Johnson Captures Win in Hawaii

January 8, 2018 GMT

A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that the No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.

Johnson stretched a two-shot lead to six strokes at the turn, then delivered the biggest moment of the week with a drive on the par-4 12th hole that stopped six inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle.

He finished at 24-under 268 for his 17th career victory.


Jon Rahm closed with a 69 to finish second and move to No. 3 in the world.


Carlisle rips LaVar Ball

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily after LaVar Ball’s claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, made his latest outlandish statement to ESPN for a story published Sunday. He said Walton is too young to coach and “has no control” of the team -- comments that Walton said didn’t bother him, but ones that clearly angered some of his NBA coaching colleagues.

Carlisle, the National Basketball Coaches Association president, called the article “a disgrace” and LaVar Ball’s words an “ignorant distraction.”

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says forward Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder.

It was not immediately known how serious or extensive the tear is. Leonard sustained the injury during the Spurs’ 103-89 win Friday over the Phoenix Suns.


Hellebuyck lifts Jets

The Winnipeg Jets shoved aside yet another opponent at Bell MTS Place.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice, ex-UMass Lowell star Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves and Winnipeg beat the San Jose Sharks, 4-1, to extend its home winning streak to five games.

Matt Hendricks and Marko Dano also scored to help the Central Division-leading Jets improve to 16-3-1 at home and 25-11-7 overall.

A flower bouquet cradled in her left arm, beaming as she stood atop the podium, Madison Hubbell glanced down for a quick look at the gold medal around her neck in San Jose, Calif.

She might not have seen this surprising national title coming a couple of days ago.

With an entertaining and seductive performance that could practically have melted the ice, Hubbell and partner Zachary Donohue pulled off an ice dancing upset to close the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The team beat out two-time defending champion sibling tandem Maia and Alex Shibutani with a score of 197.12, edging the Shibutanis’ 196.93.