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April 12, 2019
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Rain, dreary sky greets Day 2 at Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Chances of Augusta National getting firm and fast for the weekend at the Masters are looking as dreary as the morning sky.


Light rain was falling in the hour before the second round was to begin, and the course figures to be even softer than it was in the opening round when Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Bryson DeChambeau each opened with a 6-under 66.


They are among the early starters for the second round.


The top five players on the leaderboard – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter are right behind – play in the morning.


Tiger Woods, who was four shots behind, is among the last to tee off.




Tampa Bay is feeling the pressure going into Game 2


UNDATED (AP) – Tampa Bay is looking to rebound in Game 2 of its first-round playoff series with Columbus after opening with a 4-3 loss at home.


The Lightning squandered a three-goal lead Wednesday night as the Blue Jackets became the sixth NHL team to come back from being down at least three goals to beat a No. 1 seed in a postseason game.


Coach Jon Cooper acknowledges that blowing the big lead has put pressure on his team, which faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins. Tampa Bay lost consecutive games just twice all season.


The Pittsburgh Penguins are also hoping to shake off a tough series-opening loss to the Islanders in New York. Pittsburgh trailed three times in regulation and tied the score each time before falling 4-3 in overtime.


Winnipeg hosts St. Louis in Game 2 of their series after losing the opener. Winnipeg led 1-0 after two periods in Game 1 before losing 2-1. The Jets were tied with Florida for the most losses in the regular season when leading after two periods with nine.


The Vegas Golden Knights try to even their series with the Sharks when they visit San Jose. The Sharks won Game 1 5-2.




Emerald city showdown


UNDATED (AP) – The surprising Mariners have a six-game winning streak and the best record in the majors at 13-2 heading into a home series against AL West favorite Houston.


Seattle is the first big league team to homer in each of its first 15 games and only the third club since 1987 to open at least 13-2. Milwaukee started 14-1 in 1987 and Boston was 13-2 last year. Seattle’s 36 home runs are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most in a team’s first 15 games.


The Astros also have won six straight and hope to get star third baseman Alex Bregman back from a sore hamstring.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Christian Yelich and the Brewers visit Dodger Stadium in a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series won by Los Angeles in seven games. Julio Urias is scheduled to start against Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burnes.


– Rookie slugger Pete Alonso looks to keep up his astounding power display when the New York Mets play at Atlanta. Alonso rocketed his latest home run into a terrace fountain far beyond the center field fence Thursday night, a 454-foot laser with a 118 mph exit velocity. The only players with harder-hit home runs recorded by Statcast are Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Mike Trout.


– Kansas City tries to stop its 10-game losing streak when the Cleveland Indians come to town. With the poorest record in the big leagues at 2-10, the Royals are off to their worst 12-game start since 2006. Merrifield has not gone hitless since Sept. 9


– After a 1-6 start, the Los Angeles Angels have won six in a row. Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 2.45 ERA) makes his first career appearance at Wrigley Field in a matinee against Cole Hamels (1-0, 5.73) and the 4-8 Cubs. Angels’ slugger Mike Trout, who strained his right groin Tuesday, hopes to be available for an interleague series this weekend in Chicago.




Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85


UNDATED (AP) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85.


The Hall did not disclose details in its statement Friday.


Gregg starred at tackle and guard for the mighty Packers teams of the 1960s. Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi called him the “best player I ever coached.”


Gregg began his NFL career in 1956 and played a final season with the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. He went on to coach in the NFL for 11 years.


He played on six NFL/NFC championship teams and three Super Bowl winners. He was elected to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1960s and its 75th anniversary team.


Gregg coached Cleveland, Cincinnati and Green Bay, guiding the Bengals to their first Super Bowl during the 1981 season.




Injured gymnast, “my pain is not your entertainment”


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – A college gymnast is asking social media to stop sharing the video of her devastating leg injuries because “my pain is not your entertainment.”


Auburn senior Samantha Cerio wrote on Twitter Wednesday that seeing her “knees bent unnaturally in real life was horrible enough,” but she says continuing to see the video and photos because people feel entitled to repost them “is not okay.”


Cerio’s legs buckled during a floor exercise when she landed badly at the end of a tumbling run during an NCAA regional semifinal last Friday. She had surgery on Monday for injuries that included multiple torn ligaments in both knees.


The athlete posted on Instagram that the meet was her “final night as a gymnast.”