Woods is World Champion and one win from No. 1
DORAL, Fla. – 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.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Scott Brown made birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory in the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour title.
Brown closed with a 2-under 70, finished at 20-under 268 and earned $630,000. He earned a two-year exemption on tour and a spot in the PGA Championship this summer.
Porte in a Paris-Nice storm: Aussie tops the American
COL D’EZE, France – Australian cyclist Richie Porte won the weeklong Paris-Nice stage 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 cyclist Andrew Talansky, who also was second overall.
The 28-year-old Porte posted a time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds over the 6 miles from Nice to Col d’Eze to become the first Australian to win the race.
CHIETI, Italy – Chris Froome of Britain took the overall lead in the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race Sunday, and Joachin Rodriguez of Spain won the fifth stage with an attack on the short but steep finishing climb.
Union bands together for a 2-1 victory over Colorado
COMMERCE CITY – Jack McInerney scored in the 79th minute as the Philadelphia Union defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Sunday.
Amobi Okugo added a goal for Philadelphia (1-1).
Jamie Smith scored in the 69th minute for Colorado (0-2), which had been unbeaten (6-0-3) in its previous nine home openers.
World Cup Ski Racing
Kostelic wins the slalom; Hirscher wins the globe
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia – Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won a rain-drenched World Cup slalom Sunday, while Marcel Hirscher of Austria clinched the season title in the event after his sole rival skied out in the opening run.
Kostelic mastered the difficult conditions on the Podkoren course to finish in a total time of 1 minute, 45.81 seconds. Hirscher was 0.19 behind in second.
Hirscher led Felix Neureuther by 184 points going into the race. The German was left with no chance to make up the deficit when he straddled a gate in the opening run.
Maze – who else? – leapfrogs Shiffrin in slalom standings
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany – Overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia beat Mikaela Shiffrin in a World Cup slalom Sunday to overtake the American teenager in the discipline standings and close in on becoming the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season.
Maze also got a piece of another record in a season where she already has broken several, equaling Austrian great Hermann Maier’s mark of 22 World Cup podiums in 1999-2000. The Slovenian earlier broke Maier’s record for points in a season, and she extended her total to 2,254 with her 10th win.
Maze finished her two runs on the Ofterschwanger Horn course in 1 minute, 52.85 seconds to beat Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.25 seconds and, more importantly, Shiffrin by 0.75 seconds.