University athletes in Thunder Bay disappointed as programs sidelined during COVID-19 restrictions
University athletes are just one of the groups not allowed to train and play during this period of COVID-19 restrictions in Ontario. The Lakehead Thunderwolves, who play in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference, have had their games and training programs suspended under current provincial regulations. The province has allowed "elite" sports, including the NHL, to continue, but it has not included university athletics in that category. "It's just hard not to get the recognition that we deserve," said Mariah MacFarlane, who plays on the Lakehead University Thunderwolves women's basketball team.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy Casper and Mickey Wright were undeniable homegrown greats. Phil Mickelson is clearly San Diego's most accomplished and beloved golfer of the modern era, and Tiger Woods has racked up a slew of memorable wins at Torrey Pines in his home state.
Jon Rahm is a Spaniard who lives in Arizona, yet he also occupies a prominent place in San Diego's golf landscape — and he's hoping to make it even bigger this week.
The world's top-ranked player leads a packed field to the edge of the California coast for the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday.
After losing both parents, Snedeker trying to get on track
HONOLULU (AP) — Brandt Snedeker turned 41 last month, not so old that he can't stay up on New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of a new year. And this was a calendar page worth turning. “Happy to have that ball drop,” Snedeker said. His golf has not been up to his standards since he put together a pair of top 10s during the PGA Tour's postseason in 2019 to reach the Tour Championship for the seventh time, one of those resulting in a FedEx Cup title in 2012. More troubling than his performance was losing both parents about eight months apart. His mother, Candice, died of a heart attack at age 73 in early October 2020 while Snedeker was at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Two of Rahm's six career PGA Tour victories occurred at Torrey Pines on these two gorgeous municipal courses — and both were landmark moments in his life.
He got the first win of his career at the Farmers tournament in 2017, and he seized his first major victory here in the U.S. Open last year. Rahm even got engaged in the area in 2018 while on a coastal hike with his now-wife, Kelley.
“It is a golf course that I love, (and) it’s a city that I love,” Rahm said Tuesday. “I have great memories all throughout my career here, my latest win being here as well. Just very excited to be here. It’s one of those weeks that I look forward to every year.”
Rahm secured his breakthrough victory on a stunning 60-foot eagle putt five years ago, becoming the first player to win in his Torrey Pines debut since Arnold Palmer in 1957. Rahm has three top-five finishes in his five starts at the tournament, which is in its 54th year at this famed course.
Booker's season-high 48 helps Suns rally past Spurs 121-107
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Booker had a season-high 48 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated the fourth quarter to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 121-107 Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Chris Paul added 15 points and 12 assists as Phoenix won its sixth straight on the road and fifth consecutive in San Antonio. “It’s the benefit of having Chris Paul,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Chris can read the game. Chris, when he reads it, he’ll just run certain sets that we have to get Book the ball in certain spots. When a guy is rolling like that, you just kind of let him have the ball and space the floor properly.
The biggest win of all occurred last June when he birdied his last two holes to storm past Louis Oosthuizen in the U.S. Open. Rahm was the first player come from behind in that fashion to win the Open by one shot — and he even did it on Father's Day, with both his 10-week-old son and his own father in the gallery.
Rahm is essentially a San Diego local after spending ample time each year in “my family's favorite city,” as he put it. His swing coach, Dave Phillips, lived here until recently, and his partners at Callaway are also based here.
And though he says he isn't superstitious about his patterns in a town that's been so lucky for him, he still has a routine he intends to keep. Rahm lit up as he described his plan to hit his favorite sushi restaurant and his favorite sandwich shop this week, along with near-daily stops at his favorite coffeehouse.
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NFL asks Nevada court to dismiss lawsuit from Jon Gruden
The NFL filed a motion asking a Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden's lawsuit against the league, saying the accusations that the the NFL leaked Gruden's old, offensive emails are “baseless” and “should be dismissed for failure to state a single viable cause of action.” The league responded Wednesday to the suit Gruden filed in district court in Clark County, Nevada, in November. The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the case and also asked the court to stay that motion until it first rules on whether the case should be moved to arbitration.
“A lot of times when I feel like I need a weekend without distractions, or I just come and practice, I will come and do that,” Rahm said. “We're probably here once every two months. That would be at the very least.”
The tournament is starting on Wednesday and finishing on Saturday to avoid television conflict with the NFL's two conference championship playoff games on Sunday. Such a brief gap between tournaments could be an annoyance to more routine-bound golfers — but the previous event was only 2 hours' drive away in the Palm Springs area, which means the travel obstacles were minimal.
Rahm is among those who didn't mind: “I drove over with my caddie Sunday night, and we did some practice (Monday), so (today) almost feels like a Wednesday.”
DRIVE TO SURVIVE, PUTT FOR DOUGH
The tournament marks the first week in which the players will be under the cameras of the reality-show producers whose Formula One documentary series on Netflix has contributed to a worldwide boom in the sport's popularity. While several players — including Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau — declined to participate, Justin Thomas and several others will be under a slightly hotter spotlight with behind-the-scenes coverage of their lives and games.
Win streak: Kraken take 2nd straight by beating Sharks 3-2
SEATTLE (AP) — Carson Soucy and the Seattle Kraken didn't let a sluggish, uninspired start linger beyond 20 minutes. Thanks to their turnaround, the Kraken have a win streak for the first time in nearly two months. Soucy had the first two-goal game of his career, Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third period and the Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night. Seattle overcame a sloppy start, including giving up Tomas Hertl's 21st goal ofSoucy had the first two-goal game of his career, Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third period and the Kraken beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
Thomas sounds cautiously optimistic about the attention, saying he'll pull out of the show if it becomes a distraction.
“I want it to be an opportunity,” Thomas said. “Just the fun, different things that people wouldn't necessarily see. ... There’s a lot of different aspects that I think will be great for not only myself, but guys that give people a little better understanding of who we are and grow our brand a little bit.”
CHAMP IS HERE
Patrick Reed is back to defend his title after scorching the field for a five-stroke victory last year. Reed created plenty of drama during his ninth career win when he picked up his ball after a third-round drive, believing it was embedded. Although replays showed the ball had bounced, officials didn't penalize Reed, ultimately agreeing with his interpretation of events.
“It should be remembered as a victory,” Reed said of last year's tournament. “At the end of the day, the rules officials said we did nothing wrong.”
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Sidney Crosby delivers supernatural, no-look nutmeg pass for absurd assist .
Sidney Crosby wants his name to remain firmly in the "best in the world" conversation. On Tuesday night against the Coyotes, the Penguins star dished up an absolutely absurd pass to teammate Bryan Rust to convert for one of the easiest goals of his career. no-look through the wickets, sheeshpic.twitter.com/alxA5aRLJ4 — Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) January 26, 2022 Rust, schmust. This opening goal for the Penguins is all about Sid. It isn’t just enough for him to have the awareness to make a split-second decision and connect with a pass between his legs, but to not even have a twitch in his neck, or even need to take a glance to the other side of the ice to see w