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  • May09

    Tiger Woods celebrates a big putt and a chance to play

    Tiger Woods punched the air with his fist when he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole, and then gave another punch when he snatched the ball from the cup. It’s been awhile since he made a putt that mattered. This was to make the cut. Woods didn’t have a great round Friday at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The cause of celebration was that birdie allowed him to play two more. Woods had a 1-under 71, and while it left him eight shots behind the leaders, he made the weekend without a shot to spare. “I feel like I’m playing well enough to get myself up there,” Woods said. “I just need one good round and narrow up that gap between myself and the lead, and I feel like I can do that.” It was only the third time Woods has made the cut against a full field in the last year. – AP
  • Familiar courses should help area teams in Idaho

    Area 5A and 4A teams won’t be favored in the Idaho state golf tournaments but they do have a couple of key things in their favor. They sport solid teams and they’re playing on courses in the backyard. The Lakeland boys and girls will battle for 4A medals at The Links, their home course. In 5A, the Coeur d’Alene girls will compete on their home turf, Avondale, and it’s a familiar track for Lewiston and Lake City.
  • Harvey receives combine invite

    Former Eastern Washington University basketball player Tyler Harvey is one of 62 players to receive an invitation to the NBA draft combine, which will take place May 12-17 in Chicago. Harvey declared for the draft following his impressive junior season, one which garnered honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press. He led all NCAA Division I players with a 23.1 per game scoring average and set Big Sky Conference and EWU single-season records for most 3-pointers made (128).
  • May08

    Golf column: Idaho’s Fab Five will stop at nothing

    Meet the Idaho Vandals, who cruised to a Big Sky Conference championship by 21 strokes to secure their first trip to the NCAA regionals since 2000. Coach John Means wasn’t surprised. He’s preached to his players that the Sky isn’t the limit and somewhere along the line they began to believe him.
  • May07

    Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth linked closer now at Players Championship

    Rory McIlroy (pictured, left) remembers a 19-year-old Texan who had secured a spot on the PGA Tour and seemed polished for his age. That was the first time he played with Jordan Spieth (right) two years ago in the Texas Open. They play together again today ( 10 a.m., Golf) – along with world No. 7 Jason Day – in The Players Championship under new circumstances. McIlroy is No. 1 in the world. Spieth went up to No. 2 with his Masters victory. The stage is set for a rivalry, though McIlroy was quick to point out how quickly the outlook can change. A year ago, McIlroy was struggling and not all that much in the conversation – and Tiger Woods was No. 1 in the world. Now he’s No. 125. McIlroy borrowed a line that Jack Nicklaus once told Woods. He just wants to make sure any rivalry includes him. – AP
  • May04

    McIlroy asserts himself with Match Play title

    Rory McIlroy didn’t need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship. Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against Gary Woodland.
  • May03

    In brief: Chris Paul’s basket ousts Spurs in Game 7 win

    NBA: Chris Paul banked in a shot over Tim Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-109 victory over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night in Los Angeles for a wild finish to an entertaining first-round series. After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side and put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year-old Spurs star that went in as he was falling away.
  • Give and Take: Letter to the sports editor

    Country Club sale could be a good thing I was not surprised when I read the Spokane Country Club could be sold. The rumors and stories about the membership having no plan to continue “their legacy” seems to be true. OK. Let it be sold!
  • May02

    Kiawah Island chosen for 2021 PGA championship

    The PGA Championship is returning to the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island (South Carolina) in 2021, three decades after the seaside layout made its debut at the 1991 Ryder Cup. This will be the second time Pete Dye’s course has hosted golf’s final major – in 2012 Rory McIlroy won by eight shots. The course was commissioned specifically for the Ryder Cup, and Bernhard Langer’s missed par putt lifted the U.S. to victory. While the golf is magnificent, the logistics of moving people on and off the seaside island near Charleston presents a challenge. In 2012, shuttles for fans and media from downtown Charleston took up to 90 minutes to make the 40-mile trip. –AP
  • April28

    Golf’s Match Play Championship has change in format

    Rory McIlroy arrived at Harding Park in San Francisco on Monday knowing he’ll be at the Match Play Championship at least until Friday. So will the rest of the 64-man field. In a format change to avoid the single elimination that often sent big names home early, the Match Play will be round robin featuring 16 groups of four players. The best record from each group advances to the round of 16 on Saturday morning for a full weekend of golf. There was one more twist. The groups were based on a lottery. McIlroy wound up getting Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel and Jason Dufner in his group. Masters champion Jordan Spieth is with Lee Westwood, Matt Every and Mikko Ilonen of Finland. Ilonen got in when Phil Mickelson chose not to play. – Assocaited Press
  • April27

    Bayley leads WSU into the hunt at Pac-12 golf

    For all the stars at the Pac-12 men's golf tournament, it's a freshman from Rathdrum, Idaho, that they are all chasing. After two rounds of golf on Monday at Palouse Ridge, Derek Bayley sits one stroke behind Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, the overall individual leader at minus-7.
  • Mickelson pulls out of Match Play

    SAN FRANCISCO – Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Match Play Championship because of personal reasons. Mickelson did not elaborate in a short statement Sunday released by the PGA Tour. Mickelson says he is happy with the new format and he likes Harding Park as a venue for the 64-man field. He said only that it was unfortunate he would not be able to play this year.
  • Rose finishes strong in Louisiana

    Justin Rose birdied the final two holes Sunday to win the Zurich Classic in Avondale, Louisiana. Rose, who entered the week ranked ninth in the world, completed a 7-under 65 in the rain-delayed third round and closed with a 66 at TPC Louisiana for his seventh PGA Tour title. The Englishman has won at least once in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak on the tour behind Dustin Johnson’s eight straight.
  • 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