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Is it the year of the tiger? Tiger Woods unveils new brand in L.A. after leaving Nike

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Is it the year of the tiger? Tiger Woods unveils new brand in L.A. after leaving Nike

Tiger Woods will have a new look when he hosts and plays in the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades this week.

In a lot of ways, it will be pretty similar to his old look.

Weeks after Woods parted ways with longtime sponsor Nike, the legendary golfer famous for wearing red on Sundays has launched a new clothing and shoe brand with TaylorMade Golf.

It’s called Sun Day Red.

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“Sunday red — it’s me,” Woods said Monday during an event at Palisades Village, less than three miles away from Riviera. “It’s just become synonymous with me.”

OK, so the obvious question is why is it “Sun Day Red” instead of “Sunday Red”?

According to the TaylorMade website, there is “a simple reason” behind the three-word name.

“There is a special power in 3’s,” the company states. “Calling it Sun Day Red was a fun way for us to create something completely different and unexpected. Born from a love for being outside in the sun, the joy of playing golf during the day, and a special red being the brands power color — as soon as Sun Day Red was placed on a garment for the first time, it just looked perfect.”

A Tiger Woods Sun Day Red polo shirt is displayed Monday at Palisades Village.

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(Eric Thayer / Associated Press)

Woods will wear some of the new gear this week at the Genesis, which features a Pro-Am on Wednesday and four rounds of golf Thursday through Sunday. The 48-year-old golfer will be playing in his first PGA event since withdrawing from the Masters in April and having ankle surgery the following month.

Regular folks will have to wait a little longer for the new stuff. Men’s golf shirts, hoodies and more will be available online in the U.S. and Canada starting May 1. Eventually the brand will expand to other markets and will include shoes, as well as items for women and children.

Merchandise from Tiger Woods' new line, including a blue hat and a white one, both featuring a tiger logo

Merchandise from Tiger Woods’ Sun Day Red clothing line is displayed.

(Eric Thayer / Associated Press)

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And it won’t all just be the color red. That would be weird. Woods appeared at Monday’s event wearing a cashmere hoodie with the company’s logo just below the left shoulder.

Speaking of the logo, Woods has traded the famous Nike swoosh for a bare-bones drawing of a tiger with a very specific number of stripes — 15, one for each of the human Tiger’s major championships.

So, another obvious question is what if Woods wins more majors?

“We’re going to have to redo the trademark,” Woods said with a smile.

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Josh Donaldson, 2015 AL MVP, announces retirement from MLB after 13 seasons

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Josh Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, announced he will be retiring from MLB on Monday.

Donaldson, 38, explained why he’s hanging up his cleats after 13 years in the league. 

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“There was a time at the end of the season that I felt really good about where I was and I was going to try to give it one more go,” he said on The Mayor’s Office with former MLB first baseman Sean Casey. “But being home with the family, getting married, today is a sad but also a happy day for me. I am going to announce my retirement from the game I’ve dedicated my entire life around, and my family has. 

“It’s sad because I’ll be not able to go out there and play the game I love anymore, but it’s also a very happy time I get to be around the family and take that next chapter in life.”

Josh Donaldson #24 of the Minnesota Twins looks on and smiles during a spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins on March 11, 2020 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

Donaldson’s decline over the past two seasons was apparent, hitting .222/.308/.374 with the New York Yankees in 2022 — his first season with the team after being traded from the Minnesota Twins. Then, he hit .152/.249/.418 in 50 games between the Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers. 

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But Donaldson’s impact on the game came first with the Oakland Athletics in 2013 when he hit .301/.384/.499 with 24 homers, 37 doubles and 93 RBI in a breakout season that showed the 27-year-old as one of the best third basemen in MLB. 

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Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees singles during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2023, in New York, New York.  (New York Yankees/Getty Images)

He would earn his first All-Star appearance in the American League in 2014, but his best season was easily his first with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, winning American League MVP after driving in 123 runs with a .297/.371/.568, 41 homers and 122 runs. 

Donaldson finished top 10 in MVP voting four times in his career, which also included time with the Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves. 

While the “Bringer of Rain” was mostly known for his big leg kick that led to 279 homers and 816 RBI over his 13-year career, he was one of the smoothest third basemen in the league throughout his career. 

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Josh Donaldson (20) of the Toronto Blue Jays looks skyward as he arrives at the plate after homering in the first inning during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre May 8, 2015. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Other than his MVP, Donaldson earned two Silver Sluggers. 

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Clippers guard Russell Westbrook has surgery to repair fractured left hand

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Clippers guard Russell Westbrook had surgery Monday to repair a fractured left hand and the hope is he’ll be able to return before the playoffs start in April, a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed to The Times.

Westbrook will be reevaluated weekly to determine his status.

Westbrook was injured during the first half of the Clippers’ game against the Washington Wizards on Friday at Crypto.com Arena. He reached in from behind to try for a steal against Wizards guard Jordan Poole.

Westbrook, 35, was averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

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He appeared in the first 58 games for the Clippers before his injury.

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Enes Kanter Freedom dismisses LeBron James' milestone: 'Integrity > 40,000 points'

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Enes Kanter Freedom chided LeBron James on Sunday after the Los Angeles Lakers star surpassed 40,000 career points against the Denver Nuggets over the weekend.

Freedom, who has been a critic of James for failing to call out China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and his relationship with Nike, made a reference to the NBA star’s integrity.

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“Integrity > 40,000 points,” Freedom wrote.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He added, “A lot of child slave sweat shop supporters in these comments… but please, do talk about social justice at your convenience…”

Nike had long been accused of using sweatshops in Asia to produce the gear it sells across the globe. The company released a statement for fiscal year 2023 about forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery.

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“NIKE takes seriously and fully supports national and international efforts to end forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery,” Nike’s statement read. “NIKE’s requirements for suppliers are contained in our Code of Conduct and Code Leadership Standards. 

“The Code of Conduct lays out the required minimum standards we expect each supplier to meet in producing NIKE products and includes strict requirements around forced and child labor, excessive overtime, compensation, and freedom of association amongst other requirements.”

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Enes Kanter Freedom attends the Algemeiner 50th Anniversary J100 Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Nov. 29, 2022 in New York City. (Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Nike also described its practices to address the risk in the recruitment of workers.

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Freedom was critical of James when he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time points leader.

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“38,388 Points. 0 Morals. 0 Values. 0 Principles. 0 Empathy. 1 Bow Down to #China. Congrats @KingJames,” he wrote at the time.

James hit the 40,000-point mark with a 35-point performance against the Nuggets, but Los Angeles fell to Denver 124-114.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James smiles after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“Being the first player to do something, it’s pretty cool in this league, just knowing the history, the greats that’s come through the league and then you see some of the greats on the floor tonight, it was great to compete,” James said.

“But for me, the main thing, as always, is to win, and I hated that it had to happen in a defeat.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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