Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on February 20, 2006 · 33
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DETROIT FREE PRES3 WWW.FREEP.COM NBA MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2006 9 D Sabbatini holds on to win Nissan Walrus to compete in Par-3 Shootout GOLF ROUNDUP FREE PRESS STAEF AND NEWS SERVICES LOS ANGELES Losing a four-shot lead was bad enough. What rekindled Rory Sabbati-ni's fire was hearing a crowd rooting so hard for Fred Couples in the final round of the Nissan Open that it began to cheer Sabbatini's misfortune. On the verge of a collapse, Sabbatini hit a seven-iron to 5 feet on the pivotal par-three 16th hole for a birdie, closed with a one-over-par 72 and held off defending champion Adam Scott for a one-shot victory at Kmera Country Club. Sabbatini finished at 13-un-der 271 and earned his first win in three years. Scott closed with a 64. Craig Barlow shot 70 and finished another stroke back and Couples shot 71 to finish fourth. Ernie Els shot 67 and tied for 23rd in his PGA Tour season debut. PAR-3 SHOOTOUT: Champions Tour player and 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler will replace Gary McCord in the Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Joining Stadler for the 18-hole skins game June 26-27 will be defending champion Andy North, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples. The purse for the tournament on Rick Smith's Threetops Course is $540,000 with a $l-million bonus for each hole-in-one. Tickets - $50 for two days or $30 for each day - will go on sale April 1 and may be purchased at or by calling 989-732-6711, ext. 2499. CHAMPIONS: Loren Roberts parred the last 12 holes and clinched the ACE Group Classic at Naples, Fla., with a final-round 69 and 14-under 202 total - one shot ahead of Brad Bryant (70) and R.W. Eaks (67). TIGERS I Ordonez says speed, power back in his game From Page 5D the World Series." To fortify for their title defense, the White Sox re-signed their current cleanup hitter, free agent Paul Konerko, and acquired one of baseball's best cleanup hitters of recent times, Jim Thome, from Philadelphia for centerfielder Aaron Rowand and two young pitchers. The Tigers didn't make any such additions to their offense, at least overtly. But if Ordonez can play a full season this year, and produce as he did in his prime Chicago years, then he will in effect become a major addition over what the Tigers had a year ago. "My body is healthy 100," Ordonez said Sunday when he reported to spring training. When he was healthy in Chicago, he averaged 118 RBIs a year between 1999-2003. Ordonez arrived in Tigers camp a year ago amid questions about his surgically repaired left knee. The knee was fine. The hernia wiped out the season's first three months for him. He didn't get his first Tigers hit or RBI until July L He finished with eight homers and 46 RBIs. "Last year, I played like half a machine, said Ordonez, 32. I didn't feel strong ... I worked really hard this off-season and got all my power and speed back." Ordonez made clear Sunday that when he goes to the World Baseball Classic, he'll remember that his main job is as the Tigers' rightfielder. He said he's "not going to play nine innings" in the World Classic games, at least at the outset. He aims to remain strong enough to perform in every Tigers game this season. "I want to play 162," he said. Ordonez will play in the World Classic for his homeland of Venezuela, which he said considers the event on the epic scale of soccer's World Cup. He said he got a lot of pressure to participate "from the fans ev- Bonds: This is it San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, on the verge of passing Babe Ruth and 47 home runs shy of breaking Hank Aaron's all-time record, says this spring training will be his last and he plans to retire after the 2006 season. "I'm not playing baseball anymore after this," Bonds told USA Today in a telephone interview. "The game (isn't) fun anymore. I'm tired of all of the crap going on. I want to play this year out, hopefully win, and once the season is over, go home and be with my family. Maybe then everybody can just forget about me." Bonds, whose 708 home runs rank third behind Ruth (714) and Aaron (755), will earn $18 million in the final year of his five-year, $90 million contract. erybody." "We've got 25 million people in Venezuela," he said. "At least 24 million are going to be watching the games." He would miss the bulk of the Tigers' exhibition schedule if Venezuela reaches the final four of the 16-team event. But the players in the World Classic fi nals should have time to get back to their clubs for the last 10 days of spring training, the period commonly regarded as the real pace lap. DINCMAN OUT: Tigers reliever Craig Dingman is sidelined indefinitely because of what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand calls "an extremely rare injury." Dingman has a crease in an artery in his throwing shoulder that causes blood to leak, Rand said. The problem surfaced shortly before spring training began. Dingman has been put on medication for two to three weeks, Rand said, and will have more tests toward the end of next week. "We're kind of in uncharted waters," Rand said. Dingman, 31, is a long-time minor leaguer who often pitched well in his 34 appearances last season with the Tigers. He was a candidate to make their bullpen for this season, i Check out our Tigers spring training photo gallery on POUNC0 AT NO. 2: After he joined the Tigers last June, Placido Polanco hit leadoff more often (51 games) than he hit second (33 games). This season, said new manager Jim Leyland, "I would doubt very much if I'm ever going to take Polanco out of the 2-hole." 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