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Garrigus wedges his way into lead

Robert Garrigus, the biggest hitter on the PGA Tour, is leading the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii thanks to one of the shortest clubs in his bag.

Garrigus holed out a wedge for eagle on the 16th hole, then finished with two big drives to set up easy birdies for a 10-under 63 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at Kapalua going into the weekend of the season-opening tournament.

His wedge on the 16th landed some 15 feet beyond the hole and took the grain toward the Pacific Ocean to trickle into the cup. He was excited, sure, but that was overdue. On two other holes, his full wedge came with inches of going in.

"My wedge game is exactly where I need it to be," he said.

He was at 14-under 132 and had a one-shot lead over Carl Pettersson, who birdied the last hole for a 67. Jonathan Byrd also made birdie on the finishing hole of the Plantation Course for a 68 and was another shot back entering today's third round.

Garza appears headed for Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have a tentative trade in place to obtain right-hander Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to two people familiar with the talks.

The Rays would receive outfielder Sam Fuld, minor league outfielder Brandon Guyer and several other prospects for Garza, who would be sent to Chicago along with prospects, subject to physicals, the two people told The Associated Press.

The 27-year-old Garza pitched a no-hitter against Detroit last season, when he went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA. He spent his first two major league seasons with the Twins and the last three with the Rays.

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Briefly

*Carlos Sainz won the sixth stage of the Dakar Rally in Chile, maintaining his overall lead as the grueling race passed through the Atacama desert to the Chile-Peru border. The defending champion in the cars category guided his Volkswagen to victory in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 53 seconds.

*Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Britain's Laura Robson, 6-4, 6-2, on Friday to secure the win the United States needed to reach the Hopman Cup final in Perth, Australia. Mattek-Sands and John Isner today will face Belgium's Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans, who advanced after Serbia had to withdraw because of an injury to Ana Ivanovic.

*The March 26 soccer exhibition game between Argentina and the United States will likely be held at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. instead of Seattle. The teams played a 0-0 tie in Argentina's last trip to the U.S. two years ago.

From News and wire service reports.

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