Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork. Hakim Warrick Jersey .com) - The Atlanta Braves announced a one-year deal with infielder Alberto Callaspo on Monday. Callaspo had a rough 2014 season for the Oakland Athletics, hitting just .223 with a .290 on-base percentage, four home runs, 15 doubles and 39 RBI in 127 games. The 31-year-old Callaspo has spent the majority of his nine-year big league career at third base, but has also seen time at second, shortstop and the outfield corners. The hope is that hell be able to handle the starting second base duties until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready. Callaspo is a career .267 hitter over 996 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and As. Milwaukee Bucks Shirts . Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show. Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators. Jon McGlocklin Jersey . - Because they didnt go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode.AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started. The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way to an unprecedented sweep of the majors. At stake is a chance to extend a season already cut short by back surgery. "I would like to win these two events and not have to worry about anything," Woods said Wednesday. "Thats the plan. Thats the mindset. Thats the focus. Well see how it falls after these few weeks. Im so far out of it right now that I need to play well to ... get myself into the playoffs and ultimately — hopefully — play all four weeks." Its hard to believe that just one year ago, Woods won this World Golf Championship by seven shots for his fifth victory of the year. Not much has gone his way since then, mainly because of back pain that eventually led to surgery on March 31 and kept him out for three months. The Bridgestone Invitational will be only his third tournament since his return from surgery a month ago at Congressional, where he missed the cut. And during his time at home, his position in two key standings plunged. Woods is No. 215 in the FedEx Cup — only the top 125 qualifying for the playoffs. He is No. 70 in the Ryder Cup standings, so far away from being among the nine automatic qualifiers after next week that even if he were to win at Firestone, he wouldnt even crack the top 20 in the standings. At least he is playing courses that bring happy memories. Woods has been so dominant at Firestone that he averages $10,138 for every hole he has played in competition dating to 1997. His victory last year was the third time he had won at Firestone by at least seven shots. But thats because he was playing well. Firestone also is the course where he finished 30 shots out of the lead in 2010, a week before he hooked up with Sean Foley, his third swing coach as a pro. "Theres no secret formula," he said. "Its just go out and play well. This golf course is right in front of you. Theres no hidden secrets out here. Youve just got to go out there and play well." Different from previous injuries is that Woods said he returned to competition not much longer after he was fit enough to play. Kent Benson Jersey. After various knee injuries, he worked himself into shape by playing a lot of golf at home. This time, he only got in a couple of rounds. Missing the cut at Congressional was satisfying because he knew he was pain-free. Finishing in 69th place at the British Open — his worst position at a major when making the cut — was more of a disappointment. Woods said he is progressing, though it starts with eliminating mistakes. "My good shots are still really good," he said. "My bad shots need to be in positions where I know I should miss the golf ball, instead of places where I have been missing it." The field is the toughest of the year for the World Golf Championships, missing only Dustin Johnson (No. 16) from the top 50. Rory McIlroy is playing for the first time since his wire-to-wire win at the British Open two weeks ago. Woods is playing the opening two rounds with Martin Kaymer, who went wire-to-wire at Pinehurst No. 2 to win the U.S. Open. McIlroy and Henrik Stenson each have a mathematical chance to replace Adam Scott at No. 1 in the world. Some of the pairings for the opening two rounds are a reminder that the Ryder Cup is not too far away. Justin Rose is playing with Rickie Fowler, who has finished second in the past two majors. McIlroy is playing with Matt Kuchar. Jordan Spieth is paired with Victor Dubuisson of France, both expected to be Ryder Cup rookies. Woods and Kaymer would be another Ryder Cup attraction — assuming Woods is on the team. U.S. captain Tom Watson has said he wants Woods on the team, provided he is healthy and playing well. At the moment, Woods is healthy. "I think what its going to boil down to, would be my guess, is how healthy Tiger is and how he feels like his game is," said Jim Furyk, who has secured his spot on the team for the ninth straight time. "But its hard to imagine not having a healthy Tiger Woods on the team. Hes arguably the best player ever. If hes healthy and hes been playing, its hard to imagine he wouldnt be on the team. But thats not my call." That decision is for Watson. And Woods can make it a lot easier depending on how he plays the next two weeks. ' ' '
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Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork. Milwaukee Bucks Shirts .com) - Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder took down the struggling Bucks 114-101 on Tuesday. Westbrook finished with a game-high 28 points, Durant scored 23 and both handed out seven assists in Oklahoma Citys third straight win. The Thunder, who are finally healthy and have won five of their last six games, improved to 4-1 since Westbrook returned to the lineup and 3-1 with Durant. Reggie Jackson donated 18 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka made all five of his shots and free throws for 15 points. A lot of guys chipped in and contributed to the win, said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. I like the speed we were playing up and down the court. O.J. Mayo led Milwaukee with 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 17, but the slumping Bucks got destroyed on the glass. The Thunder, who entered the game with a plus-6.5 rebounding margin over their last six games, outrebounded the Bucks 54-31. Milwaukee has lost five of six on the heels of a three-game win streak. We missed a lot of shots that we normally make and I think that carried over to our defense, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said. The Bucks led 31-26 after the first, but the Thunder flexed their muscles in the second. Ibakas layup at 4:50 tied the game at 47 and jumpstarted a 12-0 run. Jabari Parker finally ended the surge with a jam 3 1/2 minutes later, but OKC still led 61-52 at halftime. The Bucks got within seven points twice early in the fourth quarter, but no closer. Durant and Westbrook checked out with 3:36 remaining with the game well in hand. Game Notes The Thunder improved to 5-5 at home ... Durant and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins both had a game-high nine rebounds ... Both teams shot 4-for-21 from behind the arc. Milwaukee Bucks Gear .Bacca took advantage of Cristian Alvarezs hesitation to head a lobbed pass over the goalkeeper and then used his feet to roll the ball into an empty net in the eighth minute. The Colombia strikers 10th goal pulled him level with Lionel Messi as the leagues third-leading scorers, far behind Cristiano Ronaldos runaway tally of 23 goals. Cameron Reynolds Jersey . The deal will pay Hainsey $3 million for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and $2.5 million in 2016-17.Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Bhavik Patel, a Web.com Tour player the last two seasons, was suspended by the PGA Tour for use of performance-enhancing substances. The PGA Tour, which oversees the Web.com Tour, released a statement that read, The PGA Tour announced today that Bhavik Patel has violated the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policys ban on the use of performance-enhancing substances and has been suspended for one year. He accepted a provisional suspension on October 7, 2014, and he will be eligible to return on October 7, 2015. In the stateement, Patel stated, In an effort to overcome an injury, I made a lapse of judgment. Adrian Dantley Jersey . I regret my decision but have learned from the experience and look forward to returning to competition. Patel competed in 12 Web.com Tour events in 2014. He made the cut in seven events and finished 114th on the money list. His best finish was a share of sixth at the Chile Classic. The 24-year-old also had a sixth-place finish in 2013 at the Colombia Championship. He made 14 cuts in 21 starts that season and finished 56th on the money list. ' ' '