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Phil Mickelson finishes off Phoenix Open victory

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Phil Mickelson finishes off Phoenix Open victory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, missing another chance to make history in a dominating week at TPC Scottsdale.

Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA Tour record set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open, and tie the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.

Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees and stayed out. He settled for a 60 and followed with rounds of 65 and 64 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

Brandt Snedeker finished second, four strokes back after a 65.

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This 'Friends' inspired Nationals mashup will get you even more excited for the World Series

This 'Friends' inspired Nationals mashup will get you even more excited for the World Series

We know you're already counting down the seconds until the Washington Nationals square off with the Houston Astros in the World Series. It's constantly on your mind, in your dreams at night and the hype is unmatched.

Twitter user @PoolBoyTV seems to be in the same boat, and they have a video that will take that excitement to a new level.

Fusing the all-time classic intro scene from the television show 'Friends' with the infectious personalities in the Nationals clubhouse, we have ourselves a masterpiece.

The video captures the fun-loving attitude that the Nationals have carried throughout the season, part of the reason the team rebounded from a 19-31 record in May all the way to the Fall Classic. And of course, it wouldn't truly represent the 2019 Washington Nationals without some 'Baby Shark' in the mix.

From Trea Turner to Kurt Suzuki, this cast of stars will try to keep the party going against the Astros.

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. 

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