GOLF

Youngster impresses Tiger Woods with ace

An 11-year-old from Texas had a day he’ll never forget on the golf course – with Tiger Woods watching.

Woods was on hand for the opening of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, which he helped design.

On the course’s inaugural shot, Taylor Crozier stepped up and aced the 81-yard par 3. The crowd went wild.

Woods posted the YouTube video on his Twitter page and gave the youngster a big hug.

Woods shouted to the crowd, the “inaugural shot and he holes it!”

Woods has been off the PGA Tour as he recovers from back operations.

BASKETBALL

NBA: Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Goran Dragic added 25 against his former club and the host Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Phoenix Suns 108-92, extending their winning streak to three games.

n Kawhi Leonard capped a 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and visiting San Antonio extended its winning streak to seven with a 94-86 win over New Orleans.

n DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 22 points in a 104-101 win at Dallas.

CYCLING

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Australia overhauled Britain on the final lap to win the men’s team pursuit at the track cycling world championships at London.

Australia went out quickly but the host clawed back into the lead, going ahead as a home victory seemed likely at Lee Valley VeloPark.

But Australia hit back to take gold in a national record of 3 minutes, 52.727 seconds, the second fastest in history.

TENNIS

RECUPERATION: Serena Williams says that taking time off from competition won’t hurt her game.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion has played just one tournament since mid-September. She sat out the rest of the fall season to rest various injuries after her stunning loss in the U.S. Open semifinals. And she recently pulled out of two events, citing illness.

WTA: Maria Sharapova will miss next week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, because of a left forearm injury.

Sharapova is currently No. 7 in the WTA rankings.

SOCCER

SPAIN: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona defeated nine-man Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to become the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, breaking Real Madrid’s record of nearly three decades ago.

INTERNATIONAL: Second-half substitution Crystal Dunn scored in the 72nd minute, Hope Solo got her 96th career shutout and the United States beat England 1-0 in the SheBelieves Cup at Tampa, Florida.

Dunn entered in the 67th minute and made it 1-0 with a shot into the upper corner of the net five minutes later.

The U.S is 7-0-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents 29-0.

n Leonie Maier scored in the 83rd minute, Almuth Schult made a couple of sparkling saves and Germany beat France 1-0 in the opening round at Tampa.

BOXING

OLYMPICS: If professional boxers are allowed to compete at Rio de Janeiro, Manny Pacquiao might delay his retirement a few months.

The Filipino star will face Timothy Bradley in April for his last career fight, but that could change if international boxing officials follow through with a plan to alter the sport’s amateurs-only rule.

– From news service reports