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Morikawa Wins PGA Championship, MAC Cancels Fall, Laureano & Plesac Violate Protocols, NHL Quarterfinals, Tiz The Law Wins Travers

GOLF

Twenty-three-year-old Collin Morikawa finished 13-under par to win the US PGA Championship. Having turned pro 14 months ago, the championship was only Morikawa’s second major and 28th tournament.  Morikawa joins Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jack Nicklaus as the only 23-year old winners of the PGA Championship.

FOOTBALL

The Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) officially canceled its 2020 college football season and all other fall sports. Many are now wondering when the other Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences will follow suit.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball specifically outlined in their COVID-19  protocols that any players breaking social distancing guidelines in order to engage or fight with another player or team would be severely punished. It’s no surprise then that Oakland Athletics Ramon Laureano, who charged the Houston Astros’ dugout sparking a bench-clearing altercation, will face discipline. Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, who was seen egging Laureano on, could face disciplinary action as well.

Cleveland Indians Zach Plesac violated protocol as well when he went out with friends in Chicago after the Indians beat the White Sox on Saturday. Plesac was sent back to Cleveland and will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily for COVID-19.

HOCKEY

The quarterfinals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set with 16 teams remaining.

HORSE RACING

Tiz the Law ran away from the competition in an exciting 5 1/2 length victory at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. Manny Franco guided Tiz the Law through a perfect race and a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure. It’s now on to the Kentucky Derby September 5th for this special horse.

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UConn Cancels Football, Division II,III Fall Sports Canceled, Big 10 Demands, Bud Light Free Beer In Detroit, Denver, PGA Championship

FOOTBALL

UConn announced it’s canceling its 2020 football season. According to UConn athletics director David Benedict “Ultimately, the student-athletes would rather preserve their year of eligibility with an eye to competing under more typical circumstances during the 2021 season.”

The NCAA also announced Division II and Division III fall sports will be canceled. The sports affected are football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s water polo.

By laying out a list of demands for playing in the 2020 season, a group of Big Ten athletes have followed the example set earlier this week by a group of students from the Pac-12. Almost all of the Big Ten players’ demands are related to COVID-19 safety issues. According to reports, there are as many at 1,400 Big Ten and Pac-12 students involved in a potential boycott if their demands are not met.

Bud Light is promising free beer in either Detroit or Denver this season if either one of their kickers breaks the NFL record for the longest field goal. It all started when Broncos kicker Brandon McManus stated he wanted to break the record. Bud Light chimed in and said the company would give away free beer in Denver if McManus succeeded.  Current record holder (at 64-yards), Detroit’s Matt Prater jumped in saying he’d like to break his own record. Bud Light then stated it would supply free beer to the entire cities of Detroit or Denver if either one of these kickers could accomplish this feat.

GOLF

The 2020 PGA Championship begins today at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The event marks the first major of the year, and 95 of the top 100 players are competing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brady/Manning Trash Talk In Memorable Match, Kyle Busch Wins At Charlotte Motor Speedway, SEC Volunteer Workouts June 8th

GOLF

The much anticipated The Match: Champions for Charity did not disappoint. After a rain-delayed start, Tom Brady entertained the crowd for the first half of the afternoon by shooting so poorly that Charles Barkley (among others) had a field day roasting him. In typical Brady fashion, though, he found his mojo and hit a beautiful hole-out birdie on the 7th hole. Peyton Manning more than held his own for the day, looking relaxed and shooting well. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were favorites, but even though they led most of the day, Brady and Phil Mickelson came back strong and ended up only losing by a single hole. The best part of the day was hearing Manning and Brady trash talk each other all afternoon. By all accounts, the charity event was a huge success raising $20 million and providing much-needed sports entertainment.

NASCAR

Kyle Busch beat out Austin Cindric on the final lap of overtime at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With no fans in the stands, Busch won his 97th career Xfinity Series race which marked his 210th overall win across NASCAR’s top three series (the most of any driver).

NCAA

The SEC voted to allow voluntary workouts to resume on June 8th. This development is a step towards college sports resuming in the fall, which could help stem the financial suffering of college sports programs. Universities have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but if the 2020 football season is canceled, losses could rise up to $4 billion.

 

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Golf Resuming, Tiger Slam Debut, Champions For Charity Match, MLB’s Saliva Testing, Kraft’s Ring $1.025 Million

GOLF

Golf now plans to resume play in Europe in late July starting with the British Masters. In the U.S., the PGA is still planning on resuming June 11th in Texas.

Speaking of Golf, Sunday night at 8:00 pm ET, the Golf Channel will air “Tiger Slam” a documentary on Tiger Wood’s remarkable 10-month run from June 2000-April 2001 when he won all four major golf titles.  To make it a full golf day, you can also tune in at 3:00 pm for “The Match: Champions for Charity” which will feature Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The mini-tournament raised $10 million for COVID-19 relief.

BASEBALL

Yesterday I mentioned there won’t be spitting in baseball, but now it’s been reported that Major League Baseball is hoping to use a new saliva collection method to test for COVID-19.

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl LI ring was auctioned for $1.025 million. The ring was auctioned as part of the All In Challenge, which is raising money to eliminate food insecurity during the pandemic.

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NFL 2020 Schedule, Thomas Chased At Gunpoint, Manning’s Hilarious Roast Of Brady, UFC Returns, MLS & NBA Return To Practice

FOOTBALL

The NFL announced the 2020 schedule. Let’s hope the season really does start on September 10th with Houston at Kansas City!

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was allegedly chased at gunpoint by his wife Nina back on April 13th. Nina tracked him down by using his brother’s Snapchat and found Earl and the brother in bed with another woman. The situation became public when TMZ reported the story yesterday. Earl took to Instagram to explain his side of the story saying, “So my agent just hit me and said that I’m going to be on TMZ tomorrow from an altercation that happened with me and Nina, Just wanted to get ahead of it. It’s really not anybody’s businesses. It pisses me off that it got out, but it’s the world we live in today. But, instead of talking about us, just keep us in y’all prayers. Stuff like this happens bro. We try to live the best lives we possibly can. Sometimes it don’t go as planned. Just pray for us as we go through this stuff. We’ve been talking. I’ve been seeing my kids. So just keep us in your prayers.”

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

UFC will return with a live bout (with no fans) on Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 pm ET on ESPN.

SOCCER

Several Major League Soccer teams have already returned to their training fields.

BASKETBALL

NBA players will be allowed to return to their practice facilities starting today.

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Trump Announces He Wants Sports Back, PGA Tournaments Return In June, Lamar’s Truzz Trademark

MISC

President Trump announced he is enlisting an advisory group (which the White House has dubbed the Great American Economic Revival Industry Group) from all sectors of the American economy. Included in the group are leaders in the sports world such as NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NFL’s Roger Goodell, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Also included in the group will be MLB’s Rob Mandred, NHL’s Gary Bettman, UFC’s Dana White, PGA’s Jay Monahan, and NASCARs Lesa Kennedy.

Trump announced this group on Tuesday at a White House press conference and said, “We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old. But I haven’t actually had too much time to watch. I would say maybe I watch one batter then I get back to work.”

GOLF

The PGA will reportedly announce the return of golf on June 11-14th at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, TX. They plan to add a few additional tournaments over the summer as well, but all the events will likely be played without fans in attendance and with guidelines for appropriate social distancing.

FOOTBALL

Baltimore Ravens quarterback and NFL MVP Lamar Jackson filed multiple trademarks with the intention of using the words/phrases to sell merchandise. One of the trademarks is for the word “Truzz” which is a different spelling for the nickname Ravens running back Mark Ingram used for him last season. Ingram called him “Big Truss”, but someone else filed the trademark for that name. Jackson also filed for trademarks for the phrases “Era 8 By Lamar Jackson”, “Not bad for a running back” and “You are going to get a Bowl out of me, believe that!”

 

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UFC Dana White To Buy Private Island For Fights, NFL Draft Virtual, Golf Championships Rescheduled

ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

UFC President Dana White announced he’s buying a private island to hold fights during the coronavirus pandemic. He told TMZ, “I am a day or two away from securing a private island. I have a private island that I’ve secured; we’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m gonna start doing the international fights, too. With international fighters, because I won’t be able to get international fighters into the U.S., I have a private island that I’m gonna start flying them all in and doing international fights from there. So as of April 18th, the UFC is back up and running.”

FOOTBALL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell officially declared the draft would be “fully virtual” with personnel in separate locations and communications via phone or internet. The NFL draft begins on April 23rd.

GOLF

All of golf’s major championships have been rescheduled. The Masters will be held from November 12-15 (previously played in April); the PGA Championship will be played August 6-9th (previously in May) at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco; and the U.S. Open will be held from September 18-21 (previously in June) at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The British Open, however, will be outright canceled for 2020. The Open was supposed to be played at Royal St. George in July but will be rescheduled to July 15-18th, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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Shane Lowry Won British Open, Tom Brady Backlash For Cliff Dive With 6-Yr Old Daughter

GOLF

Ireland’s Shane Lowry won the British Open. The Open returned to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, so having the 32-year old Irishman win was exciting for the fans.  Brooks Koepka finished in the top five for the fifth straight championship. He is only the fifth player in the Masters era (since 1934) to accomplish that feat. He joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

FOOTBALL

Many on social media are giving New England quarterback Tom Brady a hard time for taking his 6-year old daughter on a cliff dive. Brady posted the dive on Instagram and immediately received backlash from his friends and fans.  One of his buddies, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a response to Brady saying, “You KNOW I have complete faith in you as a man, friend, player and father – but this just gave me anxiety. Geeezus.” He followed the text with crying laughing and clapping emojis.

 

 

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Barkley Says Zion Out Of Shape, Rory McIlroy Quadruple-bogey 8

BASKETBALL

According to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, the #1 pick in the NBA draft Zion Williamson is out of shape. Zion’s former coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, also stated Williamson wasn’t in physical or mental shape and should have skipped playing in the NBA summer league. Williamson played nine minutes in the summer league for the New Orleans Pelicans then was pulled due to a minor injury. Barkeley told ESPN’s Get Up, “I was fat so I needed to lose weight. I don’t know what Zion’s perfect playing weight is going to be. I thought 300 was my perfect playing weight in college. I had to lose 50 pounds to become a Hall of Famer. I hear he weighs 280. He can’t play at 280 in the NBA. He can’t play at that weight, it’s too much stress on his knees. He’s so big and he’s so strong, but everybody in the NBA is big and strong.”

GOLF

Rory McIlroy was the fan-favorite to win the British Open this week, but after a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole, he’s likely out of contention.

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Simmons Agrees To Max Extension, Cavs Waive Smith, Clarke MVP Summer League, Cuban Ironically Fined, Open In N. Ireland

BASKETBALL

In some NBA off-season news, Ben Simmons agreed to a 5 year $170 million max extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Securing Simmons, the 2017-18 rookie of the year, gives the 76ers a great lineup with newly signed Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived JR Smith after failing to find a trade option for him. As of now, it’s unclear where the free agent will land.

The NBA Summer League is over and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke was named the MVP. Clarke, the #21st overall pick in the NBA draft,  is the fourth Grizzlie in the past seven Summer Leagues to win the award.

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban $50,000 for leaking information during a Board of Governors meeting. The irony, according to Cuban, is that the person (reportedly Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) leaked the incident but won’t get fined for that infraction. Cuban told ESPN, “I appreciate the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should, but won’t, get fined for leaking to you.”

GOLF

Golf’s final major championship takes place this week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The tournament is hosted in the United Kingdom, and for the first time in 68 years, the Open will be in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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