DUFNER WINS THE CAREERBUILDER CHALLENGE
la quinta, calif.» Jason Dufner won the CareerBuilder Challenge with a par on the second hole of a playoff Sunday, taking advantage of David Lingmerth’s shot off the rocks that bounced into the water.
Dufner finished with a 2-under-par 70 on PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course to match Lingmerth at 25under 263. Lingmerth shot a 65, matching the best score of the day on the difficult course that was used in the PGA Tour tournament for the first time since being dropped after its 1987 debut.
In regulation on the island-green 17th called Alcatraz, he pulled his 8-iron tee shot left and the ball bounced into a narrow sandy area between rocks that circle the putting surface.
Phil Mickelson shot a 68 to tie for third at 21-under in his first start since the Presidents Cup in October.
• Rickie Fowler won the Abu Dhabi Championship for his fourth worldwide victory in nine months, shooting a 3-under 69 in his final round to win by one stroke over playing partner Thomas Pieters.
Fast-finishing Rory McIlroy (68) and Henrik Stenson (67) tied for third.
Velasquez out of UFC title bout
B los angeles» Cain Velasquez was forced out of his UFC 196 heavyweight title fight with champion Fabricio Werdum due to a back injury.
Stipe Miocic will step in to face Werdum at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Feb. 6.
UFC president Dana White announced the changes in a post on his Twitter account.
Velasquez is a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, but his mixed martial arts career has been slowed repeatedly by injuries. He has fought just once since October 2013, losing his title to Werdum in Mexico City last June.
Miocic will get his first UFC title shot on short notice. He should be fresh after stopping Andrei Arlovski just 54 seconds into their bout at UFC 195 on Jan. 2.
Finalists for NFL man of the year award B New York Giants
new york» quarterback Eli Manning, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson are the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL man of the year award.
The winner will be announced during “NFL Honors,” a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl.
A $55,000 donation will be made in the winner’s name to a charity of his choice, and the two runners-up will receive an $11,000 donation. The other 29 team finalists received a $5,000 donation.
• Coach Todd Monken is leaving Southern Mississippi to be the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gaffney facing drug charges
B jacksonville, fla.» Former NFL wide receiver Jabar Gaffney is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Jacksonville.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Gaffney, 35, was arrested late Friday on charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The former University of Florida star played for numerous NFL teams from 2002 to 2012, including the Broncos in 2009 and 2010.
Backup quarterback Cody Thomas is leaving Oklahoma’s football team to focus on baseball. Thomas, a sophomore, played in three games last season, completing one of his three passes. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he played in seven games and made three starts. … Adam Rippon won his first U.S. figure skating title. Rippon fell on his only quadruple jump attempt, while runnerup Max Aaron landed two and 16year-old Nathan Chen did a stunning four but had to settle for third place.