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Hawks fire first shot in playoff series

Hawks fire first shot in playoff series



    INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Donald fires 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

Donald fires 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage



    HILTON HEAD ISLAND  — Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.

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Choi leads rainy day at Heritage

Choi leads rainy day at Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.

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No bigger playoff underdog than the sub-.500 Hawks

No bigger playoff underdog than the sub-.500 Hawks

    ATLANTA — There's no bigger long shot in the NBA playoffs than the Atlanta Hawks.

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Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo

Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo

PARIS — Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.

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MLS franchise coming to Atlanta

MLS franchise coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA — Major League Soccer announced its newest team Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium.

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Speith hungry for more at Heritage

Speith hungry for more at Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Get ready, Augusta National. Jordan Spieth can't wait for another chance at that green jacket.

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Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

PRETORIA, South Africa — For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine the prosecution's efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.

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Ferguson: Musings from the Masters

AUGUSTA — The moment doesn't get much bigger than this — a 20-foot putt on the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National for the win.

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One year since bombings

One year since bombings



    BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

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MLB marks 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut



    NEW YORK — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

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Can Bubba Watson's reach extend out of Athens?

Can Bubba Watson's reach extend out of Athens?

He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and — in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts — Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend.

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Hawks add Turner exec Koonin to bolster profile

Hawks add Turner exec Koonin to bolster profile

ATLANTA — Steve Koonin has cheered on the Atlanta Hawks surrounded by thousands of empty seats. He's cheered them on when the place was rockin'.

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Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions.

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'Small town' Bubba in rarified air

'Small town' Bubba in rarified air

        "When I got to the 10 tee box, I still believed I could win the tournament, no doubt about it. I still thought that Bubba..."

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 Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

AUGUSTA — Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

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Spieth aims for youthful history

Spieth aims for youthful history

        On July 27, 1993, Jordan Spieth was born.

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Watson the life of the party

Watson the life of the party

A patron asks, "Is that Bubba?”

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 Bubba Watson goes on birdie spree at the Masters

Bubba Watson goes on birdie spree at the Masters

    AUGUSTA — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

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Haas heads up first round

Haas heads up first round



    AUGUSTA — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.

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Couples continues to find fountain of youth at Augusta

Couples continues to find fountain of youth at Augusta

He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.

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Prosecutor mocks Pistorius' version of events

PRETORIA, South Africa — The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

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Niagra Falls possible home for Bills

Niagra Falls possible home for Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential future home of theBuffalo Bills.

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Masters full of anticipation, mystery

Masters full of anticipation, mystery



    AUGUSTA — A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.

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Cruz, Braun, others cheered after return from suspensions

Cruz, Braun, others cheered after return from suspensions


    BALTIMORE — Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

PRETORIA, South Africa — A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend's bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, "I don't have to look at a picture. I was there."

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Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong

Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

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UConn routs Notre Dame 79-58, wins 9th title

UConn routs Notre Dame 79-58, wins 9th title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion.

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Outdoor Life: Some advice from the 'Dr. Phil' of fishermen

Outdoor Life: Some advice from the 'Dr. Phil' of fishermen

There is no doubt that I am the Dr. Phil of relationships that have at least one fisherman in the family, so I have decided to bless you with a two-for-one special today. 

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No 'player to beat' at this year's Masters

No 'player to beat' at this year's Masters

    AUGUSTA — One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

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Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

Connecticut wins NCAA title, 60-54 over Kentucky

ARLINGTON, Texas — No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA wouldn't have them.

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Day one at Masters a wash

Day one at Masters a wash

    AUGUSTA — The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday.

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Gators upset by UConn in semifinal

Gators upset by UConn in semifinal



    ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger.

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Wildcats' Fitzgerald urges 'no' vote on union

Wildcats' Fitzgerald urges 'no' vote on union



    EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no."

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Kuchar takes 4-shot lead at Houston Open



    HUMBLE, Texas — Matt Kuchar didn't have the result he had hoped for while playing in the final pairing at last week's Texas Open.

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Garcia moves to top of Houston Open leaderboard

Garcia moves to top of Houston Open leaderboard

HUMBLE, Texas — Sergio Garcia has yet to finish lower than 16th in a PGA Tour event this season.

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Pele ready for World Cup in Brazil

NEW YORK — Pele's family doesn't call him by his nickname. They don't even call him by his given name, Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

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Fun tournament, cloudy future for NCAA

ARLINGTON, Texas — The tournament that began with the lure of a billion-dollar bracket will end at a billion-dollar stadium outside of Dallas.

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College athletes go to Capitol Hill

College athletes go to Capitol Hill

By TOM RAUM

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One-and-done is fine for Kentucky

One-and-done is fine for Kentucky



    DALLAS  — Everyone has an opinion of John Calipari.

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Column: Maybe Woods wasn't built to last

Column: Maybe Woods wasn't built to last

Maybe we were just focused on the wrong body part.

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No Masters for Tiger

No Masters for Tiger

Tiger Woods had surgery on his ailing back and said Tuesday he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

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7th seeded UConn upends MSU

7th seeded UConn upends MSU

 

NEW YORK — Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

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No. 1 Gators put Cinderella to bed

No. 1 Gators put Cinderella to bed



    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more.

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NCAA tournament roundup: Kentucky outs Louisville, No. 1 Virginia goes down

NCAA tournament roundup: Kentucky outs Louisville, No. 1 Virginia goes down

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in a 74-69 victory in the Midwest Regional over in-state rival Louisville.

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NCAA tournament roundup: Michigan survives Vols; Iowa State falls

NCAA tournament roundup: Michigan survives Vols; Iowa State falls

    INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 including a key free throw to help Michigan hold on for a 73-71 victory over Tennessee in Friday's first Midwest Regional semifinal.

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Mickleson makes cut at Texas Open — barely

Mickleson makes cut at Texas Open — barely

    SAN ANTONIO — Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number in the Texas Open on Friday, blasting out of a greenside water hazard to 5 feet to set up a birdie on the final hole.

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Family plays key role in Colter's union push

Family plays key role in Colter's union push

CHICAGO — Kain Colter's grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm.

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College athlete union ruling raises plenty of questions

College athlete union ruling raises plenty of questions

    CHICAGO — Vince Dooley is sure relieved he's not running an athletic program these days.

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