• Standing on the tee of the driveable par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale, Rickie Fowler had a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

    Rather than lay up and play for a pair of closing pars that may be good enough to win, Fowler chose to drive the green. He didn't feel he could carry a critical fairway bunker with his 3-wood, so he took out his driver. He smoked it. It landed on a downslope some 30 yards in front of the green and took off like a rocket, through the green and into the water hazard in back of the hole. 

    All of a sudden, Fowler's aggressive play didn't seem like the right one. He made bogey and fell into a tie with Hideki Matsuyama, one of his Sunday playing partners, who made 3 on No. 17.

    Both players made dramatic birdies on the 18th hole and went to sudden death at 14-under 270.

    After three extra holes couldn't settle the matter, the pair returned to the 17th. For Fowler, it was deja vu all over again. He tugged his drive left and found the water hazard. After flexing some

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  • With a 15-foot birdie on the final hole of the tournament, Danny Willett won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by a shot over Andy Sullivan and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. 

    Willett shot 3-under 69 at Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, good enough to hang on to the one-shot edge he had over the Spaniard to start the final round.

    The Englishman came to the final hole needing the birdie to avoid a playoff after both Sullivan and Cabrera-Bello made 4 on the closing par 5 to post 18-under 270. Willett holed a left-to-right swinger and delivered a fist pump knowing he had won for the fourth time on the European Tour.

    "You'd love to win by five or six every time you win, but when you win in that fashion, it does feel that little bit extra special," Willett said after the round.

    The win will move Willett inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    For Sullivan, it's his second consecutive Dubai tournament where he finished runner-up. Sullivan

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  • A year after finishing runner-up at the Coates Golf Championship, Ha Na Jang finished one place better on Saturday at Golden Ocala Golf Club.

    Jang, who last week became the first player in LPGA history to make a par-4 ace, ended with two birdies in the final three holes to win by two strokes over Canadian teen Brooke Henderson at 11-under 277.

    As the final birdie putt fell, Jang whipped her putter around in a celebration she dubbed a Samurai twirl, modeled after a famous golf video of a man doing a similar celebration after a great drive. Jang was due for the chance to share that kind of emotion.

    “I can’t describe it,” she said. “I’m so happy. I cannot put it in my words.”

    The 23-year-old's playoff runner-up here a year ago, which she managed after Monday qualifying, was the first of four second-place finishes a year ago. She finished fourth last week in the 2016 season-opener in the Bahamas. She's been knocking on the door again and again. In

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  • Golf's greatest party continues to get bigger.

    Organizers of the Waste Management Phoenix Open announced a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale for the tournament's third round on Saturday. An estimated 201,003 fans came, setting the tournament's single-day record, which is also a record for professional golf.

    After the round, tournament leader Danny Lee, who shot 4-under 67 in front of that large crowd, was amazed by the figure.

    "Two-hundred thousand?" Lee asked when told of the attendance. "Wow!"

    Prior to Saturday, the tournament's largest single-day crowd was 189,722 in 2014. The tournament also set a day record Friday at 160,415. 

    The tournament is likely to break its weekly attendance record on Sunday. So far, an estimated 535,035 fans have come through the gates. Just 29,333 people have to show up for the final round to break the record of 564,368, set last year.


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  • When he finished tied for third at the CareerBuilder Challenge two weeks ago, Phil Mickelson said he was probably a week away from having a chance to win.

    Maybe he was a week off on his prediction.

    The 45-year-old finds himself in contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a third-round, bogey-free, 6-under 65 has him five shots off of the lead of Danny Lee, who is at 13-under 200. Mickelson moved up 31 spots on the leaderboard on Saturday, landing himself a spot in the next-to-last threesome for the final round.

    That's a way better position for Mickelson than last weekend at the weather-warped Farmers Insurance Open. He missed the cut and had the weekend off.

    Between Mickelson and Lee are Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama, tied for second at 10 under par and three in back of the lead, and Bryce Molder and Boo Weekley, who are 9 under par and tied for fourth.

    Mickelson, a three-time champion of this event including in 2013, didn't play perfect golf, but he managed to even

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  • LAS VEGAS – After months of speculation, there is finally a winner in the ‘who fights Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks’ sweepstakes.CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)

    Mickey Gall, a 24-year-old with just one prior professional fight, submitted Mike Jackson via rear-naked choke just 45 seconds into their showdown at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. With the victory, Gall, who was featured on UFC President Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ reality show, is now in line to be the first person to fight the former WWE champion.

    “Last time I was on the mic, I was talking about one guy,” said Gall after the fight. “CM Punk. [And] I’m still talking about CM Punk -- I want to be fed, I’m hungry -- feed me CM Punk, please!”

    When asked about his game plan heading into the fight with Jackson, the victorious Gall kept it short and sweet: “Punch him as hard as I can in the face; like to punch faces and I like to choke people out, that’s what I like to do.”

    Shortly after Gall’s speech, the man of the hour, Punk, entered the cage for

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  • The marquee Bundesliga matches of the weekend featured four big names but zero goals.

    Bayern Munich survived a trip to Bayer Leverkusen with a point, while Borussia Dortmund failed to gain ground on Bayern with a scoreless draw at Hertha BSC.

    With the league season more than halfway over, there were still plenty of talking points from a big Saturday in Germany. Here’s what you need to know.

    Bayern Munich sputters in first match after Guardiola announcement

    Five days after it was revealed manager Pep Guardiola would take over Manchester City this summer, Bayern settled for a point at the BayArena in Leverkusen.

    Two late Xabi Alonso yellow cards within minutes of each other reduced Bayern to 10 men, but Bayer Leverkusen couldn’t capitalize. Seeing as how Bayern has only won once in its last seven visits, a draw wasn’t the worst result.

    Both teams were uncharacteristically wasteful, with shots flying high, wide and everywhere but in the back of the net. The best chance may have come from

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  • The San Antonio Spurs got out to a ridiculous start to the proceedings on Friday night. After 24 minutes of play, the team had more than doubled up the Dallas Mavericks – they straight up reversed them. The contest was locked at a 62-26 score when the two teams went into the locker rooms for halftime, even with Spurs star Tim Duncan sitting out his sixth straight game with right knee soreness.

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    Duncan, however, had a front row seat for a very Gregg Popovich-like moment when Mavs reserve big man Salah Mejri decided to talk a little smack to the Spurs bench after scoring with his team already down 21 points. Via SB Nation, watch:

    We’re not sure which is best: Pop being Pop, or Duncan wearing a 1997-styled blazer.

    The Spurs relented a bit in the second half, only winning by a 26-point margin, but not

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  • Yes, our soccer blog has its very own podcast.

    For the first edition of the FC Yahoo Soccer Podcast, Shahan Ahmed and Alex Baker sat down with me to talk about Barcelona's 7-0 Copa del Rey thrashing of Valencia (and poor ol' Gary Neville), Barca's Champions League competition, Pep Guardiola joining Manchester City and who Pep might bring with him to the Etihad (Paul Pogba … Lionel Messi perhaps?).

    Take a listen and have your say in the comments section below.

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  • In June 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder bowed out of the NBA Finals in rather respectable fashion. It was assumed that OKC was in its first of what would be several consecutive pairings with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat, and that this league had its next Lakers/Celtics-styled Finals rivalry on its hands.

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    Kevin Durant 27.4 points per game. (Getty Images)Kevin Durant 27.4 points per game. (Getty Images)

    A million miles away, the Golden State Warriors were a few months removed from watching as their team’s new owner was booed on the squad’s home court, while Rick Barry had to act as the chastising dad telling a sold-out crowd to not chew with their mouths open. The team’s core, Stephen Curry and newly-acquired Andrew Bogut, had zero working ankles between them. Mark Jackson was still the team’s coach. Draymond Green, then at Michigan State, still played basketball for free.

    Though everyone should be enjoying the Warriors’ rise to prominence, things have changed since then in ways that should deaden

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