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February 3, 2018 Westwood, CA UCLA Bruins center Thomas Welsh (40) hyping up the crowd on his 22nd birthday during the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on February 3 , 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN-Rallying from fourteen points down the UCLA Bruins earned a furious come from behind overtime victory over the Michigan State Spartans, 86-80 in the play in round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 18 at Mackey Arena. The tandem of Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr. led the way as the Bruins outscored the Spartans 53-36 in the second half and overtime. The UCLA Bruins move on to face the NO. 6 seed BYU Cougars on Saturday night.

Jaquez tied the game with 28 seconds left in regulation, converting a three point play to send the game into overtime. Never leaving the court and playing the whole 45 minutes, Jaquez scored a career high 27 points. While Juzang scored the first pivotal four points in OT, it proved to be all the points the Bruins would need. UCLA outscored MSU 9-3 in OT. 

One other J proved essential in the victory, Jules Bernard, scoring 11 points while grabbing a game high 8 rebounds.

Showing amazing resolve after losing the final four games of the regular season, the Bruins live to fight another day. 

As UCLA showed poise and steely resolve during the games final crucial moments one could almost feel the pedigree of UCLA teams of yesteryear. Wooden-Alcindor-Walton-Goodrich-Wilkes-Hazzard-O’Bannon-Miller-Love-Westbrook.

California Prep Football Restart

Los Angeles, CA – On a cold night in March in the city of Bellflower with a small buzz swelling under the lights of the football field. Yes the 20-21 football prep season finally kicked off in California well after the rest of the states.

The match up on Saturday March 13, 2021 with Sierra Canyon traveling to the No.1 team in the state St. John Bosco.

The 13th of March is the one year anniversary of the Sports World coming to a screeching halt. The Corona Virus had just began to bring the world to it’s knees.

If you ask any parent in the stands did they think that this day would come for their child to take the football field this season? Most would say no… These parents watched as other states reopened and played football during the fall season like normal. California’s late restarts in the spring is unusual but the game on the field looks the same.

After a slow start be the defending State Champions the Braves picked up where they left off over 16 months ago with a dominating victory 42-21 over Trail Blazers.

This spring season will just be a time to tune up everyone’s game and get some new film for folks to evaluate talent. Schools starting on different weeks and only allowing for a six games max with no minimum, there will be no playoffs or a crowning of a new champion.

On the field these student-athletes will compete with the sole goal of a victory and bragging rights for the day. Parents, fans and coaches will debate who should of been the champion.

What’s next for the student-athletes in Cali? No one knows how the rest of this story will be written, so sit back and enjoy the new normal of limited fans, weekly testing and prep football back under the bright lights.

World Champions Cup set to debut in 2022

World Champions Cup set to debut in 2022, featuring major champions, Hall of Famers and legends of the game squaring off in a first-of-its-kind international team golf competition

Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Darren Clarke on board to captain Team USA, Team World and Team Europe, respectively, in the first playing of the new annual competition

CHICAGO (MARCH 16, 2021) – A unique and exciting new professional golf competition is ready to take the world stage, as sports media and marketing firm Intersport announced today the creation of the World Champions Cup, scheduled to debut in the fall of 2022.

Inspired by the passion and tradition of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, the World Champions Cup will be a first-of-its-kind golf tournament featuring Team USA, Team Europe and Team World squaring off over three days of competition that will renew some of the game’s most storied rivalries as the teams battle for international pride and global bragging rights.

World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and 2011 The Open champion Darren Clarke will each serve as playing captains for their respective teams of six competitors, all aged 50 and older, in the first playing of the World Champions Cup. Seven-time PGA TOUR winner and popular golf commentator Peter Jacobsen will serve as Chairman of the inaugural event.

“This is a truly exciting day for golf fans and for all of us who love the game,” said Charles N. Besser, Chairman and CEO of Intersport. “Our team at Intersport has invested a significant amount of time and effort into developing this concept. The World Champions Cup is a continuation of Intersport’s history of launching significant new events that endure for decades. We are confident that the World Champions Cup will renew golf’s legendary rivalries on a global stage while bringing innovation to the game we love. We can’t wait to tee off in 2022.”

Intersport has been creating award-winning sports and entertainment-based marketing platforms since 1985. In addition to launching and operating the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, which, in its inaugural year, was the TOUR’s most awarded event on the 2018-19 schedule, Intersport is an Emmy Award winner and owns and operates nearly a dozen nationally televised sports properties.

The World Champions Cup is sanctioned by the PGA TOUR. The annual three-team, three-day match play competition will be held at one of America’s great golf courses and will be contested across twice-daily, nine-hole matches featuring team formats and singles play, with points being earned for each hole won in each match. When the three-day competition concludes, the team with the highest point total across all matches will be crowned the champion.

“We are excited to add this global event to the golf calendar starting in 2022 and are appreciative of Intersport’s passion to begin a new world-wide golf tradition,” said Miller Brady, President of PGA TOUR Champions. “The World Champions Cup will give golf fans the opportunity to see the game’s greatest players come together in a team format on the world’s biggest stage. International team events are some of the most significant competitions in our game and it will be fun to see Ernie, Jim and Darren, along with their teammates, compete for the inaugural World Champions Cup next year.”

Intersport is currently engaged in preliminary conversations with potential media partners, title sponsors, and host courses.

Els, a native of South Africa, will captain Team World. The former World No. 1 player, elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011, boasts a resume that includes 19 PGA TOUR victories and 47 international wins. The biggest among those are his two U.S. Open titles (1994 and 1997) and his two wins a full decade apart at The Open (2002, 2012). The Big Easy has been a member of eight Presidents Cup teams and captained the International squad in 2019.

“International team golf events have provided me with some of my greatest golf memories,” Els said. “I have spent my career competing in global golf championships and supporting the growth of the game across the world. It’s a great honor to be named the captain of Team World for the inaugural World Champions Cup.”

Furyk will captain Team USA. Throughout his career, Furyk has represented Team USA in seven Presidents Cups, nine Ryder Cups and served as a Ryder Cup captain in 2018. He is a 17-time winner on the PGA TOUR, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and a two-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions. Furyk is also the owner of the lowest round in PGA TOUR history, having shot 58 in the fourth round of the Travelers Championship in 2016.

“I am excited to lead Team USA and recapture the great global team championships I have been fortunate enough to enjoy during my career,” Furyk said. “For more than 20 years, I have been competing against Ernie and Darren, and I look forward to having the chance to captain Team USA and play against them in the World Champions Cup.”

Clarke, a native of Northern Ireland, will captain Team Europe. He is most famous for his 2011 victory at The Open at Royal St. George’s, where he finished three strokes better than Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. A member of five Ryder Cup teams and the 2016 captain for Team Europe, Clarke’s resume includes victories at two PGA TOUR World Golf Championships events and two PGA TOUR Champions events, as well as 15 international wins.

“I am extremely proud to be named captain of Team Europe for the inaugural playing of the World Champions Cup,” Clarke said. “To be selected along with Jim and Ernie, two of golf’s all-time great players, is an honor. I have been fortunate to compete in many global team events, but I am as excited about captaining and playing in the World Champions Cup as I ever have been throughout my career.”

Jacobsen, the Chairman of the inaugural World Champions Cup, is a seven-time PGA TOUR winner, two-time PGA TOUR Champions winner and the 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion. A popular golf media personality for the past two decades, Jacobsen has established himself as one of the great ambassadors of golf. He represents everything a professional athlete and committed community leader should be. Throughout the years he has used his talents and status to transcend the game of golf and touch the lives of many.

“I have spent nearly all of my life playing, watching, talking and loving the game of golf,” Jacobsen said. “After nearly 40 years on the PGA TOUR, it is the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to represent something as significant as the World Champions Cup will one day be for golf.”

Additional information about the World Champions Cup is available at www.WorldChampionsCup.com, on Twitter (@WorldChampsCup) and on Instagram (@WorldChampionsCup).

About Intersport

Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports, lifestyle, culinary and entertainment-based marketing platforms. With expertise in Sponsorship Consulting, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Customer Engagement, Content Marketing, Productions and Sports Properties, this Chicago-based Marketing & Media Solutions Company helps their clients to create ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences. To learn more about Intersport, visit www.intersport.global, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.


Phi Beta Sigma Supports the Passing of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

The overall societal issue of police misconduct and brutality is not a new phenomenon, especially for the African American communities where it has had disproportionate impact. The public outcry around it reached the national consciousness during the civil unrest of the 1960s, over police abuses; was reignited during the “L.A. Riots” sparked by the Rodney King beating and subsequent trial; and, has reached critical mass with the summer of intense protests following the deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

The critical mass of activism and protest has made legislative change a priority. While both major parties and houses have offered potential bills, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bill will now need Senate approval, which will prove challenging based upon contested provisions therein. Championing the need for this proposed reform to become action is a cause Phi Beta Sigma must add to our 107-year long history of advocacy as “A Brotherhood of Conscious Men Actively Serving Our Community.”

The Men of Sigma have been a force for change that positively impact the lives of African-Americans and humanity as a whole throughout the decades of battling this brand of injustice. During the 60s, Bro. Dr. Huey P. Newton was a leading voice in the powerful activism that emerged from the ashes of the nationwide riots. In the 90s, the Fraternity facilitated the Million Man March as Black men stood up in response to a lack of justice despite evidence. And, in the current milieu, the Men of Sigma have responded en masse, leading the way with protest in the streets and webinars and social media advocacy in the digital domain. But, in this moment, the fraternity must use direct appeals to our representatives and encourage our circles of influence to do likewise. We must uphold the legacy and example of Sigma lawmakers like the late Hon. Bro. John Lewis and recently initiated Bro. Rep. Adriano Espaillat.

Therefore, ALL Sigma men are asked to call and email their Senators and encourage them to vote to pass this important legislative action. We must let them know their constituency wants protections for the constitutional and human rights of all citizens, even those suspected of a crime. We all deserve equal protection under the law, due process and respect for our humanity. Also, as a fraternity with many dedicated law enforcement professionals, we want our brothers and all those who uphold the law honorably to have a framework of rules that protects their reputation from rogues and criminals who abuse under the color of authority. We believe that having these principles in play creates an environment that protects people, supports police and allows us all to live in safer, more harmonious cities.

Brothers of Sigma, a recent article shared the details of the bill and the urgency around passing it with the title
“We Must Act Now” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/03/house-passes-george-floyd-police-reform-bill/6904980002/). 
We, as Sigma Men, understand the importance of “TIME VALUE” and will no doubt take immediate action in helping to ensure passage of this legislation by the Senate. 
Hon. Bro. Micheal E. Cristal, International President

HBCU Graduates Scheduled as NBA ALL-STAR Officials

Atlanta, GA – The NBA will have a referee crew composed entirely of graduates of historically Black colleges and universities officiating Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta.


Courtney Kirkland was part of last year’s All-Star Game crew, which featured all Black officials. This weekend, the crew of three HBCU graduates will represent their alma maters and HBCU heritage; they also live in Atlanta.

Tony Brown, 1989 graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Courtney Kirkland,  1999 graduate of Southern University.

Tom Washington, 1978 graduate of Norfolk State University.

NBA and National Basketball Players Association will commit over $3 million in funds and resources to highlight the importance of HBCUs and raise awareness and support around the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

“Because we work so hard at our game, our job is not to be seen. So when we do our job properly, they won’t even know that there are three Black men out there officiating.” said Brown, “hopefully people from my alma mater will say he is one of us. That is the sense of pride that we will share together.”

TIGER WOODS Sustains Serious Leg Injury In Rollover Car Accident

Tiger Woods walking off the 12 tee box after Xander Schauffele of the United States hits during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA – Golf legend Tiger Woods was involved  in a serious single car rollover accident at approximately 7:12 am this morning. Woods was extracted from his car;  which appears to have been on its side.   Officers bravely climbed  The embankment, lifting him out of the windshield. 

Los Angeles County Sherriff Alex Villanueva” There was no evidence of impairment. 

Tiger Woods of the United States during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore

Woods Genesis Navigator veered off the road landing in the side of a ditch. Where officers rescued him from the windshield. 

He was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, the statement said. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told NBC News on Tuesday afternoon that Woods was in surgery for multiple leg injuries.

Fortunately, officers stated they  do not believe Woods injuries are life threatening. This past weekend, the 15- time Major winner hosted the GENESIS Invitational benefiting his foundation. He transcends the sports landscape in a way similar to Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan. 

An LA Sheriffs news conference is scheduled shortly. We will keep you updated as thus story continues to unfold.

Seven Is Heaven For Tom Brady As The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Super Bowl LV

(Photo by Jordon Kelly)

TAMPA,FL- For a considerable time Tom Brady has been the GOAT. Yet even by his lofty standards, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs In Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7th has to be recognized as one of the great achievements in the history of sports. 

Consider this: Tom Brady is 43 years old, is in his first year as quarterback for the upstart Bucs, he led the Buccaneers to their second ever Super Bowl title. It marks the first time a team has won the Lombardi trophy at their home stadium.

All these factors contributed to a perfect storm. On the other side of the ball, Tampa Bay’s defense held the high octane Chiefs offense out of the end zone.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 back to pass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on November 19, 2018. Jevone Moore

It was the worst start of Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes career. His stat line read like this-26 of 49, 270 yards no touchdowns and two interceptions. While Brady was crisp and terrific, going 21 of 29 for 201 yards, three TDS. 

“We came together at the right time, we all knew this was gonna happen, didn’t we”, said Brady, who earned Super Bowl MVP  honors for the fourth time in his illustrious career.

Penalties killed the Chiefs, Tight End Rob Gronkowski caught two early touchdown passes from Brady, wide Receiver Antonio  Brown added another TD reception making it 21-6 at halftime. 

(Photo by Jordon Kelly)

At 68, Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians becomes the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl title. The Bucs defense  was swarming, never allowing Mahomes get comfortable in the pocket. Mahomes was sacked three times, held out of the end zone and intercepted twice.

The old adage goes you can’t teach an old dog new tricks;  after this impressive victory Tom Brady and Bruce Arians would certainly disagree! 

Pac-12 Conference announces Commissioner Larry Scott to conclude term as Commissioner

The USC Trojans and the Oregon Ducks meet in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to play in the 2020 PAC-12 Confrence Championship on Dec. 18, 2020. (John McGillen)

Mutual decision reached one year before the end of his contract; Scott will remain through June of this year

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Pac-12 Conference announced today that following ongoing discussions between its governing executive committee, its presidents and Commissioner Larry Scott, it was mutually agreed that the Commissioner would not seek a new contract. The decision was made well in advance of next year’s contract expiration, in part, to allow a new commissioner to be in place to negotiate and maximize the Conference’s next important long-term media rights agreement.  

The Conference and Scott decided it was time for new leadership after his 11-year tenure. Scott’s existing contract is scheduled to expire in June 2022 and it was agreed he will remain in the role until June 30, 2021 to assist in the transition.  

The Pac-12 executive committee, including University of Oregon President Michael Schill as chair; Kirk H. Schulz, Washington State University president; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, will immediately commence a national search for Scott’s replacement as commissioner.  

“We appreciate Larry’s pioneering efforts in growing the conference by adding new competitive university programs and accelerating the Pac-12 to television network parity with the other conferences,” said Schill. “At one point, our television agreement was the most lucrative in the nation and the debut of the Pac-12 Network helped deliver our championship brand to US and global markets on traditional and digital platforms. That said, the intercollegiate athletics marketplace doesn’t remain static and now is a good time to bring in a new leader who will help us develop our go-forward strategy.”  

Scott, whose current term expires in 2022, said this time is right for several reasons: “I was in pro sports for 20 years, I’ve now been in college athletics for more than 10 years, and now is a great time in my life to pursue other exciting opportunities. This moment, when college athletics are moving in a new direction and with the Conference soon commencing the next round of media negotiations, it seems the right time to make a change. It is important that the conference be able to put in place the person who will negotiate and carry out that next agreement. Based on the recent robust valuation and marketplace interest we’ve received from traditional and nontraditional media organizations, I am confident the conference is well-positioned for continued success. I appreciate the support of the Pac-12 member institutions and a very talented staff, with whom it has been my privilege to work.”  

Commissioner Scott will leave a significant imprint on the Pac-12. It was during the 2010-11 academic year that Scott helped deliver changes that transformed the Conference into a modern 12-team league. In addition to expanding to 12 teams, member institutions agreed to equal revenue sharing for the first time in the Conference’s history, created two football divisions––the North Division and the South Division––and established a Football Championship Game for the first time. Scott also secured major media rights deals with ESPN and FOX that dramatically increased national exposure and revenue for each school, in addition to establishing Pac-12 Networks that guaranteed enhanced exposure across all sports.  

Another area of continuity that both the Pac-12 and member institutions will prioritize in the search for Scott’s successor will be continuing positive graduation rates for the Conference’s student-athletes. President Schill cited the Conference’s improvements in graduation rates as measured by the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR). With 90% of the NCAA Division I student-athletes now achieving graduation during the measured period, the Pac-12 experienced improvements across the Conference, with some member institutions and athletic programs achieving 100% graduation rates among student-athletes in specific sports programs.  

The Pac-12 Conference has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championship in 54 of the last 60 years with the exceptions coming no lower than third. Under Commissioner Scott, the Conference also debuted its Pac-12 Impact program using the power of sport to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. It also played a leadership role with its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative which is doing groundbreaking research into injury prevention, brain trauma, and mental health. Other milestones of accomplishment between Commissioner Scott, the Pac-12 Conference and the member institutions can be found below and on the Pac-12 website.

For media queries about the Pac-12 and today’s announcement, contact: Andrew Walker, vice president, public affairs & head of communications at (415) 676-1341, awalker@pac-12.org

About the Pac-12 Conference The Pac-12 Conference is the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 54 of the last 60 years, with 529 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to Pac-12.com/conference.​  

For more information regarding the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR), visit here.

Key Milestones during Commissioner Larry Scott’s Tenure

  • His entrepreneurial approach to the Conference’s broadcast rights helped lay the foundation for a strong valuation of those rights in the next round of negotiations. That approach included record-breaking revenue from Tier I rights, exposure for non-revenue sports, innovative digital media, equal sharing among the schools, and the rolling up of all the Conference’s media rights into one package. Key to achieving those goals was the creation of Pac-12 Networks, the first television network wholly owned by a collegiate conference and whose objectives went beyond revenue generation to emphasize exposure for women’s and Olympic sports.
  • These innovations, together with those below, propelled Conference revenue from approximately $100 million to approximately $500 million a year.
  • Added two schools (Colorado and Utah), thus enabling the creation of a football championship game, enlarging the conference’s footprint and visibility.
  • Adopted a new logo and identity built around its West Coast culture and embrace of innovation that modernized the Conference and helped it maintain its role as the Conference of Champions by winning 104 NCAA Championships over the last decade.
  • Used its West Coast identity to launch a major initiative in Asia, especially focused on China, including an annual regular-season basketball game in China and a major strategic alliance with Alibaba.
  • Placed a strong focus on student-athlete health and welfare, including research into prevention and treatment of brain injury, liberalized transfer rules, efforts to ease time demands on student-athletes, and the inclusion of student-athletes in Conference governance.
  • Developed comprehensive social justice efforts, including “Pac-12 Impact,” working closely with our student-athletes to promote education and hiring practices to achieve equality.

  – Pac-12.com –

TIGER WOODS announces Willie Mack III as recipient of the 2021 Charlie Sifford memorial exemption

LOS ANGELES – Tournament Host Tiger Woods announced Willie Mack III as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the 2021 Genesis Invitational field. Awarded since 2009, the exemption represents the advancement of diversity in the game of golf.

February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after the opening round of the Genesis Open at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

“Willie learned to golf with his dad just like I did and those are memories that will last forever. I am excited to see Willie make another lasting memory when he tees it up at Riviera,” Woods said. “Willie has endured through difficult times off the course the past few years and I know Charlie would be proud of how he has stayed focused on achieving his dream.”

Mack, a native of Flint, MI, played college golf at Bethune-Cookman winning 11 titles as a Wildcat. In 2011, Mack became the first African American to win the Michigan Amateur Championship. Mack currently competes on the Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) Tour and Florida Professional Golf Tour, earning Player of the Year honors for both tours in 2019.

“I want to thank my father who introduced me to the great game of golf,” Mack said. “My dream since I first picked up a club has been to play on the PGA TOUR. It’s really special that I will play in my first PGA TOUR event because of an exemption named after Charlie Sifford, a person I’ve long admired, and in a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, who is the reason I got into golf.”

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – JULY 09: Willie Mack III smiles during an interview following the first round of an APGA Tour event on the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village on July 9, 2020 in Saint Augustine, Florida. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The start at Riviera during the 2021 Genesis Invitational will be Mack’s first on the PGA TOUR. Mack has previously played on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Latino américa Tour.

Since 2009, the exemption has been given to a golfer representing a minority background to play in the annual PGA TOUR event at Riviera. In 2017, the exemption was re-named to honor the memory of Charlie Sifford, the first African American player to compete on the PGA TOUR. Previous exemption recipients include Vincent Johnson (2009), Joshua Wooding (2010), Joseph Bramlett (2011 & 2020), Andy Walker (2012), Jeremiah Wooding (2013), Harold Varner III (2014), Carlos Sainz, Jr. (2015), J.J. Spaun (2016), Kevin M. Hall (2017), Cameron Champ (2018) and Tim O’Neal (2019).

The 2021 Genesis Invitational will be held February 15-21 and broadcast on GOLF Channel and CBS. To enhance the fan experience at home, the tournament is excited to offer games, activities and more to keep viewers engaged with the tournament while watching. Also the Genesis Invitational is taking its family village virtual in 2021 with digital activities, challenges, education resources and more for kids ages 5-12. These fan enhancement elements will be available on GenesisInvitational.com in the coming weeks. For the latest news and information, follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheGenesisInv.

Kevin M. Hall (2017 recipient) watching his drive in the first round action of PGA Golf during the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA on February 16, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

About The Genesis Invitational

One of the most historic and longest-running events on the PGA TOUR, The Genesis Invitational celebrates its 95th playing, February 15-21, 2021, at historic Riviera Country Club. With TGR Live serving as the event management company for The Genesis Invitational, the primary benefiting charity is TGR Foundation, with proceeds from the event supporting the foundation’s education programs in Southern California. The tournament’s title sponsor is Genesis, a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. For more information about The Genesis Invitational, visit GenesisInvitational.com and follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheGenesisInv.

About TGR Live, A Tiger Woods Venture

For more than 20 years, TGR Live has exclusively organized and managed fundraising events supporting the TGR Foundation. It focuses solely on creating amazing experiences for the foundation’s clients at world-class events. TGR Live provides a variety of services including hospitality management, public relations and marketing, tournament operations, and sponsor sales at PGA TOUR and signature events which benefit the foundation. While many TGR Live events are televised, TGR Live does not provide TV or video production. For more information, visit TGRLive.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TGRLiveEvents.

About TGR Foundation

For 25 years, TGR Foundation has worked to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. With an unwavering commitment to impact youth of every generation, its mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education. Through award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, TGR Foundation provides resources and support to students, educators and families to reach underserved youth and help them thrive personally and professionally. Mentorship, career guidance, specialized workshops and one-on-one support allows the foundation to meet the needs of the whole student and guide them as they connect their passions to their purpose. Since its launch in 1996, TGR Foundation’s education and outreach programs have impacted two million youth worldwide. To celebrate 25 years of impact, its new Pathways Forward initiative will provide support to enhance current education programs while expanding resources to more students on their pathways to college and career success. For more information visit TGRFoundation.org or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Genesis Motor America

Genesis Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California. Genesis is a global automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, and innovation. Genesis offers a range of models including the G70 sport sedan, G80 executive sedan, the flagship G90 sedan, and the GV80 sport utility vehicle.

All Genesis vehicles are covered by an industry-leading warranty that includes a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services including:

Genesis was ranked the #1 premium brand in the industry for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study (IQS), was named #1 overall in the J.D. Power 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the #2 brand in the annual Consumer Reports 2020 Report Card rankings. The Genesis G70 luxury sport sedan has won 21 major awards and accolades. Earlier this year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded all three 2020 Genesis vehicles; G70, G80 and G90 with their highest rating of Top Safety Pick+. Genesis is the only brand in the industry whose entire portfolio is Top Safety Pick+ rated.

Chargers Agree to Terms with Brandon Staley as Head Coach


The Los Angeles Chargers today agreed to terms with Brandon Staley as the 17th head coach in franchise history. Staley served as the defensive coordinator in 2020 for the Los Angeles Rams after spending three seasons as the outside linebackers coach for Denver (2019) and Chicago (2017-18). Staley’s introductory press conference will be held on Thurs., January 21, with more details to follow.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve known Brandon for five minutes or five years, what quickly becomes apparent is the amount of energy and passion he approaches each and every moment with,” said President of Football Operations John Spanos. “The consistency of that enthusiasm is unique and, most importantly, it drives his ability to connect with people. His coaching journey to this particular moment is inspiring; if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached. I know it’s cliché but I know Brandon quite literally cannot wait to get to work. I also know we cannot be more excited to have him as the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Staley has coached four Pro Bowlers, some of the most dominant defensive NFL players in recent memory — Khalil Mack in 2018, Von Miller in 2019 and Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey this season. Three of those players (Mack, Donald and Ramsey) were also recognized by The Associated Press as first-team All-Pro selections.

“It’s not just that Brandon possesses a tremendous football mind that makes him the ideal Head Coach to lead our team forward,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “It’s that he excels in the ability to effectively tailor, apply and communicate his concepts to players. It’s clear that Brandon will not be out-worked, he’s the football equivalent of a gym rat, and that has earned him the universal respect of the players he has coached throughout his journey.”

“It’s hard to put into words just how excited I am for the opportunity to be the Los Angeles Chargers’ Head Coach,” said Staley. “While this is certainly a dream come true, it’s also a dream that’s just beginning. There’s a reason this was probably the most sought after job out there — from ownership, to the fans, to the city, to the men in that locker room — it’s the total package. I can’t thank the Spanos family and Tom Telesco enough for placing their faith in us, and by the time everyone is reading this quote in a press release, we’ll already be hard at work developing a program Chargers fans everywhere can be proud of.”

As one of the most progressive defensive minds in football, Staley overhauled a Rams defense to become the best defense in football in 2020. The unit ranked No. 1 in total defense, passing defense and scoring defense while finishing as the third-best rushing defense. The Rams defensive unit improved by more than four points per game in scoring defense from 2019 to post the best single-season average allowed by the team in nearly two decades.

Staley brought innovation on defense from college to the NFL, serving as outside linebackers coach in Chicago (2017-18) and Denver (2019). He served on Vic Fangio’s staff in Denver after following the former defensive coordinator from Chicago. The 2019 Broncos defense led the NFL in red zone scoring, allowing a touchdown on just 39.1 percent of red zone drives — the second-lowest allowed by any NFL defense in the last five seasons. In his two years with Chicago, the Bears led the NFL in takeaways (58) while tying for No. 2 with 92 sacks. Staley was part of a staff in 2018 that coached the top-ranked scoring defense in football (17.7 points per game).

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Staley spent three seasons (2013, ’15-16) at John Carroll as defensive coordinator/secondary coach and the 2014 season as defensive coordinator/linebackers at James Madison. In his final season as a collegiate coach, Staley earned National Coordinator of the Year honors for Division III by leading the John Carroll unit to rank third in the nation in total defense (218.0 yards per game) and fourth in scoring defense (12.6 points per game).

Before his stints at John Carroll and James Madison, Staley was a graduate assistant in 2012 at Tennessee. Staley held his first coordinator job as associate head coach/defensive coordinator at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 2010-11. Over those two seasons, he helped develop Cordarrelle Patterson, Markus Golden and De’Vondre Campbell into NFL Draft picks.

Staley began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois (2006-08) before coaching the defensive line and special teams in 2009 at the University of St. Thomas. He played quarterback at the University of Dayton, serving as a team captain and was a two-year starter. The Flyers posted a 16-5 record when Staley was the starter from 2003-04. He ended his playing career at Mercyhurst University, playing there in 2005 with his twin brother, Jason. A native of Perry, Ohio, Staley and his wife, Amy, have three sons — Colin, Will and Grant.

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