Weekend Sports In Brief
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Justin Thomas emerged from the shadow of a longtime friend and won the PGA Championship to take his place among the young elite in golf.
With two big breaks to start the back nine, a chip-in for birdie and a 7-iron that soared over the water to a peninsula green, Thomas closed with a 3-under 68 and won by two shots. The PGA Championship was the most fitting major for the 24-year-old son of a PGA professional.
Mike Thomas, a former PGA board member and longtime pro in Kentucky, walked along the edge of the 18th green and into the arms of his son, a major champion.
The week began with Jordan Spieth’s quest for a career Grand Slam. Spieth was at the 18th green late Sunday afternoon at Quail Hollow, but only so he could celebrate the moment with Thomas, close friends since they were 14.
GUINGAMP, France (AP) – Declaring he was ”more alive than ever,” Neymar did not disappoint on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain.
The world’s most expensive player provided a pulsating evening’s entertainment at the Stade du Roudourou, with one goal and an assist, as PSG overcame strong resistance from Guingamp to win 3-0 in the French league.
Neymar was named man of the match, and it was deserved.
Neymar, who signed from Barcelona last week, missed the start of the season at the Parc des Princes against Amiens due to paperwork problems. Hired for a world-record 222 million euros ($262 million), he started on the left wing of PSG’s attack in the small Brittany town.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after helping Real Madrid secure a 3-1 win at Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Ronaldo scored with a beautiful strike to make it 2-1 in the 80th minute and earned a yellow card for taking off his shirt to flex his muscles at Camp Nou.
Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg in Madrid after being booked again just two minutes after scoring for diving in the area.
Madrid went ahead in the 50th from an own-goal by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Lionel Messi equalized for Barcelona in the 77th when he converted a penalty after Luis Suarez was fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Marco Asensio got 10-man Madrid’s third goal in the 90th.
LONDON (AP) – Allyson Felix earned a second gold medal and highlighted the overwhelming performance of the United States at the 10-day world championships.
In doing so, Felix made sure she became the most decorated athlete in the history of the event – and that includes Usain Bolt.
Felix won gold in the 4×400-meter relay a day after winning the same color medal in the 4×100 relay. She also earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter race to give her 16 in her career. Bolt finished his career with 14.
In a world championship of upsets right up to the last event, Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States in the men’s 4×400, producing only a little dent in an all-powerful performance.
The Americans finished with 30 medals, 10 of them gold. That was only one short of the overall record held by East Germany.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six others for the team’s season opener against Michigan.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because Florida did not release details of the suspensions.
Callaway, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort won’t be allowed to play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas.
Coach Jim McElwain says: ”We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. Action has been taken: They have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.”
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has undergone knee replacement surgery.
Team spokesman Cory Walton says the procedure on his right knee was performed Sunday by Dr. Michael Bolognesi at the university’s hospital.
Bolognesi says the surgery went ”very smoothly,” and doctors hoped to have the Hall of Fame coach walking later in the day. He’s expected to be released within one to three days to begin a rehabilitation program at Duke.
The surgery led Duke to cancel the exhibition trip to the Dominican Republic that was scheduled to begin this week. Krzyzewski opted for surgery after determining his knee condition ”wouldn’t be sustainable” through the season.
Krzyzewski has had both of his knees replaced in the past 17 months, with six total surgeries in that span.
MIAMI (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has a small stake in Derek Jeter’s investment group that reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins.
The person confirmed Jordan’s role to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the parties involved have not commented.
Jordan already owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets. He and Jeter have known each other for more than 20 years and are close friends.
A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted Saturday to Major League Baseball for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to sell the franchise to a group that includes Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain. Venture capitalist Bruce Sherman of Naples, Florida would be the controlling owner.
The Marlins expect to close the deal in early October.
Gavin and Joe Maloof are so confident Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Conor McGregor that they bet $880,000 on it.
And if the Maloof brothers are big winners along with Mayweather on Aug. 26, they are giving the proceeds of their whopping wager to charity.
The wealthy entrepreneurs and former Sacramento Kings owners revealed their extraordinary bet to The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after they placed the wager at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The bet is thought to be the biggest yet made on the fight, which is expected to be Vegas’ biggest spectacle in recent years.
The Maloofs will make a $160,000 profit if Mayweather – a minus-550 favorite Friday – remains unbeaten against McGregor, the UFC champion making his pro boxing debut.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The San Diego Padres committed to their rebuilding program under Andy Green, giving their manager a three-year extension through 2021.
Green, 40, is in the second year of his original contract with the struggling Padres (51-65), and the organization is encouraged by the way he has handled his young team.
”In terms of him being the guy the group looks to, I don’t think there’s any question when we’re down in that clubhouse, he’s the leader,” general manager A.J. Preller said.
The Padres are undergoing a massive player personnel change and the organization feels he has blended well with the young and veteran players.
”He’s a guy I’ve really enjoyed playing for the last two years,” first baseman Wil Myers said. ”One of the more intelligent minds in the game.”
The Padres went 68-94 last year in Green’s first season with the team.