, a former Wildcat, and Beno Udrih, as well as forward Tobias Harris.
In his seventh season Redick, a former first-round pick, was a coveted name on the trade market. A 2006 Orlando draft selection, he is averaging career highs in points (15.1) and field goal percentage (45.0). Redick is in the final year of a three-year contract.
■ Jordan Crawford got so disgruntled that the Washington Wizards traded him away for a pair of expiring contracts.
The Wizards sent Crawford, who has led the team in scoring 17 times this season, to the Boston Celtics for center Jason Collins and injured guard Leandro Barbosa at Thursday's trade deadline.
A streaky scorer, Crawford carried much of the offensive load in November and December, but he has been unhappy with his role since John Wall returned from a knee injury last month. Crawford started taking rash jumpers outside of the offensive game plan, and his playing time dwindled to zero.
Arkansas' streak longest in 3 seasons
BJ Young hit a spinning layup in the lane with 6 seconds remaining to give Arkansas a 62-60 win over visiting Georgia on Thursday. The win is the third straight for the Razorbacks, their longest winning streak in Southeastern Conference play in three seasons.
Arkansas (17-9, 8-5) led by as many as 11 points in the second half before the Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7) rallied to take a 56-53 lead with 2:33 remaining. Young, however, hit his second game-winning shot in as many games to improve the Razorbacks to 16-1 at home.
Arkansas is now three games over .500 in the SEC for the first time since the 2007-08 season — the last time the school reached the NCAA Tournament.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Initial Pistorius investigator off case
Ahead of a judge's decision on whether to release Oscar Pistorius on bail, South African police on Thursday appointed a new chief detective in the murder case, replacing a veteran policeman who has been charged with attempted murder.
The double-amputee Olympian is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day.
Much of the drama Thursday happened outside the courtroom as South African police scrambled to get their investigation on track. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said a senior detective would gather a team of "highly skilled and experienced" officers to investigate. Hilton Botha, the initial chief investigator, and two colleagues allegedly fired shots at a minibus they were trying to stop in 2011. The charges were reinstated Feb. 4 against Botha because more evidence had been gathered.
Reds keep Cueto off Dominican team
The Cincinnati Reds have blocked ace Johnny Cueto from pitching for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic. Cueto strained his right oblique eight pitches into last October's division series against San Francisco. Because he finished the year with an injury, the Reds had the right to block him from playing in the WBC.
"I wanted to pitch for the Dominican but the team said no. It's all right," Cueto said Thursday. Cueto was 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season
"I'm not sure happy is the right word. I'm more relieved." Manager Dusty Baker said. "If he was a 10-game winner instead of a 19-game winner, there wouldn't be as much pressure."
Tebow cancels at controversial church
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has backed out of an appearance at a Baptist megachurch in Dallas run by a pastor who has created controversy with his remarks about gays and other faiths. The Rev. Robert Jeffress, First Baptist's pastor, said Tebow told him he would like to speak at First Baptist at some point, but "he needed to avoid controversy right now for personal and professional reasons."
Jeffress has preached that gay sex is sinful, Mormonism is a cult and Islam promotes violence and pedophilia. He said Thursday that First Baptist was being branded a "hate church," and that the church's teachings were consistent with historic Christian beliefs.
■ LSU vice chancellor Herb Vincent says former Tigers great Billy Cannon has checked out of a hospital, two days after being admitted for treatment of a stroke. The family of the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner has not released specifics about the prognosis.
The last word
Shaquille O'Neal on Thursday at the memorial service for Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss:
"He gave me everything I wanted. I wanted one extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a second extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a third extension, he traded me."