#SportsReport: Woods Wins Fifth Masters Title

Apr 15, 2019

The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

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. He delivered the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th. He tapped in for birdie and a 13-under total. This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson tied for second. Francesco Molinari entered the final round with a two-shot lead and remained in contention for his first Green Jacket before carding double-bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes to end up two shots back.


The Celtics dominated the second half of an 84-74 comeback win over Indiana. Boston trailed by 11 in the first half and was down seven at the break before outscoring the Pacers, 26-8 in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each had 20 points for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum finished with 15 and Al Horford added 10 with 11 rebounds.

In other NBA series openers, the Milwaukee Bucks showed how they earned the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs by blowing out the Detroit Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes of the Bucks' 121-86 thrashing of the eighth-seeded Pistons. Antetokounmpo shot 9-for-17 and was one of seven Milwaukee players to score in double-figures. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14. Detroit shot 38% from the field and trailed by 41 in the third quarter. Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench.

The Rockets rolled to a 122-90 rout of the Jazz behind James Harden's 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Harden contributed six points during a 9-2 run that gave Houston a 108-86 lead with about four minutes left. Eric Gordon had 17 points and Clint Capela scored 16 in the rout. Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and CJ McCollum added 24 as the Trail Blazers held off the Thunder, 104-99. Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds to help the Blazers overcome Russell Westbrook's 24 points, 10 assists and 10 boards. Portland led by as many as 19 points in the first half, but the Thunder pulled within 80-77 early in the fourth quarter before the Blazers held home-court advantage. Game 2 is Tuesday in Portland.


The Islanders have a 3-0 series lead after Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored 62 seconds apart in the first period to erase an early deficit and jumpstart the New York's 4-1 win over the Penguins. Leo Komarov gave the Islanders insurance with his first goal since January, beating Matt Murray midway through the third period. Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots for the Isles, who have outscored the Pens 11-5 and can advance as early as Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning have picked the worst time for their first three-game losing streak of the season. The NHL's top-seeded team is down three-games-to-none in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson tallied for the Jackets, who have scored 12 of the last 14 goals in the series since falling behind 3-0 in Game 1. Sergei Bobrovsky fended off a desperate third-period charge to finish with 30 saves, blanking the Lightning until Ondrej Palat beat him with 14:20 remaining. Tampa Bay played without NHL scoring champion Nikita Kucherov, who served a one-game suspension. The Jackets can wrap up the series on Tuesday, while the Lightning will try to become the fifth team in league history to win a series after dropping the first three games.

Paul Statsny and Mark Stone each had five-point nights as the Golden Knights doubled up the Sharks, 6-3 to take a two-games-to-one lead. Stone completed his hat trick by scoring with 6:03 remaining after San Jose netted two straight in the third period to get within 5-3. Stone had two goals and set up three others to back Marc-Andre Fleury's 25-save performance.

Kyle Connor scored twice and the Jets pulled within two games to one in their series by whipping the Blues, 6-3 in St. Louis. Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves to help the Jets bounce back from a pair of one-goal losses. The Jets trailed 1-0 until Kevin Hayes, Laine and Connor tallied during the first nine minutes of the second period.

In NHL news, the Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year deal a day after his Massachusetts squad lost in the Frozen Four championship game. Makar just wrapped up a sophomore season in which he led the Minutemen to the title game before falling to Minnesota-Duluth. He won the Hobey Baker Award and finishing fourth among NCAA defensemen this season with 49 points.


Alex Rigsby stopped four of five shots in the shootout and the United States beat Finland 2-1 to win its fifth consecutive gold medal at the women's world championship. The victory followed a questionable goaltender interference review that wiped out what would have been an overtime goal for the Finns.


Tim Anderson launched his first career grand slam and Carlos Rodón allowed three hits in six innings of the White Sox's 5-2 victory over the Yankees. Chicago chased Masahiro Tanaka with nobody out in the fifth and won for only the second time in eight games, with both victories coming in the series.

David Price tossed three-hit ball and fanned seven over seven innings as the Red Sox blanked the Orioles, 4-0. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and drove in every run to help Price get his first win of the year.

The Phillies picked up a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Jean Segura's two-run homer in the 14th inning. Cesar Hernandez also got his first homer of the season, and winning pitcher Victor Arano recorded six strikeouts during his two innings of relief.

Rookie Jason Martin doubled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth before Felipe Vazquez slipped out of a bases-loaded jam to complete the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Nationals. Josh Bell went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored the deciding run as Pittsburgh took a series in Washington for the first time in six years.

Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis homered to back Julio Teheran's six innings of one-run ball as the Braves dumped the Mets, 7-3 to gain a split of the four-game series. It was a second straight losing performance for NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, who has allowed five homers in his last two starts.

Elsewhere in the majors, the Seattle Mariners owned the best record in the majors until their lost weekend against the visiting Houston Astros. The Astros completed a three-game sweep as Gerrit Cole, Aledmys Diaz and Michael Brantley led a 3-2 victory over the Mariners. Cole struck out 11 while limiting Seattle to two runs and four hits over six innings. But the Mariners led 2-0 until Brantley hit a two-run single in the sixth, one inning before Diaz homered. The Mariners stretched their season opening-record home run streak to 18 games when Mitch Haniger went deep, but Seattle dropped to 13-5. The American League's new No. 1 team is the 12-4 Tampa Bay Rays after they completed a fifth straight series victory. Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia belted a two-run homer to cap a five-run burst in the eighth inning of the Rays' 8-4 win over the Blue Jays. Pinch-hitter Mike Zunino poked a two-run single in the eighth.

Terrance Gore stole a base and scored on Hunter Dozier's single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Royals past the Indians, 9-8. Lucas Duda, Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler homered to help Kansas City complete a three-game sweep.

Jose Berrios pitched into the seventh and Trevor Hildenberger notched his first big league save by striking out two with the bases loaded in the ninth to pitch the Twins to a 6-4 win against the Tigers. C.J. Cron homered and drove in three, and Eddie Rosario was a triple short of the cycle in Minnesota's third win in four games.

Danny Santana laced a two-run, pinch-hit triple and scored the go-ahead run during a four-run eighth that sent the Rangers past the Athletics, 8-7. Elvis Andrus had three hits and two RBIs for Texas.

German Marquez took a no-hitter into the eighth and the Rockies ended an eight-game losing streak by downing the Giants, 4-0. Marquez went the distance on a one-hitter and Nolan Arenado crushed a three-run shot, his first homer of the season.

Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings and helped himself with two hits as the Diamondbacks doubled up the Padres, 8-4 to halt a four-game skid. Pinch-hitter David Peralta slammed a three-run homer for Arizona, which also received round-trippers from Ketel Marte and Christian Walker in ending San Diego's four-game winning streak.

Ross Stripling was sharp in the Dodgers' 7-1 win over the Brewers, limiting Milwaukee to a run and four hits over eight innings. Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo homered to help Los Angeles stop its six-game losing streak.

Marcell Ozuna homered twice and Matt Carpenter supplied the tiebreaking blast in the seventh inning to power the Cardinals past the Reds, 9-5 in Monterrey, Mexico. Ozuna had four RBIs, three with a shot over the right field wall in a four-run first before Cincinnati stormed back to tie the game.

The Cubs and Angels were postponed by snow and rain at Wrigley Field. A makeup date was not immediately announced.

In MLB news, Detroit left-hander Matt Moore will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The Tigers said they won't have a definite timetable for Moore's return until after Wednesday's scheduled procedure in Dallas, although Moore said he's hoping for a recovery time of four to six weeks. Moore hurt the knee on April 6 when he left in the third inning of his start against Kansas City. Since then, he said, he's had two setbacks.

The Braves' pitching staff has taken a couple of hits with starter Sean Newcomb optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and closer Arodys Vizcaino placed on the injured list. Newcomb couldn't hold a 4-0 lead in the Braves' win Saturday over the New York Mets. Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension Sunday for setting off a benches-clearing altercation on April 7. He ended his appeal a day after allowing one run in seven innings against Washington, getting a no-decision in Pittsburgh's loss.


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.


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.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says he has decided to reinstate recently suspended 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.

Wofford has promoted associate head coach Jay McAuley to lead the program after longtime coach Mike Young left for Virginia Tech earlier this month. McAuley helped Young lead the Terriers to their most successful Division I season in history by going 30-5, including an 18-0 mark to win the Southern Conference.

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