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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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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Manchester United reporter notebook: New Odion Ighalo deal wasn’t plain sailing

Like everyone, everywhere, Manchester United are getting accustomed to dealing with uncertainty but there’s been delight in the corridors of Old Trafford that one of those doubts has been crossed off the list.

The deal to keep Odion Ighalo at the club has been one of United’s recruitment priorities since football was put on hold and, with the prospect of a lot of games in a compressed period, retaining a player of his pedigree was considered crucial.

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That doesn’t mean to say it was an easy negotiation, however. The initial loan deal secured in the few remaining hours of the January window hadn’t been an easy one to conclude, and going into talks to extend his stay further wasn’t something those involved were particularly relishing either.

If there was brinkmanship involved in those discussions at the start of 2020, then it was a case of deja vu this time around, with United making it clear they wanted to get something sorted one way or the other before Ighalo’s initial spell at Old Trafford was scheduled to end at midnight on May 31.

Once again the deal got done, but it wasn’t plain sailing and it was hung in the balance last weekend. While the negotiations were ultimately successful, the reaction to phase two of the Ighalo project was somewhat different; for all those who scoffed and laughed in January, far more were nodding their heads in approval this time around because the player’s stats and impact speak for themselves.

It was obviously a considerable help to the wrangling that Ighalo is living out his dream of playing for the team he supports, while loving his time in Manchester, but his four goals from three starts make it a far more compelling decision than just a romantic one.

Ighalo’s goals equate to one every 77 minutes that he’s played in a United shirt, and they’ve been important goals too, especially the two he managed in the FA Cup, which illustrated his particular talents and one of the reasons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to keep him.

Yes, the opening goal in the slightly bizarre victory in Austria last time out was a beauty, but the 30-year-old showed his predatory instincts with his pair at Pride Park, scored with the sort of desire and determination Solskjaer wants to see from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. He wants them to add the ‘meat and drink’ goals to their games, and Ighalo can help with that process, particularly with Greenwood.

It’s true United were more relaxed going into the second phase of talks with Shanghai Shenhua because Rashford is fully fit again and raring to go for when the Premier League returns, boasting 12 goals in his last 16 games before the back injury that made Ighalo’s signing a necessity.

But the fact the deal they’ve negotiated, costing them in the region of £6m for the loan fee and wages, extends to the end of January next year gives the recruitment team more time to consider other potential striking options and not necessarily prioritise a new front-man in the next window. Added to that, Ighalo is not an unknown anymore. He’s fitted in well and there’s an argument he’ll only thrive more now he’s got to grips with his new environment.

Transfer landscape will be tough for United

However, the transfer landscape that awaits United and every other club when the next window finally opens is hugely uncertain. Perhaps the only certainty is that they won’t be signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, but that aside, no one quite knows what rules will be applied when deals start being done again.

The worldwide pandemic has had massive financial implications on the entire football pyramid and United aren’t immune from that. Yes, they’d like to sign Jadon Sancho – his name’s at the top of the list – but talk of a £100m fee just doesn’t seem likely. In the current circumstances, it’s difficult to make an argument for spending that sort of money on anyone.

That doesn’t mean a deal won’t happen but the negotiations around such mega-purchases could now involve player swaps, players-plus-cash, or sell-on clauses that provide greater protection and potential revenue to both parties, when huge transfer fees are impossible to pay.

So what about the loan market and the players that United own, but who are playing for other clubs? Well, after finding an agreement to keep Ighalo, it would be rather inconsistent for them not to allow their players to remain where they are, at least until this season wraps up.

No official decision has been made as yet but it seems more than likely that Dean Henderson, Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling will all get to stay put at Sheffield United, Inter Milan and AS Roma respectively. With a fully fit squad to call upon, Solskjaer has no real reason to bring them back.

Pogba fit ahead of the restart

I’m told the atmosphere has been fantastic at Carrington now that everyone’s got to grips with the new rules on training and testing, with great excitement ahead of the return of the Premier League. Arguably United will emerge from their enforced hibernation in better shape than they were when the pandemic struck, and at that stage they were unbeaten in their previous 11 games in all competitions having scored 29 times and conceded just two.

As I’ve already mentioned, Rashford is back and he’s not yet had the chance to play with Ighalo, but it’s the midfield options that have got everyone excited. Bruno Fernandes has established himself as an upcoming Old Trafford hero with just nine games in his number 18 shirt. Paul Pogba’s fully fit too, and the pair could team up together for the first time when United return to action at Tottenham.

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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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LISTEN: Will Greenwood’s podcast – Michael Johnson

Legendary sprinter Michael Johnson joins Will and Rupert to discuss racism, Usain Bolt and Jonny May.

Johnson won four Olympic gold medals plus eight World Championship titles over 200 and 400 metres during his career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters ever.

While police and protesters across the US clash over the death of George Floyd, Johnson gives his views on the current political situation in the USA and the responsibility athletes of stature have.

Now a successful pundit, Johnson also runs Michael Johnson Performance, a centre which aims to help every athlete reach his or her full athletic potential, regardless of age, gender, limitation, sport or natural ability.

He speaks about his centre and how it has helped England winger Jonny May as well as Harry Mallinder.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa to trial golden point and red-card replacements

New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams will be able to replace red-carded players and drawn matches may be decided by a golden-point tiebreaker when the country’s domestic competition starts on June 13, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Tuesday.

The changes are aimed at making the game more exciting for fans and will be trialled during the 10-week event which will kick off with a game between Otago Highlanders and Waikato Chiefs in Dunedin.

Players who receive a red card can be replaced 20 minutes after they are sent off and will not be allowed to return to the field.

“There are no winners when a player is red-carded, but paying rugby fans, players and coaches want to see a fair contest. Replacing a player after 20 minutes strikes the right balance,” NZR’s head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said.

If a match is tied after regular time, the first team to score by a drop goal, penalty kick or try during a 10-minute extra time period will be awarded the win.

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Tiger Woods describes George Floyd death as a ‘shocking tragedy’

Tiger Woods has described the death of American George Floyd as a “shocking tragedy” but urged for an end to the violent protests which have since surfaced across the United States.

Numerous prominent athletes, including NBA great Michael Jordan, have expressed their condemnation and voiced their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Woods said he has always respected US law enforcement but that their use of force on Floyd, who died on May 25 after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck, “clearly” crossed a line.

“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force,” Woods said on Twitter.

“This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”

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Woods likened the ongoing anti-police brutality marches and rallies across the country to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, after four police officers were acquitted over the beating of motorist Rodney King.

“I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward,” the 15-times major champion said.

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Anthony Joshua could be forced to face Filip Hrgovic in future if Croatian continues destructive rise

Filip Hrgovic would take a fight against Anthony Joshua “tomorrow” but must force himself into a position where “no-one can get away”, says promoter Nisse Sauerland.

Britain’s unified champion will make the next defence of his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, but Hrgovic has already risen to No 6 in the IBF rankings after 10 victories.

The Croatian is supremely confident that he could topple Joshua now, but his promotional team have questioned whether the WBA, IBF and WBO title holder would welcome a fight against Hrgovic, who has earned a reputation as a ruthless puncher.

“He was sparring the likes of David Haye at a very early age,” Nisse Sauerland told Sky Sports. “He’s been in the WSB (World Series of Boxing), he’s been in the Olympics. As far as pedigree goes, he’s got an A+.

“As far as ambitions go, it’s backed up by that pedigree. He believes he can beat Joshua – and so do we. But it’s just a question of getting those fights, and we will. We just have to be patient and plan our route effectively.

He needs to get into a position where no-one can get away from fighting him.

Nisse Sauerland on Filip Hrgovic

“If the Joshua fight came tomorrow, he’d take it for the right conditions, but I’ve said this a million times: ‘why would they fight him?’ He needs to get into a position where no-one can get away from fighting him.

“Filip will just come at you. Sometimes with heavyweights, maybe they don’t have that malice, that naturally aggressive nature, which he does.”

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Here’s some footage of @BronzeBomber sparring Croatian danger-man @Filip_Hrgovic. Could this be a matchup for the future? pic.twitter.com/iyXEoFOqlf

Hrgovic has also boosted his standing with the WBC, having made two defences of his WBC international title, and could turn his attention to the WBC belt, which is currently held by Tyson Fury.

But Dillian Whyte has earned his status as the mandatory challenger for Fury by February 2021, meaning that Hrgovic would again have to wait his turn for a world title fight.

“I would say that we’re keeping our options open,” said Sauerland.

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SPFL holds ‘positive’ talks with philanthropist James Anderson

Scottish league officials have reported a “positive initial discussion” over an “extremely generous” offer to provide financial assistance to all 42 clubs.

Edinburgh-based investment manager James Anderson has emerged as the “philanthropist”, flagged up by Hearts owner Ann Budge, who was willing to help lower-division clubs through the coronavirus pandemic.

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But the Scottish Professional Football League update suggests potential financial input could benefit all member clubs.

A statement read: “SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan and SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster met with James Anderson via video-call this morning and had a positive initial discussion about the proposal from James to provide financial support to the 42 clubs.

“This support is intended to assist all SPFL clubs to deal with the effects of Covid-19 at this time of crisis.”

Doncaster added: “We had a very constructive and worthwhile discussion with James and we agreed on the need to progress things as swiftly as possible.

“The offer from James is an extremely generous one and we have committed to work together to quickly iron out the details and develop a concrete proposal which could make a significant difference to our 42 clubs.”

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Manchester City transfer news and rumours

The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Manchester City – and those who could leave the club.

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The latest players linked with a move to Manchester City…

Kalidou Koulibaly – Manchester City would spend big to sign the Napoli defender – but could sign him for less than his £87m release clause.

City have launched a note of interest with the president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis – and the defender’s price could drop as low as £62m due to the coronavirus pandemic (The Transfer Window Podcast, May 31)

Lucas Hernandez – Bayern Munich are prepared to offer defender Hernandez to Manchester City as part of a deal to sign Leroy Sane (Manchester Evening News, May 30)

Facundo Pellistri – Manchester City and Newcastle United are trailing highly-rated young winger Facundo Pellistri (Daily Mail, May 29)

Leon Bailey – City have identified the Bayer Leverkusen winger as a replacement for Leroy Sane (Daily Mail, May 26)

Nelson Semedo – Pep Guardiola wants the Barcelona defender to challenge Kyle Walker at Manchester City next season (Daily Mail, May 23); City have told Barcelona they are not interested in a swap deal for Semedo that would include Joao Cancelo this summer (Daily Express, May 25)

Ismael Bennacer – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made the AC Milan star a summer transfer target as the Spaniard looks to find an immediate replacement for the outgoing David Silva (Express, May 20).

Cody Drameh – Manchester City are tracking the Fulham teenager with the Premier League champions eyeing the 18-year-old right-back as one for the future (Mirror, May 20).

Other players recently linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium…

  • Thiago Almada (Sunday Express, May 17)
  • Edouard Michut (Sky Sports News, May 10)
  • Nnamdi Collins (Bild, May 8)
  • Aster Vranckx (Daily Mirror, May 6)
  • Mohamed Ihattaren (Calciomercato, May 5)
  • Lucas Martinez Quarta (Chinese national online news service, May 4)
  • Ben White (The Athletic, April 28)
  • Facundo Pellistri (Goal, April 28)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (The Sun, April 27)
  • Ruben Dias (Daily Star, April 25)
  • Saul Niguez (Daily Mirror, April 24)
  • Milan Skriniar (Daily Express, April 22)
  • Kluiverth Aguilar (The Sun, April 20)
  • Raul Jimenez (ESPN, April 20)
  • Dayot Upamecano (Sky Sports, April 14)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Sunday Express, April 12).
  • Jonathan Tah (90min, April 11).
  • Houssem Aouar (Daily Mirror, April 8).
  • Lucas Martinez (Calciomercato, April 5).
  • Raphael Varane (Daily Star, April 4).
  • Douglas Costa (Calcio Mercato, April 4).
  • Harry Kane (Daily Mail, April 1).

The latest on players linked with a Man City exit…

Leroy Sane – Bayern Munich have again risked the wrath of Manchester City by reigniting their public pursuit of Sane (The Sun, June 1); Bayern Munich’s pursuit has ramped up after head coach Hansi Flick held telephone conversations with the Man City winger (SportBild, April 29); Bayern Munich remain determined to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City this summer despite the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic (Sky in Germany, May 1).

Bayern Munich have made a £35m bid for Sane after agreeing terms on a five-year deal with the City winger (Daily Mirror, May 6); City have insisted they have yet to receive an offer for Sane from Bayern Munich and are prepared to allow the Germany international to enter the final year of his contract. (May 7, The Guardian); Sane has been told he must be prepared to take a huge pay-cut if he is to join Bayern Munich (Star, May 21).

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is being eyed by Inter Milan as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, as the forward is edging closer to Barcelona (Daily Star, May 23).

David Silva – The Spaniard is expected to see out his 10th and final season with City despite his contract expiring on June 30 (The Times, May 14); City are confident the 34-year-old will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season (ESPN, May 19)

Kevin De Bruyne – The Belgian has hinted he may have to leave Manchester City if their two-year ban from Champions League football is upheld by CAS

Other players recently linked with a move away from City…

  • Patrick Roberts (Yorkshire Evening Post, May 4)
  • Joao Cancelo (Daily Telegraph, April 10)
  • Gabriel Jesus (Calciomercato, March 25; Calciomercato, April 3)
  • Angelino (Kicker, April 9)
  • David Silva (The Athletic, April 9)
  • John Stones (Daily Star, March 28)
  • Jayden Braaf (Daily Express, March 16)
  • Riyad Mahrez (The Sun, March 17)
  • Yan Couto (Daily Express, March 19)

The latest Manchester City contract talk…

Kevin De Bruyne – The Beglium international is reportedly ready to open contract talks with Manchester City (The Sun, May 29)

Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City are poised to hand the striker a new deal worth £120,000-per-week to block mounting interest from Juventus. (The Sun, May 16)

David Silva – The midfielder is willing to sign a short-term deal to complete the season with Manchester City. (Daily Mirror, May 16)

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