The 120th U.S. Open airs live on NBC, GOLF Channel and Peacock with nearly 45 hours of live tournament coverage from Winged Foot Golf Club starting Thursday.
NBC Sports airs the U.S. Open for the first time since its 20-year run from 1995-2014. The USGA announced in June that the media rights for its championships transferred to NBC Universal through 2026, renewing a partnership that began in 1954 with the first U.S. Open to air on TV.
The field includes 48 of the top 50 male golfers in the world, led by No. 1 Dustin Johnson and including 15-time major champion Tiger Woods.
Primary live coverage will be supplemented by alternate feeds of featured groups, featured holes, aU.S. Open 360 and a U.S. Open pop-up channel on Peacock. More details are here.
There are Olympic connections: the 2020 and 2021 U.S. Opens are Olympic qualifying tournaments, where world ranking points go into determining the 60-player field for the Tokyo Games. The field will be taken from the Official World Golf Ranking immediately after the 2021 U.S. Open.
Longtime Olympic fans will recognize the musical refrain synonymous with NBC’s U.S. Open broadcasts. Yanni‘s “In Celebration of Man” was first used with the intro to the 1992 Barcelona Games preview show.
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2020 U.S. Open Golf TV, Live Stream Schedule
|Thursday||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Round 1||GOLF Channel | STREAM|
|2-5 p.m.||NBC | STREAM|
|5-7 p.m.||Peacock | STREAM|
|Friday||7:30-9:30 a.m.||Round 2||Peacock | STREAM|
|9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.||GOLF Channel | STREAM|
|4-7 p.m.||NBC | STREAM|
|Saturday||9-11 a.m.||Round 3||Peacock | STREAM|
|11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.||NBC | STREAM|
|Sunday||8-10 a.m.||Round 4||Peacock | STREAM|
|10 a.m.-12 p.m.||GOLF Channel | STREAM|
|12-6 p.m.||NBC | STREAM|
2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot TV, live stream schedule originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Stephen A. Smith begs Seahawks to beat Cowboys to shut fans up
Stephen A. Smith begs Seahawks to beat Cowboys to shut fans up originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
If there is one thing we know about ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, is his pure and unfiltered hatred of “America’s Team,’ the Dallas Cowboys.
The hate stems from actually getting dumped from a former girlfriend because Tony Dorsett rushed for only 58 yards in a playoff loss.
His first love broke his heart, and he hasn’t looked back since.
He even goes as far as, when the show is in Dallas, mock the fans right in front of their faces.
As the new season is underway, Smith is back at it with wanting the Cowboys to lose every single week.
For this week, the Seattle Seahawks are up to bat and Smith is almost begging the team to win this week so the Cowboy fans will leave him alone.
The 12th man might not be there, but Smith says he has their backs.
“Your boy, Stephen A, is asking you to come through,” Smith continues. “Russell Wilson! D.K. Metcalf! Jamal Adams! I need y’all to shut them damn Cowboys fans up! Please!”
With how the Cowboys came back from a 20-point deficit in the last two quarters against the Atlanta Falcons to win, you can only imagine the amount of backlash Smith got from Cowboys fans.
“Do not put through this noise for two consecutive weeks,” Smith said. “Please! Pretty please with sugar on top!
If the messages are that bad, Smith is looking for Russell Wilson to ‘cook’ the Cowboys this Sunday and continue to play the way he is playing like he has been for the first two games.
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Tom Thibodeau sees potential in Knicks guards Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr.
If you want to know how Tom Thibodeau will evaluate the Knicks’ current players, he may have offered a window into his thinking on Friday.
The first-year Knicks coach was asked about the challenge of developing young, unproven players.
“Obviously, player development is critical,” Thibodeau said. “But also, you can’t lose sight of the team development. So it’s not only the challenge of the player bringing the best out of himself but also how does he bring the best out of the team? And the team has to be very high. It’s got to be at the top of the checklist. Winning is the most important thing. That’s why you’re here. And so how does everyone fit together and how do you bring the best out of each other?
“So that’s an important thing that we’re studying: How hard to do people work? Do they play for each other? Those are big factors in winning. Do they know what to shoot? Do they know when to pass? And we see that. We see what wins in the playoffs. When you begin, you have to think about the end and what’s going to be necessary if ultimately you do become a playoff team. And so it starts with your fundamentals and that’s where we are.”
The Knicks have had three team practices in their bubble. They also had individual workouts earlier this month. Thibodeau hasn’t had much time to work with his players.
Here’s what he said on Friday when asked about Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina:
“I’m getting to know both guys. I like what they’ve done so far. They got to continue to work,” Thibodeau said. “There’s oftentimes ups and downs for young players there’s, you know — there’s a learning curve they have to go through.
“Some experiences will be better than others. They both have had some good moments in the league. You want to build a consistency. And how do you get there? You have to do it through your work, you have to learn from the experiences and you have to be disciplined. And so, hopefully we can get there this is a very important offseason for both players.”
Ntilikina and Smith Jr. are entering the fourth and final years of their rookie contracts. Assuming neither player is traded in the offseason, the Knicks will have the full 2020-21 season to evaluate the guards and decide on their future with the club. Both players will be restricted free agents in the 2021 offseason.
Thibodeau ‘consumed’ with the job
Thibodeau is known for his work ethic.
He indirectly referenced that approach when he was asked about his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
“Minnesota was Minnesota, and now there’s a new chapter — it’s New York,” Thibodeau said. “And that’s really what I think about, you know, all the time. It’s all consuming. How can we get better? How can we improve? How do we bring the best out of the group? So that’s exciting. It’s challenging. I’m with a great group of people that that I work with, so I’m looking forward to this challenge.”
Thibodeau said on ESPN’s The Woj Pod over the summer that he had no interest in being a team president again, a role that he had in Minnesota. You can expect that Thibodeau will still have a role in personnel decisions in New York. He is close with team president Leon Rose and Rose’s top advisor, William ‘World Wide Wes’ Wesley.
“I think the important thing for me is to just be able to have a voice,” Thibodeau said when asked about having input on roster decisions. “I’ve known Leon and Wes for a long time, so they’ve asked my opinion on a number of things. Doesn’t mean that they’re always going to do what I ask them to do, but I think there’s a trust factor there so I do think that’s important.”
Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets ‘like a Game 7’
When the time came for the Lakers to finish off an opponent in the Western Conference playoffs, they wasted little time in disposing of the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.
That time has arrived again for the Lakers.
They have a 3-1 lead over Denver and the Lakers can end the Nuggets’ season with a win in Game 5 on Saturday night at AdventHealth Arena on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Lakers are 2-0 in close-out games in the playoffs, having beaten the Trail Blazers and Rockets 4-1 after dropping the series opener.
“Our group’s demeanor in all of these playoff games has been to treat everyone like a must-win,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said via videoconference after practice Friday. “I would say that same mindset has applied to the close-out games we had against Houston and Portland, and we know those are always the most difficult wins to get in a series, and we expect this to be no different.”
Conversely, the Nuggets have been in this hole twice before and advanced. They were down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz in the first round and to the Clippers in the second round, and the Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to overcome the deficit twice in one postseason.
“People out there probably think this is exactly where we want them. It’s not,” Denver coach Michael Malone said in a videoconference call. “We would much rather be up 3-1, but it is what it is. We put ourselves in this position. Our team has shown tremendous resiliency and grit in getting out of these before. I have no doubt that tomorrow night we’ll bring that same fight to the game and hopefully we can keep this series alive.”
If the Lakers win, they will reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
They’ll have to play their best knowing the Nuggets won’t give in.
“They’re going to give us their best shot,” Lakers center Dwight Howard said during his media session. “They’re not going to let up. They’re a really good team, very well coached. We understand that. We’re one step closer to our dream, so we’re not going to take our foot off the gas. I think we’re going to bring more intensity than we brought before. We have a well-experienced group of guys on our team, even coaches. We understand how important this series is and this game is, and that we should treat it like a Game 7 with our intensity and our effort, and just play as hard as we can.”
The Lakers also have two injured stars. Anthony Davis suffered an ankle injury in Game 4 and LeBron James has a thigh injury
“Both are experiencing some soreness,” Vogel said, “but are good to go.”
Howard was more than good to go in starting at center for the first time in the playoffs.
It was more than his 12 points and 11 rebounds that made a difference in Game 4. It was his defense on Denver center Nikola Jokic. Howard played with intensity, physicality, effort and determination.
“Just try to go in and be a star in my role,” Howard said. “Play great defense, get as many rebounds as I can, control the paint, and make sure to take pressure off the rest of the guys on the floor on the defensive end by just being active, communicating and making sure we get a stop every time down, or force them to one shot.”
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