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Watson Wins Playoff Over Oosthuizen

Bubba Watson takes green jacket with 'unbelievable shot'

(Newser) - Trapped in the trees, Bubba Watson had no chance. Good thing he's one of those guys who never hits the ball straight. Unable to even see the green from where he was standing, Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green... More »

Giants, 49ers, Ravens Head to Championship Games

Next Sunday's games will determine who advances to Super Bowl

(Newser) - For Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Lambeau Field has become a familiar launching pad. After beating the Green Bay Packers at home for the second time in four years, they only hope this trip ends the same way—at the Super Bowl. Manning threw three touchdown passes and... More »

Proposed Law Pushes College Football Playoffs

Bill proposed to do away with controversial BCS process

(Newser) - A flustered Texas lawmaker has decided to fix the college football ranking system that he says "constantly misfires" in sending the two best teams to the championship, the AP reports. Rep. Joe Barton is introducing a bill that would "prohibit the marketing, promotion, and advertising of a postseason... More »

Mets Live Another Day; Phillies Clinch

(Newser) - Desperate to stay in the playoff race, the New York Mets brought back Johan Santana early and he delivered, pitching a three-hitter that led them over the Florida Marlins 2-0 on a rainy day today, the AP reports. Nearly 2 hours later, the Mets pulled into a tie with Milwaukee... More »

Ducks Avoid 3-0 Deficit with 4-2 Win Over Stars in Game 3

Pronger scores 2 goals in victory

(Newser) - Anaheim finally played like the defending Stanley Cup champion—at least long enough to avoid a nearly insurmountable deficit. Chris Pronger scored two power-play goals after assisting on the Ducks' first goal and they held on for a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Dallas Stars, who lost for the... More »

Stars Down Ducks, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Modano, Richards score in third period to spark victory

(Newser) - Mike Modano and Brad Richards scored 55 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks last night and give them a 2-0 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champions. Modano scored on a slap shot during a power... More »

Cowboys Fall in Giant Upset

The other Manning gets another playoff win; Giants' D holds late

(Newser) - Fire up the golf cart: the Cowboys are headed to the offseason after a 21-17 home loss to the upstart New York Giants. Eli Manning was mistake-free, completing 67% of his passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to veteran Amani Toomer. Running back Brandon Jacobs had the other score... More »

Tie-Breaker Mayhem in NL?

Five teams could finish together atop East, West, and Wild Card

(Newser) - Imagine for a moment that Mets, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Padres and Rockies all finished with the same record. That could mean ties in the NL East, West and wild-card, and four days of tie-breaker games to send two teams packing. In the East, Philly would host New York for a one-game... More »

Red Sox Bag Playoff Berth

Boston clinches at least a wild card, still leads the Yanks

(Newser) - The Red Sox became the first team to clinch a playoff spot last night with an 8-6 win over Tampa Bay. Boston trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth but got homers from Jason  Varitek and Julio Lugo. The only question now is whether Boston will get the wild-card spot or... More »

NBA's Least Interesting Series Ends

Cavs put down Wizards in feeble echo of last year's exciting matchup

(Newser) - Minus All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler, who kept things competitive in 2006, the Wizards succumbed in four games to the Cavaliers. Cleveland, nevertheless, looked vulnerable in sweeping the playoffs' most hapless team. Doughty young LeBron had a poor shooting night, going 8-22, but he hit 14 of 17 from... More »

Mavs Clinch West’s Top Seed; Clippers Fall to 9th

Dallas win allows team to rest up for playoffs

(Newser) - The Dallas Mavericks clinched the NBA’s best record and the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs, winning 96-86 over the Los Angeles Clippers at home yesterday. With five games remaining in the regular season, the Mavs can now afford to rest stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse... More »

Injured Arenas Looks Finished for the Season

(Newser) - Gilbert Arenas, the hot-shooting Washington guard sportswriters are now legally required to describe as "quirky," is out for 2 to 3 months with a knee injury.  Unless he recovers and the Wizards reach the NBA Finals minus both him (their leading scorer) and fellow All-Star Caron Butler... More »

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