Tuesday’s Sports in Brief
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tony Finau injured his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Tournament at the Masters and then seemingly popped it back into place.
Finau flew the back of the seventh green on the Par-3 course at Augusta National and spun it back into the hole for an ace. He started running toward the hole to celebrate, then turned and backpedaled before landing awkwardly on his left ankle. He dropped to one knee and ended up pushing the joint back into place.
Finau, ranked No. 34 in the world, ended up withdrawing from the event but stuck around for the final two holes. He gingerly walked to a golf cart and was driven off the course.
Tom Watson won the exhibition at 6 under, one shot better than Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Pieters.
Jack Nicklaus’ grandson, who was caddying for the six-time Masters winner, made a hole-in-one at No. 9.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Robert Griffin III is poised to resume his NFL career about 35 miles from where it started.
The former Washington Redskins quarterback agreed on a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who love the idea of having the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner backing up 10-year starter Joe Flacco. Griffin’s previous stop in an injury-riddled career came in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. He started five games, winning one.
The New York Times reported Edelman received a message from a concerned Instagram follower late last month who told him about the threat to ”shoot up” a school in the comments section of his account.
Edelman notified his assistant, Shannen Moen, who called police and they tracked down a 14-year-old boy in Michigan who admitted to posting the threat about his middle school.
Police officials say the boy was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism.
Edelman called the man who tipped him off ”the real hero” and says he plans to send him a gift.
DENVER (AP) – Broncos linebacker Von Miller is potentially in hot water after a social media post in which he posed with a bloody hammerhead shark that was caught on a fishing expedition.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has received the images and video from the trip and is ”looking into whether or not a violation occurred in this incident,” said Carol Lyn Parrish, the commission’s public information coordinator. No further details were available.
There’s video of the group trying to put the shark back in the water. The harvesting of hammerhead sharks is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida. It’s punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Eagles and tight end Richard Rodgers agreed on a one-year contract.
Rodgers has spent all four of his NFL seasons in Green Bay. He had 12 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown in 2017. They were career lows in each category.
DENVER (AP) – NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon made a long-term commitment to the Colorado Rockies rather than test next season’s free-agent market, agreeing to a contract that guarantees $108 million over six seasons.
The two-time All-Star center fielder had agreed in January to a $14 million, one-year deal. His new agreement calls for a $2 million signing bonus payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office, a $12 million salary this year and $21 million in each of the next three seasons. Blackmon has player options of $21 million for 2022 and $10 million for 2023, and his 2023 salary can escalate up to $5 million based on plate appearances in 2022.
MIAMI (AP) – Miami Hurricanes freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV says he’ll turn pro this year, a move anticipated even before his college career began. Walker announced Twitter that he’ll hire an agent, which will prevent him from returning to the Hurricanes, and plans to enter the NBA draft. Many projections list him as a lottery pick.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Malik Newman plans to leave Kansas and enter the NBA draft after leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four in his only season playing for them. The sophomore guard said he plans to sign with an agent.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke freshman Trevon Duval is entering the NBA draft. Duval announced his decision through the school, and team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said the point guard plans to hire an agent.
BOSTON (AP) – Boston College guards Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman will enter the NBA draft but won’t sign with an agent in case they decide to return to school. The players would maintain their eligibility if they are not happy with where they are drafted.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – East Carolina hired Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast as men’s basketball coach. The school said Dooley agreed to a five-year contract to begin his second stint as the Pirates‘ head coach. He went 57-52 in four seasons from 1995-99 before he was replaced by Bill Herrion.
Novak Djokovic is done working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek after the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion who has gone nearly two full years without winning a Grand Slam title.
Djokovic announced on his website that he has split from Agassi after less than a year and from Stepanek after less than six months. The 30-year-old Serb has lost his past three matches.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Kristyna Pliskova rallied from a set down to knock out two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the WTA’s Volvo Car Open.
Kvitova of the Czech Republic won six of the first seven games to take the opening set before countrywoman Pliskova came back for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory to advance to the round of 16 in the WTA’s first clay-court event of the season.
Kvitova had won 24 straight matches against Czech players.
No. 6 seed Johanna Konta of Australia also lost, falling in straight sets to Hungary’s Fanny Stollar 6-3, 6-4.
Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner up last year, needed three sets to take down Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Keys, at No. 7, is the highest seeded American left in the tournament.