A Friday with Phil Mickelson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

A Friday with Phil Mickelson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

by USA Today Golf Mark Giannotto  2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICPhil Mickelson after his second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Phil Mickelson discusses his second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and what he must do over the weekend. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal     2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICCharl Schwartzel on his strong start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel explains why he’s one of three co-leaders heading into the weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal Related: bathroom-bill-could-end-dallas-bid-to-host-draft   2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICCo-leader Sebastian Munoz talks about his rise at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Related: cavs-kyrie-irving-built-for-moments-like-finals-game-4-performance PGA Tour rookie Sebastian Munoz is one of three co-leaders heading into the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal 2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICAdam Scott explains his strong second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Adam Scott closed the second round strong to move into contention at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal     2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICPhil Mickelson says FedEx St. Jude Classic would “be a special win for me” Phil Mickelson talks about his first round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and what the tournament means to him. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal Stewart Cink is one of four co-leaders after the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal   2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICScott Brown details his strong first round at FedEx St. Jude Classic Scott Brown explains how he carded a 6-under 64 during Thursday’s first round of the FedEx St. Jude...
Cavs’ Kyrie Irving ‘built’ for moments like Finals Game 4 performance

Cavs’ Kyrie Irving ‘built’ for moments like Finals Game 4 performance

by USA Today All Sports Jeff Zillgitt      The Cleveland Cavaliers needed an all-time performance to beat the Golden State Warriors and force a Game 5. USA TODAY Sports Related: bathroom-bill-could-end-dallas-bid-to-host-draft (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)  CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving made his first two shots of Game 4, picking up where he left off in Game 3. And when the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard gets his offense going like he did on Friday, there aren’t many more entertaining and enjoyable scorers to watch in the NBA. Irving scored 28 of his game-high 40 points in the first half, following up his 38-point effort on Wednesday. The difference in the two games? His performance in Game 4 led to Cleveland’s first victory of the Finals, a 137-116 triumph against the Golden State Warriors. Related: a-friday-with-phil-mickelson-at-the-fedex-st-jude-classic “He’s just been built for that moment,” Cavs star LeBron James said. “I said that over and over again – that he’s always been built for the biggest moments, and tonight he showed that once again. It’s not surprising. He’s just that special.” In the first two games of the series, Golden State contained Irving, double-teaming him and forcing him to pass the basketball. The Warriors know James will generate points, but the Warriors do not want James and Irving beating them. In Game 3, Irving and James combined for 77 points, but Cleveland failed to execute in the final three minutes, resulting in another loss. Latest NBA Finals coverage:  Kyrie Irving, LeBron James combine for 71, Cavs win record-breaking Game 4 Tristan Thompson wakes up from Finals slumber, boosts Cavs in Game 4 Bell: Cleveland...
Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics encapsulate NBA’s new nightmare

Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics encapsulate NBA’s new nightmare

Sam Amick , USA TODAY Sports LeBron James admits he has not faced a team with as much firepower as the Golden State Warriors.USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports) CLEVELAND – For most of the night, you could finally see how the Cleveland Cavaliers might shock the basketball world and these mighty Golden State Warriors again. For most of the night, and after three days’ worth of discussion about how these NBA Finals were unofficially over, it was a reminder that LeBron James & Co. were the ones who pulled off the most improbable comeback in league history this time a year ago. But then came those final 75 seconds of the Warriors’ 118-113 win in Game 3, that surreal stretch in which Kevin Durant showcased why the rest of the NBA is terrified by this latest super team. The smooth jumper from the left block, Durant waiting for Draymond Green to lure James away and then rising over Tristan Thompson to cut the lead to two. The Steph Curry-esque three-pointer on the next possession that put them up one, Durant grabbing the rebound and firing away from 26 feet before James could close the space. The free throws that sealed the deal. Kevin Durant in the CLUTCH!#NBAFinals #DubNation pic.twitter.com/vj558h1HAl — NBA.com (@NBAcom) June 8, 2017  Durant scored seven points in the 11-0 run at the end, leaving the Cavs stunned and the Warriors one win away from recapturing the crown. Game 4 on Friday is a chance not only to win it all, but to become the first team in league history to go 16-0 in the playoffs. This, right now...
Venus Williams ousted in fourth round at French Open

Venus Williams ousted in fourth round at French Open

Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports PARIS — Venus Williams departed the French Open with a loss to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland for the second consecutive year. The 10th-seeded Williams, the last American remaining in the men’s or women’s singles draw, was upset by the 30th-seeded Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in a 2-hour, 12-minute fourth-round outing on Sunday. Last year, Bacsinszky turned back Williams in the same round in straight sets. The 36-year-old Williams rebounded from a 1-5 deficit in the first set, but then ran out of energy to fight back Bacsinszky in the final two sets. MORE TENNIS: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza upset at French Open This was a record-setting 20th time that Williams was playing at the French Open. She reached the final here once, in 2002, when she fell to sister, Serena, in the championship match. Williams’ departure means that the women’s draw has no former Grand Slam champions remaining. The last four Grand Slam champions —Svetlana Kuznetsova, Garbine Muguruza, Samantha Stosur and Williams — all lost...
Angels’ Albert Pujols joins elite company with 600th career home run

Angels’ Albert Pujols joins elite company with 600th career home run

Associated PressPublished Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer Saturday night, delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark. USA TODAY (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports) ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer in Saturday night’s 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Pujols delivered a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark. The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium. The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick who became one of the greatest hitters of his generation. The 37-year-old Pujols is the fourth-youngest player to hit 600 homers behind Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Pujols joins home run kings Barry Bonds and Aaron as the only players to hit 600 homers and 600 doubles. The Dominican veteran is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609). Pujols also became the first player to hit a grand slam for No. 600. Let’s give ’em something to talk about! #Pujols600 WATCH: https://t.co/SNMmOkKMto pic.twitter.com/XRWIRd4O2J — Angels (@Angels) June 4, 2017  He put a long, looping swing on the struggling Santana’s low pitch, and he briefly stood at the plate to see whether the...

Bubba Watson owns heckler after birdie putt

Luke Kerr-Dineen , USA TODAY Sports Bubba Watson is something of a lightning rod among fans of the PGA Tour, in large part because of his own doing. But all his antics and controversial comments aside, there’s no excuse for heckling. Come on, golf fans. You’re better than that. Which is why we need to give Bubba credit where it’s due on this one. Racing up the Memorial leaderboard on Saturday thanks to back-to-back 68s in the second and third round. The latter featured a heckler during Bubba’s final putt on the 18th hole on Saturday – a heckler Bubba promptly shut up by jarring this birdie putt into the hole, followed by a little bow. A birdie and a bow for @bubbawatson‘s heckler ?? pic.twitter.com/CcjqoNYVy9 — Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 3,...