TIME golf

U.S. Open Shows Tiger Woods at His Worst

Lenny Ignelzi—AP Tiger Woods walks off the 10th green during the first round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Wash., on June 18, 2015

Woods struggled from the opening hole in a late afternoon round

(UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash.) — The U.S. Open used to be the place Tiger Woods showed why he was the best.

On Thursday, the tournament exposed him at his worst.

Another round full of miscues and flat-out bad shots. Another time signing a scorecard he wouldn’t have dreamed possible in his prime.

Woods struggled from the opening hole in a late afternoon round at Chambers Bay, once again showing startling holes in a game that was once beyond reproach. He finished with a 10-over 80 that left him ahead of only playing partner Rickie Fowler and an assistant club pro named Rich Berberian Jr. among 156 players in a major championship he has won three times.

Worst of all, he embarrassed himself on prime-time TV with a topped 3-wood on the 18th hole that ended up deep in a cavernous bunker that no one with the USGA figured any player would find all week long.

If that 12-foot bunker wasn’t deep enough, Woods finds himself in another huge hole: 15 strokes behind the leaders and in serious danger of missing the cut on Friday unless he can come up with a low round.

“It’s one of those things, just got to work through it,” Woods said. “I’m trying as hard as I can to do it, and for some reason, I just can’t get the consistency that I’d like to have out there.”

A day earlier he stayed late on the practice range at Chambers Bay trying to groove the new swing he believes will eventually bring him back to the top again. But Woods couldn’t bring it to the course on a day where he could have made a highlight reel of bloopers and bad shots.

He left balls in bunkers, missed 3-foot putts that didn’t come close to the hole. Trying to hit it out of the deep grass on a hill on the eighth hole, the club slipped from his hands and went flying over the hill in a sequence that was comically replayed on social media sites.

He was all smiles while shaking hands with playing partner Louis Oosthuizen and Fowler, but it seemed more like a smile of relief that it was all over.

“That wasn’t that bad after my second shot,” he told Oosthuizen as they walked off the green after Woods salvaged a closing bogey.

Woods had the same smile as he answered a few questions after his round, insisting once again that his swing is a work in progress and that he sees hope. He even tried to make light of his struggle by pointing out Fowler finished even worse with an 81.

“The bright side is at least I kicked Rickie’s butt today,” Woods said.

Woods came to Chambers Bay off a shocking third round at the Memorial earlier this month, when he signed for an 85. But he told reporters on Tuesday that his game was coming together and he had the confidence to compete on the links-style course.

Instead, he had the worst opening round of his PGA Tour career — by a whopping three shots.

“I fought, I fought hard,” Woods said. “And that was my number. I couldn’t grind out any harder than that. So that’s just the way I played and unfortunately it was a high number today.”

Woods is seven years removed from his last major title, the U.S. Open he won on one leg in one of golf’s legendary performances at Torrey Pines. He remains stuck on 14 majors, four short of the mark set by Jack Nicklaus, and he turns 40 in December, a time when history says players struggle to win as much.

He arrived at this open a shocking 50-1 pick to win a tournament in which he used to be an automatic odds-on favorite. His first round performance — where he trailed 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer by three shots — showed the oddsmakers accurately reflected his chances.

Still, he said there was hope.

“I know when I do it right, it’s so easy,” he said of his fourth major swing change. “It just feels easy to control, easy to do it, easy to hit all my shots. I just need to do it more often and build from there.”

TIME Football

A Deflategate Football Is Going Up for Auction

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.
Charles Krupa—AP New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.

Bidding starts at $25,000

One of the infamous “Deflategate” footballs is set to hit the auction block.

Lelands will host an auction for one of the game balls used during the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18. The New England Patriots were later investigated for deflating a number of game balls, resulting in a big fine against the team and a several-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady over what investigators claimed was his knowledge about the scheme.

The current owners of the ball, as detailed in the lot prompt, received the ball from a Patriots player after a touchdown. The couple says they left the game early to make sure their ball stayed safe. Lelands called the game ball “the most ‘topical’ piece of sports memorabilia that we can recall ever being sold so close to the event itself.”

Bidding, which begins at 9 p.m. ET on July 18, starts at $25,000.

TIME tennis

Chris Evert: Serena Williams Is the Greatest of All-Time

Williams’ French Open victory was her 20th major win, four behind the women’s all-time career record.
Clive Brunskill—Getty Images Williams’ French Open victory was her 20th major win, four behind the women’s all-time career record.

With Wimbledon approaching, Williams is chasing history

Serena Williams owns 20 Grand Slam singles titles, just four short of Margaret Court’s record 24, and two behind Steffi Graf’s 22. But one tennis legend—who has a cool 18 major titles herself—isn’t waiting for Williams to break the record to declare her the best women’s player ever. “She is the greatest of all-time,” says Chris Evert, who spoke to TIME for our profile of Serena Williams that appears in the June 29 issue, available on newsstands starting Friday.

Evert cites Williams’ record in the finals of Grand Slam tournaments—20-4—and her lack of a rival as reasons for declaring her the GOAT. The absence of a consistent challenger for Williams usually works against her in this debate. After all, Court had Billie Jean King, Evert had Martina Navratilova, Graf had Monica Seles. Any of these Hall of Famers would dominate the competition Williams is currently facing—and pile up major championships.

Five or six years ago, Evert says, she bought the argument. But not anymore. “After watching her matches and watching her closely, these players get close, they’re doing really well, and then she’ll get to another level where she slaps winners and she starts acing people,” says Evert. “It’s not one level. All of a sudden, she’s up two or three levels better than the field. It’s not about the other women. It’s about how good Serena is.”

Evert is rooting for Williams to become the first player since Graf in 1988 to win the calendar year Grand Slam—a sweep of the Australian, French, and U.S. Opens, plus Wimbledon, which starts on June 29. She’s halfway there, having become the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the Australian and the French (the U.S. Open begins in late August).

“I think we want to look up to somebody larger than life, and kind of go along for the ride,” says Evert. “We like to be in awe of somebody, it’s superhuman what they do, it’s just nice to feel like you’re part of that journey with them.”

TIME Soccer

Musa Bility Announces His Run for FIFA Presidency

musa bility
Liberia Football Association Liberia Football Association President Musa Bility.

The president of Liberia Football Association could become the first African head of FIFA

(LONDON) — The president of the Liberia Football Association has announced he is running for the FIFA presidency.

Musa Bility is the second candidate to emerge since Sepp Blatter announced on June 2 — four days after being re-elected to a fifth term — that he would step down amid the corruption scandal rocking FIFA.

Former Brazil star Zico has already declared his interest in running for FIFA president.

Announcing his candidacy Thursday on the BBC, Bility said: “If Africa doesn’t put up a candidate it says a lot about us.”

The election is expected to be held between December and February. Candidates require the backing of five national associations to get on the ballot.

Bility would be the first African candidate for FIFA’s top job since Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou lost to Blatter in 2002.

TIME energy

This Is How Much Energy Goes Into the Super Bowl Every Year

NFL logo at Ford Field in Detroit.
Mark Cunningham—Detroit Lions/Getty Images NFL logo at Ford Field in Detroit.

The annual sporting event is huge and more expensive for America than most people realize

In the pantheon of American culture, no event is more iconic and distinctly American than the Super Bowl. Like all things American, the Super Bowl is huge, expensive, and a source of incredible passion for fans. Just running a 30-second commercial to the more than 100 million people that watch the game costs nearly $5 million.

So how much electricity and energy go into putting on the Super Bowl?

There are lots of components here, but the biggest indisputable three are TVs used to watch the game, lighting and possibly climate control in a stadium, and fuel used in traveling to the game (by car or plane).

Worldwide, roughly 30 million televisions watched the five-hour extravaganza, assuming a little over five people per Super Bowl party. The average TV uses around 100 watts per hour. Plasma TVs use more electricity, and presumably people watch the Super Bowl on the biggest brightest TV they have available, so maybe the average TV watching the Super Bowl actually uses more like 125 watts per hour. Add another 125 watts per hour for extra lighting and other electricity use and over five hours then the average TV would use 1.25 kwh, and the 30 million households around the world watching the game would use 37.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity or 37.5 GWh. At an average price across the country of about $0.11 per kwh, that works out to a total cost of roughly $4,125,000.

TVs: 37.5 GWh or $4.125 million

On the football stadium itself, there is a lot of debate and no clear answers. Stadiums use pretty efficient lighting, and certainly air conditioning is not likely to be an issue in the dead of winter. So using the low end of estimates, an average stadium might use 10MW of energy for five hours, or roughly 50 MWh for the game. Compared to the TV use, that’s not a lot, but of course, there are roughly 80,000 people in a stadium watching a game versus hundreds of millions around the world watching. Stadiums are industrial users of power, so they won’t pay standard power rates, but for the sake of simplicity, assuming an average of $0.11 per Kwh again leads to a total cost of $5,500.

Stadium: 50 MWh or $5,500

Finally, transporting 80,000 people to a stadium is going to use some energy. The amount of energy varies based on where the stadium is and where the people are coming from of course. Stadiums are roughly equally spread out across the U.S., while people are not. Given the size of the country (about 3,000 miles across), the average person going to the game probably flies around 1,500 miles or about 2 hours of peak aircraft time. A Boeing 747 carries 500 people and uses 280 MWh for a 2 hour flight. That means about 45 GWh of power for the 160 planes needed to ferry 80,000 people to the stadium. Aircraft, of course, run on jet fuel and at current prices, that fuel will cost around $100,000 for each of those 160 flights or $16 million.

Travel: 280 MWh or $16 million

Overall, the Super Bowl costs more than $20 million in energy every year – quite a bill one football game. It also requires nearly 38 GWh of energy, or more than the equivalent amount of electricity that the entire country of Morocco can generate over the same five-hour period (given their 6.8 GW of capacity that existed in 2012).

The takeaway here is that the Super Bowl is huge and more expensive for America, and perhaps the environment, than most people realize. Still, the Super Bowl has quite a ways to go before it catches up in size and cost to the World Cup.

This article originally appeared on Oilprice.com.

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TIME space

Astronomers Name Newly Discovered Galaxy After Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying - Group I soccer match against Armenia held at Republican Stadium in Yerevan, Armenia on June 13, 2015.
Hugo Delgado—EPA Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying - Group I soccer match against Armenia held at Republican Stadium in Yerevan, Armenia on June 13, 2015.

The soccer fans call it CR7

It pays to be an astronomer when you can name newly discovered galaxies after your favorite sports heroes.

A group of scientists has dubbed a recently discovered galaxy COSMOS Redshift 7, or CR7. That’s also the nickname of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who wears No. 7 on his jersey, and the inspiration for a Nike cleat dubbed CR7. The lead astronomer, who hails from Ronaldo’s native Portugal, cited Ronaldo as inspiration for the galaxy’s name, the European Southern Observatory said in a statement on Wednesday.

It was described as “an exceptionally rare object, by far the brightest galaxy ever observed at this stage in the Universe.” The name is also a measure of the galaxy’s place in terms of cosmic time.

TIME Soccer

English Soccer Club Sacks 3 Players Over Racist Sex Tape

James Pearson of Leicester in action during the Capital One Cup second round match between Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town at The King Power Stadium on Aug. 26, 2014 in Leicester, England.
Michael Regan—Getty Images James Pearson of Leicester in action during the Capital One Cup second round match between Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town at The King Power Stadium on Aug. 26, 2014 in Leicester, England.

The players from Leicester City Football Club had previously apologized

A soccer club in the U.K. canned three players, including the manager’s son, after investigating reports of sexual and racist misconduct in Thailand.

Leicester City Football Club, part of the Premier League, said in a statement released Wednesday that Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson’s contracts were terminated after “the conclusion of an internal investigation and disciplinary proceedings, as a consequence of events that took place during the Club’s end-of-season goodwill tour of Thailand.”

The trio, which has apologized, was accused of making racist remarks to women they were apparently engaged with sexually in a hotel room in Thailand, with one alleged to have called one woman a “slit eye.” News of the remarks spread after a video was supposedly shown to friends when the players had returned to the U.K., and then obtained by the Mirror in May.

“Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester [and] the Premier League…It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a Club with its history, tradition and aspirations,” the statement read.

TIME Soccer

Swiss Prosecutor Identifies 53 Possible Incidents of Money Laundering at FIFA

Fabrice Coffrini—AFP/Getty Images Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Zurich on May 30, 2015

Michael Lauber said he "does not exclude" interviewing FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the future

BERN, Switzerland — Swiss banks have noted 53 possible money-laundering incidents in the investigation of FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney-general said Wednesday

Michael Lauber said the “suspicious bank relations” were reported within the framework of Switzerland’s anti-money laundering regulations.

Lauber said he “does not exclude” interviewing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and secretary-general Jerome Valcke in the future, though neither are currently under suspicion.

Addressing the media for the first time since the Swiss investigation into FIFA was announced three weeks ago, Lauber said the case is “huge and complex.”

Lauber declined to discuss a timetable for the case, which targets “criminal mismanagement and money-laundering” in the bidding contests which sent the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Still, the federal prosecutor is prepared for either country to be stripped of the hosting rights if new evidence proves wrongdoing.

“I don’t mind if this has some collateral (damage) somewhere else,” Lauber said. “I don’t care about the timetable of FIFA. I care very much about my own timetable which I can’t disclose.”

Lauber would not be drawn on whether South Africa’s successful bid for the 2010 World Cup — which allegedly involved a $10 million bribe — was also within the scope of his investigation.

FIFA began the 2018 and 2022 case by filing a criminal complaint against “persons unknown” last November.

“This is a dynamic process,” Lauber said. “It could really go everywhere and that is why I don’t want to tell you which direction I put my focus.”

“‘I have coercive measures and I am independent,” Lauber said at a news conference called after his re-election by federal authorities for a four-year mandate.

Football’s world governing body sent Lauber a 430-page investigation report submitted last September by FIFA’s former ethics prosecutor, Michael Garcia.

The former U.S. Attorney from the Southern District of New York led a team which spent two years investigating the World Cup bidding contests, which included nine candidates from 11 countries.

However, Garcia could not compel some FIFA voters to meet with him and did not have subpoena powers to gather key evidence. Russian officials failed to provide much evidence, claiming computers used by bid staffers were leased and later destroyed.


TIME Basketball

See the Adorable Curry Clan Celebrate the Warriors’ NBA Win on Instagram

Daddy did good

To God be the glory!!! So very proud of @wardell30 and the @warriors 😄😄😄💛💙

A photo posted by Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) on

The cuteness never ends with the Curry family.

Ayesha Curry, wife of the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, posted this adorable snap of her daughter, Riley, celebrating her Dad’s NBA victory with her happy parents on Instagram.

And Riley even mastered the art of the photobomb immediately after the team’s victory.

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