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China teen leads by 2, goes for Masters bid

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China teen leads by 2, goes for Masters bid

BANGKOK (AP) Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the first 14-year-old to play in the Masters.

Guan overcame some early nerves and a difficult course at Amata Spring on Saturday with a par 72 to take a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

``Everybody looked a little bit nervous to start with, and there was not much talking,'' Guan said. ``I then started to focus on my own game and felt pretty relaxed on the back nine, got a few birdies, so it was all right.''

The winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters, along with an exemption to the final stage of qualifying for the British Open. The youngest competitor in Masters history was Matteo Manassero of Italy, who was 16 in 2010.

The third round showed that Guan still has a long way to Augusta National.

Goss, a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur and winner last week in the Western Australia Open, shot a 69 in tougher conditions. He has a big advantage in distance over the 125-pound Guan.

The Australian was impressed with the slender schoolboy, who hits it about 250 yards off the tee.

``Guan did well because the course was playing a lot tougher than the first two days. He doesn't hit it as far as other players, so I think he did really well,'' Goss said. ``I hit it longer than him, but I think he's too young to be intimidated.''

Guan began Saturday with a five-shot lead and dropped two shots on the front nine before he settled down with birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th. For the second time in three days, he made bogey on the 18th. That put him at 14-under 202.

Prin Sirisommai of Thailand also had a 72 for third, five shots behind. Hideki Matsuyama, going for a third straight Asia-Pacific Amateur title, had a 71 and was eight shots back.

Guan played in the China Open this spring, at 13 the youngest player to compete at a European Tour event. A year ago, he won his age division (11-12) by 11 shots at the Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego.

Guan realizes what's at stake on Sunday and the quality of his competition.

``Goss hits the driver pretty far and every part of his game is pretty good,'' Guan said. ``He doesn't make big mistakes. He's a very good player.''

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

After one week in the NFL, you try not to overreact. Two weeks into the season, however, and you begin to see some trends.

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Of course, you should still take a measured approach with the NFL, because things often change so much in a span of seven days. With that being said, it's time to start taking the following things seriously:

1) The Bucs. Ryan Fitzpatrick won't keep this up all season long, but he's done it against the Saints and the Eagles and neither win was that stressful. It's still hard to envision them really mattering in December, but so far, they've climbed in NBCSportsWashington.com's NFL power rankings.

2) The Steelers issues. Le'Veon Bell is nowhere to be seen and now Antonio Brown is blowing up on the sideline then missing practices. Pittsburgh will pretend that everything's OK, but this has been a very non-Pittsburgh start to the schedule.That doesn't even mention their defensive woes.

3) The Jaguars, and not just their defense. Blake Bortles isn't better than Tom Brady every week but he was in Week 2. It was nice seeing that offense do their part in a crucial victory, because their defense has already proved itself plenty.

There are plenty of more takeaways to digest, including a new team at the top of the list and plenty of more action throughout. You know the Bills are at the bottom, but check out the updated rankings to see where everyone else lands.

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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

Easily the most talked about story following Week 2 in the NFL was the abrupt retirement of Buffalo Bills' cornerback, Vontae Davis. 

Not once in the history of the NFL has there been a mid-game retirement, which caused plenty of reason for a stir.

Davis' brother Vernon, Redskins' tight end, took to social media Tuesday to address his younger brother's abrupt retirement via Instagram. An inspirational video containing photos of the two brothers and a voice-over was a fitting tribute to the younger Davis' time in the NFL.

"I feel like I retired because we’re so close and I look at him as he’s my son even though he’s my younger brother," Vernon said in the Instagram post.

Vontae was signed by the Buffalo Bills in February 2018 on a one-year deal. He had been in the NFL since 2009 with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. 

Despite the drama surrounding what seemed like an impulsive decision to many, Vontae was inactive for his first week with the Bills and did not see the field in Week 2. 

See Vernon's tribute to his brother on Instagram below: