Around the Nation (March 7): Story is survival at Cadillac Championship

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GOLF

A day of survival at Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar birdied the 18th hole Friday to join an exclusive group -- one of only four players to beat par at Doral.

The Blue Monster gobbled up just about everyone else in raging wind at the Cadillac Championship.

Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Patrick Reed were the survivors to par going into the weekend. They were at 1-under 143. The conditions were so severe that only three players broke par in the second round, and no one shot in the 60s.

Tiger Woods did well to post a 73 and was only six shots behind.

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy were among those at even par. The average score was 76 on the overhauled Trump National Doral, thanks to more than 100 balls that went into the water.

FOOTBALL

Nebraska gives Pelini one-year contract extension

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.

Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.

Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers' streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years.

Minutes after Nebraska lost its last regular-season game, to Iowa, Pelini defended his record and said, "If they want to fire me, go ahead." Athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement of support for Pelini the next day, but as recently as Tuesday had refused to answer questions about a contract extension.

ICE HOCKEY

Blue Jackets recall defender St. Denis

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman Frederic St. Denis from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

St. Denis is expected to join the club prior to Saturday's game at Nashville.

The 28-year-old has nine goals and 15 assists with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-14 plus rating in 51 games with Springfield this season.

Before signing with Columbus in July 2013, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound native of Quebec spent four seasons in the Montreal Canadiens' organization.

The Blue Jackets are down two defensemen due to injuries.

COLLEGE

Ohio State women upset No. 11 Penn State 99-82

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ameryst Alston scored 33 points and Cait Craft 24 as eighth-seeded Ohio State stunned top-seeded and No. 11-ranked Penn State 99-82 Friday in the Big Ten Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

The Buckeyes (17-17) advance to a Saturday semifinal against Iowa.

Raven Ferguson added 15 points for OSU, which shot 71.9 percent in the first half when it made all 10 of its 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead. The 58 points were a tournament record.

The Lady Lions (22-7) were led by Ariel Edwards' career-high 29 points plus 10 rebounds. Maggie Lucas added 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave her the conference's career record with 358.

OSU built its lead to 27 points before PSU cut it to nine with 2:56 left. OSU then went on an 11-2 run to seal the outcome.

OSU's last win over a top-15 team came against Michigan State in the 2011 conference tournament.

SOCCER

MLS refs locked out as season starts

NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's referees and other on-field officials have been locked out, a day before the season openers.

The Professional Referee Organization, which manages game officials for the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS, notified the Professional Soccer Referee Association of the lockout Friday. PRO says replacement officials will be used.

PRO says the union, which was formed last year, rejected a no strike-no lockout agreement that management had proposed.

The sides have bargained for months without reaching a deal on a labor contract.

BASKETBALL

WNBA Board of Governors ratifies new CBA

NEW YORK -- The WNBA Board of Governors has ratified a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement.

The agreement, approved Friday, includes an additional roster spot for each franchise, allowing teams to carry a maximum of 12 players.

The new CBA also decreases the number of times a player can be "cored," shortening the path to unrestricted free agency for stars. There also is an improved revenue-sharing program for the players and a small increase in the salary cap.

Another change is that teams can now offer players a "time off bonus." Teams have up to $50,000 to divide up among players who play fewer than three months overseas. Those bonuses aren't tied to any sort of offseason team obligations.

Both sides have the option to opt out of the CBA after the sixth season.

BASEBALL

AP Source: LHP Perez, D-backs agree at $4.25M

PHOENIX -- A person familiar with the negotiations says left-hander Oliver Perez and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $4.25 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.

The 32-year-old was 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA last year in his second season with the Seattle Mariners after spending 2011 in the minor leagues. He has a 62-75 record in 195 starts and 105 relief appearances over 11 big league seasons.

Perez would join a veteran-laden bullpen that includes Addison Reed, J.J. Putz and setup men Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez.

Royals release former All-Star after poor outings

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Brad Penny has been released from a minor league contract by the Kansas City Royals following a poor start to spring training.

The 35-year-old right-hander, an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, gave up four runs and eight hits in two innings Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, who hit three doubles and a home run. He allowed 13 hits over four innings in two spring training appearances and had a 15.75 ERA.

Penny missed last season to rest his right shoulder after going 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA for San Francisco in 2012. he has a 119-100 record with a 4.26 ERA in 13 major league seasons.

He agreed in January to a contract that would have paid him a $1 million salary in the major leagues.

Penny's release was announced Friday.

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