Champ shoots 65, takes one-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cameron Champ’s booming drives have made him quite the curiosity during his short time on the PGA Tour. The rest of his improved game has turned him into a contender this week at the Country Club of Jackson. Champ shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Cameron Tringale was a stroke back, and Rory Sabbatini, D.J. Trahan, Andres Romero, Chad Ramey and Robert Streb followed at 67. There were still 12 players on the course when…

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Doug Melvin out of running to be new Mets GM, report says

The search for the New York Mets‘ new general manager narrowed on Thursday with former Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin now no longer in the running for the job, according to a FanCred Sports report. It’s unclear if Melvin pulled out on his own accord or if he was told he was no longer being considered for the job. Melvin had his second interview Tuesday with the Mets, meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, and some early reports said he was considered a…

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Château du Courdreceau is the Most Private of Golf Getaways

When you dream up your bucket list-worthy golf getaway, it’s likely you imagine spending weeks mastering the foggy links of Scotland or the resort-studded desert landscape of Arizona. But, with the opening of Château du Coudreceau—a sweeping exclusive-use estate with a private 14-hole course in Loury—France’s Loire Valley is giving those tee-time standbys a serious run for their money. Admittedly, the course is no Pinehurst. But what it lacks in technical finesse it more than makes up for in privacy. There are no members, no antsy groups rushing you along,…

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Houston Rockets offer Wolves four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

7:37 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Houston Rockets are making a renewed bid to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler, including four future first-round draft picks in their most recent offer, league sources told ESPN. The Timberwolves have continued to solicit offers on Butler since the start of the regular season, the sources said. Houston’s push represents a desire to sacrifice some long-term roster flexibility and go all-in with a legitimate third star to partner with All-NBA guards James Harden and Chris Paul in pursuit of a championship. The Rockets’…

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When Alex Cora Speaks, the Red Sox Listen. The Result Is Pure Magic.

BOSTON — Joe Kelly was struggling at the end of the regular season, so one day Red Sox Manager Alex Cora called him into his office for a chat. Cora told Kelly, the Red Sox’ hard-throwing relief pitcher, that he had seen some things that could be fixed. Kelly was impressed that Cora had spent the time looking at video and breaking it down for him. But the technical aspect of their conversation was only part of it. According to Kelly, Cora gave him a brief and straightforward motivational speech…

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A Spanish Voice That Cries Out for the Hall of Fame

“Maybe that affected his case,” said Jarrín, who is in his 60th season with the Dodgers and sits on a committee of former Frick Award recipients and historians that selects winners. Cárdenas has reached the ballot of finalists, drawn from a list of long-time broadcasters, at least three times, most recently in 2015, according to the Hall of Fame, whose voting members make the final call on honorees. Perhaps out of sight does indeed mean out of mind. “As the years pass by, new members are on the electing committee…

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Three Jacksonville Jaguars cornerbacks sidelined vs. Philadelphia Eagles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without three of their top four cornerbacks — including second-team All-Pro A.J. Bouye — for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles in London. Jacksonville defenders say they might be missing the “aura and confidence” they had last season, but they’re confident they will get it back. In the wake of his confrontation with Panthers safety Eric Reid on Sunday, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins reiterated that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job in the NFL — and cited Philadelphia’s next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars,…

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What’s Next For WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade?

Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) defeated Walter Kautondokwa (17-1, 16 KOs) this past Saturday, October 20, to obtain the vacant WBO Middleweight title. Andrade won an impressive unanimous decision in which he knocked down Kautondokwa four times. The fight was a breeze for Andrade as he won with scores of 120-104, 120-104 and 119-105. Now the new WBO Middleweight champion, Andrade looks for the biggest fights in the division. Andrade is in need of a big name on his resume to grow in the sport, as he wants to be a…

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Lewis Hamilton – I’m not stopping at five world titles

MEXICO CITY — Lewis Hamilton is riding a “positive wave” as he inches towards his fifth world championship, but has warned his rivals he will not be resting on his laurels once he has secured it. Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of his fifth world title but says his biggest successes are yet to come. ESPN talks to the Mercedes driver about how he plans to build a brand that goes beyond just Formula One. Hamilton only needs to finish seventh at one of the remaining three races of…

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Romain Grosjean worried about potential race ban

Romain Grosjean is concerned he could be hit with a race ban after notching up his 10th penalty point of the season at the U.S. Grand Prix. Grosjean took out Charles Leclerc while racing for position on the first lap in Austin and was given with a three-place grid drop for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix as well as a single penalty point on his superlicence. If he accrues two more penalty points in Sunday’s race — which would make 12 points over a rolling 12 month period — he…

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