Phil Mickelson and other top players are withdrawing from an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour over their suspension for participating in Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf events.
Mickelson on Tuesday filed a voluntary dismissal in federal court in California. He had previously said that he was considering withdrawing from the case because LIV is suing the PGA itself. In a separate filing on Tuesday, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Ian Poulter also withdrew.
The Aug. 3 suit originally filed by 11 players called the PGA an “entrenched monopolist with a vice grip on professional golf” and said its suspension of LIV players “serves no purpose other than to cause harm to players and foreclose the entry of the first meaningful competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades.”
LIV joined the players’ suit later last month.
The Saudi Arabian-backed golf tour offers players much larger prizes than similar PGA events, but has been heavily criticized by human rights advocates as an attempt to “sportswash” the country’s image in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its military intervention in Yemen.
US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman last month rejected a request by Gooch, Swafford and Matt Jones to lift their PGA suspensions so they could participate in the FedEx Cup playoffs, saying their claims about LIV’s superior business model undercut their claims of injury.
“If LIV Golf is elite golf’s future,” what do they care “about the dust-collecting trophies of a bygone era?” Freeman said.
The judge added that she would need to see more evidence and arguments before deciding the underlying antitrust issues in the case.
LIV’s challenge to the PGA is “facially appealing,” but might have “fundamental flaws,” she said.
She has scheduled a trial for January 2024.
Germany forward Thomas Mueller on Thursday said that his country’s second successive first-round exit from the FIFA World Cup was an “absolute catastrophe,” which teammate Kai Havertz likened to “watching a horror movie.” Germany beat Costa Rica, but Spain’s defeat to Japan meant Germany finished third in Group E behind Spain, with the teams equal on four points and the positions decided only by goal difference. “It is unbelievably bitter for us because our result would have been enough,” Mueller said. “It’s a feeling of powerlessness.” Mueller was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team and was also in the side who were
Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying yesterday claimed her first victory at the season-ending Badminton World Tour (BWF) Finals, while Chou Tien-chen lost his second match in the men’s singles at the Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok. Tai on Wednesday lost in her first outing at the Badminton World Federation event against China’s He Bingjiao and was forced to work hard against home hope Busanan Ongbamrungphan yesterday, winning 22-20, 21-16 in 43 minutes. Game 1 was in the balance at 17-17 when Ongbamrungphan seemed to run out of patience in a long rally, putting a shot out of bounds from a stable position and in the
Taiwanese-American basketballer Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,400) for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, the China Basketball Association said yesterday. Lin, who plays for the Loong Lions Basketball Club, made “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities” where the team stayed on Wednesday ahead of a game, the association said. It said that “caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area.” The Chinese Communist Party is trying to crush criticism of the human cost and disruption of its “zero COVID-19” strategy, which has confined millions of people to
Taiwan’s top two badminton players, Tai Tzu-ying and Chou Tien-chen, are today to compete at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok. Tai, who is world No. 3 in women’s singles, is to compete in Group B in the eight-player draw with world No. 5 He Bingjiao of China, and world No. 7 Ratchanok Intanon and world No. 10 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand. Group A features world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, world No. 2 An Se-young of South Korea, world No. 4 Chen Yufei of China and world No. 18 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia. Tai, who has struggled at