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Lefty Wins An Emotional Masters
So, did you guess Phil Mickelson would end up being the big Masters story? Lefty never let up Sunday and earned his third green jacket. Mickelson rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the signature 12th hole, then managed a stunning shot off the pine straw and around a tree to set up another birdie at the next hole. Mickelson finished at 16-under par and three shots ahead of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood. The other contenders faded away, most notably Tiger Woods, who struggled all day with a shaky swing off the tee and never made a serious push for the lead.
Sources: Santonio Holmes Traded To Jets
A person familiar with the deal says the New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round draft pick this month.
It came down to a shootout between the Rangers and Flyers for the final playoff spot ... and Claude Giroux scored the Flyers second goal of the shootout. Goalie Brian Boucher then stopped final Rangers shooter Olli Jokinen to seal the win for Philly. They finished 2 points ahead of the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Standings.
The End Of Texas Stadium
The former home of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Stadium, is now just a pile of rubble. In a planned demolition Sunday morning, the stadium was destroyed by more than a ton of dynamite. Casey Rogers, an 11-year-old essay winner, pushed the button to trigger the explosions ... Check out the video.
After the jump ... Barry Bonds on Mark McGwire, Crosby and Stamkos on the goal scoring race, NHL playoffs set, Bulls move ahead of Raptors, no rest for Gasol, and the Nuggets sign another Karl.
Bonds Has Kind Words For McGwire
Barry Bonds ... Back at the ballpark. The man who has hit more home runs than anybody in history ... call him the KING if you want - but that's a fact - was back at AT&T Park. When asked about Mark McGwire and what he has been going through, Bonds said, "I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I'm proud of him. We've had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I'm proud of what he did. I'm happy for him."
Personal Goals: Sidney Crosby And Steven Stamkos Finish With 51
Sid the Kid finally scored his 50th goal, but he'll have to share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with someone even younger than him. After Sidney Crosby scored #50 and 51 in the Penguins' 6-5 overtime win, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos tied Crosby for the league lead with an empty-net goal with just 13 seconds left in the Lightning's 3-1 victory.
The NHL Conference Quaterfinal Matchups Are Set
The NHL first-round playoff matchups are based on the final NHL standings. The division winners in each conference are seeded Nos. 1-3, while the remaining five teams are seeded Nos. 4-8, according to point total. Teams are reseeded after each round.
Bulls Rip Raptors To Take Over East's 8th Spot
Derrick Rose scored 26 points, Joakim Noah had 18 points, 19 rebounds and matched a career-high with seven assists and the Bulls beat Toronto 104-88 on Sunday night to take a one-game lead over the Raptors for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Gasol Doesn't Need a Day Off
If Lakers coach Phil Jackson is thinking of resting Pau Gasol before the playoffs, he has another thing coming. The All-Star center/forward is not looking to take any days off as the regular season comes to a close, saying the short break between the last game of the season and the playoffs will be enough.
Nuggets Sign Coach Karl's Son Coby
The Denver Nuggets have signed Coby Karl, the son of head coach George Karl. George Karl, who survived prostate cancer several years ago, is battling throat and neck cancer and hasn't been on the sideline since March 16. Coby Karl was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 6 and then played on a 10-day contract with Golden State.
Holyfield KOs Botha, Looking Towards A Title Shot
Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) knocked out Frans Botha (47-5-3) in the 8th round and has his eyes set on a bigger prize. Holyfield, 47, says the goal of his comeback is to once again be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He said he is ready to fight one of the Klitschko brothers who hold 3 of the 4 major heavyweight titles.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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