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Watson: Olympics not the place for golf

Watson: Olympics not the place for golf

SYDNEY (AP) Eight-time major winner Tom Watson says golf has no place at the Olympic Games.

Watson, who will play at the Australian Open this week for the first time since winning the tournament in 1984, told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't support golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.

``I still think of Olympics as track and field and not golf to be honest with you,'' he said. ``I don't want to pour cold water on it, but I don't think it should be in the Olympic Games.''

Watson said golf has its four major championships, which remain its pinnacle events.

Golf was played at the Olympics in Paris in 1900 and St. Louis in 1904.

Watson supported the decision of golf officials to ban long-handle putters, but added he did so ``with mixed emotions.'' He said a broomstick stroke ``is not a stroke of golf. That's not a stroke but it makes it easier to play.''

``My son Michael, with a conventional putting stroke, he couldn't make it from two feet, but he went to a belly putter and he makes everything,'' Watson said. ``The game is fun for him now, so there lays the danger. Do we take the ability for people to have fun away?''

Three of the last five major winners have used long putters, including South Africa's Ernie Els, who capitalized on the collapse of Australian Adam Scott to win the British Open in July.

``I thought Ernie Els said it perfectly after he won the Open Championship,'' Watson said. ``He was asked `Why did you go with the long putter Ernie?' And he said `I'm cheating like the rest of them are.'''

Watson has been grouped with defending champion Greg Chalmers and young Australian Jake Higginbottom in the first round on the Australian Open at Sydney's Lakes course starting Thursday.

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

After a very slow start to the season, Nationals' second baseman Brian Dozier has been seeing the ball a lot better over the past few games.

On Monday, Dozier took Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson deep in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a three-run lead, his third home run in the last four games.

He went deep against Miami twice over the weekend, both solo shots. The first came during Friday's 3-2 loss and the latter in Sunday's 5-0 victory.

This one, though, was a no-doubter. Take a look.

After staring for a brief second, Dozier didn't need to look any longer; he knew the ball was several rows into the seats. That altitude in Colorado definitely helped, as the home run landed 435 feet away.

Dozier has struggled to hit for contact thus far in 2019, posting just a .177 average entering Monday. But when the ball has hit the bat, it's traveled a long way.

For the Nationals sake, hopefully Dozier's power continues. They're counting on better production from the seven-year veteran than they have received thus far in 2019.

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