President Donald Trump welcomed a decision by the National Football League to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying in an interview broadcast on Thursday, May 24, that if they do not want to stand, perhaps they should not be in the United States. Last season some NFL players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.
A new global golf circuit is being planned, multiple sources have confirmed to Reuters, in what would be the biggest upheaval in the professional game in decades. To be named the World Golf Series, the circuit proposed by the British-based World Golf Group has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The group hopes to stage 15-to-20 yearly tournaments around the world, each offering a purse of close to $20 million, according to sources familiar with the plans.
DALLAS—South African-born American Aaron Wise clinched his first PGA Tour title in only his 26th start on Sunday, an empathic three-shot win at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas. Two weeks after finishing equal second in Charlotte, Wise went one better when he carded a closing six-under 65 at Trinity Forest in Dallas. Watched by a gallery including former U.S. President George W. Bush, 21-year-old Wise pulled away from the field after starting the final round tied with Marc Leishman.
PONTE VEDRA, Fla.—American Webb Simpson ended a long victory drought with a commanding four-stroke win at the Players Championship on Sunday, May 13. The 2012 U.S. Open champion was never seriously challenged after starting the day with a seven-shot lead, though Tiger Woods briefly got within four strokes on another ideal day for low scoring at TPC Sawgrass.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson matched the course record of 9-under-par 63 at TPC Sawgrass on Friday, despite suffering a late double-bogey, to open up a 5-shot lead on 15-under at the halfway point of the Players Championship. Patrick Cantlay (68), South African Charl Schwartzel and New Zealander Danny Lee (both 66) were a distant second on 10-under, while Tiger Woods (71), at one-under 143, made the cut with nothing to spare, as did Jordan Spieth (68) and Justin Thomas (70).
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — With his No. 1 world ranking at stake this week, Dustin Johnson sent a message to his pursuers with a resounding 6-under-par 66 on Thursday, May 10, to grab a share of the lead after the morning wave of the first round of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will meet in two regular-season games at London's Olympic Stadium next year, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. Boston will play as the home team in the first MLB games to be held in Europe, on June 29 and June 30, 2019. MLB also confirmed it is committed to playing in London in 2020 as it tries to "establish a long-term footprint in the city.” Baseball is following in the footsteps of American football, which has regularly held NFL games in England since 2007.
Artreyo Boyd may not have a fierce crossover dribble or be able to soar through the air like NBA players but that has not kept him from becoming a top-drafted basketball professional like LeBron James without leaving the comforts of his couch. Boyd, a round-faced and dreadlocked 23-year-old from Cleveland, is the face of the NBA 2K League, which will pit the world's best players in the popular NBA 2K video game against each other when the inaugural season begins on Tuesday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A red-hot Patrick Reed stormed into a two-shot lead after the second round of the U.S. Masters on Friday, while a struggling Tiger Woods barely kept alive his hopes of a fairytale comeback from injury. Former world number one Woods was considered one of the favourites in his bid to collect a fifth Green Jacket after showing impressive form in his return to competition this year, but was unable to make any noise for a second consecutive day.
AUGUSTA, Georgia - Tiger Woods failed to find any sort of rhythm in his much-anticipated U.S. Masters return on Thursday but did well to finish three shots behind the early clubhouse leaders in the year's first major. Woods, who missed the last two Masters because of back issues, was followed by hordes of supporters all day but he was unable to deliver the type of roar-inspiring shots he once did with ease at Augusta National.