Friday’s Sports In Brief – The Washington Post


MIAMI – The arena where the Miami Heat play will soon have a new name, after the team and Miami-Dade County decided Friday to sever ties with FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange that filed for bankruptcy the same day.

The building would be called FTX Arena starting in June 2021, and a 19-year, $135 million sponsorship deal between FTX and the county had just begun.

In a joint statement Friday night, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava and Heath said the news about FTX was “extremely disappointing.”

FTX has made several sports-related deals, including a sponsorship deal with Mercedes Formula One racing and Major League Baseball – umpires wear the company’s logo. Earlier on Friday, Mercedes said it would remove FTX logos from its Formula One cars.

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Some of the world’s top athletes have FTX deals, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

The Indiana Fever received the first pick in the WNBA draft on Friday for the first time in franchise history.

The Heat had a 44% chance of getting the No. 1 pick after posting their worst combined record over the past two seasons. The Minnesota Lynx have the Atlanta Dream with the third pick and the Washington Mystics with the fourth pick. The Lynx had the lowest chance of getting the No. 1 pick but moved up two spots in the draft lottery.

South Carolina star Aaliyah Boston is expected to be the top pick in the draft. Because seniors have the option to return for a fifth season due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no guarantee they will qualify for the April draft.

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It’s been a busy offseason for the Heat, who were the No. 2 overall pick last season and selected Nalisa Smith. Indiana, which hasn’t made the postseason since Tamika Catchings retired in 2016, last week hired Christy Seeds as its new coach. The Heat have five players in last year’s draft, including Smith.

PHOENIX – PGA Tour Champions points leader Steven Alker shot his second straight bogey-free round at the Charles Schwab Championship on Friday, carding a 7-under 64 to give him a one-shot lead over Padraig Harrington.

Alker made seven birdies at Phoenix Country Club to finish 13 over two rounds, putting him in front of the only other player who could qualify for the Schwab Trophy. Harrington shot 64 and was 12 under, but Alker needs to finish outside the top five to win the PGA Tour Championship this season.

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Retief Goosen shot 64 and shot 65 to tie for third with Brian Gay at 10 under.

Bernhard Langer closed out with a bogey 69 to shoot the reachable par-5 18th. He is 7 under 69 in his bid to match Halle Irwin’s top tour record of 45.

Alker had to make a 15-footer on No. 17 to maintain a bogey-free 65 to take the lead in the opening round, but he spent most of a balmy Friday afternoon hitting fairways and greens in the desert.

The 51-year-old New Zealander opened the second round with consecutive birdies and added two more to go 4-under 32. Tee shot on par 3 between narrow pin and bunker.


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