Update September 18, 2018
Mack, Amukamara lead Bears over Seahawks 24-17
Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack chases Seattle Seahawks
quarterback Russell Wilson during the second half of their teams NFL
game, Monday night in Chicago, Sept. 17. (AP Photo)
Chicago (AP) — Khalil
Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara
returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Chicago
Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 Monday night to give coach
Matt Nagy his first career victory.
Mack, who landed with Chicago
after a blockbuster trade with Oakland in September, had a
strip-sack in the first half and consistently pressured Wilson in
another dominant performance.
Amukamara jumped the route on a
pass intended for Rashaad Penny near midfield for his first career
touchdown, making it 24-10 with 6:37 left. It was his first
interception since 2015 with the New York Giants.
Danny Trevathan then stripped
Wilson with his second sack of the game. The Bears' Leonard Floyd
recovered the fumble, and Chicago hung on after blowing a 20-point
lead in a season-opening loss to a hobbled Aaron Rodgers and the
Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks (0-2) lost for
just the second time in nine Monday night games under coach Pete
Wilson has been sacked six
times in each game this season. With the Bears applying constant
pressure and his receivers struggling to get open, the four-time Pro
Bowl quarterback completed 22 of 36 passes for 226 yards with two
touchdowns and an interception.
Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky was
25 of 34 for 200 yards. The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft,
Trubisky threw touchdown passes to Trey Burton on Chicago's first
possession and rookie Anthony Miller early in the fourth quarter.
But he was also intercepted two times by Shaquill Griffin.
The Bears presented longtime
linebacker Brian Urlacher with his Ring of Excellence for being
inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The ceremony came after an ugly
first half that saw Trubisky get picked off twice and Wilson get
sacked five times. But the Bears managed to take a 10-3 lead to the
Trubisky gave them a 7-0 lead
when he shoveled to Trey Burton from the 3 on Chicago's first
possession, finishing a 96-yard drive. He also led a drive to the
Seattle 7, only to throw two incomplete passes — one that should
have been picked off by Justin Coleman — before Cody Parkey kicked a
25-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with just over a minute left in
The Seahawks didn't score until
Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 56-yard as the half ended.
Seahawks defensive tackle
Quinton Jefferson and offensive tackle Duane Brown stayed off the
field during the national anthem, something they did in the opener
Bears: RB Tarik Cohen suffered
an ankle injury. ... DT Akiem Hicks walked off gingerly with two
minutes left after he was hurt rushing the quarterback.
Seahawks: Host Dallas on Sunday.
Bears: Visit Arizona on Sunday.
Potential end of Russia anti-doping suspension sparks outcry
this June 5, 2018, file photo, Beckie Scott, World Anti-Doping
Agency athlete committee chairperson, Beckie Scott, speaks at a news
conference following the agency's first Global Athlete Forum in
Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
London (AP) - The
potential reinstatement of Russia's anti-doping agency drew further
outcry Monday, this time from a worldwide group of drug-fighting
organizations that portrayed it as the result of an eleventh-hour
deal designed to appease a powerful nation.
The Institute of National
Anti-Doping Organizations lashed out at a recommendation to end the
nearly three-year suspension of RUSADA. In a news release, iNADO
said World Anti-Doping Agency officials had told European government
representatives as recently as last week that the issue would not be
decided at Thursday's meeting of the WADA executive committee.
Last Friday, however, WADA
released a statement saying that its compliance review committee had
recommended RUSADA's reinstatement and that the issue would, in
fact, be decided at the upcoming meeting.
WADA defended the proposal as
"grounded in pragmatism" and inclusive of "nuanced interpretations"
of the steps required by RUSADA. It said the proposal would prevent
the undoing of the progress the agency has made since its suspension
in 2015 following the uncovering of a state program designed to help
athletes cheat without getting caught, all in the name of winning
medals at the Olympics and other major events.
A day after the compliance
committee's recommendation, a key member of the panel, Olympic
champion cross-country skier Beckie Scott, resigned .
On Monday, iNADO — which
represents anti-doping operations in 67 countries — issued a
two-page news release.
It called the sudden about-face
rushed, and not offered in time for interested parties to fully
digest and interpret its meaning. The recommendation, iNADO said,
was made "simply out of expedience pandering to the will of a
The news release came shortly
after a British representative on the WADA athletes' commission,
Vicki Aggar, added her name to the growing list of those upset with
the prospect, telling BBC Sport the recommendation is "a shifting of
the goalposts, a fudge, an unacceptable compromise."
At issue are two critical
elements to RUSADA's "road map" to compliance:
—That Russian entities publicly
accept the findings in an investigation by Richard McLaren, who
concluded the government directed the doping program. WADA has since
shifted this, requiring that Russia accept findings from a
less-critical report commissioned by the International Olympic
—That Russia hand over data and
samples that could be used to corroborate evidence of doping.
Russia's sports minister has agreed to do this at a still-undecided
date — and after RUSADA is reinstated.
In a blog posting on the
website Inside the Games , American skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender
questioned WADA's resolve.
"The two standards left for
Russia to adhere to was the only stand taken in the face of this
scandal; without those standards what has been done in the face of
this abuse?" Uhlaender wrote.
In defending its position, WADA
said bringing a revamped RUSADA back into the fold "was never going
to be achieved without small degrees of movement on both sides."
INADO disagreed, saying
international anti-doping rules provide "no opportunity for those
bound (notably athletes) to negotiate changes in the wording of the
Code to suit their purpose."
"The Code stands and must be
adhered to, and so should the 'Road Map' for Compliance (as WADA had
assured the world it would be)," iNADO said.
Brighton come from 2 down to draw Southampton 2-2 in EPL
Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy, 2nd left, scores his side's
first goal of the game against Southampton during their English
Premier League soccer match at St Mary's in Southampton, Monday
Sept. 17. (John Walton/PA via AP)
Southampton, England (AP) —
Glenn Murray converted a penalty in injury time for Brighton to
recover from two goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 in the
English Premier League on Monday.
Shane Duffy was fouled by
Southampton substitute James Ward-Prose, leaving Murray to roll the
ball down the middle for his fourth goal of the season.
Pierre Hojbjerg's drive from
distance and a penalty from Danny Ings appeared to put Southampton
on course for successive league wins for the first time since April
Duffy began the comeback by
heading in a free kick.
Sapporo ends bid for 2026 Winter Olympics
this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, people walk by a poster for
the Sapporo Asian Winter Games, displayed at the main media center
in Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. (AP Photo/Shuji
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) —
The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026
Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake.
After meeting with Sapporo
representatives, the International Olympic Committee said Monday the
city, which became the first in Asia to host the Winter Olympics in
1972, will now focus on a bid for the 2030 Games.
Japanese officials have said 41
people were killed when an earthquake hit Japan's northern island of
Hokkaido, where Sapporo is located, on Sept. 6. Even before the
earthquake, Sapporo officials had said they might prefer to focus on
The IOC said in a statement it
"expressed its understanding that recovery from the earthquake in
the region should be the immediate principle focus but greatly
appreciated the continued strong commitment as a future host for the
Olympic Winter Games."
Four bids remain in contention
for 2026: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; a three-way Italian
bid from Turin, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo; and Erzurum, Turkey.
Sapporo's exit means there is
no chance of having three consecutive Winter Olympics in East Asia
after this year's games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the
upcoming 2022 event in Beijing.
With four remaining bids for
2026, the race so far remains in healthier shape for the IOC than
the 2022 bidding, which came down to only Beijing and Almaty,
Kazakhstan, both of which faced criticism for their governments'
human rights records and a perceived lack of winter sports
However, each of the remaining
bids faces its own challenges.
Government support for
Stockholm's bid appears less certain after recent elections in which
the governing party lost ground, while there has been infighting
between the three Italian cities despite their nominal alliance.
Calgary's bid faces a non-binding referendum Nov. 13 — Olympic bids
elsewhere have often struggled to win over voters. Erzurum's key
problem is Turkey's status as a winter sports outsider which has
never won an Olympic medal on snow or ice.
The host city or cities will be
chosen at the IOC session in Milan next September.
Update September 17, 2018
Alvarez wins narrow decision for middleweight title
Canelo Alvarez, right, lands a punch against Gennady Golovkin in the
eighth round of their middleweight title boxing match, Saturday,
Sept. 15, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Las Vegas (AP) — Canelo
Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought 24 rounds in the space of a
year, with little to pick between them.
When the scorecards were
totaled Saturday night, though, the judges crowned a new
middleweight champion of the world — but just barely.
Alvarez won the 160-pound
titles held by Golovkin by the narrowest of margins, taking a
majority decision to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a
pro in a spirited fight that had a sold out crowd roaring.
Two judges gave Alvarez the
final round, allowing him to pull out the win.
A year after the two fought to
a draw, the second fight was almost as close. There were no
knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two
battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile
Two judges favored Alvarez
115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114.
"He's a great fighter but I'm a
great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said.
The two fighters switched roles
from their first fight, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and
the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight. Both landed
well to the head and Golovkin (38-1-1) controlled some rounds with
his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down.
The fight was a rematch of a
draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied. This time
it was Golovkin who was upset, and he stormed out of the ring
"I'm not going to say who won
tonight because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the
judges," Golovkin said later from his dressing room. "I thought it
was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I
fought better than he did."
Ringside punch stats showed a
close fight, though they favored Golovkin by a small margin.
Golovkin was credited with landing 234 of 879 punches while Alvarez
(50-1-2) landed 203 of 622.
"We had a great fight, the one
we expected the first time around," said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's
trainer. "I had it close going into the 12th round. We had good
judges who saw it from different angles — I can't complain about the
decision, but it's close enough to warrant a third fight."
Almost immediately there was
talk of a third fight between two middleweights who now know each
"If the people want us to do it
again let's do it again," Alvarez said. "For now I'm going to enjoy
it with my family."
"Under the right conditions,
yes," Golovkin said of a rematch.
Alvarez seemed to take control
of the fight in the middle rounds, using sharp punches to batter
Golovkin, who seemed to slow down from his pace earlier in the
"We're losing the fight!"
Sanchez told Golovkin after the eighth round.
But Triple G came on strong in
the final few rounds to make it as close as it could be. Golovkin
landed several big punches to start the 12th round but still lost it
on the two scorecards that ended up favoring Alvarez.
Both fighters were cut with
Alvarez having one over his left eye and Golovkin cut over the right
It was the first loss in 40
fights for Golovkin, the fearsome puncher from Kazakhstan who held
portions of the middleweight title for seven years and hadn't lost
since the 2005 amateur world championships. And it came at the hands
of the red-headed Alvarez, a Mexican star whose positive test for
clenbuterol forced the rematch to be postponed from May.
They put on another show before
a roaring crowd of 21,965, who crowded into the arena on the Las
Vegas Strip with high anticipation in the biggest fight of the year.
Most of the crowd on Mexican
Independence Day weekend favored Alvarez, who seemed to control much
of the pace of the fight even while taking some sharp shots to the
head. Though Golovkin has a reputation as a knockout artist, he
never seemed to hurt Alvarez, who credited his fight plan with the
"I showed my victory with
facts," Alvarez said. "He was the one who was backing up. It was a
Alvarez said in the days
leading to the fight that he went to bed every night visualizing a
knockout. He seemed to want to follow up on his prediction, stalking
Triple G at times, but never seemed to really hurt him.
Alvarez was guaranteed $5
million to $4 million for Golovkin, though both fighters were
expected to make many millions more from the biggest pay-per-view in
boxing so far this year.
Hamilton turns up the heat on Vettel after Singapore F1 win
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, of Britain leads the field at
the start of the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay
Street Circuit in Singapore, Monday, Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Yong Teck
Singapore (AP) — In the
sweltering heat of the Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton turned
up the heat on Sebastian Vettel a notch further.
Hamilton won comfortably from
pole position on Sunday, extending his Formula One championship lead
over Vettel to 40 points.
Winning from pole on one of the
hardest tracks for overtaking in F1 was nothing special in itself.
But Hamilton's masterclass in qualifying was exceptional as he
recorded one of the best pole positions of his career — described as
epic within his Mercedes team.
It afforded him a more relaxing
race than expected — heat aside — given Ferrari's advantage during
practice this weekend.
Considering Vettel makes more
mistakes than Hamilton, a 40-point gap looks a huge advantage with
only six races left.
Especially as Hamilton has no
intention of easing up.
The British driver is on a
major roll after winning four of the past five races, pinning Vettel
firmly on the ropes in their bid for a fifth F1 title.
"I think the approach I have is
working really well, so I don't see the point in changing," Hamilton
said after his seventh win of the season and 69th in F1.
"I've been (around) a long,
long time and I know I can't get ahead of myself, we can't get ahead
of ourselves," Hamilton said. "I truly think we can deliver like
this for the rest of the season, and that is the goal."
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen
was nine seconds back in second place, with Vettel way back in
"We didn't come here expecting
to lose 10 points," said a dejected Vettel, who trailed by 30
heading into Singapore.
Vettel's championship bid
crumbled when he crashed from pole here last year and went on to
lose the title by 46 points to Hamilton.
It is looking increasingly like
a repeat scenario for the Ferrari driver, who is in disappearing
into Hamilton's slipstream.
Vettel was unhappy with his
team after qualifying in third place behind Verstappen, and the
German driver sounded irritated during Sunday's race after a team
strategy error to send him into the pits for a tire change before
Hamilton failed to work.
Instead he lost position and
crucial points, dropping back behind Verstappen having earlier
"We tried to be aggressive in
the beginning and obviously it didn't work out," Vettel said. "I
think today, with the way we raced, we didn't have a chance. I said
before the weekend we can only beat ourselves and today we didn't
get everything out of the package."
The only thing bothering
Hamilton seemed to be the conditions. Despite the night-time start,
the temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and
the humidity intense.
"I'm spent," Hamilton said
moments after victory, crouching down by his car.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas
was fourth ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Daniel
Ricciardo. Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, who won the
inaugural race here 10 years ago, was seventh for McLaren.
Hamilton's stunning pole
Saturday was a record-extending 79th.
"It's so hard to overtake
here," Hamilton said. "So positioning is everything."
Vettel tried to make ground,
almost bumping into Verstappen as they headed into the first corner
on Sunday. They just avoided contact.
Moments later, Vettel passed
Verstappen with a great move on Raffles boulevard while behind them
Sergio Perez knocked his Force India teammate Esteban Ocon into the
wall and out — bringing a safety car onto the track for four laps.
When the race re-started,
Ferrari gambled on pitting first for new tires by bringing in Vettel
first. Mercedes pitted Hamilton moments later, and when Vettel came
back out he was still behind Hamilton and lost more time getting
Verstappen was the next in,
almost colliding again with Vettel into turn 3. Verstappen held
position, Vettel dropping to third.
"No chance, we are again too
late," Vettel complained over team radio, taking another apparent
swipe at team strategy. "If (being aggressive) works it's great —
today it didn't work by quite a bit."
Time is running out for Vettel,
who realistically has to win in Russia in two weeks' time if he is
to get back into title contention.
Grand Tour sweep for Britain as Yates wins Spanish Vuelta
British rider Simon Yates of the Mitchelton-Scott team sprays
champagne on the podium after winning the La Vuelta cycling race in
Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Madrid (AP) — Simon
Yates won his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride
into Madrid in the final stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday,
giving British riders a sweep of the season's three biggest races.
The 26-year-old Englishman was
dominant throughout the three-week race across Spain, thriving on
the toughest climbs and the flattest routes to secure the victory
after a last stage in which riders didn't attack the leaders under
Yates' Vuelta title means
Britain has swept the three Grand Tours. Geraint Thomas of Wales won
the Tour de France in July and Kenyan-born British rider Chris
Froome the Giro d'Italia in May.
Froome was the defending Vuelta
champion and also won the Tour de France last year, meaning Britain
has five straight Grand Tour victories.
"It's astonishing really,"
Yates said. "Growing up I was so accustomed to seeing the French,
Italian and Spanish riders lead the way, so for myself, Chris and
Geraint to all win a Grand Tour in the same year just shows how far
the sport has come in this country."
Thomas and Froome skipped the
race in Spain this year.
Italian rider Elia Viviani won
the final sprint for his third stage win in this year's Vuelta, with
Peter Sagan close behind him.
Yates, who rides for team
Mitchelton-Scott, successfully defended his lead of almost two
minutes in Saturday's demanding 20th stage, the last competitive one
since the peloton took off from Malaga on Aug. 25. On Sunday, riders
mostly paraded in a 100.9-kilometer (62.7-mile) route from the city
of Alcorcon to the center of the Spanish capital.
Yates held the leader's red
jersey through stages 9-11, then won stage 14 in the northwestern
Picos de Europa mountains to take full control of the race until the
Spain's Enric Mas, from team
Quick-Step Floors, won Saturday's difficult stage in Andorra and
finished second in the general classification, 1 minute, 46 seconds
behind Yates. Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia, from thte Astana Pro
Team, was third, more than two minutes off the lead.
"It's been a great moment to
appear on the final podium," Mas said. "It was my goal although I
kept it for myself coming into the race ... I hope for more moments
like this in the future, including on the top spot."
Veteran Spaniard Alejandro
Valverde was in contention from the first day but failed to keep
pace with Yates on Saturday, dropping to fifth for Movistar in the
final overall standings. Steven Kruijswijk of Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
finished ahead of Valverde in fourth place.
Yates had already come close to
a Grand Tour victory in the Giro d'Italia in May, a race he led for
13 stages before losing the lead to eventual winner Froome with two
"It's still hard to believe
that I've won," Yates said. "I was disappointed to not win the Giro
but I've made it up. I'm in shock. I got really nervous when I went
on stage. My natural habitat is on the bike . I enjoyed the moment.
It was a very special one."
Yates made his Grand Tour debut
in the 2014 Tour de France. In last year's Tour, he won the young
rider's classification, finishing seventh overall.
Movistar ended first in the
overall team classification.
Angela Stanford wins Evian for first major title
Angela Stanford of the U.S. poses with her trophy after winning the
Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France,
Sunday, Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Angela Stanford wins
Evian for first major title
Evian-les-Bains, France (AP)
— Angela Stanford ended her long wait for a first major title
when her 3-under 68 was enough to win the Evian Championship by one
shot Sunday after long-time leader Amy Olson made double bogey on
At age 40, and 15 years after
she was runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open, Stanford's wild final
few holes gave her a 12-under total of 272.
Olson missed a six-foot putt
for bogey on the 18th to force a playoff, while Stanford waited near
the green signing autographs for dozens of young spectators.
Stanford, who got the last of
her five LPGA Tour titles in 2012, put her hands to her mouth on
hearing she had won, and was in tears during television interviews.
Stanford earned a $577,500
check for making her 14th career top-10 finish in majors a winning
Olson carded a 74 to fall into
a four-way tie for second place with fellow Americans Austin Ernst
(68) and Mo Martin (70), and Sei Young Kim (72). Martin barely
missed with a birdie chance on the 18th to face Stanford in a
After Olson was outright or
joint leader all day — briefly with Stanford at 13 under with four
holes to play — she three-putted to end the week with a career-best
The 26-year-old Olson's best
finish in an LPGA event was tied for seventh in 2014.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sangmoon
Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card,
birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Web.com
Tour Finals event.
Bae finished at 19-under 265,
closing with a 5-under 66 at Hillcrest Country Club to edge Anders
Albertson (62), Roger Sloan (63) and Adam Schenk (64).
Bae returned to the PGA Tour
this season after two years of mandatory military service in South
Korea, but lost his card with a 202nd-place finish in the FedEx Cup
standings. The two-time PGA Tour winner entered the week needing a
few thousand dollars to wrap up a card and ended up making $180,000.
Albertson had already earned a
PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour
regular-season money list, and Sloan, Schenk and fifth-place
finisher Roberto Diaz all earned enough money to get three of the 25
cards available in the four-event series.
The series features the top 75
players from the Web.com regular-season money list and Nos. 126-200
in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings. Albertson and the other
top-25 finishers on the Web.com money list are competing against
each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting
in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based
on series earnings.
The season-ending Web.com Tour
Championship is next week at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Paul
Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge for his PGA Tour Champions-leading
third victory of the season, closing with a birdie to beat Brandt
Jobe by two strokes in tour golf's return to Warwick Hills.
Broadhurst rebounded from a
bogey on the par-3 11th with birdies on the par-4 12th and par-5
13th and made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. The
53-year-old Englishman finished at 15-under 201 on the tree-lined
layout that was the longtime home of the PGA Tour's Buick Open.
Jobe birdied five of the first
six holes on the back nine in a 67. Tom Lehman bogeyed the 18th for
a 70 to drop into a tie for third with Mark O'Meara (69) at 13
Broadhurst won for the second
time this year in Michigan, following his Senior PGA victory at
Benton Harbor in May with his fifth senior title. He also teamed
with Kirk Triplett for a playoff victory over Lehman and Bernhard
Langer in April in the Legends of Golf.
Scott McCarron, tied for the
second-round lead with Tom Lehman and Jeff Maggert, had a 77 to tie
for 33rd at 5 under. The winner two weeks ago in Canada, McCarron
dropped four strokes on the final two holes on the front nine,
making a bogey on the par-3 eighth and a triple bogey on the par-4
ninth. Maggert shot a 72 to tie for eighth at 10 under.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) —
Ashun Wu birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to secure a one-stroke
victory over Englishman Chris Wood at the KLM Open, becoming the
first Chinese player to win three times on the European Tour.
Wu had an eagle putt on the
final hole at The Dutch in Spijk that narrowly missed, leaving him a
tap-in bidie for a 4-under 67. Wood, who had the 54-hole lead,
needed a birdie on the par-5 18th and had to settle for par and a
Wu pevious won the 2015 Volvo
China Open and the 2016 Lyoness Open.
"It is very special for a
Chinese player to play on the European Tour," Wu said. "I love to
play here and to win three times feels amazing."
Thomas Detry, who thought he
had missed the cut on Friday and drove home to Belgium, made it back
in time for a 63 on Saturday and then a 66 on Sunday to finish alone
Sanghyun Park completed a
wire-to-wire victory in the Shinhan Donghae Open with a 8-under 63
on Sunday for a five-shot victory over Scott Vincent on the Asian
Tour. ... Liam Johnston closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot
victory over Tom Murray in the Kazakhstan Open on the European
Challenge Tour. ... Neil Schietekat shot a 4-under 68 for a one-shot
victory over Louid de Jager in the Vodacom Origins in Arabella on
the Sunshine Tour. ... Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria won the Sao
Paulo Golf Club Championship, leading wire-to-wire in the PGA Tour
Latinoamerica event. The former Arkansas player shot 64-66-68-67 for
a one-stroke victory over Augusto Nunez of Argentina. ... Danny
Walker won the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ontario,
for his first Mackenzie Tour title. The 22-year-old former Virginia
player closed with a 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory. ... Gary
Orr made birdie on the final hole at Craigielaw Golf Club and closed
with a 5-over 76 for a one-shot victory over Paul Streeter in the
Scottish Senior Open on the Staysure Tour.
So Young Lee closed with a
5-under 67 for a four-shot victory over Ju Young Pak in the All For
You Championship on the Korean LPGA Tour. ... Kotono Kozuma closed
with an 8-under 64 and won the Mungingwear Ladies Tokai Classic by
one shot on the Japan LPGA Tour. ... South Korea's Hyemin Kim won
the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas for her second career
Symetra Tour title. She finished with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke
victory over Brittany Benvenuto.
Mayer sets decathlon WR after Kipchoge runs fastest marathon
Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the 45th Berlin Marathon in
Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Eliud Kipchoge set a new
world record in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds. (AP Photo/Markus
Paris (AP) — On a spectacular day for
track and field fans, Kevin Mayer of France set a decathlon world
record in front of a home crowd, just hours after Eliud Kipchoge
smashed the marathon world record in Berlin.
Competing at the Decastar event in Talence,
southwestern France, world champion Mayer finished with a total of
9,126 points, improving on the previous record of 9,045 set by
American athlete Ashton Eaton at the 2015 world championships in
Earlier, Kipchoge clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 39
seconds at the Berlin Marathon.
The 33-year-old overturned the previous world
record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1
minute, 18 seconds.
"I lack words to describe this day," Kipchoge
said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less
than 2 hours and 2 minutes.
"They say you miss two times but you can't miss
the third time," he said in reference to his two previous failed
attempts to break the world record in Berlin.
In the decathlon, Mayer fell on his back in
celebration after he crossed the line in the 1,500 meters — the last
of 10 events — in 4 minutes, 36.11 seconds, a time he knew would
guarantee him the record.
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long
time," said Mayer, who became the first Frenchman to hold the
decathlon world record. "We live for moments like this that are
simply incredible. I couldn't cry. I don't have any more tears left
because I was crying so much before the 1,500 meters."
Mayer came to Talence on the back of a
disappointing showing at last month's European Championship, where
he was eliminated after three fouls in the long jump. He made a
strong start, setting a personal best in the 100 and long jump, but
Mayer was 140 points behind Eaton's record after the first day. He
was even more consistent on Sunday with 13.75 seconds in the 110
hurdles and a 50.54-meter throw in the discus. Mayer cleared 5.45
meters in the pole vault and reached 71.90 meters in the javelin.
The Decastar has been a major fixture of the
season-end for years. Back in 1992, just after he missed out on the
Barcelona Olympics, Dan O'Brien of the United States set a world
record of 8,891 in Talence.
Eaton congratulated Mayer for his performance
in a message posted on Twitter.
"That was an incredible display of ability!" he
wrote. "Important thing to me has always been to keep pushing the
limit and inspiring others to do the same. The more 9K can become
commonplace the better."
In Berlin, Kipchoge successfully defended his
2017 title, pulling ahead of other runners early on amid perfect
conditions. Mild temperatures and little to no wind in the German
capital gave runners in the 45th edition an advantage over last
year, when rain slowed the race.
A total of 44,389 runners from 133 countries
took part in the race, organizers said.
49ers hang on to beat Lions 30-27
Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) gets past Detroit Lions
defensive back Glover Quin (27), cornerback Quandre Diggs (28) and
defensive back Darius Slay (23) to score a touchdown during the
second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday,
Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) —
Another miscommunication almost led to another game-altering
interception for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Only this time, the San
Francisco 49ers got bailed out by a flag and held on to beat the
Garoppolo threw two touchdown
passes and caught a break when a defensive holding call negated a
late interception as the 49ers held on to beat the Lions 30-27 on
"Very happy," Garoppolo said of
his emotions after realizing a penalty wiped out his mistake. "I
didn't see what happened on that with the flag and everything but
The big play came after Detroit
(0-2) had cut San Francisco's 30-13 lead to three points thanks to
two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Matthew Stafford. Then with
the 49ers (1-1) facing a third-and-2 near midfield, Garoppolo threw
a quick out to Matt Breida. Tracy Walker stepped in front and
intercepted the pass, returning it to the San Francisco 7.
But Quandre Diggs was called
for holding George Kittle on the other side of the field, giving the
49ers a reprieve.
"I didn't see it, but it
doesn't matter," Detroit coach Matt Patricia said. "That's the way
the game is being called all the way across the board. We just can't
do it, make plays and then the penalties."
Last week a wrong pattern run
by Kendrick Bourne led to a pick-six by Garoppolo, who threw three
interceptions in a 24-16 loss at Minnesota that gave him his first
loss after winning his first seven career starts.
Garoppolo threw a 4-yard TD
pass to Bourne in the second quarter Sunday and an 11-yarder to
Garrett Celek in the third to hand Patricia, his old friend from
their New England days, a second straight loss to begin his tenure
as coach of the Lions. Garoppolo finished 18 for 26 for 206 yards,
but was sacked six times.
Breida did much of the rest by
rushing for 138 yards and breaking the game open with a 66-yard
touchdown run in the third quarter with help from impressive
downfield blocking by receiver Pierre Garcon. It was the longest run
for San Francisco since Colin Kaepernick scored on a 90-yard run
against the Chargers on Dec. 20, 2014.
"It's like backyard football,"
Breida said. "You see someone break a long run, see someone out
there running, you have to block someone. That's what he did."
Stafford was much sharper than
he was last week for the Lions when he threw four interceptions. He
went 34 for 53 for 347 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions
but it wasn't enough.
He threw TD passes in the
fourth quarter to Marvin Jones Jr. and Michael Roberts but was
unable to lead another scoring drive after taking over at the 16
with 1:08 to play. He threw an incomplete pass to Theo Riddick on
fourth-and-2 from his 39 with 14 seconds left, ending the comeback
"We just have to make a few
more plays, whether it be earlier in the game or later," Stafford
said. "There's a million plays throughout the game we can clean up
and be better, and it starts with me."
Detroit running back LeGarrette
Blount was ejected in the third quarter. Blount took exception to
Elijah Lee pushing Stafford as he stepped out of bounds. Blount was
standing on the sideline right in front of the play and went on the
field and pushed Lee. Blount was assessed a personal foul and
The Lions once again struggled
coming out of halftime. Detroit was outscored 31-7 in the third
quarter in a loss to the Jets last week and then 14-3 by the 49ers
in this game.
The 49ers had three drives
stall after getting inside the red zone in part because Detroit
sacked Garoppolo three times on plays that started inside the 20.
That led to three field goals for Robbie Gould, giving him 29
straight makes, two more than Phil Dawson's franchise record set in
Rookie D.J. Reed started the
second half with a long kickoff return that initially appeared to go
for a touchdown. But he was called for a facemask penalty while
giving a stiff arm and was only credited with a 90-yard return, the
longest for the Niners since Kyle Williams had a 94-yarder in 2012.
San Francisco still managed to get a TD with a 26-yard drive capped
by Garoppolo's pass to Celek.
Lions CB Darius Slay left with
a concussion in the third quarter. ... 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt left
in the second half with a shoulder injury.
Injured 49ers WR Marquise
Goodwin raised his fist during the national anthem. No other player
had a visible protest.
Update September 15-16, 2018
Raikkonen fastest in 2nd practice for Singapore GP
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during
second practice at the Marina Bay City Circuit ahead of the
Singapore Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, Friday, Sept. 14,
2018. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
By Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports Writer
Singapore (AP) — Kimi
Raikkonen posted the fastest time Friday in the second practice for
the Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula One leader Lewis
Hamilton stalled his Mercedes early in the session after misjudging
the entry into a turn. The British driver drove solidly after that,
finishing a fraction of a second behind Raikkonen's Ferrari under
floodlights at the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Marina Bay track.
Max Verstappen was .5 seconds
behind Hamilton in third, with Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo
Sebastian Vettel was nearly two
seconds behind Raikkonen in ninth, but set the time on slower tires
than his teammate. He could not get onto the quicker tires after
clipping a wall and damaging the rear right corner of his car. It
forced the German driver back to the team garage, although the
extent of the damage was not immediately clear.
It was hardly ideal preparation
for Vettel, who has looked out of form in recent races. He is second
in the overall standings and trails Hamilton by 30 points with six
races remaining after Singapore. Both drivers are aiming for a fifth
Earlier, Ricciardo was quickest
in the first practice ahead of Verstappen, with Vettel in third
ahead of Raikkonen.
In the first session, Hamilton
had a scary moment when his front wheels locked and he momentarily
veered off the track. Also, Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, who is
replacing Raikkonen at Ferrari next year, mangled his front right
suspension after clipping the barriers.
There is a final practice
Saturday evening before qualifying at 9 p.m. local time.
Through the legs: Coric's 'tweener' draws bows at Davis Cup
Borna Coric of Croatia plays a return to Steve Johnson of the United
States during a Davis Cup semifinal singles tennis match between
Croatia and the United States in Zadar, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 14,
2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
By Andrew Dampf, AP
Zadar, Croatia (AP) — Borna
Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that drew bows
from the crowd in the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday.
Early in the third set of a
6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob
and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that flew over the head
of his 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) opponent and landed within inches of
Later, sixth-ranked Marin Cilic
gave Croatia a 2-0 lead over the United States with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6
(5) victory over Davis Cup debutant Frances Tiafoe.
Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire
who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, officiated the
second match without incident.
The 21-year-old Coric,
considered one of the top up-and-coming players in the game, said he
had never before even come close to landing such a difficult shot.
"I normally go somehow around
my back," he said. "But I just felt that I can do it. It was not
such an important point, so I just did it. Honestly I never do it in
practice as well, so I don't know how it was that good, to be
honest. It was really luck.
"I did mean it (to be a lob)
but I thought I'm going to miss by a lot," Coric added. "But I made
Moments earlier, the
18th-ranked Coric had landed a delicate forehand drop-shot winner to
close out a close second-set tiebreak.
"He came up with some good
stuff today," Johnson said.
The winner of the best-of-five
series on an outdoor clay court along the Dalmatian coast will meet
either France or Spain in the final.
US Open umpire tells AP he is focusing on 'working again'
Tennis umpire Carlos Ramos, bottom right, talks to an official prior
to the start of the first Davis Cup semifinal singles match between
Croatia and the United States in Zadar, Croatia, Friday, Sept. 14,
2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
By Andrew Dampf, AP
Zadar, Croatia (AP) —
The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open
final is back at work.
Carlos Ramos has been assigned
to the best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal series between Croatia and
the United States.
"I'm just focusing on this tie
and working again. That's all I can say," Ramos told The Associated
Press on Friday before the opening singles match between Borna Coric
and Steve Johnson, which he did not officiate.
But Ramos did work the second
singles match between Marin Cilic and Frances Tiafoe, which was
completed without incident.
Ramos calmed the raucous crowd
on several occasions and checked a ball mark in the clay at one
point but otherwise had no impact on the match, which Cilic won in
straight sets to give Croatia a 2-0 lead.
Ramos gave Williams three code
violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and
the American great argued she wasn't being treated the same as some
USTA president and CEO Katrina
Adams, who defended Williams, was overheard apologizing to Ramos on
the sidelines of Thursday's draw ceremony.
Ramos wouldn't go into details
over his discussion with Adams, who initiated the conversation.
"You know I cannot talk about
that," Ramos said.
The Iceman is 1 drive away from a fifth IndyCar championship
this May 12, 2018, file photo, Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, heads
through a turn during the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Dixon has blazed his
way through the record books to cement himself as the greatest
IndyCar driver of his generation. One more championship will give
him five, second in the open wheel record books only to A.J. Foyt.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
By Jenna Fryer, AP Auto
Sonoma, Calif. (AP) — Scott
Dixon said just one word over his radio, a four-letter expletive, as
his car crashed off course on the opening lap of a critical
championship race. He fell silent as track workers rushed to free
Marco Andretti from an overturned car nearby, chaos all around him
in the multi-car crash.
Dixon was not rattled. He
maneuvered his car out of the dirt, wedged it around the accident
scene and back onto the track, spraying a cloud of dust as he sped
The critical moment at the
start of Portland's race two weeks ago could have erased Dixon's
lead in the championship standings. Instead, he saved the season
with a calm and steady fifth-place finish that has him in line for
his fifth IndyCar title.
When the race was over, Dixon
returned to his team transporter, changed out of his firesuit and
nonchalantly leaned into a room of Chip Ganassi Racing executives.
"I need a new engine," the New
Then he left. He was met by a
crowd of fans when he stepped outside, so he ducked back in to grab
a handful of his race hats, then went back out to sign them and give
them away. When he ran out, he took the orange PNC Bank hat off his
head and gave that one away, too.
Just another race for "The
Iceman," the skillful veteran who can be found stretched in the
lounge of the team truck fast asleep 10 minutes before he has to
climb into his car and drive 200 mph. His focus is laser like and
this latest run at a title came during a season in which Ganassi
downsized and Dixon was presented with outside job opportunities. He
simply dedicated almost all his attention toward winning another
"He's on a different level.
Everything is about winning right now, and it makes him a bit
boring," said Dario Franchitti, the retired IndyCar champion. "Away
from all this, he's brilliant, can have a lot of fun. But right now
he's just totally focused on racing."
Dixon saved his season in
Portland by avoiding any damage to his car in the accident, then
pulling out a strong finish. He takes a 29-point lead over Alexander
Rossi into Sunday's season finale at Sonoma Raceway, a race worth
double points. He simply needs a decent race to lock up the
championship, which would move him within two titles of all-time
leader A.J. Foyt (7).
Dixon already ranks third on
the all-time win list and his 44 victories trail only Foyt (67) and
Mario Andretti (52). He is without the question the most prolific
IndyCar driver of his generation.
So what would another title
mean to Dixon?
"It says that I did OK this
year, if we do win, then we move onto the next year," the
Dixon, understated and
even-tempered, is similar to his NASCAR contemporary Jimmie Johnson.
Both Dixon and the seven-time champion are consummate at-track
professionals with tunnel vision when it comes to racing and
fitness, neither gets the proper recognition for their
accomplishments and both have party personalities that are only
It was Dixon who won the pole
for last year's Indianapolis 500, then went to grab dinner with
Franchitti at Taco Bell. The duo was robbed in the drive-thru, Dixon
had a gun pointed at his head and he showed up at the track the next
day as if nothing had happened. He was so nonchalant about the
entire episode his publicist initially thought it was a joke.
Dixon didn't want to talk about
the armed robbery, and at this time of the year, he doesn't want to
talk about anything. It's a nuisance, not unlike his recent
courtship during a contract year. Dixon has been with Ganassi since
four races into the 2002 season and he's the longest-tenured driver
with the organization. Dixon wins races, doesn't make any trouble
for the team and does his job. He is exactly who Ganassi is
referring to every time the owner uses his signature #ILikeWinners
"He's proven that he's not just
a normal run-of-the-mill driver," Ganassi said. "I think on and off
the track he shows that he is the man. He's the driver that if you
were to take a stone and inject some brains into it, you'd chisel
out Scott Dixon. He has the same desire to win today as he did when
he came with our team, and I think that's impressive. He's a team
player. He's always pushing the limits, and he likes to get the most
out of any situation."
Dixon has recently shown more
of himself to fans and recently unveiled the trailer for a
feature-length documentary about him called "Born Racer," to be
released Oct. 2. It will perhaps show more of the personality that
Dixon keeps throttled while he's on the job.
When he finished signing
autographs in Portland, his sweat-matted hair exposed because he'd
given away his hat, Dixon headed to a suite alongside the track. He
joined his wife there, as well as Franchitti and a host of friends.
He grabbed a beer and settled in to watch a support race.
"It's right there in front of
us right now, so that's what we're after," Dixon said. "It's on to
Sonoma, we'll try to have the fastest car we can prepare, qualify
where we can, put our heads down. That's what we can do."
Update September 14, 2018
Osaka's US Open win re-opens identity discussion in Japan
Naomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women's singles, smiles
during a press conference in Yokohama, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to
become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP
By Stephen Wade and Mari
Yamaguchi, Associated Press
Yokohama, Japan (AP) —
Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing
list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant
contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be
The daughter of a Japanese
mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in
the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first
from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title, which has
upstaged most questions about her mixed background.
Some children from mixed race
families in Japan often get bullied and demeaned, called "hafu" —
from the English word "half" — and are chided that they aren't fully
Japan has embraced the
20-year-old Osaka, and she — despite barely speaking Japanese —
talks fondly of her affection for her adopted country. But her
victory also challenges public attitudes about identity in a
homogeneous culture that is being pushed to change.
"It is hard to say for sure if
the extremely narrow conception, unconsciously or consciously, held
by many Japanese of being Japanese, is being loosened," Naoko
Hashimoto, who researches national identify at the University of
Sussex in England, wrote in an email to Associated Press.
"In my opinion, it still
appears that Japanese are generally defined as those who are born
from a Japanese father and a Japanese mother, who speak perfect
Japanese and 'act like Japanese'."
Athletes and celebrities seem
to fall into a different category. Osaka has lots of company in this
realm with an increasing number of sports stars claiming mixed
— Yu Darvish, the Chicago Cubs
pitcher: son on a Japanese mother and Iranian father. Born in Osaka.
— Mashu Baker, an Olympic
gold-medal winner in judo: son of a Japanese mother and American
father. Born in Tokyo.
— Asuka Cambridge, Olympic
silver-medal winner in the 4x100 track relay: born in Jamaica to a
Japanese mother and Jamaican father, but grew up in Japan.
— Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, track
and field sprinter: son of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father.
Born in Tokyo.
— Koji Murofushi, Olympic gold-
and silver-medal winner in the hammer throw: son of a Romanian
mother and Japanese father. Born and raised in Japan.
Murofushi said he's always felt
"I know that I have a mixed
heritage," he told AP. "But I always feel Japanese." He added it's
"not something that really concerned me or anything."
The visibility of mixed-race
athletes in Japan is sure to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
approach and the country hunts for competitors in sports where it
has little history.
The reverse happened two years
ago in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Brazil found athletes with
Japanese roots — more than 2 million Brazilians claim Japanese
ancestry — to compete in non-Brazilian specialties.
One thing is clear, Osaka is
The U.S. Open victory was worth
$3.8 million in prize money. And on Thursday, Osaka was introduced
in Japan as a "brand ambassador" for the Japanese car maker Nissan.
It's a three-year deal, though financial terms were not disclosed.
Osaka defeated Williams in
Saturday's chaotic final . Forbes magazine reports that Williams is
the highest earning female athlete with income of $18.1 million,
almost all from endorsements and sponsorship deals. She's topped the
list for several years.
But Osaka's mixed-race profile,
her appeal in the huge Asian market, and her links to Japan's
world-wide brands should drive her long-term earning potential.
Osaka was asked if she's a "new
type of Japanese" — mixed race and representing three cultures.
"For me, it's just who I am,"
she said. "When someone asks me a question like that, it really
throws me off because then I really have to think about it. I don't
know. I don't really think that I'm three separate — like mixes of
whatever. I just think that I'm me."
Osaka said people tell her that
she acts "kind of Japanese." But she added: "I think my tennis is
not very Japanese."
Jonathan Jensen, who researches
sports marketing at the University of North Carolina, told AP by
email that the size of the Nissan contact would depend on how much
of her time the company uses. And how many tournaments — and what
tournaments — she wins.
"She seems very shy and it's
not for everyone," Jensen wrote. "But the potential is there if
that's the route she wants to take, particularly with brands based
in Asia, like Nissan. Tech firms and consumer electronics would also
be a natural fit."
Osaka has charmed Japanese
audiences with her grace and gentleness off the court, and her
ferocity on it. She's talked about her fondness for Japanese food —
curried rice topped with a pork cutlet is a favorite.
She's also been a spokeswoman
for two years for the Japanese cup noodle brand Nissin, which is
launching a new noodle cup to commemorate her victory.
Kazuyoshi Minowa, a spokesman
for Windsor Corp, which operates tennis shops in Tokyo, said
customers are asking to buy the same racket that Osaka uses. He said
he met her two years ago when she visited a store.
"My impression was that she was
very quiet, unlike her powerful image playing the game," he told
Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Questions about race also
surfaced in 2016 when Priyanka Yoshikawa was crowned Miss World
Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father in Indian and she was
born in Tokyo.
This came a year after Ariana
Miyamoto won the Miss Universe Japan title. She was born in Japan to
a Japanese mother and African-American father.
Hashimoto, the researcher at
the University of Sussex, pointed out that under Japanese law, Osaka
will have to decide on her nationality before she turns 22. She's 20
now and cannot legally hold two passports.
Hashimoto referenced three
Nobel Prize winners born in Japan who eventually took other
nationalities. The writer Kazuo Ishiguro holds a British passport,
and scientists Yoichiro Nanbu and Shuji Nakamura both now hold
She said the strict
one-passport rule "could risk leading to brain drain of great
talents out of Japan."
"While Naomi Osaka's victory
should be celebrated on its own," Hashimoto said. "Her case provides
those Japanese with a narrow conception of Japanese-ness with an
excellent opportunity to rethink what it means to be Japanese."
Raikkonen on leaving Ferrari: "It's not my decision"
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland speaks during a press
conference at the Marina Bay City Circuit ahead of the Singapore
Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP
Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
By Jerome Pugmire, AP
Singapore (AP) — Kimi Raikkonen
was hardly in the mood to talk about why he's leaving Ferrari next
Speaking at a news conference
ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, he reverted to his typically
monosyllabic and nonchalant style when asked about the reasons for
his departure. It was announced this week that Ferrari will not be
renewing the Finnish driver's contract in 2019.
"This is what happened. It's
not up to me and it's not my decision," Raikkonen said on Thursday.
"This is the outcome. At least we have an outcome."
His seat is going to Charles
Leclerc. The 20-year-old from Monaco is joining from Sauber, while
Raikkonen is heading to Sauber on a two-year deal.
Raikkonen was asked if he was
happy to join a lesser team like Sauber, where he started his F1
career in 2001. He replied bluntly, while staring ahead with his
"Why not?" Raikkonen asked the
news conference interviewer. "Because I want to go. Why do you make
it so complicated?"
Raikkonen won F1 in 2007
driving for Ferrari, and has 20 wins among his 100 career podiums.
Aside from driving skills, he
has become a huge hit with fans for his sense of detachment and
disinterest when talking about himself. He even seemed to be
reveling in his role this time, veering into sarcasm as he fielded a
question regarding his age.
Raikkonen will be 39 when he
takes the grid for Sauber next year, making him comfortably the
oldest driver on the grid.
Asked if he is still passionate
about racing, despite his advancing years, he replied stone-faced:
"No, I'm not, actually."
Raikkonen was informed of
Ferrari's decision a little less than two weeks ago, during the
team's home race at the Italian GP in Monza.
After finding out, he quickly
turned to some old friends at Sauber and contract discussions proved
"I obviously know people from
the past and it started after that," he said, adding that this will
likely be his last contract. "There's a big chance for sure."
Raikkonen lies third in the
"I will stop (racing) when I
feel it is right for me."
Ferrari teammate Sebastian
Vettel has enjoyed a trusting relationship with Raikkonen, and will
"The most important thing as
teammates is the respect you have for each other," said Vettel, a
four-time F1 champion. "Obviously, it's a great chance for Charles,
but sad to know Kimi's not there anymore, because we get along very
well even though we're different."
Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez insulting
In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo,
Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a
weigh-in in Las Vegas. Golovkin's trainer says his fighter was
insulted when Alvarez tested positive for a performance
enhancing drug that caused their planned May middleweight title
rematch to be postponed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
By The Associated Press
Gennady Golovkin's trainer says
his fighter was insulted when Canelo Alvarez tested positive for a
performance enhancing drug that caused their planned May
middleweight title rematch to be postponed.
Abel Sanchez tells PodcastOne
Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Alvarez's claim the test was
positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and
that it could be Alvarez didn't want to fight when the bout was
"Sometimes I feel he ingested
the meat on purpose," Sanchez said. "It's not like he lives under a
rock. The fact it happens makes me believe there's either
carelessness on his part or he simply didn't care."
Sanchez also said Triple G was
serious when he said he wouldn't fight unless he got more money
after the positive test. He did, and the two meet Saturday night in
a rematch of their draw from last September.
Also on the podcast with
co-host Jim Litke is author Jeff Pearlman, whose new book on the
United States Football League came out Tuesday. Pearlman tells Litke
and Dahlberg that the book was a labor of love because of the
uniqueness of the league and its owners in the 1980s.
The USFL would fold after three
seasons, but not before team owner Donald Trump and others sued the
NFL over antitrust violations. The USFL won, but got damages of only
$1 and went out of business.
Also on the show is some talk
about food and what really constitutes a true Neopolitan pizza.
Wallays wins Vuelta stage, Yates leads before decisive tests
Mitchelton-Scott's Team Simon Yates of Great Britain, red shirt
leader, is congratulated by La Vuelta staff member Oscar Pereiro at
the end of the 17th stage between Getxo and Balcon de Vizcaya, 157
kilometers (97,55miles), of the Spanish Vuelta cycling race that
finishes in Balcon de Vizcaya, northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 12,
2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Lleida, Spain (AP) —
Jelle Wallays won the Spanish Vuelta's flat 18th stage on Thursday,
while Simon Yates held on to the overall lead ahead of two decisive
days in the Pyrenees.
Wallays produced a long
breakaway attack before edging out Sven Erik Bystrom and world
champion Peter Sagan to win the 186-kilometer (116-mile) leg from
Ejea de los Caballeros to Lleida in just under four hours.
The Belgian rider said the
victory made up for not being selected by his Lotto Soudal team for
the Tour de France in July.
"I worked very hard to be
selected for the Tour de France," the 29-year-old Wallays said. "I
didn't go there and then I worked for a stage win at La Vuelta and I
got it. It's fantastic."
Yates, who rides for
Mitchelton-Scott, kept the red jersey for a fifth consecutive day,
and eighth day in total.
He leads former Vuelta winner
Alejandro Valverde by 25 seconds, with Enric Mas third at 1:22.
Miguel Angel Lopez is fourth at 1:36, Steven Kruijswijk is fifth at
1:48 while Nairo Quintana is sixth at 2:11.
Yates called the uneventful
stage, which came a day after he lost time to Valverde in a grueling
mountain test, "the easiest so far."
He also said he would feel at
home when the race has its last two key stages on the slopes of the
tiny nation of Andorra in the Pyrenees.
"I've been living in Andorra
for most of my professional career, since 2015," said the British
rider. "I know the climbs very well. I think the two coming stages
are going to be very difficult. I'm just trying to do my own race, I
think I can win."
Friday's 154-kilometer stage
starting in Lleida is flat until an uphill finish. That will be
followed by Saturday's short, but demanding, ride over six
The Grand Tour will finish on
Sunday with its traditional arrival into Madrid where riders honor
the custom of not challenging the leader.
Update September 13, 2018
Cook makes record wicket more special for Anderson
England pose for a team photo after winning
the fifth cricket test match and the five match series between
England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London, Tuesday,
Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Johnston, Associated Press
London (AP) — Although
his record-breaking wicket clinched victory for England over India,
what meant most to James Anderson was that his retiring teammate
Alastair Cook was on the field to witness it.
Anderson became the most
successful fast-bowler in test history by claiming the final wicket
in England's 118-run fifth test win at the Oval on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Anderson bowled
Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, passing Glenn McGrath
for fourth on the all-time list and leaving himself only trailing
spin bowlers, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.
McGrath took to social media on
Wednesday, saying: "Congratulations on becoming the most successful
fast bowler in the history of the game," the retired Australian
bowler said on Twitter. "It takes dedication, commitment, work
ethic, skill and mental toughness to achieve what you have. Very
well deserved mate."
Despite Anderson's moment of
glory, it was his long-time teammate Cook — playing in his 161st and
final test — who led England from the field, having set up the
victory with a second innings century that left India chasing a
record 464 to win.
"It was (perfect)," Anderson
said. "Happy that Cookie was on the field to see that wicket. It's
been a tough week."
Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and
Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but
England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's
second innings on 345.
Adil Rashid removed both
centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for
"What Jimmy's achieved and what
he's capable of achieving still is astounding really," England
captain Joe Root said. "For him to have taken as many wickets as he
has, to even be in the same league as McGrath and now chasing the
big two spinners is a phenomenal effort."
India made a good start after
beginning the day 58-3 before Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari were
lost in consecutive overs to leave it facing defeat on 167-5 at
That was despite Rahul's first
test century since December 2016, which was reached with three
boundaries in one over against Ben Stokes. It was the first time an
Indian opening batsman had gone past 50 in the series.
Rahul's runs at first seemed
consolatory but a comeback victory then appeared realistic when
Pant, India's 20-year-old wicketkeeper, hit a six off Rashid shortly
before tea for his maiden test century.
That left India needing 166
runs in the final session to reach what would have been a record
chase of 464.
"We did sort of think about
(winning)," India captain Virat Kohli said. "But we knew that these
guys had to be in there until the (required) score got below 100 and
then we'd probably have a chance and England were waiting for
someone to get out and then take the new ball."
Despite already having the new
ball available to him, Root persisted with Rashid, who had bowled a
wicket-less and costly 10 overs.
He was rewarded when the
leg-spinner got the breakthrough with a stunning delivery which
turned from outside leg-stump to clip the top of Rahul's off-stump,
ending his innings on 149.
"It was a brilliant delivery,"
Root said. "Rash has that in him. That's why we have him in the side
because he has the ability to change games, to turn situations like
that on their head and thankfully got us in a position where we
could then go on and win the game."
Pant went for another six in
the next over but was caught on the boundary at long-off by Moeen
Ali, giving Rashid his second wicket in 12 deliveries and turning
the match back in England's favor.
Curran then had Ravindra Jadeja
(13) and Ishant Sharma (5) caught behind, before Anderson toiled
away — in a 14-over spell either side of tea — without reward.
He had been denied Jadeja's
wicket when wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow dropped a tough chance to
his left, but ultimately the landmark came in the most fitting
Anderson uprooted Shami's
middle stump to ensure the wait for his wicket — and an England
victory — was over.
While it was Cook who led the
side off the field, he didn't see that as a reflection of who has
been England's most important player during his 12 years playing
"I think he's England's
greatest cricketer," Cook said of Anderson. "Just the way he's
constantly kept going. It's just a phenomenal effort and god knows
how many he's going to end up with."
Tyler Adams scores 1st goal to give US 1-0 win over Mexico
U.S. midfielder Tyler Adams (4) applauds
the fans after an international friendly match, Tuesday, Sept. 11,
2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Adams scored the only goal as the U.S. won
1-0. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
By Teresa M.
Walker, AP Sports Writer
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) —
The Americans is testing young players to get the United States back
to the World Cup in 2022. Tyler Adams, Antonee Robinson and
goalkeeper Zack Steffen are giving glimpses they might be able to
Adams scored his first
international goal, four minutes after Angel Zaldivar was ejected
for a studs-up tackle, and the United States rebounded from a poor
first half for a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night, the
Americans' first win over their rival in three years.
"We wanted to show our
character and pride for the country, and we went out there and
battled at times," Adams said. "Maybe at the beginning the soccer
wasn't there completely, it got a little chippy at times, but we
handled ourselves well.
Adams, a 19-year-old who made
his national team debut last November, scored after Kellyn Acosta
passed to a sprinting Antonee Robinson on the left flank. Robinson
crossed for Adams, who one-timed the ball from the penalty spot past
goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, who played his first match for El Tri at
"He's a winner this kid, and I
think I've been really pleased in terms of his growth with the ball
in tight spots," U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan said. "We know
that he can run and cover ground and win tackles and compete. But at
the next level now can you do the next part? And that's have a
presence with the ball and picking your spots so it just keeps
The left-footed Robinson,
burned by Douglas Costa with a cross that led to Brazil's opening
goal in a 2-0 loss Friday, had replaced right-footed Eric Lichaj at
left back in the 56th minute.
"I just saw the defenders
dropping really deep toward the goal so I cut it back across so
hopefully someone could get on the end of it, and thankfully Tyler
did," Robinson said. "And it was a really great finish.
Adams called Robinson's cross
good timing with the ball trickling right to him.
"So watching it was like in
slo-mo, the ball just came to me and I was able to finish it," Adams
Mexico played a man short after
Zaldivar took down U.S. captain Wil Trapp in the 67th minute, and
the U.S. immediately surged in its attack.
U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie
was replaced in the 40th minute after what appeared to be a
non-contact injury to his left knee. McKennie will have a scan
The U.S. now has three wins,
two losses and three draws under Sarachan, who took over last
October after Bruce Arena quit when the Americans failed to qualify
for the World Cup. New general manager Earnie Stewart plans to
announce a permanent coach later this year.
The Americans had two losses
and a tie in their previous three matches against Mexico, including
a home defeat and a road draw in World Cup qualifying. Sarachan
liked how his team kept their composure.
"This was a group that wasn't
going to lose tonight, and I couldn't be more proud," Sarachan said.
Since opening the World Cup
with wins over defending champion Germany and South Korea, Mexico
has lost four straight games for the first time since 2001. Losses
to Sweden and Brazil and the World Cup were followed by an
exhibition defeat to Uruguay, with El Tri outscored 10-1 over the
There were few chances in the
first half, when both teams showed little creative flair.
The match between the regional
rivals became heated in the second half. Edson Alvarez was given a
yellow card for bumping Matt Miazga after the 6-foot-4 American
mocked Diego Lainez, who was defending him despite being nearly a
A crowd of 40,194 turned out
for the game at Nissan Stadium, one of the sites on the proposed
preliminary list for 2026 World Cup matches.
Sarachan made six changes from
Friday and his lineup averaging 23 years, 5 days, the youngest
starting lineup for the Americans against Mexico since at least
Mexico changed 10 starters from
Friday and gave debuts to Gonzalez, defenders Jose Abella and
Gerardo Arteago, and midfielder Erick Aguirre.
Newspaper reprints controversial cartoon of Serena Williams
Melbourne-based newspaper Herald Sun displays a controversial
cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist
depiction of the tennis great, in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Sept.
12, 2018. The newspaper defended its cartoonist Mark Knight's depiction
of Williams and is asserting the condemnation, which has come from all
parts of the world, is driven by political correctness. (AP Photo)
By Rod Mcguirk,
Melbourne, Australia (AP) —
A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist
depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front
page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it.
The Herald Sun newspaper printed an
edited portion of the cartoon — featuring 23-time Grand Slam winner
Williams jumping on a broken racket during her dispute with a chair
umpire in the U.S. Open final — among caricatures of other famous people
Wednesday under the headline "Welcome to the PC World."
The newspaper, which has
Australia's largest circulation, has defended its cartoonist Mark
Knight's depiction of Williams and is asserting that the condemnation,
which has come from around the world, is driven by political
"If the self-appointed censors of
Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new
politically correct life will be very dull indeed," the paper said on
its front page.
Williams has won the Australian
Open singles title seven times at Melbourne Park, including in 2017 when
she was pregnant. She is a crowd favorite at the first tennis major of
the year, which is held each January at a venue that is within sight of
the Herald Sun's headquarters.
In comments published by News
Corp., Knight said he created the cartoon after watching Williams'
"tantrum" during her U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday and
that it was designed to illustrate "her poor behavior on the day, not
Knight reportedly has disabled his
Twitter account after his post of the cartoon attracted tens of
thousands of comments, mostly critical.
During the final against Osaka,
Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely
enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An
indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had
cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and
was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the
umpire, who penalized her a game.
Critics of Knight's cartoon
described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing black women,
depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed black woman jumping
up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond,
slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is Japanese and Haitian — "Can
you just let her win?"
"I was deeply offended. This is not
a joke," said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor-in-chief of Essence
magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.
The cartoonist "completely missed
the point of why she was upset," De Luca told The Associated Press. "It
was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn't get that is
perpetuating the erasure that so many black women feel when they are
trying to speak up for themselves. It's like our opinions don't matter."
In a social media post, Peter
Blunden, managing director of News Corp.'s operations in the state of
Victoria, said: "Australia's finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the
strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena
Williams' petulance. It's about bad behavior, certainly not race. The PC
brigade are way off the mark ... again."
This isn't the first time a cartoon
in a News Corp. newspaper has drawn allegations of racism. In 2009,
civil rights leaders and others criticized a New York Post cartoon that
some interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent
In Britain, where fiercely
competitive tabloids often trade in sensationalism, Rupert Murdoch-owned
newspapers have been accused of sexism, racism and xenophobia over the
years. Last year a former editor of the Murdoch-owned Sun, Kelvin
MacKenzie, quit as a contributor to the tabloid after writing a column
comparing a soccer player with part-Nigerian heritage to a gorilla.
Many years of outrage over articles
and cartoons did little to hurt Murdoch's power over British politics
and media, though his papers' underhanded practices did. Murdoch was
forced to shut down the 168-year-old tabloid News of the World in 2011
after the revelation that its employees had eavesdropped on the phone
voice mails of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.
Australian indigenous playwright
and actress Nakkiah Lui tweeted in response to the front page, saying
the Herald Sun needed to "chill."
"Freedom of speech doesn't mean
freedom above criticism," she said.
"What we have is a bunch of people
who get paid to publicly exercise their implied freedom to speech then
whining when people disagree with what they have had the privilege of
being paid to say," she added.
Australian writer Maxine Beneba
Clarke said she believed the front page demonstrated a
"misunderstanding" of the criticism leveled at the cartoon.
"I think it's really interesting
that the Herald Sun has not included really any other caricatures or
cartoons of black people — either Aboriginal people or African-American
people, black people of any descent," Clarke, who is of Afro-Caribbean
descent, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Cartoonist Paul Zanetti, a friend
of Knight, said cartooning was under threat from political correctness,
and the Herald Sun front page "spelt out exactly where we are at this
"Political correctness is really
all about censoring, it's about being bullied into conforming to a view
of the world," he said.
Yates loses time in Vuelta; Woods earns emotional stage win
Michael Woods celebrates after winning the 17th stage of the Spanish
Vuelta cycling race between Getxo and Balcon de Vizcaya, northern Spain,
Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Balcon De Bizkaia, Spain (AP)
— Simon Yates lost a few seconds of his Spanish Vuelta lead on
Wednesday, while Michael Woods of Canada earned an emotional victory on
a difficult mountain stage.
Woods outlasted the field in a
157-kilometer (97.5-mile) 17th stage that finished with a tough climb up
Balcon de Bizkaia in Basque Country, and then dedicated the win to his
stillborn son, who died this year when his wife was 37 weeks pregnant.
The Canadian rider crossed the line
five seconds in front of Dylan Teuns and 10 seconds ahead of David de la
"It's a special moment for me. I
was very moved on the finish line," the 31-year-old Woods said. "My
coach was in the car and in the final 500 meters (yards) he told me on
the radio to think about my family."
Woods said that his wife also lost
her father a month ago.
"It's been a very hard year," he
said. "I was cracked on the finish line. I tried to stay calm, I tried
to think of my family and to think of my little Hunter as an
This was the first stage win at a
Grand Tour race for the rider from team Education First-Drapac.
Yates' gap to Alejandro Valverde
was cut from 33 seconds to 25 seconds after a solid climb by the veteran
Enric Mas also had a good run and
moved up to third place overall, 1 minute, 22 seconds behind Yates.
"There's still a lot of racing to
come, hard stages ahead. The gaps are still small behind me," Yates
said. "Nobody really attacked in the climb. There's no shame in losing a
few seconds to Valverde and Mas in such a finale. I truly believe
Andorran stages are much better for me. Of the stages left, this is the
one I feared most. I know Andorra very well and I think the climbs suit
me very well."
Nairo Quintana struggled the most,
losing more than a minute and dropping out of the top 5 in the general
No changes at the top are expected
on Thursday, when riders will face a flat 186.1-kilometer (115.6-mile)
stage from Ejea de los Caballeros to Lleida in northeastern Spain.
The three-week Grand Tour race ends
Sunday in Madrid.
Update September 12, 2018
Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in Argentina
Sept. 8, 2018 photo Candelaria Cabrera, center, plays with her soccer
teammates against the Alumni Club, in Chabas, Argentina. While she's
officially now banned from playing with Huracan because she is a girl, the
team has let her keep playing, at least until an opponent objects. (AP
Sept. 8, 2018 photo, 7-year-old Candelaria Cabrera poses for a portrait
holding a soccer ball in Chabas, Argentina. She was 3 years old when her
parents gave her her first ball. Her desire to play soccer has called
attention to the obstacles women face in the sport in Argentina. (AP
By Debora Rey
Chabas, Argentina (AP) — At age
7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She
drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly
manages the bumps on the dirt field.
She wears a loose white jersey from
Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of
the capital, Buenos Aires. Printed on the back and on her red shorts is a
number 4. She uses white boots and shin guards. Her long, copper colored
hair tied in a ponytail distinguishes her from the rest of the players.
"Cande," as she is known by friends and
family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the
southern party of Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel
Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. Former Argentine coaches Marcelo
Bielsa, Gerardo Martino and Jorge Sampaoli were also born there.
But a regional regulation that
prohibits mixed-gender teams in children's categories threatens to take her
off the field — a ruling that has helped dramatize the inequality in
opportunities for men and women in this soccer-crazed county.
"I had to sit down with her and tell
her that there are some people who have to make rules in soccer and that
these rules do not agree with what she wants," said Rosana Noriega,
Candelaria's mother. "And, well, we both cried, and she said: 'The people
who make the laws are bad people.'"
She was 3 years old when her parents
gave her her first ball. They understood that it didn't make sense to insist
she play with dolls, even if there were "comments from other moms that they
should not give her male toys because it would encourage her to be a
lesbian," Noriega recalled.
Two months ago, the regional soccer
authorities notified Huracan that the team could no longer include
Candelaria. She could only play on a girls' team — which does not exist
where Candelaria lives.
Noriega took to social media to speak
out about her daughter's case and was surprised to find that she was not the
only one. Girls wrote to her saying they were facing the same problem in
nearby towns and more distant provinces.
Of the 230 regional leagues recognized
by the Argentine Football Association, only 68 have women's teams. This is
just one of the many disparities with men's soccer. The most notable is
financial: The best-paid contract in men's first division is around $3
million a year. In contrast, women who play in their top category receive a
travel voucher of $44.
Argentina's female players, who will
play in a November runoff game for the 2019 World Cup, have struggled
financially when their payments were delayed. They also expressed discomfort
when Adidas, the brand that sponsors a few members of the national teams of
both genders, unveiled the new shirt for the Female America Cup this year
with models rather than players.
"The biggest lack is that they don't
have younger players. They start playing at age 16, 17 and by then they've
missed out on a bunch of issues that have to do with understanding the
game," said Ricardo Pinela, president of the Football Association's Women's
"The important thing is that every club
in every corner of the country gives a girl the possibility of joining a
female soccer team, to play with other girls, even if it's just for fun, and
from there generate the necessary structure that ... sets them on equal
standing as the male players", he argued.
After Candelaria's case became widely
publicized, her regional league committed to reviewing the rule in an
assembly at the end of the year — leaving her case in limbo until then.
While she's officially now banned, the
team has let her keep playing — at least until an opponent objects.
Candelaria's most recent match ended
with her team beating rival Alumni de Casilda 7-0.
"No one should say that a girl can't
play soccer," she said.
'Super Bowl of equestrian' set to begin in North Carolina
this aerial photo taken on Sept. 21, 2010, a giant corn field maze at
the Kelley Farms welcomes the riders for the World Equestrian Games, in
Lexington, Ky. (Charles Bertram/The Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
By Steve Reed, AP Sports
It's referred to as the Super Bowl
of equestrian competition.
The World Equestrian Games are
scheduled to kick off Wednesday at the Tryon International Equestrian
Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, a small town about two hours west
of Charlotte, and will run through Sept. 23 — although Hurricane
Florence has the potential to postpone some events.
The games, which take place every
four years — in the middle of the Summer Olympics cycle — at various
locations around the world, will feature more than 600 equestrians from
71 countries and six continents competing in eight different
disciplines. Nearly 700 horses will be competing in the 2018 Games,
which are expected to attract more than a half-million people.
This is only the second time the
WEG has been held in the United States. The other was eight years ago in
Mark Bellissimo invested more than
$200 million to build the Tryon International Equestrian Center after
receiving the bid to host the Games. The facility features a temporary
20,000 seat stadium for the main events.
Some things to know about the
Many of the horses competing in the
Games will be flown in from overseas on a Boeing 777, a large aircraft
without seats. There is always a veterinarian on board in case a horse
MEN VS. WOMEN
In equestrian events, men and women
compete against one another, which is extremely rare in most major
sporting events. In fact, the only other Olympic sport where men and
women compete against each other is sailing.
The only exception in equestrian is
vaulting, where men and women compete in separate events.
WATCHING THE WEATHER
The WEG says ion its web site it is
preparing for the possible severe weather the storm system may bring to
this area and has strategic and emergency plans in place for both the
people and horses on-site. It says there are numerous multi-floored
buildings at the venue and the permanent stabling is "secure and safe."
They also have an evacuation protocol in place.
BRING YOUR WALLET
Equestrian competition is not for
those who are a little light in the wallet. According to NPR , a
dressage-trained horse can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 — and
that doesn't even include the $12,000 uniforms.
NOT BORN TO RUN
Needless to say, the sport attracts
There had been some excitement that
Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of rock-and-roll singer Bruce
Springsteen would be competing for the U.S. team as a jumper — and that
"The Boss" might make an appearance.
However, Springsteen withdrew her
nomination earlier this summer because she not have a horse that would
be ready for the WEG. She was replaced on the team by Adrienne
Sternlicht, the daughter of Barry Sternlicht, the founder of Starwood
Capital Group, an investment fund with $51 million in assets.
The eight core disciplines of
equestrian are jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing,
driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
Dressage, para-equestrian dressage,
jumping and eventing are Olympic events, and the World Equestrian Games
serves as the first opportunity for athletes to earn team spots for the
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
— Dressage: Think prim and proper
when you think of dressage. The riders are wear black or dark top hats
and tailcoats with white pants and gloves. They ride on horses who
perform at walk, trot and canter with all of the motions performed by
the horses strictly from memory through a pre-trained pattern of
movements. Para-dressage is similar, but those riders with lesser skills
or disabilities compete.
— Driving: The driving competition
is where three team members are pulled by four horses in a carriage and
compete in full-speed events, as well as turns.
— Jumping: This is the most popular
event and one the casual viewer may be most familiar with. The event is
self-explanatory, where horses jump over a series of obstacles while
racing for the best time. Riders can accumulate penalties if their horse
knocks down a bar.
— Endurance: This is basically the
marathon of horse racing, where horses compete in a 100-mile race.
— Eventing: Consider this the
triathlon of equestrian competition, held over three days with riders
competing in dressage, endurance and jumping.
— Reigning: When you think of
reigning, think old Western cowboys competing in an arena in various
events. Horses are asked to move in circles, fast and slow canter, along
with sliding and spinning across the dirt.
— Vaulting: This is a little like
watching a circus act, where riders essentially play the role of
gymnasts — often times doing handstands on horseback — and are judged by
WHERE TO WATCH
The event will be aired exclusively
in the United States on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and the Olympic
Channel. NBC is planning to broadcast nearly 65 hours of the Games.
POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT
The WEG estimates the potential
economic impact of $400 million in the region.
The tickets for the event begin at
$20 for a grounds pass, but run up to $1,380 for an "all games" pass for
the entire two weeks.
Former F1 champion Raikkonen leaving Ferrari for Sauber
this May 23, 2018 file photo, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of
Germany, right, is flanked by Sauber driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco
during a news conference, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco. Kimi
Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie
Charles Leclerc, that will team up with Sebastian Vettel. (AP
Maranello, Italy (AP) —
Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by
rookie Charles Leclerc.
Raikkonen, who won the 2007 Formula
One title with Ferrari, will be heading back to Sauber from next season
while Leclerc will take his seat alongside Sebastian Vettel.
The 20-year-old Leclerc is touted
as one of the most talented young drivers in F1 and had been widely
expected to move to Ferrari if Raikkonen left.
The young driver from Monaco had
earned praise from across the F1 paddock — including from world
champions Vettel and Lewis Hamilton — after a strong showing in his
debut season with Sauber.
"Dreams do come true," Leclerc
wrote on Twitter. "I'll be driving for @scuderiaferrari for the 2019
Formula 1 World Championship. I will be eternally grateful to
@scuderiaferrari for the opportunity given."
Raikkonen will be back with the
team where he started his F1 career in 2001. The Finn signed with Sauber
for the next two seasons.
"Next two years with @sauberf1team
ahead! Feels extremely good to go back where it all began!" Raikkonen
posted on his Instagram account.
Sauber team principal Frederic
Vasseur said signing Raikkonen represented an important step in the
"Kimi's undoubted talent and
immense experience in Formula One will not only contribute to the
development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and
development of our team as a whole," Vasseur said.
Raikkonen has 20 wins and 100
podium finishes in his F1 career. Nine of those wins came with Ferrari,
where he had been since 2014. He also was with the team from 2007-09
before leaving to compete in the World Rally Championship for two years.
He returned to F1 in 2012 to drive for Lotus, where he stayed until
rejoining Ferrari two years later.
"During these years, Kimi's
contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human
qualities, has been fundamental," Ferrari said in a statement. "He
played a decisive role in the team's growth and was, at the same time,
always a great team player. As a world champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he
will always be part of the team's history and family. We thank Kimi for
all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future."
Leclerc, a member of Ferrari's
driver academy, won the GP3 title in 2016 and the F2 title in 2017
before joining Sauber in F1 this season. His highest finish was sixth
place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
"It's been a great pleasure to
support Charles Leclerc in his rookie year in Formula One," Vasseur
said. "Since his arrival, he has given the team great motivation. We
have constantly improved and we will work hard until the end of this
season to achieve the best possible results together. We are aware of
Charles' talent and are confident that he will have a bright future."
Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese
walk by a huge screen showing US Open women's singles champion Naomi Osaka
with her trophy, in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
By Stephen Wade and Mari
Yamaguchi, Associated Press
Tokyo (AP) — Naomi Osaka's
halting Japanese, her manners — she bowed and apologized after beating
Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final — and her simple charm have swelled
national pride in Japan and eclipsed many questions about her mixed-race
parentage in a famously insular country.
Two days after becoming the first
Japanese player to win a Grand Slam tennis title, Osaka is still filling the
front pages of the country's three major daily newspapers and leads the
discussions on talk shows.
The perspective from Japan on Monday:
Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background. National
pride — at least for now — is overriding questions of cultural identity and
what it means to be Japanese.
Williams' dramatic behavior during a
chaotic final on Saturday, a hot topic in the United States and around the
world, has been largely brushed aside in Japan with the focus on Osaka's
poise under pressure.
Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri,
called Osaka a "new heroine that Japan is proud of" and characterized her
appeal as "the contrast between her strength on the court and her innocent
character off the court."
Yomiuri centered Osaka's photograph
holding the U.S. Open trophy at the top of its Monday front page — as did
the two other large dailies. In a headline inside the paper, Yomiuri called
her an "Overnight Queen — Powerful and Stable."
The Asahi newspaper also called her the
"New Queen," picking up on her mix of "strength and gentleness."
None of the main-line newspapers
dwelled too much on her background, which has been well reported. She was
born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, moved to the United
States when she was 3 and now lives in Florida where she has trained for
more than a decade.
In an interview Monday from New York on
Japan's TBS television, she was asked what she wants to do now. She replied
in Japanese: "Have curried rice topped with a pork cutlet." Then she slipped
into English and said: "I am very honored. I don't know how to say that in
She gave some of the same answers in a
similar interview with Japan's NTV television.
"She is such a lovable character," said
Seiji Miyane, the NTV talk show host.
She smiled through the media pressure,
which several newspapers have called a Japanese trait. Her broken Japanese
works as an asset, apologizing occasionally for getting the wrong word — or
not knowing the Japanese word at all.
"She is not the type of person who
asserts herself boldly, but she is shy and humble and that makes her look
more like a Japanese," Junko Okamoto, a communications specialist, wrote in
the weekly magazine Toyokeizai.
Okamoto also said Osaka could become a
face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, leading to big sponsorship deals.
Forbes magazine has reported that
Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18 million
per year, almost all from endorsements. The Evening Fuji tabloid newspaper,
citing Forbes, speculated wildly about Osaka's potential lifetime earnings.
Its headline suggested she could earn $100 million.
The Mainichi, one of top three general
circulation newspapers, noted that Osaka was wearing a dress at a victory
celebration from a well-known Japanese designer.
Osaka's 73-year-old grandfather, Tetsuo
Osaka, surfaced in several interviews from Japan's northern island of
Hokkaido, where he heads a fishing cooperative. He said he plans to meet his
granddaughter when she plays next week in a tournament in Japan.
Their relationship seems solid now, but
the New York Times reported that for a more than a decade Naomi's mother,
Tamaki, had little contact with her family in Japan.
Roland Kirishima, a photographer who is
half Japanese and Scottish, criticized some internet comments questioning if
Osaka is really Japanese, because of her darker skin color.
"Look at the French soccer team that
won the World Cup," he wrote on Twitter. "Half of the players are
immigrants' sons or multi-racial. I'm surprised many people in Japan are
still obsessed with racial purity. It's 21st century already. Please
overcome this type of insular prejudice."
It looks like Japan has taken at least
a first step.
Update September 11, 2018
Athletes from the Americas win Continental Cup
Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia competes to win the women's triple jump
for the Americas at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava,
Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Ostrava, Czech Republic (AP)
— The athletes from the Americas won the Continental Cup on Sunday,
dethroning defending champion Europe.
Leading overnight, Team Americas
finished on 262 points after winning 18 of the 37 events in the two-day
competition, beating Team Europe (233) by 29 points. Team Asia-Pacific
was third on 188 and Team Africa last on 142.
The Continental Cup, previously
known as the World Cup, gathers four continental teams with two athletes
from each team in each event, except the relays.
After winning the triple jump on
Saturday, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia added another victory for the
Americas with 6.93 meters in the women's long jump.
Olympic and world champion
Christian Taylor of the United States leapt 17.59 to dominate the men's
triple jump and American sprinter Noah Lyles was fastest in the men's
100 meters in 10.01.
Paul Chelimo of the United States
clocked 7:57.13 to win the men's 3,000 and his fellow countryman Sam
Kendricks cleared 5.85 to take the men's pole vault.
Olympic 400-meter champion Shaunae
Miller-Uibo of Bahamas won the women's 200 in 22.16, while Janieve
Russell of Jamaica claimed the women's 400 hurdles in 53.62.
In the final unusual event, Team
Americas won the 4x400 mixed relay with Taylor and Miller-Uibo part of
the winning team.
The Continental Cup takes place
every four years.
Woods calls Nike Kaepernick ad a 'beautiful spot'
Woods plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the
BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink Golf Club, Thursday, Sept.
6, 2018, in Newtown Square, Pa. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia
Inquirer via AP)
By Dan Gelston, AP Sports
Newtown Square, Pa. (AP) —
Tiger Woods endorsed Nike's latest "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin
Kaepernick with a message nearly as succinct.
"It's a beautiful spot ," Woods
The two-minute ad, which debuted
during the NFL opener, highlights superstar athletes LeBron James,
Serena Williams and others, and touches on the controversy of NFL player
protests during the national anthem.
Woods, a Nike athlete since turning
pro in 1996 who rarely delves into divisive issues, said Friday he was a
fan of the apparel giant featuring the former San Francisco 49ers
quarterback known for his social protests.
"I think Nike is trying to get out
ahead of it and trying to do something special and I think they've done
that," Woods said at the BMW Championship. "It's a beautiful spot and
pretty powerful people (are) in the spot."
The ad aired during the first
commercial break in the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game on
Thursday night. Kaepernick watched the first television airing on NBC at
an event held at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Woods has been a big part of Nike
Golf through his 14 major championships, no moment more indelible than
when his chip shot on the 16th green at the Masters hung on edge of the
cup for two seconds — with the swoosh facing the camera — before
dropping. His "TW" logo has made him an embodiment of the brand.
He said Nike didn't consult his
opinion on the ad that featured Kaepernick.
"They did not tell me it was
coming," Woods said. "When corporate does things that are outside of
golf and outside of my realm, that's what they do."
Nike's swoosh logo was omnipresent
on hats, polos and spikes for golfers at Aronimink Golf Club.
Tony Finau, the leading candidate
to be the final Ryder Cup pick for the U.S. team, said the Nike campaign
with Kaepernick "definitely stands out"
"As far as Kaepernick and all
that's concerned, we all have the freedom of speech and he's using it in
a way that's non-violent which is something you just have to respect as
an American," he said. "They came out with a campaign that they feel is
who they are. As an athlete of theirs, it's not my job to agree or
disagree with whatever they do."
Kaepernick's deal with Nike for the
30th anniversary of the "Just Do It" campaign was the most polarizing
issue in sports this week, prompting heated debate on several topics
including athletes protesting social injustice and Nike wading into
political waters. Some fans responded to Kaepernick's sponsorship deal
by cutting or burning gear with Nike's signature swoosh logo. Others
argued the backlash to the campaign and calls for a Nike boycott showed
how the debate has morphed well beyond how athletes try to highlight
issues like racial inequality and police shootings of unarmed
President Donald Trump, a critic of
protests during the anthem, tweeted Friday, "What was Nike thinking ?"
Serena Williams, who will play her
in ninth U.S. Open final, said last week at the tournament that she was
proud of Kaepernick. He was in Flushing Meadows to watch Williams play.
"I think every athlete, every
human, and definitely every African-American should be completely
grateful and honored (for Kaepernick)," she said.
Kaepernick began a wave of protests
by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to
protest police brutality and racial inequality.
PGA Championship winner and
two-time U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka said the biggest winner might be
the publicity sparked for Nike.
"I mean, let's put it this way,
their name is in the paper and people are talking about it," he said.
"So Nike is doing what they want to do."
Senegal to be 1st African Olympic host at 2022 Youth Games
In this Friday, Feb. 9,
2018 file photo, IOC president Thomas Bach speaks during the opening
ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — Senegal is
set to be the first African host of any Olympic Games.
The IOC says its executive board
picked Senegal in a four-nation hosting contest for the 2022 Youth
The recommendation is a formality
to be approved by International Olympic Committee members. They meet
from Oct. 8-9 ahead of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Senegal project is in "Dakar;
the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly," the IOC
The other bidders were Gaborone,
Botswana; Abuja, Nigeria; and a four-city project in Tunisia.
IOC Thomas Bach says: "It is time
for Africa. Africa is a continent of youth."
After Senegal officials sign a host
contract in Buenos Aires, they will begin a "co-construction phase with
the IOC," the Olympic body says.
Tour de France champion Thomas signs new Team Sky contract
In this Sunday July 29, 2018 file photo,
Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey,
holds the Welsh flag on the podium after the twenty-first stage of the
Tour de France cycling race on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
London (AP) —
Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has ended speculation over his
future by signing a new three-year contract with Team Sky.
The 32-year-old Thomas, whose
previous deal was set to expire at the end of 2018, had been the subject
of interest from other teams.
However, the Welshman has decided
to stay with the British team and is now contracted through to the 2021
"I'm pleased it's sorted and
delighted to be staying with the team," Thomas told Team Sky. "It's
working really well for me here and I'm excited about what's still to
Thomas, who picked up Olympic gold
medals in team pursuit in 2008 and 2012, finally triumphed at this
year's Tour de France, having spent much of his career playing a
supporting role to the likes of former champions Bradley Wiggins and
Probst leaves complex legacy after 10 years as USOC chairman
In this June 30, 2015 file photo, U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman
Larry Probst speaks during a news conference in Redwood City, Calif. (AP
Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
By Eddie Pells,
AP National Writer
Denver (AP) — Larry Probst
will step down as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, exiting with a
complicated legacy that includes restoring the federation's
international reputation while leaving it saddled with as many problems
on the home front as he faced when he arrived.
Probst, who announced his departure
Monday, will step down at the end of the year, to be replaced by Susanne
Lyons, a board member who recently finished serving as interim CEO
following the resignation of Scott Blackmun in February.
Lyons and new CEO Sarah Hirshland
are tasked with restoring credibility to a federation that has been
widely criticized for its slow response to a mushrooming sex-abuse
scandal in Olympic sports.
"I became chairman at a difficult
time for the USOC and worked diligently with my colleagues here in the
U.S., and around the world, to change the USOC for the better," Probst
said. "It's now time for a new generation of leaders to confront the
challenges facing the organization, and I have the utmost confidence in
Susanne's and Sarah's ability to do just that."
The 68-year-old Probst, a longtime
executive at video-game behemoth Electronic Arts, spent hundreds of days
overseas during his 10 years at the helm, helping repair badly fractured
international relationships that stemmed from decades' worth of
financial disagreements with the IOC, to say nothing of the
sometimes-curt style of his better-known predecessor, Peter Ueberroth.
Probst's work helped bring the 2028
Olympics to Los Angeles, giving America a win after a number of
embarrassments, including Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games, and the
mistaken, and ultimately aborted, choice of Boston as a candidate for
2024; both debacles came on Probst's watch.
Probst also earned a highly coveted
spot on the International Olympic Committee — a position that gave him
insider status in the decision-making process. But critics said he
didn't use the position to advocate for U.S. athletes, especially on
matters concerning Russian doping, where he rarely broke ranks with IOC
president Thomas Bach, who supported Russia's return to the Olympic fold
despite solid evidence of wrongdoing.
In the United States, doping has
been overshadowed of late by the sex-abuse scandal.
The USOC has gotten some credit for
creating the U.S. Center for SafeSport to serve as a clearinghouse for
all Olympic-related sex-abuse cases. But it has been criticized — and
sued — for not acting quickly enough, or taking its share of
responsibility. That played a part in Blackmun's departure, and it's no
surprise to see Probst, whose greatest successes came with Blackmun at
his side, follow him out shortly after.
Blackmun helped stabilize the
federation after Probst and his board surprisingly dismissed CEO Jim
Scherr following a successful 2008 Olympics and replaced him with
Stephanie Streeter, whose short tenure was a complete failure. Many
viewed Scherr's firing as a self-inflicted mistake, and Probst was
forced to spend a large part of his tenure rebuilding trust on both the
domestic and international levels.
Among his successes were
establishing a charitable foundation that raises multiple millions for
Olympic athletes, the settling of a controversial revenue-sharing
agreement with the IOC, and improving an already healthy financial
situation under the tenure of Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird. (Baird
left the Olympic movement last month.)
The U.S. also stayed atop the
medals table in the Summer Games, and had largely successful Winter
Olympics under Probst's watch, though the U.S. team's total of 23 in
Pyeongchang earlier this year — its lowest haul in 20 years — raised
That disappointing showing came as
the Larry Nassar scandal was turning into front-page news, and one of
the most-repeated critiques of the USOC was that its leaders cared about
medals more than the people who won them.
The delicate task for Lyons and
Hirshland will be to make sure the USOC keeps winning, while also
changing the culture in their own organization, as well as in the
various sports that make up the Olympics.
"I wish Susanne and Sarah the best
of luck in handling the very complex and difficult scenario they find
themselves in," Scherr said.
Update September 10, 2018
Amir Khan recovers to beat Samuel Vargas on points
Amir Khan, left, knocks down Samuel Vargas in
action during their Welterweight contest at Arena Birmingham, in
Birmingham, England, Saturday Sept. 8, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Birmingham, England (AP)
— English welterweight Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to continue
his comeback with a points win over Samuel Vargas on Saturday.
In his second
fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, Khan was
knocked to the floor in the final seconds of the second round.
Colombian-born Vargas, a former North American champion, had already
been put down himself when he stunned Khan and the capacity crowd.
potential next opponent Kell Brook watching at ringside, Khan recovered
on his stool, came out and floored Vargas again.
Khan (33-4), a former world super lightweight champion, was unable to
finish the job and eventually had to settle for a unanimous points
victory from the grueling fight.
dropped to 29-4 plus two draws.
Dovizioso wins San Marino GP; Marquez extends MotoGP lead
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso,
the winner, is flanked on podium by runner-up, Spain's Marc Marquez and
third placed Britain's Cal Crutchlow after the MotoGP race during the
San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano
Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Misano Adriatico, Italy (AP)
— Italy's Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati team won on home soil in the
San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday, while Marc Marquez extended his lead
atop the MotoGP standings.
Dovizioso quickly moved up the grid, then passed pole sitter Jorge
Lorenzo to take the lead early on and wasn't challenged the rest of the
Dovizioso's third win this season and the 11th of his MotoGP career.
Lorenzo was in a
tight battle with Marquez for second until he fell with two laps to go.
That handed second to Marquez, while Cal Crutchlow finished third.
Lorenzo got back
on his bike and finished 17th.
leads Dovizioso by 67 points, while Valentino Rossi — who finished
seventh — dropped from second to third in the standings, 70 points
Bagnaia won the Moto2 race and Lorenzo Dalla Porta won the Moto3 race at
the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland
In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, Argentine soccer
legend Diego Maradona walks through the airport in Culiacan, Mexico.
Maradona, the soccer world's poster child for the perils of substance
abuse, is setting up camp to lead a team in the heart of Mexico's drug
cartel land. (Prensa Club Dorados de Sinaloa via AP, File)
Carlos Rodriguez and Amy Guthrie, Associated Press
Mexico (AP) — Diego Maradona, whose public
battles with cocaine made him soccer's poster child for the perils of
substance abuse, is setting up camp in Mexico's drug cartel heartland as
the new coach of a second-tier team.
official club gear, the Argentine soccer legend arrived this weekend in
Culiacan, home turf of the Sinaloa Cartel, to take over the
bottom-dwelling Dorados in what some describe as a publicity stunt for
the team and a last-ditch effort to resurrect a career marred by drugs
Maradona, 57, is
a big fish for a little-known team founded just 15 years ago. He will
reportedly earn $150,000 a month to coach a team where players complain
of missed paychecks. A Dorados club representative could not be reached
to confirm or deny the salary or missed payments.
who covers Mexican soccer for ESPN sports network, said the question
floating among fans is whether the Maradona hire is part of a long-term
plan to raise the prospects of the Dorados or an "ego trip" for the
owners, the Tijuana branch of the politically connected Hank family
which also owns casinos and horse racetracks?
Maradona to succeed in the post. Many anticipate an inevitable clash of
"Is this kind of
a joke?" Marshall wondered. "Is this making Mexican football look a bit
The gig marks a
return to the country where Maradona scored one of the most
controversial goals in soccer history during Argentina's World Cup
quarterfinal against England in 1986. Photos and TV replays showed
Maradona's hand helping the ball into the net. He attributed the assist
to the "Hand of God."
The match 32
years ago exemplified Maradona's theatrics both on and off the field.
Some consider him to be the greatest player to have ever played the
sport. But he is also prone to outlandish outbursts, profanity-laced
tirades and public debauchery.
struggled openly with drugs for more than a decade after FIFA briefly
banned him for testing positive for cocaine in 1991. He again tested
positive for drug use during the 1994 World Cup and was subsequently
denied entry by the United States, leading him to seek drug
rehabilitation treatment in Cuba. He was hospitalized in 2000 and again
in '04 for heart problems blamed on cocaine.
The soccer great
began coaching in 1994 with uneven results. He led the Argentine
national team to the quarterfinals in the 2010 World Cup before notching
stints with the Al Wasl and Al-Fujairah squads in the United Arab
Emirates. He accepted a role as honorary president for the Belarus
premier team Dinamo Brest in July before promptly departing for
But Maradona has
gotten more attention recently for his behavior as a spectator at
Argentine matches than as a coach. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia,
Maradona launched his middle fingers into the air after Argentina bested
Nigeria and was captured on video appearing seriously inebriated in the
stands. At another match, he apparently pulled his eyes into slants
while gazing at a South Korean soccer fan.
are hopeful that Maradona's off-field tomfoolery won't interfere with
his ability to lead the Dorados.
"We all make
mistakes and we all deserve a second chance," says Culiacan resident
Jose Luis Morales.
Mexican state of Sinaloa is an agro-business stronghold known for
producing lots of beef, tomatoes and drug lords. By some estimates the
drug trade accounts for 20 percent of Sinaloa's gross domestic product.
Drug money permeates throughout Mexico, but narco culture is more
visible in places like its capital Culiacan, where residents flash bling
and expensive watches.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman climbed to the cartel's top through a
combination of brutal repression of rivals and Robin Hood-like handouts
to the poor. The Sinaloa Cartel, run by his sons while El Chapo faces
trial in Brooklyn, dominates wholesale distribution of heroin, cocaine
and methamphetamine in much of the U.S.
Cartel will love Maradona. They are patriots. They really love their
home state and this will raise the profile of Sinaloa," said Mexico
security specialist Alejandro Hope, who sees drugs and sports
intersecting as much as drugs and music.
But Sinaloa is
now contested territory with Guzman in prison. The Sinaloa Cartel has
fractured, with top lieutenants challenging the sons for power. And the
Jalisco New Generation Cartel is waging war across Mexico, including in
Sinaloa. "The whole system is destabilized," says Vanda Felbab-Brown, an
expert on Mexican organized crime with the Brookings Institution.
Adding to the
questions surrounding the Dorados, the Hank family's Tijuana-based
gambling operations have long drawn suspicion from U.S. officials. Law
enforcement agencies often see gambling as an easy way to launder
illegal money, and Tijuana is a major corridor for drug traffic to the
a 33-year-old soccer mom, hopes Culiacan can overcome the stereotype of
being a drug hub. Moms like her are holding Maradona up to their
children as a soccer star to emulate.
"As a city we
are known for negative things; now we will be known for sports," she
Pro surfing league on board for equal prize money in 2019
In this May 12, 2012, file photo, Australia's Stephanie
Gilmore competes in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Billabong
Rio Pro women's surfing competition at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
By The Associated Press
The World Surf
League will award the same prize money for men and women starting in 2019.
Goldschmidt says the equal pay for surfers will apply for the league's
various tours — world championship, junior world championship, longboard and
champion Kelly Slater says in The Players' Tribune this move sends "a
message to society — that equal prize money should be the standard."
Current No. 1 and
six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore writes that despite winning four
straight world championships, she didn't receive nearly the same prize money
and sponsorship as men did. The women also had fewer events.
championship tour calendar features 11 men's and 10 women's events in
Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, North America, French Polynesia, Europe