WOODS, MICK­EL­SON RE­PORT­EDLY TO BRING BACK ‘THE MATCH’

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There have been bet­ter de­buts than “The Match,” the pay-per-view golf event in which Tiger Woods and Phil Mick­el­son squared off on the day after Thanks­giv­ing for a $9 mil­lion prize, plus what­ever they could gam­ble on the side.

Tech­ni­cal glitches meant that many of those who paid the $19.95 to watch it couldn’t do so, to the point where Turner Sports sim­ply made it free for ev­ery­one and handed out re­funds. The much­hyped ban­ter be­tween the two leg­ends seemed forced, and as the day ground on — Mick­el­son won it in the dark on the 22nd hole — they weren’t talk­ing much at all.

They will try again. Ac­cord­ing to Golf World’s Dave Shed­loski, Woods and Mick­el­son signed a three-year deal with Turner when they agreed to stage “The Match,” mean­ing there likely will be other such events next year and in 2021.

And ex­pect some other big names to join in. A source told Shed­loski that it’s “al­most a cer­tainty” that the event will be­come some sort of team com­pe­ti­tion, whether it be Woods and Mick­el­son join­ing forces against two oth­ers or Woods pick­ing a part­ner to go against Mick­el­son and his part­ner.

● Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe un­til the 19thranked Ital­ian de­fends his Bri­tish Open ti­tle in July.

The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the Euro­pean Tour cal­en­dar will com­bine to leave the Lon­don-based golfer short of avail­able dates to com­pete on his home cir­cuit next year.

Galaxy reaches agree­ment with new coach:

The LA Galaxy has reached an agree­ment with Ar­gen­tine man­ager Guillermo Bar­ros Sch­e­lotto to be­come their new coach, a source with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

The team de­clined com­ment but a for­mal an­nounce­ment of Sch­e­lotto’s hir­ing is ex­pected next week. He was told ear­lier this month that his con­tract with Ar­gen­tine pow­er­house Boca Ju­niors, one of the world’s top teams, would not be ex­tended.

Sch­e­lotto’s ac­cep­tance of a mul­ti­year con­tract ends a pro­duc­tive De­cem­ber in which the Galaxy went a long way toward sta­bi­liz­ing a fran­chise that ap­peared to be in flux. In the last month the team an­nounced the hir­ing of Den­nis te Kloese as gen­eral man­ager, re-signed striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic to the rich­est con­tract in MLS his­tory and wel­comed back pop­u­lar Brazil­ian mid­fielder Jun­inho.

Sch­mid dies at 65: Sigi Sch­mid, the win­ningest coach in MLS his­tory, has died. He was 65. Sch­mid’s fam­ily said he died Tues­day at Ron­ald Rea­gan UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Sch­mid was hos­pi­tal­ized three weeks ago as he awaited a heart trans­plant.

Sch­mid had an MLSrecord 266 reg­u­lar-sea­son and post­sea­son vic­to­ries in 18 sea­sons with the LA Galaxy, Colum­bus Crew and Sounders. He led teams to two MLS ti­tles, the first with the Galaxy in 2002 and the se­cond with the Crew in 2008, and was a two-time MLS Coach of the Year. He stepped down as coach of the Galaxy in Sep­tem­ber with six games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Sch­mid coached UCLA for 19 sea­sons be­fore mov­ing on to MLS, lead­ing the Bru­ins to three NCAA ti­tles.

● At­lanta United has reached out to Josef Martinez’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives about ne­go­ti­at­ing a new con­tract, team pres­i­dent Dar­ren Eales said. Martinez has three years re­main­ing on his con­tract. He had to­tal com­pen­sa­tion of $1,387,318 in the 2018 sea­son.

Martinez be­came the first player in MLS his­tory to be named the MVP of the All-Star game, the league and the MLS Cup in the same sea­son. He set the league’s scor­ing record in the reg­u­lar sea­son, with 31 goals, and the en­tire sea­son, with 35 goals.

● Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threat­ened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his play­ers is sub­ject to racist abuse. Ancelotti asked sev­eral times for Napoli’s match at In­ter Mi­lan to be halted on Wed­nes­day after racist chant­ing. An­nounce­ments were made on the sta­dium tan­noy sys­tem warn­ing fans that would hap­pen but no fur­ther ac­tion was taken.

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