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  • April26

    Curry helps Warriors sweep away Pelicans

    Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers during a 39-point night, and the visiting Golden State Warriors cruised to 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series. Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors, the NBA’s top overall seed, who will host the winner of the Portland-Memphis matchup.
  • Area roundup: Whitworth sweeps track titles

    The Whitworth men claimed their sixth straight Northwest Conference track and field title and the women broke two school records in claiming their first NWC title Saturday in Newberg, Oregon. Junior Nicholas Gosselin led the men’s team with a victory in the 200-meter dash. He finished in 21.86 seconds. Gosselin was also a part of Whitworth’s winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
  • April25

    In brief: James Harden paces Rockets to 3-0 lead over Mavs

    NBA: James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Dwight Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the visiting Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. The MVP candidate played a dominating role after deferring to Howard and role players in the first two wins, putting the Rockets on the verge of their first playoff series victory since Howard joined Harden two years ago.
  • Golf notes: Gonzaga Prep boys off to dominant start in GSL

    It’s been a while since Gonzaga Prep’s last Greater Spokane League boys’ golf title. “Twelve years,” co-coach Phil Kuder guessed, “if not even a little longer.”
  • April20

    Golf roundup: After going 0-for-100, Jim Furyk victorious in PGA RBC Heritage

    Jim Furyk had gone 100 starts without winning, a stretch that gnawed at his psyche and challenged his confidence. That all disappeared in uncharacteristic fashion Sunday when he won his first PGA Tour title in five years with birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
  • Area roundup: Whitworth wins baseball finale heading into playoffs

    A four-run first inning got Whitworth off to a fast start and the Pirates cruised to an 11-4 Northwest Conference baseball win over visiting Willamette on Sunday at Merkel Field to close out the regular season and claim a second-place tie with Linfield. A pair of two-run doubles, by Jeremy Druffel and Carson Blumenthal, aided by two Willamette errors, got the Pirates (25-13, 13-8 NWC) off on the right foot to complete their third series sweep of the season. They had defeated the Bearcats twice Saturday.
  • April18

    Troy Merritt’s 61 trumps Masters champion Jordan Spieth’s 62

    Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth wowed the gallery with a bounce-back 62. Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, four strokes in front of defending champion Matt Kuchar and John Merrick. “Anytime that you match shot for shot with the Masters champ, with the way he’s playing, it’s a pretty good feeling,” said Merritt. Spieth started off the low, low scoring at Harbour Town Golf Links, making nine birdies in a bogey-free round after struggling in an opening 74. The 21-year-old Texan is at 6 under. Merritt had nine birdies over his final 12 holes. – AP
  • April13

    Spieth dominates Augusta with wire-to-wire victory

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow. This was a Masters for the ages.
  • Commentary: Spieth a perfect champion with a perfect story

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – There’s the hug from his caddie, who used to be a high school math teacher and a girls soccer coach. There’s the hug from the parents, who played college sports and went on to raise a family of five. There’s the hug from his high school sweetheart, and his brother, and his closest friends, and seemingly half the state of Texas. There’s the verbal bow to his inspiration and his “hero” – Ellie, his 14-year-old sister who was born with a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum.
  • 80-year-old golfer is ace of aces

    Sal Fasino is 80 years old. He has multiple sclerosis. He also has two recent holes-in-one. The Naples (Florida) Daily News reported that Fasino had his first ace in February on the 108-yard 13th hole Majestic Golf Club in Lehigh Acres. The second came six weeks later in March when Fasino holed his tee shot on the club’s seventh hole, also 108 yards. The retired bricklayer and project manager has problems with his left leg because of his MS. It often leaves him tired but he still gets in 18 holes. He jokes that if he keeps up the pace he could eventually catch a 101-year-old California woman who claims to have hit 11 holes-in-one. – AP
  • Lefty left with yet another ‘silver’

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson knew he needed a truly special round to catch Jordan Spieth. Instead, Lefty settled for a familiar spot.
  • April12

    Spieth’s win at Masters one for the ages

    Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket Sunday. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages.
  • Spieth takes four-stroke lead into final round

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green Saturday with another Masters record, a four-shot lead and a solemn look that suggested he knew he was still a long way off from being measured for a green jacket. Spieth had a seven-shot lead with two holes to play and was on the same score – 18-under par – that only Tiger Woods had ever reached at Augusta National. Out of nowhere, he made a careless double bogey on the 17th hole. Ahead of him on the 18th, former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose poured in a birdie putt.
  • Let’s put the refs back in charge

    Monday: There has been a lot of discussion this season on improving college basketball. The game has gotten too physical, the narrative goes, and changes have to be made. Attendance is down, the regular season is hurting and the future looks bleak. A radical revamp is needed. Maybe a 30- or 24-second clock is the ticket. How about widening the lane? Limiting the number of timeouts. Rule changes are necessary, the chorus echoes, if college basketball is going to thrive again.
  • Go ahead and measure Spieth for a green jacket

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Go ahead and measure the kid for a green jacket. Soon they may be crowning him as the best player in golf. The Masters isn’t supposed to begin until the back nine on Sunday. Jordan Spieth all but wrapped it up before the mowers came out Saturday night.
  • Four-time Masters champ Woods is back … maybe

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods is back. Maybe. He shot a 68 Saturday at Augusta National, putting together his first back-to-back rounds in the 60s at the Masters in 10 years, and his first in a major anywhere since 2012. But he was certain it could have been even better.
  • April11

    Jordan Spieth makes Masters look like child’s play

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth is making the Masters look easy. He opened with a 64 despite making a bogey on the easiest hole on the course. He followed with a bogey-free 66 in which he missed a pair of 6-foot birdie putts. He still broke the 36-hole Masters record that stood for 39 years. His five-shot lead matched another Masters record.
  • Masters’ dining options possibly the best deal in sports

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – The sandwich boards around Augusta National listing breakfast and lunch options look ridden with typos, or like signs left over from the 1950s. Sure, the parking is free at the Masters. Grabbing a bite to eat simply can’t be that cheap.
  • Jordan Spieth fast learner using tips from fellow-Texan Ben Crenshaw

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Farewell, Gentle Ben. Welcome, Jordan Spieth.
  • Watson shoots 81, misses Masters cut one day after historic round

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – As the cheers and applause poured out of the gallery, Tom Watson walked briskly up the fairway to the 18th green on Friday afternoon. He looked to his right, nodded toward the fans lining the green, and then inspected his own precarious situation on the final hole at Augusta National. One day after completing what he termed a “minor miracle” in the first round, Watson was in the sand.