October 30, 2010 |
Brett Favre expects to start for the Minnesota Vikings against the New England Patriots on Sunday despite two fractures in his left ankle, according to a report by ESPN. The network reported Saturday that Favre said his injuries have healed significantly and that he plans to start, which would extend his record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 292 games. Favre wore a walking boot the first three days of the week and did not practice until Friday, when he only participated on a limited basis.
August 13, 2010 |
Reporting from Sheboygan, Wis. The aesthetics of Whistling Straits — the 900-plus bunkers, the fescue grass — are reminiscent of a British Open course. One missing ingredient Thursday — the wind — arrived Friday to give the course that extra links feel. The wind howled and gusted and picked up in intensity later in the day, making some holes more difficult and some a little easier. Bryce Molder , for instance, began the fifth hole of his second round at even par. For the next 10 holes, he said, he was hitting mostly downwind.
October 2, 2011 |
Tiger Woods is out of the top 50 in the world golf rankings for the first time in nearly 15 years. Woods, who hasn't won in nearly two years, was assured of dropping from the top 50 when Louis Oosthuizen finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday at St. Andrews, Scotland. That ends a streak of 778 consecutive weeks inside the top 50, dating to when Woods was No. 61 on Oct. 13, 1996. Woods, who has not played since missing the cut at the PGA Championship, returns to competition this week at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in Northern California.
October 31, 2010 |
Lee Westwood had little reason to think one year ago he could be No. 1 in the world, a position that looked "unattainable" the way Tiger Woods had been dominating golf for so much of the decade. Golf can take some peculiar turns, though, which Westwood knows better than most. Westwood reached No. 1 on Sunday for the first time. He ended a record run by Woods, who had led the world ranking for 281 weeks. Westwood, at No. 266 in the world seven years ago while fighting through a severe slump, became only the 13th player to be No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986, and the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994.
March 7, 2014 |
DORAL, Fla. --After playing 16 holes Thursday, Jason Dufner said the redesigned Blue Monster at Trump National Doral had a major championship feel. On Friday, with a howling wind turning even good shots into penalty strokes, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship seemed more like the final day of a British Open. Patrick Reed completed his first round, which was delayed by rain, then suspended because of darkness, at four-under-par 68 Friday morning. That gave him a one-shot lead over six players.
August 12, 2010 |
Golf has been no elixir for Tiger Woods .… His numbers still astound, but not in a good way.… For the first time in 12 years, by the way, Woods is playing in a major championship in which someone else is favored.… Step right up, Phil Mickelson .… Golf's four reigning major champions represent four continents: Asia ( Y.E. Yang ), Africa ( Louis Oosthuizen ), Europe ( Graeme McDowell ) and North America (Mickelson).… Renegade JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's reclaiming his job seems more likely than a third consecutive October matchup between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
November 28, 2010 |
Roger Federer turned his high-profile, season-ending match against Rafael Nadal into little more than an exhibition. Federer gave his rival little chance to mount a challenge in the 22nd meeting between two of the greatest players of all time, winning his fifth season-ending title, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday at London. Federer won an incredible 92% of the points played on his first serve in the final, and lost only 13 points on serve in the entire match.
December 12, 2010 |
The University of Miami's two-week coaching search has ended: Al Golden will be the Hurricanes' next football coach. Golden, 41, and Miami reached an agreement Sunday for the Temple coach to replace Randy Shannon , who was fired Nov. 27, a high-level school source with knowledge of the situation told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. According to the source, details of the contract still needed to be finalized as of early Sunday night. Another source told the Associated Press that it's believed the deal will be for at least four years and is worth up to $8 million.
June 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Bethesda, Md. — The U.S. Open likes its status as the toughest of the tough. If triple bogeys outnumbered birdies here at Congressional, United States Golf Assn. officials would be thrilled. Veteran pro Jeff Overton played a practice round Tuesday, stood next to the 18th green, gazed back up its hill after he had finished, and said, "They could make this so that seven over par would win. Easy. " The course will play 7,574 yards, or 300 more than the last time they tortured the players here, in 1997.
February 25, 2011 |
Bubba Watson overpowered two-time champion Geoff Ogilvy on Friday and rolled into the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship with a performance so dominant that he has played only 43 holes in three days in Marana, Ariz. Ogilvy had little chance against Watson, who was seven under par through 13 holes and ended up with a six-and-four win. Martin Kaymer of Germany had to rally against Hunter Mahan to reach the quarterfinals. He was two down with six holes remaining but then won two holes, pulled ahead with an eight-foot birdie on No. 16, then closed out the match when Mahan hit a poor chip on the 17th hole.