Around the Nation (March 10): Tiger Woods wins another World Golf Championship at Doral

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GOLF

Woods keeps rolling, wins another World Championship at Doral

DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is hitting his stride on his march to the Masters.

Woods had full control of his game Sunday and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a bogey that didn't matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71 to win the Cadillac Championship.

One year ago at Doral, Woods left after the 11th hole with tightness in his left Achilles tendon. He since has won five times in his last 22 tournaments worldwide, and can return to No. 1 in the world with a win in two weeks at Bay Hill.

Woods won by two over Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a putting tip on the eve of the tournament.

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, showed signs of recovering from his rough start to the season. He had a 65 and tied for eighth.

Graeme McDowell, who started the final round four shots behind, made a birdie on the opening hole, but never got any closer. McDowell had third place to himself until he went for the green on the 18th hole and found the water. He made double bogey, shot 72 and fell into a four-way tie for third that cost him $172,500.

Phil Mickelson (71), Sergio Garcia (69) and Adam Scott (64) also tied for third.

Brown's late birdie gives him first PGA Tour win

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Scott Brown made birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory in the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour title.

Brown closed with a 2-under 70. He earned a two-year exemption on tour and a spot in the PGA Championship this summer.

Fabian Gomez of Argentina had a one-shot lead until he went over the green and into a bunker on his third shot, blasted out to 15 feet and missed the par putt. He closed with a 71 and tied for second with Jordan Spieth. The 19-year-old from Texas had a 67.

Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein tied for sixth, giving him a spot in the Tampa Bay Classic next week.

Brown finished at 20-under 268 and earned $630,000.

Colt Knost (Garrettsville) shot a 1-under 71 in Sunday's final round to finish 5-under 283 for the tournament. Knost earned $7,140.

FOOTBALL

Bengals re-sign place-kicer Mike Nugent

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed place kicker Mike Nugent for two years, preventing him from becoming a free agent.

No terms of the deal were announced Sunday.

A nine-year veteran who kicked for Ohio State's 2002 national championship team, Nugent has been with the Bengals for three seasons. A calf injury kept him out of the team's last four games of 2012 and its playoff loss to Houston.

In 2011, Nugent set a Bengals records for points with 132 and field goals with 33 in one season. He tied a Cincinnati record with a 55-yard field goal against Oakland last season.

Nugent has made 83.8 percent of his field goals as a Bengal, the second-best career percentage in club history.

BASKETBALL

Indiana beats Michigan

72-71 for Big Ten regular-season title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.

The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the last minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line.

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