Why Kevin Na was booed on the golf course

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Why Kevin Na was booed on the golf course

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Kevin Na was booed, taunted and heckled on nearly every hole. The 28-year-old South Korean native even had one spectator tell him he "better not choke" because he had money riding on him. Na dealt with it best he could, and even though he felt rushed at times, he never chastised fans at The Players Championship for his Sunday slide in the final round. He blamed himself, just as he has all week for his countless waggles and his painfully slow pace. Na closed with a 4-over 76, falling from first to a three-way tie for seventh and becoming the latest 54-hole leader to falter at the treacherous TPC Sawgrass. The third-round leader hasn't won The Players since it moved from March to May in 2007. "I deserve it," said Na, who finished at 8-under 280 -- five strokes behind winner Matt Kuchar. "I mean, I'm being honest. But is it fair? No. You put an average guy in between those ropes, trust me, they won't pull back." Na faded early, too. He bogeyed four of final five holes on the front and wasn't much better on the back. When it was clear he was out of contention, Na hurried between shots in hopes of trying not to slow down playing partner Kuchar. Some fans showed considerably less respect. "It is what it is," Na said. "I do need to work on what I need to. I do need to work on my pre-shot routine. I do need to play faster. But the average golfer has no clue how much pressure we're playing under and how tough it is and how much of a fight it is mentally. I honestly think with all that going on, I did pretty well fighting. I had a good fight. I hung in there, so you know what, I just take the positives from it." Na took hundreds of waggles as he set up over the ball, backed off the shot if he didn't feel comfortable and a couple of times purposely missed so he could start over. Long known as one of the slowest players on tour, Na attributes his bizarre routine to a swing change. Nonetheless, fans showed little compassion. Things got really ugly on the par-4 sixth. "We had a clown on the sixth hole come up and say, after we just made bogey on five, he said, I've got 2,000; you better not start choking,'" said Na's caddie, Kevin Harms. "This is a game of etiquette. It's not basketball. It's not football. Show come class. There's no reason to do that to anybody. "It's not like he's doing it on purpose. He feels more bad about it than anyone else, I can promise you that. He's doing everything he can to get faster." On the par-5 ninth, Na even backed off his tee after hearing some boos. After he pulled his tee shot in the water on the par-3 13th, some fans started singing, "Nah, nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah, nah. Hey, hey, hey, goodbye." "You know, when I'm over the ball, it would be nice if it was quiet," Na said. "But just guys, you can hear them talking, like, Pull the trigger, pull the trigger, hit it,' which makes me back off even more. So that part was a bit tough." Kuchar said he didn't notice the taunts. "I did not hear as much as heckling," Kuchar said. "We talked a little bit about the Na last name and how many different versions he must here of nah, nah, nah, nah' or just different plays on his last name. So he said he's pretty much heard everything, had a few giggles at some." Regardless, Na plans to address his pre-shot problems in the future. But it's not likely to happen anytime soon. "I'm going to try to take out the whole waggle, no waggle," he said. "I'm going to try to do a little up and down behind the ball, but it's going to take time, practice and tournaments, and I'm going to try to take out the whole waggle. Honestly, it's going to be a battle."

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CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

The NBA announced their awards for the 2016-17 season on Monday night. Here is the official ballot turned in by CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael:

Kia Most Valuable Player
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   

Kia Most Improved Player
Beal, Bradley (Was.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Jokic, Nikola (Den.)   

Kia Defensive Player of the Year
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   

Kia Sixth Man
Johnson, James (Mia.)   
Iguodala, Andre (G.S.)   
Gordon, Eric (Hou.)   

Kia Rookie of the Year
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   

Coach of the Year
D’Antoni, Mike (Houston Rockets)
Snyder, Quin (Utah Jazz) 
Spoelstra, Erik (Miami Heat) 

All-Rookie Team
1st
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Hield, Buddy (Sac.)   
Ferrell, Yogi (Dal.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   

2nd
Brown, Jaylen (Bos.)   
Embiid, Joel (Phi.)   
Murray, Jamal (Den.)   
Prince, Taurean (Atl.)   
Chriss, Marquese (Pho.)   

All-Defensive Team
1st
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Thompson, Klay (G.S.)   
Paul, Chris (LA-C)   

2nd
Butler, Jimmy (Chi.)   
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
Bradley, Avery (Bos.)   
Beverley, Patrick (Hou.)   

All-NBA Team
1st
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
James, LeBron (Cle.)   
Davis, Anthony (N.O.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   

2nd
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   

3rd
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Millsap, Paul (Atl.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Curry, Stephen (G.S.)   
Thomas, Isaiah (Bos.)   

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Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wade Davis struck out batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end Washington's ninth-inning rally, and the Chicago Cubs held off the Nationals 5-4 Monday night.

In jeopardy of being shut out for the first time this season, the NL East-leading Nationals scored four times in the ninth. Their comeback began against Hector Rondon and continued when Davis entered.

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With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper's single loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who's hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory.

Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead.