Tiger Woods takeover: Highlights of his greatest wins on Sky Sports

It’s a Tiger Woods takeover on Sky Sports Golf this week, as we look back at some of the 82-time PGA Tour winner’s greatest victories.

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To coincide with “Tiger Woods: Back” premiering on the Sky Documentary channel on June 5 at 9pm, we’ve ripped up the schedules to provide three full days dedicated to some of Woods’ most memorable wins.

Each day focuses on a different area of Woods’ dominance, with Thursday full of highlights from some of his most significant PGA Tour successes and a full final-day repeat from his 2005 victory at the Ford Championship at Doral.

Friday is devoted to all four of his PGA Championship victories, including repeats of his win in 2006 and successful title defence a year later, with Saturday switching to his other major achievements.

Each of his five victories at The Masters get covered, including how he silenced his critics to win a 15th major title in the 2019 contest, as does a look back at Woods’ three wins at The Open – starting with the history-making title at St Andrews in 2000.

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Full details of the wall-to-wall Woods coverage over the coming days can be found in the TV guide, but we’ve delved deep into the schedule to pick out 10 key events you’ll definitely want to see again.

How to watch Woods’ significant victories (all on Sky Sports Golf):

1996 Las Vegas Invitational – Woods’ maiden PGA Tour win – Thursday 11pm

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1997 Masters – Woods’ maiden major title – Saturday 9am

1999 PGA Championship – First of Woods’ four Wanamaker Trophy wins – Friday 1pm and 9pm

2000 The Open – Record-breaking victory at St Andrews – Saturday 9pm

2001 Masters – Completion of ‘The Tiger Slam’ – Saturday 10am and 5pm

2001 The Players – The ‘better than most’ putt – Thursday 12pm, Friday 5am

2005 Ford Championship at Doral – Beating Mickelson and returning to world No 1 – Thursday 7pm

2007 PGA Championship – Most recent PGA Championship win – Friday 3pm

2018 Tour Championship – First win in five years – Thursday 1pm

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Aaron Rodgers after Drew Brees’ comments: Protests have never been about anthem or flag

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called for solidarity and change amid protests over George Floyd’s death, adding that on-field demonstrations by NFL players in recent years have “never been about an anthem or flag.”

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis after a white former police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest last week.

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Violent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd’s death, during which he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

The situation has turned attention back to Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. Saints quarterback Drew Brees still does not approve of that form of protest, as he reiterated Wednesday. His position brought heavy backlash from NFL players.

Rodgers was among those to use social media to speak out on players protesting.

A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all

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“A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game,” the Super Bowl 45 champion and two-time NFL MVP wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of himself locking arms with teammates before a game.

“It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all.”

Brees angered teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Malcolm Jenkins and other athletes after taking offense to kneeling in front of the U.S. flag during the anthem.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said when asked about players kneeling in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.

“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about.”

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Weekes: NHL needs to get real about inequality

    Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter.

Retired NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes has a piece of advice for hockey teams looking to address racial inequality in the sport: start being real.

“I want to see people be real,” said Weekes, the lead analyst at NHL Network and an 11-year NHL veteran, on the ESPN on Ice podcast this week. “You’re real about other things. Say, ‘Hey, this is a problem.’

“We have qualified women and transgendered people and people of color … and let’s put the best people in positions.’ Like [Alabama coach] Nick Saban has said: His job is to get the right people on the bus and get the wrong people the heck off the bus. And that’s it.”

And if someone in the sport commits a racist act? “If you have knuckleheads, get them out of there,” Weekes said. “Boom, you’re gone. It’s a three-year ban or a lifetime ban as a managerial person or a coach.”

Weekes described his experiences as a black player in a predominantly white sport on the podcast.

“The higher up I got in hockey, the more race started to become a factor,” said Weekes. “And I started realizing that, for me, I was walking over Niagara Falls on a tightrope with no safety net.”

The 45-year-old Weekes said he was saddened by the death of George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Weekes hopes the protests and unrest following Floyd’s death can be a teaching point for hockey.

“A lot of people in Canada will say ‘Oh, that’s an American problem,'” said Weekes, who was born in Toronto. “It couldn’t be any further from the truth. As a black goalie, specifically. I would have my goalie pads, my bag, my sticks. And next thing you know, cops pull me over. ‘Hey, is this your vehicle? Can we see your license and registration? Is this your car? Are you the owner?’ I had that happen 20 times, maybe, in going to the rink to work on my game as a pro. In a few instances, depending on the vehicle I was driving, if they could see my goalie pads or my hockey bag, they’d say, ‘Oh, you’re Weekes! You’re the goalie! Why don’t you come and play for the Leafs?”

Weeks also outlined his aspirations of being a team president one day.

“I was the first black broadcaster in 91 years of NHL history,” Weekes said. “I would love to be the first black team president in 103 years of NHL history. It starts with support from Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, who I’ve been extremely impressed with. They’ve been great with me.”

Weekes did, however, advocate for the league to implement harsher punishments when it comes to racially motivated incidents or slurs. During a playoff game in 2002, a fan in Montreal threw a banana at Weekes on the ice.

“Yes! Bye. If you are a fan [who does that]? Bye,” Weekes said. “I’ve had this happen to me numerous times. Philly being one of the places, and I love Philly. Why are you cheering for Allen Iverson, but you’re yelling racial epitaphs at me behind the bench?”

Weekes said that “some of the teams have done outstanding work through the years” to make hockey more inclusive.

“The Rangers, during my time there — although they’ve been a little too silent for me lately — were always up front and center,” Weekes said.

The Rangers, under a directive from team owner James Dolan, were the only NHL team not to release a statement about racial inequality this week.

Weekes also called for NHL teams to evaluate their relationships with local police departments.

“It starts with these clubs acknowledging the fact that there’s a problem,” Weekes said. “And there’s been some problems with law enforcement, and that they have it in their city and they’re not naive enough to think that it doesn’t happen. For an example, an NHL club should be very selective, just as they are with their players to do hyper-screening of the law enforcement officials they use to work their venues or protect their players and their families. We’ll be a lot more diligent in the people we select to work with us.”

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Sources: MLB rejects 114-game plan, no counter

Major League Baseball has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Players made their proposal Sunday, up from an 82-game regular season in management’s offer last week. Opening Day would be June 30, and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB’s proposal stuck to from the season’s original schedule.

MLB told the union it had no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.

While management has suggested it could play a short regular season of about 50 games with no more salary reductions, it has not formally proposed that concept. Earlier this week, multiple players told ESPN that they would not abide a shorter schedule, with one saying, “We want to play more games, and they want to play less. We want more baseball.”

The Athletic first reported on MLB rejecting the players’ offer.

Teams and players hope to start the season in ballparks with no fans, and teams say they would sustain huge losses if salaries are not cut more. The sides agreed to a deal March 26 in which players accepted prorated salaries in exchange for $170 million in advances and a guarantee that if the season is scrapped each player would get 2020 service time matching what the player accrued in 2019.

That deal called for “good faith” negotiations over playing in empty stadiums or at neutral sites. The union has said no additional cuts are acceptable.

MLB’s May 26 proposal would lower 2020 salaries from about $4 billion to approximately $1.2 billion, establishing a sliding scale of reductions. Players at the $563,500 minimum would get about 47% of their original salary, and those at the top — led by Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole at $36 million — would receive less than 23%.

The union’s offer would have salaries total about $2.8 billion, leaving each player with about 70% of his original salary.

Information from ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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George Floyd death: No action against Jadon Sancho for supportive message

The German FA will not take action against Jadon Sancho and other Bundesliga players who displayed anti-racism messages following the death of George Floyd.

Dortmund and England winger Sancho, along with Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie all could have faced sanctions for their reactions to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

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Sancho showed a T-shirt with the message “justice for George Floyd” after scoring for Dortmund, while Thuram knelt after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke’s McKennie wore an armband with “justice for George” on it.

Sancho was shown a yellow card which will not be annulled as it was given for him removing his shirt.

Floyd died on May 25 after a white police officer, who has since been charged with his murder, held him down by pressing a knee into his neck.

“The committee also wants to maintain this line in the event of renewed anti-racism campaigns on the occasion of the violent death of George Floyd on the coming match days,” read a DFB statement.

“I expressly welcome the far-sighted decision of the DFB Control Committee and am very happy about it,” said DFB President Fritz Keller in the message.

“The association strongly opposes any form of racism, which is why the actions of the players have our respect and understanding.”

FIFA tells FAs to use common sense over protests

FIFA has urged competition organisers to use “common sense” when considering whether to punish players for protesting against the death of Floyd during matches.

The Football Association in England has promised to take a “common-sense approach” to players involved in gestures or behaviour promoting the anti-discrimination message.

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Billie Jean King: The Battle of the Sexes – documentary on match vs Bobby Riggs

Billie Jean King vs Bobby Riggs, the inside story of how a champion battled to change the world, is on the new Sky Documentaries channel.

The Battle of the Sexes documents the showdown between US Open champion King and ex-pro Bobby Riggs on September 20, 1973.

At the time, King was 29 and Riggs was 55, yet despite being retired from tennis for 14 years Riggs was adamant that he could beat any woman.

King eventually beat Riggs in straight sets, 6-4 6-3 6-3 in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, an estimated 50 million people in the United States and 90 million worldwide. The match is now described as a milestone moment in women’s sport.

In the same year as The Battle of the Sexes, King formed the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the US Open became the first tournament to offer equal prize money.

Now all Grand Slam tournaments offer equal prize money, but in the remaining tournaments, women earn 20 per cent less than men.

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Fangio: ‘I don’t see racism at all in the NFL’

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio called George Floyd’s death a “societal issue that we all have to join in to correct,” but said he doesn’t see discrimination or racism as problems overall in the NFL.

“I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal. We’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” Fangio told reporters Tuesday, when asked about his experiences in the league over the past four decades. “… We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”

Floyd, a black man, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Fangio opened Tuesday’s call by saying he was outraged by what happened.

“I was shocked, sad and angry when I saw what the policeman do to a handcuffed George Floyd on his stomach that led to his death,” Fangio said. “He should be punished to the full extent of the law of the crimes he was charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge and uniform he was entrusted with … It’s a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct.”

Fangio has publicly supported the Rooney Rule in the past, which is designed to increase the number of minority candidates interviewed for head-coaching jobs, and the league is trying to expand the rule’s scope, but his “no racism” comments Tuesday brought some reaction on social media. Some of the responses noted that Colin Kaepernick has remained unsigned since protesting in 2016 about the excessive use of force by police and social injustice.

During the 16-minute session Fangio said he has encouraged his players to protest, and singled out Broncos safety Justin Simmons’ efforts in a recent day in Simmons’ hometown of Stuart, Florida.

“I thought it was great, Justin is a great person, a great leader, got his head screwed on correctly, he sees the problems and how they need to be solved,” Fangio said. “He’s searching for solutions and it’s easy for everybody to identify the problems … we need to search for solutions and I think Justin is one of those guys who will find solutions.”

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis had a virtual meeting with the players and coaches Tuesday about what the team could do, and what the players wanted to do, in moving forward in social justice initiatives. Fangio said he would speak to the players about the same topics on Thursday.

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Cubs owner disputes idea MLB teams ‘hoard’ cash

    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts pushed back on the perception that baseball teams are cash cows, telling ESPN on Tuesday that yearly revenues are mostly put right back into the team.

“Here’s something I hope baseball fans understand,” Ricketts said. “Most baseball owners don’t take money out of their team. They raise all the revenue they can from tickets and media rights, and they take out their expenses, and they give all the money left to their GM to spend.

“The league itself does not make a lot of cash. I think there is a perception that we hoard cash and we take money out and it’s all sitting in a pile we’ve collected over the years. Well, it isn’t. Because no one anticipated a pandemic. No one expects to have to draw down on the reserves from the past. Every team has to figure out a way to plug the hole.”

Ricketts acknowledged he couldn’t comment specifically on the labor negotiations between the league and its players as they work toward restarting the season. Players want full prorated salaries, whereas owners say they can’t afford the losses based on a season of 82 or more games. Ricketts was asked if teams, worth billions collectively, should simply take out loans or find other ways to pay the costs of playing in 2020, even if it’s without fans.

“The scale of losses across the league is biblical,” Ricketts said. “The timing of the work stoppage, the inability to play was right before the season started. We’re looking at 30 teams with zero revenue. To cover the losses, all teams have gone out and borrowed. There’s no other way to do it in the short run. In the long run, we may be able to sell equity to cover some of our losses but that’s in the long run.

“Who would invest at the moment?”

Ricketts also discussed agent Scott Boras and the email he sent to his clients, singling out the Cubs’ financial situation.

“Throughout this process, they will be able to claim that they never had any profits because those profits went to pay off their loans,” Boras wrote in the email. “However, the end result is that the Ricketts will own improved assets that significantly increases the value of the Cubs — value that is not shared with the players.”

Ricketts didn’t seem fazed by Boras’ claim, pointing at the team’s payroll over the past 4-5 years. The Cubs have been near the top of the league since completing a rebuild in the middle of the past decade.

“We put about $750 million into the ballpark,” he said. “And the dollars spent were to create the best place for players to play and the best place for the fans to watch the game.

“[Boras] doesn’t have any insight into our balance sheet, and as we have been investing in the ballpark, we’ve been spending more on the field. We’ve been one of the top spenders in the league while we were fixing up Wrigley Field. We don’t take money out of the team. Most owners don’t. We’re investing in the future of the club and the current team on the field.”

As the players and league continue to negotiate, Ricketts said he has hope. But like many around the game, he said he isn’t sure where the answer lies.

“I’m pretty optimistic we’ll get games back on the field,” Ricketts said. “I have full faith and confidence in the commissioner. How we get there is yet to be written, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get there.”

One avenue, which is still a favorite of executives, is to share the risk and rewards with the players. That proposal didn’t even make it to the offer table, leading some to wonder if it was a red herring. Instead, owners proposed a sliding pay scale, which was quickly rejected by the players.

Ricketts said that revenue sharing, ultimately, is “what the other leagues do.”

“They create a sense of partnership with the players because a rising tide lifts all the boats,” he said. “It’s always been considered something the MLBPA doesn’t want to go for because they see it as a salary cap. They’re clear on that. I don’t agree. If it’s done right, it can give incentives for the players and the owners to grow the game. It could be part of the next CBA if people are willing to discuss it.

“I don’t think it was ever intended to be a Trojan horse or try to sneak one in and get people comfortable with something else. In the long run I don’t think this a bad idea. In the short run I don’t think it’s an option anymore.”

Ricketts said he is adamant about wanting to play this season even though ownership contends playing games means losing more money. It’s one reason why the league originally offered only an 82-game season and might want even fewer games than that. It has led some to wonder if all owners even want to have a season at all.

“There are scenarios where not playing at all can be a better financial option, but we’re not looking at that,” Ricketts said. “We want to play. We want to get back on the field. … I’m not aware of any owners that don’t want to play. We just want to get back on the field in a way that doesn’t make this season financially worse for us.”

The Cubs have a new television network, which still isn’t being carried by the largest cable provider in the Chicago area. Missing an entire season has even bigger implications for them.

The fact that franchise values are extremely high doesn’t answer the question of liquidity for teams. The Cubs employ 600 people with an additional 2,700 part-time employees. They say 70% of their revenue comes from the game-day experience with fans in the stands. Now they’re hoping to recoup two-thirds of what’s left — if an equitable deal with the players can be struck.

“The main reason it’s at 70% is we do so well with attendance,” Ricketts stated. “A lot of clubs have more trouble selling their tickets. A larger percentage of our revenue is just tickets.

“We’re hoping we can get 20% of our total revenue this year.”

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Hall of Famer, former MVP Wes Unseld dies at 74

Former Washington Bullets player and coach Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning, according to his family. He was 74.

The family said in a statement that Unseld had lengthy health issues, most recently with pneumonia.

“He was the rock of our family — an extremely devoted patriarch who reveled in being with his wife, children, friends and teammates,” the family said. “He was our hero and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for so many years.”

Unseld was a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee after playing for Washington for 13 seasons from 1968 to 1981. He was part of the franchise’s only NBA title, in 1978, when he was named Finals MVP. He won the regular-season MVP award in 1969 and was a five-time All-Star.

Unseld and Wilt Chamberlain (1960) are the only players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season.

Following his playing career, Unseld coached the Bullets from 1988 to 1994 and made one playoff appearance.

Unseld was a two-time All-American at Louisville before being drafted No. 2 overall in 1968.

In 1981, Unseld’s No. 41 became the Washington franchise’s first number to be retired.

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Tiger Woods calls for ‘safer, unified society’ after George Floyd’s death

Tiger Woods has described the death of George Floyd while in police custody as “a shocking tragedy”.

The 15-time major winner joined a long list of high-profile sports stars to speak out on the incident that has sparked protests across the United States and beyond.

Floyd died after being handcuffed in Minneapolis, with a widely shared video showing a police officer kneeling on his neck as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”.

It has led to civil unrest in many US cities, with Woods — who underlined his “respect for law enforcement” — urging calm. 

“My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now,” Woods wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.

“I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward. We can make our points without burning the very neighbourhoods that we live in.

“I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”

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