Britain's Asher-Smith, Hughes win 100-meter golds at Euros
Dina Asher-Smith celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's
100-meter final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic
stadium in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Berlin (AP) — British duo Dina
Asher-Smith and Zharnel Hughes won the 100-meter sprints at the European
Athletics Championships on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Dina Asher-Smith won
the women's race in a British record 10.85 seconds, beating home favorite
Gina Lueckenkemper (10.98) and defending champion Dafne Schippers (10.99).
Hughes ran a championship record 9.95
in the men's 100, edging compatriot Reece Prescod by one hundredth of a
second. Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey was third.
Morhad Amdouni of France won the men's
10,000, while Wojciech Nowicki and Michal Haratyk won gold for Poland in the
hammer throw and shot put, respectively.
Earlier on the first day of finals in
Berlin, Maryan Zakalnytskyy of Ukraine won the men's 50-kilometer race walk,
and world champion Ines Henriques of Portugal won the women's event.
Andujar & Gray lift Yankees over White Sox
York Yankees' Miguel Andujar hits a home run against the Chicago
White Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug.
7, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Chicago (AP) — Miguel
Andujar homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning,
Sonny Gray won in his first relief outing since 2013 and the New
York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Andujar had three hits,
including a go-ahead single in the 13th, and Giancarlo Stanton added
a two-run shot as New York won its second straight following a
Gray (9-8) pitched three
scoreless innings in his first appearance since losing his spot in
the starting rotation. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking
out four. Gray hadn't come out of the bullpen since his rookie
season with Oakland.
After Stanton's homer made it
3-1 in the 10th, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer against Zach Britton
in the bottom of the inning.
Didi Gregorius started the
13th-inning rally with a one-out walk against Luis Avilan (2-1).
After Gleyber Torres struck out, Luke Voit singled to put runners on
first and second. Andujar then singled to left, scoring Gregorius.
Abreu's homer was his 20th this
season, making him the 18th player with least 20 homers in each of
his first five seasons.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia
struck out 12 and allowed a run over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander
became the first player 38 or older with that many strikeouts in a
game since Randy Johnson on Aug. 22, 2008, according to ESPN Stats &
White Sox starter Reynaldo
Lopez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed one run and
four hits in seven innings.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the
third on a sacrifice fly by Abreu.
With one out in the fifth,
Lopez appeared to lose the no-hitter and shutout on the same pitch.
Kyle Higashioka hit a drive to center that looked destined for the
bleachers, but center fielder Adam Engel ran back and reached well
over the wall to bring it back.
It was the second straight
night Engel has taken away an apparent home run. On Monday, he
robbed Greg Bird of a potential three-run shot when he made a
leaping catch in the fourth inning.
Aaron Hicks broke up the
no-hitter with a leadoff double in the sixth.
Andujar's homer leading off the
seventh tied it at 1.
Kroenke set for full ownership of Arsenal after Usmanov deal
Arsenal FC majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is shown in this file
photo dated Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
London (AP) — American
sports magnate Stan Kroenke will take full ownership of Arsenal
after winning a power struggle with a rival billionaire by securing
a deal valuing the English Premier League club at 1.8 billion
Russian businessman Alisher
Usmanov, who was denied a place on the Arsenal board by Kroenke
despite building up his stake to 30 percent, has accepted defeat and
agreed to sell up to the majority shareholder. Kroenke, who also
owns the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, currently owns 67 percent of
Arsenal and has taken a bank loan to spend 550 million pounds on
The deal with Usmanov takes
Kroenke beyond the 90 percent threshold that allows him to mount a
mandatory bid for the remaining shares to gain 100 percent of the
United States-based investment
vehicle Kroenke Sports and Entertainment said it received an
"irrevocable undertaking" from Usamanov's Red and White Securities
to accept the offer for its 18,695 Arsenal shares as soon as
possible. KSE said the holders of the remaining 3 percent of Arsenal
will be entitled to receive 29,419.64 pounds for each share.
The main Arsenal fan group said
Kroenke mounting full control "marks a dreadful day" for the club,
which is preparing for its first season with Unai Emery as coach
after Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign ended.
"Kroenke plans to forcibly
purchase the shares held by Arsenal fans. Many of these fans are AST
members and hold their shares not for value but as custodians who
care for the future of the club," the Arsenal Supporters' Trust said
in a statement. "Kroenke's actions will neuter their voice and
Kroenke addressed annual
general meetings where he was questioned along with other directors
in front of shareholders and media. Those partially public forums
are now likely to end as Arsenal prepares to become entirely
privately owned like most of the rest of the Premier League.
Kroenke dismissed concerns of
fans who last saw the team win the Premier League in 2004 and finish
sixth last season to miss out on the Champions League.
"KSE believes moving to private
ownership will bring the benefits of a single owner better able to
move quickly in furtherance of the club's strategy and ambitions,"
Kroenke's company said. "KSE is a committed, long-term owner of the
Kroenke, who — like Usmanov —
first started amassing shares in Arsenal in 2007, succeeded in
gaining full control in 2011. Usmanov publicly questioned the lack
of investment in the squad as he was shut out of any decision-making
by Kroenke, who also owns Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.
Usmanov did not explain why he
has sold up, having mounted a full takeover bid himself last year
that Kroenke rejected, but he did express frustration at the club's
"I have decided to sell my
shares in Arsenal Football Club which could be the best football
club in the world," Usmanov said. "I wish all the best and great
success to this wonderful football club and to all those whose lives
and careers are entwined in it."
Usmanov's business empire spans
from mining assets to media. He has a majority share in VKontakte,
Russia's most popular social media network with 270 million
accounts, and other online assets. The tycoon, who started out with
a plastic bags business, also heads the International Fencing
He is divesting himself of a
significant investment in London at a time of bitter diplomatic
relations between Britain and Russia. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
did not have his British visa renewed earlier this year amid a
crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir
Putin after the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England that
London blames on Moscow.
Jordan Spieth takes another run at career Grand Slam at PGA
Jordan Spieth takes part in a news conference at the PGA
Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Bellerive Country
Club in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis (AP) — The
spotlight was downright searing when Jordan Spieth arrived at Quail
Hallow last summer, fresh off a victory at Royal Birkdale that had
put him on the precipice of the career Grand Slam.
He didn't wilt. Didn't even
Spieth just didn't win, putting
together four consistent-if-unspectacular rounds that left him tied
for 28th, well behind good buddy Justin Thomas. It was a good PGA
Championship for a player that had come to expect greatness or at
least have greatness expected of him.
But it also meant an entire
year waiting for another shot at the Slam.
"I think I was probably a
little more anxious last year, just because there was a big focus
right after winning the Open Championship," Spieth said Tuesday as
thunder boomed and rain pelted Bellerive Country Club, washing out
many practice rounds. "I was fresh, in form, going to a place where
if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise."
That noise? It's softened
considerably during the last year, and the spotlight that
accompanied him to Quail Hallow shines a little less brightly on
Spieth in St. Louis.
He's yet to win since Royal
Birkdale, the missed cuts becoming too frequent for comfort. He
looked as if he might be turning the corner at the British Open last
month when he shot 65 on Saturday to surge into contention, but a
birdie-less Sunday and final-round 76 dropped him to the wayside.
He followed that with three
rounds in the 70s at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, leaving
him a full 20 shots off the pace — and outside the top 20 for the
eighth consecutive event.
"I'm a little under the radar
this year, and I don't mind it," Spieth acknowledged, "but at the
same time, this tournament will always be circled until hopefully I
win it one day."
The 25-year-old Spieth has only
taken that one crack at joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack
Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods in completing the modern Grand
Slam. But history suggests that if he doesn't lift the Wannamaker
Trophy soon, Spieth might never accomplish the feat.
Nicklaus needed just three
tries after winning the PGA in '63 to win his first British Open,
and Player likewise needed three tries after the '65 U.S. Open to
win his first British.
Woods needed about a month
between the U.S. Open and British Open in 2000, then added the PGA a
few weeks later and the Masters the following year to hold all four
majors at the same time.
"I only had to think about it
for about a month," Woods said of the career Slam. "I had won the
U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the Open Championship was at St.
Andrews a month later, so I wasn't really asked a lot, other than,
'What would it be like to complete the career Grand Slam at St.
He certainly didn't have to
endure the questions that followed Arnold Palmer, who tried for more
than three decades to finish the Slam at the PGA, or Tom Watson, or
spent 24 years chasing it.
Or the questions that have
started to follow Rory McIlroy, who needs to win the Masters, and
Phil Mickelson, who has played the U.S. Open five times without
capturing the only major he's missing.
"Having had a few goes at it, I
think less expectations is better," McIlroy said. "Trying to take
pressure off yourself, trying to treat it like any normal week, just
trying to win the golf tournament that week, sort of put it out of
your head that what winning this golf tournament would mean in terms
of your legacy and your place in the game. So, yeah, I mean I can
probably relate a little bit."
If nothing else, Spieth should
have plenty of support this week.
His beloved grandfather, Bob
Julius, and most of his mother's side of the family was raised in
the St. Louis area. And while Gramps has been there for many of his
career-defining moments, there are many distant relatives that will
get to see him compete for the first time this week.
"It's really fun," Spieth said,
"when you get a chance to play in front of family."
It would be even more fun to
make history in front of them.
"I'm sure Jordan feels a little
bit different this week than he does the other three majors, but
that's normal," McIlroy said. "It's a big deal, but I think, once
you get out on the golf course and you start the tournament, all
you're thinking about is trying to shoot good scores and hit good
"So he's shown over the past
few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a
Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title
England's Georgia Hall kisses the trophy after winning the Women's
British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, in Lytham,
England, Sunday Aug. 5. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)
Lytham St. Annes, England
(AP) — Named in honor of a famous Masters victory, Georgia Hall
has her hands on one of the big trophies in women's golf at the age
The Englishwoman reeled in
long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a gripping final-round duel at
Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major
title on Sunday.
Hull tapped in for a bogey —
her first of the day — at the last hole to clinch a two-shot victory
over Pornanong. Hall then hugged her playing partner from Thailand
before being lifted off her feet by her caddie, father Wayne.
It was fitting that Wayne, a
former two-handicapper himself, was on the bag to experience the
biggest moment of his daughter's career.
Georgia was born during the
1996 Masters won by English golfer Nick Faldo at Augusta, Georgia.
She was named in honor of that victory, which came after Faldo
overcame a six-stroke deficit to Greg Norman in the final round.
Twenty-two years later, Hall is
the pride of English golf just like Faldo was. And the way Hall kept
her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the
stretch, there might be more major titles to come.
Her round of 5-under 67, which
included six birdies, saw her finish on 17-under 271.
"I was loving it deep down,
hitting the shots under pressure," said Hall, who barely showed any
emotions all round. "To get six birdies in the final round of a
major is not bad."
Hall, who receives a check of
$490,000, became the first English major winner since Karen Stupples
won this event in 2004, and the fourth overall along with Laura
Davies and Alison Nicholas.
She followed Stupples and
Catriona Matthew — in 2009 at Lytham — as the only British winners
of the Women's British Open since it achieved major status in 2001.
Roared on under blue skies by
the large gallery desperate for a home winner, the 39th-ranked Hall
started the day a shot behind Pornanong, who led after the second
and third rounds.
From the moment Pornanong
curled in a long left-to-right putt at the second hole to answer
Hall's 15-foot birdie at the first, it had the makings of a duel in
the Lytham sun.
And a two-player race for the
year's fourth major was definitely established when both picked up a
shot at No. 4 and Pornanong followed Hall in birdying No. 6. That
regained a two-shot lead for Pornanong, who had also birdied the
par-3 fifth hole.
Hall was always chasing but was
given hope when Pornanong bogeyed No. 8 to reduce her lead to one
shot. Then, when Hall rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13,
they were tied for the first time since the first hole.
Hall took the outright lead for
the first time in the tournament after a 20-foot putt for birdie at
the 16th hole and went down the last with a three-shot lead after
Pornanong, ranked No. 97 and also seeking her first major and LPGA
title, missed a two-foot putt to make double-bogey at No. 17.
Hall played safe in
three-putting from distance in front of Royal Lytham's storied
clubhouse and celebrated her first win on the LPGA Tour. She had
never won on the Ladies European Tour, either.
"It is too good to be true,"
Hall said. "It was my goal when I was nine to win the British Open.
I am so happy.
"I just had to stay calm and
patient. It was very close up to the last two holes and I holed all
the putts today."
Ryu So-yeon of South Korea was
third on 13 under after a final-round 70.
Alvarez KO's Kovalev to win 175-pound title
Kovalev, left, of Russia, goes down for a second time after a punch
by Eleider Alvarez, of Colombia, during the seventh round of their
175-pound boxing bout Saturday, Aug. 4, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP
Atlantic City, N.J. (AP) —
Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the
Russian on his rear.
He never let up in his first
shot at the title.
After three years of waiting
for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled
on the canvas, enveloped by a victory celebration. He dropped
Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 175-pound
championship by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday
Alvarez ran his record to 24-0
(12 KOs) and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to
his corner. Alvarez got the KO at 2:45 in the seventh as the sellout
crowd of 5,642 at Etess Arena went wild for boxing's newest
"I knew it was my chance and I
wanted to take it right now," Alvarez said.
Alvarez won the WBO light
heavyweight title and ended Kovalev's latest reign atop the
division. Alvarez, who once had surgery on his right hand, found the
power in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and send him to the
canvas. Alvarez, a Colombian, pounced and pounded away at Kovalev
when he beat the 10 count and knocked him down two more times before
referee David Fields ended the fight.
"It was a two (punch) combo
that I have been throwing my whole career and we worked on it in
camp," Alvarez said. "I have always practiced that in camp and we
thought it would work in this camp."
Dmitry Bivol unanimously
outpointed Isaac Chilemba to retain the WBA version of the 175-pound
title. There had been hopes to match Kovalev (32-3-1) against Bivol
in a unification bout, perhaps later this year.
Alvarez caught Kovalev, who
hasn't been the same since consecutive defeats to Andre Ward, and
put those plans on ice. His third knockdown left Kovalev on all
fours, and he sat motionless on the canvas as Alvarez took a victory
leap into his corner. Kovalev was taken to a hospital.
Alvarez had used wins over Jean
Pascal and Lucian Bute to earn a title shot he believed was years in
"I wanted to show that I could
stay strong and do good things," Alvarez said. "His punches were not
as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight."
Bivol took it 116-112 on one
scorecard, while two others had it 120-108, in convincing victory.
"Chilemba is a good fighter and
he had champion spirit tonight," Bivol said.
Bivol, a Russian, worked the
body and caught Chilemba in the sixth with a pair of quick jabs to
the head. But he was never in a hurry to finish the fight and the
restless crowd booed when the bout stagnated in the eighth round.
Chilemba, with former
four-class champion Roy Jones Jr. in his corner, hung tight and kept
the fight from completely getting away from him. He failed to throw
the power punches in the later rounds he needed for a knockout to
win the fight
Kovalev walked through the
arena to a rousing ovation about two hours before the card was set
to start on HBO, and Bivol already had his sights set on what would
have been the biggest fight of his career.
"If the fans want that fight,
it will happen," the 27-year-old Bivol said. "I just want to fight
the best fighters."
Who knows who he'll get next?
The 35-year-old Kovalev could
get a rematch — he was ahead on all three scorecards — but was dazed
in the seventh and never mounted a comeback against the right and a
It was a thrilling ending to
boxing's return to the boardwalk for the first time in four years.
Kovalev also headlined that Nov. 8, 2014 card and beat Bernard
Hopkins in a championship bout on the last major night of boxing in
The sport was flattened as the
casinos dried up — five shuttered over that span — before a recent
rebirth that included the June opening of the Hard Rock. The
legalization of sports betting in New Jersey should only help the
city land better cards.
Kovalev had a bit of a
following in New Jersey — he fought in three different AC venues in
2014 — and had rolled to a 30-0-1 record until his career as
derailed by the losses to Ward.
"I lost my mind when I started
to get famous," Ward said this week.
Now, he lost his title.
Kovalev was originally slated
to fight Marcus Browne until legal issues with the challenger raised
concerns about moving forward with the bout.
Eleider proved quite the super
sub — and now, champion.
Thomas doesn't break sweat in winning finale at Firestone
Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the
final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at
Firestone Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 5, in Akron, Ohio. (AP
Akron, Ohio (AP) —
Nervous at the start, Justin Thomas was in full control at the
Bridgestone Invitational to the end. He had a four-shot lead and
faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would only
determine his margin of victory.
And then he nearly lost it.
He marked his ball, turned
toward the back of the green and saw his grandparents, Paul and
Phyllis Thomas, who had never seen him win since his joined the PGA
Paul Thomas is a career club
pro who played himself at Firestone in the 1960 PGA Championship.
His grandmother is one of his biggest supporters who navigated her
way around the hills of Firestone using a walker in 90-degree heat.
Thomas bowed his head to
collect his emotions, which were stronger than when he won the PGA
Championship last summer.
"I just got a huge knot in my
throat and I just had to put my head down," he said after closing
with a 1-under 69 for his first World Golf Championship title. "I've
never gotten like that on the golf course before. You just don't
know if they're ever going to see me win if I don't win here. So it
was pretty cool to get it done."
They saw a one-man show Sunday
that sent Thomas to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis with high
hopes of joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the
PGA Championship in stroke play.
Playing in the final group with
Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas never let anyone closer than
two shots of the lead. He opened made only two birdies and left the
mistakes to everyone with range of him. McIlroy finished the front
nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered. Ian Poulter
started three shots behind and shot 74. Jason Day made a run with
three straight birdies to start the back nine, only to play the
final six holes in 5-over par for a 73.
Tiger Woods was never in the
In the final World Golf
Championship at Firestone, on the South course where Woods set a PGA
Tour record with eight victories, he tried to end with a bang and
turned in a dud. Woods made two double bogeys and three bogeys on
the back nine and salvaged a 73 to finish 15 shots behind.
"Things could have certainly
gone better," Woods said. "But it is what it is, and on to next
Thomas could not have asked for
a better week. Winless the last five months without feeling as
though his game were in disarray, he got the result he needed ahead
of the final major of the year. He joined Dustin Johnson and Bubba
Watson as three-time winners this season.
He lost in a playoff at the
Mexico Championship. He lost in the semifinals of the Match Play. At
the Bridgestone Invitational, he became the 21st player to win a
World Golf Championship and a major.
"It was kind of one of the few
things left that I felt I needed to knock off or felt that would
have been nice to add to the resume, for sure," Thomas said. "To win
on a golf course like this, a championship golf course and always
against a very tough field, it just felt great."
Sweetest of all was seeing his
grandparents, especially the embrace after he tapped in for par to
finish at 15-under 265. Thomas turned his head and placed it
comfortably on his grandfather's shoulder.
So ended a finale at Firestone
that otherwise lacked drama. Thomas had not finished better than a
tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone. He wound
up winning the last one.
"I'm glad I finally played well
around here, just in time to leave," he said.
Firestone has held tour events
since the Rubber City Open in 1954. The World Series of Golf began
in 1962, and it became an official PGA Tour event in 1976. In many
respects, it was the precursor to the World Golf Championships by
bringing in winners from around the world.
Bridgestone shifted its title
sponsorship to the PGA Tour Champions, which will bring its Senior
Players Championship to Firestone next year. The World Golf
Championship instead will move to Memphis, Tennessee.
Kyle Stanley got within two
shots of the lead until bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes. Stanley
closed with a 68.
Johnson, the world's No. 1
player who was coming off a victory in the Canadian Open last week,
started the final round 10 shots behind and shot 29 on the front
nine. A birdie at No. 10 put him three shots behind, but that was
all he had.
Johnson bogeyed the last hole
for a 64 and shared third with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who also
had a 64.
Thomas won for the ninth time
in his career and moves to No. 2 in the world, with a shot to regain
the No. 1 ranking next week.
Dutch win 8th Women's World Cup field hockey title
Netherlands' Malou Pheninckx , right, and Ireland's Chloe Watkins
vie for the ball during the Women's Hockey World Cup final at The
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, in London, Sunday Aug. 5. (Paul
Harding/PA via AP)
London (AP) — Ireland's
first Women's World Cup field hockey final ended in defeat as the
Netherlands retained the title with an emphatic 6-0 victory on
Ireland, the second-lowest
ranked country in the tournament, were unable to produce a
fairy-tale ending at Lee Valley Hockey Center.
Goals from Lidewij Welten,
Kelly Jonker, Kitty van Male, Malou Pheninckx, Marloes Keetels and
Caia van Maasakker capped a dominant performance from the Dutch as
they won the competition for a record eighth time.
The Netherlands team hasn't
lost since the Olympic final two years ago.
This was Ireland's first World
Cup since 2002, and their previous best result was 11th in 1994.
Ranked 16th, Ireland topped a group including Olympic champions
England and were first into the quarterfinals.
Ireland began brightly but did
not manage a shot at goal until the final quarter and the
Netherlands, who lifted the trophy on home soil four years ago, soon
showed their superiority.
Welten put Alyson Annan's team
ahead in the seventh minute, turning to hit a powerful shot through
a crowded circle and past Irish goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran at the
Jonker found the bottom-left
corner to double the lead in the 19th, while superb blocks from
Irish pair Shirley McCay and Roisin Upton following penalty corners
prevented further goals.
The free-scoring Dutch, who
registered 29 goals in five matches to reach the final, put the
result beyond doubt with two quick goals in the final stages of the
Tournament top scorer Van Male
smashed in her eighth of the competition from close range and,
moments later, Pheninckx was allowed too much space to fire the ball
high into the net. Keetels later tapped home a fifth and Van
Maasakker adding another from a penalty corner.
Earlier Sunday, Spain beat
Australia 3-1 in the bronze-medal match.
Zverev beats de Minaur for 2nd consecutive Citi Open title
Alexander Zverev, of Germany, returns the ball against Alex de
Minaur, of Australia, during the men's finals in the Citi Open
tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 5, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick
Washington (AP) —
Alexander Zverev's second Citi Open title in a row is merely the
latest sign that he is separating himself from the other
up-and-coming youngsters in tennis.
That doesn't mean he is sure
that guys such as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal are worrying just
"You've got to ask them. I
don't think Roger's too concerned about it," Zverev said with a
smile. "He's somewhere in Switzerland right now, enjoying ... his
milk from his cow."
Zverev became the first man in
nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at Washington's hard-court
tuneup for the U.S. Open, overpowering Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in
the final Sunday.
Juan Martin del Potro won the
Citi Open in 2008 and 2009.
Zverev hit six aces, and never
faced a break point en route to his ninth career ATP title and third
"He hit me off the court
today," de Minaur said.
Two-time major champion
Svetlana Kuznetsova won the women's final, erasing four match points
in the second set on the way to a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory over
Donna Vekic. Kuznetsova also won the title in Washington in 2014.
Germany's Zverev is 21, and
Australia's de Minaur is 19, making for the youngest final on the
ATP World Tour since 20-year-old Rafael Nadal beat 19-year-old Novak
Djokovic at Indian Wells, California, in 2007.
"I'm sure these kind of
trophies will be in your hands very soon," Zverev told de Minaur.
Even though Sunday's finalists
are close in age, Zverev held quite an advantage in size and
He is 6-foot-6, ranked No. 3
and one of only five active players with at least three Masters
titles (the others are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray). De
Minaur is 5-foot-11, ranked 72nd and yet to win a tour-level title
of any sort.
"Sascha Zverev is the future of
pro tennis," said tournament co-founder and chairman Donald Dell,
using Zverev's nickname. "He's chasing Federer and Nadal for the No.
Zverev — who beat his older
brother, Mischa, in the third round — put on a dominant performance
on a steamy afternoon with the temperature hitting 90 degrees. The
sun was a contrast to all of the rain during the week that jumbled
the schedule and led to Andy Murray's withdrawal before facing de
Minaur in the quarterfinals.
Zverev broke de Minaur's serve
in the opening game and again to lead 4-0 after all of 15 minutes.
They would play another full hour, but the outcome seemed rather
clear from that moment.
Zverev won 26 of 29 points when
he put a first serve in, and 37 of 48 serving points in all. Of the
11 he lost, four came via double-faults. He finished the first set
with a flourish, smacking a pair of aces at 123 mph and 114 mph.
When de Minaur was serving,
meanwhile, Zverev generated 11 break points, converting three.
Zverev's booming groundstrokes
were too much to handle for de Minaur, whose body language often
told the tale of how things were going.
With both at the net early in
the second set, Zverev took the point with a crisp volley, and de
Minaur rolled his eyes. A couple of points later, de Minaur pushed a
forehand long, dropped his head and screamed at himself. After a 125
mph ace flew past, de Minaur nodded.
Zverev was far less
demonstrative, although when he struck a down-the-line forehand
passing shot to break for a 2-1 edge in the second set, he looked
toward his father in the stands and yelled, "Let's go now!" while
shaking his right fist.
Soon enough, the victory was
complete and the title defense successful, the latest step Zverev
has taken in a steady march toward the top of his sport.
Bogey-free Pornanong leads Women's British Open after 2nd 67
Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum sizes up a putt on the 15th green
during day two of the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St
Annes Golf Club in Lytham, England, Friday, Aug. 3. (Peter Byrne/PA
Lytham St. Annes, England
(AP) — Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand is standing out at the
Women's British Open for more than just her pink golf ball.
The 97th-ranked player has yet
to drop a shot in two straight rounds of 5-under 67 that will give
her a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend at the year's fourth
While first-round leader Minjee
Lee and Mamiko Higa encountered problems down the stretch at a rainy
Royal Lytham to give up two-shot leads on Friday, Pornanong played a
steady hand and put her pink ball in all the right places —
explicitly, out of the many bunkers that define the course.
The 28-year-old Thai missed a
10-foot putt for birdie in front of the clubhouse on the 18th green
but that didn't get her down. She was 10 under par overall.
"I've had a game plan,"
Pornanong said. "I try to plan every shot, every hole."
It's given her a great chance
of winning a first major title, and claiming a first victory on the
LPGA Tour. Her last win was on the Asian Tour in January 2015 and
she has only one top-10 finish all year.
Pornanong's only top-10 at a
major was a tie for seventh at the U.S. Women's Open in 2014.
She has already put some
distance between many of the big names in women's golf.
Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn was
seven shots back after rounds of 71 and 70, No. 6 Shanshan Feng
(71-71) was one stroke further back, and No. 2 Inbee Park (76-74)
missed the cut.
Only six players were inside
five shots of Pornanong. They have pedigree, though.
In a three-way share of second
place on 9 under is Lee, who was clear at 12 under before she
double-bogeyed No. 16 and dropped another shot at No. 17 to post a
Lee, the Australian at a
career-high ranking of No. 8, was runner-up on the Gullane links in
the Ladies Scottish Open last week.
Home favorite Georgia Hall (68)
was in the tie for second place along with Higa, who was leading by
two strokes on 11 under when she lost her ball in a gorse bush at
No. 17 and wound up with a double-bogey 6.
Third-ranked Park Sung-hyun,
who won the Women's PGA Championship last month, is lurking in sixth
place on 7 under after rounds of 67 and 70. Seventh-ranked Ryu
So-yeon, a two-time major champion, is on 6 under after two rounds
Brooke Henderson of Canada aced
the par-3 ninth hole on her way to a 70, which put her in a six-way
tie for eighth place on 5 under.
India pinning hopes on Kohli to win gripping test vs England
India's Ishant Sharma celebrates with teammates the dismissal of
England's Jonny Bairstow during the third day of the first test
cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham,
England, Friday, Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Birmingham, England (AP) —
India's hopes of victory in the first test against England once
again rest with captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli, a brilliant
century-maker in the first innings, is underpinning the tourists'
quest to chase down a target of 194 in what could be a tight finish
to a riveting match at Edgbaston.
India ended day three on 110-5,
still needing another 84 runs to win, with Kohli unbeaten on 43.
Dinesh Karthik was with his captain on 18.
If India were to pull off a
first victory in seven attempts at Edgbaston, it would almost
single-handedly be down to Kohli. He ran out England captain Joe
Root on the opening day, then rescued India's first innings with a
gritty knock of 149 that ended a sorry run of test scores on English
Kohli has scored exactly half
of India's runs (384) in the match. This from a player whose top
score from 10 innings in the five-test series in England in 2014 was
England began the day on 9-1,
lurched to 87-7, and then needed a first test half-century from
20-year-old swing bowler Sam Curran to get to 180 all out.
India were reduced to 78-5 —
four of the wickets coming from catches by wicketkeeper Jonny
Bairstow — but Kohli and Karthik battled to reach stumps unscathed,
with their partnership up to 32.
The last hour, played in fading
light and overcast, muggy conditions, was tense, with Kohli reining
in his shot-making, knowing how important it was to be there on
Curran's 65-ball knock of 63
was the opposite, a wonderful salvo that featured two sixes — one
coming over extra cover off paceman Ishant Sharma to bring up his
The innings was all the more
impressive because England were in such trouble when he came in,
after Sharma had taken three wickets in five balls either side of
lunch to plunge the hosts from 85-4 to 87-7.
Curran was given a standing
ovation when he was last man out, caught behind by Karthik.
"It's been a special day," said
Curran. "I had goosebumps down there in front of the fans when they
were singing 'Barmy Army'. It's going to be close tomorrow, the
first hour will be crucial, you'll win or lose the game in that
Sharma claimed 5-51 and
offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who dismissed Alastair Cook with the
last ball of day two and then removed Keaton Jennings (8) and Root
(14) early on Friday, picked up 3-59.
India started their second
innings nervously with Murali Vijay — dropped in the slips on 1 by
Dawid Malan, who also had two spills in the first innings — trapped
lbw by Stuart Broad for 6.
Shikhar Dhawan (13) nicked
Broad to make it 22-2 before Ben Stokes, Curran and Jimmy Anderson
enticed edges to remove Lokesh Rahul (13), Ajinkya Rahane (2) and
Ashwin (13) and leave India 78-5.
However, with Kohli still there
at the close, India will be confident of sealing the deal on
"I hope they don't need me, and
Virat and Dinesh will do the job," said lower-order batsman Sharma.
"The good thing is I have scored 50 in county cricket (for Sussex),
so I am just carrying that confidence."
Thomas, Fleetwood, Poulter share lead at Firestone
Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the
second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at
Firestone Country Club, Friday, Aug. 3, in Akron, Ohio. (AP
Akron, Ohio (AP) —
Nobody has a better scoring average Saturday on the PGA Tour than
Tiger Woods, and the Bridgestone Invitational would be a good time
to keep that up.
Woods might not have a choice.
Neither will Rory McIlroy,
Jason Day or anyone else wanting to keep pace.
Tommy Fleetwood took advantage
of another soft day of good scoring at Firestone with a 7-under 63.
So did PGA champion Justin Thomas, who was particularly sharp with
his putter for a 64. They shared the lead with Ian Poulter, who had
a head start with his career-low 62 and backed it up decently enough
Friday with a 67.
They all played early and
finished at 11-under 129.
No one could catch them, mainly
because there was just enough breeze to cause just enough doubt.
Even so, 45 players from the
71-man field were under par, a rarity at Firestone. Woods, whose
last victory was five years ago when he won this World Golf
Championship for a record eighth time, got within four shots of the
lead with a tee shot to 2 feet on the par-3 12th hole. He went 1
over the rest of the way for a 68, leaving him five shots behind.
Is another Saturday move in the
"I'm going to have to," Woods
said. "The golf course is playing very soft, very receptive. And
when you're able to hit 5-irons and they only roll out about a foot,
the guys are going to put up good scores. There's 40-plus guys under
par. That's never the case here at Firestone. So tomorrow is going
to be one of those days I'm going to have to go out there and post a
low one and see what happens."
Fleetwood, the runner-up at the
U.S. Open, was most pleased to see nothing higher than 4s on his
scorecard. He made it look easy, except for a few times he was
slightly out of position, and hit perhaps his best shot with a
6-iron to a back-left pin that settled 3 feet below the cup.
"My irons, I just tended to hit
exactly where we were picking the spots and I holed a few putts,"
Fleetwood said. "You've got days like that where it's going well,
and you've just got to make the most of them."
Day, who threw away a chance to
win at Firestone two years ago, did make as many as he would have
liked. He still had a 66 playing in the same group with Woods, and
joined Kyle Stanley (68) two shots behind the leaders.
McIlroy was another shot behind
after a finishing a day of frustration with two birdies. He was in
position to make birdies, especially that 380-yard drive he launched
at the 482-yard eighth hole that left him only a sand wedge in. It
came up short, rolled down a slope and left him 45 feet away. He
blasted a 319-yard drive down the middle at the 10th, only to hit
sand wedge just over the green and made bogey.
His finish began with a tee
shot on the 17th hole that landed closer to the 16th fairway. His
approach went into the front bunker, and he holed out for birdie.
Then, he stuffed one on the 18th for another short birdie at a 67.
"An adventure to say the
least," McIlroy said. "I was 1 under standing on the 17th tee and I
think if I had to finish 1 under, it would have felt like the worst
I could have shot today. So to get those two birdies on the last two
holes is obviously very nice and gets a couple closer to the lead."
Woods opened with a bogey,
bounced back with three birdies over his next four holes and looked
like he might make a move with his birdie on the 12th. Two holes
later, he faced such an awkward lie from the top collar of a bunker
that he wasn't sure how to stand or how hard to hit it. He hit it
too hard, through the green, made bogey and missed birdie chances
This is only the fourth time he
has been five shots or closer going into the weekend this year, but
there are plenty of others around him. Also five shots back were Jon
Rahm of Spain, who had a sloppy finish for a 70, Tony Finau (68) and
Players champion Webb Simpson (65).
The only regret for Thomas was
a mistake that didn't cost him as much as it could have. He was in
the rough off the tee at the par-5 16th and still had some 284 yards
to reach the green, with a pond in front. The distance wasn't an
issue, but Thomas said later that odds were against him making a
birdie, and the safer route would have been to lay up and rely on
He hit 3-wood too far right and
into the water.
"We were lucky to get
up-and-down for 6, but that was a stupid decision," Thomas.
The rest of his game,
especially with the putter, was sharp.
"It was definitely one of the
better putting days I've had in a while," Thomas said. "I just hit a
lot of quality putts. That's what's most important. I've had days
where I've missed more but putted better. ... To me, that's not as
frustrating as what I was doing yesterday — just hitting bad putts."
Ricciardo to leave Red Bull for Renault at end of F1 season
Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia waits in his car during
the third free practice session for the Hungarian Formula One Grand
Prix, at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of
Budapest, Saturday, July 28. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
Milton Keynes, England (AP)
— Daniel Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of
this Formula One season.
The Australian driver, who has
won seven races since joining Red Bull in 2014, has agreed to a
two-year deal with Renault.
Ricciardo says "it was time for
me to take on a fresh and new challenge."
Replacing Carlos Sainz,
Ricciardo will partner Nico Hulkenberg at the French manufacturer.
Ricciardo says "there is a lot
ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing
at the highest level but I have been impressed by their progression
in only two years."
The 29-year-old Ricciardo is
already familiar with Renault, whose engines have powered Red Bull's
Ricciardo is fifth in the
20-driver standings after 12 of the season's 21 races.
Defending champ Zverev edges Nishikori in DC QF; Murray out
Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts during his match against Kei
Nishikori, of Japan, in the Citi Open tennis tournament, Friday,
Aug. 3, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington (AP) —
Defending champion Alexander Zverev returned to the Citi Open
semifinals by coming back for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 7
seed Kei Nishikori at the rain-drenched tournament Friday.
Only two other men's and
women's quarterfinals were completed before all play was called off
on a wet day that also included three-time major champion Andy
The No. 1-seeded Zverev, who
beat his older brother, Mischa, in the third round, also eliminated
2015 Washington champion Nishikori at the hard-court tuneup for the
U.S. Open a year ago en route to the title.
Germany's Zverev, 21, improved
to 14-2 in his four appearances at the Citi Open.
On Saturday, he'll face
19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. The No. 10 seed Tsitsipas
beat No. 3 David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.
Tsitsipas is coming off his
first run to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament, last month
On the other half of the draw,
Murray pulled out of his quarterfinal after winning a trio of
three-setters and lamenting a schedule that had him start his latest
victory at midnight.
Murray cited fatigue when he
withdrew Friday, hours before he was supposed to face 19-year-old
Alex de Minaur, who was given a walkover into the semifinals. The
remaining men's quarterfinal between No. 16 Andrey Rublev of Russia
and unseeded Denis Kudla, who is from nearby Arlington, Virginia,
never got started because of rain and was pushed to Saturday.
In the only women's
quarterfinal that concluded, Andrea Petkovic got past No. 6 seed
Belinda Bencic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8). The other three women's matches
were moved to Saturday.
Storms earlier in the week
forced some men to play twice in one day.
Murray's third-round victory
over Marius Copil ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday, after rain
delayed the start of Thursday's action for 2½ hours. Afterward,
Murray told a small group of reporters that he "potentially" could
withdrew from the tournament.
He also announced Friday that
he was going to skip next week's Toronto Masters.
Murray is working his way back
into form after having surgery on his right hip and being sidelined
for 11 months.
"I'm exhausted after playing so
much over the last four days, having not competed on the hard courts
for 18 months," said Murray, whose three matches each lasted more
than 2½ hours. "I also need to be careful and to listen to my body
as I come back from a long-term injury."
Poulter leads at 62, with Woods 4 behind at Firestone
Poulter plays from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round
of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country
Club, Thursday, Aug. 2, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
Akron, Ohio (AP) — Ian
Poulter was annoyed upon realizing he had never finished better than
13th at Firestone, so he took a step toward doing something about it
Thursday with an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone
Tiger Woods found himself
fighting his swing. He settled for a 66.
Such was the difference of two
players with vastly different memories on the stout South course at
Woods is an eight-time winner,
already a PGA Tour record for most victories on one course. Back at
this World Golf Championship for the first time in four years, he
made a 50-foot birdie putt and two other long putts to offset some
average iron play.
It was his best opening round
of the year, and he needed it just to keep pace with everyone else
on a soft and vulnerable course that led to 45 players in the 71-man
field breaking par. The average score was 68.37, the lowest for the
opening round at Firestone since it became a WGC in 1999 and the
lowest for the first round of any PGA Tour event this season.
"I didn't quite hit it as well
as I wanted to," Woods said. "But I fought out a score today, which
Poulter is playing Firestone
for the 14th time, and he came across a sheet showing his yearly
results. At least he hasn't missed the cut, mainly because there is
no cut at these tournaments. He tied for 13th his first year, 10
shots behind. It never got any better.
"Yeah, it fires me up," Poulter
said after saving par from a bunker on his last hole for a
bogey-free round. "It's frustrating to look at. I actually thought I
had a better finish than that, so it really annoyed me. ... I wrote
them all down, they were that bad. I was like, 'Seriously, how can
you play a good golf course this many times and not really have a
result?' So not to even finish in the top 10 is pretty poor."
It's just a start, but it was a
His 62 matched the lowest
first-round score at Firestone, first set by Adam Scott in 2011, and
it was one off the course record for any round.
Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley
each had a 63, while Jon Rahm, Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay were
another shot behind. Seven players were in the group at 65, which
included Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jason Day.
Poulter missed a 10-foot putt
on No. 8, his second-to-last hole. He was in no mood to quibble.
"If you would have offered me
this at the start of the day, I would have snapped your arm for it,"
he said. "Yeah, we can be greedy and say I'd love to have holed that
putt on 8 to have tied the record. But 8 under par's a pretty decent
round for me around this golf course."
Woods seems to put together
decent scores even when he feels his game is slightly off.
"It's nice to shoot rounds like
I did at the Open and like I did today, put together rounds where I
may not feel the best, but I'm able to post a score," Woods said.
"That's how you win golf tournaments. You're not going to have your
best all four days, and it's a matter of that bad day being 2-,
3-under par instead of being 2-, 3-over par. And then everyone has
their hot days."
Woods is coming off a tie for
sixth at the British Open, where he had the lead for about 30
minutes in the middle of the final round until he fell back with a
double bogey. He took a vacation in Switzerland and showed up at
Firestone for nine holes of practice on Wednesday.
But he knows this course as
well as anyone.
"I've had so many great
memories here," Woods said. "Hopefully, I can have one more."
This is the final year for the
World Golf Championship at Firestone. It moves to Memphis,
Tennessee, next year.
McIlroy played in the group
ahead of Woods and struggled to get the ball in play over the first
half of his round. He figured it out, which he had to on a day like
"You can't find this golf
course any easier than we had it today," McIlroy said. "It's soft.
It's probably the softest I've ever seen it. ... So you needed to
take advantage of the conditions today. It looked like most of the
guys have done that, which is good."
Not all of them.
Jordan Spieth was 3 over
through 14 holes until two late birdies allowed him to salvage a 71.
Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player coming off his third
victory this year at the Canadian Open last week, could only manage
a 69. In his first start since winning the British Open, Francesco
Molinari had a 70.
Kohli mixes grit, brilliance to play starring role for India
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli follows the ball after playing a
shot during the second day of the first test cricket match between
England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday,
Aug. 2. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Birmingham, England (AP) —
Virat Kohli rode his luck before delivering a batting exhibition in
a brilliant innings of 149 to keep India in sight of England on a
gripping second day of the first test at Edgbaston on Thursday.
The India captain made England
pay dearly for dropped catches when on 21 and 51, blazing to his
22nd test century — and first in England — to end a sorry run of
scores on English soil. In fact, his total beat the combined scores
in his 10 previous innings in England from India's five-test tour in
After he was the last man out
with about 30 minutes left of the day, Kohli was given a standing
ovation around Edgbaston, with England fans also showing their
appreciation of one of cricket's box-office talents. Kohli opened
his shoulders late in his knock and finished with a total of 22
fours and a six off his penultimate ball as he successfully hogged
the strike to demonstrate his excellent game management.
Thanks to Kohli, India were
eventually dismissed for 274 — for a first-innings deficit of 13
runs — having been 59-3, 100-5 and 169-7 at various stages.
England, who started the day by
adding just two runs to their overnight 285-9, ended it by closing
on 9-1 in their second innings after offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin
bowled Alastair Cook for 0, in a virtual repeat of the opener's
The hosts lead by 22 runs with
nine second-innings wickets remaining heading into the third day.
England swing bowler Sam Curran
took three wickets in eight balls before lunch — removing Murali
Vijay (20), Lokesh Rahul (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) — to reduce
India to 59-3, before the tourists were given a testing first hour
of the afternoon session against a ball that swung around.
Two more Indian batsmen
departed, with Ben Stokes taking the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane (15)
and Dinesh Karthik (0) in consecutive overs, but Kohli just about
survived. He was dropped by Dawid Malan at first slip on 21, edged
three times short of fielders behind the wicket, then glanced
another edge through the right hand of the diving Malan when on 51.
In going past 39, he'd already
bettered his top score from the 2014 tour and soon England were on
the defensive, spreading the field. Kohli proceeded to dominate the
bowling with a variety of shots to the boundary.
As he steadily ran out of
partners, Kolhi managed to keep the strike in what proved to be a
memorable 225-ball knock before being caught by Stuart Broad off
Cook's dismissal brought about
stumps, with Keaton Jennings 5 not out.
England will hope Jos Buttler
will be able to bat on Friday after he went to the hospital during
the lunch interval for an X-ray on his left middle finger, which he
injured while fielding. The X-ray showed there was no break and
Buttler recovered sufficiently to return to field.
Minjee Lee shoots 7-under 65, leads Women's British Open
Australia's Minjee Lee gestures on the 18th green during day one of
the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in
Lytham, England, Thursday, Aug. 2. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Lytham St. Annes, England
(AP) — The big thing missing for Minjee Lee in her impressive
season is a strong performance at a major championship.
She might get it at the Women's
The No. 8-ranked Australian
shot a 7-under 65, including a right-to-left putt for eagle from 25
feet on the par-5 15th hole, to lead by one stroke after the first
round at Royal Lytham on Thursday.
Mamiko Higa was a shot behind
after a 66, while five players — Georgia Hall, Teresa Lu, Park
Sung-hyun, Lee Mi-hyang and Pornanong Phatlum — were a further
stroke back on a day that started with showers and a breeze before
Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn
bounced back from a double-bogey 6 at the second hole to shoot 71.
Second-ranked Inbee Park dropped four shots in her first five holes
in a 76.
Only a series of missed putts
stopped Lee from winning the tuneup for the fourth major of the
year, last weekend's Ladies Scottish Open on the links at Gullane
where Jutanugarn eventually prevailed by one shot.
Still, a closing 66 was another
encouraging sign for Lee. She has had one win — at the Volvik
Championship — two runner-ups and five top-10 finishes on the LPGA
Tour this season, is second on the tour's points standings, and
arrived at Lytham in a career-high No. 8 in the rankings.
After finishing 25th, 34th and
25th in the first three majors of 2018, Lee is finally in a good
position to seriously challenge for a first major title, especially
if she keeps up her impressive performance on the greens after
needing only 26 putts in the first round.
She was 3 under at the turn
after birdies at Nos. 4, 6 and 8, and reached 7-under with that
curling eagle putt at No. 15. Another birdie at the next took her
further clear, only for a bogey at the par-4 17th to spoil her card.
"I definitely holed a lot of
putts from far away, so that really helped me today," she said.
"I knew I was hitting it really
well coming into this week so I went out there and played my game,
which is all I can control. Just having fun out there was my main
Lee's best result at a major is
a tie for third at the ANA Inspiration last year.
Higa, ranked No. 51, also had
just one bogey on a course where avoiding the 206 bunkers was the
priority. That dropped shot came at the 8th hole but she recovered
with three birdies in the following six holes.
Chinese player Yu Liu made the
first charge of the day, with three straight birdies from No. 4 and
back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 moving her to 6 under and
into a two-stroke lead at the time. The 18th hole proved her undoing
after she pushed her drive into the thick rough, chipped out into a
bunker then three-putted for a triple-bogey 7.
Liu's 69 put her in a group on
3 under that also included Brooke Henderson of Canada, Moriya
Jutanugarn and two-time major winner Ryu So-yeon. Helped by a
hole-in-one at No. 9 with an 8-iron from 140 yards, England's
Florentyna Parker also shot a 69.
Michelle Wie withdrew midway
through her first round because of a right hand injury. The American
golfer was 7 over after 12 holes.
Wie, who is ranked No. 18, said
in a post on Twitter she "gave it all" but "couldn't handle the pain
Sibling rivalry: Alexander Zverev beats brother Mischa in DC
Alexander Zverev, of Germany, smiles as he hugs his brother Mischa
Zverev, foreground, after defeating him 6-3, 7-5, during the Citi
Open tennis tournament in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 2. (AP
Washington (AP) — Seems
safe to say Alexander Zverev has never hugged an opponent quite the
way he did after beating older brother Mischa 6-3, 7-5 to reach the
Citi Open quarterfinals Thursday night in their first ATP main-draw
match against each other.
Alexander, 21, is seeded No. 1
and the defending champion at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S.
Open. Mischa, who turns 31 in a few weeks, was seeded No. 15. They
had met twice before in qualifying matches, most recently in 2014,
but never during the real rounds of a tournament.
"It was just fun," Mischa said.
"That's all I can say."
The dynamics were a bit
different from a usual match. They both know the other's on-court
strengths and weaknesses so well. There wasn't much emotion from
either man. And not much cheering from spectators, who maybe had a
hard time picking which Zverev to pull for. Instead of using simply
a last name to refer to a player, the normal practice, the chair
umpire used first names, too. As in: "Game, Sascha Zverev," using
The most interaction between
the siblings came during a 15-minute rain delay in the second set,
when they exchanged a few words about whether or not play should
resume — and then when the last point arrived. Alexander hit a short
shot that Mischa chased but put into the net. Mischa continued
around to the other side and walked up to Alexander for a lengthy
They shared some words, then
walked off the court together, and Mischa grabbed Alexander by the
scruff of the neck.
This was not quite Zverev vs.
Zverev in a Wimbledon final, as they had dreamed about and pretended
to play a decade ago in their backyard. Still, it was a unique
moment, with their father, Alexander Sr. — the man who taught both
how to play tennis and coaches them to this day — sitting in a
front-row seat in a corner of the stadium.
It was by far the most
intriguing matchup on another dreary, rainy day, when play began
about 3 1/2 hours late because of a shower.
A weary-looking John Isner hit
serves in the low 90s mph and was broken twice in the opening set
during a 6-4, 7-6 (6) loss to 152nd-ranked Noah Rubin in the second
round. The No. 2-seeded Isner was coming off a title in Atlanta last
week and a semifinal run at Wimbledon last month. Isner credited
Rubin with having more energy.
Their all-American matchup was
supposed to be played Wednesday, but was postponed because of a
Rubin, whose right sneaker fell
apart during a point in the second set, was scheduled to play his
third-round match later Thursday against 16th seed Andrey Rublev.
Alex de Minaur eliminated No.
11 Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-5, and No. 10 Stefanos Tsisipas beat James
Duckworth 6-3, 6-4.
In the women's draw, Nao Hibino
withdrew before her match against No. 6 seed Belinda Bencic because
of an injured abdominal muscle. Two-time major champion Svetlana
Kuznetsova won, as did No. 7 seed Donna Vekic, who edged Fanny
Stollar 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (13).
The Zverevs' contest was the
first brother vs. brother match on tour since Gerald Melzer beat
Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals at Kitzbuhel, Austria, two years
Mischa is ranked No. 42, is a
lefty, likes to go to the net and is 6-foot-3.
Alexander is No. 3, a righty,
prefers baseline exchanges and is 6-foot-6.
What they have in common is so
While there have been some
famous sets of siblings in tennis — the Williams sisters and McEnroe
brothers come to mind immediately, of course — it is rather rare for
two people from one family to reach the highest level of any
professional sport. Consider this: When each Zverev reached the
third round at the French Open in June, they were the first pair of
brothers to make it that far in Paris in 39 years.
The Zverevs have helped each
other along the way, practicing together for years. They're also
doubles partners in Washington.
"On the practice court, when we
played, it was always serious," Alexander said. "It was never like,
'Oh, he's younger than me, so I'm just going to give him a few
points here and a few points there.' When he could, he would try to
beat me 6-0, 6-1."
Moment of magic from Kohli stops England in their tracks
England captain Joe Root is run out after a throw from India captain
Virat Kohli on day one of the First Test match at Edgbaston,
Birmingham, Wednesday Aug. 1. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Birmingham, England (AP) —
A moment of magic from Virat Kohli helped give India the upper hand
on the opening day of the first cricket test at Edgbaston on
Home team England were in
command after winning the toss in their 1,000th test match, but
captain Kohli swooped on the ball with the score on 216-3, running
out opposite number Joe Root for 80 with a direct-hit throw on the
turn from midwicket after Jonny Bairstow had called for an ambitious
Root's dismissal sparked a
collapse as England lost six wickets for 67 runs to end the day on
Behind Root as he walked back
to the pavilion, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some
fruity advice and putting his finger to his lips.
He also produced a 'bat-drop'
mime to mock a similar gesture last month from the England captain,
after he had helped clinch the one-day series in Leeds with a second
successive hundred for the hosts.
Bairstow, who had shared a
stand of 104 for the fourth wicket with Root, chopped a ball from
Umesh Yadav on to his stumps for 70 before Jos Buttler was trapped
lbw by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for nought.
Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and
Stuart Broad then also fell cheaply, leaving Sam Curran 24 not out
at stumps alongside James Anderson (0).
Curran was given a lucky
let-off when he was dropped by the diving wicketkeeper Dinesh
Karthik off Shami's penultimate ball of the day.
Ashwin was the chief destroyer
for India, taking 4-60, while fast bowler Mohammed Shami chipped in
with 2-64 on a wicket of even pace and true bounce that was good for
India's powerful top-order will
now be expected to pile on the runs when they bat.
Root was extremely disappointed
to fall 20 runs short of his 14th test century, but he achieved a
notable milestone, displacing Alastair Cook as England's quickest to
6,000 runs in this format.
Only Cook (13) fell in the
first session of the day, his front-foot defence defeated by a
perfect off-break from Ashwin as he was clean bowled in the seventh
Keaton Jennings survived on
nine when Ajinkya Rahane dived in front of Kohli in the slips, but
could not hold the edge.
The return of Shami for his
second spell did for Jennings (42) and ended a 72-run second-wicket
stand with Root in curious circumstances.
The opener pushed the ball down
into his crease and then on to his foot before it trickled back on
to the base of the stumps.
Dawid Malan then fell lbw to
Shami for eight to leave England on 112-3.
"It is an opportunity missed,"
Jennings said of England's batting display. "It was a mixed-bag day.
Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and land the ball in the right
cricket," he added of Root's run out. "It was a little bit sombre
(in the dressing room after)."
India caused a surprise at the
start by picking only one spin bowler.
"You can't say that we will
miss an extra spinner," said Ashwin. "We have to play with what we
have got, believe in the team selection and work harder, without
thinking of what you are missing."
Jutanugarn adapting to links ahead of Women's British Open
this Sunday, July 29, 2018 photo, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn putts
on the 16th green during day four of the 2018 Women's Scottish Open
at Gullane Golf Club, in East Lothian, Scotland. (Jane Barlow/PA via
Lytham & St. Annes, England
(AP) - Ariya Jutanugarn is coming round reluctantly to the
quirky nature of links golf and that makes the world's No. 1 player
an even more dangerous prospect heading into the Women's British
Open this week.
In the early stage of her
career, Jutanugarn refused to adapt to the fierce winds and
undulating fairways that define links courses, and it came at a
"I try to hit the ball so
hard," the Thai player said of her past mindset when playing links
golf, "and even when the wind blows really hard like right to left,
I'm not going to aim right. I'm just going to go at the pin and miss
like 30 yards left."
And the turning point might
have come last week at the Ladies Scottish Open.
Jolted by the "yells" of her
caddy, Jutanugarn finally started to modify her game by factoring in
the wind and playing what she described as "half shots" and "defend
shots." The result? A one-stroke win for her first ever title on a
links course, a feat she thought she'd never achieve.
It fuels her belief that she
can add another victory on the links at Royal Lytham & St. Annes
when the fourth major of the year starts on Thursday.
"I feel more comfortable," said
Jutanugarn, who won the Women's British Open in 2016 when it was
staged on a parkland course at Woburn. "I feel better. But I think
this type of golf course might not be the one that (I) say, 'Oh, I
love this one.' It might not be that way. But I'm getting better."
There has never been more depth
to the women's game — 18 different players won in the first 20
events on the LPGA Tour this season — yet it feels like the
22-year-old Jutanugarn is still standing out above the rest.
She has won three times this
season, including the U.S. Women's Open in June, and last week's
victory in Scotland put her back atop the rankings for the second
time in her career. The first time was in June 2017 and it lasted
only two weeks, as she struggled to deal with her new-found status
and went on to miss the cut at the remaining major championships
There's a widespread feeling
that Jutanugarn, now more mature and disciplined, might stay there
longer this time.
"Maybe because last year, one
of the goals I told my caddie (was) I want to be No. 1 one time in
my life. I don't care how long it be, but I want to be," she said.
"... So I think that is not the one I'm thinking about, like No. 1
or anything. So right now I feel OK."
The key this week for
Jutanugarn and the other 143 players in the field in northwest
England will be staying out of the 206 bunkers dotted around Lytham,
which is hosting the tournament for the fourth time.
Defending champion In-Kyung Kim
said it is her "favorite golf course in the entire world" despite
misery at Lytham in the past, including her first experience there
"I'm like, 'Oh, my God.' It was
true links," Kim said. "I was going into every bunker and I just
cried like crazy because I've never experienced not getting out of a
bunker. A lot of times I can get out of it, but not here."
"It's very tight golf course,"
the South Korean added, "and I think it suits my game very well. But
at the same time if I don't execute it well, then I'll get
The only member of the world's
top 20 missing this week is No. 5 Lexi Thompson, who is taking time
out to "recharge my mental batteries" after a tough 18 months that
included getting a four-stroke penalty which cost her victory at the
ANA Inspiration last year.
It deprives the United States
of its best golfer as the country seeks a first Women's British Open
champion since Mo Martin in 2014.
De Kock leads South Africa home in 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya follows
the ball after playing a shot against South Africa during the
second one-day international cricket match in Dambulla, Sri
Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Dambulla, Sri Lanka (AP) — South African opener Quinton
de Kock hit 87 to set up a comfortable four-wicket win against
Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Wednesday.
Opting to bat first after
winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 244 for eight in 50 overs, with
captain Angelo Mathews scoring an unbeaten 79.
South Africa then reached their
target with 43 deliveries to spare. Captain Faf du Plessis hammered
49 in 41 balls with 2 sixes and 3 fours, while Akila Dananjaya took
De Kock struck 13 fours and 1
six in his 78-ball innings and was named man of the match. He shared
a stand of 91 for the first wicket with Hashim Amla (43).
Earlier, Mathews combined with
Niroshan Dickwella (69) to help Sri Lanka post a respectable total
after having slipped to 56-3. The two men added 67 for the fourth
Fast bowlers Andile Phehlukwayo
and Lungi Ngidi claimed three wickets each.
Sri Lanka handed first one-day
caps to fast bowler Kasun Rajitha and left-arm spinner Prabhath
Jayasuriya, while South Africa picked an unchanged side.
South Africa lead the
five-match series 2-0. The third game is in Kandy on Sunday.
Murray edges Edmund at Citi Open; Zverev brothers to meet
Britain’s Andy Murray gestures during his match against fellow
countryman Kyle Edmund during the Citi Open tennis tournament
Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington (AP) — Andy
Murray is showing signs of returning to his old form, right down to
the return winner he delivered on the last point of his first
victory over a top-20 player in more than a year.
Murray took a more aggressive
approach as he works his way back from hip surgery and moved into
the third round at the Citi Open by beating No. 4 seed Kyle Edmund
7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4 on Wednesday.
Murray is a three-time major
champion and former No. 1 who was sidelined for 11 months because of
his right hip. He missed the second half of 2017, had an operation
in January, then returned to the tour briefly in June. One of his
three matches that month was a loss on a grass court to Edmund, the
Australian Open semifinalist who has supplanted Murray as Britain's
When they played last time,
Murray, said, "Any time Kyle was dictating the points, I wasn't
tracking enough balls down. I felt a bit slow to the balls. Today, I
was able to defend and dig up a few more shots and that made a big
There is still work to be done
by Murray, of course. He is ranked 832nd, has played only five
matches in 12 months, and needed three sets for each of his
victories in Washington's hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
Unlike in his opening match
Monday, when he felt he was too defensive, Murray made a point of
attacking more against Edmund.
"Regardless of the result, we
wanted to at least be dictating more points, trying to use my
forehand, be close to the baseline," he said. "And I think I did
that, especially in some of the important moments in the third set."
He got the measure of Edmund's
serves late, earning two break points at 4-3. Another arrived at
5-4, thanks to a defensive lob that drew a long overhead from
Edmund, followed by a double-fault. That brought match point, and
Murray pounded a cross-court backhand winner off an 83 mph second
serve, then let out a loud yell.
Also moving into the third
round was No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev, and
his next matchup is a rare one: On Thursday, he'll face his older
brother, No. 15 seed Mischa. It's their first meeting in an ATP
"It's a special day, because
not a lot of families can say two brothers played against each other
on a such a high level, in one of the biggest tournaments in the
world," said Alexander, who finished off a rain-interrupted 6-2, 6-1
win against Malek Jaziri. "Obviously, we both want to win. We won't
give each other anything."
The German siblings, who were
taught tennis by their father, paired up Wednesday night as a
Seeded players exiting the draw
included No. 5 Nick Kyrgios, who withdrew with a hip injury, along
with No. 12 Karen Khachanov and No. 14 Jeremy Chardy, who both lost.
No. 9 Denis Shapovalov defeated Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; and
No. 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Jared Donaldson 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
In the women's field, reigning
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens continued her tendency for
all-or-nothing showings at tournaments, losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the
second round to 91st-ranked Andrea Petkovic.
Stephens was seeded No. 2 at a
tournament she won in 2015 for her first WTA title. Now she'll want
to get her game going in the right direction before she begins the
defense of her first Grand Slam title on Aug. 27.
"Hopefully," Stephens said,
"some things connect in the next couple of weeks."
Her best results this season
were a runner-up finish at the French Open and a title at the Miami
Open. But take away those tournaments, and the American is 10-11 in
2018, including first-round exits at Wimbledon last month and the
Australian Open in January.
Against Petkovic, Stephens put
only 59 percent of her first serves in play and was broken four
Stephens' loss leaves the Citi
Open women's draw without either of its top two seeds; No. 1
Caroline Wozniacki withdrew Tuesday because of a leg injury.
Boyd throws 8 scoreless innings, Tigers beat Cincinnati 2-1
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd
throws to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the second inning of a
baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, July 31. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit (AP) — Matthew
Boyd allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and Niko Goodrum
homered in the fourth to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Cincinnati
Reds 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Homer Bailey (1-8) retired his
first 11 batters before Goodrum went deep for his 10th home run of
the year. The Tigers never gave up the lead. Boyd struck out seven
and walked one before being lifted after 105 pitches.
Shane Greene allowed a run in
the ninth but held on for his 22nd save in 25 chances. The game took
just 2 hours, 18 minutes.
Boyd (6-9) won his second
straight start after going seven in a row without a victory.
Bailey allowed only a hit and a
walk through the first seven innings, but the Tigers added two more
hits in the eighth, including an RBI double by Mike Gerber. Bailey
did end up with his seventh career complete game and first since
The Reds nearly took the lead
in the fourth when Phillip Ervin and Joey Votto hit consecutive
one-out doubles, but it appeared Votto's drive might be caught, so
Ervin only made it from second to third, and Cincinnati wasn't able
to get him home.
In the second, Eugenio Suarez
was thrown out at the plate by Detroit center fielder JaCoby Jones.
Suarez hit a sacrifice fly in
The Tigers improved to 2-9 in
interleague play this year, and the Reds fell to 10-4.
England choose lone spinner Rashid vs India in 1,000th test
India captain Virat Kohli listens to
questions during a media event at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England,
Tuesday July 31. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
England (AP) — England are going into their 1,000th cricket test
match with Adil Rashid as their lone frontline spinner and Jos
Buttler as vice-captain for the five-game series against India.
The first test starts Wednesday
"Looking at the surface, we've
decided we only want to go with one spinner, and that's going to be
Adil," England captain Joe Root said Tuesday.
"With the amount of
right-handers in what we think is going to be India's team, he gives
us a very attacking option."
Leg-spinner Rashid will earn
his 11th test cap — and the first on home soil. Fellow spinner Moeen
Ali misses out.
While Virat Kohli's top-ranked
India are often more comfortable with spin, the tourists have toiled
on England's greentop pitches which can offer more of a seam and
India lost the past two test
series in England in 2011 and 2014, and last won in 2007. However,
the series could be closely fought if the Twenty20 and ODI contests
in July are anything to go by.
India won the T20 series 2-1
before England rallied strongly to win the one-dayers by the same
score after losing the first ODI by eight wickets.
The selection of Rashid has
proved divisive after he signed a white-ball only deal with
Yorkshire earlier this year, with Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey
Boycott among former Yorkshire and England players critical of the
Rashid last played in a test in
December 2016 — against India.
Buttler made a surprise return
to the format earlier this summer. He is already deputy to Eoin
Morgan in white-ball cricket, and Root looks on the 27-year-old
Buttler as a possible future test captain.
"He's obviously vice-captain of
the white-ball side. He thinks extremely well about the game, and
has a huge amount of respect within the dressing room," Root said.
"Looking very long term, 5 to
10 years, I see him as someone who can really drive this team
forward — and I think it's a great opportunity for him to start
doing that now."
James Anderson has assisted
Root since the start of the last Ashes series after Ben Stokes was
dropped from the role following a late-night incident outside a
Bristol nightclub last September.
Stokes' trial — on a charge of
affray — begins on Monday and the all-rounder will miss the second
test at Lord's, which gets underway on Aug. 9.
England announced their
selection a day early. Along with Ali, Essex seamer Jamie Porter was
the other player to miss out from the 13-man squad, with Surrey
left-armer Sam Curran retained.
Kohli plans to shut out the
commentary and trust his instincts after struggling on his previous
trip to England in 2014, averaging 13.4, compared to his career
output of 53.4.
"Back in the day, when I did
not know better, these things used to bother me because I used to
read a lot," said the 29-year-old batsman. "But ... I genuinely
don't read anything ... I have no idea what's going on.
"If I waste my energy on all
these things, I'm compromising on my mindset already because when I
walk out to bat I have the bat in hand, not people who sit on the
outside who write and predict things."
India will not name their team
until Wednesday morning, but are likely to select two spinners from
Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav.
England: Alastair Cook, Keaton
Jennings, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos
Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
Murray tests hip, comes back to edge McDonald in Washington
Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns against Mackenzie McDonald
during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, July
30, in Washington. Murray won 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Washington (AP) — Andy
Murray let out one yell, then another, and violently pumped his right
fist. Quite a reaction, considering this was merely a first-round
victory over an inexperienced opponent who recently cracked the top 100
for the first time.
Still, this meant something to
Murray. It was a test of his surgically repaired hip, and he put aside a
deficit and some real rust to win his first hard-court match in nearly
1½ years, coming back at the Citi Open to edge Mackenzie McDonald of the
U.S. 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
"I enjoyed getting through that one
— obviously, you see by the celebration," Murray said after a match that
began a little past 10 p.m. Monday because of a rain delay, and ended at
12:45 a.m. Tuesday.
"It was great to get through that
one," he said, "but in terms of the actual way that I went about the
match and played the match, I wasn't that happy with it."
There were stretches when Murray
looked very much like exactly what he is at the moment: a guy working
his back from an operation in January. Particularly when he was failing
to convert any of the five match points he held while serving for the
win at 5-4 in the final set. He won on his seventh, though.
Murray is a former No. 1 who owns
two Wimbledon trophies plus another from the U.S. Open. But he's ranked
just 832nd now, on account of so much time away. He sat out the second
half of last season because of the bad hip, and then didn't compete this
year until June.
This match was only Murray's fourth
of 2018. No. 5 will come in the second round of the Citi Open against
Kyle Edmund, the man who overtook him as Britain's top-ranked man during
Murray's injury absence.
"I'll certainly have to play better
tennis," Murray said.
He pulled out of Wimbledon on July
1 because, he said at the time, it "might be a bit too soon in the
recovery process" for his hip to try to compete in best-of-five-set
Against McDonald, he said, "the
movements and stuff were fine. I chased balls down. Obviously lasted
Murray played just fine for the
opening 10 minutes, breaking for a 2-0 lead. And then his game devolved
for quite a lengthy spell into a ragged display, filled with six
double-faults — two in a row to get broken to 2-1 — and shots that
missed the mark.
The 23-year-old McDonald, a
Californian who won NCAA singles and doubles titles at UCLA, made it to
the fourth round at the All England Club this month, the first time he
had made it that far at a major tournament. That put him into the top
100, and he's now 80th.
He took six of seven games in one
stretch and was actually one point from serving for the victory, holding
a break point while already ahead by a set and 4-3 in the second.
Eventually, Murray righted himself, just before rain returned.
In other matches, Noah Rubin got
past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4, Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6
(4), 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1. Rubin now
faces No. 2 seed John Isner, Jaziri plays No. 1 seed and defending
champion Alexander Zverev, while Smyczek meets Zverev's older brother,
No. 15 seed Mischa.
In women's results, two-time major
champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kristie Ahn 6-2, 6-1, Katie Boulter
eliminated No. 5 seed Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-0, and Andrea Petkovic
defeated Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-1.
Nibali has 'successful' surgery on broken back
Vincenzo Nibali. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Milan (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali
will return to training in a few days after undergoing back surgery
following a crash in the Tour de France.
Nibali broke his 10th vertebra on
the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez on July 19 when a fan caught their
camera strap on his handlebars.
The Bahrain Merida team says its
33-year-old rider "has undergone a successful surgery" at the La
Madonnina clinic in Milan.
The statement on Tuesday adds that
the operation "consisted of the injection of biocompatible cement into
the body of the vertebra."
Nibali will be released on
Wednesday and can return to training on a static bike in a few days. He
will then resume training on the road with an eye on the Spanish Vuelta,
starting Aug. 25, as well as the World Championships road race on Sept.
Nibali won the Tour de France in
2014 and the Giro d'Italia twice, in 2013 and 2016. He won the Vuelta in
Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad
football star Neymar reacts to a tackle during the FIFA World Cup
quarter-final match against Belgium in Kazan, Russia, July 6. (AP
Sao Paulo (AP) — Neymar used a
sponsor's ad to admit he exaggerated some of his reactions after being
fouled during the World Cup in Russia. The video, published Sunday and
broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the striker accepting
criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up.
The striker scored two goals in the
tournament and was not too disappointing until his team got knocked out by
Belgium in the quarter-finals, but fans and players have spoken much more
about his theatrics on the pitch, which included dives, rolling and frequent
arguing with referees.
"You may think I exaggerate. And
sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch," Neymar
said in the ad sponsored by personal care products maker Gillette.
Since Brazil's elimination, Neymar only
spoke about the defeat in Russia via Instagram. In the ad he tried to
explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered
even more criticism of his behavior at home.
"When I leave without giving interviews
it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still
haven't learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I
am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated,"
the player said.
Neymar said his football style is akin
to a boy's that "sometime charms the world, sometimes irritates the whole
world." ''I fight to keep that boy alive inside of me, but not on the
pitch," he said.
"You may think I fall too much," Neymar
continued. "But the truth is I did not fall. I fell apart," he said, in a
reference to Brazil's quarter-finals elimination against Belgium. "That
hurts more than any step on an operated ankle."
The piece ends with Neymar's pledge to
be a new man less than a month after Brazil was knocked out of the World
"I took long to accept your criticism.
I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man," Neymar
said. "I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up."
Neymar ends his ad asking fans to make
"You can keep casting stones. Or throw
these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with
me," he said.
On July 20, at his first public
appearance after the World Cup, Neymar did not talk about his exaggerations.
Instead, he said he wasn't upset with critics that made fun of his theatrics
Bad news for Vettel is Hamilton gets stronger after F1 break
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures after winning the
Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring racetrack in
Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Sunday, July 29. (AP Photo/Laszlo
Budapest, Hungary (AP) — The
bad news for Sebastian Vettel is that Lewis Hamilton usually gets
stronger after Formula One's summer break.
Hamilton leads second-placed Vettel
by 24 points after winning the past two races, and the German driver
needs little reminding his British rival turned around a 14-point
deficit at the same stage last year to take the title by 46.
"The second half is always
exciting, it's always intense. It gets a bit better on our side," said
Hamilton, who won Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position.
"We need to apply more pressure in
the second half. This is where we need to turn up the heat."
Two weeks ago, he and his Mercedes
team were trailing Vettel and Ferrari in the drivers' and constructors'
Ferrari was lapping up the
compliments about having the quickest car on the circuit and Vettel
seemed in the ascendancy after taking a superb pole in Germany.
With Hamilton 14th on the grid,
because of a hydraulic failure , questions were being asked about the
But thanks to his exquisite
driving, and mistakes by Vettel and his team, the situation has turned
back in favor of Mercedes.
For all of Ferrari's new-found
speed — estimated at times to be nearly 0.5 seconds quicker than
Mercedes on some sectors of the track — Vettel remains prone to lapses
in concentration and his team makes sloppy errors.
On Sunday, Ferrari botched the pit
stops of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after struggling to fit a tire
Raikkonen also had to drive the
whole race — nearly 1 hour, 40 minutes in sweltering heat — without
fluids after his team failed to properly attach his drinking bottle.
Earlier in the season, a mechanic's
leg was broken by the Finnish driver's car following an unsafe pit
release at the Bahrain GP.
In Hungary, Ferrari looked strong
in practice only to wilt when rain fell in qualifying . This essentially
handed Mercedes a 1-2 on the starting grid, with Valtteri Bottas
In the previous race, rain again
played havoc at Hockenheim as a nervy Vettel crashed near the end of the
German GP. He had been ahead by almost 10 seconds and under no pressure.
Vettel, however, is convinced he
can win the title.
"The pendulum seems to swing once
this side, once that side," he said after finishing second on Sunday.
"Consistency is the key. I didn't do myself a favor (in Germany) but it
is part of racing."
Raikkonen's form is encouraging.
While the 38-year-old driver has not won since the opening day of the
2013 season — when driving for Lotus — his third place in Hungary was a
fifth consecutive podium finish, and eighth in 12 races.
Overall, he is 14 points ahead of
fourth-place Bottas. Ten points separate Mercedes and Ferrari, and
Raikkonen's consistency could prove vital in helping his team land its
first constructors' title since 2008.
Vettel hopes points will flow
freely, once glitches are ironed out.
"Last year we lost the championship
because our car wasn't quick enough in the final part of the season," he
said. "This year has shown our car is more efficient, our car is
stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash. So I'm quite
confident with what's in the pipeline."
QB Matt Ryan looks to regain his MVP form with Falcons
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan. (AP Photo/File)
Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP) —
Matt Ryan is eager to regain his MVP form with the Atlanta Falcons.
It sure seems possible with Julio
Jones in camp, first-round pick Calvin Ridley ready to make an impact
and — perhaps most important — a full season in the books with offensive
coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
While Ryan put up his seventh
straight year with more than 4,000 yards through the air, he didn't come
close to matching the best season of his career under previous
coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
In 2017, Ryan's yardage dipped
significantly (4,944 to 4,095). So did his TDs (38 to 20) and
quarterback rating (117.1 to 91.4). His interceptions went up (7 to 12).
Most tellingly, the Falcons went
from leading the league in scoring (33.75 points per game) to a
middle-of-the-pack 15th position (22.06). Coming off an MVP season, Ryan
wasn't even in the conversation for the league's top player.
The slide in production had some
people wondering if head coach Dan Quinn would give Sarkisian another
But Quinn was mindful that
Shanahan's first season in Atlanta also was a bit of a struggle. He
found his groove in 2016, overseeing a dynamic offense that helped carry
the Falcons all the way to the Super Bowl and earn Shanahan his first
head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers.
"I've got a lot of confidence,"
Ryan said of Year 2 with Sarkisian. "Obviously, I think Sark is a lot
more comfortable with the personnel, knowing what guys to use in certain
situations. I think that just comes with experience. We all kind of have
a feel for his flavor as well. I think he did a great job for us last
year and will continue to do a great job this year."
Quinn is certainly expecting a more
comfortable relationship between Ryan and Sarkisian. For good measure,
the Falcons also hired Greg Knapp, a former Atlanta offensive
coordinator, to serve as quarterbacks coach.
"Like most relationships, there's
probably some situations that you need to go through together," Quinn
said. "OK, how did that person respond? How did he get through it?
Generally as it goes, the communication improves."
For a while, it looked as though
Ryan might have to make do without one of the league's top receivers .
Unhappy with his contract, Jones
skipped offseason workouts in Atlanta as well as a mandatory minicamp.
But on the eve of training camp, he agreed to report after the Falcons
figured out a way to give him a bit more money this season, along with a
promise to negotiate a new deal in 2019.
No one was more pleased than Ryan
to have No. 11 on the receiving end of his throws.
"He's the best teammate you could
ask for," Ryan said. "He's just a great worker and such a good teacher
for the young guys, too."
Jones is already spreading his
knowledge to Ridley , who is expected to take over the third receiver
role filled so ably the past two years by Taylor Gabriel.
Ryan is impressed by what he's seen
so far from the rookie.
"He's a talented player who can do
a lot of different things," Ryan said. "Certainly through the offseason
and through the first couple of days of camp, he showcased his talent
level. I kind of see him having a really good year for us and really
fitting in with the receiving corps that we have."
Ryan certainly has no complaints
about his contract. He expects to remain with the Falcons for the rest
of his career after signing a new five-year, $150 million deal, the most
lucrative in NFL history and the first with $100 million in guaranteed
To justify all that money, Ryan is
focused on being more efficient in the red zone. Far too many times last
season, the Falcons settled for field goals instead of touchdowns after
driving inside the 20-yard line.
In the early days of training camp,
the team already looks much crisper in those situations.
"A point of emphasis for us is
improving in the red area, so we can have more touchdowns than we did
last year," Ryan said. "We've got a lot of work to do before the season,
but it's a good start."
With Jones, Ridley and Mohammad
Sanu catching passes, an offensive line bolstered by the signing of
free-agent guard Brandon Fusco, and a dynamic backfield duo of Devonta
Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Ryan certainly has plenty of options at his
Enough to play like an MVP.
"We've got a really, really scary
offense," Freeman said.
Gracious in defeat, Froome set to aim again at Tour glory
teammates Geraint Thomas, left, and Chris Froome toast with Champagne during
the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling
race, Sunday, July 29. (Marco Bertorello, Pool via AP)
Paris (AP) — Sitting alone and
unnoticed behind a giant board during the Tour de France winner's news
conference, Chris Froome patiently listened to Geraint Thomas's answers.
It was an unfamiliar position for
Froome, who for the first time in four years did not occupy the podium's
first place at cycling's biggest race on Sunday.
Froome, who failed in his bid to win
the Tour for a record-equaling fifth time, ended the race in third place, 2
minutes, 24 seconds behind his team Sky teammate Thomas. The 33-year-old
Froome also came short in his attempt to win both the Giro d'Italia and the
Tour de France in the same season, but there was no hard feeling.
"After he won the Giro, Chris came here
to win the race, that's for sure," Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said.
"He did not come here to be third on the podium. But when he realized
Geraint was the strongest, he did not start sulking at the back of the bus.
Not at all. He said: 'I will now ride as a teammate and I'll do my best for
Geraint and the team because of all the work you did for me over the past
Froome was subjected to abuse by some
fans on the roads of France this summer after being cleared of a doping case
only days before the start. He said he was repeatedly spat at and that
spectators punched him and tried to make him fall off his bike.
He crashed in the opening stage — not
because of fans — and lost 51 seconds, and he hit the ground again on the
cobbled stage in northern France. Froome's fate was sealed in the Pyrenees,
where he was dropped by his rivals during Stage 17 to the Col du Portet, but
still managed to snatch a place on the tour podium with an impressive effort
in the final time trial.
"I've had quite a few emotions
throughout this race, moments of disappointment, crashing, moments of joy
when we've won stages and taken the yellow jersey," said Froome, who rode
the whole season under the cloud of a possible suspension. "That's bike
racing. Like any Grand Tour, this has been a roller coaster with ups and
Froome has been the dominant Grand Tour
rider in recent years and started as the race's favorite once again, only to
be eclipsed by Thomas.
Despite his failure, Froome still
believes a double Tour-Giro remains possible. Only seven riders have done
it, and the last to achieve the feat was the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
This season, Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin also competed at both races and
finished second at both.
"Interesting that you mentioned Tom as
well, for him to be second in both Grand Tours, I think that it shows it is
possible to do both of the races at a really high level, which only leads me
to believe it is possible to do both of them," Froome said.
Froome did not reveal whether he would
try again for the double next year. It's more likely he will focus on the
Tour solely to match the record of five wins shared by Jacques Anquetil,
Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
"I really don't believe Chris is on a
downhill trend," Brailsford said. "It was just a blip. He went through an
extremely difficult time and still won the Giro. He was obviously
disappointed here, but he was dignified throughout. There is no doubt he
wants to win a fifth Tour and I believe it's possible."
Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to extend lead over rival Vettel
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG GP steers his
car during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring
circuit, in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 29.
(Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday
to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton was untroubled as he
secured a second straight win, fifth of the season and 67th overall.
But Mercedes missed out on a 1-2 as
Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with five
laps to go.
Bottas and Vettel touched during
the overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.
"I got a hit from behind. I wasn't
sure what was going on," Vettel said. "Lucky that the car wasn't broken
and we could carry on."
In a dramatic finish, Bottas lost
control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull off the
track as he was about to be overtaken.
Bottas was told on team radio to
give the position back to Ricciardo, who finished a commendable fourth
after starting 12th. Bottas risked further penalty after being summoned
to speak to stewards over the incident.
Ricciardo's teammate, Max
Verstappen, launched a series of expletives after engine failure
curtailed his race after eight laps.
It is the fourth time Verstappen
has failed to finish this season. Red Bull team principal Christian
Horner blamed the Renault engine as being substandard. Red Bull is
splitting with Renault and working with Honda next season.
Hamilton now leads Vettel by 24
points after 12 of 21 races. They will continue their battle for a fifth
F1 title when the championship resumes at the Belgian GP on Aug. 26.
Vettel and Raikkonen drove well
considering both endured a botched pit stop because of a slow tire
Ferrari team strategy meant
Raikkonen pitted twice for new tires and — on a scorching hot day —
Ferrari bafflingly forgot to properly attach his drinks supply.
Hamilton secured pole with a
brilliant last lap in the rain on Saturday, while Vettel started a
modest fourth behind Raikkonen and Bottas.
The long straight up to Turn 1 was
Ferrari's best and — ultimately — only chance of overtaking Hamilton.
But he comfortably held position while Vettel jumped ahead of Raikkonen
and almost caught Bottas.
Undeterred by skeptical fans, Thomas takes Tour title
de France winner Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's
yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first stage
of the Tour de France cycling race on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris,
France, Sunday July 29. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Andrew Dampf and Ciaran
Paris (AP) — The spits and
the jeers. The eggs thrown at team cars. The attempts to unbalance
riders while riding up the most grueling climbs.
Geraint Thomas never flinched at
whatever fans — or his rivals — threw at him or Team Sky.
The Welsh rider was the steadiest
rider from the start, the strongest in the Alps and the Pyrenees. On
Sunday he concluded his transformation from a support rider into a
champion of cycling's biggest race by claiming his first Tour de France
"With the boys, that's the main
thing for the whole three weeks, we stuck together through some tough
times, stayed strong," Thomas said. "Everything just clicked this race."
Thomas successfully defended his
lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds over second-placed Tom Dumoulin in the
mostly ceremonial final stage.
Four-time champion Chris Froome,
Thomas's teammate, finished third, 2:24 behind. Froome rode next to
Thomas as they crossed the line and applauded.
Thomas was a support rider during
Froome's four victories but he emerged as Sky's strongest rider in this
race when Froome crashed early on and couldn't keep up in the mountains.
Sky — and consequently Thomas —
became a target for many fans due to an asthma drug case involving
Froome, stemming from last year's Spanish Vuelta. Even though Froome was
cleared of doping days before the start of the Tour, that didn't stop
some fans from abusing the British team's riders throughout the
"When there is negativity like
that, it brings us as a team closer together," Froome said. "It feels
like it's us against the rest of the world. ... You can choose to let it
get to you or you can choose to let it motivate you, and we let it
Thomas stormed into the lead by
winning back-to-back mountain stages in the Alps, including the iconic
climb up Alpe d'Huez, then defended his advantage in the Pyrenees.
During the podium ceremony, Thomas
draped the flag of Wales over his shoulders, then ended his victory
speech with a mic drop.
"All I can say is that I do it the
right way," Thomas said when asked about concerns of alleged doping
within Sky. "We train super hard and there's nothing I can say that will
prove it. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. It will stand the
test of time."
An all-around rider who began his
career on the track, the 32-year-old Thomas helped Britain to gold
medals in team pursuit at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics before turning his
full attention to road racing.
"I have my own goals and I kept
doing what I'm doing and kept focused on that. ... Obviously it's not
nice to hear (the jeers) but I do what I do and focus on myself," Thomas
said. "It's easy to get wrapped up in or get angry or depressed but I
stay in my own world."
Riding a yellow bicycle to match
his yellow jersey, Thomas shared glasses of champagne with his teammates
during the casual ride into Paris before buckling down to keep up with
the other leaders on the jarring cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.
"It's going to take a while to sink
in," Thomas said. "Normally that stage is really hard but today I just
seemed to float around it. I had goose bumps going around there. The
support from the Welsh, British flags. ... To ride around wearing this
(yellow jersey) is a dream."
Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff
with UAE Team Emirates won the last stage in a sprint finish, narrowly
beating John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare.
"I've dreamed about this victory
for many years," Kristoff said. "I've been close many times before but
never managed to beat the faster guys like (Mark) Cavendish, (Andre)
Greipel, or (Marcel) Kittel, but today they're not here, they're out
after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I'm super happy."
The mostly flat 116-kilometer leg
began in Houilles just outside Paris and concluded with nine laps up and
down the Champs-Elysees.
Many spectators along the
Champs-Elysees held their arms high to record the riders on their smart
phones as they went past on the cobblestones, and there were more cheers
when 11 jets flew overhead leaving trails in the blue, white and red
colors of the French flag.
Street vendors sold chicken,
sausages, waffles, cake and sweets, while the smell of crepes filled the
Glenn Roberts, from Newtown in
mid-Wales, was in attendance with his wife and children. The family
timed its summer vacation to coincide with the Tour's finish.
"Thomas was in the yellow when we
left Wales but we didn't know if he was going to keep it. We thought
Froome was going to win it, if I'm being honest," Roberts said. "It's
the best thing a Welshman has ever done in sport."
Jutanugarn wins Ladies Scottish Open for 10th LPGA title
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn holds the trophy after winning the Ladies
Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club, Gullane, Scotland, Sunday July 29.
(Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
Gullane, Scotland (AP) — Thailand's Ariya
Jutanugarn hit six birdies in a final round 5-under 66 to win the Ladies
Scottish Open by one shot on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Jutanugarn held off
the challenge of Australian Minjee Lee at Gullane to claim her 10th LPGA
title and third this year.
Jutanugarn finished on 13-under 271
and is projected to move top of the world rankings, ahead of South
Koreans Inbee Park and Sung Hyun Park. She last held the No. 1 spot for
two weeks in June 2017— the first Thai golfer to top the rankings.
"It means a lot to me, it's like my
dream come true," the Bangkok-born Jutanugarn told lpga.com.
"I told my caddie this week, 'I
want to win on a links course one time in my life,' and I did it so (I
feel) pretty good."
Runner-up Lee remained in close
pursuit of Jutanugarn throughout Sunday but was unable to make up a
one-shot overnight deficit.
Lee produced a bogey-free 66 but
couldn't do enough after her third-round 71.
Jutanugarn has also won the
Kingsmill Championship and U.S. Women's Open this year.
South Koreans Jin Young Ko (67) and
Haeji Kang (69) finished tied for third on 8 under, while their
compatriot Amy Yang dropped to joint fifth.
Yang, who shared the overnight lead
with Jutanugarn, carded a 1-over 72 to finish tied for fifth with
Spaniard Carlota Ciganda.
Beating Jutanugarn was always going
to be a tough challenge. She has now won her last nine tournaments when
heading into the final round with at least a share of the lead.
American golfer Tiffany Joh (70),
who shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday and a 9-over 80 on Saturday, tied for
eighth with compatriot Jacqui Concolino and South Africa's Lee-Anne
Mikey Garcia trounces Robert Easter, nabs IBF 135-pound belt
Mikey Garcia, left, hits Robert Easter Jr. during the 12th round
of their WBC and IBF lightweight title bout in Los Angeles, Saturday,
July 28. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles (AP) —
Mikey Garcia added the IBF lightweight belt to his WBC title on Saturday
night, dominating the previously unbeaten Robert Easter for a clear
unanimous decision victory.
Garcia (39-0) knocked down Easter
in the third round and controlled long stretches of the bout at Staples
Center. He unified the two 135-pound titles with flair in his first
fight in his native California in seven years.
The judges all favored Garcia,
scoring it 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109.
The 30-year-old Garcia has been a
world champion in four weight classes, and his combination of precision
and power was too much for Easter (21-1). Garcia knocked down Easter
with a nasty left hook in the third round and nearly finished the bout
Garcia couldn't get his first
knockout since January 2017, but still delivered another outstanding
performance. His victory in a unification bout put him in a rare
collection of talents to accomplish the feat, including Roberto Duran,
Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya. The bout was
also the first time two previously unbeaten boxers had fought in a
lightweight unification bout.
"It's a great accomplishment being
here in LA," Garcia said. "I was in control most of the fight, and I did
what I had to do. I knew he was a tough opponent. He's a tough warrior.
He gave a great fight but I was a better fighter. I was in control of
the fight and I did what I had to do to win."
Easter was knocked down for only
the second time in his career after a strong right jab set up Garcia's
devastating left hook late in the third round.
Garcia also got better as the fight
progressed. In the final four rounds, Garcia out-landed Easter 95-34 in
total punches and ended the fight being the more active fighter,
throwing 555 punches to Easter's 507.
"Whenever we step in the ring we
are both putting our lives on the line, and tonight Mikey was
victorious," Easter said. "I just couldn't find the timing and I just
couldn't let my right hand go. He caught me with a clean shot and I went
down, but I got up like a true champion."
Garcia had a 2 1/2-year layoff from
his sport due to a promoter dispute, but he is 5-0 since returning to
the ring in 2016. He is one of only three fighters in modern history to
hold world titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds, joining Juan Manuel
Marquez and Manny Pacquiao,
Garcia won the vacant IBF 140-pound
title in March to become a four-division world champion, only to
relinquish the title to return to 135 pounds to face Easter.
Earlier on the Showtime card at
Staples Center, heavyweight Luis Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) landed a straight
left hand that sent Romanian Razvan Cojanu (16-4) to the canvas and
ultimately ended the fight in the second round in the co-feature.
Both fighters were coming off
losses in heavyweight world title fights, and Ortiz was fighting for the
first time since challenging Deontay Wilder earlier this year.
Mario Barrios (22-0, 14 KOs)
recorded his sixth straight stoppage victory in the eighth round against
Jose Roman (24-3-1). Each of the judges had the fight scored 80-70 in
favor of Barrios at the time of the stoppage when Roman's corner didn't
answer the bell for the ninth round.
South Africa thrash Sri Lanka in 1st ODI
South Africa's Jean-Paul Duminy, right, and Willem Mulder
celebrate their victory over Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first one
day international cricket match in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 29.
(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Lanka (AP) — South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka in their opening
cricket ODI, reaching the winning target with 19 overs to spare on
Sri Lanka chose to bat first but
the decision backfired badly with the hosts all out for 193 in 34.3
In reply, South Africa reached
196-5 in 31 overs to win the first of a five-match series by five
Undefeated JP Duminy (53 off 32
balls), captain Faf du Plessis (47 off 56) and opener Quinton de Kock
(47 off 59) were the main run providers for South Africa.
Sri Lanka were in deep trouble on
36-5 before Kusal Perera (81 off 72) and Thisara Perera (49 off 30)
shared a 92-run partnership for the sixth wicket, taking the hosts to
Tabraiz Shamsi was chosen ahead of
Keshav Maharaj as the lone specialist spinner for South Africa and took
4-33 in 8.3 overs.
Update July 28 - 29 , 2018
Thomas increases Tour lead as Froome loses podium spot
Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the
overall leader's yellow jersey, Netherlands' Steven Kruijswijk, right,
and Slovenia's Primoz Roglic, center rear, climb Col du Tourmalet pass
during the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling, Friday July
27. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Laruns, France (AP) —
Geraint Thomas increased his hold on the yellow jersey in the final
mountain stage of the Tour de France on Friday, while Sky teammate and
four-time champion Chris Froome lost his spot on the podium.
Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic won
the 200.5-kilometer 19th leg through the Pyrenees with an attack on the
dangerous descent from the Col d'Aubisque.
A former ski jumper who rides for
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, Roglic finished 19 seconds ahead of Thomas, with
Romain Bardet of France crossing third with the same time.
"I had legs today," Roglic said. "I
really tried a lot of times and finally I went away on the descent."
With the help of a six-second bonus
for finishing second in the stage, Thomas increased his lead over Tom
Dumoulin to 2 minutes, 5 seconds.
Roglic leapfrogged Froome into
third spot overall, 2:24 off the pace, while the British rider now
trails by 2:37.
Dumoulin finished sixth in the
stage and Froome eighth, both with the same time as Thomas.
One key stage remains — a
31-kilometer individual time trial through the Basque country on
Saturday — before the mostly ceremonial finish in Paris on Sunday.
"It's going to be a tough day
tomorrow. I'm really knackered," Thomas said. "I'm still trying not to
get carried away."
Froome initially fell behind on the
climb up the Aubisque before latching back onto the lead group on the
It was Roglic's second Tour
victory, having claimed Stage 17 in the Alps last year.
Roglic, who also excels at time
trials, showed courage on a twisty descent made more difficult by clouds
and fog hanging over the Aubisque.
When the road allowed, he crouched
down on to his bike frame in a risky aerodynamic move known as "super
The route through the pilgrimage
town of Lourdes to Laruns took the peloton over three legendary climbs —
the Col d'Aspin, the Col du Tourmalet and the Aubisque — before the dive
down to the finish.
Mountain classifications leader
Julian Alaphilippe was first over the Aspin and Tourmalet as part of an
Mikel Landa and Bardet then
attacked from the yellow jersey group up the Tourmalet and joined the
leaders before Roglic, Thomas and Dumoulin took over on the final climb.
Bradley plays last 4 holes in 6 under in Canadian Open
Kevin Tway watches the ball bounce towards the hole on the 16th
green during the second round of the Canadian Open golf tournament at
Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, Friday July 27. (Frank Gunn/The
Canadian Press via AP)
(AP) — Keegan Bradley played the last four holes in 6 under, making
two of his three eagles Friday, to pull within a shot of the lead in the
RBC Canadian Open.
Playing alongside leader Kevin Tway
at Glen Abbey, Bradley closed birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle for a 9-under
63. He also eagled the par-5 second hole.
"That was wild," Bradley said. "It
turned kind of an average day out here into something really special.
There's not many courses you can do that on like you can out here.
That's what makes it such a great event."
Tway birdied the final hole for a
65 to get to 13 under. He's trying to win for the first time on the PGA
Tour in the event his father won 15 years ago at Hamilton for his last
"I talk to dad every day, no matter
if I'm home, here," Tway said. "We talk about every round. He can
probably tell you what kind of shots I'm hitting just by like watching
on TV. He knows what the swing looks like. He's been there throughout,
so he's a big key for me."
Bradley holed putts of 10 feet on
the par-3 15th, 20 feet on the par-5 16th, 27 feet on the par-4 17th and
20 feet on the par-5 18th — after hitting an approach from 159 yards.
"If you hit a good drive, it's
really narrow, you're going to have mid-iron in," Bradley said. "That's
why it's a fun par 5 is it's so tight. But I got down there, and I had a
perfect number with a wedge and hit it to 20 feet."
He made a 7-footer on No. 2 for the
The 32-year-old American won the
2011 PGA Championship and has three PGA Tour victories, the last in the
2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
"I've got to just go out and do it
now," Bradley said. "I'm at the point where I have to go out and play
and contend, so I have a chance this week."
Whee Kim had a 65 to match Bradley
at 12 under.
Johnson Wagner (65) and Byeong Hun
An (67) were 11 under, and top-ranked Dustin Johnson (66), Zac Blair
(67), Joaquin Niemann (67) and Aaron Baddeley (6) followed at 10 under.
Nick Taylor was the top Canadian,
shooting a 67 to reach 9 under.
"I hit it great off the tee, which
set me up for a lot of short irons, and I gave myself a lot of chances,"
Taylor said. "I actually missed a couple chances that I had on the back,
as well, so I had a lot of chances and it was nice to make a bunch of
First-round leader Robert Garrigus
also was 9 under, following an opening 63 with a 72.
Two-time defending champion
Jhonattan Vegas was 5 under after a 70.
Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and
Brooks Koepka missed the cut.
Vettel quickest for Ferrari in 2nd practice for Hungarian GP
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany prepares during the second
free practice session for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, at the
Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Friday, July
27. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Sebastian Vettel led second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as
Mercedes again struggled for speed on Friday.
On a day of mourning for Ferrari,
following the death this week of former president Sergio Marchionne,
Vettel was faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
The same three drivers had also led
first practice hours earlier, with Ricciardo quickest ahead of Vettel
Vettel's Ferrari teammate, Kimi
Raikkonen, was fourth in both sessions, while Lewis Hamilton and
Mercedes colleague Valtteri Bottas twice placed fifth and sixth.
The narrow Hungaroring track is
among the most difficult overtaking circuits in Formula One, and
considered more favorable to cars with a strong downforce like Red Bull
and Ferrari — which clinched a 1-2 last year when Vettel won ahead of
"I think we can still improve the
setup of the car a little bit more and be quicker ... If that will be
enough for pole position I'm not sure," said Verstappen, who has won one
race this season.
"(The track) is very tight and
twisty. Qualifying will be important as it's hard to overtake here, so
getting ahead early is vital."
On the evidence of Friday, it
appears Mercedes has much work to do to get its car competitive for
qualifying on Saturday.
Hamilton, who won last weekend's
German GP from 14th on the grid, briefly lost control of his car in P1
and complained about his tires.
"This is a tricky circuit and the
tires are overheating; looking after the rear tires is the biggest
issue," Hamilton said. "The (warm) temperature and the layout of the
track — corner after corner — made it really tricky for the tires, as
there's no time for them to cool down."
The British driver leads Vettel by
17 points after 11 of 21 races, with the four-time F1 champions winning
four races apiece and retiring once each.
Vettel threw points away by
crashing in the rain near the end last weekend. The German driver
started from pole and was leading by nearly 10 seconds at the time of
Following Hungary, there is a
four-week summer break.
Amid a somber mood, Ferrari's
garage and motorhome flew its flag at half-mast and team members wore
black armbands in memory of Marchionne, who died on Wednesday at the age
Vettel and Raikkonen also had black
bands attached to their cars.
Marchionne, a hugely influential
and successful automobile industry leader , died after complications
from surgery in Zurich.
"We are very shocked. He was a
friend and ally, a great rival and competitor and will be dearly
missed," Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said.
"Sergio was a larger than life
personality. In meetings and in strategy groups, and in negotiations
with Formula One and the FIA, (he) had the most powerful voice. His
shoes are impossible to fill ... There was only one Sergio Marchionne."
Russia could be reinstated in December, says IAAF
Rune Andersen, Chair of the IAAF Inspection Team.
(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
Argentina (AP) — Russia could be provisionally reinstated to worldwide
track and field competition in December if it meets certain conditions, the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Friday.
Track and field's governing body
suspended Russia in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency report
detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport.
"They have made significant improvement
in meeting the outstanding requirements," Rune Andersen, the IAAF's Russia
task force head, said during a two-day meeting in Argentina's capital.
"In fact, in some cases, they have gone
above and beyond what is required."
Andersen, however, said three
conditions had to be met before Russia could be readmitted to international
Firstly, RUSAF (the Russian Athletics
Federation) has to pay for costs incurred by the IAAF as a result of the
The WADA must also reinstate the
Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which depends on the country
acknowledging the findings that officials at the Russian ministry of sports
orchestrated the doping of its athletes, and its cover-up.
Finally, Russian authorities have to
give access to data from doping tests carried out at RUSADA's Moscow
laboratory from 2011-15.
"It would make a mockery of clean sport
to reinstate RUSAF when the evidence required to resolve these suspicions,
one way or the other, is still being withheld," Andersen said.
WADA is communicating with Russian
authorities to try to resolve these issues before the meeting of the doping
agency's executive committee in September.
"We hope there will be a breakthrough,"
Andersen said. "If these points are resolved before the (IAAF) Council's
next meeting in Monaco in December 2018, then the Task Force would hope and
expect to be able to recommend that RUSAF would be provisionally reinstated
at that time."
The Russian team was banned from the
Winter Olympics in February.