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Wilson wins second PGA title of season

February 8, 2011

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Golf
Packers fan Mark Wilson celebrated a big victory of his own on a playing field about as close to frozen tundra as it gets on the PGA Tour. A self-described cheesehead from Menomonee Falls, Wis., Wilson won the frost-delayed Phoenix Open yesterday in Scottsdale, Ariz., for his second victory in three starts this year, holing a 9-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jason Dufner. “I’ll just ride this train as long as I can,’’ said Wilson, who earned $1,098,000 for his fourth Tour title . . . Lieutenant Colonel Michael Rowells, deployed with the 401st Army Field Support Brigade, beat 16,000 other amateur golfers in a draw to play with Tiger Woods tomorrow in the Dubai Desert Classic pro-am. Rowells, who has a 9 handicap, moved from Boston to Louisiana last year.

Baseball
Rangers may be willing to deal Young Michael Young has asked the Texas Rangers to trade him, and general manager Jon Daniels said the AL champions are willing to accommodate that request though “nothing is imminent.’’ Young apparently has balked at becoming the team’s primary DH after Texas signed free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre last month. Meanwhile, AL MVP Josh Hamilton said contract talks with the Rangers are “moving in the right direction’’ and that a two-year deal is possible. The slugger has asked for $12 million in salary arbitration, $3.3 million more than Texas offered . . . Third baseman Eric Chavez, who has played in just 64 games over the past three years because of injuries, and the Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said . . . The Dodgers signed infielder Aaron Miles to a minor league deal.

College football
Spaziani narrows coordinator search Boston College coach Frank Spaziani could announce his new offensive coordinator tomorrow after having spent the past several days paring a list of internal and external candidates. The internal candidates are wide receivers coach Ryan Day and tight ends coach Dave Brock. The list of external candidates includes Kevin Rogers, former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach; Jim Hofher, University of Delaware offensive coordinator; Peter Vaas, former Holy Cross quarterback and QBs coach at South Florida; and Chris Palmer, head coach of Hartford of the UFL.

Mark Blaudschun

College basketball
Struggling Wyoming fires Schroyer Wyoming fired men’s coach Heath Schroyer, two days after the Cowboys lost their seventh consecutive game and 15th of the season. The Cowboys are 8-15 this season, including 1-8 in the Mountain West Conference. Schroyer will be replaced by associate head coach Fred Langley . . . Oklahoma State suspended starting forward Darrell Williams after he was charged with four felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two women without their consent in Stillwater, Okla. . . . Mississippi State leading scorer Ravern Johnson has been suspended indefinitely because of “inappropriate tweets’’ critical of the team and fans, coach Rick Stansbury said . . . Ohio State, at 24-0 the nation’s only unbeaten men’s team, remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in the Associated Press Top 25 for a second straight week. The Big East features six of the top 12 teams and eight overall . . . Baylor retained the No. 1 spot in the women’s AP poll but No. 2 Connecticut closed the gap, gaining two first-place votes after a pair of impressive victories. The Lady Bears received 23 first-place votes compared with 16 for the Huskies.

Miscellany
Vonn’s status for super-G still in doubt Lindsey Vonn said she is undecided about defending her super-G title in the opening race of the world championships today in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Vonn still has trouble keeping her concentration over the entire course after suffering a concussion in a crash in practice five days ago, she said . . . Officials were aware long before last year’s 2010 Vancouver Olympics that athletes could be “badly injured or worse’’ because of speeds that could be reached in sliding events, according to e-mails released yesterday. The documents came out less than a week prior to the one-year anniversary of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death during a training run in Whistler, British Columbia . . . Skiing officials canceled a World Cup snowboardcross competition scheduled in Seoul, South Korea, after competitors complained the course was too dangerous . . . NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett was charged with driving while impaired following a two-car accident in Mooresville, N.C. . . . Formula One driver Robert Kubica was brought out of an induced coma and moved his fingers after surgery for injuries he suffered Sunday in a rally car crash in Genoa, Italy . . . FIFA president Sepp Blatter changed tack again on the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying there were no plans to shift the event to the winter months to avoid the searing heat . . . Former BC star Charlie Davies, attempting to come back from injuries suffered in an October 2009 car crash, scored as D.C. United defeated the Canadian under-20 team, 5-1, in a scrimmage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . Japan’s sumo association began questioning dozens of top wrestlers in a widening investigation into allegations of bout-fixing that have deeply tarnished the image of the nation’s ancient national sport . . . Amir Khan will defend his WBA light welterweight title against Paul McCloskey April 16 in Manchester, England . . . James Blake won his first competitive tennis match since October, beating qualifier Jesse Levine, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif.