DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson won yesterday’s Daytona 500, taking the lead with six laps remaining before holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Brad Keselowski. Pole-sitter Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead laps in the season-opening Cup event and third on the last lap before getting shuffled back to an eighth-place finish.
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA’s longest current winning streak just got a little longer. LeBron James scored 28 points and the Miami Heat picked up their 11th straight win by outlasting Cleveland 109-105. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 11 of his 24 points in the final five minutes after the Heat blew a 22-point lead in the second half.
UNDATED (AP) – New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is going to be out up to 10 weeks with a broken right forearm. The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. (JAY) Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday. The blow is a major one for the Yankees, who are already without third baseman Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) – Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) beat Jason Day and Hunter Mahan (MAY’-han) yesterday to win the Match Play Championship in Arizona. Mahan lost the final 2 and 1 after trying to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of the 15-year-old tournament. Kuchar beat Jason Day 4 and 3 in the morning semifinals just before Mahan closed out a 4 and 3 victory over Ian Poulter.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) – The PGA Tour has notified golf’s governing bodies that it sees no reason to ban anchored putting strokes. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says there is not enough evidence to show a competitive advantage gained by using a long putter or belly putter that is anchored against the body. Three of the last five major champions used a belly putter. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced the proposed rule Nov. 28. They offered a 90-day comment period.