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Tiger Woods caps off amazing comeback with a win

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates making a par on the 18th green to win the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)© Tim Bradbury/Getty Images ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates making a par on the 18th green to win the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
 

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tiger Woods, in his Sunday red shirt, both arms raised in victory on the 18th green.

For so many years, the scene was familiar.

This time, it was surreal.

"I can't believe I pulled this off," Woods said Sunday during the trophy presentation at the Tour Championship, where he gave thousands of delirious fans at East Lake, and millions more around the world, what they wanted to see, and what they thought they might never see again.

And at that moment, Woods was overcome with emotion and paused.

After two back surgeries six weeks apart, he couldn't lie down, sit or walk without pain. Golf was the least of his concerns, so much that he once said anything else he achieved would be "gravy."

One year ago, while recovering from a fourth back surgery, he still had no idea if he could come back to the highest level of golf.

"Just to be able to compete and play again this year, that's a hell of a comeback," he said.

Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from back surgeries with a performance out of the past. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and then hung on for a 1-over 71 and a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel.

It was the 80th victory of his PGA Tour, two short of the career record held by Sam Snead that is now very much in play. And it was his first victory in more than five years, dating to the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

And that brought a new version of Tigermania.

After he hit his second shot to the par-5 18th safely in a bunker in front of the green, the crowd came through the ropes and followed behind in a chaotic celebration. It was like that when he walked from the left side of the 18th fairway at the 1997 Masters he won by 12. It was reminiscent of that walk up the 18th fairway later that summer at the Western Open in Chicago.

This was pure pandemonium. Fans chased after any inch of grass they could find to watch the ending.

"I didn't want to get run over," Woods said with a laugh.

This felt just as big as a major, maybe better considering where Woods had been.

Several players, from Zach Johnson to Rickie Fowler to Horschel, waited to greet him. It was Johnson who unveiled red shirts at the Ryder Cup two years ago in the team room that said, "Make Tiger Great Again."

"They knew what I was struggling with," Woods said. "It was special to see them."

Woods played only one PGA Tour event over two seasons because of his back. Off the golf course, he had to overcome the embarrassment of a DUI arrest in the early morning of Memorial Day in 2017 when he was found asleep at the wheel, later found to have a concoction of pain medication in his system.

He was becoming a legend on in video highlights.

And then he brought it back to life this year, especially the last four days at East Lake. The players who have turns at No. 1 during his absence caught the full brunt of Woods in control. McIlroy faded early. Justin Rose faded late.

All that was left was the 42-year-old Woods in that red shirt, blazing brighter than ever, and a smile he couldn't shake walking up the 18th to collect another trophy.

"The 80 mark is a big number," he said. "It's a pretty damned good feeling."

He finished at 11-under 269 and won $1.62 million, along with a $3 million bonus for finishing second in the FedEx Cup.

The only disappointment -- a minor one under the circumstances -- was realizing as he came down the 18th that Rose had made birdie to finish in a three-way tie for fourth, which gave him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Without that birdie, Woods would have won his third FedEx Cup title after starting at No. 20 going into the Tour Championship.

"Congrats, Rosie," Woods told him. "World No. 1, hell of a season."

Actually, former world No. 1 for Rose. His four bogeys over the last 10 holes cost him the No. 1 ranking back to Dustin Johnson, who shot 67 and finished third.

But this wasn't about the FedEx Cup or even the world ranking.

This is Tiger's big day, and nothing was going to change it.

Woods had never lost when leading by three shots or more going into the final round. That was when he was regularly winning multiple times every season, compiling trophies at a rate never before seen in golf.

Was anything different having gone more than five years without winning?

Rose had said it was a bit more unknown, and "there's a lot on it for him" as well as everyone else.

But this was still Woods' arena. The walk from the putting green snakes some 80 yards across the road and through a gallery, and everyone could hear him coming from the procession of cheering. And within the opening hour, the Tour Championship had that inevitable feeling.

No one brings excitement like Woods, even when he plays so good and so smart that he eliminates any potential for drama.

The buzz was endless. A couple of teenagers climbed into a tree to see him made a 10-foot birdie on the first hole. When the putt dropped and cheers died, there was a wild sprint some 200 yards up the hill as fans tried to get into position for the next shot. He tapped in for par, and another stampede ensued to line the third fairway.

On and on it went. No one wanted to miss a shot.

A year ago, there was no guarantee anyone would see much of Woods, much less Woods winning.

He's back again. This victory, his first since the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in August 2013 -- 1,876 days, to be exact -- brought him to No. 13 in the world. Not bad for a 42-year-old with four back surgeries who returned to competition in December at No. 1,199 in the world.

The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his U.S. teammates for France and the Ryder Cup.

After that?  Who knows.

Less means more

 

College baseball and the major league baseball should go to a seven inning game rather than play 9 innings. The belief is it will make the game more exciting. A nine inning game last for three hours and also it will reduce the potential of major arm, shoulder and elbow injuries that is commonplace in the game.  7/14/18

                                        

                                                                                                                                                             

Ray Chen Selected No. 1 in Chinese Basketball Association

 

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty men’s basketball alum, Ray Chen, was selected No. 1 overall in the recent Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) Draft.

                “We are so proud of Ray and all the hard work he put into his craft,” head coach Ritchie McKay said. “Although he may not have received the playing time he wanted here at Liberty, he was a great teammate and a better person. His skillset and work ethic will result in a successful career in the CBA.”

                In one season at Liberty as a graduate student, Chen played in all 35 games during the 2016-17 season. Chen played his best during non-conference, scoring a season-high 14 points twice against UNCG and in Liberty’s season opener against Cairn. After training in Lynchburg after the season, Chen was identified as the best prospect in preparation for the CBA Draft.

                Chen is now the fourth player that McKay has coached at Liberty that has been able to play professionally joining Seth Curry (Dallas Mavericks), Alex McLean (Overseas), Jesse Sanders (Overseas) and Anthony Smith (Overseas).  

                To stand out, Chen participated in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan where he was the tournament’s leading scorer with 20.38 points per game. Prior to arriving at Liberty, Chen played at Belmont Abbey where he averaged 16 points and 3.5 assists per contest. At Belmont Abbey, Chen earned Conference Carolinas third team all-conference honors, closing out his career with 1,084 points.

 

 
 

Brogdon Named NBA Rookie of the Year
Former UVA star becomes second UVA player to earn prestigious honor

 

 

June 26, 2017

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Former Virginia two-time All-American and current Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named the 2017 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, announced Monday (June 26) during the NBA Awards on TNT.

Brogdon led rookies in assists (4.2 apg) and steals (1.12 spg) and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (86.5). He was also third in field goal percentage (45.7) and fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg). A second round pick (36th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon became one of just five rookies in NBA history to shoot 40 percent or better from 3-point range while averaging at least 4.0 assists per game. He recorded the first rookie triple-double in Bucks' history, and the only one by a rookie during the 2016-17 season, when he scored 15 points with 12 assists and 11 rebounds at Chicago on Dec. 31.

Brogdon joins Ralph Sampson as Cavaliers who have been honored as the NBA Rookie of the Year. Sampson averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds en route to NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1984.

Brogdon finished his career ranked ninth on UVA's all-time scoring list with 1,809 points. He also ranks first in free throw percentage (87.6%), second in games played (136), fifth in minutes played (4,157), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (36.5%), seventh in 3-pointers (185) and ninth in free throws (422).

Brogdon earned unanimous consensus first-team All-America and NABC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016 after becoming the first player to be named ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The three-time All-ACC first-team performer earned consensus second-team All-America honors in 2015.

He helped Virginia to 111 wins, four NCAA tournaments, two ACC regular-season titles and one ACC Tournament championship during his career.

Brogdon earned his bachelor's degree in history and his master's degree in public policy from the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership. In addition, Brogdon was a Senior CLASS Award and Allstate NABC Good Works Team honoree, and John R. Wooden Citizenship Cup finalist for his excellence in the classroom and community.

 
 
 
 
 

Virginia retired Brogdon's No. 15 in a pre-game ceremony on Feb. 20, 2017.

 4/27/17

 

oach John Thompson III, the son of its legendary coach John Thompson, Georgetown kept one of college basketball’s most prestigious jobs in the family by hiring the elder Thompson’s greatest star, Patrick Ewing, as the Hoyas’ new head coach, the university announced Monday.

Ewing, a three-time all-American at center, led the Hoyas to three Final Fours and their only national title (1984) before being drafted first over all in 1985 by the Knicks. He played 15 of his 17 N.B.A. seasons in New York, leading the Knicks to the 1994 and 1999 N.B.A. finals, and also won two Olympic gold medals, including one as a member of the 1992 Dream Team.

A college national player of the year and 11-time N.B.A. All-Star, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Georgetown did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Monday afternoon, but a post on the Hoyas’ official  feed confirmed the hiring.

 

 
 

Brogdon shows good signs in NBA debut

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 6:23 p.m. CDT October 27, 2016
 
 

Jason Kidd laughed when he was asked a question about rookie Malcolm Brogdon before Wednesday’s season opener.

Would Brogdon be playing significant minutes as the Milwaukee Bucks backup point guard?

“He’s going to get a lot of minutes, you look at him backing up Delly (Matthew Dellavedova),” Kidd said. “Malcolm will get plenty of time on the floor.”

Brogdon responded with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in 21 productive minutes in the Bucks’ 107-96 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Even more impressive was the way he helped lead a fourth-quarter rally by Milwaukee. He was on the floor for 8 minutes in the final quarter and contributed four points, three rebounds and one assist.

“It was OK, could have been better if we won,” Brogdon said of his NBA debut. “For me, it was good to get my feet wet.

“Hopefully, we can bounce back and win the next game.”

 

 

 

Brogdon dunked after a steal by Michael Beasley to bring the Bucks within 88-79 early in the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, the former University of Virginia star was looking at a wide-open three-pointer that could have cut the Hornets’ lead to seven, but he missed the shot.

 
 

“Malcolm was great on the floor with Delly, and also running the show,” Kidd said. “That’s a positive for us.”

Brogdon took a turn defending Kemba Walker, an experienced point guard with quickness and the ability to hit the three-pointer.

And the 23-year-old from Atlanta had his chances to direct the Bucks offense.

“It’s about our mind-set going into the next game,” Brogdon said of facing the Brooklyn Nets at home on Saturday night. “We’ve got to start off the game and play hard.

“I think that’s just getting to the 50-50 balls, defensive rebounding as a group and running our offense hard. I think we have to do all of that.”

The Bucks had the day off Thursday. But they will be back on the practice floor Friday as they prepare for a stretch of three games in four days – Brooklyn followed by road games at Detroit on Sunday and at New Orleans on Tuesday.

Hornets guard Nicolas Batum did a good job picking up Giannis Antetokounmpo and forcing the Bucks to use other ball-handling options in the opener.

“For us, being a young team, it’s being able to accept that pressure,” Kidd said. “We talked about it. We saw it in preseason.

“When you accept that pressure, it makes the game a lot easier. Especially when your strength is to drive the ball, and we just didn’t get to that (Wednesday).”

Notebook: Antetokoummpo scored 31 points against the Hornets while making a strong season debut. The only other 30-point games in his career came last season – a 33-point effort at Cleveland on Nov. 19 and a career-best 34-point night vs. Chicago on April 3.

» The most points scored by a Bucks player in a home opener were the 39 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against the Baltimore Bullets in 1970, but those came in a double-overtime victory for Milwaukee. The Bucks would sweep the Bullets in four games in the NBA Finals later that season for the only championship in franchise history. The other Bucks players to score 30 or more in a home opener were Terry Cummings (34), Ray Allen (32), Glenn Robinson (32) and Marques Johnson (31).

 

College baseball and major league baseball should cut back 9 innings to 7 innings. Because the game play for three hours that is to long.  Also it will help cut back on injuries and player’s career will last longer.  And make the game more sites exciting.  7/13/18

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