Golf’s Euro Tour has some interesting new rules that you might recognize from other sports.
What do you get when you cross the NBA with soccer?
Answer: Golf’s Euro Tour, which plans to implement a 40-second shot clock, issue players a yellow card for the first violation and invoke a one-stroke penalty — what, no red card? — for each subsequent one.
Which begs the question: Do Euro golfers get added time if they flop with a fake injury?
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Hold that line
Dolphins offensive-line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday after a video surfaced showing him snorting white powder off a table.
No wonder the Dolphins — with only three offensive TDs in four games — are having trouble finding the goal line.
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Subpar for the course
North Carolina avoided major NCAA sanctions because the school’s sham “paper courses” in African and Afro-American Studies were available to all students, not just jocks trying to stay eligible.
Tar Heels officials were ecstatic, but declined further comment until a tutor types up a press release for them.
Odds-on favorite to win this year’s “Pot, Meet Kettle” Award: Kentucky’s John Calipari — the only coach to lead multiple schools to vacated Final Four appearances — saying the FBI’s probe of college basketball is giving his sport a “black eye.”
Stuck in reverse
This is what you call kicking yourself: California, trailing Washington 38-7 with 1 second to play, calls time out to kick a field goal, then botches the snap — with the resulting 41-yard loss leaving the Golden Bears with minus-40 yards rushing for the game.
Whistles while you work
Know that awkward feeling one gets when a baseball closer blows a save, stays in the game and then gets credit for the win?
Meet Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw, who hauled in his first career TD catch as a pro against the Dolphins last Sunday, but only after back-to-back false-start penalties — both called on him — moved the ball from the 1 back to the 11.
Talking the talk
• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on why the Knicks sold jersey advertising patches to Squarespace: “Because Ringling Brothers is no longer an option?”
• Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., on one phrase you won’t be hearing after the Giants’ star receiver broke his ankle: “Bend it like Beckham.”
Talk about a pooch kick: The Boise State football team uses a trained dog to run onto the field and retrieve the kicking tee after kickoffs.
Can’t wait to see it celebrate a touchdown just like Odell Beckham does.
Get a whiff of this
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge struck out 16 times in 23 plate appearances in the just-completed American League Division Series.
By comparison, the Padres’ Tony Gwynn whiffed 15 times during the entire 1995 season — in 577 plate appearances.
Respecting their elders
Kentucky is set to open basketball practice, but another blue-chip recruiting class says expectations remain the same: Send those grizzled-veteran sophomores out with a championship.
He’s a cut above
Iowa State’s Joel Lanning played 13 snaps at QB, eight on special teams and 57 at linebacker — generating 60 yards of offense, forcing a fumble and recording a sack — in a 38-31 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma.
Noted Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com: “Too bad the folks who make Swiss Army knives do not offer a college-football award at the end of the season.”
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• Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, on sluggish ticket sales for the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea: “Factors include high prices, a sagging world economy, and a reluctance to buy front-row seats for a nuclear holocaust.”
• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Calgary left wing Matthew Tkachuk, whose father Keith was drafted the same year (1990) as current Flames teammate Jaromir Jagr: “In hockey years, that’s 27 teeth ago.”
• Mike Florio of NBCsports.com, on the Colts’ surprising 2-3 record: “They just might be able to tread water long enough to Andrew Luck to come back and get injured again.”
• Former late-night funnyman David Letterman, at the unveiling of Peyton Manning’s statue in Indianapolis: “By the way, if you like football trivia, so far this year Eli and Peyton have won the same number of games.”
• Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, looking on the bright side of LaMelo Ball getting home-schooled this year: “We can be guaranteed there’s no shoe company funneling money to the Ball family.”
• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Tom Brady including some recipes in his new tome: “I can’t wait for Rachel Ray’s book on how she won five Super Bowls.”
• Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com, on how the New York Giants went from 11-5 a year go to 0-5 this year: “The 2016 Giants were a flawed team with great luck; the 2017 Giants are a flawed team with terrible luck.”
• Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after ex-heavweight champ George Foreman, 68, challenged tough-guy actor Steven Seagal, 65, to a fight in Las Vegas after Seagal went off on NFL anthem protesters: “They’re calling it ‘The Geezers at Caesars.’ ”
• Comedy writer Tim Hunter, on reports that Ferrari might build an SUV: “I believe they’ve already got the slogan: ‘Never be late for a soccer game again!’ ”
• CBS’s James Corden, on VP Mike Pence’s trip to Indianapolis for an orchestrated walkout at a Colts game that cost taxpayers $250,000: “To which Puerto Rico says, ‘Hey, how is that budget coming along?’ ”
• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on the lack of gym etiquette these days: “Yesterday I saw some idiot put a water bottle where the Pringles can goes on the treadmill.”