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Dufner ends two-year drought

LA QUINTA, Calif.—Jason Dufner made two great escapes.

The first from Alcatraz, no less.

David Lingmerth got no such reprieve at PGA West’s punishing TPC Stadium Course.

Dufner won the CareerBuilder Challenge with a par on the second hole of a playoff yesterday, taking advantage of Lingmerth’s shot that bounced off the jagged rocks and into the water.

Newton, Panthers rout Cardinals, 49-15 for NFC title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Superman is headed for the Super Bowl.

He’s taking the Carolina Panthers with him.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, and Carolina’s big-play defence stifled the league’s top-ranked offence in a 49-15 romp Sunday for the NFC championship. It was the most points for a winner of an NFC title game.

Manning, Broncos scramble to Super Bowl in 20-18 win over NE

DENVER When Peyton Manning was watching games from the locker room a few months ago, none of this seemed possible.

Manning back on the field, playing the role of the most decorated game manager in history.

Manning churning his 39-year-old legs around right end for a 12-yard gain and a first down.

Manning back in the Super Bowl.

Federer reaches milestone

MELBOURNE, Australia—Roger Federer already was a long way clear at the top of the list of men with the most wins in Grand Slam singles matches, so becoming the first to 300 wasn’t a major distraction.

He reached the milestone at Rod Laver Arena earlier today when he moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

Ducks beat Wild

ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Anaheim Ducks scored all their goals at even strength against the Minnesota Wild, which was critical for the NHL’s lowest-scoring team—especially against a club that doesn’t give up many power-play chances.

Rickard Rakell scored the go-ahead goal with 6:19 left in the third period and rookie John Gibson made 25 saves, leading the Ducks to a 3-1 victory last night.