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April 8, 2022
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Wind could be a factor in Round 2; former champ Johnson closes on lead
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Dustin Johnson is stalking the lead early in the sound round of the Masters. The 2020 Masters champion birdied the par-3 fourth hole to move to minus-4, one shot behind Sungjae Im.
Johnson put together a tidy 3-under 69 in the opening round on Thursday. His began the second round with three straight pars before hitting an iron to within 5-feet at the fourth then sinking the putt.
The wind could be an issue later in the day. The National Weather Service forecast called for sunny skies with sustained winds in excess of 15-20 mph throughout the afternoon.
Five-time green jacket winner Tiger Woods is part of the afternoon session. He is coming off a 1-under 71 Thursday in his first professional event since a car accident in February 2021.
Nineteen of the 90 players in the field posted scores of par or better during the opening round. The top 50 and ties will make it to the weekend.


Judge, Yankees fail to agree to long-term contract
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees say they failed to reach an agreement with Aaron Judge before his deadline to reach a long-term deal by opening day. They hope to resume talks after the season.
General manager Brian Cashman says the Yankees had offered Judge an eight-year contract worth up to $234.5 million. The outfielder is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Cashman says the Yankees offered a contract averaging $30.5 million annually from 2023-29, with his 2022 salary to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by Judge.


In other MLB news:
– The Seattle Mariners have signed Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford to a five-year extension. The 27-year-old was under contractual control through 2024. He won’t be eligible for free agency now until after the 2026 season. Crawford has been a standout defensive player since being acquired by the Mariners before the start of the 2019 season. He won the Gold Glove in 2020 and was a finalist for the award last season.


Scherzer, Freeman, Correa debut…Wind at Masters
UNDATED (AP) – Max Scherzer makes his New York Mets debut Friday night in the second game of the season at Washington, the team he helped lead to a World Series title in 2019. The three-time Cy Young Award winner developed a problem with his right hamstring late in spring training but declared himself “good to go” Thursday after some fielding work at Nationals Park. Washington traded Scherzer to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July and he finished a combined 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA and 236 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings. He became a free agent in the fall and signed a $130 million, three-year contract with the Mets.
Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story and Kris Bryant are among other stars making their debuts for their new teams Friday. Freeman plays his first game for the Dodgers in Colorado against the Rockies, who signed Bryant to a $182 million contract in the offseason. Correa makes his Minnesota debut in a showdown with new Mariners lefty Robbie Ray, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Both players changed teams via free agency, with Correa departing Houston and Ray leaving Toronto. Story gets his first taste of baseball’s biggest rivalry as his Boston Red Sox face the Yankees in New York.
New Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson’s first completion in Denver will be to a catcher. Wilson will toss out the first pitch in the Rockies’ season opener against the Dodgers. Wilson was once an infielder taken by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. After batting .229 over two minor league seasons, Wilson did an end-around on baseball and chose the gridiron option. The Broncos acquired Wilson in a deal with Seattle last month. He helped the Seahawks beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl 48.
And Rachel Balkovec is set to become the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team when her Class-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees’ organization face the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The former softball catcher at Creighton and New Mexico has broken several barriers in pro ball on her way to the position. The Yankees hired her as a minor league manager in January.


Becker found guilty over bankruptcy, could face jail
LONDON (AP) – Tennis great Boris Becker could face a jail sentence after being found guilty on Friday of illicitly moving thousands of dollars from a bank account after he was declared bankrupt.
A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court convicted Becker on four charges under the Insolvency Act, including removal of property, concealing debt and two counts of failing to disclose estate.
The German star was found to have transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds after his June 2017 bankruptcy from his business account to other accounts, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker. He was also convicted of failing to declare a property in Germany and hiding an $895,000 bank loan and shares in a tech firm.
Becker was acquitted on 20 other counts, including charges that he failed to hand over his many awards, including two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal. The six-time Grand Slam champion had denied all the charges.