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Woods’ return boon to sport

For a few fleeting moments, it felt like the magic might be back. Hopefully, I hustled back home Saturday afternoon, because Tiger Woods was playing golf, on a weekend, in a professional event. And he was in contention. It's been more than two years since Tiger Woods completed a four-round professional golf tournament, his last finish a top-10 at the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 23, 2015, and while there has been plenty of good golf played since then, the game lacks a marquee draw without Tiger Woods in the field. Never mind that even at the peak of his career, he didn't play every week. In his prime, when Tiger Woods was in striking distance of a win, you wanted to watch. He did things with a club and ball that defied explanation.

Union hockey can’t overcome slow start against Yale

Schenectady Following a lackluster third period in Friday's 3-1 win over Brown, Union College head coach Rick Bennett and his coaching staff expected the Dutchmen to come out Saturday against Yale ready to go from the opening faceoff. Unfortunately for Union, Bennett's hopes failed to come to fruition as a flat Dutchmen team fell behind early and had to battle from behind all night before eventually dropping a 5-3 decision to the Bulldogs at Messa Rink. Union (9-7-1, 6-2-0) managed to tie the game early in the third period before yielding the eventual game-winning goal with just less than six minutes remaining and an empty-net goal by Yale in the closing seconds.

Hoffman adds to lead, Woods fades

Nassau, Bahamas Tiger Woods fell behind early and never recovered. Charley Hoffman pulled away late and made himself hard to beat. Hoffman handled the blustery conditions Saturday in the Hero World Challenge for a 2-under 70, one of only five rounds under par, and built a five-shot lead going into the final round at Albany Golf Club. Woods went 11 consecutive holes without hitting a green in regulation. He went 14 holes until making his first birdie. He had to settle for a 75, leaving him 10 shots out of the lead and finding consolation in the way he feels and the way he fought to keep it from getting worse. "It's nice to be part of the fight again," Woods said. "Fighting against the golf course, fighting against the guys, that's fun.

Penguins top Sabres for 4th straight win

Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist apiece, and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their season-best fourth straight game, 5-1 over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Crosby scored his 12th goal, finding the net for a season-high fifth consecutive game. He has a point in 27 of his past 29 games against the Sabres dating to December 29, 2007. Malkin, who returned Friday after missing four games with an upper-body injury, scored his eighth goal. Phil Kessel kept pace with Crosby for the team lead with his 12th goal. Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin also scored for the Penguins, who are 14-0-1 in their past 15 games against the Sabres, including an eight-game home winning streak.

Game Time

Upcoming games for our pro and NCAA teams GIANTS Sunday: at Oakland, 4:25, Fox-23 Dec. 10: vs. Dallas, 1 Dec. 17: vs. Philadelphia, 1 JETS Sunday: vs. Kansas City, 1, CBS-6 Dec. 10: at Denver, 4:05 Dec. 17: at New Orleans, 1 BILLS Sunday: vs. New England, 1, CBS-6 Dec. 10: vs. Indianapolis, 1 Dec. 17: vs. Miami, 1 PATRIOTS Sunday: at Buffalo, 1, 104.9 FM Dec. 11: at Miami, 8:30 Dec. 17: at Pittsburgh, 4:25 SIENA MEN Wednesday: at Louisville, 7, ESPN2 Saturday: vs. UAlbany*, 7:30 Dec. 17: at Bryant, 1 UALBANY MEN Wednesday: vs. Bryant, 7, 104.5 FM Saturday: vs. Siena*, 7:30 Dec. 12: at Memphis, 9 SYRACUSE MEN Tuesday: vs. Connecticut (Jimmy V Classic at New York), 9, ESPN Saturday: vs. Colgate, 2 Dec.

Kansas handles Syracuse at tournament

Miami Devonte' Graham matched his career-high with 35 points for the second consecutive game, and Lagerald Vick added 20 for No. 2 Kansas in a 76-60 victory over Syracuse in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Graham shot 10-for-17 from the field and 7-for-13 from 3-point range for Kansas (7-0), which is off to its best start in seven years. Graham missed his first three tries from beyond the arc, then made seven of his next eight. Svi Mykhailuk added 11 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 49 percent. Tyus Battle scored 22 points for Syracuse (6-1), which was playing away from the Carrier Dome for the first time this season. Duke 96, South Dakota 80: Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an eight-minute opening blitz and No.

Roundup: Columbia wrestling sweeps to own tournament title

The Columbia wrestling team climbed to a perfect 8-0 on the season, taking first place at the Columbia Duals Tournament on Saturday in East Greenbush. Michael Gonyea (138 pounds), Darius Sheldon (132), Jake Edwards (152), Mike Altomer (126), Sam Bergin (160), Robert Cleghorn (285), Pierce Hurd (182) and Ryan Duryea (220) all went a perfect 7-0 in the tournament to lead the Blue Devils. Columbia defeated Watervliet (63-18), Tamarac (51-22), Shaker (59-24), Mahopac (57-18), Beekmantown (76-6), Whitehall (78-12) and Schalmont (66-9) for its tournament team wins. Girls' basketball: Averill Park won its Averill Park Tip-Off Tournament championship with a 62-31 victory over Niskayuna.

Georgia payback earns SEC crown

Atlanta Shaking off a blowout loss to Auburn just three weeks ago, Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Georgia made its bid for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 28-7 victory over the No. 4 Tigers in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. Auburn (10-3) was stymied by two crucial turnovers, a blocked field goal and a Georgia team eager to make up for its embarrassing 40-17 loss on the Plains. Fromm completed 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards, including a two-yard touchdown to Isaac Nauta in the second quarter and a six-yarder to Terry Godwin with just more than 13 minutes left that essentially sealed Georgia's win.

Aqueduct Results Saturday December 2nd, 2017

First—$69,000, allowance optional claiming, 3-year-olds & up, 11/8 miles. Time: 1:50.06. Trainer: James Ryerson. 2 Memories of Peter (J. Alvarado)//6.90//3.00//3.00 3 War Bond (J. Ortiz)////3. 20//3.50 5 Black Sea (J. Castellano)////2.10//2.10 $1 Exacta (2-3) paid $13.30; $1 Exacta (2-5) paid $5.70; $0.1 Superfecta (2-3-5-1) paid $10.37; $0.1 Superfecta (2-5-3-1) paid $5.45; $0.5 Trifecta (2-3-5) paid $18.37; $0.5 Trifecta (2-5-3) paid $12.05. Second—$27,000, claiming, 3-year-olds & up, fillies and mares, 61/2 furlongs. Time: 1:20.06. Trainer: Robert Falcone Jr. 5 Fair Regis (J. Rosario)//8.70//4.60//3.30 1 Lady Rullah (R. Montanez)////6.50//4.00 8 Woundwithhereyes (I. Ortiz, Jr.)//////2.90 Scratched: Leah's Dream.

Aqueduct entries for 12-3-2017

SELECTIONS BY TIM WILKIN Sunday's post time: 12:20 p.m. BEST BET: LEZENDARY, 3RD 1—$27,000, claiming $14,000-$14,000, 3-year-olds & up, 61/2 furlongs No.//PP//Horse//Jockey//Trainer//Odds 7//7//Professor Snape//J. Ortiz//L. Rice//7-5 1//1//Delta Outlaw//M. Garcia//A. Ronen//5-2 2//2//Guick//R. Silvera//J. Toscano, Jr.//3-1 4//4//Archie//J. Alvarado//W. Mott//10-1 5//5//Dearie//H. Diaz, Jr.//L. O'Brien//12-1 6//6//ThirstyDonnerstag//L. Reyes//R. Metivier//20-1 3//3//Cuckoo's Saloon//V. Lebron//A. Quartarolo//20-1 GUICK drops way down, beat similar two back. PROFESSOR SNAPE looks like the one they'll have to catch. ARCHIE adds blinkers for second start off layoff, switches back to dirt.


Union hockey plays to draw with No. 3 North Dakota

The Union men's hockey team continued its run of strong play with a 2-2 tie at No. 3 North Dakota on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D. The Dutchmen ran their unbeaten streak to four games and have won eight of 10. Union could vault into the national rankings after giving the Fighting Hawks everything they could handle. Colton Poolman deked Greg Campbell and wristed a shot past Union goaltender Jake Kupsky 14 minutes into the game to give North Dakota the lead. The damage could have been worse, but Kupsky made a spectacular sliding skate save later in the first period to fend off Johnny Simonson's backhander. It remained a one-goal game until Brett Supinski and Ryan Scarfo scored 22 seconds apart early in the third period.

Hawks make most of chances