Singled out as one of the greatest golfers of a generation, Tiger Woods took our breath away on the links with stellar play during an illustrious career. However, on Feb. 22, America took an inauspicious gasp of breath after hearing the five-time Masters champion was in a gruesome car crash in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries.
On Feb. 26, Woods was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures.
“The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits,” said a Twitter statement on Woods’ account. “Tiger and his family want to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages they have received over the past few days.”
Loeffler Out in Atlanta
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) sold her ownership share of WNBA franchise Atlanta Dream on Feb. 26. The investment group comprises three members: real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener, former Dream player Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment group.
With the announcement, Montgomery made history, becoming the first former player to become an owner and executive of a WNBA team.
Loeffler was under fire for penning an open letter to the WNBA this past summer denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country,” Loeffler wrote. “I believe it is totally misaligned with the values and goals of the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream, where we support tolerance and inclusion.”
Since that statement was released, many Dream players called for an ownership change, and now Montgomery, a two-time WNBA champion, will lead the charge as a co-owner.
“My dream has come true,” Montgomery said. “Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously.”
Howard Football Falls to Delaware State in Season Opener
Howard University couldn’t get anything going against Delaware State in the season opener on Feb. 27 and fell to the Hornets, 17-10.
After giving up points on a safety early on, the Bison bounced back and went into halftime with a 3-2 lead by way of a 38-yard field goal made by Faraji Joseph.
The Hornets scored 10 unanswered points to kick off the second half when Hornets quarterback Jared Lewis plowed into the end zone on a two-yard scamper to take the lead in the fourth quarter to go up 10-3.
Then, Delaware State defensive back Esaias Guthrie picked off an errant pass made by Howard quarterback Quinton Williams (177 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and took it to the house on a 41-yard touchdown return.
Howard (0-1) only found the end zone once when Williams hit running back Jarett Hunter (75 all-purpose yards) on a 47-yard touchdown late inside the two-minute mark. The Bison will look to rebound Saturday at home against South Carolina State at 1 p.m.
Nationals Draw in Spring Training Season Opener
The Washington Nationals are back in action on the diamond but couldn’t score a victory in their first action of 2021. The final in the opener was a rare 4-4 tie against the St. Louis Cardinals on Feb. 28.
The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after Washington Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde threw a wild pitch allowing St. Louis infielder Tommy Edman to score.
Fedde was one of nine pitchers to take the hill, throwing 28 pitches (12 for strikes), surrendering one hit, one run and two walks, and notching a strikeout in one inning of work.
Despite the outcome, Nationals outfielder Victor Robles looked good at the plate, accounting for an RBI single on a line drive in the second to cap a Washington three-run inning.
Washington could only muster one more run in the top of the seventh when Nationals infielder Drew Mendoza drilled a fly ball to center field for an RBI double. St. Louis was able to tack on two more runs in the ninth to split the score.