Around the Nation (Jan. 25): Gary Woodland takes one-stroke lead at Torrey Pines

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GOLF

Woodland takes 1-shot lead; Tiger headed home

SAN DIEGO — Gary Woodland didn’t have to overpower the par 5s to take the lead at Torrey Pines.

Woodland made five birdies on another tough day of scoring on the South Course for a 2-under 70. That gave him a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (75) and Marc Leishman of Australia (72) going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

The final round won’t include Tiger Woods. In a shocking performance at course where he has won eight times, Woods went seven straight holes with a bogey or worse and matched his worst score on American soil with a 79. Woods missed the 54-hole cut.

A dozen players were separated by only three shots going into Sunday, including San Diego native Pat Perez and Ryo Ishikawa of Japan.

FOOTBALL

Michigan grants release for three football players

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan running back Thomas Rawls is one of three players who have been granted a release by the school.

Rawls along with safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash can now transfer.

Rawls had a career-low three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown last season as a junior. He ran the ball 57 times for 242 yards and four TDs the previous season.

Furman started three games last season as a junior. He was reinstated to the team in April of 2012 a week after he was found not guilty of assault and other charges.

Ash was a seldom-used reserve during his three-year career with the Wolverines.

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