The NFL’s regular season schedule was officially released Tuesday night, revealing dates for the full 2015 slate. Here are 10 games that jump out as appointment television:
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SEATTLE — It is only three starts, just one-tenth of the outings the Seattle Mariners hope J.A. Happ makes this season, but here is the strange truth: Happ, the player many fans groaned over when the Mariners traded for him this offseason, has arguably been the team’s most consistent pitcher.
SEATTLE — The offense wasn’t the problem for the Seattle Mariners, which is an odd thing considering the past few seasons filled with anemic, run-scoring efforts at Safeco Field.
SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon playfully smiled when he looked around the room before Friday’s game and said, “What do you want to talk about, the world coming to an end or what?”
Bristol , Tenn. — Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after beating Brad Keselowski for the top position in qualifying.
Los Angeles — Alex Guerrero’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night in the opener of a three-game set.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The impulse, at the end of a masterful four days of golf, will be to zoom out and go big picture on 21-year-old Jordan Spieth: Did his decisive, four-stroke victory in the Masters just announce his arrival as Tiger Woods’s heir to the throne of American golf, Rory McIlroy’s career-long archrival and the new face — humble, clean-cut and telegenic — of the sport? Yes, this was a performance for the ages, and those are fair questions — but only Spieth can answer them and only many years from now.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The old adage was uttered so many times over the six-week period of Cactus League games by Lloyd McClendon and the rest of the Seattle Mariners that it became a constant, like the sun-drenched days in Arizona.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The three greatest golf tournaments in the world — the British and U.S. Opens and the Masters — have an outsized emotional impact on almost every player. Tournaments they have dreamed about since childhood, often feared as adults and where their fondest hopes can be realized or crushed. These events open them up to spontaneous introspection, philosophizing and humor.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods was 21 years old once, brash, brilliant and full of the fearlessness of youth. When he won the Masters at that age, by a record 12 shots in 1997, it felt less like a young player’s first major title than the launching of an era. The rest of the field that week, including some of the best golfers of their generations, was left to ponder a future spent scrounging for the crumbs that might fall off Woods’s teeming plate.
SEATTLE — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Hisashi Iwakuma and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners, 5-3, on Wednesday.
Augusta , Ga. — Kevin Streelman won the Masters Par 3 Contest in a playoff on Wednesday at Augusta National after Camilo Villegas hit his tee shot into the water on the third extra hole.
SEATTLE — It doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the postseason — a place seemingly everyone expects them to go. It’s one of 162, meaning there are 161 to play.
INDIANAPOLIS — Talk about a bad weekend for Kentucky. Two days after the 38-0 Wildcats were knocked out of the tournament by Wisconsin, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stepped over iconic Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp into sole possession of second place behind UCLA’s John Wooden on the list of all-time coaching greats.
Angels’ Hamilton will not be suspended