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The Return of Sports? Top Stories for Sports and Business - May 22

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Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady hit the golf course this weekend, Dr. Fauci calls vaccine data "promising," and for the first time in four years the highest-paid female athlete is not Serena Williams. 

Here are the stories shaping sports and business on Friday, May 22.

Sports Return, Kind of

The upcoming match, a golf tournament between pro golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and NFL superstars Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, is set for Sunday, May 24.

Wood is teamed up with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is paired with Mickelson. The four-some are competing in a charity-based contest that will raise around $10 million for COVID-19 relief.

Capital One is sponsoring the event which takes place at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. 

Woods and Michelson went head to head in the original match back in 2018 with Mickelson edging out Tiger.

What’s a fun day out on the golf course without some wagers? Sports bettors can gamble on the match winner in a variety of ways. On DraftKings sportsbook, Woods and Manning are the favorites at -195. Meaning you have to risk $195 to win $100. 

Michelson and Brady are the underdogs at +165. DraftKings also has prop bets for the Match including odds for a hole in one which is set at +5,000, the leader after 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 holes and about a dozen others.

Fans can watch the action on TNT and TBS starting at 2:00 pm E.T. on Sunday.

A Coronavirus Update

Worldwide, there are over 5.1 million cases of the virus, with over 333,000 deaths. There are 1.5 million cases in the U.S., with over 95,000 deaths. In Russia, there are 326,000 cases and Brazil has over 310,000 cases. The United Kingdom has over 255,000 cases with over 36,000 deaths.

And Dr. Anthony Fauci has weighed in on Moderna’s vaccine candidate. Dr. Fauci told NPR Friday that "having looked at the data myself, it is really quite promising." He also noted, however, that full data have not been peer-reviewed.

That data will be peer-reviewed in the coming weeks, Dr. Fauci said. He also said that multiple vaccine candidates are already making doses before health officials are "completely sure that it works."

The possible vaccine has come under scrutiny in recent days following an article in STAT News where experts noted that the company only released limited data about the vaccine study results.

STAT News pointed out that while the 45 subjects in the test who received certain doses of the drug developed binding antibodies, just eight volunteers developed neutralizing antibodies, which are the kinds of antibodies you want to see in vaccine test results.

A New Highest-Paid Female Athlete Takes the Stage

Serena Williams has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for the last four years but this year there’s a new top earner. According to a Forbes report, 22-year tennis star Naomi Osaka earned 37.4 million in the last 12 months which is an all-time record for a female athlete. The Japanese tennis player shattered the previous earnings record which was set in 2015 by Maria Sharapova who earned 29.7 million.

Osaka has 5 career titles including wins at the Australian and US Open and is currently the 10th ranked female tennis player in the world.

Two of her biggest endorsement deals are with Nike and Body Armor.

Sports Illustrated's Bill Enright contributed to this report.

You can follow Katherine Ross on Twitter at @byKatherineRoss and read more about her here.

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