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Ogilvy increases lead

January 11, 2009

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— Geoff Ogilvy ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and shot an 8-under 65 on Saturday to make the rest of the winners-only field at the Mercedes-Benz Championship feel as though they were playing for second.

The wind switched directions, making Kapalua play entirely different. What didn’t change was the guy atop the leaderboard.

Leading by one shot to start the third round, Ogilvy played bogey-free for the second time in three rounds and wound up with a six-shot lead over Justin Leonard and D.J. Trahan as he tries to win the PGA Tour’s season-opening event.

Leonard made eight birdies over his final 14 holes on his way to a 65, the kind of round that he figured would give him a chance to win. But he never had a good look at the leaderboard until he walked onto the 18th green and saw that Ogilvy was at 19 under.

GOLF

Sorenstam marries

Orlando, Fla. — Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee were married Saturday, four weeks after the Swedish golf standout ended her Hall of Fame career. About 125 guests attended the afternoon ceremony and evening reception at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. McGee, the son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee, has served as managing director for her business brand since December 2006.

NFL

Bears hire ex-Lions coach

Lake Forest, Ill. — Rod Marinelli joined the Chicago Bears as a defensive-line coach Saturday, returning to his roots after becoming the NFL’s first head coach to post an 0-16 season.

Marinelli went 10-38 in three years with the Detroit Lions and was fired after failing to win a game this season. But before that, he was Tampa Bay’s defensive line coach for a decade. The Buccaneers’ line racked up 328.5 sacks under Marinelli, the most in the league during that span.

Niners eye Browns aide

Santa Clara, Calif. — Rob Chudzinski, the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, is interviewing with 49ers coach Mike Singletary for San Francisco’s vacant offensive coordinator job.

‘Pacman’ suggests return

New York — Adam “Pacman” Jones suggested Saturday his days with the Dallas Cowboys might not be over. In an interview on CBS’ NFL pregame show, the oft-troubled cornerback said that not only does he expect to play football next season, “I think I might be back in Dallas.”

BASEBALL

Boston bolsters bullpen

Boston — Takashi Saito agreed to a one-year deal with Boston on Saturday, giving the Red Sox another veteran arm in their bullpen. Saito, who had 18 saves and a 2.49 earned-run average last season despite being limited by an elbow injury, became a free agent when the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to offer him a contract by the Dec. 12 deadline.

NBA

Grizzlies sign forward

Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed forward Darius Miles on Saturday despite a threat of legal action by the Portland Trail Blazers. Trail Blazers president Larry Miller said Friday he believed other clubs wanted to sign Miles because it would cost Portland money, not because they thought he would help on the court.

Boozer to miss month

Salt Lake City — Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer is expected to miss at least four weeks while recovering from knee surgery. Boozer had the operation Friday to remove loose pieces of cartilage from the All-Star’s left knee.

TENNIS

Murray wins Qatar Open

Doha, Qatar — Andy Murray won his second straight Qatar Open by defeating Andy Roddick, 6-4, 6-2, Saturday.

Chennai finalists set

Chennai, India — Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia reached the final of the Chennai Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marcel Granollers of Spain on Saturday. Cilic, a semifinalist here last year, will face wild-card Somdev Devvarman of India, who advanced to his first ATP Tour final after No. 5 Rainer Schuettler of Germany withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Ex-Wimbledon champ dies

Newport, R.I. — Sidney Wood, who in 1931 became the only uncontested winner of a Wimbledon final, died Saturday. He was 97. He died in Palm Beach, Fla., the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum said.

Wood’s opponent in the final of the 1931 championship at the All-England Club was U.S. Davis Cup teammate Frank Shields. Shields, however, was unable to play because of an ankle injury.

Venus wins in Hong Kong

Hong Kong — Venus Williams dominated Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-2, on Saturday to give Team Americas the victory over Russia in the Hong Kong team tournament, and finish her only warmup event before the Australian Open without dropping a set in singles play.

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