Sports shorts: Wind forces PGA Tour to scrap first round in Maui

2013-01-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Wind forces PGA Tour to scrap first round in MauiStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

KAPALUA, Hawaii - The PGA Tour season starts today. Wind squalls that howled down the mountains above Maui were so severe Friday that the first round of the Tournament of Champions was scrapped.

The decision was great news for Scott Stallings, who was 7-over par through four holes. As for U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson? "It stinks for me," he said. Simpson was 3-under through No. 7, joining Jonas Blixt as the only players under par.

The plan is to play 36 holes today.

College football

Georgia LB Jones enters NFL draft

ATHENS, Ga. - After returning to Georgia for the chance to win a championship, All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones said Friday he will turn pro and skip his senior season. The nation's sacks leader may be one of the top picks in the NFL draft.

• Also declaring Friday for the NFL draft were LSU safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing; and Florida tight end Jordan Reed.

• Tulane received a national letter of intent from QB Nick Montana, who threw for 2,652 yards and 22 TDs at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., in 2012. He's the son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

• Bryan Stoltenberg, 40, an All-America center for Colorado in the mid-1990s who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, died Friday in Sugarland, Texas. He underwent several surgeries after a car accident.

Baseball

T-Pads' Clark to play in Japan

Tucson Padres first baseman Matt Clark tweeted on Friday night that he'll play this season in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons.

Clark, 26, is Tucson's all-time leader in at-bats, home runs, hits and RBIs. He played in a total of 250 games over two seasons with the Padres and has been with the team since it moved to Tucson in 2011. He hit .290 in 2012 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs.

• Righty Brett Myers, who pitched in relief last season for Houston and the White Sox, signed a one-year, $7 million contract to be a starter for the Cleveland Indians. The deal has an $8 million club option for 2014.

• The Blue Jays have claimed pitcher Chad Beck off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing the righty back to Toronto.

MISCELLANEOUS

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss engaged

LOS ANGELES - Known for getting rings, Phil Jackson finally has given one as well. The retired coach, 67, who won 11 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is engaged to longtime girlfriend and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, 51.

• In Auckland, New Zealand, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won the ASB Classic for her 11th singles title, beating Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4 early today in the Australian Open tennis tuneup event.

• In other tennis action: Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her Brisbane (Australia) International semifinal match against Serena Williams with an infected toe on Friday. Andy Murray beat Denis Istomin 6-4, 7-6 (3) to win in the men's quarterfinals. In Perth, Australia, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic beat Germany's Tommy Haas and Tatjana Malek, respectively, in singles play as Serbia reached the Hopman Cup final against Spain today.

• In Pima College women's basketball, the Aztecs saw their six-game winning streak snapped by South Plains College 70-67 in overtime. A'jha Edwards had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Pima (8-8).

• In hockey, No. 18 Arizona fell to No. 4 Minot State 6-2 on Friday night at the TCC Arena. The Wildcats (13-10), who beat Williston State 5-4 in an overtime shootout Thursday, will face Minot State again tonight at 7:30 at the TCC Arena.

- Daniel Berk Includes material from news releases

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