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AUGUSTA, Ga. _ The author David Owen explained in his opening line of “Making of the Masters” why so much anticipation filters through dogwoods and Georgia pines at Augusta National the first full week of April. “The modern golf season never ends,” he wrote, “but it does begin.” There could be some debate on when the 83rd Masters begins. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Play starts approximately 8:30 a.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Columbus Blue Jackets rebounded from a dismal start to stun the team that had the NHL’s best regular-season record. Seth Jones scored the go-ahead goal on the power play to cap Columbus’ three-goal third period, and the Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in Game 1 of the teams’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series Wednesday night. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MIAMI — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not being clinched until the final night was in the books — the last three of them, out West, going down to literally the final moments. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 860 words, photos.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Lakers already had plenty of problems to fix during the summer after their sixth straight losing season. Replacing the person in charge of fixing those problems is suddenly at the top of the list. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ Jackie Young said it was a dream come true to be taken first in the WNBA draft. The Notre Dame guard, who decided to enter the draft early and skip her senior season, was selected No. 1 by the Las Vegas Aces. She’s the second Irish player to be drafted first after entering early joining Jewell Loyd, who had the honor in 2015.. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 720 words, photos.
GLF--MASTERS-WATCH EVERY SHOT
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Staid and tradition-driven Augusta National is on the cutting edge of technology. Look no further than the Masters website. For the first time, the goal of the club is to capture each of the 20,000-plus shots during the tournament on camera. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 630 words, photos by 3 a.m.
GLF--PAUL NEWBERRY-THE IMPERFECT CHAMPION
AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Call him The Imperfect Champion. Warts and all, Patrick Reed enters the Masters as the reigning holder of the green jacket. He’s an anomaly at staid, ol’ Augusta National, which has always preferred winners that tilt toward bland and homogenized, who’ll always say the right things without saying much of anything at all. Patrick Reed, that’s not. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
_ GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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WASHINGTON _ The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, full of playoff veterans, face the Carolina Hurricanes, who ended a 10-year drought and have 10 players making their NHL postseason debuts. The series starts Thursday. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 890 words, photos.
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames have never crossed paths in the playoffs. Not in the days of Joe Sakic or Jarome Iginla. Not in the tenure of Bob Hartley. The first time certainly figures to be an edge-of-your-seat affair. By Pat Graham. SENT: 840 words, photos.
HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-BRUINS PREVIEW
BOSTON — Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand doesn’t believe for a second that the window is closing on the team’s chances to win another Stanley Cup championship with the core that etched its name on the trophy in 2011. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. _Josh Bailey didn’t have much time to think when he saw the puck on the side of the crease after Mathew Barzal’s try hit the left goalpost in overtime. Bailey just swooped in and knocked it into the net to send the New York Islanders home with a win. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 910 words, photos.
_ HKN--STARS-PREDATORS _ Rookie Miro Heiskanen scored two goals in his first postseason game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos.
_ HKN--BLUES-JETS _ Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg in a Western Conference first-round game. SENT: 750 words, photos.
_ HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-SHARKS _ Joe Pavelski took a puck off his chin to score the opening goal and the San Jose Sharks raced past the Vegas Golden Knights with a 5-2. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 900 words, photos.
NEW YORK _The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen. SENT: 720 words, photos.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _Kemba Walker’s season is over with the Hornets. Now the question becomes whether the franchise’s leading scorer and three-time All-Star is done playing in Charlotte for good. By Steve Reed. SENT: 800 words, photos.
DENVER — Sputtering into the postseason was no way for the Denver Nuggets to end their six-year playoff drought. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and had a key strip and two clutch free throws in the closing seconds and the Nuggets pulled out a 99-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that secured the No. 2 seed in the West. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 790 words, photos.
_ Selected wrapups on nonplayoff teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _Even baseball’s hottest hitter can’t keep pace with the Seattle Mariners right now. Mitch Haniger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Mariners over the Royals 6-5 Wednesday night after Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to a Kansas City-record 31 games. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night. His second shot was a no-doubter — just like the Houston Astros’ status as a team to beat in the American League. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 890 words, photos.
PHILADELPHIA _The only pitcher the Washington Nationals had trouble with was an outfielder. Jeremy Hellickson threw three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and the Nationals routed the Philadelphia Phillies 15-1 on Wednesday night. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 660 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Mick Cronin is introduced as UCLA’s 14th basketball coach at a school that owns a record 11 national championships but hasn’t been relevant in recent years. By Beth Harris. SENT: 900 words, photos.
_ BKC--DUKE-BARRETT _ RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after 1 season at Duke. SENT 300 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Kellie Harper says she was playing for Tennessee when Pat Summitt predicted the tenacious point guard would eventually coach the Lady Vols. Summitt’s forecast has become reality. Harper had her introductory news conference Wednesday as she tries to help Tennessee regain its status as one of the nation’s top women’s college basketball programs. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words, photos.
GREEN BAY, Wis. _ New Packers coach Matt LaFleur had a long to-do list even before his players arrived for the start of offseason workouts this week. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MANHATTAN, Kan. _ The changes that have already taken place at Kansas State under new football coach Chris Klieman are evident from the moment you walk onto the practice field. For one thing, you actually can walk onto the practice field. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MANCHESTER, England _Already trailing against a dominating Barcelona side, Manchester United had to resort to physicality after 30 minutes to try to thwart the five-time European champions. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 720 words, photos.
AMSTERDAM _After showing no fear against Real Madrid, a young Ajax squad didn’t back down against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus either. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BUFFALO, N.Y. _Defenseman Cale Makar’s loyalty in sticking to his commitment to play at UMass has paid off with the Minutemen set to make their first Frozen Four appearance. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 980 words, photos.
_ TEN--US MEN-CLAY COURT _ Christian Garin upset No. 2 seed Jeremy Chardy to advance to the quarterfinals in one of the longest matches in US Clay history at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship. SENT: 190 words.
_ FBN--PATRIOTS-CHIEFS-LASER POINT _ Man charged with shining laser at Patriots QB Tom Brady. SENT: 130 words.
_ BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
_ BKN--NBA CAPSULES
_ HKN--NHL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)
Oakland at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Miami at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.
Seattle at Kansas City, 1:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
Colorado at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Frozen Four Semifinals
At Buffalo, N.Y.
Providence vs. Minnesota Duluth, 5 p.m.
Denver vs. UMass, 8:30 p.m.