#SportsReport: Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo Makes PGA Tour Debut Next Month

Feb 8, 2018

PGA:

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour playing debut next month in the Dominican Republic.  The lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports has received a sponsor exemption to play in the inaugural Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The tournament is held the same week as the Dell Technologies Match Play and will not feature any of the top 64 players in the world. Romo has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open three times. He advanced to the final stage of qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw.

Olympics:

The Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea tomorrow at 6 a.m. EST

Erin Hamlin's final Olympics will start with her carrying the American flag into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games. The USA Luge veteran won a vote held by her fellow Team USA athletes. She's the fourth luge athlete to carry the flag into an opening ceremony.

North Korea held a military parade and rally on Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.  In a televised speech, Kim said that the parade marks North Korea's emergence as a "global military power" despite facing the "worst sanctions." Kim didn't make any comments about the Olympics in the parts of his speech that were broadcast. It was unclear whether the North showed the entirety of his speech during the recorded coverage of the parade that seemed heavily edited.

Jordan Greenway will be first African-American to play for Team USA hockey team at the Winter Olympics. The milestone was a long time coming, but it happened suddenly for the Boston University forward. Greenway was preparing for his junior year at BU when talks broke down with the NHL and officials went looking for college and minor-league pros to fill out the roster.

CONGRESS-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

Six Republicans and 12 Democratic lawmakers have signed onto legislation to establish a special committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over handling of sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar molested girls, including many gymnasts, who sought treatment for injuries. He is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says Nassar's conviction doesn't end the matter. She says lawmakers want to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn't remove Nassar when abuse allegations were reportedly first brought to their attention.

NFL:

Matt Patricia has been formally introduced as head coach of the Detroit Lions after six seasons as the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator. The 43-year-old Patricia helped New England win three Super Bowls over his 14 years on coach Bill Belichick's staff. He takes over a team that has had one of the NFL's worst rushing offenses over the last four seasons and has earned just one playoff win since capturing the 1957 league title.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chis Ballard wants New England to know the rivalry is "back on." Ballard spoke to reporters to explain why Josh McDaniels backed out of a deal to become the Colts' new coach. The news conference began a day after team officials announced the hiring on its Twitter account. Ballard says the Colts have a list of additional coaching candidates to interview including some they couldn't meet with because their teams were in the playoffs.

NBA:

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams has agreed to a contract extension on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. Williams is the NBA's top scorer among backup players, averaging 23.3 points in the best season of his career. He had been mentioned as a trade possibility in the final year of a contract that is paying him $7 million this season.

The Houston Rockets are within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors in the battle for the NBA's top record.  James Harden poured in 41 points and the Rockets picked up their sixth straight win by holding off the Heat, 109-101 at Miami. Harden had 16 points in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth as Houston won for the 10th time in 11 games.  Chris Paul finished with 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Rockets improve to 40-13.  Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for the Heat, who have dropped a season-high five straight games.

The New York Knicks have traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets for second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O'Bryant. Hernangomez was an all-rookie selection last season and had been identified by team management during the summer as an important piece of the Knicks' future until the Knicks acquired Enes Kanter in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Hernangomez fell to third in the center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds after scoring 8.2 points and seven boards a game last season.

LeBron James nailed a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime and finished with a triple double as the Cavaliers won for only the fifth time in their last 14 games, 140-138 against the Timberwolves. James had 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes for Cleveland, which had lost its eight previous network broadcast appearances. J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 points with seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.

The Spurs handed the Suns their most lopsided loss in team history as LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in just 28 minutes of San Antonio's 129-81 laugher at Phoenix. Patty Mills added 18 points and Danny Green 17 for the Spurs, who held the Suns to 34 percent from the field and 3-for-32 from 3-point range.

Ricky Rubio delivered 29 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz won their seventh in a row, 92-88 at Memphis. Rodney Hood finished with 18 points and Utah continued its winning streak despite shooting just 42 percent.

The Pistons picked up their fifth consecutive win as Andre Drummond contributed 17 points and 27 rebounds to lead Detroit past the Nets, 115-106. Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week.

The Pacers-Pelicans game at New Orleans had to be postponed following a nearly two-hour delay due to a leaky roof. No makeup date has been announced.

MLB:

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is happy he made it back on a mound last September. The right-hander went on the disabled list after tearing a lat muscle on April 30 in his fifth start. He made a pair of brief minor league appearances at the start of September, then had two short outings for New York in the season's final 10 days, totaling three innings. He was among 25 players at a pre-spring training workout under new manager Mickey Callaway.

Infielder Yolmer Sanchez has beaten the White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team's $2.1 million offer. Sanchez set career bests last year with a .267 average, 12 homers and 59 RBIs and .319 on-base percentage. Major league players are 6-3 against owners in arbitration so far this winter.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded _ from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the 2013 winter meetings. That was about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl. Wilson spent some time with the Rangers during spring training in 2014 and 2015. Texas traded him to New York for future considerations.

NCAA:

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens added 12 to help No. 1 UConn beat University of Central Florida 55-37. It was the lowest scoring effort of the season for the Huskies (23-0, 11-0 American), who came into the game averaging an NCAA best 93.1 points.

No. 1 Villanova was among three top-10 men's basketball teams to fall last night. Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points and St. John's followed Saturday's upset of Duke by surprising the Wildcats, 79-75. Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 points as Ohio State knocked off third-ranked Purdue, 64-63, and Duane Wilson made one of two free throws with four seconds left to lift Texas A&M to an 81-80 upset of No. 8 Auburn.

Freshman guard Zhaire Smith scored a season-high 21 points and Jarrett Culver added 16 points as Texas Tech topped Iowa State 76-58. The Red Raiders improved to 20-4 overall with their fifth consecutive win.

Auburn was the third top-10 team to lose as Duane Wilson made one of two free throws with four seconds left to lift Texas A&M to an 81-80 upset of the eighth-ranked Tigers. Freshman guard T.J. Starks scored a career-high 23 points for the Aggies, who blew a 17-point lead in the second half.

Jovan Mooring shot 6-for-12 from beyond the arc in scoring a career-high 31 points in UNLV's 86-78 win over No. 23 Nevada. The Wolf Pack ended a 16-game home winning streak and slipped to 20-5 overall, 9-2 in the Mountain West.

Lonnie Walker IV dropped in 19 points and Ja'Quan Newton added 12 of his 16 points in the second half as 25th-rated Miami downed Wake Forest, 87-81. Walker's 3-pointer with 5:01 remaining capped a 10-2 run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-56 lead.

Jalen Adams scored 19 points and UConn snapped a three game losing skid by holding off South Florida 68-65. Terry Larrier and Christian Vital each added 15 points for the Huskies (12-12, 5-6 American), who had lost five of their last six. Stephan Jiggets had 18 points to lead USF (8-17, 1-11), which had a chance to send the game to overtime on a 3-point shot from David Collins at the buzzer that missed the target.

NHL:

Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals and Patrice Bergeron added two in the second to help the surging Boston Bruins swamp the New York Rangers 6-1. The Bruins won for the 18th time in their last 23 games, getting 21 saves from backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Local:

The UAlbany men’s basketball team hosts Vermont tonight at 7 p.m. The Siena Saints and Canisius at 7 p.m.

The UAlbany women head to Burlington to face the Catamounts at 7 p.m.

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