Bubba Watson wins the Masters in a playoff, Knicks OT Bulls

Triple-bogey dooms Phil, Tiger finishes a career-worst 5 over

With 19 of the last 21 winners coming out of the final pairing, it looked like the Masters was Phil Mickelson’s to lose. A triple-bogey on the fourth hole was the dagger for Lefty as the second-to-last pairing of Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson made their charge. Oosthuizen holed a 253 yard approach for a rare albatross (double-eagle) on the Par 5 second hole and Watson’s steady play yielded a four-under 68 as both players finished at 10-under. Watson won on the second playoff hole to become the fifth lefty in the last ten years to take home the green jacket.

Mickelson lost all chance to compete on the fourth hole when his errant tee-shot flew wide left resulting in his second triple-bogey of the tournament. Mickelson was nearly perfect the other 17 holes shooting three-under but left several birdies on the table with close-but-no-cigar putts. Lefty finished with an even par 72 to finish T-3 in being denied his fourth green jacket.

Tiger Woods shot a final round 74 to finish a career-worst five-over par 293, good for T-40. Woods didn’t break par in any round of a tournament for only the second time in his career and extended his drought at Augusta to seven years. Before this week, Tiger’s worst finish at Augusta was T-22. Woods was the 9-2 favorite in the tournament after snapping a 30-month winless run with a dominating five-shot win just two weeks ago. Tournament co-favorite Rory McIlroy shot 76 and 77 on the weekend to fade and also finish five over par T-40.

Melo’s 43 leads Knicks over the Bulls, Rose returns with 29

Carmelo Anthony had his best game as a Knicks scoring 43 points including the game-tying three in regulation and the winning triple with 8.2 seconds left in overtime. New York cam out on fire and immediately opened a 21-point first half lead but the Bulls chipped away, finally taking their first lead in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose returned after missing 12 games nursing various injuries to lead the Bulls with 29 points on 8-25 shooting. Rose shook ring rust in the first half with a big second half. The Bulls missed four straight foul shots in the final 34 second to keep the Knicks in the game. New York rallied from 10 down in the final three minutes to force OT in a game played at playoff intensity. The teams meet in the rematch Tuesday at the United Center.

In other games around the Association, the Celtics got a rare victory in the second of back-to-backs blowing out the slumping 76ers 103-79. The Heat rebounded from their home loss to Memphis by drilling Detroit at American Airlines Arena. New Jersey beat Cleveland in OT 122-117 behind 32 points from Gerald Green. The Spurs rolled Utah 114-104. San Antonio’s big three led the way with Tony Parker cashing 28/3/3, Tim Duncan 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Manu Ginobli 23 points and 6 rebounds. Oklahoma City crushed Toronto and Houston manhandled Sacramento at the Arco rounding out the seven-game Sunday card.

The NHL Playoffs start on Wednesday with three games

… with the Flyers at the Penguins, Wings at the Preds, and the Kings at the Canucks

The first round of the playoffs looks like this

In the East

#1 NY Rangers vs #8 Ottawa Senators
#2 Boston Bruins vs #7 Washington Capitals
#3 Florida Panthers vs #6 New Jersey Devils
#4 Pittsburg Penguins vs #5 Philadelphia Flyers

In the West

#1 Vancouver Canucks vs #8 LA Kings
#2 St Louis Blues vs #7 San Jose Sharks
#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs #6 Chicago Blackhawks
#4 Nashville Predators vs #5 Detroit Red Wings

MLB: Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, and Giants are all off to 0-3 starts

Three teams thought to be strong playoff contenders in this year’s bases are off to rocky starts including the Yankees and Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers were swept by Tampa Bay over the weekend as the Rays peppered Yankee pitching for 18 runs. The revamped Red Sox were hammered at Detroit for 26 runs on 37 hits over three games. The Braves never led in their three-game series with the Mets. The Giants big three of Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain were all ineffective in San Francisco’s series at Arizona, Lincecum and Bungarner taking losses.

SP3 weekend Potpourri

Serena Williams won her first clay court title in four years with her win at Charleston. John Isner upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to send the US to the Davis Cup semis for the first time since 2008.

Nascar took the Easter weekend off and will resume racing this week with the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas.

The UFC 146 all heavyweight card is in jeopardy as No.1 contender Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone in a surprise pre-fight test. Fans are clamoring for Mark Hunt to replace Overeem but Frank Mir is the more likely candidate to get the title shot at Junior Dos Santos.

In college basketball, Florida International fired Isiah Thomas as their men’s head basketball coach. The Panthers were 26-55 in three years under the Hall of Famer.

Tim Tebow drew 15,000 to an Easter Sermon at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. The new Jets backup spoke about faith and “tebowing”. People drove up to 100 miles to hear Tebow speak.

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