Tie for Lead In Fla.
Orlando, Fla. — Bill Haas wanted to atone for the way he finished his opening round. He did that and more yesterdya and was tied for the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That sure wasn’t the case for Tiger Woods.
One shot out of the lead with three holes to play, Woods closed with three sloppy bogeys to fall four shots behind going into the weekend. That makes the chore a little more difficult in his bid to defend his title at Bay Hill and return to No. 1 in the world.
Haas not only kept bogeys off his card, his longest putt for par was no more than 4 feet in a clean round of 6-under 66. He was tied with Justin Rose, who was poised to take the outright lead until he was fooled by the speed of the greens after late afternoon showers and finished with a three-putt bogey for a 70.
They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of John Huh, who had a 69.
Peter Williamson, a Hanover native and Dartmouth college graduate competing as an amateur, shot a 75 and missed the cut. Woodstock native Keegan Bradley shot a 69 and is eight strokes back.
Saucier, Miss. — Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 in light rain to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
Dunedin, Fla. — Toronto closer Casey Janssen opened in impressive fashion. Janssen struck out two during a perfect seventh inning in his spring debut as the Blue Jays beat Boston yesterday.
“First time out there, I guess it couldn’t have gone any better,” Janssen said.
Janssen, who finished with 22 saves last season, had surgery in November to address lingering shoulder soreness. After striking out Lyle Overbay and Mauro Gomez, the right-hander got a grounder from Mike Carp.
Boston reliever Alfredo Aceves got the start and scattered two hits over five shutout innings.
The Red Sox lineup consisted of mostly backup candidates and prospects. Overbay, the former Toronto first baseman, went 0 for 2.
“We’re going to take every day available to us to make a decision on how our bench is going to round out,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
Overbay can opt out of his contract Tuesday.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz (heel) and shortstop Stephen Drew (concussion) remain out, but have been hitting in a cage at the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers. Both could be on the disabled list when the Red Sox open the regular season April 1 at the New York Yankees.
Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. had one of the two Boston hits. The outfielder is hitting .429 overall.
Fontana, Calif. — Denny Hamlin won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana, turning a lap of 187.451 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Greg Biffle finished second and Brad Keselowski was third in yesterday’s qualifying session, but they’ll start at the back after engine changes.
Hamlin earned his first pole of the season and the 13th of his career. He won three last year, and has won the pole three times at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle was right behind at 187.217 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Keselowski was third, beating Kyle Busch’s 187.130 mph in fourth place.
But Biffle and Keselowski both had engine issues in practice.
Defending champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth.
Women’s College Hockey
Gophers Oust Eagles
Minneapolis — Sarah Davis scored 1:39 into overtime and Minnesota beat Boston College 3-2 yesterday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.
Corinne Broyles stopped a slapshot by Bethany Brausen, but Davis picked up the rebound, skated left and lifted a shot behind the sprawling netminder to give Minnesota its 48th straight win.
Hannah Brandt and Becky Kortum scored third-period goals for the Gophers (40-0-0), the defending national champion. Noora Raty finished with 26 saves.
Minnesota will face either Boston University or Mercyhurst in tomorrow afternoon’s final. Emily Field and Lexi Bender scored for the Eagles (27-7-3).