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POSTED March 26, 2013 1:31 a.m.

MAJORS

• Young hits slam, Colon goes 5 as A’s beat Brewers: PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Young hit a grand slam and Josh Donaldson homered among his four hits as the Oakland Athletics backed Bartolo Colon with a big offensive performance in a 9-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Scott Sizemore had four hits and two RBIs for the A’s. Colon gave up three runs and six hits over five innings in his third start and fifth appearance of the spring. He struck out three and walked none.

Colon will sit out the first five games of the season while completing his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test last year.

Brewers starter Chris Narveson served up Young’s slam in the fourth. The left-hander allowed six runs on eight hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings.



• Vogelsong works 6 innings as Giants beat Cubs 9-3: MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

A dropped fly ball that turned into a run-scoring double and a two-out, two-run home run by Dioner Navarro were all the Cubs could muster against Vogelsong, who struck out three and walked two.

Vogelsong’s last start of the spring will come Saturday against Oakland.

Buster Posey had three hits and drove in a run, Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias each doubled in two runs and Angel Pagan had two hits and two RBI for San Francisco.

George Kontos, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo shut out the Cubs over the final three innings.

Left-hander Travis Wood started for the Cubs and gave up four runs on seven hits with four walks in four innings.



GOLF

• Tiger back on top in golf, wins Bay Hill: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is back to No. 1 in the world with a game that looks as good as it ever has.

Woods tied a PGA Tour record Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time. He never let anyone closer than two shots in the final round at Bay Hill, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory over Justin Rose.

Next up is the Masters in two weeks, when Woods will try to end his five-year drought in the majors.

Rickie Fowler tried to stay with Woods until hitting two shots into the water on the 16th and making a triple bogey.

Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.



BASKETBALL

• Heat win 27th straight, run away from Magic 108-94: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Miami Heat won their 27th straight game by running away in the final minutes to beat the Orlando Magic 108-94 on Monday night.

Mario Chalmers scored 17, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each had 12 for Miami, which broke open a tie game with a 13-0 run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters.

The Heat now are within six games of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. It was the 250th win for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra as well.

Jameer Nelson had 27 points and 12 assists for the Magic, who got 20 points from Tobias Harris.



SOCCER

• US ready to take on Mexico in World Cup qualifier: MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team seems confident headed into an important World Cup qualifier on the road against Mexico.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsman said Monday that the Americans respect Mexico and that makes it “one of those games you are hungry for. It’s an awesome opportunity, and we want to embrace the moment and give them a real game, to battle them.”

The game is at the intimidating Azteca Stadium, where the Americans have only beaten Mexico once — in an exhibition match last August.

Mexico is desperately hoping for a win after disappointing draws with Honduras and Jamaica. The U.S. is in second place in the group, with a loss to Honduras and a win over Costa Rico in a snowstorm last week. Costa Rico is protesting that match.



TENNIS

• Serena Williams rallies for 3-set win at Sony Open: KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams has overcome a big deficit in her fourth-round match at the Sony Open to beat Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The top-ranked Williams, seeking her sixth Key Biscayne title and her first since 2008, was down a service break trailing 4-1 in the second set Monday before she won five straight games. She swept the final three games and served out the match at love with three aces.

Williams’ opponent in the quarterfinals will be No. 5-seeded Li Na, who beat wild card Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (6), 6-2.

Williams was flat-footed and impassive for much of her match against the No. 13-seeded Cibulkova. She was screaming encouragement to herself during the comeback.

She won despite 52 unforced errors, including 27 on her backhand.

MOTORSPORTS

• Hamlin has compression fracture in lower back: Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower back during Sunday’s last-lap crash at Fontana.

Joe Gibbs Racing disclosed the injury Monday and said Hamlin was expected to be released soon from a Southern California hospital to return home. He has what is called an L1 compression fracture; essentially, the first vertebra in the lumbar section of his spine collapsed.

There was no immediate word on how long his recovery would take.

Hamlin was hurt during a crash with Joey Logano at the end of Sunday’s race. He complained of lower back pain afterward.

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