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Chinese teen pulling away at Asia-Pacific

Chinese teen pulling away at Asia-Pacific

BANGKOK (AP) Chinese teen Guan Tianlang began to pull away Friday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur, making nine birdies on his way to an 8-under 64 and a five-shot lead going into the weekend.

Guan, who turned 14 last week, is halfway home to becoming the youngest player ever at Augusta National. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur gets an invitation to the Masters and to the final stage of British Open qualifying.

Guan woke up at 4:30 a.m. for his early start at Amata Spring Country Club and wasted little time getting started, making birdies on his opening two holes. He made three straight birdies after the turn, chipping in on the third hole, and had to settle for a 64 with his lone bogey of the round on the last hole.

He was at 14-under 130, five shots ahead of Prin Sirisommai of Thailand (65) and Oliver Goss of Australia, who also had a 65. Goss was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Amateur in August.

``My feeling with the putter is fantastic and that's why I've got a low score,'' Guan said. ``I had two birdies in the first two holes and felt very comfortable after that. I just kept going, and I'm happy I only made one bogey.''

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, going for a third straight Asia-Pacific Amateur title, had a 69 and was tied for 10th, though he was 10 shots out of the lead.

It was another step toward Guan building on some strong amateur credentials. A year ago, he won his age division (11-12) at the prestigious Junior World Championships in San Diego by 11 shots. In April, he was 13 when he played in the China Open, making him the youngest ever to compete on the European Tour. Now he is closing in on a chance to play the Masters at age 14. Guan wasn't even born when Tiger Woods won his first Masters title.

``Everyone here wants to win and go to Augusta,'' said Guan, who lives in Guangzhou and spends his summer training in California. ``That would be amazing, but for now I need to focus on my game this weekend.''

Goss, an 18-year-old from Perth who will play for the Tennessee Volunteers in January, made an 80-foot eagle putt from just off the green at No. 2. A tougher chore might be catching up to the Chinese teen.

``Guan must be a good player to be 14 under at 14 years old,'' Goss said. ``I didn't shoot those scores when I was that young. He's playing well, so congrats to him. But I guess maybe his composure might disappear on the weekend if the pressure starts to build, which hopefully I can take advantage of, having a bit more experience.''

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2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

The first big move of NBA Draft night - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski - was to help Atlanta land Virginia's De'Andre Hunter.

Per Wojnarowski Atlanta has acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans, which they got from the Lakers in the mega-deal for Anthony Davis, for the picks No. 8, 17, and 35. With that fourth overall selection, the Hawks plan to take Hunter. 

Hunter, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of UVA's national championship team this past season, was profiled in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series.

In his interview with NBC Sports Washington, Hunter described what he expects draft night to be like for him and his family. 

"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."

In another pre-draft trade, the Suns have acquired the No. 11 pick and forward Dario Saric from the Timberwolves for the No. 6 pick, per Wojnarowski

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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York

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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York

It's NBA Draft night! That means prospects are about to begin the most exciting time of their professional lives. It also means they're going to show up in wild, sometimes fly, sometimes ill-advised outfits on the red carpet. 

Here's a quick roundup of what everybody's rocking this year. 

Bol Bol, Oregon

Is this one of the boldest draft looks ever? Hard to top rhinestone spider webs. 

RJ Barrett, Duke

Bright pink suit, custom Canadian flag lining and spiked loafers. A whole lot of look for Barrett. 

Zion Williamson, Duke

Williamson went with a cream tuxedo without a tie. 

Cam Reddish, Duke

Reddish opted for a gold-on-black print jacket and black shirt and pants, finished off with a simple gold chain and Versace loafers. 

Ja Morant, Murray State

Not only is Morant rocking a blue-purple pinstripe suit, but also he's wearing a pocket square of his own face! This is not a drill. 

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Hachimura payed homage to his roots with his draft-night 'fit. In a burgundy and blue suit and shirt, he showed off fabrics from Japan and Benin in the lining of his jacket. 

This post will continue updating throughout the night

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