Lefty fires 60 in the desert…Yanks get Ottavino…Rockets’ Capela out 4-6 weeks
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson began his 27th full season as a pro by firing his 12-under 60 in first-round play of the PGA’s Desert Classic. The 48-year-old Mickelson matched the career-low score he last shot in the Phoenix Open six years ago. It was his first tour round since early October and the first in competition since beating Tiger Woods in Las Vegas in November in a made-for-TV event.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired another potent arm to join Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman in their bullpen. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Yanks have worked out a three-year, $27 million package with Adam Ottavino, who was 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA and a career-high 112 strikeouts in just 77 2/3 innings for Colorado last year. Ottavino has been devastating at times since becoming a major league regular in 2016, fanning 210 in 158 innings and compiling a 3.36 earned run average.
UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets center Clint Capela will be out four to six weeks following surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Capela started Houston’s first 42 games before he was injured in Sunday’s loss at Orlando. The 24-year-old is averaging career highs of 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds this season.
UNDATED (AP) — A Texas school spokesman says backup quarterback Shane Buechele has put his name in the NCAA transfer database and freshman Cameron Rising has informed the team he will transfer. Buechele was the full-time starter in 2016 when he set freshman school passing records, but was splitting time with Sam Ehlinger by 2017. Ehlinger took over the starter’s role in 2018.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending men’s champion Roger Federer has moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open as he tries to win the tournament for the seventh time. Federer conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz. The defending champ was playing his 100th match on Rod Laver and advanced to the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam event for the 63rd time.