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  • Dec25

    On the Fringe: The shots that defined the majors

    One putt gave Bubba Watson a rare sense of calm. One swing reminded Martin Kaymer he finally had all the shots. One pitch proved to Rory McIlroy he could master links golf. These were not the defining shots from the majors this year.
  • Golf notes: Masters races to keep field to less than 100 players

    Here’s a new tradition unlike any other – the race to see if the Masters can keep its field to less than 100 players by April. For the fourth time in the last five years, at least 90 players already have qualified for the Masters at the end of the year with three months of opportunities remaining before the field is set. Each time, Augusta National managed to achieve its objective of keeping the number of competitors in double digits.
  • Dec17

    Spain will host Women’s World Cup basketball in 2018

    Announced FIBA said Spain will host the 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup. Spain has one of the best women’s teams in the world. It won the European championship in 2013, and was runner-up in this year’s world championship. • TCU football coach Gary Patterson has a new contract after leading the Horned Frogs to their first Big 12 title. Athletic director Chris Del Conte said that Patterson is under contract “through the end of the decade” and that the coach is “well taken care of” financially. Patterson is TCU’s winningest coach, with a 131-45 record in 14 seasons. TCU is 11-1 this season.
  • Dec13

    Wall, Wizards end Clippers’ 9-game streak

    NBA: The first John Wall-Chris Paul showdown of the season turned into a mismatch, with Wall controlling the game with 10 points and 11 assists and Paul struggling with a season-high six turnovers as host Washington snapped the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak with a 104-96 victory Friday night. Bradley Beal was top scorer with 29 points, while Paul finished with 19 points.
  • Dec12

    In Brief: Blackhawks beat Bruins, push win streak to eight games

    NHL: Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead Chicago to its eighth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in Boston. The Blackhawks lost captain and No. 2 scorer Jonathan Toews in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg hit him from behind and sent him face-first into the boards. No further information about the injury was available.
  • Dec08

    A Breeze for Spieth

    Jordan Spieth won the Hero World Challenge with a performance tournament host Tiger Woods could appreciate. Staked to a seven-shot lead, Spieth blew away an elite field at Isleworth in Windermere, Florida, and set two tournament records Sunday when he closed with a 6-under 66 for a 10-shot victory over Henrik Stenson of Sweden. From three birdies on his opening four holes, punctuated by a hybrid hit perfectly to 12 feet for eagle on the par-5 seventh, Spieth turned the final round into a casual walk. Spieth finished at 26-under 262, breaking the tournament record of 266 set by Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000, both of those scores at Sherwood Country Club in California. Woods tied for last place in the 18-man field. – Associated Press
  • Dec06

    Ginobili leads Spurs over Grizzlies

    NBA: Manu Ginobili scored 17 points and Tim Duncan recorded a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead visiting San Antonio over Memphis 107-101. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 28 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Dec05

    In brief: Tiger Woods shoots 77 after return from injury

    Golf: Tiger Woods returned to golf Thursday and it was as if he never left – except that he looked healthy. Woods flubbed four chips, had only four birdie chances inside 20 feet and stumbled to a 5-over-par 77 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge in Windermere, Florida. He was in last place among the 18 players and 11 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. Steve Stricker, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler are in a group one behind Spieth.
  • Nov24

    Lewis sweeps LPGA awards

    Stacy Lewis became the first American in 21 years to sweep the three biggest awards on the LPGA Tour, which she considered more valuable than a $1 million bonus. Lewis closed with a 1-under 71 in the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, on Sunday, tied for ninth in the LPGA Tour finale. But it was enough for her to win LPGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. She also won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and the money title.
  • Nov23

    Raptors rally past slumping Cavaliers

    NBA: Lou Williams scored a career-high 36 points and the Toronto Raptors turned an 18-point deficit into a convincing 110-93 win at Cleveland on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their fourth straight loss. The Raptors, who have won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history, trailed 26-8 less than 4 minutes into the game, but showed why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
  • Nov22

    In brief: Blazers rout short-handed Bulls

    NBA: Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead and beat the visiting Chicago Bulls 105-87 on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 28 points for their sixth straight victory.
  • Nov19

    Tiger Woods complains about Dan Jenkins parody

    Tiger Woods is criticizing Hall of Fame writer Dan Jenkins for a parody in which Jenkins fakes an interview with him. The headline of the Golf Digest column is “My (Fake) Interview with Tiger,” with an asterisk to add, “Or how it plays out in my mind.” Jenkins covers a range of subjects from Woods’ reputation as a bad tipper to his divorce. Woods responded on Derek Jeter’s website: ThePlayersTribune.com. He says the article was below the belt and asks, “Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?” Woods says his agents asked the magazine for an explanation for what he considers a cheap shot. He says Golf Digest responded that it was Jenkins’ sense of humor. Jenkins was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. – Associated Press
  • LPGA gets title sponsor for 1st major

    The LPGA Tour has added one new tournament and one big sponsor for its 2015 season. The biggest announcement Tuesday at its season-ending tournament was All Nippon Airways becoming the new title sponsor for the first major championship of the year in the California Desert. The tournament will be called the ANA Inspiration, played April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club. The five-year deal includes a purse increase to $2.5 million, with prize money increasing to $3 million by the end of the deal. The LPGA also announced a new start to the season with the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida. The tour will have 33 tournaments. – AP
  • Nov17

    Hoffman halts another drought

    Charley Hoffman rallied from a three-shot deficit Sunday by closing with a 5-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Shawn Stefani in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Hoffman ended another long drought with his third career victory on the PGA Tour. He had gone 105 starts between his first and second victories, and this time went 108 starts until winning the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year.
  • Nov16

    In brief: Djokovic vs Federer for ATP Finals title

    TENNIS: Roger Federer saved four match points to reach a ninth final at the ATP Finals in a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6) win over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in London on Saturday. Wawrinka had Federer under constant pressure from the baseline, and kept his composure until he served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set. He dropped his serve following three clumsy approaches to the net on match points.
  • Nov10

    Watson pulls off stunning victory

    Bubba Watson won his first World Golf Championship with a stunning turnaround Sunday when he holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff, and made a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Watson had a two-shot lead with three holes to play until he appeared to throw it all away. He missed the 16th green with a lob wedge and made bogey, and then took two shots to get out of a bunker on the par-3 17th and made double bogey to fall one shot behind a five-way tie for the lead.
  • GU men triumph 1-0 in two OTs

    Zach Hamer scored an unassisted goal in the second overtime to lift the Gonzaga men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Pacific in Spokane. Hamer’s shot was the 34th of the match for the Bulldogs (4-12-1, 2-3-1 West Coast Conference), the most for Gonzaga since 1999.
  • Nov07

    Rockets crush short-handed San Antonio

    NBA: Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Houston Rockets continued their dream start, beating the in-state rival San Antonio Spurs 98-81 Thursday night in Houston. Howard exploited a Spurs interior that was missing two key players, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Manu Ginobili also was held out of the game for rest a night after helping San Antonio to a 94-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Nov03

    Pernice outlasts Haas at Schwab

    Tom Pernice Jr. won the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Jay Haas with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pernice, 55, got up-and-down from the left bunker on the par-5 18th, holing a 6-foot putt after Haas made a 12-footer for par.
  • Nov02

    Reiter wins it

    Eastern Washington sophomore Sarah Reiter became the first individual champion in school history Saturday after claiming medalist honors at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Reiter covered the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 5.2 seconds, edging Southern Utah’s Ashley Hawks by two-tenths of a second.