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April 14, 2014 | GARY VAN SICKLE
The Shell Houston Open was more than the undercard for the Masters. It only looked like the warmup act to the year's first major because the shrewd Texans behind this operation want it that way. Tournament director...

April 14, 2014 | Sal Johnson
Lexi Thompson just turned 19 on Feb. 10, but her four LPGA wins are already double the total of any other teen in the history of the tour. (Marlene Hagge, Paula Creamer and Lydia Ko, who turns 17 on April 24, won...

April 14, 2014 | Alan Shipnuck
Fulfilling her much-anticipated promise at 19, Lexi Thompson became the second-youngest major champion in tour history with her win at the Kraft Nabisco

April 14, 2014 | STEVE RUSHIN
The Philadelphia 76ers have given up for Lent. Not their overmatched players—they still want to compete in the worst way, and they're doing exactly that, losing 26 consecutive games from Jan. 29 to March 29. No, it's...

April 14, 2014 | L. JON WERTHEIM

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The seven-year, $215 million extension he signed in January didn't just make Clayton Kershaw the game's HIGHEST-PAID PITCHER—it also made him the ninth player the Dodgers must pay at least through 2017. The Giants...

April 14, 2014
The economic landscape is set for this season: The Dodgers sit atop the payroll heap, the Marlins at the bottom. But in an era of LONG CONTRACT EXTENSIONS (this spring everyone from Indians catcher Yan Gomes to...

April 14, 2014 | L. Jon Wertheim
The Silna brothers turned an unwanted ABA franchise into $1 billion, just by going away. Now they're opting out of an NBA gift that has kept on giving

April 14, 2014 | Ben Golliver
Six more players whose performances could have an outsized impact on their teams' playoff prospects