Chattahoochee Valley fall to Shelton State

March 6, 2014 

HANCEVILLE, Ala. -- The Chattahoochee Valley men's basketball team saw its 2013-14 season come to an end on Thursday afternoon in a 97-72 loss to Shelton State in the Alabama Community College Conference tournament.

Cedric Jackson led the Pirates with 14 points.

AJ Lynch led Shelton State with 20 points.

Thursday at Hanceville

CVCC (72)

Daijon Macklien 13, Presley 6, Corey Perkins 12, James Barnes 12, Kelly 3, Williams 3, Cedric Jackson 14, Souder 9.

Shelton State (97)

Reid 4, Jalin Houston 12, AJ Lynch 20, Marcus Meriweather 15, Stockton 8, Eason 4, Moss 9, Abraham 4, Simmons 5, Higgins 6, Johnson 9, Sherry 2.

Halftime--Shelton State 48-30.

GOLF

Only six players finish in Cadillac

DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday -- this time because of the weather, not his back.

The debut of the new Blue Monster, and the return of Woods, received an incomplete grade Thursday when the opening round of the Cadillac Championship was halted more than two hours because of menacing thunderstorms.

Harris English was among only six players who finished the round, hitting 5-iron into the par-3 ninth hole and rolling in a 45-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69.

The golf course and the world's No. 1 player showed enough.

Woods, who walked off after 13 holes Sunday in the Honda Classic because of lower back pain and spasms, said he warmed up well and felt good during the delay. His golf didn't look all that great. He was 2-over par through 10 holes, ending the day with a wedge that came up some 20 yards short of his target, leading to a three-putt for bogey from about 55 feet.

"I'm ready to go back out tomorrow and play well," he said.

Trump National Doral, completely overhauled by Gil Hanse, showed plenty of bite on a windy, cloudy afternoon. Jason Dufner was going along beautifully for 10 holes until he struggled to find fairways in a crosswind. Brett Rumford began his round by hitting four shots before he put one in play. Three went into the water on the par-5 10th, and he started out with an 11.

"Mr. Trump wanted a very tough test on the Blue Monster, and I think that's what he got," English said.

The course average was at 73.8.

Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed also were at 3 under when the round was suspended by darkness. The 62 players who failed to finish will return todayto complete the round.

Russell Henley, coming off a playoff win last week at the Honda Classic, made only one par in six holes on the back nine -- also hitting two birdies and three bogeys. He was in the group at 2 under that included Masters champion Adam Scott, who is in the Nos. 1-2-3 group with Woods and Henrik Stenson.

Stenson might have hit the most memorable shot of the day -- a cold shank from the middle of the second fairway that sailed at a 45-degree angle into bushes.

Scott has a chance to replace Woods at No. 1 in the world if he wins this World Golf Championship and Woods finishes worse that fifth.

Rory McIlroy got off to a blazing start with four birdies in five holes, only to end the back nine with back-to-back bogeys with a long three-putt bogey and a tee shot on the 18th that caught the edge of the water and bounded into the hazard.

That might be the most punishing aspect of the new Doral. Anything hit toward some of the edges feeds toward the water, and there's a lot of water in play.

Not even English was immune. His tee shot on the 18th found the water, and he still had 4-iron to get to the green. But he bounced back on the par-5 first hole by smashing a tee shot so far with help from the wind and the firm fairways that he had a 7-iron left from 213 yards. He hit that to 12 feet for a two-putt birdie, and he was bogey-free the rest of the way.

Brian Stuard leads Puerto Rico Open

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Brian Stuard birdied seven of his first 12 holes in windy conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open.

Stuard finished with a 6-under 66, dropping a stroke on the par-4 seventh hole -- his 16th of the day -- at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. He finished second in November in the OHL Classic in Mexico, four strokes behind Harris English.

Jason Gore and Danny Lee shot 67, and Y.E. Yang was another stroke back along with Ricky Barnes, William McGirt, Tim Petrovic, Chesson Hadley, Eric Axley and Ben Martin.

TENNIS

Michael Russell advances in Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Michael Russell rallied to advance to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, beating Donald Young 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

Playing on the new 8,000-seat Court 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 35-year-old Russell beat Young for the fourth time in a row and fifth in six tries to set up a match against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Tim Smyczek beat Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in a battle of American men.

Four-time champion Roger Federer, the No. 7 seed, had a first-round bye.

In women's play, Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak routed Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-0, and Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic topped Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 7-6 (2).

-- From staff, wire reports

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