On the second playoff hole Sunday at the Masters, Bubba Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green to narrowly edge South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. Watson won by hitting a most-memorable wedge shot, one that may have trumped the historic double-eagle 2 that Oosthuizen dropped in on the second green to take the lead early in the final round. Both players finished regulation at 10-under 278.

The NCAA on Thursday denied the UConn men's basketball team's final appeal of its ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament due to its failure to meet recently instituted academic standards. UConn argued that it has shown improvement over the past two seasons, but the NCAA wouldn't budge.

The school said it's hoping the rule will be changed in time for it to submit more recent test scores.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, known to Patriots fans as the player who caused major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and, this past season, Rob Gronkowski, is not happy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's attempts to make the sport less dangerous.

NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury apologized Tuesday for calling Penguins star Sidney Crosby "a punk" and making a sarcastic reference to his concussion problems during an interview on a Philadelphia radio station Monday and. Milbury had criticized Crosby for instigating a late-game brawl in the Penguins' loss to the Flyers on Sunday.

"In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans," Milbury said.

A man was wounded by gunfire and dozens were arrested in Lexington, Ky., as fans celebrated Kentucky's national championship Monday night and early Tuesday morning. No immediate arrest was made in the shooting, which involved multiple shots being fired. The wounded man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

It wasn't the beginning-to-end domination that some people expected, but Kentucky held off a late Kansas rally to claim its eighth national championship and first since the 1998 season with a 67-59 win. Only UCLA (11) has won more. It was also the first national championship for Kentucky coach John Calipari, who had previously taken UMass and Memphis to the Final Four.

The Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Penguins, 6-4, Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the talk after the game was about a brawl that began when Pens winger Joe Vitale crushed Danny Briere at mid-ice with just over a minute remaining.

While the players on the ice fought, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette climbed up on the dasher to scream at Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma. Pittsburgh assistant coach Tony Granato climbed up on the boards to defend his coach and was ejected along with Laviolette.

Success in sports is all about confidence. 

Avery Bradley has it right now and Jose Iglesias – despite his home run Wednesday in a minor league game in Florida – doesn’t.



New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tim Tebow at the University of Florida, had some advice for Tebow's new team: Get him on the field as much as possible, and don't hold him back. During an appearance on ESPN, Meyer suggested the Jets switch to a spread offense to take full advantage of what Tebow has to offer.

"Let him play," Meyer said. "Just let him play."

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stirred up the Jets-Patriots rivalry Wednesday, calling New England coach Bill Belichick a "jerk" during an appearance on ESPN.

Participating in a word-association game while sitting next to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Revis paused after hearing Belichick's name, and then replied, "Jerk."

When asked to elaborate, he said it was for "some of the comments he says about the Jets."

Said Gronkowski: "Wow, I wasn't expecting that. … I'm surprised."