Earnhardt steps it up...Watson in trouble...Big East battle today


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR's most popular driver posted the fastest practice speed on the day before the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won The Great American race in 2004. Pole-sitter Danica Patrick is one of 10 drivers who decided not to take part in the final tune-up.

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Bubba Watson is the only top-10 golfer remaining in the field at the Match Play Championship, and that may not be the case much longer. The Masters titleholder was three down with six holes to play in his third round meeting with Jason Day.

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Seventeen-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn has a three-stroke lead over three golfers after three rounds of the LPGA event in her native Thailand. She's 11-under par after signing for a 2-under 70.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Two of the teams that helped shape the Big East into one of the top basketball conference's in the country are meeting head to head this afternoon. Eighth-ranked Syracuse is hosting No. 11 Georgetown for the last time before the Orange leave for the ACC (4 p.m. Eastern).

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) beat Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final to collect her first WTA title in six months. Kvitova is ranked eighth in the world. Errani is No. 7.

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