Fred Couples shot an opening-round 66 to take the lead after one round at the Masters on Thursday. Couples held a 1-shot lead on the field, a group that includes Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Lee Westwood, K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang. In his return to competitive golf, Tiger Woods finished the first round two shots off the pace at 4 under. Woods, who was greeted warmly by the crowds, had a pair of eagles on the day, the first time he had two eagles in one day at the Masters and his best score ever on the tournament’s first day.
 

The brother of former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father. The district attorney's office said Mark Kerrigan's violent attack during a "trivial" argument over use of the family telephone led to Daniel Kerrigan's death on Jan. 24.

 

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court grand jury after previously being charged with assault. He had been living in the family's Stoneham home since being released on bail.

 

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Pro golfer Brad Faxon made an appearance Thursday morning on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about Tiger Woods' return to golf at the Masters and his new Nike commercial (view it here) in which he stares at the camera while advice from his late father is played. Said Faxon: "This is one of those ads you look at and go, 'Did I just see that?' You don't really know what it's all about.

The new Tiger Woods commercial, in which the golfer stares at the camera while his late father's voice is played, is not being received so well. "Creepy" appears to be the most common description. Elsewhere, the NBA admitted its referees blew the call on Kevin Durant's 3-point try Tuesday night. Get the details on those stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova announced Wednesday morning that she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Appearing on "Good Morning America," the 53-year-old Navratilova referred to the situation as her "personal 9/11" but said the cancer was diagnosed early and she expects to make a full recovery.

 

"I'm this healthy person, I've been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?" she said, indicating that she will undergo six weeks of radiation beginning in May.

 

ESPN golf writer Jason Sobel made an appearance on Wednesday's Dennis & Callahan show from Augusta National to talk about Tiger Woods' comeback. "He's ready to go," Sobel said. "He's going to be much closer to winning this tournament than missing the cut. ... He's still the best player."

 

You may recall Kevin Garnett’s comments last week about Thunder star Kevin Durant getting foul calls like he was “Michael [expletive] Jordan” in Oklahoma City’s win over the Celtics. On Tuesday night, Durant did not get the benefit of the doubt on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer in a memorable 140-139 overtime loss at Utah, and he was none too pleased. We've got video of that, plus a clip of Raptors star Chris Bosh getting hit with an elbow that broke a bone in his face.

Tiger Woods' press conference Monday at Augusta National did not sway most of the golfer's critics. We've got a roundup of opinions from the web, plus comments from alleged mistress Joslyn James, who said Woods is "still a big fat liar," and a kindergarten teacher who wants an apology because she says Woods made up a story about a racial attack when he was in her class.

Tiger Woods made his much anticipated press conference at Augusta National on Monday to clear some of the air with the media regarding the scandal that has turned the world's No. 1 golfer's world upside down. Woods started off by apologizing to the fans, the players on the PGA Tour and also to his family for the hurt he's caused with the all of the sexual allegations that have come to light over the past few months.