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  • Elite prospect Chris Walker drops four rim-rocking dunks in a single game

    Univerity of Florida fans were already looking forward to the arrival of highly touted basketball recruit Chris Walker next season -- Walker's currently ranked No. 8 on the Rivals150 for 2013 -- but if Gator Nation needed another reason to count down the days until the power forward steps foot on campus, this recent highlight-reel should probably do the trick.

    Walker, who's in his senior year at Holmes County (Fla.) High, turned a recent game into a one -man dunk contest with four impressive slams that left no doubt why the 6-9, 220-pounder is one of the top players in the country.

    Seriously, Walker looks like a man amongst boys in this video as he glides to the hoop with ease and posterizes nearly every player on the Jay (Fla.) High roster. At times it almost appeared as if Walker hardly had to try. That's incredible considering the fact that the Jay matchup was a conference game.

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  • Update: Tom Watson named 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain

    Tom Watson captained the last U.S. squad to win on European soil. — Getty Images

    [Update: Tom Watson was officially announced as the 2014 Ryder Cup captain on Thursday morning. "I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call," he said on NBC's "Today" Show. "I loved it the first time. It's a great honor to be able to do it again. And this time, we need 14 ½ points."]

    The PGA of America won't officially announce the captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team until Thursday morning on the "Today" show, but according to a report from Golf World's Tim Rosaforte, it looks like the PGA already has its man.

    Roseforte tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that his "reporting has Tom Watson as next Ryder Cup captain" — a name that, until last weekend when he expressed interest in captaining the 2014 team, was considered a complete long shot.

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    David Toms and Larry Nelson were rumored to be the front-runners for the 2014 captaincy. However, it appears the PGA is prepared to go in a different direction and tab Watson as the U.S. captain at

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  • Report: Rory McIlroy buys swanky $10.9 million home in Florida

    This is reportedly the home Rory McIlroy bought in Florida. — NeighborCity.com

    Rory McIlroy's living the good life. The No. 1-ranked player in the world amassed over $14 million in earnings this year on the PGA Tour and European Tour, is reportedly set to make upwards of at least $200 million when he signs with Nike Golf, and won his second major by eight shots at the PGA Championship.

    Needless to say, McIlroy has some money to spend during the offseason, and according to GossipExtra.com, the 23-year-old's going to spend it on a $10.9 million home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

    Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 golfer and biggest earner on the PGA Tour this year, has signed a contract to buy one of Palm Beach County's greatest houses.

    Several real estate sources tell me McIlroy, who won the PGA Player of the Year award this week, came close to the $10.9 million-asking price for 2380 Old Gate Lane.

    The Intracoastal-side property is in the swank Old Gate enclave of Pam Beach Gardens.

    McIlroy, who's currently playing a full schedule on the PGA Tour, had hinted he was in the market for a new home after he put his home in Northern Ireland on the market for $3.24 million in September.

    Another shot of Rory McIlroy's new home. — Gossip Extra

    As for the new mansion in question? Well, it's pretty fantastic based on the listing photos. Built in 2012, the house is 10,000-square feet, has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms (who doesn't need nine bathrooms!), gym, pool ... and a putting green. Talk about the perfect home.

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  • Video: Rickie Fowler shows off new Puma AMP CELL Fusion shoes

    Golf may not have a true off-season, but the last few month of the season are know for a couple things: Silly-season events with fields that don't include the last names "McIlroy" or "Woods," and golf companies releasing the latest clubs/apparel for the upcoming season.

    Here's Rickie Fowler showing off Puma's latest shoe, the AMP CELL Fusion, which I'm guessing he'll be wearing at the start of the 2013 season. As you'd expect, the shoe comes in a multitude of colors. Fowler's swagger and swing are unfortunately not included.

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  • Patty Gasso was supposed to be the center of attention on Saturday evening at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in Orlando, Florida. The University of Oklahoma softball coach was supposed to be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame -- a huge honor for a coach who helped the Sooner win a national championship in 2000 and had compiled an impressive 871—279—2 during 18 seasons at the school.

    University of Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso — News9.com

    This was Gasso's night to be honored for her tireless dedication to the sport. But instead of making the trip to be honored by her peers, the coach decided to pass on the ceremony and attend her son's 6A state championship football instead.

    As the Oklahoman reported, Gasso was hoping the game between Norman North (Oklahoma) High, her son's school, and Jenks (Oklahoma) High would be played on a Saturday, allowing her to make the Friday ceremony and fly back in time for the game. But when the game was confirmed for Friday, Gasso knew she had to skip the hall induction for her son's final high school football game.

    "I wish she could be at both and I wish I could be there for both," DJ Gasso told the Oklahoman. "If she's there, it'd be even better."

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  • Oregon LB averages incredible 17.8 tackles per game — down from 20 last year

    Oakland (Oregon) High's David Henry — Northwest Elite IndexBefore we begin, let's put David Henry's numbers into perspective. Minnesota Vikings OLB Chad Greenway is the current NFL leader in tackles after 13 weeks. With 123 total tackles (solo and assisted) he's averaging just over 10 tackles per game — an impressive number for any player through more than half the season.

    Toledo LB Dan Molls is the NCAA leader at just under 14 tackles per game. The numbers Greenway and Molls have put up this season are noteworthy, but they don't hold a candle to the insane tackle numbers Oakland (Ore.) High LB David Henry has been putting up over the last two season.

    As the Oregonian pointed out in a recent story, Henry is currently averaging a video game-esque 17.8 tackles this season to lead the team. The number seemed so preposterous that his coach, Ben Lane, questioned the team's statistician to see if he'd made a mistake.

    "I've had people say, 'Are you sure?'" Lane told the Oregonian. "But I promise you, I'll give you the game film and you can count them

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  • Report: Rory McIlroy’s appearance fee now a staggering $2 million

    Rory McIlroy / Getty Images

    Remember when we thought Tiger Woods was the only golfer on the planet who could bring in an appearance fee north of $2 million? Well apparently the 14-time major winner has company in the eye-popping appearance fee department, after Australia's Herald Sun reported that Rory McIlroy's now asking for just over $2 million to show up for an event.

    According to the Sun's story, McIlroy's management team had come to an agreement on an appearance fee with Australian Open officials at the end of last year to play the event, but following the 23-year-old's torrid finish to the 2012 season -- including an eight-shot win at the PGA Championship -- the fee went from $1 million to $2 million, thereby putting him out of reach financially for Aussie tournament officials.

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    Is McIlroy's appearance at a tournament worth $2 million? He's without question the hottest player in golf at the moment, owns the No. 1 ranking and has a couple major wins under

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  • Video: 14-year-old Tiger Woods discusses race and golf in rare interview footage

    These days, it's rare to see a superstar athlete speak candidly on hot-button topics like race or politics. Most likely have an opinion on the subjects, but when every word that comes out of your mouth is over-analyzed, it's easier to keep your thoughts to yourself and keep them guessing.

    Tiger Woods is without a doubt a superstar athlete who falls into this discussion. We rarely hear Woods voice his opinion on off-course issues these days. However, if you go back into the archives, you'll find footage of Woods talking about, among other things, race as a 14-year-old to Trans World Sport in a rare interview that was posted on YouTube to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company.

    You never see Woods get this personal these days -- and rightfully so following the hydrant mishap -- but it's still great to see the 14-time major winner, even as a 14-year-old, speaking candidly about hot-button issues. Give it a watch if you have five minutes.

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  • Robert Karlsson, Patrick Reed among the best storylines from Q-School

    Robert Karlsson / Getty Images

    Well that's it, folks. After years of producing more drama than your average PGA Tour event, the final edition of Q-School came to a close on Monday afternoon at PGA West. Following six grueling rounds of golf, 26 players were fortunate enough to punch their PGA Tour ticket and tee it up with the best in the world next season.

    Of course, the final day of Q-School wasn't short on drama. There were numerous storylines in play throughout the day, but when the dust finally settled, there were five storylines that stuck out.

    Robert Karlsson overcomes the full-swing yips — Robert Karlsson's career was on life support back in July. Following a practice round at the Open Championship, the Swede withdrew from the major, citing some "bad habits in my game" as the reason for pulling out. Little did anyone know that Karlsson was suffering from the full-swing yips -- which basically meant he couldn't start his golf swing or commit to pulling the trigger. Fast forward almost five months and Karlsson somehow, some way managed to secure his card with a T14 finish.

    "I learned a lot," Karlsson said of the last few months. "Not to take golf for granted, that's for sure. Now it seems like a bonus that I can play. I am very happy."

    Mr. Monday is a full-time member — It's tough to peg how rookies are going to fare on the PGA Tour, but if this year's success during Monday qualifying is any indication, Patrick Reed could be in for a successful 2013. Reed, who Monday qualified for an astounding six tour events in 2012, came close to securing his card as a non-member this year. If he needed only a handful of starts to come close, imagine what the August State product could do with 20-plus starts. Reed finished T22 to secure his card.

    Si Woo Kim becomes youngest PGA Tour member — Move over, Ty Tryon: Si Woo Kim is now the youngest member in PGA Tour history, after he posted 18-under to secure a spot next to Rory and Tiger next season. But there's a catch to Kim's big news: He won't be able to tee it up on a full-time basis until June. The reason? PGA Tour rules state you must be 18 before you can have full-time status -- meaning Kim will technically be a non-member until. Talk about a buzz-kill.

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  • These days, it seems like golf fans will do whatever it takes to get on television. It used to be that yelling "Get in the hole!" was enough to get you noticed, but after years of fans yelling the tired phrase on everything from tee shots to gimmie putts, some figured it was time to get creative and throw a new yell into the on-course lexicon.

    Enter "Mashed potatoes," which made its debut last year at, where else, but the World Chellenge. Well, Mr. Mashed Pototoes — or does he prefer to be called "Tater" for short? — decided to make an appearance at his old stomping grounds after a Graeme McDowell approach shot.

    Now most golfers rarely give the screaming fan the time of day, but following a tidy approach shot from McDowell, he decided to tell Mr. Mashed Potatoes what he thought of his yell with a not so subtle gesture and a word that rhymes with tanker.

    I'm not sure if every pro golfer feels the same way about these yells. Scratch that, I'm fairly certain every pro golfer on the

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