It’s been a weird, tough year – including for organizers of the PGA Championship.

In 2019, the longstanding final major championship of the season was moved to be played in May going forward, becoming the second major on the calendar. Due to COVID-19, however, the PGA Championship has been moved back to its old spot on the calendar, in August, and for 2020 it will be the first major of the year.

Got all that?

Regardless, after the longest in-season break for the PGA Tour since World War II, it’s nice to have major-championship golf back again. And with that,

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Diana Taurasi scored 16 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, had six rebounds and six assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 81-74 on Tuesday night.

Brittney Griner added 18 points and Skylar Digging-Smith and Bria Hartley each scored 10 for Phoenix (3-2), which has won three in a row.

Rookie Chennedy Carter had a season-high 26 points for Atlanta (2-3) and Betnijah Laney added 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams have started a scouting apprenticeship program designed to boost the aspirations of minority and female candidates for football scouting jobs.

The Rams announced the creation of the program Tuesday, along with the selection of its first 10 participants.

The team says the apprentice scouts will get “experiential training, one-on-one mentorship and networking opportunities through virtual summits” from August until the 2021 NFL draft.

The participants will be involved in the Rams’ actual scouting activities while working with the team’s football operations personnel and other advisors. Rams general manager Les Snead says the

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Brooks Koepka will be looking to become the first golfer in over 90 years to claim three straight PGA Championship titles when he tees off this week at this year’s edition of the tournament as the +1000 betting favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Koepka led from start to finish at last year’s PGA Championship, defending the title he narrowly won in a duel with Tiger Woods in 2018. The 30-year-old American is now poised to join 11-time major tournament winner Walter Hagen as the only other golfer to claim three straight wins at this event with Thursday morning’s opening-round

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NEW YORK — Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is one of the headliners on the initial women’s singles entry list for the upcoming US Open.

The 2019 champion, currently ranked sixth in the world, is one of 13 Grand Slam singles champs on the list.

A noticeable omission is top-ranked Ash Barty of Australia, who recently announced that she would not be playing due to concerns about travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., on the initial list were second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania, six-time champion Serena Williams, and fellow American Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion.

Montreal

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.

Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday.

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