Sports Briefs 3-23-14

DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Adam Scott still had the lead at Bay Hill on Saturday. At least five other players suddenly have a realistic chance at winning.

Scott, who started the third round with a seven-shot lead, missed three par putts inside 8 feet and had to settle for a 1-under 71, which narrowed his lead to three shots over Keegan Bradley going into the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The greens were firmer than ever after three days of sunshine, though the pins were accessible and allowed for good scoring. Several players took advantage. Scott did not. His score was helped by a pair of long birdie putts on the back nine.

Bradley's approach to the 18th narrowly cleared the rocks that frame the lake, leaving him a 4-foot birdie putt for a 6-under 66. He will be paired with Scott in the final round, with much at stake for both of them.

A victory for Scott should push him to No. 1 in the world when he arrives at Augusta National to defend his title in the Masters. Bradley hasn't won anywhere in the world since the Bridgestone Invitational in 2012.

Scott was at 15-under 201.

Bradley isn't the only player who now has a chance.

Matt Every (66) and Jason Kokrak (67) were four shots behind, both going for their first PGA Tour victory. Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari of Italy each had a 69 and were another shot behind. Hadley, who won the Puerto Rico Open two weeks ago, can qualify for the Masters with a high finish. He likely would need to be in sixth place or better to be solidly inside the top 50 in the world.

• Baseball

Billingsley placed on DL: The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list Friday in paring their active roster to 25 players for the season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.

Chad Billingsley, still recovering from right elbow surgery, also was put on the DL. Beckett has a bruised thumb and Kemp is rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Latos not expected to be ready: Reds manager Bryan Price doesn't expect right-hander Mat Latos to be ready for the start of the season.

Latos had surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 14, the day that pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. He is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Monday, a week before the opener. Although his knee is fine, he won't have enough time to get for the first week of the season.

• Football

Government requesting UM documents: The government is requesting documents from the University of Michigan as it looks into how the school responded to a reported violation of its sexual misconduct policy by a football player.

The Toledo Blade reports Saturday it obtained a notification letter through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In it, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights notifies Michigan of allegations of sexual discrimination in its failure to promptly respond to the alleged rape of a female student.

The letter requests documentation of complaints of sexual harassment to the university from 2011-12 to the 2013-14 school years.

Ex-kicker Brendan Gibbons was expelled in December for violating the school's sexual misconduct policy.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald has said Michigan will fully cooperate with the investigation.

Ravens, Stewart agree to terms: The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with former St. Louis Rams safety Darian Stewart on a one-year contract Friday.

The 25-year old Stewart signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and spent the last four seasons with the Rams. He started 13 games in 2011 under current Baltimore secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was St. Louis' head coach from 2009-11.

Jets sign Vick: Michael Vick is switching green jerseys -- and maybe trading his clipboard for a starting job.

The New York Jets signed the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback to a one-year deal Friday, and released Mark Sanchez, the one-time face of the franchise.

Schaub to Raiders: Matt Schaub and the Oakland Raiders are both hoping to put the mistakes of 2013 in the past.

The Raiders acquired Schaub from Houston for a sixth-round draft pick, giving the quarterback a second chance after he lost his starting job with the Texans last season.

• Elsewhere

Red Wings edge Wild: Gustav Nyquist's third-period goal helped Detroit top Minnesota 3-2 in Minnesota for its fourth win in five games.

Jimmy Howard made 28 saves, and Brendan Smith and David Legwand each scored on a power play for the Red Wings, who were in a 2-for-25 slump with the man advantage until getting goals on both of their opportunities against the Wild.

Mikko Koivu gave the Wild an early lead, on a power play, and Charlie Coyle tied the game on a penalty shot. But the Wild, clinging to a wild card spot in the Western Conference race, fell to 2-3-4 in nine games since the trade deadline.

Williams advances: Serena Williams overcame some sloppy play Saturday to reach the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Bidding for a record seventh Key Biscayne title, Williams had 41 unforced errors but finished strong. She served out the final game at love with the help of consecutive aces.

Stanislas Wawrinka bounced back from his first loss of the year by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Wawrinka, who won the Australian Open in January, improved to 14-1 this year. His lone defeat came last week in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

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