HAWKS HANG ON FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
AS strange as it sounds, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer prefers that his players experience a close game every now and then.
Nail-biters were in short supply during the past week as Atlanta (45-30) cruised to three consecutive wins by double-digit margins.
But the Hawks had no time to relax on Monday as they held on in the final minute for a 102-100 win over the Chicago Bulls (36-37).
MCILROY TO SKIP PAR 3 CONTEST FOR MASTERS
RORY McIlroy revealed on Monday that he will skip the Par 3 Contest on the eve of next week's US Masters at Augusta to focus on his goal of winning the year's first major.
"I'm not going to play the Par 3 Contest this year as it's just too much hassle and it's a bit of a distraction," said the Northern Irish golfer.
The four-time major winner will be making his eighth straight appearance in the Masters and only once has he not played the Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.
WILLIAMS AND MURRAY OUSTED IN MIAMI
WORLD No. 1 and three-time defending champion Serena Williams and second-ranked Andy Murray both crashed out of the ATP and WTA Miami Open on a Monday filled with upsets.
Russian 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned 21-time Grand Slam champion Williams 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-2 while British world No. 2 Murray dropped a third-round match to Bulgarian 26th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-3.
Also ousted were world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza.