Sports Briefs December 6, 2010
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year by putting together the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Woods looked as though he would recover from losing a four-shot lead Sunday when he stuffed his approach to inside 3 feet on the 18th hole, but McDowell knocked in a 20-foot birdie putt that forced a playoff. He then made another birdie putt from a little longer away to deny Woods a victory in his final tournament of the year.
• Maria Hjorth claimed a one-shot victory over Amy Yang and held off a huge field that struggled to even make par at the LPGA Tour Championship in Orlando, Fla.
Allen Bradford ran for 212 yards and caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley in the fourth quarter, and Southern California (8-5, 5-4 Pac-10) wrapped up its first season under NCAA sanctions with a 28-14 victory over UCLA (4-8, 2-7) late Saturday night in Pasadena, Calif.
• Bryant Moniz threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores to help No. 25 Hawaii rout UNLV 59-21 late Saturday night in Honolulu, giving the Warriors (10-3) their sixth 10-win season in school history. UNLV is 2-11.
• Game time has been set for 12:35 p.m. PST Saturday for Eastern Washington's (10-2) game vs. North Dakota State (9-4) at Roos Field in Cheney in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The game will be produced by ESPN and syndicated to various regional sports networks and stations throughout the country, but no announcement on specific stations will be made until later in the week.
Top 25 Men
No. 18 Florida 67, American 48: Erving Walker scored 16 points to lead Florida (6-2) past American (5-3) in Washington, D.C.
Southern California 73, No. 19 Texas 56: Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points to lead the Trojans (5-3) past the Longhorns (6-2) in Los Angeles.
Celtics 100, Nets 75: At Newark, N.J., Nate Robinson scored 21 points to lead Boston past New Jersey.
Knicks 116, Raptors 99: Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and visiting New York beat Toronto.
Spurs 109, Hornets 84: Tony Parker scored 19 points and host San Antonio beat sliding New Orleans.
Nuggets 108, Grizzlies 107: Nene scored 27 points and host Denver held off Memphis.
Suns 125, Wizards 108: Steve Nash scored 20 points and had a season-high 17 assists to help host Phoenix past Washington.
Thunder 114, Warriors 109: Kevin Durant scored 28 points and host Oklahoma City beat Golden State.
Pistons 102, Cavaliers 92: At Auburn Hills, Mich., former Eastern Washington standout Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points to help Detroit beat Cleveland.
Trail Blazers 100, Clippers 91: Wesley Matthews had 26 points and host Portland beat Los Angeles.
Senators 3, Rangers 1: Chris Kelly scored all three goals for Ottawa, which beat New York.
Flyers 3, Islanders 2: At Uniondale, N.Y., Daniel Briere scored the tiebreaking goal and Philadelphia beat New York.
Blackhawks 4, Flames 2: Dave Bolland scored two power-play goals and host Chicago held off Calgary.
Coyotes 3, Ducks 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves and Phoenix beat Anaheim.
Blues 3, Canucks 2: Alexander Steen scored twice as visiting St. Louis edged Vancouver.
Serbia celebrated its first Davis Cup title when Viktor Troicki beat Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to complete a 3-2 comeback win over France in Belgrade, Serbia.
Adriana Leon scored in the 63rd minute and Notre Dame defeated Stanford 1-0 for the NCAA Women's College Cup championship in Cary, N.C.
- The Associated Press