Sports briefs 1-20-14: Larrazabal wins Abu Dhabi Championship

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Spain's Pablo Larrazabal shot a final round 67 to end a near three-year winless drought to capture the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday.

Larrazabal, 30, won by a stroke with a 14-under par 274 on the National Course in the UAE capital.

Rory McIlroy (68), who had incurred a two-stroke penalty a day earlier, finished with a share of second place with Phil Micklelson (69) on 13-under.

"It means a lot to win my third victory on Tour and playing against who I played today," said Larrazabal.

"Of course, I play against myself but I knew who I also had behind me in Mickelson. I have just beaten two of the three most talented guys in my era, and in the last era, as well in Phil Mickelson and Rory.

Mickelson was left counting the cost of incurring a shot penalty after a double hit while playing from brush on the 13th hole of the National course.

The British Open champion, who was leading at the time, finished the hole with a triple-bogey seven.

• Football

TV bids: All four of the NFL's network partners have bid on the Thursday night television package, a person with knowledge of the bidding process told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The league has used its NFL Network to televise the games, but recently put up the 13-game series for bids and received them from NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the bidders are not being made public.

Getting donation: Peyton Manning's foundation for at-risk youth will receive a $24,800 donation for all the times he shouted "Omaha!" during the AFC championship game Sunday.

The donations were organized by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce after Manning's 44 pre-snap "Omaha!" calls during the Denver Broncos win over San Diego received national attention.

Named finalists: Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, Arizona kicker Jay Feely and Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman have been selected as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The award, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame running back, recognizes a player's community service and performance on the field. The winner, who'll receive a $20,000 donation in his name to his favorite charity, will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.

• Basketball

Nets proposal: Following a disappointing performance on the court, a Long Beach State women's basketball player netted something else Saturday night: a marriage proposal.

The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that after a game in which she shot 0 for 3 from the field, Alex Sanchez found herself on the court and her boyfriend on one knee.

Sanchez accepted and she and her teammates began to celebrate.

West fined: Pacers forward David West has been fined $15,000 for elbowing the Clippers' Blake Griffin in the jaw.

West was assessed a flagrant 2 and ejected at the end of the first half of Indiana's 106-92 win Saturday. The NBA announced the fine Sunday.

• Elsewhere

Azarenka wins: With Maria Sharapova following Serena Williams out of the Australian Open in the second major upset in 24 hours, attention turned quickly to defending champion Victoria Azarenka's bid for a third consecutive title.

Third-seeded Sharapova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova while Azarenka had a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 13-seeded Sloane Stephens.

Men's No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3) over No. 16 Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray ended lucky loser Stephane Robert's unexpected run at the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-2 win.

Threaten to strike: An Islamic militant group in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility Sunday for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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