Anthony Mason, the burly forward whose physical play personified the New York Knicks of the mid-1990s, died early Saturday morning. He was 48 years old.

Mason had been hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack from congestive heart failure earlier in February. He spent 13 years in the NBA but he was best known for his time with the Knicks.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward carved out a niche for himself as a rugged, hard-nosed player with surprising playmaking skills for a man of his build under coach Pat Riley. Mason was with the Knicks from 1991 to 1996 and played a key role for the 1994 team that reached NBA Finals and lost to Houston.

Mason, Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley made for a formidable front line and helped the Knicks become an elite defensive and physically imposing group that exemplified the team of that era.

"My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night," Ewing, the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement. "We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons."

newsmakers

Defended his title: Roger Federer, who won his seventh Dubai Championships title in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5. Federer also recorded his 9,000th career ace.

Dominated: Norway's Therese Johaug, who won the women's 30K cross-country race by almost a minute, ending the Nordic skiing world championships in Falun, Sweden, with three golds.

Out indefinitely: Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, who fractured his non-throwing shoulder getting out of a swimming pool in Venezuela last month.

baseball

Sale to miss three weeks with foot injury

Chicago White Sox ace lefthander Chris Sale is expected to miss three weeks of spring training with an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot, the team announced.

Sale suffered the injury in an accident at his home, according to the White Sox, and arrived in camp with the foot injury Saturday morning.

He had X-rays at a Glendale, Ariz., hospital Saturday morning and will undergo more tests when the swelling in his foot subsides. His status as the Opening Day starter will be better determined at that point, according to the team.

golf

Vicious storm hits Honda Classic

The third round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., ended 51 minutes after it started because of a storm that packed 50 mph gusts and dumped about 5 inches of rain on PGA National.

Only 24 players completed a hole before the storm arrived, causing the third delay of the week. The plan was to return at 10 a.m. Sunday to resume the round, and continue with the same pairings to play as much as possible on Sunday. The tournament now is to end on Monday.

Padraig Harrington had a one-shot advantage over Patrick Reed. It's his first 36-hole lead in nearly five years.

Top-ranked Ko wins again

Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for her second straight victory.

The 17-year-old New Zealander, the Women's Australian Open winner last week for her sixth LPGA Tour title, closed with a 1-under 70 for a 14-under 202 total and a four-stroke victory. She has 10 worldwide victories in professional events.

On Saturday, Ko broke the course record with a career-best 61.

• American Stacy Lewis, ranked No. 3 in the world, held on to lead Amy Yang by one stroke at the LPGA Thailand despite a third-round 73.

AROUND THE HORN

Supercross: Ryan Dungey raced to his third AMA Supercross victory of the season, easily holding off Eli Tomac at the Georgia Dome.

Tennis: With a victory over Juan Monaco in the final of the Argentina Open on Sunday, Rafael Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the semifinals.

Downhill skiing: Hannes Reichelt led the second Austrian sweep in as many weekends by winning a shortened World Cup downhill on the Kandahar slope in Germany. The women's World Cup racing was canceled for a second straight day because of fog in southern Bulgaria.

TODAY'S NUMBER

14Seconds it took Ronda Rousey to defend her bantamweight title at UFC 184 on Saturday night. Rousey (11-0) earned the most impressive victory of her career with jaw-dropping speed, taking out the previously unbeaten Zingano (9-1) with her signature armlock.