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Sports news briefs — March 7

Compiled from wire reports


Late birdie puts Kuchar in group on top at Doral

• Matt Kuchar birdied the 18th hole Friday to join an exclusive group — one of only four players to beat par at Doral.

The Blue Monster gobbled up just about everyone else in raging wind at the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla.

Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Patrick Reed were the survivors to par going into the weekend. They were at 1-under 143.

Tiger Woods did well to post a 73 and was 6 shots out.

• James Driscoll matched the Puerto Rico Open record with a 9-under 63 to take a 1-stroke lead after the second round in Rio Grande. PGA Tour rookie Chesson Hadley was second after a 65.


Jacksonville, Henne agree on 2-year deal

• The Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Chad Henne agreed to a two-year contract worth $8 million. Henne’s deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year.

• The Indianapolis Colts and punter Pat McAfee agreed to a five-year deal.

• The Minnesota Vikings re-signed punt returner and cornerback Marcus Sherels.

• The Seattle Seahawks signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions.

• Restricted free-agent linebacker Mark Herzlich re-signed with the New York Giants.

• The New Orleans Saints released veteran receiver Lance Moore, who had 37 catches last season.

• The Dallas Cowboys released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau’s contract to get under the salary cap.

• A Los Angeles judge says former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper cannot be held without bail indefinitely in a sex assault case in Los Angeles but gave Louisiana prosecutors more time to indict him before allowing his release in California.

• Nebraska coach Bo Pelini received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.

other SPORTS

U.S. women’s soccer has streak end at 43

• The U.S. women’s soccer team’s two-year unbeaten streak ended at 43 games with a 1-0 loss to Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage at the Algarve Cup in Albufiera, Portugal. Lotta Schelin beat goalkeeper Hope Solo with a header in the 24th minute. The U.S. had been 36-0-7 since a 1-0 loss to Japan at the Algarve Cup on March 5, 2012.

• Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major-league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88. Jobe died in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The severity of the injury was confirmed Thursday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

• Anna Fenninger seized the lead in the overall Alpine World Cup standings by winning a giant slalom in Are, Sweden, for the second consecutive day.

— From wire reports


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