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The Latest on Sunday’s final round of the Masters (all times local):

6:05 p.m.

Jordan Spieth’s first bogey of the day left him one stroke shy of tying the course record shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

Spieth shot an 8-under 64 in the final round and finished at 13 under, two shots behind leader Patrick Reed. Spieth made a bogey on the par-4 18th after hitting a tree branch off the tee and then missing a 10-foot par putt.

Price shot a 9-under 63 in 1986, a mark matched 10 years later by Norman.

Spieth looked like he would join them until his tee shot caught a branch and dropped well short of the fairway.

Still, Spieth became the seventh player in Masters history to shoot a 64 in the final round.

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5:45 p.m.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth are now tied at the Masters, setting up a scintillating finish in the final round.

Reed missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 13th just minutes after Spieth drained a 35-footer for birdie at the par-3 16th. Spieth turned to his caddy and seemed to say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me” after the putt dropped.

They are at 14 under, two shots ahead of Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler.

The change atop the leaderboard drew a huge roar from fans surrounding the 18th green.

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5:30 p.m.

Patrick Reed is clinging to a one-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth in a thrilling final round at the Masters.

Reed rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the 12th hole, pushing his score to 14 under for the tournament.

Spieth answered with a birdie of his own at the par-5 15th, rolling in a testy, 6-foot putt that made him 8 under for the day and 13 under overall.

Rickie Fowler is also in the mix, just two shots back. Jon Rahm is four behind, while Rory McIlroy has faded to five shots off the lead playing in the final group with Reed.

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4:45 p.m.

Charley Hoffman has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.

Hoffman flirted with the bunker left of the 16th green, only to catch a fortuitous kick that sent the ball right into the hole.

It was the third straight year that there’s been at least one ace at the 170-yard hole known as Redbud.

Matt Kuchar had a hole-in-one in 2017, while three players did it in 2016.

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4:30 p.m.

Paul Casey has bogeyed the last two holes at the Masters to miss out on the course record.

Casey still managed to shoot a 7-under 65, which is the lowest round of the day so far and his best score ever in a major championship.

Beginning at No. 11, Casey ripped off a streak of four birdies and an eagle over five holes, pushing his score for the day to 9 under. That gave him at a shot at the Augusta National record.

He came up short of the 63 shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

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4:10 p.m.

Jordan Spieth is making a huge move in the final round of the Masters.

The 24-year-old Texan made five birdies on the front nine at Augusta National to push his score to 10 under overall.

Spain’s Jon Rahm is also at 10 under, joining Spieth just one shot behind Rory McIlroy and four in back of leader Patrick Reed.

Spieth faced a nine-shot deficit coming into the day and talked about having a rare, pressure-free round at the Masters.

Not anymore.

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3:45 p.m.

Paul Casey is having quite a round at Augusta National.

The 40-year-old Englishman has ripped off four birdies and an eagle over five holes on the back side, pushing his score to 9 under for the final day. He has a shot at the course record shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

Price shot a 9-under 63 in 1986, a mark matched 10 years later by Norman.

If Casey can play the final three holes at even par, he’ll finish with a 63.

Unfortunately for Casey, he came into the round too far back to make a run at the green jacket. He started Sunday 16 shots behind leader Patrick Reed.

Reed remains three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy.

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3:20 p.m.

Tiger Woods finally found his form at the Masters. It came a few days too late.

Woods closed with a flurry, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round and finishing at 1-over 289 for the tournament.

Woods had two birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the back nine. The eagle was his first at the week. His only late blemish was missing a 9-foot par putt at No. 18. Still, he played much more like the four-time Masters champion everyone remembers for the first time all week.

The former world No. 1 is returning to competitive golf after a fourth back surgery. He played the Masters for the first time since 2015.

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2:45 p.m.

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy have teed off in the final round at the Masters, and it sure looks like they’re feeling the pressure.

Reed yanked his tee shot at the par-4 first left and into pine straw. McIlroy pushed his way, way right but still in bounds.

Reed and McIlroy are in the final pairing at Augusta National. Reed is 14 under, three strokes ahead of McIlroy.

Reed is seeking his first major championship. McIlroy is trying to complete the career Grand Slam.

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2:15 p.m.

Tiger Woods has his most birdies of any round at the Masters this week.

Woods made his fourth of the day when he sank a 4-foot putt at the par-5 13th. He had a decent look at eagle, but missed a downhill, 17-footer and settled for a 4.

Woods is 1 under in the final round and 3 over for the tournament. He has four birdies and three bogeys. The four-time Masters champion had three birdies in the opening round, two in the second and three in the third.

He’s trying to finish a round under par for the first time this week.

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12:20 p.m.

Tiger Woods’s final round at this Masters may have included his best iron shot of the week.

Woods nearly aced the 240-yard, par-3 fourth. His tee shot landed a few feet short of the flag, bounced a few times and then skirted by the left edge of the hole. He was left with a left-to-right-breaking 10-footer that he dropped in the left side of the cup.

It provided a brief glimpse of what might have been at Augusta National had Woods had better distance control with his irons.

Woods missed greens right and left, never really getting approach shots in the perfect spots on treacherous greens.

His errant ways left him starting a lot sooner than expected and will have him finishing shortly after the leaders tee off Sunday afternoon.

Woods also made a birdie on par-5 second, but followed that with bogey on the par-4 third. He is 3-over for the tournament.

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2:20 a.m.

It’s essentially a Ryder Cup rematch at Augusta National.

Patrick Reed and his par-5 prowess versus Rory McIlroy and his penchant for clutch shots.

A 27-year-old American seeking his first major championship versus a 28-year-old Irishman chasing golf history.

Reed and McIlroy are forever linked to that singles match two years ago, which Reed won on the 18th hole. The personalities are unchanged. The events, and the stakes, are entirely different.

The crowd figures to be equally loud, just not as obnoxious.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you can do at a Ryder Cup that you can’t do at Augusta National,” Reed said with a smile.

Don’t look for McIlroy to cup his hand over his ear to encourage the gallery to scream even louder. Or for Reed to point at McIlroy if he pulls off a clutch moment.

Besides, it’s stroke play. Reed had a three-shot lead. And it wasn’t just about them.

Keeping the lead won’t be easy for Reed, not on this stage. But he doesn’t buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him, a notion McIlroy quickly suggested.

“I am leading,” he said. “At the same time, he’s going for the career Grand Slam.”

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For more AP golf coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf and https://apnews.com/tag/TheMasters

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Rubios Triple-double Leads Jazz Past Thunder 115-102

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Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this.

Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah’s first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

“We were down by 10 … and I just changed my mentality, trying to be more aggressive and make some shots,” Rubio said. “We made a run and it helps a lot when you’re making shots and it felt great.”

At one point, Rubio walked toward half-court with his arms outstretched, drinking in the deafening roar and subsequent “RU-BI-O! RU-BI-O!” chants from the fans.

Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, which took a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Oklahoma City.

Rubio has never been known as a knockdown shooter, but his recent accuracy has opened new opportunities for his playmaking.

“Ricky attacked,” Utah coach Quin Snyder. “He attacked, but with poise and he was making some shots. I thought he took good shots and it really stabilized our group.”

The Spaniard has previously recorded five triple-doubles in his career and has played in big EuroLeague and Olympic games, but different than the energy and pressure of the NBA playoffs.

“He was on, in so many ways,” Mitchell said.

Joe Ingles, who had 21 points, made two 3-pointers around two free throws to spark a 13-0 surge that ended on Mitchell’s 3 to put Utah up by 20 points in the fourth quarter. The big run was just par for the course in a series characterized by large runs by one team, then countered by the other.

Rubio’s triple-double was the first by a Jazz player in the postseason since John Stockton in the 2001 playoffs against Dallas.

“Having my name next to his name is an honor,” Rubio said of joining the Hall of Famer in making franchise history. “I have huge respect for him.”

Paul George scored 23 points and Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Raymond Felton each had 14 for the Thunder. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his ninth playoff triple-double but also had eight turnovers and shot 5 for 17.

Rudy Gobert’s dunk and pair of free throws capped a 9-0 run in the third quarter to give Utah an 84-70 lead. Minutes later, Rubio hit a running 28-foot 3-pointer to make it 89-75 entering the final period.

The Jazz changed coverages on Westbrook throughout the game and surprised the perennial All-Star with different players in his expected passing lanes.

Utah also outrebounded the Thunder 48-33 and seemed much quicker to the loose balls in the midst of a charged atmosphere. The Jazz’s hustle plays energized the packed arena festooned in the colors of Southern Utah – red, orange and yellow.

With Utah trailing 47-43, Rubio scored 10 consecutive Jazz points and his 3-pointer and subsequent three free throws gave Utah a 53-49 lead.

Rubio, playing just his third playoff game in his seven-year NBA career, had 19 at the half and the Jazz led 58-53.

The Thunder, shot 16 for 24 on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3s, to lead 45-33 on Westbrook’s layup with 7:26 left in the second quarter.

Asked if the Rubio might have an encore in Game 4, Westbrook defiantly declared that he would shut down any chance of that happening.

“Guarantee that!” Westbrook said.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City was outscored 30-14 after Adams sat down with his third foul early in the second quarter. … Both Adams and Mitchell picked up their fourth fouls in the first half of the third quarter. … Adams finished with two rebounds. … The Thunder shot 14 for 28 from 3-point range.

Jazz: Utah started the game by converting nine of its first 10 shots, then missed eight of the next nine. … Royce O’Neale and George each got technicals for some pushing and words early in the fourth quarter. … Carlos Boozer had the last triple-double for the Jazz in 2008, but it came in the regular season. … Utah had 19 second-chance points to the Thunder’s eight.

INGLES REAPPEARS

Ingles, who was a primary cog in Utah’s offense as the Jazz got better and better throughout the season, was nearly invisible in the first two games against the defense of George. After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch. “I thought Joe just had a more aggressive mindset tonight,” Snyder said. “Joe just threw himself into the defensive end as well. When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally.”

WESTBROOK OUT OF SORTS?

Westbrook didn’t take a shot in the fourth quarter, but said he doesn’t have any specific physical injury. Some of his eight turnovers happened when he was headed to the rim with Gobert looming. “I’m getting in trouble jumping in the air and getting caught,” he said. Perhaps Gobert’s defensive presence is making one of the game’s most instinctive players think twice. “I just try to make them think. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. I know that they know,” Gobert said.

FRIENDS

Rubio arrived at the arena Saturday wearing a sweatshirt with the ‘Friends’ sitcom logo. A team that emphasizes “connectivity”, the Jazz moved in concert on offense and passes — even long skip passes — arrived in shooters’ sweet spots ready for launch. In the postgame press conference, Rubio joked that he knew he was close to a triple-double, but Ingles missed a layup on purpose to thwart his effort. “Luckily, I have Rudy Gobert on my team, too, and he made his shot,” Rubio said.

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Game 4 is Monday night in Salt Lake City.

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Oaklands Manaea Tosses No-hitter Against Red-hot Boston

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– Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, blanking the Boston Red Sox in a 3-0 victory on Saturday.

Manaea struck out 10 batters and walked just two on a night the Red Sox were no-hit for the first time since 1993.

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Lee Bloodies Beats Barboza By Tko In Ufc Lightweight Bout

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Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture.

Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via TKO in the fifth round on Saturday night.

Lee kept the fight on the ground at Boardwalk Hall and — except for absorbing one stiff kick to the face — dominated until the doctors stopped the bout with Barboza wearing the crimson mask as he sat against the cage.

“I wanted to go all five rounds and show my complete game,” Lee said.

Lee got the signature win he needed to remain in the lightweight championship picture and immediately took aim on the division’s champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

You folks know what time it is. It’s Khabib time , baby,” he said.

It was Lee’s time to shine in AC.

Lee took the fight to the mat and spent the first round landing punishing strikes and did more of the same in the second. Lee connected with a series of shots to the right of Barboza’s face with more brute force than in any bench-clearing baseball brawl .

Barboza rocked and wobbled Lee when he caught him with a spinning head kick in the third but couldn’t finish him. Lee again dragged Barboza to the ground and fans booed and cursed as they wrestled on the mat.

Barboza was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nurmagomedov, who won the 155-pound title stripped from an inactive Conor McGregor earlier this month. Lee was choked out by Tony Ferguson in October. Had Barboza and Lee won those bouts, they might have had a title fight lined up already instead of trying to use a Fight Night card to climb back into contention.

“I can do it all. I feel I’m the most complete fighter in the division,” Lee said. “I wanted to go out there and show it.”

Lee failed to make weight by 2 pounds for the fight, forcing him to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.

Seven weeks after he was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career, New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar returned to bloody and beat Cub Swanson by unanimous decision in a 145-pound bout.

Edgar, of Toms River, New Jersey, was a clear fan favorite and had fans roaring and chanting his name throughout the fight. Edgar defeated Swanson by submission when they headlined a Fight Night card in November 2014 and got him again in Atlantic City.

Edgar, who won 30-27 on all three scorecards, busted Swanson open under his right eye and controlled the three-round bout.

“Jersey, I love you baby! I love you,” Edgar said. “My kids are here, first fight they’ve seen. This was a dream come true to come here and perform in front of my home state.”

Edgar was fast on his feet, landed some hard jabs and connected on low kicks in the second round, and looked sharp in his return to the cage just seven weeks since he was knocked out by Brian Ortega in the first round at UFC 222. Swanson lost his last bout, also to Ortega — part of a winning streak that set him up for a title fight against Max Holloway in July.

Edgar called out the winner of the Ortega-Holloway fight for his next bout.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Edgar said.

Also on the main card, Jim Miller matched Michael Bisping for most fights in UFC history with 29. Dan Hooker caught Miller with a right knee to the head that ended the fight just 3 minutes into the first round.

“All respect to Jim Miller. He’s a legend in this sport,” Hooker said to applause from the home crowd.

Hooker called out Paul Felder for a fight to his face — Felder is a Philly fighter who moonlighted Saturday as an announcer.

Miller, a 34-year-old New Jersey native has had a solid but not spectacular career that has yet to see him fight for a UFC championship. He won seven straight fights from 2009 to 2011 but has lost four straight fights and six of nine overall.

UFC ran a card in Atlantic City for the first time since July 2014 at the former Revel Casino.

New Jersey was one of the first states that embraced UFC, and Dana White has credited cards at the Trump Taj Mahal for helping the company grow into a respected promotion in sports. Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture headlined cards in Atlantic City in UFC’s infancy and New Jersey was a regular stop on the circuit until MMA legalization in New York shifted major pay-per-views across the river.

UFC also announced Matt Serra, who beat Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight belt in 2007, was announced as a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.

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