Big advantage: Why Bethpage Black has already left Ryder Cup impression

If this was any indication, get the earplugs ready for the Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black in 2024. It might have taken until the weekend for this PGA Championship to come into its own, but the New York fans were out in force and in boisterous spirits, making many players take notice for what they can expect when the biannual international matches between the United States and Europe commences here in five years. “I can’t imagine what a Ryder Cup will be like around here,” Englishman Paul Casey said after…

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Yankees got just enough on ugly day for patchwork bullpen

It was patchwork, but it was good enough work by opener Chad Green and three other Yankees pitchers. The Yankees’ offense helped make sure of that, but on a day when they were short in the bullpen, an unlikely lineup of Green, Nestor Cortes Jr., Adam Ottavino and Chance Adams teamed up to throw nine innings and come out on top Sunday in a 13-5 win over the Rays. “As many runs and hits as we had, I thought the guys that did a great job were those guys in…

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Local pro’s ‘big sacrifice’ lets him live PGA Championship dream

The mission was accomplished by Rob Labritz this week. No, he didn’t win the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. But he played. And he played well enough to make the cut and play all four days. It was a memory he’ll have for a lifetime. Right before winner Brooks Koepka received the Wanamaker Trophy, Labritz was given a crystal bowl for his accomplishment. Sunday’s final round, during which he shot 72, was his 73rd competitive tournament round on the Black Course, on which he’s won three New York State Opens.…

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O-Line guru: Giants trio can restore unit’s glory days

There are three Giants a certain offensive-line guru finds intriguing, believing they have the potential to anchor the position group for years to come. They are not newcomers Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers. It is not Nate Solder, entering year No. 2 for the Giants. That is the veteran trio viewed widely as the answer to all those nagging offensive-line questions that befuddled the team for so many years. They are Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio and, yes, Chad Wheeler, youngsters believed to possess greater upside than the elders on the…

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Brooks Koepka is forcing you to care about him

Brooks Koepka showed he is human after all, which only adds to what he accomplished this weekend at Bethpage Black. If you didn’t appreciate Koepka before, you are forced to now. He said early in the week that winning major championships was easy. Well, it wasn’t easy at all Sunday afternoon; not with the Long Island winds howling and a New York gallery at full throat, chanting for the other guy to win. But through his periods of adversity on the back nine, Koepka showed he can not only dominate…

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Harold Varner experiences nightmare that is Bethpage Black

If you happened to be one of the 50,000 or so souls who packed Bethpage Black for Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship and you watched what happened to Harold Varner III on the fourth hole, surely it looked familiar to anyone who’s played the brutal golf course. Because it’s happened to you, me and everyone else who’s dared to challenge the Black. When Bethpage Black hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, its charm was as the “people’s Open,’’ a public golf course the fans can relate to…

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No one’s buying this Yankees-Rays accusation as bad blood soars

There’s been no shortage of anger between the Yankees and Rays lately when it comes to batters being hit by pitches. You can add Yandy Diaz to the list — although his claim may be a stretch. The Rays third baseman was drilled on the left wrist by Chance Adams with two outs in the seventh inning of the Yankees 13-5 win on Sunday in The Bronx. It came after the Yankees took control of the game with a seven-run sixth. Diaz initially feared his wrist was broken and said…

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Crotch shot to Yankees surprise hero now looms

Gio Urshela fouled a ball off the plate in the third inning that bounced up and hit him below the belt, sending him down to the ground for several minutes during the Yankees 13-5 win over the Rays on Sunday. He finished the at-bat and struck out and played the next three innings before being replaced for pinch-hitter Thairo Estrada in the sixth. “I think he’s OK,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “He was having a hard time running. I don’t think it’s anything too major. We were cautious because he…

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Syndergaard goes off: Mickey Callaway firing talk is ‘bulls—‘

MIAMI — Noah Syndergaard has a new rallying cry: Remember 2015. After giving his team seven strong innings Sunday in which he took the loss after allowing two earned runs against Miami, the Mets right-hander indicated he hasn’t given up on this season, despite the team’s ugly 20-25 record. “I think we have dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole,” Syndergaard said after the Mets lost 3-0 and were swept three games by the worst team in the major leagues. “Before anybody starts pressing the panic button, I…

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Team airplane joins Yankees’ long list of misfortunes

They’ll have to navigate another injury. The Yankees, home to the MLB’s second most injured-list stints (17), saw its team airplane grounded by mechanical problems Sunday, The Post’s George A. King III reported. The issues forced the club to make the three-and-a-half hour bus ride from New York to Baltimore on Sunday night for Monday’s game at Camden Yards. Last year, the Yankees had issues with their plane on three different occasions. Share this: Source

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