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Jordan Spieth Leads After First Round at The Masters

Jordan Spieth Leads After First Round at The Masters James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- Jordan Spieth opened the 2015 Masters on Thursday with an 8-under 64, one shot short of the major championship scoring record. Spieth’s only blemish on the day was a bogey on 15. The 21-year-old finished the first round with nine birdies. Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, Justin Rose and Ernie Els sit in second place at five under, three strokes back of Spieth. Tiger Woods, playing in his first competitive tournament since he withdrew at Torrey Pines on Feb. 5 after 11 holes, finished the day with a 73. The 14-time major champion had three birdies and four bogeys. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Suspended Three Games

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Suspended Three Games Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended after violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports. Bell will miss the first three games of next season and will also be fined an additional game check. He plans to appeal the suspension, Schefter reports. Bell's suspension comes after his arrest last August where he was caught with marijuana and also received a DUI. He received 15 month's probation. Bell ran for 1,361 yards and scored eight touchdowns last season Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tigers Place Closer Joe Nathan on DL

Tigers Place Closer Joe Nathan on DL iStockphoto(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers placed closer Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain on Wednesday.Nathan earned the save in the Tigers' Opening Day victory over the Minnesota Twins but, according to Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan has been dealing with a flexor problem for at least a week."I think it bothered him more at the end of last week, a little bit. And it bothered him a little bit on Monday, the day he pitched," Dombrowski said. "Not major, but it just hasn't cleared up for him."The 40-year-old Nathan is a six-time All-Star who has saved 377 games over his 15 year career.Joakim Soria, who served as Kansas City's closer for five season, will take over Nathan's role.The Tigers recalled left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy from Triple-A Toledo to take Nathan's roster spot. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/8/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/8/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Cleveland Indians 2 (1-1) – Houston Astros 0 (1-1) Detroit Tigers 11 (2-0) – Minnesota Twins 0 (0-2) New York Yankees 4 (1-1) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (1-1) Chicago Cubs 2 (1-1) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (1-1) Tampa Bay Rays 2 (1-2) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (2-1) Washington Nationals 2 (1-1) – New York Mets 1 (1-1) Philadelphia Phillies 4 (1-1) – Boston Red Sox 2 (1-1) Atlanta Braves 2 (3-0) – Miami Marlins 0 (0-3) NBA: Toronto Raptors 92 (46-32) – Charlotte Hornets 74 (33-45) Orlando Magic 105 (25-53) – Chicago Bulls 103 (46-32) Washington Wizards 119 (45-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (18-61) Boston Celtics 113 (36-42) – Detroit Pistons 103 (30-48) Atlanta Hawks 114 (59-19) – Brooklyn Nets 111 (36-42) Indiana Pacers 102 (35-43) – New York Knicks 86 (15-63) Memphis Grizzlies 110 (53-25) – New Orleans Pelicans 74 (42-36) Cleveland Cavaliers 104 (51-27) – Milwaukee Bucks 99 (38-40) San Antonio Spurs 110 (53-26) – Houston Rockets 98 (53-25) NHL: Washington Capitals 3 (45-25-11; 101pts) – Boston Bruins 0 (41-26-13; 95pts) Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (40-35-5; 85pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (30-44-7; 67pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Derrick Rose Set to Return Against Magic

Derrick Rose Set to Return Against Magic NBA via Chicago Bulls(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is expected to return Wednesday night when his team takes on the Orlando Magic. Rose has missed the last six weeks after undergoing a meniscectomy on his right knee on Feb. 27. "[I'm] just happy that I'm able to come back to a team where I think we're playing all right basketball," Rose said Wednesday at the shootaround. "I think defensively we're playing good, so offensively I shouldn't have to worry about it, just come back and play the way that I normally play." Rose wasn't sure how much he'll play on Wednesday night, but isn't expecting to be in tip-top shape. "I'm going to be winded for sure," he said. "Just missing so many weeks, so many days, you're going to be winded. But that comes along with just coming back from surgery. And just not playing the game in a couple weeks." The Bulls went 10-10 during Rose's absence. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New York Rangers Win Presidents’ Trophy, Clinch Home Ice Through Playoffs

New York Rangers Win Presidents’ Trophy, Clinch Home Ice Through Playoffs Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy and clinched home ice through the playoffs after their 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. New York has won five games in a row and picked up a league leading 111 points with the victory. "It's not an easy thing to do," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "You look at the teams still fighting to get into the playoffs. It's a challenging thing. For our group, it's one thing in the direction that we're looking to get to." "I'm very proud of our group but we all know that we are going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs. So this is a first step and we're going to get ready for the next one," he continued. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said, "It is a great accomplishment. Like any team, we had to handle adversity, injuries, ups and downs, travel, everything that goes about an NHL season. For us to clinch and say we won the regular season is a huge confidence boost. It's a reassurance of what this team is capable of." The Rangers finished last year as the Eastern Conference champions, but fell to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. New York tied a franchise record for wins (52) and are one-point away from tying the franchise mark they set in 1993-94, the last time they won the Stanley Cup. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UConn Beats Notre Dame for Program’s 10th Title

UConn Beats Notre Dame for Program’s 10th Title Lance King/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --  The UConn women beat Notre Dame 63-53 on Tuesday to win their third consecutive national championship. With the program's 10th title overall, coach Geno Auriemma matched UCLA's men's coach John Wooden for most titles in college basketball history. Connecticut was the nation's best defensive team all season and the Huskies, not at their best offensively Tuesday, relied on that defense all night to beat Notre Dame. The Irish shot 33 percent from the floor, their second worst percentage of the season. Connecticut also forced 17 Notre Dame turnovers, 13 in the first half when the Huskies built an eight-point lead at the break. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 points in the game and it was when she scored them that mattered most. She had two individual 7-0 runs, one in the first half and once in the second, each time when Notre Dame seemed ready to start a comeback. The Connecticut-Notre Dame matchup was just the second time in the history of the tournament that the same teams played in the final in consecutive years. UConn beat Tennessee in 2003 and 2004. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/7/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/7/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Women’s College Basketball – National Championship: (1) Connecticut 63 (38-1) – (1) Notre Dame 53 (36-3) MLB: Baltimore Orioles 6 (2-0) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (0-2) Atlanta Braves 12 (2-0) – Miami Marlins 2 (0-2) Colorado Rockies 5 (2-0) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (0-2) St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) @ Chicago Cubs (0-1) (postponed due to weather) NBA: Atlanta Hawks 96 (58-19) – Phoenix Suns 69 (39-39) Miami Heat 105 (35-43) – Charlotte Hornets 100 (33-44) New Orleans Pelicans 103 (42-35) – Golden State Warriors 100 (63-15) San Antonio Spurs 113 (52-26) – Oklahoma City Thunder 88 (42-36) NHL: New York Rangers 4 (52-21-7; 111pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (32-35-13; 77pts) Philadelphia Flyers 5 (33-29-18; 84pts) – New York Islanders 4 (46-28-6; 98pts) Ottawa Senators 4 (41-26-13; 95pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (42-26-12; 96pts) OT Detroit Red Wings 3 (42-25-13; 97pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2 (29-40-11; 69pts) Winnipeg Jets 1 (42-26-12; 96pts) – St. Louis Blues 0 (49-24-7; 105pts) Minnesota Wild 2 (45-27-8; 98pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (48-26-6; 102pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bills’ Guard Richie Incognito Discusses “Humbling” Time Away from Football

Bills’ Guard Richie Incognito Discusses “Humbling” Time Away from Football NFL via Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Now back in the NFL after more than a year away from football, Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito is grateful for the chance to be back in the league. Incognito spent a season and a half away from the NFL after he was the central figure in a bullying scandal with offensive lineman Jonathan Martin when they were both members of the Miami Dolphins. He wound up being released from the Dolphins as a result of the incident, and spent last year unsigned by any team. "It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute," Incognito said Monday. "It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: 'Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?' It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth. "There were some dark days where I didn't think I was ever going to play again," he said. "It really just kind of fueled me to work harder. ... [It] kind of forced me to go back and really look at things and say, 'Is this still important to you? Is this still what you want?' And the answer was always a resounding yes." Incognito was a Pro Bowler back in 2012. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bills’ LeSean McCoy Takes Another Shot at Chip Kelly

Bills’ LeSean McCoy Takes Another Shot at Chip Kelly Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UCLA Forward Kevin Looney Declares for the NBA Draft

UCLA Forward Kevin Looney Declares for the NBA Draft Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the 2014-2015 college basketball season in the books, the focus will now shift to June's NBA Draft. Capitazling on a successful freshman season, UCLA Bruins forward Kevin Looney has decided to take the jump to the pros and declare for the draft. “This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said in a statement. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I’ve had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level." A versatile forward, Looney is projected to be a first-round pick, and could even find himself selected in the top 10 based on the potential he showed during his one collegiate season. While playing 30.9 minutes per game, Looney averaged 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year Extension

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year Extension Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox announced Monday night that they had signed right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension, making him the highest-paid pitcher in club history by average annual value. The deal is worth $82.5 million, a major league source told ESPNBoston.com, which breaks down as follows: $500,000 signing bonus, $20 million in 2016 and 2017, $21 million in 2018 and 2019. His 2015 contract remains at $12.5 million. The average annual value of the contract is $20.625 million, and it is the 19th contract given to a pitcher that has an AAV of more than $20 million, according to CotsContracts.com. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer each have an AAV of more than $30 million. Porcello becomes the second pitcher the Sox acquired since Lester's departure who has signed a multiyear deal since coming to Boston.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/6/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) - MLB: Colorado Rockies 10 (1-0) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (0-1) Toronto Blue Jays 6 (1-0) - New York Yankees 1 (0-1) Detroit Tigers 4 (1-0) - Minnesota Twins 0 (0-1) Baltimore Orioles 6 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (0-1)   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rodriguez Cheered Loudly in Return to Yankee Stadium

Rodriguez Cheered Loudly in Return to Yankee Stadium Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fans at Yankee Stadium made sure Alex Rodriguez felt welcome on Opening Day.Rodriguez, who missed all of 2014 because of a drug suspension, was cheered mightily in the Opening Day introductions. The home fans were even louder when their designated hitter walked to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the third inning. Many of them stood and some chanted "A-Rod."Rodriguez was even part of Yankee Stadium's "Bleacher Creatures" roll call in the top of the first inning. Usually, the fans in the right field bleachers call out each player in the field until he acknowledges the crowd. But they added Rodriguez to the tradition and No. 13 happily came to the top of the dugout and tipped his cap to the crowd.Rodriguez, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since September 25, 2013, finished the game 1 for 2 with a walk in the New York Yankees' 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reliever Ryan Madson Makes Royals Opening Day Roster

Reliever Ryan Madson Makes Royals Opening Day Roster Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than three years after throwing his last pitch in the Majors, reliever Ryan Madson is getting another chance to revive his career as the Kansas City Royals announced that Madson has made the team's Opening Day roster. “It felt good,” Madson told the Kansas City Star of getting a spot. “I really, genuinely smiled, and had a good moment there.” Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article17468474.html#storylink=cpy Madson last pitched during the 2011 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was coming off a 32 save season and hit the free agent market as one of the best relievers in the game.  He wound up signing a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, but needed to undergo Tommy John Surgery that same offseason and never pitched for the team. The next offseason he signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, but again had to sit out the season as he continued to experience elbow pain. Madson decided to sit out in 2014 in hopes of getting healthy enough to give it one more try. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January, and will now be part of the defending American League Champions. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Nationals Place Six Players on the DL to Open the Season

Nationals Place Six Players on the DL to Open the Season Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Nationals are a trendy pick to win the National League Pennant, but they'll open up the season with six players on the disabled list. The Nationals placed every-day starters Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Antony Rendon on the DL. They are joined by reserve outfielder Nate McClouth, setup man Casey Janssen, and reliever Erik Davis. Even though Werth is on the shelf, he may be the closest to seeing the field as he's already playing in minor league games. He is eligible to return on April 11. Span is likely to return to the team in mid-April as he's dealing with an abdomen issue. He's been able to take part in minor league games, but only for a few innings at a time. Rendon's situation is different as it is unknown just when the budding star will be able to get back on the field as he battles a knee issue. He sought three options on the knee, and was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. In 2014, the Nationals led the National League with 96 wins. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past. Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas. "I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com. "You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added. Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28. In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Calipari Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

John Calipari Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame G. Fiume/Getty Images (INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- John Calipari will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Monday. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman the vote was "extremely close" as Calipari received the necessary 18 out of 24 votes. The news came less than a day after Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats were defeated 71-64 by the Wisconsin Badgers and eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament. Calipari will be enshrined on September 11 at the museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Under Calipari, the Wildcats have reached the Final Four, four of the last five seasons -- including a National Championship in 2012. Calipari also led Memphis and UMass to final four appearances.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul George Tallies 13 in Return

Paul George Tallies 13 in Return Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Perhaps fitting with his new jersey number, Paul George dropped 13 points as part of the Pacers 112-89 victory over the Miami Heat. It was George's first game action since breaking his right leg eight months ago as part of Team USA scrimmage. "[It was] everything that I expected," George said of his first game back. "Welcoming me back into the game was probably the greatest moment that I've had. It was so hard to not get caught up in the moment." George returns at a unique time for the Pacers with five games remaining on the season. Indiana moved ahead of Miami in the eastern conference playoff standing and now trails Boston by one game for eighth place.  When asked what he is looking for in terms of success going forward after the broken leg, George simply stated "winning." "Now I just have to have consistency and we have to have some consistency if we want to extend the season," George said when pressed further. "Success personally was being able to move, being able to play confidently and not...overcompensating on my left leg." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Padres and Braves Complete Mega-Swap

Padres and Braves Complete Mega-Swap Zoonar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- San Diego continued their aggressive offseason roster overhaul on the eve of opening day. The Padres and Braves completed a trade Sunday evening that will see closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. relocate to San Diego. In exchange, Atlanta acquires outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, as well as right-handed pitching prospect Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 pick in the 2015 amateur draft.  Upton, Jr, formerly known as B.J, rejoins his brother Justin. The Upton’s are part of a contingent of players that first-year general manager A.J. Preller has added to a roster that includes Matt Kemp, Wil Meyers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and James Shields.  Kimbrel, a four-time All-Star, has maintained an ERA under 2.00 for the past three seasons.  He will likely solidify a bullpen that already included Joaquin Benoit and seek to shorten games for one of the best rotations in baseball. Last season the Padres were baseball's fourth best, with a team ERA of 3.27.  "It was an opportunity that we couldn't pass up," Preller said regarding the trade for Kimbrel.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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