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Honda Classic – Nerves? Pressure? Yes, it’s daunting pairing up with Tiger Woods

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Now in his 10th year as a pro, Patton Kizzire has seen a few things. He has dealt with the pressure of winning in golf’s minor leagues, qualifying for the PGA Tour and winning his first two tournaments. Kizzire, 31, is the only player who has won twice this season, but of course nothing could quite prepare him for what he faced the past two days at PGA National. For the first time in his career, he was grouped with Tiger Woods. “Extremely nervous,” Kizzire…

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Pittsburgh Penguins pick up Derick Brassard in 3-team deal with Vegas Golden Knights

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from Ottawa on Friday night in a three-team deal that sent defenseman Ian Cole to Ottawa and forward Ryan Reaves to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Penguins announced the deal Friday night during their 6-1 victory at Carolina, with Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford calling it “the most complex trade I’ve made” because of salary cap issues and the involvement of a third team. Last year, Derick Brassard battled the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. Now the center, whom…

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Colorado Rockies prospect and Parkland native Colton Welker dons alma mater’s ‘SD’ cap in spring training game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Players throughout Major League Baseball wore caps with an “SD” logo Friday to honor the 17 victims of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. For Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Colton Welker, the gesture hit especially close to home. Welker, a top infield prospect in the Rockies’ system, played for Stoneman Douglas’ state title team in 2016 and was a fourth-round draft pick by Colorado in June of that year. Along with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Oakland Athletics…

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Dominican welterweight Carlos Adames signs multi-year promotional deal with Top Rank

About 18 months ago, welterweight Carlos Adames served as a sparring partner for 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year Terence Crawford and made an impression on those who saw him. Since then, the 23-year-old Adames has continued to develop, and this week, Top Rank, which promotes Crawford, signed him to a multiyear promotional agreement. “Carlos is clearly a five-star, Division I [-level] recruit and a prospect who is ready to break out in the talent-filled welterweight division,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. “All of us at Top Rank,…

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Dez Bryant hasn’t had contract talks with Dallas Cowboys yet

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has yet to have talks with his agent or the organization about possibly having to take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2018. When asked on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Bryant was asked if he would be willing to take a cut in pay to remain with the team. “That’s a discussion for me, for myself and my agent and Mr. Jones and the Joneses, the Dallas Cowboys,” Bryant said. Stephen Jones loves Dez Bryant’s…

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Top-seeded defending champion Dominic Thiem tumbles out of Rio Open

RIO DE JANEIRO — Top-seeded defending-champion Dominic Thiem of Austria tumbled out of the Rio Open on Friday, falling 6-4, 6-0 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the clay-court event. Thiem won the Argentina Open on Sunday for his ninth career title. Verdasco will play fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy or Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. In the other semifinal at Jockey Club Brasileiro, sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina will face Chile’s Nicolas Jarry. Schwartzman beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4, and Jarry topped Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-3….

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Hugo Centeno Jr. injured, fight vs. Jermall Charlo postponed

Middleweight contender Hugo Centeno Jr. suffered a rib injury in training and his fight with Jermall Charlo for a vacant interim middleweight world title was postponed on Friday. Centeno and Charlo were scheduled to fight March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in the co-feature of a Showtime-televised tripleheader headlined by Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defense against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz. That card will now be a doubleheader, but because Centeno’s injury is not serious, the fight was rescheduled for April 21 at a site to be determined,…

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Francisco Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Detroit Tigers

TAMPA, Fla. — Detroit agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth. Liriano, 34, was 6-7 with a 5.66 ERA last season. He made 18 starts for Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. He is 102-99 in a 12-year big league career. Tigers general manager Al Avila said it has not been decided whether Liriano will start or pitch in relief. “He told us he would like to…

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews day-to-day with shoulder injury

TORONTO — Auston Matthews will miss the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ game Saturday against Boston because of a shoulder injury. “He’s day-to-day,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after practice Friday. “He’ll get looked at more today, and then we’ll know more about the day-to-day tomorrow.” Maple Leafs forward Matthews has 28 goals and 22 points in 53 games this season.¬†Claus Andersen/Getty Images The star forward had an MRI Friday morning and a clearer indication of the severity of the injury is expected Saturday. One shift after scoring his 28th goal…

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Six Nations: England & Scotland rivalry, Wales & Ireland in ‘grudge match’

Six Nations 2018: Scotland v England England will not be put off by Scottish “mind games” in their 136th meeting at Murrayfield on Saturday in the Six Nations, says head coach Eddie Jones. Their rivalry – which stretches back to the first international rugby match in 1871 – has been heightened by claims of England playing offside by Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. Jones has said Scotland are trying “every strategy you can think of”. “We’re up for the game, regardless of what’s said,” he added. Scotland prop Simon Berghan meanwhile…

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