On the fence about the Olympics since the start of his golf season, Dustin Johnson decided he won’t be going to Tokyo this summer. David Winkle, Johnson’s manager, said in a text message Monday that the FedEx Cup playoffs hold as much importance to Johnson as chasing an Olympic gold medal. “I feel certain he would choose otherwise if the timing were different, but feels he is making the best decision under the circumstances,” Winkle said. Ranked No. 5 in the world, the 35-year-old Johnson would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf, provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. Johnson was the leading American for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he decided at the last minute to withdraw because of concerns over the Zika virus. With just over three months before Olympic qualifying ends, the leading four Americans are Koepka, Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson, followed by Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods.
Knicks tab ex-agent Rose as team’s president
After spending years as one of the NBA’s most powerful agents, Leon Rose will try to turn around one of its weakest franchises, the New York Knicks, who hired Rose as their president. Rose will take over a team headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports, where he represented All-Stars such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired last month.
BC’s Guy, Soule earn All-ACC women’s honors
Boston College senior Emma Guy and sophomore Taylor Soule received All-ACC honors, marking the first BC teammates since Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy in 2010-11 to receive the accolades. Guy, a native of Penfield, N.Y., who averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and led the ACC in field goal percentage (58.8 percent), was chosen by the league’s coaches as an All-ACC first-team selection, while Soule, who averaged a team-high 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, earned honorable mention. The Eagles (18-10, 11-7 ACC) finished tied for fourth in the league and will enter the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., as the No. 6 seed and play the Miami-Clemson winner on Thursday at 8 p.m . . . South Carolina received 27 out of 30 first-place votes to remain atop the Associated Press Top 25 women’s college basketball poll. Baylor, which got two first-place votes, was second, and Oregon was No. 3 . . . Megan Walker scored 23 points as No. 5 UConn completed its seventh consecutive undefeated American Athletic Conference regular season with an 80-39 rout of visiting South Florida on Monday night. Crystal Dangerfield, Christyn Williams, and Aubrey Griffin each added 13 points for the Huskies (26-3, 16-0), who improved to 136-0 against AAC opponents, including all six conference tournaments. They open play in this season’s tournament on Saturday, in the familiar position as the top seed. Sydni Harvey had 16 points for South Florida (18-12, 10-6), which had won three straight.
Georgia Tech to sit out ACC men’s tournament
Georgia Tech withdrew its appeal of the NCAA postseason ban against its men’s basketball program and will not play in the ACC tournament. The school announced Nov. 15 it would appeal a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By accepting the postseason ban this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason in the 2020-21 season and beyond . . . After a week of upheaval among ranked teams, Kansas emerged as the first unanimous No. 1 selection of the season in this week’s AP Top 25 men’s poll. Kansas moved to No. 1 for the second time this season a week after knocking off previously top-ranked Baylor, which dropped to No. 4. Gonzaga climbed to No. 2, Dayton was No. 3, and San Diego State rounded out the top five.
Shake-up of Santa Anita brass continues
Tim Ritvo is out as chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which runs Santa Anita, where a large number of horse deaths has provoked a crisis in the sport of throughbred racing. The company said Ritvo left to “pursue new opportunities.” His departure is one of several changes that have occurred in TSG’s executive ranks. In November, TSG hired Craig Fravel as chief executive of racing, a new position. Ritvo reported to Fravel, who previously ran the Breeders’ Cup . . . The Pittsburgh Pirates said 27-year-old lefthanded pitcher Steven Brault has a strained left shoulder and will be evaluated in two weeks . . . Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones has joined the ESPN lineup. The former Braves star, 47, will work as a major league analyst, primarily on weeknight and holiday games. He’ll debut Opening Day when the Giants play at Dodger Stadium on March 26 . . . Mouad Hajji, the top administrator of the troubled governing body of Africa soccer, resigned less than one year into the job, citing personal reasons and indicating the need to return to Morocco as soon as possible. Hajji spent most of his time at CAF working with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura during her six-month spell as a special delegate to run the Cairo-based organization. An audit of CAF’s finances from 2015-19 detailed irregularities and possible fraud in accounts described as “unreliable and not trustworthy.” . . . Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was banned from soccer and all soccer-related activity until June 17 for breaking betting rules