AUGUSTA – Imagine that you're Matt Kuchar. In '98 as a Georgia Tech student, you were named the nation's top collegiate golfer, and you finished as low amateur at both the Masters and the U.S. Open. You were a golfing prodigy and a future contender to the game's throne, a throne topped by the '97 Masters champ, some guy named - ahem - Tiger.
ATLANTA - His face and head covered in shaving cream and his first home run ball stashed safely away, Jason Heyward stood in front of his locker and beamed.
AUGUSTA - Framed in history on the same wall as Arnie, Jack, Couples and Phil, there stood Tiger Woods, Augusta's newest legend slipping into his green jacket with the help of Nick Faldo after blasting the competition at the '97 Masters. Wearing his blazingly red Sunday duds, 'that' Tiger sported a thin face, a full head of hair, and an innocent toothy grin that was taking grasp of the golfing world.
AUGUSTA - While acknowledging he made some "incredibly poor decisions" in his personal life, Tiger Woods still thinks he can win the Masters - even coming back from a five-month layoff.
If Tiger Woods slips on his effectively grass-stained jacket for a fifth time next Sunday, what happens next? Do we cheer wildly in utter jubilation, waving patriotic flags as Argentineans did when Angel Cabrera captured the 2009 Masters title? Or do we politely applaud with hesitation, keeping the game's now publicly-flawed greatest player at the emotional distance he's always preferred from us?
INDIANAPOLIS - The Duke Blue Devils moved within 40 minutes of their first national title in nine years Saturday night, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia for a 78-57 victory.
INDIANAPOLIS - After 25 years, "Hoosiers" is getting a rewrite.
ATLANTA - Omar Vizquel played as if he were trying to win a roster spot while the Atlanta Braves played as if they were tired of exhibition games.
HUMBLE, Texas - Anthony Kim never knew where his tee shots were going. Bryce Molder never got control of his swing.
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Kevin Harvick took advantage of a late caution to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.
ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford scored 29 points, Al Horford added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 91-85 on Saturday night for their 10th straight home victory.
INDIANAPOLIS - On one bench, there's Bob Huggins, a coach who has dealt with an NCAA investigation, suffered a heart attack, been arrested for DUI, endured the stain of a zero-percent graduation rate and the tumult of two contentious job changes.
INDIANAPOLIS - When Butler center Matt Howard needed an assist, it was little-used freshman Emerson Kampen who made the shoestring save.
HUMBLE, Texas - Getting to the Masters is secondary in Bryce Molder's mind. He just wants that elusive first victory on the PGA Tour.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Andy Roddick resisted the impulse to retreat. Or surrender. Instead, finding himself overpowered by Rafael Nadal, Roddick began to charge the net.
SONOMA, Calif. - Tony Stewart sat slumped on the stairs inside his team transporter a year ago reflecting on the worst slump of his NASCAR career.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's acting governor warned Monday that theOlympic Games could be a "big failure," because of budget shortfalls that threaten ...
NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics.
Lionel Messi's surprising decision to stop playing for Argentina could damage his legacy with the national team and fans back home.
Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time re-living the Georgia Southern Eagles sweeping the Sun Belt Conference through the eyes of Herald Staff ...