Sports Briefs for Tuesday, June 24

Sand wins subdistrict golf tourney

John Sand of Hoquiam put on a late rush to win his age group in the season’s first Washington Junior Golf Association subdeistrict tournament Monday at the Tacoma Golf &Country Club.

Birdieing four of his last eight holes, Sand posted a 70 to finish three strokes ahead of R.J. Manke of Lakewood in the boys 14-15 age group.

The win qualified Sand for the district tournament next month at Whispering Firs Golf Course at the McChord Air Force Base.

Duncan to return for 2014-15

Tim Duncan is on board for making a run at a sixth NBA championship.

The legendary San Antonio Spurs forward has decided to exercise the option on his contract for the upcoming 2014-15 season, the team announced Monday.

Speculation had existed that the 38-year-old Duncan was considering retirement following the Spurs’ ousting of the Miami Heat in the recent NBA Finals. But according to a Yahoo! Sports report released earlier Monday, the two-time league MVP will instead revisit his playing future after next season.

Duncan, who is scheduled to earn $10.3 million in the final year of his current deal, has remained a highly effective player in the twilight of his career. The 14-time All-Star averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over 74 regular-season games in 2013-14, helping the Spurs to the franchise’s fifth NBA title since 1999.

U.S., Portugal match draws record ratings

Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the United States on a last-second goal by Varela yesterday was the most-watched broadcast of a soccer game in U.S. history.

The match broadcast on ESPN was seen in 9.6 percent of U.S. homes for an average of 18.2 million viewers, the Walt Disney Co. network said in a statement. That total topped the 18 million viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China on Disney’s ABC.

The rating also topped the previous high for a men’s soccer game in the U.S., which had been a 9.5 for the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil. The 1999 women’s final remains the highest-rated game, with an 11.4.

The U.S. was leading 2-1 on goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey when five minutes of stoppage time was added to the clock. Late in the final minute, World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to Portugal substitute Varela, who headed it past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to even the score in Manaus, Brazil. The game ended as soon as play was restarted.

World Cup games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have averaged a 2.6 rating through the first 32 matches. That’s a 44 percent increase over ratings in 2010, when the event was held in South Africa.

Sunday’s match was the most-watched non-football broadcast in ESPN’s history and it set ratings records in 18 different markets, the network said.

Daily World staff &wire reports


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