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Format details announced for TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match

Format details announced for TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match

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Format specifics have been announced for the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity match, less than a week before live televised golf returns at Seminole Golf Club. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will team against a pair of former Oklahoma State standouts in Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a team skins match on May 17. The format means that each player will play his own ball, with each team counting the lower score between the two players on each hole. McIlroy and Johnson will play for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff will play for the CDC Foundation. With all money going to charity, both teams will start with $500,000 in the bank. From there, hole values will increase as the match continues: Nos. 1-6 will be worth $50,000 each, while Nos. 7-16 will...
Bob Myers on Warriors’ second title run with Kevin Durant: ‘It wasn’t joy’

Bob Myers on Warriors’ second title run with Kevin Durant: ‘It wasn’t joy’

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Steve Kerr and Draymond Green both said the Warriors’ dynamic – particularly with Kevin Durant – changed between their 2017 and 2018 championships. Warriors president Bob Myers agrees. Myers, via Nick Friedell of ESPN: “The second time with Kevin [in 2018] it felt like, ‘Well, we just did what we were supposed to do, and great job,'” Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers said of the last time the Warriors won a title. “It wasn’t joy.“I’m sure a lot of people felt differently. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. I think there’s just a weight to everything. Winning tends to increase joy. Imagine how miserable the Warriors would have been if they were losing! Golden State already had a fun young team with a championship under its belt when Durant arrived. His mere presence t...
Byfuglien and other veteran NHL free agent defensemen with unclear futures

Byfuglien and other veteran NHL free agent defensemen with unclear futures

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After covering forwards and goalies, let’s close things out with a look at fringe veteran NHL free agent defensemen. Before we start, note that this isn’t about top defensemen available. Alex Pietrangelo likely only stands on the fringe between a huge contract or just a very big contract. Also, the sheer glut of defensemen means a lot of borderline players will either be off this list, or merely mentioned in passing. A lot of stuff to consider with Buff Going to an earlier post, health questions limit Corey Crawford‘s earning potential. Those issues loom even larger for very large defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. After missing the 2019-20 season, it’s unclear how close Byfuglien can be to full-strength. Most of all, Byfuglien must decide if he even wants to come back. And at what ...
MLB releases draft of COVID-19 testing, safety protocols

MLB releases draft of COVID-19 testing, safety protocols

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A draft of Major League Baseball’s health-and-safety manual for post-COVID-19 playing has leaked to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jeff Passan of ESPN. The current release — which Rosenthal and Passan detail, but each of which says is only partial — lays out an elaborate testing and safety protocol scheme which is reportedly going to be supplemented before a formal proposal is made. The short version: it’s EXTRAORDINARILY complicated. According to the draft plan, a copy of which has been given to the MLBPA but which has not yet been seen by most players, the testing component relies heavily on saliva testing, not the swab-up-the-nose testing, which is considered a far more workable and replicable form of mass COVID-19 testing (you can read a detailed story about that kind of test...
No time to wait: ‘We’re just going all in’ on Lap 1 at Darlington

No time to wait: ‘We’re just going all in’ on Lap 1 at Darlington

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Tyler Reddick’s response is immediate. Asked to describe what the opening lap in Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway might be like, the Cup rookie says: “Frustrating.” It’s not because it will be the first lap of competition in a Cup car at Darlington for Reddick — and six other drivers in the 40-car field. Or that competitors will have had no practice or qualifying before racing at arguably NASCAR’s toughest track. Or that it will have been 71 days since Reddick and his fellow drivers last competed in a Cup race because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Reddick users the word “frustrating” because of where he’ll start. A combination of owner points and random draw set the field. Reddick’s season has had more struggles than success and he enters the race 26th in points. That meant he ...