The PGA Championship will cap attendance at 10,000 spectators per round when it plays The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina in May. The move to play with limited spectator capacity because of coronavirus concerns was made in coordination with the state of South Carolina, area medical authorities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were an estimated 30,000 people per day when Rory McIlroy won the 2012 event on Kiawah Island.
No. 2 Baylor men are 18-0
Adam Flagler scored a season-high 22 points, Jared Butler had 15 of his 18 points after halftime and the No. 2 Baylor men finally overcame the rust of a three-week break and Iowa State for a 77-72 victory at Waco, Texas, making the Bears 18-0 for the first time in school history . . . Mike McGuirl scored 19 points, hitting three straight threes in the final minutes, and Kansas State took down No. 7 Oklahoma, 62-57, at Manhattan, Kan. The Sooners (14-6, 9-5 Big 12) led by 6 with three minutes to play before McGuirl took over. Those 3-pointers gave Kansas State a 3-point lead. Austin Reaves missed a three in the final seconds as the Wildcats (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) won their second straight and first at home in Big 12 play this season . . . Caleb Daniels scored 17 points, and Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels each had 14 to lead No. 8 Villanova (15-3, 10-2 Big East) to an 81-58 win over St. John’s at Villanova, Pa. . . . Blake Francis had 20 points as Richmond topped UMass, 79-65, at Richmond, Va. Dyondre Dominguez had 15 points for the Minutemen (7-5, 6-3). T.J. Weeks Jr. added 14 points and Javohn Garcia had 10.
Pau Gasol returning to play for FC Barcelona
Pau Gasol is going home, announcing Tuesday he will sign to play with FC Barcelona again and rejoin the franchise with which he started his professional basketball career more than 20 years ago. Gasol is a six-time NBA All-Star, winning a pair of championships with the Lakers. The 40-year-old who was born in Barcelona last appeared in the NBA March 10, 2019, for Milwaukee.
Andy Murray swept in first match since October
Andy Murray lost in straight sets to No. 83-ranked Egor Gerasimov at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in the former No. 1′s first ATP Tour match since October. Murray’s lack of match fitness was apparent as he was beaten, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1, by the big-serving Belarusian in one hour and 44 minutes in the first round of the indoor hard-court event in Montpellier. Murray tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before he was due to board a charter flight to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open last month. He was forced to withdrew from the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, saying he could not figure out a workable quarantine that would allow him to compete amid the pandemic. The British player is currently ranked 121st as he works his way back from hip issues that led to two operations.
Blues get more bad injury news
The banged-up St. Louis Blues got more bad injury news with word defenseman Carl Gunnarsson won’t play again this season and forward Ivan Barbashev is out at least six weeks. Gunnarsson injured his right knee when he got tangled up with Kings forward Gabe Vilardi midway through a 3-0 loss to Los Angeles on Monday night. Barbashev had surgery on his left ankle Tuesday morning and will be re-evaluated in early April. St. Louis was already without top winger Vladimir Tarasenko, forwards Jaden Schwartz, Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak, and No. 1 defenseman Colton Parayko. The additional injuries to Gunnarsson and Barbashev will further test the Blues’ depth.
Fifth fatality at Golden Gate
A 3-year-old filly died Tuesday during training at Golden Gate Fields, making it the fifth thoroughbred fatality at the Northern California racetrack this year. Okoye’s death was listed as an accident on the California Horse Racing Board’s website. She was trained by Isidro Tamayo and finished fourth in her most recent race on Feb. 5. She was winless in five career starts and had earnings of $16,080. A 4-year-old gelding and a 5-year-old mare died in training incidents last weekend at the track. The gelding named Sweet Boy died suddenly on Saturday, according to the CHRB. Sweet Boy was trained and co-owned by Timothy Bellasis. The gelding had four wins in eight career starts and earnings of $43,971. Sweet Boy had not raced since Feb. 28, 2020, when he won at Golden Gate. My Three Kids died Sunday, according to the racing board. The mare was trained by Andreas Psarras. She had one win in 14 career starts and earnings of $14,908. She finished second in her last race on Feb. 6 at Golden Gate.