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National Briefs: Woods one shot back

February 13, 2011


— Tiger Woods overcame a poor start in windy conditions to shoot a par 72, one shot behind leader Rory McIlroy and two others going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

On dusty day in the desert, Woods showed an uncanny ability to rally repeatedly. He finished with a total of 7-under 209, behind second-round leader McIlroy (75), Denmark’s Anders Hansen (71) and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken (74).


Marino hangs onto lead

Pebble Beach, Calif. — About the only thing that went right for Steve Marino was staying in the lead Saturday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Away from the commotion of celebrities at Pebble Beach, Marino stumbled around Monterey Peninsula with everything from an eagle to consecutive bogeys. It added to a 1-over 71, giving him a one-shot lead going into the final round.

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland missed the cut by one stroke. He shot a 74 on the par-72 Spyglass Hill course.


Titans hire Gray away from Texas

Nashville, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Munchak has filled one of the biggest openings on his staff by hiring Jerry Gray away from the University of Texas to become Tennessee’s defensive coordinator.

The Titans announced the move Saturday.

Gray was hired by Texas, his alma mater, to be defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Mack Brown last month. He was due to make $425,000, but this job meant at least doubling that for this season. Gray said in a statement that he knows the timing of this move isn’t ideal.

“But this was something that I couldn’t turn down,” Gray said.

Haynesworth charged with assault

Reston, Va. — Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been formally charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a road rage incident earlier this month.

Fairfax County police say the 29-year-old Haynesworth and his attorney appeared at a police station Saturday morning. Haynesworth signed a summons warrant charging him with assault and left.

Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, has said the player is innocent and that his accuser is seeking fame and money.

Redskins kick returner stabbed

Washington — The agent for Washington Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks says the player was stabbed outside a nightclub while coming to the aid of a longtime friend, who was critically injured.

Agent James Gould says in a statement released Saturday afternoon that Banks suffered a surface knife wound to his side that required stitches. He says Banks is expected to be released today from a local hospital.

College Athletics

Seton Hall kicks 2 off team

South Orange, N.J. — Seton Hall has dismissed seniors Keon Lawrence and Jamel Jackson from its basketball team.

Coach Kevin Willard announced the moves on Saturday, hours before the Pirates were to play at Big East rival Rutgers. He said the decision was made “due to a violation of team rules and an ongoing pattern of conduct unbecoming of a representative of Seton Hall athletics.”

Lawrence, of Newark, played in all 24 games, averaging 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He transferred from Missouri in 2008.

Texas extends contracts for ADs

Austin, Texas — Texas has agreed to new contracts for men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds and women’s AD Chris Plonsky.

Dodds is receiving a four-year extension that will expire Aug. 31, 2015, and pay him a base salary of $700,000 plus incentives. His current base salary is $627,000.

The school announced the deals late Friday.

Dodds also will get a $1 million annuity on Aug. 31, 2014. After his contract expires, Texas will pay him $100,000 a year through 2020 for serving in “another capacity.”

Plonsky’s contract was extended two years through 2017, with a base salary of $268,848 plus another $90,000 for work with the men’s program, plus incentives.


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