NCAA declares Arizona’s Trier ineligible...Noren, Simpson lead Honda Classic... Tillman could earn up to $10 million this year
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has declared No. 14 Arizona’s Allonzo Trier ineligible for the reappearance of the banned substance that led to a 19-game suspension last season. The school says the NCAA has notified the Wildcats that the junior guard had a trace amount of the substance from a drug test late last month. Arizona did not specify the drug, saying only it was a banned substance. Arizona is appealing the decision and hoping Trier will regain his eligibility soon.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alex Noren and Webb Simpson each shot a 4-under 66 to lead the Honda Classic on a day so tough for scoring that Tiger Woods had his best day in his return and didn’t break par. Woods had only one bad hole, a double bogey on the par-5 third round, and was four shots behind. Only 20 players managed to break par at PGA National. PGA champion Justin Thomas and Louis Oosthuizen were among those at 67.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $7 million in performance bonuses. He was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He is the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner. Tillman likely will join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.
UNDATED (AP) —Corey Dickerson is going to be playing in Pittsburgh this year. The Tampa Bay Rays traded the All-Star designated hitter to the Pirates in exchange for relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash. The 28-year-old Dickerson was the AL’s starting DH in last summer’s All-Star game, but struggled at the plate the second half of the season. Hudson went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances in 2017.
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association has been found mostly liable for when Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard slipped on a wet locker room floor and hit her head at the 2015 U.S. Open in New York. A jury today found Bouchard was partially at fault. It determined the USTA was 75 percent to blame, Bouchard 25 percent to blame. Damages will be determined in another phase of the trial, starting Friday.