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Update August 16, 2018

Atletico beat Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup

Atletico Madrid players hold the trophy and celebrate after the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Frank Griffiths

Tallinn, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in their rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the competition's fastest goal just 50 seconds in, but Madrid came back to take a 2-1 lead as Los Blancos tried to prove they can still win trophies without Ronaldo and with a new coach.

But Costa equalized late in the match with his second goal before Saul Niguez and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion sealed the victory in extra time on a cool night in Estonia's capital.

Atletico's victory over their crosstown rivals had added significance after they lost two Champions League finals to Madrid in 2014 and 2016. Diego Simeone's team were also eliminated by Madrid in the 2017 semifinals.

"I'm elated," Costa said. "Real Madrid has always beaten us in these finals. It was our turn to win a final."

The loss leaves new Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui still having to prove that there is life after Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals in 438 matches and helped lead the club to three straight Champions League titles before joining Juventus this summer.

"I'm sad. I'm frustrated. It's a final that we lost," Lopetegui said. "But I also know that we will have to wake up and prepare ourselves for our first league match and start the season on the right foot."

Gareth Bale showed glimpses of his pace and skill, but couldn't mimic Ronaldo's ability to decide a game on his own.

Instead, Costa was the one who dominated at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn. He overpowered Madrid's center backs in the first minute after a long ball from Stefan Savic, first winning a header against Sergio Ramos and then muscling past Raphael Varane to cut into the area where he beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas at the near post.

Karim Benzema equalized in the 27th minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from Bale, who was able to break away from Lucas Hernandez on the right and curl the ball into his fellow forward's path. Bale, who was given a freer role than he's used to, caused trouble for Atletico's defence in the first half as he switched between wings. He was Madrid's main creative spark at that point, with his teammates constantly trying to feed him the ball.

He faded in the second half, but Lopetegui was pleased with Bale's performance.

"Gareth has played very good. In this moment of the season, all the players are not in the best physical way," the coach said. "We are happy with his performance and we hope he's going to put in deserved performances in the next matches."

Sergio Ramos scored a penalty in the 63rd minute after Juanfran Torres handled in the area as the ball flew over him from a corner.

Juanfran made up for it in the 79th by taking the ball off Marcelo near the touchline and then passing to Angel Correa. The substitute then skipped past a couple of Madrid defenders and cut the ball back from the byline to Costa, who poked the ball into the roof of the net.

In extra time, substitute Thomas Partey set up the decisive goal when he stripped the ball off Varane and played a one-two with Costa before dribbling toward the byline. Partey then cut the ball back to Saul Niguez, who volleyed the ball first-time to send the ball past Navas to make it 3-2 in the 98th. Koke finished Madrid off with a cool finish in the 104th.

Lopetegui, who joined Madrid in controversial fashion and was fired as Spain coach just before the World Cup, will need to show that he can build on the success of predecessor Zidedane Zidane and can win with new tactics.

At times, Madrid looked uncomfortable playing under the new possession-based system and seemed to miss Ronaldo's flair and proficiency.

"We need to improve on the all the phases of the team," Lopetegui said. "We don't like to make mistakes."

Madrid had to play without new goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, as the former Atletico player didn't even dress for the match. Spanish media reports said the team didn't register him in time with UEFA following his transfer from Chelsea.

For Atletico, the victory gives the team a boost before the season starts, Simeone said.

"The club is growing. We have a new stadium," he said. "We have players who want to join us, players who don't want to leave us. I think this speaks volumes."


Djokovic, US Open champ Stephens win in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, in the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time. He's inching closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career.

Djokovic overcame an upset stomach and a sluggish first set Wednesday, beating Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain halted afternoon matches at the Western & Southern Open.

The 10th-seeded Djokovic demonstrated he's back in form by winning Wimbledon title last month. Now he's trying to get his hard-court game ready for the U.S. Open, the latest step in his long comeback. He's been very inconsistent while changing from grass to hard courts.

"I know from experience it might come very quickly," he said. "So I'm hoping for that."

First, he'd love to win a Cincinnati title and complete a personal quest. Djokovic is trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 trophies.

Djokovic has reached the finals at Cincinnati five times and dropped all five matches — three to Roger Federer, two to Andy Murray.

"I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure," Djokovic said. "I really want to win this tournament. I definitely need to play better than I have in the first couple of matches."

There was one notable upset in the men's bracket before the rain arrived. Robin Haase beat third-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 for his first victory against a Top 10 opponent since he beat Zverev last November. He's 7-26 overall against Top 10 players.

"Nowadays against Top 10, 20, maybe Top 50, you have to be a little bit lucky," Haase said.

After the rain, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Mischa Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-5, extending his recent success in Cincinnati. He won his first Masters title at the Western & Southern last year without dropping a set. He's won all four sets in his first two matches this year.

In the women's bracket, defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens overcame a thumb injury during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Tatjana Maria.

A trainer applied a bandage to the third-seeded Stephens' right thumb between the third and fourth games of the second set. The match was Stephens' first since losing on Sunday to Simona Halep in the finals at Montreal.

Sloane reached the semifinals last season in Cincinnati — her best finish — before heading to the U.S. Open and getting the title.

Defending tournament champion Garbine Muguruza had a third-set meltdown and lost to Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a critical double fault.

The seventh-seeded Spaniard was up 4-2 and serving in the third set when she double faulted to drop the game, a look of disbelief coming across her face after her final serve went long. Given the reprieve, Tsurenko closed it out.

Both players were coming off injuries. Tsurenko retired in the second round at Montreal with a sore lower back. Muguruza suffered a second-round loss at Wimbledon and withdrew from San Jose and Montreal with a sore right arm.

Muguruza said her arm wasn't an issue as much as her lack of practice in the last couple of weeks because of the injury.

"I'm happy that I didn't feel pain," she said. "I'm going to take that positive and keep training for the U.S. Open."

Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber overcame a long rain delay in the first set for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games

Indonesia's Christine Tjundawan, left, dribbles the ball past combined Korea's Kim Hye Yon during their women's basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Niniek Karmini

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Three North Korean basketball players were part of a unified Korean women's basketball team that defeated Indonesia 108-40 on Wednesday at the Asian Games.

South Korean player Park Hyejin said center Ro Suk Yong, guard Jang Mi Gyong and guard Kim Hye Yon joined nine others from the South to form the unified team last month.

"The joint training period that we have to go through ahead the games was very short and this is certainly a particular challenge for us, but that was not an obstacle because we are all very happy with this unification," Park said. "There is no significant difficulties among us so far, because in fact we are from the same nation and culture. We have no difficulty communicating because our language is same."

Ro scored 22 points while Kim added 14 against host Indonesia at the 2,500-seat basketball hall at the Bung Karno Sports Center.

The North Korean players immediately went to the changing room after the game.

The arena was half-filled for the game, with about 100 Korean fans wearing white T-shirts and hats, some beating traditional drums and others waving flags.

Basketball is one of three sports in which the Koreas will field joint squads at the Asian Games, along with rowing and canoeing. South Korea is the defending Asian Games champion in women's basketball.

"Our target for now is to win a gold medal. We don't think about our target after this, we are currently focusing on the Asian Games," Park said. "We do hope that the unified Korea team can continue, not only in basketball, but also in other sports and this will lead to unification in other fields."


Ethiopian runner who protested at Olympics invited home

In this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, silver medal winner, Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, crosses his arms as he celebrates on the podium after the men's marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Elias Meseret

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian marathon runner who went into exile after protesting against oppression in his country while winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been asked to return home.

Feyisa Lilesa captured international attention when he raised his arms above his head and crossed his wrists at the finish line in Rio in protest against the Ethiopian government. Now, he's been invited back by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation and the country's Olympic committee.

The invitation came after reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed assumed power.

An open letter from athletics federation head Haile Gebrselassie and Olympic committee chief Ashebir Woldegiorgis says they are ready to give Feyisa "a hero's welcome."

Feyisa has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2016 and hasn't returned home since the Olympics. His family joined him in the U.S. in 2017.

Feyisa belongs to the Oromo ethnic group that rebelled against the former government in 2015. They protested the brutal crackdown on opposition, lack of respect for human rights and the imprisonment of dissidents. Several hundred people were killed during the protests that subsequently led to the resignation of former Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn.

"As long as this current government is in power, I don't have hope of going back to Ethiopia," Feyisa said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2017. "I do know change is inevitable."

New Ethiopian prime minister Ahmed, like Feyisa an ethnic Oromo, has brought sweeping reforms since he took office in April. They include releasing prisoners, spearheading a peace agreement with Eritrea and inviting foreign-based opposition groups back home.

"We want Feyisa to return home and continue to register great results," the open letter from the athletics federation and Olympic committee said.


Update August 15, 2018

Fernando Alonso will leave Formula 1 at end of season

Spanish driver steers his McLaren F1 car at the Hungarian Grand Prix, July 28, 2018. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

Jenna Fryer

London (AP) - Two-time champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the season and potentially move to IndyCar in the United States.

McLaren Racing confirmed Tuesday the Spaniard will not return to F1 next year for an 18th season, and Alonso said F1's leadership group tried to convince him to stay with the series.

"I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one," Alonso said in a statement. "Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind and everyone who has contacted me during this time."

There's been lengthy speculation that McLaren will enter IndyCar with Alonso as one of its drivers. Alonso ran the Indianapolis 500 a year ago and was in position to win the race until his engine failed.

He also ran the Rolex 24 at Daytona as a warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which Alonso was part of the winning team. Alonso has been pursuing the top motorsports events and has said he would like to return to Indianapolis and add a win in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to his resume.

"Let's see what the future brings," Alonso said in a statement, "new exciting challenges are around the corner. I'm having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures."

Alonso has 32 career F1 wins, 22 poles and 97 podiums. He won two world titles and was runner-up three times.

He's in his fifth season driving for McLaren and had hinted on social media he had an announcement coming Tuesday. He delivered with a farewell video to F1 and in it noted "today I have some other bigger challenges than you can offer me" as the camera showed Alonso standing in front of his Indy 500 helmet.

McLaren has not been competitive the last two seasons and Alonso, currently ninth in the standings, had been debating his future in the series.

He was not permitted to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to return to Indianapolis last May, but he was allowed to compete in the World Endurance Championship superseason and enter Le Mans. A two-time winner at Monaco and now a Le Mans winner, Alonso only needs to win the Indy 500 to complete motorsports unofficial "Triple Crown."

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, called Alonso "the pre-eminent driver of his generation."

"There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his," Brown said. "We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career. Our open dialogue with Fernando has meant we could plan for this eventuality. While evaluating his future during the past months, Fernando's competitiveness has been undimmed. He has continued to perform at the highest level throughout, as we know he will do in the remaining nine races of this year's championship."

Brown was a key player in Alonso's entry at Indianapolis, Daytona and Le Mans. He's supported Alonso's quest to enter other formulas and signed off on the driver skipping the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017 to instead race at Indianapolis.

Brown is also behind McLaren's potential entry into IndyCar and the team is believed to have courted four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon to be Alonso's teammate. Dixon on Monday announced a contract extension to remain with Chip Ganassi Racing, but acknowledged the presence of McLaren in his free agency talks made it a "noisy" process.


Jury clears England cricket player Stokes over street fight

England cricketer Ben Stokes and his wife Clare walk outside Bristol Crown Court, Monday, Aug. 13. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Bristol, England (AP) — England cricket player Ben Stokes was found not guilty on Tuesday after saying during his trial he was acting in self-defence when he knocked out two men in a street fight.

At Bristol Crown Court, Stokes closed his eyes and then looked up at the conclusion of the case that cost him his role as vice captain of England's national cricket team.

Stokes missed England's Ashes tour of Australia because of the incident, but he was still the most expensive overseas recruit in the annual player auction for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition this year when the Rajasthan Royals paid $1.95 million.

Stokes will join up with the national team for the third test against India, which starts Saturday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Prosecutors wanted to charge Stokes with two counts of assault over the fracas near a nightclub last year in the southwest English city. But the judge would only allow him to stand trial on another charge which meant the jury had to be satisfied Stokes' fight with two men endangered people nearby. Stokes was cleared in a unanimous verdict.

During a night out with England teammates after a match against the West Indies last September, Stokes had at least 10 drinks in the hours before the fight unfolded.

A nightclub doorman, who said he was verbally abused by Stokes, said the cricket player also mimicked the mannerisms and voices of two gay men outside the entrance. But further down the street, Stokes said he heard two men directing anti-gay slurs at the duo he had encountered at the club and came to their defence.

"I felt under threat by these two and felt I had to do whatever it was to keep myself and others around me safe," Stokes said. "I didn't know, they could be carrying more weapons on them. They could decide to attack me at any time if I was to turn my back on either of these two. At all times I felt under threat from these two."

Ryan Ali, whose eye socket was fractured by Stokes, was also found not guilty on Tuesday. Another of the accused men, Ryan Hale, was found not guilty during the trial on the direction of the judge.


Roger Federer advances in Cincinnati; Kyrgios also wins

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to Peter Gojowcyzk, of Germany, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday.

It was Federer's first Cincinnati appearance since winning his tournament-record seventh championship in 2015. After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Federer, refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, became the tournament favorite when Nadal withdrew on Sunday night.

Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced Tuesday in early tournament action.

Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

"It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her," Pliskova said. "We played so many times. I think I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough."

Kyrgios, a finalist last year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory.

"This year has been tough," Kyrgios said. "I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. You know, right now I'm just managing it."

No. 11 seed David Goffin advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's side with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille.

Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May 13.

Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Robin Haase also made it to the second round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia reach the third round with a 6-4, 6-5 win over wild card Victoria Azarenka. Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild-card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5.

Maria Sakkari upset Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.


AEK knock Celtic out of Champions League qualifiers

AEK Athens' Alef, left, and Andre Simoes, right, chase down Celtic's Olivier Ntcham, center, during a Champions League third qualifying round, second leg, match at the Olympic stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Athens, Greece (AP) - AEK Athens eliminated Scottish champions Celtic in the third round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday.

The three other former European champions in action all advanced as Benfica, Ajax and Red Star Belgrade won their games.

AEK beat Celtic 2-1 in Greece thanks to goals from Rodrigo Galo and Marko Livaja to secure a 3-2 win on aggregate. Scott Sinclair responded with a goal for Celtic, the 1967 European Cup winners.

Celtic reached the Champions League group stage in the last two seasons, but the defeat continues a difficult start to the season for Brendan Rodgers' team following a 1-0 loss to Hearts in the Scottish league on Saturday.

Portuguese club Benfica earned a 2-1 aggregate win over Turkish team Fenerbahce, while Dutch league runners-up Ajax cruised past Belgium's Standard Liege, winning 3-0 on Tuesday for a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Serbia's Red Star Belgrade needed extra time to defeat Spartak Trnava 3-2 over two legs thanks to a 98th-minute goal from Nemanja Radonjic.

There was no post-World Cup buzz about Spartak Moscow, who lost 3-2 to Greece's PAOK on aggregate after a red card for striker Luiz Adriano.

Dynamo Kiev, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Vidi and BATE Borisov also advanced to the last stage of qualifying. Tuesday's losing teams drop into the Europa League qualifying playoff round.


Update August 14, 2018

Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won't punish you

In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key.

Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word "corruption" missing. They will also discover how to now avoid being banned for paying and receiving bribes.

Corruption was scrubbed as an official misdemeanor during secret meetings where executives executed the first overhaul of the code since a wave of scandals left soccer's governing body "clinically dead" by 2015. That was the hyperbole used by Gianni Infantino during a speech at the World Cup in June boasting of his own apparent achievements cleaning up FIFA.

But in two years as FIFA president, Infantino has been accused of violating governance rules and forcing out officials who threatened his position.

It will be even easier now for FIFA to banish critics.

A new offense has been introduced in the ethics code — defamation. There are no specific examples, providing flexibility for the ethics committee to decide on the burden of proof — as with all cases.

"Persons bound by this code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards FIFA and/or towards any other person bound by this code in the context of FIFA events," section 22.2 of the new code states.

Those found to have defamed FIFA will be banned from any football-related activities for up to two years and they can be booted out for five years for repeated "serious cases."

The vagueness provides leeway for FIFA, through theoretically independent ethics organs, to punish detractors.

The ethics code was first introduced in 2004 by Sepp Blatter to provide a veneer of probity for an organization abused for personal gain by so many for decades. Of course, Blatter was expelled from the FIFA presidency for financial misconduct in 2015 by the ethics committees he created. Blatter's toppling came amid the fallout from American prosecutors indicting dozens of football officials and entities for corruption — the concept now erased by FIFA from its principle English-language ethics documents.

Bribery is still prohibited in the ethics code, but the ability to prosecute cases has been weakened.

The 2012 code said "prosecution for bribery and corruption" was not subject to a "limitation period." However long it took investigators to uncover offenses, you could still be sanctioned.

But section 12.1 of the new code states, "Bribery, misappropriation of funds and manipulation of football matches or competitions may no longer be prosecuted after a lapse of ten years."

The message to soccer officials not deterred from seeking to profit from bribery and fraud by the criminal cases: As long as the misdemeanor is not discovered for 10 years you will be in the clear at FIFA.

Ethics prosecutors now only have five years to complete cases into other general breaches of the code — half the previous time permitted to uncover wrongdoing.

The new code does allow the lead ethics prosecutor Maria Claudia Rojas to enter into plea bargains to resolve cases that do not involve bribery, misappropriation of funds or match fixing. But that could add another layer of murkiness and secrecy, keeping cases hidden from public view.

"The new FIFA is a democracy it is not a dictatorship," Infantino told FIFA members during an address in 2017. "It is a transparent organization ... a deeply honest organization."

But ask for clarity on changes to the ethics code that helped to banish a raft of unscrupulous officials and there is little willingness to be transparent. FIFA was ill-prepared to respond to questions following an Associated Press review of the new code ahead of its implementation. The Zurich-based body only says the changes were based on proposals from the ethics committee, who soccer fans never get to hear from.

During their first years in the job, the heads of the investigatory and adjuratory chambers of the ethics committees have been blocked from speaking to the media by FIFA.

FIFA finally has found more compliant scrutineers of ethics. The previous judge and prosecutor were ousted in 2017 by Infantino, prompting them to claim FIFA's integrity was being jeopardized by the president.

After the revamp to the ethics code — approved in private by the FIFA Council — soccer's resolve to kick out the crooks still seems ambiguous. Particularly when the very word corruption has been purged.


Stokes out of England squad while affray trial continues

England cricketer Ben Stokes, right, walks out of Bristol Crown Court, during a lunch break where he is on trial accused of affray, in Bristol, England, Monday, Aug. 13. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

London (AP) — Ben Stokes has been left out of England's unchanged 13-man squad for the third cricket test against India while he remains on trial for his involvement in a street fight.

The judge began summing up the case at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.

Stokes denies the charges, maintaining he was acting in self-defence last September when he knocked out two men near a nightclub in the southwest English city.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says it "will make an assessment of Ben Stokes' availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded."

England start the third test against India on Saturday in Nottingham, holding a 2-0 lead in the series.


Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim

Serena Williams serves to Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, in the first round at the Western & Southern tennis Open, Monday, Aug. 13, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Darla Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and a former champion in Cincinnati, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's second round.

Williams lost to Johanna Konta 6-1, 6-0 in San Jose, California, before withdrawing from last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Earlier Monday, Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.

Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago. But he had a hard time adjusting to the Cincinnati courts.

"The start of the match was not good," he said. "It was a pretty bad first set. After that, it was a little better."

Federer, seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn't played here since winning in 2015. In 2016, he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had back problems.

"Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me," said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. "I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn't a chance. I'm glad to be back."

Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federer liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic having recovered from injuries.

"That's why you have such a good, exciting draw," Federer said before Murray's match was over. "It's a pity Rafa isn't playing. He would have added massively to that part of the draw."

Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal's absence.

"When Rafa is missing, he's missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans," he said. "All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him."

Monday's first full day of main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round. Wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury. Advancing were qualifier Ajia Tomjanovic, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko, wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova, qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova and Anett Kontaveit.

On the men's side, Sam Querrey ground out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) win over fellow American and ninth-seeded John Isner. Querrey gained an edge with a mini-break on the fifth point of the second tiebreaker when Isner sailed a forehand wide of the backhand sideline. Querry closed out the 2-hour, 7-minute match with an ace that survived a challenge by Isner.

Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta topped Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Other winners were Leonardo Mayer, Jeremy Chardy, Benoit Paire, Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov and qualifier Bradley Klahn.


Furyk gets core of Ryder Cup team, and obvious pick in Woods

 

2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk speaks during a news conference at Bellerive Country Club, Monday, Aug. 13, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Doug Ferguson

St. Louis (AP) — The upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain.

And that meant seeing plenty of Tiger Woods.

"I really wanted to see kind of how Tiger was playing, and I only got to see ... I don't know, like every shot he hit for the rest of the day," Furyk said Monday with a laugh. "It was great theater, really."

Ultimately, nothing really changed.

Woods was as dynamic as he has been all year, shot 6-under 64 for the lowest final round of his career in the majors, had his lowest 72-hole score in the majors, captivated one of the largest and loudest galleries in golf and was runner-up to Brooks Koepka by two shots.

He's a threat at majors or anywhere else. He gets attention inside and outside the ropes.

As for the Ryder Cup, Furyk ended up with the same eight players who started the week atop the U.S. standings.

The PGA Championship was the final event for eight players to earn automatic spots. Furyk will choose three captain's picks next month after the second FedEx Cup playoff event, with the last pick Sept. 10 after the third playoff.

Koepka, who won three of the eight majors during the qualifying period, overtook Dustin Johnson to lead the points list, and the next six players stayed the same — Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.

Woods, who started the year with zero points, moved from No. 20 to No. 11 on the strength of his tie for sixth at the British Open, where he briefly led during the final round, and his runner-up at Bellerive.

Furyk was not willing to say what appears certain for everyone else: Woods will be in France for the Sept. 28-30 matches with golf clubs.

"We want the players who are going to help us be successful," Furyk said. "He's playing very well. I think there's a lot of folks out there who probably think he can help us. Really, what we wanted to talk about today was the top eight players. I realize Tiger is a story. I realize he's playing very well, and I'm excited to see that."

Woods was appointed a vice captain in late February, and he has said he would like to serve two roles. He also said that when he was appointed a vice captain for the Presidents Cup for the 2017 matches, and no one took him all that seriously.

They do now, and Woods made it clear he wants to compete in his first Ryder Cup since 2012.

"I do want to be there as a player," he said Sunday. "Our captain has some decisions to make. We'll all sit down and give him our input, who can contribute. Hopefully, my name will be part of that process."

Woods doesn't need numbers to state his case. He's Tiger Woods, and that carries a lot of weight.

Along with moving to No. 11 in the Ryder Cup standings, Woods now is at No. 20 in the FedEx Cup. With one decent week in the playoffs, he most likely would be assured of being in all four of the events, ending with the Tour Championship the week before boarding a plane to Paris.

It would be the second time he plays the Ryder Cup as a captain's pick. The other was in 2010, when he was coming off the scandal in his personal life that kept him out of golf until the 2010 Masters, and he finished the qualifying period at No. 12.

Furyk has other decisions to make.

Phil Mickelson failed to qualify for the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1993, his first full season on the PGA Tour. He was 10th in the standings and missed the cut at a PGA Championship that was ripe for scoring. Mickelson has one victory over the last five years, a playoff win over Thomas in the Mexico Championship. He was not a factor in any of the majors, though he was regarded as a central figure in the team room and helped reshaped the U.S. model for the Ryder Cup.

Bryson DeChambeau was at No. 9 and missed the cut. Xander Schauffele is at No. 12. Right behind him is Matt Kuchar, who has played in every Ryder Cup since 2010 but who has only four top 10s this year and missed the cut in two majors.

Furyk said he would be meeting with his vice captains frequently over the next few weeks, and planned to attend two of the FedEx Cup playoff events for meetings and dinners with players already on the team, who also will have some input.

That includes Woods, a vice captain and sure-fire pick.

"I think the word he used is 'trending.' His game is trending," Furyk said with a smile. "So it's great to see him playing well."

Furyk said he would consider a player who gets hot, along with those whose games fit Le Golf Nacional — he considers it a second-shot course — and who meshes with other players for pairings.

The eight who made the team already make natural partnerships. Koepka and Johnson, and Thomas and Fowler played together in the Presidents Cup last year. Spieth and Reed have been dynamic in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Watson and Simpson have been partners in both cups.

"I'd say the door's open in a lot of respects," Furyk said.


Update August 13, 2018

Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Doug Ferguson

St. Louis (AP) — The roars were unlike anything Brooks Koepka had ever heard, and he knew exactly what they meant.

They got louder for each birdie by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of noise. First, real time. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV in chalets. Then, distant cheers from every corner of Bellerive when the score was posted.

"We knew what was going on," he said. "It's pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie. Everybody on the golf course cheers for him."

Koepka knew exactly what to do.

Amid relentless pandemonium, Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and seize control. When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes, with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies.

The last one was a laser of a 4-iron from 248 yards that settled 6 feet away, sending him to a dream finish of a year that began with the 28-year-old Floridian wondering if a wrist injury that kept him out four months would ever allow him to compete again.

"That will probably go down as probably one of the best shots I've ever hit under pressure," he said.

He closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in golf. Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

It will be impossible to overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka won two of the three majors he played this year, and three of his last six. Not since Woods won four in a row through the 2001 Masters has anyone won majors at such an alarming rate.

And yet it still felt — and certainly sounded — as though he played second billing to Woods.

The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major.

Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. He finished at 266, beating by three shots his best 72-hole score in a major.

At this major, it wasn't enough.

"I played hard," Woods said. "I made a bit of a run. It looks like I'm going to come up a little short."

Koepka was responsible for that.

After wasting one chance to put it away by missing consecutive birdie chances from 7 feet, Koepka kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

"Three majors at 28 — it's a cool feeling," said Koepka, who five years ago was toiling in Europe's minor leagues.

Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies. Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot — right after Koepka missed from the same range — and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.

The only knock on Koepka is that he doesn't win enough elsewhere — the Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.

"He's won three majors now, so he's definitely winning the right ones," Scott said. "If I was him, I wouldn't change much at the moment. I'd just keep doing what he's doing because he's showing up at the right moments in the biggest events. There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that that's what he's destined to do."

The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods — he last was at Bellerive when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks canceled a World Golf Championship — and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.

Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming. Earlier in the week, as he was cleaning out his locker after withdrawing with an injury, he thought back to Woods getting into contention at Carnoustie last month at the British Open. "He recognized who that guy was that day," Bjorn said.

Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.

Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.

Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.

That was as good as it got.

Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.

"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle," Woods said. "What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing here. ... And when a guy's doing that and hitting it straight, and as good a putter as he is, it's tough to beat."

Koepka never imagined a year like this. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.

And now this.

The only downer is having to wait eight months for the Masters.


Sterling shines as City beat Arsenal in Emery's 1st game

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos falls down in front of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

London (AP) — Pep Guardiola hopes to convince Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City for a long time.

The 23-year-old England forward scored his 50th Premier League goal as the champions began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Sterling has two years left to run on the five-year deal signed when he moved to City from Liverpool in July 2015.

"We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay," Guardiola said. "We'll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we count on him. We arrived after a difficult season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy.

"In the end, the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen. But he knows, and his agent knows, we like him and want him a lot."

Sterling's finishing has been in the spotlight — it is almost three years since he scored for England — and he marked his goal after just 14 minutes with a cupped ear celebration at the Emirates Stadium.

"There's been a lot of talking," Sterling told broadcaster Sky Sports. "It's just one of those things I get judged on. I've got to keep improving and getting more goals."

Bernardo Silva struck in the second half as City exposed the size of the task facing new Arsenal manager Unai Emery. This was Arsenal's first Premier League game since 1996 not being led by Arsene Wenger, who left the north London club in May.

Liverpool signaled their determination to challenge for the title by spending more than $200 million on players, more than any other Premier League team in the summer transfer window.

With debuts for Alisson in goal and Naby Keita in midfield, Liverpool opened with a 4-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah, who scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool, took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield by meeting Andrew Robertson's cross with a tap-in.

Another cross from Robertson opened up West Ham for Liverpool's second in first-half stoppage time. James Milner's cutback was turned into the net by Sadio Mane, who added a third eight minutes after the break.

Even after Salah was taken off, the Egyptian's replacement, Daniel Sturridge, found the net late.

Liverpool, who finished fourth last season, haven't won the English title since 1990.

"We know about our expectations and we realize there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season," manager Juergen Klopp said. "That is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard. We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in."

Also Sunday, Southampton and Burnley drew 0-0.


Woakes takes his chance to give England 2-0 lead over India

England's Chris Woakes celebrates taking the wicket of India's Hardik Pandya during the fourth day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Sam Johnston

London (AP) — After starring with the bat, Chris Woakes took his chance with the ball.

The allrounder and man of the match claimed the final wicket as England beat India at Lord's by an innings and 159 runs in the second test to take a 2-0 lead Sunday in the five-match series.

India were all out for 130 in their second innings, barely improving on 107 in the first. England had earlier declared on 396-7 — with Woakes 137 not out, his first test century — during the opening session of the fourth day.

"Coming back into the side — as someone that's always been a big part of the squad for a long period of time now — it's great to see him (Woakes) taste some rewards," England captain Joe Root said.

Woakes returned largely due to the absence of Ben Stokes, who is standing trial for affray at a court in Bristol.

Stokes and Sam Curran — the player preferred to Woakes for the first test at Edgbaston — both impressed as England won with a day to spare despite Thursday being completely washed out.

Having shared a match-turning partnership of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93) on Saturday, Woakes added 17 to his overnight score before England declared with a lead of 289 when Sam Curran was out for 40.

James Anderson then took over with the ball.

After 5-20 in India's first innings, Anderson got 4-23 in the second. He became the first player to take 100 test wickets at Lord's by removing Murali Vijay for a duck for the second time in the match.

As well as reaching the Lord's milestone, the dismissal — Anderson's 96th against India — made him the highest wicket-taker in test matches between the two nations.

His 97th soon followed. Another in-swinger did for Lokesh Rahul (10), striking him on the pad for a clear leg before wicket and India were 17-2 at lunch, hoping for prolonged rain.

An inspired spell from Stuart Broad, during which he took four wickets in seven overs for just seven runs, put England on the brink of victory.

Broad had Ajinkya Rahane caught in the slips and then bowled Cheteshwar Pujara — who made a defiant 17 from 87 balls — with a wicked in-swinger.

With the tea interval looming, Broad got the key wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, who dropped down a place to No. 5 after not taking to the field due to a back strain as England batted in the first session.

Kohli appeared restricted in movement and was caught by Ollie Pope at short leg for 17.

But Kohli downplayed fears over his condition, saying he was "confident" he'd be ready to play when the series resumes at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

The next ball Broad trapped Dinesh Karthik lbw for a golden duck, leaving India at 66-6 when rain forced an early tea an over later. Broad ended with figures of 4-44.

"I was gutted when that rain arrived," Broad said. "I was feeling in really good rhythm."

Hardik Pandya (26) and Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) showed defiance to put on India's highest partnership of the match — 55 runs for the seventh wicket — but Woakes again showed his value. He trapped Pandya leg before, and England quickly surged to victory.

"Even when the ball is doing a bit you have to pitch it in the right areas and their guys were relentless with the ball," Kohli said. "They made us work hard for runs and put a lot of pressure on us."

Anderson took his tally for the match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the series.

"Trying to get the ball out of Broad's and Jimmy's (Anderson's) hands when it's like that can be tricky," Woakes said. "But they're world class and they showed how good they can be this game."


Duplantis sets U20 record at Euros; 3rd gold for Asher-Smith

Sweden's Armand Duplantis makes an attempt in the men's pole vault final at the European Athletics Championships in the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ciaran Fahey

Berlin (AP) — The 18-year-old Armand Duplantis won a thrilling pole vault competition and British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith powered to her third gold medal at the European Athletics Championships on Sunday.

Sweden's Duplantis was the star on the final day, soaring to an under-20 world record of 6.05 meters. He set it at 5.95 before breaking it twice and extended his own personal best by 12 centimeters.

"I just knew I need to go higher to solve it. It was crazy and pretty tough for me as I just improved my PB," Duplantis said. "I had to switch the poles at the higher heights for the ones I have never used before in the competition."

World record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France finished with bronze after reaching 5.95 meters, behind Russian Timur Morgunov with a personal best 6 meters.

Duplantis' rivals, led by Lavillenie, were already congratulating him after he had cleared 6 meters. Duplantis had trained with Lavillenie in France and the 31-year-old shared in the young Swede's celebrations.

"What he did today was just amazing," Lavillenie said.

Asher-Smith, who had already won the women's 100 and defended her 200 title, led Britain to gold in the 4x100 relay. She overtook her Dutch and German rivals on the final straight as Britain won in a world-leading 41.88 seconds.

"I'm glad I was the last one to run, it was easy," the 22-year-old Asher-Smith said.

Britain also claimed gold in the men's 4x100, ahead of Turkey in second and the Netherlands. Germany's hopes took a tumble in the heats when Lukas Jakubczyk brought teammate Julian Reus down on the final change. Jakubczyk left the stadium with bandages around his head, arms and shoulders, while Reus injured his shoulder.

"It's bitter because we were well placed in the race," teammate Patrick Domogala said.

Gesa-Felicitas Krause delighted home fans at Berlin's Olympic Stadium by defending her 3,000 steeplechase title and claiming Germany's sixth gold.

"I really wanted to win here. I had no Plan B, only winning was in question," Krause said. "It's a wonderful feeling."

Fabienne Schlumpf of Switzerland was second, ahead of Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal.

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan won the women's 5,000 in a championship record time of 14:46.12, and Poland's world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk won her fourth consecutive gold in the hammer throw with a championship record 78.94 meters.

Nelson Evora of Portugal won the men's triple jump, leaving Alexis Copello to settle for silver on his 33rd birthday. It was Azerbaijan's only medal of the championships.

Earlier, Volha Mazuronak of Belarus won the women's marathon in 2:26:22, while Koen Naert of Belgium ran a championship record 2:09:51 for gold in the men's.


Update August 11-12, 2018

Pogba scores as Man United win Premier League opener

Manchester United's Paul Pogba takes a shot on goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, in Manchester, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Manchester, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier League season opened on Friday.

Having returned from France's triumph in Russia last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.

After an unusual stuttering run-up that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the first goal from a third-minute penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled a shot from Alexis Sanchez.

The France playmaker then continued to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford, leading his team-mates by example.

United had several chances to extend their lead against a Leicester side that called goalkeeper David De Gea into action more often than Mourinho would have liked.

The manager, however, celebrated on the touchline after defender Luke Shaw directed home his first senior goal to put the result out of reach after an excellent through ball from Juan Mata.

Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester.

"Pogba was a monster, we thought maximum 60 minutes, he managed (more than) 80," Mourinho said after taking his captain off late in the game. "Pre-season was very hard and we needed this fantastic spirit by the players to manage this performance and this result.

"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. I am (also) very pleased for Luke. He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively."

Leicester looked startled by United's early intensity but slowly began to feel their way into the match, with debutant James Maddison shining.

Demarai Gray clipped in a smart ball that Kelechi Iheanacho followed with a strike across the face of goal, before a fierce Maddison shot was stopped by De Gea.

At the other end, Andreas Pereira, making his first United appearance since February 2016, looked sharp in midfield alongside Pogba.

Matteo Darmian tested Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half that United started with bundles of possession, but few clear-cut chances.

A good opportunity came when Pogba fed Sanchez and he set up Mata, who had a shot that was deflected just wide.

But it was far from one-way traffic. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray almost flicked home.

It was Shaw, who just like Pogba has endured some tough times under Mourinho, who was the unlikely late hero for United.

With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball past a defender before sending a low left-footed strike into the net.

It was the first senior goal for former England and Southampton defender Shaw, on the 23-year-old left-back's 141st appearance.

"It's important to win and play well," Mourinho said. "We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have. Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt."

Leicester manager Claude Puel praised his players.

"It was not a good result, but it was a good performance," Puel said. "We showed good control, good football, a lot of chances. We had chances to score in the first half. It was more difficult in the second half."


Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA

Brooks Koepka watches his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Friday, Aug. 10, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Doug Ferguson

St. Louis (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major.

Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn't as reliable, he didn't see many putts drop and he didn't hit the ball quite as well as the day before.

"I can live with that," he said Friday after a 4-under 66.

That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all majors.

And it was only good for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner.

There were two rounds of 63, one 64 and six 65s. And that was only half of the 156-man field.

Still to be determined was whether Woodland's score even holds up as the lead. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a wash when rain pounded the course. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under.

Tiger Woods had three birdies through seven holes as he tried to get in range.

"I felt I was headed in the right direction," said Woods, who was at 3 under. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us."

The second round was to resume at 7 a.m. local time. The greens would be slightly smoother, the course slightly longer, the approach unchanged — see flag, aim at flag.

Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed. He was playing with Kisner, who shot 29 on the back nine and was in the middle of the ninth fairway — his final hole — needing a birdie to become the first player to shoot 62 in the PGA Championship. He came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday.

Right in front of them was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for no other reason than he likes to make birdies. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62. Instead, he was the 15th player to shoot 63 in the PGA Championship.

"My caddie said something walking off," Koepka said. "I didn't even think of it. I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are."

And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16 players with his eight-birdie round of 63.

No one from the afternoon draw completed more than 12 holes. The plan was to finish the second round, make the cut and then immediately start the third round in threesomes off both tees.

"I feel like we're in a good spot," Fowler said. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens."

Bellerive really had no defense.

Woodland and Kisner played in the same group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to just about any game. Woodland is among the most powerful players in golf. Kisner is not. He relies more on a clean hit with his irons and a great short game.

The course is so soft — not so much from Tuesday's rain, but the extreme heat that requires more water on the turf — that every flag is accessible provided players find the ample fairways.

"Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron," Kisner said. "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags. But being receptive, that's my only hope."

Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open.

Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots behind.

Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, had a 66 and joined Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters (66) at 133.

Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam. Spieth didn't get under par for the tournament until his seventh hole Friday — the par-3 16th hole — and he managed to do enough right for a 66 to get within seven shots of the lead.

Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak. It's the nature of the course that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that separate him from Woodland.

"A little frustrated at this place in general," Spieth said. "This course would be phenomenal — and probably is phenomenal — if it's not playing soft. You get away with more. You don't have to be as precise. ... Personally, I would prefer more difficult and firmer, faster conditions on the greens. Having said that, I would have shot a much higher score yesterday."

Defending champion Justin Thomas was at 2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars in his seven holes. On a day like this, that meant losing ground.

"It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning," McIlroy said.

Midway through the afternoon round, the cut was projected to be even par. Woodland, even with the lowest 36-hole score in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, still had a long way to go. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe.

"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is," Woodland said. "I'm not too worried with what anyone else is doing out there."


5-wicket Anderson helps England skittle India out for 107

India's Murali Vijay is bowled by England's James Anderson during the second day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Sam Johnston

London (AP) — James Anderson ran out of Indian batsmen to dismiss as he sought to become the first bowler to take 100 test wickets at Lord's on Friday.

England's leading wicket-taker lifted his tally at 'the home of cricket' to 99 by claiming five victims as India were skittled out for 107 on Day 2 of the second test.

Rain prevented play on Thursday and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of action began shortly after 5 p.m.

India were already 15-3 at that point, mainly thanks to Anderson.

The 36-year-old paceman quickly justified Joe Root's decision to put India in to bat as clouds gathered in northwest London, taking five balls to bowl Murali Vijay (0) with a late away swinger and then inducing an edge from Lokesh Rahul (8).

"I'd have been so disappointed if I'd messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in," Anderson said.

When play briefly resumed after lunch, India gave England some assistance as the recalled Cheteshwar Pujara (1) was run out following a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli.

Kohli had single-handedly made the first test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn't repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord's.

Chris Woakes — replacing Ben Stokes who is in court in Bristol on a charge of affray — had Kohli dropped at slip by Jos Buttler, before the same fielder redeemed himself the next ball as he caught the Indian skipper for 23.

A bizarre repeat occurred minutes later when Buttler dropped Hardik Pandya (11) much to Woakes's frustration, but once more took an immediate chance to atone for his error, leaving India 61-5.

Sam Curran bowled Dinesh Karthik (1) with a looping inswinger, before Anderson returned to finish the job he'd begun.

First went Ajinkya Rahane (18), who looked the most accomplished of the batsmen before edging to Alastair Cook at slip.

"You cannot be too harsh on yourself when you get conditions like this," Rahane said. "Anderson, he was really good. He bowled in the right areas."

Kuldeep Yadav, recalled for his left-arm spin bowling, soon followed for a duck, before Stuart Broad interrupted the Anderson show by removing the counter-attacking Ravichandran Ashwin, who top-scored with 29.

With the day's play coming to an end, Anderson trapped Ishant Sharma lbw for a duck to claim a sixth Lord's five-wicket-haul and finish with figures of 5-20.

"We hardly bowled any bad balls, didn't give them much to hit at all," Anderson said. "When you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it is difficult."

With an improved weather forecast for Saturday, England will have better conditions to attempt to build a big lead.

Batting at No. 4 will be 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is making his debut after replacing Dawid Malan.


Ingebrigtsen, 17, follows brothers' example to win Euro gold

Norway's gold medal winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen is flanked by his brothers Henrik Ingebrigtsen, left, and Filip Ingebrigtsen after the men's 1500-meter final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ciaran Fahey

Berlin (AP) — Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway became the youngest winner of the European Athletics Championships men's 1500 meters on Friday.

Filip, the defending champion, and Henrik, the 2012 winner, tried to make it a family sweep of the medals but were pipped to silver and bronze by Poland's Marcin Lewandowski and Britain's Jake Wightman, respectively.

Jakob won in 3 minutes, 38.10 seconds, while Henrik missed out on a medal by 0.25 seconds. Filip finished further back.

In another race featuring brothers at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, Britain's Matthew Hudson-Smith won the 400 from Belgium's Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, who took silver and bronze, respectively.

Christin Hussong delighted the home fans by starting with a championship-record 67.9 meters in the javelin, effectively sealing Germany's third gold with her first throw.

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France edged Russian rival Sergey Shubenkov in a photo finish to win the men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.17 seconds. Spain's Orlando Ortega took bronze.

Lea Sprunger of Switzerland turned 2016 bronze to gold in the women's 400 hurdles, while defending champion Nataliya Pryshchepa of Ukraine won the women's 800.

World and Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium won the women's hepathlon ahead of Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Germany's Carolin Schaefer.

Schaefer sent best wishes to team-mates Louisa Grauvogel and Mareike Arndt, who missed the 800 - the last event out of seven - after their earlier involvement in a car crash on the way back to the team hotel.

Russian high-jumper Mariya Lasitskene cleared 2 meters to win the women's competition ahead of Bulgaria's Mirela Demireva. Germany's Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch appeared happiest with her bronze, however.

"To win it here in Berlin is a dream," Jungfleisch said of her first international medal.

Paraskevi Papahristou of Greece claimed gold in the women's triple jump.


Update August 10, 2018

Woodland feels at home in Missouri, leads PGA with 64

Gary Woodland walks to the 15th green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Doug Ferguson

St. Louis (AP) — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It's a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive.

Woodland delivered his best performance in a major Thursday at the PGA Championship.

All because of his putter.

Once he settled down while playing before so many family members and friends, the Kansas-bred Woodland ran off seven birdies and made five putts from 15 feet or longer for a 6-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in an opening round that otherwise went as advertised.

Keep it in the fairway, and low scores were available.

Woodland led 47 players who broke par, with 15 players were separated by three shots at the top. Tiger Woods was not among them because he was in thick grass and at the bottom of a pond early on before rallying to salvage a 70.

"If you can ball-strike your way around this golf course, you'll walk off thinking it's pretty simple," Jason Day said after a 67. "If you struggle a little bit off the tee, then it obviously makes it harder."

Fowler missed only three fairways and putted for birdie on all but two holes for his 65 in the morning.

Woodland is built like a player who grips and rips it, but the grip that mattered the most was on his putter. After starting work at the British Open with European-based putting specialist Phil Kenyon, Woodland decided to put an oversized grip on his putter Tuesday at Bellerive.

The stroke suddenly felt easy. It looked easy.

He holed a 15-foot par putt on No. 5 — "It's the first time I'd seen a putt go in," he said — and Woodland was on his way. Even sweeter was playing in front of 100 faces he recognized from home in Kansas — playing in Missouri, of all places.

"This is as close as I'll ever play to home," he said. "So it's nice to have the support."

Fowler played in the morning, when the greens were slightly smoother, and made five birdies over his last 11 holes for a 65. It was an important start for Fowler, who turns 30 this year and already is regarded as among the best without a major. The closest he has come to such a trophy is celebrating those won by his friends.

"It's not something I necessarily worry about," Fowler said. "Keep putting ourselves in position, get in contention ... we have had plenty of runner-ups. Jack (Nicklaus) had a lot of runner-ups. We'll just keep beating down that door."

Two-time major champion Zach Johnson and Brandon Stone of South Africa were at 66.

Dustin Johnson reached 5 under until a few wild drives on the back nine cost him. The world's No. 1 player had to settle for a 67, along with Jason Day, Justin Rose and eight other players.

It was more of a struggle for Woods, drenched in so much sweat that he changed shirts after 12 shots — that was only two holes and a tee shot. He had to make an 8-foot putt to escape with bogey on No. 10, and then dumped a wedge into the water for double bogey on No. 11. Woods was 3 over through seven holes, and then clawed his way back to even par.

"A lot of things could happen. Not a lot them were positive," Woods said. "But I hung in there and turned it around."

Defending champion Justin Thomas let a good start slip away. He didn't make a putt outside a few feet over the last 12 holes and shot 69. Jordan Spieth, in his second crack at the career Grand Slam, opened with a double bogey and finished two bad swings off the tee that sent him to a 71.

The secret was simple: Avoid the rough.

Woodland, who played college basketball for one year at Washburn as a freshman before switching to golf at Kansas, is among the most powerful, athletic figures in golf. He had 145 yards to the front on No. 5 and couldn't get it to the green.

"Pretty nasty," he said.

For Woodland, success in the big events has been hard to find. He still hasn't registered a top 10, and he hasn't contended in any tournament since winning the Phoenix Open more than six months ago.

The frustration was in the short game, and Woodland finally had enough at the British Open when his manager hooked him up with Kenyon. They worked briefly at Carnoustie, last week at Firestone, and Woodland is starting to see the results.

His longest putt was from 45 feet down the hill at No. 11, followed by a 25-footer on the next hole. He finished off his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and then a pitch-and-run to tap-in range after reaching the front of the green in two on the 591-yard 17th.

"You work so hard and you want to see results to back up the work that you've done," he said, "and today was just a step in the right direction."


Gold for Guliyev at Euros, hurdler Herman ends German hopes

Turkey's Ramil Guliyev celebrates winning the men's 200 meter final race at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin (AP) — World champion Ramil Guliyev won the men's 200 meters at the European Athletics Championships on Thursday, and Elvira Herman of Belarus denied German hopes of gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

Turkey's Guliyev set a championship record of 19.76 seconds in beating Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Switzerland's Alex Wilson.

The 21-year-old Herman clocked 12.67 seconds to beat Olympic bronze medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz (12.72) and Cindy Roleder (12.77) - both of Germany - for her first medal at a major meet.

Olympic champion Thomas Roehler won gold in front of home supporters in the javelin with a throw of 89.47 meters, beating German compatriot Andreas Hofmann and Estonia's Magnus Kirt. World champion Johannes Vetter finished fifth.

World champion Karsten Warholm of Norway won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.64, ahead of Turkey's Yasmani Copello and Ireland's Thomas Barr.

France's two-time Olympic silver medalist, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, won his fifth European gold overall with his fourth 3,000 steeplechase title.

Also, Greece's world and Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi successfully defended her European title against compatriot Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and Britain's Holly Bradshaw.


Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto

Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 9. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto (AP) — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb's serve early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

"I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I'm putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis," Tsitsipas said. "I'm pretty sure I'm making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I've never felt so many emotions after a victory."

Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus. Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court winner before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

"I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan," Tsitsipas said. "I knew that at some point he's going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened."

Tsitsipas will face second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal led Swizterland's Stan Wawrinka 6-5 when play was delayed by rain at night. The will play sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. Cilic beat 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.

Fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria set up another quarterfinal. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4).

In the other quarterfinal, Karen Khachanov of Russia will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Khachanov beat eighth-seeded John Isner of the United States 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), and Haase topped Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2.


4 golds from 4 events: Peaty displays breaststroke dominance

From left, Adam Peaty, Nicholas Pyle, James Guy, Duncan W Scott, of Great Britain, pose with their gold medals after the quartet won the 4 X 100 meters medley relay men’s final at the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Eric Willemsen

Glasgow, Scotland (AP) — Olympic champion Adam Peaty displayed his untouchable dominance in breaststroke one more time at the European Championships to help Britain's swimmers win the men's 4x100-meter relay on Thursday.

Peaty gave himself a clean sweep of four gold medals from as many events.

Britain was trailing leader Russia by 1.81 seconds after Nicholas Pyle had opened the race, but Peaty's explosive 100 meters turned that deficit into a lead of one second. James Guy and Duncan Scott built on that to beat Russia by 1.59 seconds and set a championship record of 3 minutes, 30.44 seconds.

"The crowd got going and I knew I just had to hold my ground and get it back to these guys," Peaty said.

The Olympic 100-meter breaststroke champion returned to form this week after a rare defeat in the 50 breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games four months ago.

But in the Tollcross arena, Peaty approached his best again, peaking by improving his own world record in the 100 breaststroke to 57.10 seconds on Saturday.

Benjamin Proud won the 50 free to raise Britain's medal haul to nine golds and 24 in total, equaling its achievement from the European Championships in Berlin four years ago.

However, it left the host nation one gold medal short of Russia's leading tally.

Yuliya Efimova won four of her country's 10 golds as she completed a clean sweep of the breaststroke events by winning the 50-meter race, following her victories on the 100 and 200.

Efimova, who is the Olympic silver medalist in 100 and 200, dominated Thursday's final in 29.81 seconds to beat Britain's Imogen Clark by more than a half-second, though the Russian stayed 0.15 short of the championship record she set in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Peaty's and Efimova's four-gold hauls were matched by Sarah Sjostrom, who won all women's races over 50 and 100 meters in butterfly and freestyle.

The Olympic champion from Sweden slammed her hand on the water and put a thumb up after winning the 50 fly in 25.16, around seven tenths slower than her own world record time. Like Peaty, Sjostrom won every event she entered.

"Of course I'm very happy with four gold medals but I always want to compare with the times I've done before and I want to keep improving, see faster times on the scoreboard," Sjostrom said.

David Verraszto edged Britain's Max Litchfield to claim his third straight European 400 individual medley title after also winning in Berlin in 2014 and London two years ago.

Ecstatic about his win, the Hungarian climbed out of the pool immediately, put three fingers up in the air and ran toward his teammates in the stands to celebrate.

In open water swimming, both golds went to the Netherlands as Olympic champions Ferry Weertman and Sharon van Rouwendaal won the 10-kilometer races.

In the men's event, Weertman caught up with leader Kristof Rasovszky on the final meters and beat the Hungarian in a photo finish, resembling Weertman's Olympic triumph over Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis two years ago.

"I came here to win and even though Kristof was way, way ahead of us, I just kept pushing it and pushing it," Weertman said. "And the touch was amazing, so it was great."

Van Rouwendaal beat Giulia Gabrielleschi of Italy by 7.3 seconds as she dominated the women's event, a day after landing the 5K title. The rest of the field, led by another Dutch swimmer, Esmee Vermeulen, finished more than 40 seconds off the pace.

Swiss triathlete Nicola Spirig won the women's event for her record sixth individual European title, after sharing the previous best mark with Portugal's Vanessa Fernandes.

The Olympic champion from the 2012 London Games was 0.51 seconds off the lead in eighth position after the swimming, but overtook leaders Jess Learmonth of Britain and Cassandre Beaugrand during the 40-kilometer cycling stage.

Building an insurmountable lead in the 10K run, Spirig had time to shake hands with spectators before crossing the finish 33 seconds ahead of Learmonth, who was the defending champion. Beaugrand took bronze.

"It feels amazing," Spirig said. "I think every medal at Europeans or worlds or Olympics is extremely special and you should just enjoy it."

It was the first European title since 2015 for the 36-year-old Spirig, who gave birth to her second child last year.

"I always wanted to stop at 30, but now I'm six years past that and I'm still winning and still enjoying it a lot," she said.

The men's triathlon race is scheduled for Friday.


Transfer flurry in EPL for every team apart from Tottenham

Chelsea's new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is unveiled during a press conference at Stamford Bridge, London, Thursday, Aug. 9. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — Fulham signaled their determination to stay in the Premier League by becoming the first promoted team to spend over 100 million pounds in the summer transfer window.

In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion pounds, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday. For the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham.

The only addition to the north London club in the new season is a new stadium and even that won't be ready for the first month — at least.

"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday.

Pochettino decided keeping players was the priority after a third successive top-three finish. Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semifinals.

Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semifinalists. But strong performances in Russia weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.

Kepa Arrizabalaga never made it on the pitch for Spain in Russia but Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper by meeting an 80 million euro buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid were already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the 35 million euro fee with Chelsea. The west London club did snap up a player from Madrid on loan for the season: Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who helped Croatia reach the World Cup final where they lost to France.

Last season's top-two teams spent nothing on Thursday. Champions Manchester City had already signed winger Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds from Leicester. Manchester United signed midfielder Fred, defender Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant last month, but manager Jose Mourinho was left frustrated in his efforts to further strengthen.

FULHAM

Preparing for their first Premier League campaign in four years, Fulham added five players on Thursday, including signing midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille, goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla and forward Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid. American owner Shahid Khan has funded the recruitment of 12 players for the west London club.

EVERTON

Everton completed the treble-signing of Brazil winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, along with Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The 23-year-old Mina, a Colombian defender, cost 31 million euros, while 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Gomes moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. Everton had already broken their transfer record in the offseason by paying Watford 40 million pounds for Richarlison, a forward who didn't even make Brazil's World Cup squad.

BRIGHTON

Brighton engaged in a flurry of deadline-day activity, including signing Martin Montoya from Valencia. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan right back has committed to a four-year contract with Brighton, with the move subject to international clearance.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace will be hoping history doesn't repeat itself after signing Ghana striker Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea. The 26-year-old Ayew has been relegated from the Premier League twice in the last three seasons — with Aston Villa in 2015-16 and Swansea last season. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side.

LEICESTER

Leicester have signed three central defenders in the transfer window, with Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu giving Claude Puel a number of options in the position. Preventing England World Cup star defender Harry Maguire joining Manchester United was a triumph for Leicester. They also secured another England international, striker Jamie Vardy, to a new contract through 2022 on Thursday.

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle signed Argentine defender Federico Fernandez from Swansea, reuniting with manager Rafa Benitez after playing for him at Napoli.

WOLVERHAMPTON

The promoted team signed Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on an initial season-long loan. The central midfielder has made six appearances for Belgium, including in the group-stage win over England at the World Cup.

CARDIFF

Back in the Premier League after a four-year absence, Cardiff signed midfielder Victor Camarasa on a season-long loan from Real Betis before the opening weekend.

WEST HAM

Lucas Perez joined West Ham after the striker struggled to make an impact at Arsenal.

SOUTHAMPTON

Liverpool striker Danny Ings secured a return to hometown club Southampton, initially on loan ahead of an 18 million pound permanent transfer next year.


Update August 9, 2018

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal win in Toronto

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Peter Polansky, of Canada, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto (AP) — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the rainy Rogers Cup on Wednesday.

Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4. The Serb had seven aces and never faced a break point in the 1-hour, 25-minute match that just beat the afternoon rain.

Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France's Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 at night after a series of rain delays.

A former world No. 1, Djokovic is seeded ninth in the event he last won in 2016.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it," Djokovic said. "I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well. Overall, my game was so-and-so. In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did."

Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas set up a match against Djokovic, knocking off seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Nadal will face the winner of the match between Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the winner last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0).

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (3), 6-2. Italy's Fabio Fognini, the No. 14 seed coming off a victory at Los Cabos, fell out with a  6-3, 7-5(14) loss to Canada's Denis Shapovalov.

Also, Karen Khachanov of Russia beat 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3); Ilya Ivashka of Belarus topped American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4; and American Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina withdrew because of a left wrist injury.

"Sorry to my fans in Toronto, but I have to pull out of the tournament since my left wrist needs some days of rest," Del Potro said in a tweet.

Del Potro, who had a bye in the first round after reaching the Los Cabos final last week, was set to play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Haase instead played Mikhail Youzhny, beating the Russian 7-5, 6-2.


Former world hurdles champion Bett killed in car crash at 28

In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates after winning the men's 400m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Mutwiri Mutuota and Gerald Imray

Nairobi, Kenya (AP) — Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the 2015 world championship title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in the country's famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said. He was 28.

Bett had only just returned home this week from the African championships in Nigeria.

Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani said Bett was killed in the crash on the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya's best-known distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley region.

Bett was driving alone, Wambani said.

Bett's SUV hit bumps in a road and rolled, landing on its roof in a ditch, his coach, Vincent Mumo, told The Associated Press. Mumo said the accident happened at about 6 a.m.

"I'm out of words," Mumo said. "We thank god for his life."

Mumo said Bett's twin brother, Aron Koech, who is also an athlete, was "beyond grief."

Bett was also the father of 2-year-old twin boys.

His gold in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 world championships in Beijing was a breakthrough victory for Kenya, normally a powerhouse only in middle- and long-distance events.

The triumph from Lane 8 was a big surprise as he became the first Kenyan to win a major title in the event. It signaled that Kenya was ready to challenge in track and field at the shorter distances, too.

Julius Yego, who also produced a surprise at the same world championships to win the javelin gold, wrote on Facebook: "Dark morning, horrifying news! Can't believe it's real but go rest with the angels Nicholas Bett!"

"I'm shocked beyond words!" Yego added. "My roommate in Beijing when we won gold together and it was just the other day we were in Nigeria."

Bett was initially a volleyball player before turning to track. He also won bronze medals at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4x400-meter relay.

"Bett earned the country great honors in his outstanding victories," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta wrote on his official Twitter page. "My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and friends."

The IAAF said it was "deeply saddened and shocked" by Bett's death. Athletics Kenya said it sent condolences to Bett's family and would help organize the funeral.

"We are really mourning the loss," Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said. "He has done a lot for this country ... he is still a young boy and we will really miss him."

Bett's twin brother was part of the Kenyan 4x400 team that won gold at last week's African championships in Asaba, Nigeria.

Bett didn't run on that team. He did make the final of the 400 hurdles at the championships but didn't win a medal.


Harting finishes 6th in final discus competition at Euros

Germany's Robert Harting leaves the field after the men's discus throw final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Ciaran Fahey

Berlin (AP) — Former Olympic discus champion Robert Harting bid farewell to his home fans by finishing sixth in his final competition, while Andrius Gudzius claimed gold for Lithuania at the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday.

Gudzius, the current world champion, threw 68.46 meters to beat Daniel Stahl of Sweden (68.23) and Austria's Lukas Weisshaidinger (65.14).

But Harting got the loudest cheers at Berlin's Olympiastadion following his last competition before retirement. The 33-year-old, a three-time world champion and the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was given a standing ovation after finishing sixth with a throw of 64.33.

Harting is fondly remembered among home fans for ripping his vest in two after winning his first world title in Berlin in 2009.

"It was a momentous evening for me because the circle closes here. It comes as a bit of a downer though," said Harting, who had been hoping to sign off with a medal. "There is a life after, and I'm looking forward to it."

Harting's younger brother Christoph, the Olympic champion, failed to qualify for the final.

The German crowd was celebrating when Arthur Abele won the men's decathlon for the host nation's first gold of the championships. Russian decathlete Ilya Shkurenyov took silver and Vitali Zhuk of Belarus bronze.

The 32-year-old Abele became the oldest European decathlon champion.

"To win it here in this stadium in front of my own fans, it's unbelievable. After so many injuries and so many setbacks, I'm overjoyed," said Abele, who had a cardboard crown placed on his head and was draped in the German flag.

In the women's shot put, Paulina Guba of Poland beat home favorite Christina Schwanitz to take gold.

"It's annoying when you know that you can easily throw another three-quarters of a meter," said Schwanitz, who had been going for her third consecutive European title.

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel won the women's 10,000 meters in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds, ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands and Sweden's Meraf Bahta.

Also, Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece produced a season-best 8.25 meters to win the men's long jump ahead of home favorite Fabian Heinle, who jumped 8.13. World champion Kevin Mayer of France was eliminated with no mark on Tuesday.


Swimmer Adam Peaty nears clean sweep with 3rd gold at Euros

Adam Peaty of Great Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 50 meter breaststroke men final at the European Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Eric Willemsen

Glasgow, Scotland (AP) — Swimmer Adam Peaty remained on course for a clean sweep at the European Championships after easily winning the men's 50-meter breaststroke on Wednesday.

The Olympic champion will leave the competition with four golds from as many events if he can help Britain take the title in Thursday's men's 4x100 medley relay.

Four days after setting a world record in the 100 breaststroke, Peaty broke the championship record in the 50 again, having already done so in qualifying.

Leaving the field seven tenths of a second behind, he shaved another 0.14 off his previous mark to finish in 26.09 seconds, 0.14 short of his world record from last year's world championships.

"Execution was probably 9.5 out of 10 but the race itself was 10 out of 10," Peaty said. "Missed a few strokes, maybe it cost me zero point zero something."

Winning a quartet of gold medals at European Championships is nothing new to the 23-year-old Briton, having done it twice before. He triumphed in the 50 and 100 breaststroke as well as the men's and mixed medley relays in Berlin in 2014 and again in London two years ago.

To repeat the feat at the Tollcross arena would still be special to him.

"People don't realize how much home crowd means to us," Peaty said. "When you get out there and it is absolutely roaring, that's the kind of stuff that gives us 10 percent extra."

Peaty's gold medal haul put an end to the doubts that crept into his mind following the Commonwealth Games four months ago, where he lost his four-year unbeaten record in the 50 breaststroke to South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.

Regardless the outcome of Thursday's relay, Peaty said the event had made him confident going into next year's world championships in Gwangju and, ultimately, the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

"Next year is looking very strong, very good technique-wise, very good power-wise," Peaty said. "I'm looking forward to South Korea, hopefully getting around that mark again. It's a great position to be in now."

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom also won her third gold of the championships. After triumphing in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, she added the 100 freestyle title by seeing off Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, who won her fourth silver medal.

Also, Evgeny Rylov won the 200 backstroke in a European record of 1 minute, 53.36 seconds, while Mykhaylo Romanchuk of Ukraine took the men's 800 freestyle title by beating 2016 champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy.

Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu defended her title in the women's 200 individual medley, and France beat title holders Netherlands in the mixed freestyle relay.


Chelsea sign goalkeeper Kepa after Courtois joins Madrid

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is shown in action against France during the 2018 World Cup semi-final in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 10. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

London (AP) — Chelsea have signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

Chelsea announced the signing on Wednesday after paying Kepa's 80-million-euro buyout clause — the biggest fee ever for a goalkeeper.

The transfer was completed shortly after Courtois' move to Madrid was also confirmed in a deal that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.

Kepa is considered Spain's goalkeeper of the future and was a reserve at the World Cup in Russia. The fee paid for him tops the 72.5 million euros Liverpool gave Roma for Alisson earlier this summer.

"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a statement.

The London club had to move fast to bring in a new No. 1 after Courtois made it clear this week that he wanted a transfer to Madrid. The Belgian had refused to turn up for training in recent days, and Chelsea said in a statement earlier Wednesday that the two clubs "have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical. Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan."

Real Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning before signing a six-year deal.

The Belgium goalkeeper, winner of the Golden Glove award as the World Cup's best goalkeeper, will be presented at 1 p.m. local time in Madrid before attending a news conference.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles. But the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in most recent transfer windows, and tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015 only to miss the deadline. Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Kepa.

Kovacic had not played much with Madrid since joining the club in 2015 and had been seeking a transfer. The Croatian midfielder was competing with regular Madrid starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
 


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