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GOLF

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The first Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational has Dustin Johnson and 12 other PGA Tour members as part of its 48-player field next week outside of London. The next move is up to the PGA Tour to decide whether to allow them back.

The first fallout after the rival league released the names of players who will take part in its inaugural event came on Wednesday when Royal Bank of Canada announced it was dropping Johnson and Graeme McDowell as sponsors. The two play the LIV event, the same week as the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

The only comment from the PGA Tour was to mention a May 10 memo to players in which it denied them releases to play the first LIV event. “Members who violate tournament rules are subject to disciplinary action,” the statement read.

Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford were among the 42 players named to the roster (six other spots are reserved for a special invitation and an Asian Tour series). Neither ever got more media attention as they practiced before and after the pro-am at the Memorial on Wednesday.

Jones confirmed that he received a signing bonus and was required to play across the eight LIV events multiple times, each with $25 million in prize money and $4 million for the individual winner. Five of the tournaments are held in the United States.

NHL PLAYOFFS

NEW YORK (AP) — Filip Chytil scored twice in the second period and the New York Rangers routed two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, Chris Kreider also scored and Alexis Lafrenière and Adam Fox each had two assists to help New York win their seventh straight playoff game at home, a franchise record. Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots to improve to 8-3 in the last 11 games.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay, which had won six straight and was playing for the first time since finishing its second round of Florida on May 23. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who gave up just three goals in four games against the Panthers, made 28 saves.

Game 2 takes place Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The score was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before Rangers took control in the second period. They scored three times while beating the Lightning 17-10.

SOCCER

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Ukraine’s emotional quest to qualify for the World Cup amid an ongoing war came one step closer with a 3-1 victory over Scotland in a a thrilling playoff semifinal on Wednesday.

Veteran captain Andriy Yarmolenko lifted his country with a deftly lobbed goal in the 33rd minute, then helped set up Roman Yaremchuk’s header in the 49th.

Ukraine dominated for much of a deserved victory but had to resist a revival from Scotland as risky attacks brought a goal in the 79th by Callum McGregor, before Ukrainian substitute Artem Dovbyk failed. clears to score with the last kick of the game.

Dovbyk led his teammates around the corner of the stadium to share the celebration with 3,000 Ukrainian fans among the 51,000 spectators, clapping their hands above their heads.

Now Ukraine face Wales on Sunday with a World Cup spot on the line.

The Cardiff winner will travel to Qatar in November to play in a group against England, USA and Iran.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Star forward Drew Timme and winger Julian Strawther said Wednesday they will drop the NBA draft and return to Gonzaga’s basketball team next season, a move announced a day after guard Rasir Bolton also announced he would return. to Bulldogs.

Timme is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year and led the Zags with an average of 18.4 points per game last season. He added 6.8 rebounds per game and was an AP Second Team All-American.

“I’m back,” Timme tweeted Wednesday night, which was the deadline to drop out of the NBA Draft and return for his senior year.

All five Gonzaga starters declared for the NBA draft after last season. Only center Chet Holmgren, who is expected to be a first-round pick, and guard Andrew Nembhard remain in the draft.

The 6-foot-7 Strawther averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season while starting 31 of 32 games.

Bolton is returning to Gonzaga using the COVID-19 waiver given to all players in the 2020-21 season. He joined the Zags last season as a graduate transfer from Iowa State.

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