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HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Webb Simpson birdied five of six holes down the stretch Sunday, June 21, then parred No. 18 to edge Mexico's Abraham Ancer by one stroke and win the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. Simpson, along with Ancer one of four players tied for the 54-hole lead, shot a 7-under 64 in the final round at Harbour Town Golf Links, his best round of the tournament. That gave him a four-round total of 22-under 262. Ancer shot a 6-under 65 — his second straight 65 — on Sunday.
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Tiz the Law moved into the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the Belmont Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths on Saturday, June 20. Tiz the Law, ridden by Manuel Franco, used a strong finishing kick to win the 152nd Belmont in 1 minute, 46.53 seconds. The colt was a 4/5 favorite. Dr Post finished second, and Max Player was third, the latter horse finishing 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Fourth-place Pneumatic was 7 3/4 lengths back.
Without a bubble environment to control the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci doubts football can take place in 2020. The NBA, MLS and WNBA are moving ahead with plans to resume seasons delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up campus environments or "bubbles" to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus through isolation and minimal contact with outsiders who might be positive for the virus.
Players set to return to the court next month as part of the NBA's restart are discussing the best way to push the "Black Lives Matter" movement to the forefront. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers teammates Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard are just three of the voices behind a coalition of players who have expressed concern that playing will take away from their push for social justice reforms in the wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25.
Five days after saying he was "100 percent" certain a Major League Baseball season would be played, commissioner Rob Manfred expressed a different sentiment Monday, June 15. "I'm not confident (a season will be played)," Manfred said while speaking with ESPN's Mike Greenberg on the network's special featuring commissioners of multiple sports. "I think there's real risk; and as long as there's no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue."
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of several NFL players in Texas who have tested positive for the coronavirus. NFL Network reported Monday that multiple players for the Houston Texans and Cowboys tested positive. Pro Football Talk later reported four total players between the two teams tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Elliott's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, confirmed his client tested positive. The Cowboys issued a statement regarding privacy laws that prohibit the team from providing further information.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. --It took him more than seven hours to get it, but Denny Hamlin became the NASCAR Cup Series' first three-race winner of the season when he drove to a dominating victory in Sunday's Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin won the first two stages and led the most laps (137) by far in getting the victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The victory was his third at the 1.5-mile Homestead oval and the 40th in 518 career Cup starts.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Daniel Berger birdied the 72nd hole to make the playoff and then prevailed when Collin Morikawa missed a short putt to claim victory Sunday, June 14, at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, in golf's return to action. Both golfers shot 15-under 265 at Colonial Country Club. Berger shot 66 on Sunday to record his third career victory. Morikawa carded a 67.
The Major League Baseball Players Association on Saturday, June 13, rejected the owners' latest proposal for starting the season, with the union telling the league to set a schedule rather than offering a counterproposal. Shortly after the news broke, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark issued a statement: "Players want to play. It's who we are and what we do.
Martin Truex Jr. threw another shovel of dirt on his one-time reputation as a short-track lost soul on Wednesday night as he came on strong in the late going and won the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at the .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Truex, the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion, took the lead for the first time in race on Lap 370 and led the rest of the way to get his first victory of the season and the 27th of his career.