PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Even in the midst of a drought so long it looked as though Padraig Harrington’s best golf was behind him, he never stopped working.
DUNEDIN, Fla.—Ask Russell Martin what it’s like to corral a R.A. Dickey knuckleball and the Blue Jays’ catcher pauses briefly, trying to capture the experience.
“Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly as it’s floating around in the air?” he responded.
“I wish I could put a camera on my mask or something for people to see exactly what the ball’s doing,” Martin added.
PHILADELPHIA—Toronto needed a boost from any player to halt a miserable losing streak.
DeMar DeRozan fit the bill with his best game of the season.
DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, and Lou Williams had 21, as the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night.
“I called this game,” guard Greivis Vasquez said.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Ben Smith’s day started with a morning skate in Chicago and ended with a goal in San Jose.
In between was a trade, a flight halfway across the country, and a police escort that got him to the rink less than an hour before his first game with the Sharks.
HAMPTON, Ga.—One by one, Jimmie Johnson picked off all the drivers ahead of him.
By the end, he was the guy everyone was chasing.
Good luck with that.
The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup already is taking aim at No. 7.
WASHINGTON—Alex Ovechkin’s offensive performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night was impressive.
His celebration after his first goal, however, was not.
Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season and added an assist, and Braden Holtby made 32 saves, as the Capitals blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0, snapping a three-game losing streak.
CALGARY—Brad Gushue’s pursuit of his first Canadian men’s curling title on his 12th attempt strengthened with the return of Mark Nichols.
The Newfoundland and Labrador skip and vice appear to have regained the relationship that made them Olympic gold-medallists, as well as perennial Brier contenders, prior to a split almost four years ago.
HAMPTON, Ga.—After the glitz of Daytona, it’s time for the NASCAR grind.
The Sprint Cup drivers returned to the track yesterday at Atlanta Motor Speedway—getting an extra day to test out the new rules package that will be in effect for the first time.
CLEVELAND—LeBron James says he isn’t about personal statements.
He made one anyway last night.
James scored a season-high 42 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Rory McIlroy is playing so well that he easily can manage a smile even on the bad days.
One of those occasions came yesterday on his way to the 15th tee at the Honda Classic.
He was playing alongside Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka—the star group at PGA National with scores that sure didn’t resemble it.