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Watson: Olympics not the place for golf

Watson: Olympics not the place for golf

SYDNEY (AP) Eight-time major winner Tom Watson says golf has no place at the Olympic Games.

Watson, who will play at the Australian Open this week for the first time since winning the tournament in 1984, told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't support golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.

``I still think of Olympics as track and field and not golf to be honest with you,'' he said. ``I don't want to pour cold water on it, but I don't think it should be in the Olympic Games.''

Watson said golf has its four major championships, which remain its pinnacle events.

Golf was played at the Olympics in Paris in 1900 and St. Louis in 1904.

Watson supported the decision of golf officials to ban long-handle putters, but added he did so ``with mixed emotions.'' He said a broomstick stroke ``is not a stroke of golf. That's not a stroke but it makes it easier to play.''

``My son Michael, with a conventional putting stroke, he couldn't make it from two feet, but he went to a belly putter and he makes everything,'' Watson said. ``The game is fun for him now, so there lays the danger. Do we take the ability for people to have fun away?''

Three of the last five major winners have used long putters, including South Africa's Ernie Els, who capitalized on the collapse of Australian Adam Scott to win the British Open in July.

``I thought Ernie Els said it perfectly after he won the Open Championship,'' Watson said. ``He was asked `Why did you go with the long putter Ernie?' And he said `I'm cheating like the rest of them are.'''

Watson has been grouped with defending champion Greg Chalmers and young Australian Jake Higginbottom in the first round on the Australian Open at Sydney's Lakes course starting Thursday.

5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

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5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

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