• GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Tiger Woods is not going to win the Quicken Loans National. However, all is not lost.

    Woods can make progress in prolonging his season with an aggressive, well-played final round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The world No. 266 sits nine shots behind 54-hole leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell, but his target is the top 10. Tied for 42nd place, Woods is six shots below that water mark. Why the top 10? That's a borderline must for Woods to have even a chance to sneak into the FedEx Cup playoffs and avoid missing the PGA Tour's postseason for the third time in five seasons.

    Entering this week, Woods was 315 points out of 125th place and the final qualifying spot. Winners of PGA Tour events get 500 points for each victory, with points awarded to every player who makes the cut. If Woods finishes in the top 10 on Sunday, he'll snag somewhere in the area of 75 points, still leaving him well outside of the playoffs.

    Woods still has at least one remaining start this

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  • Greg Vara is covering this week's Champions Tour stop, the 3M Championship, for Devil Ball Golf.

    BLAINE, Minn. -- Saturday at the 3M Championship is a special day. It's the day fans get to make memories for a lifetime.

    The names Nicklaus, Player and Trevino are that of legend, great players of the past that once ruled the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, by the time the 1980s rolled around, when I was born, their best golf was already behind them, save for Nicklaus' fantastic week at Augusta in 1986.

    Since 2005, however, on 3M Championship Saturday, the past has come alive. The greats of the game, those past not only their PGA Tour prime, but their Champions Tour prime, put on a show for the golf fans in Minnesota. With a scramble format and a laid-back atmosphere, there’s plenty of room for banter among the players and healthy back-and-forth with the fans.

    Though there is an official event going on here, much of the audience at the 3M is more interested in getting a glimpse of the greats of

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon retired from the NBA in 2002. He has not made an All-Star team since 1997, and he is a full two decades removed from leading the Clutch City Houston Rockets to the 1994-95 NBA title. He is 52-years old, and recently he has been better known for crashing NBA drafts, and teaching both Dwight Howard and LeBron James how to work up jab-steps.

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    Olajuwon, who was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to the US to attend high school, college, and play professional basketball in Houston, Texas, made a surprise appearance in the NBA’s inaugural African exhibition game in Johannesburg. Both Hakeem and Congolese former Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo delighted the sold out stadium by walking out onto the court in the second quarter to play for Team Africa, wearing a pair of retro-retro-retro uniforms.

    That’s fun enough. But then Hakeem did this:

    Not quite a Dream Shake, but ... ah, heck let's

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  • Ronda Rousey is quickly becoming one of the most iconic athletes in sports. On a night when many of the biggest superstars from sports and entertainment, including NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and actors Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson were tweeting to her to wish her luck, she rose to the occasion yet again.

    She needed only 34 seconds this time to retain her women's bantamweight title over Bethe Correia, but this wasn't the same old Rousey. 

    Her striking, which some said was her weakness, led her to the one-sided victory in the main event of UFC 190 at HSBC Arena Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

    Rousey's striking overwhelmed Correia, whose striking had led her to a 9-0 mark entering the bout. But Rousey ripped Correia with clean, hard shots and finished it with a right to the temple. Correia fell on her face as referee John McCarthy quickly stopped it.

    It was four seconds longer than the combined time of her two previous wins --

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  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira suffered another disheartening defeat at UFC 190 on Saturday night against 7-foot striker Stefan Struve.Minotauro Nogueira (L) of Brazil receives a punch during a fight against Stefan Struve. (Reuters)Minotauro Nogueira (L) of Brazil receives a punch during a fight against Stefan Struve. (Reuters)

    Nogueira, 39, is one of the most beloved fighters to ever compete in the sport of mixed martial arts. He is a former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight champion, and a true pioneer. Unfortunately, after Saturday’s unanimous decision loss at the hands of “Skyscraper,” Nogueira finds himself 1-4 in his last five fights, and the end could be closing in on the Brazilian legend.

    Round 1 opened with Nogueira quickly acquiring a clinch on Struve. This is obviously where the jiu-jitsu black-belt wanted to be, but it’s also where Struve had spent the majority of his time preparing.

    Struve, 27, would quickly break from the clinch and deliver stiff jabs and low kicks to the legs of the aging Brazilian. And this formula would continue into the later rounds.

    Nogueira had his best moment come midway through the second round, when he took Struve’s back during a scramble. He even

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  • “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a huge influence on UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

    Over his lengthy career in professional wrestling, Piper trained under Rousey’s mentor, “Judo” Gene Lebell, with regularity. Years later, Rousey came along and trained with the martial arts legend as well.

    When Rousey eventually made the jump to professional MMA after earning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rousey asked Piper if she could use his namesake “Rowdy” as her own.

    Piper signed off on it, and the rest is history.

    Hours before Rousey was set to weigh in for this weekend’s UFC 190 pay-per-view, news broke that Piper had passed away due to cardiac arrest.

    With an undoubtedly heavy heart, and eyeing down a title fight against Bethe Correia in less than 24 hours, Rousey shared a touching message via social media dedicating her fight to “Hot Rod.”

    “Thank you for the name,” the message said, “and so much more. “Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow... This one's for you

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  • Greg Vara is covering this week's Champions Tour stop, the 3M Championship, for Devil Ball Golf.

    BLAINE, Minn. -- The year was 2011 and the loyal fans that attend the 3M Championship on an annual basis were finally able to show their appreciation for the “hometown kid” in person.

    Though eligible to play the 3M Championship since 2009, Tom Lehman, like many top PGA Tour professionals before him, still had some life in his game at the age of 50 -- enough to linger on the PGA Tour past the half-century mark. His refusal to give up on the PGA Tour and a hectic schedule made it nearly impossible to get back to the 3M Championship for his first couple of years on the Champions Tour, but when he finally got his chance to pay-back the golf fans of Minnesota, he didn’t disappoint.

    Lehman opened with a 65 in 2011 and though he played well throughout the week, he fell just short of Jay Haas, who simply was not to be denied that year. Those in attendance that year figured it was only a matter of

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  • Well, let ONE Championship Vice President Rich Franklin shows you.

    Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization has started a new video feature on Facebook entitled “ONE Classroom,” in which Franklin will break down holds and moves from recent MMA fights to put on full-display just how that happened.

    In the first edition, Franklin takes us through the guillotine choke used by Ev Ting to best Cary Bullos.

    The sport of MMA has been on a rapid and sudden uphill climb to the top of the professional sports world over the recent years, and the creation of ONE in Asia shows just that.

    Behind the leadership of Victor Cui, ONE has held events in China, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.

    Alongside the rise of popularity in the sport, more and more casual fans and observers are learning that you can train in MMA-related disciplines just like those you watch on the big screen.

    Gyms are popping up all over the world, allowing anyone to better

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  • The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III has been found in Texas after his family didn't know his whereabouts for more than nine days.

    Willard Hurley Jr. was found "safe and sound" in the Lone Star state, according to Leesburg, Va., police. Someone recognized Hurley from news reports and notified police. Hurley declined to explain to officers why he had left home on July 19 in his truck with clothes and some cash.

    Hurley was reported missing July 27, with his Naval Academy graduate son going public on Tuesday in hopes of identifying what happened to him. 

    "I'm just hoping that he goes to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that dad, we love you and we want you to come home," Hurley said Tuesday.

    Hurley will make the cut at the Quicken Loans National at 2-under 140.


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  • Most no one expected this. Tiger Woods is in contention to win again on the PGA Tour.

    Woods shot 5-under 66, tying his low round of the year and setting his best mark in relationship to par, to get into contention at his Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va.

    The 14-time major winner started his Friday round on the 10th hole, where Woods started a run of four consecutive birdies on Thursday to complete the comeback from a hideous 3-over-through-four start. He wasn't able to capitalize like the day prior, but got off to his now typical slow start, sprinkling in a bogey at the par-5 14th after Woods barely got off the tee following a near whiff with his tee shot. However, Woods again rallied quickly, sticking his approach to the 15th to 3 feet for an easy birdie. Woods played an efficient 18th, leading to a 10-foot birdie to turn under par.

    From there, Woods was all systems go. He stuck it close at the first and drained a 20-foot birdie at the fourth,

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