Paige Spiranac backhands John Daly after Beauty vs. The Beast charity match takes a turn

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Golf influencer Paige Spiranac and Jerry Kelly played a fantastic round together after John Daly was a no-show at the Geneva National.

Paige Spiranac was scheduled to play a charity match against John Daly Monday in what was being billed as the ‘Beauty vs. The Beast celebrity charity match.’ Unfortunately, the latter was a no-show for the event, leaving Spiranac hanging.

As she is known to do, the golf influencer made lemonade out of lemons anyway. She and Jerry Kelly played the round together instead.

Afterward, Spiranac took to social media to drop the bomb for all to hear.

“Today was supposed to be my match against John Daly. When he didn’t show, Jerry Kelly filled in. Jerry made 10 birdies and 2 eagles today. It was the greatest round of golf I’ve ever witnessed. We raised a ton of money for charity and I’m not too made with the 66 I shot,” she tweeted.

The charity event had a number of different elements. The tickets to see the round ranged anywhere from $15 to $105, per But there was also a VIP reception that cost fans $155.

Later in the afternoon, Paige Spiranac hosted a pool party titled ‘Paige’s Par-Tee.’ There was even an online auction to cart caddie for both Spiranac and Daly.

However, with the former PGA and Open champion apparently unavailable, it’s unknown how much promised was held to account.

With regard to the golf, it sounds as though Jerry Kelly reminded everyone why he has won three times on the PGA Tour and cashed over $29 million throughout his career.

Meanwhile, Spiranac continues to be unapologetically herself tossing Daly under the bus, and rightfully so.

Viktor Hovland’s day after The Memorial victory will shock you

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Viktor Hovland of Norway speaks during the trophy ceremony after winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 04, 2023. | Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The 25-year-old Norwegian pulled out a playoff victory at The Memorial Sunday, and less than 24 hours, took up a side job.

The day after winning his biggest tournament to date, Viktor Hovland was back out on the links.

He did not practice. Nor did he enjoy a celebratory round.

Instead, Hovland showed up to the U.S. Open qualifier at The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Columbus, Ohio early Monday to caddy for his longtime friend and roommate from Oklahoma State, Zach Bauchou.

Known as “Golf’s Longest Day,” the final U.S. Open qualifiers take place every year on the Monday following the Memorial Tournament.

This year, 878 players are competing for 64 spots in the 2023 U.S. Open, which will occur at the Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course for the first time.

Bauchou has played in only five PGA Tour events in his career and has never qualified for a major championship.

Despite his lack of professional experience, Bauchou has competed in plenty of big events before.

In 2018, Bauchou and Hovland helped lead Oklahoma State to its 11th national championship. In the finals against Alabama, when the Cowboys defeated the Crimson Tide 5-0, Bauchou put the first point on the board, winning 8 & 7. He shot a 29 on the front nine in the opening match of the national championship as his Cowboys cruised to the title.

These two Cowboys hope to replicate their magic again in the Buckeye State.

According to Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel, Bauchou and Hovland had dinner Tuesday night in Columbus.

While there, Bauchou asked Hovland if he would caddy for him in Monday’s qualifier, and Hovland, now the 5th-ranked player in the world, happily agreed.

Hovland stayed true to his word, even after winning over $3 million at the Memorial Tournament in a playoff the day before.

But if Bauchou comes up short in Columbus, he at least has an ace of a friend in Hovland, who clearly will support his fellow Cowboy in any endeavor.

The refs missed a goaltend that swung NBA Finals Game 2 for Nuggets-Heat

Twitter was in disbelief over the refs missing an obvious goaltending call on the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Denver Nuggets were starting to make a comeback against the Miami Heat late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the 2023 NBA Finals when a non-call shifted the momentum. With the Heat leading 104-93 with under five minutes remaining in regulation, Miami center Bam Abebayo appeared to goaltend on a layup from Jamal Murray. The refs never blew their whistle, and called it a clean block.

The Heat beat the Nuggets, 111-108, to tie the NBA Finals at 1-1. Denver made a furious rally in the final minutes, but Jamal Murray missed a potential game-tying three as the buzzer expired.

Adebayo’s block stood out as the most questionable call of the game. It sure looked like the ball was on the way down when Adebayo blocked the shot. Here’s a look at the replay:

It’s a big two-point swing in that moment. Unfortunately for Denver, goaltending calls and non-calls are not reviewable.

Twitter was not happy about the missed call both when it happened and after the game:

There were a number of close calls that went Miami’s way on the night, but the free throw totals were pretty even. Denver shot 22 free throws to 20 for the Heat. Miami only attempted two free throws in their Game 1 loss.

The Heat did what they had to do — winning on the road to steal homecourt advantage back in the NBA Finals. The Heat were on fire from three-point range — finishing the night 17-of-35 (48.6 percent) from deep — and that was enough to carry the offense.

The 2023 NBA Finals just got a lot more interesting.

Tiger Woods gets real on Rose Zhang making LPGA history in epic playoff

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Rose Zhang made LPGA history not seen in 72 years Sunday, and even Tiger Woods couldn’t help but be blown away.

Rose Zhang made unbelievable history on Sunday. She became the first woman to win their LPGA Tour debut in 72 years. Beverly Hanson was the last to do so back in 1951, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

She defeated Jennifer Kupcho on the second hole of a playoff at the Mizuho Americas Open.

Afterwards, legendary golfer Tiger Woods shared his thoughts on the epic accomplishment on Twitter.

Incredible few weeks for Rose Zhang, defends her NCAA title and then wins in her Pro debut. Go card!” Woods tweeted.

Woods is referencing what Zhang accomplished less than two weeks ago. She won her second consecutive individual NCAA Championship, becoming the first woman to do so. Her Stanford team then won the team title as well.

During her senior season at Stanford, Rose Zhang surpassed Woods in Cardinal history with 12 college victories. Woods previously held the record with 11.

That’s far from the only comp between the establish legend of the game and the 20-year-old.

Fans couldn’t help but draw comparisons as well.

What’s even more remarkable was that Zhang accomplished the feat without playing her best. She did not log a single birdie in her final round. But she made beautiful par save after par save.

She just barely missed a clinching par putt on 18, sending the tournament into a playoff. But on the second playoff hole, Zhang hit an incredible approach shot to seven feet. Kupcho would go on to bogey, allowing Zhang to easily two-putt her way to victory.

It’s one thing to do the things she has done already in her career. But when Woods acknowledges what you’ve done this quickly, that speaks volumes.

Shohei Ohtani put the most polite tag on a base runner for an out

Shohei Ohtani is one of a kind.

Shohei Ohtani is all of the things. He’s a flame-throwing starting pitcher who is currently second in the American League in strikeouts. He’s a power-hitting slugger at the plate who is second in the AL in home runs. He also plays the game with a certain exuberance that makes him so much fun to watch and root for. Ohtani is one of the great talents the game has ever seen, and he’s the face of baseball right now even if he’s stuck on a middling team.

Ohtani got rocked on the mound in his start against the defending champion Houston Astros on Friday night, but he was still at the center of a cool moment. Ohtani got Houston’s Kyle Tucker to hit a soft grounder to him in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then received a low-five from Tucker as he tagged him out. Watch the play here:

Unfortunately for Ohtani, this little clip was the highlight of his night. He allowed nine hits and five earned runs in six innings on the mound as Houston ran away with the game. He also went 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts and a walk.

Ohtani can’t always be superhuman on the baseball diamond, but he is consistently cool. The polite out from Friday night was reminiscent of this moment from last year.

There’s only one Shohei Ohtani. We are lucky to watch him play even on his bad nights.

Patrick Mahomes’ perfect behind-the-back softball flip is one of his most ridiculous throws yet

The former baseball player, and current Super Bowl QB, flashed his chops on the softball diamond Friday night

We expect to see amazing things from Patrick Mahomes on the football field.

But seeing amazing things from him on the softball field should not be a surprise either.

The Kansas City Royals held their Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game on Friday ahead of the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Mahomes, who has an ownership stake in the Royals, was one of the participants along with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. But it was Mahomes who put on a show both in the field, and at the plate.

The Chiefs quarterback had just one at-bat Friday but he made the most of it, roping a deep shot that split two outfielders, allowing Mahomes to notch an inside-the-park home run:

But it was his play in the field that truly turned heads. Known for his ability to pull off some no-look passes on the gridiron, watch as Mahomes pulls off the no-look putout from the mound, to throw out actor — and huge Chiefs fan — Eric Stonestreet at first:

Okay, so maybe the defense in the outfield was lacking a bit on the Mahomes home run. And maybe we could see a little more effort from Stonestreet in terms of getting down the line.

But given that Mahomes played baseball until his sophomore year in college, and that his father Pat pitched for 11 years in the big leagues, seeing Mahomes makes plays like this, even in a charity softball game, should not be a surprise.

Ja Morant’s suspension is coming after the NBA Finals, and it sounds like a big one

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Adam Silver says Ja Morant’s latest gun suspension is coming after the NBA Finals, and he didn’t sound happy.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league will issue a punishment to Ja Morant for his latest gun-related incident after the 2023 NBA Finals. Silver spoke to the media ahead of Game 1 between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat, and said the NBA uncovered new information since it began its investigation in mid May.

Silver said the league didn’t want to take attention away from the NBA Finals by announcing the Morant suspension now. But with his stern words ahead of Game 1, he’s only building speculation on how long Morant’s suspension will be. You can bet every sports show in the country will be talking about that on Friday right after they talk about the Nuggets vs. the Heat.

Morant was suspended for eight games in March after he was shown flashing a gun on Instagram Live while in a Denver club. When Morant was again shown holding a gun in his friend’s Instagram Live video in May, the Grizzlies immediately suspended him from team activities and the NBA began an investigation.

Here’s what Silver said about Morant when he addressed the media at the NBA Finals on Thursday:

After the first incident, Morant went to a counseling facility in Florida, and met with Silver in New York City to discuss the serious nature of his action and of his suspension. Silver already warned Morant in a face-to-face meeting in March. An eight-game suspension didn’t work. How many games will Morant be suspended for now?

Adam Silver said he wanted to keep attention on the Finals, but it may not have worked. The length of Morant’s suspension will now been a major point of speculation until the punishment is levied. It wouldn’t feel too surprising if the suspension is around 20 games. Others have speculated it could be a 40-game suspension, or maybe even last for the entire season.

The NBA sure seems like it’s going to make an example out of Morant. All the fans can do is wonder just how long the suspension will be until it’s announced.

Rory McIlroy collapses on 18th hole at Memorial; sits 5 back

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The Northern Irishman had a solid round going through 17, but an errant drive on the final hole led to a disappointing finish.

Players never win tournaments on Thursday, but they sure can lose them.

Through 17 holes, Rory McIlroy had a terrific round going at the Memorial Tournament. He sat at 3-under par, just one shot off the lead.

He hit a superb wedge shot on the 3rd hole to about two feet, leading to his first birdie. He holed a 14-footer for birdie on the par-3 8th, then took advantage of the par-5s on the back nine, making birdie on both the 11th and 15th.

The only blemish on his card was a bogey at 10, where he three-putted for his five.

Then McIlroy arrived at the 18th tee.

The final hole at Muirfield Village is a long, uphill, dogleg right par-4 that measures 476 yards. A creek left of the fairway threatens anything slightly pulled, while a set of sand traps about 300 yards up the right side guards any tee ball pushed.

McIlroy, who hit ten of 14 fairways, hit his final drive of the day right of the bunkers. Unfortunately for him, his ball nestled on the side of a hill.

The four-time major winner then faced an awkward stance as he had to perform a baseball-like swing to advance his ball.

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Rory McIlroy plays a shot from the side of a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 01, 2023.

His second shot went just 24 yards and nestled deep into the rough.

McIlroy air-mailed the green with his third and made a mess of things there, needing two chip shots and two putts as he ultimately walked away with a triple-bogey seven.

In a matter of minutes, he went from tied for second to tied for 33rd. His 3-under-par round evaporated, as McIlroy finished the day just as he started: even par.

The Northern Irishman is still in it with 54 holes to play, but he did himself no favors Thursday at the 18th.

When Sunday rolls around—if McIlroy makes the cut—he surely will reminisce about his day one disaster. Those three strokes he lost would have paid huge dividends for McIlroy, especially considering he has never won at Jack’s Place.

Davis Riley leads at 5-under after the first day, while Matt Wallace of England sits alone in second place at 4-under.

Several others, including Jordan Spieth and Shane Lowry, are 3-under while Jon Rahm is 2-under par.

NBA Finals 2023: Full schedule, TV times, streaming for Nuggets vs. Heat in title round

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The 2023 NBA Finals are set: the Denver Nuggets vs. the Miami Heat.

The Denver Nuggets are in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Miami Heat are going to the NBA Finals for the seventh time since 2006. This isn’t the matchup anyone expected as the final battle for the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, but it should be a fascinating showdown arguably featuring the NBA’s best player, best coach, and its most clutch playoff performer.

The Nuggets were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference during the regular season, but they only finished a game over .500 after the All-Star break to sow some doubt about their chances. Clearly, the Nuggets were just taking it easy before it was time to get serious in the postseason. Denver is 12-3 since the playoffs began, knocking out the Minnesota Timberwolves in five games, advancing past the Phoenix Suns in six games, and then sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Nuggets are led by Nikola Jokic. While Jokic failed in his bid for a third straight NBA MVP this season, he’s proved he’s the best player in the world during this postseason run. Jokic is averaging an incredible 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists per game in the playoffs while shooting 47.4 percent from three-point range. The Nuggets have surrounded their supersized playmaking wizard with a team of shooters and tough defenders. Jamal Murray is the Nuggets’ next best creator, and he’s coming off a conference finals series where he averaged 32.5 points per game while exceeding the prestigious 50/40/90 line for shooting splits on field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage.

The Miami Heat break into the NBA Finals with one of the most unlikely runs to the championship series in the history of the sport. The Heat finished the regular season as the No. 7 seed in the East, and had to earn their playoff spot in the play-in tournament. They lost a home game to the Atlanta Hawks in the play-in, then trailed the Chicago Bulls in a do-or-die elimination game for the No. 8 seed with under three minutes left. The Heat persevered to win that game against Chicago, and then went on an inspired run once they entered the playoffs.

Miami knocked out the championship favorite in round one when they defeated the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in five games. The Heat advanced past the New York Knicks in six games in round two. Miami then ran out to a shocking 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, but Boston responded by winning the next three games to force a Game 7. The Heat went into Boston and routed the Celtics in Game 7 to make it back to the NBA Finals.

NBA Finals 2023 Heat vs. Nuggets schedule, TV times, and more

All games can be streamed on Watch ESPN.

Game 1: Heat @ Nuggets, Thursday, June 1, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 2: Heat @ Nuggets, Sunday, June 4, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 3: Nuggets @ Heat, Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 4: Nuggets @ Heat, Friday, June 9, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

*Game 5: Heat @ Nuggets, Monday, June 12, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

*Game 6: Nuggets @ Heat, Thursday, June 15, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

*Game 7: Heat @ Nuggets, Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

* if necessary

An MLB umpire mocked a challenge into a hot mic, then overturned their incorrect call

An MLB ump was caught mocking a Marlins challenge into a hot mic before overturning the call.

Replay review remains a fiercely debated topic even years after being adopted by every major sports league in America. On one hand, it’s great that referees and umpires can consult video replay to make sure they get calls correct. On the other, it slows the game down and often loses the momentum of what’s happening on the field, ice, or court.

The pro-replay types have a new argument in their favor after Saturday night’s Los Angeles Angels vs. Miami Marlins game: sometimes they can be intentionally hilarious. That was the case after a hot mic caught an umpire mocking the Marlins for challenging a call in the 10th inning when they believed Angels catcher Matt Thaiss never touched home plate on what was originally called on double-play for LA.

When the Marlins challenged the call, an umpire was accidentally caught mocking the challenge on a live mic: “They got their heads up their ass.”

The best part? The umps reversed the call and gave Miami another run. Listen to the clip of the umpire here:

Here’s video of the play. It’s clear Thaiss wasn’t even close to touching home. The Marlins beat the Angels, 8-5, in 10 innings.

Watch the play that was challenged here:

Maybe the umps are the ones that actually have their heads up their ass?

The Angels got an incredible performance from Shohei Ohtani, and a pair of hits from Mike Trout, but still found a way to lose a baseball game. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. Ohtani started the game for the Angels as a pitcher and struck out 10 in six innings, but his bullpen coughed up the lead. Trout ended the game 2-for-4 with a walk.