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By: Associated Press

McIlroy admits mistake
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy says he should have finished his second round at the Honda Classic last Friday. The world No. 1 tells Sports Illustrated magazine that walking off after eight holes" was not the right thing to do."
McIlroy was 7-over for the round and headed toward another missed cut when he hit his second shot into the water on the 18th and abruptly withdrew without finishing the hole. On his way to the parking lot, he told reporters that his head was not in the right place. He later issued a statement that his wisdom tooth was causing pain.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland says his lower wisdom teeth are growing sideways and he has been prescribed a painkiller, which he did not use Friday. He says it was frustration over his swing that led him to leave.
Jennings not franchised
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers declined to use their franchise tag on Greg Jennings. That means the star wide receiver will become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Jennings ranks in the top 10 on the all-time Packers reception list. His agent tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Jennings can begin speaking with other teams as soon as Saturday, although no deal can be signed until March 12.
The Packers could have kept Jennings out of free agency by applying their franchise tag to him by the Monday deadline, but then they would have had to offer him a one-year, $10.5 million contract. If Jennings signed the contract he'd be guaranteed the money, and even if the team released him, the salary would count against the team's cap.
Wait and see about Melo...Lakers face stiff road test
UNDATED (AP) -- We're still awaiting further word as to the extent of the injury Carmelo Anthony sustained during last night's win over Cleveland.
The New York Knicks' leading scorer injured his right knee in the second quarter and did not return to the game. His status for Wednesday's game at Detroit is unknown.
We do know that the Lakers will be looking to earn some respect tonight when they take the court in Oklahoma City. Los Angeles has crept up to the .500 mark with back-to-back wins and is two games out of the final playoff berth in the West. The Thunder have the third-best record in the league and are 26-4 on their home floor.
Also tonight in the NBA, Boston is at Philadelphia and aiming for a third straight win, and the Denver Nuggets put their five-game winning streak on the line in Sacramento against the lowly Kings.
Bulldogs have time to enjoy top ranking
UNDATED (AP) -- Gonzaga's (gahn-ZAG'-uhz) basketball program is enjoying its first full day as the No. 1 team in the country.
The Bulldogs, who don't play again until Saturday in the WCC semifinals in Las Vegas, moved up from No. 2 when this week's AP poll was released, flip-flopping with Indiana.
The second-ranked Hoosiers host 14th-ranked Ohio State tonight. Indiana clinches the outright Big Ten title with a victory over the Buckeyes.
Third-ranked Duke returns to the court after Saturday's stirring victory over ACC leader Miami, hosting conference cellar dweller Virginia Tech.
Also this evening, No. 9 Kansas State will be looking to regain a share of the Big 12 lead with a win over visiting TCU, No. 15 Marquette begins its contest at Rutgers one game behind Big East leader Georgetown, No. 24 Notre Dame hosts a St. John's team that's beaten them three times in a row, and No. 25 Memphis is on the road to play UTEP (YOO'-tehp) three days after clinching its eighth Conference USA regular-season title.
Blackhawks look to continue record start
UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL-leading Blackhawks return to home ice tonight to try and gain a measure of revenge for a shootout loss to Minnesota earlier this season. It's Chicago's first game since extending a record-setting start with a come-from-behind overtime win at Detroit on Sunday. It was the 22nd time in 22 games this season the Blackhawks have earned a point. The 19-0-3 Blackhawks are riding a nine-game winning streak and have earned at least one point in 28 consecutive games since last March 25. That's tied for the second-longest streak in NHL history behind Philadelphia's 35 straight in 1979-80.
Elsewhere on the ice, Eastern Conference leader Montreal is at the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay skates at New Jersey, Washington hosts Boston, Carolina entertains Edmonton, Philadelphia plays the Rangers in New York, Winnipeg visits Florida, Detroit is home to Colorado, San Jose is at Vancouver and Los Angeles hosts St. Louis.
Klitschko title defense set
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko (VLAD'-uh-meer KLICH'-koh) will defend his four heavyweight titles against Francesco Pianeta (fran CHES'-koh pee-uh-NEH'-tuh) in May.
Klitschko's management says the fight will take place on May 4 in Mannhein, Germany. Klitschko holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.
The 28-year-old Pianeta was born in Italy but has lived in Germany since he was 6.
Pianeta is 28-0-1 with 15 KO's. He was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year. Klitschko is 59-3 with 51 KO's.
Real Madrid No. 1
LONDON (AP) -- Two victories in four days over rival Barcelona propelled Real Madrid (ray-AL' mah-DRIHD') to first place in the AP global soccer rankings.
Cristiano Ronaldo's role in Real's victories was not enough to make him player of the week in The Associated Press survey of 22 global soccer journalists. Ronaldo was beaten by Gareth Bale of Tottenham, who scored three goals in two games.

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