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Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 16th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Tiger Woods falls near bottom of leaderboard in first round of season

- Associated Press

In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years — and only his second tournament in six months — Woods couldn’t hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.

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NBA in expanded digital partnership with China's Tencent

Associated Press

The National Basketball Association is forming its largest international digital partnership through an expansion of its arrangements with Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., the league said Friday.

UC Davis fends off UC Santa Barbara, 70-64

Associated Press

Corey Hawkins scored 28 points, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, Neil Monson added 16 off the bench, and UC Davis beat UC Santa Barbara 70-64 on Thursday night.

NHL Capsules

- Associated Press

Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks used a five-goal second period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Thursday night.

Louisville's Bria Smith, left, drives around the defense of Syracuse' Brianna Butler during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 78-58. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

No. 8 Louisville women beat No. 23 Syracuse 78-58

- Associated Press

In leading Louisville to two national title games in eight years, coach Jeff Walz has shown he's not wedded to any particular system and will use whatever scheme the situation calls for to crack an opponent.

Madison Keys of the U.S.  celebrates after defeating her compatriot Venus Williams in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

What to watch at Aussie Open Saturday: No 1 vs No 2

- Associated Press

It's been five years since Serena Williams won the last of her five Australian Open singles titles. Maria Sharapova's one and only trophy at Melbourne Park came in 2008 when she defeated Ana Ivanovic.

NBA Capsules

- Associated Press

Jordan Hill scored 26 points and forced the second overtime with a clutch jumper, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion with a 123-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Ventura makes unlikely journey to pitching greatness

- Associated Press

Never mind that it was around midnight. This was an urgent matter to Royals scout Pedro Silverio: He had just glimpsed the future in the improbable form of a spindly 17-year-old.

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2015, file photo Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol, from Spain, shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Gasol misses the weather, his many friends and the charitable endeavors he left behind in Los Angeles when he signed with the Chicago Bulls last summer. The two-time NBA champion returns to Los Angeles when the Lakers host the Bulls Thursday, Jan. 29. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Pau Gasol remains grateful for years, titles with Lakers

- Associated Press

Pau Gasol was only back in town for two days and one emotional game at Staples Center. He still cherished the chance to reconnect with Los Angeles, where he won two NBA titles with the Lakers and created a legacy that will endure beyond his basketball career.