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Tseng trying to finish how she started

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Tseng trying to finish how she started

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) It sure doesn't look like Yani Tseng had a bad year, even though it might feel that way.

She has won three times on the LPGA Tour, the most of any player except for Stacy Lewis. She is closing in on $1.5 million in prize money, putting her fourth on the money list. And she comes into the final tournament, the LPGA Titleholders, having finished no worse than fourth in her previous three events. Compared with almost anyone else, it's been a great year.

Compared with what Tseng did a year ago, it qualifies as a slump.

``So maybe I can win this tournament, you never know,'' Tseng said Wednesday at TwinEagles. ``It doesn't matter the results of this week. I feel I still have successful year. I'm still No. 1, so don't forget about that. So I still can have a happy ending.''

Tseng is assured of remaining atop the women's world ranking, mainly because she started the season with an enormous lead, and built upon that by winning three times in four events leading into the first major of the year.

And then, mysteriously, she didn't win again.

She squandered a chance at contending in the Kraft Nabisco and didn't come remotely close at the other three majors. Along the way, she fired her caddie and tried to hired him back, only to discover he had another job with Na Yeon Choi, the U.S. Women's Open champion.

Tseng isn't quite sure what happened, except that she was buried under expectations that followed someone who had won 12 times around the world in 2011.

``The last three or four months, I was really trying too hard and putting myself (under) too much pressure, and I second-guess myself if I can still win a tournament,'' she said. ``I was just struggling, but I wasn't very happy. ... People email me on the Facebook and say, `I don't see your smile anymore.' I feel bad about that. It doesn't matter how I play just like before.''

That was what she learned. Have fun. Smile.

The results are starting to come around, and Tseng now looks forward to next year. And there's still one tournament to go.

The 73-player field gets under way Thursday on the Eagle Course at TwinEagles, with most of the attention on two players, though the celebration is centered on one. Lewis already has wrapped up LPGA Tour player of the year, becoming the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the points-based award.

She clinched it last week when Inbee Park failed to win in Mexico.

Park, however, still has a healthy lead on the money list at just over $2.2 million, and Lewis is the only player who can catch her. Lewis has twice as many wins as Park, who made a late run during the recent Asian swing, and Park was helped by winning $300,000 in the Women's Canadian Open, even though she didn't win. Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old amateur who lives in New Zealand, won the tournament, but the earnings went to Park, the runner-up.

Park also has a slim lead over Lewis in the Vare Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.

Lewis is more interested in the Vare Trophy because it speaks to consistency. The LPGA Tour still has a wide disparity of prize money depending on the tournaments, a point driven home to Lewis when she realized her runner-up finish at the Evian Masters was worth more than any of her four wins.

``I think the Vare trophy for me would be more of a guideline of how consistent you played all year,'' Lewis said.

The 27-year-old Texan was the last to leave the putting green on Wednesday night, heading back to the hotel to work on her speech for the awards dinner on Friday night and pick out a suitable dress to wear. She knows there is one more tournament, four more rounds, but it's hard to ignore the attention she is getting for player of the year.

Her story is amazing in many ways, starting with the fact she had scoliosis and wore a back brace from age 11 all the way through high school, and then had surgery that kept her future in doubt, even playing college golf at Arkansas.

It worked out fine. She became an NCAA champion and went undefeated at the Curtis Cup. In her pro debut, she had a one-shot lead going into the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen and tied for third.

And now this.

``I just think back to 10 years ago when I remember sitting in a doctor's office and him telling me that I was going to have to have back surgery,'' Lewis said. ``That was the time that ... I mean, I thought I would never play golf again. Now 10 years later I'm here winning player of the year. That's crazy. That's not normal, you know?''

Tseng wouldn't mind a return to normalcy, at least by her standards.

Lewis is the player of the year. Tseng still looks at herself as the best in women's golf, and she still has that No. 1 ranking.

``It's good to see her win,'' Tseng of Lewis. ``Kind of disappointed, too, but it's already the last tournament, I have no chance to get it back. But I was trying really hard, that's why I was playing six in a row. But she was playing good, and it's happy to see that. Hopefully, next year, I can get it back.''

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon. or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

Player Updates:

Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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