Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Mickelson One Shot off Leaders Piercy, Fraser at Doral

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Mickelson One Shot off Leaders Piercy, Fraser at Doral

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MICKELSON ONE SHOT OFF LEADERS PIERCY, FRASER AT DORAL: Phil Mickelson's scores from Doral over the past two years clearly suggested that the redesigned Blue Monster wasn't completely to his liking.

He had to re-learn a course that he played for more than 20 years, and indicated Thursday that he finally has the new Doral figured out.

Mickelson shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the opening round of the Cadillac Championship, the first World Golf Championships event of the year. Seeking his first win since the British Open in 2013, Mickelson made seven birdies and finished the day one shot back of leaders Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser.

Former Kansas State star Robert Streb shot a 72 and is tied for 28th.

NO. 14 MARYLAND BLOWS AWAY ILLINOIS IN HOME FINALE: Melo Trimble and Jake Layman scored 18 points each, and No. 14 Maryland closed out its home schedule with its best game in weeks, an 81-55 rout of Illinois on Thursday night in College Park, Md.

Jared Nickens and Robert Carter Jr. had 14 points apiece for the Terrapins, who never trailed. Maryland (24-6, 12-5 Big Ten) had lost three of four since climbing to No. 2 in the AP poll in early February.

Maverick Morgan reached career highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (13-17, 5-12).

NO. 24 SMU ROUTS UCONN: Sterling Brown scored 20 points and No. 24 SMU beat Connecticut 80-54 on Thursday night in Dallas. SMU (25- 4, 13-4 American Athletic Conference) remained tied with Temple for the conference lead. Sterling Gibbs had 20 points for UConn (20-10, 10-7), while Daniel Hamilton had 12.

NO. 18 ARIZONA SQUEAKS PAST NO. 25 CAL: Gabe York made two 3- pointers in the final minute, the last to give his team the lead with 19 seconds to play, and No. 18 Arizona scored the final 11 points of the game to beat No. 25 California 64-61 on Thursday night in Tucson, Ariz.

York scored all 19 of his points in the second half as the Wildcats (23-7, 11-6) moved into a tie for third with Cal (21-9, 11- 6) in the Pac-12, although the Bears still hold the tiebreaker for seeding in the conference tournament. …

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