Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship


PGA champion Collin Morikawa shook off an early mistake and played a steady hand on a Concession golf course known for calamity, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory in the Workday Championship.

Morikawa picked up a few short-game tips from major champions — Mark O’Meara on his putting, Concession member Paul Azinger on the chipping — and he says it carried him to another big win.

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And there was a tribute to Tiger Woods, his golf idol growing up.

“We don’t say ‘Thank you’ enough,” Morikawa said, referring to how much Woods has raised the profile and prize money in golf. He also mentioned his grandfather dying a month ago and began to get emotional.

Morikawa won by three over Brooks Koepka (70), Viktor Hovland (67) and Billy Horschel (70).

He finished at 18-under 270 and became the 24th player to win a major and a World Golf Championship title since this series began in 1999. He joined Woods as the only players to win both before turning 25.

There were red numbers on the board and on the golf course, with several players wearing red shirts and black pants — the Sunday colors of Woods — as a show of support as Woods recovers from career-threatening leg injuries from his car crash in Los Angeles last Tuesday.

“Red and black, we know that’s what Tiger does on Sundays, so just to join in and just let Tiger know we’re supporting him in the best way we can,” Tony Finau said. “We’re still playing and we miss him out here, but it was cool just to be a part of that.”

Morikawa didn’t have the colors, but he had the game.

So many times on Sunday, Woods had the lead and forced everyone to catch him. Outside of a chunked chip on the second hole that made him scramble for bogey, Morikawa didn’t miss a fairway the rest of the way and was rarely out of position.

Horschel caught Morikawa after three holes and tried to stay with him. Koepka had the last good chance to catch him until he three-putted for par from 35 feet on the par-5 17th hole.

Hovland, who finished his second round with a quadruple bogey, might have had the best chance of all. Hovland someone managed to punch out of the wire grass and onto the green to make birdie on the par-5 13th, his seventh birdie of the round that pulled him with one shot.

His hopes effectively ended on the next hole.

Just as Morikawa was pouring in an 8-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 12th hole, Hovland ran his 40-foot birdie putt some 15 feet past the hole on the par-3 14th, and missed the par putt.

Morikawa’s lead was back to three shots, and he never flinched the rest of the day.

Scottie Scheffler also was in the mix with six birdies in 12 holes. He followed a bogey from the bunker on the 14th with another birdie to stay close, only to hit his tee shot into the water on the 16th hole to make double bogey. Scheffler still shot a 68 and finished alone in fifth.

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Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, both dressed in red and black, never got anything going. McIlroy closed with a 71 to tie for sixth, while Reed shot a 72 and to finish another spot back.

“I think just for everyone to show their appreciation for what he means to us out here,” McIlroy said of the tribute. “If there was no Tiger Woods, I just the think the tour and the game of golf in general would be in a worse place. He’s meant a lot to us, he still does mean a lot to us and I think that was just a little way to show that.”

Reed won this WGC last year in Mexico City. It was moved for this year to Concession because of COVID-19 circumstances.



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Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally late to to beat Clippers 105-100


Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and sparked a closing 9-0 run to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Bucks won for the first time in 11 games this season when trailing after three quarters.

Kawhi Leonard’s potential tying 3-point attempt bounced off the front rim with about four seconds left. Khris Middleton got the rebound and sealed it with two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining.

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After Leonard’s jumper gave Los Angeles a 100-96 lead with 4:01 left, the Clippers didn’t score again.

Antetokounmpo has scored at least 35 points in four straight games. He’s the first Bucks player to do that since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Jan. 6-14, 1973.

Middleton added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Leonard scored 25 points to lead the Clippers.

After trailing by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Bucks regained the lead 101-100 when Antetokounmpo made two free throws with 1:57 left.

The Clippers had the ball with a chance to take the lead on three separate occasions after that but couldn’t convert. Paul George missed a contested layup with 1:35 remaining. Leonard missed a 3-point attempt with 1:05 left. George missed a 3-point try with about 44 seconds left.

Khris Middleton then found Antetokounmpo for a dunk to make it 103-100 with 10.3 seconds left. Antetokounmpo high-stepped up the court in celebration as the Clippers called a timeout.

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The Clippers took an 81-77 lead into the fourth quarter after an 18-4 run that included 12 points from Serge Ibaka, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

George had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers. Lou Williams added 14 points.

Middleton scored 19 points, Donte DiVincenzo had 11 and Brook Lopez added 10 for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds and five assists.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Leonard and George carried Los Angeles in the first half by scoring 30 of the Clippers’ 48 points. They got much more help in the second half, particularly from Ibaka and Williams. But everything fell apart in the last four minutes.

Bucks: Jrue Holiday returned to action after missing 10 games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, though he showed some signs of rust. Holiday came off the bench midway through the first quarter and finished with two points and three assists in 18 minutes. The Bucks went 5-5 in the games Holiday missed.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Boston on Tuesday night.

Bucks: Host Denver on Tuesday night.



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Trump pays tribute to Rush Limbaugh at CPAC speech: 'Irreplaceable'


Former President Donald Trump on Sunday paid tribute to the late radio legend Rush Limbaugh, who was long considered the voice of the conservative movement and who was one of the first high-profile right-wing media personalities to back Trump’s 2016 presidential run. 

Trump made his comments during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Limbaugh died of lung cancer, his wife Kathryn announced on his radio show earlier this month. 

“I also want to pay my love and respect to the great Rush Limbaugh, who is watching closely and smiling down on us,” Trump said at the opening of his speech. “He’s watching and he’s loving it and he loves Kathryn. Kathryn, thank you for being here… He loved you, Kathryn, I will tell you that.”

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“I want to thank Rush and Kathryn because what he did to get the word out has been incredible. Some people are irreplaceable, as Sean Hannity would say,” Trump added later in his address. “And he said Rush is irreplaceable. But his spirit lives on and that’s something that we need and we love.” 

Rush Limbaugh during Rush Limbaugh at San Jose Civic Auditorium - February 8, 2005 at San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California, United States. Former President Donald Trump paid tribute to Limbaugh during his address at CPAC 2021. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)

Rush Limbaugh during Rush Limbaugh at San Jose Civic Auditorium – February 8, 2005 at San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California, United States. Former President Donald Trump paid tribute to Limbaugh during his address at CPAC 2021. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)

Limbaugh was first diagnosed with cancer in early 2020. Shortly thereafter, he was Trump’s guest at his final State of the Union address, where the president awarded Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. 

Limbaugh was seated in the section of the House chamber reserved for the president’s family during the State of the Union, and former first lady Melania Trump presented him with the medal.

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After Limbaugh died, Trump called into Fox News’ “America Reports” to discuss his relationship with Limbaugh. That was the first time Trump made comments to the press after leaving office. 

Trump also called into Fox News to discuss the car crash of his friend Tiger Woods in recent days. But Trump’s address to CPAC is his first in-person speech since leaving the White House. 

CPAC began on Thursday and concludes Sunday with Trump’s speech. 

During his speech, Trump also railed against President Joe Biden on immigration and school reopenings, hinted that he might run for president in 2024, and repeated his false claims that he won the 2020 presidential election. 

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Trump also reprised the viral moment from a previous CPAC appearance when he hugged an American flag that was on the stage. On Sunday, Trump hugged an American flag when he walked out to deliver his address.  

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Trump slams Democrats' war on women's sports in CPAC speech


Former President Donald Trump talked about women and sports during his Sunday address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he believes President Joe Biden and the Democratic party are pushing policies to destroy women’s sports.

“Lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports,” Trump said. “Hate to say that, ladies, but got a lot of new records that are being shattered… For years the weightlifting… Every ounce is like a big deal for many years. All of a sudden somebody comes along and beats it by 100 pounds.”

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Trump continued: “Young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. It’s not good for women. It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they are. The records that stood for years, even decades, are now being smashed with ease. If this does not change, women’s sports as we know it, will die. It’ll end.”

Trump gave an example as to why a coach would want to recruit a young woman “if her record can be easily be broken by somebody who was born a man.”

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“Not too many of those coaches around, right? If they are around, they won’t be around long because they are going to have a big problem when their record is, ‘We’re 0-16, but we’re getting better.’ I think it’s crazy,” Trump explained. “I think it’s just crazy what’s happening. We must protect the integrity of women’s sports. So important.”

Trump’s speech was the final address of CPAC, which began on Thursday.

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Trump also talked about Biden and his plans on immigration and school reopenings. He added that he may run for president in 2024, and he once again repeated his false claims that he won the 2020 presidential election.

On Sunday, Trump hugged an American flag when he walked out to deliver his address, reliving the viral moment from a previous CPAC appearance.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.



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Cuomo says he was 'being playful,' but admits he 'may have been insensitive' amid sexual harassment claims


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempted to explain his past interactions with staffers as the embattled Democrat is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment. 

“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office,” Cuomo began in a press release on Sunday. “I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.”

“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way,” the governor explained. “I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.”

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Cuomo continued, “I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

The governor did, however, offer an explicit denial that he “touched anybody” and “never propositioned anybody,” which directly contradicts the claims made by his former aide Lindsey Boylan, who alleged he touched her and forcibly kissed her on the lips. 

“I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to,” Cuomo stated. That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations. “Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. [Charlotte] Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”

Neither Boylan nor Bennett responded to Fox News’ requests for comment. 

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Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to Cuomo, accused the governor in a damning essay published on Wednesday of going “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” forcibly kissing her on the lips during a one-on-one briefing, and suggesting that they “play strip poker” during a plane ride. 

Cuomo’s office denied Boylan’s harassment claims, calling them “simply false” and insisting the strip poker comment “did not happen.”

Meanwhile, Bennett, who is described in a bombshell report from The New York Times as “an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November,” alleged that Cuomo “asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.”

“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the Times. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”

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In a press release on Saturday, Cuomo called Bennett a “hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID” who has “every right to speak out.”

“When she came to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and how it shaped her and her ongoing efforts to create an organization that empowered her voice to help other survivors, I tried to be supportive and helpful,” Cuomo said in a statement, which was issued to the Times. “Ms. Bennett’s initial impression was right: I was trying to be a mentor to her. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.”



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Man wins $500G Powerball prize with numbers from his fortune cookie


This fortune cookie lived up to its name.

Ernesto Sorzano’s Chinese-takeout dinner paid off big-time when he played the set of lucky numbers in his fortune cookie on a North Carolina Powerball ticket, according to UPI.

Sorzano said he used the numbers when buying a $3 power-play ticket — and they ended up matching four of the winning ones, landing him $500,000.

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The Florida resident — who is in the process of moving to Huntersville, N.C. — told the news agency he’ll use his winnings to buy a new house there.

“This was a good investment,” Sorzano said of his rice and shrimp dinner, plus dessert cookie.

“Unbelievable. I’m just super happy that my dreams came true,” he said.

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Sorzano took home $353,751 after taxes Monday, the report said.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million, according to lottery officials.

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Man wins $500G Powerball prize with numbers from his fortune cookie


This fortune cookie lived up to its name.

Ernesto Sorzano’s Chinese-takeout dinner paid off big-time when he played the set of lucky numbers in his fortune cookie on a North Carolina Powerball ticket, according to UPI.

Sorzano said he used the numbers when buying a $3 power-play ticket — and they ended up matching four of the winning ones, landing him $500,000.

FLORIDA MAN SAVES DOG FROM ALLIGATOR, SMOKES CIGAR THE WHOLE TIME

The Florida resident — who is in the process of moving to Huntersville, N.C. — told the news agency he’ll use his winnings to buy a new house there.

“This was a good investment,” Sorzano said of his rice and shrimp dinner, plus dessert cookie.

“Unbelievable. I’m just super happy that my dreams came true,” he said.

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Sorzano took home $353,751 after taxes Monday, the report said.

The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million, according to lottery officials.

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Pelosi calls Cuomo sexual harassment allegations 'credible' in Fox News exclusive


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke her silence Sunday almost 24 hours after a second woman brought sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling both of the women’s charges “credible.”

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said in a statement provided exclusively to Fox News. “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters before the House votes to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters before the House votes to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. 
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The statement comes after a second former aide to Cuomo came forward with sexual harassment allegations just days after his first accuser made her claims public.

Pelosi, who was very outspoken in her opposition of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court over accusations of sexual assault, has not spoken publicly on Cuomo until reached by Fox News.  

Charlotte Bennett, a health policy adviser in the Democratic governor’s administration until November, told The New York Times Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she ever had sex with older men.

Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, recently accused Cuomo of subjecting her to an unwanted kiss and inappropriate comments. Cuomo denied the allegations.

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Cuomo said in a statement Saturday that Bennett was a “hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID” and that “she has every right to speak out.”

He said he had intended to be a mentor for Bennett, who is 25.

“I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate,” Cuomo’s statement said. “The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.”

Cuomo, however, said he had authorized an outside review of Bennett’s allegations.

The pair of harassment allegations represent a deepening crisis for Cuomo, who just months ago was at the height of his popularity for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

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In recent weeks, he has been assailed over revelations that his administration had underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. A state assemblyman went public with complaints that Cuomo had threatened to destroy him politically over statements he made in the press, prompting other politicians to share stories about having been bullied by the governor.

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Izzo's Spartans trying for late push to improve NCAA chances


Michigan State has gone from the top tier of the AP Top 25 poll to desperately trying to bolster a shaky NCAA Tournament resume.

The Spartans helped themselves in the past week, beating fifth-ranked Illinois on Tuesday and No. 4 Ohio State two days later. Throw in the previous weekend’s win at Indiana, and the Spartans earned three Quadrant 1 wins – headliners on any tournament resume – after having one all season.

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“We’re not safe in anything yet,” coach Tom Izzo said after Ohio State win. “We haven’t accomplished anything yet. But we did accomplish that we can get up off the mat. Now, can we sustain being off the mat?”

To Izzo’s point, the Spartans missed a chance to help themselves even more with Sunday’s 73-55 loss at Maryland, which began with the Spartans falling behind 11-0 in a start that irritated Izzo because of what he called “standing around.”

As of midday Sunday, the Illinois and Ohio State wins were enough to have the Spartans (13-10, 7-10 Big Ten, No. 68 NET) sneaking in as a No. 12 seed in BracketMatrix.com’s average of 104 tournament projections, appearing in 52 mock brackets for the 68-team field before the Maryland loss.

They’re in danger of missing the NCAAs for the first time since the 1996-97 season, Izzo’s second year after taking over for Jud Heathcote.

After spending two weeks at No. 4 nationally in December, Michigan State started 2-7 in league play and was unranked by mid-January. Things got worse with a 30-point loss against No. 9 Iowa and then a loss at Purdue.

The Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State wins helped push the Spartans to 4-9 in Quadrant 1 games. Michigan State hosts the Hoosiers on Tuesday then closes with consecutive games against third-ranked Michigan.

“A lot of times if you go out there thinking about what’s on the line or at stake, it kind of hinders you as a player,” graduate guard Joshua Langford said after the Maryland loss. “It’s almost like paralysis by analysis, so we just have to go out there and control what we can control and then let the chips fall where they may.”

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RISING

Colorado State: Niko Medved’s Rams (15-4, 12-3 Mountain West, No. 45 NET) have won nine of 11 since splitting an early-January set with 22nd-ranked San Diego State.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets (13-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 39 NET) added Tuesday’s Quadrant 1 win against No. 16 Virginia Tech and have won four straight entering Tuesday’s critical game against visiting Duke.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels had won nine of 12 before a surprising home loss to Marquette, but they followed with Saturday’s upset of No. 11 Florida State. The Tar Heels (15-8, 9-5 ACC, No. 42 NET) rallied from 16 down to earn a second Quadrant 1 victory and can get another with Monday’s trip to Syracuse (No. 55 NET).

Xavier: The Musketeers (13-5, 6-5 Big East, No. 48 NET) have been hovering near the cut line in many projections and helped themselves by beating No. 13 Creighton on Saturday for a second Quadrant 1 victory. Xavier is a No. 12 seed in BracketMatrix’s projections.

FADING HOPES

Duke: This is less about trajectory and more about the Blue Devils’ small margin for error. Duke (11-9, 9-7, No. 58 NET) had won four straight, including a win against then-No. 7 Virginia, but lost at home Saturday to Louisville and sits at 1-3 in Quadrant 1 games entering trips to Georgia Tech and rival UNC.

Indiana: The Hoosiers (12-12, 7-10 Big Ten, No. 59 NET) have lost three straight, including Saturday against Michigan with a chance to help a resume featuring a 2-9 record in Quadrant 1 games.

Minnesota: The Gophers (13-12, 6-12 Big Ten, No. 72 NET) beat Ohio State on Jan. 3 and handed Michigan its only loss on Jan. 16. But they’ve lost eight of 10 since, including five straight after Saturday’s loss at Nebraska.

Richmond: The Spiders (13-6, 6-4 Atlantic 10, No. 53 NET) missed a chance for a fourth Quadrant 1 win at Saint Louis on Friday. That left Richmond falling short in projections by ESPN (first four out) as well as BracketMatrix (appearing on 14 of 104 mock brackets).



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