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November 30, 2013 | By David Wharton
Adam Scott is perched on the edge of history. But Rory McIlroy could play the spoiler. Taking a four-stroke lead into Sunday's final round at the Australian Open, Scott can become only the second golfer to win his country's triple crown of major tournaments. "It's an exciting position to be in," he told reporters. "Obviously a great chance to win my national championship tomorrow and then also win the three events down here which is an unbelievable spot to be in. " McIlroy stands four strokes behind in second.
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April 13, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bubba Watson claimed his second Masters title on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club by taking control of the final round with three birdies late on the front nine and then cruising to a three-shot victory. Watson, who won his first major tournament at the 2012 Masters, shot a final-round 69 to finish at eight-under-par 280. Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old Masters rookie from Texas who began Sunday as co-leader with Watson at five under, shot even par for the day to finish tied at five under with Sweden's Jonas Blixt, who had a final-round 71 while playing in his first Masters tournament.
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August 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Back in fall 2003, the producers of the NBC remake of the British hit "The Office" were looking for comic actors to work at their fictional paper company. Eventually, the top roles went to relative unknowns Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Steve Carell in the star-making role of Michael Scott. But those actors didn't just waltz into the roles. They auditioned and competed against a large number of other, equally talented performers for the roles. And in the 10 years since those auditions, many of those actors and actresses have gone on to establish successful careers outside of the friendly confines of the Dunder-Mifflin office in Scranton, Pa. Which is probably why the producers of the recently ended hit felt comfortable releasing their original audition tapes.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, had already fulfilled his interview obligations behind the Augusta National clubhouse Saturday, his demands smaller than usual with a third-round 76 dropping him into 16th place and bursting the bubble of his repeat bid. So the Masters spotlight quickly shifted within Scott's group, to a caddie of a 20-year-old Masters first-timer. Michael Greller was the new encircled man, the on-course compass for Jordan Spieth, a wildly skilled Texas kid with eye-opening maturity and an unlikely emergence as the 54-hole Masters co-leader.
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November 28, 2013 | By David Wharton
Australians celebrate their version of Thanksgiving in May, but Adam Scott took a moment on Thursday to be thankful for birdies. Playing in the Australian Open, Scott parlayed a fast start into a course record 10-under 62, taking an opening-round lead at Royal Sydney. "It was a beautiful morning, that's for sure," he said. "I came out hitting great shots and didn't have much work to clean them up. " Birdies on the first six holes started him in the right direction. After his game started to cool, Scott responded with four more birdies down the home stretch.
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April 14, 2013 | By Brian Hamilton
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In one moment, Adam Scott's fists clenched and his neck tendons went taut and out came forever's worth of frustrations. One ball rolled a long way into a cup across a soggy patch of grass, and he shouted down Australia's enduring failures at the Masters: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, joy, joy, joy. Through the downpour, Scott carried his country's flag into the scoring area to sign off on it all. But down the fairway lurked an Argentine who...
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March 8, 2012 | Wire reports
In fierce and relentless wind on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Fla., Adam Scott kept the ball in play and then hung on for dear life for a six-under-par 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Cadillac Championship. "When you're in the fairway on a day like today, you get a chance to hit it somewhere near the hole, give yourself an opportunity," Scott said. "If you're in the rough, it's very hard to even just hit the green, let alone give yourself a chance.
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August 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
  Adam Scott may have found a new strategy for winning golf tournaments, while Tiger Woods might not be playing any golf at all as the FedEx Cup playoffs advance to the second round at the Deutsche Bank Championship this week. Scott came from well back to capture the Barclays on Sunday, teeing off more than an hour ahead of the top groups. That gave him the chance to shoot a comparatively stress-free round of 66. Then, he sat around the clubhouse watching the leaders crumble at crunch time, leaving him as the last man standing.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
Rory McIlroy continues to show flickers of life at the end of a disappointing season. The golfer from Northern Ireland shot a 7-under 65 during the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, pulling into second place behind hometown favorite Adam Scott. McIlroy has been hoping to grab his first victory of the year either at Royal Sydney or at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks next week. "As 7-unders go, I think it was a pretty comfortable one," he said of his eight-birdie day. "I don't think I did anything really spectacular out there.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Masters week has finally arrived and the oddsmakers have identified their favorites to win at Augusta National. VegasInsider.com has Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott as the front-runners at 10-1. GolfOdds.com also puts McIlroy and Scott atop its board, with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar just behind at 12-1. McIlroy gives the oddsmakers credit, even if they didn't get it right with the NCAA basketball tournament over the last two weeks. "They're usually not too far away," he said after shooting a fourth-round 65 to finish in the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Felt good off the club face. Looked good the whole way. Bubba Watson stood on the 16th tee at the Masters on Friday, eyes wide and zeroed in. His nine-iron at the 170-yard hole was tracking for the flag, then curled toward a possible ace. Watson thought it had a chance, so enthralled by the shot's path that he raised his club to his mouth and bit down. The ball settled four feet from the hole. So Watson settled for sinking an effortless birdie putt. Ho-hum.
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April 10, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bill Haas is playing his fifth Masters, but he knows Augusta National almost as well as most members. Great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 Masters and often tells Bill: “You're a better player than the scores you shoot.” Bill first played the course in high school. And he often accompanied his father, Jay Haas, who played in 22 Masters. “I wasn't interested in the Masters,” Bill said. “I was interested in my dad's score at the Masters, if that makes sense.” Bill's first-round score garnered plenty of interest, given that he was the clubhouse leader after firing a 4-under 68. Defending champion Adam Scott was one back, as were Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson, and several players were at 2-under.
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April 10, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - By the time Bubba Watson tapped in for a textbook par on the final hole of his opening round at the Masters, he had that familiar feeling. Watson felt both a surge of energy and a sense of ease at Augusta National, a satisfaction in the patience and precision that paved his way to a three-under-par 69 Thursday. A solid day's work. Three-way tie for second place. One shot off the lead set by Bill Haas. Two years ago, Watson left these grounds with a green jacket, triumphing in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen with a swashbuckling, crowd-pleasing approach.
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April 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Masters got back to business Wednesday -- the final chance for practice rounds -- with at least some of the field fortified by a meal of "bugs" the night before. Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley were the first players off the tee in the morning. Zach Johnson was practicing with amateurs Mike McCoy and Jordan Niebrugge on the back nine. On Tuesday night, past winners -- including Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples -- gathered for the annual champions dinner. Adam Scott, defending his 2013 title, chose a surf-and-turf menu featuring Moreton Bay "bugs.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Tiger Woods and his surgically repaired back certainly won't be teeing off at Augusta National this week, but it seems the rest of the injury list for the Masters has dwindled considerably. As recently as a week ago, there had been concern about numerous stars pulling out of the first major championship of the season. The list of questionables included Phil Mickelson, who was battling a pulled muscle. He finished four rounds at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday and announced that he "didn't feel any discomfort swinging and playing and the game is not far off. " Jason Day, who has missed tournaments with a sore thumb, reportedly played a practice round at Augusta over the weekend and, despite wrapping on his injured hand, declared himself ready.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Masters week has finally arrived and the oddsmakers have identified their favorites to win at Augusta National. VegasInsider.com has Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott as the front-runners at 10-1. GolfOdds.com also puts McIlroy and Scott atop its board, with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar just behind at 12-1. McIlroy gives the oddsmakers credit, even if they didn't get it right with the NCAA basketball tournament over the last two weeks. "They're usually not too far away," he said after shooting a fourth-round 65 to finish in the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.
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July 23, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Adam Scott was on the verge of winning his first major championship. He had a four-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round of the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and held that same advantage after a birdie on the 14th hole. It was the last time he was under par for the rest of the day -- he never even made par on those last four holes. Instead, the Australian put together a stunning string of bogeys that gave Ernie Els the victory and left Scott's major championship drought intact.
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January 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
One nice thing about the contemporary world of comedy is its abundance of small gifts. You can thank the Internet for this; it may have destroyed bookstores and record stores and much else I hold/held dear, but it created the video version of the occasional, even random comic essay (what S.J. Perelman, borrowing from the French, called his feuilletons , "little leaves"). Television, sometimes distinct from the Web, but sometimes in concert with it, has picked up on some of these rhythms; but in the new media egg-basket, and in the minds of your children, America, it is all pretty much the same thing anyway.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UCLA Bruin fans should be fidgety, nervous and maybe a little nauseous.  Another Kentucky basketball championship would be its ninth, leaving the school only two behind UCLA's record of 11. Kentucky has the UCLA dynasty on the run as it is already the NCAA tournament leader in appearances (53) and wins (116). Kentucky vs. UCLA, in historical annals, is always a zero-sum game. Kentucky will probably never match UCLA's record of 38 straight tournament victories, still one of the most amazing feats in sports, but the Wildcats have won 11 straight dating to their 2012 run to the title.
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