Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

McIlroy getting back to business
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy is playing his first competitive round of golf since walking off the course last Friday during the second round of the Honda Classic. The world No. 1 is in a group with six-time winner Tiger Woods and Luke Donald for round one of the Cadillac Championship at Doral. (11:53 a.m. Eastern tee time).
Justin Rose won his first World Golf Championship title at this event last year. He finished a stroke better than Bubba Watson.
Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) won the first WGC event of the season, beating Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) two weeks ago in the final of the Match Play Championship.
Wrestling fighting for inclusion
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The acting head of wrestling's world body has met with IOC President Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH'-geh) and told him the sport will work hard to retain Olympic status.
The International Olympic Committee called it "a productive meeting."
The IOC executive board cut wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program last month.
The full board will met in May to recommend a short list of sports for inclusion. Eight sports are currently competing for one vacancy in the 2020 Games. The final decision will be made by the IOC assembly in September.
Not much to choose from
UNDATED (AP) -- There are just two games on tonight's NBA schedule, with Oklahoma City at New York and Denver hosts the L.A. Clippers.
The Thunder have won two straight and at 44-16 are three games behind Western Conference leader San Antonio. The Knicks are also aiming for a third straight victory. They are second in the East to Miami, but seven and a-half games behind the Miami Heat. Knicks leading scorer Carmelo Anthony missed last night's win over Detroit with an injury and his availability for tonight's outing isn't known.
The Nuggets are riding a six-game winning streak into tonight's game at the Pepsi Center, where they are 26-3 this season. They sit fifth in the West with a record of 40-22. The 44-19 Clippers are third in the West, a game and a-half behind the second-place Thunder.
Winner stays in Big Ten race
UNDATED (AP) -- Two teams still in the running for a share of the Big Ten title go head to head tonight in East Lansing. Tenth-ranked Michigan State will be out to snap a three-game losing streak when they host No. 22 Wisconsin. Both are a game and a-half behind first-place Indiana in the conference race, which ends this weekend. The second-ranked Hoosiers failed to claim their first outright Big Ten title in 20 years Tuesday night when they lost to 14th-ranked Ohio State. The Hoosiers can still get the job done with a win Sunday at seventh-ranked Michigan.
Nineteenth-ranked Oregon needs a win at Colorado to stay in the hunt for at least a share of the Pac-12 title. The Ducks were upset on their home floor home by the Buffaloes a month ago.
Plenty of action on the ice
UNDATED (AP) -- The Northeast Division race is the tightest in the NHL with Montreal leading Boston by a single point and third-place Toronto just two back.
The Bruins will be looking to avoid a third straight loss when they host a Maple Leafs team that's won three in a row. The Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their first regulation loss in over a month when they play at Southeast Division leader Carolina. The Hurricanes are hunting their first five-game winning streak in three years.
Also this evening, Buffalo visits New Jersey, the New York Islanders are home to the New York Rangers, Philadelphia entertains state-rival Pittsburgh, Florida is at Washington, Vancouver skates at Columbus, Winnipeg plays at Tampa Bay, Detroit hosts Edmonton, St. Louis is at Phoenix and Los Angeles entertains Dallas.
Injury bug bites Yanks again
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Yankees already were planning to open the season without third baseman Alex Rodriguez and outfielder Curtis Granderson. Today they learned they'll also have first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) out of commission on Opening Day against Boston.
Teixeira is going to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon. He was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Teixeira will rest for four weeks before beginning rehab.
Meanwhile, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes says he is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday for the first time since being sidelined by a bulging disk in his upper back three weeks ago.
He made 25 throws from 60 and 90 feet during his third level-ground throwing session today.
Hughes was hurt Feb. 18 during a defensive drill in spring training.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers (AY'-kurz) has been released by the San Francisco 49ers after two seasons. Akers set NFL records in 2011 with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted, while tying the league mark with a 63-yard boot against Green Bay in the season opener. But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999.

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