Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf: No Tiger sighting at sunny Bethpage Black on Wednesday
The PGA Championship finally took on a major feel on Wednesday as the sun shone, the players emerged from seclusion and spectators turned up in droves to watch the world best players put the finishing touches to their preparations. Bethpage Black had been completely deserted in a bleak Monday afternoon rain and only a few dozen players had a practice round on Tuesday, when the weather was mostly fine, though still cold and cloudy.
MLB notebook: Cubs' Zobrist sidelined amid divorce
Ben Zobrist plans to remain on leave from the Chicago Cubs while going through a divorce from professional singer Julianna Zobrist. Julianna Zobrist, 34, provided no reason for seeking a divorce in her petition filed Monday, according to Cook County court filings. Ben Zobrist listed "inappropriate marital conduct" as the basis for the couple's separation in the county divorce court filing.
German wins 8th game as Yanks cap twinbill sweep of Orioles
Domingo German escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and became the first eight-game winner in the major leagues as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 to complete a doubleheader sweep Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. German (8-1) allowed one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked one, and threw 64 of 85 pitches for strikes. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 hitters.
NFL notebook: Jets fire Maccagnan, make Gase interim GM
The New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and named first-year head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM. Hired in January of 2015, Maccagnan had two years remaining on the contract extension he signed at the end of the 2017 season.
MLB roundup: 7 Rays pitchers shut out Marlins 1-0
Anthony Bemboom, a 29-year-old rookie catcher, recorded his first major league hit and RBI on the same play, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Bemboom drove a run-scoring double to right field in the second inning, and the Rays used seven pitchers to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard. Reliever Jalen Beeks (3-0) earned the win, pitching three innings. Diego Castillo worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Yanks' Andujar to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season
The New York Yankees are losing Miguel Andujar, probably for the season, after the third baseman decided to have the injured labrum in his right shoulder surgically repaired, the team announced Wednesday. Andujar, a 24-year-old who has played in only 12 games this season because of two stints on the injured list related to the ailment, will have the operation Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Christopher Ahmad will perform the procedure.
Tennis: Sharapova withdraws from French Open
Twice champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open after failing to recover fully from shoulder surgery, the former world number one said on Wednesday. "Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," the Russian wrote on Instagram.
Unfiltered Kyrgios rips into Djokovic, Nadal in podcast
Australia's Nick Kyrgios has branded Rafa Nadal a sore loser, the Spaniard's uncle Toni an "idiot" and said world number one Novak Djokovic has a "sick obsession" with being liked in a podcast certain to ruffle feathers ahead of the French Open. Speaking to tennis writer Ben Rothenberg on the 'No Challenges Remaining' podcast, the 24-year-old also disparaged a number of other top professionals and fans who heckle him at his matches.
Warriors bury Blazers with treys, win opener
The Golden State Warriors are so used to playing in the Western Conference finals, they were in no hurry to do it for a fifth consecutive year Tuesday night. Then once they took the floor, they put that rest to good use against a weary opponent in Game 1.
Golf: Rose bids to end English drought at PGA Championship
It has been 100 years since an English golfer won the PGA Championship and Justin Rose has tweaked his preparations in a bid to peak at the right time and snap the drought. World number two Rose is the highest ranked of 12 Englishman in the 156-player field at Bethpage Black this week trying to repeat Jim Barnes's triumph at the 1919 PGA Championship.