GOLF Poulter, Mahan to meet in semifinals
Ian Poulter beat Steve Stricker, 3 and 2, Saturday in Marana, Ariz., at the Match Play Championship, and Hunter Mahan survived Webb Simpson, 1 up, leaving him two wins shy of joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of the WGC event. Poulter and Mahan meet in Sunday’s semifinals. Matt Kuchar rolled past Robert Garrigus with a 3-and-2 decision, and Jason Day won a tight match against Graeme McDowell, 1 up, to set up their semi . . . Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under 70 to lead by three strokes after three rounds of the LPGA Thailand.
Malkin out Sunday following nasty hit
Reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin is still undergoing tests following a scary crash into the boards during Friday’s win over Florida. The Penguins star will miss at least Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma declined to elaborate on the nature of what is being called an ‘‘upper-body injury” but said Malkin is not hospitalized . . . Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Bridgeport.
Castillo, 31, nabs first World Cup win
In Meribel, France, Carolina Ruiz Castillo stunned the field by earning her first career World Cup victory at age 31, winning a downhill race 13 years after her only previous podium finish. The Spaniard never placed higher than seventh in a downhill but won by 0.20 seconds. Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze failed in trying to become the third woman to win all five disciplines in a season . . . Christof Innerhofer of Italy won his third World Cup downhill of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany . . . In Sochi, Russia, Olympic luge champion Tatjana Hufner narrowly won the women’s singles in the season’s final World Cup meet.
Berdych, Tsonga set for Marseille final
Top-seeded Tomas Berdych beat qualifier Dmitry Tursunov, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the final of the Open 13 in Marseille, France. Berdych will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-2 . . . Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, in the Dubai Championships final . . . David Ferrer will defend his Copa Claro title in the final against Stanislas Wawrinka after after both won semifinal matches on the outdoor clay in Buenos Aires . . . Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis when Marinko Matosevic retired with a blistered right foot after losing the first set. Feliciano Lopez also advanced after beating Denis Istomin.
Schilling bloody sock fetches $92,613
The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling while pitching for the Red Sox in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series against the Cardinals was sold for $92,613 at an auction in New York. Heritage Auctions anticipated it would get more than $100,000. Bidding began at $25,000 several weeks ago. An anonymous bidder submitted the winning bid . . . Ronda Rousey won the first women’s bout in UFC history, beating Liz Carmouche on an armbar with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif. Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida won a split decision over 42-year-old veteran Dan Henderson on the undercard . . . Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has been diagnosed with a small hole in the exterior of his heart, the lefthander said, but it is not life-threatening . . . Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis broke his collarbone when he was hit by a foul ball . . . Lee Nguyen and Jerry Bengtson scored first-half goals to help the Revolution claim third place in the Desert Diamond Cup with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in Tucson . . . Lionel Messi of Barcelona extended his Spanish league-record scoring run to 15 straight games in a 2-1 win over Sevilla.