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McCarron denies calling Mickelson a cheater

GOLFMcCarron denies he

called Mickelson cheater

Scott McCarron is not backing away from his accusation that Phil Mickelson and other players are cheating if they use Ping-Eye 2 wedges with square grooves. McCarron issued a statement Monday saying that although he believes "it's cheating" to use the wedges, "I never called Phil Mickelson a cheater."

Square grooves in irons no longer are allowed on the Tour because a new USGA policy requires grooves to be more shallow. But Ping-Eye 2 wedges made before April 1, 1990, are approved.

NBAKobe's 44 pass No. 44

Kobe Bryant had 44 points, passing Jerry West as the Lakers' No. 1 career scorer, in a 95-93 road loss to the Grizzlies. Bryant, in his 14th season, needed 29 points for the record. West ended his 14-year career, all with the Lakers, with 25,192.

NFLBears hire Martz

The Bears hired Mike Martz as offensive coordinator. He'll work with Jay Cutler, who threw a league-high 26 interceptions.

COLLEGE HOOPSSt. John's women

return to top 25

St. John's women's team returned to The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2006. The No. 25 Red Storm (18-3, 6-2 Big East) has won five in a row.

BASEBALL

Reds sign SS Cabrera

The Reds sent centerfielder Willy Taveras to Oakland in a four-player trade, then agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Once the A's got Taveras, they designated him for assignment . . . Melvin Mora agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockies . . . Ryan Garko and the Mariners agreed to a one-year contract. - AP

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