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Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

PGA: Valero Texas Open-Third Round(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.

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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Wisconsin tops Arizona to return to Final Four

  • Badgers make consecutive Final Fours for first time in school history
  • Senior forward Frank Kaminsky poured in a game-high 29 points
  • Wisconsin could face Kentucky in next week’s national semifinals

Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.

‘Frank the Tank’ scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added his second straight career high of 27 and the West Regional’s top seed beat No2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history.

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Wisconsin 85, Arizona 78: Wisconsin Defeats Arizona to Advance to the Final Four
The Badgers advanced to the national semifinals, where they will play the winner of the Midwest Regional final — either undefeated Kentucky or third-seeded Notre Dame.

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Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup
Prince Bishop, a 14-1 long shot, stormed from the back of the field to secure a shock victory in the the Dubai World Cup.

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Bale stars in Euro 2016 win
Gareth Bale scored twice for Wales as they beat Israel 3-0 in Euro 2016 qualification, taking them to the top of their group and on course for a first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

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Hamilton takes pole in Malaysia
Lewis Hamilton will begin Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix in pole position after dominating qualifying in torrential conditions.

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Maria Sharapova loses early at Miami Open
Maria Sharapova suffered her earliest tennis exit at the prestigious Miami Open in 12 years, losing to Daria Gavrilova in the second round.

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Cricket World Cup: Australia to meet Kiwis in final
The joint hosts of the cricket World Cup -- Australia and New Zealand -- are set to meet in a dream final of the one-day tournament on Sunday.

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Germany held by Australia
German soccer fans paid tribute to the victims of the Germanwings Flight 9525 air crash ahead of their national team's friendly international against Australia on Wednesday.

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Report: Doping still widespread in cycling
The cycling world's governing body comes under fire on the CIRC's latest report. CNN's Christina Macfarlane reports.

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Paul McGinley brings fun to the golf course
The Ryder Cup champion talks about redesigning a golf course in northern Portugal. CNN's Shane O'Donoghue reports.

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Boxing's biggest payday
Andy Scholes looks at the media hype and huge paydays Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will have leading up to their May 2, 2015 fight.

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Live: Qualifying, Tasmania SuperSprint
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Heat's Bosh out for season with blood clots
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.

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Wisconsin Defeats Arizona to Advance to the Final Four
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LOS ANGELES — It felt familiar, on both ends of the court and across the spectrum of emotions. Again, it is Wisconsin. Again, it was Frank Kaminsky. For the second year in a row, Wisconsin beat Arizona in the West Regional final to advance to the Final Four.
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News and notes: Cutch, Kang, Sanchez, Bullpen
Andrew McCutchen cut his hair. Yep, we’re at the point where a guy getting a haircut qualifies as the biggest news of the day. Twitter was exploding in speculation all morning on Wednesday. here’s to #NewBeginnings #CutchSecret — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) March 25, 2015 The new look will certainly take some getting used to, […]

Andrew McCutchen cut his hair. Yep, we’re at the point where a guy getting a haircut qualifies as the biggest news of the day. Twitter was exploding in speculation all morning on Wednesday.

The new look will certainly take some getting used to, but if Cutch likes it, I like it.  (By the way, I’m all for charity……who’s going to buy pieces of another dude’s hair? And why?)

In more important news, Cutch has returned from his “lower body injury” and all appears well on that front.

Jung Ho Kang continues to generate discussion – and skepticism. After a homer and double in his first two spring games, he is now mired in a massive slump. It’s spring training, and as we all know, spring training stats don’t matter, but the fact that he’s striking out a ton is notable and those down there watching are apparently at least somewhat concerned. Now there’s question as to whether or not he should start out the year in the minors – which probably makes the most sense, except that the Pirates have adamantly insisted he’s going north with the team in April. This is starting to develop into a messy situation, but I still say it’s being overblown – we did expect an adjustment period for Kang, right? That’s the whole point of getting him these spring at bats. A slump of ~20 spring AB’s isn’t enough to tell us he can’t do what the Pirates expected him to do – be a decent bench bat to start out the year. If the struggles continue, then sure, Indy could be in play later on.

One guy that appears to have taken advantage of meaningless spring training stats is Tony Sanchez. He has impressed so far – both at the plate and behind it – and that could win him a roster spot if Chris Stewart can’t go to start the year. That seems likely as of now, but it doesn’t sound like Stewart will be out for long. Again, beware putting too much stock into the Spring here. Everyone wanted Sanchez over Stewart last year and Sanchez was a mess behind the plate – and while he had some timely hits, the light-hitting Stewart still out-hit him in 2014. I’m not ruling out Sanchez, but we need to see more from him, and I’m not sure people give Stewart enough credit for actually doing a pretty decent job last season.

Another guy that seems to have the inside track on a roster spot is Arquimedes Caminero. He throws gas, and has impressed so far, but most importantly he is out of options. The option situation is going to have more to do with the bullpen roster construction than spring performance – meaning the Pirates could take what we might deem to be some slightly worse pitchers north in order to avoid losing them on waivers. Basically, once you lock in Melancon, Watson, and Bastardo, here are the other guys battling for the last four spots:

  • Holdzkom
  • Caminero
  • Pimentel
  • Hughes
  • Liz
  • Locke (I’m assuming Worley is the 5th starter)
  • A few other very long shots

Liz was signed to a major league deal for decent money, and has pitched fine so far, so he’s in. The guys that are out of options are Caminero, Pimentel, and Locke. Pimentel has had enough chances – the Pirates shouldn’t lose sleep over dumping him. They’ll want to keep Locke and Caminero, though. That leaves either Hughes or Holdzkom out. Hughes has had a rough spring, but he’s more experienced and proven. It’s a bit of a tough call here, but the important thing is that whichever one goes down will be available to come up as soon as someone is needed – which is sure to be soon. I would be tempted to ride the Holdzkom wave as long as possible, as long as he doesn’t totally forget how to throw strikes or something before it’s time to make that decision.

It’s been kind of amazing to see how high some national media is on the Pirates coming into the year, and that reached an all-time high when ESPN’s Buster Olney predicted them to win the World Series:

It’s one guy’s prediction – obviously meaningless, but it shows some serious respect for how far this group has come. It was sort of funny to see how this became a huge deal around Pittsburgh as soon as Buster tweeted it.

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