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Poulter takes harrowing path to Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga.—No matter where Ian Poulter turns, there's someone with an outstretched hand and congratulatory words.

Certainly, no one took a more harrowing path to the Masters.

The 42-year-old Englishman was the last player to qualify for the first major of the year, winning last weekend's Houston Open in a playoff after sinking a 20-foot birdie on the 72nd hole.

Canada joins leaders after pair of victories

LAS VEGAS—Brad Gushue decided the best play was not making one at the men's world curling championship yesterday.

The Canadian skip told third Mark Nichols to throw through the rings in the fifth end against Norway instead of drawing or hitting.

“I looked at him and said, 'I don't think I'd ever had to do that at third,'” Nichols noted.

Ducks make playoffs

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Deep into their 80th game in a season riddled with injuries and setbacks, the Anaheim Ducks still weren't certain they were heading back to the playoffs.

So the Ducks dug down deep and came out with the ticket to the Stanley Cup tournament.

And now that they're in, their hard-earned resilience could be a nightmare for anybody in their path.