The return home to Thailand for reigning Rolex Player of the Year Aria Jutanugarn is just one of the things to watch this weekend as the LPGA Tour begins its two-event Asia swing on Thursday with the 11th edition of the Honda LPGA Thailand. The event at the Siam Country Club’s Pitaya Old Course in Chonburi, Thailand, also will mark the return to the competition for South Korea’s Inbee Park, who makes her first start on the LPGA since winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Honda LPGA Thailand boasts the strongest field of the season’s first three tournaments with 18 of the top-20 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings set to compete.
The relatively slow start to the season for Jonathan Toews has been buried by his recent surge. The captain is in prime form at the right time for the Blackhawks, reminding the Minnesota Wild that their postseason path will likely lead to Chicago. Toews had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the rival Wild 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference leaders in less than two weeks.
Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren’t talking about Jose Altuve’s budding powerhouse, they’re focused on the Rangers. Why not? They’ve won the AL West two years in a row.
Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine?
Carey Price gave the Montreal Canadiens a much-needed win. Price made 28 saves and Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Montreal beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens. The Canadiens, who started the season 13-1-1, are trying to fend off Ottawa for the lead in the Atlantic Division.
Baylor coach Scott Drew preferred to focus on the positive aspects of the defense after the ninth-ranked Bears had to hold on to snap a two-game slide. Johnathan Motley had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Bears, but they had to hold on after blowing almost all of a 15-point lead in the second half and not making a field goal over the last 6 minutes of a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday night. ”If you like defense, you liked tonight’s game, because both teams defended pretty well, or the offenses were pretty bad,” Drew said.
Florida refused to get shut out again from 3-point range against South Carolina. KeVaughn Allen needed just one shot to make sure it didn’t happen. Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against the Gamecocks, and the 13th-ranked Gators beat South Carolina 81-66 on Tuesday night.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has emphasized the need to be humble and moving on after winning the World Series. This was a play on that.
Martellus Bennett will reach the free-agent market, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Is there still a chance Bennett will return to the Patriots after testing his market value?
The Bears have been shopping Jay Cutler since mid-January. Will the team end up releasing the veteran quarterback if there are no takers?
Major League Baseball intends to give the players’ association the required one-year advance notice that could allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher’s mound starting in 2018. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday after union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Manfred said he will send a letter to the union in the coming days and plans to continue dialogue with Clark and others in hopes of reaching agreement.
Cubs’ Miguel Montero, Joe Maddon make peace over pasta