San Diego State captures second straight Mountain West title with win at UNLV
LAS VEGAS — Maybe San Diego State could ask UNLV if it can hang its Mountain West championship banner in Thomas & Mack Center. The custom is to display banners in your home arena, after all, and the Aztecs feel increasingly at home here. Over the last 13 seasons, no program among the 350-plus in Division I has won more games in a building that technically isn’t its own. The Aztecs’ 71-62 victory here Wednesday night against UNLV is their 35th over that span, counting games against the Rebels as well the conference tournament. This one clinched an eighth overall and second straight Mountain Wes...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jordan Spieth’s Arnold Palmer Invitational debut a thank you to The King’s contributions to golf
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jordan Spieth was a tongue-tied 20-year-old unable to summon the right words during a chance meeting with Arnold Palmer at the 2014 Masters. This week at the iconic golfer’s longstanding tournament, Spieth will make his debut and in a sense deliver a long overdue, yet simple message for one of the game’s most impactful players. “You just want to say thank you for continuing to boost this sport and at a professional level further and further, and allowing us the opportunities that we have,” Spieth said Wednesday on the eve of the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Spieth burst ont...
Georgia Senate panel OKs bill limiting sports to gender identified at birth
ATLANTA — A Georgia Senate panel approved legislation that would require students to participate in high school sports according to the gender that appears on their birth certificate. Senate Bill 266 would ban schools from allowing transgender girls from participating in sports that align with their gender identity. The Senate Education and Youth Committee approved the measure on a party-line vote of 5-3, with Republicans voting in favor of the bill. “I believe that God made man, took one look and said that I can do better than that, and made woman,” said state Sen. Marty Harbin, a Tyrone Repu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Calkins: Tiger Woods’ golf career could be over, but while it was going there were few as captivating
There have been more successful athletes, although they aren’t easy to find. There have certainly been more engaging ones, too. He never made headlines for his political stances the way other top-flight sports stars do, and his off-the-course exploits will serve as an irremovable blemish on his character. All that said, I’m not sure there has ever been an American sports story as compelling as Tiger Woods. I don’t know that any athlete has ever gripped an audience for this long and with this much fervor. A few days ago, we could have lost him when his car tumbled off the road and caused seriou...
The Seattle Times
Mac Engel: Texas high schools are losing thousands of coaches. How some are tackling the crisis.
Coaches are leaving Texas high schools at a rate of about 6,000 per year. With the state’s population of nearly 30 million and counting, that number may not look that bad, but ... “We are at a crisis point,” said Joe Martin, the executive director of the Texas High School Coaches Association. “That 6,000 (obtained from the Texas Education Agency) was from 2017. We know now those numbers are even bigger today. “The pandemic is going to push this even bigger because of the struggles all coaches and teachers are facing. We think the attrition rate is closer to 20 percent.” This is not just a Texa...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Chicago Bulls rally vs. Denver Nuggets but can’t overcome Nikola Jokic’s huge night in a 118-112 loss
During a film session after the Chicago Bulls’ game Sunday against the Toronto Raptors got postponed because of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas had already turned his sights to the team’s next opponent — and his former team — the Denver Nuggets. According to center Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls’ top basketball executive told the team: “Now you get some more time to rest. I need y’all to win this next game for me.” The Bulls nearly pulled off the upset Monday night at the United Center, rallying from a 15-point deficit to ...
Mavs star Luka Doncic autographed NBA rookie card nets $4.6 million
While the basketball world has been swooning over the cryptocurrency, virtual card phenomenon “NBA Top Shot,” a one-of-a-kind deal involving Dallas Mavericks wunderkind Luka Doncic quietly went down on Sunday ... which happened to be the guard’s 22nd birthday. A Doncic National Treasures Auto Logoman 1/1 autographed rookie card sold for $4.6 million according to collector Bolillo Lajan San, and was reportedly the highest-priced NBA card ever sold. “Today is a big day in the hobby. Also, it just happens to be @lukadoncic birthday as well which was pure coincidence,” an Instagram post read. “Bei...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Raphael Wicky — a former ‘water carrier’ with a ‘California vibe’ — is tasked with getting the Chicago Fire back to the playoffs. But despite a 1st season filled with struggles, he’s optimistic entering 2021.
When the Chicago Fire unveiled Raphael Wicky as their new coach ahead of the 2020 season, he cautioned that rebuilding the team and establishing a new culture would take time. “Building a team is really exciting, but building a team also takes time,” he said. “It’s not going to be done overnight.” What no one could have predicted was how much patience would be required during a season defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fire played two games in March, then stopped as Major League Soccer halted its season. Fast forward to July and the Fire played three matches in the MLS Is Back Tournament be...
William Byron wins NASCAR race at Homestead
Charlotte native William Byron claimed his second win in his Cup Series career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He led a race-high 102 laps of the 267-lap race and won the second stage of NASCAR’s Dixie Vodka 400. Tyler Reddick finished second, and Martin Truex Jr. finished third. “Get used to winning, boys, get used to it,” Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet crew chief Rudy Fugle said on the team’s radio after the win. The pairing is a new crew chief and driver combination this year. Fugle, new to the Cup Series, and Byron worked together for one year in 2016 for Kyle Busch Motorsports competing in ...
The Charlotte Observer
Tiger Woods breaks silence 5 days after crash, thanks fellow golfers for ‘touching’ show of support
Tiger Woods broke his silence Sunday to say he’s going through a “tough time” after his near-fatal car crash but was deeply moved by fellow pro golfers and fans wearing his trademark red. “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts,” he said in a Twitter post Sunday evening, the first post on his account in his own voice since the rollover crash. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time,” he tweeted. Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood and Cameron Champ were among the many players and fans ...
New York Daily News