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Woods’ Round 3 is in a fog, as in delayed by fog

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue a seventh win at Torrey Pines.

Thick fog forced a long delay Saturday in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Players began the round after a three-hour delay, only for the fog to return five minutes after they started. No one finished more than one hole.

The delay meant the third round could not be completed, and officials were hopeful of being able to finish before dark today.

Woods had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel.


MLB officially picks off the trick pick off from 3rd to 1st

NEW YORK – One of the oldest trick plays in baseball now is a balk.

Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball, pitchers no longer will be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second. Next season, that move would be a balk. Pitchers still can step off the rubber and fake to third.

The change was approved at the owners’ meetings two weeks ago.

The Associated Press first reported the pending rule change last May after the Playing Rules Committee approved the proposal with MLB executives and umpires in agreement. The players’ union, though, vetoed the plan.

The collective bargaining agreement allowed MLB to implement the change after a one-year wait.

Colorado apparently agrees to a contract with Chacin

NEW YORK – A person familiar with the negotiations said starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $6.5-million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the agreement is subject to a physical.

Chacin had asked for $2.6 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.7 million by the Rockies. The 25-year-old right-hander was eligible for arbitration for the first time after going 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts last year, when he missed more than three months because of right shoulder inflammation. He made $482,000.

Chacin’s agreement with the Rockies first was reported Saturday by The Denver Post.

World Cup Ski Racing

Paris wins classic in Austria, while Ligety skips a gate

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Dominik Paris of Italy won the classic World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel on Saturday, while American Ted Ligety missed a gate and failed to finish.

Paris came down the 2-mile Streif course in 1 minute, 57.56 seconds, followed by world downhill champion Erik Guay of Canada 0.13 behind and Hannes Reichelt of Austria in third.

Paris, who also won in Bormio in December, and teammate Christof Innerhofer share four downhill victories this season, a record for the Italian team.

Ligety failed to finish, meaning he’s out of the combined event that includes Sunday’s slalom.

Vonn beats the champion at her own game – the GS

MARIBOR, Slovenia – Lindsey Vonn showed she can beat Tina Maze in the Slovenian’s best discipline and on her home snow.

While it may be too late to challenge her biggest rival for the overall World Cup title, Vonn looks like Maze’s biggest challenger at next month’s world championships.

The American proved she has fully recovered from a recent illness by winning a World Cup giant slalom, her second win in two weeks.

Vonn was third behind Maze after the first run but overcame several errors in the second to put down the fastest time and create a margin that Maze couldn’t overcome. Vonn won in 2 minutes, 22.2 seconds for her first GS victory since last March.

Maze still clinched her third giant slalom discipline title by placing second, 0.08 seconds behind Vonn. Austria’s Anna Fenninger was third, 0.57 seconds behind Vonn.

Associated Press