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Spurs headed to 21st straight postseason

The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs seemed like a perfect free-agent destination as Rudy Gay searched for a guaranteed playoff berth after just one postseason appearance in 11 previous seasons. That assurance was eroded by injuries this season, but Gay made sure two decades of ...

With Masters win, Reed shows he’s more than just a team player

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. One of the messages Patrick Reed received for his hard-earned Masters victory came from Tiger Woods, who added a personal touch to his tweet of congratulations. “At worst you have assured yourself a captain’s pick for next year’s Presidents Cup,” ...

Goosing the VIX

Whatever Whiny Baby Donald thinks he's doing with respect to trade especially trade with China, all he's actually done so far is goose the VIX. That's the Volatility Index which some market analysts think is important although everyone seemed just fine with a quiet VIX while the market was ...

Syria reports missile attack

The Associated Press BEIRUT — Missiles struck an air base in central Syria early today, its state-run news agency reported. Although the agency said it was likely “an American aggression,” U.S. officials said the U.S. had not launched airstrikes on Syria. The missile attack followed a ...

Reed bests the best

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country. He won for himself Sunday and became a Masters champion. It was never easy, just the way Reed likes it. Rory McIlroy came after him early. Jordan Spieth roared to life with a final-round charge and ...

Another golden opportunity for career slam missed

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. It wasn’t the collapse from seven years earlier, far from it. The way things unfolded for Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Masters, though, it may end up hurting even more. History was at stake, along with the green jacket. If McIlroy could bring it ...

Ohtani gives up only 1 hit in 7 innings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters and yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his home pitching debut, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday. Marcus Semien’s clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani’s bid ...

Canada mourns

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) — A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves through ...

Reed builds three-shot lead over McIlroy at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The only thunder was on the ground, not in the sky, a series of ear-splitting roars for Patrick Reed and his two eagles, Rory McIlroy and his final birdie, and everyone else who tried desperately to keep up with them in the Masters. “The roars … it’s hard not to know ...

Reed takes Masters lead as past major champions chase

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters is living up to its hype with some of the biggest names and hottest games in contention going into the weekend. Except for two guys who generated so much of the buzz. Tiger Woods hit another shot into Rae’s Creek, didn’t make a birdie ...

Simmons, Sixers beat James, Cavaliers for 13th consecutive victory

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James pulled Ben Simmons in for a hug, and smiled and laughed in a brief chat with Joel Embiid. Allen Iverson watched the scene with a big grin and high-fived a few fans. The 76ers of the past and present sure loved LeBron — but is that ...

Spieth takes two-shot lead at Masters

The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — No other course makes him more comfortable. Even more familiar than a sharp short game was his name atop the leaderboard at the Masters. Jordan Spieth appears to be back on his game. Tiger Woods? He has some catching up to do. Spieth took only 10 ...

Irving to have knee surgery, miss entirety of postseason

The Associated Press BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have spent most of the season adjusting on the fly. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving. The star point guard will need surgery on his left knee and is done for the season. On Thursday, the team put his ...

McGregor involved in backstage fracas, turns himself in to NYPD

The Associated Press UFC star Conor McGregor has turned himself in to police in the wake of a backstage melee he instigated that has forced the removal of three fights off UFC’s biggest card of the year. Video footage appears to show the promotion’s most bankable star throwing a hand ...

Not just for white doofuses any more

So, the murderer who stalked YouTube was not a white man who couldn't get a date but a bloodthirsty and female vegan. This will make life harder for the profilers who will no longer be able to say glibly that the suspect was probably a young white man the next time some screwball with a ...

U.S. and China threaten tariffs as fears rise

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The world’s two biggest economies stand at the edge of the most perilous trade conflict since World War II. Yet there’s still time to pull back from the brink. Financial markets bounced up and down Wednesday over the brewing U.S.-China trade war after ...

Ohtani homers again as Angels top Indians in 13

The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani really didn’t think his long drive to center field at Angel Stadium would get out of the park, so he sprinted around first base while it soared over the fence for his second homer in two days. The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way ...

Finau injures ankle; Watson, Nicklaus’ grandson steal show at Par 3 Contest

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tony Finau injured his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest at the Masters and then seemingly popped it back into place. Finau flew the back of the seventh green Wednesday on the Par-3 course at Augusta National and spun it back into the hole for ...

UFC strips McGregor of belt ahead of Holloway-Nurmagomedov fight

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Conor McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end. The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. ...

Woman shoots 3, then herself at YouTube

The Associated Press SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A woman opened fire with a handgun Tuesday in a courtyard at YouTube headquarters, wounding three people before fatally shooting herself in what is being investigated as a domestic dispute, authorities said. Terrified employees huddled inside, ...