Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

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US Open…Torrey Pines-1st round on Thursday
..Course will play to (7551Yards)…
..Par 71…slick greens…high rough
..All four rounds on South Course
..156-golfers tee off
..Phil Mickelson-not won at Torrey Pines since 2001
..Mickelson finished runnerup 6X-US Open..never won Grand Slam
..Jon Rahm-reinstated after Covid issue a week ago
..Dustin Johnson fully recovered from Covid-missed seven weeks
..Brooks Koepka coming off two knee injuries
..Jordan Spieth red hot in recent week

Rory McIlroy…says PGA should eliminate use of Greens Book players use on course…says players should develop ability the read greens and not be lazy.



Clippers-W-Utah  (119-111)….Night of fireworks…Clippers stage courageous comeback without Kawhi Leonard…..Paul George (37P-15R)…..Marcus Morris (25P)….Reggie Jackson (20P) in comeback win…Jazz hit 17-3’s in opening half..had 9-point lead after shooting 70% in opening half…..Clippers roared back in 3rd period wipe out deficit and and took a 10-point lead in 3rd quarter…Bogdan Bogdanovich hit 6-straight 3-point shots in first half for Utah…Jazz went (3-20).. from the arc in 2nd half….Clippers had (32-18) edge in 3rd quarter. comeback and had 10P-lead in 4th quarter…..Clippers lead (3-2) heading home to LA for Game 6.

Clippers…F-Kawhi Leonard out with sprained knee ligament-suffered end of the Monday game….Could be out indefinitely

76ers-L-Hawks…(109-106)….Atlanta wipes out 22-point deficit…outscores Phila (48-19) down the stretch…Hawks had (15-0) run to finish 4th quarter…Trae Young (39P) in win…Joel Embiid  (37) in loss….Doc Rivers failures in postseason continue….Atlanta leads series (3-2) going home for Game 6.


(NBA Notes)

Suns..G-Chris Paul tests positive for Covid….Had the vaccine…Must pass 2-Covid tests before he can be reinstated…Likely to miss next beginning of next round.

Portland…Asks permission to interview Eric Spolestra-Miami Heat
New Orleans..Fires Coach Stan Van Gundy (31-41) season
Washington..Fire Coach Scott Brooks (34-38) season
Dallas..GM-Don Nelson steps down-leaves organization
Golden State..Hires Dejan Milojevick-Serbia-to work with C-James Wiseman-#1 pick…Has history of success coaching big men.

NBA Draft Combine…Invite 60-players..Top Picks Cade Cunningham-Okla State…Gonzaga G-Jalen Suggs-will not workout..Evan Mobely-USC…Corey Kispert-Gonzaga will participate….Neither Matt Mitchell-Jordan Schakel-Aztecs were invited.

All NBA Team named:
..Kawhi Leonard
..Giannis Antetokounmpo
..Nikola Jokic
..Steph Curry
..Luka Doncic


Padres-L-Rockies (8-7)….Disastrous (1-5) road trip…….Friars (38-32)….Padres lost 13-of-17…after having best record in NL..

..Manager Jayce Tingler calls road trip ‘Just Terrible’
..Chaley Blackmon RBI single in 9th inning for win
..CJ Cron 2RHR
..Trevor Story 2RBIs
..Eli Diaz HR
..Fernando Tatis 477′ HR..RBI double
..Trent Grisham 2RHR
..Blake Snell rocked (3.1inn-7R-9H)
..Kyile Freeland (3.2inn=5R-9H)

Padres-Reds…Friars open homestand-full capacity at Petco Park…Joe Musgrove-vs-Wade Miley in Thursday pitching matchup

Padres..Option P-Ryan Weathers to El Paso-will build innings as starter
Padres..Call up P-James Norwood from El Paso
Padres..Manager Jayce Tingler…’Go thru pockets of losing during a season….Don’t get eaten alive by the schedule”
Dodgers-Phillies….Phillies led (2-0) at Press Time in 5th inning in LA…Rhys Hoskins HR for Phillies..LA (41-26)…Dodgers won 8-of-9

Dodgers…Off day Thursday…open weekend series at Arizona-Friday
Dodgers..DL-OF-Cody Bellinger-lingering hamstring issue
Dodgers…Callup OF-Steven Souza..(270-8HR) Oklahoma City

Angels-L-A’s (8-4)….Halos lost (4-0) lead….Angels bullpen give up 6-runs…Shohei Ohtani HR for Halos…..A’s (43-27)

Halos-Tigers…Open weekend series against Detroit..Shohei Ohtani-vs-Matt Manning.

Marlins-L-Cardinals..Yadier Molina RBI single in 9th..

Reds-W-Brewers…Tyler Mahle-12 strikeouts for Reds..Taylor Naquin RBI double…Milwaukee (38-30)

Tigers-W-Kansas City..Willi Castro HR

Rays-L-White Sox..Yasmani Grandal HR for Sox in 10th…Tampa Bay (43-26)…Sox (43-25)

Pirates-L-Washington..Josh Bell 2RHR…Pittsburgh (23-44)

Red Sox-W-Braves…Christian Arroyo Grand Slam HR for Boston..Dansby Swanson 3RHR….Hunter Renfroe 2R-single..

Yankees-W-Toronto…Gary Sanchez 2RHR….Marcus Semien HR..Val Biggio HR..NY lost 7-of-11

Orioles-L-Indians..Jose Ramirez HR-3RBI..Baltimore lost 18-in row on road

Mets-W-Cubs…Kevin Pillar HR-RBI double…Chicago (38-30)

Houston-W-Texas…Astros hit 5-HRs…Rangers (25-44)

Giants-Arizona…Buster Posey 3RHR…Giants led (13-7) at Press Time…Diamondbacks lost 22-in row on road..(20-49)…SF (43-25)

Twins-Seattle…Nelson Cruz 3RHR….Minnesota led 7-0 at Press Time.


Mets..P-Jacob deGrom-pulled-shoulder tightness
Tampa Bay..DL-P-Collin McHugh-Covid
Pirates..P-Jose Soriano-Elbow surgery
Washington..3B-Starlin Castro-leaves club with family issue
Phillies..SS-Jean Segura-groin issue
Phillies..P-Bryce Harper-back stiffness
Arizona..P-Seth Frankoff on 60D-DL
Reds..3B-Mike Moustakas reinjures foot on rehab workout
Rockies..P0Jon Gray to throw bullpen on Friday-test shoulder
(Roster Moves)

Atlanta..Callup P-Kyle Muller
Miami..Callup C-Devin Marrero
Arizona..Sign FA-P-Keury Miller-ex Reds
(MLB Notes)

Arizona..Hire longtime GM-Allard Baird as consultant to help out during Mike Hazen-GM-leave of absence with family illness


NFL-Union…Issue Joint Memo to Players who do not get vaccine:
..Covid tests daily
..Wear masks all times in facility
..Distancing in locker room
..Distancing in team meetings
..Distanced in meal rooms
..Quarantined team hotel on road
..Banned from leaving team hotel
..Quarantined from team if exposed to someone positive test
..No use of sauna or steam rooms

Chargers….Legendary QB-Drew Brees visits Bolts workouts…says of QB-Justin Herbert…”Physical tools as good as any young QB I have seen”

Chargers…Wrap up Mini Camp..Coach Brandon Staley comments:
..Justin Herbert-presence on field like a franchise QB
..Can really rip it…Can shoot the shot when you need it
..His arm covers entire field-can access any part
..Commands confidence in offense
..Told him-be who you are-not someone else
..He knows last year was not enough

..Laid foundation in offense-defense in 5-weeks
..Told players-be ready to be best version of yourself July 27th

..Joey Bosa-he’s a different movie on field-moving to OLB
..Great group to compete in secondary

..We really pushed it in camp
..2-fields in use gave us chance to get 65-70 reps for players

..NFL has fully educated our players
..Players know what’s at stake-
..We have only a small group vaccinated.

Chargers-QB-Justin Herbert
..Found out how to deal with being uncomfortable in camp
..Defense showed me lots of looks-disguises
..We have more personnel groups and formations from last year
..Putting more on QB making reads at line of scrimmage

Chargers..DE-Joey Bosa
..Excited to move all over field as a LB
..Alot of new alignments
..Trust the coaches will teach me
..Had 15-different injuries last year including health now

Houston…Police arrest son of legendary DT-Vince Wilford-for stealing selling 2-Super Bowl rings…3AFC Championship rings…jewelry….Sold on internet for 300,000.


Seattle..RB-Rashaad Penny-has 2nd knee scope-will be ready for camp
Tennessee..LB-Bud Dupree-not cleared for workouts-knee surgery

Raiders..RB-Josh Jones expresses disappointment team let go 3-offensive lineman in off season.

Miami…QB-Tua Tagovailoa throws 5-interceptions in veterans minicamp

Jets..Woody Johnson returns to team as lead owner.
(College Football)

NCAA…Executive Committee meets Thursday to review propsoal for 12-team playoff.

NCAA…New proposal for playoffs could have TV network value of (1.9B) per year….each school would get hefty increase…PAC 12-schools would get increase from 9M-each school to 27M-per school under new contract.

UMichigan….Former Athletes sign petition demanding University begin probe of the sexaul assault scandal involving former trainer Robert Anderson-employed for 33-years while allegations of sexual abuse of athletes were never acted on.


Montreal-W-Las Vegas (3-2)…Carey Price 31-saves…Tyler Toffooli key goal…..Series tied (1-1) …heading back to Montreal…


Tampa Bay-at-New York…Series tied (1-1) heading into Thursday game

NY Islanders…Coach Barry Trotz shows media…NHL officials blew call…Tampa had 7-on ice when winning goal score..Refs missed call

Ducks..Remove assistant coaches Marty Wilford-Mark Morrison
Columbus..Hire former player Rick Nash-Director Player Development

Buffalo..Report Sabres are discussing trade with Anaheim Ducks ….Sabres would deal unhappy C-Jack Eichel but want Ducks 3rd pick in first round….Sabres also talked to LA Kings about Eichel-for-#8 pick.

St Louis…F-Jordan Schmaltz signs contract with IFK-Helsinki-Finland.

Soccer-USA…World Cup qualifying schedule released…
..@El Salvador-9/2
..Canada 9/5
..@Honduras 9/8

Indy car…Rookie driver Rinus VeeKay undergoes surgery broken collarbone..could be out 4W after cycling accident.





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