Warriors' Stephen Curry involved in skirmish with Thunder

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:41 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:39 PM


            Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Stephen Curry exchanged shoves with Oklahoma City's Semaj Christon just before halftime of a game Monday night, and both were issued technical fouls.

The Golden State star tangled with Christon as the pair vied for position around a jump ball with 5.3 seconds left. Players from both teams converged around them, and there was pushing on both sides. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Golden State's Draymond Green also got technicals after getting caught in the middle. It was Westbrook's 15th technical of the season.

Curry hit a 3-pointer at the end of the half and ran down the tunnel to the locker room. The Warriors led 59-39 at the break.

This is Golden State's second visit to Oklahoma City since former Thunder star Kevin Durant signed a free agent contract with the Warriors last summer, and the first one was a heated contest. Durant has been out since February with a left knee injury and is not playing in this one.

President Trump declines opportunity to throw out first pitch

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:50 PM

FILE PHOTO - Donald Trump attends the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on April 5, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Apparently President Donald Trump won’t be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Nationals Park on opening day. 

Trump has declined to perform the tradition when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins Monday, ESPN reported.

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It is due to a scheduling conflict, The Washington Post reported.

The tradition of the president throwing out the first pitch at Washington’s opening-day game started more than 100 years ago , when President William Howard Taft threw out the first pitch for the then-Washington Senators in 1910, ESPN reported

In recent history, George W. Bush and Barack Obama threw out ceremonial first pitches on opening day.

Overall, 13 presidents been part of the ceremony either for the Senators or the Nationals.

There is no word on who will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch.

Nats all-star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start for Washington. Edinson Volquez is the starter listed for the Marlins.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday.

85 players have qualified for 2017 Masters Tournament field

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 2:47 PM

The 81st Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club will take place April 6-9.
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The Masters Tournament at Augusta National is more than a month away. So far, 85 golfers have qualified to participate in the 2017 event.

2016 champion Danny Willett is one of 18 winners who have qualified for entry into the 81st Masters, which tees off April 6 through 9 in Augusta.

Photos: 2016 Masters final round

Last year’s Masters field consisted of 89 players, the fewest players since 2002. 

The Masters is an invitation tournament, but players must qualify under one of these criteria.  Yet to be named are the international invitees and the qualifiers of the Official World Golf Ranking list as of March 27. Here are the 85 names - and the qualifying reason - that have so far earned an invitation: 

Masters Tournament Champions 

Angel Cabrera  

Fred Couples 

Trevor Immelman 

Zach Johnson 

Bernhard Langer  

Sandy Lyle 

Phil Mickelson 

Larry Mize 

Mark O’Meara 

Jose Maria Olazabal  

Charl Schwartzel 

Adam Scott  

Vijay Singh 

Jordan Spieth  

Bubba Watson  

Mike Weir 

Danny Willett 

Tiger Woods  

U.S. Open champions (Five-year exemption) 

Dustin Johnson 

Justin Rose 

Martin Kaymer

Webb Simpson  

British Open Champions (Five-year exemption) 

Ernie Els 

Rory McIlroy 

Henrik Stenson  

PGA Champions (Five-year exemption) 

Jason Dufner (4, 15, 16) 

Jason Day (4, 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17) 

Jimmy Walker (4, 16, 17)  

Players Championship Winners (Three-year exemption) 

Rickie Fowler 

Top two finishers of U.S. Amateur Championship 

Curtis Luck 

Brad Dalke 

British Amateur Champion winner 

Scott Gregory 

Latin America Amateur Champion 

Toto Gana  

U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion 

Stewart Hagestad 

Top 12 finishers (including ties) in previous year’s Masters 

Daniel Berger 

Paul Casey

Matthew Fitzpatrick

J.B. Holmes 

Soren Kjeldsen

Hideki Matsuyama

Brandt Snedeker 

Lee Westwood  

Top four finishers (including ties) in previous year’s U.S. Open 

Jim Furyk 

Shane Lowry 

Scott Piercy 

Top four finishers (including ties) in previous year’s British Open 

Steve Stricker 

Top four finishers (including ties) in previous year’s PGA Championship 

Branden Grace 

Brooks Koepka 

Daniel Summerhays  

Winners of non-opposite PGA Tour events since previous Masters (events that award a full-point for the FedEx Cup)

Sergio Garcia 

James Hahn 

Charley Hoffman 

Mackenzie Hughes 

Billy Hurley III 

Si Woo Kim 

Russell Knox 

William McGirt 

Ryan Moore  

Rod Pampling 

Pat Perez 

Jon Rahm 

Patrick Reed 

Brendan Steele 

Brian Stuard 

Hudson Swafford 

Justin Thomas 

Jhonattan Vegas  

Qualifiers for 2016 Tour Championship 

Roberto Castro 

Kevin Chappell 

Emiliano Grillo 

Kevin Kisner 

Matt Kuchar 

Sean O'Hair 

Kevin Na 

Gary Woodland  

Top 50 on final 2016 Official World Golf Ranking

An Byeong-hun

Rafael Cabrera Bello 

Bill Haas 

Tyrrell Hatton 

Yuta Ikeda 

Francesco Molinari  

Alex Noren

Louis Oosthuizen 

Thomas Pieters  

Andy Sullivan 

Bernd Wiesberger 

Chris Wood 

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NFL quarterback falls for golf course snake prank

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

AJO, AZ - MARCH 27:  A rattlesnake tastes the air on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Reserve on March 27, 2006 near Ajo, Arizona. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Sir Hissalot strikes again. The fake rattlesnake used in golf course pranks took on an NFL quarterback this week and the amusing result is making the rounds on social media.

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Brock Osweiler, formerly with the Denver Broncos and  Houston Texans and now a member of the Cleveland Browns, was playing at an Arizona golf course when the fake snake was placed next to his golf cart, according to KHOU. Osweiler showed his speed in escaping threats off the field by hightailing it away from the prop.

The prank was caught on camera and posted on Sir Hissalot's Instagram page.

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Looking at past weather, here’s what to expect at the Masters 

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 10:49 AM

A pin flag blows in the wind during practice rounds of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
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When the Masters Tournament returns to Augusta on April 6, thousands of spectators will surround Augusta National Gold Club to watch their favorite golfers compete for their own green jacket.

Based on a climatology report for April 3 — the date of the first practice round in Augusta — WSB Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls explains what event spectators should anticipate at the Augusta National Golf Club.

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Walls said the average low temperature since 1871 has been 48.3 degress with an average high of 73.9 degrees.

“Looking back at the weather for that day in history going back to 1871, 25 percent of years on that date received 0.01 inch or greater rainfall and seven percent picked up 0.50 inch or greater rainfall,” Walls said. 

As the Masters approaches, WSB and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will provide weather updates for the tournament.

Click here for more coverage from the Masters Tournament.  

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