Friday Sports in Brief – The Washington Post


ATLANTA — Masters champion Scottie Scheffler still plays great golf and could easily have made the Tour Championship a runaway on Friday.

Xander Schauele is not ready to let go so easily.

Scheffler had an eight-stroke lead over Schauffele in the front nine. He was still six ahead with three holes to go at East Lake. And then Schauffele finished birdie-birdie-eagle for a 63. Scheffler had all the pars and shot a 66.

Just like that, Scheffler’s lead is reduced to two shots. Scheffler is not worried.

Schauele isn’t too excited. Both know there is plenty of golf left. Jon Rahm was six behind.

NEW YORK — A New York City-owned golf course operated by former President Donald Trump’s company is set to host a Saudi-backed women’s tournament in October, city officials said Friday.

The plan to host the Aramco Team Series at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx comes after New York’s attempt to void Trump’s contract to run the course was rejected by a judge in April.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio said shortly after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, he was voiding Trump’s contracts to run the golf course and several Central concessions. Park.

Manhattan State Court Judge Debra James ruled that the city’s claim that the Trump Organization breached the contracts had no legal basis.

The Aramco Team Series, first played in 2020 under the name Saudi Ladies Team International, is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

SEATTLE — Julio Rodríguez and the Seattle Mariners are on a long-term relationship in the Pacific Northwest, agreeing to a $209.3 million contract starting next season that could be worth $409.3 million on 15 years old.

The deal announced Friday for the 21-year-old star outfielder includes seven seasons. a five-year player option, an eight-year club option with price escalations and the possibility that the option could be extended to 10 years. If Rodríguez wins two MVP awards by 2028 or finishes in the top five by voting four times, the deal could be worth $469.6 million over 17 seasons — including postseason bonuses.

If Seattle declines a one-team option for 2030-37 — which must be exercised after the 2028 World Series — there is a mutual option that could be exercised after the 2029 Series for $168 million from 2030-36. There is also a player option that guarantees $90 million from 2030 to 2034.

BUFFALO, NY – The attorney for a California teenager who accused a Buffalo Bills rookie and two of his former college teammates of gang rape last fall said Friday the NFL team has not contacted him for more details, although she conducted a “thorough investigation”. ”

The Bills selected Matt Araiza from San Diego State in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April and named him their starting punter this week. A person familiar with the matter told the AP that the Bills were unaware of the allegations against Araiza in April. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not publicly commented on the allegations.

Dan Gilleon, who represents the California teenager, said he had not heard from team officials since he first informed them of the allegations against Araiza in late July, when he said he had a phone conversation with team attorney Kathryn D’Angelo.

Coach Sean McDermott was clearly shaken when he addressed the situation after a 21-0 preseason loss to Carolina.

McDermott said it was his decision not to play Araiza against the Panthers, saying he felt it was the wrong thing to do. While he said Araiza would return with the team, McDermott declined to answer a question about Araiza’s status on the roster.

Quarterback Matt Barkley handled the team’s punting duties against Carolina.

– By AP sportswriter John Wawrow.

NEW YORK — Becky Hammon was named WNBA Coach of the Year on Friday after leading the Las Vegas Aces to the top of the league in her freshman year.

Hammon guided the Aces to a 26-10 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Aces host the Seattle Storm in the first game of a best-of-five semifinal series on Sunday.

Hammon received 27 votes from a national panel of 56 sports media members, the WNBA said. Tanisha Wright of the Atlanta Dream finished second (18 votes) and James Wade of Chicago Sky third (8).

The Aces averaged a WNBA-high 90.4 points, the third-highest scoring average in league history, and significantly improved their 3-point shooting. Las Vegas set a league record 23-3 last week in a playoff win over Phoenix.

AUBURN, Ala. –Auburn athletic director Allen Greene is stepping down with five months remaining on his original five-year contract.

Auburn announced Friday that Greene, the school’s first black athletic director, informed President Christopher Roberts of his decision this week, citing business reasons.

Roberts named athletic department chief operating officer Marcy Girton as acting DA.

Greene’s initial five-year contract, worth $625,000 a year, was set to expire Jan. 31, 2023. His biggest hire was luring football coach Bryan Harsin away from Boise State.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeremy Clements won a crash-filled Xfinity Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway for his second career win and first since 2017.

This one came after two multicar scrums in overtime and gave him an automatic playoff berth.

Clements got past Austin Hill’s sluggishness on the final restart thanks to a big push from Sage Karam and headed for the checkered flag.

Hill looked set to sweep both Xfinity races at Daytona, but his car appeared to be having fuel and electrical issues at the final caution. When the green flag fell, Hill did too. Clements and Karam went outside.

Timmy Hill was second, followed by points leader AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Brown and Karam.

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — German manufacturer Audi will enter Formula 1 in 2026 under new engine regulations, chairman Markus Duesmann said on Friday.

Audi will manufacture its own power unit at a time when there is more emphasis on sustainable fuels and an increased electrical component in engines.

From 2026, the electrical output of the powertrains, consisting of an electric motor, battery, control electronics and combustion engine, will increase. The electric motor will then be almost as powerful as the combustion engine and the highly efficient 1.6-liter turbo engines will run on advanced sustainable fuel – which Audi says was a prerequisite for series entry.

ZURICH — FIFA on Friday lifted the suspension of India’s football federation that ensured the country could host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.

The decision was expected this week after India’s Supreme Court returned control of the national football federation to its administration – restoring the management of the body to football officials, as FIFA wanted.

FIFA suspended the international football federation last week “due to undue influence by third parties”.

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