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  • Aug09

    Rory McIlroy in a familiar spot in final major

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. He turned to his caddie for confirmation and asked, “Was it good?” “Beautiful,” J.P. Fitzgerald replied, his eyes still fixed on a shot that traveled 311 yards right down the middle.
  • In brief: Alonzo Mourning leads class of 10 into Naismith Hall of Fame

    BASKETBALL: Alonzo Mourning first thanked all of the usual people when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: His coaches, his teachers, and the foster mother who raised him. Then he turned to those who made it possible for his unique journey to the sport’s highest honor.
  • Aug08

    Tiger Woods struggles to 74; Rory McIlroy charges at PGA

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maybe Tiger Woods should have stayed at home. Looking much like a guy who could barely bend over last weekend, Woods sprayed shots all over Valhalla and faced a daunting deficit at the PGA Championship before heavy favorite Rory McIlroy even teed off Thursday.
  • Aug06

    Gary Woodland wins PGA Championship long-drive competition

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There were lots of jokes, some big swings, few surprises and zero injuries – unless you count bruised egos. That’s how the scorecard read from Tuesday’s long-drive competition at the PGA Championship.
  • In brief: MLS All-Stars face talented Bayern Munich

    Soccer: By the time the MLS All-Star game rolls around tonight in Portland, coach Caleb Porter will have had two training sessions with his All-Stars. Porter is hoping his side has some fast learners.
  • Commentary: Bubba Watson mystery a puzzling read

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Las Vegas bookies are giving Bubba Watson the same odds of winning the PGA Championship as Tiger Woods. One is the Masters champion. The other might not even be healthy enough to play.
  • Aug04

    Golf roundup: Rory McIlroy wins and returns to No. 1

    From the links of Britain to the parkland of America, Rory McIlroy is on top of the world again. In his first start since a wire-to-wire win at the British Open, McIlroy overcame a three-shot deficit to win the Bridgestone Invitational and return to No. 1 in the world.
  • Tiger Woods leaves course because of back pain

    Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, Woods hit a number of shockingly bad shots in the fourth round at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. After missing the fairway on the ninth hole, he grimaced and reached toward his back. Moments later, he was driven off the course in a cart. “I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods told a PGA Tour official. The 38-year-old injured himself playing an akward shot from the edge of a bunker on the second hole. Woods had surgery March 31 and returned June 26 at Congressional. He had reported no problems with his back since returning. This is the second time this year Woods has withdrawn in the middle of a final round. – AP
  • Aug02

    Jim Meehan: Picturesque and well conceived Gamble Sands opens

    Dave Christenson has been part of three grand openings, including Friday’s debut of Gamble Sands. This one is different than his previous experiences at Circling Raven and a golf course back east.
  • Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson together again in a major

    Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together in the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. The PGA Championship released its tee times for the final major of the year. Padraig Harrington will be joining Woods (left in photo) and Mickelson (right) in the 8:35 a.m. EDT tee time for the first round Thursday. Woods and Mickelson are in the same group at a major for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open. In the traditional pairing of major champions, Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) will tee off at 1:45 p.m. EDT. This will be the sixth time since 2001 that Woods and Mickelson have been in the same group at a major. – Associated Press
  • In brief: Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead

    Golf: Sergio Garcia doesn’t know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career. Garcia one-putted the final 11 holes and made birdies on his last seven holes Friday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, to tie the course record at Firestone with a 9-under-par 61 and take a three-shot lead.
  • Aug01

    Gamble Sands a treasure for north central Washington

    Dave Christenson has been part of three grand openings, including Friday’s debut of Gamble Sands. Gamble Sands couldn’t be more ready to greet the public.
  • In brief: Tiger Woods off to a good start at Bridgestone Invitational

    Golf: Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys. Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. His six-birdie round left him four shots back of Marc Leishman of Australia.
  • Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf

    Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf. In a statement Thursday, the 30-year-old Johnson said the break is “necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation,” and effective immediately. “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson said. Agent David Winkle said Johnson would not be at the PGA Championship next week or the Ryder Cup. Johnson, who tied for fourth in the U.S. Open and tied for 12th in the British Open, was No. 5 in the Ryder Cup standings. “We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best,” U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said. “With an undefeated record of 3-0 at Medinah in 2012, he has clearly been an asset for the United States team.” – AP
  • July28

    Langer cruises to Senior British Open title

    Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales, to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68.
  • July27

    In brief: Germany’s Langer increases lead at Senior British Open

    GOLF: Bernhard Langer stretched his lead to eight strokes Saturday in the Senior British Open, shooting a 3-under 68 at Royal Porthcawl to reach 14-under 199. The 56-year-old German matched the Champions Tour record for the largest 54-hole lead in a 72-hole event set by Jack Nicklaus in the 1991 Senior PGA. At 14 under, Langer also tied the tournament 54-hole record set by Carl Mason at 14-under 196 in 2003 at Turnberry.
  • July26

    In brief: 7-shot lead for Bernhard Langer at Senior British Open

    Golf: Bernhard Langer opened a seven-stroke lead in the Senior British Open, following his opening 65 with a 66 on Friday to reach 11 under at sunny Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales. The German lost a playoff to Mark Wiebe last year at Royal Birkdale after blowing a two-stroke lead on the final hole of regulation when he failed to get out of a greenside bunker.
  • July25

    Area roundup: Shock add QB Joe Southwick among flurry of roster moves

    Spokane made a number of roster moves Thursday, including the signing of former Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick. Offensive linemen Patrick Afif, who has started 16 games, and Mark Jackson were placed on inactive reserve. Defensive back Bryant Nnabuife was activated from inactive reserve. Defensive lineman Diyral Briggs and receiver Nichiren Flowers were placed on injured reserve.
  • July21

    In brief: Mark Rypien wins American Century Celebrity Golf Championship

    Golf: After lightning storms delayed play for more than three hours in the final round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, Spokane’s Mark Rypien beat out Jeremy Roenick and Annika Sorenstam to win the title for the first time since winning the inaugural event in 1990.  Rypien, who played quarterback at Washington State and won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins, ran away on his back nine, going 5-under for a record-breaking third-round total of 33 points and 76 throughout the three-day event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada. After finishing in second place in the last two years, Rypien was finally able to break through with a win in the 25th anniversary of the tournament.
  • Tiger Woods says Tom Watson should pick him for Ryder Cup

    HOYLAKE, England – Even after his worst 72-hole finish in a major, Tiger Woods says he would pick himself for the Ryder Cup team. His first major of the year, and second tournament since March 31 back surgery, wasn’t much of an audition for U.S. captain Tom Watson. Woods was never the same after opening the British Open with a 69. The mistakes kept piling up, and so did the big numbers, and he closed with a 3-over 75 on Sunday at Royal Liverpool.