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Weekend rewind: Tiger is back; Triple homicide suspects turns himself in; and more

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. [Associated Press]
Published Apr. 15

Tiger Woods wins Masters, caps comeback with 15th major title

The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has won his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems. Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world's best when he triumphed in last year's Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013. Now, he's back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner in Florida

A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his farm in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said. Take a look at the bird here.

Haines City man, accused of killing 6 year old and two others, turns himself in

The suspect in the fatal shootings of a 6-year-old Florida girl, her mother and aunt has surrendered after a statewide manhunt. Haines City Police told reporters that 38-year-old Ernst Cherizard turned himself in Sunday. He is accused of killing Elizabelle Frenel, her 23-year-old mother, Eli Normil, and 48-year-old aunt Nicole Guillume. Police say he fled after shooting the three at an apartment complex Friday night and had been the subject search that tracked him 200 miles away near Fort Lauderdale.

Lightning on verge of elimination after Game 3 loss to Blue Jackets

The wheels are off. This was supposed to be the greatest season in Lightning history, one of the greatest the NHL has ever seen. But with a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, the Lightning is in an 0-3 hole, one loss from one of the most disappointing, embarrassing finishes in sports history. Tampa Bay scored nearly at will in the regular season. It dominated special teams. It rebounded quickly, never losing more than two games in a row, and that happened only twice. On the few occasions it was necessary, goalies stole games. None of that is happening in the playoffs so far. Is it because of a lack of grit?

Best record in majors? It's the Rays, who head home 12-4 after beating Jays

In happier Tampa Bay sports news, the Rays now hold the best record in the majors after winning a fifth-consecutive series to start the season on Sunday, this time taking two out of three against the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Rays are now 5½ games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and have matched the best 16-game start in franchise history. Hear what the players had to say about their fast start here.

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