Could 25 (UPI) — Weekend sports had been a hit in additional methods than one, with German soccer, a celeb golf match and NASCAR’s longest race getting excessive rankings whereas additionally elevating cash for COVID-19 reduction efforts.
No followers had been allowed to attend the occasions, on account of coronavirus pandemic security pointers, however tens of millions watched on TV and interacted on social media through the matchups.
Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning teamed as much as beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity Sunday at Medalist Golf Membership in Hobe Sound, Fla. The golf conflict had a purpose to lift $10 million for COVID-19 reduction funds, however doubled that quantity with $20 million in donations.
A short rain delay pushed the beginning time of the occasion again 45 minutes. Woods and Manning held off Mickelson and Brady down the stretch and carded a 1-up victory within the charity occasion. Manning and Woods had been dominant early on, whereas Brady struggled to maintain his drives straight. Banter between Brady and Manning — longtime NFL rivals — caught the eye of fellow athletes and followers on social media.
PGA Tour star Brooks Koepka jabbed Brady for his struggles on the course and even donated $100,000 to the occasion after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback holed a protracted birdie.
“Congrats to Tiger Woods and Peyton for a tough fought victory and because of Phil Mickelson for teaching your boy and maintaining us in it,” Brady tweeted after the match. “Now … again to my day job.”
Bundesliga stays a success
Fox Sports Government Vice President Michael Mulvihill mentioned Saturday’s Bundesliga soccer video games had a viewership drop of Eight % in comparison with the primary weekend the league returned from a coronavirus suspension.
However the numbers additionally confirmed that People returned to look at the video games, with a 92 % retention ranking for viewership. The viewership for Saturday’s two matches was up 450 % in comparison with viewership of Bundesliga video games earlier than the league suspended play in March.
Borussia Dortmund 2, VfL Wolfsburg 0
Bayer Leverkusen 3, Borussia Monchengladbach 1
Werder Bremen 1, Freiburg 0
Paderborn 1, Hoffenheim 1
Bayern Munich 5, Eintracht Frankfurt 2
Augsburg 3, Schalke 0
RB Leipzig 5, Mainz 0
FC Koln 2, Fortuna Dusseldorf 2
NASCAR’s longest race
Fox was additionally the most-watched main community on Sunday through the primetime interval, in response to the quick affiliate rankings from Nielsen Media Analysis. The 607-mile Coca-Cola 600 race was a key issue within the community’s excessive viewership.
Brad Keselowski held off Jimmie Johnson to win the Cup Sequence race. The occasion began simply after 6:30 p.m. EDT however did not finish till after midnight on account of a rain delay.
Chase Elliott completed second within the marathon competitors. Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick additionally completed within the High 5. Johnson crossed the end line second, however was later disqualified as a result of his automobile failed a post-race inspection.
Coca-Cola 600 High-10
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Chase Elliott
3. Ryan Blaney
4. Kyle Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Tyler Reddick
9. Christopher Bell
10. Chris Buescher