Sports Ticker August 10th
College football players from across the country united in an attempt to save a season being threatened by the pandemic and ensure they won't be left out of the big decisions anymore. After Clemson star Trevor Lawrence sparked a movement by tweeting “we want to play,” he was contacted by a player activist from Michigan and in a couple hours #WeWantToPlay was merged with #WeAreUnited. Not only do they want to play, but they want to create a players association for college football.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Collin Morikawa eagled the par-4 16 and closed with a 6-under 64 to win the PGA Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Johnson carried the lead into the final round but fell behind with a bogey on the par-5 14. Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Scottie Scheffler shared third at minus-10.
UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars claimed the third seed in their respective divisions yesterday. Zach Werenski scored the game-winner and Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 33 shots to lead the Jackets to a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the Caps' 2-1 win against Boston, and Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nav) provided the lone shootout goal to secure the Stars' 2-1 verdict over St. Louis.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were able to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs while preventing the Memphis Grizzlies from wrapping up a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points to help the Raptors beat the Grizzlies, 108-99. Norman Powell chipped in 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 as Toronto wrapped up its fifth consecutive season with at least 50 wins.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have had a fourth consecutive series postponed due to positive tests for the coronavirus. The Redbirds and Pittsburgh Pirates were scheduled to play a three-game set that would have begun today in St. Louis. The Cards have had series against the Brewers, Tigers and Cubs postponed as they sit idle since July 30.
UNDATED (AP) — The Indians sent Zach Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a rental car after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. A club official told the Associated Press the 25-year-old Plesac went out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night following his win against the White Sox. The person added that the team got Plesac a car so he wouldn’t be on a plane with teammates and staff in the event he contracted the virus.