Yang finding his yin?

, Last Updated: 12:14 PM ET

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- To say Y.E. Yang has had an erratic career would be putting it mildly.

He beat Tiger Woods to win the HSBC Champions in 2006. Three weeks later, he finished well out of contention at Q-School. And he got disqualified when trying to defend his title at Shanghai, because someone following play on the Internet noticed his scorecard was incorrect.

And now, the latest upswing for Yang: He's the leader midway through the Honda Classic.

Yang shot a bogey-free round of 5-under 65, moving to 7 under through two rounds at PGA National. The South Korean was one shot ahead of Will MacKenzie (67), Jeff Overton (67) and Robert Allenby (68).

"Prior to my win at the HSBC Champions in 2006, people in Korea knew me ... but outside of Korea, people really didn't know me at all," Yang said through an interpreter. "But after beating Tiger at the HSBC, people starting recognizing me, not only in Korea but outside as well. To be mentioned in the same context as Tiger, it's very honourable."

Of the top 21 players on the leaderboard, only MacKenzie and Stewart Cink have PGA Tour wins since 2006.

A who's-who leaderboard?

More people were probably saying "Who's he?"

"It just goes to show how much better, more competitive it's become the last few years," Overton said.

"Tiger raised the bar and it's unbelievable how good these guys are. It really is. It's unbelievable how many players have not won yet, but only one guy wins each week. You only have 35 or 40 weeks, you get Tiger winning half of them, so there's not a lot of room for other players."

- The Associated Press

Yanks lead HSBC

Americans Paula Creamer and Jane Park shot 1-under 71s yesterday to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's HSBC Women's Champions.

The third-ranked Creamer, coming off a third-place finish last week in Thailand, matched Park at 6-under 138 on the Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden Course.

"I feel very confident with where I'm at," Creamer said. "I feel like I've gained something today. The gap yesterday, there were people there, now there's not quite as many, but there are still 3-, 4-, 5-under. But I like being in the lead. I'll take the lead over any place for the day."

Hamilton's Alena Sharp shot 72 to sit at even par.

T.O. to Oakland?

Terrell Owens's agent says several teams are interested in signing his client.

Yet there can't be too many options considering all the factors that have to line up: a team that needs a No. 1 receiver, has enough cash and catches to make T.O. happy, and is led by a coach and quarterback who can handle him if he's not.

Of course, there's always the Raiders.

While Oakland is an easy target because of Al Davis's history of signing locker-room outcasts on the down side of their career, a rundown of the other 31 teams shows there are only a few other likely candidates.

For now, all there is to go on is this text message from agent Drew Rosenhaus.

"There are several teams that are interested in signing Terrell," he wrote yesterday. "I have been in negotiations with these teams. I will not identify these teams at this time. Terrell and I expect to have a deal in place by the end of next week if not sooner."

Pro Bowl back to Hawaii

The Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority board voted 9-1 yesterday to accept the NFL's offer to return to the islands.

The 10-member board rejected two previous proposals, but under mounting pressure, reconsidered its latest refusal to have the all-star game played at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012 for $4 million US a year.

Raptors can't take Heat

Not even the added incentive of beating Shawn Marion's former team could help the Toronto Raptors put the brakes on a three-game winless skid.

Dwyane Wade had 42 points as the visiting Miami Heat had five players score in double figures to send the slumping Raptors (23-40) their fourth consecutive loss with a 108-102 victory at the Air Canada Centre last night.

Wade, who was 17-of-23 from the floor, became the first player to have two 40-point games against the Raptors in the same season.

Ol' man Mark strikes

Mark Martin claimed the top spot at Atlanta Motor Speedway last night, making him the second-oldest pole winner in NASCAR Cup history.

The 50-year-old Martin turned a lap of 187.045 mph for tomorrow's Kobalt Tools 500, earning his 42nd career pole but first since May 5, 2001, at Richmond.

Only Harry Gant, who was 54 when he claimed the pole in August 1994 at Bristol, was older than Martin.

"I feel like a rookie," Martin said. "I really, really do."

With everyone renewing their complaints about a lack of tire grip on the high-banked, 1.54-mile oval, Martin managed to hold things together for a nearly perfect run that took less than 30 seconds.

"I'm still shaking," he said. "I thought I ran out of talent in turn four. There was no possible way to hold my foot on the floor and not hit the wall, back end first, in turn four.

"But that was really fun. I live to scare myself like that."

Brawn buys out Honda

Brawn GP will reach the starting grid at Formula One's season-opening race this month after Ross Brawn bought out his former Honda team.

Brawn said yesterday the current management would stay on as the team heads into the Australian Grand Prix on March 29, with only seven testing days left to get the car up to speed.

"The biggest hurdle we faced was being in a position to race in Melbourne and we will now be able to achieve that target," Brawn said in a statement.

Brawn takes over the former Honda F1 team after the Japanese auto manufacturer pulled out of the sport in December due to the high cost of competition.

Honda ran a budget in excess of 200 million pounds ($363 million Cdn).

Schumacher banned

Cycling's world governing body banned German rider Stefan Schumacher for two years yesterday after he tested positive for a banned drug at the 2008 Tour de France.

The International Cycling Union's decision bans Schumacher from competition until Jan. 21, 2011.

Edmontonian advances

Edmonton's Jackson Payne earned a spot in the men's high bar final at the Gymnix World Cup gymnastics meet yesterday in Montreal.

- Sun Media News Services


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