Chris Thompson, a rookie at 42, recalls 20-hour car ride to U.S. Open qualifier at which Greg Norman arrived via helicopter

HONOLULU – Chris Thompson, the 42-year-old rookie from Lawrence, Kan., had some travel troubles getting to Oahu for his debut in the Sony Open in Hawaii. He was supposed to arrive a day earlier, on Sunday. But after 19 years trying to reach the PGA Tour, a slight delay wasn’t a big deal. “I’ve played a little bit of everywhere,” said Thompson, who bounced between the Web.com Tour and mini tours until he secured his status on the regular tour by finishing 20th on the Web.com Tour money list in…

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers finalizing deal to make Bruce Arians new head coach

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini. Arians, who retired following the 2017 season coaching the Arizona Cardinals, has spent the 2018 NFL season working as a game analyst for CBS. Tampa Bay’s next coach needs to balance taking big shots with his “no risk it, no biscuit” mentality and limiting the 2015 No. 1 pick’s turnovers. In Tampa Bay, he will reunite with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who…

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Hanson to debut with Trek-Segafredo at Women’s Tour Down Under

The newly launched Trek-Segafredo women’s team will line up for the first time at the Women’s Tour Down Under, which kicks off on January 10 in Hahndorf, Australia. Lauretta Hanson, the team’s Australian sprinter, is revelling in the opportunity to race with her new squad in front of home crowds, as she seeks out the team’s first victory. Related Articles “It’s really special for me to start my season in Australia,” Hanson said in a team statement. “I’ve always enjoyed the racing and atmosphere that surrounds the Tour Down Under, and…

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Sebastien Loeb wins Dakar Rally 2nd stage, Giniel de Villiers leads overall

LIMA, Peru — Sebastien Loeb won the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, showing he can master the Peruvian dunes where he crashed out last year. Giniel de Villiers was fourth and became the overall leader, 28 seconds ahead of Toyota teammate Bernhard Ten Brinke. Nani Roma was third overall, and Loeb was less than two minutes off the pace. Loeb hit the front before the halfway point of the 342-kilometer stage down the Pacific coast between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona, and held off a hard-charging…

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Fans get in free Monday, Tuesday to Waste Management Phoenix Open

azcentral sports Published 4:30 p.m. MT Jan. 8, 2019 | Updated 4:31 p.m. MT Jan. 8, 2019 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Feb 4, 2018: Rickie Fowler with his tee shot on the par 3 16th hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale.(Photo: Allan Henry/USA TODAY Sports) Golf fans will get into the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community for free on Monday and Tuesday leading up to the tournament during “Ford Free Days”. Both days…

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Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks praises Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils freshman

Atlanta Hawks veteran Vince Carter knows what it’s like to be defined by a highlight reel and says he can relate to Duke freshman Zion Williamson. There’s no denying RJ Barrett’s natural talent, but we may also have to give partial credit to Vince Carter’s between-the-legs 2000 dunk for the Canadian prodigy. Once nicknamed “Vinsanity,” the 41-year-old Carter starred at North Carolina in the mid-1990s and is a former NBA slam dunk champion. Picked fifth overall in the 1998 draft after his junior season, Carter said he had to prove…

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Kizzire’s tour education includes a tough round with Woods

HONOLULU (AP) — Patton Kizzire took longer than expected to reach the PGA Tour, but he figures every step was a learning experience. That includes his first victory, which came at Mayakoba, his six-hole playoff win at the Sony Open last year and even one of the more embarrassing moments last year. He played with Tiger Woods for the first time. Kizzire was so nervous on the opening tee shot at the Honda Classic that he hooked it into a palmetto bush and had to go back to the tee.…

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#NextGenATP First-Time Winner: Mikael Ymer | ATP Tour

Six wins in seven days. It was a marathon season-opening week for Mikael Ymer in Noumea, but the 20-year-old would pass every test with aplomb, culminating with his maiden ATP Challenger Tour crown. Last year, the #NextGenATP contingent accounted for a staggering 29 titles from 20 different players. And they did not waste any time in getting on the scoreboard in 2019. Ymer clinched his first Challenger trophy on Sunday, securing a 6-3, 6-3 upset of third seed and defending champion Noah Rubin after one hour and 23 minutes. The…

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Kusal Perera returns to Sri Lanka Test squad

Batsman Kusal Perera has returned to Sri Lanka’s Test squad for their two-Test series in Australia, which starts from January 24. Openere Danushka Gunathilaka, meanwhile, was dropped following scores of 1,3, 8 and 4 in New Zealand. Gunathilaka’s omission means Dimuth Karunaratne is set to have his third opening partner in as many series (Kaushal Silva had opened alongside him against England, in November). Kusal Perera may be among those vying for the opening spot, but Sadeera Samarawickrama and Lahiru Thirimanne are almost certain to be considered for the role…

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Bringing the Ryder Cup trophy to the US adds pressure – Harrington

Newly-appointed captain of the European Ryder Cup team, Padriag Harrington,said his side must carry their home form to the USA. Source link

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