ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods has regained the top ranking in the world with a win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods completed the final round today at 2-under 70 to finish two shots in front of Justin Rose. The last time Woods was No. 1 in the world was October 2010. Woods’ victory is his eighth in the Palmer tournament, tying the 48-year old PGA Tour record for most wins in one tournament.
UNDATED (AP) – The Miami Heat picked up their 27th consecutive victories last night, while the Denver Nuggets saw their 15-game winning streak come to an end. LeBron James had 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as the Heat beat the Magic 108-94 in Orlando. Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists to lead New Orleans’ 110-86 rout of the Nuggets.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith was dismissed yesterday, less than 24 hours after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Smith held the job for six years and had a record of 124-81 overall with a Big Ten mark of 46-62. Smith got the Gophers to the NCAA tournament three times and had five 20-win seasons.
UNDATED (AP) – Kyle Lohse (lohsh) has found a new team after going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a three-year contract worth $33 million. He is 118-109 lifetime with a 4.45 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
UNDATED (AP) – Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during a last-lap crash while racing for the win against former teammate Joey Logano Sunday, and Joe Gibbs Racing has given no indication how long its driver could be sidelined. Hamlin is expected to be released from the hospital and return to North Carolina for further evaluation. NASCAR does not race this weekend, but returns to action April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, where Hamlin has four victories.