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Jordan Spieth comes close but falls short

AUGUSTA, Ga. — They say The Masters starts on the back nine on Sunday. Sometimes they are wrong by a couple of holes. This 78th Masters began in earnest, and was ultimately decided according to the men involved, in a span of only 20 minutes on the eighth and ninth holes. There, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, playing with immaculate self-control, met the arbitrary treachery for which Augusta National is infamous.

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Mariners suffer first loss in extra innings

OAKLAND, Calif. — A day earlier, Lloyd McClendon predicted his Mariners were due to play some 2-1 and 1-0 games. They weren’t going to steamroll every team. That premonition came to fruition on a chilly Thursday night at a largely unfilled O.co Coliseum against the defending American League West champion Oakland A’s.