Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia has apologized for his disqualification from the Saudi International earlier this month and said he let his emotions get the better of him. Garcia was disqualified when he intentionally damaged the greens at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in the third round. "I'm sorry to my fans and fellow competitors.
Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes on Monday, equalling Mark O'Meara's record of five victories in the northern California event. Mickelson recorded his 44th PGA Tour triumph in style with a closing seven-under-par 65 at Pebble Beach. "This really is a special place for me, going back to 1919 when my grandfather was one of the initial caddies here," the 48-year-old said after becoming the oldest winner of the event. "This was the first event for me as a pro. To win here this week is something I'm going to cherish."
Frank Robinson, who in 1975 became Major League Baseball's first African-American manager and is considered one of the game's greatest players, died on Thursday at the age of 83. Robinson, known also for his leadership and competitive fire during a Hall of Fame playing career that spanned 21 seasons, will be remembered as a pioneer by the baseball world after paving the way for every minority manager who has followed. "Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations," MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement
NEW YORK - The U.S. television audience for Sunday's Super Bowl on CBS Corp dropped about 5.3 percent from last year, according to preliminary Nielsen data released by the network on Monday. About 44.9 percent of households in 56 major markets tuned in to watch the favored New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a humdrum match that was the lowest-scoring game in the Super Bowl's 53-year history. That is down from 47.4 percent a year earlier, when again viewership had lagged from the prior year.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has overseen one of the greatest franchise revivals in sports history by transforming a football doormat into a juggernaut that will seek a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday. Kraft purchased the NFL's Patriots in 1994 for a then-record $172 million with one lofty goal in mind for a team that had averaged fewer than seven wins per season prior to his arrival. "My objective in buying the Patriots is to help bring a championship to New England," Kraft said when he took ownership of the team in January 1994.
ATLANTA - The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will play for a Super Bowl title on Sunday in a generational clash that could come to define an era or mark a new beginning for the NFL. The NFL will celebrate a landmark 100th anniversary next season with either the Patriots' old guard as defending champions looking to extend their dynasty into a new century or with the kids from Los Angeles having seized the torch. In sport a changing of the guard is usually a slow, drawn-out process and rarely comes as sharply defined as it could be in this year's Super Bowl.
Facts and figures about the Super Bowl, which will be played on Sunday to determine the NFL champion: Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT Site: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga. Teams: New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams At stake: The winning team receives the NFL's Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in honour of the winning coach of the first two Super Bowls.
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Rams victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday would go a long way to healing the damage caused by the team's 1995 move to St. Louis, which it called home for two decades. The Rams returned to Southern California in 2016 and have been trying to win back fans who felt deserted when they left, as well as introduce themselves to younger fans who have never associated the franchise with the city. "I'm Rams until the day I die," LA Mayor and Los Angeles native Eric Garcetti told Reuters this week.
A federal judge on Thursday refused to order the NFL to replay the conference title game, where the Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints and gained entry to the Super Bowl after a critical missed call by officials. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan in New Orleans said the Saints season-ticket holders who sued had no right to compel the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to enforce league rules that could reverse the game's outcome or cause its rescheduling.
ATLANTA - The NFL will consider rule changes aimed at avoiding the type of officiating gaffe that likely cost the New Orleans Saints a spot in the Super Bowl but Commissioner Roger Goodell warned on Wednesday there are no easy fixes. Speaking at his annual state of the league address ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, Goodell acknowledged publicly for the first time that a mistake had been made and that he understands the frustration felt by the Saints.