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Sports Brief: Week of April 9 – 15

Golf: Tiger wins the Masters

Tiger Woods sank a bogey putt on the 18th hole of Augusta National Golf Course to collect his 15th major win and fifth Masters Jacket on Sunday, April 14. Woods had not won a major since his 2008 campaign winning the U.S. Open. The 43-year-old will now set his sights on the next major—the PGA Championship, which will tee off Thursday, May 16.

NFL: Russell Wilson will not resign

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has made it clear he has no intention of signing a contract extension this season if he does not reach an agreement prior to the deadline he has set. Wilson’s contract runs out at the conclusion of the upcoming season. If he chooses not to resign, it is likely the Seahawks’ organization will place a franchise tag on the five-time Pro Bowler. Wilson is expected to proceed in offseason activities.

NBA: Blake Griffin, KD-Beverly skirmish, Lowry went scoreless, Thunder

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin will likely miss the entirety of his first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a left knee injury. Griffin battled the injury the last several weeks, getting pulled against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, April 9, and sitting out in the Pistons’ last regular season game against the New York Knicks. The Pistons lost 122-86 in their playoff opener and will look to even the series Wednesday, April 17.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly were both ejected in game one of their opening round. The two went back and forth before finally being ejected late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors went on to win 122-104 and will play game two later this evening.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went scoreless in his 34 minutes of play in their 104-101 game one loss against the Orlando Magic. Lowry shot 0-of-7 from the field, 0-of-6 from deep and 0-of-2 from the foul line. Despite his lack of production, it still took a game-winning three-point buzzer beater from Magic guard DJ Augustine to secure the victory. Game two will tip off tonight at 7 p.m.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost their game one contest 104-99 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Forward Paul George, who has displayed signs of a right shoulder injury, was held to 26 points, 12 below his average against Portland, shooting only 26% from deep. Game two of the series will start Wednesday, April 17, at 9:30 p.m.

UFC 236

Lightweight juggernauts Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier headlined mixed martial arts’ latest pay-per-view, UFC 236, at the State Farm Arena on Saturday, April 13. Poirier came out the victor, winning by decision and taking the belt from the defending champ.

In the co-main event, middleweights Kelvin Gastellum and Israel Adesanya went the distance in what made for an instant classic. Adesanya won by decision after surviving a long back-and-forth affair.

MLB: Davis snaps futility streak

Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis has snapped the longest hitless streak in the history of the sport, sending a two-RBI single into right center field off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello on Saturday, April 13.

Davis’ streak stretched back to Sept. 14 of last year’s season and included a whopping 56 at-bats before the historic run concluded. Baltimore finished the game on top, winning 9-5. The Orioles will play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 6:10 p.m.

Boston Marathon

Runners from across the nation met Monday, April 15, for the 123rd annual Boston Marathon. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women’s field with a time of 2:23:30, and Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono won the men’s race with a time of 2:07:57.

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