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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 3:06 AM

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is hitting his stride on his march to the Masters.

Woods had full control of his game Sunday and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a bogey that didn't matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71 to win the Cadillac Championship.

One year ago at Doral, Woods left after the 11th hole with tightness in his left Achilles tendon. He since has won five times in his last 22 tournaments worldwide, and can return to No. 1 in the world with a win in two weeks at Bay Hill.

Woods won by two over Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a putting tip on the eve of the tournament.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scott Brown went from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory Sunday in the Puerto Rico Open when he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to beat Fabian Gomez and capture his first PGA Tour title.

AUTO RACING

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday for his new Joe Gibbs Racing team, barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the JGR Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway Racing in the offseason. He took the lead away from Kahne out of a late restart and fended off Kahne's Chevrolet over the final laps, adding another trophy to his Las Vegas victories in 2003 and 2004.

PRO FOOTBALL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker James Harrison on Saturday after the team and the hard-hitting defensive star who played on two Super Bowl champions failed to agree on a new contract.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants haven't announced the agreement, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the two sides had reached a deal. It covers three years and is worth $8 million, $3.15 million guaranteed, with a $2 million signing bonus.

Free agents can't get new contracts until March 12, but Jenkins had no such restriction because he had been cut by Philadelphia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cash-strapped Washington Redskins agreed to deals to bring back four players Saturday, the first in an expected flurry of comings and goings as the team scrambles to get under the salary cap because of a league-imposed penalty.

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger agreed to a five-year contract, fullback Darrel Young and tight end Logan Paulsen each got three-year deals, and linebacker Rob Jackson also reached terms to remain with the reigning NFC East champs.

ATLANTA (AP) — Strong safety William Moore agreed to re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons and will receive $14 million guaranteed in a new five-year contract.

The maximum value of the deal is $32 million, Moore's agent, Andy Ross, said in an email to The Associated Press on Saturday night. Moore can earn $18 million in the first three years of the contract.

BASEBALL

PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a three-run double in the ninth and the United States beat Canada 9-4 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Down to their last several outs, the U.S. trailed 3-2 after seven innings before breaking loose. Team USA and Italy advanced in Group D while Canada and Mexico were eliminated.

PHOENIX (AP) — A nasty brawl broke out in the ninth inning of the World Baseball Classic game between Mexico and Canada on Saturday, with Boston reliever Alfredo Aceves among the several players throwing punches.

Aceves and several players threw nasty punches when a fierce, full-scale brawl broke out in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 romp over Mexico. The melee also involved fans and set off skirmishes in the seats.

Even when the fisticuffs ended, Canadian pitching coach Denis Boucher was hit in the face by a full water bottle thrown from the crowd. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back into the crowd.

Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the decidedly pro-Mexico crowd of 19,581. Seven players were ejected after umpires huddled, trying to sort out the frenzy.

PRO BASKETBALL

TORONTO (AP) — The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving was knocked out with a left shoulder contusion late in the third quarter of Cleveland's 100-96 loss to the Raptors on Sunday. X-rays were negative and he will have further tests Monday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire needs surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss six weeks, a stunning blow for the New York Knicks as they chase the Atlantic Division title.

Stoudemire, who had been playing well off the bench, will have the procedure to remove tissue within the week, the Knicks said Saturday before their game against the Utah Jazz.

Stoudemire missed the first 30 games after having the same surgery, called a debridement, on his left knee during the preseason. He returned on New Year's Day and has averaged 14.2 points in 29 games as a reserve.

TENNIS

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Andy Murray earlier had earned a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

SOCCER

LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard and Ramires scored second-half goals as defending Chelsea rallied for a 2-2 tie at Manchester United and forced a replay to determine which team will play Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals.

LONDON (AP) — Carlos Tevez put Manchester City on the road to Wembley with an FA Cup hat trick on Saturday, two days after being arrested for a driving offense.

The Argentine forward also played a part in goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva as City routed Barnsley 5-0 to reach the semifinals.

Tevez's goals came while he is out on bail after being arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

CYCLING

COL D'EZE, France (AP) — Australian rider Richie Porte has won the Paris-Nice race after a dominant victory on the final time trial stage.

Porte was in the leader's yellow jersey overnight and needed only to protect his lead. But he attacked from the start and dominated his rivals on the uphill time trial, finishing 23 seconds ahead of American Andrew Talansky, who was also second overall.

CHIETI, Italy (AP) — Chris Froome of Britain took the overall lead in the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race Sunday, and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain won the fifth stage with an attack on the short but steep finishing climb.

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