Tiger tames Augusta for 5th time…NBA playoff action…Cincy gets a hoops coach
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Tiger Woods has ended his Major championship drought by capturing his fifth Masters title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a 13 under total and a one-stroke win over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele. Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie and adding a birdie on the next hole. It’s his 15th Major championship and first since 2008, leaving him three behind the all-time record held by Jack Nicklaus.
UNDATED (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers have opened their NBA schedules with victories. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes of the Bucks’ 121-86 thrashing of Detroit beforeJames Harden’s 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds led the Rockets’ 122-90 pounding of Utah. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each had 20 points in the Celtics’ 84-74 win against Portland, and Damian Lillard had a team-high 30 points to lead the Blazers past Oklahoma City, 104-99.
UNDATED (AP) – Cincinnati has hired men’s basketball coach John Brannen after he led Northern Kentucky to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years. The Norse went 81-51 in Brannen’s four seasons, winning two Horizon League regular-season titles and a pair of conference tournament championships. Brannen replaces Mick Cronin, who left Cincinnati for the UCLA job.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says he has decided to reinstate recently suspended basketball coach Will Wade. LSU was having one of the better seasons in program history under the 36-year-old Wade when he was suspended indefinitely. His punishment came on the heels of a Yahoo report about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi conquered the streets of Long Beach for the second consecutive year. Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole and had the field covered very early. He was more than 20 seconds faster than Josef Newgarden in giving Andretti Autosport its 200th victory across all series.