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April 18, 2015 - 1:37pm
23 min 55 sec ago

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last.

A fatigued Watson says at the RBC Heritage on Saturday that it's getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and he didn't know how much longer he wanted to take away a spot in events from younger players.

He says the 2016 Masters "may be my last."

The 65-year-old Watson still has some...

April 18, 2015 - 1:05pm
23 min 55 sec ago

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Lochte has topped Michael Phelps with the fastest qualifying time for the 200-meter individual medley at an Arizona meet.

Lochte was timed in 2 minutes, 1.03 seconds Saturday to lead eight qualifiers into the evening final.

Phelps won his heat in 2:04.16, qualifying fifth in a time that was 3.13 seconds behind longtime rival Lochte. Phelps took the lead on the breaststroke leg after being third on the first lap....

April 18, 2015 - 12:04pm
23 min 55 sec ago
North Division
Pawtucket (Red Sox)63.667
Buffalo (Blue Jays)53.625½
Rochester (Twins)53.625½
Syracuse (Nationals)45.4442
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April 18, 2015 - 11:09am
23 min 55 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy Armour III birdied his last two holes to take the lead at 5-under 67 on Saturday in the rain-delayed first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.

The round was suspended because of rain Friday and completed early Saturday, followed by the start of the second round.

Armour is looking for his first win on the 50-and-over tour.

Ian Woosnam and Mark O'Meara shot 68 to join a group of six...

April 18, 2015 - 11:08am
23 min 55 sec ago

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

Australia, a losing semifinalist last year, suffered a setback before the tie even started when former U.S. Open champion Stosur pulled out after aggravating an Achilles tendon injury.

But Dellacqua...

April 18, 2015 - 11:05am
23 min 55 sec ago

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.

Agnieszka Radwanska beat Hingis 6-4, 6-0 while her younger sister Urszula Radwanska lost to Timea Bacsinszky 2-6, 1-6 on the hard indoor court.

On Sunday, Hingis plays Urszula Radwanska and Bacsinszky faces Agnieszka...

April 18, 2015 - 9:40am
23 min 55 sec ago

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position for the first time after clinching his fourth straight pole of the season on Saturday, finishing well ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes driver, who leads the Formula One championship after winning two of three races so far, finished 0.411 seconds ahead of Vettel and 0.558 clear of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg — who had started the previous two...

April 18, 2015 - 9:12am
1 hour 43 min ago

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Silas Sang led a Kenyan trio to win the Belgrade Marathon on Saturday, finishing in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 43 seconds.

Sang was followed by Andrew Kiprop, who finished in 2:16:42, and Julius Korir in 2:19:46.

The women's race was dominated by Ethiopian runners. Abebu Gelan was first in 2:33:12, Jemila Shure came second in 2:34:24 and Meseret Dekebo third in 2:43:21.

About 25,000 runners took part in the race...

April 18, 2015 - 9:02am
23 min 55 sec ago

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia was on the brink of making the Fed Cup final with a 2-0 lead after Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova saved a match point to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Saturday.

Pavlyuchenkova saved the match point in the second set before going on to beat Lisicki 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3, after Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Julia Goerges in straight sets in the opening rubber.

Pavlyuchenkova said Lisicki's power caused her problems: "In the first set I...

April 18, 2015 - 9:00am
1 hour 53 min ago

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he will personally hand out the medal if an athlete from Kosovo earns a place on the podium in next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Bach made the comments on Saturday during his first visit to Kosovo, the newest full member of the International Olympic Committee. The visit follows a stopover in Serbia to patch over strained relations over Kosovo's recognition by the IOC.

The IOC granted Kosovo, a...

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