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Bubba wins second Masters in three ...

Bubba wins second Masters in three years

Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.
Sources: Woodson 'bracing' for the ...

Sources: Woodson 'bracing' for the worst

While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend.
Quenneville fined $25,000 for Game ...

Quenneville fined $25,000 for Game 1 actions

The league has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Thursday's first-round playoff game against the St. Louis Blues.
Silver: Making NBA age limit 20 top...

Silver: Making NBA age limit 20 top priority

Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear pushing back the league's age limit to 20 is at the top of his priority list.
Broncos' visits to Bama catch NFL's...

Broncos' visits to Bama catch NFL's attention

The NFL will ask some questions about why Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterback Peyton Manning crossed paths at the University of Alabama earlier this month.
Kupchak says Kobe, Lakers on same p...

Kupchak says Kobe, Lakers on same page

Kobe Bryant looks to be having an excellent anniversary trip in Paris, judging by the photos posted on his wife's Instagram account.

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

ST. LOUIS (AP) In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.

Miller allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period, then shut the door on the Chicago Blackhawks to pave the way for Alexander Steen's deciding goal in an epic 4-3, triple-overtime Game 1 victory on Thursday night.

"It's not all about one period," Miller said. "I tried not to change my approach and it's nice to come out on the right side."

Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history, beating Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to end the marathon.

"I didn't know how open he was, obviously," Ott said. "He obviously buried it and the game's over. We stuck with it and we found a way to win it."

The Blues got most of their injured front-line players back for Game 1, then put a six-game losing streak to end the regular season behind them.

"Win, lose or draw, what happened in the third period was we finally saw our team," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said.

The next challenge is finding a way to recover on short rest, with Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo logged 44 minutes, 8 seconds of ice time and two Blackhawks, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson, played more than 40 minutes.

Miller made 39 saves for the Blues and Crawford had 48 for Chicago.

"I think the big thing for us is we have to realize it's only one game and we've got a quick turnaround coming back," Chicago's Patrick Kane said. "That's the best part about it, we get right back at it."

Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period. Jaden Schwartz stole the puck to set up his tying goal with 1:45 to go in regulation.

The Blues' previous longest overtime game was a 4-3 loss at Detroit in 1984 that extended 37 minutes, 7 seconds. The home record for a playoff overtime game was 33:49 of extra time in a 5-4 win over Chicago on April 20, 1989.

St. Louis had to kill off delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck into the stands in the first two overtimes and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville argued vehemently for a second delay of game that would have given Chicago a 5-on-3 advantage in the first OT. The Blackhawks killed off a holding penalty in the second overtime.

Jonathan Toews, like Kane back from a lengthy injury absence, had two assists for Chicago.

Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Adam Cracknell all scored their first playoff goal for the Blues.

The Blackhawks kept the Blues pinned in their own zone for 2:10 during the first overtime, and Maxim Lapierre made the save of the session by getting in front of a drive by Kris Versteeg with less than two minutes remaining.

"Guys like me take pride in blocking shots and doing little details," Lapierre said.

Tarasenko was among the best players coming off a 15-game absence because of a broken thumb, tying for the team lead with seven shots.

Cracknell tapped in a rebound early in the first to end a scoring drought of 148 minutes, 39 seconds for a team that got shut out the last two games of the regular season.

Kane scored his 30th career playoff goal after catching the defense napping at the end of a St. Louis power play, beating Miller off a long lead pass from Toews for a 3-2 lead at 18:24 of the first.

Miller allowed three goals on just seven shots in the first with defensemen Johnny Oduya and Brent Seabrook also scoring for Chicago.

"They had a couple of nice shots in the first, but I had to come out and battle," Miller said. "Luckily I got ahold of a few of them."

St. Louis' top line of David Backes, Steen and Ott was a combined minus-5 in the first. Ott was a bit of surprise, considering he was minus-7 during the Blues' six-game losing streak to end the regular season, but was solid the rest of the way.

"He played the way we thought he could play," Hitchcock said. "With that type of energy, that type of focus, he's a good player."

Crawford faced just three shots in the second, but needed big saves to thwart Tarasenko and Ott. He made glove saves on drives by Steen and Tarasenko not long before Schwartz got the equalizer.

NOTES: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who has the longest consecutive game streak in major sports at 717 games, left in the first overtime and did not return. Hitchcock said Bouwmeester was dehydrated but was fine after the game. ... Oduya and Seabrook combined for 10 goals in the regular season. Oduya's goal was first credited to Versteeg on a deflection. ... The Blues scratched a pair of top forwards, T.J. Oshie (head) and Patrik Burglund (shoulder). ... Kane had two goals and four assists against St. Louis in the regular season and Toews had a goal and three assists.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win ove...

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

DENVER (AP) Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year playoff drought.

That decision by executive vice president Joe Sakic to keep him in the Mile High City paid huge dividends Thursday night when Stastny sparked Colorado's 5-4 win in overtime against the Minnesota Wild in their Western Conference playoff series opener.

"He's obviously a really good player," said Wild defenseman and fellow Olympian Ryan Suter. "He's a really good player. He's good in the faceoff circle, good on the power play. He's just the total package, he plays hard on both ends of the ice."

Stastny tied it with 13.4 seconds left in regulation, then beat Ilya Bryzgalov with another close-in wrist shot 7:27 into overtime, capping Colorado's comeback from a two-goal deficit after two periods.

Those were the only two shots on goal that Stastny, who made $6.6 million this season, took all night.

Stastny is the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score the game-tying goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation and then score the winning goal in OT, the Avs said based on information from the Elias Sports Bureau.

But Stastny, who also had an assist, credited his coach's bold moves and teammate Erik Johnson's hustle after his first career three-point playoff performance.

The frenetic finish included a daring roll of the dice by Patrick Roy is his playoff coaching debut: pulling goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 3:01 remaining for an extra skater.

"It's the team we've got," Stastny said. "We're confident in ourselves. It starts with our coach. Three minutes left and he pulls the goalie, he has the confidence in us scoring and always playing to win. He never sits back. If he thinks it's the best chance, then we believe in it, too."

Pulling Varlamov, who led the NHL with a franchise record 41 wins, one more than Roy had when Colorado won its last Stanley Cup in 2000-01, nearly backfired when Erik Haula slapped a shot across the ice that headed for the empty net as the Pepsi Center crowd grew silent.

Johnson caught up to the skittering puck and slapped it away just before it crossed the goal line with 1:32 left in regulation.

"It's 3 inches from losing the game," Stastny said. "If that doesn't happen, that hustle out of E.J., we're not here in this moment."

Haula was still shaking his head after the game.

"Obviously, that's the game if it goes in and it didn't," Haula said. "And then they tie it up at 13 seconds. Like I said, that's playoff hockey and now we've just got to bounce back."

Game 2 is Saturday night.

Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado, the Central Division champs. Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild, who took a 4-2 lead after a three-goal second period.

The Wild spent the final period trying to play a prevent defense, not allowing the Avalanche to take advantage of their quickness. O'Reilly stole the puck from Brodziak and slid it over to McGinn, who batted it past Bryzgalov to make it a one-goal game at 12:47.

Then Stastny tied it and he won it.

"What a comeback," Johnson said. "That's the kind of stuff you dream about when you're a kid, winning playoff games like that."

The Wild knew they let this one slip away.

"They obviously had some luck with them and then in OT we hit a pipe and I think it was pretty close to going into the empty net, as well," Haula said. "So, give credit to them. They never quit. They played a full game and I think they just got the bounces in the end."

Johnson won't dispute that notion.

"I think any time you come back like that in a playoff game, luck's on your side a little bit," he said. "I thought we played a good game toward the end. We'll take it, but we realize we have a lot more to give and they outplayed us."

NOTES: Parise had two assists. ... The Avs were without F John Mitchell (head) and D Cory Sarich (back). They were already missing leading scorer Matt Duchene (knee). ... Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon had three assists.

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Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.

Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the Sharks, who managed just 10 goals against Quick in losing a seven-game series to Los Angeles in the second round last year. Antti Niemi made 31 saves.

Quick allowed three goals in the first period for the first time in his playoff career, including two in the final minute as the Kings were completely outclassed.

Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose.

Quick was replaced by Martin Jones after allowing five goals on 28 shots in two periods and only watched as the Kings showed life in the third period with goals from Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov and Trevor Lewis.

But Brent Burns sealed it with an empty-net goal as the home team won for the 17th time in the past 18 meetings between these teams.

The Sharks were the healthiest they have been all season with Torres back after missing all but five games in the regular season and Hertl playing for just the third time since Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown injured him with an illegal knee-on-knee hit on Dec. 19 in a play that still riles the Sharks.

They got payback in the best way possible with a dominating victory that showed off their much-improved depth when they are healthy. They got goals from all four lines and their defense to beat the Kings by more than one in their most lopsided win over the Kings since Nov. 7, 2011.

The game had even added meaning for Hertl and Torres. Hertl talked before the series of his dislike for the Kings and said this series would be personal because of the injury.

Torres was suspended for the final six games of last year's series for a hit to the head of Jarret Stoll in a punishment the Sharks and Torres felt was unjust.

The Sharks had nothing to complain about after this game as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for the victory.

The third playoff series in four years between these heated California rivals got off to an odd start as there was a power outage at SAP Center just minutes before the start of pregame warmups. The lights came back on about five minutes later and the players warmed up without the usual blaring music.

But by the time the puck dropped, the towel-waving crowd was at its usual fever pitch chanting "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!" right from the start.

The cheers only got louder during a dominant first period that featured a combined 55 hits from the two teams, three goals from the Sharks and a scrum after Mike Brown pushed Voynov into Quick after the whistle.

Thornton's deflection of Joe Pavelski's shot from the slot on a chance created by Burns' hustle to negate an icing gave San Jose the early lead.

San Jose broke things open with two goals in the final minute off broken plays. James Sheppard miss-hit a one-timer that slid right to Hertl, who tapped it in to make it 2-0 with 51.7 seconds to play.

Marleau then made it 3-0 with 3.2 seconds to play to cap a 2-on-1 with Matt Nieto, who failed to get off a one-timer but instead slid the puck back to Marleau for his 58th career playoff goal.

NOTES: Brown played a night after his wife, Kati, gave birth to their second son, Zane Michael. ... Jones made four saves in his first career playoff game.

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declare...

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.

Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was "an honor for us to have him in our program." In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker said the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.

"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," Parker wrote. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."

Parker played in high school at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy and was frequently mentioned along with Kansas' Andrew Wiggins as possible No. 1 picks before ever playing a college game.

Parker led the Atlantic Coast Conference with an average of 8.7 rebounds while his 19.1 points were second only to North Carolina State's T.J. Warren, who entered the NBA draft last week.

"Jabari could not have been better," Krzyzewski said. "He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be - outstanding every day on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man.

"He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream."

Parker is listed as the No. 2 draft prospect on Chad Ford's Top 100 on ESPN.com, the No. 2 pick in a mock draft on NBAdraft.net and No. 3 on DraftExpress.com.

It had long been believed that Duke would be a one-year pit stop for Parker on his way to the pros. But even late into the season, he insisted he was undecided, saying he wanted to play at the level that would best help him grow.

When he received the USBWA's Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman this week, he said he planned to meet with Krzyzewski and reach a decision Wednesday.

In his SI.com essay, Parker said he had "gotten pretty attached to life at Duke and I don't want to utter the word goodbye." He also noted that the careers of professional basketball players - his father, Sonny, played six seasons in the NBA - last only so long.

"The lucky ones play until their mid-30s," Parker said. "With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It's ironic, but true."

Parker - the fifth Duke player to enter the draft as a freshman - said he planned to continue working toward a college degree. He is Mormon and said he would put a two-year mission on hold.

From Day 1, he and Rodney Hood - a redshirt sophomore transfer from Mississippi State - were the focal points for a Duke team that spent much of the season in the top 10 and looked like a Final Four contender. But Duke (26-9) ended the season with a loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament final and a shocking loss to Mercer in its NCAA tournament opener.

Hood hasn't announced whether he will enter the draft, though Krzyzewski said "I wish we had him for more than one year" after Duke's ACC tournament win against Clemson last month.

Regardless, Duke is bolstered by the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, led by top overall recruit Jahlil Okafor along with top-10 prospects Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.

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AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary contributed to this report.

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Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball d...

Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.

Puig returned to the starting lineup in right field for Thursday's series finale against the Giants amid reports that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life.

"I'm only concentrating on the season and being the best teammate and helping my teammates," Puig said, speaking in Spanish during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday morning at his locker in AT&T Park.

While Puig won't address the details specifically because of a pending legal case, he said he will focus on baseball and on helping the defending NL West champion Dodgers keep winning. He went 1 for 4 with a strikeout in Thursday's 2-1 victory. While he dropped a routine fly to right, he also made two nice catches on the run.

"I have great teammates who are helping support me so much this season and to focus on the season when I get to the stadium so I am comfortable," Puig said. "That way I don't start thinking about anything negative in the stadium. I'm only thinking about working on the things that are going to make me a better ballplayer."

The 23-year-old, scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for his team's home opener April 4, is hitting .250 with one home run and five RBIs in his second major league season.

He said after the game he is committed to baseball "so those things that are happening don't torment me."

"We're at the field right now. We've just got to be thinking about baseball," teammate Hanley Ramirez said. "What I've seen is he's been learning and he's just happy to be here. He's playing today and he told me he's going to do everything it takes to win today's game."

Manager Don Mattingly said he has read articles about Puig's journey and will offer support. He has spoken briefly with the outfielder, but not regarding specifics of his journey to the United States - saying if Puig wants to keep those details private, he will respect that wish.

Mattingly is committed to helping Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract.

Court documents, part of a federal lawsuit in Miami, say smugglers who helped Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig. Boxer Yunior Despaigne says in an affidavit he is afraid of being harmed by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes.

"He hasn't talked about his background. Nobody's told me about his background. Nobody's told me about his story," Mattingly said. "If it's true, it's a wild story."

Other Cuban big leaguers have shared similar experiences. In Oakland, Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes discussed in February 2013 how he worried constantly about his family members the previous season as they made their way to the U.S. He wasn't sure whether they might be targeted because of his legal issues stemming from a former agent who claimed the outfielder owed him money.

"If you care about Yasiel, you worry about some serious stuff there that he has to deal with," Mattingly said. "If you care about him as a person, you worry about what he's going through."

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AP Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in...

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

McNabb, 37, was arrested Dec. 15 in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to court records.

A copy of the citation shows McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway just after 3 a.m. and radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65-mph zone. He also was cited for DUI, but no information about blood-alcohol level was on the citation.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.

Court documents show McNabb was ordered to pay a nearly $1,500 fine and enter an outpatient treatment program in Scottsdale from April 10 to July 8.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released McNabb's mug shot Thursday morning, starting a media frenzy about his arrest, which hadn't been previously reported.

The agency later said in a statement that McNabb was booked into a detention facility on Wednesday by order of the West Mesa Justice Court and released after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge.

McNabb's Phoenix-based attorney Stephen Benedetto didn't immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on the case.

McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.

He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth that ended in a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots in 2005.

McNabb played for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and Minnesota Vikings in 2011 before retiring. He currently co-hosts a sports talk radio show and has a home in the Phoenix area.

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Duke sophomore Rodney Hood entering...

Duke sophomore Rodney Hood entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Duke's Rodney Hood reacts following a basket against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Duke won 93-81. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood said in a statement Friday that playing for the Blue Devils and Mike Krzyzewski ''helped me grow and develop as a player and a person'' to prepare him for the NBA. ''Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player,'' Hood said. The 6-foot-8 Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State.


Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoop...

Tulsa hires Frank Haith as new hoops coach (Yahoo Sports)

Missouri head coach Frank Haith speaks to his players against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men's basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane's transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer. The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa's upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati. ''There's no question that Tulsa's move into the American Athletic Conference was a big part of making the decision to come here. It's a basketball league.'' Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.


Silver wants age limit change, no r...

Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media after the Board of Governors meetings on April 18, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college. So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners. Freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke are expected to be top-five picks in June, but Silver believes teams are taking those players young because of the system in place, not because it's their preference. Silver and predecessor David Stern have long spoken about the desire to increase the limit to 20.


Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batt...

Reds' Chapman cleared to throw batting practice (Yahoo Sports)

during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19. Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez. Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday he wasn't sure exactly when Chapman will throw but said it likely will be during the team's 10-game trip that ends April 27.


Phelps entered in 3 events at comeb...

Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, United States' Michael Phelps swims in the men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday, April 14, 2014, that Phelps is entered in three events the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly at his first meet since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Michael Phelps is entered in three events at his first swimming meet since he retired after the 2012 London Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist is set to swim the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., starting next Thursday. He is seeded eighth in the 100 free, which features a loaded field including Olympians Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian, along with Yannick Agnel of France, who trains with Phelps in Baltimore, Md. Phelps is seeded 28th in the 50 free.


Larrazabal jumps into water to esca...

Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets (Yahoo Sports)

Pablo Larrazabal of Spain watches his shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the EurAsia Cup golf tournament at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Subang, Malaysia, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Lee Westwood jumped out to a four-shot lead and Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape hornets during the Malaysian Open second round on Friday. Westwood moved closer to ending a two-year winless drought in adding a 6-under-par 66 to his opening round of 65 at Kuala Lumpur Country Club. However, the action was overshadowed by Larrazabal needing on-course medical attention after being attacked by hornets at the 14th hole, the fifth of his round. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.


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Joel Quenneville fined for rude ges...

Joel Quenneville fined for rude gesture

Coach will be $25,000 poorer after going off about non-call
Mark Emmert agreed to a public Q&A ...

Mark Emmert agreed to a public Q&A on ESPN and it was a terrible idea

Mark Emmert agreed to a public Q&A on ESPN and it was a terrible idea.
NBA Caucus: Which favorite has toug...

NBA Caucus: Which favorite has toughest playoff path?

Our panelists disagree about how to size up the San Antonio Spurs' upcoming schedule.
Golfer jumps into lake after gettin...

Golfer jumps into lake after getting stung 20 times

Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal was stung 20 times by hornets.
Saban hosts Peyton Manning in visit...

Saban hosts Peyton Manning in visit of 'mutual benefit'

What did the two learn from each other? Click here to find out.
Miami Heat's Big 3 want 3rd title b...

Miami Heat's Big 3 want 3rd title before talking split

The Heat know the playoffs won't be easy, and their free agency futures are in the future.

Fox Sports

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,5...

Report: Autographs net Manziel $7,500

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel allegedly accepted $7,500 as payment for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized football helmets, according to an autograph broker who spoke with ESPN.
Manziel gets advice from Newton

Manziel gets advice from Newton

Cam Newton can relate to what Johnny Manziel is going through. The Panthers QB said he's spoken to Manziel a few times this offseason.
Yankees fall to White Sox

Yankees fall to White Sox

Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda in to the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Rodriguez at DH rather than 3B

Rodriguez at DH rather than 3B

As Alex Rodriguez's suspension saga unfolds, the New York Yankees insist it's business as usual for them.
'Butt fumble' guard headed to Dalla...

'Butt fumble' guard headed to Dallas

A source told FOX Sports on Tuesday night that former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore, whose butt caused Mark Sanchez's infamous 'butt fumble' last season, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Cowboys.
Tiger has one last shot at a major

Tiger has one last shot at a major

Is Tiger Woods changing his tune about the importance of winning majors?

Reuters

Korean K.J. Choi beats bad weather ...

Korean K.J. Choi beats bad weather to take Heritage lead

(Reuters) - South Korean K.J. Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the lead before torrential rain and strong winds halted the second round at the $5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Friday.
Asian Games replacement host needed...

Asian Games replacement host needed fast, but not Singapore: Ng Ser Miang

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Olympic Council of Asia must move fast to find a replacement city to host the 2019 Asian Games, International Olympic Committee Vice President Ng Ser Miang told Reuters on Friday, but ruled out his suitable Singapore homeland as an option.






'Renaissance man' Gasol happy to co...

'Renaissance man' Gasol happy to control his own destiny

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Considered by many to be the 'Renaissance man' in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish forward Pau Gasol is delighted finally to be the sole architect of his 'revival' as he eyes his playing future.






Desisa bids for repeat in fast Bost...

Desisa bids for repeat in fast Boston field

BOSTON (Reuters) - When Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa returns to the starting line of the Boston Marathon on Monday after winning the fabled footrace last year one of his fiercest challengers may be Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.






Nadal's claycourt streak ended by b...

Nadal's claycourt streak ended by bold Ferrer

(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's 30-match claycourt winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was stunned 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.
Manufacturers limited in efforts to...

Manufacturers limited in efforts to make F1 louder

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Formula One engine manufacturers believe there is a limit to what they can do to improve the sound of the new power-units, they said ahead of meetings aimed at exploring ways to make the sport louder.

SI.com

Saint-Etienne draws, drops points i...

Saint-Etienne draws, drops points in UCL hunt

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) - Saint-Etienne's bid for a Champions League spot stalled as it drew 0-0 with Rennes in the French league on Friday.
Atletico Madrid keeps title pace, d...

Atletico Madrid keeps title pace, defeats Elche

MADRID (AP) - Atletico Madrid stayed on course for its first Spanish league title in 18 years with a 2-0 win over Elche on Friday, and now turns its attention to hosting Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Real M...

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid training

MADRID (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with Real Madrid on Friday as he tries to recover from injury in time for the Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich.
Australia striker Tombides, 20, die...

Australia striker Tombides, 20, dies from cancer

LONDON (AP) - Emerging Australian forward Dylan Tombides, who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment, has died. He was 20.
Ben Lyttleton: Timing is everything...

Ben Lyttleton: Timing is everything for PSG, under-fire manager Laurent Blanc

PSG's Laurent Blanc was cruising toward a new deal. Now he's on the hot seat. What happened?
De Grandpre returns to NY Red Bulls...

De Grandpre returns to NY Red Bulls front office

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Marc de Grandpre is returning to the New York Red Bulls as head of commercial operations.

Sky Sports

Hazard may miss Madrid trip

Hazard may miss Madrid trip

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland says Eden Hazard will need to return to full training quickly if he is to be considered for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.
Mel a mentor for Berahino

Mel a mentor for Berahino

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel is trying to be a "sporting mentor" for Albion striker Saido Berahino.
McClaren: Burnley will go up

McClaren: Burnley will go up

Derby manager Steve McClaren has declared Burnley certainties for automatic promotion despite delaying their return to the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Doncaster on Good Friday.
O'Shea targets strong finish

O'Shea targets strong finish

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea is looking forward to the Aviva Premiership run-in after his side's 24-20 defeat of Leicester.
Blades keep Stevenage in mire

Blades keep Stevenage in mire

Sheffield United kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Stevenage after John Mousinho's early own goal proved to be decisive.
BBL: Wins for Wolves, Sharks

BBL: Wins for Wolves, Sharks

Worcester Wolves and Sheffield Sharks remain locked together in the battle for second place in the BBL Championship after wins on Friday evening.

abc News

Sharks show they aren't overmatched

Sharks show they aren't overmatched

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- So that's what 11 months of pent-up frustration looks like? The San Jose Sharks delivered some kind of statement Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round matchup with the rival Los Angeles Kings. A 6-3 victory that checked off about a million things from a wish list they could have only dreamed of accomplishing in the series opener. To wit: ? Make Jonathan Quick look human. Check. He was pulled after 40 minutes and victimized for five goals, which is half of what he gave up in the entire seven-game series last spring against San Jose. ? Set a physical tone against one of the NHL's heaviest teams. Check. Big time. ? As a follow to that, specifically target Kings star blueliner Drew Doughty and pound him at every chance. Check. ? Get meaningful contributions from two players just returning to the lineup after missing most of the season recovering from knee injuries/surgeries. Check. Mark that as a goal...
Avs go 'all-in' for gutsy Game 1 wi...

Avs go 'all-in' for gutsy Game 1 win

DENVER -- First he heard his nickname being shouted. Razor! In explaining how that become his nickname, Nathan MacKinnon rubbed his face where a playoff beard has started but needs work. The nickname is a bit of a dig at the inability of the Avalanche's 18-year-old star to grow a thick playoff beard. Regardless of the origin, it got his attention. In the first playoff game of his career -- and at this point the one playoff overtime of his career -- MacKinnon took a pass from Tyson Barrie. He wanted to attract a Wild defenseman behind Ilya Bryzgalov, which he did, and then he heard his name being shouted by Paul Stastny. He looked up. "I saw his big paddle there. The big thick blade he's got," MacKinnon said after the game. He backhanded a pass to Stastny and it was over. The Colorado Avalanche's 5-4 comeback win in overtime was complete, giving the young Avs a 1-0 series lead against a Minnesota Wild team that looked in...
First-round storylines

First-round storylines

J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss the most intriguing matchups in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. J.A. Adande: How excited am I for the playoffs? I'm even fired up to watch the Eastern Conference. Yeah, the much-maligned Leastern conference. It turned out that seven of the eight teams have winning records, so it's not as littered with sub-.500 squads as we thought it would be. What it does have is a ton of playoff newcomers. Seventeen rotation players (by my count) are making their playoff debut in the East, including the Washington Wizards backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal. I won't hold them to the 36-point, 11-assist standard set by Derrick Rose in his first playoff game, but that does show the ceiling, and it speaks to the wild nature of these playoffs. Be prepared for something you weren't prepared for. Don't take it for granted, for example,...
ESPNTopNews

ESPNTopNews

NBA Playoffs Looking More Wide-Open...

NBA Playoffs Looking More Wide-Open Than Expected

Wide-open? The NBA playoffs open this weekend with plenty of presumed title contenders
Mets Trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

Mets Trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates for minor league RHP Thornton and a player to be named

CBS Sports

Pirates acquire Ike Davis from Mets...

Pirates acquire Ike Davis from Mets for minor leaguer

Pirates acquire Ike Davis from Mets for minor leaguer
Reports: Niners to opt out on Smith...

Reports: Niners to opt out on Smith?

Reports: Niners to opt out on Smith?
Kaep on hold

Kaep on hold

Kaep on hold
Report: Kerr expects offer to coach...

Report: Kerr expects offer to coach NY, would accept

Report: Kerr expects offer to coach NY, would accept
Jon Gruden sees some Brett Favre in...

Jon Gruden sees some Brett Favre in Johnny Manziel

Jon Gruden sees some Brett Favre in Johnny Manziel
Duke's Hood to enter NBA Draft

Duke's Hood to enter NBA Draft

Duke's Hood to enter NBA Draft
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