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Forty-two-year-old Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki of the Florida Marlins became the 30th MLB player to reach 3,000 base hits when he achieved the feat on Sunday August 7th. Ichiro slapped a triple off of the right field wall against the Colorado Rockies and pitcher Chris Rusin to enter the Major League history book. The hit came in the top of the seventh inning during the game in Colorado. While it was the 3,000th hit of his MLB career, it was the 4,278th hit of his pro baseball career as Ichiro also had 1,278 hits while playing in Japan. He is the all-time leader for hits in a professional baseball career.
American golfer Jim Furyk made PGA history on August 7th by shooting a round of 58 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. The 46-year-old had an eagle and 10 birdies on the 70-par round to finish it at 12 under. However, even though he managed a record-setting round in the tournament, Furyk didn’t win it as he finished in fifth place, three strokes behind Scotland’s Russell Knox. Furyk also went into the event as one of just six male golfers to previously score under-60 on an 18-hole round. All previous players had scored a 59 once in their careers. Furyk managed to shoot a round of 59 at the BMW Championship back in 2013.
For years, the Spanish La Liga allowed each individual Primera Division club to negotiate its own television broadcasting deal. This meant the top clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid would typically rake in all the big money while the rest of the league’s teams had to fight over the table scraps. However, that has changed now, as the league itself has a television deal which sees all teams sharing the benefits and revenues. This enables the smaller and less glamorous clubs to at least make some decent money as they ride the coattails of the rich franchises. The new way of negotiating broadcasting rights should give the smaller teams some money to spend on better players in the transfer windows.
Friday August 12th has been circled on the calendar as the date of the final Major League Baseball game for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. The controversial 41-year-old native of New York City will leave the ball diamond for the final time against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on the 12th and will then begin a new chapter of his career early next year when he becomes an instructor and special adviser with the famous club. Rodriguez and the Yankees announced the player’s retirement before taking the field against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 7th.
American Jimmy Walker won his first major golf tournament on July 31st when he captured the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey. Walker shot a three-under par 67 in the fourth and final round to finish at -14 (266) for the 72-hole event. Jason Day of Australia finished one stroke behind at -13 and fellow American Daniel Summerhays was third at -10. It was the fourth and final major of the year and Walker became the fourth golfer in 2016 to win their first majors. Danny Willett of England won the Masters, American Dustin Johnson took the U.S. Open and Henrik Stenson of Sweden captured the recent British Open.
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