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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Brad Wing Womens Jersey . -- Luke Donald looks like a different player these days. He even acts like a different player. Consider his final hole at the Masters, where he was desperate to make birdie to keep alive his slim hopes. Keeping his weight on the back leg to keep from falling into a fairway bunker, Donald hit a shot so perfect that it one-hopped high against the pin and ricocheted off the front of the green. Then came an impeccable chip -- hes been hitting a lot of those lately -- that dropped for birdie, and the 33-year-old Englishman unleashed emotions that seem to have been bottled up his whole career. He raised both arms, pumped them twice, roared, slammed his right fist and ripped off his visor to salute the gallery. "It was revenge for my second shot," Donald said Monday. "I got carried away. It was a fun moment." Even with the birdie, Donald eventually wound up four shots behind Charl Schwartzel in a tie for fourth with Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy, who played in front of him. Even so, it was another performance that explains why Donald has risen to a career-high No. 3 in the world, and why he can go even higher when he returns this week at Hilton Head. Donald still doesnt win as often as he would like -- six official victories, only two in the last five years -- but winning starts with giving himself chances, and he has done that as well as anyone lately. Dating to the Tour Championship, where he was runner-up to Jim Furyk by one shot, Donald has finished out of the top 10 only one time in his last nine starts. The exception was a missed cut at Riviera, where he returned after a three-month break. A week later, Donald was so dominant at the Match Play Championship that he became the first player to never trail in any of his six matches. So what has changed? Pat Goss, his golf coach at Northwestern who still works with him, used to see two players -- a world-beater every two years at the Ryder Cup (Donald has an 8-2-1 record), and a player burdened by expectations just about everywhere else, particularly the majors. Goss noticed something different at Augusta. "The Masters was the first time I saw the Ryder Cup Luke," Goss said. "He looked like a fighter, ready to go nose-to-nose. He played fearlessly. Every time he made a mistake, he really fought back." Donald attributes the difference to the people around him. The toughest change was deciding toward the end of 2009 to no longer have his brother, Christian, as his caddie. He now has Jon McLaren, whom Donald says "keeps me more lighthearted." He continues to lean on Goss as a coach, mentor and friend. The other addition was Dave Alred, a performance guru best known in rugby circles as a kicking coach for the likes of Johnny Wilkinson. It was Alred who reminded Donald that of his 12 holes he played over par at the Masters, he bounced back with a birdie six times. Such data is now in a diary that Alred has asked Donald to keep. And it was Alred who, in an interview with the BBC last year, referred to Donald as an assassin on the golf course. "Its one shot, one opportunity and you need to hit right between the eyes because you dont get a second chance," Alred said. Put it all together, and something is going very right for Donald. "He has a lot of belief in what hes doing and how hes preparing," Goss said. Along the way, Donald has accepted that he will never be one of the games power hitters, and what he has is ample. It was after his 2006 season, when he played in the final group at a major for the first time, that he began chasing extra length. "I thought to myself that I had to hit it further," Donald said. "My coach never thought that. He thought I had enough in me. But week in and week out I was being outdriven, and all the bombers were winning, and I convinced myself I had to get longer. I think thats part of the reason I got injured. Its part of the reason my swing got in a place I didnt like." Donald finally felt a pop in his wrist at the 2008 U.S. Open and wound up missing the second half of the season, along with the Ryder Cup at Valhalla. The upside to that: He still hasnt played on a losing Ryder Cup team. He was working his way back into shape when his best finish at a major in 2009 -- a tie for fifth at the British Open -- produced harsh criticism of his work ethic. An American writer, in a story published in a British newspaper, questioned his effort and motivation and referred to such players as having "Luke Donald Disease." "I can honestly tell you, it was the first time I saw the media affect him," Goss said. "Most times with a negative article, he lets it pass in one ear and out the other. But this was a Sunday paper in London. Hes proud of his English heritage. And that stung. It was discouraging, because it couldnt have been further from the truth." Donald has been working harder than ever, especially on his short game. He ranks No. 1 on the PGA Tour in scoring and putting, and he is No. 3 in scoring on par 5s, a testament to his wedge play. "I think hes probably the best in the world in the short game at the moment," Martin Kaymer said after losing to Donald in the Match Play final. "I played with Phil Mickelson a few times and it is unbelievable. But what Luke is doing at the moment is a joke." If Donald had access to Twitter in Shanghai last year, when he tied for third in a World Golf Championship, he might have chuckled over a tweet from Joe Ogilvie, who was astonished to see him in contention so often. "Does anyone know where I can get the Luke Donald disease?" Landry Jones Steelers Jersey . -- Kevin Durant insists he and Russell Westbrook arent turning their first-round series into a two-man show, even if the NBA scoring champ says they may be shooting too much. David DeCastro Steelers Jersey . Hamelin, of Ste. Julie, Que, who won gold in the mens 1,500m on Monday, finished first in his heat with a time of one minute, 25.742 seconds. DETROIT -- The NHL-leading Boston Bruins followed their game plan of keeping Gustav Nyquist in front of them for more than two periods. When the puck got loose, and Nyquist got to it, though, one of the games best defenceman and goalies couldnt stop the surging goal-scorer. Nyquist broke a tie with 7:12 left in the third period on his only shot of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat Boston 3-2 on Wednesday night. "I didnt think Gus had one of his best games by any means, but he scored a big goal," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. Nyquist has a league-high 23 goals since Jan. 20 and a team-high 27 this season. He has given the Red Wings the breakout player they needed to boost their chances of extending their post-season streak to 23 seasons while missing many key players, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. The 24-year-old Swede started the season with the AHLs Grand Rapids Griffins after scoring a total of four goals in 40 games the previous two seasons. "Thats one of the young players that has come in here, and given the chance to be a front guy has taken total of advantage of it," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Those things probably dont happen if Datsyuk and Zetterberg are still in the lineup. "When things like that happen, some guys are really good at stepping to the forefront. Hes done an unbelievable job of doing that." The Bruins turned the puck over near Detroits blue line, paving the way for Nyquist to score. He raced up ice, skated around defenceman Zdeno Chara and ended his blurring sequence by scoring against Tuukka Rask. "I think (Chara) came off the bench so it was tough for him to get enough time to gap up, got kind of flat-footed," Nyquist said. "I just tried to use my speed." He has done that a lot lately, scoring in three straight games and having at least one point in 10 games in a row. Nyquist scored 1:42 after teammate Tomas Jurco tied the game. Jimmy Howard finished with 33 saves to seal the win, strengthening Detroits spot as a wild-card team in the Eastern Conference with six games left. "Howie kept us in the game and gave us a chance," defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. "We didnt play great, but we found a way." The Atlantic Division-champion Bruins have been doing that for a while, winning a franchise-record nine straight on the road and earning at least a point in their previous 16 games. James Harrison Jersey. Boston led the Red Wings twice, but couldnt put away the young, scrappy and short-handed team. "Theyve got really good speed," Rask said. "We did a pretty good job of shutting them down, but not good enough." Rask made 17 saves before being pulled for an extra skater with 1:14 left. Detroits Tomas Tatar scored early in the second period to tie the game the Bruins were basically dominating. Tatar used his left skate to push the puck across the front of the crease to set up Jurcos goal. The Bruins held out 36-year-old forward Jarome Iginla because of a lower-body injury, and the team said he is day to day. Iginla played in Bostons first 75 games this season, leading the team with 30 goals and ranking second with 61 points. The defending Eastern Conference champions outshot Detroit 11-4 in the first period and 14-7 in the second before seemingly playing less aggressively in the third when they went ahead. "I thought we let our guard down the second part of the third and they capitalized on it," Julien said. Johnny Boychuks slap shot put the Bruins up 1-0 late in the first, and Carl Soderberg gave them a 2-1 lead early in the third. Boychuk scored shortly after an apparent Boston goal was waved off because Chara was in the crease. Tatar tied it 4:45 into the second with a wrist shot from the right circle that went across traffic and got past Rask as his view was obstructed by Detroits Riley Sheahan. Tatar, another one of many young players who has made the most of an opportunity to play a lot for the banged-up team, has 19 goals after scoring five times in 27 games the previous two seasons. The Bruins went back ahead 1:10 into the third when Soderberg scored from the left circle off a cross-ice pass from Patrice Bergeron. Detroit, though, refused to go away and rallied for a much-needed win. NOTES: The Bruins hadnt lost in regulation since March 1 in a 4-2 loss to Washington. ... The Red Wings kept forward Daniel Alfredsson out of the lineup because of a lower-body injury. ... Datsyuk skated with teammates Wednesday morning, but missed his 16th straight game because of an injured left knee. Datsyuk wouldnt say if he expected to play Friday at home against Buffalo. ... Bergeron extended his point streak to nine games. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '