Russell Henley wins playoff to capture Honda Classic

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GOLF

Henley wins Honda Classic, Tiger's last round ends early

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Russell Henley made good on his second chance at the 18th hole Sunday and won the Honda Classic after a wild day that began with Tiger Woods walking off the course with a back injury and ended with a four-man playoff.

The closing hour at PGA National was a series of blunders by the contenders -- and even the winner.

Henley was in a three-way tie for the lead, 40 yards left of the flag on the par-5 18th in regulation, when he chunked a chip so badly that it only got halfway to the hole. He had to two-putt for par, and then watched as Rory McIlroy nearly made a great escape from an otherwise bad afternoon. McIlroy, who lost a two-shot lead, hit a 5-wood from 236 yards to just inside 12 feet for an eagle and the win. It narrowly slid by on the right.

In the playoff, Henley was the only player to reach the 549-yard hole in two, and he two-putted from about 40 feet for birdie. Ryan Palmer missed a 10-foot birdie putt. McIlroy went from the back bunker to the front collar and had to scramble for par, and Russell Knox laid up and missed a 20-foot birdie attempt.

Woods abruptly quit after 13 holes and was driven straight to his car. He later said he had lower back pain and spasms, and was unsure if he could play at Doral next week.

Henley, who closed with a 72, won for the second time and qualified for the Masters. He also moves into the top 50 in the world ranking, making him eligible for the Cadillac Championship next week at Doral.

Palmer missed a 5-foot par in regulation that would have won it. He closed with a 69, the only player in the last six groups to break par.

McIlroy shot 74. It was his second straight tournament in stroke play that he played in the final group and shot 74.

Eagle gives Creamer victory in Singapore

SINGAPORE -- Paula Creamer made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second hole of a playoff with Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions for her first LPGA Tour title since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.

Creamer's downhill putt curled right to left across the 18th green. The American ran across the green, fell to her knees and put her head on the ground, laughing and pounding the grass.

SOCCER

Manchester City wins League Cup

LONDON -- Manchester City staged a second-half comeback to beat Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup final on Sunday, with exquisite goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri inside two minutes sparking the recovery.

In a flat first half by City, Fabio Borini put Premier League struggler Sunderland in front after 10 minutes, but there was more urgency after the break to ensure Manuel Pellegrini lifts at least one trophy in his first season as manager.

Toure curled in the equalizer in the 55th minute, Nasri quickly volleyed in the crucial second, and Jesus Navas netted City's 121st goal of the season by completing a late counterattack.

BASEBALL

Rangers OF Choo out with arm injury

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is out of the lineup because of soreness in his left arm.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine says Choo has stiffness in his triceps and will be given a day or two off.

Texas was playing the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Choo finished second in the NL last season with a .423 on-base percentage and scored 107 runs for Cincinnati. He signed a seven-year, $130 million contract in December with the Rangers.

Choo throws and bats left-handed.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was shut down with a sore arm Saturday.

Former Indians pitcher Mota retires

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reliever Guillermo Mota has announced he is retiring after 14 seasons in the major leagues.

Mota was a non-roster invitee to the Kansas City Royals camp and did not pitch last season.

The 40-year-old right-hander made 743 career relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He was part of San Francisco's World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.

In 2003 and '04, Mota topped National League relievers in innings pitched.

In 2007 while with the Mets, he was suspended 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

BASKETBALL

Oklahoma City loses Sefolosha

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha will miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain.

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti made the announcement Sunday before the team's game against Charlotte.

Sefolosha left Friday's game against Memphis in the first half and didn't return. The 6-foot-7 defensive stopper from Switzerland had started 55 of the team's 59 games this season and averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Perry Jones, a 6-foot-11 forward, will fill the starting slot.

Sefolosha is the second starter the Thunder have lost since the All-Star break. Center Kendrick Perkins was injured Feb. 20 against Miami, and the veteran enforcer is expected to miss another five weeks with a left groin strain.

Creighton reserve Zierden sidelined

OMAHA, Neb. -- Reserve guard Isaiah Zierden of No. 9 Creighton is out indefinitely because of ligament damage in his right knee.

Creighton spokesman Rob Anderson said in a text message Sunday night that X-rays showed no fractures or bone chips in the knee. He will undergo an MRI on Monday.

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