Potter comes up with victory at Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Ted Potter Jr. beat three of the biggest names on the PGA Tour at one of the most famous golf courses in America, and then his day got even better.

Walking out to the 18th green for the trophy presentation at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he stopped to chat with Clint Eastwood.

"It was pretty awesome to meet him out there today," Potter said. "Big fan of a lot of his movies he's done, and it was just incredible to meet him, too."

In some respects, Potter starred in his own show with an ending not many imagined.

He turned pro out of high school and groomed his game on the mini-tours, sometimes earning barely enough money to pay for a week's worth of food and gas. When he first got onto the Web.com Tour, he missed the cut in all 24 tournaments he played. Two years after he broke through on the PGA Tour by winning the Greenbrier Classic, he broke his right ankle stepping off a curb and sat out for two years.

The injury was so severe he had two surgeries - one to insert two plates and 12 screws, the other to remove all that hardware.

He played in the final group Sunday with Dustin Johnson, coming up on a full year at No. 1 in the world. Potter was No. 246.

Potter overcame a three-putt bogey on the opening hole by not dropping a shot the rest of the way. He closed with a 3-under 69 and left the mistakes to everyone else, a cast of challengers that included Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. They all finished second, along with Chez Reavie.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts' second choice for head coach could turn out to be even better than the first. And Frank Reich has the Super Bowl championship gear to prove it.

Five days after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on a deal to take the Colts' job, Ballard hired Reich, the man who outwitted McDaniels last week and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Reich is expected to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Colts officials posted a photo of Reich signing the deal on the team's website.


BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.

"The Truth" doesn't have to dream about that day anymore.

The Celtics retired Pierce's No. 34 following the Celtics' 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.

The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.


POMONA, Calif. (AP) - Brittany Force escaped serious injury in a wall-banging crash Sunday in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.

John Force Racing said the 31-year-old Top Fuel driver, the daughter of Funny Car great John Force, sustained no major internal injuries, but does have some bruising of the lungs and will remain hospitalized overnight as a precaution. The team said a CT scan was negative and an MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries.

The defending season champion was racing against Terry Haddock in the first round of eliminations when her 11,000-horsepower dragster veered right just off the start, shot to the left - crossing in front of Haddock - and slammed into the left wall. It spun with the tangled parachute catching the nose and hit backward into the right wall, flipping on its side.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Brad Keselowski opened Speedweeks, before he turned a single lap, as the 7-1 favorite to win the Daytona 500.

Now that he has the first victory of the season, Keselowski is shaping up to be a safe bet.

Keselowski led a 1-2 Team Penske sweep Sunday in the exhibition The Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

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