Jordan Spieth to make first appearance in Arnold Palmer Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jordan Spieth’s schedule never had room for the PGA Tour star to squeeze in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Spieth now will tee it up for the first time at Bay Hill Club and Lodge during the 2021 API. The 27-year-old Texan is among the biggest names in the 120-player field finalized Friday. Spieth’s struggles for much of the past two years and fall to No. 61 in the world golf rankings kept him out of the field at the World Golf Championships at The Concession in Bradenton. Spieth aims at the API to build on his encouraging early-season form, including top-five finishes in Phoen...
Greg Cote: It doesn’t matter if Tiger Woods ever plays golf again. We are lucky he’s still alive.
The 30-second video that retired Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade posted on Instagram Tuesday is full of happiness, but it is haunting for what would happen a mere 30 minutes later. Smiling and jocular, Wade and Tiger Woods are on a golf course in Los Angeles. Wade asks maybe the greatest golfer of all time how good or bad his own game is. Over Wade’s shoulder a grinning Woods, after a small pause, says, “Good?” — while playfully shaking his head no. The two sports superstars, along with comedian David Spade, were in L.A. to record something for Discovery’s Golf TV channel. Woods hosted his annual ...
Heat’s Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler left out of All-Star Game. Who made it over them?
MIAMI — The defending Eastern Conference champions will not be represented in this season’s NBA All-Star Game. The Heat duo of Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler were not among the Eastern Conference players voted into the March 7 All-Star Game as reserves. Adebayo, who has made one All-Star Game, and Butler, who is a five-time All-Star, were voted into the showcase game as reserves last season. The seven reserves from each conference, which were voted on by conference coaches, were revealed Tuesday night. “It’s important. I want to be an All-Star,” Adebayo said when asked Monday what it would mean ...
Rick Bonnell: Hornets and DeMarcus Cousins? There’s a case for it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Houston Rockets are reportedly releasing center DeMarcus Cousins. Should the Charlotte Hornets be interested? Undoubtedly, the Hornets could use another center with experience and size. The Hornets play lots of small-ball this season and resort to zone defense frequently, looking to protect the rim but giving up 3-pointers in abundance. The more complex question is whether Cousins — in his 10th NBA season and with an injury history — is the best use of the Hornets’ open roster spot and flexibility below the salary cap. Breaking down the Hornets’ and Cousin’s situations: —...
The Charlotte Observer
Steve Hummer: Time running out for Tiger Woods to get right for Masters
As Masters traditions go, the Tiger Watch might be about the least treasured of the bunch. And that’s saying a lot when you can rank it below the hotel room rate shakedown or the John Daly yard sale at the Washington Road Hooters. Wondering whether Tiger Woods will be even able to tie his own shoes let alone tee off at the year’s first major is now the unhappy norm. And here we are again, seven weeks out from another Masters, and it’s nip and tuck whether the five-time champion can make it. They delayed last year’s Masters until November in order to accommodate COVID. It’s unlikely the green c...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Knicks executive World Wide Wes is trying to steer Bradley Beal out of Washington: report
NEW YORK — Knicks top executive World Wide Wes is reportedly recruiting Bradley Beal to the Knicks through back channels. ESPN radio host Michael Kay, who works for the station that broadcasts Knicks games, cited a “very good source” while dropping the news on his show last week. “The Knicks have World Wide Wes on their side,” Kay said. “And he’s been in the ear of some of Beal’s people and he’s kind of nudging them that this might be a time to push for a trade.” World Wide Wes, whose real name is William Wesley, was hired by the Knicks in June to work with his longtime associate Leon Rose. It...
New York Daily News
Joel Embiid’s 50 points, 17 rebounds power 76ers to 112-105 win over Bulls
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers are back to streaking in the right direction. Friday’s 112-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center marked their second straight victory after losing their previous three games. Joel Embiid dominated, finishing with 50 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. The center, who on Thursday was named an All-Star Game starter for the fourth straight season, suffered a bloody nose in the first quarter but stayed in the game. Tobias Harris added 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Ben Simmons missed his second straight game with an illness. Zach LaVine paced the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A’s agree to one-year deals with closer Trevor Rosenthal, slugger Mitch Moreland
A day after San Diego signed Fernando Tatis Jr. to a record $340 million contract, the Oakland A’s swooped in Thursday to grab a pair of free agents the Padres discarded by reportedly acquiring closer Trevor Rosenthal and designated hitter Mitch Moreland on one-year deals. The hard-throwing Rosenthal, who enjoyed a rebirth with the Padres and Royals last season, will sign a one-year, $11 million deal, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Rosenthal, 30, would replace Liam Hendriks as the A’s new closer. Meanwhile, Oakland reportedly also agreed to a one-year deal with Moreland, a veteran free...
The Mercury News
Shawn Windsor: Pistons owe Blake Griffin a lot of money. But they owe it to themselves to move on.
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons and Blake Griffin are moving on from each other. Which is another reminder that Troy Weaver isn't messing around. But before we get to what this means for the team's general manager and for the future of the aging star, let’s take a moment to acknowledge what Griffin did — and did not do — while a Piston. Because it’s easy to forget how good Griffin was two seasons ago. How dominant. And how that dominance came after an evolution of his game, despite a significant slip in raw athletic power. It’s also easy to forget, or dismiss, how professionally he’s handled him...
Detroit Free Press
Michael Cunningham: NBA All-Star game is coming to Atlanta. Will Trae Young be in it?
The NBA is planning to hold its All-Star game at State Farm Arena on March 7. An official announcement is expected soon, presumably once the league stops having games postponed because of COVID-19 protocols. It would be awkward for the NBA if headlines about its difficulty staging real games during a pandemic shared attention with its decision to play an exhibition game during a pandemic. I still wonder why the NBA is bothering with the All-Star game. TV cash is the obvious answer. But that business decision backfires if any of the league’s best players are infected by, or exposed to, COVID-19...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution