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AP Sources: Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles on Monday
PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love. Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized. Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN. Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs. The former Heisman Trophy winner led Florida to two national titles and was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 16 games during two seasons with the Broncos, including a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in January 2012. Tebow was traded to the Jets after Denver signed Peyton Manning. The 27-year-old Tebow joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on Philadelphia's roster. The addition of Tebow would be the latest move in a stunning offseason for coach Chip Kelly. He traded Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave in free agency. Tebow worked out for the Eagles last month and Kelly later said he's always "been a fan of Tim." Tebow had some success in Denver, but his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence was an issue. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has 989 yards rushing, a 5.0 average yards per carry and 12 TDs. Tebow worked with former major league pitcher Tom House on improving his mechanics. He joins the Eagles in time to start their offseason program this week. --- Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP-RobMaaddi --- AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:33:00 +0000
Weise lifts Canadiens over Senators 2-1 in OT
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Dale Weise scored the tying goal late in the third period and then won it 8:47 into overtime, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory Sunday night in their first-round playoff series. Montreal has a chance to complete a four-game sweep Wednesday, with Game 4 in Ottawa. Weise sent the game to overtime with his goal with 5:47 remaining in the third. Torrey Mitchell assisted on both goals, and Carey Price made 33 saves. Clarke MacArthur opened the scoring for the Senators at 11:28 of the first period. Craig Anderson, making his first start of the playoffs, made 47 saves in the loss. Montreal dominated at times in the second and third periods, outshooting Ottawa 31-15 through the final 40 minutes of regulation. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:27:00 +0000
CP3, Griffin lead Clippers past Spurs 107-92 in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul scored 32 points, Blake Griffin added 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged in the second half for a 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night in their first-round playoff series opener. Jamal Crawford added 17 points for the Clippers, who met the defending NBA champions' challenge in a difficult postseason-opening matchup for two powers. Griffin threw down his usual array of roof-raising dunks, while Paul quarterbacked Los Angeles to an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for the Spurs, who had won the opening game in their previous 11 playoff series. Tim Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Spurs couldn't rally from their hefty second-half deficit. Game 2 is Wednesday night. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:25:00 +0000
Jim Furyk tops Kevin Kisner in playoff to win RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jim Furyk won his first PGA Tour event in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage on Sunday. Furyk had a one-stroke lead when Kisner birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff, the fourth one at Harbour Town Golf Links in the last six tournaments. On the first extra hole, Kisner rolled in a second straight birdie putt on the 18th to put pressure on Furyk. But the former U.S. Open champion answered with a birdie of his own. After Kisner missed his birdie try on No. 17, Furyk sank a 12-foot birdie putt for his 17th PGA Tour career victory. Furyk shot a 63 in the final round and Kisner a 64, leaving them at 18-under 266. Masters winner Jordan Spieth shot a 70 and was eight shots back. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:08:00 +0000
Korver scores 21, Hawks hold off pesky Nets 99-92 in Game 1
ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Korver scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks held off the pesky Brooklyn Nets 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night. The Hawks led nearly the entire game and pushed the margin as high as 16 points, but the Nets kept coming back. Finally, Jeff Teague dropped in a floater coming off the left wing, giving Atlanta a 95-89 lead. Joe Johnson missed a 3-pointer from the corner for Brooklyn, and Teague made a pair of free throws with just under a minute remaining to essentially seal it. Teague and DeMarre Carroll scored 17 points apiece. Eighth-seeded Brooklyn finished 22 games behind the Hawks and slipped into the playoffs on the final day. But, with Johnson and Brook Lopez each scoring 17 points, they didn't look overmatched by a team that won the season series 4-0. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:13:00 +0000
Tavares scores early in OT in Isles' 2-1 win over Caps
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who took a 2-1 series lead. The game was decided quickly in the extra period, and after the Islanders allowed the Capitals to tie the game on Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 6:06 remaining in the third. In overtime, Nikolay Kulemin's initial shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, who then tried to direct the rebound into the right corner. The puck went directly to Tavares, who shoveled it in before Holtby could cover the right post. Game 4 is at Long Island on Tuesday. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:22:00 +0000
Brodie leads Flames past Canucks 4-2 in Game 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Brandon Bollig, Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, who host Game 4 on Tuesday night. Shawn Matthias and Jannik Hansen had goals for the Canucks. Calgary's Jonas Hiller and Vancouver's Eddie Lack each stopped 23 shots. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:57:00 +0000
Grizzlies never trail, rout Trail Blazers 100-86 in Game 1
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Reserve Beno Udrih scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed in routing the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series. Zach Randolph had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 16 points and didn't play the fourth quarter. Jeff Green had 11. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points while taking more shots than anyone had ever taken against Memphis in the postseason, going 13 of 34. Damian Lillard added 14 points, shooting 5 of 21 overall and 0 of 6 beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum had 15 points. The Trail Blazers have lost five straight overall. The Grizzlies swept Portland during the regular season and have won 10 of the last 11, including the first playoff game between the teams. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Memphis. Memphis started the postseason with home-court advantage for only the second time in franchise history, thanks to finishing with four more wins than Northwest Division champion Portland. The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in 2012 before losing that series to the Clippers, and they topped that lead going up by 29 late in the third quarter. The banged-up and short-handed Trail Blazers proved no threat to make that kind of comeback with Aldridge doing everything he could to keep them in the game. Portland looked out of synch from the start with Aldridge and Lillard combining to shoot 3 of 15 in the first quarter, and Aldridge even fell to the court when missing a dunk off an inbound lob at one point. It didn't get much better as Batum threw the ball to the sideline missing Robin Lopez in the third. Memphis led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter and 58-39 at halftime. They grabbed their biggest lead with Randolph hitting a pair of free throws with 1:56 left in the third quarter at 82-53. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: Aldridge topped Russell Westbrook's mark of 33 shots attempted in the playoffs against Memphis set in 2011. ... Lillard missed his first six shots and didn't score until midway through the second quarter with a layup. ... McCollum started only two games during the regular season, and Portland was 0-2 in those starts. Grizzlies: Conley missed the last four games of the regular season with a sprained right foot. He got to rest the entire fourth quarter. ... Lee finished both of his 3-pointers, and Memphis went 21-3 this season when he hit two or more. ... Udrih hit his first six shots. ... Memphis sold out its 21st straight home playoff game. INJURY UPDATE Trail Blazers forward Arron Afflalo missed his fourth straight game with a strained right shoulder. ... Wesley Matthews (left Achilles' tendon) made the trip with the Trail Blazers with his role limited to cheerleader. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:45:00 +0000
Duke freshman Winslow to enter NBA draft
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Justise Winslow is entering the NBA draft after one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday. The forward said in a statement issued by the school that "my dreams and aspirations have literally come true" while winning the national title in his only season in college. He says he believes "it is time to take the next step on my career path and play at the highest level." Winslow averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while helping Duke win its fifth national title. The announcement came less than a week after the same decision from teammate Jahlil Okafor, the first freshman selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year. And just as Okafor's was, Winslow's choice wasn't much of a surprise. "He had a sensational year, both on and off the court," Krzyzewski said. "He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship. "From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. We're behind him all the way and love him and his family." He arrived at Duke last summer as one of the nation's top recruits and ended up ranking third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. He started every game - even as he fought through a cracked rib midway through the season - and scored in double figures in all but one since Jan. 28. His move from the wing to power forward allowed the Blue Devils (35-4) to switch to a smaller lineup that wound up being tough to beat. Duke won 18 of its final 19 games while claiming its fifth national title since 1991. Winslow averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in six NCAA Tournament games, including a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Utah in a regional semifinal in his hometown, Houston. He became the seventh player to go one-and-done at Duke, and the fifth since 2011. That club already includes Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker and, of course, Okafor. Another player - guard Tyus Jones, selected the most outstanding player at the Final Four - could become the third member of that star-packed freshman class to turn pro. The fourth member of that class - tournament breakout star Grayson Allen - has already said he will be back for his sophomore season. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:09:00 +0000
Column: A special win for a special player at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) About the only thing missing was a new scoring record. Not to worry, because odds are Jordan Spieth will set a bunch of them by the time he is done. The odds are equally good that the green jacket he put on Sunday night outside the Augusta National clubhouse won't be his last. The Masters was the tournament he dreamed about growing up beating balls on the range in Texas. The people who run the Masters could only dream of having a new champion who could stare down an all-star field of challengers, then remember to thank everyone from the kitchen staff to the chairman for giving him the chance to do just that. He's a special talent who yells at his ball and plays with a steely intensity. He's also a special person, the son of athletic parents who still dates his high school sweetheart and is a loving brother to a younger sister with neurological difficulties that place her on the autism spectrum. On an overcast day at Augusta National, Spieth finished off a wire-to-wire win that was so utterly dominant it never seemed really in doubt. That he bogeyed the last hole to miss setting a scoring record set by another 21-year-old named Tiger Woods in 1997 did nothing to make the day any less sweet. His family and friends gathered behind the 18th green hugging each other even before Spieth dropped the short bogey putt to finish off his day. Everyone important in his life was there, except the one person who may be most important. His sister, who is seven years younger, doesn't come to many tournaments. Ellie Spieth likes to yell her brother's name and cheer at what should be quiet times, and the Masters would not be the place for that. But Spieth would be calling, and they would talk about him winning his first major championship. "When I speak to her she's going to probably tell me to just bring something home, bring a present home to her," Spieth said. "I'm sure she was watching and was excited when she saw how happy I was there with my family at the end. Probably a little jealous at that point." If so, she's not the only one. Who wouldn't be jealous of a player who refused to yield an inch all week, yet was so gracious he gave playing partner Justin Rose a thumbs up after he made a remarkable recovery shot on the seventh hole? Who wouldn't be jealous of a player who kept the same four-shot lead he teed off with under the intense pressure of a final round at the Masters? And who wouldn't be jealous of a young man who, after hugging his caddie, parents and girlfriend, applauded the fans who came to watch as he took a victory lap around the 18th green? "I don't know what could make you more proud," his father, Shawn, said. "But God-given gift to be able to play the game like that, we're just probably more proud of him for the kind of person he is and the way he handles himself and treats everybody. ... He makes us really, really proud." Spieth almost became the youngest Masters champion ever last year in his first go around at Augusta National, only to lose the two-shot lead he held after seven holes of the final round to Bubba Watson. He was determined to come back and win the green jacket, and he seized control of the Masters with a first round 64 and never looked back. "He wanted badly to get back after last year," his father said. He'd be a college senior if he stayed at the University of Texas, where he played for a year before taking a chance and playing his way onto the PGA Tour. But he looked like a seasoned veteran as he played his way around Augusta National, sealing the deal with an 8-footer for par on the 16th hole even as Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson made late moves. "He's just fiery," said caddie Michael Greller, who was a sixth grade teacher before hooking up with Spieth. "He's got that kliller instinct. You have to have tunnel vision when you're out there, but you have to really appreciate the roars." Spieth has a lot to appreciate, even if he admitted he wasn't sure just what winning the Masters would mean. Spieth hasn't had that much experience winning in his short career, though he won once and finished second twice in his last three tournaments. The last one was in Houston last week, where after every round he would go home and Ellie would say, "Jordan, did you win? Did you win?" "I said, `Not yet, not yet, no,"' Spieth said, laughing. "I can tell her I won now." Maybe he can bring home a present, too. A nice green jacket will do. ---- Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:42:00 +0000
Buffalo Sabres fire coach Ted Nolan
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Two last-place finishes and an imperfect working relationship led Sabres general manager Tim Murray to the conclusion to fire coach Ted Nolan on Sunday. The decision was made after a lengthy evaluation which ended with Murray's exit interviews with Sabres players, a day after Buffalo (23-51-8) closed its season with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh. "I don't think it was a bad fit. I don't think it was a great fit," Murray said. "Maybe it's just chemistry. Maybe it's just two different personalities." Murray also felt the move to fire Nolan, a little more than a year after the coach signed a three-year contract, was needed to improve a team in the midst of a rebuilding process. "I know this isn't a popular thing," Murray said. "To me, it's about getting better. I feel this was an opportunity for us to improve and keep improving. And that's certainly no disrespect to Ted." Nolan was in good spirits but declined comment when reached by The Associated Press. "I'm just going to reflect on it and come out with a statement in the next couple of days," Nolan said. Nolan is out for a second time in Buffalo, after he spent two seasons coaching the team in the mid-1990s. Nolan's first tenure ended after winning NHL coach of the year honors in 1997. He left while feeling disrespected by then-GM Darcy Regier, who offered Nolan a one-year contract extension. Nolan returned to Buffalo on an interim basis in November 2013 when Ron Rolston was fired as part of a front-office shakeup. Regier was fired at the same time, and former Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine was brought in as president of hockey operations. LaFontaine then hired Murray in January, before stepping down abruptly after a little more than three months on the job. Nolan lost his biggest backer in LaFontaine. Murray provided the coach an opportunity by signing him to a contract extension despite having no previous working relationship with Nolan. "We said we hoped it would work, and we would try to make it work," Murray said. "There were no big fights or arguments or anything like that. There might have been a somewhat lack of communication, and that's as much on me as him." The Sabres are searching for their third coach since Lindy Ruff was fired a month into the NHL's lockout-shortened season in February 2013. Murray said he has no timetable on when he intends to hire the next coach. He is also willing to wait for potential candidates on current playoff contenders in order to cast as wide a net as possible. "Certainly, in a perfect world it would be somebody that we have a good relationship, and respect each other and communicate with each other if not every day but on a regular basis," Murray said. One potential candidate is former NHL defenseman Luke Richardson, who is in his third season coaching the Ottawa Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, New York. Murray previously served as the Senators assistant GM and worked closely with Richardson. The Sabres are entering a critical phase of their lengthy rebuilding process this offseason. The team is guaranteed having no worse than the second pick in the draft in June. That puts Buffalo in a position to land one of two highly prized centers: Erie Otters' Connor McDavid or Boston University's Jack Eichel, this year's Hobey Baker winner. Murray acknowledged Nolan was placed in "less than ideal circumstances" taking over a team rebuilding from scratch, and featuring as many as nine players who opened the season in the minors. "I hope that he moves on and finds a fit that's better, a fit that suits his style and I hope he flourishes from that," Murray said. Overall, Nolan went 40-87-17 over the past one-plus seasons. Nolan had difficulty putting together his coaching staff last summer, and failed to bring in a proven defensive-minded assistant to groom Buffalo's young core of defensemen, who struggled with consistency this season. Three of Nolan's assistant coaches also won't be returning. Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen's contracts were not renewed, and Danny Flynn was fired, the team announced. Murray did retain goalie coach, former NHLer Arturs Irbe, who has one year left on his contract. Murray credited the work Irbe did handling the Sabres goalies this season, saying it earned him an opportunity to be considered for the job by the next coach. Nolan also coached the New York Islanders before being fired after his second season in 2008. In his first year, New York went 40-30-12 to make the playoffs. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:30:00 +0000
Maple Leafs clean house, firing GM, interim coach, staff
TORONTO (AP) Changes were expected from the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years. Team President Brendan Shanahan didn't waste any time making them. The Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek and his entire staff Sunday, beginning a tumultuous offseason that could also bring wholesale roster changes. Nonis was fired with three years left on his contract after the Leafs went 30-44-8 to finish with 68 points, the fewest in an 82-game season since 1996-97. Shanahan and the players are set to address reporters Monday at Air Canada Centre. Toronto was in a playoff position in early January when Nonis announced the firing of coach Randy Carlyle and subsequently replaced him with Horachek. At the time, Nonis blamed inconsistency for the firing and said he is "never worried about" his own job security. "You make your decisions on what's best for the team and that's not going to change," Nonis said Jan. 6. "We're going to do the things that we need to do as a group in order to move this team forward." From that day until the season ended Saturday night, the Leafs went 9-28-5 to finish 27th in the NHL. The only silver lining to that is a 9.5 percent chance of winning the draft lottery and a chance to draft top prospect Connor McDavid to jump-start the rebuilding effort. Horachek's dismissal was expected. This is the second straight season he took over as interim coach (2013-14 with Florida Panthers) and was let go. "You want to see more success, obviously," Horachek said after the Leafs' season-ending 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. "If you don't get it, you have to keep trying in different directions and different manners of motivation and where you're going to go. "It's evident that there's lots of changes that have to happen, and the direction has to be in a different direction." In addition to Horachek, assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix were fired. Steve Staios was moved back to the front office as manager of player development. Spott was in his first year as a Leafs assistant after coaching the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies. The Leafs also fired director of pro scouting Steve Kasper and director of player development Jim Hughes as part of an overhaul of the scouting department. Assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter will share interim duties until the Leafs hire a new general manager. The new GM will be tasked with overhauling a roster full of players that underperformed the past two seasons after making the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. Veterans Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul could be among those traded. "You know there's going to be change," Phaneuf said Saturday night. Asked about the rebuilding effort the Leafs are about to embark on, goaltender Jonathan Bernier responded: "That's Shanny's question. I can't answer that." Shanahan began answering it by cleaning house Sunday. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:34:00 +0000
Garcia beats Peterson by majority decision
NEW YORK (AP) In their last appearances in Brooklyn, unified junior welterweight Danny Garcia and light welterweight Lamont Peterson disappointed fans by beating underwhelming opponents. On Saturday night, Peterson and Garcia finally had their anticipated fight and did not disappoint. Garcia beat Peterson by majority decision night at the Barclays Center in a non-title fight. Garcia (30-0) remained unbeaten by getting scores of 115-113 from Kevin Morgan and Steve Weisfeld. Don Ackerman ruled the fight was a draw with a 114-114 score. "That was a war," Garcia said. "That's what fans want to see. He stuck to his game plan and moved a lot. He did a good job and I did a good job." Garcia won eight rounds on Morgan's scorecard and seven on Weisfeld's. Ackerman had Garcia winning six of the first seven rounds before awarding the final five rounds to Peterson. "I don't know what that judge was thinking when he saw a draw," said Angel Garcia, the fighter's trainer and father. In their last appearances in the building on Aug. 9, Garcia easily had a second-round knockout over Rod Salka while Peterson (33-3-1) went 10 rounds with Edgar Santana before the fight was stopped. Both sides had expressed the hope that they would fight each other sometime last year or this year. That fight was announced on Jan. 14 as part of NBC's prime-time boxing series, but about a month ago, Garcia said that he did not have sufficient time to make the mandatory 140-pound weight. That resulted in Garcia's fourth fight in this building also being his second straight non-title fight since winning majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico in March 2014. Even if there was not a title on the line, Garcia had the backing of most of the crowd, who watched him come on strong with right hands and combinations in the early rounds. In the fourth round, he smirked at Peterson as if saying, "Come on hit me." By the middle rounds, Garcia resumed hitting Peterson with a series of hard shots while the crowd chanted his name. Peterson finally showed some aggressiveness in the eighth that forced Garcia near the ropes. In the ninth, the action took place in the middle of the ring and Garcia landed a hard left uppercut early on. At one point, Peterson made a motion of a windup, withstood a few hard rights before finishing the ninth aggressively. In the 10th, Peterson danced around the ring and Garcia mockingly took a few steps but was still unable to get any traction with his punches. In the 11th, Garcia appeared to push Peterson to the canvas with his right glove and then absorbed several body shots. By the end of the round both fighters were wildly running around the edge of the ring. "My game plan all along, (was) slow it down make him miss, see where I can take my chances and capitalize," Peterson said. The fight ended with both fighters still swinging wildly drawing "oohs and aahs" from the crowd. Garcia used a series of uppercuts but Peterson countered with some of his own. In the final minute, both continued swinging wildly and the fight ended with the fans giving the fighters a standing ovation from the largest boxing crowd in the 2 1/2-year history of the building. Both sides said they wouldn't mind a rematch but Peterson also knew how difficult getting this fight was. "I'll fight him again if that's what he wants," Peterson said. "It was hard enough getting him in the ring the first time but I don't expect it. But I'll gladly fight him again." In the other televised non-title fight, middleweight Peter Quillin (31-0-1) returned to the ring for the first time in nearly a year and fought Ireland's Andy Lee (34-2-1) to a draw. It was a non-title fight because Quillin failed to meet the 160-pound weight limit at Friday's weigh-in Judge Guido Cavalleri awarded the fight to Lee with a 113-112 score, judge Eric Marlinski gave it to Quillin by the same score and judge Glenn Feldman's 113-113 ruling led to the draw. "There's a reason why judges are judges," Quillin said. "They see it their way. There's a first time for everything and I'm thankful that despite getting dropped I got back up." Quillin took nearly a year off due to the death of his uncle and birth of his child. In his return, he started strong, knocking Lee to the canvas in the first with a hard right hook and dropping him in the third round with a hard left hand shot across the back of his head. "It was a tough fight I got dropped at the beginning," Lee said. "I would definitely fight him again, hopefully in Ireland. He has an Irish last name. Maybe he can find ancestors there. It was a great fight." Sun, 12 Apr 2015 03:50:00 +0000