Briefs: Rookie wins PGA Tour's Sony Open
Rookie wins Sony Open
Russell Henley closed with five straight birdies for a 7-under-par 63 to win the Sony Open by three shots over Tim Clark in Honolulu. Clark birdied seven of his last 11 holes and made up only one shot on the rookie from Georgia. Henley finished at 24-under 256, breaking by four shots the tournament scoring record last set by Brad Faxon in 2001. It also was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history. Henley became the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut since Garrett Willis in 2001 . . . Louis Oosthuizen shot a final round 6-under 66 to beat Scott Jamieson of Scotland by a stroke to win the European Tour's Volvo Champions tournament in Durban, South Africa. Oosthuizen finished with a 16-under 272.
No. 2 Michigan loses
Deshaun Thomas had 20 points and host No. 15 Ohio State used a 16-0 first-half spurt to beat second-ranked Michigan, 56-53, yesterday in men's action, probably denying the Wolverines their first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years. No. 1 Duke lost Saturday and The Associated Press poll comes out today. Trey Burke led Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) with 15 points. Ohio State is 13-3, 2-2.
No. 1 Baylor wins easily
Brittney Griner had 33 points and seven rebounds as the top-ranked Baylor women's team had little trouble beating host No. 17 Kansas, 82-60, for the Bears' 12th consecutive win. Baylor is 14-1, 4-0 Big 12. CeCe Harper scored 21 points for the Jayhawks (11-4, 2-2) . . . Skylar Diggins scored 15 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame (14-1, 3-0 Big East) to a 71-46 bruising of Rutgers (9-7, 0-3) in South Bend, Ind . . . Gennifer Brandon had 14 points and 12 rebounds as No. 7 California (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) snapped No. 5 Stanford's 81-game winning streak against conference opponents with a 67-55 win. Host Stanford (14-2, 3-1) is the only team to beat No. 1 Baylor.
Howard stars in return
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a three-game injury absence as the host Los Angeles Lakers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 victory over Cleveland . . . Kevin Durant had 33 points as Oklahoma City outlasted host Portland, 87-83 . . . Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points as host Denver won its fifth straight, 116-105, over Golden State. Wilson Chandler (hip) scored 14 points in his first game in two months for Denver. Stephen Curry scored 29 points, including seven three-pointers and David Lee added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors . . . Tony Parker had 20 points on 10-for-15 shooting to lead host San Antonio over Minnesota, 106-88 . . . Brandon Jennings had 19 points and 10 assists as Milwaukee rallied from a 20-point, first-quarter deficit to beat host Toronto, 107-96.
Canadiens send Gomez home
Montreal sent underperforming center Scott Gomez home for the rest of the year, ensuring the club's ability to buy out his contract next summer to remove his $7.3-million salary-cap hit from the books. Under the new collective-bargaining agreement, the cap is to plunge by $10 million next season, but teams will be allowed two "amnesty" buyouts to help reach the cap. Last season, former Devil Gomez, 33, was limited to 38 games by injuries and had two goals.-- AP