Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning earned bragging rights against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in "The Match", but charity was the real winner.

It was an all-star cast for The Match: Champions for Charity – arranged to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts – as 15-time major champion Woods teamed up with two-time Super Bowl winner Manning.

Woods and Manning secured a 1up victory over Mickelson and six-time Super Bowl champion Brady in Hobe Sound, Florida on Sunday.

Mickelson and Brady made a late surge on the back nine, but Woods and Manning held on at Medalist Golf Club, where social distancing was front and centre.

More importantly, over $20million was raised to help with COVID-19 relief amid the pandemic, which has wreaked havoc globally.

Bad weather delayed the charity contest by 45 minutes but there was plenty of fun and entertainment once the players teed off, with PGA Tour star Justin Thomas and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley headlining the broadcast.

The star quartet exchanged banter, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady struggled early.

Brady did not look like the NFL's G.O.A.T with a golf club in hand, until holing out for birdie from the fairway at the par-four fifth hole in South Florida.

Team Brady and Mickelson rallied, however, the Woods-Manning pairing were not to be denied.

"It's great, the fact that we all came together and we were able to raise $20million for those that have been so severely affected," said Woods, with the PGA Tour planning to return next month after golf was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. "This is our arena. This is what we do. We couldn't imagine going out onto the field and doing what they do."

Former NFL quarterback Manning said: "I know Tom and I were kind of comparing notes and feelings to each other. To go behind the ropes in these guys' world and kind of be in the arena with them, it was a really special experience. I was not comfortable the entire time, from the first tee all the way down here."

Mickelson – a five-time major winner – added: "We fought hard. I was a little nervous, a little tight on the front nine. My man kept us in there, and the back nine he really shined. We made a run and came really close."

Is there anything Tom Brady cannot do?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar and six-time NFL Super Bowl champion holed out from the fairway in "The Match" on Sunday.

Featuring in the all-star charity contest – arranged to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts – alongside Phil Mickelson, Brady had struggled with the golf club against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

Brady, who swapped the New England Patriots for the Buccaneers via free agency in the offseason, is regarded as the greatest NFL player of all time but he looked human at Medalist Golf Club.

That was until Brady produced an unforgettable moment of magic – holing out for birdie from 100 yards at the par-four fifth hole in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Reigning Super Bowl MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, like many others, was left stunned.

"You got to be kidding!!!!! #TheMatch2," Mahomes wrote on Twitter.

Peyton Manning went one up on Tom Brady with quick-witted jibes before the first tee shot was struck ahead of "The Match".

The start of the all-star charity contest – arranged to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts – in which Manning has teamed up with Tiger Woods to face Brady and Phil Mickelson was delayed due to the wet weather in South Florida on Sunday.

When the quartet took to the range it was Manning who fired an early blow when asked who his caddie might have been if the quartet had someone to carry their bags at Medalist Golf Club.

With Tampa Bay Buccaneers new boy Brady in earshot lining up a practice shot, Manning replied to a reporter: "Do you bring Eli [Manning, his brother]? Could do that.

"Do you bring Nick Foles? Maybe."

Brady turned out and replied: "That's a cheap shot."

Manning was not finished yet, adding: "I was thinking maybe Bill Belichick ... just to see how that kind of would have worked."

Woods, wearing his famous Sunday red, and Mickelson ensured the first hole was halved after their legendary quarterback team-mates were wayward from the tee in the rain with concerns that a storm may be on the way.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has said all professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in the state starting Sunday.

Teams must follow all appropriate health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

With the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS all working on plans to play, Cuomo encouraged sports that can be held without fans in attendance to do so if the economics can be worked out. 

"Do it! Do it!" Cuomo said. "We want you up.

"We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It's a return to normalcy. 

"So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible. And we'll work with them to make sure that can happen.'' 

New York has been the hardest-hit state in the U.S. with roughly 355,000 reported cases and 29,000 deaths due to COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday in Palm Desert, California – about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles – and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Leaf, 44, was taken to Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility and was released after posting his $5,000 bond, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department’s online records.

His next court date is set for September 25.  

Leaf was third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 after throwing 34 touchdown passes for Washington State and leading the Cougars to a Rose Bowl appearance.

Leaf was selected second overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, one pick after the Indianapolis Colts picked Peyton Manning.  

Leaf’s rookie season with the Chargers was a disaster, with the Great Falls, Montana native throwing just two touchdowns to 15 interceptions in nine starts.

In 1999, Leaf underwent shoulder surgery and was suspended four games after a profanity-laced tirade directed at then-general manager Bobby Beathard.  

He played just 21 games for San Diego before bounding between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.  

Leaf’s career ended with just 25 NFL games played, throwing 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

He went to prison in 2012 for violating his Texas probation by breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs.  

Last summer, Leaf began working for ESPN as a college football analyst and has also worked for the Pac-12 Network.

The Cleveland Browns are offering two lucky fans the opportunity to help script plays in an NFL preseason game.

As part of the 'All In Challenge' – a digital fundraiser helping to feed those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic – the Browns are auctioning off the chance for two people to team up with head coach Kevin Stefanski to design the first 15 offensive plays of a preseason fixture.

One winner will be determined in an auction, with the other chosen via a raffle – the deal also including a team dinner, team meeting, leading the Browns out of the tunnel and tossing the coin on the field.

"Giving back is a core component of who we are as an organisation," Stefanski said in a statement. "With the global pandemic, it's really important we step up when there are others in need.

"Just look around at the frontline workers, the health care workers. They're stepping up right now, they're working tirelessly, they're working courageously and it's really inspired our organisation to join the All In Challenge."

On Thursday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft auctioned off his personal Super Bowl Li ring for $1.025million.

The 'All In Challenge' has raised more than $45.8m, according to its website.

 

The New York Jets have agreed a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, who will likely become the back-up to Sam Darnold.  

The deal, first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, has a base value of $1.5million but also includes up to $3m in incentives.  

The Jets spent a fourth-round pick in last month's draft on Florida International quarterback James Morgan, with journeyman David Fales and youngster Mike White still on the roster.  

Flacco is still recovering from surgery to repair a neck injury that limited him to eight games last season, his only one with the Denver Broncos.  

Flacco missed the last seven games of 2018 with the Baltimore Ravens after suffering torn ligaments in his left knee.  

The 18th overall pick out of Delaware in 2008, Flacco did not make a Pro Bowl in his 11 seasons with the Ravens but made 15 postseason starts, guiding Baltimore to the 2012 title with one of the best playoff runs in league history.  

Flacco threw multiple touchdown passes in each of the Ravens' four playoff games that season. He finished the postseason with a record-tying 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 117.2 passer rating.  

Flacco threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVII and was named the game's MVP as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.  

The Audubon, New Jersey native has 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in his career but has just 70 touchdown passes to 51 interceptions since 2015.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht says the humility of Tom Brady means the star quarterback is endearing himself to his new team-mates.

Licht also paid tribute to the influence of head coach Bruce Arians in the Bucs' ability to sign Brady after the 42-year-old left the New England Patriots in free agency.

The GM insisted he has no concerns over the win-now mindset for the Bucs having a negative impact on a roster with limited postseason experience, the team's last playoff win having come in the 2002 season.

"He didn't want to come in here and be the almighty, " Licht said about Brady in an interview with ESPN.

"He just wants to make sure that his team-mates respect him. And he's got something to prove.

"I don't have a lot of concerns on that [the urgency to win affecting the roster] right now."

Arians is eyeing a first Super Bowl title as head coach and while Brady has six with the Patriots, no team has ever won the Lombardi Trophy at homefield, an opportunity the Bucs have in the upcoming season.

Licht is confident the partnership of Arians, 67, and Brady represents "a perfect marriage" for the franchise.

"Getting Tom here, quite frankly, started with hiring Bruce last year," added Licht. "I don't know if we would be in this situation right now without Bruce Arians as our head coach. 

"And they're kind of living parallel lives right now; they've got something to prove, and they want to do it now.

"We have a head coach that, to be quite frank, isn't gonna be here for the next 15, 20 years coaching the Buccaneers.

"So I think it was actually a perfect marriage: you've got two guys that have got something to prove, they want to win, they want to win now, they've got the same mindset."

Patrick Mahomes is not due to hit the free agent market until 2022, but Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt does not have any intention of allowing that to happen.

The Chiefs exercised Mahomes' fifth-year option in April so he will not be eligible to become a free agent until 2022.

The 24-year-old is scheduled to make $2.7million this upcoming season as he enters the final original year of his four-year, $16.4m rookie contract.  

"The negotiations are something that we'll be getting into this summer," Hunt said on Thursday while participating in a Facebook Live event with Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan.  

"But what he has said and what we've said, both sides is, he wants to be a Kansas City Chief for life, and that's our mentality as well. We want him to play his entire career in Kansas City, and that's what we're going to be shooting for."

Mahomes is the first quarterback in league history to win league and Super Bowl MVP honours before his 25th birthday.

He won the 2018 MVP in his first season as a starter and joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a single season.

Mahomes helped rally the Chiefs from double-digit deficits in each of their three playoff wins this past season, including a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in February.

Robert Kraft's personal Super Bowl LI ring fetched more than $1million as the New England Patriots owner auctioned off one of his prized possessions for charity.

Kraft joined the 'All In Challenge' earlier this month – a digital fundraiser helping to feed those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bidding for the ring from New England's stunning 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 ended on Thursday.

The winner – after 35 bids – forked out $1.025m for the piece after the Patriots created history by overturning a 28-3 third-quarter deficit against the Falcons three years ago.

As part of the deal, the winner will be flown on Kraft's private plane to Gillette Stadium, where they will receive the ring from the 78-year-old in New England's trophy room.

According to the All In Challenge website, more than $45.6m has been raised.

Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald said playing NFL games without fans "wouldn't be fun" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rams are scheduled to open their 2020 NFL campaign against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on September 13.

It remains to be seen if supporters will be allowed to attend games due to the COVID-19 crisis which has wreaked havoc globally, with teams starting to return to their facilities this week.

Rams defensive tackle and six-time Pro Bowler Donald is not a fan of playing behind closed doors.

"You need fans to play a game," Donald told reporters via a videoconference on Thursday. "I don't see how you could play a game without no fans, I feel like that takes out the excitement and the fun out of the game.

"I feel like the fans is what pick you up. The fans is what makes the game exciting. The fans will give you that extra juice when you're tired and fatigued, when you make that big play and you hear 80,000 fans going crazy. That just pumps you up."

Donald added: "You practice, and practice is practice. And then you prepare to play a game and be on a big stage and play in front of a crowd.

"Just no excitement [without fans]. It wouldn't be fun to me. I don't think it would be fun to play a football game without fans."

New York Jets running back Frank Gore believes the NFL's AFC East is "wide open" following Tom Brady's move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady swapped the New England Patriots for the Buccaneers in the NFC South via free agency after a glorious 20-year run and six Super Bowl rings in Foxborough.

The Patriots have won 11 consecutive division titles – and three Super Bowl championships during that period – thanks to superstar quarterback Brady.

But Gore feels the balance of power has shifted in the AFC East, where the Jets, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are looking to dethrone the Patriots.

"It's wide open," the 37-year-old said via a videoconference call with reporters on Thursday. "Brady's gone, and it's wide open.

"You've got young quarterbacks, Sam Darnold and Josh [Allen]. I don't know what Miami is doing or whatever. I think it's wide open."

Gore is preparing for his first year with the Jets after brief spells with the Bills and Dolphins.

The five-time Pro Bowler has reunited with head coach Adam Gase following the pair's time together in Miami, while the latter's relationship with star Le'Veon Bell has dominated headlines.

Bell struggled during his first season in New York and Gase is looking to lighten the workload for the three-time Pro Bowler.

On Bell, Gore said: "I told him I need a jersey to put on my wall just because I respect his game. I respect the way he prepares himself to get ready for the season. ... He always respected me; I respected him.

"It will be fun. I've been around a bunch of talented running backs my whole career -- college, the NFL. I'm going to do whatever it takes to help him, to help the other guys and also help the team be successful."

"I'm cool," Gore added. "I'm happy to be playing this game at my age. I'm happy that this organisation is giving me an opportunity. I'm just coming in to work and help all the young guys, and show them young guys I still can play. Whenever I get my number called, I'll just try to go out and make a play for our team to be successful. I'm very excited."

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is embracing a familiar role as a seasoned mentor to star recruit Tua Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins used the fifth pick on University of Alabama QB Tagovailoa in last month's NFL Draft.

Tagovailoa arrives in Miami amid much hype and well-travelled veteran Fitzpatrick is eager to team up with the 22-year-old.

"I want to go out there and start," Fitzpatrick told reporters on Thursday in a videoconference. "I know there's a lot of forces that go into it from all different sides, so whether that happens or not, who knows?" 

Fitzpatrick still is not viewing Tagovailoa as an adversary. Though he still intends to hold on to his starting job for as long as possible, the 37-year-old is also looking to help the rookie.

It is a position Fitzpatrick has been in several times before during a nomadic 15-year-career in which he has started games for eight different teams. That experience, coupled with strong play down the stretch of last season, prompted the Dolphins to re-sign the former seventh-round pick to a two-year, $11million contract in March. 

"I've been in this situation before a little bit," said Fitzpatrick, who has tutored the likes of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in previous stops.

"I just try to go in every day and be myself and help them and help the club, try to make sure that they know and they're comfortable with telling me questions. But I'm also going to express my opinions and thoughts on plays that we're watching and the process of how I think through it, right or wrong, just to provide them some perspective. 

"I'm excited for him to be here," he said of Tagovailoa. "I loved watching him play in college and I think he's going to be an awesome addition to the team for a long time."

Fitzpatrick, who recorded a 95.9 passer rating to help Miami win three of their final five 2019 games, is also excited about a reunion with new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, his former head coach in Buffalo and offensive coordinator during a later stint with the New York Jets. 

"Chan was really the first guy who truly believed in me and gave me my shot as a starter, and I've always just wanted to prove him right and play well for him. He's a guy that allows players to play to their strengths," Fitzpatrick said.

"He's got an offense that is not very complicated to learn but is very complicated for the defenses, the way they present it to them, and he does a great job of utilising different guys' talents and putting them in a position to succeed." 

Quarterback Tom Brady and his nine trips to Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject a documentary series on ESPN, the network announced on Thursday.  

The series, titled 'The Man in the Arena', is scheduled to air in 2021.  

Each episode will focus on Brady's firsthand accounts of each of his Super Bowls appearances, reflecting on his six titles and three defeats on the biggest stage.  

"Through the series, we're defining the key moments and challenges that were seemingly insurmountable, but through hard work and perseverance, became career-defining triumphs, in both victory and defeat," Brady said in the ESPN press release.  

It is unclear if the series will address controversial topics such as the Patriots' alleged spying on opponents, Brady's involvement with deflating footballs or his relationship with the late Aaron Hernandez.  

The series will be produced by ESPN, Gotham Chopra of Religion of Sports and 199 Productions – Brady's production company. 

Brady provided the voiceover for a trailer that he and ESPN released to announce the coming documentary.  

“It's been, I mean, a complete evolution – how I just kind of kept fighting and clawing to continue to power forward,” Brady said. “You just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you keep trying to make progress. So when you look at it over 20 years, I think, 'Look how far I’ve come'." 

Brady, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons in New England, has been more private about his football relationships and time on the field than his contemporaries, despite his success.  

The news follows the success of ESPN's 'Last Dance' documentary chronicling the Chicago Bulls' championship in 1997-98, which recently finished its five-week release.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate admitted it is somewhat surreal to be teaching Tom Brady about his new team's offense.

Having won six Super Bowl rings during a glorious 20-year run with the New England Patriots, there are few, if any, quarterbacks who can match Brady's level of experience.

However, after leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers earlier in the offseason, Brady has a new system to learn and different team-mates to develop chemistry with.

Earlier this week he was practicing with some of those team-mates at a school in Tampa Bay, with Brate revealing there was something of a role reversal as Brady tries to get up to speed.

"He seemed like a really down-to-earth, great team-mate," Brate told SiriusXM.

"It's a little weird now working with him now at the beginning of his Bucs tenure because we're kind of teaching him our verbiage and it's kind of a backward way of how it's probably going to progress during the season, with him teaching us a lot about the game and how he sees things.

"Right now it's only a couple of weeks at the Bucs [for Brady] and he's trying to work out what we call stuff so we're teaching him the offense, which is a little weird."

There is at least one familiar face for Brady after ex-Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was lured out of retirement and traded to the Bucs.

Gronkowski, considered by many to be the best tight end to ever play the game, was part of three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, where he caught 79 regular-season touchdowns and amassed 7,861 receiving yards across nine seasons.

"It seems like what you see is what you get with him," Brate added of the larger-than-life Gronkowski.

"He seems like the Gronk you see in the media… that's just who Gronk is, which is great.

"I love to have a good time and joke around and I think we're going to get on really well.

"We're super-talented in the tight-end room and I'm just really excited with our group there."

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