- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and the first round brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.

With his best opening round on the PGA Tour in nearly 10 years, Daly kept a clean card at Pebble Beach on a magnificent day along the Monterey Peninsula for a 7-under 65, leaving him one shot behind J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks in the AT&T; Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Hicks and Holmes each shot 8-under 64 at Pebble Beach, typically the easiest course in the rotation in benign conditions.

Jim Furyk, former Pebble winner Brandt Snedeker and Chesson Hadley were at 7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula, while J.J. Henry and Dudley Hart joined Daly at 65 at Pebble Beach. The low score at Spyglass Hill belonged to Alex Prugh at 6-under 66.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Admitting that he is “going to miss it,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he will give up his job calling plays for Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay offense.

McCarthy is handing off play-calling duties to Tom Clements, whom he promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. Edgar Bennett was named offensive coordinator, while Bennett’s responsibilities as the wide receivers coach were given to Alex Van Pelt, who will now coach both quarterbacks and receivers.

In addition, McCarthy promoted Ron Zook to special teams coordinator to replace Shawn Slocum, who was fired Jan. 30, and promoted Jason Simmons to Zook’s former position as assistant special teams coach. Former Oklahoma defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery was hired to help coach the defensive front, and ex-San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari was added to help offensive line coach James Campen.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento Kings announced they had reached an agreement in principle with George Karl to become the head coach.

The team said a news conference to introduce Karl would be scheduled when the agreement is finalized.

Karl, the sixth-winningest coach in NBA history, is expected to coach the Kings in their first game following the All-Star break at home against Boston on Feb. 20.

Karl will be Sacramento’s third coach this season.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Eight months after Tony Gwynn died of cancer, it’s time to play baseball again at San Diego State.

The mourning will never fully go away because of how beloved Gwynn was in his adopted hometown. He played basketball and baseball at SDSU, had a 20-year, Hall of Fame career with the Padres and then returned to his alma mater to coach the baseball team.

It’ll likely be a bittersweet atmosphere when the Aztecs honor Gwynn by retiring his No. 19 Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium before the first game of an opening-weekend series against Valparaiso.

Gwynn was 54 when he died from complications of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco.

CHICAGO (AP) - A day after Little League International stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of its national championship, team officials announced they’ve hired a high-profile attorney to conduct an investigation they hope will end with the return of their title.

The sport’s governing body announced Wednesday that team officials had violated regulations by including players who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries, then scrambled to get adjacent leagues to go along with the scheme. But attorney Victor Henderson said Thursday he will try to determine not only whether the team broke any rules but whether - as supporters in Chicago have suggested - Little League International unfairly singled them out.

Henderson said it is too early to say if Jackie Robinson West will file a lawsuit against Little League International.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is clearly defining penalties for teams caught manipulating side skirts on cars.

Anyone who makes unapproved adjustments under caution will be forced to return to pit road for repairs. That car will then restart at the back of the field and have to serve a pass-thru penalty under a green flag.

Should the unapproved adjustment be made during a green-flag stop, the team would be forced back to the pits. Any crew member caught making unapproved adjustments will receive a warning, but the penalty could increase for habitual offenders.

Teams began flaring side skirts last season, and although many believed it was a rules violation, NASCAR took no action. It led to many teams feeling as if they had to do it to keep up with others.

The rules bulletin also defined qualifying procedures. NASCAR will enforce pit-road speed and proper blending onto the track. NASCAR also will penalize any driver impeding a competitor during qualifying, and their lap could be disallowed.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock reached an impressive milestone, joining some heady company.

Alexander Steen had a goal and two assists to help Hitchcock move into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL wins list in the Blues’ 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Hitchcock’s 693rd regular-season win broke a tie with Dick Irvin. The Blues coach only trails Joel Quenneville (739), Al Arbour (782) and Scotty Bowman (1,244), who scouted the game as a Chicago senior adviser.


BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Anna Fenninger’s ski tips nearly crossed going from one turn to the next late in her run, lurching her violently forward.

Somehow, the Austrian recovered. Improbably, she stayed on course. Even more implausibly, she hardly lost any speed. Fenninger recovered from a near-wipeout to win the women’s giant slalom title, while American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin finished eighth.

Leading after the opening run, Fenninger posted a combined time of 2 minutes, 19.16 seconds to beat Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 1.40 seconds. Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was third.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze wound up fifth, ending her quest to earn a medal in every event at Beaver Creek worlds.

After a shaky opening run, Lindsey Vonn held nothing back on her second pass in her final event in front of a hometown crowd. She even had the lead for a little bit, before slipping to 14th, 3.22 seconds behind Fenninger.

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