To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.
SPIETH, WATSON TIED FOR LEAD AFTER 3 ROUNDS
Young and old. Even without Tiger Woods, this Masters has a little bit of everything.
Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is making quite a bid to become golf’s youngest major champion in more than 80 years with three straight sub-par rounds in his Augusta National debut.
He’ll have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport’s oldest major champion.
And let’s not forget Bubba Watson, who stumbled a bit on moving day but will go for his second green jacket in three years from the final group.
Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson.
“This is the place I’ve always dreamt about,” said Spieth, who was 5 under for the tournament. “I thought it was a good fit for my game. So far, so good.”
He has a shot at becoming the youngest major winner since Tom Creavey, just a few months younger when he won the PGA Championship in 1931.
Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500. Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.
Matt Kenseth hopes to get his season going and lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington Raceway.
5 STRAIGHT BIRDIES LIFT BUBBA WATSON INTO LEAD AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL
Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.
Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot lead over John Senden.
There's nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.
"It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."
Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.
Durham earns series split behind solid pitching
The big-spending AL West also-rans of recent years once more find themselves chasing those overachieving, low-budget Oakland Athletics.et Bob Melvin’s A’s hardly consider themselves the favorite to win a third straight West crown, not in one of baseball’s best divisions that appears to have gotten even better this offseason.
Stephen Strasburg leads a deep rotation in Washington. Matt Holliday and St. Louis are back again. And the loaded Los Angeles Dodgers think it’s their time to shine. Yes, it is a very familiar group of favorites. Throw in Freddie Freeman and Atlanta, and the NL list is practically complete. But there’s always one team that crashes the party at the top; see MVP Andrew McCutchen and the 2013 Pirates.
Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross is saying goodbye to the NFL after 11 seasons. The Panthers confirmed Tuesday that the three-time Pro Bowl left tackle will announce his retirement at a news conference on Wednesday at the stadium.
Former Hillside Hornet Rodney Rogers is known for his humble heart
Peyton Manning wanted more rest. He got plenty Thursday night thanks to Philip Rivers and a San Diego defense that slowed down Manning and handed the Broncos an unexpected loss.
Carolina squanders power-play chances in home loss
Now that he’s a Brooklyn Nets rookie, and the intense practices Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski put him through on these courts are in his past, Mason Plumlee’s old coach is a friendly spectator.
Cam Newton tried to tell everyone who would listen last week that the Carolina Panthers were much better than an 0-2 team. He and his teammates went out and proved it.
Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness. Kenseth has firmly defended the style of his 2003 championship, stating his one-win season in the final year before NASCAR made the move to the playoff-style Chase format was as meaningful as all the titles collected by Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart. He probably won't have to justify anything about his Cup run this season. There are plenty of checkered flags.