SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Phil Mickelson will have a sizeable lead when the first round of the Phoenix Open resumes this morning. Mickelson came within a fraction of an inch of becoming the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59, firing a 11-under 60 that puts him four shots ahead of Jeff Maggert, Padraig Harrington, Brandt Snedeker and two others. Lefty just missed sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on his final hole.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver says he is retiring. Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving, 10,137 yards, and catches, 743. He is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions.
PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN’ PRAH’-doh) just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. Prado had been headed to arbitration and could have become a free agent after this season. Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves’ second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play at third base for the Diamondbacks.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on 2013 contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-handed pitcher James McDonald on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Walker hit .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs in 129 games last season but missed significant time due to a back injury. McDonald went 12-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 2012 but struggled for most of the second half.
DENVER (AP) – Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died yesterday morning. He was 25. Moore was attempting a backflip last Thursday in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars. Moore landed face first into the snow with his snowmobile rolling over him.