Penalties in golf start with the player, not the TV viewer

Television viewers who call in a rules violation have never cost anyone a golf tournament. The blame ultimately -- always -- falls to the player. Television viewers are not the ones who carelessly and curiously replaced the golf ball in the wrong spot on the putting green (Lexi Thompson). They did not drop the ball in the wrong spot in the fairway (Tiger Woods).

Golf's ruling bodies move to limit video evidence

In a swift response to increasing debates over television reviews, golf's ruling bodies issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf that limits the use of video evidence and could spare players from being penalized even if they violated a rule. The decision issued Tuesday -- and effective immediately on all tours around the world -- has two standards.

Tirico takes over for Hammond on NBC's horse racing coverage

Mike Tirico is taking the reins from Tom Hammond as a host of NBC's Triple Crown horse racing coverage. Tirico adds the job to his recently announced duties as host of the network's prime-time Olympics coverage starting next winter in South Korea. Hammond has accepted a reduced role after covering racing for more than 30 years at the network. He turns 73 on May 10.

Cowboys honor Ware, ponder need with post-Romo future secure

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with a ceremonial signing Monday that allowed the franchise sacks leader to retire as a Dallas Cowboy on the same day the team owner discussed how the draft might help find the next dominant pass rusher. Whenever the Cowboys decide to pay homage to Tony Romo with their 10-year starter heading to the broadcast booth, they will do so feeling secure about their future under center.

The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs

George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. "Arrested Development" hadn't even started airing yet. That's how long ago Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene made their NBA debuts. So-called old guys like them are delivering all across these playoffs thus far.

When spring games are on TV, it's all about not showing off

The increasing visibility of spring football games has offered plenty of feel-good moments and fan-friendly opportunities. What fans won't get is much insight into what these teams will be doing this fall. Nebraska's spring game last week reunited a military family. Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. Matthew Hawke wore a Cornhuskers uniform and then took off his helmet to surprise his family at the game.

Spurs, Cavaliers look to take big step toward series sweeps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs haven't lost a playoff game in the Bluff City since 2011, and the Memphis Grizzlies haven't beaten them anytime or anywhere since winning that first-round series. Spurs guard Tony Parker doesn't believe any of that matters. "We have a lot of respect for Memphis," Parker said Wednesday. "They made it hard on us during the regular season, and I expect them to play very well at home.

Texas Tech opener vs Eastern Washington stays on Saturday

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech's football season opener is staying on a Saturday. Hours after the Big 12 Conference school announced Tuesday that its opener was being moved back a day to accommodate television, Texas Tech said the game would remain on Sept. 2 as originally scheduled. In between a series of announcements by Texas Tech, Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves tweeted that his school hadn't agreed to a Sunday game.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Lowry, Raptors bounce back TORONTO (AP) -- Kyle Lowry regained his shootout touch while helping the Toronto Raptors tie their NBA first-round series at a game apiece. Lowry capped his 22-point performance by hitting the clinching basket with 8.9 seconds left in the Raptors' 106-100 triumph over Milwaukee. He was 6-for-12 from the field after scoring just four points on 0-for-6 from 3-point range in Saturday's loss to the Bucks.

Wizards, Rockets, Warriors seeking 2-0 series leads

The bad news for Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Portland is obvious: They're down 1-0 and on the road. There's worse news, too. Washington, Houston and Golden State all saw ways they can get better in Game 2. The Wizards, Rockets and Warriors will aim to take 2-0 leads in their respective series on Wednesday night, when those first-round matchups resume. Washington plays host to Atlanta, Houston to Oklahoma City and Golden State to Portland.

Spring break on and off the PGA Tour

This time of the year can feel like Spring Break on the PGA Tour, even if the destination is not the Bahamas. The amount of attention paid to Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth during their post-Masters break to Baker's Bay in the Bahamas is enough to indicate there isn't a lot of interest in PGA Tour competition at the moment.

Nielsen's top programs for April 3-9

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 3-9. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million. 2. "NCAA Pre-Game," CBS, 14.08 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 13.83 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.6 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.64 million. 6. "Bull," CBS, 11.1 million. 7. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.47 million. 8.

Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly, but viewers aren't

NEW YORK (AP) -- Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly's "no spin zone" on Fox News Channel, but viewers are remaining loyal. "The O'Reilly Factor" averaged 3.71 million viewers over five nights last week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That's up 12 percent from the 3.31 million viewers he averaged the week before and up 28 percent compared to the same week in 2016.

Amazon picks off NFL Thursday Night from Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's new deal gives Prime Time football a whole new meaning. The e-commerce powerhouse will stream NFL Thursday Night games this season via its Amazon Prime video service, replacing Twitter. The live-streams of the games will be available to the estimated 65 million members of Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year and also includes other perks like free videos, books and shipping.

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MLB Sale, Colon, Walker making debuts UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Sale makes his much-anticipated Boston debut when the Red Sox host Pittsburgh at Fenway Park. Sale, an All-Star each of the past five seasons, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox. Jameson Taillon, drafted No. 2 overall in 2010, pitches for the Pirates.

NBA sees promising numbers in 1st year of new TV deal

In the first season of a massive new $24 billion television contract, the NBA saw its combined domestic ratings for all networks stay even when compared to last season. For Bill Koenig, the league's president of global media distribution, that qualifies as a victory.

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NBA Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson's season triple-double record of 41 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles, collecting his 41st against the Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook clinched his triple-double Tuesday night on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist.