Stuart Appleby, above, shot 6-under 67 to hold off Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Jonathan Kaye and win the Mercedes Championships, the PGA's season opener, for the second straight year. Els needed a birdie at 18 to force a playoff, but his errant tee shot led to a two-shot penalty. Singh hooked his tee shot at 13 into the weeds for a triple bogey. And Kaye hit a soft chip shot at 18 before missing a 30-footer for birdie.
_ Details, 6C
LONG WIN STREAK ENDS: The 122-game home conference win streak of Old Dominion's women's basketball team ended Sunday with a 73-70 loss to Delaware. The Monarchs have won every Colonial Athletic Association title since joining the league for the 1991-92 season, an NCAA-record 13 in a row in all. The streak, which included 23 games in the postseason league tournament, held at Old Dominion eight times, started after a 74-70 loss to Richmond on Feb. 19, 1992. A 14-0 run, including nine consecutive points by Tyresa Smith, gave the Blue Hens a 67-57 lead with 5:17 left. After Old Dominion pulled to 72-70, Smith made a free throw with one second left to finish with a game-high 22 points.
OUT OF BOUNDS
THINK OF IT LIKE THE RAYS SWEEPING THE YANKEES: A team of part-time players, including painters, decorators and a computer analyst, managed to hold Premier League club Newcastle scoreless for a half before losing 2-0 in the FA Cup. The game was played at the stadium of Queens Park Rangers because Yeading's tiny park, the backdrop for Bend it Like Beckham, isn't big enough. Yeading plays in the Ryman League Premier Division, six levels below Newcastle. It was the biggest gap ever between teams in the FA Cup, an annual tournament open to pro and amateur teams.
OF THE DAY
Before it happened in 2004, when was the last time all five of California's major league baseball teams finished with a winning record?
"That must have come straight from the desk of Emily Litella."
_ DAVID SLOANE, agent of Carlos Delgado and fan of the Saturday Night Live character (whose catchphrase was "Never mind") after a radio station reported erroneously that the first baseman/designated hitter signed with the Red Sox
Never. In 1962, the state's three teams (Angels, Dodgers, Giants) did it. And in 1959, the state's two teams (Dodgers and Giants) did it.