WOODS, MICKELSON REPORTEDLY TO BRING BACK ‘THE MATCH’
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.