DORAL, Fla. - Tiger Woods was on his game, and so were most of the world's best golfers Thursday in the Cadillac Championship.

Except for the world's No. 1 player.

Woods made nine birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral for a 6-under 66 that put him in a five-way share of the lead with Masters champion Bubba Watson, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Freddie Jacobson.

This World Golf Championship lived up to its name with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan among those one shot behind.

But it was another rough day for Rory McIlroy. He hit only three fairways and made six bogeys that kept him at par or worse on a perfect day for scoring. The best he could manage was a 73.

• Andres Romero made two late bogeys Thursday to drop into a tie for the Puerto Rico Open lead with Cameron Percy at 7-under 65 in the PGA Tour event in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Romero had an eagle and seven birdies on his first 15 holes to reach 9 under, then fell back with the bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.


Coyotes lose to Blues

GLENDALE - Patrik Berglund scored twice in a span of 2:12, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night.

Chris Stewart got a goal and two assists, and David Perron added four assists as the Blues won after two straight losses.

David Moss scored a short-handed goal, Keith Yandle had a power-play goal, and Shane Doan added his second goal in three games for the Coyotes, who have lost two straight.

Women's basketball

Pima loses in regional final

The Pima College women's basketball team lost 58-44 at Mesa College in the Region I, Division II final Thursday night.

It was the fourth straight year Pima and Mesa had played in the final and the second straight year Mesa beat the Aztecs (17-15).

Felicia Foster scored a team-high 13 points for the Aztecs. A'jha Edwards finished with six points and 19 rebounds.


Falcons, city agree on stadium deal

ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor and Falcons owner Arthur Blank agreed to financing terms for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome and keep the team's home games in the city's downtown, the two men said Thursday.

Mayor Kasim Reed said the city would provide $200 million of construction costs through bonds backed by the city's hotel-motel tax. The Falcons franchise would provide $800 million and be responsible for construction cost overruns.

• Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday for criticizing the new Gen-6 race car after last week's race at Phoenix, and the furious driver said he won't pay.

Hamlin compared the new race car unfavorably to last year's car after his third-place finish, angering NASCAR officials who are concerned about the Gen-6 car's public perception.

"Ultimately, I'm not OK with it," Hamlin said. "This is the most upset and angry I've been in a really, really long time about anything that relates to NASCAR."

• Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel claimed career win No. 5,000 Thursday by riding Hezunusal to victory in the sixth race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

• Michael Albasini of Switzerland beat four other riders in a sprint finish to win the hilly fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race Thursday, while American Andrew Talansky kept hold of the leader's yellow jersey in Saint-Vallier, France.

Includes material from a news release