LA JOLLA, California - Tiger Woods made a respectable return to the PGA Tour on Thursday, shooting even-par 72 in the first round at the Farmers Insurance Open. In his first official start since this time last year, Woods took a while to dust off the rust, but the quality of his shotmaking improved as the round progressed on the South course at Torrey Pines. He trails American leader Tony Finau by seven strokes and expressed mild satisfaction with his performance, while at the same time adding that there was plenty of room for improvement.
The XFL, a short-lived football league that sought to fuse the sport with the over-the-top theatrics of pro wrestling, will return to the gridiron in 2020, World Wrestling Entertainment founder and Chairman Vince McMahon said on Thursday. McMahon said the XFL, which originally launched in 2001 and lasted only one season, will kick off with eight teams and will play a "shorter, faster-paced, family-friendly and easier to understand" brand of the game during the NFL's offseason.
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Spain's Jon Rahm survived four playoff holes to capture the CareerBuilder Challenge in southern California on Sunday. Rahm shot a 5-under-par 67 to post a combined 22-under and force extra holes with American Andrew Landry, who fired a final round 68. Rahm birdied the par-4 18th hole, the fourth of the playoff, to seal the win. The 23-year-old won the DP World Tour Championship in November and Sunday's victory was his second on the PGA Tour.
MELBOURNE — Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday, Jan. 15. The 20-year-old Swiss played the 37-year-old American great to perfection, soaking up the fifth-seed's firepower and attacking her wavering serve with abandon under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.
Sportscaster Keith Jackson, who brought a folksy, excitable demeanor and down-home exclamations such as "Whoa, Nellie!" to 40 seasons of play-by-play calling as the authoritative voice of college football for ABC Sports, died at age 89, his employer ABC reported on Saturday, Jan. 13. The legendary sportscaster died late on Friday surrounded by family. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co , which owns ABC.
KAPALUA, Hawaii — World No. 1 Dustin Johnson eased to an 8-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday. Johnson entered the final round with a 2-shot advantage and blew away the field with an 8-under-par 65 at the wide open Kapalua Plantation course on Maui. The 33-year-old, who won four times last season, picked up four birdies on the first nine and added three more to go along with an eagle at the par-4 12th hole to shut the door on the competition. His only blemish was a bogey at the 11th.
MAUI, Hawaii—Dustin Johnson offered a reminder that he is still the world No. 1 as he moved within one stroke of second-round leaders Marc Leishman and Brian Harman at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Friday. Johnson recovered from a slow start to run up seven birdies for a five-under-par 68 on the Kapalua Plantation course on the island of Maui. He was deprived of a share of the lead only when Leishman and Harman both birdied the 663-yard, par-five 18th which plunges down the West Maui mountains.
LOS ANGELES - Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler scored 24 points apiece and the MinnesotaTimberwolves continued their best start in 14 years with a 121-104 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford contributed 19 points off the bench for Minnesota (21-13), which shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the floor. The previous best 34-game start for the Timberwolves was 23-11 in the 2003-04 season.
A man fired as a food worker at Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field stadium tried to assault a former co-worker with his car on Friday and crashed it into a storage room near the playing field of the National Football League's Packers, police said. The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the "Frozen Tundra," for its fabled football games in wintry conditions.
U.S. broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his "Oh My!" declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82. Enberg was found dead at his home in San Diego. His wife Barbara told the San Diego Union-Tribune that her husband failed to catch a Thursday flight to Boston, where they were supposed to meet.