Tiger vs. Phil this weekend and other sports notes

The golf match in which Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will face off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady takes place this Sunday at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.The Match: Champions for Charity, in which the golf pros and NFL quarterbacks will team up, will air beginning at 3 p.m. ET on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN. Money that's raised will go to coronavirus relief. 

Also... An ESPN series out next year will tell the story of Tom Brady's journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, six of which they won. The nine-episode series, called,The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady, will feature a look from Brady's perspective. Brady, who's won more Super Bowls than anyone else, said, "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." 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's championship ring from Super Bowl 51 was auctioned last night (May 21st) for $1.025 million, with the money to go to the All in Challenge and its mission to feed those in need during the pandemic. There were a total of 35 bids for the ring over the past 12 days. The winning bidder, who wasn't identified, also gets a personal visit with Kraft at his Gillette Stadium office. In Super Bowl 51 in February 2017, the Patriots came back from being down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter to win 34-28. 

The NHL Players’ Association's executive board is voting on a proposal to return to play from the coronavirus suspension with a 24-team playoff format, according to media reports last night (May 21st). Under the plan, the top four teams in each of the Eastern and Western Conferences would play each other for seeding, while the other 16 teams would compete in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 teams to play for the Stanley Cup. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said this week that the league was looking at eight or nine locations to serve as hub cities to resume the season.

Boxing is set to return from its coronavirus shutdown, with promoter Bob Arum saying Thursday (May 21st) that he's planning a card of five fights on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A second fight card will be held two nights later. ESPN will air both, beginning twice weekly shows at the MGM in June and July. There will be no fans in attendance, and Arum said the fighters and all personnel will be tested for the coronavirus at least twice during fight week. The Nevada Athletic Commission must still approve the fights. Arum wouldn't say who'd be fighting on June 9th, saying ESPN will make the announcement after the fights are approved. 

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