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Jon Rahm had a great week before even getting to the Masters. His stay at Augusta National wasn’t bad, either. Rahm shot a 6-under 66 in the final round of the Masters on Sunday, getting him to 6 under for the week and in a fifth-place tie — four shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama. Rahm shot even-par rounds of 72 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The 66 on Sunday gave him 15 consecutive rounds of par or better at Augusta National, one shy of matching the record in that category held by Tiger Woods. Read more

A Virginia town has announced that one of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired. The announcement from the town of Windsor on Sunday night came hours after the governor called for an independent investigation into the December 2020 encounter. U.S. Army second lieutenant Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, filed a lawsuit this month against two Windsor officers, accusing them of drawing their guns, pointing them at him, pepper-spraying him and knocking him down among other actions. Windsor officials said an internal investigation determined policy wasn’t followed and Officer Joe Gutierrez has since been fired. Read more

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Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia’s four-run fourth inning and had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth to help the Phillies snap the Atlanta Braves’ four-game winning streak with a 7-6 victory Sunday night. Read more

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Hideki Matsuyama is the first Japanese player in a green jacket. The 29-year-old won the Masters despite a few nervous moments. He led by as many as six on the back nine. He was only two ahead going to the 16th hole. And then Xander Schauffele made it easy for him by hitting into the water and the gallery and making a triple bogey on the 16th hole. Matsuyama takes his place among the elite in golf. The victory comes 10 years after the Japanese star was low amateur in the Masters as a teenager. Read more

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Court documents show the woman arrested on suspicion of killing her three young children at her Los Angeles apartment had been involved in a custody dispute with their father. Liliana Carrillo was arrested Saturday after fleeing the gruesome scene and leading law enforcement officers on a long-distance chase. The Los Angeles Times on Sunday cites family court documents that show Eric Denton sought custody of the children — ages 3, 2 and 6 months — on March 1. Denton requested a temporary emergency visitation order from the court on March 4 and petitioned for a mental health evaluation of Carrillo. Denton told the Times that Carrillo was supposed to turn over the kids to him on Sunday. Read more

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A standoff between Honolulu police and an armed man who fired shots through the door of his room at a luxury resort ended when the man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, local media reported Sunday. Local television stations and a newspaper cited unnamed police officials as saying that a SWAT team entered the fourth-floor room at The Kahala Hotel & Resort about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and found the man dead. All reported police didn’t release further information, including the man’s name. Messages sent to spokespersons for the Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu mayor’s office seeking confirmation and further details were not immediately returned Sunday to The Associated Press. Read more

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Martin Truex Jr. won a stirring, laps-long duel for the lead with teammate Denny Hamlin in the delayed NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday night. Truex, who nudged Hamlin repeatedly in the turns and tried to get to his inside on the straightaways without success, finally made the pass with 15 laps to go, ducking underneath Hamlin coming out of the second turn. He sailed off to victory without another challenge as Hamlin and Chase Elliott battled the rest of the way for second. Truex won for the third time in the last four races on the 0.526-mile oval, and became the first repeat winner this season.  Elliott held off Hamlin for second. Read more

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In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost. The director of the China Centers for Disease Control says Chinese vaccines don’t have very high protection rates. He spoke Saturday at a conference in the southwestern city of Chengdu. Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses in dozens of other countries, while also trying to promote doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines. The official says the government is formally considering whether to mix different vaccines, also known as sequential immunization.  Read more

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters, the first golf major of the year (all times EDT): Read more

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Maybe the first hint that Will Zalatoris had what it took came when he was 6, and Ken Venturi went over to him on a driving range to show him a grip that he hasn’t changed since. Or maybe it was at 11, when a pro named David Price said he could be great if he put in the work. Or maybe it was Sunday, when the 24-year-old finished second at the Masters. Either way, the secret is out now. He finished alone in second, only one shot behind Hideki Matsuyama, his final round of 2-under 70 getting him to 9 under for the week and into the spotlight for as long as he wants. Read more

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Xander Schauffele stepped up to the 16th tee with all the momentum at the Masters. He had just ripped off four straight birdies. He had closed the gap on Hideki Matsuyama to a mere two strokes. Schauffele decided to hit one right at the flag. Instead, he added another close call to a career that is becoming “a big ball of scar tissue.” Schauffele's tee shot at the 16th went in the water, and so went his chances of claiming his first major championship. Schauffele took an ugly triple-bogey at the 16th and finished in a tie for third.  Read more

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The chairman of the Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy is poised for an extended period of strong growth and hiring even though the coronavirus still poses some risk. Chair Jerome Powell also tells CBS' “60 Minutes" that he doesn’t expect this year to raise the Fed’s benchmark interest rate, currently pegged at nearly zero. In the interview aired Sunday night, Powell also downplays the risk of higher inflation stemming from sharp increases in government spending and expanding budget deficits. Read more

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More people have fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as La Soufrière volcano rumbles loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall is damaging some buildings. Residents reported widespread power failures early Sunday, though authorities restored electricity to most of the island by late afternoon. The volcano's rumbles can be heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south. Scientists warn that the explosions could continue for days or even weeks. About 16,000 people have had to flee their ash-covered communities with as many belongings as they could stuff into suitcases and backpacks. Read more

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First-year Tigers manager A.J. Hinch returns to Houston for the first time since being suspended by Major League Baseball for his role in the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport. With Hinch as their manager, the Astros were found to have used cameras and banged on trash cans to get an unfair advantage en route to winning the World Series in 2017. Also, the Mets’ meteorological abilities will again be a focus a day after an embarrassing snafu Sunday that drew criticism from New York right-hander Marcus Stroman. Read more

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J.D. Martinez came off the COVID-19 list and hit three home runs, powering the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 for their sixth straight win. Martinez got a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the ninth inning and struck out swinging. He is the last of 18 major leaguers to homer four times in a game, doing it in September 2017 for Arizona. The 33-year-old Martinez was back in the lineup at Camden Yards one day after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list because of cold symptoms. He passed the required tests and went 4 for 6, driving in four runs and scoring four times. Read more

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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain. Cabrera played first base in Saturday’s 11-3 loss to the Indians and went 0 for 3 at the plate before he was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Manager A.J. Hinch said Cabrera has been bothered by soreness in his biceps for a while and felt it “grab” on a swing in the seventh inning. Hinch said Cabrera was undergoing tests that will give the team a better idea how long he'll be sidelined. Read more

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Rasmus Asplund and Jeff Skinner scored 25 seconds apart late in the third period to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Read more

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A number of top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss what to do in response to changes to some state voting laws, according to multiple news reports. The Washington Post reported that more than 100 leaders, including executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner — talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation, which has already been signed into law in Georgia and is being considered elsewhere. While many companies feel a responsibility to speak out, the Wall Street Journal reported that some remain reticent about getting involved in the politically charged issue. Read more

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Marcus Stroman was unhappy that the New York Mets began their game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain, and he lasted just nine pitches before play was stopped. The game began at 1:10 p.m. and was halted by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after seven minutes. It was suspended after a wait of 2 hours, 10 minutes and will be continued as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31. Home teams decide whether to start games. “This game should have never been started. Not smart at all,” Stroman tweeted. Read more

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Jose Mourinho has lost a 10th match of the Premier League season with Tottenham. Second-place Manchester United beat Spurs 3-1 in north London. It is the most Mourinho has lost in a league season in his managerial career. Tottenham is six points from fourth place which is occupied by West Ham again after beating Leicester 3-2 on Sunday. Arsenal won 3-0 at Sheffield United and Newcastle beat Burnley 2-1. Read more

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The Republican Party and corporate America have shared common goals for decades, especially concerning low taxes and limiting regulations. But their relationship is coming under increasing pressure as companies take cultural stands and the GOP embraces conspiracy theories, rejects mainstream climate science and dismisses 2020's election outcome. Republicans are already furious about corporate criticism of the Republican-backed law in Georgia restricting voting rights. On Saturday, 100 business leaders met online to discuss how to oppose Republican-backed proposals elsewhere that could limit voting. Options include stopping political donations and holding off investments in states that approve such laws. Read more

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“Nomadland” has won four prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. The film’s director, Chloe Zhao, became only the second woman to win the best director trophy, and star Frances McDormand was named best actress. “Nomadland” also took the cinematography prize on Sunday. Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman” was named best British film, while the best actor trophy went to 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins for playing a man grappling with dementia in “The Father.” An event that was criticized in the recent past with the label #BAFTAsSoWhite rewarded a diverse group of talents, during a pandemic-curbed ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Read more

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A Mexican ruling party state candidate accused of rape, whose candidacy was canceled by regulatory authorities on other grounds, says he will not allow elections in his home state unless he is allowed to run. Félix Salgado is running for governor of the troubled Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Two women accused him of rape, but he has not been charged and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's Morena party allowed him to run. But elections regulators later ordered him taken off the ballot for failing to report campaign spending. On Sunday, Salgado said unless that decision is overturned, he won't allow June elections in Guerrero.  Read more

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Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Pro Swim Series meet with the world’s fastest time this year. She touched in 15 minutes, 40.55 seconds in the outdoor pool. Ashley Twichell finished second in 16:06.68. Ledecky’s time was 17 seconds quicker than the second-fastest swimmer, Simona Quadarella who swam 15:57.03 at the recent Italian Olympic trials. Ledecky set the world record of 15:20.48 in 2018. Read more

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Henrik Lundqvist says a checkup last week showed inflammation around his heart, a setback that will prevent the 39-year-old goaltender from playing for the Washington Capitals this season. Lundqvist tweeted Sunday he was aiming to join the team before the end of the season but that the inflammation would require him to rest and recover for “a few months.” Lundqvist had open-heart surgery in January. He was back on the ice less than two months later but said in late February he was a long time away from deciding on his future. The Capitals signed Lundqvist in October to have a veteran in net and may try to acquire one before the NHL trade deadline Monday. Read more

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Prince Andrew says the death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, while Princess Anne paid tribute to her father as “my teacher, my supporter and my critic.” Andrew and other members of the royal family attended church on Sunday at the Royal Chapel of All Saints two days after the 99-year-old Philip died at Windsor Castle.  He said Philip’s death was almost like losing “the grandfather of the nation.” Prince Edward, called his father's death a “dreadful shock” but said the queen was “bearing up.” Well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences, and. Edward said the “extraordinary” tributes meant a lot to the royal family,  Read more

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HARRISBURG — A bill pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly opens a two-year litigation window for survivors of child sex abuse to sue their perpetrators after a botched constitutional amendment set back the issue until 2023.{/span} Read more

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Marcus Stroman is unhappy that the New York Mets began their game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain that interrupted his outing after nine pitches. The game began at 1:10 p.m. and was stopped by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after seven minutes. Home teams decide whether to start games. Once a game has begun, umpires decide whether to stop play because of bad weather. Stroman wrote on Twitter: “This game should have never been started. Not smart at all. Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured." Read more