On opposite ends of California last night, the exit of one of the league’s most singular stars and a record set by one of its most singular teams made for a spectacular end to the NBA regular season. In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant ended his 20-year career with a 60-point, 50-shot performance. In Oakland, the Golden State Warriors became the first team to win 73 games in one campaign.
England’s Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time.
Drivers are competing in NASCAR’s top series, the Sprint Cup Series, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Driving a Toyota, Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 on April 9, 2016.
Villanova players and fans celebrated their victory in the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.
Skaters from around the globe compete at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The competition runs from March 28 to April 3.
Eighty-five mushers began the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Nome from Anchorage on March 6. As of early Friday afternoon, 62 mushers had reached Nome, 14 were out of the race and 9 remained on the trail. A person on a snowmobile drove into two dog teams competing in the Iditarod early Saturday, killing one dog and injuring at least three others. Mushers Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King were attacked a little more than halfway into the race to Nome.
Synchronized swimming teams from around the world competed in the Synchronized Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, March 6, 2016. The tournament is also a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Photos by Karl Merton Ferron, text by Joshua Land
Spring training is a time to prepare and warm up for the grind of another six-month baseball season.
It’s a time for players to gain favor as club officials evaluate who will be one of the lucky 25 to go north in April, and who will disperse among the minor league affiliates.
At the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., much of the roster is already determined. Few spots are up for grabs. But this spring carries weight for an Orioles team with a record payroll coming off a disappointing .500 season. So, browse images of the assembled players stretching, practicing and bonding amid the balmier Florida temperatures leading up to the start of Grapefruit League play the first week of March.