Live Updates | Augusta National shows its teeth in Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — .Augusta National is showing its teeth at this year’s Masters. Rain on the eve of the tournament softened the greens but the golf course was anything but receptive to the best players in the world. A few course adjustments and a few gusty winds made things difficult as scores and the cut line rose slightly in Friday’s second round.
Donaldson takes Yankees to opening win over Red Sox in 11th
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson capped off his Yankees debut with an RBI single in the 11th inning, lifting New York to the Boston Red Sox 6-5 for his first outright Opening Day victory since Yogi Berra hit the plate in 1957 Trailing 3-0 before ace Gerrit Cole got a single, the Yankees rallied behind their longtime rival. Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead 5-4 in the 10th with an RBI single against winner Michael King. Pinched hitter Gleyber Torres tied the game in the bottom half with a sacrifice steal from Ryan Brasier. Donaldson, acquired from Minnesota last month, singled down the middle against rookie Kutter Crawford to lead the 11th. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who started the inning as an autorunner at second base, scored in his debut for the Yankees.
LeBron James will miss the Lakers’ last 2 games with an ankle injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James will miss the final two games of the Los Angeles Lakers season with a sprained left ankle. This almost certainly prevents him from winning his second NBA scoring title. The Lakers made the announcement before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. Los Angeles’ disappointing season ends Sunday in Denver. James, 37, has averaged 30.3 points this season in just 56 games. That’s two shy of the minimum to qualify for the scoring title with his full points-per-game average. James is slightly behind Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is averaging 30.4 points per game. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is third with 29.9 ppg.
Judge, Yankees fail to agree to long-term contract
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees say they failed to reach an agreement with Aaron Judge before his deadline to complete a long-term deal on Opening Day. They hope to resume talks after the season. General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees offered Judge an eight-year contract worth up to $234.5 million. The outfielder is eligible for free agency after the World Series. Cashman says the Yankees have been offered a contract averaging $30.5 million a year from 2023-29, with his 2022 salary being either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million dollars requested by the judge.
Báez’s end-of-game review puts Tigers above White Sox
DETROIT (AP) — Javier Báez finished with an RBI single winner on a late game replay reversal on his Detroit debut, and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4. With two outs and a runner on third in the ninth inning, Báez hit a right drive from Liam Hendriks that sent AJ Pollock back into the wall. Pollock appeared to make a juggling catch, but the ball hit the wall before exiting the outfielder’s glove. The new-look Tigers began to celebrate upon realizing what had happened, and the opening day crowd joined after referee Marvin Hudson announced the call was over.
NBA At 75: What to expect for the league’s 100th anniversary
No one knows for sure where the NBA will be 25 years from now when it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The only safe bet is that things will be very, very different. A play-in tournament has been added in recent years. An in-season tournament is likely to come within the next two years. By the 100th anniversary, having more teams seems certain. Seeing more women in leadership roles, on and off the pitch, also seems certain – and should happen. Maybe a 4 point shot is added. Robot referees. The possibilities are endless, especially in a fast-paced and wild world where technology is constantly changing and ideas are flowing just as quickly.
UFC 273: Volkanovski defends featherweight belt against Zombie
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski has quietly become one of the greatest featherweights in UFC history. His last four victories have come against top contender Brian Ortega and longtime weight class stalwarts Max Holloway (twice) and Jose Aldo. Now, having finally started to get his due, Volkanovski has a chance to add what he calls another “absolute killer” to his resume. Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title in the main event of UFC 273 on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville when he takes on Chan Sung Jung. Jung is better known as The Korean Zombie and earns his first title in over eight years.
Joe Davis named main voice of Fox baseball after Buck’s departure
Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis has been named lead baseball game announcer for Fox Sports. He succeeds Joe Buck, who left Fox for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Buck had been Fox’s main baseball announcer since the network began televising games in 1996, calling 24 World Series and 22 All-Star Games. Davis is no stranger to the success of baseball’s legendary voices. In 2017, he took over as Hall of Famer Vin Scully calling the Dodgers games. Regarding his new position at Fox, Davis said he would take the same approach as with the Dodgers, saying he was following Buck rather than replacing him.
Boris Becker found guilty of bankruptcy could face prison
LONDON (AP) — Tennis great Boris Becker could face jail after being found guilty of illegally moving thousands of dollars from a bank account after being declared bankrupt. A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court convicted Becker on Friday of four counts under insolvency law. The German star was discovered to have transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds after his bankruptcy in June 2017 from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and his ex-wife Sharlely “Lilly ” Becker. He was acquitted on 20 other counts. The charges carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Becker was released on bail until a sentencing hearing on April 29.
China used TV and TikTok stars in a low-key Olympics campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — A “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” television star, Paralympic swimmer and self-proclaimed “brand king” were among Instagram and TikTok influencers who were paid by Chinese officials for a low-key campaign making promoting the Beijing Winter Olympics, new Justice Department documents reveal. The social media posts were pushed to a variety of popular Instagram and TikTok accounts which have a combined following of 5 million people who follow their videos, photos and content on travel destinations, sports, fashion and issues. women. The Chinese consulate in New York paid $300,000 to New Jersey-based company Vippi Media to recruit the influencers.
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