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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 12 at 1:35 PM


Bubba leads the pack

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson has his eyes on a second Masters title in three years. The 2012 champ takes a three-shot lead over Australian John Senden into today's third round at Augusta National.

With more warm, dry weather in the forecast the course is expected to harden up, making scoring more difficult. Winds are expected in the 5-10 mph range.

Gary Woodland took advantage of the scoring conditions by shooting a 6-under 30 to tie the tournament record for the front nine. After another birdie at the 10th hole got Woodland to 4-under for the tournament, he bogeyed 11, double bogeyed 12 and bogeyed 14.

Watson and Senden tee off at 2:45, Eastern time.


Heat back in action

UNDATED (AP) — Now that they've taken the overall lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference, Miami will try to put more distance between themselves and Indiana.

The Heat are in Atlanta tonight, one day after beating the Pacers to move ahead of them for the conference lead. Miami starts the day a half-game in front of Indiana with three games remaining.

Dallas and Phoenix are two of the three teams in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They meet tonight in Dallas, with the Mavericks holding a half-game lead.

The Suns suffered a blow to their playoff chances by coughing up a 21-point, first-quarter lead in a loss at San Antonio last night.

The loser tonight is likely facing the prospects of missing out on the post-season.

There are eight games on the NBA slate today and tonight.


Brewers try to stretch winning streak

UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee has established itself as the early season class of the major league with their seven-game winning streak and 8-2 record. That's the best start for the Brew Crew since the opened 13-0 in 1987.

The Brewers try to keep it going tonight at home against Pittsburgh. Yovani Gallardo gets the start for Milwaukee after winning his first two games without allowing an run in 12 2/3 innings.

Zach Greinke is 2-0 for the Dodgers heading into his scheduled start tonight against Arizona's 2-1 Wade Miley.

Boston's John Lackey tries to join the early-season 3-0 club when he gets the start against the Yankees as part of the six afternoon games.

There is a full schedule of 15 games.


Uehara, Latos hurting

UNDATED (AP) — Boston closer Koji Uehara (KOH'-jee yoo-ee-HAR'-uh) is still out because of stiffness in his right shoulder and it's uncertain when he will be able to pitch again. He sat out his second straight game against the Yankees after feeling discomfort prior to Friday's win over New York.

Uehara has said he doesn't think the problem is a serious one.

Reds starter Mat Latos has had an MRI on his sore pitching forearm, a new problem that leaves him unsure of the next step in his recovery from a knee injury. He tore cartilage in his left knee while throwing in February and had surgery the day the Reds opened camp.

Latos was scratched from a rehab start in the minors this week because of elbow soreness. He threw on Friday but had to stop when his forearm became sore.


Harvick takes first Darlington pole

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick starts from the pole when the green flag is dropped in the Southern 500 at Darlington tonight. Joey Logano starts from outside on the front row just five days after he won the rain delayed Sprint Cup race at Texas.

Harvick and Logano will be trying to become the first multiple race winners of the season. In seven races, seven different drivers have taken the checkered flag.

Jeff Gordon takes a four-point lead over Matt Kenseth into tonight's race. Gordon starts ninth, Kenseth 25th.


Lightning's Malone charged

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone has been charged with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop.

Police say the Lightning left wing was stopped when an officer saw Malone's SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the center lane early Saturday.

The officer smelled alcohol on his breath and also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone's pockets, according to a police report.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Malone would not travel with the team for Tampa Bay's final regular season game Sunday against the Washington Capitals.


Ducks poised to claim conference title

UNDATED (AP) — Anaheim can celebrate clinching the NHL Western Conference title if they can beat the Kings tonight. The Ducks head into tonight's second-last game of the season holding a one-point lead over Colorado and St. Louis for the top spot in the conference after both of those teams lost last night. The Ducks have a game in hand over the Avalanche and Blues.

Should Anaheim fail to win tonight, they'll face a showdown with Colorado in the season finale tomorrow.

Boston can clinch the President's Cup for most points during the season with a win over Buffalo this afternoon.

There are nine games in the NHL.

FROZEN FOUR-Championship

Union, Minnesota meet for hockey title

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Union College and Minnesota face off tonight to decide the NCAA ice hockey championship.

It's the first title game for the 31-6-4 Dutchmen who take a 16-game unbeaten streak into the showdown, including 11 straight wins.

Minnesota is looking for its sixth national title and first since 2003.