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Kaymer wins by 2 strokes in rain at Sun City

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Kaymer wins by 2 strokes in rain at Sun City

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Martin Kaymer of Germany shot a 3-under 69 to earn his first title of 2012, holding on for a two-shot victory Sunday in rainy conditions at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Kaymer finished at 8-under 280, two ahead of Charl Schwartzel (69) of South Africa. Bill Haas of the United States was third after a 71.

Kaymer was in trouble twice toward the end, pulling his tee shoot deep into the rough on the par-5 No. 14. He blasted out and made a brilliant birdie. He bogeyed No. 15 to allow Schwartzel to get within one shot, but recovered through the last three holes to close out his first win since November 20, 2011.

Schwartzel's bogey on No. 17 helped Kaymer.

``It was always tight. Charl played a great round of golf,'' Kaymer said, adding he only felt comfortable once his par putt on 18 dropped in. ``I was telling (my caddie) I need a win. I need a win in 2012.''

South African Louis Oosthuizen (74) was fourth. Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood's run at Sun City ended with a 73, seven shots behind the winner.

The rest of the 12-man field were over par through four rounds at a tough Gary Player Country Club layout, where narrow fairways, stubborn rough, gusty winds and - on Sunday - steady rain made scoring consistently difficult. No one shot better than 69 all week.

Kaymer's win was his first since the WGC HSBC Champions last year and earned him a $1.25 million check at the end of a memorable year, which included a special putt at the Ryder Cup.

``I will still never do a bigger putt in my life,'' Kaymer said.

Westwood's attempt to become the first player to win three straight Nedbank titles ended at the 14th hole, where the No. 6-ranked Englishman took two shots to get out of the rough, then found the bunker and missed a bogey putt to come away with a double-bogey 7.

Behind him, Paul Lawrie was sixth at 289, Francesco Molinari and Carl Pettersson were tied for seventh at 2 over and Peter Hanson was ninth at 3 over.

Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Rose and Garth Mulroy were 10th, 11th, and 12th.

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Report: Washington’s name change expected to be ‘buttoned up’ by training camp

Report: Washington’s name change expected to be ‘buttoned up’ by training camp

Following Monday’s announcement that Washington plans to retire the name “Redskins” after completing a “thorough review” of the name, The Undefeated’s Jason Reid reported on ESPN that the team hopes to have a new name solidified by the start of training camp.

“I expect this to move very quickly,” Reid said Monday. “Talking with multiple sources over the last couple days and this morning, the expectation is this will be buttoned up, completely buttoned up, before the team reports to training camp, which should be July 28. Although we’re not sure of that right now because of obviously the fluid events with the COVID situation.

“But in terms of what the league wants, what the hope is, what the expectation is, is this will be a non-issue moving into training camp.”

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Washington didn’t specify in its statement what the timetable would be for the decision, saying only that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera would lead the team’s efforts for determining a new name. Snyder, who has a history of opposing any kind of name change, has deferred a significant amount of organizational power to Rivera since hiring him in January.

NFL officials are still in talks with representatives of the players union over how to proceed with the 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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'Give me a new jersey and a new helmet': Darrell Green is embracing Washington's next step

'Give me a new jersey and a new helmet': Darrell Green is embracing Washington's next step

With Washington announcing on Monday its plans to fully retire the Redskins name and logo soon, Darrell Green's place as the record-holder for most games played under that name is officially cemented. 

Now, thanks to that decorated tenure with the franchise, few people on the planet have an opinion on the drama surrounding the name that carries more weight than Green. 

And during an appearance on ESPN's "NFL Live" show, the Hall of Famer had a chance to present that opinion.

In the latter portion of his chat with Dan Graziano, the cornerback gave some insight into how he'll handle Washington's dramatic switch. His answer was supremely intriguing.

"I've got jerseys and helmets," Green said. "Hey, I'm ready to throw them away. Give me another helmet. Give me the new helmet because, when I ran down the field in Chicago and I chased down [Tony] Dorsett or whatever the case may be, those things were for the team that was in Washington, so it didn't really matter. It still happened."

Wow.

Wait.

Yep. Wow.

Graziano clearly had a similar reaction, because he quickly followed up with Green about those remarks. The 60-year-old didn't hesitate with his response.

"To give me a new jersey and a new helmet, that's fine," he said. "I'm good with that. I'm not into the argument thing."

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"You're giving me another one aren't you?" he also added in the one-on-one. "Give me another one that represents this team, because that one is offensive."

Green was reluctant to direct any blame toward Dan Snyder's handling of the issue — something others haven't hesitated to do — and instead focused his remarks on just embracing the future. 

That future, at least to him, includes a Washington organization with a new name and, hopefully, a slightly more inclusive league and country as well. If those outcomes result from this situation, he'll be content.

"This is a part of the continuation of the transformation of the nation," Green said. "That's the part I'm excited about for my children's children."

A good portion of fans have expressed that they will remain avid supporters of the team through this transition, even if that may be strange at first.

To hear that same thought process come from one of Washington's most iconic players, though, feels especially significant.

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