Gary Woodland earned his first major golf championship at the U.S. Open Sunday, holding off two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka to win at Pebble Beach by three strokes. Woodland finished at 13-under-par, breaking Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open course record at the famed Northern California course. Koepka, who had won three of the past five majors, pulled within a shot of the lead on Sunday’s back nine, but Woodland remained steady, birdieing the 14th hole and sinking a 30-foot putt for birdie on 18 to close out his victory in style.
The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title Thursday night in Oakland, Calif., defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, sweeping all three of their games on the road.
Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard averaged more than 28 points a game in the series and was named the Finals MVP for the second time in his career. “I wanted to make history here,” he said. “That’s what I did.” Leonard won his first MVP award playing for the San Antonio Spurs when they won the championship in 2014.
| Sports betting is growing quickly in Nigeria and enriching foreign companies
Onize Ohikere | 6/13/19, 02:25 pm
Jonathan Michael walked into one of the shop spaces on the top floor of a three-story business plaza in Abuja, Nigeria. He selected four soccer matches on one of three available desktops, made his predictions, and collected his receipt stub from the shop attendant.
It’s a weekly ritual for Michael, who works at a barbershop in the same plaza. He placed his first sports bet in 2017, and now spends no more than two dollars at his weekly visits.
The St. Louis Blues earned their first NHL championship in franchise history Wednesday, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Forward Ryan O’Reilly, who is in his first season with the Blues, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
It was a remarkable turnaround for a team that was in last place in the NHL standings in early January, but the Blues finished the season winning 30 of their last 49 games. “Once we pulled it together, we were tough to beat,” coach Craig Berube said.
| NCAA hurdler shows how the Equality Act would undermine the very thing it claims to champion
Ray Hacke | 5/30/19, 02:17 pm
The NCAA crowned its first biologically male women’s track and field champion in late May. If Democrats in Congress have their way, it will become a far more frequent occurrence.
CeCe (formerly Craig) Telfer of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 25 in Kingsville, Texas. Telfer’s time of 57.53 seconds was more than a full second faster than that of his nearest competitor.
Bill Buckner, an All-Star first baseman remembered for a disastrous error in the 1986 World Series, died Monday after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 69. Buckner’s career spanned more than 20 years. He was the 1980 National League batting champion while playing for the Chicago Cubs and played for the Boston Red Sox from 1984 to 1987.
Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships in the 1960s, including the first two Super Bowls, died Sunday. He was 85. Starr, who had been in failing health after suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014, died in Birmingham, Ala.
Officials disqualified the would-be winner of the Kentucky Derby for the first time in history this weekend. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said the racehorse Maximum Security swerved and interfered with other horses during the race. The second finisher, Country House, was declared the winner. Maximum Security’s owner Gary West said Monday he will appeal the decision. He plans to keep the horse out of the Preakness, the next race in the Triple Crown series on May 18.
John Havlicek, who played 16 years with the Boston Celtics, which won the NBA Championship in eight of those years, died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla., according to team officials. He was 79 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Nicknamed “Hondo,” Havlicek was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.