Warholm runs 2nd fastest 400 hurdles ever at Diamond League
Karsten Warholm from Norway reacts after winning the men's 400m
hurdles race and running new Meeting Record, during the Weltklasse
IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the stadium
Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, August 29, 2019.
(Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)
Zurich (AP) — Karsten Warholm ran the
second-fastest time in history to win the men's 400 meters hurdles
in 46.92 seconds at the Diamond League finals on Thursday.
The 23-year-old world champion from Norway took
0.20 seconds off his lifetime best, but was 0.14 behind the
27-year-old world record set by Kevin Young winning the 1992
Barcelona Olympics title. Young was in Zurich for Thursday's race.
Warholm was pressed hard by Rai Benjamin who
clocked 46.98, lifting the 22-year-old American into a tie for third
all-time. Track great Edwin Moses is now fifth on that list with
"It was crazy," Warholm said. "I knew that I
will do a good time but this race and with this new (personal best),
it*s just amazing."
Four world-leading marks were set on a warm
evening at the storied Weltklasse meeting, one month before the
world championships open in Qatar, where the 400 hurdles is shaping
up to be a standout duel.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo ran 21.74 in the women's
200; Juan Miguel Echevarria's opening leap of 8.65 meters won the
men's long jump; and Lijiao Gong's 20.31 meters took the women's
In the men's 100, Noah Lyles surged late to win
in 9.98, leaving world champion Justin Gatlin back in fourth.
Racing into a slight headwind, Lyles trailed
late in the race before blasting past his American teammate Gatlin
in the next lane.
"I followed my race plan, my execution was
great," Lyles said. "The race was not as fast as I wanted."
Lyles will focus on the 200 at the Sept.
28-Oct. 6 worlds in Doha, where the 37-year-old Gatlin could be the
best American hope for the 100 title.
Gatlin timed 10.08 behind runner-up Zhenye Lie
of China, who clocked 10.04 and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake of
Jamaica, who was third in 10.07.
Miller-Uibo, the Olympic champion over 400, is
now the 11th-fastest woman all-time in the 200. Sporting
green-streaked hair, Miller-Uibo's personal best was a huge 0.26
faster than Elaine Thompson's previous world-leading mark in 2019.
Dina Asher-Smith of Britain was second in
22.08 and Thompson, the Olympic 100 and 200 champion from Jamaica,
clocked 22.44 in third.
In the long jump, Echevarria set a
world-leading mark by 24 centimeters.
Gong took the women's shot put victory from
Chase Easley of the U.S., who set a lifetime best of 19.68 meters.
Gong's 20.31 mark was 47 centimeters beyond her own world's best
Donavan Brazier of the United States won the
800 in a personal best 1:42.70 after overhauling Nijel Amos in the
Salwa Eid Naser, the 2017 world silver
medalist, won the women's 400 in 50.24. The Nigeria-born runner who
competes for Bahrain is unbeaten over 400 this season.
Sydney McLaughlin led an American podium sweep
of the 400 hurdles in her season-best time of 52.85. Sifan Hassan of
the Netherlands won the 1,500 in 3.57.08. World record holder
Beatrice Chepkoech took the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:01.71.
In another field event win for China, Lyu
Huihui won the women's javelin at 66.88. Magnus Kirt won the men's
javelin at 89.13. Both were more than a meter behind their
world-leading season's best.
The Diamond League finals are split over two
meetings, and are completed next week in Brussels.
23-year-old Townsend of US upsets Halep at Open
Taylor Townsend, of the United States, reacts after scoring a point
against Simona Halep, of Romania, during the second round of the US
Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP
New York (AP) — The pure, raw emotion
from Taylor Townsend came through after she delivered one last crisp
forehand volley to complete her U.S. Open upset of two-time major
champion Simona Halep, then clenched her fists, raised her arms and
yelled, "Yes! Yes!" before patting her heart.
And there it was again, moments later, when
Townsend's voice cracked and tears began to flow as she told the
Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, "I mean, this means a lot. It's been a
long journey. Just haven't been able to get over the hump."
Make way for another young American woman
making Grand Slam waves. Townsend, a 23-year-old qualifier ranked
116th, pulled off the biggest victory of her up-and-down career with
an entertaining, net-rushing, serve-and-volleying brand of lefty
tennis Thursday, surprising former No. 1 Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in
the second round at Flushing Meadows.
"It's been a long road. A lot of haters. A lot
of people who weren't sure. I mean, I've heard it for a really long
time that I was never going to make it, that I wasn't going to be
able to break through or do this or do that," Townsend said. "This
was a huge, monumental moment. It was a very defining moment for me
to realize that I belong here."
She was marked for greatness long ago: She was
the singles and doubles junior champion at the 2012 Australian Open,
turned pro later that year at age 16, then cracked the top 100 in
the rankings while still a teen. But a drop out of the WTA's top 300
followed and she came into Thursday 9-16 at Grand Slam tournaments
and 0-10 against top-10 women.
Still, Townsend never let up and never gave up
on herself over the years — or on Thursday, even though she knew
full well she had lost all six sets the two women had contested
She was able to put aside the early deficit of
a set. And get over that she wasted a pair of match points, one via
double-fault, while serving for the win at 5-4 in the third. And
steady herself nearly 15 minutes later, when Halep, who won
Wimbledon in July and was seeded No. 4 at the U.S. Open, was a
single point from winning this thing herself at 6-5.
"When I've played her before, I was just trying
to make balls (in). I think I played not to lose," Townsend said.
"And today I played to win."
How did she do it?
By moving forward at every opportunity,
something rarely seen these days on tour. She won the point on 64 of
her 106 trips to the net; Halep went 6 for 10. And Townsend
serve-and-volleyed 61 times, Halep once.
"Never played with someone coming so often to
the net," Halep said. "Didn't miss much. It's unbelievable."
It was an attention-grabbing result on a busy
day at the year's last major tournament, with all but nine of
Wednesday's scheduled singles matches carried over because of rain.
The weather was just right Thursday, and so result after result
poured in, including Andrea Petkovic's 6-4, 6-4 elimination of
two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and, among the men,
unseeded American Denis Kudla's 7-5, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 win over No. 27
Dusan Lajovic, and unseeded Briton Daniel Evans' 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4),
6-4 defeat of No. 25 Lucas Pouille.
Three-time U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal
reached the third round when his opponent, Thanasi Kokkinakis,
withdrew with an injured right shoulder.
Townsend now will try to get to the fourth
round at a Slam for the first time. For all that time various folks
spent fretting about how U.S. women's tennis will do once the
Williams sisters move on, the group looks to be in pretty good shape
at the moment.
"Honestly, that conversation doesn't really
matter to me. It's an ever-evolving door. Any time that someone has
one good result or two good results, they're 'The Next.' You know
what I mean?" Townsend said. "It was, like, maybe I was, maybe I
wasn't. I don't know. But it doesn't matter, because I'm here now."
Later Thursday, 15-year-old Coco Gauff, who
grabbed a ton of attention by reaching Wimbledon's fourth round,
played for a shot to face defending champion Naomi Osaka next in New
Caty McNally, 17, pushed Serena Williams to
three sets Wednesday. Sofia Kenin, 20, beat Williams at the French
Open and is into the third round in New York. At Roland Garros,
Amanda Anisimova, 17, became the first player born in the 2000s to
reach a Grand Slam semifinal. And there are 2017 U.S. Open champion
Sloane Stephens, 26, and runner-up Madison Keys, 24.
"I give all the credit to the players, because
it's a healthy competition," said U.S. Fed Cup captain and head of
women's tennis Kathy Rinaldi. "They're all pushing each other on and
off the court. And so it's really fun to watch. But in the meantime,
I think they're very supportive of one another as well."
Osaka moved on earlier Thursday with a couple
of famous fans in her courtside guest seats: Colin Kaepernick and
The No. 1 seed beat Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers
quarterback who three years ago began kneeling during the national
anthem at his team's games, has been working out in the New York
area in hopes of getting another shot in the NFL. Bryant, the
retired NBA superstar, came to the U.S. Open to promote a new book.
"It's just funny to me," Osaka said. "You know,
like, last year compared to this year, there is no way, like, Kobe
would sit in my box. Yeah, Kaepernick, too."
Vietnam and Netherlands races put on 2020 F1 schedule
Vietnam’s F1 circuit in Hanoi.
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (AP) — Next
season's Formula One season will feature 22 races, with the Vietnam
Grand Prix making its first appearance and the Netherlands GP
returning after a long absence.
Both were expected to be added in 2020, but one
race from this season's 21-race schedule had to be cut to make room
and Germany dropped off the calendar.
The city of Hanoi hosts the Vietnam race on
April 5 with the Dutch GP on May 3 at the Zandvoort track on the
Dutch coast, which hosted 30 F1 races from 1952-85 and will now be
Monza's hosting of the Italian GP on Sept. 6
remains subject to the signature of an expected contract extension.
The season opens as usual with the Australian
GP on March 15, and ends at the Abu Dhabi GP on Nov. 29.
Drivers will need to cope with a testing
schedule featuring seven back-to-back race weekends.
The 2020 calendar will be submitted for
approval at motorsport governing body FIA's World Motor Sport
Council meeting on Oct. 4.
Inter signs Alexis Sanchez on loan from Man United
Alexis Sanchez, second from right, waves to fans upon his arrival at
the Coni (Italian Olympic Committee) office for medical checks, in
Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Sanchez will leave
Manchester united on a loan deal with the Italian Serie A soccer
team, Inter Milan, Italian news agency ANSA said. (Daniel Dal
Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Milan (AP) — Forward Alexis Sanchez has
joined Inter Milan on loan after underperforming at Manchester
Inter and United both confirmed the season-long
While financial details were not announced, the
teams are expected to both pay a share of Sanchez's hefty salary —
the highest on United's squad. The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that
Inter will pay Sanchez 5 million euros per season with United
covering the remaining 7 million euros.
At Inter, Sanchez will rejoin former United
teammate Romelu Lukaku, who joined the Nerazzurri in a club-record
80 million euro transfer at the start of the month.
Lukaku was among the scorers as Inter beat
Lecce 4-0 in its Serie A opener in coach Antonio Conte's debut on
For the 30-year-old Sanchez, it's a return
Italy after establishing himself at Udinese from 2006-11.
Sanchez scored only five goals in 45
appearances for United over the last 1 ½ seasons after moving to Old
Trafford from Arsenal. He also played for Barcelona.
Djokovic deals with pain, Federer faces deficit at US Open
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Juan Ignacio Londero, of
Argentina, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis
tournament in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles
New York (AP) — Maybe, just maybe, Novak
Djokovic and Roger Federer are feeling some lingering after-effects
of their historic Wimbledon final last month.
For Djokovic, it's in the form of a left
shoulder that is hurting right now and probably contributed to
slower-than-usual serves in the U.S. Open's second round Wednesday
For Federer, it's in the form of slow starts:
He's lost the opening set each of his first two matches at Flushing
Meadows for the first time in 19 times he's entered the Grand Slam
If they're going to reprise their rivalry late
next week in the semifinals, both will need to improve.
Djokovic was repeatedly visited by a trainer
for shoulder massages at changeovers during a ragged 6-4, 7-6 (3),
6-1 victory over 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina.
Djokovic is a righty, of course, but he uses his other hand both for
ball tosses on serves and on his two-fisted backhand — and both were
less effective for stretches.
"I was definitely tested. This is something
I've been carrying for a quite a while now," said Djokovic, who
repeatedly shook his left arm between points while serving in his
first-round match Monday and did that again this time. "It wasn't
easy playing with the pain and you have to fight and hope you get
lucky with some shots."
Even though he won for the 35th time in his
past 36 Slam matches, including in a fifth-set tiebreaker against
Federer at the All England Club on July 14, the Serb looked
uncomfortable and went away for stretches, including trailing 3-0 in
the second set.
Asked how he plans to prepare for his next
match Friday, Djokovic replied with a laugh: "I'll probably freeze
my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it, and then see what
Federer, meanwhile, is not about to start
trying new tricks now, despite needing to come back twice already.
He got to the third round by beating Damir
Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on an afternoon when rain postponed all
but nine scheduled singles matches and every doubles contest.
Still, it's not as if the guy is going to seek
some sort of magic solution. Working up more of a sweat in the gym
before heading to the court, say. Or playing an extra practice set.
What he chose to focus on, instead, is looking
on the bright side: "Can only do better," Federer said, "which is a
great thing, moving forward."
At a Flushing Meadows flush with surprises so
far — half of the top 12 seeded men already were gone by the time
Federer stepped into Arthur Ashe Stadium — he cleaned up his act
Indeed, Federer was one of the lucky ones who
will stay on the usual play-one-day, get-a-day-off Grand Slam
schedule. Only matches at Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadium, the
event's two arenas with a retractable roof, were held.
That included a loss by two-time champion Venus
Williams to No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina, and victories for No. 2 Ash
Barty, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and 2017 runner-up Madison Keys on
the women's side, and a win for No. 7 Kei Nishikori on the men's.
The night program included Williams' younger
sister, Serena, against 17-year-old American Caty McNally.
"You go through a little phase where you don't
start so well and everybody asks you right away, 'What are you going
to do?' You're like, I don't know. Just go back to the drawing
board. Just do the same things again. You hope for a better
outcome," said Federer, owner of a total of 20 major trophies, four
ahead of Djokovic. "I don't think there is, per se, a secret to a
good start, other than warming up well, being well-prepared
mentally, not underestimating your opponent. I did all of that. You
know me, I will always do that."
He also ceded the first set to 190th-ranked
Sumit Nagal of an eventual four-set victory Monday.
Federer called that pattern "just a bit
frustrating, more than anything, especially when the level is that
low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of
Against Dzumhur, who is ranked No. 99 now but
has been as high as No. 23, Federer fell behind 4-0 after all of 15
minutes. He was sluggish and his shots were off-target, to the tune
of 12 unforced errors within the match's first 19 points.
"Basically," Federer concluded, "the entire
set, just sort of donated."
Hardly ideal, on this particular day or in the
big picture: Never in the 107-year history of the tournament has a
man gone on to claim the trophy after losing the first set in both
of his first two matches.
What matters right now, of course, is that
Federer is still in the draw.
Borna Coric, who was seeded 12th, was the
latest to exit, withdrawing because of a lower back strain before he
was supposed to face Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday. That followed
losses Tuesday by a quartet of top-10 men all on Rafael Nadal's half
of the bracket: No. 4 Dominic Thiem, No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 9
Karen Khachanov and No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Leicester beat Newcastle on penalties in League Cup
Leicester City's James Maddison scores his side's first goal of the
game during their English League Cup Second Round soccer match
against Newcastle at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Wednesday,
Aug. 28, 2019. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
London (AP) — Kasper Schmeichel saved
two penalties Wednesday as Leicester beat Newcastle 4-2 in a
shootout to reach the third round of the English League Cup.
Schmeichel saved efforts from Jonjo Shelvey and
Isaac Hayden at St. James' Park after the only all-Premier League
matchup of the day ended 1-1.
James Maddison gave Leicester the lead in the
first half with a free-kick before Yoshinori Muto equalized in the
Bournemouth also needed penalties to get past
League Two side Forest Green after a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Mark
Travers saved all three spot kicks by the visitors as Eddie Howe's
team won the shootout 3-0.
Everton needed two late goals to get past
League One team Lincoln 4-2. Lincoln had taken the lead after just
21 seconds through Harry Anderson and then made it 2-2 in the 70th
with a volley from Bruno Andrade.
But summer signing Alex Iwobi scored his first
goal for Everton to restore the lead for good in the 81st and
Richarlison added a late goal for the visitors.
Sunderland, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday and
Swansea also advanced Wednesday.
The Premier League teams playing in Europe will
enter the competition in the third round, with defending champion
Manchester City visiting Preston. League Two side Colchester, which
beat Crystal Palace on penalties on Tuesday, was rewarded with a
home game against Tottenham.
Phillies pound out 17 hits, rout Pirates 12-3
Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins runs to third base after hitting
a triple off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller during
the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in
Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia (AP) — J.T. Realmuto had
three hits, including a homer and a triple, Corey Dickerson also
went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies got 17 hits in a 12-3
victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
Cesar Hernandez contributed three hits and
three RBIs. Rhys Hoskins doubled, tripled and drove in a run to help
the Phillies stay close in the NL wild-card race.
Every Phillies starter had at least one hit and
Starling Marte homered and had three hits for
Pittsburgh, and Josh Bell hit a two-run shot.
Pirates rookie Bryan Reynolds, who began the
day leading the NL in batting, went 0 for 3 to snap his seven-game
hitting streak and drop his average to .330.
Vince Velasquez (6-7) went five innings and
allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Mitch Keller (1-3), a 23-year-old rookie making
his seventh career start, pitched into the fifth for Pittsburgh and
gave up eight runs on 11 hits with eight strikeouts and a walk.
YANKEES 7, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit the 101st homer
of his career, Gary Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu and Mike Ford also went
deep, and New York completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.
Sanchez hit a towering two-run homer in the
first. Ford snapped a 2-2 tie with his sixth home run in the past 14
games, and Judge broke the game open with a two-run shot as part of
New York's four-run fifth inning. LeMahieu added his 23rd of the
season in the ninth.
James Paxton (11-6) gave up just one hit but
was done after five innings due to control problems. Paxton issued a
season-high five walks.
Seattle had just one hit until Tom Murphy
doubled in the ninth.
Justus Sheffield (0-1) allowed six hits and
struck out five.
BREWERS 4, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura homered and drove
in three runs, Jordan Lyles turned in another strong start and
Milwaukee snapped St. Louis' six-game winning streak.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals had won 15 of
18 and were trying for a three-game sweep. The Brewers ended a
Hiura hit a solo home run in the fourth,
sending a 3-0 fastball from Flaherty into the left-field seats.
Hiura added an RBI double in the eighth.
Lyles (9-8) struck out five of the first seven
Cardinals he faced. He fanned nine in 5 1/3 innings. Josh Hader
struck out three in two scoreless innings to earn his 26th save.
Jack Flaherty (8-7) allowed five hits and three
runs, two earned, in six innings. He struck out seven, walked one
and took the loss.
INDIANS 4, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jason Kipnis homered twice and
Francisco Lindor also went deep to lift Cleveland to another win
Cleveland is 14-1 against the last-place Tigers
this year, and that's a big reason the Indians are firmly in the
Aaron Civale (2-3) allowed two runs and six
hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none. Brad Hand
finished for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed two
runs in six innings, but Buck Farmer (5-5) allowed Lindor's one-out
solo shot in the eighth, which bounced of the top of the wall and
over in center field. That gave the Indians a 3-2 lead.
Dawel Lugo homered for Detroit.
REDS 5, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Aristides Aquino tied a National
League rookie mark with his 13th home run this month, powering
Anthony DeSclafani and Cincinnati Reds over Miami.
Eugenio Suarez hit his 38th homer, connecting
in the fourth straight game for the Reds.
Aquino hit a three-run shot in the first. The
24-year-old outfielder matched the NL homer mark for rookies in a
month set by Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers in June 2017.
The major league rookie record for homers in a
month is 18 by Rudy York of Detroit in August 1937. Aquino, who got
one at-bat in the majors last year, also doubled as the Reds beat
Miami for the third straight day.
DeSclafani (9-7) had his longest outing of the
season, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball. He struck out eight
and walked one.
Sandy Alcantara (4-12) gave up four runs and
six hits, struck out eight and walked one in six innings.
NATIONALS 8, ORIOLES 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out eight
to reach the 200 mark for an eighth straight season, Kurt Suzuki
homered and drove in four runs and Washington beat Baltimore.
Scherzer allowed two runs and six hits over 4
1/3 innings. Wander Suero (5-7) followed Scherzer as the National
won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Nationals scored five runs on five hits in
the first inning against Asher Wojciechowski (2-7).
Chance Sisco and Chris Davis homered for the
Orioles, who settled for a split of the four-game season series.
Career change for Carli Lloyd? How about the NFL?
Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch holds the ball for United States soccer
player Carli Lloyd as she attempts to kick a field goal after the
Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens held a joint NFL
football practice in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP
Philadelphia (AP) — Fresh off the United
States' victory in the Women's World Cup, could Carli Lloyd be
entertaining thoughts about a career change?
The 37-year-old soccer star nailed a 55-yard
field goal during a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles
and Baltimore Ravens last week. And on Wednesday she was peppered
with questions about a possible NFL future.
"It's gone from just having fun kicking to,
'Will she play in the NFL?' At first I was just laughing about it
but the more that I spoke with my husband, he's all for it and my
friends and family, they're really encouraging me to potentially
take up this opportunity," said Lloyd, who is in Philadelphia with
the national team for a victory tour match against Portugal on
It's not the first time she's hit a long field
goal. During the World Cup qualifying tournament last fall, she got
a 45-yarder at the Cowboys' practice facility in Texas.
Lloyd is well known for her kicking ability. In
the World Cup title match in 2015, Lloyd scored three goals
including a blast from midfield to give the United States a 5-2
victory over Japan.
But she acknowledged that kicking in the NFL is
very, very different from scoring from 50-yards out — like wearing
pads and facing 300-pound opponents.
"You can't really touch a kicker, but it
happens. I'm not naive to that. But there is that part of it, no
doubt. And there's challenges as far as being with all males and the
locker room and there's a whole range of things, and I get that,"
she said. "But I'm not afraid to step up in front of the whole world
and actually do it."
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, a
veteran of five Super Bowls, said earlier this week that he thought
Lloyd's kick was "pretty cool."
But like Lloyd, he also said it's one thing to
kick in practice, and another to perform in a game.
"For you to go out and hit a ball without a
rush and a snap and a hold and no get-off time and stuff, it's
different than doing live stuff," Vinatieri said. "But I saw it, it
was pretty impressive how far she kicked the ball."
U.S. coach Jill Ellis, who is stepping down
from the team following the victory tour, joked when asked about it:
"Did you hear the next one that I'm going to be her agent?"
Ellis said if any woman could break into the
NFL, it would be Lloyd.
"When I first came on the scene, I saw Carli
Lloyd strike a ball and I said, 'Holy crap that's the hardest I've
ever seen a woman hit a ball,'" Ellis said. "She certainly has the
velocity, and I think it's very cool. I think it would be great."
Coco's comeback: Gauff erases deficits to win US Open debut
Gauff, of the United States, reacts after defeating Anastasia
Potapova, of Russia, during the first round of the US Open tennis
tournament Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie
New York (AP) — Here's how new all of
this is to Coco Gauff: She didn't quite realize she only has to play
every other day at the U.S. Open.
"I'm still used to playing juniors," the
American said with a chuckle, "so I forgot about the day off."
She's still just 15. She's competing in just
her second Grand Slam tournament. And yet she's definitely showing
she can perform like someone much older and more experienced.
With her parents jumping out of their front-row
seats over and over again, and a raucous partisan crowd backing her
at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Gauff trailed by a set and a break, then
again by a break in the third set, before coming up big down the
stretch to get past Anastasia Potapova of Russia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in
her debut at Flushing Meadows.
"Honestly, I mean, I really don't remember the
match too well," Gauff said, "because everything is still a blur."
Here is what is clear: She displayed the same
sort of gumption she did while saving match points in a Centre Court
comeback at Wimbledon during her captivating run to the fourth round
there last month.
Gauff simply does not give in or give up.
As strong as her serve and other strokes are,
she's already showing an ability to make adjustments during a match
and figure out ways to win, time and again. Gauff was ranked 313th
when she got a wild-card invitation into qualifying at Wimbledon,
then became the youngest player in history to make it through those
preliminary rounds at that prestigious tournament.
After beating Venus Williams in the first
round, then a 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist in the second, Gauff got
to Week 2 before her surprising showing there ended with a loss to
eventual champion Simona Halep.
It was all enough to persuade the U.S. Tennis
Association to provide a wild card into its event, a special entry
she needed because her ranking is 140th.
On a busy Day 2 at the year's last Grand Slam
tournament, there still were matches involving 2017 champion Sloane
Stephens and the temperamental Nick Kyrgios to be played later.
Earlier, four top-10 seeds in the bottom half
of the draw all tumbled out in the first round: No. 4 Dominic Thiem,
a two-time French Open runner-up; No. 8 Stefanos Tsitipas, an
Australian Open semifinalist; No. 9 Karen Khachanov, a French Open
quarterfinalist; and No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut, a Wimbledon
semifinalist. The biggest beneficiary of all of those departures
could be three-time champion Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, who found
no such trouble, easily putting together a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory at
night over John Millman, the Australian who upset Roger Federer a
year ago in New York.
In women's action, defending champion and No. 1
seed Naomi Osaka dropped her first five games against 84th-ranked
Anna Blinkova, wasted a match point in the second set, then finally
put together a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory.
A couple of years ago, when Gauff was 13, she
got a chance to practice with Osaka.
"Her dad and my dad are actually quite cool,"
Osaka said Tuesday. "She seems to be doing great."
Gauff's father and mother were kind of quiet in
the early going at Armstrong, until their daughter waved to her
guest box after falling behind 3-0 early.
"I was telling them to get hyped up more. I
needed more positive energy. I was nervous. Just looking at them
when they're giving me a fist pump gives me a little reassurance,"
Gauff explained. "I think they were nervous. They wanted to stay
more reserved, too. I was like, 'No, I need you guys to come on,
They obliged, yelling and clapping after what
seemed to be each point Coco won. Dad also pounded a fist on his
"I think I gave them a heart attack, especially
my mom," Gauff said. "And my dad, he looks a little bit tired over
Gauff did not start well against the
Not well at all.
Gauff, who is based in Florida, double-faulted
three times in her first service game on a breezy evening with the
temperature sliding down to about 70 degrees.
Maybe she was trying to be too fine, sending
shots right near the lines. The high-risk, high-reward strategy more
often yielded results in the former category than in the latter at
the outset. Both players hit the ball violently while covering the
court well, creating lengthy, entertaining points often introduced
by serves at, or above, 100 mph.
They seemed like a couple of talented and
experienced veterans with the benefit of years on tour, not a pair
of teens each in the U.S. Open's main draw for the first time.
Potapova is a past Wimbledon junior champion, and still only 18, so
this was the youngest matchup in the first round at Flushing
Soon enough it was 5-1, and then that set
belonged to Potapova, with Gauff turning to her guest box and
putting her palms up, as if to ask, "What can I do differently?"
Not much later, when Potapova broke to open the
second set, Gauff's shoulders slumped and she whacked her racket
against her right leg.
And that's when her turnaround began.
With spectators roaring their approval, Gauff
broke right back and was on her way to dominating the second set.
There was some trouble still awaiting. Gauff
went down 1-0 in the third set, then took four games in a row. But
at 4-1, Potapova took a medical timeout and a trainer massaged her
right shoulder. She quickly pulled even at 4-all.
Gauff took command from there, breaking and
then serving out the victory. This is still all so new to her. She
doesn't show it, though.
"I know we're going to see each other a lot in
the future. I hope we do see each other in the future," Gauff said,
"but hopefully in the finals, not in the first round."
Veteran prop Franks omitted from All Blacks World Cup squad
this June 8, 2017, file photo, Canterbury Crusaders and All Black
prop forward Owen Franks answers reporters’ questions at a news
conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — Steve
Hansen has cut 108-test veteran prop Owen Franks and gambled on the
age and fitness of other players in naming a 31-man All Blacks squad
which will attempt to win the Rugby World Cup for the third
While the squad announced Wednesday has an
average age of 28 — equivalent to the squads that won the Webb Ellis
Trophy in 2011 and 2015 — Hansen's first-choice lineup, led by
33-year-old captain Kieran Read, is considerably older.
Hansen's main gamble with injury is the
selection of lock Brodie Retallick, who has been sidelined since the
Rugby Championship with a severe shoulder injury. His gambles on age
include the selections of fullback Ben Smith at 33 and center Sonny
Bill Williams, who will play his third World Cup at 34.
Hansen described Franks as "one of the great
All Blacks" but the selectors couldn't find room for him in the
"He certainly has shown true character," Hansen
said. "Unfortunately ... we believe the game requires us to have
big, mobile No. 1s and No. 3s and in this case we feel the guys
we've named are more-so than he, therefore we had to make a tough
"I'm very respectful of how he coped with it —
it's a mark of the man."
Hansen opted not to select blindside flanker
Liam Squire, who ruled himself out of the Rugby Championship and
Bledisloe Cup series because of fitness concerns but made himself
available for the World Cup after playing in the National Provincial
Three Barrett brothers are going to the World
Cup, with playmaker Beauden Barrett joined by Scott, a lock, and
Jordie, an outside back.
Hansen's loyalty to rugby league convert
Williams, who earns selection ahead of the younger and fitter Ngani
Laumape, has been perplexing to All Blacks fans as he has only been
considered good enough to be a bench player in the knockout stages
of previous World Cups.
The New Zealand squad includes four players —
Ben Smith, Read, lock Sam Whitelock and hooker Corey Flynn — who
played in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand and 10 who played in the
2015 Cup in Britain.
Notable newcomers include the Crusaders wingers
George Bridge and Sevu Reece, who were outstanding in New Zealand's
most-recent 36-0 test win over Australia, and Richie Mo'unga, who
has become New Zealand's starting flyhalf this season.
In the front row Joe Moody and hookers Codie
Taylor and Dane Coles are joined by relatively inexperienced props
Angus Ta'avao, who has played only seven tests, and Atu Moli, aged
24. Franks was dropped for the second Bledisloe Cup test and was due
to quit test rugby after the World Cup but that departure has
unexpectedly been brought forward.
Retallick and Whitelock were the winning
locking combination in '15 and are supported by Scott Barrett and
Patrick Tuipulotu, who forced his way into the squad with a strong
performance in the last Bledisloe Cup test.
Luke Jacobson's unexpected elevation in place
of Squire allows Read to continue at the back of the scrum and Sam
Cane and Ardie Savea to share the open-side duties.
Brad Weber has been chosen as the third
scrumhalf behind Aaron Smith and T.J. Perenara. Beauden Barrett and
Mo'unga are the flyhalves, although Barrett will likely continue at
Ryan Crotty returns from injury to join
Williams, Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown in midfield.
Props: Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Atu Moli, Angus
Ta'avao, Ofa Tuungafasi. Hookers: Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Codie
Taylor. Locks: Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu,
Sam Whitelock. Backrowers: Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Kieran Read,
Ardie Savea, Matt Todd.
Scrumhalves: T.J. Perenara, Aaron Smith, Brad
Weber. Flyhalves: Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo'unga. Midfielders: Ryan
Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams.
Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Rieko Ioane, Sevu
Reece, Ben Smith.
Barcelona 'closer' to Neymar deal, club official says
Brazilian forward Neymar is shown appearing for Paris Saint-Germain
in this August 10, 2019 photo. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Barcelona, Spain (AP) — A Barcelona
official involved in the negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for
Neymar says the Catalan club is "closer" to reaching a deal for the
Javier Bordas told Spanish media Tuesday there
is no agreement yet with PSG but negotiations are ongoing.
Bordas says "there is no deal yet" but "we are
Bordas was among the Barcelona representatives
who traveled to Paris for talks with PSG officials on Tuesday.
Neymar did not play with PSG this weekend.
The Brazilian forward became the most expensive
player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222
million euros in 2017. His two seasons with the French champions
were disappointing compared to the club's huge expectations.
Woods has surgery on left knee for minor cartilage damage
Tiger Woods, left, greets fans as he walks to the 14th fairway after
hitting his tee shot during the final round of the BMW Championship
golf tournament at Medinah Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in
Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
New York (AP) - A season that began with
Tiger Woods celebrating a fifth Masters title ended with a fifth
surgery on his left knee.
This one wasn't serious.
Woods said Tuesday on Twitter he had
arthroscopic surgery last week to repair what he described as minor
cartilage damage. In a statement Woods released on social media, Dr.
Vern Cooley said he looked at the rest of the knee and found no
"I'm walking now and hope to resume practice in
the next few weeks," Woods said, adding that he looked forward to
traveling to Japan in October for a planned Skins Game exhibition
and the ZoZo Championship on Oct. 24-27.
Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports,
described the knee as little more than "irritating."
"It was bothering him, but arthroscopic these
days is different than we had years and years ago," Steinberg said.
"He's up and walking now. This will have no effect on the fall or
Woods has a light schedule the rest of the year
— Japan in late October, his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the
first week of December and then the Presidents Cup at Royal
Melbourne in Australia. He is the U.S. captain and could play as a
captain's pick. He won't have to make that decision until a week
after the Japan event.
Woods has dealt primarily with back issues the
last six years. He had the first of four back surgeries in the
spring of 2014, and the last one in 2017 to fuse his lower spine
when it reached a point he feared he might never compete again.
He returned a year later and capped off his
comeback with a victory in the Tour Championship. The final piece
was a major, and Woods delivered the most memorable week of the year
in April at Augusta National when he won the Masters for his 15th
But that was his lone highlight.
He missed the cut in the PGA Championship and
the British Open and was never a factor in the Memorial or the U.S.
Open. He withdrew after the opening round of The Northern Trust to
start the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he failed to reach the Tour
He said about his health at the BMW
Championship that "body-wise it's the same. If it's not one thing,
it's another. Things just pop up."
"I'm making tweaks and changes trying to play
around this back and trying to be explosive and have enough rest
time and training time," he said at Medinah. "That's been the
biggest challenge of it all."
Woods first had surgery on his left knee as a
freshman at Stanford in 1994 to remove two benign tumors and scar
tissue. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove fluid and cysts after
the 2002 season, and another after the 2008 Masters to repair
cartilage damage. Two months later, after winning the 2008 U.S.
Open, he had reconstructive surgery to repair his ACL.
Steinberg described this surgery as "more
Back at US Open, Serena beats Sharapova for 19th time in row
Serena Williams returns to Maria Sharapova during the first round of
the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New York (AP) — Serena Williams was not
about to let Maria Sharapova make a match of this.
So facing a break point early in the second
set, Williams conjured up a backhand passing shot so good, so
powerful, so precise, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it.
Williams watched the ball land, and then raised a clenched left fist
toward the night sky.
In her first match at the U.S. Open since last
year's loss in a chaotic, controversial final, Williams stretched
her winning streak against Sharapova to 19 matches with a nearly
flawless performance that produced a 6-1, 6-1 victory Monday.
Asked whether she could even imagine losing
that many matches in a row across 15 years against one opponent,
Williams paused for a moment, then replied: "Gosh, I never thought
about it like that."
She now leads their head-to-head series 20-2.
"Every time I come up against her," Williams
said, "I just bring out some of my best tennis."
Sure did this time; the whole thing lasted all
of 59 minutes.
Williams won twice as many points, 56-28. She
saved all five break points she faced and lashed serves at up to 115
mph. She broke five times.
"I always said her ball somehow lands in my
strike zone," Williams said. "I don't know. It's just perfect for
Few players would have stood a chance against
Williams the way she was hitting balls deep and true — and certainly
not a diminished Sharapova, who is ranked 87th after missing much of
this season with a bad right shoulder that needed surgery. This was
a showdown fit for a final, at least in theory: These two met in a
title match at each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments but
never had faced each other in New York.
Williams arrived at Flushing Meadows, where
she's won six titles, accompanied by questions about her back,
because spasms that flared up this month forced her to stop playing
during the final of one hard-court tuneup tournament and pull out of
another one entirely.
Didn't seem to be an issue against Sharapova.
Not one bit.
"The body's good. I feel good," Williams said.
"My back's a lot better. So I'm excited. This is going to be fun."
A year ago, she was beaten by Naomi Osaka in
straight sets in a U.S. Open final that devolved after a
back-and-forth between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos. When
Williams was asked Monday night what she thought of the U.S. Tennis
Association's decision that Ramos would not officiate any match
involving her or her older sister, Venus, at this year's tournament,
this was the reply: "I don't know who that is."
LOL, as the kids say.
Williams was calm and cool as can be against
Sharapova, only rarely showing the slightest hint of emotion with a
cry of "Come on!" or the occasional fist pump, such as the one after
the key backhand on break point.
Sharapova called that shot "great."
It shaped up, at least, as far and away the
most intriguing matchup on Day 1 at the year's last Grand Slam
Few athletes in any sport have been as popular
in recent decades.
Williams owns 23 major singles title, Sharapova
Both have a career Grand Slam.
Both have been ranked No. 1.
So, yes, there were plenty of other matches
around the grounds Monday, with Roger Federer dropping his first set
of the tournament against a qualifier ranked 190th before coming
back to eliminate Sumit Nagal of India 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, No. 1
Novak Djokovic opening defense of his title with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
victory over Roberto Carballes Baena, and 21-year-old American
Reilly Opelka providing the biggest upset of the afternoon in his
U.S. Open debut by eliminating No. 11 Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3,
6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
And, sure, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber
continued her rough Grand Slam year with a first-round exit against
Kristina Mladenovic by a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 score, while 2016 runner-up
Karolina Pliskova and reigning French Open title winner Ash Barty
both struggled through rough starts before emerging.
The Williams family only dropped a total of
three games in two matches Monday, because Venus beat Zheng Saisai
6-1, 6-0 earlier.
Nothing brought out the spectators the way
Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova did, with full-throated roars
greeting them when they walked from the locker room into a dimly lit
When the lights came on, Williams proved far
more ready for prime time.
Only once before had Sharapova lost a night
match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, going 22-1 until Monday.
"I've had a lot of tough matches here and a lot
of tough losses," Williams told the crowd afterward, "but coming out
here tonight makes it all worthwhile."
New Zealand draws series 1-1 with innings win vs. Sri Lanka
New Zealand team members celebrate
the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva during day five
of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New
Zealand in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga
Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand
beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the second test to level
the two-match series 1-1 on Monday.
Needing 187 runs in the second innings to make
New Zealand bat again, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 122 runs in the
final session despite a fighting 51 off 162 deliveries from
wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.
Sri Lanka won the first test by six wickets in
The match was curtailed by rain for most part
but New Zealand played positive cricket to force a result.
Sri Lanka started the last session at 88 for
seven hoping to salvage a draw, with Dickwella batting with purpose
and joined by defiant tailender Suranga Lakmal.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson used some
aggressive field placings, sometimes placing as many as five
fielders around the bat.
The tactic paid off when Lakmal (14 from 45
balls) gloved a catch to batsman Tom Latham — who hit a fine 154 in
New Zealand's innings — at forward short-leg. Crucially that
dismissal ended a 41-run partnership in 132 balls between Dickwella
and Lakmal, batting at No. 9.
Dickwella tried to sweep spinner Ajaz Patel and
was also caught by Latham, close to the bat.
Fast bowler Trent Boult bounced at No. 10
batsman Lasith Embuldeniya whose evasive play resulted in a catch to
Williamson at third slip, taking New Zealand over the line to
"(It) was a much improved performance from us.
It was a great effort to push for victory especially with the
weather," Williamson said after the match. "It was a tough series
overall and deserves to be one all."
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his
batsmen should have been more patient.
"I think it was a good batting wicket," he
said. "We kept losing wickets regularly. We should have been able to
In the first session, Kusal Perera opened the
batting with Lahiru Thirimanne because of Karunaratne's extended
stay off the field with an injury during New Zealand's innings.
Thirimanne was run out before Sri Lanka had
scored and Kusal Perera (0) was caught behind by BJ Watling off
paceman Boult, leaving Sri Lanka two down for four runs.
Sri Lanka lost its third wicket with the total
11 when Angelo Mathews (7) fended an outswinger from seamer Colin de
Grandhomme to Ross Taylor at slip.
Dhananjaya de Silva (1), who scored a century
for Sri Lanka in the first innings, stepped out against left-arm
spinner Ajaz Patel to drive on the on side but only managed to give
a catch to Southee at slip.
William Somerville bowled Kusal Mendis for 20
runs, with an impeccable off spinner. The well-flighted delivery
drew the right-hander forward outside off stump to defend and the
ball turned sharply after pitching, sneaked through bat and pad to
hit off stump.
Karunaratne made 21 before being trapped lbw by
fast bowler Tim Southee bowling round the wicket with the total on
73. He reviewed the decision unsuccessfully.
Dilruwan Perera departed without scoring,
caught by Ross Taylor off Southee.
Southee returned best bowling figures two for
15. Boult, Patel and Somerville also took two wickets each.
The New Zealanders batted for 25 minutes
earlier Monday before declaring at 431-6, having added 49 to their
overnight total. Sri Lanka made 244 in its first innings
De Grandhomme was out for 83 on the second
delivery of day five, without adding to his overnight score, when he
was caught off left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya's bowling.
He faced just 77 deliveries and smashed five
sixes and five boundaries to give New Zealand the advantage.
Watling posted his seventh test century and
remained unbeaten on 105, including nine boundaries. Southee hit two
sixes and two boundaries to reach 24 in a 10-ball cameo.
Off spinner Dilruwan Perera returned 3-114 and
Embuldeniya was even more expensive with 2-156.
Rodriguez homers in 11th to lift Phillies over Pirates 6-5
Philadelphia Phillies' Sean Rodriguez (13) celebrates with teammates
after hitting a winning home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief
pitcher Michael Feliz during the 11th inning of a baseball game,
Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia (AP) — Sean Rodriguez lined
a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the
Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on
Josh Bell hit a solo homer off Philadelphia
closer Hector Neris to tie it at 5 in the ninth after Corey
Dickerson hit a two-run shot against his former team in the eighth
to give the Phillies a one-run lead.
But after stranding five runners in the ninth
and 10th, the Phillies won it when Rodriguez went deep against
Michael Feliz (2-4) for his fourth career walk-off homer. Rodriguez
was in a 1-for-21 slump before he connected.
Philadelphia moved within a game of the idle
Cubs for the second NL wild card.
Bryce Harper homered with two outs in the
eighth in his first game back from paternity leave to cut it to 4-3.
After J.T. Realmuto's infield single, Dickerson ripped one out to
put the Phillies ahead 5-4.
Dickerson, acquired from the Pirates before the
July 31 trade deadline, has 21 RBIs in 19 games for the Phillies.
Brad Miller also had a two-run shot for
Philadelphia. Mike Morin (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the
CARDINALS 12, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marcell Ozuna's bases-loaded
double keyed a six-run second inning and surging St. Louis pounded
out a victory over Milwaukee.
The Cardinals, who have won five straight,
jumped on starter Gio Gonzalez (2-2) for eight runs in the first two
innings en route to their 14th victory in 17 games.
Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong each homered and
drove in three runs for St. Louis, which moved a season-high 14
games above .500. The Cardinals extended their NL Central lead to
three games over the Cubs. The third-place Brewers dropped 5½ back.
Despite being staked to a 9-1 lead, starter
Adam Wainwright lasted just 3 2/3 innings, throwing 90 pitches. He
allowed two runs on six hits with three walks.
John Gant (9-0) relieved Wainwright and struck
out three in 2 1/3 hitless innings.
ATHLETICS 19, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Semien homered,
tripled and drove in a career-high seven runs as Oakland set season
highs for runs and hits in a rout of Kansas City.
Jurickson Profar, Matt Chapman and Khris Davis
also went deep for the Athletics, who are locked in a tight race
with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for the two American League wild cards.
Josh Phegley drove in three runs and scored three times. Four
players had three hits and every starter got at least one as Oakland
finished with 22.
Seth Brown singled in the first two at-bats of
his big league career, scored twice and drove in a run.
Homer Bailey (12-8) threw six innings, allowing
three runs and eight hits, to beat his former team.
Oakland scored five runs in both the second and
third, backed by Semien's big hits.
Royals starter Brad Keller (7-14) lasted just 1
1/3 innings, exiting after Semien's bases-loaded triple put Oakland
ROCKIES 3, BRAVES 1
DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon hit a two-run homer
in the ninth inning to lift Colorado over Atlanta, ending the
Braves' eight-game winning streak.
McMahon drove a fastball from Jerry Blevins
just over the scoreboard in right field for the second game-ending
homer of his career. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a walk
against Anthony Swarzak (1-2).
Jairo Diaz (5-3) blew a save in the ninth but
got the win as the Rockies stopped a four-game skid.
It was a makeup from an April 10 game postponed
due to inclement weather, forcing Atlanta to crisscross the country.
REDS 6, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Sonny Gray pitched into the
seventh inning, Freddy Galvis drove in four runs and Cincinnati
stopped a three-game slide.
Gray (10-6) walked five, but limited Miami to
two runs and two hits. The right-hander improved to 4-0 in August,
allowing three runs in five starts.
Galvis had three hits and Eugenio Suárez hit
his 36th homer for the Reds.
Neil Walker and Jorge Alfaro homered for the
Marlins. Pablo Lopez (5-6) allowed four runs in five innings.
South Africa's RWC squad: Kolisi captain & Etzebeth included
South Africa's Siya Kolisi, front row -
second from left, speaks during the 31-man squad presentation in
Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Themba
Johannesburg (AP) — South Africa
included experienced lock Eben Etzebeth in its Rugby World Cup squad
on Monday, despite claims that he was involved in a bar fight and
another altercation on the street at a beach resort over the
Etzebeth issued a public denial saying he was
not involved in either.
Etzebeth was among the 31 players named by
coach Rassie Erasmus for the World Cup in Japan starting next month.
Flanker Siya Kolisi will captain the squad after recovering from a
knee injury that saw him miss the Springboks' entire victorious
Rugby Championship campaign.
Etzebeth denied any involvement in the
incidents, and the South African rugby body said it was standing by
him. There was no immediate indication that police were
investigating the claims that Etzebeth, a 78-test veteran, assaulted
and racially abused a man in the coastal town of Langebaan, near
Cape Town, in the early hours of Sunday.
"It is completely untrue and unfounded to claim
that I physically or racially abused anyone in Langebaan as has been
reported on social media. Multiple witnesses can corroborate that,"
Etzebeth said in a statement.
SA Rugby said it had "no tolerance" for acts of
violence or racism "but we also trust our people to act responsibly
and tell the truth. We have spoken to Eben and he categorically
denies any physical or racial abuse."
The 6-foot-8 Etzebeth is a key part of the
Springboks' forward engine room and is one of five players in the
squad with more than 50 test caps. Fullback Willie le Roux, utility
back Frans Steyn, flanker Francois Louw and prop Tendai Mtawarira,
who has played 110 tests, are the others.
Erasmus sprang no surprises with his selection
as South Africa goes in search of a third World Cup title — to move
level with New Zealand — and first since 2007.
The Springboks have the toughest possible start
to their campaign when they face two-time defending champion New
Zealand, which won the inaugural World Cup in 1987, in their first
game on Sept. 21.
A New Zealand win would perhaps have been a
foregone conclusion two years ago, when South Africa was slumping to
a series of embarrassing and historic losses under former coach
Allister Coetzee, including a record 57-0 defeat by the All Blacks.
Erasmus has turned the Springboks around
rapidly since taking over in early 2018.
The Springboks beat New Zealand in New Zealand
last season and drew 16-16 away against the All Blacks last month, a
result that helped South Africa win its first southern hemisphere
title in 10 years. The Boks are unbeaten this season.
"We just want to say thank you for supporting
us through the tough times," captain Kolisi said. "We've been
working hard the last two years to make sure we gain a bit of
Kolisi, who is South Africa's first black test
captain, missed two months with injury but made a successful return
to action in the World Cup warmup game against Argentina just over a
Apart from Kolisi, every other member of the
squad played some part in the Rugby Championship.
"We set out with the goal of growing the depth
of the squad and I am confident that any of this 31 can step into a
playoff match at the Rugby World Cup and deliver an outstanding
performance," Erasmus said.
"We've been working towards this moment for the
best part of two years and we've been lucky in achieving most of our
goals this season. But the results and performances up to now will
mean nothing once we are in Japan. It is a case of back to square
Backs: Willie le Roux, Warrick Gelant, Cheslin
Kolbe, Sbu Nkosi, Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende,
Frans Steyn, Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Faf de
Klerk, Cobus Reinach, Herschel Jantjies.
Forwards: Schalk Brits, Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm
Marx, Frans Malherbe, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff,
Tendai Mtawarira, RG Snyman, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco
Mostert, Siya Kolisi (captain), Kwagga Smith, Francois Louw, Pieter-Steph
du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.
Man City, Spurs discover high bar for VAR on penalty calls
Tottenham's Harry Kane falls after he
was tackled by Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles during the English
Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle
United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 25,
2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
London (AP) — With VAR in its third
weekend in the Premier League, Manchester City and Tottenham now
know just how high the threshold is for penalty calls to be
overturned by video reviews.
City was denied a penalty even when Bournemouth
midfielder Jefferson Lerma stood on David Silva's foot. The
champions were leading at the time and Sergio Aguero went on to
score his second goal in a 3-1 win.
But Tottenham had no such good fortune against
Newcastle later on Sunday. Trailing to Joelinton's goal, Tottenham
thought it had a late chance to grab an equalizer when Harry Kane
tumbled after being impeded in the penalty area by Jamaal Lascelles.
But referee Mike Dean had already let play
continue without awarding a spot kick. And when the VAR review
finally took place, the original decision was not overruled —
indicating a lack of clear evidence the original decision was wrong
— and Newcastle won 1-0.
Tottenham lost its first match of the season a
week after VAR did help the London club gain a point at the Etihad
Stadium when a City handball was spotted in the run-up to what
looked like being Gabriel Jesus' winner.
City manager Pep Guardiola is exasperated by
how VAR is being applied.
"It was clear hands last game, clear hands. A
penalty today? No, please," Guardiola said sarcastically. "The
challenge this season will be amazing for us after winning
back-to-back two titles, the challenge will be great."
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wasn't
going to blame the application of the new technology.
"I trust in the VAR," Pochettino said. "I am
happy to have VAR and more than happy that they check. But if it's
not a penalty you keep going."
There was one penalty awarded on Sunday,
enabling Wolverhampton to grab a stoppage time equalizer against
Unlike in the City and Tottenham games, referee
Craig Pawson had already pointed to the spot when Raúl Jiménez was
fouled by Erik Pieters. Jiménez netted from the spot to cancel out
Ashley Barnes' strike and seal a 1-1 draw for Wolves.
On his 400th City appearance, David Silva was
as influential as ever in pulling the strings for his team.
With City already leading through Aguero's
strike, Silva slipped in the ball for Sterling to get his fifth goal
in three league games.
It came just before Harry Wilson scored
directly from a brilliant free kick to reduce the deficit back to a
single goal before halftime.
Then, after Silva was denied a penalty after
being caught by Lerma, the Spaniard jinked into the penalty area to
set up Aguero for City's third.
"He has a sense to move between the lines like
nobody else in the world," Guardiola said of Silva. "He is a
Tottenham looks to Christen Eriksen to unpick
teams like Silva does for City. That's when the Dane is starting.
Just like in the opening game against Aston
Villa, Eriksen was only deployed in the second half as doubts linger
over his future ahead of the transfer window closing on the
continent in a week.
"It is so difficult the situation," Pochettino
Unlike against Villa, when Eriksen's arrival
inspired a comeback, Tottenham couldn't find a way to break through
a resolute Newcastle.
Kane barely got a touch in the opposition
penalty area and Son Heung-min was lacking sharpness on his first
appearance of the season after serving a suspension.
Jan Vertonghen hasn't been injured. But after
being dropped from the squad against Villa, the defender has now
watched successive games as an unused substitute.
Davison Sanchez fared no better in central
defense, allowing Christian Atsu's cross to fly over him as the
unmarked Joelinton had the space to control the ball before striking
past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Rafa Benitez had to wait until the 11th match
of the season to win in the Premier League last year. Steve Bruce
has collected three points in his third, after taking charge of his
hometown club when Benitez grew frustrated with the limited
resources and took a job in China.
Bruce hopes the victory at Tottenham will earn
him a bit of respect.
"Whoever was going to replace Rafa was going to
have a tough time," Bruce said. "The easier thing to do would have
been to say 'No' to the challenge.
"But I'm as determined as everyone to take the
club forward, and days like today ... I'll remember it a long time."
McIlroy ends season with a $15 million bang at East Lake
Rory McIlroy waves to the gallery after winning the Tour Championship
golf tournament and The FedEx Cup Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at East Lake
Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Atlanta (AP) — Rory McIlroy marched to the
18th green Sunday at East Lake with victory in hand and $15 million in
Even better was what he saw — and heard — behind
The scene was all too familiar. The gallery ducked
under the ropes and rushed to encircle the green to watch the finish of
a class performance in the Tour Championship. Before long, the chants
began to ring out: "Rory! Rory! Rory!"
This time, McIlroy had the stage to himself.
A mere bystander last year amid the chaotic
celebration of Tiger Woods' return to victory, McIlroy soaked up the
perfect ending to a solid year when he surged past Brooks Koepka, held
off Xander Schauffele and captured the FedEx Cup and the richest payoff
Turning to Harry Diamond, his caddie and best
friend, McIlroy told him, "This walk is a little more pleasant than last
He closed with a 4-under 66 to finish four shots
ahead of Schauffele, joining Woods as the only players to win the FedEx
"Any time you can do something that only Tiger has
done, you're doing something right," McIlroy said.
There was so much more than $15 million — $14
million in cash, $1 million deferred — to this victory.
Regardless of the new format that gave some players
a head start to par depending on their FedEx Cup ranking — McIlroy began
five shots behind before the tournament started — he wanted to post the
lowest score of anyone in the 30-man field.
He shot 13-under 267, the best by three shots.
And when he was paired with Koepka in the final
group Sunday, it was a chance for atonement. A month ago, McIlroy laid
an egg in the final group at a World Golf Championship, just like he did
with Woods the year before at East Lake.
"I thought a lot about that," McIlroy said. "I
thought about the final group with Tiger last year, the final group with
Brooks in Memphis a few weeks ago, and I really wanted to go out there
and play well and really take it to him, and I did that."
The final round turned on the seventh hole with a
three-shot swing — McIlroy made a 25-foot birdie, while Koepka lost his
tee shot in the trees and made double bogey. There were consecutive
two-shot swings on the back nine, and then it was a matter of holding
McIlroy was four shots ahead until back-to-back
bogeys, and he was on the verge of watching his lead shrink to one when
he holed an 8-foot par putt on the 16th. Schauffele had to settle for
pars, and McIlroy finished with a flourish.
He was the only player to break par all four days.
Schauffele closed with a 70 to finish alone in
second, which paid out $5 million.
"There was plenty of excitement today," Schauffele
said. "The heart rate was up for most of the round. I thought the course
was set up really fair, and if you were in the fairway, it was gettable.
And if you weren't, it was exactly what you thought it was. It was just
a lot of fun."
Justin Thomas, the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup who
started with a two-shot lead, lost his way Sunday morning in the
conclusion of the third round when he took triple bogey on the 16th hole
with a 9-iron from the fairway. He fell four behind and never caught up.
Thomas finished with two birdies for a 68 and tied for third with Koepka,
who ended another big year with a pedestrian closing round of 72.
They each earned $3.5 million.
As usual with Koepka, there were no complaints, no
"He just played better," said Koepka, who hit only
five fairways in the last round. "He was impressive to watch. He put it
in the fairway a lot, hit a lot of greens. And even his short game, the
up-and-down he made on 11, that was pretty tasty right there. And then
the way he finished it off was very impressive. Hats off to him."
What looked to be a shootout turned into a runaway
The marathon final day — 31 holes for McIlroy and
contenders — began with big promise for a wild chase for the $15 million
prize. Four players took turns atop the leaderboard in the first 35
minutes of golf Sunday morning, which included Schauffele's first
hole-in-one of his career with a 5-iron on the 240-yard ninth hole.
The third round had been suspended Saturday after
lightning struck a tree and injured six spectators huddled nearby.
Police said they were treated and released from medical attention later
Koepka birdied the 18th for a one-shot lead over
McIlroy and Schauffele. It was tight for the first hour of the final
round, and then it turned quickly.
Koepka was still up by one shot when he yanked his
tee shot into the trees left of No. 7 and never found it. He made double
bogey, and it became a three-shot swing when McIlroy made a 25-foot
The decisive moment was consecutive two-shot swings
— McIlroy birdied Nos. 12 and 13, Koepka missed short par putts on both.
Koepka ended the PGA Tour season with three
victories, another major at the PGA Championship, a World Golf
Championship and the undisputed No. 1 world ranking. He is the favorite
to win PGA Tour player of the year again, though McIlroy at least gave
players something to contemplate when they vote over the next few weeks.
The FedEx Cup counts as an official win, giving him
three for the year. And he had 14 finishes in the top 10 out of 19
starts, the highest percentage of his career. Whether it's enough —
McIlroy doesn't think so — was of little consequence.
McIlroy ticked off every goal he set at East Lake
in a performance that $15 million can't measure.
"I'm going to enjoy this one tonight," he said.
Stokes leads England to stunning win in Ashes 3rd test
Stokes celebrates after guiding England to victory on day four of the
third Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at Headingley, Leeds,
England, Sunday Aug. 25, 2019. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Leeds, England (AP) — Cricket World Cup hero
Ben Stokes scored a stunning 135 not out as England kept its Ashes hopes
alive with a dramatic one-wicket win over Australia in the third test at
Stokes scored the winning four Sunday in the
afternoon session on Day 4 as England finished on 362-9 in its second
innings — chasing what seemed an improbable 359 — after an unbeaten
76-run stand for the 10th wicket with Jack Leach, who scored only 1 run
in the partnership.
It's the highest successful fourth-innings chase by
England in a test match.
Stokes was dropped by Marcus Harris at third man
off Pat Cummins and survived an easy runout chance and clear lbw
decision close to the end. The allrounder finished with 11 fours and
eight sixes overall in one of the greatest innings by an England batter.
"Today was incredible," Stokes said. "I don't quite
know what to say. It hasn't sunk in yet."
The teams are now level at 1-1 in the series.
Australia would have secured the famous urn with a 2-0 lead and only two
tests remaining in the five-match series.
England started the day on 156-3, still needing 203
more runs to win and stay alive in cricket's oldest regular
international series. Captain Joe Root (77) was out early but Stokes and
Jonny Bairstow (36) shared an 86-run stand for the fifth wicket, taking
England from 159-4 to 245-5 when Josh Hazlewood (4-85) dismissed
England No. 11 Leach survived as Stokes' final
partner, with the pair coming together on 286-9. When their 50-run
partnership came up, the spinner still hadn't scored. His 1 not out —
which leveled the scores — came off 17 balls.
Stokes was man of the match in England's Super Over
win over New Zealand in the World Cup final exactly six weeks ago.
"It's one I'll never forget," Stokes said on Sky
Sports after Sunday's test win. "I've got to try and take it all in. I'm
not sure it'll ever happen again. It's one of the two best feelings I've
ever felt on a cricket pitch."
Australia, which was missing injured star batter
Steve Smith, scored 179 and 246. England was dismissed for only 67 in
its first innings, making the final victory for the hosts even more
Australia had two chances to snatch a famous win of
its own in the 125th over of an epic innings, but they instead go down
as footnotes in Stokes' story. With England still one run behind, Nathan
Lyon dropped a throw from Cummins at the bowler's end when a clean take
would have allowed him to easily run out the over-exuberant Leach with
Stokes aimed a big slog-sweep at the very next
delivery, missing but given not out leg before wicket by umpire Joel
Wilson. Replays showed he was out but Australia had wasted its last
review in the previous over on a hopeless shout against Leach.
Three balls later Leach fended Cummins to leg for
one, guaranteeing a tie, leaving the stage for Stokes. He did not
linger, planting Cummins through the covers for a winning boundary
before letting loose a guttural roar.
The fourth test starts Sept. 4 at Old Trafford.
Australia won the previous Ashes series 4-0 Down
Under in 2017-18.
ALIVE AND KICKING
Day 4 began with four maiden overs and the early
dismissal of key man Root, who added just two runs to his overnight 75
before being brilliantly caught at slip by David Warner via bat and pad.
The second new ball was taken shortly after but
Stokes joined Jonny Bairstow in a fine, counter-attack partnership worth
86 vital runs in 130 balls. Bairstow's patience snapped on 36 and Stokes
was involved in a careless runout of Jos Buttler for one.
Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer came and went before
the unlikely figure of Leach soaked up 17 balls in an hour, allowing
Stokes to pen his masterpiece.
"We've seen some freakish things already this
summer in the World Cup but I didn't think we'd see something similar in
this series," Root said. "It was an incredible game of cricket, an
incredible atmosphere and test cricket is alive and kicking. This Ashes
is alive and kicking."
Alex Rins snatches MotoGP win at Silverstone
Rins of the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR steers his motorcycle followed by Marc
Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team during the MotoGP race at the British
Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England,
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Silverstone, England (AP) — Alex Rins snatched
victory in the MotoGP British Grand Prix at the final corner on a dramatic
afternoon at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Spanish Suzuki rider undercut Honda's Marc Marquez
as the pair rounded Woodcote for the last time to win by 0.013 seconds after
a race-long tussle between the pair.
However, Rins had earlier benefited from a nasty
collision which resulted in Andrea Dovizioso being taken to hospital after
Dovizioso's Ducati was catapulted into the air when he
hit Fabio Quartararo's Petronas SRT Yamaha coming out of Copse, in the
process allowing Rins to move up from fifth to third.
Neither man was seriously injured, but the Italian was
sent for checks after medical staff detected memory loss.
Rins then passed Valentino Rossi to engage with
Marquez, but left it to the last moment to make his decisive move and clinch
his second MotoGP victory.
Maverick Vinales claimed third place 0.6 seconds behind
the front two with Rossi a distant fourth.
Australia in strong position to retain Ashes in 3rd test
England's Ben Stokes reacts after he was dismissed by Australia's James
Pattinson, second left, for eight runs during play on day two of the
third Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at
Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP
LEEDS, England (AP) —
Australia moved into a strong position to retain the Ashes after
skittling out England for 67 before pushing its lead to 194 runs on a
wicket-tumbling second day of the third test on Friday.
Holding a first-innings advantage of 112 runs, the
Australians were 82-3 by tea with Marnus Labuschagne on 13 and Travis
Head on 17.
One big partnership for Australia could push
victory out of reach for England, which is 1-0 behind in the five-match
series and cannot regain the urn if it loses at Headingley.
England posted its second-lowest test total against
Australia since 1904 — beating only a score of 52 in 1948 — and its 12th
lowest in test history. It is the fourth time since the start of 2018
that England has scored less than 100 in an innings.
By scoring 12, Joe Denly was the top scorer in
England's capitulation — the lowest highest score ever in a test innings
by the team.
Josh Hazlewood led the Australian attack with
figures of 5-30, with fellow pacemen Pat Cummins (3-23) and James
Pattinson (2-9) taking the rest of the wickets on a day when England's
batting flaws were exposed once again. The English were dismissed in
just 27.5 overs.
Jason Roy (9) again fell cheaply, captain Joe Root
went for a second-ball duck — having had a golden duck in the drawn
second test at Lord's last week — and Ben Stokes rued his decision to be
chasing after a very wide one from Pattinson and nicked it behind.
Having reached lunch on 54-6, England lost its last
four wickets in the first 23 balls of the second session.
Australia lost David Warner for 2 to the eighth
ball of its innings, lbw to Stuart Broad — the opener's nemesis this
series. Warner reviewed but the decision was upheld on umpire's call.
Spinner Jack Leach didn't bowl in the first
innings, when Australia was dismissed for 179, and off his first ball of
the match, he bowled Marcus Harris through the gate for 19.
Usman Khawaja was the other batsman to depart,
nicking Chris Woakes to Roy at second slip for 23.
Jofra Archer, who took 6-43 in Australia's first
innings, was generating speeds of 92 mph (148 kph) but was yet to take a
wicket. He said after his exploits on Thursday that he was looking
forward to a rest on Day 2, only to be needed for action midway through
Labuschagne, the replacement for Steve Smith in
this test, was showing a willingness to leave the ball outside
off-stump, unlike many batsmen in this match. His 111-run stand with
Warner on Thursday remains comfortably the biggest partnership of the
match and might prove to be the difference.
England already will have to score the highest
innings total of the match to win.
Ashley-Cooper to participate in 4th World Cup for Australia
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, center, leaves the field after losing
to the All Blacks during a Bledisloe Cup rugby test between the All
Blacks and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday,
Aug. 17, 2019. (Brett Phibbs/SNPA via AP)
SYDNEY (AP) — Utility
back Adam Ashley-Cooper is expected to participate in his fourth Rugby
World Cup after being named in Australia coach Michael Cheika's 31-man
squad Friday for the tournament in Japan beginning next month.
Ashley-Cooper will be the second Wallaby after
George Gregan to play in four showpiece tournaments, with the
35-year-old Ashley-Cooper having played in 17 Rugby World Cup matches.
That's five games behind all-time leaders Jason Leonard of England and
New Zealand's Richie McCaw.
The squad, captained by Michael Hooper with Samu
Kerevi as his deputy, includes 1,406 caps of test experience, 200 more
than the squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in which Australia lost in
the final to New Zealand.
Japan will be Hooper's second appearance at the
World Cup while 18 players could make their World Cup debuts.
Rookie Jordan Petaia is the only uncapped player is
in the squad. The 19-year old missed most of the Super Rugby season with
a foot injury.
The Wallabies departed for a 10-day training camp
in New Caledonia later Friday and will return to Sydney to play Samoa on
Sept. 7 in a final match before the World Cup.
Australia is coming off a 36-0 loss to New Zealand
in Auckland, allowing the All Blacks to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the
17th consecutive year.
"These next few weeks are about building and adding
that little extra edge as a squad and we'll be working hard to make sure
we deliver on the qualities we want people to see when we run out on the
field in Japan," Cheika said.
He also promised to play an "unpredictable" brand
of rugby in Japan.
"If we don't know what we're doing then the
opposition won't either," he said, smiling.
The Wallabies will play their opening match of Pool
D against Fiji at Sapporo on Sept. 21, followed by Wales at Ajinomoto
Stadium in Tokyo on Sept. 29.
The Wallabies will then take on Uruguay on Oct. 5
and Georgia on Oct. 11. The top two teams in the pool advance to the
Australia World Cup squad:
Backs: Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece
Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jordan Petaia, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita
Kuridrani, James O'Connor, Samu Kerevi, Matt Toomua, Christian
Leali'ifano, Bernard Foley, Nic White, Will Genia.
Forwards: Isi Naisarani, Jack Dempsey, Michael
Hooper (captain), David Pocock, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Rory Arnold, Izack
Rodda, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Allan Alaalatoa, Taniela Tupou, Sekope
Kepu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Tolu Latu, Folau Fainga'a, Jordan Uelese.
Tokyo Paralympic lottery opens with 2.3M tickets available
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's
Paralympics could be the big winner with Olympic tickets hard to find and
The lottery for Paralympic tickets for Japan residents
opened on Thursday with 2.3 million available. The lottery closes on Sept.
9. A second lottery will be held early next year.
Olympic tickets are experiencing unprecedented demand
in Japan and elsewhere. Demand is at least 10 times over supply for the 2020
Tokyo Olympics, and probably much more than that.
Paralympic tickets should be more available, and less
expensive. Tickets for the opening and closing ceremony are about half the
price of Olympic tickets. Some event tickets sell for as low as 900 yen, or
The Paralympics open on Aug. 25, 2020 — one year from
Former refugee Bakery Jatta in identity dispute in Germany
this Aug. 11, 2019 file photo Hamurg's Bakery Jatta waves to fans after
a match of Chemnitz against Hamburg in Chemnitz, Germany. (Robert
Michael/dpa via AP)
By CIARÁN FAHEY Associated
BERLIN (AP) — Bakery Jatta has caused a stir
in Germany just by taking his place on the field.
The 21-year-old Hamburg forward, the first refugee
to play in the Bundesliga, has become the subject of a dispute regarding
Hamburg, which now plays in the second division,
has his back, and so do the German soccer league and the country's
"As there is no evidence so far of the player's
false identity, the eligibility of Bakery Jatta, born on June 6, 1998,
remains valid," the federation and German soccer league said in a
statement on Aug. 12.
Jatta has appeared in all of Hamburg's games so far
this season. The dispute began when Sport Bild magazine reported that
Jatta - a Gambian refugee who made his debut for Hamburg in April 2017 -
has been playing under a false name and is in fact two years older than
Two rival teams, Bochum and Nuremberg, have lodged
appeals with the German soccer federation after losing their league
games to Hamburg, citing the media reports and questioning Jatta's
eligibility to play.
Bild has been criticized for its coverage of the
case and was forced to apologize for mistakenly using a photo of Jatta's
teammate, Gideon Jung, for an editorial column on the subject. Both
players are black.
"The one positive: Jatta (or however he's really
called now) is no one who scares us," sports editor Walter M. Straten
wrote in the Aug. 8 column. "No Islamist, terrorist or serious criminal.
He just wants to play football."
Der Spiegel followed up Bild's report by saying
Hamburg had been aware of questions over Jatta's identity when it signed
him in June 2016, but had "little interest in explaining the case."
Jatta has made 28 appearances for Hamburg in the
second division and 16 in the Bundesliga. Hamburg was relegated in 2018.
Authorities told the "Hamburger Abendblatt"
newspaper that Jatta entered Germany without a passport in 2015 and was
subsequently issued with a valid passport from Gambia.
At a hearing with the federation last week, Hamburg
sporting director Jonas Boldt, club chairman Bernd Hoffmann, player
agent Efe Aktas and a lawyer accompanied Jatta as he made his case.
"We haven't changed our stance or our position
because of Bochum's appeal," Boldt said. "We continue to completely
stand behind our player and fellow human being Bakery Jatta. During his
appearance at the DFB's control and disciplinary committee he did all
that he could to create clarity in the situation."
Both Darmstadt, which drew with Hamburg in its
league opener, and Chemnitzer FC, which Hamburg defeated on penalties in
the German Cup, decided not to appeal the results of their games. But
Bochum followed Nuremberg's lead and Hamburg's next opponent, Karlsruher
SC, was apparently deliberating making an appeal if it drops points and
Jatta plays on Saturday.
"We continue to see absolutely no reason not to
play him due to mere accusations," Boldt said. "I am repeating myself,
but we are talking about other clubs appealing results due to
speculation and assumptions, where we as a club then have the burden of
proof. That really is absurd."
Fans, players and even rival supporters have been
showing their support for Jatta.
"This is someone who is integrated, who earns his
money here, who pays taxes and everyone is happy. Why does someone need
to go digging to make such a story out of it?" Ewald Lienen, the
technical director of city rival St. Pauli, told broadcaster NDR. "It's
Swedish women boycotting hockey tournament over dispute
In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, Erika Grahm (24),
of Sweden, fights for control of the puck with South Korea's Choi Jiyeon
(10), of the combined Koreas team, during the first period of the
classification round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter
Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
(AP) — Female hockey players in Sweden
will go ahead with their boycott of an international tournament in
Finland because of their unhappiness about pay and working conditions.
Sweden was to play its first
game of the Five Nations Tournament on Wednesday against Japan in
Vierumaki, but the squad of 43 players will be absent. They refused to
attend a five-day training camp in Sweden last week.
Anders Larsson, chairman of the
Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, said the boycott is damaging the brand of
the country's hockey team and is a failure for both the federation and
the Swedish team.
"That is why it's so important
to try to find a solution," Larsson said in Swedish newspaper
The federation will meet with
representatives of the players' union this week to discuss the issue.
Larsson said the federation only received official documentation from
the union on Monday highlighting the players' grievances.
Last week, the union released a
statement detailing 10 of the issues the female players were complaining
about. Among them was their unhappiness about the lack of compensation
they receive while on duty with the national team. Many of Sweden's
players have fulltime jobs away from the rink, so must fit games around
work schedules and family needs.
The most recent agreement on
compensation for lost work income expired in April.
Other complaints were about
things like travel conditions and schedules, the short and long-term
vision for women's hockey in Sweden, and a perceived lack of respect.
They also have complained about having to wear the same uniforms as the
men's team, saying requests to have clothing adapted for women were
ignored over the last five years.
Larsson said he felt men and
women were treated equally by the federation. He also said he understood
why the female players felt disappointed.
"I am absolutely convinced that
we will solve (these issues)," Larsson said.
Sweden has traditionally been
one of the world's best women's hockey teams but it failed to qualify
for the quarterfinals of the world championships in Finland in April
after losing three of its four group matches. That meant the team was
relegated for the first time in its history and will compete in Division
IA of the 2020 women's world championship.
The Five Nations Tournament,
which also involves Russia, Czech Republic and host Finland, started
Defending champs Osaka, Djokovic are No. 1 seeds for US Open
this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams talks with Naomi Osaka,
of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S.
Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, tosses the ball on a serve to Daniil Medvedev,
of Russia, during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK (AP)
— Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds
for singles play in the U.S. Open.
Osaka, who beat Serena Williams
in last year's final for her first Grand Slam title, recently regained
the top spot in the WTA rankings from Ash Barty. Barty is the No. 2
seed, followed by Karolina Pliskova, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and
Williams was given the No. 8
seed Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association. Madison Keys, the 2017
runner-up who just won the Western & Southern Open, rounds out the top
Djokovic, bidding for his second
straight major title, is followed by fellow past U.S. Open champions
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Dominic Thiem is No. 4 and surging
Daniil Medvedev, who won the title outside Cincinnati last week in what
was his third straight tournament reaching the final, is fifth.
The draw will be held Thursday
and main-draw play begins Monday.
Roy passes concussion test, set to play in 3rd Ashes test
England players, from
left, Jason Roy, Jack Leach and Jofra Archer during a nets session at
Lord's in London, Tuesday Aug. 13, 2019. England will play Australia in
their second Ashes Test match starting Aug. 14 at Lord's. (Steven Paston/PA
LEEDS, England (AP) — England batsman Jason Roy has passed a
concussion test after being hit on the helmet ahead of the third Ashes
test against Australia starting Thursday and is expected to play.
The opener was hit by a
throw-down from former England international Marcus Trescothick, who is
working with the team in a temporary capacity, during practice on
Roy was assessed after the
incident and was able to continue batting. He will have follow-up checks
on Wednesday and on the morning of the match to determine if there are
any delayed symptoms.
Australia batsman Steve Smith
will miss the test at Headingley after being diagnosed with
delayed-onset concussion after being hit in the neck by a delivery from
Jofra Archer during the second test at Lord's.
Australia leads the five-match
US OPEN '19: How well do you know the American tennis major?
In this Sept. 3, 2017, file
photo, tennis fans move in and out of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the
fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. How much
does each first-round loser in singles at the U.S. Open take home in
prize money? Who holds the women's record for most aces in the
tournament? See how much you know about the year's last Grand Slam
tennis tournament by taking the AP's U.S. Open quiz. (AP Photo/Frank
Franklin II, File)
By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer
How well do you know the U.S.
Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament? Give this AP quiz a
1st Round: The women's and men's
singles champions at the 2019 U.S. Open will each receive $3.85 million.
How much does each first-round loser in singles get?
2nd Round: Who holds the record
for most aces in women's singles during a full U.S. Open tournament
a.) Venus Williams
b.) Serena Williams
c.) Karolina Pliskova
d.) Steffi Graf
3rd Round: Who holds the record
for most aces in a men's singles match at the U.S. Open (since 1991)?
a.) Pete Sampras
b.) Andy Roddick
c.) Ivo Karlovic
d.) Richard Krajicek
4th Round: Who holds the men's
record for most U.S. Open titles across all events in the professional
era, which began in 1968?
a.) Bob Bryan
b.) Mike Bryan
c.) Roger Federer
d.) John McEnroe
Quarterfinal: How often have all
four men's singles quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament been won by
players 30 or older?
a.) three times
Semifinal: Who was the youngest
U.S. Open women's singles champion?
a.) Serena Williams
b.) Martina Hingis
c.) Tracy Austin
d.) Monica Seles
Final: Novak Djokovic's victory
over Roger Federer at Wimbledon marked the first time the men's final
there was decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker; this was the first year the
All England Club used such tiebreakers. The U.S. Open was the first
Grand Slam tournament with final-set tiebreakers, starting in 1970. How
many U.S. Open finals have been decided by a fifth-set tiebreaker?
1st Round. c. A first-round
singles victory at Flushing Meadows guarantees a player $100,000 this
year; prize money is $163,000 for reaching the third round, $280,000 for
fourth, $500,000 for quarterfinals, $960,000 for semifinals and $1.9
million for a runner-up.
2nd Round. b. Serena Williams
not only holds the tournament mark of 70 — her total in 1999, when she
won her first of six U.S. Open titles — but also ranks second (with 67
last year), third (65 in 2016), fourth (63 in 2012) and fifth (61 in
2002). She also shares, with older sister Venus, the record for most
aces in a U.S. Open women's singles match (18).
3rd Round. c. Karlovic, a
6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Croatian, delivered 61 aces in a 2016 five-set
victory over Yen-hsun Lu in the first round. Sampras holds the record
for most aces in the tournament in a single year, with 144 while winning
the 2002 championship in what turned out to be the final event of his
4th Round. a. Bob Bryan has won
five men's doubles titles at Flushing Meadows with his twin brother
Mike, plus four mixed doubles trophies, for a total of nine. The
professional era's overall mark of 16 is held by Martina Navratilova,
whose total includes four in singles, nine in women's doubles and three
in mixed doubles — including with Bob Bryan in 2006.
Quarterfinal. b. It's happened
at Wimbledon each of the past two years — and nowhere else. In 2018,
John Isner (33), Kevin Anderson (32), Rafael Nadal (32) and Novak
Djokovic (31) reached the semifinals at the All England Club. And last
month, Djokovic and Nadal were joined by Roger Federer (37) and Roberto
Bautista Agut (31).
Semifinal. c. Austin was 16
years, 8 months, 28 days old when she won the 1979 U.S. Open for the
first of her two titles in New York. Hingis was about 2½ months older
when she won the tournament in 1997. Seles was 17 in 1991, as was
Williams in 1999.
Final. d. There has never been a
fifth-set tiebreaker in a U.S. Open men's singles final, even though the
rule has been in place for nearly a half-century.
Duckhee Lee downplays deafness, wins ATP tournament debut
Tennis player Duckhee Lee, of South Korea,
poses following his tennis match, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at the
Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. Lee became the first deaf
professional to play in an ATP-level tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Joedy
N.C. (AP) — Duckhee Lee tossed the ball into the air for his first
serve in an ATP tournament match and blasted it past his opponent with a
The 21-year-old South Korean never heard it. He was
The tour's first deaf professional player says he
doesn't want to be defined by the disability that he has overcome well
enough to play at the sport's highest level.
His first appearance in a top-level tournament will
last at least until the second round. Lee beat Henri Laaksonen of
Switzerland 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open on
Monday, earning a matchup with No. 3 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
As much as the opening-round victory meant to Lee
and his career, it might have meant even more to hearing-impaired
athletes in all sports.
"Don't be discouraged and if you try hard, you can
do anything, you can achieve anything you want," Lee said through an
interpreter, adding that he "doesn't want people to get discouraged and
get down about their disability."
The ability to hear carries a particular importance
in tennis. Players often insist on silence during points so they can
hear the ball off their opponent's strings and identify the spin in a
"I'm never going to know what that's like to
compete like that," Andy Murray said. "But he's obviously doing
extremely well. So it's obviously an unbelievable achievement.
"I know how important hearing is in tennis," he
added. "To read the spins and to see how like, if I was to play with
headphones on, it's unbelievably difficult to pick up the speed that the
ball's coming at, the spin that's coming. We use our ears a lot to pick
Lee makes up for it with his eyes, sharpening his
focus on his opponent's swing, how that player makes contact and the
speed and spin of the ball as it's racing toward him.
Complicating things further, he also doesn't speak
English and reads lips instead of using sign language. He relies on hand
gestures from umpires making calls.
Because he can't hear the score announcements, he
keeps track of points and games in his head — which can be more
difficult in smaller events that don't have courtside scoreboards. It
led to a hiccup early during his main-draw debut when he lined up to
serve after a game had been decided.
"I think (the umpire) forgot to give the signal" at
times during the match, he said, adding that he "was hoping he would
give in and out signals."
The debut in Winston-Salem is the next step up the
tennis ladder for Lee, who started playing tennis at 7 — the year after
he realized he was deaf, though doctors had diagnosed his condition as a
"People made fun of (me) because of the disability
and said (I) shouldn't be playing," Lee said, adding that his motivation
was to "enjoy (my) life by overcoming my disability."
Lee made his debut on the ITF Futures Tour at 14
and won eight titles before he turned 18, then reached three finals of
the ATP Challenger Tour, including one in June, falling to Dudi Sela at
the Baptist Health Little Rock Open in Arkansas. He brought a No. 212
world ranking to the central North Carolina hardcourts.
He'll always remember his first ATP-level victory
this week — and not just because of the result. Lee was two points away
from sealing the victory when thunderstorms forced a weather delay of
nearly 5 hours. He and Laaksonen came back to the court at roughly 10:15
p.m. — and wrapped up their match in 87 seconds.
When he was asked how he spent the delay, Lee got
his point across with pantomime, mimicking someone playing table tennis
and shooting basketball, because there was both a pingpong table and
pop-a-shot machine in the players' lounge.
He smiled as his translator said how "he loves the
Australia batsman Steve Smith out of Ashes with concussion
Australia's Steve Smith, left, speaks with
Australia batting coach Graeme Hick during a nets session at Headingley,
Leeds, England, Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019. England and Australia will begin
the 3rd Ashes Test cricket match on Aug. 22. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
LONDON (AP) —
Australia will be without batsman Steve Smith for the third Ashes test
against England because of a concussion.
On the fourth day of the second test on Saturday,
Smith had to leave the field after being hit on the neck by a fast,
sharply rising delivery from Jofra Archer.
Tests were conducted before Smith was allowed to
return to complete his innings. Smith complained of headaches later
Saturday and was ruled out of the remainder of the match after
displaying concussion symptoms.
Australia coach Justin Langer says Smith "felt a
bit better yesterday but he is not going to have time enough to tick off
everything he needs to do to be ready to play."
Australia leads the series 1-0.
Canada beats New Zealand 122-88 in exhibition basketball
Canada's Melvin Ejim takes a rebound during a pre-World Cup exhibition
basketball game against Australia in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Aug.
17, 2019. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
SYDNEY (AP) — Canada
opened with a 10-0 run and seven three-pointers in the first quarter and
went on to beat New Zealand 122-88 in a basketball World Cup warm-up
Aaron Best scored 20 points while Andrew Nembhard
added 17 for Canada, which had six players in double figures. Oshae
Brissett had 16 points and seven rebounds and Owen Klassen added 12
The Canadians split a pair of warm-up games last
week with Australia, a team they will face in the opening round of the
World Cup in China on Sept. 1.
Tai Webster led New Zealand with 19 points.
The teams will play again on Wednesday in Sydney.
Canada plays Team USA next Monday, also in Sydney.
Australia plays Team USA in games on Thursday and
Saturday in Melbourne.
Earl Monroe on what it takes to be great in the NBA
In this Nov. 7, 2011, file photo, Earl Monroe is interviewed on the floor
of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
By Associated Press
Earl Monroe is in the Hall of Fame and has an NBA ring.
He's also a big supporter of player rights, and he tells PodcastOne Sports
Now that free agency movement among teams is helping create even more
interest in the league.
A star in Baltimore and New York in a career that
spanned 14 seasons before he retired in 1980, Monroe has seen the NBA evolve
into a star-driven league and thinks it is for the better. He told co-hosts
Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that he doesn't begrudge today's huge salaries,
but believes players today need to work harder to relate to fans like the
players did in his time in the league.
They could also use more nicknames, he said, and
recalled how he became known as Earl "The Pearl" Monroe among other monikers
in his career.
Monroe also talked about his playing days in the
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the nation's first African
American college athletic conference, and his plans for the 75th anniversary
championship week celebration next February in Charlotte, NC.
The hosts also discuss Bill Walton's baseball
commentary, and debate what purpose egg salad actually serves.