The Washington Post

Europe names Donald new Ryder Cup captain

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Luke Donald jumped at a second chance Monday to be Ryder Cup captain for Europe, taking over just 14 months before the 2023 matches in Italy without knowing whether players who sign up for the Saudi riches of LIV Golf will be available to him.

Donald only knew that unlike Henrik Stenson, stripped of the captaincy for signing up with the rival organizati­on, he wouldn’t be going anywhere.

“I’m giving you my word that I will be here for the next 14 months,” Donald said in a video call. “I’m excited about this opportunit­y. I really am. The Ryder Cup means so much to me, and I’m not going to take this lightly. So I will see you in Rome.”

Stenson, who pledged full support to the European tour in March when he was announced as captain, changed his mind four months later and signed with LIV Golf for what the Daily Telegraph reported to be a $50 million bonus.

Europe turned to Donald, a finalist for the job in March and a former world No. 1 who played on four Ryder Cup teams that all ended in a European celebratio­n.

He compiled a 10-4-1 record. His last appearance as a player was in 2012 at Medinah, when he took down Bubba Watson in the lead singles match as Europe staged the greatest road comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Donald takes over as Europe, the dominant team in the Ryder Cup for the past 25 years, is at a crossroads. A young and powerful U.S. team scored the biggest rout ever over Europe last September at Whistling Straits, winning, 19-9. . . .

The PGA Tour is closing in on $500 million in prize money for next season, with eight tournament­s offering $15 million or more and limited spots available for the postseason.

It will be the final time for a wraparound season that has nine tournament­s starting Sept. 15, has a six-week break around the holidays and resumes in Hawaii in January before the season ends in August.

Only the top 70 players — down from 125 — will qualify for the Fedex Cup playoffs, with players whittled to 50 for the second postseason event and 30 reaching the Tour Championsh­ip and competing for the title.

Starting in the fall of 2023, players outside the top 70 will have six tournament­s to try to earn full status for a calendarye­ar schedule that will start the following January.

The prize money for the 43 tournament­s run by the PGA Tour is $428.6 million, which includes four opposite-field events.

Still to be announced are three internatio­nal events late in 2023 that will feature big purses and limited fields.

SOCCER

Juventus midfielder Weston Mckennie will miss the start of Italy’s Serie A with a shoulder injury.

After the U.S. internatio­nal was sidelined for Juventus’s final friendly of its tour of his homeland — a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid — tests in Turin revealed Mckennie has “a capsular lesion of the left shoulder” and will be out for at least three weeks.

That means he will miss Juve’s first two matches of Serie A, against Sassuolo on Aug. 15 and Sampdoria on Aug. 22, although he could return in time for the home match against Roma on Aug. 27.

The news is particular­ly troublesom­e for Juventus as it is already without Paul Pogba, who has a knee injury and could reportedly miss the rest of 2022, including the World Cup. . . .

U.S. forward Jordan Pefok scored in his debut for Union Berlin to help the team reach the second round of the German Cup with an edgy 2-1 win over fourthtier Chemnitzer FC.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

East Tennessee State athletic director Scott Carter resigned, while the school announced it plans to fire women’s coach Simon Harris over Title IX complaints in his lone season.

Harris was suspended with pay until his firing becomes official Aug. 15.

Two former players filed a Title IX complaint this spring alleging discrimina­tion and unfair treatment, prompting an immediate investigat­ion by East Tennessee State’s office of compliance. A final report was given to those former players Monday morning.

ETSU President Brian Noland

said he has ordered an investigat­ion into whether NCAA rules were violated. An interim coach will be named.

Harris, who went 6-22 in his brief tenure as head coach, can appeal. . . .

Minnesota junior forward Isaiah Ihnen will miss the upcoming season after reinjuring the surgically repaired left knee that sidelined him last year.

The Gophers revealed the news 382 days after making the same announceme­nt about Ihnen after he was hurt then in summer practice. His latest injury occurred last week.

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