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Update August 25-26, 2018

Raikkonen and Vettel top practice sessions for Ferrari

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gets a pit service during the second practice session ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Jerome Pugmire

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (AP) — Kimi Raikkonen posted the fastest time in second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, offering Ferrari further encouragement after teammate Sebastian Vettel was quickest earlier Friday.

There is a third and final practice on Saturday ahead of qualifying, where Vettel needs a strong performance to put pressure on Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Raikkonen was .168 ahead of Hamilton and nearly a half second clear of the British driver's Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fourth quickest ahead of Vettel in mild but overcast afternoon conditions. Hamilton leads the overall standings by 24 points from Vettel, but the 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) Spa circuit nestled in the Ardennes forest is well suited to Ferrari and gives the German driver a chance to hit back.

"It's really close between us and Ferrari," Hamilton said. "The challenge is to find the right (car) balance."

Spa is also good for overtaking, negating the usual overly-dominant position of the driver who takes pole position. Hamilton is F1's all-time record holder with 77 poles — nine more than Michael Schumacher and 22 ahead of Vettel.

Hamilton also leads Vettel in GP wins: 5-4 this season and 67-51 overall.

Raikkonen last won at the season-opening Australian GP in 2013, but four of his 20 victories have been at Spa.

Only Ayrton Senna, with five wins, and Schumacher, with six, have had more success at Spa. Another victory for the 38-year-old Raikkonen could be timely in his bid to get a new Ferrari contract for next year.

Ferrari's last win here was in 2009, with Raikkonen behind the wheel during his first spell with the Italian manufacturer. Mercedes has won the past three races here.

In first practice at lunchtime, Vettel was .151 seconds quicker than Verstappen and .318 clear of Hamilton.

Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Bottas, who was penalized for too many engine changes and will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

Drivers are allowed to change each of the six engine parts twice in a season before incurring penalties. Multiple alterations were made to all six parts of Bottas' engine.

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg joins Bottas at the back of the grid after similar changes were made to his engine.

However, on a long and wide track good for overtaking, Bottas and Hulkenberg can fight their way back into a good position.

"It is possible to come up through the field here in Spa," Bottas said.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, hampered by an engine problem in P1, finished both sessions in sixth place. Red Bull has less power than Mercedes and Ferrari and, according to Verstappen, neither driver can realistically expect to finish higher than fifth and sixth.

Also in P1, British teen Lando Norris replaced Fernando Alonso for McLaren and was quicker than teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The 18-year-old Norris has impressed in F2 and is vying for an F1 seat at McLaren next year, while Vandoorne is fighting to keep his place.

In front of his home fans in Belgium, Vandoorne was last in both practice runs.


Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold

 

Iran's Kabaddi team react after defeating India during the women's gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

John Pye

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — In what would have been unthinkable in India before the Asian Games, there'll be no kabaddi gold medals for the spiritual home of the sport.

A day after Iran stunned the seven-time champion Indian men in the semifinals, the Iranians won the women's title with a 27-24 thriller over India on Friday.

Too bad for India, which has long dominated a sport that blends tag and tackle with wrestling moves.

The Indian women took an early 7-3 lead but Iran rallied to take a 17-13 margin and eventually held on in a tense finish for victory.

The Iranian men were playing for gold against South Korea later Friday. The Koreans in the group stage became the first team ever to beat India's men's team at the Asian Games. This is the first time since the sport was introduced in 1990 that India won't win a gold.

India's woes continued when former No. 1-ranked Kidambi Srikanth was upset 23-21, 21-19 in the second round of men's singles in the badminton by Vincent Wong of Hong Kong.

The sixth day of competition was expected to be headlined by Japanese teenager Rikako Ikee and her bid for a sixth gold medal, and a record-equaling eighth medal at a single Asian Games.

Ikee led qualifiers in the heats of the women's 50-meter freestyle.

China's three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang was aiming for his fourth freestyle gold medal of the games, hoping to add the 1,500 title to his victories in the 200, 400 and 800.

Until Friday, no cyclist had won both the road race and the individual time trial at the same Asian Games. Now two cyclists have done it.

Two days after her road race victory, South Korea's Na Ah-reum won the women's time trial at Subang in West Java from  Eri Yonamine of Japan and Leung Wing Yee of Hong Kong.

Kazakstan's Alexey Lutsenko made it back-to-back golds on back-to-back days by winning the men's time trial from Muradjan Khalmuratov of Uzbekistan and Japan's Fumiyuki Beppu, whom he edged in a sprint finish to the road race 24 hours earlier.

Japan won its fifth consecutive Asian Games softball gold medal with a 7-0 shutout against Taiwan.

The first Asian Games gold medal ever awarded the Asian Games, and Cambodia's first medal for the 2018 games, went to Jessa Khan, who beat Mahra Alhinaai of the United Arab Emirates in the women's 49-kilogram class.

Kim Hyo Sim won North Korea's fifth gold medal in weightlifting with victory in the women's 63-kilogram division.

Kim collected gold with a total of 250 kilograms, well clear of fellow North Korean Choe Hyo Sim, who was a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 world championships.

With China barred from the weightlifting competition for doping violations, the North Koreans are atop the standings in the sport.

The first doping case of the Jakarta-Palembang games was registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan. The Olympic Council of Asia said Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a test on the eve of the opening ceremony.

There were six doping cases at the last Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.


Koepka powers into a share of the lead at Northern Trust

Brooks Koepka, left, shakes hands with Dustin Johnson after they completed the second round of the Northern Trust PGA golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., Friday, Aug. 24. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)

Doug Ferguson

Paramus, N.J. (AP) — Brooks Koepka showed some muscle and unleashed a monstrous finish Friday to share the lead in The Northern Trust.

Tiger Woods missed yet another putt and was relieved to still be playing.

Koepka spent most of the second round trading birdies and bogeys, going nowhere. One swing changed everything on the 631-yard 13th hole at Ridgewood Country Club. From just under 310 yards, he swung 3-wood as hard as he could and saw the tight draw that had been missing all day. It stopped 20 feet from the hole, Koepka made it for eagle and then closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 65.

He tied Jamie Lovemark, who shot a 66.

"I wasn't happy the first 11 holes the way I hit it," Koepka said. "When I hit that 3-wood, it all clicked. I felt like I was finally able to release the golf club. Just tried to hit as hard as I could, big draw. Aimed at the tree on the right and tried to draw it back to the flag. When I did that, everything started to click."

The U.S. Open and PGA champion took it from there.

Lovemark, winless in 135 starts as a pro, made five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn and was the first to reach 10-under 132.

Before long, a list of contenders lined up behind them in an entertaining start to the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Adam Scott, building on his confidence from playing in the final group at the PGA Championship, had a 64 for the low round of the tournament and was one shot behind. Another shot back was Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1, who had another 67 that for the second straight day featured a triple bogey on his card. At least he got this one out of the way early, taking five shots from a mangled lie in deep rough behind the first green.

"That was not a fun start," Johnson said. "There was nothing to do but laugh at that point."

Bryson DeChambeau had a 66 and joined Johnson at 134. The group at 7-under 135 included Sean O'Hair, who is No. 112 in the FedEx Cup and needs to get to No. 70 by the third playoff event at the BMW Championship being played this year at Aronimink, his home club outside Philadelphia. He already is planning to play the member-guest a few weeks later, but O'Hair would love to play Aronimink for a $9 million purse.

Woods was not part of the action, even though he hit the ball beautifully. Woods had a birdie putt on every hole until the par-3 15th, when his tee shot rolled just off the green against the collar. All he had to show for it was two birdies, giving him four birdies in 36 holes.

He finished with a three-putt bogey from just inside 30 feet, giving him another 71. He made the cut on the number, leaving him 10 shots behind.

"The name of the game is you've got to make putts, and you've got to roll it," Woods said. "No matter how good your drive, you've still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn't putt very well today. I had a hard time seeing my lines, and consequently didn't make anything."

Jordan Spieth made putts to get off to a good start, only to give it all back with a triple bogey on his 10th hole of the round at No. 18. Worse than pulling his tee shots into the trees, worse than the penalty shot, was Spieth sweeping in a 10-inch putt for double bogey only to stub the putter and move the ball only a few inches.

Scott continues to keep two putters in the bag, long and short. The idea is to use the short putter for the medium-length putts that have been a struggle for him. At the PGA Championship and at Ridgewood, however, he has found a good stroke with the long putter and felt no need to change.

The biggest difference is confidence. He is starting to recognize the player who reached No. 1 in the world a few years ago, and only a month ago was getting closer to falling out of the top 100. The third-place finish at Bellerive at least put him back in the top 50, but did a world of good between the ears.

"It's just been very hard to find that consistency for me this year, and I've been chipping away at it the last couple months and it all came good at the PGA," Scott said. "And teeing off this week, I felt the most confident of any tournament this year. I just couldn't wait to get up here, really."

Koepka knows all about confidence with two major trophies sitting at home in Florida. The knock has been that he hasn't won enough regular PGA Tour events, so he wanted to treat the FedEx Cup playoffs like majors in how he prepared, even down to renting a house and bringing his own chef, trainer and regular crew.

Five shots out of the lead, he tugged a tee shot into the left bunker on the reachable par-4 12th, and hit a clean sand shot to 3 feet for birdie. Then came a big drive on the 13th, and a 3-wood that carried him to his big finish.

Kevin Tway was the only other play to reach the 13th green in two. He shot 69 and was part of the group at 7-under 135.

"Sometimes it doesn't always go as perfectly planned as you'd like, and then you make one good golf swing, and all of a sudden you've got that feeling, you've got that rhythm and then you can build off that," Koepka said. "And that's kind of what happened today."


Yang leads CP Women's Open; Henderson shot back

Amy Yang, of South Korea, tees off of the 18th hole during the women's Canadian Open golf tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, Friday, Aug. 24. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Regina, Saskatchewan (AP) — Sung Hyun Park emerged from the scorer's tent to a swarm of fans after shooting an 8-under 64 on Friday in the second round of the CP Women's Open.

Few seemed to notice the defending champion and world's top-ranked female player as she strolled undisturbed down a path at Wascana Country Club.

These fans had only one person on their minds. Brooke Henderson is the star of this show, especially after a second straight 66 left her a stroke behind leader Amy Yang.

"Brooke is almost like Canada's Tiger Woods," Park said after her second straight round with Henderson and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist. "I was really surprised at how many fans came out to support Brooke today. To witness that was pretty awesome."

Dozens of fans — many clad in red and white and waving small Canadian flags — let out a roar when Henderson chipped in on her opening hole and they were just as vocal when the 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario, capped her round with another birdie. She took advantage of her length Thursday and short game Friday when the wind picked up Friday.

"I hit the ball in good spots and made birdie putts when I had them," Henderson said. "I feel like I made the most of today's round, which is always a great feeling. To be close to the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend is awesome, especially when you're here in Canada."

Jocelyne Bourassa is the only Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in the inaugural 1973 La Canadienne at Montreal Municipal. Henderson won the LOTTE Championship in April in Hawaii for her sixth tour title.

Yang followed her opening 66 with a 65 to reach 13 under. The three-time LPGA Tour winner from South Korea birdied four of the first five holes and finished with nine birdies and two bogeys.

"I was hitting it pretty solid out there," Yang said. "But I gave myself a lot of good chances and I think I made most of them out there."

Long-hitting Angel Yin shot a 67 to match Henderson at 12 under. Yin eagled the par-5 12th and closed with three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9.

Park's 64 left her tied for fourth at 10 under. The South Korean star won last week in Indianapolis to match U.S. Women's Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn for the tour victory lead with three. She eagled the par-5 14th, playing her opening nine in 6-under 31.

Jutanugarn, tied for the first-round lead with Nasa Hataoka and Mariajo Uribe after a 64, had a 70 to join Park, Hataoka (70) and Maria Torres (66) at 10 under. Jutanugarn won the event two years ago in Calgary.

Nordqvist was 8 under after a 66.

Uribe had a 73 to fall to 7 under.

Three-time champion Lydia Ko was 6 under after a 72. Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at age 15 to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title as an amateur in 2013, winning by five strokes in Edmonton. In 2015, back at Vancouver as a pro, she beat Stacy Lewis in a playoff.

Lexi Thompson missed the cut, shooting 72-78 playing alongside Ko and Women's British Open champion Georgia Hall. Winless in more than a year, Thompson tied for 12th last week in Indianapolis after taking three weeks off for emotional and mental fatigue.

Hall was 6 under after a 70.


Update August 24, 2018

Japanese teenager Ikee wins 5th gold medal at Asian Games

Japan's women's 4x100m medley relay team celebrate winning the gold medal during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Rikako Ikee is turning Jakarta's Asian Games pool into her own golden pond. Every time she dives into the water, she comes out with another medal.

The 18-year-old Ikee did it again Thursday, swimming the butterfly leg for the Japanese team that won the women's 4x100-meter medley relay.

The victory gave her a fifth gold and her seventh medal overall in Jakarta, leaving her in a tie for second in two of the most significant medal categories in the 67-year history of the region's biggest multi-sports event.

Only North Korean shooter So Gin Man has tallied more at one edition, winning a total of eight medals, including seven gold, at the 1982 Asian Games.

Ikee still has one more race to come on the sixth and final day of swimming.

"I feel a bit broken and my body aches," Ikee said. "I'm proud to be an Asian champion, but I want to achieve more."

Ikee may get her chance. She also won four medals at last week's Pan Pacs against m opposition from the United States, Canada and Australia and is surfacing as Japan's great hope for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hong Kong and Singapore also won medals in the relay but only after China and South Korea, which initially finished second and third, were disqualified for leaving the blocks too early.

The relay victory was significant because it gave Japan the slimmest of leads over China in the sport's medal standings, which are important for both nations with the next Olympics taking place in Asia.

With six events remaining on the last night of swimming, Japan has 17 golds to China's 16. Only the tiny city-state of Singapore has broken the domination of those two countries in the pool this week, courtesy of Joseph Schooling's two titles.

The 100 butterfly Olympic champion wasn't at his best in the 50 fly but he found a way to get his hands on the wall first in 23.61 seconds, edging China's Wang Peng by 0.04.

"I think it's more like a controlled rage, all I was thinking about was trying to get my hips up and down as quick as I could, try not to spin, try not to slip too much. The rest, you can only hope for the best," he said.

Chinese backstroker Xu Jiayu was more animated than usual after he captured his fourth gold of the Games, winning the 200 in 1 minute, 53.99 seconds, then straddling the lane rope and raising his arms in the air in triumph before slamming his fists into the water.

Already a world champion for the 100 backstroke, he is shaping as one Asia's best Olympic hopes for Tokyo 2020. He has three backstroke titles in the meet, scooped up a bonus gold in the mixed relay and has a shot at one more in the men's medley relay.

China's Wang Jianjiahe beat the Asian Games record to win the women's 800 freestyle in 8:18.55, but Japan won the two other events decided Thursday.

Shinri Shioura beat his Japanese teammate Katsumi Nakamura by a fingernail to win the men's 100m freestyle gold in 48.71, with Nakumura clocked at 48.72, while Satomi Suzuki won the women's 50 breaststroke in 30.03 to collect her third gold in the Indonesian capital.


Serena, Venus Williams could meet in US Open 3rd round

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stevens pose with the tournament's trophies during the reveal of the 2018 U.S. Open draw in New York, Thursday, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Brian Mahoney

New York (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open.

If the sisters do play each other, the winner might face No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in the fourth round.

That section of the women's bracket, and a possible Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic quarterfinal showdown in the men's, provided the most intrigue when the brackets were revealed at Thursday's draw for the last major of the year.

This marks Serena's return to Flushing Meadows after missing the hard-court tournament in 2017 — she gave birth to her daughter last Sept. 1.

The 36-year-old American has won six of her 23 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was given the No. 17 seed by the U.S. Tennis Association — nine places above her current ranking.

Venus, who won five of her seven Grand Slam singles trophies in New York, is ranked and seeded 16th. She faces a tricky first-round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova, whose two major championships include the 2004 U.S. Open.

Kuznetsova was given a wild-card entry for the tournament, where main-draw play begins Monday.

Serena's opener comes against 60th-ranked Magda Linette of Poland. Should the Williams siblings both make it to the third round, they would play each other at a Grand Slam tournament sooner than they have since Venus beat Serena in the second round at the 1998 Australian Open — their very first head-to-head match on tour.

They've gone on to play a total of 29 times — Serena leads 17-12 — and that includes nine all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals, most recently at the 2017 Australian Open.

In the men's field, No. 1-ranked and defending champion Rafael Nadal opens against David Ferrer in an all-Spanish rematch of their 2013 French Open final. No. 2 Federer plays Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.

Federer lost in the quarterfinals last year and this time in that round could face No. 6 seed Djokovic, the Wimbledon champion who beat him two weeks ago in a tuneup and is considered a tournament favorite after having to miss it last year because of injury.

Nadal, however, isn't sure there is one.

"Of course Novak and Roger, they are doing very well and especially they like the hard courts," he said during the draw ceremony by the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. "Let's see. Let's see what's going on."

No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev and seventh-seeded Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, are also in Federer's half of the draw along with No. 30 seed Nick Kyrgios, the Australian whom Federer could meet in the third round.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2016 U.S. Open champion who missed last year's tournament because of injury and was given a wild card into this year's field, faces No. 8 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in one of the headline matches of the first round. Wawrinka, a three-time major titlist, eliminated Dimitrov in the first round at Wimbledon in June.

Nadal's half of the draw includes No. 3 seed and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro — who could face another former U.S. Open champion in Andy Murray in the third round — and fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up.

Besides Federer-Djokovic, the other possible men's quarterfinals are Nadal-Anderson, Del Potro-Dimitrov and Zverev-Cilic.

Women's No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki faces 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round. Sloane Stephens, the defending champion, is the No. 3 seed and could face former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

Potential women's quarterfinals include Halep vs. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova, Wozniacki vs. No. 5 Petra Kvitova, Stephens vs. No. 7 Elina Svitolina, and No. 4 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 6 Carolina Garcia.


Ricciardo had 'sleepless nights' about leaving Red Bull

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly of France, left, and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia smile during a media conference ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, Aug. 23. The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Jerome Pugmire

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (AP) — Although weighing up the decision to leave Red Bull gave Daniel Ricciardo "a few sleepless nights," he felt his unexpected move to join Renault was inevitable.

The Australian driver stunned F1 when, instead of signing a new deal with Red Bull on July 31 as widely anticipated, he announced days later he was joining Renault from 2019.

Not, he said, because of an uneasy relationship with Dutch driver and teammate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo insists there was "no falling out or bad blood" with Verstappen, team principal Christian Horner or any of the management.

His decision to leave was because he needed "fresh motivation" after feeling "frustrated and a bit numb" following so many years within Red Bull's set up. Ricciardo started in F1 with Toro Rosso — Red Bull's feeder team — in 2012 and joined Red Bull in 2014.

"I was really torn with what to do and that process took time," Ricciardo said Thursday. "It wasn't easy. There were a lot of factors and variables in my mind. When I weighed it up the change of setting, a new challenge, are probably the answers I needed."

Ricciardo began this season well, winning two of the first six races.

Then, the team's reliability problems resurfaced as did his sometimes difficult relationship with Verstappen. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, they crashed into each other. Neither accepted the blame.

Ricciardo was faster than Verstappen in Baku but couldn't get past him. As a frustrated Ricciardo tried to force his way past, Verstappen closed the door on him and Ricciardo, with no time to react, slammed into the back of his teammate.

It wasn't the first time they had collided.

Last year, Ricciardo was livid with Verstappen after being bumped off the track by him on the first lap of the Hungarian GP. Ricciardo described Verstappen's driving as "amateur" for the way he swerved into him when going wide on the exit from a turn.

Although the 29-year-old Ricciardo has won seven races for Red Bull, Verstappen is just 20 and considered the future star of F1.

By the age of 18, Verstappen became the youngest driver to win an F1 race and qualify in the top two positions. He has already won four F1 races, secured multiple podiums, and is one of the quickest and best at overtaking.

While Red Bull has always insisted the drivers were on equal footing, Verstappen was given a lucrative multi-year deal — before Ricciardo was offered his new contract — which appeared to suggest the team's focus was more on him.

Ricciardo was asked if his move to Renault was to get away from Verstappen.

"No is the short answer," Ricciardo replied, adding that perceptions that Verstappen was the team's designated No. 1 were inaccurate, albeit understandable.

"From the outside people thought that, but hand on heart there was never any concern or sign of that," Ricciardo said.

He was also happy with the new contract offered to him by Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko but it was not enough to change his mind about leaving.

"(Marko's) known me for 10 years and I think he'd sensed at times some frustration or maybe some things changing in me," Ricciardo said. "He was a little bit disappointed I was moving on."

Ricciardo's sudden refusal of a new deal left Red Bull scrambling for a new driver for next season.

The seat has gone to 22-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly, fast-tracked from Toro Rosso after largely exceeding expectations this season.

"He owes me a drink," said a smiling Ricciardo, who sat next to Gasly at Thursday's news conference. "Two drinks."

Gasly and Verstappen are friends since their karting days but that friendship might be more difficult to maintain on the F1 track.


Woods-Mickelson set for pay-per-view Thanksgiving weekend

In this May 10, 2018, file photo, Phil Mickelson, left, and Tiger Woods shake hands after the first round of the Players Championship golf tournament, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

New York (AP) — The winner-take-all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is on.

WarnerMedia says it has secured the rights for a pay-per-view event it is promoting as "The Match." It will be 18 holes between Woods and Mickelson held Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. The winner will receive $9 million.

The pay-per-view cost is to be announced later.

Woods announced that the match was on in a tweet, setting off Twitter banter with Mickelson, who only signed up for a Twitter account Wednesday.

WarnerMedia says pay-per-view coverage will be distributed through Turner's B/R Live, AT&T DirecTV and U-verse, and other on-demand platforms. HBO Sports and Bleacher Report will take part in the promotion.

Woods and Mickelson will make side bets during the match on such things as longest drive or closest to the pin.


Update August 23, 2018

Singapore's Schooling ends golden streak for China and Japan

Singapore's Joseph Schooling holds up his gold medal for photographers after winning the men's 100m butterfly final at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — It took a swimmer from one of the smallest countries in the region to finally end the streak of gold medals going to either China or Japan in the Asian Games pool.

Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling had an emphatic victory in the men's 100-meter butterfly final on Wednesday.

By his own standards, the 23-year-old Schooling was a touch slow to get off the blocks and resurface because he dived a little too deep, but once he was in motion he was unstoppable.

He covered the first lap in 23.79 seconds then powered home on the last length to win in 51.04 seconds, beating the Asian Games record of 51.76 he set when winning in Incheon four years ago.

It wasn't his best time or even close to his biggest win. They happened simultaneously when he beat Michael Phelps to win the Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, but he's savvy enough to know it was still another big triumph for his southeast Asian nation.

"It's all about standing up for your country and yourself and trying to get your hand on the wall first," Schooling said. "I had some jitters before, but that's good, it shows I'm taking nothing for granted. Every gold is special, it has its own story."

Once the Singapore anthem was played out over the stadium speakers, normal service resumed with Japan and China splitting the other seven gold medals decided on Wednesday.

After four of the six days of swimming events, the regional rivals are locked on 14 golds apiece.

After losing the 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Monday, China officials figured they couldn't match Japan's sprinters in the 4x100 freestyle relay so they gambled on bringing in Sun Yang, hoping he could produce something special.

He was on a scheduled day off after winning the 200, 400 and 800 on the first three days and with the 1,500 still to go when he got the call around midday.

He obliged, but it didn't make any difference as Japan pulled away to win.

"I swam great and we did everything we could but the Japanese sprinters are simply faster at the moment," Sun said, "that's a fact."

China did win the mixed relay by little more than a fingernail, giving backstroker Xu Jiayu his third gold medal in Jakarta and butterflyer Zhang Yuefi her second in a little over an hour.

The Japan squad is starting to notch some big some numbers, too. Teenager Rikako Ikee won a silver in the mixed relay to take her tally to six medals for the championships and with two events to go she's on course for a record eight.

Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki, racing in the outside lane, broke the Asian Games record to win the men's 100 breaststroke in 58.86 to collect his second gold, and Daiya Seto also picked up his second when he beat the Rio Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Hagino in the 400 individual medley in 4:08.79.

"That's the first time for a while I've put it all together like that," Seto said. "That's a big boost for me looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics."


India wrap up 203-win over England in 3rd test

Indian cricketers shake hands with England's James Anderson at the end of the third cricket test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Nottingham, England (AP) — Ten minutes and 17 balls. That's all it took for India to wrap up a big win over England on Wednesday and keep the test series alive.

In front of a smattering of spectators at Trent Bridge, India quickly took the one wicket they needed on the final day of the third test to clinch a 203-run victory.

England lead the series 2-1 with two tests left, the next match starting in Southampton on Aug. 30.

Indian captain Virat Kohli dedicated the win — just the country's seventh in tests on English soil — to those affected by the floods in the Indian state of Kerala that have left more than 200 people dead and sent more than 800,000 fleeing for dry land.

"It's a tough time there. People are going through a lot," Kohli said. "This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team."

Resuming on 311-9, England needed 210 more runs to complete what would have been a world-record chase. The paltry attendance at the start of play was a sign that the match was unlikely to last much longer and on the final ball of the day's third over, Jimmy Anderson (11) gloved a delivery from offspiner Ravichandran Ashwin toward the slips and Ajinkya Rahane backtracked to take the catch.

England were all out for 317.

"It's obviously disappointing after two very good performances," England captain Joe Root said. "I don't think we were at our best. India played very well and when you are playing against the best side in the world, you can't afford a bad day."

That's what happened on the second day at Trent Bridge, when England collapsed to 161 all out in their first innings — losing all 10 wickets in one session.

"We obviously lost that game on day two with the way we batted," England coach Trevor Bayliss said.

Root said Jonny Bairstow would be monitored ahead of the fourth test after the wicket-keeper broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand on Monday. Bairstow batted in the second innings — he was bowled first ball — with heavy strapping around the finger.

The England captain also said he expects Alastair Cook to play at Southampton. The opener's wife is heavily pregnant.

It was a dominant display in all aspects from the Indians after their humiliating loss in the second test at Lord's by an innings and 159 runs. They scored more than 300 runs in both innings, having posted only 107 and 130 at Lord's, and there was the added bonus of a strong bowling performance from paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who took 5-85 in England's second innings on his return to the team.

"The victory was much needed and to have a performance that was so clinical is pleasing for me as captain and the management," Kohli said. "All in all, it was the complete test match for us.

"We dominated this game because we got runs on the board. The bowling group was eager to take those 20 wickets again. It was about the batsmen, and what we could do to give them that cushion."

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, which staged the match, went back on its decision to charge spectators 10 pounds for entry for a day that potentially could have lasted only one ball. Instead, there was free admission.

"Frankly," the club said, "we got it wrong."


Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'

In this Aug. 21, 2018, photo, India's bridge player Finton Lewis watches a bridge match competition on a screen at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Stephen Wade

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — What's left of Finton Lewis' thinning hair is spiked and dyed an orange-red color.

The 64-year-old Lewis says the haircut keeps him feeling younger on the outside, and playing the card game of bridge keeps his brain nimble on the inside.

"I know I'm not as physically fit as most sports people are," said Lewis, who is playing for India in the bridge competition at the Asian Games.

Being fit doesn't matter much in bridge, which is being included for the first time in the Asian Games. Fans like to talk it up as a "mind game" in the same realm as chess.

Yang Kong Te of the Philippines is playing in the Asian Games at 85. Lee Hung Fong of Malaysia is 81. Indonesian billionaire Michael Bambang Hartono is a mere 78, and the big reason why bridge is on the schedule. His reported net worth in about $17 billion, a fortune made in tobacco, banking, and communications.

To be fair, the median age of the field is about 50, which is still generations away from 9-year-old Indonesian skateboarder Aliqqa Novvery — the youngest of the more than 11,000 competitors in the Asian Games.

The Olympic Council of Asia, which governs the games, reportedly balked at including bridge, which in the eyes of some is linked with card games such as poker, black jack — and hence, gambling.

To be fair, bridge would be as out of place in a casino as bullfighting in Bhutan.

The auditoriums set up for bridge are hushed, dotted with dozens of card tables with four players at each. At one session, curious photographers were given access for just five minutes, and then ushered away. Fans can watch the hands that are dealt — and how they are played — on large television screens filled with the red and black symbols for spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

"The photographers really wouldn't matter because the top players zone out these distractions," Aaida Abu-Jaber, a player from Jordan told The Associated Press. "They are in their zone and focused and they don't know what's happening around them. They are just looking at their cards and thinking."

Abu-Jaber called it "athletics of the mind, rather than the body."

There's no age limit, and no language barrier. Abu-Jaber said she's played against dozens of nationalities — on-line and in-person. The game has a universal language everyone understands, driven by English-rooted words like "no trump, slam, pass"and so forth.

"You can play with anybody, even if you can't understand their language and they can't understand yours," she said.

Though age is no problem, attracting a younger generation is.

Asadullah Khan, who is playing for Pakistan, joked that many of the players have "no hair and protruding bellies. Most of us are smokers and losing our cognitive skills."

For the record, 54-year-old Khan has all his hair — gray hair and a gray mustache.

"It's going to be an extinct game if the younger generation doesn't take it up," he said. "The younger people are not enthusiastic about bridge, not excited about it unless it runs in the family."

Khan said attracting younger players might be easy since bridge offers sedentary thrills, perhaps like computer games.

He argued that "defending a (card) hand well or making a special play" was just as exciting as serving an ace in tennis.

He even pushed for inclusion in the Olympics, which seems unlikely.

"It surely should be in the Olympics," Khan said. "Getting exposure like this helps."


New helmet rules have Brady, at 41, planning for next season

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls signals at the line of scrimmage during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Foxborough, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is breaking in a new helmet this exhibition season, yet another sign the 41-year-old quarterback is planning to play in 2019.

Brady's old helmet is among the models being phased out by the NFL because tests showed it is not as effective at protecting against concussions. The new rules take effect next season, but Brady used a compliant helmet in last week's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the one he has had through most of his NFL career.

Brady says he's still tweaking the new model to make sure the mask allows for the same comfort and peripheral vision as the one he's used to. The most visible difference for fans is that it has a panel in front instead of solid plastic.

The quarterback says he asked his teammates if he looked younger or faster in it. "They said yes, so I might keep it," Brady says.


Update August 22, 2018

Liu breaks 50-meter backstroke world record at Asian Games

China's Liu Xiang celebrates after winning the women's 50m backstroke final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Liu Xiang of China swam a world-record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women's 50-meter backstroke gold medal on Tuesday night at the Asian Games.

Liu has become the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

The 21-year-old Liu is entered in the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle at the Asian Games. She was a bronze medalist in the backstroke at the 2015 world championships and had a previous best time of 27.40.

Fu Yuanhui took silver in 27.68 in a 1-2 finish for China and Japan's Natsumi Sakai, the 2017 world junior champion, took bronze in 27.91.

Fu won the 50 and 100 backstroke titles at the 2014 Asian Games, was world champion in the 50 backstroke in 2015 and picked an Olympic bronze in the 100 backstroke at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.


India need 1 wicket to wrap up victory over England

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, right, Rishabh Pant, second right, and Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate the dismissal of England's Alastair Cook, front, during the fourth day of the third cricket test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Tuesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Nottingham, England (AP) — A first test century from Jos Buttler and late resistance from Adil Rashid helped England take the third test against India into a final day despite having little chance of victory at Trent Bridge.

India took an extra half-hour at the end of the day's play in a bid to wrap up victory, but England survived and will return Wednesday on 311-9 — still needing 210 more runs for what would be a world-record chase.

England had two mini-collapses either side of a partnership of 169 between Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62), who both demonstrated the kind of discipline and patience the top order failed to produce in slumping from 27-0 to 62-4.

Buttler was one of three batsmen dismissed by Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah in eight deliveries as England lost four wickets in 21 balls.

Rashid (30 not out) and Jimmy Anderson (8 not out) got through the final overs to frustrate the Indians, who are looking for a win to keep the series alive. Bumrah had figures of 5-85.

England lead 2-0 after wins in Edgbaston and Lord's but are highly likely to be 2-1 up heading to Southampton for the fourth test next week.

England resumed on their overnight score of 23-0 and, within an hour, it had turned into a damage-limitation exercise.

India paceman Ishant Sharma removed Keaton Jennings (13) with the fifth ball of the day and fellow opener Alastair Cook (17) in his next over, both to catches behind the wicket.

England captain Joe Root chased a wide delivery from Bumrah and edged to Lokesh Rahul at second slip for 13, one of his seven catches so far in the match. Indian captain Virat Kohli, a century-maker on Monday, then produced a brilliant diving catch at third slip to remove Ollie Pope for 16 four balls later and England were 84-4 at lunch.

Stokes and Buttler scored 89 runs in a second session, showing patience despite being naturally aggressive batsmen. Soon after tea, Stokes reached his slowest test half-century — off 147 balls — before Buttler hit successive fours to register three figures for the first time in his 23 tests.

It was a timely innings from the limited-overs specialist, who had a top score of 39 in his four previous innings this series.

Buttler departed when he left a delivery from Bumrah that jagged back and trapped him lbw. England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, who broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand on Monday, came out to bat with the finger heavily strapped but he was bowled first ball by Bumrah.

The paceman than made it three wickets in eight balls as Chris Woakes gloved him behind for 4. And when Stokes edged Hardik Pandya to Rahul in the slips, it seemed the English wouldn't survive to stumps.

Rashid just about ensured they did.


Pogba's future at Man United mired in uncertainty

Manchester United's Paul Pogba runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the Amex stadium in Brighton, Sunday, Aug.19. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Steve Douglas

Manchester (AP) - By placing the captain's armband on Paul Pogba, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho might have thought he would quell growing speculation about the World Cup-winning midfielder's future at the English club.

Comments by Pogba himself, and the player's outspoken agent, over the last two days have only added to the uncertainty.

After what he acknowledged was a poor individual performance in United's 3-2 loss at Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday, Pogba said he "should have done much better" and that his "attitude wasn't right."

United's sloppy display — and Pogba's central role in it — invariably attracted plenty of criticism, as with anything involving Britain's biggest soccer club. One of its greatest players of recent years, Paul Scholes, lamented the "lack of leaders in the team," a not-so-subtle condemnation of Pogba.

That prompted back-to-back tweets on Tuesday from Mino Raiola, Pogba's larger-than-life representative, who said Scholes "wouldn't recognize a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill."

Raiola followed that up with a post that was as scathing as it was intriguing.

"Paul Scholes should become sports director and advise Woodward to sell Pogba," he wrote, referring to United vice chairman Ed Woodward, the most powerful figure at the club besides members of the Glazer family. "Would be sleepless nights to find Pogba a new club."

The fact that Raiola veered toward the topic of Pogba's future is significant. The midfielder could still be sold to a leading European club this month — the transfer window remains open in Spain, for example — and Barcelona have been linked with a move for Pogba.

Raiola knows his tweets will be widely picked up and only serve to fuel talk of Pogba's reported unrest at United. "Mino Raiola" was trending in Britain throughout Tuesday.

The relationship between Pogba, signed for a then-world record fee of $116 million from Juventus in 2016, and Mourinho appeared strained last season. The midfielder was dropped for crucial matches, notably home and away against Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League when United exited in meek fashion.

In discussing Pogba's impressive displays for France at the World Cup, Mourinho tempered praise of the player by saying: "I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him, it's about him giving the best he has to give."

Mourinho's decision to give Pogba the captaincy for the start of the season, while regular captain Antonio Valencia is injured, was notable. Pogba responded by scoring in United's opening-day 2-1 win over Leicester in the Premier League on Aug. 10, but muddied the waters when responding to reporters' questions after the game about his current situation.

"There are things and there are things that I cannot say," he said, somewhat cryptically, "otherwise I will get fined."

Mourinho insisted last week that he "couldn't be happier" with Pogba, but the midfielder's explanation for his performance against Brighton didn't shine a positive light on his manager. It has come at a time when Mourinho is back under scrutiny after being at odds with United's board over the club's transfer strategy in the offseason, having failed to get the center back he craved.

Throughout his managerial career, Mourinho's third season at a team is usually when problems begin to surface. It happened in both of his spells at Chelsea, and also at Real Madrid.

It is also Pogba's third season back at United. The debate is on: Who will survive longer?


Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

 

Usain Bolt speaks at a press conference with the Central Coast Mariners soccer team in Newcastle, Australia, Tuesday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

Gosford, Australia (AP) — Star sprinter Usain Bolt says he passed up the chance to trial with clubs in Europe before accepting an offer to trial for a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners in Australian football's A-League.

Bolt trained with the Mariners for the first time on his 32nd birthday Tuesday, taking part in light passing drills and agility tests in front of a gallery of almost 100 reporters and photographers.

He has pledged to stay with the club for an "indefinite" trial period in the hope of achieving his long-held ambition to play professional football, a year after his retirement from the track.

The eight-time Olympic champion has trialed unsuccessfully with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway but is optimistic of breaking through with the Mariners, who finished last in the most-recent A-League season.

Mariners head coach Mike Mulvey said he is happy for Bolt stay with the team for a year if that is what he needs to fulfill his ambition.

Bolt said he had specifically targeted the A-League.

"We got offers from teams in Spain, France and stuff like that," Bolt told reporters. "But for me it'd be harder because you have to learn a new language. It wasn't in the top division.

"Australia is somewhere I enjoy coming. This is a start and I'm really appreciative of everything the Mariners have done."

Asked in what position he hoped to play, Bolt said he is "good at center forward but open to playing anywhere on the park."

"I look forward to scoring as many goals as possible and bringing home the trophy," he said. "But I'm just trying to get over the first hurdle now, that's to get a contract."


Update August 21, 2018

Salah sets up 2 goals as Liverpool beat Palace in EPL

Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt, left, duels for the ball with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London, Monday, Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) — Mohamed Salah won a first-half penalty converted by James Milner and also played in Sadio Mane for a late goal as Liverpool beat 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday for their second straight win to open the Premier League season.

In a typical all-action display by Salah, the Egyptian forward was also the player fouled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka that earned the Palace right back a straight red card in the 75th minute because he was the last man.

The score was 1-0 at the time, Milner having slotted in the penalty on the stroke of halftime after Salah tumbled under a challenge from Mamadou Sakho.

Mane secured victory in the third minute of stoppage time when he ran onto a pass from his own half by Salah, advanced half the length of the field, and rounded the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net at Selhurst Park.

"It was a very tough game. We knew before the game it would be," Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said. "I don't think the big teams ever win here comfortably. I think a well-deserved three points."

Liverpool started the season with a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham and are living up to their billing as a potential threat to title favorites Manchester City, the defending champions.

"I'm not interested in sending a statement to Manchester City or anyone else," manager Juergen Klopp said. "I want to win football games and that's what we did tonight."

Liverpool have yet to concede a goal and carry a constant threat with their front three of Salah — last season's top scorer in the Premier League — Mane and Roberto Firmino. Mane already has three goals this season.

The closest Palace came to scoring was when Andros Townsend curled a long-rage shot against the crossbar in the first half.

"I thought we pushed them very hard. We should have come in at 0-0 at halftime and the second half would have been even tougher," Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. "We gave them enough problems and we can consider ourselves unlucky to lose 2-0."

Liverpool and City are two of six teams with the maximum six points.


Kohli century leaves England facing big task to win 3rd test

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli bats during the third day of the third cricket test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Monday, Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Nottingham (AP) — India captain Virat Kohli kept up his brilliant summer form by hitting 103 before setting England a world-record target of 521 to win the third test and clinch the series with two matches to spare.

Nine overs into their run chase, England reached 23-0 at stumps and still need 498 runs to complete what would be a highly improbable victory at Trent Bridge.

The highest successful run chase in test history is 418, by West Indies against Australia in 2003.

England lead the five-match series 2-0.

Kohli has scored twice as many runs as any other player this series, with his 23rd test century adding to the 97 from the first innings to take his series average to 73.33. He made 149 in the first test at Edgbaston, and is in line to return to the top of the test batting rankings above Australia's Steve Smith.

A day after taking 5-28, Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 52 off 52 balls before India declared on 352-7 late on day three. Cheteshwar Pujara, resuming overnight alongside Kohli with India on 124-2, earlier made 72 after being dropped on 40 by Alastair Cook in the slips.

Cook (9) and Keaton Jennings (13) survived a testing spell before the close to take the target below 500. The pitch still looks good for batting, but India remain the heavy favorites.

"The pitch has quickened up a bit," Pujara said. "It is a lot quicker and there is a lot of deviation. On day four, it won't be easy for them to bat."

England's faint chances of avoiding defeat in Nottingham were hit during the first session of the day when wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand attempting to take a catch.

Bairstow didn't return to the field — Jos Buttler took over wicketkeeping duties — and England didn't give an indication of whether Bairstow will be asked to bat in the team's second innings.

"Although we are a long way behind," England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said, "we showed real effort and it was important not to lose any wickets this evening."


Sun, Ikee compete for attention in Asian Games swimming pool

Japan's Rikako Ikee celebrates with teammate Tomomi Aoki, left, after winning the women's 100m freestyle final during swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Sun Yang will have to compete for attention at the Asian Games after all.

His bid to win five gold medals has already been sunk after China was beaten in Monday's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, though it was no fault of his.

He'd won the 200 freestyle on Day 1 and the 800 gold on Day 2 less than two hours before the relay. China was well behind Japan when Sun dived in for the anchor leg, only to come up inches short in the lunge to the wall.

Sun has another rival, though not in any of his races.

Japanese teenager Rikako Ikee has surpassed Sun by winning three gold medals already in Jakarta, including a relay on the first night, and appears to be in the mood to win plenty more.

While Sun came up short in his attempt to win two golds in two hours, Ikee managed two inside of 45 minutes and made it look easy.

The 18-year-old Ikee, who has surfaced as one of Japan's great hopes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, won the women's 50-metres butterfly final then returned to the pool to win the 100 freestyle.

She also had a medal ceremony in between and had to go straight from the podium to the starting blocks for her second race.

She won the butterfly in 25.55 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 53.27 and set Asian Games records in both events.

"I achieved what I came to do tonight so I'm delighted," Ikee said. "The plan was to conserve energy in the first half of the race and finish strong — that's exactly what happened."

Sun cruised to victory in the 800 freestyle, which was added to the Asian Games program for the first time since 1951, finishing 4.65 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer. He still has the 400 and 1,500 to race but his drive for five is over.

"To train like this at my age is not easy, so I can feel satisfied with myself," Sun said. "Today we lost (the relay) to Japan, firstly because Japan performed really well — they are always excellent and we need to learn from each other. It should encourage us to do better.

"Secondly, we have two young swimmers in the relay team, we're trying to train our young swimmers and give them some experience. For myself today, one night, two finals is OK."

China's Xu Jiayu joined Sun by collecting his second gold of the Games when he won the men's 50 backstroke final after taking out the 100 on day one.

Kanako Watanbe, the 2015 world champion, retained her 200 breaststroke title but Kosuke Hagino — the outstanding swimmer of the last Asian Games when he won seven medals at Incheon — was beaten by China's Shun Wang in the 200 medley.

Hagino did avenge that defeat shortly after and pick up a gold in the relay with Shun taking silver as Japan drew level with China at the top of the swimming medals table with seven golds each.

No other country has won a gold in the pool on the first two days of competition. South Korea has won two silvers and Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam each have a bronze.


Japan opens Rugby World Cup stadium on 2011 tsunami site

Rugby players of Kamaishi Seawaves and Yamaha Jubilo play during an opening match at new Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Kamaishi, northern Japan, Sunday, Aug. 19. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Koji Ueda

Kamaishi, Japan (AP) — Japan opened a new stadium Sunday for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on the site of a school that was destroyed by a devastating tsunami in 2011.

Two Japanese teams faced off in a memorial match in the small coastal city of Kamaishi to honor victims of the deadliest disaster in Japan's recent history.

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium will host two matches in next year's World Cup, which will be played at 12 venues around Japan.

Rugby is popular in Kamaishi, and the decision to build a stadium and hold World Cup matches here has been a boost to the fishing community of about 35,000 people.

"People in Kamaishi were able to regain their hope through rugby," said junior high school principal Kenji Sasaki. "I personally feel like I'm dreaming."

The 2011 tsunami killed more than 18,000 people along Japan's northeast coast, including more than 1,000 in Kamaishi.

The 6,000-seat stadium, the only new one built for the World Cup, stands on the former grounds of an elementary school and a junior high school. Another 10,000 temporary seats will be added for the two World Cup matches in September and October of 2019.

About 6,500 people turned out for Sunday's match between the Kamaishi Seawaves and Yamaha Jubilo, which Yamaha won 29-24.

"I'm very grateful that I'm able to be involved in the reconstruction of the town," Yamaha's star fullback Ayumu Goromaru said.


Update August 20, 2018

Man City highlight gulf to fierce rivals United in EPL

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Sunday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Steve Douglas

Manchester (AP) - Manchester City delivered yet another reminder that they are the team to beat in the Premier League this season.

On Sunday's evidence, winning the league title looks beyond Manchester United.

A few hours after City thrashed Huddersfield 6-1 — mainly thanks to a hat trick by Sergio Aguero — United slumped to a 3-2 loss at Brighton after conceding three goals in a 20-minute span in the first half.

City have already racked up eight goals in the first two games of their title defence. Aguero looks in peak form, fit-again Benjamin Mendy is in rampaging mood down the left, while coach Pep Guardiola had the luxury of starting Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez on the bench against Huddersfield.

It looks a lot less rosy at the champions' fierce rivals.

United's difficult offseason, notable for the grumpiness of coach Jose Mourinho and the club's struggles in the transfer market, was briefly forgotten about thanks to an opening-day 2-1 win over Leicester last week.

But the loss to Brighton exposed weaknesses in United's team, particularly their fragile defence in which center backs Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof — Mourinho signings — were especially sluggish.

Mourinho failed to get a new central defender he craved, with his employers not prepared to spend any more money on that position. It might prove to be a big mistake.

After two games, City are one of five teams with a maximum of six points.

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SEALED WITH A KISS

For Aguero, it was a performance sealed with a kiss.

Aguero had just scored his third goal in a brilliant individual display when he was substituted by Guardiola, who kissed the Argentina striker on the cheek as he walked past him.

Aguero began the rout with a goal that started with a pinpoint 70-yard ball forward from Ederson right to the feet of Aguero, who cut inside and chipped the opposition goalkeeper.

City's other scorers were Gabriel Jesus, who started up front alongside Aguero in a 3-5-2 formation, and long-serving playmaker David Silva, who curled in a free kick early in the second half. A miserable afternoon at Etihad Stadium for Huddersfield was wrapped up by Terence Kongolo's 84th-minute own-goal.

City began their title defence by beating Arsenal 2-0 away last weekend, having earlier beaten Chelsea 2-0 in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley Stadium

SLOPPY UNITED

City's clinic against Huddersfield was a tough act to follow for United and the sloppy display at Brighton highlighted the gulf between the rivals.

Slow in possession, United fell apart in a woeful spell at the end of the first half when Brighton scored through Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy — from a corner — and Pascal Gross, who converted a penalty after being fouled by Bailly.

Romelu Lukaku had made it 2-1 with a glancing header following Luke Shaw's bouncing shot from the edge of the area but United never looked like pulling it back in the second half as Brighton defended stoutly.

Paul Pogba converted a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game.

WATFORD'S FAST START

For the second straight year, Watford have made a fast start to the season.

A 3-1 win at Burnley gave Watford a second straight win to open the season, moving the team to six points along with City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Bournemouth.

Watford were in the league's top four three months into last season before fading away.

Andre Gray, Troy Deeney and Will Hughes scored the goals at Turf Moor, with James Tarkowski replying for Burnley


Sun celebrates Asian Games gold medal before flags fall

China's Sun Yang celebrates after winning the men's 200m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue )

John Pye

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — After waiting so long to win this title, Sun Yang really wanted to see his flag flying at the Asian Games.

China's greatest swimmer finally won the 200-meter freestyle gold after placing second at the 2010 and '14 editions of the continental games.

Sun, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion, had straddled the lane rope and held both arms up in triumph after touching the wall in 1 minute 45.43 seconds Sunday on the first night of finals.

He later climbed a tiered platform full of photographers to shake hands with his supporters in the stands, and choked back tears as he returned to the pool deck.

Everything was going to plan until he was standing atop the podium and a technical malfunction resulted in the flags of the three medalists crashing to the ground. The 6-foot-7 (2-meter) Sun got off the podium, walked to some officials and demanded they do it again.

The flags were re-attached to the broken hoist but couldn't be raised as the anthems were replayed. Sun later played down the incident, saying he was just relieved to win the event.

"I've waited eight years for this title," Sun said. "People worried more for me over the 200 — (they) don't worry as much for the longer distances.

"I think my experience and aggressiveness were the keys. It is a good start for the Chinese men's swimming team."

Sun is targeting victories in every freestyle event from the 200- to the 1,500-meters and kicked it off with a comfortable win, finishing more than a second clear of Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan.

China won four of the first seven swimming golds, edging archrival Japan by one with five days remaining in the pool.

Rikako Ikee led the Japanese women's 4x100-meter relay team off to a games record after Daiya Seto's win in the men's 200-meter butterfly and Satomi Suzuki's win in the women's 100 breaststroke.

China claimed the first gold medal of the games in the morning session with Sun Peiyuan's acrobatic victory in wushu's changquan discipline. Sun scored 9.75 to claim a gold medal in the same city where he won the world title in 2015, holding off local hope Edgar Marvelo and Tsai Tse-min of Taiwan.

There were 21 finals on the program for the day across the host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Taiwan won the first of the gold medals in Palembang — on the island of Sumatra and more than 400 kilometers northwest of the capital — with Lin Ying-shin and Lu Shao-chuan combining for a games record 494.1 points in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team final.

Also in Palembang, a joint Koreas rowing team finished last in the first heat of the lightweight men's four competition behind Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong.

South Koreans Kim Su-min and Park Tae-hyun and North Koreans Yun Chol Jin and Kim Chol Jin only started training together last month after their countries agreed to enter joint teams for three rowing events, a dragon boat crew and women's basketball.

The South Koreans were more successful in their traditional form of martial arts, securing two of the first taekwondo poomsae gold medals ever awarded at the Asian Games.

Defia Ronsmaniar won Indonesia's first gold after beating Marjan Salahshouri of Iran in the women's individual poomsae final. Thailand upset South Korea for the women's team title.

Mongolia opened its gold medal account when Bekhbayer Erdenebat beat North Korea's Kang Kum Song in the men's 57-kilogram freestyle wrestling final.

India made up for two-time Olympic wrestling medalist Kumar Sushil's shocking first-round loss when Barjang Bajrang won the 65-kilogram class.

In one of the biggest shockers of the day, Vietnam edged Japan 1-0 on Quang Hai Nguyen's left-foot shot from the edge of the area after a defensive blunder in the third minute to top Group D. Both teams will advance to the knockout round.


India in control of 3rd test, lead England by 292 runs

India's Hardik Pandya, without cap, stands with teammates and looks towards the dressing room after he dismissed Adil Rashid during the second day of the third cricket test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Sunday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Nottingham, England (AP) — India tightened their grip on the third test Sunday by taking 10 England wickets in one session before reaching 124-2 by the close to hold a formidable lead of 292 runs after two days.

After losing four first-innings wickets for six runs to be dismissed for 329 just one hour into Day 2, India then bowled out England for 161. All the wickets fell in the second session, with England collapsing from 54-0 to 128-9 as Hardik Pandya took 5-28.

Shikhar Dhawan (44) and Lokesh Rahul (36) put on 60 for the first wicket of India's second innings before both departed.

Cheteshwar Pujara (33) and captain Virat Kohli (8) were in the middle at stumps, with India the heavy favorites to win and reduce the deficit to 2-1 in the five-match series.

A total of 16 wickets fell in the day.

England teams went almost 80 years without losing all their wickets in a single session — between 1938 and October 2016 — but they have now done so three times in 22 months.

"It's very disappointing, after a really good start to the day as well, picking up those early wickets and being 50 for none," England batsman Jos Buttler said.

"We let that slip. It's important we can recognize why it's happened, and improve ... We know that as a side to get to where we want to go, we need to eradicate these collapses."

Pandya, who recorded only the second five-wicket haul of his first-class career, has had his critics in the early stages of his test career.

"I don't play for them. I don't even want to know or care what they say," Pandya said. "I play for my country ... that's my job, and I am doing the right thing. My team is happy with me. Nothing else matters."


Djokovic beats Federer for 1st Cincinnati title

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the finals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 19, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands. No need for mementos from this victory. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty.

Djokovic finally mastered the one tournament that's eluded him, beating nemesis Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday for his first Western & Southern Open championship.

He got the better of a nostalgic rematch — they hadn't played in two years because of injuries — and broke through in a tournament that Federer has won seven times, never losing a title match.

"Thank you for letting me win once in Cincinnati," he told Federer as they stood on court for the trophy presentation.

After reaching the final five times and losing every time — three to Federer — Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough. He's the first to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990, something that had become his quest after so many close calls.

"That's what the headline should be about — this is such an amazing accomplishment," Federer said. "He's the first to do it. I think it's very difficult to win Masters 1000s. These performances don't come easy."

Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22, doing better in the biggest matches. He's 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 overall in championship matches, including wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015.

Djokovic completed a long comeback from elbow problems by winning his fourth Wimbledon title last month, then set out to get his hard-court game in order for the U.S. Open. He got better as the rainy week went on in Cincinnati, playing his best at the end.

"This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level," he said.

Federer's serve had been untouchable all week — held for 46 consecutive games. Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily. Djokovic served out the set, and then traded breaks with Federer early in the second set.

Federer's game was off — 28 unforced errors — and Djokovic took full advantage. He broke him again to go up 4-3 and served it out.

In the women's bracket, top-ranked Simona Halep let a match point slip away during the second-set tiebreaker, and Kiki Bertens rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory in her first hard-court final.

Bertens served a 109 mph ace , flipped her racket away, fell to her knees and raised both arms. Moments later, she covered her face for a joyous cry, wiping the tears away with her sweat-soaked blue wristband.

One point away from another loss, she had pulled off her biggest win, one that left her as stunned as everyone else.

"I cannot find words for this moment," she said.

The Dutch clay-court specialist ended Halep's streak of nine straight wins, including the title at Montreal a week earlier. She'd never beaten a top-ranked player, but wore down Halep at the end of her two draining weeks.

During the week in Cincinnati, Halep had one match suspended overnight by rain and wound up playing twice in one day to reach the semifinals. She controlled the first set on Sunday and had a chance to close it out, leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker.

When that slipped away, she never recovered, playing her worst in the final set — 13 unforced errors that gave Bertens a chance to pull away.

"I had a match (point), so I was there," Halep said. "I didn't take my chance. In the third set , I was empty and I couldn't fight anymore."

Halep will be ranked No. 1 through the U.S. Open. She fell to 0-3 in Cincinnati finals, finishing as the runner-up in 2015 and each of the last two years.

"I need a little bit of rest because I'm exhausted," Halep said. "But I also take the positive from these two weeks. It's a great confidence (boost)."

Bertens has worked on her hard-court game and her confidence on the surface. In three previous appearances in Cincinnati, she won a total of one match. She became the first unseeded player to win in Cincinnati since Vera Zvonareva in 2006.


Brandt Snedeker wins Wyndham Championship by 3 strokes

Brandt Snedeker watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Joedy McCreary

Greensboro, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker began the Wyndham Championship with history — and ended it with a victory.

Snedeker earned his ninth PGA Tour title Sunday, three days after opening with an 11-under 59.

He closed with a 65 for a three-stroke victory in the regular-season finale, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the final hole with a birdie and Pan's double bogey in the group ahead.

Snedeker finished at 21-under 259 for his first win since 2016 and his second at the tournament, but first at Sedgefield Country Club, to close what he called "the most stressful week I've ever had in professional golf."

"Shooting 59 on Thursday, your expectations go through the roof," Snedeker said, also expressing pride that he could "cap it off the way we did today, to play pretty much a flawless round of golf."

Pan shot a 66 to tie for second with Webb Simpson. Simpson matched his career-best with a 62.

"I feel like it was a round I needed to make a push to the leaderboard," Simpson said. "Brandt's obviously had a great week ... so I knew it was going to take something super low."

Snedeker opened the tournament with the 59 that made him the first tour player this year and just the 10th ever to break 60, then on the final day played 29 holes at 5 under to seal it. He's the fifth tour player to shoot in the 50s and then win the tournament.

He was never in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, but the victory gave him a huge jump on the points list. He climbed 50 spots to No. 30 on the list, after arriving at 80th — which would have been his lowest finish.

"To be perfectly frank, I didn't have any chance at all" to win the FedEx Cup before this week, the 2012 playoff champion said. "After this week, I feel like I have a chance."

For a while, it looked like it might come down to a playoff between Pan and Snedeker, who were even at 20 under entering Pan's final hole.

But the 26-year-old from Taiwan ran into big trouble: Pan shanked his tee shot out of bounds off a cart path down the right side of the fairway and needed four shots, including the penalty stroke, to reach the green on the par 4.

Pan said he heard "a couple noises in my head which caused me to hit a bad shot.

"It's my fault. I can learn something from it," he said. "I only played one bad hole, which is fine. You know, I've still got a lot of golf left."

With the victory seemingly inevitable at that point, Snedeker sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to end it, making him the 10th player to win in Greensboro multiple times. His victory here in 2007 was the first of his career, and this time he finished one stroke shy of Henrik Stenson's year-old tournament record.

"Wanting so desperately to win this tournament, it was just a lot of emotion this week," he said.

Severe weather led organizers to suspend the third round with 30 players still on the course and bring everybody back to Sedgefield on Sunday morning, leaving Snedeker with 29 holes to play on the final day.

He wrapped up that round with a one-stroke lead at 16 under before heading back onto the course. Since the tournament moved here in 2008, every third-round leader who was that far under par has gone on to win.

The other subplot at Sedgefield is the last-minute push for the playoffs, which begin next week at The Northern Trust in New Jersey with the top 125 players qualifying. With every player who was between Nos. 122-127 missing the cut, there figured to be plenty of movement near the bubble.

Sergio Garcia will miss the playoffs for the first time in his career after winding up 131st on the points list. Harris English and Nick Taylor played their way in, with Taylor saying he would "kind of soak it in and realize that we've finally done it.

"It's really satisfying to finish it off," he said.


Update August 18-19, 2018

Asian Games: Something for everybody - even contract bridge

Combined Koreas Ro Suk Yong, left, and Taiwan's Hsile Bao jump for ball possession during their women's basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Stephen Wade

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — For size, the Asian Games are enormous. They feature about 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics.

For diversity, they offer many sports that are unseen at the Olympics but native to Asia. How about the Indian sport of kabaddi, or kurash, a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan, or pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art?

Esports will also get a look as a demonstration sport, and jet ski is on the schedule

The games, which open Saturday and run through Sept. 2, also showcase sports climbing and skateboarding, two events being added to the schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

And — get ready for this — there's competition in contract bridge, which should attract a slightly older demographic than gymnastics or swimming. The oldest card player is reported to be 81.

"We have really worked hard to prepare this," Eris Herryanto, the secretary general of the local organizing committee, told The Associated Press. "I think we are ready."

Jakarta has had less than the normal amount of time to prepare. It was selected four years ago after Vietnam, the original host, pulled out because of financial problems. There are sure to be problems as Indonesia tries to show it could hold even larger events. But there's also gratitude from the Olympic Council of Asia — which oversees sports in the region — for stepping in.

Jakarta is famous for some of the world's worst traffic jams, with a river of swerving motorbikes trying to beat the congestion. Getting athletes to venues on time is sure to be challenging. Some schools along transportation routes have been closed, and the city is also using an odd-even license plate scheme to reduce traffic.

But no one is being asked to stay home. Just the opposite.

"We are asking that people come to see the Asian Games, but please come to see them using public transportation," Herryanto said, calling this a chance to change habits and a possible "legacy" of the quadrennial event.

Security will be heavy. Organizers say 100,000 police and military will be on guard with another 100,000 in reserve.

Indonesia is certainly large enough to think of itself as an Olympic country. With 260 million people, it's the world's fourth-most populous nation after China, India and the United States. It's comprised of about 13,500 islands — the government says 922 are permanently occupied — that stretch about 5,100 kilometers (3,200 miles), which is greater than the distance from east to west in the continental United States.

Despite its quirky qualities, the Asian Games are also a serious proving ground for powerful teams from China, Japan and South Korea, and a chance for smaller nations to win medals that are out of reach at the Olympics.

Forty-five nations are entered from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

Singapore, one of the smallest nations, has one of the biggest names in swimmer Joseph Schooling, an Olympic gold medalist who defeated Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

China has the largest delegation with 845 athletes. But it's a young team. It includes only 214 who have been in previous Olympics or Asian Games, and only 19 Olympic gold medalists. The most famous is three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Sun Yang.

South Korea and Japan are not far behind.

South Korea has 807 athletes, a number that includes 38 North Korean athletes. The Koreas are entering several combined teams, following up on a combined team in women's hockey at this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Japan has traveled with 768 athletes, which is more than double the size of the team it sent to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. That reflects the size of the Asian Games, and Japan's push to win 30 gold medals in two years in Tokyo.


Snedeker follows 59 with 67, takes 2-shot lead at Wyndham

Brandt Snedeker lines up his putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, Aug. 17. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP)

Greensboro, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker couldn't block out the buzz that surrounded his first-round 11-under 59 at the Wyndham Championship. He refocused just in time to reclaim the lead.

Snedeker followed his historic opening score with a 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship.

A day after becoming the 10th player in PGA Tour history to break 60, Snedeker moved to 14-under 126 halfway through the final PGA Tour event before the playoffs.

"You hear people telling you every two seconds, 'Mr. 59,' or saying how cool it was to watch it," Snedeker said. "So, yes, totally on your mind."

D.A. Points shot a 64 to reach 12 under — one stroke ahead of C.T. Pan, who also had a 64. David Hearn, Peter Malnati, Keith Mitchell, Harris English, Brett Stegmaier and Sergio Garcia were 9 under.

Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, won this tournament in 2007 before it moved across town to the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club. He had the tour's first 59 of the year during the first round.

But it wasn't easy to follow a score like that. Of the nine previous players who have broken 60 on the tour, six had to play the next day and only one has shot better than 65 in that round: Justin Thomas, who had a 64 in the second round of last year's Sony Open.

"You can't ignore it, you can't try to forget about it," Snedeker said. "Hardest thing is trying to get back into a rhythm. ... Now I'm better equipped for the next time I shoot 59 and play the next day."

By the time Snedeker teed off Friday afternoon, that low score had held up for a one-stroke lead. It temporarily slipped away when he had three bogeys on the front nine.

He reclaimed the lead late in his round with some nifty putting. He sank two putts longer than 30 feet, one for eagle on the par-5 15th and another for birdie on the par-4 16th, and wrapped up with the best two-round score at this tournament since Carl Pettersson's 125 a decade ago.

"When I finally convinced myself to hit a few putts, they started going in," Snedeker said. "Over 72 holes, you're going to have stretches where balls don't go in the hole, you've got to be able to kind of overcome, be patient, wait for the long ones to fall, and luckily I made a couple coming down the stretch."

Points, who has made only one cut since January and failed to reach the weekend in 19 of his 24 tournaments this season, had a strong front nine with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, where he sank a 40-foot putt. He has finished in the top 20 at this tournament twice since 2014, and after starting far off the bubble at No. 214 on the points list, could play his way into the playoffs this weekend.

"Basically, I know this is possibly my last event of the year, so I haven't been grinding really hard," Points said. "It seems to be paying off."

Pan, a 26-year-old from Taiwan, had birdies on three of his final four holes to climb the leaderboard. He sank a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and an 8-footer on the 18th to match the best round of his young career. He also shot 64s last year at the Travelers Championship and the RSM Classic.

"I love this course," Pan said, adding that his "trajectory tends to be lower than compared to other guys, so I think I have an advantage here."

Among the other highlights: Brian Gay had the day's best round, a 63 tarnished only by a bogey on his final hole on which he missed a 4-foot par putt. And Mitchell opened with five consecutive birdies to briefly raise the possibility of a second sub-60 score in two days, before slipping back later in his round.

"It's definitely a different feeling," Mitchell said. "But it's a feeling you try to get comfortable with because you want to be in that zone."

A key subplot at Sedgefield every year is the push by bubble players to earn postseason spots. The top 125 players on the points list make the field for the Northern Trust in New Jersey, and everyone from No. 122 to No. 132 is playing this weekend.

Bill Haas, who at No. 150 is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time, made the cut at 3 under. Garcia, at No. 131, also is trying to make it for the 12th straight year. Johnathan Byrd — who at No. 183 probably needs to win or finish alone in second place to earn enough points to qualify — remains in the mix at 8 under.

"It's kind of an easy mentality in a sense," Byrd said. "Just got to play amazing or go home, or go to the (Web.com Tour) finals."


Park, Salas share LPGA Tour lead in rainy Indy

Sung Hyun Park, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 17, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Michael Marot

Indianapolis (AP) — Sung Hyun Park relied on the same, steady style that has helped make her one of the LPGA Tour's top players. When her putts kept rolling in Friday, she was virtually unbeatable.

Park shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the lead with Lizette Salas during the suspended second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

"The best round of the year," the South Korean player said through an interpreter. "My putting overall was what really helped."

Salas, the first-round leader after a 62, had a 69 to match Park at 13 under at Brickyard Crossing. Danielle Kang and Nasa Hataoka were two shots back.

"It was going to be hard to top that 62 yesterday but I stayed patient," Salas said. "This was a completely different golf course, so I had to change my mentality a little bit and I had to forget about the 62 in a way and just go back to what I was doing."

Park has two majors and four overall LPGA Tour victories the last two years, winning the U.S. Women's Open and CP Women's Open last year and the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic and KPMG Women's PGA Championship this season.

Nothing rattled Park on a sticky, overcast day.

"I worked on my short game the most, especially measuring the distances," Park said. "It paid off."

After more rain drenched the already saturated layout around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Park completed the round by putting out in a downpour that forced the afternoon groups to contend with a delay of nearly four hours.

In between the showers, the world's fourth-ranked player performed like a two-time major champion.

She birdied three of the first five holes to reach 7 under, started the back nine with three straight birdies then took the lead with her ninth and final birdie of the day on the par-4 17th.

Salas took a different tack one day after tying Mike McCullough's course-record 62.

Rather than take advantage of the course's soft greens, the 29-year-old American needed patience Friday. She opened with 12 consecutive pars then made three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. After her first bogey of the tournament, on the par-4 eighth, Salas closed out the round with another birdie to tie Park.

Salas hasn't won since the 2014 Kingsmill Championship, but she's developed a real affinity for the Indy course where she's had five consecutive sub-par rounds dating to last year's fifth-place finish.

Kang, who kept Salas composed during a 77-minute rain delay Thursday, had a 68 to get to 11 under.

"I've been giving myself a lot of birdie chances," Kang said. "That was my goal this week. I just have been feeling like I was in a little bit of a funk, so I told my caddie we were just going to pick a number, play my game, forget all the swing thoughts, forget everything and just kind of play it by feel."

Kang hasn't recorded a bogey over the first 36 holes and is in contention for her first tour victory last year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Hataoka shot 69.

Angel Yin, the 19-year-old Californian who was tied for second with Hataoka after the first round, was 10 under with eight holes left. Yin was tied for fifth with Thidapa Suwannapura of Thailand and Amy Yang of South Korea, who also had eight holes to go.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson started on the back nine and birdied the par-3 12th and the par-4 16th. She was 6 under with 10 holes remaining in the second round.

And the course could change dramatically as it dries out.

Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions with highs in the low 80s and Sunday is supposed to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s.

Park promises to be ready for whatever weather arrives.

"I'm going to do really well," she said. "I feel really good about my game, especially my short game. And it's just about the weather now, so hopefully the weather is good."


Racket-smashing Djokovic reaches Cincinnati semifinals

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Milos Raonic, of Canada, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 17, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Mason, Ohio (AP) — Novak Djokovic destroyed a racket to get on track and took another step toward the title that has eluded him.

Enraged by his poor play in the opening set, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court and rallied for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open, the only ATP Masters event he has yet to win.

After his passing shot finished the 2-hour, 30-minute match, Djokovic led the crowd in cheers and pumped his fist, ending a long day with an impromptu celebration. He beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov a few hours earlier, completing a match suspended overnight because of rain and returned a few hours later to play a rested opponent.

"Quite a roller coaster, to be honest," he said.

Djokovic has reached the finals in Cincinnati five times and lost every time. He's trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 championships.

"That's why I'm here," he said. "I have plenty of motivation. I've put myself in a good position in the semifinals."

He'll face Marin Cilic, who won twice Friday to reach the semifinals. He beat Karen Khachanov in three sets, completing a suspended match, and got a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta, who was playing his only match of the day.

Several days of rain turned the quarterfinals into an endurance test. Six men's and three women's singles matches were held over from Thursday because of rain.

Roger Federer and Simona Halep made quick work of their rain-delayed matches Friday afternoon and advanced to the quarterfinals, facing the daunting challenge of playing a few hours later in humid conditions.

Federer — the top player left in the men's bracket after No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew to get some rest — needed only 72 minutes to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (6), leaving him on course for yet another Cincinnati title. He's won a record seven despite missing the tournament the last two years because of injury.

Then, it was off for a little rest before an evening match against fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Marton Fucsovics.

"Waiting around all day and hardly seeing any tennis obviously is never fun for the tournament and the fans," Federer said. "So we're happy that the tournament is back underway. Today I tried to really focus on just the one match, not thinking that there is possibly going to be two."

On the women's side, the top-ranked Halep beat Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 early Friday afternoon to reach the quarterfinals, then returned and knocked off Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1, raising both arms in triumph at the end of her long day featuring two full matches.

Halep has faced the most challenges from the rain, with one match suspended overnight Wednesday and then her third-round match held over for a day as well.

"I hope it's not going to happen again," Halep said. "I will not complain, but it was a tough day."

Barty, who lost to Halep in last week's Rogers Cup semifinals in Montreal, committed 32 unforced errors to Halep's 17. Halep is seeking her first Cincinnati championship after losing in the finals last year and 2015.

In a match between rested players, Petra Kvitova beat Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 to reach the semifinals.


Update August 17, 2018

'Really cool feeling': Brandt Snedeker shoots 59 at Wyndham

Brandt Snedeker reacts after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 16. Sneaker shot a 59 in the first round. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Greensboro, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship — but not this low.

Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record.

He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60. Jim Furyk set the record with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship in 2016.

"I better be smiling," Snedeker said. "I don't do this every day."

This is the third consecutive year the PGA Tour has had a sub-60 round. Snedeker is the first to shoot 59 since Adam Hadwin in the third round of the 2017 Careerbuilder Challenge.

It gave him a four-stroke lead after one round. Ryan Moore and John Oda shot 63s, and Martin Flores, D.A. Points, Brett Stegmaier, David Hearn, Abraham Ancer, Ollie Schniederjans and Jonathan Byrd had 64s.

Snedeker — who said a day earlier that the tournament would turn into a "birdie-fest" — began the round at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club with a bogey at No. 10, and took off from there. He played the front nine in 27, including an eagle 2 on the par-4 sixth hole when he holed out from 176 yards.

After that shot, Snedeker said a 59 felt like a real possibility. He remembered a non-tour event he played in China in which he was one putt from that score, but those thoughts "got in the way."

"To know what you're trying to do and step up and have a 20-footer (on the final hole) and know what it means, I was very aware of what was going on, and to knock that putt in was really special," Snedeker said. "To know I'm a part of a small club on tour and not very many people have done this, really cool feeling right now."

Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion, won the Wyndham in 2007. He broke Si Woo Kim's 2-year-old Wyndham record of 60 and had the best opening round in this event's history. Arjun Atwal had a 61 in 2010.

"The trick for him is, he's playing great. Now he's just got to rest, relax and start over tomorrow from scratch and go play three more good rounds," said Furyk, who also shot a 59 at the BMW Championship in 2013. "It's awesome to see."

It's been a somewhat frustrating, turbulent year for Snedeker. He has three top-10 finishes and two missed cuts in his last seven events and has not won on tour since 2016. During his first 16 tournaments of the season, he finished in the top 10 just once.

"Nobody could see this coming — trust me," Snedeker said. "As much as I tried to positive self-talk myself into playing good, I didn't see 59 coming today, to be honest with you. ... Luckily, it kind of clicked all day today, and hopefully it will keep clicking for the next three days."

At No. 80 on the points list entering the final event of the tour's regular season, he's nowhere near the playoff bubble and his spot at The Northern Trust next week in New Jersey seems safe. But that ranking is his lowest since the tour's postseason format debuted in 2007.

During his tie for 42nd at the PGA Championship last week in St. Louis, Snedeker says he "kind of found something" when he simplified some swing fundamentals and began to feel better about that part of his game.

Then, he spent the first round showing it off.

Snedeker, who began his round on the back nine, reeled off four consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-16. He then got even hotter on his final nine holes, with six birdies in addition to the shot of the day on No. 6. But he missed a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 8 that would have made a 58 possible.

"Could have been even more special," he said, "but happy with the way everything turned out."

Moore, who won here in 2009, made a move up the leaderboard in the afternoon with five birdies in a six-hole span on the front nine. Oda, a second-year pro coming off a tie for third earlier this month in the Barracuda Championship, had three consecutive birdies on the back nine to pull even with Moore.

"You see a round like (Snedeker's) and maybe kind of encourage you there's birdies out there, that the course is playing scorable and there's rounds to be had," Moore said. "I kind of took that mindset of, well, better get out there and make some birdies if you don't want to be 10, 11 shots behind by the end of this day. Like, let's try and close that gap a little bit."


Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball

Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson, right, watches with Philippines' Pauliasi Taulava on the bench as the Philippines take on Kazakhstan in the men's basketball tournament at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson watched from the bench, not quite able to make it to the Asian Games in time to play in the opening game for the Philippines.

Yao Ming was there, too, also keeping a close eye on the Philippines' opening 96-59 win over Kazakhstan.

After getting a special exemption from the NBA to play for the Philippines in Jakarta, the US-born Clarkson should be ready to suit up for the next game against China. And that has the attention of ex-Houston Rockets and Chinese all-star center Yao.

Clarkson, one of three NBA players given an exemption by the league to play in Jakarta, said he had a frustrating time while his status for the tournament was being considered. The NBA also granted exemptions to Houston Rockets 7-foot-1 (2.17-meter) center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to play for China.

"We went back and forth so many times, saying I was going to play, then I wasn't going to play," the 6-5 (1.96-meter) Clarkson told Philippines' reporters after Thursday's game. "Now, being able to participate is awesome.

"I'm very excited to know that I'm finally getting to do this, being able to play ... for the country. It's definitely something that I've been looking forward to."

Clarkson, who qualifies to play for the Philippines through his maternal grandmother, has four days to get familiar with "fun style of play."

"I feel the support, the love all the time," he said. "My grandma is real proud I'm able to do this now."

The Philippines is playing a tournament for the first time since 10 players and two coaches were suspended following a wild brawl in a World Cup qualifier against Australia on July 2. Three Australian players were also suspended.

Video of the brawl was widely played around the world, with punches thrown, chairs tossed at players, and security needed to restore order.


Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr. to replace Alonso at McLaren

In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr. of Spain steers his car during the first free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Woking, England (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. will leave Renault to drive for McLaren in Formula One next year as a replacement for Fernando Alonso.

McLaren said it signed the 23-year-old Spaniard to a "multi-year" deal without giving further details.

"I've been a McLaren fan for as long as I can remember. It's a great name in the sport with an incredible heritage," Sainz Jr. said. "The list of drivers that have raced for McLaren over the years are among the heroes of Formula 1. Fernando is of course one of them, so it's particularly special that I'll be taking his seat."

Alonso — a two-time F1 champion — said Tuesday he was leaving F1 at the end of the season after 32 wins, 22 pole positions and finishing F1 runner-up three times.

There is speculation that McLaren will enter IndyCar with Alonso as one of its drivers. Alonso ran the Indianapolis 500 last year and was in position to win the race until his engine failed. Alonso also ran the Rolex 24 at Daytona as a warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, in which Alonso was part of the winning team.

Sainz Jr. is the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz. He will likely race alongside Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne, although McLaren has yet to confirm its driver lineup.

McLaren chief executive officer Zak Brown has high hopes for Sainz Jr.

"We've been assessing him for some time now and rate him very highly among the next generation of young talent," Brown said.

There has been a flurry of recent activity in F1, with Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo leaving Red Bull to join Renault next year.

Ricciardo was widely expected to sign a new contract with Red Bull and his move to Renault — where he will drive alongside Nico Hulkenberg — effectively pushed Sainz Jr. out of the French team.

It also led to speculation Sainz Jr., who came through the ranks with Toro Rosso, Red Bull's feeder team, could swap in for Ricciardo.

Instead, the vacant Red Bull seat could be taken by promising French driver Pierre Gasly, who has impressed for Toro Rosso this season.


Madison Keys advances, Sloane Stephens upset in Cincinnati

Madison Keys, of the United States, hits a return to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 16, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Mason, Ohio (AP) — Madison Keys used her forehand to beat Angelique Kerber — one of her toughest matchups — and advance to the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday night between bursts of rain that resulted in hours-long delays to start times.

Keys had lost five straight matches against No. 4 Kerber, but turned to her forehand to rally for a 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory. She hit 35 forehand winners , including the match-ending shot for her first Cincinnati quarterfinals.

She's expecting a lot of attention at the U.S. Open, where she reached the final last year and lost to Sloane Stephens — her best showing in a Grand Slam event.

"I think it's the first time I'm going to have to be someone defending, getting to the finals of a Slam," she said. "I have never done it. That's going to be a new experience for me."

Stephens didn't fare so well Thursday, getting upset by Elise Mertens 7-6 (8), 6-2. The third-ranked Stephens couldn't overcome 37 unforced errors that helped Mertens get only her second career win over a Top 5 player.

First, three matches held over from the previous night had to be completed. Top-ranked Simona Halep faced the most unusual challenge in the group.

Fresh off her second Rogers Cup title, Halep arrived in Cincinnati looking to extend her momentum toward the U.S. Open. She appeared to aggravate her lower back on a 105 mph serve during the second set against qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic on Wednesday night. After losing the first three games of the final set, she took a medical timeout for treatment.

Halep returned to the court and took control, running off four straight games for a 4-3 lead when rain arrived, stopping her momentum.

Seventeen hours later, she was back on court and needed only 5 minutes and eight points to complete the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win on Thursday afternoon.

"I have learned that I don't have to give up, because anything can happen," she said.

Halep was scheduled to face Ashleigh Barty in the last match Thursday night, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.

Two other second-round matches had to be completed.

Amanda Anisimova beat qualifier Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3 in a match suspended overnight. Fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-3, finally completing the second round in late afternoon. The winners faced the challenge of playing essentially two full matches in one day.

Novak Djokovic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov were tied at a set apiece when more storms halted play Thursday night. Djokovic has never won a Western & Southern title, the only ATP Masters 1000 championship to elude him.

Djokovic has reached the finals five times and lost every time. Djokovic is trying once again to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters events.


Barrett at 10 for All Blacks, Hodge in for Australia

In this June 24, 2017 file photo All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett kicks a conversion during the first test between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Sydney (AP) — Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the No. 10 jersey for the All Blacks in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia.

Barrett, who was World Rugby Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, has been out of form and his grip on the flyhalf role had come under threat from Mo'unga, who steered the Crusaders to the Super Rugby title this month for the second straight year.

The All Blacks selectors had been under pressure to select the form player but instead decided to stick with Barrett and with Damian McKenzie as cover on the bench, leaving Mo'unga out of the 23-man squad. McKenzie is favored as the replacement because of his ability to cover other backline positions.

The selectors also sprang a surprise in naming Jack Goodhue to play his second test at outside center ahead of the more experienced Anton Lienert-Brown. The decision allows the All Blacks to take advantage of the established and successful midfield combination between Goodhue and his Crusaders teammate Ryan Crotty, who starts at inside center.

Australia also made a notable selection at outside center, with the versatile Reece Hodge starting in the position for the first time in his test career.

Coach Michael Cheika picked Tom Robertson to make only his third test start at loosehead prop after veteran Scott Sio was ruled out with a shoulder injury. Allan Alaatoa comes onto the bench as a prop replacement along with the giant youngster Taniela Tupou.

Tatafu Polota-Nau will play his 83rd test at hooker after returning to Australia from England and flyhalf Matt Toomua has been included on the bench after signing with the Melbourne Rebels after three years with English club Leicester. Center Jack Maddocks is in line for a test debut after edging Tom Banks for the last spot on the bench.

Australia and New Zealand have captains returning from injury. All Blacks skipper Kieran Read will play his first test this season after recovering from back surgery, while Michael Hooper will lead Australia after overcoming a hamstring strain.

In other notable All Blacks selections, Waisake Naholo will start on the right wing, allowing his Highlanders teammate Ben Smith to shift into his specialist role at fullback.

Brodie Retallick will play his first test since September, reuniting in the second row with Sam Whitelock, who will become the first All Blacks lock to play 100 tests.

Coach Steve Hansen said Whitelock has been "an outstanding contributor to this team for a long time, both on and off the field.

"To play one test for the All Blacks is an achievement in itself but to be good enough to be selected and play 100 tests is a remarkable feat," he said. "In doing so he will join what is a small group of very special All Blacks."

The Crusaders provide five of the All Blacks pack, including the entire front row of Owen Franks, Codie Taylor and Joe Moody.

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Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; David Pocock, Michael Hooper (captain), Lukhan Tui, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Jack Maddocks.

New Zealand: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Kar Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barett, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown.
 


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