Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird Out With Knee Injury – A terrible start to the season just got exponentially worse for the Storm, which has lost star point guard Sue Bird for significant time due to a knee injury. Bird, an 11-time WNBA All-Star and the league’s oldest player at 38, will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in her left knee, the Storm announced Tuesday. Dr. Michael Joyce will perform the surgery in Connecticut at an unspecified date. The Storm did not specify a timetable on Bird’s return, but in similar cases recovery typically takes 8-10 weeks. An early return would bring her back in late July after about 20 games in the 34-game season. Or she may not return until early August while missing roughly 23 games. There’s also growing speculation around the league that Bird could sit out the season for the second time in her career. She didn’t play in 2013 after having a cyst removed from her left knee. Losing Bird is another devastating blow to the 2018 WNBA champions, who are still coming to grips with the absence of reigning league MVP Breanna Stewart, who is out for the season after tearing her right Achilles tendon. Additionally, coach Dan Hughes’ availability for Saturday’s season opener against Phoenix is uncertain after he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor last week.
Welcome to the coronation of Brooks Koepka. The 29-year-old American completed a stellar effort at Bethpage Black on Sunday, winning the 2019 PGA Championship in wire-to-wire fashion — the first to do so since 1983 — by ending every round as the clubhouse leader. The defending champion at the event, Koepka won his second straight PGA Championship and becomes the first golfer in history to hold consecutive titles at two different major championships simultaneously, the other being the U.S. Open.
Let’s see how the leaderboard looked at the conclusion of the 101st PGA Championship.
1. Brooks Koepka (-8): This was a great championship to back up the argument that Sundays, and the weekends, are overrated. Koepka was 16 strokes worse on Saturday and Sunday than on Thursday and Friday, following up his record-setting 128 on the first 36 holes with a 144 on the final 36. There were some gutsy pars and big-time approach shots on Sunday that made for good highlights as Bethpage Black delivered its blows to Kopeka and the rest of the field.
2. Dustin Johnson (-6): After starting the day seven strokes off the lead, DJ will hopefully take some positives out of the work to trim the lead to just one on the back nine and put some pressure on Koepka. He had one of the best rounds of the late afternoon groups, but he fell a few bogeys short coming down the stretch.
T3. Jordan Spieth (-2): This is Spieth’s first top-10 finish in 10 months (2018 Open Championship) and first top-20 finish of the season. He’s been working hard to get his game back in shape, and the grind of Bethpage seemed to fit his style. You had to be a survivor to avoid too many bogeys and that’s exactly where Spieth’s head has been. It will be interesting to see how he backs up this performance next month at the U.S. Open.
T3. Patrick Cantlay (-2): The 27-year-old has been in a different place since mid-2018. Cantlay always had the pedigree, but the game has been clicking at majors — T12 at The Open, T9 at the Masters and three top-10s in WGCs prior to this top-five finish at Bethpage.
T3. Matt Wallace (-2): His prior major experience includes four missed cuts and a T19 at last year’s PGA Championship, so this has clearly been a career-changing week for Wallace. At just 29, he was recently promoted to the European Tour in the last three years and could be a factor in these championships moving forward.
6. Luke List (-1): The wounds are there on the scorecard for List. After three straight rounds under par, List had five bogeys and a double-bogey during his tough round of 74 on Sunday afternoon. List has been a pro for a while, but this finish is yet another bit of evidence to better play thats come around for him since the start of the 2017 season.
7. Sung Kang (E): A winner last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Kang now has his best-ever finish in a major championship in his sixth major start. Kang matched the tournament record with a 23-under 261 total at Trinity Forest and kept that form going this week with good play on and around the green.
T8. Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Erik Van Rooyen, Adam Scott (+1): Rory McIlroy logs his ninth top-10 of the season here thanks to a pair of 69s on the weekend. McIlroy, Lowry, Kuchar and Woodland all made jumps of 18 spots or more up the leaderboard to snag this top-10 designation thanks in part to the late afternoon groups posting big numbers.
- New York Liberty 79 – Connecticut Sun 98
- Indiana Fever 71 – Dallas Wings 66
- Minnesota Lynx 79 – Las Vegas Aces 75
War Of Will Wins 2019 Preakness Stakes – War of Will won the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. War of Will was ridden by jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trained by Mark Casse. The race started with a bit of chaos when jockey John Velazquez fell off Bodexpress as the horses ran out of the gate. Bodexpress proceeded to run the race without a jockey.
2019 PREAKNESS STAKES FULL FINISH ORDER:
1. War of Will
4. Warrior’s Charge
5. Laughing Fox
7. Win Win Win
8. Bourbon War
12. Market King
Brooks Koepka is doing a great of defending both his championship and his lead at the 101st PGA Championship, grinding through an even par round on Saturday to hold the 54-hole lead at 12-under. Koepka’s accuracy dropped during his third trip around Bethpage Black, but he still finished on the plus-side of the field on a day where the course continued to confound the best players in the world time and time again.
Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks after the third round after 54 holes:
1. Brooks Koepka (-12)
T2. Harold Varner III (-5)
T2. Jazz Janewattananond (-5)
T2. Luke List (-5)
T2. Dustin Johnson (-5)
T6. Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Wallace (-4)
T8. Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott (-3)
- Washington Mystics 75 – Atlanta Dream 64
- Seattle Storm 85 – Los Angeles Sparks 92
Round 2 of the 101st PGA Championship opened Friday with Brooks Koepka placed firmly atop the leaderboard, and all he did Friday was continue to put forth an all-time performance. Koepka is in the clubhouse at 12 under after posting the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history (128) while leading the field by seven strokes. No golfer in history had previously led a major by more than six strokes through the first two rounds. While Koepka is reaching new heights with his game, Tiger Woods fell off massively coming out of his victory at the 2019 Masters. Woods finished 5 over through his 36 holes, a stunning 17 back of Koepka and below the cut line for the tournament. Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are attempting to give Koepka a run for his money, but it would take Koepka falling off in a major way on Saturday to put either in true contention.
Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looks after the second round:
1. Brooks Koepka (-12)
T2. Jordan Spieth (-5)
T2. Adam Scott (-5)
T4. Dustin Johnson (-4)
T4. Matt Wallace (-4)
T4. Daniel Berger (-4)
T4. Kelly Kraft (-4)
9. Justin Rose (-3)
T10. Rickie Fower, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Lee, Sung Kang, Jazz Janewattananond, Harold Varner III, Erik Van Rooyen (-2)