In thrilling mano a mano Woods knocked in a 28-foot birdie putt at 17 to edge Phil Mickelson at Doral and reclaim golf's No. 1 ranking (page 52). In other Tiger news: Missouri upset rival Kansas, and Detroit's major leaguers, stoked by newcomers Magglio Ordo�ez and Troy Percival, brought joy to Lakeland, Fla., (page 38) with three straight wins to open their exhibition season.
Now here's an NFL receiver who uses leverage. After a big season in '02, he left the Jets for Redskins green: a seven-year, $35 million deal. Then, tired of lowly Washington, he clamored for a trade and last week got sent back to the contending Jets, reportedly getting more guaranteed dough in the deal.
Behind super sophomore Carmelo Anthony, they had reeled off six consecutive wins through Sunday to get into the playoff mix (with 'Melo averaging a team-leading 22.3 points). The Nuggets haven't had a longer winning streak in 16 years, and they should stay mile-high: Starting this Sunday, they'll play seven straight games in Denver.
Nothing could be finer in Chapel Hill than the Tar Heels rallying from nine points down in the final 2:39 on Sunday to beat hated Duke for the first time since March 2003. It was some day for center Sean May--26 points and 24 (!) rebounds--and a big win for UNC's second-year coach, Roy Williams. Beating the Blue Devils made him a Tar Heel in full.