Tiger chooses to play
U.S. captain Tiger Woods used one of his four wild-card selections on himself Thursday and will become the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition 25 years ago.
The decision was hardly a surprise.
Woods is the Masters champion and two weeks ago tied the PGA Tour record with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan. He’s No. 6 in the world ranking.
He also took Tony Finau, U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed.
The Presidents Cup is Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne. Ernie Els filled out his International team Wednesday and has six newcomers.
Tom Lewis of England and Matthias Schwab of Austria each shot an opening-round 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey. ... Jeff Maggert shot an opening-round 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer at the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
Baseball: Astros president Reid Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, will shift to a lesser role in the organization and owner Jim Crane’s son, Jared, is joining the executive team, moves announced 11 days after Jim Crane apologized to a Sports Illustrated reporter and retracted a statement by the club accusing her of trying to “fabricate a story.” Crane maintained the moves weren’t related to the incident with SI or the firing of an assistant GM Brandon Taubman for directing inappropriate comments at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration after the team beat the Yankees to win the AL pennant on Oct. 19.
Colleges: Southern California hired Mike Bohn as its new AD. The 58-year-old Bohn has spent the last five years as the ADat the University of Cincinnati. He also has been the AD at Colorado, San Diego State and Idaho during a 35-year career in administration that began at the Air Force Academy. Bohn is USC’s first ADsince 1993 who wasn’t a former USC football player with no prior experience working in athletic administration.
Soccer: Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a goal and the U.S. held off Sweden 3-2 in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as coach. The U.S. is 19-1-3 in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten streak. Andonovski on Oct. 28 became the ninth U.S. coach after the retirement of Jill Ellis, whose 106 victories made her the winningest coach in U.S. women’s soccer history and the first international coach to win two Women’s World Cup titles. ... Three days before the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC faces off in the MLS Cup championship match, the head of the players union announced that players are prepared to strike if they can’t negotiate an acceptable collective bargaining agreement with the league. The current CBA expires Jan. 31.