Tiger Woods birdied the 18th hole to keep a 1-shot lead after a windy second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.
The blustery day caused problems for Woods from the start. The world's No. 1 player, who had taken a 2-shot lead with a 7-under 65 after the first round, bogeyed the first hole after driving the ball into the rough. Two more bogeys followed on the 12th and 15th.
Irishman Damien McGrane shot a 3-under 69 to pull within one shot.
Defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden shot a 2-under 70 with four birdies and was two strokes behind Woods. He was tied for third with Thomas Levet of France, who had a 71.
Despite losing ground on the leaderboard, Woods said he was "pleased with anything in the red today.""It was not a pretty day out there," he said.
Huskies reinstate Wiggins to squad
Connecticut guard Doug Wiggins was reinstated to the team by coach Jim Calhoun on Friday, but starting guard Jerome Dyson remained suspended indefinitely.
The 20-year-old sophomores were suspended Jan. 25, a day after campus police said they found them in a car in a parking lot with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of cognac.Both players were cited for possession of alcohol by a minor. Wiggins also was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. He is due in court Monday to face that charge.
Rodriguez files response to lawsuit
Rich Rodriguez says opening the books of West Virginia's private fundraising arm is the only way to determine whether his abrupt resignation as football coach harmed the school financially.
That was a key demand in the formal response that Rodriguez filed Friday to WVU's lawsuit over the $4 million buyout clause in his contract. He also said it was the administration's actions not a better offer that forced him to resign in December and take the coaching job at Michigan."The only way to tell whether or not West Virginia University has been damaged is to see if its donations to the foundation have decreased and/or if other expenses have increased," his lawyers said, noting WVU hired assistant coach Bill Stewart to replace Rodriguez at a significantly smaller salary.
Indians, Blake able to avoid arbitration
Third baseman Casey Blake avoided arbitration by agreeing Friday to a $6.1 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Blake, who can become a free agent after this season, had been seeking $6.9 million. Cleveland offered $5.4 million to the versatile 34-year-old, who made $3.75 million last year.
Blake, who signed with the Indians as a free agent in 2002, hit .270 with 18 homers last season. He began last season at first base and as backup outfielder, but moved to third base when Andy Marte was injured and then demoted to the minor leagues. Blake started 134 games at third base.The club hasn't gone to arbitration with a player since 1991.
Blue Jackets deal Glencross to Oilers
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded left wing Curtis Glencross for veteran defenseman Dick Tarnstrom of Edmonton on Friday.
Tarnstrom has appeared in 287 career NHL games, scoring 33 goals and adding 98 assists with the Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. In 29 games with Edmonton this season, the 33-year-old had a goal and four assists.
The 25-year-old Glencross joined the Blue Jackets last season after a trade with the Anaheim Ducks. He has seven goals and six assists in 45 games with Columbus.