Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The pressure was even more than Hideki Matsuyama could have imagined when he stood on the first tee Sunday at Augusta National. So was the emotion when he walked off the 18th green as the first Masters champion from golf-mad Japan.

The Bright Side: The great equalizer

After weighing in the largest (and only) marlin of the Lazy Marlin Hunt tournament yesterday, Capt. Mat Bowman put the weekend in perspective, “It was starting to get a bit embarrassing for Kona. The fish were winning, big time. We just got lucky. Ours stayed hooked, but it was not the biggest hooked out there, by far.”

NHL extends regular season to May 16 after Canucks’ COVID-19 outbreak

LOS ANGELES — The NHL has extended its regular season to May 16 to allow teams in the all-Canada North Division to make up games that were postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the Vancouver Canucks. The league has left open the possibility, however, that teams in the three other divisions that were created for this pandemic-postponed, 56-game season might start their postseason competition on May 11.

Clippers snap Suns’ winning streak

LOS ANGELES— Paul George scored 33 points, Kawhi Leonard added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 113-103 on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Mets beat Marlins on disputed hit by pitch

NEW YORK — Jeff McNeil launched a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on his 29th birthday and the New York Mets were handed the winning run on a disputed hit by pitch for a bizarre 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in their home opener Thursday.

Kona Marathon virtual event coming soon

After making the difficult decision to postpone the Kona Marathon Events for a second year, race director Brent Imonen has his running shoes laced and ready to go for his next event.

Braves sweep doubleheader with Nationals

WASHINGTON — Atlanta pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval drove a two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark off a Washington reliever who took over after Stephen Strasburg’s six scoreless innings Wednesday, lifting the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Nationals and a doubleheader sweep.