Five Tied Atop Masters Leaderboard, Walton Out, Zion Wins Wooden Award, Padres Get Help from Machado Tatis

 | Grace Higgins
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The weekend of the Masters Tournament looks like it could be one of the most unforgettable ones in the history of Augusta National. A reigning British Open champion, a former PGA champion with a sore back, a man that has won three majors in the last two years, a Masters champion from some six years ago, and a man that has finished runner-up at all four majors are all tied for the lead. That’s, in order, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen. If that wasn’t star studded enough for you, Tiger Woods is just one shot back at -6. And so, too, is Dustin Johnson, a man that can hit the ball further than you can see. In total, 15 players are within three shots of the lead heading into the weekend, including Phil Mickelson, who faded a little to finish -4 through two rounds on Friday. Still yet, it’s shaping up to big an epic weekend, even more so if Tiger can remain on the prowl and stay right in the thick of it. It’s anyone’s guess now about who will win, and that’s the way we love it.

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It’s far from shocking news, but it is official. The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled the plug on the Luke Walton era after three years of him being the head coach of the purple and gold. The week began with news that Magic Johnson, a legend of the team and game, would be stepping down from his role as President of Basketball Operations. A lot of the thought by many was that Magic was leaving due to this issue over the tenure of Walton, with others pointing out that main star LeBron James wanted to see Walton pushed out and replaced. If that’s true, he has now got what he wanted. It’s widely believed that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is the favorite for the job. If so, that would all but confirm this theory, wouldn’t it?

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In other basketball news, Zion Williamson, as expected, won the John R. Wooden Award and was declared the best college player in the country. Only two other players have done it as a freshman, both of which are now NBA all-stars. The Duke forward joins Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, quite lofty company to be keeping. With the award, Williamson became the sixth Blue Devil to win it.

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The San Diego Padres, even after signing Manny Machado, were supposed to be afterthoughts. But that’s not what they are looking like after they took their record to 10-5 on the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. The win was highlighted by excellent pitching from Chris Paddack and co. and timely hitting. Machado homered in the first inning to give them a 1-0 lead and rising star Fernando Tatis, Jr. drove in the winning run with a double in the seventh to hand them the win and further demonstrate why this team could be a serious contender.

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