Utes ready to kick off camp after Pac-12 Media Days, expect to ‘surprise’ teams in 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Pac-12 Media Days are in the books. The annual two-day event at Hollywood & Highland has come to an end with more than 300 credentialed media peppering all 12 coaches and two players from each of the conference’s teams with a variety of questions in preparation for the upcoming season. Now comes something even more grueling: training camp. Utah kicks things off Friday. Senior defensive lineman Filipo Mokofisi says the Utes will go into it with an attitude. “I think everybody is kind of downplaying us because we lost a lot of key people,” Mokofisi explained. “But I think the people that we do have, I think… Read More

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Suri and McEvoy share lead at European Open

HAMBURG — Julian Suri birdied five of the last eight holes to join Richard McEvoy of England for a share of the lead at 6-under 66 in the opening round of the European Open on Thursday. The 26-year-old American started with a birdie but dropped a shot at the second. There were no more bogeys afterward as Suri racked up another six birdies. Suri and McEvoy — who also shot six birdies and was bogey-free — have a one-stroke lead. Defending champion Alexander Levy was among four tied at 5-under, alongside Chris Paisley, Stuart Manley and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Fifteen-time European Tour champion Thomas Bjorn endured a difficult… Read More

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Bob Bradley named first coach of MLS expansion club LAFC

LOS ANGELES — Bob Bradley has been named the first coach of the Los Angeles Football Club, the MLS expansion franchise due to begin play next year. Bradley is the former coach of the U.S. men’s national team and the most accomplished American coach in international club soccer history. He had long been rumored to be a target of the deep-pocketed LAFC ownership group, which hopes to make an immediate MLS splash when it enters the nation’s second-largest market to compete with the LA Galaxy, the five-time MLS Cup champions. LAFC will formally introduce Bradley on Friday at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles, next door to the… Read More

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TFC coach Vanney: MLS not ready for promotion and relegation

TORONTO – Unlike many leagues around the world, Major League Soccer doesn’t feature promotion and relegation, and Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney doesn’t see that changing any time soon. The idea of MLS adopting a promotion and relegation system, which has been the subject of a longstanding debate among fans and pundits, came to the forefront again this week when the Sports Business Journal reported that the league rejected a $4-billion global media rights deal from international media company MP & Silva. That’s a massive windfall when you consider that ESPN and Fox currently split MLS’s English-language rights in the U.S. for $75 million per year, while Univision pays $15… Read More

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L.A. Galaxy fire coach Curt Onalfo, re-hire Sigi Schmid

CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy fired coach Curt Onalfo on Thursday just 20 games into his first season and re-hired veteran coach Sigi Schmid to take over the struggling MLS powerhouse. Onalfo went 6-10-4 after being promoted from the Galaxy’s developmental squad last winter when longtime coach Bruce Arena went back to the U.S. national team. Onalfo never got consistent results from a high-priced roster of international talent including Ashley Cole, Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones and Gyasi Zardes. The Galaxy sit ninth in the Western Conference after losing six consecutive games across all competitions in July, including an embarrassing 4-3 loss to New England last weekend.… Read More

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Hall of Famer Karrie Webb leads Ladies Scottish Open

IRVINE, Scotland — Hall of Famer Karrie Webb shot a 7-under 65 in cold and windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Cristie Kerr in the Ladies Scottish Open. “When we were warming up and our first few holes, obviously it was really cold and really windy,” Webb said. “I looked at the scoreboard and saw that Cristie Kerr shot 6 under, and I was like, ‘What course did she play today?”‘ Webb played the final 10 holes in 7 under at Dundonald Links. The 42-year-old Australian star birdied the par-4 ninth, made five straight birdies on Nos. 11-15 and added another birdie on the par-5 18th. “I… Read More

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AC Milan beats Craiova in Europa qualifying; Rooney quiet for Everton

GENEVA — AC Milan‘s off-season spending spree paid a quick dividend when new signing Ricardo Rodriguez scored in a 1-0 win at CSU Craiova in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday. The Switzerland defender’s 44th-minute free kick from the right flank eluded everyone in the penalty area to find the net. After a three-season absence from European action, Milan has invested around $250 million in strengthening its squad and should advance from the second leg at San Siro next Thursday. Also in Romania, the son of Brazilian 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo, known as Rivaldinho, scored from distance in the 54th to level the match and earn Dinamo… Read More

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Bernhard Langer takes 1st-round lead in Senior British Open

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer shot a 2-under 69 in wind and rain Thursday at Royal Porthcawl to take the first-round lead in the Senior British Open. The 59-year-old German star had five birdies and three bogeys for a one-stroke lead over 64-year-old Carl Mason of England and Mauricio Molina of Argentina. Langer has nine senior major titles. He won by 13 strokes the last time the tournament was held on the south Wales course, finishing at 18 under in 2014. “I do like the golf course,” Langer said. “You can be aggressive at times and you’ve got to be cautious at other times. I think my game plan is… Read More

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Sabres sign forward Evan Rodrigues to two-year contract

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $650,000, the team announced Thursday. Rodrigues played 30 games with the Sabres this past season, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He signed with Buffalo in 2015 after four years with Boston University. The 23-year-old has 18 goals and 60 points in 120 career AHL games. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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Short-handed Blue Jays come away with sweep after trio of ejections

TORONTO — The seed was planted in the first inning. After walking Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Matt Joyce on five pitches, two of them sinkers he thought were strikes, Marcus Stroman threw his arms out and paced off the mound toward home plate umpire Will Little to inquire about the strike zone. Little indicated he believed the pitches were off the plate; Stroman shook his head, displeased. The Blue Jays bench, no doubt, began to chirp. At the end of the inning, as Stroman walked back to his dugout, he exchanged further dialogue with Little. Flash forward to the fifth and there was Stroman, livid, veins bulging from his neck… Read More

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