Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Woods gets wet, trails Honda leader Villegas by six shots
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, who saved par with a barefoot shot in water, and Rory McIlroy fired even-par 70s at the Honda Classic on Thursday that left the world's top two golfers six shots back of first-round leader Camilo Villegas. Colombian Villegas capped a flawless six-under-par 64 with an eagle at the par-five 18th that left him one stroke ahead of South Africa's Branden Grace, Canada's Graham DeLaet and Americans Rickie Fowler and Robert Streb.
Galaxy chasing three in a row in MLS
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Ex-WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw indicted on assault charges
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former professional women's basketball player and Olympic gold medal winner Chamique Holdsclaw has been indicted in Georgia on charges that she shot into a player's car and smashed the windows with a baseball bat, prosecutors said on Thursday. The six-count indictment issued by a grand jury in Atlanta on Wednesday stems from a November 13 incident involving Holdsclaw and Jennifer Lacy, a player for the Tulsa Shock WNBA team.
Armstrong's charity says bowed, not crippled by doping scandal
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A top official with the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong acknowledged on Thursday that the athlete's doping scandal had tarnished its reputation and created "headwinds that were not only stiff but heartbreaking." But Andy Miller, executive vice president of the Livestrong Foundation, said the group was "bigger than its founder" and insisted its fund-raising and outreach programs for those diagnosed with cancer had not been irreparably damaged by the scandal.
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WADA testing "ineffective", says Australian Olympic chief
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Authority's prescribed testing is "ineffective" at catching drug cheats and should be supplemented by criminal penalties for athletes who refuse to cooperate with investigations, Australia's Olympic chief has said. Australian lawmakers are weighing proposed law changes that would boost the powers of the country's national anti-doping agency, including giving it the authority to fine people up to A$5,100 ($5,200) for withholding information in an investigation.
Wizards' Wall needs to stay upbeat despite slump, says coach
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frustrated, aggravated and searching for answers, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman says former first overall draft pick John Wall needs to remain upbeat during his puzzling slump. "He is going through a rough stretch," Wittman said. "Whether it's a game, a stretch, two weeks, a week, 10 days, you got to fight through it.
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Colombian Villegas offers reminder of his talent
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - When he burst on to the PGA Tour as a rookie in 2006, Colombian Camilo Villegas was billed as the future Latin American star of golf, a marketing dream and a potential major championship challenger. But the 31-year-old is currently without a PGA Tour card after failing to finish in the top 125 in the money list last year and is relying on sponsor's exemptions to feature on tour.
Djokovic, Federer lead top seeds into Dubai semis
DUBAI (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed on course for a scorching desert showdown as they led the top four seeds into the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday. The world's leading two players were joined in the last four by Czech Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.