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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, March 28 ===
 
 
              === Reports: Texas fires Barnes after 17 seasons ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - Texas coach Rick Barnes has been fired after 17 seasons
 as coach of the Longhorns, according to multiple reports Saturday.
 
 Barnes,  who  became the winningest coach  in program history eight years ago,
 led  Texas  into the NCAA Tournament  16 times, making  it as far as the Final
 Four in 2003.
 
 He  finished his 17th  season with a 402-180 record as the Longhorns coach and
 owns  a career mark of 604-314 with previous stops at George Mason, Providence
 and Clemson.
 
 His  removal would open a coveted coaching position in one of the nation's top
 athletic  departments and many outlets, including ESPN and CBSSports.com, have
 reported  Wichita State's  Gregg Marshall  and VCU's  Shaka Smart  as possible
 replacements for Barnes.
 
 Texas  fell to  Iowa State in the  quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament this
 season and lost its NCAA Tournament opener against Butler as an 11 seed.
 
 
          === Dodgers' League out indefinitely with shoulder issue ===
 
 Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League
 is  expected to miss at least the first two months of the upcoming 2015 season
 due to inflammation in his right shoulder.
 
 League,  who  hasn't pitched since  March 9,  underwent an MRI Wednesday which
 revealed the injury. The veteran right-hander will be prohibited from throwing
 for  the  next three  weeks and  is likely to  begin the  season on the 60-day
 disabled list, manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official site.
 
 The  32-year-old  posted a  2.57 earned  run average  over 63 appearances last
 season,  his third  with the Dodgers since being acquired from Seattle in July
 of 2012.
 
 League has pitched in at least 58 games in each of the last six seasons.
 
 
                         === Cubs release Doubront ===
 
 Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs granted pitcher Felix Doubront
 his  unconditional release  as  the team  continued to  pair  down its  spring
 training roster on Saturday.
 
 Doubront,  who was out  of minor league options, was shelled for nine runs and
 17  hits  --  including a  pair  of  homers  --  in seven  innings  over  four
 appearances this spring.
 
 The  27-year-old lefty  won 11  games for  Boston in  both the  2012 and  2013
 seasons,  but  produced a 6.07 ERA  over 17 games  (10 starts) for the Red Sox
 last year before being traded to the Cubs in late July.
 
 Doubront  returned  from a calf injury  to make four starts for Chicago, going
 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA.
 
 The  Cubs also  optioned left-hander  pitcher Eric  Jokisch to  Triple-A Iowa,
 reducing their camp roster to 38 players.
 
 
               === Rangers acquire LHP Freeman from Cardinals ===
 
 Surprise,  AZ (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Texas  Rangers  have acquired  left-
 handed  reliever Sam  Freeman from the St.  Louis Cardinals for a player to be
 named later or cash considerations.
 
 Freeman,  27, made 81 appearances over three seasons with St. Louis, posting a
 3.33 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.
 
 The  Cardinals were considering Freeman for a role in their bullpen, but he is
 out  of options  and would have had  to pass through waivers to be assigned to
 the minors.
 
 
                 === Pens' Malkin, Hornqvist back in lineup ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Pittsburgh  Penguins  forwards  Evgeni
 Malkin  and  Patric Hornqvist returned to  play in Saturday's game against the
 Arizona Coyotes.
 
 Malkin had been out with a lower-body injury sustained in a 2-0 loss to Boston
 on March 14, while Hornqvist was out with an undisclosed injury he suffered on
 in a 5-1 loss to Detroit the next day.
 
 Malkin  leads  the Penguins with  28 goals  and is second  on the team with 68
 points,  while Hornqvist has  posted 23 goals and 22 assists for the club this
 season.
 
 
                === NHL moves quickly to fine Rangers' Glass ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  NHL fined  New York Rangers forward
 Tanner  Glass  for hitting Boston  Bruins defenseman  Adam McQuaid in the face
 with the butt end of his stick at the end of Saturday afternoon's game.
 
 The  NHL announced a max fine of $3,897 for Glass just hours after the Bruins'
 4-2 win at TD Garden in Boston.
 
 Glass  was clutching the handle of his stick with his right hand when he drove
 the  butt  end into  McQuaid's face  during a  scrum in  the corner after time
 expired in the game.
 
 He was given a 10-minute major and a game misconduct.
 
 
               === Pens D Letang taken to hospital after hit ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Pittsburgh  Penguins  defenseman  Kris
 Letang  was taken to the hospital after getting hit in Saturday's game against
 the Arizona Coyotes.
 
 Late  in the second period, Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang, who went
 into the air and crashed into the boards.
 
 After  staying on  the ice for a  couple of minutes, Letang was helped off the
 ice and taken to a hospital.
 
 "(Letang)  did  go to  the hospital  to be checked  out," said Pittsburgh head
 coach  Mike  Johnston. "We'll get  an evaluation  as to where everybody thinks
 he's at in the morning."
 
 No  penalty was assessed to Doan on the play, but he did get into a fight with
 Steve Downie a bit later in the period.
 
 
                    === Djokovic opens defense with win ===
 
 Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Defending  champion Novak  Djokovic won  his
 opening  match at  the Miami Open on Saturday, beating Slovakian Martin Klizan
 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
 
 The top-seeded Djokovic is a four-time champion at this Masters 1000 event.
 
 No.  4  seed Kei Nishikori and  No. 5 seed  Milos Raonic each beat Russians in
 their  opening matches. Nishikori needed just 69 minutes to roll to a 6-2, 6-1
 victory  over Mikhail  Youzhny, while Raonic defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1,
 6-4.
 
 Also advancing with second-round wins were No. 6 seed David Ferrer, No. 9 seed
 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
 
 Tsonga outlasted  American Tim  Smyczek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the French vet's 2015
 debut. He had been sidelined because of a right arm injury and his win sets up
 a  third-round  bout  with  17th-seeded countryman  Gael  Monfils,  who  edged
 qualifier Filip Krajinovic in a third-set tiebreaker.
 
 Monfils  played  his first match  in three weeks  after recovering from a knee
 injury.
 
 No.  13  seed Roberto Bautista  Agut, No. 14 seed  Ernests Gulbis, No. 16 seed
 Tommy  Robredo,  No. 19  seed Pablo Cuevas  and No. 20  seed Ivo Karlovic were
 eliminated Saturday.
 
 American  Jack Sock  knocked  off a  seeded player,  handling  No. 21  Italian
 Fabio Fognini by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 score.
 
 Fellow  American John Isner, seeded 22nd, also advanced via a 6-3, 6-4 verdict
 over wild card Andrey Rublev.
 
 The winner of this prestigious hardcourt event will claim $900,400.
 
 
                   === Serena Williams wins Miami opener ===
 
 Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Serena Williams won her rain-delayed opener at
 the $5.3 million Miami Open in straight sets on Saturday.
 
 Williams, who has won seven Miami titles, is back in competition after pulling
 out of her semifinal at Indian Wells last week because of a knee injury.
 
 She  had to  wait an extra day  to face Monica Niculescu after persistent rain
 washed  out  Friday's night session at  Crandon Park. She aced Niculescu seven
 times in a 6-3, 6-1 win that took 81 minutes.
 
 Williams  earned a  third-round match  against promising  15-year-old American
 CiCi Bellis, who upset 29th-seeded Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.
 
 Her  sister, three-time  Miami champion  Venus, won  her third-round  match on
 Saturday.  The  16th-seeded elder Williams  topped No. 23 seed Samantha Stosur
 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
 
 No.  4 seed  Caroline Wozniacki was a third-round winner, fighting back from a
 set down to beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 on the Crandon Park hardcourts. She
 will play Venus Williams in the next round.
 
 Also  moving on with third-round wins were No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.
 8  seed Ekaterina  Makarova, No.  9 seed  Andrea Petkovic,  No. 12  seed Carla
 Suarez Navarro, No. 14 seed Karolina Pliskova and Daria Gavrilova.
 
 There  were three other second-round matches pushed to Saturday because of the
 rain.
 
 An  upset came when qualifier Tatjana Maria topped sixth-seeded Canadian Genie
 Bouchard 6-0, 7-6 (7-4). No. 11 seed Sara Errani beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
 6-1,  7-6  (7-5) and 13th-seeded  Angelique Kerber topped Heather Watson, 7-5,
 3-6, 6-4.
 
 The 2015 Miami champ will earn $900,400.
 
 
                 === Walker pushes lead to 4 in San Antonio ===
 
 San  Antonio,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jimmy  Walker carded  a 3-under 69 in
 Saturday's third round and extended his lead to four stokes at the Texas Open.
 
 Walker finished 54 holes at 9-under-par 207. He earned his fourth PGA Tour win
 earlier this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
 
 Jordan  Spieth, who was  tied for the lead after a par at 13, played the final
 five  holes  in 1-over  par to  close out  a round  of 1-under  71. He is four
 strokes off the lead at minus-5 on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
 
 Reigning  FedExCup  champion Billy Horschel  also carded  a 71 to improve into
 third place at 3-under-par 213.
 
 Scott  Pinckney shot  3-under 69  to  jump into  a  share of  fourth place  at
 minus-2.  He  stands alongside  Zach Johnson (72),  Brendan Steele (72), Jason
 Kokrak (71) and Chesson Hadley (71).
 
 Aaron  Baddeley (76), Kevin  Na (75) and Chris Kirk (73) are the final players
 in red figures at minus-1 and they are tied for ninth place.
 
 Walker  knocked in a 3-footer for birdie at the second to move to minus-7, but
 dropped  shots on  the next two holes. He  found sand with his tee shot at the
 par-3 third and blasted to 56 feet. He 2-putted for bogey from there.
 
 The four-time PGA Tour winner missed the green with his approach at the fourth
 and  that led to his second straight bogey. Walker righted the ship with a 13-
 foot birdie putt at the sixth, but Spieth had caught him atop the leaderboard.
 
 Spieth  also  bogeyed the third  after finding sand  off the tee. He converted
 back-to-back  birdie chances  from inside five feet at five and six. A 24-foot
 birdie effort at the seventh moved Spieth alongside Walker at minus-6.
 
 Walker  responded with  a  short birdie  at  the eighth  to  regain the  lead.
 However, Spieth poured in a 21-footer for birdie on No. 9 to join Walker at 7-
 under.
 
 After  Spieth stumbled  to a bogey at  the 12th, Walker did the same. The 14th
 proved  to be a  critical hole. Spieth's second at the par-5 found sand and he
 dumped his third in another bunker. Spieth blasted to 14 feet, but he 2-putted
 for bogey to slip to minus-5.
 
 Walker,  in  the group  behind Spieth,  stuffed his third  inside two feet and
 kicked that in for birdie to move two clear at 7-under.
 
 Spieth tried to fight back as he birdied the 15th. He pushed his tee shot well
 right  at  16 and  hit the grandstands.  Spieth's chip came  up short, then he
 knocked  his third  to four feet. His  bogey effort stayed out and the double-
 bogey dropped Spieth three off the pace.
 
 As  Walker parred 15  and 16, Spieth got one shot back as he drained a 24-foot
 birdie putt at 17. He parred the last to end at 5-under.
 
 "It  was up  and down.  Great  start. I  was  3-under through  nine, in  these
 conditions,  couldn't ask for anything else. And then, I just kind of let some
 get away from me there," Spieth said of his round. "I didn't play the smartest
 shots and was being a little too aggressive for this golf course."
 
 Walker missed the green at the short par-4 17th, but chipped to seven feet and
 converted  the birdie chance. He closed with a 10-foot birdie putt at the last
 to extend his lead to four.
 
 "It  was  a tough day  today. (The  wind) blew really  hard, again, out of the
 south today. So I know it's a windy golf course, but it's still tough," Walker
 said.  "The  greens are firm. You  can see some  spots starting to brown out a
 bit."
 
 NOTES:  The last  nine 54-hole leaders on  the PGA Tour have failed to hang on
 for the win ... Walker has won two of the previous three times he had at least
 a piece of the 54-hole lead ... Gary Woodland had the only bogey-free round on
 Saturday.
 
 
               === Ramsay maintains share of lead in Morocco ===
 
 Agadir,  Morocco  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Richie Ramsay carded  a 1-under 71 in
 Saturday's  third round  and the  Scotsman  still holds  a share  of the  lead
 heading into the final day of the Trophee Hassan II.
 
 Ramsay,  who was a second-round co-leader alongside Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Oliver
 Farr  and Richard  Green, finished 54 holes at 7-under-par 209. Joining him in
 the  lead was Andrew McArthur and Romain Wattel, both of whom shot 5-under 67s
 at Golf du Palais Royal on Saturday.
 
 Of the three leaders, only Ramsay has been victorious on the European Tour. He
 has two career wins, with the last one coming at the 2012 European Masters.
 
 It is a crowded top of the leaderboard as 16 players are within three shots of
 the leaders.
 
 Needing  a win  in order to qualify  for the Masters, George Coetzee shot a 71
 and  is  just one  back at  6-under 210. He  is tied  for fourth with Emiliano
 Grillo  (67), Soren Kjeldsen (69), David Horsey (69), Jaco Van Zyl (70), Kevin
 Phelan (70) and Richard Bland (71).
 
 Cabrera-Bello  and Farr both  shot 2-over 74s and they are tied for 13th at 4-
 under.  Green  struggled on his way  to a 4-over 76,  tying him for 30th at 2-
 under 214.
 
 Ramsay,  who shot the low round of the day on Friday, held at least a share of
 the  lead throughout  most of day three. He  did not get off to a great start,
 however, as the 31-year-old fell out of the lead with a bogey at the first.
 
 Ramsay  rebounded quickly as he made three birdies in a four-hole stretch from
 three.  That  pushed Ramsay  up to  minus-8 and into  a tie  for the lead with
 Horsey at the time.
 
 A  bogey on nine was erased by a birdie on 10 and Ramsay held firm at 8-under.
 Again Ramsay traded a bogey on 13 for a gain on 14 and followed that up with a
 trio of pars from 15.
 
 With  a  1-shot lead heading  into the difficult  par-4 last, Ramsay found the
 trees  on  the right and wound  up tripping to  his fourth bogey of the round,
 which dropped him back into a tie for the lead after 54 holes.
 
 "My  ball  striking at times  was excellent, I  just couldn't make any putts,"
 Ramsay said. "I didn't really make anything out there today. I'm pleased to be
 in  the hunt.  I'm a  fraction frustrated  as I  played some  great stuff  out
 there."
 
 McArthur,  starting  the day four shots  behind the leaders, did not get going
 until late in his round as he began with a bogey on two and a birdie on three.
 A gain on seven was McArthur's only other mark besides par on the front side.
 
 After  making the turn, McArthur drained back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11. He
 later holed an eagle on the par-5 15th and followed that up with a gain on 16.
 All of a sudden McArthur was tied with Ramsay for the lead.
 
 However, like Ramsay, a bogey at the last saw McArthur fall back to minus-7 to
 finish his round.
 
 "I  felt  pretty good, it just  sort of crept up  on me. I am delighted," said
 McArthur.  "I have accepted I am not striking it as I want to but I have found
 something  to get it in play and try and get it pin high, hole a few putts and
 you never know."
 
 Wattel also did not come on until late as he played his first nine holes at 1-
 under with three birdies and two bogeys.
 
 After a bogey on 12 dropped Wattel back to where he started the day, he turned
 on  the  jets with three birdies  in four holes from  13. He then poured in an
 eagle  on the  par-5 17th  and just  like that  Wattel was  up to  minus-7. He
 finished up with a par at the last.
 
 "It  was  a thrilling back  nine. It  is always nice  to finish the round like
 that,"  Wattel said. "I was 2-under quite quickly then I had a few mistakes. I
 had  a good putt on 12 for bogey and that was the key today. After this putt I
 still  have confidence  even if it was  only for bogey. You have to be patient
 here and on the good side every time."
 
 NOTES: Ramsay's other victory came at the 2010 South African Open Championship
 ...  In seven events this season, Wattel has missed the cut four times and has
 notched  a  top-10 finish with a  tie for seventh  at the Hero Indian Open ...
 McArthur's  lone  start on tour  this season was at  the Joburg Open, where he
 tied  for 18th ... A win would push Coetzee, the Tshwane Open winner two weeks
 ago, inside the top-50 in the world, qualifying him for the Masters.
 
 
                    === Mirim Lee up by 1 in California ===
 
 Carlsbad,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mirim Lee fired a 6-under 66 in the third
 round  Saturday to  remain atop  the  leaderboard after  54 holes  of the  Kia
 Classic.
 
 Lee,  who has been  atop the leaderboard after each of the first three rounds,
 stands at 16-under-par 200. She will go for her third tour win on Sunday.
 
 Alison  Lee, who is no relation to Mirim, also fired a 66 at Park Hyatt Aviara
 Golf Club to remain one stroke off the lead at minus-15.
 
 Cristie  Kerr, who was  one of eight different players that had a piece of the
 lead  during the  third round, posted her second straight 68. She shares third
 place at 13-under-par 203 with Sakura Yokomine (67).
 
 Se  Ri  Pak matched the course  record with her 64.  She soared into a tie for
 fifth  place at minus-12. She was joined there by Paula Creamer (66), Jennifer
 Song  (66) and world No. 1 Lydia Ko (67). Ko's 67 was her 27th straight under-
 par round.
 
 Morgan Pressel, who shared the second-round lead with Mirim Lee after firing a
 64 on Friday, managed an even-par 72 and fell into a tie for 10th at 10-under-
 par 206.
 
 Mirim  Lee got off to a slow start. She opened with three pars in a row before
 dropping a shot at the fourth. Lee bounced back with a birdie at the fifth.
 
 After  a par at  the sixth, Lee birdied No. 7 to move to 11-under. She started
 to make her move around the turn.
 
 Lee  grabbed a share  of the lead thanks to back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11.
 She  stuffed her  tee shot at the par-3  14th within a foot and kicked that in
 for birdie and the lead at minus-14.
 
 The  two-time winner  last year on the LPGA Tour converted consecutive birdies
 for the third round in a row at 16 and 17. Lee parred the last to lead by one.
 
 "I  think my  putting was best. It  was better than yesterday, so my score was
 good," Lee said through an interpreter. "Better putting this week, was able to
 convert the birdies and save the pars, which I wasn't able to do last week."
 
 Alison  Lee, who  was an amateur star  at UCLA last year, birdied the first to
 grab  a share of  the lead at 10-under. However, she stumbled to bogeys at two
 and three to fall off the pace.
 
 At the par-5 fifth, Lee made birdie to get back to even-par for her round. She
 ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the seventh to jump to 12-under.
 
 Lee was briefly tied for the lead after that burst. She followed that run with
 five  consecutive pars from the 11th. Lee soared within one of the lead as she
 birdied each of the final three holes.
 
 "I  started off the  day really well. I got a birdie on the first hole, then I
 had  a couple hiccup  holes ... but I told myself to stay in the game and stay
 confident," Lee stated. "Eventually, I turned my round around, and I just kept
 hitting  every  green and getting  it close and  giving myself chances all day
 long.  I feel really  comfortable over the golf ball for my approach shots and
 I've been hitting it really well today."
 
 NOTES:  This is the  first time Mirim Lee has had the 54-hole lead on the LPGA
 Tour  ... Ko  is  two rounds  shy  of  Annika Sorenstam's  tour  record of  29
 consecutive under-par rounds.
 
 
              === Sutherland takes 2-shot lead in Mississippi ===
 
 Saucier,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Sutherland carded a 5-under 67 in the
 second  round  Saturday and  moved  two  strokes clear  of  the  field at  the
 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
 
 Sutherland, who was one of five different players that had at least a piece of
 the  lead  during the second  round, finished 36  holes at 9-under-par 135. He
 will go for his first Champions Tour win on Sunday at Fallen Oak Golf Club.
 
 Tom  Lehman shot 6-under  66 to move into second place at minus-7. David Frost
 (70) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (69) are tied for third at 6-under-par 138.
 
 Scott  Dunlap fired a 7-under 65 for the low round of the week. He soared into
 a  share of fifth place at 5-under-par 139. He was joined there by first-round
 co-leaders  Colin  Montgomerie and  Joe Durant,  who both shot  72, as well as
 Woody Austin (71) and Olin Browne (68).
 
 Sutherland  started the day one stroke off the lead and opened with three pars
 in a row. He got on the board with back-to-back birdies at four and five.
 
 The 50-year-old followed with a bogey at the sixth. He quickly atoned for that
 mistake with a birdie on the par-4 seventh.
 
 Sutherland  ran off  four consecutive pars from the eighth to remain one back.
 He  converted  a birdie  chance  on  the 12th  to  join  Montgomerie atop  the
 leaderboard at minus-7.
 
 After  a pair of pars, Sutherland's birdie at the 15th gave him a 1-shot lead.
 He  made it two  in a row with a birdie 16. Sutherland closed his round with a
 pair of pars.
 
 "This  is very  different, it's  a  different mentality,"  Sutherland said  of
 following his 59 last year at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. "When I shot the
 59, it was like I had won something already.
 
 "It was hard to come out the next day and be focused. I wasn't as focused as I
 needed  to  be, definitely not  as focused  as I need  to be tomorrow. I don't
 think  that's going  to be  a problem  tomorrow, but  whether I  play well  is
 another subject."
 
 Lehman  had  three birdies on  the front  nine en route  to making the turn at
 minus-4.  He birdied  the 10th, then ran off four straight pars. Lehman poured
 in  consecutive birdie chances at 15 and 16 to join Sutherland and Montgomerie
 in the lead. Lehman closed with a pair of pars.
 
 "I don't think I really have an advantage. There are quite a few guys within a
 few  of the lead,"  said Lehman when asked if he will have an advantage in the
 final  round since he won this event in 2011. "Anyone within five or six shots
 has a chance to win with a good round."
 
 Montgomerie  had three birdies in the first seven holes to move to 8-under. He
 was  two  strokes clear of  Sutherland at that  point, but didn't make another
 birdie.  Montgomerie dropped shots at 10 and 13, then also bogeyed the last to
 fall four off the lead.
 
 Durant had two birdies and two bogeys in his round to remain at minus-5.
 
 NOTES:  Sutherland had  the  second-round  lead for  the  second  time on  the
 Champions  Tour ...  He is  trying to  become the  second straight,  and fifth
 player  in  the last six years,  to earn his first  tour win at this event ...
 Lehman  won for the eighth time on the Champions Tour last year ... Hale Irwin
 and John Riegger both withdrew before their rounds.
 
 
                      === Cochran leads Louisiana Open ===
 
 Broussard, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Cochran III fired a 6-under 65 in the
 third  round Saturday  and moved 1-stroke clear of the field at the Chitimacha
 Louisiana Open.
 
 Cochran,  who is looking for his first Web.com Tour win, ended 54 holes at 14-
 under-par 199.
 
 Second-round leader Rhein Gibson managed a 1-under 70 and was joined in second
 place at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club at minus-13 by Hao Tong Li (67).
 
 Harold Varner III (69) and Steve Allan (67) share fourth place at 11-under-par
 202. Aron Price improved eight spots with his 67. He was joined in sixth place
 at  minus-10 by  Cameron Wilson (71) as  well as Glen Day and Hunter Haas, who
 both shot 70 in round three.
 
 The  tournament  caught up after  a pair of  lightning delays on Thursday. The
 second round was completed earlier Saturday.
 
 Cochran  got off  to a flying start  with four consecutive birdies to open his
 round. That burst moved him to 12-under, where he trailed Gibson by one.
 
 Gibson birdied the first to move to 13-under, then parred the next four holes.
 Cochran  dropped  a shot at  the par-5 fifth after  driving into a hazard, but
 erased that mistake with a birdie on No. 7.
 
 Cochran,  who was four groups ahead of Gibson, stayed at 12-under as he parred
 four  in a  row from the eighth. Gibson  stumbled to a bogey on the sixth, but
 got back to minus-13 with a birdie on the eighth.
 
 Cochran birdied the 12th to gain a share of the lead, but dipped one back with
 bogey  at 14.  Gibson birdied the 12th  to move to 14-under, but faltered to a
 double-bogey on the par-4 13th to slip out of the lead at minus-12.
 
 Gibson,  who led after the first two rounds, bounced back with a birdie at 15,
 then parred the last three to end two back.
 
 Cochran grabbed the lead with birdies at 16 and 18 to grab the 1-stroke lead.
 
 "I've got pretty good control with my irons. Anytime you roll in some putts it
 makes  it  easier," said Cochran,  who is the  nephew of Champions Tour player
 Russ  Cochran.  "There are so  many great players out  here and even if you're
 four  or five  back you can still catch  up. My goal for Sunday is just to try
 and hit the fairway and make as many birdies as I can."
 
 Li,  who won three  times on the PGA Tour China in 2014, birdied the first and
 followed  with  five straight  pars. He traded  a birdie for  a bogey from the
 seventh.
 
 Around  the turn, he  moved into a share of second after birdies at 10 and 12.
 Li carded his final birdie at the 15th to end one behind.
 
 NOTES:  Cochran is making just his seventh Web.com Tour start, while Gibson is
 playing  only his 11th tour event ... The cut happened earlier Saturday and 81
 players finished at 1-under-par 141 or better.
 
 
                  === Fernandez wins men's gold at worlds ===
 
 Shanghai,  China  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Javier Fernandez  became  the  first
 Spanish men's champion at the world figure skating championships, knocking off
 defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu on Saturday.
 
 Fernandez  overcame a  2.46-point deficit from the short program to beat Hanyu
 by 2.82 after the free skate. Fernandez earned 181.16 points in the free skate
 and 273.90 in total to lock up first place.
 
 Kazakhstan's  Denis Ten took the bronze. U.S. champion Jason Brown was the top
 American in fourth.
 
 
               === Tuktamysheva takes women's title at worlds ===
 
 Shanghai,  China (SportsNetwork.com) - Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
 won women's gold at the world figure skating championships on Saturday.
 
 Tuktamysheva  earned  132.74 points in  the free skate  and 210.36 in total to
 lock up first place.
 
 Satoko  Miyahara  of Japan placed  second with a  total score of 193.60, while
 Russian  Elena  Radionova took bronze with  a total score of 191.47. Americans
 Gracie  Gold, Ashley  Wagner and  Polina  Edmunds finished  fourth, fifth  and
 eighth.
 
 Tuktamysheva had a big lead heading into Saturday's free skate after landing a
 triple  axel  in the  short program  on Thursday.  She won eight international
 events  this  season, including the  Grand Prix Finals, European Championships
 and now the world championships.
 
 
        === Larson hospitalized after fainting at autograph session ===
 
 Martinsville,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Sprint  Cup Series driver Kyle Larson
 was  taken to  a hospital for precautionary reasons after he fainted during an
 autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.
 
 Larson,  the 2014 rookie  of the year in NASCAR's top series, was at the Chevy
 Stage  in  the fan zone  area at this half-mile  racetrack when he became ill.
 According  to multiple reports, he was transported to a local hospital but was
 awake and alert at the time.
 
 Prior  to  the autograph session, Larson  had participated in final Sprint Cup
 practice.  Larson  is hopeful that he  will be medically cleared by NASCAR for
 Sunday's  500-lap race at Martinsville. On Friday, he qualified seventh in his
 No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
 
 
       === Logano wins first career Truck Series race at Martinsville ===
 
 Martinsville,  VA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey  Logano became a first-time race
 winner in the Camping World Truck Series after grabbing the lead following the
 last restart with just two laps to go in Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville
 Speedway.
 
 Logano,  the winner of  last month's Daytona 500, ran in third for the restart
 of  a  green-white-checkered finish but  moved to the  inside of the track and
 pull  ahead of second-place Erik Jones and then leader Matt Crafton in turn 1.
 Logano  crossed  the finish line 0.431  seconds ahead of Crafton, the two-time
 defending  series  champion, for  his maiden  truck win  in his seventh start.
 Jones placed third.
 
 "I  just  had a  great restart,"  Logano said.  "The tires  worked out well. I
 prepped  them good  down the back straightaway  and made sure I had them clean
 enough.  I  got a good jump,  a fourth-gear grab  there, drove it in there and
 hoped I got past (Jones and Crafton). It was able to stick down there."
 
 Logano,  who  started on the pole  and led the  most laps with 150, became the
 26th different driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's top three series.
 He  has  nine career  victories in  Sprint Cup  and 22  in the Xfinity Series.
 Logano  will  start on  the  pole  for Sunday's  500-lap  Sprint  Cup race  at
 Martinsville. He drove the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing in the truck
 event here.
 
 "It's  kind  of cool  to say  that I've won  in all  three series now," Logano
 added.
 
 Johnny  Sauter finished  fourth, while Tyler Reddick, who is Logano's teammate
 and  the  winner of the  truck season-opener at  Daytona, took the fifth spot.
 Daniel  Suarez, James Buescher, John Wes Townley, Matt Tifft and Justin Boston
 completed the top-10.
 
 Cole  Custer, making his first start of the season, bounced back from two pit-
 road  speeding penalties to take the lead on lap 246 of this scheduled 250-lap
 race.  While in a  fierce battle with Crafton and Logano for the top position,
 Custer  bumped into the back of Crafton, causing him and Logano to run wide up
 the track.
 
 Crafton quickly caught up with Custer and bumped into him several times before
 Custer spun out on lap 248, forcing the ninth caution and therefore setting up
 the two-lap overtime finish. Crafton had led a total of 100 laps before Logano
 made his winning pass.
 
 "I  had  the lead early, and  there towards the end,  the 4 (Jones) and the 29
 (Logano) got by me," Crafton said. "I was just not that good on the short run,
 but  it  would keep  coming to  me and  coming to  me. I  never touched the 29
 earlier  whenever I passed him, and then he just kept putting the bumper to me
 and I was like, 'Well, it's the race for the lead here,' and I wasn't going to
 move him. We got in there side by side, and I got a little bit loose in there,
 and the 00 (Custer) came in there and just pounded me. It's racing, I guess."
 
 Custer,  who is  the 17-year-old  son  of Stewart-Haas  Racing executive  vice
 president Joe Custer, ended up finishing 16th, the last truck on the lead lap.
 He  drove the No. 00 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, which made its Truck Series
 debut in this race.
 
 "I  drove  in too  hard and  couldn't stop, and  I hit  (Crafton) a little too
 hard," Custer said. "It worked, but I knew he was going to come back and nudge
 me a little bit. I was giving it everything I had to try and stay up there."
 
 Jones  was  trying to  give Kyle Busch  Motorsports its fifth  win in the last
 eight  truck  races at Martinsville. He  is driving the No. 4 Toyota full-time
 for KBM in the series this season.
 
 "(Logano)  had  to do what he  had to do to  win," Jones said. "I wish I could
 have  raced the 88 (Crafton) for it. I was looking forward to having a shot at
 it."
 
 With  his second-place run, Crafton moved atop the point standings. He holds a
 two-point  advantage  over Reddick,  while Jones  trails by  six. Sauter is 16
 behind.
 
 
          === Power leads Penske top-four sweep in St. Pete qualifying ===
 
 St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning IndyCar Series champion Will
 Power  claimed the pole for Sunday's season-opening race, while his teammates,
 Simon  Pagenaud,  Helio Castroneves  and Juan  Pablo Montoya, qualified second
 through fourth to give Team Penske a sweep of the first two starting rows.
 
 Power,  who drives  the No.  1 Chevrolet-powered  car for  Penske, made  a lap
 around the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg street circuit in 1 minute, 0.6931
 seconds  during the  "Fast Six" final qualifying round on Saturday. His lap at
 1:00.6509 during the second qualifying round set a new track record. Sebastien
 Bourdais held the previous record at 1:00.928, set in the 2003 CART-sanctioned
 race.
 
 It  was  the 37th  career IndyCar pole  for Power, including  his fifth at St.
 Petersburg.  He won four  poles in a row here from 2010-13. Power has won this
 race twice, including a victory one year ago.
 
 Pagenaud's  lap was  just 0.0321 seconds behind Power, while Castroneves's lap
 was clocked at 1:00.8356 and Montoya at 1:00.8532.
 
 "I'm  stoked to get  pole. I really am," Power said. "That just shows the work
 we  did over  the  winter. It's  four  good  drivers who  will  battle it  out
 tomorrow."
 
 Power  topped the time charts in Friday and Saturday's practice sessions. Last
 year, the Australian won three races en route to his first IndyCar title.
 
 "It's  been a really  good offseason," he said. "I think just the way the team
 is,  the  teammates, it  provides a  lot of  motivation. Obviously winning the
 championship  makes  it a  very pleasant offseason.  You're not sitting around
 wondering  why you  didn't win again. I  was really satisfied to get pole here
 today.  All the practice sessions are working towards that, literally, one lap
 that gets you pole."
 
 Pagenaud  is making his first start with Penske, driving the No. 22 car, after
 spending the past three seasons with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
 
 "It's  incredible to start this way with Team Penske," Pagenaud said. "We have
 a  lot  of pace.  The car is  fantastic. Thanks to  everyone for searching and
 developing  so much.  The 22 crew is brand  new and is doing a great job. It's
 fantastic to be a part of the Penske family. I'm really proud. Today was a lot
 of fun, and I really enjoyed qualifying."
 
 Takuma  Sato from A.J. Foyt Enterprises qualified fifth, followed by Bourdais,
 who drives for KVSH Racing, and Tony Kanaan from Chip Ganassi Racing.
 
 Ryan  Hunter-Reay  (Andretti  Autosport),  Scott  Dixon  (Ganassi)  and  Josef
 Newgarden (CFH Racing) completed the top-10.
 
 
              === Hamilton beats Vettel for Malaysian GP pole ===
 
 Kuala  Lumpur,  Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Defending  Formula One  world
 champion  Lewis  Hamilton placed  his Mercedes  on the  pole for the Malaysian
 Grand  Prix after  edging Sebastian  Vettel from  Ferrari in  Saturday's rain-
 soaked qualifying.
 
 The  start of  the final round of  qualifying was delayed more than 30 minutes
 due   to  a  heavy  downpour.  In  Q3,  Hamilton  made  a  lap  around  Sepang
 International  Circuit in  1 minute, 49.834 seconds for his second pole of the
 season  and  the 40th of his  F1 career. Two  weeks ago, the Briton started on
 pole and won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton's lap time was only 0.074 seconds quicker than Vettel.
 
 "I  think the  first lap  (in  Q3) was  quite  good," Hamilton  said. "It  was
 difficult because none of us have driven in the wet this weekend. So the first
 lap is always the unknown. You don't want to take too much risk."
 
 Hamilton won last year's Malaysian GP from the pole.
 
 Vettel, in his second grand prix with Ferrari, ended Mercedes nine-race streak
 of  sweeping  the  front  starting row.  Hamilton's  teammate,  Nico  Rosberg,
 qualified third for Sunday's 56-lap race with a lap time in 1:50.299.
 
 "When  it starts to rain here, it can mix up things," Vettel said. "I think it
 was  an interesting qualifying  session. The car felt good in both dry and wet
 conditions. So I'm reasonably happy."
 
 The  last time  Rosberg qualified outside the  top-two was in June 2014 in the
 Austrian Grand Prix, where he started third.
 
 "I  just didn't  drive well enough," Rosberg said. "I'm annoyed by that. Third
 place is not good for tomorrow. But that's the way it is."
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo from  Red Bull  took the  fourth spot,  while his  teammate,
 Daniil  Kvyat,  was  fifth.  Toro  Rosso's Max  Verstappen  placed  sixth.  In
 Australia, Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to start a F1 grand prix
 at age 17 years.
 
 Felipe  Massa  from Williams  qualified  seventh,  followed by  Lotus'  Romain
 Grosjean,  Valtteri Bottas,  who is Massa's teammate, and Marcus Ericsson from
 Sauber.
 
 McLaren  once again  struggled in  qualifying, as  Jenson Button  and Fernando
 Alonso  finished  17th and 18th,  respectively. Honda is supplying engines for
 McLaren this year.
 
 Alonso  is  making his first start  of the season after suffering a concussion
 during an accident in preseason testing last month on Barcelona.
 
 
                === Nietes retains WBO light flyweight belt ===
 
 Metro  Manila,  Philippines (SportsNetwork.com)  - Donnie  Nietes kept his WBO
 light  flyweight  title after a  technical knockout win over Mexico's Gilberto
 Parra on Saturday.
 
 Nietes  (35-1-4,  21 KO)  sent Parra (19-3)  down to the  canvas in the eighth
 round  and later forced the match official to call the fight between the ninth
 and 10th.
 
 Nietes retained his title for the sixth time.
 
 
                === Brook retains IBF welterweight title ===
 
 Sheffield,  England  (SportsNetwork.com) - Kell  Brook took  down Jo Jo Dan in
 four rounds on Saturday to retain his IBF world welterweight title.
 
 Brook  (34-0) hadn't been in the ring since getting stabbed in the leg back in
 September of 2014. He beat Shawn Porter to defend his title last August.
 
 Brook  knocked Dan to  the ground twice in the second round and two more times
 in the fourth before Dan's corner pulled him from the fight.
 
 This was Dan's third defeat in 37 professional fights.
 
 
       === Prince Bishop defeats California Chrome in Dubai World Cup ===
 
 Dubai,  United  Arab Emirates  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Prince Bishop, ridden by
 William  Buick,  went from  last  to  first and  defeated  Horse  of the  Year
 California  Chrome to capture Saturday's 20th edition of the $10 million Dubai
 World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.
 
 Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin Racing, Price Bishop was last in the
 nine-horse  field up  the backstretch after breaking from the inside post. The
 8-year-old gelding went off at 17-1 with California Chrome the 4-5 favorite.
 
 California  Chrome,  who started from the  outside post, pressed the pace with
 his regular jockey Victor Espinoza. The 4-year-old colt was four wide for much
 of the race as Hokko Tarumae set the pace in the 1 1/4-mile World Cup.
 
 On  the final turn, California Chrome was three wide with Hokko Tarumae on the
 lead. Prince Bishop advanced into fifth and then second over Meydan's new dirt
 track.
 
 Price Bishop came sweeping to the lead past California Chrome down the stretch
 and went on to post a three-length victory over last year's Kentucky Derby and
 Preakness  champ.
 
 "We  ended up traveling  very well in the last turn," the winning jockey said.
 "I didn't look back, I kept going. I thought he won very well, because I could
 hear the commentator."
 
 Lea, last year's  Donn Handicap winner,  finished third followed by Candy Boy,
 Hokko Tarumae, African Story, Long River, Side Glance and Epiphaneia.
 
 The time for the Dubai World Cup was 2:03.32 on a fast track.
 
 Prince  Bishop,  a stablemate  of last  year's winner  African Story, gave his
 owner and trainer their second straight World Cup victory and seventh overall.
 The  chestnut gelding  recorded his first win  on a dirt track after posting a
 pair of seconds earlier in the year at Meydan.
 
 Prince Bishop has 11 wins in 28 lifetime starts for $7,061,632.
 
 Prince  Bishop returned  $36.00 and  $8.80. California  Chrome paid  $2.10 for
 place and Lea paid $2.10 to show.
 
 
              === International Star captures Louisiana Derby ===
 
 New  Orleans,  LA (SportsNetwork.com)  - International  Star, ridden by Miguel
 Mena  from  the outside post,  came from off the  pace to win Saturday's 102nd
 running of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course.
 
 Trained by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, International Star was the 2-1
 co-favorite  in  the nine-field of 3-year-olds  along with War Story and Mr. Z
 the 3-1 third pick.
 
 International  Star was moved to the rail as the field went up the backstretch
 in the 1 1/8-mile stakes. The favorite settled off the pace that was being set
 by Stanford and Mr. Z.
 
 International Star was able to advance along the rail on the final turn before
 moving  outside  entering the stretch.  The favorite engaged Stanford down the
 stretch and posted a neck victory over the Todd Pletcher-trained colt.
 
 Finishing  third  was War Story followed  by Keen Ice, Fusaichi Flame, St. Joe
 Bay, Defondo, A Day in Paradise and Mr. Z.
 
 The time for the Louisiana Derby was 1:50.67 on a fast track.
 
 International Star came into the Louisiana Derby with 71 points as part of the
 "Road  to the  Kentucky Derby" points system. Saturday's win was worth another
 100 points toward a place in the 20-horse starting field for the May 2 Run for
 the Roses.
 
 International  Star  recorded his  third straight stakes  victory, all at Fair
 Gorunds, and earned $450,000. The colt has five wins in nine career starts for
 $1,010,979.
 
 International  Star came  into Saturday's  race off  wins in  the Lecomte  and
 Risen Star Stakes.
 
 International  Star  returned $6.60, $3.60  and $2.60. Stanford paid $7.00 and
 $4.80, and War Story $2.80 to show.
 
 
           === Materiality holds off Upstart to win Florida Derby ===
 
 Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Materiality, with just two previous
 starts  under his  belt, held off even-money favorite Upstart down the stretch
 to  capture  Saturday's 64th  edition  of  the  $1  million Florida  Derby  at
 Gulfstream Park.
 
 Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Materiality went off as
 the  9-5  second pick behind  Upstart in  the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds.
 Pletcher  also  saddled Fountain  of Youth winner  Itsaknockout, the 5-1 third
 choice, from post 4.
 
 Materiality and Upstart, starting from posts 7 and 9,  pressed pacesetter Jack
 Tripp as the field went up the backstretch  in the  1 1/8-mile  Florida Derby.
 Entering the far turn Materiality and Upstart moved clear of their competition
 and dueled for the lead leaving the final turn,
 
 Materiality  had a  short lead over Upstart  at the top of the stretch and was
 able to hold on to register a 1 1/2-length victory.
 
 "It shaped up the way Johnny (Velazquez) and I talked about after the previous
 race  (Islamorada Stakes),"  Pletcher said. "We thought about the way it might
 set  up, that  the 2 (Jack Tripp)  might show some speed, Materiality might be
 laying  in a  stalking-type position. We felt that Upstart would probably have
 us  as  his primary  target, and all  of that unfolded  exactly like we talked
 about."
 
 Finishing  third  was  Ami's  Flatter  followed  by  Itsaknockout,  Dekabrist,
 Indianaughty, My Point Exactly, Quimet and Jack Tripp.
 
 The time for the Florida Derby was 1:52.30 on a fast track.
 
 Winning  the  Florida Derby puts  Materiality squarely into the Kentucky Derby
 field.  The colt garnered the 100 points available for winning the race toward
 a spot in the Run for the Roses on May 2.
 
 Owned  by  Alto Racing, Materiality  is undefeated  in three career starts and
 collected  $595,200  for taking the  Florida Derby. The  colt won his debut at
 Gulfstream  in  January and just 22  days ago won the Islamorada Handicap. The
 3-year-old has earned $656,028.
 
 Pletcher  picked  up his  third Florida  Derby victory. He  won last year with
 Constitution and in 2007 with Scat Daddy.
 
 Materiality paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Upstart returned $2.60 and $2.20, and
 Ami's Flatter paid $3.00 to show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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