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NBA great Ray Allen tells the "AP Sports Weekly" podcast that the players who
step up to take the big shots in the playoffs do so because they refuse to be
overwhelmed by the moment.

Allen propelled Miami to an NBA title in 2013 with a 3-pointer in Game 6 of
the Finals against San Antonio that is regarded as one of the greatest clutch
shots ever. He says hard work and experience is why some players want the ball
at the biggest moments.

"Those great players in the league will do that consistently Terrell
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and Tim Dahlberg. "They continue to do their jobs and don't let the
circumstances get the better of them."

Allen also talks about his new autobiography "From the Outside: My Journey
through Life and the Game I Love" and gives his opinion of the playoffs so far.
Also joining Litke and Dahlberg is football guru Ross Tucker, who talks about
the NFL draft and who he thinks will be the first quarterback selected.

NCAA chief Mark Emmert talks to the AP's Ralph Russo about the upcoming Rice
commission report released this week, while the co-hosts debate the state of
college athletics under Emmert.

Tucker returns to talk press box food (think bratwurst in Green Bay) and his
belief that the better teams serve the media better meals.

Tony Romo settled down after a nervous start, only to come undone on the
back nine in his PGA Tour debut.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback played a four-hole stretch in a 5 over
on the back nine that led to a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and
Club Championship. He was 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, who had a 63 to lead by
one shot.

"Over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point Royce
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shots close and I had a chance to be under par pretty easily. Then two or three
shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

Romo, who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, received a sponsor's
exemption to the tournament, which has one of the weaker fields of the year
because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas. He is
playing as an amateur.

Garnett played bogey-free, opening with a 30 on the back nine and building a
one-shot lead over Corey Conners of Canada.

Romo played with Denny McCarthy, who was among those at 66 Authentic
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shot a 73.

"I was nervous," said Romo, who opened with two bogeys before getting back to
even par on the front nine. "I think I knew going in that I was going to be
trying to rely on the mechanics and the fundamentals of the swing. I hit it
fine, but three-putted three times, twice early in the round. That's just
nerves, and hopefully you can get that out of the way and get a couple of swings
that you aren't used to doing and come back and play better tomorrow."

Friday most likely will be his last day.

Only two players had a higher score than Romo 鈥?D.A. Points and Guy Boros at
79. The 53-year-old Boros was playing on the PGA Tour for the first time in
three years.

Romo joined a short list of athletes who have tried to compete against those
who play for a living.

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played the Kemper Open in 1992. He shot rounds of 80-91 and missed the cut by 27

Ken Harrelson, an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 1968,
qualified for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield and missed the cut by one shot.
John Brodie qualified for the U.S. Open while playing for the San Francisco
49ers and later won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.

Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry played a Web Tour
event outside San Francisco. He shot 74-74 and missed the cut by 11 shots.

"I had it going for a little bit," Romo said. "I had it close."

Garnett was 10 shots better than his opening round at Punta Cana last
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, when it was a Web Tour event. He shot 73-67 and
missed the cut.

"I think last year I just kind of approached the golf course wrong," Garnett
said of the generous fairways on the resort course. "To me, this is a second
shot golf course. Everybody's in play off the tee and it comes down to a putting

Jonathan Byrd was in a large group at 66, while former Puerto Rico Open
winner George McNeill was among those at 67.

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