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rantnrave:// Brooks Koepka towered over the field at the U.S. Open after a final-round 67. Two majors this year, two first-time major winners, two completely different stories. Koepka gets his second tour win, while Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and other stars linger way behind. Is it better for golf to have its stars pile up the majors or to spread them out? Nine different golfers have won the last nine majors. It’s easy to say the PGA rode the Tiger Woods era to a new level of popularity, but Woods was a unique phenomena. Where does golf go next? … The Dodgers still aren’t on TV in millions of homes. Will L.A. viewers get to see Clayton Kershaw pitch before he retires?… Finally got to try VR, thanks to the awesome MLB.com At Bat app. Made me think how far we’ve come in 15 years. Remember when HD was a big deal? Thinking about getting my own headset now. Or should I wait until the tech gets better? VR makes for a weird communal experience, though. What’s the fix for a group of friends watching a game in VR together? Seems a little anti-social in that regard. … Sports teams are getting into VR, too. Germany’s national soccer team is adopting the technology for training. It’s only a matter of time until it’s widespread. … Diana Taurasi, GOAT.. … Ramadan ends later this month. How do Muslim athletes train and perform during a month of fasting? Shireen Ahmed looks at how 15 athletes stay in competitive shape. … The Sixers and Celtics are about to pull off a big trade for the top pick in the NBA draft. Really intrigued by this Danny Ainge move. I want to know what his draft board looks like. Does he think Markelle Fultz isn’t the top player in the draft? Or does he not like his brain? That Philly roster is nice now, though. A lot of high-ceiling talent. But they’re riding two big ifs: potential and health. The Celts wouldn’t be in that position without the 2013 trade that gave them a bundle of Nets picks. This was a fun look back at that deal. Like learning how someone won the lottery.
Jerry Buss often worried about his older daughter’s happiness, like many fathers do, so when he considered promoting her to run the Forum, he thought of the toll such a demanding job would take.
Tania Ganguli | Los Angeles Times
“Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” — Murphy’s Law, ignored by the Brooklyn Nets.
Stefan Bondy | NY Daily News
Yes, you read that right. And microbiologist and enduro racer Lauren Peterson says “yes.”
Berne Broudy | Bicycling
When the Premier League comes to negotiate price with broadcasters for the next TV rights cycle, it will do so on the back of some concerning numbers.
Chris McMullan | Digital Sport
It’s a brave new world.
Josh Katzowitz | Daily Dot
“It’s not enough to be smart. You have to be curious.”