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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first tee shot clattered through a pair of pines on the left side of the 13th fairway, finally landing on the wrong side of Rae’s Creek. Tiger Woods tried again, and this wasn’t any better. Fans peered across the fairway and only heard the ball rifle through some bushes. “He’s hitting another one,” a man announced from the gallery. The third shot with a fairway metal caused them to retreat until it turned with a slight draw, clipping a pine branch and settling in the second cut of rough.
PITTSBURGH — Cheerleaders and a pep band as soon as they stepped off the plane. A police escort on the ride in from the airport. Their school’s logo plastered about eight feet wide across the Consol Energy Center atrium. NHL ice awaiting for their use. The NCAA sure rolls out the red carpet for teams that advance to the Frozen Four. And it’s fair to say this season’s qualifiers aren’t used to it. “We were kind of in awe,” Massachusetts Lowell captain Riley Wetmore. “Pretty cool,” teammate Chad Ruhwedel said. “I’ve never experienced that before.”
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said Wednesday. By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two pivotal senators announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A chilly spring storm was making its way eastward Wednesday after heavy snow and freezing rain prompted hundreds of flight cancellations, stranded motorists and knocked out power to thousands in several Western states. By BOB MOEN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season, and Alcides Escobar had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on a rainy Tuesday night. The Royals, who had not scored in the first two innings in their first seven games, sent nine to the plate in a five-run first. Mike Pelfrey (1-1) gave up hits to the first five batters he faced. Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escobar — the first of his career — each hit solo homers to keep the Twins close.
NEW ORLEANS — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut are back on top. With freshman Breanna Stewart leading the way, it might be a while before they relinquish that spot. Stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in the first half and Connecticut won its eighth national championship with a 93-60 rout of Louisville on Tuesday night. It was the most lopsided victory in a title game. The title tied Auriemma and the Huskies (35-4) with Pat Summitt and Tennessee for the most in women’s basketball history.