Jason Dufner had a good feeling when he made the turn Saturday at La Quinta (Calif.) Country Club in the third round of the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge.

"I told my caddie and my amateur partners, 'I'm about to do something good,' " Dufner said. "So, when you start thinking like that, good things happen."

He did something a lot better than just good, birdieing seven of the final nine holes for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead with one round left at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course.

Winless since the 2013 PGA Championship, Dufner was at 23-under 193. He opened with a 64 on Thursday on the Nicklaus Tournament Course for a share of the lead and had a 65 on Friday on the Stadium Course to take a one-shot advantage.

"This is the way you want to play," Dufner said. "This is what we work to do. My mindset's at a point where, no matter what happens out there, good swings, bad swings, I know that I can shoot good scores."

Jamie Lovemark was second after a 65 on the Stadium Course. Adam Hadwin had a 64 on the Nicklaus Course to get to 20 under. Phil Mickelson was tied for fifth at 17 under after shooting a 66 in his first start since October.


Cleared: Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who had no involvement with his brother's illegal gambling operation in Japan, a league source said. Sho Darvish was arrested in October.

Departing: Dual-threat quarterback Seth Collins, who is transferring from Oregon State. He was the Beavers' leading rusher with 380 yards but missed four games because of a knee injury.

Fell too hard: Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian skier who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Kitzbuehel, Austria. He had won four of five World Cup men's downhills this season.

Let 'em in: Andy Sullivan, who made a triple bogey just before play was suspended, leaving a five-way tie for first that included Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler in the Abu Dhabi Championship.


Eastern snowstorm makes its mark

A blizzard socking the Eastern United States disrupted the sports schedule for a second day, forcing postponements and stranding two college teams on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The NHL postponed the Philadelphia Flyers' game at the New York Islanders, scheduled for Saturday night. It also postponed Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

In college basketball, the Army-Navy men's game at Madison Square Garden was postponed, as was a men's game between St. John's and Marquette.

The Duquesne men's basketball team and Temple women's gymnastics team were stuck overnight on the turnpike.

Cross-Country skiing

Afton's Diggins third in World Cup 10k

Jessie Diggins finished third Saturday in a World Cup 10k freestyle cross-country race in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

It was the second individual World Cup podium finish for Diggins, who is from Afton.

Diggins finished 9.3 seconds behind winner Therese Johaug.

"I'm finally skiing with confidence, like I know I can win," Diggins said.


U.S. women's team wins friendly

The United States women's soccer team's road to Rio got off to a smooth start.

Carli Lloyd scored three goals to help the U.S. defeat Ireland 5-0 in an international friendly at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. It was the Americans' final match before next month's CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Alex Morgan, playing in her 100th match with the national team, and Mallory Pugh, making her debut, also scored.

College football

Players stand out in all-star games

Two players had big days in all-star games Saturday.

Oregon's Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, leading the West to a 29-9 victory in the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Andrew Baggett of Missouri kicked six field goals, lifting the National team to an 18-17 victory over the American in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif.


27That's the least, in millions of dollars and rounded down, the New York Mets will play outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in a deal struck Friday. The deal is for three seasons and $75 million, but Cespedes can opt out after one season and still earn $27.5 million.