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Rose comes into Shanghai on high targeting McIlroy

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Rose comes into Shanghai on high targeting McIlroy

SHANGHAI (AP) Justin Rose can unseat Rory McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai money list with a top-two result in the BMW Masters starting on Thursday.

McIlroy, the defending BMW Masters champion, also would need to finish outside the top seven on the Lake Malaren Golf Club course.

With six events remaining in the European Tour season, Rose arrived in China's financial capital trailing McIlroy by $353,000 on the money list.

Having won the money title in 2007, Rose says it would mean a lot more to earn it this time.

``When I won the Order of Merit in 2007 it kind of felt like it happened out of the blue that season,'' Rose said. ``But I now feel like if it happened again this season, it would come from a different place.

``It would come from what has been a bit of a miraculous year, and a year when I seemed to play well in the right tournaments. It would be a lot more meaningful based on there's been a lot of hard work that's gone on between 2007 and now.

``I am a lot more aware of why I'm playing well, and a lot more sustainable into the future. And to be No. 1 of any tour, especially the European Tour, that's a huge goal and that would be a huge honor to be honest.

``So it's got my attention for these next few events.''

Rose comes into the BMW Masters on a high after a superb season on the U.S. PGA Tour, winning the Ryder Cup, and the eight-man World Golf Final exhibition in Turkey last week.

``I'm hoping not to come down from that (Ryder Cup) high just yet, I'm still feeling positive about everything,'' Rose said.

``For some guys you can come back to real life and real tournaments and when you're not in contention, the thrill of that week seems a million miles away from what you might be experiencing on the golf course if you are running 30th, 40th in the field.

``So while it is very important not to be in the past when you're playing each individual tournament, you have got to cherish those memories, because what happened for me personally at the Ryder Cup on that Sunday are stories for the grandkids.''

McIlroy and Rose, who will play the opening round together in Shanghai, also will compete in next week's HSBC Champions in Shenzhen.

However, McIlroy will play at the Singapore Open and Hong Kong Open, whereas Rose will not.

``Rory is playing a lot of European Tour golf through to the run-up to Dubai, so I am going to have to play well and figure I'm going to have to win one of these next two weeks to give myself a really good chance in Dubai,'' Rose said.

The tour's season-ending Dubai event starts on Nov. 22.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.