• With one swing, everything changed late on Sunday at The Honda Classic.

    Ian Poulter, searching for his first stroke-play PGA Tour win in the United States, was on the tee with an 8-iron at the par-3 fifth hole with a three-shot lead. He did the unthinkable, shanking his ball way right. The ball bounced off a cart path and into a water hazard. After a drop, the Englishman couldn't get up-and-down for bogey. Sensing opportunity, Patrick Reed made birdie from just off the green. 

    Suddenly, there was a tie at the top in the waning moments of a long day at PGA National.

    On the next hole, Poulter lost the lead when his tee shot at the par-4 snapped left and into a water hazard. Poulter went on to make bogey. However, Reed, who made par at No. 6, didn't stay in charge for long.

    Poulter's tee shot to the 199-yard, par-3 seventh to just 3 feet, setting up a bounce-back birdie to end the day at 7 under par. Reed made bogey to fall out of the lead, a shot  However, Poulter has company atop the

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  • The Phoenix Suns missed out on a chance to make up some ground in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference on Saturday, failing to capitalize on Friday's loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder — an especially costly one, as it featured an injury to Russell Westbrook that will keep the star point guard sidelined for a week — in particularly dismal fashion, finding themselves on the business end of a 101-74 stomping by the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

    Gregg Popovich's club utterly choked out the Phoenix attack, holding the Suns to an abysmal 8-for-43 mark (18.6 percent) from the field in the opening half and only 41 points through three quarters; the Spurs led by 34 points entering the fourth quarter. It was the worst Suns performance of the season, an utterly deflating outing in which Jeff Hornacek's team gave the Phoenix faithful virtually nothing to cheer for ... and yet, afterward, power forward Markieff Morris made the somewhat strange decision to chide Suns fans for an

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  • Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose began rehabilitation work Saturday, just one day after undergoing surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, and is reportedly fully on-board with the Bulls' stated timeline of a four-to-six-week recovery period that would allow the former NBA Most Valuable Player to return to the court before the end of the regular season.

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    The 26-year-old guard, who has now gone under the knife for surgical repair to his knees three times in the last 34 months, "displayed full confidence he will return to action this season" as he began post-meniscectomy rehab work at the Bulls' practice facility, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

    Though Rose won't address the media formally for a while, he roamed the Advocate Center hallways in good spirits, walking fine, openly vowing to overcome his latest setback to play down this season's
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  • It only took seven days for Amy Yang to get a little redemption.

    Yang, who trailed Stacy Lewis by a shot heading into the final round at Siam Country Club, shot a 3-under 69 to win the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday by two shots, finishing on 15-under 273. 

    “I don’t know what just happened, Yang said after the win. “I still can’t believe I did it today.”

    Stacy Lewis, who had a share of the lead after each of the prior three rounds, shot a final round of even-par 72 to fall into a tie for second with Yani Tseng (67) and Mirim Lee (69). Lewis and Yang were tied for the lead on the short par-4 15th hole, but a Lewis double bogey and a Yang birdie set the stage for Yang's win.

    Tseng's joint runner-up finish is her best payday since finishing in the same position at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.


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  • Lydia Ko has pulled the ANZ Double.

    On the heels of winning the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open a week ago, Ko won her national championship, the Women's New Zealand Open, on Sunday at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

    "This is even better than I would ever have imagined," said Ko. "It's just great to have won the two Opens back to back."

    Ko, who shot a second-round 61, shot a final round of 1-under 71 for a 14-under 202 total and a four-shot winner over 18-year-old Aussie amateur Hannah Green in the 54-hole event. The win is Ko's 10th in a professional event and her second NZ Open title, with the first coming in 2013 as an amateur.

    The teen became the youngest No. 1 player in the history of golf in January with a joint runner-up finish at the LPGA's season-opening Coates Golf Championship. In the three starts since taking over the top spot, Ko has won twice.

    A reminder: She's just 17.


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  • Read this like you would a car commercial: The Honda Classic, extended! For one. More. Day!

    The Honda Classic resumes its third round on Sunday at 10 a.m. after play was called on Saturday following a two-hour weather delay. When play was called just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, PGA Tour officials expected to restart play at 7 a.m. However, over 5 inches of rain fell on PGA National on Saturday, knocking down scoreboards and signage, creating air bubbles on greens and damaging bunkers. Grounds crews needed more time to prepare the golf course.

    “There’s no way we can hit a 7 a.m. (start),” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice-president of rules and competition, according to Golfweek.

    A total of 71 players made the 36-hole cut, with the second round completed on Saturday morning. That forced a split-tee start for Round 3 in groups of three. However, just four tee times got started on the first and 10th holes before play was halted for the day.

    All that means there's no way The Honda

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  • LOS ANGELES – It used to be that Ronda Rousey needed a minute to finish her fights. Now, she's getting two of them done in half of that time.

    The most dominant fighter in the world continued her mind-boggling run of destruction Saturday, submitting previously unbeaten top contender Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds – the quickest finish in UFC championship history – in the main event of UFC 184 at Staples Center to retain her women's bantamweight title.

    Rousey blew away Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds at UFC 175 in July in what seemed to be a ridiculously easy manner. But it was done even quicker on Saturday.

    Zingano raced out of her corner and threw a flying knee at Rousey. She then flung Rousey down. But Rousey, the vastly superior grappler, quickly reversed position and got on top.

    She extended Zingano's arm toward her and then turned her hips to the right, putting incredible pressure on the joint and forcing the tap.

    "We expected she might come out flying," Rousey said.

    It was over

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  • LOS ANGELES -- Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, now a star in the WWE, was cageside at UFC 184 on Saturday, prompting speculation that the big man is on his way back to the UFC.

    Lesnar is nearing the end of his contract with the WWE and there has been talk, though none of it from Lesnar, that he wants to return to mixed martial arts. Lesnar suffered from diverticulitis during his UFC career and was never fully healthy.

    After defeating Antonio Silva in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Sunday, one-time Lesnar rival Frank Mir called Lesnar out and said he'd love a rubber match.

    UFC president Dana White smiled when asked about Lesnar's presence during the event and said, "I don't know [why he's here.]"  Lesnar was not available to media. On Thursday, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and MMA Fighting reported that Lesnar had come to a contract impasse with the WWE.

     

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  • LOS ANGELES -- The fight against doping in mixed martial arts took a big step forward on Saturday when Andy Foster, the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, told Yahoo Sports he was testing all 22 fighters taking part in UFC 184 for performance enhancing drugs.

    The tests, which Foster said will "come at a significant financial cost to this commission," will include both blood and urine tests of all fighters. In the event of a positive result, Foster said he would have a Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test done on the sample.

    "We want to create an environment of deterrence," said Foster, who conducted out-of-competition testing of main eventers Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. "We're not trying to suspend people or take their money, but the athletes need to know that when they come to California, we have the resources, the means and the will to do this."

    There has been a recent spate of positive tests among UFC athletes, none bigger than former middleweight champion

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  • After a frightening incident on Friday night that left Russell Westbrook with a literal crater in his right cheek, Westbrook’s immediate future with his team seemed in question. Players break noses or damage parts of their faces all the time in this contact sport, but few of these injuries looked as disturbing as Russell’s.

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    After some damage control, however, it appears as if the long-term implications of Westbrook’s Friday collision may not be all that lasting. From a Thunder press release:

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful procedure today to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

    The procedure was performed by Dr. John Joseph Rehm and Dr. Jason Hamilton with Thunder medical personnel present at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, Calif. Westbrook will miss

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