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Fraser leads after 2 rounds of Australian Open

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Fraser leads after 2 rounds of Australian Open

SYDNEY (AP) Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a second consecutive 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Open on Friday.

Fraser had five birdies and two bogeys to move to 6-under 138 at The Lakes. Fellow Australians Brendan Jones (71) and first-round leader John Senden (73) were tied for second.

Englishman Justin Rose was in a group tied for fifth at 3-under after a 73, while Adam Scott shot 71 and was five strokes behind Fraser.

Tom Watson shot a 68 Friday after his first-round 78 and made the cut with one stroke to spare. He was joined by playing partner and defending champion Greg Chalmers, who shot 75 Friday.

``I hate missing cuts, I really do,'' said Watson. ``That means you've failed.''

Chalmers said he would be hard-pressed to win his third national Open after failing to capitalize on good scoring conditions in the morning.

``Three par-5s on the back nine and I bogeyed two of them. That's not going to work if you want to have a good score out here,'' he said.

``I guess I'm going to get to play on the weekend so I get to go out and shoot a low score, but certainly I'm probably going to start a long way back.''

Fellow two-time champion Robert Allenby (6-over) didn't qualify after a 77, nor did new U.S. PGA Tour card winner Steven Bowditch (9-over) after a 76.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur who will play in next year's U.S. Masters, improved on his opening 82 to shoot 70 Friday, but also missed the cut.

Fraser is playing for the seventh consecutive week - in his seventh country. He'll travel to Malaysia next week to see if he can win the Asian Tour money title - he is currently second - making it eight tournaments in a row.

His grueling late-season schedule began in Malaysia in late September followed by China (the HSBC tournament), the Singapore Open, the Hong Kong Open, the European Tour's championship in Dubai, then a failed attempt to secure a 2013 U.S. PGA Tour card in California last week.

On Thursday, Fraser was 3-over after 10 holes but staged a remarkable turnaround - he birdied Nos. 11-14, then holed his tee shot at the par-3 15th for an ace.

``To have one go in like that, it turned the round and the tournament around from where I was,'' Fraser said.

And he's keen to go even better on the weekend.

``I've been playing so much I feel like I'm going with the flow a little bit,'' Fraser said. ``Playing week-in, week-out you're going through the same routine every day and it feels like another golf tournament. At the same time it is the Aussie Open. Definitely it's the pick of the bunch of the eight weeks for me.''

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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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Northwestern High School basketball coach dies after battle with coronavirus

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Northwestern High School basketball coach dies after battle with coronavirus

The head coach of Northwestern High School's basketball team, Terrance Burke has died from the coronavirus, Prince George's County Public Schools announced on Saturday. 

Burke was also a school counselor for Northwestern.

There is no official word on how or when Burke transmitted the virus. Maryland closed all schools statewide on March 16 and will remain closed through April 24.

"I know this news is devastating and shocking to many in the Northwestern High School community and all who knew and loved him. Please know that my heart is breaking with yours and I am praying for your strength and comfort during this time," PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson said in a statement.

Several members of the community paid their respects to Burke on social media. 

The Trojans had just concluded their 2019-20 season less than a month before the outbreak with a 13-10 record.