McDowell stays alive in Match Play event
• For the third consecutive round, Graeme McDowell pulled off an improbable escape to advance to the quarterfinals at Dove Mountain in the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. This time, all he had to do was win the last two holes against Hunter Mahan to force overtime and make a 20-foot par putt to stay in the match on the 20th hole. He won with a birdie on the 21st hole.
Ernie Els beat PGA champion Jason Dufner and now will play Jordan Spieth, who had 10 birdies to take out defending champion Matt Kuchar.
• Anna Nordqvist made two late bogeys at the rainy LPGA Thailand, leaving her a stroke ahead after the second round in Chonburi, Thailand. Germany’s Sandra Gal, Paraguay’s Julieta Granada and Spain’s Azahara Munoz were tied for second.
• Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.
Giants give Coughlin one-year extension
• New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, 67, received a one-year extension, putting him under contract through the 2015 season. The Giants have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and three of four. However, he led the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 2008 and 2012.
• Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday in Vienna, Va., with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation.
Davis, 28, was stopped in Tysons Corner about 4 p.m. Thursday.
• Clemson running back Tyshon Dye tore an Achilles tendon during a workout and will miss spring practice.
Cornet knocks off No. 1 Serena Williams
• The hope of an all-Williams final at the Dubai Championships ended on the racket of Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Cornet scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player when she upset Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4. Venus Williams earned her spot in the final when she dominated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-2.
• Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery in New York City, and the team expects him to be evaluated again in about eight weeks.
• Less than a year after pushing to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, 28, committed his long-term future to the struggling Premier League champion by signing a lucrative new contract through June 2019.
— From wire reports