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Woods takes lead at Torrey Pines

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods resumed his assault on the No. 1 ranking in the world Friday by grabbing a two-shot lead at the midway point of the Farmers Insurance Open.


Woods shot a 7-under 65 over the Torrey Pines North Course during a steady, light rain and stood at 11-under 133 for 36 holes. He has won seven times at Torrey Pines, a collection of victories that has included the 2008 U.S. Open.

Friday's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 18th. He suffered a lone bogey at the par-4 eighth when he drove into a fairway bunker.

Alone in second at 135 was Billy Horschel, who is in his third year on the PGA Tour and is seeking his first victory on the circuit. Horschel shot a 3-under 69 on the South Course, the harder of the two being used for this week's event.


Those who survived the 36-hole cut will play the final two rounds on the South Course.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shared third place at 136 with Casey Wittenberg, Brad Fritsch, Steve Marino, Jimmy Walker and Josh Teater.

Nick Watney was among those at 137 in a tie for ninth. Phil Mickelson bogeyed the final two holes to shoot a 71 and barely made the cut at 1-under 143. Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson will also play on the weekend after finishing 36 holes at 141.

Woods climbed from No. 50 in the world to No. 2 last year thanks to three victories. He opened his 2013 season by missing the cut on the European Tour last week, but so did world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

Wizards finally get to 10 wins

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Jordan Crawford led a strong shooting performance Friday that lifted Washington to its 10th victory of the season -- 114-101 over Minnesota.

The Wizards, who lost their first 12 games of the campaign, became the last NBA team to reach 10 wins. This was Washington's second-largest margin of victory, surpassed only by a 29-point triumph over Orlando on Jan. 14.


Six Washington players reached double figures, sending the Wizards to a 60-46 halftime lead and as much as a 22-point advantage in the fourth quarter. Crawford scored 19 points, Bradley Beal had 16 and both Nene and John Wall had 14.

Washington shot at a 60 percent pace through the first three quarters and wound up making 57 percent of its field goal attempts for the game.

Minnesota, which has lost three in a row, got 18 points from Derrick Williams and 17 from Andrei Kirilenko.

Bruins bounce back from first loss

BOSTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Zdeno Chara put Boston in front 7:07 into the third period Friday and the Bruins went on to defeat the New York Islanders 4-2.

Boston bounced back from its first loss of the season with Tuukka Rask shutting out the Islanders over the second half of the contest.

New York took a 2-1 lead with 10:10 to go in the second period on Keith Aucoin's goal, but Gregory Campbell tied it less than 4 minutes later.

Boston then produced the only two goals of the third -- Chara delivering the game-winner and Patrice Bergeron giving the Bruins some insurance with 6:27 remaining.


Rask finished with 24 saves while Rick DiPietro stopped 23-of-27 shots for the Islanders. New York had won its previous two games.

Brewers' Hart out until May

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Milwaukee first baseman Corey Hart underwent knee surgery Friday that will keep him out of the lineup until at least mid-May, the Brewers said.

Hart experience swelling in his knee during off-season workouts and examinations uncovered a tear in the meniscus of his right knee.

Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers' team physician, repaired the torn meniscus and debrided the knee joint, removing damaged tissue to help healing. Recovery time is expected to be four months.

Hart has played his entire nine-year major league career with the Brewers, hitting .276 with 154 home runs and 508 runs batted in. He hit .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI in 149 games last season.

He is in the final year of a three-year, $26.5 million contract and would be a free agent after the 2013 season.

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