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  • Tue, 04 Jun 2019 04:04:38 +0000: Steelers' Smith-Schuster attends prom with fan - www.espn.com - NFL
    A Pennsylvania-area high school student needed someone to go to prom with after his date broke up with him, and JuJu Smith-Schuster obliged.
  • Tue, 04 Jun 2019 03:13:26 +0000: Sources: Vikes' COO Big Ten's 1st black commish - www.espn.com - NFL
    Kevin Warren will replace longtime Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who in March announced his plans to retire in 2020 after 30 years with the league.
  • Tue, 04 Jun 2019 02:47:15 +0000: Cards' Peterson surprise attendee at workout - www.espn.com - NFL
    Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson made an appearance at the team's voluntary workout on Monday. He had previously missed the first two weeks of voluntary drills.
  • Mon, 03 Jun 2019 23:04:55 +0000: Ex-Bucs DT McCoy chooses to play for Panthers - www.espn.com - NFL
    Gerald McCoy left Baltimore thinking he might sign there, but Carolina wowed him during his visit last week and quarterback Cam Newton helped recruit the six-time Pro Bowler.
  • Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:34:06 +0000: Goodell: Four preseason games not necessary - www.espn.com - NFL
    Roger Goodell believes four preseason games aren't necessary, and they don't meet the standard he expects from NFL play. The NFL commissioner doubled down on that stance Monday.

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  • Mon, 25 May 2020 00:23:34 +0000: The Match: Tiger Woods & Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson & Tom Brady – as it happened - NFL | The Guardian

    That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along and be sure to check out the match report here.

    Related: Tom Brady miracle shot can't prevent defeat to Tiger Woods in $10m charity golf match

    Mickelson splits the fairway with a gorgeous drive off the Tiger tees on the 433-yard 18th hole while Brady sends his tee shot somewhere toward Alabama. Manning doesn’t do much better with his offering while Woods, who’s been so in-form all day long, crushes his drive into the fairway.

    The quarterbacks pick up the pros’ the second shots. The rain has subsided but the wind has not and visibility is poor. Brady steps up and sends his approach shot about six yards short of the green while Manning calmly deposits his attempt on to the surface. Advantage: Woods/Manning.

    1UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (17)

    Tiger and Phil find the green to set up birdie putts for Manning and Brady. A big moment. Peyton’s up first and his attempt drifts right of the pin. That gives Brady a putt to make it all square going to 18. And he pushes it. Poor! They’ll head to the final hole with Tiger and Peyton nursing a slim advantage.

    1UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (16)

    Mickelson makes yet another positively clutch putt on the 16th to halve a hole and keep his team within touching distance as the rain continues and darkness encroaches.

    1UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (15)

    Mickelson saves par with a heart-stopping putt to halve the hole and keep things interesting. Three holes to win one.

    1UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (14)

    Oof! Manning misses a gimme (after Brady misses a short one of his own) and the Mickelson/Brady team are only one down after wins on the 11th and 14th. The comeback is on! Sundown is 8.06pm and Phil seems aware of the time crunch as he hops into his cart: “It’s 7:30, we have to hurry.”

    Brady and Manning came up short on back-to-back hits and the trash-talk continues #CapitalOnesTheMatch

    (➡️@CapitalOne) pic.twitter.com/q0sFDsLJco

    2UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (13)

    Amid a torrential downpour, Manning misses a 10-foot putt for par and leaves the door open for Mickelson from eight feet. But the five-time major champion misses and the bogey results in another halved hole.

    2UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (12)

    Brady rims out a birdie putt that would have narrowed it to 1UP and the skies have opened up once again over Medalist Golf Club. “When’s the heavy stuff supposed to come down?” Brady asks.

    2UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (11)

    Brady rolls in a long-distance putt for eagle (set up by a gorgeous bomb off the tee by Phil), his second good shot of the day, then punctuates it with a socially distanced high-five. It’s the first hole the Mickelson/Brady team have won today.

    Brady sinks the eagle.

    Phil and Tom starting the comeback?

    (➡️@audi) pic.twitter.com/VO4pw771tr

    3UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (10)

    Another hole is halved after Woods misses a birdie putt from the fringe. Eight holes to go and Mickelson and Brady have quite a bit of work to do.

    3UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (9)

    Tiger and Phil get up and down for pars to halve the par-four 9th and the Woods/Manning outfit are 3UP making the turn. We now switch to a modified alternate shot format for the back nine. All four players will tee off with each team picking their preferred shot and alternating from there.

    3UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (8)

    Brady changes his pants ahead of the par-three 8th after splitting his first pair in all of the excitement on the 7th. Manning, who is owed a stroke per his handicap, misses a birdie chance before tapping in for 3-for-2. Mickelson then faces a high-stress birdie putt to keep within touching distance ... and he drains it to halve the hole.

    Oh no, Tom

    Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch on TNT pic.twitter.com/j8gllyfCy9

    3UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (7)

    Tom Brady spent two hours looking like it was his first time holding a golf cluh. As he endures yet another playful ribbing from Barkley in the commentary booth, the six-time Super Bowl champion manages to hole out from 100 yards away on the fairway. “Shut your mouth, Chuck,” he says. Alas, Woods quietly lips out for eagle and the hole is halved.

    TOM BRADY. WOW.

    Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch now on TNT pic.twitter.com/k4Au3SOpSU

    3UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (6)

    Woods and Manning are 3UP after six holes with Manning responsible for two of the winners after he gets it close off the tee and calmly sinks the short birdie putt. In related news: there is no way in hell Tom Brady is an eight handicap.

    Peyton Manning came to play today.

    That's a birdie for the 2-time Super Bowl champ.#CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/8G2DVPFM6E

    2UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (5)

    Futures in TB12 immunity blend supplements are bottoming right now after Brady sends his tee shot off the par-four 5th into the pond. For the pros, this is a one-hole challenge meaning they must play the entire hole with the same club. Mickelson settles for bogey with 4-iron after a poor tee shot, opening the door for his opponents. Woods, using a 6-iron, has a par putt for 3UP but it rims out.

    2UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (4)

    It’s Peyton who drains a 30-foot birdie putt the par-three 4th and the Woods/Manning outfit goes 2UP. Earlier, Barkley turned the screw on the struggling Brady, offering $50,000 to charity if the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback can hit the green. Brady does not hit the green. Says Barkley: “I should’ve just said if you can keep it on the planet.”

    Charles Barkley would have gave Brady $50K if he made it on the green... Brady was not even close

    Barkley says after the shot “You know Tom, I should've just said if you can keep it on the planet"

    pic.twitter.com/72eH8o11fn

    1UP Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady (3)

    We’re off to the par-five 3rd where Manning and Brady, both presumably thankful for the best-ball format after a pair of abysmal tee shots, will each get a stroke per their handicaps. This hole comes with a long-drive challenge for charity, which Woods wins after Mickelson slices into to the trees. Unsurprisingly, it again comes down to Tiger and Phil and it’s Woods who birdies to get his team on the board.

    Woods/Manning A/S Mickelson/Brady (2)

    The rain has picked back up again and it’s miserable out there. Peyton zooms up the fairway after smashing a perfect drive and second shot, explaining to match commentator Charles Barkley that he’s not in red and black because he didn’t want to wear University of Georgia colors and wind up on their social media feed. Brady, meanwhile, is having a bad time, sending his tee shot into a bunker and his second into the hazard before taking a drop.

    I’m no lip reader but... #TheMatch2 pic.twitter.com/NL3SkOGBKy

    Woods/Manning A/S Mickelson/Brady (1)

    The skies have mostly cleared and they’re going to give it a go after a 50-minute delay. Remember: the first nine holes are a fourball format with Brady and Manning each getting a one stroke on the three most difficult holes – No 3, No 6 and No 8 – in accordance with their handicaps. Whoever of the four scores the lowest wins the hole for their team.

    “Doing pretty good in the rain. I’m impressed. He’s more of a dome quarterback”

    TB12 roasting Peyton @brgridiron

    Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch on TNT pic.twitter.com/0el4dAaGiU

    Today’s match has been delayed until at least 3.45pm ET/8.45pm BST due to the inclement weather. It’s absolutely pouring out there. Play on I says; a little rain never hurt anyone. Otherwise the current forecast doesn’t look overly promising for live golf today.

    Not sure #TheMatch2 will be starting anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/v246HMbVYq

    ‘Member sports? Well between the Bundesliga, something called Fight Island and today’s made-for-TV golf exhibition pitting Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, they’re all but back to normal. It’s called The Match, not to be confused with the $9m winner-take-all showdown between Tiger and Phil over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, which also was called The Match, which come to think of it is about as creative a title as Fight Island. Anyhow, the purpose today is to raise $10m or more for Covid-19 relief efforts, which is something everybody can get behind.

    The venue is Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida – which is Woods’ home course – and they’re due to tee off in about 20 minutes. That’s if the weather complies, as a flood warning is in effect until quarter after the hour.

    So I’m guessing #TheMatch won’t be teeing off as scheduled. Thanks again, 2020. pic.twitter.com/HH6rfvAqAr

    Bryan will be here shortly, with the match due to start at 3pm ET/8pm BST. In the meantime, here’s a few details on today’s round from the Associated Press:

    It’s the second edition of a match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the dominant players of their generation and rivals by name, but not necessarily by record. Woods has 82 career victories to 44 for Mickelson, leads 15-5 in major championships and 11-0 in winning PGA Tour player of the year.

    Mickelson won their first made-for-TV match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, a pay-per-view event that ran into technical problems and was free for all. Lefty won in a playoff under the lights for $9m in a winner-take-all match. He also has a 5-3-1 advantage over Woods in the nine times they have played in the final round on the PGA Tour, most recently in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2012 when Mickelson shot 64 to a 75 for Woods.

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  • Mon, 25 May 2020 00:12:46 +0000: Tom Brady miracle shot can't prevent defeat to Tiger Woods in $10m charity golf match - NFL | The Guardian

    Tom Brady, an athlete acquainted with magnificent comebacks, pulled off a highlight-reel shot during a made-for-TV charity golf match featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning on Sunday.

    Brady had struggled through the first few holes of the $10m match, in which he was paired with Mickelson, to the point where he was the butt of numerous jokes on Twitter. The six-time Super Bowl champion was playing badly enough that four-time major champion Brooks Koepka said he would donate $100,000 to Covid-19 relief if Brady managed to par any of the first nine holes. NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who was on the commentary team, also joined in the teasing.

    Never doubt @TomBrady.

    Charles Barkley learned the hard way ... pic.twitter.com/muZ0xkt5xJ

    Related: The Match: Tiger Woods & Peyton Manning beats Phil Mickelson & Tom Brady – as it happened

    Oh no, Tom

    Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch on TNT pic.twitter.com/j8gllyfCy9

    #CapitalOnesTheMatch helped raise $20M for COVID-19 relief pic.twitter.com/2eCCZDJpZy

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  • Fri, 22 May 2020 11:30:23 +0000: The same people who put Trump in office run the NFL. No wonder it's not diverse - NFL | The Guardian

    Offering draft pick incentives for hiring minority coaches won’t solve the NFL’s diversity problem any more than the Rooney Rule when both fail to address the root causes

    When the NFL first was made to formally address the embarrassing lack of diversity in its coaching and front-office ranks back in the early aughts, a scant three of the league’s 32 teams were helmed by minority head coaches. Seventeen years since the introduction of the Rooney Rule, which requires all clubs to interview at least one minority candidate for its openings at head coach and general manager, the grand total entering the 2020 season has inched upward to four: the Dolphins’ Brian Flores, the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn and the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, who are African American, and Washington’s Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic.

    Related: NFL owners pass on plan to boost diversity by improving teams' draft picks

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  • Wed, 20 May 2020 19:19:18 +0000: NFL player says he was groped and assaulted on United Airlines flight - NFL | The Guardian
    • Unnamed player says he was sexually assaulted on red-eye flight
    • Lawsuit claims airline failed to properly respond to complaints

    An NFL player is suing United Airlines, claiming he was sexually harassed, assaulted, abused and violated by a female passenger on a February red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Newark and the airline failed to properly respond to complaints.

    Related: NFL owners pass on plan to boost diversity by improving teams' draft picks

    Related: Can the Las Vegas Raiders replace the fanaticism of the Black Hole?

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  • Tue, 19 May 2020 20:34:10 +0000: NFL owners pass on plan to boost diversity by improving teams' draft picks - NFL | The Guardian
    • Teams were to be rewarded for making minority hires
    • New ideas sought as NFL struggles to improve diversity

    Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed on Tuesday by NFL owners.

    However, a plan to reward clubs that hire minority candidates as head coaches or general managers with improved draft-pick positioning was tabled after meeting with some hefty criticism. That means the plan will now be considered at a later date.

    Related: Rooney Rule wobbles as NFL's fetish for young, white coaches continues

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