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April 10, 2014 - 7:47pm
1 week 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jonas Blixt played all kinds of courses in golf's minor leagues before graduating to the PGA tour and quickly grabbing two wins.

Even he wasn't quite prepared for what Augusta National offered in his Masters debut.

"Every single shot can be the best shot of your life and every single shot can be the worst shot of your life," Blixt said. "You really have to stay focused."

Blixt did that well enough Thursday to...

April 10, 2014 - 7:19pm
1 week 3 days ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The UNLV Rebels will not be eligible for the Mountain West championship game or a bowl berth in 2014 after failing to reach the minimum Academic Progress Rate score.

The university said Thursday that its final appeal to the NCAA subcommittee was denied and sanctions will be enforced. The sanctions include no postseason competition, substituting four hours of academics for four hours of practice time weekly and five days of football-related activities a...

April 10, 2014 - 7:14pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao's latest pastor wants him up at 5 a.m. every day for prayers. The eight-division champion sometimes has 100 people and a yappy dog named Pacman in his home after training sessions, playing darts and carousing into the night.

Even during a hiatus from his duties as a Filipino congressman, it's tough to see how a great boxer could keep his focus and fire amid Pacquiao's hectic life and long career.

According to Timothy...

April 10, 2014 - 7:13pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao's latest pastor wants him up at 5 a.m. every day for prayers. The eight-division champion sometimes has 100 people and a yappy dog named Pacman in his home after training sessions, playing darts and carousing into the night.

Even during a hiatus from his duties as a Filipino congressman, it's tough to see how a great boxer could keep his focus and fire amid Pacquiao's hectic life and long career.

According to Timothy...

April 10, 2014 - 7:11pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 in 6 2-3 innings on a day Washington really needed to rest its relievers, and Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond homered, leading the Nationals past the Miami Marlins 7-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

Strasburg (1-1) got 14 consecutive outs in one stretch and allowed only three hits, including Marcell Ozuna's homer in the seventh. The right-hander's lone walk was to the last batter he faced.

Washington's...

April 10, 2014 - 7:09pm
1 week 3 days ago
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April 10, 2014 - 6:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Justin Morneau laces up his cleats right next to the locker once belonging to Todd Helton, the first baseman whose shoes he's now trying to fill.

Merely a coincidence, though. The Colorado Rockies slugger selected that space in the clubhouse only because good friend Michael Cuddyer resides on the other side.

Morneau insists he's not trying to replace the retired Helton, only "do the things I'm capable of doing."

He'...

April 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine former players have sued the NHL over concussions, saying the league subjects its players to "devastating and long-term" health consequences by failing to warn players of the risks and consequences of head trauma.

Among the players are former All-Star defenseman Brad Maxwell and Jack Carlson, whose brothers starred in the film "Slapshot."

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed late Wednesday, several months after a...

April 10, 2014 - 6:28pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A minor league pitcher for the Texas Rangers has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The commissioner's office says Double-A lefty Martire Garcia was penalized Thursday. He tested positive for the banned female fertility drug Clomiphene.

The 24-year-old Garcia had pitched four scoreless innings for Frisco, striking out six. He began his pro career in the Minnesota organization in 2007 and...

April 10, 2014 - 6:14pm
1 week 3 days ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Santiago Giraldo upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Giraldo will face Alejandro Gonzalez on Friday at River Oaks Country Club. Gonzalez advanced when fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez retired because of severe allergies. Gonzalez led 6-3, 2-0.

Earlier, Donald Young Jr. beat former champion Juan Monaco 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Young will face fourth-...

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