Machado rips RBI double after agreeing to $350M deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado continues to be a very rich man. He also is still a very good hitter. Machado ripped an RBI double on the same day he agreed to a new $350 million, 11-year contract that will keep him with the San Diego Padres through 2033, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Machado must pass a physical before the deal is finalized. Machado got a big cheer from Padres fans on a chilly afternoon in Arizona before a spring training game against the Diamondbacks.
Bucks outlast Suns 104-101 for 14th consecutive victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 33 points, Brook Lopez made a tiebreaking layup with 24.8 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Phoenix Suns 104-101 for their 14th consecutive victory. The nationally televised game Sunday didn’t include Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Phoenix’s Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo was out with a bruised right quadriceps after leaving in the first quarter of the Bucks’ 128-99 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday. Durant has yet to appear in a game for the Suns and hasn’t played since Jan. 8 because of a sprained right medial collateral ligament.
Beyond Kane, much uncertainty ahead of NHL trade deadline
A handful of big moves already have been made well ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Plenty more are expected before Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Patrick Kane going from Chicago to the New York Rangers is the most highly anticipated deal on the docket. Aside from that, there is plenty of uncertainty and additional big-name players who could change places. San Jose traded Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Vegas acquired forward Ivan Barbashev from St. Louis for prospect Zach Dean. In the next few days, Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun is likely to be traded, too.
Chris Kirk, after 8-year wait, wins the Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Chris Kirk waited nearly eight years to win a PGA Tour event again. Waiting one more hole on Sunday was no problem. Kirk stuck his approach to the par-5 18th to tap-in range, and his birdie on the first hole of a playoff lifted him past Eric Cole for the victory at the Honda Classic on Sunday. Cole had a chance, playing his third shot from the sand to just outside of 10 feet for a birdie that would have extended the playoff. But it lipped out, and Kirk nudged his ball in for his fifth career win.
Jake Paul takes first ring defeat by split decision to Fury
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — YouTube star Jake Paul has suffered the first defeat of his professional boxing career. He lost a split decision Sunday night to Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia. Paul knocked down the unbeaten Fury with a short left hand early in the final round of their cruiserweight bout, but the younger half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury controlled long stretches of the eight-round meeting at Diriyah Arena. Two judges scored the bout 76-73 for Fury, while the third favored Paul, 75-74. The 23-year-old Fury is the first true professional boxer fought by Paul.
Kyle Busch gets 1st RCR victory in Fontana’s NASCAR farewell
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Busch sent Fontana off in style. The veteran stormed up from the back after an early penalty and earned his first victory for Richard Childress Racing while winning on this Southern California track for the fifth time. Busch held off Chase Elliott and Ross Chastain in NASCAR’s final race on the gloriously weathered asphalt at Auto Club Speedway, which will soon be demolished to make room for a half-mile track. Busch drove his Chevrolet to victory in only his second race with RCR, which scooped him up in December after his 15-year tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing ended.
Charles Howell III with 63 wins in Mexico for 1st LIV title
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Charles Howell III has won the LIV Golf opener in Mexico. This one finally felt easy. Howell shot a 63 in the final round at Mayakoba thanks to a hot putter. He wound up winning by four shots over Peter Uihlein. Howell picked up $4 million for the individual title and an additional $1 million for leading his team Crushers to a nine-shot win. Uihlein was still in range of Howell until the 12th hole. Uihlein had to hit three tee shots. Only two of them counted but it added to a triple bogey. He battled back for a 68.
Man United targets more trophies after winning League Cup
LONDON (AP) — What else can Manchester United achieve in a season that is shaping up nicely for manager Erik ten Hag? United’s four-pronged challenge is still on after beating Newcastle 2-0 in the League Cup final on Sunday. A team that had become all too accustomed to failure in recent years is quickly getting a taste for success after the impressive turnaround overseen by Ten Hag. He needed just 10 months to deliver his first trophy as United manager and end a six-year silverware drought for the 20-time English champion. Now thoughts turn to more prizes this season. Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in the only Premier League game on Sunday to put more pressure on Blues manager Graham Potter.
Young’s buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Nets 129-127
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young sank a buzzer-beating jumper over Spencer Dinwiddie to score 34 points and lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 129-127 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks recovered after blowing an 18-point lead to overcome four Nets scorers with at least 20 points. Cam Johnson scored 27 points for Brooklyn, including a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 127-all with 7.8 seconds remaining. Mikal Bridges had 24 points for the Nets, who have lost four of five. Atlanta won its second consecutive game under interim coach Joe Prunty after coach Nate McMillan was fired on Tuesday.
Nicklaus says PGA National will have stronger field in ’24
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus thinks the Honda Classic, by whatever name it’ll be known as next year, should have a chance at a stronger field because of looming changes to the PGA Tour schedule. Nicklaus said the schedule will change in 2024 and give South Florida’s lone tour event a chance at attracting some higher-ranked players. None of the top 17 players in the current world rankings were in this year’s Honda field. Nicklaus said the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational will be elevated tournaments next year, with the Phoenix Open losing that status. Honda is ending its title sponsorship of the tournament at PGA National.