Stallings holds on
at Torrey Pines
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Scott Stallings birdied the 72nd hole on Sunday to break through a crowd and win the Farmers Insurance Open.
Stallings, who won for the third time in the last 4 years on the PGA Tour, closed with a 4-under 68. He ended the tournament at 9-under-par 279.
K.J. Choi fired the low round of the last two days as he shot 6-under 66 to grab a piece of second place at minus-8. He was joined in second by Graham DeLaet and Jason Day, who both shot 68 in the final round, as well as Pat Perez (70) and 2010 runner-up Marc Leishman (71).
Angelelli on restart
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joao Barbosa held off Max Angelelli on a restart with 8:23 remaining of a 24-hour race to give Action Express Racing its second win in four years at the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Barbosa had driven the No. 5 Corvette to a 13.1-second lead on Sunday when a full-course caution with 21 minutes remaining put the victory in jeopardy. The field was bunched and allowed Angelelli one final chance to give Wayne Taylor Racing the win.
But Barbosa easily pulled away to get the win for teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastian Bourdais.
Hickey as GM
The Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey to replace Jeff Ireland as the team’s general manager.
Hickey, 43, served as Tampa Bay’s director of player personnel since 2011. He spent 18 seasons with the Buccaneers, and he will have complete control of the 53-man roster and the draft.
vows to walk home
Broncos safety Mike Adams, a native of downtrodden Paterson, N.J., says he plans to make the 12-mile walk from MetLife Stadium to his hometown in full uniform and helmet after Super Bowl XLVIII if Denver wins.
“After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I’ll start hitchhiking,” Adams said. “But they’d probably think I’m just some crazy person.”
Zambrano in brawl
Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was involved in a wild, bench-clearing brawl Saturday during Game 3 of the Venezuelan Winter League championship series.
Zambrano led the charge from the Magallanes’ dugout when the brawl began.
Anatoly Pakhomov, the mayor of Sochi, the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics next month, said homosexuality was not accepted in his Caucasus region, but that gay visitors would be welcome at the Games if they respected Russian laws.
Russia’s stance on gay rights, including laws introduced last year to ban the dissemination of “gay propaganda” among children, has drawn strong criticism from Western states and gay rights groups in the run-up to the Games, casting a shadow over President Vladimir Putin’s $50-billion showpiece event.