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GOLF

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson started teeing off in the Saudi Arabia-funded golf league on Thursday, and it wasn’t long before the PGA Tour announced its participating players were no longer welcome, even if they had already resigned.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stuck by his promise that players could choose one tour or the other, but not both.

Those who had resigned from the PGA Tour — Graeme McDowell said he did so 30 minutes before his tee shot — were no longer eligible for any PGA Tour course. Those who remained members, like Mickelson, were suspended.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kinzie Hansen and Grace Lyons hit three run homers, Jayda Coleman made two spectacular defensive plays and No. 1 seeded Oklahoma beat unseeded Texas 10-5 Thursday night to claim their second straight women’s title Win College World Series.

The Sooners (59-3) won the best-of-three series 2-0 after winning Game 1 16-1 on Wednesday. It was Oklahoma’s sixth overall championship and fifth in the last nine World Series.

Jocelyn Alo, two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, was named Most Outstanding Player. She hit .667 for the tournament, tied Tiare Jennings for a World Series record five homers, and set a World Series mark with 12 runs scored.

NBA

BOSTON (AP) – Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says there is no doubt he will play Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The two-time NBA MVP injured his ankle late in Game 3. Boston won 116-100 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Curry says the injury is the same one he picked up in a late-season game against the Celtics. He’s missed the last 12 regular-season games, but he says this injury isn’t that bad.

Game 4 takes place in Boston on Friday night before the series returns to San Francisco.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The grandson of retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has signed on to play football at Notre Dame in 2024.

Saline High School quarterback CJ Carr announced his decision Thursday night. 247Sports composite rankings ranks him as the nation’s #5 quarterback and 20th overall player in the 2024 class.

Carr chose the Fighting Irish over the Wolverines, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd has agreed to a five-year contract extension to 2027 after a successful first season in the desert.

The Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday approved the contract, which will give Lloyd a $1 million pay rise next season and include $19 million in total compensation.

The contract increases Lloyd’s base salary from $1.9 million to $2.9 million in 2022-23. After that, he gets $100,000 worth of escalators every year.

WNBA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has a cartilage injury in her right knee and will be out indefinitely, a major setback for the seven-time All-Star in her final WNBA season.

The Lynx on Thursday announced the results of an MRI scan of Fowles, who was injured during their game against New York on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Fowles averages 16.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. She leads the league in field goal percentage (64.1) and rebounds per game and to injury in all 12 games for struggling Minnesota (3-9).

FOOTBALL

LONDON (AP) – Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been voted the men’s player of the year for a second time by his fellow professionals in England, while Chelsea striker Sam Kerr won the women’s award on Thursday.

Salah became just the seventh man to win the Professional Footballers’ Association award more than once, having scored 23 Premier League goals – level on points with Tottenham’s Son Heung-min – and 14 assists as leader had.

Kerr was the Women’s Super League top scorer with 20 goals to help Chelsea win the title and the team also won the FA Cup. She is the first Australian player, male or female, to win this award. Harry Kewell was named Young Player of the Year in 2000.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) – Wimbledon will offer a record £40.3million ($50.5million) in player compensation, but singles champions will receive less than the pre-pandemic amount.

The prize money, excluding daily allowances, is a record £38.9 million ($48.8 million), the All England Club announced on Thursday. The men’s and women’s singles winners will each earn £2m ($2.5m), down 14.9% from 2019.

Total prize money is an 11% increase from last year, when viewer capacity was reduced due to coronavirus restrictions, and a 5.4% increase from 2019.

LONDON (AP) – The ATP men’s professional tennis tour on Thursday announced reforms that include the expansion of five Masters 1000 events and a 50-50 profit sharing between players and tournaments from next year.

The changes approved by the ATP board also include increased prize money, all the result of more than two years of negotiations.

The Phase 1 plan “OneVision” hopes to increase profits by merging tournament earnings in ATP Media and the Tour’s Tennis Data Innovations.

DISHES

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Ángel Hernández allege that Major League Baseball manipulated the umpire’s ratings and renewed the allegation to reinstate the racial discrimination lawsuit he lost last year.

Attorneys for Hernandez filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the summary judgment that US District Judge J. Paul Oetken awarded MLB in March 2021.

Born in Cuba, Hernández was hired as a Big League umpire in 1993. He complained in 2017 that he had been discriminated against because he had not been used for the World Series since 2005 and was passed over as crew chief.

BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have strongly maintained their innocence as the two former football leaders were questioned on the second day of their criminal trial over FIFA fraud.

Blatter was due to testify on Wednesday’s opening day, but the former FIFA president said he was wracked with chest pains and asked to respond the following morning.

Blatter’s 17-year tenure as president ended in June 2015 when he resigned amid a corruption scandal. A few months later, federal prosecutors in Switzerland revealed their investigation into a $2 million payment by FIFA to Platini four years earlier.

OBITUARY

MILWAUKEE (AP) — George Thompson, who played for Marquette from 1967-69 and remains one of the program’s all-time top scorers, has died. He was 74.

Marquette announced that Thompson died of complications from diabetes at his home in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Thompson scored 1,773 points for Marquette and owned the school’s career scoring record for 40 years. Thompson is now fourth on Marquette’s career scorers list, behind Markus Howard, Jerel McNeal and Lazar Hayward.

He averaged 20.2 points during his Marquette career under coach Al McGuire. The team posted a combined record of 68-20 over Thompson’s three seasons.

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