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Furyk ends win drought

Jim Furyk showed the nerves of a player trying to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Considering how long it had been since his last victory, it felt that way.

Furyk closed with a 2-under 69 on yesterday for a one-shot victory over K.J. Choi in the Transitions Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., his first victory since the 2007 Canadian Open to end his longest winless stretch since he first joined the tour 16 years ago.

He did just enough right on the back nine of Innisbrook that he could afford a few mistakes down the stretch, and he nearly made a whopper. With a two-shot lead on the 18th hole of the Copperhead course, Furyk drove into the trees, nearly took out NBC reporter Roger Maltbie with his next shot and needed a good lag from 30 feet to secure a bogey. Furyk finished at 13-under 271 and won for the 14th time in his career.

NASCARJohnson charges to win

Jimmie Johnson sent yet another message to his competitors Sunday, winning at a track that has always vexed the four-time defending NASCAR champion. Johnson plowed his way through the field in three laps to grab his first career victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and deny Kurt Busch a chance to gain more ground on the No. 48 championship team.

Busch led 278 of the 500 laps and had a decent gap on Johnson when his easy drive to victory was clouded by a debris caution with 17 laps remaining. All the leaders headed to pit road, and Busch and Johnson both took four tires. Johnson weaved through the mess to second on the restart, and after Tony Stewart moved into the lead, Johnson needed a little more than a lap to pick him off.

TENNISLjubicic beats Roddick

Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia outlasted world No. 8 Andy Roddick 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. Ljubicic won on his fourth match point, blasting a big serve that Roddick couldn't return. Ljubicic earned his first ATP Masters 1000 title after three runner-up finishes. Roddick was trying to become the first American man to win at Indian Wells since 2001, but he trailed in both tiebreakers. There were no service breaks in the 2-hour final.

In the women's final, Jelena Jankovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4, the Serbian's first title in seven months. Jankovic dictated from the baseline, hitting the lines and keeping Wozniacki on the run. - APWOMEN'S NIT

Hofstra loses to VCUHofstra lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 84-65, in the second round of the WNIT in Richmond, Va. Sam Brigham had 17 points, including her 1,000th career point, and Jess Fuller had eight points and six blocks for Hofstra (20-14).

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