Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Match Seeds Erased

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top Match Seeds Erased

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Getting to the Round of 16 in the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship was all that mattered.

Jordan Spieth made it look like child's play. Graeme McDowell aged another 10 years with another stunning escape. And it proved too difficult for Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, who lost in extra holes in another wild outcome Thursday at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

One day after he rallied from 3 down with three holes to play to win in overtime, McDowell was two holes behind on the 15th tee when he made an 8-foot birdie, halved the next hole with a 10-foot par, won the 17th with a birdie and then holed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th for a 1-up win over Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. In two matches, McDowell has stood on the tee with his match all square only four times -- and two of those were at the start of the match.

The top seeds lost their way.

Stenson, the No. 1 overall seed, fell behind early against Louis Oosthuizen and never caught up in a 4-and-3 loss. It was the sixth consecutive year, dating to Tiger Woods winning this event in 2008, that the top seed failed to make it out of the second round. Rose (No. 2) and McIlroy (No. 3) followed him. Zach Johnson, the other top seed, lost in the first round.

Baseball

The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract. It is the largest deal awarded to a non-foreign player with less than two years of service.

* Two men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium were sentenced in Los Angeles. Louie Sanchez was handed him an eight-year state prison term, with some credit for time served. Co-defendant Marvin Norwood received a four-year sentence. He also received credit for time already spent in custody. Stow was left permanently disabled by the beating.

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