April 10, 2014 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
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 9, 2014 |
Putting the brakes on a controversial bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, an Assembly committee Tuesday called for additional study that could take at least 18 months. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, one of the bill's sponsors, said she was disappointed by the move but pleased at the idea of more study -- although it remained unclear how the study would be conducted. John Reilly, president of SeaWorld San Diego, said he doubted a compromise is possible with people backing the bill.
April 8, 2014 |
The lives of captive killer whales are nothing like those of their wild counterparts. Instead of roaming for miles every day in close-knit family groups, captive whales perform for audiences in tanks that, though roomier than those of early marine parks, are far too small for such large ocean predators. In the wild, killer whales have not been known to kill humans or one another. The same cannot be said for the whales in amusement parks around the world, even though they represent only about a tenth of a percent of the numbers in the wild.
April 6, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - The recent hacking of customer data from Target Corp. computers is roiling the California Legislature. Last week, two members of the Assembly touted a bill to strengthen consumer safeguards and limit the type of information collected and retained by retailers. The measure, AB 1710, may trigger one of the year's biggest disputes over business-related legislation. "It'll be a big fight, a tough fight," said Bill Dombrowski, president of the California Retailers Assn.
April 4, 2014 |
Bill Bedgood, a former head coach at Alemany and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has been hired as the new basketball coach at Saugus. Bedgood last coached at Notre Dame in 2012. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org