SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will have a sizeable lead when the first round of the Phoenix Open resumes this morning. Mickelson came within a fraction of an inch of becoming the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59, firing a 11-under 60 that puts him four shots ahead of Jeff Maggert, Padraig Harrington, Brandt Snedeker and two others. Lefty just missed sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver says he is retiring. Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving, 10,137 yards, and catches, 743. He is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado had been headed to arbitration and could have become a free agent after this season. Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves’ second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play at third base for the Diamondbacks.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on 2013 contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-handed pitcher James McDonald on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Walker hit .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs in 129 games last season but missed significant time due to a back injury. McDonald went 12-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 2012 but struggled for most of the second half.
DENVER (AP) — Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died yesterday morning. He was 25. Moore was attempting a backflip last Thursday in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Oklahoma City 106 Memphis 89
Golden State 100 Dallas 97
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 7 Boston 4
N-Y Islanders 5 New Jersey 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh 3 N-Y Rangers 0
St. Louis 4 Columbus 1
Toronto 3 Washington 2
Florida 6 Winnipeg 3
Colorado 6 Calgary 3
San Jose 3 Edmonton 2 (OT/SO)
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1 (OT/SO)
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
( 7) Gonzaga 88 Loyola Marymount 43
( 8) Arizona 57 Washington 53
Saint Louis 75 ( 9) Butler 58
(13) Michigan St. 80 Illinois 75