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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM


Hanson leads Mickelson by one going into final round

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Sweden's Peter Hanson shot a spectacular 7-under-65 in the third round to stake his claim to the lead going into Sunday's final round at the Masters. Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson had a great round as well and is just one shot back.

Hanson's 65 left him 9-under for the tournament, one shot in front of Mickelson, who toured the Augusta National course in 6-under-66.

Hanson's best finish in a major was a year ago at the US Open when he tied for seventh.

Not to be outdone, Mickelson's round featured a birdie on 18 as well, along with an eagle and three other birdies on the back nine when he shot a 30. Mickelson is aiming for his fourth green jacket.

Four shots separate the top five players Louis Ooosthuizen (OOST'-hay-zen) is in third, two shots back following his 69. Bubba Watson is three back in fourth place and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) is four off the lead in fifth.

Second-round co-leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner both had long days. Both shot 3-over-75 and are seven shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods shot par golf for the day and is 3-over for the tournament after three rounds. That's good for a tie for 38th.


Lakers lose without Kobe...Celtics stay on top in Atlantic...Bucks gaining ground

UNDATED (AP) __ Shannon Brown scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter Saturday night, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 125-105 victory over a Los Angeles Lakers team playing without Kobe Bryant for the first time in two seasons.

An injured left shin ended Bryant's string of 138 consecutive regular-season games played.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 30 points and 13 boards.

In the rest of the NBA:

__Paul Pierce scored 24 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 86-72. Boston snapped a two-game skid and remained ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers at the top of the Atlantic Division.

— Beno Udrih (BAY'-noh OO'-drihk) scored a season-high 21 points, Brandon Jennings also added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94. The Bucks moved within a half-game of idle New York for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

— Dwight Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds, and Glen Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 88-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

— Rudy Gay scored 25 points, Zach Randolph added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a big early lead and held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 94-89.

— Jason Smith had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in the New Orleans Hornets'a 99-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

__ Joe Johnson led eight Atlanta players in double figures with 18 in the Hawks' 116-96 win over Charlotte.

__ Golden State outscored Denver 112-97. Brandon Rush hit for 20 for the Warriors.

__ The L.A. Clippers topped Sacramento 109-94. Blake Griffin led the way with 27 points and 14 boards. The surging Clippers moved within a half-game of the Pacific Division lead.


Playoff pairings set on final day...Stamkos gets No. 60

UNDATED (AP) __ The Florida Panthers clinched the first division title in franchise history, getting first-period goals from Marcel Goc (gahch) and John Madden and 33 saves from Scott Clemmensen to beat the Carolina Panthers 4-1 and wrap up the Southeast crown.

The Eastern Conference playoff pairings are set: Top-seeded New York will play Ottawa, No. 2 seed Boston takes on Washington, third-seed Florida plays New Jersey and fourth seeded Pittsburgh plays Philadelphia.

In the Western Conference, Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver will play the eighth-seed L.A. Kings, second-seed St. Louis plays seventh-seed San Jose, third seed Phoenix takes on the Chicago Blackhawks and fourth-seeded Nashville will have home-ice edge over No. 5 Detroit.

In the first of the action from the final day of the regular season in the NHL:

— Henrik Sedin (suh-DEEN'— scored the only goal the Vancouver Canucks needed and they won the Presidents' Trophy with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks ended up with the most points in the NHL for the second straight season as they finished the 2011-12 season with a 51-22-9 record.

__ San Jose earned the seventh seed in the West by rallying to beat the L.A. Kings 3-2 in overtime. Dan Boyle got the game-winner in OT. That was Boyle's second goal of the night.

— Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Mike Smith made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes clinch the first division championship in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Coyotes will play sixth-seeded Chicago in the first round. — Alex Steen and David Perron scored power-play goals, Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) stopped 33 shots, and the playoff-bound St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2.

— Backup Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots before leaving early in the final period after a collision and Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 27th goal to lift the playoff-bound Nashville Predators to a 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

— Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season and Teddy Purcell had a hat trick — including the overtime winner — and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended their season with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg. Only Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals have reached the 60-goal mark since 1996. Just 19 players have scored 60 goals or more in a single season.

— Washington scored three first-period goals and third-string goaltender Braden Holtby made 35 saves to help the Capitals beat the Rangers 4-1, spoiling New York's chance to clinch the Presidents' Trophy.

— Evgeni Malkin scored his 50th goal of the season and added an assist to lock up his second NHL scoring title and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. These teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs.

— Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) had three assists in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout on Saturday to lead the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins into the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had already been eliminated from the playoff race.

— In Detroit, two Central Division foes faced off with the Blackhawks beating the Red Wings 3-2. Chicago won the game in a shootout as Patrick Kane had the only goal in the shootout. Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference and Blackhawks finish as the sixth seed.

— Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) scored twice, Stephen Gionta broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 to close the regular season with a six-game winning streak. The Devils will be the No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference for the postseason.

— Nigerian-born Akim Aliu scored his first two NHL goals Saturday to lead the Calgary Flames to a season-ending 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

__In a matchup of two teams not going to the playoffs, Montreal beat Toronto 4-1. Erik Cole scored his team-high 35th goal for the Habs.

__In the final game for both teams, Cam Atkinson scored twice in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 7-3 win over the New York Islanders.


BC beats Ferris St. 4-1 for fifth title

Steven Whitney scored twice and Boston College beat Ferris State 4-1 for its fifth NCAA hockey title and third in five seasons.

The Eagles finished with a 19-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 77-21 during that span. Tiny Ferris State was making its first Frozen Four appearance. Ferris State out of Big Rapids, Mich., is Division II in all sports except ice hockey.

Paul Carey broke a tie with a power-play goal midway through the first period. Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Boston College.


Fielder yanks two out in Detroit

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers' $214 million investment in free agent first baseman Prince Fielder is starting to pay off in victories.

Fielder hit his first two home runs with the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera added a pair of his own in a 10-0 rout of the Boston Red Sox.

Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year deal with Detroit in the offseason, forming a powerful middle of the order with Cabrera that was on full display against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. Cabrera opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center, and Fielder added a solo homer in the fourth to the same part of the ballpark.

Cabrera and Fielder hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.

Elsewhere on this first Saturday of play in 2012 for Major League Baseball.

In the rest of the American League:

— Luke Scott had three hits and drove in three runs in his debut as Tampa Bay's designated hitter, helping the Rays beat the New York Yankees 8-6. The Yanks trimmed a six-run deficit to two in the ninth, but Alex Rodriguez grounded out with a runner on base.

— Luke Hochevar (HOH'-chay-vur) took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals got solo homers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas in their 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

—Cleveland and Toronto have played two games this season and each game has gone extra innings. In game two, on Saturday, the Blue Jays prevailed 7-4 as Rajai (RAH'-zhay) Davis hit a two-run double in the 12th inning. The two clubs combined for a 16 inning affair on Thursday, which the Jays won as well. Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) took a no-hitter into the seventh in his final start before serving a five-game suspension for a head-hunting incident in spring training.

— Tommy Hunter took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Nick Markakis (mar-KAY'-kihs) went 3 for 4 with a homer and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Minnesota Twins 8-2.

__The Chicago White Sox edged Texas 4-3 for new manager Robin Ventura's first victory. Alex Rios led off the top of the ninth with a homer off veteran and new Rangers closer Joe Nathan.

__Seattle scored six times in the fourth inning and held off Oakland 8-7. Chone (Shawn) Figgins had three hits and drove in two.

In the National League:

— J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three runs and the National League's youngest team, the Houston Astros, beat baseball's oldest player, 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, and the Colorado Rockies 7-3 Saturday night. Moyer became the oldest player to appear in a game since 1980, when 54-year-old Minnie Minoso played in a game for the White Sox, according to statistics provided by the Rockies from the Elias Sports bureau.

— Giancarlo Stanton led Miami out of its early slump, getting three hits and driving in three runs, and the Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 for their first victory of the season.

— Corey Hart homered twice, Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers blanked St. Louis 6-0.

__Aaron Hill homered in each of the first two innings, Chris Young had a pair of run-scoring doubles and the quick-striking Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4.

— Lucas Duda of the Mets homered twice and became the first player to take advantage of the pulled-in fences at Citi Field as New York beat the Braves 4-2 for their second win in as many games. David Wright of the Mets also homered and had two singles. The 2-0 start is the best for the Mets since 2009. The Braves are winless in their first two games for the first time in four years.

— Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career-high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late to beat the Cubs, 7-4. The Nats earned the win with five runs in the eighth off of Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol.

— Alex Presley singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia.

__The L.A. Dodgers edged San Diego 6-5 in 11 innings to go to 3-0. Dee Gordon drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the 11th.


Raiders land Tollefson...Sapp bankrupt

The Oakland Raiders have signed defensive end Dave Tollefson, the latest New York Giants free agent to land in the Bay Area this offseason. The 29-year-old had a career-high five sacks last season while playing in a reserve role for the Super Bowl champion Giants.

In other football news:

— Former NFL star Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy in South Florida. Court filings show Sapp filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Fort Lauderdale on March 30. The documents show he owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony. Sapp's $6.45 million in assets includes over 200 pairs of Jordan sneakers.

He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami.


AP source: Trent Johnson to TCU

UNDATED (AP)— A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that TCU is set to hire Trent Johnson as its next basketball coach.

The person said Saturday night that Johnson, who has been at LSU the past four seasons, will be introduced on the Fort Worth campus as early as Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

TCU, moving next season from the Mountain West Conference to the Big 12, is replacing Jim Christian. He is going to Ohio U.


US takes 2-1 lead into Sunday

ROQUEBRUNE, France (AP) — The U.S. is closing in on a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals. The doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 to give the United States a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup quarterfinal. The Bryans, the top-ranked doubles pairing, have not lost a Davis Cup match since 2008. They were rarely troubled against a French pair that struggled to find any rhythm on the clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

The pressure in now on France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) to win against John Isner (IHZ'-nur) on Sunday. In the other reverse single, American teenager Ryan Harris is facing Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN').


Gemologist takes Wood Memorial... I'll Have Another wins Santa Anita Derby

Gemologist won the $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. Gemologist held off Alpha by a neck to improve to 5 for 5.

The latest victory makes the colt trained by Todd Pletcher one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

I'll Have Another edged 4-5 favorite Creative Cause by a nose in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. Sent off at 4-1 odds, I'll Have Another ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:47.88 under Mario Gutierrez in the West's leading prep for the Kentucky Derby.