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Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide
--BRAZIL SHOWS WORLD CUP CREDENTIALS WITH 5-0 THRASHING OF SOUTH AFRICA IN WORLD CUP WARM-UP
Brazil showed its national team is in better shape than the country’s stadiums with a 5-0 thrashing of South Africa on Wednesday, and defending champion Spain overcame Italy 1-0 in its final big test before the tournament kicks off, as teams prepared for the World Cup in a series of friendly matches.
--TIGER WOODS, FEELING BETTER, TAKES ON A NEW BLUE MONSTER WITHOUT A PRACTICE ROUND
The only tools Tiger Woods used on Wednesday at Doral were wedges, a putter and a pair of gold scissors. Three days after he withdrew in the middle of the final round at the Honda Classic with lower back pain, Woods returned to work at the Cadillac Championship by saying he feels better after a few days of constant treatment, and that he was good enough to try to defend his title.
--AUSTRALIA WIN 3RD TEST, SERIES BY BOWLING OUT SOUTH AFRICA WITH 27 BALLS TO SPARE
Ryan Harris condemned South Africa captain Graeme Smith to defeat in his last international cricket match as the bowler sealed a 245-run victory for Australia in the dying moments of the third test at Newlands. The result saw Australia clinch the series 2-1, handing South Africa just its second series defeat in its last 26 test series under Smith.
--VERA ZVONAREVA OPTIMISTIC DESPITE LOSS TO PENG SHUAI IN FIRST ROUND AT INDIAN WELLS
Vera Zvonareva lost to China’s Peng Shuai in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open — and found a reason to be optimistic.
-- BLAZERS BEAT HAWKS 102-78 AND KORVER’S 3-POINT RECORD COMES TO AN END
Nicolas Batum of France had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers downed Atlanta 102-78, a loss that marked the end of Hawks guard Kyle Korver’s NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer.