Claxton, Taylor fifth at Q-School

In La Quinta, Calif., Swainsboro native Will Claxton dropped back into a tie for fifth after Sunday’s 4-over-par 76, but he is still in position to pick up his PGA Tour card heading into today’s final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Claxton, who entered with a two-shot lead, is now four shots behind Marco Dawson at PGA West.

Dawson shot 68 to take a three-stroke lead. The 48-year-old Dawson has a 17-under 343 total.

Evans native and former Augusta State star Vaughn Taylor shot 70 and joins Claxton at 349.

Augusta’s Scott Parel moved into a tie for 13th after his 67. He is at 351.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner is right on the line, sitting in a tie for 24th at 353 after shooting 69. Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 69, but is tied for 140th at 369.

The top 25 in the six-round event will earn PGA Tour cards.



Wings’ winning streak snapped

In Denver, Ryan O’Reilly had two goals, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit 4-2 on Sunday night to end the Red Wings’ winning streak at seven games.

• In Anaheim, Calif., Nick Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 5:31 left in the third period, Casey Wellman and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored 32 seconds apart in the second period, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks


Major League Baseball

Marlins, Reyes agree to a deal

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and the Marlins have agreed to a $106 million, six-year contract.

The deal includes a club option for a seventh season that, if exercised, would make it worth $120 million.

• Major League Baseball and the players’ association are working on an agreement to cut Manny Ramirez’s drug suspension from 100 games to 50 because he already sat out most of last season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Having already served a 50-game ban for violating baseball’s drug agreement in 2009, Ramirez, who is considering a return, faced a 100-game suspension last spring for a second offense. But rather than serve the penalty, he told the commissioner’s office he was quitting.


Winter Sports

Vonn earns third Lake Louise win

In Lake Louise, Alberta, Lindsey Vonn won a super-G for her third victory in three days at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup.

Vonn finished in 1 minute, 20.21 seconds to beat Anna Fenninger of Austria and fellow American Julia Mancuso.

• In Beaver Creek, Colo., Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, turned in a blazing final run to beat Ted Ligety and win a World Cup giant slalom.

Hirscher finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 38.45 seconds on Sunday.



Ex-Brazil great Socrates dies

Former Brazil great Socrates, the clever playmaker who captained Brazil at the 1982 World Cup, died Sunday. He was 57.

Known for his elegant style on the field and his deep involvement with Brazilian politics, Socrates died of septic shock resulting from an intestinal infection, according to a statement by the Albert Einstein hospital.



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