Five lessons from last week:
▪ Rory McIlroy would be better off getting his kicks on a golf course.
▪ Offseasons aren’t designed to churn out juicy rumors about well known college coaches, it just seems that way.
▪ The A’s could have used All-Star Josh Donaldson this season.
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▪ A winless six-game trip can make nearly 6,000 miles seem a lot longer.
▪ Carli Lloyd can be a challenge to defend, as well as coach.