ALBANY, N.Y. — Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions, but a New York lawmaker wants to go even further ‚Äî banning tackle football.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Matt Kuchar hardly looked like a guy coming off a seven-week break yesterday in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Kuchar eagled the par-five 13th, then added two late birdies and a big par save on the rowdy par-three 16th hole, in an opening seven-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale.
“It was so nice to be home,” Kuchar said.
DALLAS—Mark Scheifele has hurt the Dallas Stars even more than the other teams in the Central Division.
Scheifele scored two more goals against Dallas and narrowly missed two others, propelling the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory last night.
At the other end, Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec made a season-high 39 saves.
PHILADELPHIA—Justin Bieber's biggest smash hit may have been the one Chris Pronger gave him during the all-star weekend.
Is it too late for Pronger to say sorry?
Well, Pronger, one of the NHL's greatest defenceman, certainly won't apologize for the smackdown he delivered on Bieber that became a social media sensation because of a photo by the AP's Mark J. Terrill.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic today with back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77 a day earlier.
It marks another frustrating start to his return to golf from a lengthy injury layoff.
Woods' manager, Mark Steinberg, said Woods had back spasms after dinner last night.
HOUSTON—When you play for the Patriots, being selfish is not an option.
And no other group may be a greater example of that this season than the trio of running backs New England will lean on Sunday in its Super Bowl matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
ST. LOUIS—The Blues abruptly fired head coach Ken Hitchcock yesterday—cutting short the veteran's final season in St. Louis and putting coach-in-waiting Mike Yeo in charge of the under-performing team months earlier than planned.
General manager Doug Armstrong announced the change one day after the Blues' fifth loss in six games.
BOSTON—Isaiah Thomas has started a new trend that's growing with each fantastic fourth quarter.
Thomas scored 19 of his 44 points in the final quarter to lift the Boston Celtics over the Toronto Raptors 109-104 last night in a showdown for first place in the Atlantic Division.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Phil Mickelson was a fraction of an inch away from shooting 59 in his 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open victory.
Playing partners Justin Thomas and Adam Hadwin are the latest members of the “59” club, and Thomas was plotting some good-natured ribbing at Lefty's expense.
HOUSTON—When Matt Bryant trots on the field to attempt a field goal, often with the game on the line, he wants his mind to be filled with nothing but positive vibes.
Sometimes, he'll imagine he's sitting on the floor, playing with his seven children.
“When you're with your kids, there are no negative thoughts,” Bryant said with a wistful look.