Two Ducks, OSU punter honored — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and right tackle Calvin Throckmorton earned recognition from the Pac-12 for their play Saturday in the Ducks’ 35-31 win at Washington, and Oregon State punter Daniel Rodriguez also earned conference recognition. Herbert, who was 24 of 38 for 280 yards with four touchdowns, was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week, and Throckmorton was named offensive lineman of the week. It was Herbert’s third game with four passing TDs this season and the seventh of his career as well as his nation-leading 35th straight game with a scoring pass. Throckmorton had a 100% assignment grade from UO’s coaches and was the sixth-highest-graded offensive lineman in the Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus. Rodriguez, who helped the Beavers with field position in a 21-17 over California on Saturday, was named Pac-12 special teams player of the week. It is the second honor for the OSU senior in three weeks. Rodriguez averaged 40.9 yards on nine punts against the Bears, dropping two inside the Cal 20-yard line.
Retired coach Richt recovering from heart attack — Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt tweeted Monday that he is recovering from a heart attack. The 59-year-old Richt is working as a studio analyst for the ACC Network. Richt spent the past three seasons as Miami coach before surprisingly retiring from his alma mater in December. Before that he had coached Georgia for 15 years. “I am assuming word travels fast,” Richt posted. “So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week.”
Jimenez wins Schwab Cup opener — Miguel Angel Jimenez turned a day off for torrential rain into an advantage in the final round of the rain-delayed Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Jimenez repeatedly hit the ball close to the pins on greens softened by Sunday rain and tied the course record with a 9-under 63 on Monday in Richmond, Virginia, to win the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions’ three-tournament Charles Schwab Cup playoffs by two shots over second-round co-leader Tommy Tolles. Jimenez made nine birdies in a bogey-free trip over the Country Club of Virginia’s James River course to tie the record set by Kevin Sutherland in 2016 and matched by Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh the following year. The victory, his second of the season, moved him from 22nd to 10th in the playoff standings.
Day defeats Tiger in Japan Skins — Jason Day won the inaugural “The Challenge: Japan Skins” game Monday, beating Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama on a lighthearted day at the Narashino Country Club in Inzai City, Japan, where the made-for-TV skins game finished under floodlights on the 17th and 18th holes. “First time I’ve ever finished under lights, so that was exciting,” said Day, who won eight skins and $210,000. Woods had five skins and $60,000, and McIlroy took four and won $60,000. Matsuyama won only one skin and $20,000. It was Woods’ first event after surgery two months ago, the fifth on his left knee. He will get a stiffer test at the Zozo Championship that opens Thursday — the first-ever full PGA Tour event in Japan.
Sacramento lands MLS franchise — Major League Soccer has awarded its 29th franchise to Sacramento, California. MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the league’s newest team Monday, joined by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Sacramento Republic FC is set to begin play in 2022. The team’s ownership group includes lead investor Ron Burkle, an owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as entertainment executive Matt Alvarez and Kevin Nagle, an investor in the NBA’s Sacramento Kings who has spearheaded the bid for MLS expansion since 2014. The Sacramento Republic currently plays in the lower-tier USL Championship league. The group’s plans include a new $300 million soccer-specific stadium on a 14-acre site downtown. The team has already secured commitments for more than 10,000 season tickets.
World champ heads USA team — Three-time world champion Nyjah Huston, of Laguna Beach, California, tops the 2020 USA Skateboarding National Team heading into the sport’s Olympic debut in Tokyo next summer. The 24-year-old Huston is considered the gold-medal favorite in men’s street. Skaters named to the national team Sunday will receive support from USA Skateboarding but still have to earn an Olympic berth through various qualifying contests.
— Bulletin wire reports