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Masters 2020: Tiger Woods starts strong as Paul Casey leads at Masters an incomplete round



Casey shot seven under standard on Thursday, and Woods was four under, after downpour deferred the beginning of competition and left numerous golf players with incomplete rounds.

Quiet as he played his 87th round at the Masters, Tiger Woods followed the Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday with the assurance of somebody walking through his parlor looking for his #1 chair, footrest and napkin, for the cool beverage in his grasp. Shot by shot, the way was so natural he might have arranged it in obscurity.

Since Woods has won the competition multiple times and has been a Masters installation for as long as 25 years, it is conceivable he has played the green in those conditions. Probably still broken standard.

Woods, the prevailing victor, was not the pioneer after Thursday’s first-round play, which was deferred by an almost three-hour tempest that left many golf players unfit to complete their meetings. With a four-under-standard 68, Woods was tied for fourth and discreetly three strokes behind the pioneer, Paul Casey.

Yet, Woods’ telling round was the most intense assertion of the day. It has been a here and there year for Woods, yet on this day he was formed and essentially never out of position on the fiendish Augusta National design. It nearly appeared to be that he was on journey control, as though he could drift to a 68.

“I did everything well today,” Woods, who is not prone to self-congratulation, said after his round.

Each and every other prepared competitor in the field knows the Masters history when Woods has a decent opening round. It isn’t accurate that he has won each time he has shot 70 or better in the first round. It has, nonetheless, happened multiple times. He has genuinely battled on the three different events when he has been two strokes or more under standard after the main day, completing fourth twice and 6th once.

At the point when Woods was inquired as to whether he was amazed at how well he had played given his lopsided exhibitions during the main part of this season, he shrugged.

“Understanding how to play this golf course is just a big part of playing well here,” he said. “It’s so familiar.”

He knows the domain; he could discover the TV distant in the corner of his parlor, as well.

Woods’ consistent play was a distinct difference to most all that else occurring during the primary Masters round ever challenged in November. Nothing else appeared to be common, with the regularly tricky greens wet and moderate, the spring botanical tones missing and the displays missing as a result of the Covid pandemic.

“There were a lot of differences today,” Woods said. “There was a drone flying over the green. You don’t hear drones here. There were no patrons, no roars. A lot of firsts today. That’s kind of the way this entire year has been.”

Numerous players had a similar feeling of being in conspicuous, yet modified, place. Xander Schauffele shot a splendid 67 to complete the day in a tie for second with Webb Simpson, however he appeared to be uncertain about what to think about his round.

“A lot of it felt wrong, in all honesty,” Schauffele said. “The greens are really soft, so there isn’t a whole lot to be scared of. It was really strange. You would play less break on putts and hit it harder, which is something you never do here.”

Casey, who has had five top-10 completions in 13 past Masters appearances, made a falcon on the second opening with a methodology shot that he expected to wind up over the green.

“I hit a 6-iron to a left-hand pin on No. 2, and you can’t hit that shot in April,” Casey said. “Today, it just pitched and stopped instantly. In April, it would have one-hopped over into the patrons. I probably make five, not three.”

Yet, with regards to engaging, unexpected minutes in this initially round of the Masters, it would hard to beat seeing seven golf players, caddies and authorities chest high in the azaleas looking for Bryson DeChambeau’s unruly ball.

Subsequent to beginning his round on the tenth opening, DeChambeau thumped his tee shot on No. 13 into the trees and went after for a fragile recuperation. All things being equal, he seriously snared his ball and it wound up covered in the hedges behind the green. At that point, on the off chance that he didn’t find that ball, DeChambeau hit a temporary shot that arrived in Rae’s Creek, shy of the green.

“I was really worried about finding that ball,” said DeChambeau, who entered the round as the tournament favorite. “I would have made a bad number if I didn’t find it.”

In the wake of finding the ball, he announced it unplayable and needed to drop on a precarious incline. He at that point flubbed an unpredictable chip and wound up making twofold intruder. DeChambeau mounted a noteworthy convention to complete his round at two under standard and remain in the title pursue. Be that as it may, his flourishing drives, which were relied upon to overwhelm Augusta National, wound up being a factor on a couple of openings. Additionally, he didn’t utilize the 48-inch driver — the longest permitted — that he had been exploring different avenues regarding.

“My driving wasn’t great,” DeChambeau said. “You know, this place can bite back if you make mistakes. But I’m very happy with the patience I showed today.”

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract



Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season



Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons



The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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