Unfortunately, I received another punch to the gut this past week - another gentle reminder that the old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be.
Billy Payne wore a smile as wide as the Augusta National fairways as he watched eight kids file out of the room with their trophies from the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship on the Sunday before the Masters.
BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods still doesn't know when he'll return. For a while, he didn't know whether he would return at all.
NEW YORK - California Chrome beat out an idiosyncratic racing rule - by a nose.
BEREA, Ohio - Johnny stretched. Johnny ran. Johnny passed. Johnny talked.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Michael Phelps always has a plan. Now, it's becoming a bit more apparent what he has in mind for his comeback.
BALTIMORE - California Chrome has won the Preakness to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown.
IRVING, Texas - Paul Casey was scuffling midway through his second round at the Byron Nelson Championship, hoping he could do enough just to make the cut.
All of baseball is focused on a most precious 2 1/8 inches - the average length of the ulnar collateral ligament.
BALTIMORE - California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths.
SAO PAULO - Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo Thursday, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public services erupted in several Brazilian cities.
BALTIMORE - If Art Sherman has one worry about California Chrome, it's the colt's health.
NEW YORK - St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. will lead the committee to find a successor to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
IRVING, Texas - Jordan Spieth was a 16-year-old amateur when he tied for 16th at the Byron Nelson Championship in 2010.
When it comes to catching largemouth bass we are all guilty of looking for the latest, greatest thing to come along that will assure a daily limit.
LONDON - As the rain at Wimbledon wreaks havoc with the schedule, and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
SAO PAULO - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.
RECIFE, Brazil - Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.
LONDON - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer - are all around for the second week at Wimbledon, joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
BETHESDA, Md. - Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.
FORTALEZA, Brazil - The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
LONDON - As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry.
SAO PAULO - DaMarcus Beasley is playing his latest, and likely last, World Cup with little fanfare - just the way the soft-spoken defender prefers it.
BETHESDA, Md. - Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following a tense and thrilling battle that ended 1-1 after extra time.
DENVER - Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Bulloch County native Wendel Akins birdied the last four holes of the 36-hole Baton Rouge Open golf tournament on Sunday to finish 10-under in the event for the win, the New Orleans Advocate reported.
BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods never felt so good after playing so badly.
LONDON - For 2 ½ hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment.
LONDON - Not this time.