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Woods on march to Augusta gets second win of year
MIAMI (Reuters) - Tiger Woods sent out a Masters warning shot with his second win of the year, a convincing two-stroke victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday. Composed throughout and deadly on the greens, Woods posted a one-under-par 71 for a winning total of 19 under par, with fellow-American Steve Stricker runner-up after shooting 68 in the final round.
With stylish 65, McIlroy ends tough week with confidence
MIAMI (Reuters) - It did not really need Donald Trump's endorsement for world number one Rory McIlroy to know that his seven-under-par 65 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday was a fine way to end a difficult week. While the property magnate and owner of the Blue Monster course characteristically bustled into McIlroy's chat with the media to declare "good job, he's tough", the Northern Irishman had already glanced at the leaderboard and seen himself inside the top 10 as he walked off the 18th green.
U.S. overtake Canada to reach second round of WBC 2013-03-11T010859Z_1_BRE92A010_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-WORLD.XML () -
Djokovic and Murray battle through
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray both had to work much harder than expected to book their places in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. Top seed Djokovic lost his bearings in the second set before beating Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-0 5-7 6-2 while Murray had to dig himself out of an early hole on the way to a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
To his rivals, Tiger looks like Tiger again
MIAMI (Reuters) - He made 27 birdies on his way to a two-stroke win in the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday and needed just 100 putts in 72 holes as he clinched his second victory of the young year. Yes, it looks like Tiger Woods is well on the way back.
Sharapova, Errani advance at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova survived a tough battle with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday, winning 7-5 6-3 to book her place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. The Russian world number three, seeded second at the elite WTA event, broke the Spaniard twice in a closely contested first set that featured several lengthy baseline rallies and lasted almost an hour.
Brown seals maiden PGA Tour win in Puerto Rico 2013-03-10T221325Z_1_BRE9290I5_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-PUERTO-RIC O.XML () -
Mexican Perez rejoins Seattle after WBC tussle 2013-03-10T213143Z_1_BRE9290H9_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-WORLD-BRAW L.XML () -
Nadal triumphant on his hardcourt return
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - With the tennis world watching closely, Rafa Nadal made a successful return to Indian Wells with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Ryan Harrison in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Though initially looking a little rusty, the Spanish left-hander showed no visible sign of discomfort after being sidelined for seven months last year by a left knee injury before sealing a commanding win in just over an hour and a half.
Ageless Hopkins wins light heavyweight title at 48 2013-03-10T073844Z_1_BRE92902I_RTROPTC_0_US-BOXING-HOPKINS.XML () -