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Penalty for throwing shoe helps LSU stun No. 6 Florida

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Florida‘s chance at a spot in the College Football Playoff is likely over after a stunning finish saw LSU down the sixth-ranked Gators on a late field goal Saturday night.

Kicker Cade York converted a school-record 57-yard game-winning kick with 23 seconds left after one of the most shocking penalties in recent memory kept the Tigers’ final drive alive.

The Gators appeared to have stopped LSU on 3rd-and-long with the score tied and just under two minutes remaining. However, Marco Wilson celebrated breaking up the play by throwing one of the Tigers’ shoes 20 yards down the field. Wilson was immediately flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and a first down.

Six plays later, LSU had progressed to the Florida 39, setting up the 57-yard field goal for York. An intense fog that rolled into the stadium did not deter the star kicker, who boomed one through the uprights to secure the victory.

The loss sees the Gators finish the regular season at 8-2 with a spot in the SEC title game awaiting next weekend versus Alabama. Even a stunning upset over the top-ranked Crimson Tide likely won’t be enough to see Florida qualify for the SEC title.

While LSU struggled to a 4-5 record this season, the dramatic win over the Gators as a 23.5-point underdog will certainly change the mood around Baton Rouge heading into the offseason.

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Player with Kamloops Blazers critically injured in weekend snowboard accident – The Globe and Mail

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A player with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers has suffered what the league describes as “life-altering injuries” following a weekend snowboarding accident in Saskatchewan.

A statement posted by the league says the news about Kyrell Sopotyk is devastating.

The 19-year-old forward from Aberdeen, Sask., was entering his third year with the Blazers.

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An online fundraiser set up for Sopotyk says he has been paralyzed.

The fundraiser launched Sunday to assist Sopotyk and his family with “possible renovations, health care costs and any additional supports,” and had far surpassed its $50,000 goal in less than 15 hours.

A statement issued by the Kamloops Blazers encourages public support of the fundraiser and calls Sopotyk “a tremendous young man and an exemplary representative” of the team.

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Diamond Resorts A Great Start To 2021 – LPGA

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That’s what I’m talking about. The star power at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America was simply off the charts – and so was the golf. Twenty-five LPGA Tour winners were joined by 53 celebrities and even the name “Sorenstam” popped up on a leaderboard for the first time in a dozen years. 

 

But ultimately, it was the quality of play that stole the show at the Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club Orlando. For the second consecutive year, it took extra holes to decide a winner – although this time the action didn’t spill over until Monday as it did in 2020 when Gaby Lopez needed seven playoff holes to better first Inbee Park and then Nasa Hataoka.

 

This time, Jessica Korda rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of bonus golf to edge Danielle Kang for her sixth LPGA Tour victory after a Sunday shootout that was simply sensational. It was the fourth time Korda won her season debut and it sets hopes high for the season ahead – both for Korda and the LPGA Tour.

Amazing,” Korda said, glancing down at the trophy. “It was obviously a huge grind. Danielle was playing so solid, and then Nelly started to make a bunch of birdies. I was like, Oh, my gosh. What’s happening? I knew that I was going to have to go low today.”

The final round began with the spotlight on the glam group of Kang, Korda and her sister Nelly and it stayed there all day. Kang began Sunday with a two-stroke lead over Jessica with Nelly a seemingly insurmountable six strokes behind. But then things got interesting.

 

Kang, who tied the LPGA Tour 54-hole record of 192, closed with a 68 while Jessica Korda finished with a 66 as they ended regulation tied at 24-under-par 260. Nelly Korda made a brilliant charge with a bogey-free 64 to finish two strokes back.

 

After going 84 holes without a bogey dating back to last season, Kang finally slipped up with a three-putt on No. 15. Meanwhile, both Kordas were making a run, Nelly reeling off six birdies in seven holes beginning on No. 7 and Jessica making four in seven holes beginning on No. 6. 

 

As they stepped to the drivable par-4 16th hole, Kang was 23 under par, Jessica 22 under and Nelly 21 under. When Kang drove into the right trees, it appeared to be anyone’s ball game – at least anyone named Kang or Korda. 

 

A birdie by Jessica and pars by Kang and Nelly sent the trio to the par-5 17th hole with Danielle and Jessica tied for the lead and Nelly two strokes behind. All three birdied No. 17 and parred No. 18, pushing the outcome to a playoff, which Jessica made sure would not need an extra day.

It was just a crazy, crazy day,” Korda said. “Crazy two days. Shooting 60 yesterday, getting myself back into contention after bogeying three holes in a row to finish my second round. Crazy week.”

The weekend fireworks at Diamond Resorts were a fitting finish to a powerful week that kicked off 2021, a year in which the Tour visits Olympic Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, Carnoustie Golf Links and Inverness Club in a 34-event, $75 million bounce-back from the pandemic pause of 2020. If Diamond Resorts was the rousing overture, let the show begin.

 

Saturday alone was a day for the history books. Kang shot 63 to maintain the two-stroke lead she had going into the weekend but lost three strokes to Jessica Korda’s 60, a score beaten only once in the 71-year history of the LPGA, that by Annika Sorenstam, who played in the celebrity field. 

 

“Days like today don’t come often, so you really cherish them when they do,” said Korda, whose previous best round was a 62 in the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand, which she also won.


The 60 was just the fifth in LPGA Tour history and first since Paula Creamer in 2008. The only 59 in Tour history was by Sorenstam in 2001. Larry Fitzgerald, the sure-handed receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, played with Korda during her magical round and had a ringside seat to witness greatness.

 

“The shot she hit on 18 was unbelievable,” Fitzgerald said about the birdie that capped Korda’s 60. “She played the contour of the greens, she hit it exactly where she wanted, and left herself below the hole. It was mastery at its finest. She had complete command of her ball today.”

 

In all, 10 major champions were in the field at Diamond Resorts and they were joined by Hall of Famers from other sports, Grammy-winning musicians, stage performers and media personalities. The celebrity division, played under the Stableford format, was won by U.S. Davis Cup tennis captain Mardy Fish, with 158 points. 

 

Chad Pfiefer, who lost his left leg above the knee in an IED explosion in Iraq and is a past winner of the National Amputee Championship, was second with 147 points. Sorenstam, playing the event for the first time, was ninth with 134 points.

 

The show put on Sunday by a couple of Kordas and Kang at Diamond Resorts set the bar extremely high for the new season. There’s only one thing to do now: Start gathering names to play in next year’s Tournament of Champions.

 

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

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Saskatchewan-raised WHL player Kyrell Sopotyk paralyzed in snowboarding accident – CBC.ca

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A Saskatchewan-raised hockey player has been paralyzed by a snowboarding accident.

Kamloops Blazers forward Kyrell Sopotyk, 19, was injured in a snowboarding accident over the weekend, according to the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Sopotyk is from Aberdeen, Saskatchewan. He was drafted to B.C.’s Blazers in 2016. 

“Everyone associated with the Western Hockey League is deeply saddened by the devastating news,” the WHL said in a statement.

“The WHL and our member clubs extend our thoughts and prayers to Kyrell, the entire Sopotyk family, Kyrell’s teammates with the Kamloops Blazers, and all his friends during this challenging time.”

A GoFundMe campaign set up on Sunday to raise money for Sopotyk’s needs, including possible renovations to his home and health-care costs, has surpassed its goal of $50,000. As of Monday morning, it had raised more than $76,000.

“I think any parent that has to go to the hospital after an accident knows what they would be experiencing right now. It’s a shock. And I think as a parent, you go through those emotions of … ‘Why my child’?” said Kathleen Zary, organizer of the GoFundMe campaign. 

“Kyrell is an amazing soul. The family’s amazing … I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now.”

Zary said the success of the GoFundMe campaign is not surprising. 

“They’re very well-loved family in [Saskatchewan] and in Kamloops as well. And I know if the roles were reversed, the Sopotyk family would do the same for anybody. They’re one of those families that you meet and you just are instantly drawn to them because there’s just so lovely and caring to everybody.”

The cause and type of injury has not been made public at this time.

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