Goldschmidt is out, KPMG is doubling its purse strings, and golf is a young trend

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is not in the lineup for the game against the Milwaukee Brewers because manager Oliver Marmol has described it as a back strain. Marmol was optimistic that this would only be a one-day problem. The Cardinals traded Goldschmidt from first base to designated hitter just before Monday’s game to try to keep the six-time All-Star off his feet as much as possible. Goldschmidt was voted NL Player of the Week today. He leads the NL in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS.

UNDATED (AP) – The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship doubles the size of their purse to $9 million. It’s another boost for women’s football, taking prize money for the five majors to nearly triple what it was a decade ago. It’s also a 300% increase over the 2014 Women’s PGA Championship, which was the year before KPMG and the PGA of America partnered with the LPGA Tour. The idea was to increase the prize money and awareness of the second oldest LPGA major by attending legendary courses.

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – The Saudi-backed LIV golf circuit is all about easy money. Whether there is also an easy way out remains to be clarified. There is no question that golf is young and trendy. Matt Fitzpatrick’s win at the US Open only shed light on this. For the first time in the Majors’ 162-year history, five consecutive Grand Slam events have been won by five different players under the age of 30. Ten of the top 12 players in the world are in their 20s. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth say it looks like players who join LIV Golf are admitting their best years are behind them. But some players who have joined the circuit are still in their prime, including Brooks Koepka.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James and Naomi Osaka will become teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner are starting a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with a company founded by NBA star James and Maverick Carter. Today’s announcement comes shortly after Osaka and her agent Stuart Duguid established an athlete representation agency. The 24-year-old Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion who has also reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings. Osaka recently said she would skip Wimbledon for the second straight year.

NEW YORK (AP) — The company Nielsen says the NBA Finals series between two story franchises garnered 24% more viewers than the 2021 Finals. Nearly 14 million people watched the Golden State Warriors win their fourth championship since 2015 a Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics, the franchise with the most NBA titles overall. The series as a whole averaged 12.3 million viewers, surpassing the 9.91 million viewers of the 2021 Milwaukee-Phoenix series. The first game of the Hockey Stanley Cup Finals between Colorado and Tampa Bay was rated by a 4.2 seen by millions of people.

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