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Spurs beat Rockets 110-98 for 9th straight victory (Yahoo Sports)

The San Antonio Spurs are surging to close the regular season, and the Houston Rockets couldn’t slow them down. Tony Parker scored 27 points in Spurs’ 110-98 win Wednesday night, their ninth straight victory. Parker had 13 points in the opening quarter, shaking the Spurs out of a lethargic start and catapulting them to their 19th victory in 23 games. ”He played a really great floor game,” San Antonio coach

McIlroy launches grand slam bid at the Masters

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy launched his bid for a career grand slam of the four majors with a rock-solid par on his opening hole in the Masters first round on Thursday. Watched by massive galleries on a glorious morning of unbroken sunshine at Augusta National, the Northern Irishman struck a superb approach shot to 10 feet and narrowly missed his birdie putt

Golf-McIlroy launches grand slam bid at the Masters

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 9 (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy launched his bid for a career grand slam of the four majors with a rock-solid par on his opening hole in the Masters first round on Thursday. Watched by massive galleries on a glorious morning of unbroken sunshine at Augusta National, the Northern Irishman struck a superb approach shot to 10 feet and narrowly missed his

McIlroy and Watson in action at Masters

The battle for Masters supremacy was in full swing at Augusta National on Thursday, with Rory McIlroy marching off in search of golfing history and Bubba Watson battling to defend the title he won last year. At 25, McIlroy would be the second-youngest player ever to complete the full set of Grand Slam titles were he to emerge truimphant on Sunday. Only Tiger Woods, the last of five players to

Judge in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial warns of mistrial risk

By Scott Malone FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial on Thursday reprimanded a local television station after two jurors reported being followed by one of its trucks, warning the incident could have led to a mistrial. The jury has begun its third day of deliberations on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of

Player says fit Rory ready for Masters adversity

Fitness and patience will enable top-ranked Rory McIlroy to handle the Masters’ back nine Sunday pressure better than his infamous 2011 collapse, says three-time Masters winner Gary Player. McIlroy seeks his third major triumph in a row this week and would complete a career Grand Slam with a triumph over the same layout where he led by four strokes entering the final round four years ago only to stumble on

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