British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts after hitting his tee shot on
the 1st hole into the long rough during the first round of the
British Open Golf Championships at Royal Portrush in Northern
Ireland, Thursday, July 18, 2019.(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Portrush, Northern Ireland (AP) — An
emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory
Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a
British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again.
Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a
The Open returned to Royal Portrush after a
68-year absence and made up for lost time with an unusual amount of
theater Thursday. When more than 15 hours of golf before a robust,
sellout crowd finally ended, J.B. Holmes was atop the leaderboard at
a major for the first time in 11 years.
Even that might have been fitting. The big
hitter from a small town in Kentucky had his first taste of links
golf at Royal Portrush during a college trip, and he recalled how
the caddies kept giving him the wrong lines off the tee because they
had never seen anyone hit it that far.
Holmes drove the downwind 374-yard fifth hole
to 12 feet for a two-putt birdie, and he ended with a 5-iron into
the wind to 15 feet for a final birdie and a 5-under 66.
"You just have to accept the conditions over
here and not get too greedy," Holmes said.
He had a one-shot lead over Shane Lowry of
Ireland, who didn't have the level of expectations or the connection
to Royal Portrush like McIlroy, Clarke or native son Graeme
McDowell, all of whom grew up in Northern Ireland and never imagined
golf's oldest championship returning to their tiny country.
"I feel like for me I can come here a little
more under the radar than the other guys," Lowry said.
That wasn't the case for McIlroy.
He was the betting favorite who as a
16-year-old stunned Irish golf with a 61 to set the course record at
Royal Portrush in the North of Ireland Amateur. The throaty cheers
went silent when his tee shot went left and out of bounds. He went
into a bush and had to take a penalty to take it out, and he walked
off the first green with a quadruple-bogey 8. McIlroy finished with
a triple bogey for a 79.
"I'm going to go back and see my family, see my
friends, and hopefully they don't think any less of me after a
performance like that today," McIlroy said. "And I'll dust myself
off and come back out tomorrow and try to do better."
Woods didn't seem quite as optimistic.
That magical Masters victory in April is
quickly turning into a memory as Woods struggles to find the balance
between playing and making sure his back holds up. He has played
only 10 rounds since Augusta National, and this was one to forget.
Woods three-putted for bogey on No. 5, bladed a chip on No. 6 for a
double bogey and stretched his arms in mock triumph when he finally
made a birdie — his only birdie — on No. 15.
He ended with another bogey for a 78, matching
his third-worst score in a major.
"Playing at this elite level is a completely
different deal," Woods said. "You've got to be spot on. These guys
are too good. There are too many guys that are playing well and I'm
just not one of them."
The Dunluce Links held up beautifully in such
lush conditions, and so did the reputation of Northern Ireland's
ever-changing coastal weather. There was a blue sky and dark clouds,
a strong breeze and a stiff wind, shadows and showers, all within an
"I took on and put off my rain gear probably at
least nine times in nine holes," Matt Kuchar said.
Even so, the scoring was good, without anyone
The large group at 68 included Koepka, who has
won three of the last six majors and looked very much capable of
adding the third leg of the Grand Slam. Koepka was tied for the lead
at one point until he made his lone bogey on the 17th hole. He has
been runner-up twice and won the PGA Championship this year. He
started out the final major in a tie for third after the first
As usual, Koepka keeps it simple, and it helps
to have Ricky Elliott as his caddie. Elliott grew up at Portrush and
knows the course as well as anyone.
"It's easy when he's just standing on the tee
telling you to hit it in this spot and I just listen to him," Koepka
said. "I don't have to think much. I don't have to do anything. I
figure out where the miss is and where I'm trying to put it and then
go from there."
Jon Rahm, a two-time Irish Open winner at
nearby Portstewart and in the south at Lahinch two weeks ago, joined
Holmes and Webb Simpson as the only players to reach 5 under at any
point during the day. The Spaniard was particularly sharp from
around the greens, controlling chips and putts beautifully. He ran
out of luck late, however, missing a 5-foot par putt on the 16th and
dropping another shot on the 18th.
Even so, 68 was his best score in his fourth
Duval had hit his worst score in any tournament
— 91 — mainly from the jolt of a bad swing on a tough hole,
compounded by an oversight. He never found two of his own tee shots
at the par-5 seventh, hit the wrong ball in the process and with all
the penalty shots had a 14, the second-highest score in 159 years of
the British Open.
"Just one of those God-awful nightmare
scenarios that happened today," Duval said. "And I happened to be on
the end of it."
Forty-one players broke par, and 15 of them
were within three shots of the lead.
Clarke turned and applauded the grandstand that
filled up before his opening tee shot at 6:35 a.m., and he treated
everyone else to three birdies through five holes. He wound up with
a 71. McDowell wiped a tear from his eye before he teed off, and he
was one shot off the early lead until a triple bogey at the last
hole sent him to a 73.
McIlroy's only hope was to treat the crowd to
four days, a daunting task when only five players in the 156-man
field posted a worse score.
He said he wasn't the center of attention, and
he was right. That belonged to Royal Portrush and the people who
filled the links to see championship golf. They were treated to
quite the show.
Boone dubs Yanks 'savages' during rant in 6-2 win over Rays
York Yankees' manager Aaron Boone yells at home plate umpire Brennan
Miller during the second inning of the first game of a baseball
doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays' Thursday, July 18, 2019, in
New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron
Boone got fired up at a rookie umpire in a profane rant, and New
York awoke from a sleepy start to rally past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2
in a doubleheader opener Thursday.
After Domingo Germán (12-2) gave up solo homers
to his first two batters, Gio Urshela hit a tying home run in the
second off Yonny Chirinos (9-5), and Gary Sánchez smashed a go-ahead
110 mph single off the glove of third baseman Yandy Díaz during a
three-run fifth. Díaz had helped the Yankees come alive when he
dropped Didi Gregorius' leadoff popup in the second for a two-base
Boone fumed after rookie umpire Brennan Miller
called Brett Gardner out on strikes in the second inning. Miller,
umpiring behind the plate for the fifth time in the major leagues,
had punched out Aaron Judge in the first. Gardner batted in the
second after Urshela's tying, two-run homer and struck out on a 1-2
Gardner returned to the dugout, slammed his bat
into the bat rack nine times, then eight times into the dugout roof.
Microphones caught Boone yelling that the pitch was outside to
Miller, a Triple-A International League crew chief who made his big
league debut April 20 as a call-up umpire.
Miller said, "I heard you, Aaron," and when
Boone persisted, the umpire ejected him. Boone ran out and kept up
the argument, getting close to Miller's face and clapping his hands
for emphasis. He repeatedly called his players "savages" in the
batter's box and told Miller to "tighten it up right now, OK?"
PHILLIES 7, DODGERS 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper tied it in his
Phillie Phanatic headband with an RBI single and Rhys Hoskins ripped
a two-RBI single in the seventh inning to rally Philadelphia over
Hoskins ripped one to right off Joe Kelly to
cap a four-run seventh for the Phillies and a 7-5 lead.
Phillies closer Hector Neris, pitching while
appealing a three-game suspension, gave up a solo homer to Alex
Verdugo in the ninth to make it 7-6. But he got the final out for
his 18th save. He upset the Dodgers by yelling into their dugout
after getting the final out.
Ranger Suarez (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless
innings in relief to help the Phillies split the four-game series
with the Dodgers. Dylan Floro (4-3) took the loss in relief.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 0
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale and two relievers
combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston left-hander struck out 12
in six innings for his first regular season win at Fenway Park in
more than a year.
Sale (4-9) gave up both hits and walked two to
earn his first victory anywhere in a month and his first at home
since July 11, 2018 — a span of 14 starts. It was his 11th game this
season with 10 or more strikeouts.
Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer off Thomas
Pannone (2-4), who matched Sale into the fifth inning before giving
up Sam Travis' double and Sandy León's RBI single. After Mookie
Betts walked, Devers hit the first pitch out to right-center to make
it 4-0 and chase Pannone.
MARLINS 4, PADRES 3
MIAMI (AP) — Brian Anderson doubled home the
winning run with one out in the ninth inning and Miami earned its
first walkoff victory of the year.
The score was 3-all when Garrett Cooper singled
in the ninth against Trey Wingenter (1-3). Pinch runner Yadiel
Rivera stole second and scored without a play on Anderson's hit into
the left field corner.
The Marlins were 1 for 13 with runners in
scoring position before Anderson came through. Five Marlins pitchers
combined for 15 strikeouts. Sergio Romo (2-0) had two strikeouts in
a perfect ninth.
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 15th home run for
the Padres. Miami's Harold Ramirez hit his fourth homer.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cheslor Cuthbert and
Jorge Soler homered in a five-run third inning, and Kansas City
stayed hot by completing a four-game sweep of Chicago.
Ian Kennedy gave up a run in the ninth but
struck out A.J. Reed looking with the tying run on second base to
clinch the win and earn his 16th save in 19 opportunities. Brad
Keller (6-9) recovered from a rocky start to get the win.
The White Sox have lost seven in a row since
coming back from the All-Star break and drop a season-worst nine
games under .500. Yoan Moncada matched his career high, set last
year, with his 17th home run in the top of the third to make it 3-0
before the Royals scored. Ross Detwiler (1-1) took the loss.
Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the Year
England's Ben Stokes hits a four during the Cricket World Cup final
match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in
London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Wellington, New Zealand (AP) —
Allrounder Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory over New
Zealand in the final of the cricket World Cup, has been nominated as
New Zealander of the Year.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also
Stokes' match-winning innings of 84 allowed
England to tie New Zealand's score of 241-8 and he then helped the
home team prevail after a tie-breaking "super over" in which both
teams scored 15 runs. England won on a count back of boundaries hit
during the match.
Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to
England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who
played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.
Stokes has remained in England since, though
his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city
New Zealander of the Year chief judge Cameron
Bennett said Stokes "might not have been playing for the Black Caps
but, having been born in Christchurch where his parents now live and
with Maori ancestry, there's clearly a few Kiwis about who think we
can still claim him."
Bennett said the way Williamson conducted
himself in the face of devastating disappointment in the final and
throughout the World Cup resonated with Kiwis.
"He's been the embodiment of the qualities we
cherish as New Zealanders — courage, fairness, humility," he said.
Dennis quits Tour in bizarre way, Yates wins in Pyrenees
Britain's Simon Yates, center, surrounded by Spain's Pello Bilbao
Lopez De Armentia, right, and Austria's Gregor Muhlberger,
celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the twelfth stage of
the Tour de France cycling race in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France,
Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/ Thibault Camus)
(AP) — In 116 years of racing at the Tour de France, riders have
done all sorts of bizarre things, from jumping on trains to fighting
with fans at mountain stops.
Rarely have they just vanished
in the middle of a stage like Rohan Dennis did on Thursday during
the first Pyrenean stage.
For a couple of hours on an
otherwise uneventful day in the mountains, nobody was able to say
where the time trial world champion had gone. His Bahrain-Merida
team even sent an alarming message out on social networks, saying
all it cared about was "the welfare" of Dennis after Tour organizers
announced he had pulled out of the race.
The Australian ultimately
resurfaced at the finish line in Bagneres-de-Bigorre, where British
rider Simon Yates, the reigning Spanish Vuelta champion, posted his
first stage win after a long breakaway that did not shuffle the
Dennis was spotted near the
Bahrain-Merida team bus after the stage, but did not make any
comment about his decision to pull out.
"We are also confused,"
Bahrain-Merida team director Gorazd Stangelj said. "It was his
decision today to stop at the feed zone. We tried to speak with him,
he said 'I just don't want to talk,' and abandoned the race."
Dennis quit with about 80
kilometers left before the two big climbs in Stage 12, prompting
Bahrain-Merida to open an investigation. According to the French TV
station broadcasting the race, Dennis had an argument with officials
in the team car.
Stangelj said Dennis' condition
was good enough to perform, adding he was not aware of any kind of
argument that could have triggered the rider's decision.
Dennis's withdrawal was even
more surprising as it came a day before Friday's short time trial in
Pau, where he would have been an obvious favorite alongside
defending Tour champion Geraint Thomas given his pedigree in the
race against the clock.
Stangelj said he was not aware
of any complaint from Denis in regards with his time trial equipment
and also dismissed suppositions that Dennis could have been
frustrated with his role in the team. Bahrain-Merida's main goal at
the Tour this year was to fulfill former Tour champion Vincenzo
Nibali's ambition to fight for a podium finish.
"I never asked him to bring the
water bottles in the race," Stangelj said. "Actually, I even told
him yesterday and today that he should save energy for the time
When asked if Dennis had been
difficult to work with before, Stangelj said "it's difficult to
answer this question."
"But I never have hard
discussions with him," he insisted. "We always found a solution when
it was needed."
Stangelj explained that after
Dennis stopped at the feed zone, he was not immediately able to
reach out to him because he had already passed that point on the
route and could not turn back with his car. He finally managed to
get his rider on the phone after another car from the team arrived
next to him.
withdrawal was the talk of the day but did not eclipse Yates' maiden
win at the Tour.
The British rider launched a
counterattack behind a group of fugitives in a technical downhill
and was joined at the front by Gregor Mühlberger and Pello Bilbao.
The trio worked well together until the final sprint shaped up 200
meters from the finish line in Bagneres-de-Bigorre. Yates launched
the sprint, was first into the last turn and held off Bilbao for the
"I wasn't very confident in
beating them," said Yates. "I didn't know how fast these two riders
were but my sport director told me to take the last corner in first
position and I'm glad it worked out well. To have a stage at all
three Grand Tours makes me very proud."
Yates is working in support of
his brother Adam at the three-week race and had kept a low profile
until now. He made his move in the Peyresourde downhill, reaching a
maximum speed of 94.3 kph (58.6 mph). He was as impressive in the
day's final ascent, the Hourquette d'Ancizan, and was joined at the
front by Mühlberger before Bilbao jumped across to them on the
descent to Bagneres-de-Bigorre.
"This was probably a unique
opportunity for me," Yates said. "My main goal is to help Adam in
the mountains and we thought that wouldn't be needed today, that's
why I took the breakaway."
As the Tour hit high mountains
with two first-category climbs, the main favorites closely watched
each other and did not attack, saving strength for the super hard
days still to come. The main pack of contenders crossed the finish
line 9 minutes, 35 seconds behind the winner, with no major change
in the overall standings. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the race
leader's yellow jersey ahead of Friday's time trial in Pau, 1
minute, 12 seconds ahead of defending champion Geraint Thomas.
Thomas' teammate Egan Bernal,
the Ineos co-leader, remained in third place, a further four seconds
Woods trying to get up to speed for final major of year
Tiger Woods of the United States speaks at a press conference ahead
of the start of the British Open golf championships at Royal
Portrush in Northern Ireland, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The British
Open starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Portrush, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tiger
Woods was on the practice range when the gates at the British Open
opened Tuesday, and before long he was on the tee and ready to go.
He just didn't go for very long.
Woods played a full round at Royal Portrush
when he arrived Sunday morning, and then again on Monday. For his
third day of getting to know a links course that hasn't hosted the
British Open in 68 years, Woods made it down No. 1 and then skipped
over to the 13th and played the homestretch.
It would be simple to assume it was fatigue.
After all, Woods hasn't competed since June 16 at the U.S. Open, and
he has only 10 rounds under his belt since his victory in the
Masters for his 15th career major.
In this case, no one wants to overdo it at a
major, so this was nothing out of the ordinary.
Then again, very little is ordinary with golf's
biggest star these days.
When asked if there was anything physically
bothering him outside the norm, Woods smiled and said, "Anything
outside the norm." The laughter made it hard to hear him say, "No."
His chances at the British Open are nearly as
mysterious as Royal Portrush.
Even at age 43, with four knee surgeries and,
more recently, more back surgeries behind him, he showed how capable
he was against a young generation of talent by winning at Augusta
National with smart, strategic golf to overcome a two-shot deficit
and win a fifth green jacket.
It's everything since then that speaks to his
outlook on golf.
He took a month off to recover emotionally and
physically from his taxing win at the Masters, only to miss the cut
at the PGA Championship. He played the Memorial and then the U.S.
Open, and then he was off to Thailand for a family holiday before
returning home to Florida. At this rate, he'll play no more than 14
times in the PGA Tour season, though he still has a few events
overseas at the end of the year.
This is the new norm.
Woods played plenty last year trying to get
back inside the top 50 in the world — he now is up to No. 5 — to
become eligible for World Golf Championships he once took for
granted. It led to more golf than he wanted to play.
"So this year I made a conscious effort to cut
back on my schedule to make sure that I don't play too much," he
said. "I want to play here as long as I possibly can. And you have
to understand, if I play a lot, I won't be out here that long."
The trick now is to figure out how much he
needs to compete in tournaments to be ready, and listening to his
And still to be determined is what kind of
weather — the wind, in particular — Woods and the rest of the
players will see. The wind has not been the prevailing direction for
two days of practice, and it hasn't been much wind at all.
The forecast? Take a pick.
One bulletin provided by the R&A said the
tournament days would feature "changeable conditions continuing with
showers or longer spells of rain interspersed with drier and
brighter interludes." It concluded by saying, "Confidence low in any
details at this stage."
That was about as clear as picking who stands
the best chance at Royal Portrush.
Woods sees it as other links courses, where
power can be equalized by control. Darren Clarke, who forged his
game on these links as a junior, felt the same way. He even pointed
to a 6-foot wide swath of fairway on a slope at the 17th that would
send the ball down toward the green. Now that's control.
U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland sees it
"The last couple of days, power has been a huge
deal," Woodland said. "I've hit a lot of drivers."
He played with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson on
Monday — it would be exaggerating to say Woodland can hit it longer
than their drives combined, but not much — and he found a "huge
advantage" by being able to send it a long way in the air.
Woods used as references Greg Norman and Tom
Watson, two former British Open champions who nearly won in their
50s because length is not as paramount at Augusta National or the
other two U.S. majors.
Norman was 53 (and still on his honeymoon with
ex-wife Chris Evert) when he had the 54-hole lead at Royal Birkdale
in 2008. A year later, a 59-year-old Watson was an 8-foot putt away
from winning at Turnberry. He lost in a playoff.
Woods isn't that old. There was some
speculation that cool air — at Bethpage Black in May, at Pebble
Beach any time of the year — at the previous two majors didn't help
his cause as he tries to keep his back loose.
"It's just part of, unfortunately, dealing with
the procedures I've had, and being a little bit older," Woods said.
"It just doesn't move quite as fast when it's a little bit cooler.
But the great thing is playing in an Open Championship, you can do
it. Look what Tom did at Turnberry, what Greg did at Birkdale. The
golf course is fast enough. You just have to navigate the bunkers
and navigate around the golf course."
Ukraine eyes Olympic bid despite economic struggles
This photo from June 10, 2012
shows a general view at the Olympic national stadium in Kiev,
Ukraine. (Andrey Lukatsky/AP)
Kiev, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new
president has asked officials to consider a bid to host the
Olympics, even with the economy still damaged by years of political
Former comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was
elected president in April, said Tuesday there should be a national
plan to build and fund sports facilities for a future Olympic bid.
He didn't say whether Ukraine should target the
Summer or Winter Olympics.
"We need a certain plan so that we, say, are
able to build everything in three or four years, and then we can get
in line and host the Olympics. We should be ambitious," Zelenskiy
said in comments on the presidential website.
Sergei Bubka, the former pole vaulter who runs
the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, suggested the Youth Olympic Games
might be a more realistic aim for now. Ukraine has already missed
the deadline to apply for the 2026 Winter Olympics, making the 2030
Winter Olympics or 2032 Summer Olympics the next possible targets.
Ukraine entered a bid to hold the 2022 Winter
Olympics in the city of Lviv, but abandoned that in 2014, shortly
after months of protests forced then-President Viktor Yanukovych
Ukraine previously co-hosted the 2012 European
soccer championship with Poland, but an Olympic bid would require
much more spending.
Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas
York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Gleyber Torres
(25), who scored on Judge's two-run home run during the eighth
inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, July
16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a
go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, Didi Gregorius
followed with a grand slam and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay
8-3 Tuesday night after another surly clash between CC Sabathia and
A pitch after slicing a would-be homer foul by
about two feet, Judge smashed a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Colin
Poche (2-3) into the right-center field seats to make it 4-3. It was
Judge's 10th homer, and he carried the bat nearly all the way to
first base before tossing it down and shouting into New York's
Gregorius took a curtain call after hitting a
long grand slam later in the inning that ended a 1-for-23 skid.
Edwin Encarnación hit his 28th homer and third in two games, DJ
LeMahieu also went deep, and New York stretched its AL East lead
over Tampa Bay to six games.
Yandy Díaz hit a solo homer and an RBI double,
and All-Star Austin Meadows delivered his 14th homer for Tampa Bay.
Benches cleared during the sixth inning amid a
shouting match between Sabathia and hitter Avisaíl García. After
Sabathia struck out García looking to strand two runners, the
38-year-old barked and pointed at García. Sabathia was restrained by
Gregorius and never got close to García while both benches and
bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown.
Sabathia was ejected for plunking the Rays'
Jesus Sucre during his last regular season start in 2018 and has had
a few salty run-ins with Tampa Bay this season, including when he
threw at Meadows three times and shouted insults during a game in
Sabathia allowed three runs in six innings and
struck out six. He has a 2.63 ERA in eight starts against the Rays
over the past two seasons.
Left fielder Brett Gardner robbed García of a
likely homer with a leaping grab against the wall in the fourth
inning. García threw down his helmet in frustration.
David Hale (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings
for New York, starting with an inning-ending double play with the
bases loaded in the seventh against Travis d'Arnaud.
D'Arnaud led off for Tampa Bay and played first
base a night after hitting three homers, including a go-ahead shot
in the ninth inning. D'Arnaud was 0 for 4 Tuesday.
Jalen Beeks followed opener Ryne Stanek and
pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He struck out four straight
and five overall after being called up from Triple-A Durham.
China wins mixed team diving event, 8th in a row at worlds
China's Lin Shan and Yang Jian pose with their gold medal after
winning mixed team event diving final at the World Swimming
Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP
Photo/Lee Jin-man )
Gwangju, South Korea (AP) — China's
golden run at the world swimming championships continued Tuesday
when it won the mixed team event diving final.
It was China's eighth consecutive diving gold
at the world championships in Gwangju, with five more events to
Lin Shan and Yang Jian won with a total of
416.65 points and didn't face a strong challenge on their way to
It was China's first gold in the mixed team
event — involving 3- and 10-meter dives — since it was introduced at
the world championships in 2015.
"I only knew I would compete in this event one
week ago," said Yang, men's 10-meter platform bronze medalist in
Budapest two years ago. "We did not have time to train together. The
most important thing was to show our best in the competition."
Three-time youth Olympic champion Lin was
afraid of the competition when young, "but I am not anymore."
"I tried to adjust my breath and told myself to
relax. It was my first world title and also first for China in this
event, I was proud of that," Lin said.
Russian pair Iuliia Timoshinina and Sergey
Nazin took silver with 390.05, followed by Andrew Capobianco and
Katrina Young of the United States with 357.60.
The best result for China until Tuesday in the
mixed team event was a bronze medal in 2015 by Chen Ruolin and Xie
England wins first Cricket World Cup after all-time classic
England's captain Eoin Morgan is sprayed with champagne as he raises
the Cricket World Cup trophy after the final match between England
and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14,
2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
London (AP) — Jos
Buttler threw his gloves into the sky and wheeled away in
celebration. Jofra Archer slid on his chest across the Lord's turf
and beat the ground. Joe Root punched the air as he was lifted up by
After more than nine
stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup
history, and one of the most extraordinary overs ever played,
England ended its agonizing 44-year wait to be world champion of the
sport it invented.
"The most ridiculous game of
cricket to have ever been played," was how Buttler, England's
wicketkeeper, summed up a crazy World Cup final against New Zealand
on Sunday that had pretty much everything.
A sporting contest for the ages
finished with England winning courtesy of a tiebreaker that few
inside the home of cricket had likely ever heard of, or even
understood: Boundaries countback.
That was because England and
New Zealand — both bidding for a first Cricket World Cup title —
couldn't be separated after the regulation 50 overs a side (each
team scored 241) and then a nerve-shredding Super Over (both teams
scored 15) played in early evening sunshine in northwest London.
In the end, England prevailed
because it hit a total of 26 boundaries — fours and sixes scored
across both the 50 overs and the Super Over — compared with New
"The guys are shattered," New
Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. "It's devastating. Tough to
It was a slow-burner of a final
that reached an astonishing crescendo at Lord's.
Chasing 242 to win after New
Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England slumped to 86-4
before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New
Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go to the wire.
Needing 22 to win off the final
nine balls, Stokes smashed the ball high from Jimmy Neesham toward
long-on. Trent Boult took the catch but fell back and stood on the
boundary cushion before he had time to release the ball to teammate
Martin Guptill nearby. Guptill signaled a six should be awarded and
the umpires obliged.
The target to win was 15
heading into the last over, bowled by Boult. After two dot balls,
Stokes slogged a six over midwicket. Nine runs were needed off three
Stokes smashed the next ball
into the leg side and set off to run two. As he sprinted back to the
striker's end, he dived and stretched his bat out in a desperate bid
to reach the crease — only for the ball, thrown in by Guptill, to
strike Stokes' bat and deflect all the way to the boundary.
Confusion reigned but England
had just scored six runs — two run, along with a four. Three
required off two balls.
"That was a bit of a shame,
wasn't it?" Williamson said.
Stokes was still on strike and
he pushed down the ground, setting off again for a two to ensure he
kept the strike. Adil Rashid was running to the non-striker's end
and was easily run out, but Stokes had the strike and England had an
In an almost exact replica of
that next-to-last delivery, Stokes toed a yorker out to long-on and
again attempted to run two. This time it was Mark Wood run out at
the non-striker's end, but again England collected the single to
take the match to the rare Super Over.
Fans had their hands around
their heads in amazement. A rule explainer came up on the big
After a 10-minute break, Stokes
and Buttler — the first two of England's three designated batsmen —
came back out and hit 3, 1, 4, 1, 2 and 4 between them.
The Black Caps had to score
more than England because of their inferior boundary count. And
thanks mainly to a six by Jimmy Neesham, they needed two off the
Guptill, who seemed to be
involved in all of the match's defining moments, hit it into the
legside. He scrambled back for a second run that would have earned
the Black Caps their first world title but Buttler showed
extraordinary composure to collect Jason Roy's throw from deep
midwicket and remove the bails with his left hand.
England's players erupted in
celebration — but still had an agonizing wait before the decision
was confirmed by the TV umpire.
"OUT," read the message on the
big screen after Guptill was shown to be three yards (meters) out of
"I can't believe what has
happened," England allrounder Chris Woakes said. "I can't get my
head around it."
There were so many players to
be celebrated for their contributions, particularly Stokes.
Born in Christchurch, New
Zealand, he was involved in the final almost a year after he was
cleared by a court of affray following a street brawl on a night out
in September 2017.
That deflection for four off
his bat will be replayed and replayed.
"I said to Kane Williamson,"
Stokes said, "that I'll be apologizing for that for the rest of my
Humiliated in a group-stage
exit at the 2015 World Cup, England ripped up its ODI gameplan and
started all over again with a new coach, a new director of cricket
and a new mindset.
Four years later, they are on
top of the world in the most unforgettable way.
Djokovic tops Federer in historic final for 5th at Wimbledon
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after he defeated
Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final match of the
Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019.
(Laurence Griffiths/Pool Photo via AP)
Wimbledon, England (AP) — For nearly
five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger
Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an
unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their
memorable Wimbledon final.
In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged
victorious, coming back to edge Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6,
13-12 (3) and become the first man in 71 years to take home the
trophy from the All England Club after needing to erase championship
"Unfortunately in these kinds of matches, one
of the players has to lose," Djokovic said. "It's quite unreal."
After facing two match points at 8-7 in the
last set, he wound up claiming his fifth Wimbledon title and second
in a row.
This triumph also earned Djokovic his 16th
Grand Slam trophy overall, moving him closer to the only men ahead
of him in tennis history: Federer owns 20, Rafael Nadal has 18.
"I just feel like it's such an incredible
opportunity missed," said Federer, who actually accumulated 14 more
total points, 218-204. "I can't believe it."
He has ruled grass courts since the early
2000s; he has won Wimbledon eight times dating to 2003, and this was
his record 12th appearance in the title match. But Djokovic is now
3-0 against Federer in finals at the place and 4-0 against him in
This one was unlike any other, though.
That's because, while it was reminiscent of
Federer's 16-14 fifth-set victory over Andy Roddick in the 2009
Wimbledon final, that score is no longer possible: The All England
Club altered its rule this year to do away with never-ending matches
and institute a tiebreaker at 12-all in a deciding set.
At one point during the final set Sunday,
Djokovic asked chair umpire Damian Steiner whether the change called
for the tiebreaker at 10-10. Later, when Djokovic held for an 11-10
lead, it was Steiner who got confused, beginning to call out the
score as 11-9, before catching himself.
"I respect whatever the rule is," Federer said
when asked what he thinks of the altered setup. "So really, it is
what it is, you know?"
Federer and Djokovic pushed each other to the
limit in what became as much a test of focus and stamina as it was
about skill. It is the longest final in the history of a tournament
that dates to the 1870s, eclipsing by nine minutes Nadal's five-set
win over Federer in 2008.
Like that one, this is destined to be discussed
"I'll try to forget," joked Federer, who is
less than a month shy of his 38th birthday and would have been the
oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era.
"It was a great match. It was long. It had
everything. I had my chances. So did he. I thought we played some
great tennis. In a way, I'm very happy with my performance, as
well," Federer said during the trophy ceremony. "But Novak, it's
great. Congratulations, man. That was crazy. Well done."
First, it was Federer who kept falling behind,
then coming back. He twice trailed by a set even though he came
quite close to winning the match in three: Federer was two points
from grabbing the opening set on seven occasions but couldn't do it;
he was one point from seizing the third, but again came up short.
Then, Federer was down a break early in the
crucible of the fifth. And then, after seemingly gaining the upper
hand, standing a single point from winning while serving for the
victory at 8-7, 40-15, he faltered.
He sent a forehand wide on the first
championship point, and Djokovic produced a cross-court forehand
winner on the next. Soon enough, the 32-year-old Djokovic had broken
back and on they would play for another 45 minutes.
"Definitely tough to have those chances,"
Djokovic has done this to him before.
In the semifinals of the 2010 and 2011 U.S.
Opens, Djokovic erased two match points each time before coming back
Looking at the bigger picture, there's also
this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal
nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years —
which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer
was fraught with meaning. But it's now high time to discuss
Djokovic's edge over Federer.
Djokovic has won their past five meetings and
holds a 26-22 advantage overall head-to-head, including 10-6 at
Grand Slam tournaments and 3-1 at Wimbledon.
By the reverberating sound of things around the
old arena Sunday, a vast majority of the spectators were pulling for
the popular Federer. Made it seem as though he might be British, not
While one person cried out, "We love you both!"
— a fitting sentiment, given the high quality and unceasing shifts
in momentum — the "Come on, Roger!" count far outnumbered the shouts
for his Serbian foe.
Yes, they roared for Federer's ace on the very
first point and when he sent the final to a fifth set. They even
applauded when he kicked a ball to a ball boy or when he brought his
racket around his back to make meaningless contact after Djokovic
served a let.
And then there were the "Awwwws." So many
"Awwwws" — pained sighs of despair accompanying a missed backhand
here, a double-fault there, by their guy.
It wasn't until the fourth set that Federer
faced so much as one break point, no small accomplishment against
Djokovic, considered by many to be the greatest returner of his, or
perhaps any, generation. Still, even though Federer did get broken
in that set, he won it to send this match to a fifth.
What already was fun to watch became completely
That's not to say the tennis was perfect,
because both men showed signs of fatigue and perhaps nerves.
Federer's mediocre approach shot provided Djokovic an opening for a
backhand pass that earned a break and a 4-2 lead.
Djokovic's double-fault in the next game helped
Federer break back, and the ensuing changeover was filled with a
fugue of fans' voices chanting the first names of both.
As the newfangled tiebreaker carried the last
set alone past the two-hour mark, it was Djokovic who was better.
When Federer shanked a forehand off his racket frame, it was over,
allowing Djokovic to renew his personal tradition of plucking some
blades of Centre Court grass and chewing on them.
"Constant pressure," Djokovic said. "I had to
fight and find my game to stay in the match."
Lewis Hamilton wins record 6th British GP, extends F1 lead
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning
the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in
Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Silverstone, England (AP) — A day of
dramatic English sporting glory began with a far more fortuitous —
but still record-breaking — victory for Lewis Hamilton on the
nation's Formula One track.
A sixth British Grand Prix success was sealed
not with a thrilling overtaking move but by a canny pit stop
strategy paying off for the reigning world champion on Sunday at
By finishing 25 seconds ahead of Mercedes
teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton extended his championship lead
over the Finn to 39 points and moved ahead of Jim Clark and Alain
Prost to take the outright record for British GP victories.
Hours before England's cricketers lifted the
World Cup for the first time in London — sealed on a tiebreaker at
Lord's — Hamilton was part of far more familiar scenes in central
England in front of a record Silverstone race crowd of 141,000.
And yet Hamilton — who is in a strong position
to win the championship after 10 races — never tires of the
crowd-surfacing and adulation of the Union Jack waving home crowd.
"I have done so many races and you would think
I'd get used to it," Hamilton said. "But this felt just as amazing
as the first win I ever had here in 2008."
While there is no doubting the affection the
Silverstone crowd has for Britain's greatest-ever racing driver, the
five-time world champion was unexpectedly dragged into a discussion
on his nationality after qualifying with a reporter asking Hamilton
why "people question your Britishness."
Hamilton dismissed any doubts over his
patriotism and his first thought after sealing his 80th grand prix
win was to slow down to collect a red, white and blue flag from a
track-side safety marshal.
"This is the greatest single moment for an
athlete, to raise their flag as the number one," Hamilton said. "One
day, I will have that picture of me in the car holding the British
flag. I will always be able to look at that and smile about it for
the rest of my life."
Hamilton made the decisive move to the front in
the 20th of the 52 laps by pitting to get new tires. With the safety
car still out after Antonio Giovinazzi spun off in his Alfa Romeo,
Hamilton rejoined to remain ahead of pole-sitter Bottas who had
"We had a really good fight in the beginning,"
Hamilton said. "I nearly got him going into turn seven, but he was
next to me and I couldn't really close the door.
"After that I backed off a little and waited
for the pit stops, hoping that I could maybe overtake him in the
pits. I extended my first stint for a few more laps, then the safety
car came out and that was perfect timing for me as I came back out
in front of Valtteri."
Hamilton had initially attacked Bottas on the
fourth lap, overtaking but failing to keep position.
"Effectively got a free stop and came out ahead
of me," Bottas said. "I was hoping that there might be another
opportunity in the race, but I knew the chances were slim because I
had to do another stop to change to a different compound anyway.
"The tire life was ultimately much better than
we had thought, so a one-stop would have been possible, but our
simulations before the race had predicted a two-stop to be the
fastest option. I'm disappointed because the win was definitely
possible for me."
A Mercedes one-two was a marked improvement on
the last race in Austria when Bottas finished third and Hamilton
back in fifth in the team's worst performance of the season.
"It was a tough battle," team principal Toto
Wolff said, "but there's a lot of respect between the two of them
and they always left each other enough space."
Not so elsewhere on the track.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari completed the podium
after a crash in the fight for third saw Sebastian Vettel go into
the back of Max Verstappen on lap 38.
By finishing 15th — including a 10-second
penalty for the crash — four-time world champion Vettel now trails
Hamilton by 100 points in fourth place in the standings.
"It was my mistake," Vettel said. "He passed me
and he ran a bit wide which gave me the chance to come back. I
looked for a second he was going for the right and there would be a
gap on the left ... but it didn't open and by that time it was
already too late."
Too late for Vettel to avoid crashing his
Ferrari into the back of Verstappen, damaging the floor and diffuser
of the Red Bull. Verstappen finished fifth.
"I'm not angry but disappointed as it was hard
racing and Seb didn't do it on purpose," Verstappen said. "He also
apologized as soon as I got out of the car which I respect. I think
we put on a pretty good show for the fans today and proved the sport
is far from boring."
Frittelli wins John Deere for first PGA Tour title
Dylan Frittelli hits off the 18th tee during the final round of the
John Deere Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 14, 2019, at TPC
Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Silvis, Illinois. (AP) —
Dylan Frittelli won the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his first
PGA Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory
over Russell Henley.
The South African earned a spot
next week in the British Open, finishing at 21-under 263 after the
bogey-free final round at TPC Deere Run. He opened with rounds of
66, 68 and 65 to begin the day two strokes back.
A two-time winner on the
European Tour, Frittelli birdied the par-5 17th after blasting out
of a greenside bunker to 11 feet, and closed with a par on the par-4
Henley shot a tournament-best
61. Andrew Landry was 18 under after a 69.
Rookie Collin Morikawa (66),
the runner-up last week in Minnesota, and Chris Stroud (67) followed
at 17 under. Morikawa hit all 18 greens in regulation.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Retief
Goosen birdied the final two holes to win the Bridgestone Senior
Players Championship at Firestone Country Club for his first PGA
Tour Champions title.
The 50-year-old Hall of Famer
from South Africa broke a tie for the lead with a 15-foot putt on
the par-4 17th and made a 10-footer on the par-4 18th for a 2-under
68 and a two-stroke victory over 65-year-old Jay Haas and Tim
Three strokes ahead after
opening rounds of 69 and 62, Goosen dropped a stroke behind Scott
Parel on Saturday with a 75. The two-time U.S. Open champion
rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 first with an eagle on the par-5
second, then parred the next eight. He offset a double bogey on the
par-4 11th with birdies on the par-3 12th and par-4 13th, but
dropped another stroke on the par-4 14th.
Haas, trying to become the
oldest winner in tour history, closed with a 67. Petrovic shot 68.
Parel had a 73 to tie for
fourth with Kent Jones (71) at 2 under.
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) —
Austria's Bernd Wiesberger beat France's Benjamin Hebert with a par
on the third playoff hole in the Scottish Open for his sixth
European Tour title.
Hebert shot 9-under 62 to set
the clubhouse target at 22 under at The Renaissance Club, but
overnight leader Wiesberger (69) recovered from a slow start to
reclaim top spot with ha birdie on the 16th, only to bogey the 17th
and then par the last to force a playoff.
Also the Made in Denmark winner
in May, Wiesberger moved to the top of the Race to Dubai standings.
Hebert earned one of the three
qualifying places in the British Open next week at Royal Portrush.
England's Andrew Johnston (62) and Italy's Nino Bertasio (68) took
the other two spots after tying for fourth.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Sei Young
Kim won the Marathon Classic for her second LPGA Tour victory of the
season, making five straight birdies in a mid-round burst and
shooting a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson.
Kim began the birdie run on No.
7 and finished at a tournament-record 22-under 262 at Highland
Meadows Golf Club. The 26-year-old South Korean player has nine tour
titles, also winning the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in May in
Thompson, a stroke behind Kim
entering the day, closed birdie-eagle for a 66.
Six shots ahead of Thompson
after the birdie run, Kim played the final seven holes in even par,
offsetting a birdie on 15 with a bogey on 1. Kim broke the event
mark of 263 set by In-Kyung Kim in 2017.
Stacy Lewis was third at 16
under after a 66. She was born in nearby Toledo.
Stylish England powers into World Cup final vs New Zealand
England's captain Eoin Morgan, left, celebrates with teammate Joe
Root after winning the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between
Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday,
July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Birmingham, England (AP) — The first
flew over long-on. The second went straight down the ground, too,
off the very next ball. Jason Roy made it a hat trick of sixes with
the best of the lot, almost sending the white ball out of Edgbaston.
England powered into a first Cricket World Cup
final in 27 years — and did it in some style.
Showing no nerves chasing the biggest prize in
the sport, the tournament host trounced defending five-time champion
and archrival Australia by eight wickets on Thursday to ensure there
will be a first-time winner of the World Cup.
New Zealand awaits in the final at Lord's on
Roy led the way in a one-sided second
semifinal, the opener living up to his billing as the showman of the
team by smashing 85 off 65 balls as England hunted down a target of
224 to win in 32.1 overs. An extraordinary knock included five sixes
— three in a row off Steve Smith, sending him out of the attack
after one over — and nine fours.
England captain Eoin Morgan has demanded his
team maintain the attacking, ultra-positive outlook it has adopted
in soaring to the top of the ODI rankings over the past World Cup
cycle, and his players didn't let him down in what, for some, was
the biggest game of their lives.
"We had a bit of a day out," Morgan said. "It's
cool when it happens like that."
It was almost the perfect day for England after
losing the toss, with Australia soundly beaten in every aspect.
"All in all," Australia captain Aaron Finch
said, "we were totally outplayed."
Australia was 14-3 after 6.1 overs, Finch
departing to a golden duck off the seventh ball of the innings,
opener David Warner — the team's top scorer in this tournament with
647 runs — caught behind for 9, and then World Cup debutant Peter
Handscomb out for 4.
Finch said the opening 30 minutes were where
the game was won and lost, even if Smith and Alex Carey repaired the
early damage with a fourth-wicket stand of 103 to help the
Australians drag themselves to 223 all out.
Smith made 88 and Carey soldiered on for 46
after being struck on the helmet by a rising delivery from Jofra
Archer on 4, playing the rest of his innings with his head bandaged
and blood spilling from his chin.
Chris Woakes had 3-20 in eight overs, just
about eclipsing the figures of fellow strike-bowler Archer, 2-32 off
New Zealand managed to successfully defend
239-8 against India in the first semifinal, another signal of the
pressure even the biggest teams feel under in knockout cricket.
It didn't show on England.
Roy and fellow opener Jonny Bairstow put on a
century stand in the fourth straight match they have played
together, sending Australia's bowlers to all parts of Edgbaston in
an exhibition of strokeplay.
Roy flicked paceman Mitchell Starc for six
behind square, smacked Nathan Lyon for another six off the spinner's
first ball, then reversed-swept Lyon for four.
Then came that solitary over from Smith, which
Roy treated with disdain. Edgbaston officials said it was the first
time a batsman had found the top tier of the Pavilion End in an
It was an angry Roy who departed short of his
century, given out caught behind down the legside off Pat Cummins
when replays showed he didn't touch the ball. But the damage was
done by then, with England 147-2 and on course for the final.
Bairstow had already been dismissed for 34,
leaving Morgan (45) and Joe Root (49) to see England home as home
fans serenaded the team with songs ranging from "Sweet Caroline" to
"Cricket's coming home," changing the sport in a well-known chant
With two runs needed and rain arriving, Morgan
flat-batted a four as England moved to 226-2 and sealed victory.
Fireworks exploded over the ground.
While Australia failed to win a World Cup
semifinal for the first time in eight attempts, England won a World
Cup knockout game for the first time since 1992.
There's a new order in ODI cricket, with
England almost reinventing the game over the last four years with
world-record totals and its expansive style of play.
Only New Zealand stands in the way of England
completing the turnaround from ODI no-hopers to world champions on
Williams to face Halep in Wimbledon final
United States' Serena Williams
returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during their
women's singles semifinal match on day ten of the Wimbledon
Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP
Wimbledon, England (AP) — Hours before
her Wimbledon semifinal, Serena Williams spent some time deep in
thought and arrived at a couple of conclusions.
For one thing, she shouldn't focus too much on
trying to raise her Grand Slam title total to 24, a number achieved
by just one other player in tennis history. And for another, she
needs to stay calm on the court.
With that in mind, Williams went out Thursday
and made it all look so easy, overwhelming Barbora Strycova of the
Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes to once again put herself on
the verge of an eighth championship at the All England Club and
major No. 24 overall.
"It's really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It's
really just about going out there and giving my best effort, no
matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great
career," said Williams, who at 37 is the oldest woman to reach a
Grand Slam final in the professional era. "Like, I just kind of let
it go this morning."
On Saturday, she will take on No. 7-seeded
Simona Halep of Romania, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over No. 8 Elina
Svitolina of Ukraine under a cloudy sky at Centre Court.
It's the 11th final at the All England Club for
Williams, the first for Halep, whose only major trophy came at the
French Open last year.
They've played each other 10 previous times,
with Williams winning nine, including a three-setter at the
Australian Open in January.
"I respect a lot what she has done and what
she's doing," said Halep, who, like Williams, used to be ranked No.
1. "But now I feel stronger, mentally, facing her. We will see what
is going to happen. It's just a big challenge for me."
For anyone, really, when Williams is at her
And after an up-and-down first half of the
year, due in part to injury and illness, she sure does appear to
have lifted her level considerably.
Williams was limited to 12 matches in 2019
until last week. After a third-round loss at Roland Garros on June
1, she stayed in France for medical treatment and finally felt
pain-free while preparing for Wimbledon.
"Well, if she will play like this in the
final," said Strycova, 33, the oldest first-time Grand Slam
semifinalist in the modern era, "it's going to be very hard for
After a three-set struggle against Alison Riske
in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Williams was dominant against Strycova,
who was limited by a leg muscle problem that cropped up in the very
Strycova would repeatedly flex or shake her
legs between points or try to stretch in her sideline chair by
pulling her right foot onto her left knee and rocking her leg.
Not an ideal situation. Especially when facing
Williams if she's this dialed-in.
Williams played cleanly, accumulating nearly
twice as many winners as unforced errors, 28-10. She was at her
usual court-covering best, which helped limit Strycova to 10
"I just need to ... relax and do what I can
do," Williams said, referring again to her deep thoughts from the
"I was calm today," she said, then rolled her
eyes and added: "It's a day-to-day basis with me. We all know that.
I'm far from perfect."
Williams has been this close to adding to her
title total before: In 2018, her first season back on tour after the
birth of her daughter, Olympia, Williams reached the finals at
Wimbledon and the U.S. Open but lost each time.
That has left her Grand Slam total at 23, a
record for the professional era that she established when she won
the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant — but one fewer than
Margaret Court accumulated while playing part of her career against
At the All England Club, she was beaten by
Angelique Kerber. At Flushing Meadows, she was outplayed by Naomi
Osaka in a match that descended into chaos after Williams was docked
a game for a heated argument with the chair umpire. She said in a
first-person essay she wrote for Harper's Bazaar that she met with a
therapist and wrote to Osaka to apologize for the whole episode.
A rare show of emotion from Williams on
Thursday could have been the semifinal's turning point.
Ahead 2-1 in the first set while Strycova
served at 30-all, Williams sailed a backhand return way long and let
out a cry of "Aaaaah!"
Maybe that got her going. Williams seized seven
points in a row and 16 of 20 to close out that set.
Halep seemed headed for a long day when her
semifinal against Svitolina began with a pair of games encompassing
32 points across 20 minutes. Five of the first 11 points lasted at
least 10 strokes; two went 23.
Soon enough, though, Halep was in control.
Now comes a tougher task: beating Williams.
Teuns wins Tour de France Stage 6, Ciccone takes race lead
pack rides past police officers during the sixth stage of the Tour
de France cycling race over 160 kilometers with a start in Mulhouse
and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Thursday, July
11, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Champagney, France (AP) — Two Tour de
France rookies stole the show on the first mountain stage, with
Dylan Teuns of Belgium winning Stage 6 and Giulio Ciccone of Italy
taking the overall race lead on Thursday.
Geraint Thomas, the defending champion, also
rode strongly, going some way to answer questions about his fitness
after he crashed out of the Tour de Suisse in June. Thomas rode in
fourth at the top of the terrible climb to the Planche des Belles
Filles ski station in the woody Vosges mountains of eastern France.
But the severity of the ascent, with a final
24% incline and an unpaved section that kicked up clouds of dust,
torpedoed other main contenders for overall victory in Paris on July
28. Some riders were so exhausted at the top that race workers had
to help them stay upright on their bikes after they crossed the
One of the big losers of the day was French
rider Romain Bardet, a podium finisher in 2016 and 2017, who cracked
and rode in 1 minute, 9 seconds after Thomas. He suffered the added
indignity of having his chain jump on the line, immobilizing him.
Now 2:08 behind Thomas overall, Bardet will be hard-pressed to make
up that deficit on even harder climbs to come in the Alps and
Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 Tour champion from
Italy who also won the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles that
year, came undone this time. He lost 51 seconds to Thomas on the
climb and is well down the overall rankings in 20th place, 1:07
Teuns and Ciccone, both racing their first
Tour, were rewarded for their enterprise and endurance on the climb
and for having been part of a breakaway of 14 riders that sped away
from the pack early in the 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) trek from
Mulhouse that took the Tour up six climbs before hitting the last
and hardest one.
At the top of that final ascent, Teuns and
Ciccone were the two survivors of their breakaway group, fighting
head-to-head for the win.
Ciccone cracked first on the eye-poppingly
steep incline, as Teuns cranked on ahead of him to the line.
"It was really hard. A man-to-man fight," Teuns
said. "I finished it off. It was amazing."
But Ciccone got a delightful consolation prize,
in the shape of the yellow jersey.
"It's an incredible day. I can't grasp what's
happening," the Italian said.
Having raced in the Giro d'Italia in May, where
he won a stage, the 24-year-old came to the Tour to bank some
experience. The yellow jersey was never in his plans.
"It's strange but super good," he said.
The last three riders to hold the yellow jersey
at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles all went on to win in
Paris: Bradley Wiggins in 2012; Nibali in 2014; Chris Froome in
But Ciccone doesn't expect to follow in their
footsteps. His Trek-Segafredo team is built around Australian rider
Richie Porte, who also got dropped by Thomas but limited the damage,
riding in just 9 seconds after the Welshman.
Another sign that Thomas isn't hampered by his
crash in June was that he also finished ahead of Egan Bernal, his
teammate at Ineos who could yet become one of his main challengers
for the Tour title.
Overall, Thomas climbed to fifth overall, 49
seconds behind Ciccone and leapfrogging Bernal, in sixth and now 4
seconds behind Thomas.
"It was a decent day," Thomas said.
The previous wearer of the iconic yellow
jersey, French rider Julian Alaphilippe, did everything he could to
keep it, battling up the ascent, through the dust.
But Alaphilippe fell just 6 seconds short,
losing the race lead he first took on Stage 3.
Madagascar's dream over, Tunisia and Algeria into semis
Tunisia's Youssef Msakni and Taha Khenissi celebrate during the
African Cup of Nations quarterfinal soccer match between Madagascar
and Tunisia in Al Salam stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 11,
2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Cairo (AP) — Madagascar's fairy tale
came to an end at the African Cup of Nations as the underdog was
beaten 3-0 by Tunisia in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Tunisia scored twice in eight minutes after
halftime, and again in injury time. The North Africans controlled
the game completely.
That set up a semifinal for Tunisia against
Senegal and finally sent Madagascar, which was playing in its first
major tournament, home.
Ferjani Sassi claimed the opener in the 52nd
minute, helped by a big deflection off the backside of Madagascar
defender Thomas Fontaine. Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni pounced on
a rebound to make it 2-0.
Naim Sliti scored a third on a Tunisian
breakaway deep in injury time as the Madagascans piled forward in
search of something to give them hope.
Tunisia now faces Sadio Mane and the tournament
favorite in the last four. Algeria and Nigeria play in the other
semi. Both matches are on Sunday.
The Algerians blew a 1-0 lead and a penalty in
regulation time before scraping past Ivory Coast in a dramatic
shootout in their quarterfinal.
Tunisia deserved its win at Al Salam Stadium on
the outskirts of Cairo, where Madagascar was hoping to continue a
dream debut by making the last four.
It didn't happen, but the African Cup
first-timer it lit up the early parts of the tournament by stunning
three-time champion Nigeria 2-0 in the group stage and getting past
Congo, another former champion, in the last 16.
It was a surprise that Madagascar — ranked
108th by FIFA, just behind the Faroe Islands — even qualified for
the tournament in Egypt. It ended up topping its group above Nigeria
and making the last eight, and it also brought the Barea celebration
to the world.
The team takes its nickname from a breed of
cattle found in Madagascar, and the players celebrated each of their
goals at the African Cup by putting their hands on either side of
their heads and pointing their fingers up in the air like horns.
They had their country's president and the
African soccer body president, who is also from Madagascar, at Al
Salam Stadium to cheer them on.
In Suez, the tense shootout between Algeria and
Ivory Coast, which Algeria won 4-3, capped a pulsating quarterfinal
that went end to end.
Wilfried Bony had his penalty saved in the
shootout by Rais Mbolhi to give Algeria the advantage. But Youcef
Belaili hit the post with a spot kick that would have won it for the
Straight after, Ivory Coast captain Serey Die
had to score to send the shootout to sudden death, and he cannoned
his penalty off the same post to finally seal victory for the
Die fell back flat on his back and put his
hands over his face after his miss as the Algerians sprinted to the
end of the field to celebrate with Mbolhi.
Algeria led in regulation after Sofiane
Feghouli's goal in the 20th minute. Striker Baghdad Bounedjah missed
a penalty for Algeria soon after halftime, and Jonathan Kodjia
equalized for Ivory Coast.
Bounedjah won the penalty himself when he was
taken out by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo. With the chance
to give Algeria a 2-0 lead, he hit his penalty high down the middle,
and it clipped the crossbar and went over.
Ivory Coast took advantage.
Wilfried Zaha made a surging run and found
Kodjia on the right. He cut in and put his shot in the bottom
Bounedjah was substituted in the second half
and spent the rest of the game in tears on the bench, fearing his
miss had cost Algeria a place in the last four.
It didn't, and Algeria still has the chance to
win its second African title and first since 1990.
With 19 aces, gutsy comeback, Serena reaches Wimbledon semis
United States' Serena Williams returns
the ball to United States' Alison Riske during a women's
quarterfinal match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis
Championships in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty
Wimbledon, England (AP) —
Slowed by a balky ankle, trailing by a service break in the third
set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal, Serena Williams appeared to be in
trouble Tuesday against an opponent playing the tournament of her
Williams was down, yes. But
out? No way. And now she is two victories from that 24th Grand Slam
title that's been barely eluding her.
Lifting her play a much-needed
notch down the stretch to grab the last three games, capping the
comeback with her 19th ace — at 121 mph, no less — Williams reached
the semifinals at the All England Club by gutting out a 6-4, 4-6,
6-3 win over 55th-ranked Alison Riske.
"I had to just button up and
play hard," said Williams, who owns seven Wimbledon titles. "She was
playing her heart out."
That she was. Riske, a
29-year-old from Pittsburgh, was appearing in her first major
quarterfinal. For Williams, this was No. 51.
That might have made all the
difference. It's Williams who possesses boundless muscle memory in
these situations, who knows what it takes to come through in the
tightest contests on the biggest stages.
"I definitely thought maybe I
had a peek here and there at a couple openings, but Serena really
upped her level, as only a champion would," Riske said.
"It was really, actually, very
interesting for me to be on the opposite end, because I felt her up
her game and her intensity," Riske said with a smile. "Yeah, I hope
she takes the title now."
Next for the 37-year-old
Williams will be a match against 54th-ranked Barbora Strycova of the
Czech Republic, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at age 33
with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over No. 19 Johanna Konta of Britain.
"A huge achievement for me,"
said Strycova, who is playing in her 53rd major tournament.
The other semifinal Thursday
will be No. 7 Simona Halep of Romania against No. 8 Elina Svitolina
After edging Riske in singles,
Williams cooled down by riding a stationary bike while holding her
nearly 2-year-old daughter, Olympia, in one arm. Then Williams went
out and joined Andy Murray to win their second-round match in mixed
doubles 7-5, 6-3 against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.
Halep, a former No. 1 who won
the 2018 French Open, followed up her elimination of 15-year-old
sensation Coco Gauff by defeating Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (4), 6-1
to get to her second semifinal at Wimbledon. Svitolina will make her
debut in that round at any major tournament thanks to beating
Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-4.
These sorts of stakes, and this
sort of setting, are unfamiliar for Riske, who mistakenly headed to
her changeover chair thinking the match's fifth game was over when
the score was just 40-15.
Spectators chortled; she
grinned and walked back to the baseline.
Even if Williams was hardly
perfect, she got by, aided by her greatest-in-the-game serve and
Riske's miscues. Most glaringly, Riske double-faulted five times in
the final set, at least somewhat a result of trying to do too much
against William's superb returns.
"It's no secret that Serena has
an amazing serve. But Serena has an equally-as-amazing return,"
Riske said. "I've never played anyone that has a return like Serena.
That put a lot of pressure on my serve."
Still, Riske played
tremendously well for most of the afternoon, just as she did while
going 14-1 on grass in 2019 until Tuesday.
She won two of Williams' first
four service games and finished 5 for 5 on break points. Her deep
and flat groundstrokes off both sides jarred Williams repeatedly.
Until, that is, Riske wilted late — which was understandable, given
that she became the first woman in Wimbledon history to play
three-setters in five consecutive matches to open the tournament,
according to the WTA.
Williams rolled her right ankle
and her movement was hardly ideal. Late in the second set, she was
visited by a trainer, who applied extra tape to the ankle. That was
during a stretch when Riske, talking to herself between points,
claimed four games in a row to take the second set and lead the
third by a break at 1-0.
"I thought," Riske said, "I was
Not close enough. Williams was
not going to go quietly. She held at love to lead 4-3, and then came
the key game. Riske saved a trio of break points and was a point
from 4-all after claiming a point when Williams slipped along the
First Williams got back to
deuce by using a drop shot to set up a volley winner. Then she
earned yet another break point on a thrilling 10-stroke exchange,
using a drop shot to bring Riske forward and delivering a volley
winner. Williams lifted both arms and jutted her jaw. In the stands,
her husband leaped from his seat, pointed his index fingers at her
On the next point, Riske
double-faulted, handing over the last break Williams needed.
After breaking Steffi Graf's
record for most Grand Slam trophies in the professional era by
winning her 23rd at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant,
Williams took time off. Since returning to the tour last season, she
came close to equaling Margaret Court's Slam count of 24 — which was
accumulated in part against amateurs — but lost in the finals at
Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Williams dealt with injuries
and illness this year, playing just 12 matches until last week.
"This is the first time since
(January) that I actually felt, like, good," she said at her news
conference, while Olympia was held by Williams' agent at the back of
the room. "It's been a really, really long year for me already, and
That's true. Also true: She's
And so here she is, back in
Wimbledon's semifinals for the 12th time.
"She's something," Riske said,
"our sport has never seen before."
Rain forces World Cup semi between India, NZ into 2nd day
Spectators shelter from the rain during the Cricket World Cup semi-final
match between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester,
England, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Manchester, England (AP) — The first Cricket
World Cup semifinal will run into a second day after persistent rain
prematurely ended play on Tuesday with New Zealand laboring to 211-5
against India at Old Trafford, with 3.5 overs still to bat in the
Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 — the same score
made by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson — and was starting to get on
top of India's bowlers for the first time before forecasted showers
arrived over the Manchester ground at 2 p.m. local time.
The rain lasted throughout the afternoon. The
covers briefly came off the outfield at 5.30 p.m. and officials had an
inspection, only for play to be abandoned for the day 50 minutes later.
The teams will return on Wednesday — the designated
reserve day for the first semifinal — and the Black Caps will resume an
innings that started very slowly and barely picked up pace after they
won the toss.
India's tight and disciplined bowling effort
strangled New Zealand, which was 10-1 after seven overs and just 27-1
after 10 overs — the lowest score by any side in this tournament after
the opening powerplay.
The pitch looked increasingly sluggish, preventing
the Black Caps from even accelerating in the middle part of the innings
after being tied down at 83-2 after 25 overs.
Williamson was forced to come in early once again
following the dismissal of the out-of-form Martin Guptill for 1. India's
pacemen bowled a good line and length while also getting some movement
under cloudy skies.
Jasprit Bumrah was especially economical, snaring
Guptill with a lifter that drew an edge high to Virat Kohli at second
slip. He had figures of 1-25 off eight overs.
Henry Nicholls was next to go when bowled through
the gate by Ravindra Jadeja for 28, leaving New Zealand with Williamson
and Taylor, its two best batsmen.
But they failed to seriously up the run rate, with
Taylor in particular regularly mistiming his shots. Still, he hung
around until the final overs and was unloading before the rain came. The
44th over, off Yuzvendra Chahal, went for 18 runs, by far the best of
the innings for New Zealand.
Chahal had the most expensive figures of 1-63 off
10 overs but he did get the prized wicket of Williamson, who chopped a
top-edge to Jadeja at point.
Jimmy Neesham (12) and Colin de Grandhomme (16)
quickly came and went, and Tom Latham was in the middle on 3 with Taylor
when play was stopped.
The reserve day will see a continuation of the
match, not a restart. Umpires can, if necessary, reduce the number of
overs to a minimum of 20 per side, which is needed to achieve a result.
If there is no result, India would advance courtesy
of finishing higher in the group standings. They were first and New
Zealand was fourth.
The winner plays England or Australia in the final
at Lord's on Sunday. The second semifinal is at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Tour de France: Viviani storms bunch sprint to win Stage 4
Elia Viviani celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fourth
stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Nancy, France, Tuesday, July
9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Nancy, France (AP) — Elia Viviani had left
the Giro d'Italia utterly disappointed.
Two months later, the Italian rider left bitterness
and his sprinting rivals in his wake to claim his first career stage win
in the Tour de France after storming a bunch sprint on Tuesday with an
impressive display of power and speed.
The 30-year-old track specialist, arguably the
fastest man in the peloton this season, had left his home race
empty-handed in May under controversial circumstances.
Viviani, who has now posted stage wins at all three
Grand Tours, was stripped of a victory in Italy after the race jury
ruled he had irregularly changed his line and blocked an opponent in the
There was no such hiccup on the finish line in the
eastern city of Nancy, and Viviani was clearly the best.
The 2016 omnium Olympic champion was ideally set up
by the Deceuninck-Quick Step leadout train in the finale and made the
most of the slight uphill finish to prevail. Viviani edged Alexander
Kristoff and Caleb Ewan, claiming the fourth stage of the three-week
"It means a lot. Probably I can't believe it. It
was a big goal of the year," said Viviani, who dedicated his win to his
fiancée and parents.
The 213.5-kilometer (133-mile) flat route from
Reims to Nancy did not pose any major difficulty and was a perfect
opportunity for sprinters to get a stage win, a day after Viviani's
teammate Julian Alaphilippe seized the yellow jersey with a solo effort.
"My father and mother were on the finish line
today, they were set to leave yesterday but finally decided to stay
because the stage was for sprinters," Viviani said.
Alaphilippe, the first Frenchman to wear yellow in
five years, kept the overall lead, with no change at the top of the
overall standings. Both men hugged warmly after their team produced a
second straight stage win.
"I just need to thank the team, they were really
unbelievable," Viviani said.
The Italian speedster might soon be racing without
his favorite teammates, however, amid reports he might join Cofidis next
season as the French outfit seeks to replace its top sprinter.
Viviani said he has yet to make up his mind and
that his Tour campaign will determine his future.
After Alaphilippe led the Deceuninck-Quick Step
train to the front, Max Richeze and Michael Morkov set a very fast tempo
to launch Viviani's final acceleration. Kristoff opened up the sprint in
the final stretch but could not hold off Viviani on the left side of the
Alaphilippe was cheered throughout the stage. After
several dozen fans greeted him at his team hotel in the morning,
supporters lining streets across the small villages of eastern France
wildly cheered him on, shouting "Loulou, Loulou!" — the Frenchman's
Alaphilippe enjoyed a day free of pressure, well
protected in the main pack by teammates, and then played a role in the
final sprint to launch Viviani's final effort.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas and other main
contenders enjoyed a calm day too, just making sure they rode at the
front to avoid crashes or splits. Thomas and his Ineos teammate Egan
Bernal remained seventh and sixth, respectively, in the overall
"The team has been amazing. I haven't had to do
anything, just follow the wheels, and everyone has done their job
perfectly. It's been ideal," Thomas said.
Under bright sunshine in Reims, three riders
attacked from the off.
On long stretches of flat roads, Yoann Offredo,
Frederik Backaert and Michael Schär built a lead that never exceeded 3
minutes, 40 seconds as the peloton kept them on a leash before
sprinters' teams organized the pursuit and sped up the pace.
The trio was eventually caught with 17 kilometers
left, in the small Cote de Maron climb, leaving the spotlight on the
fastest men of the peloton.
Daly out of British, can use cart on PGA Tour in Kentucky
In this May
17, 2019 file photo, John Daly drives his cart off the 16th tee during the
second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, at Bethpage Black in
Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
New York (AP) - John Daly is free to ride a cart
during the week of the British Open — just not at Royal Portrush.
Daly's manager said Tuesday he is likely to play the
Barbasol Championship next week in Kentucky, and the two-time major champion
with osteoarthritis in his right knee already has been granted a cart to use
in the PGA Tour event.
Andy Pazder, the chief tournaments and competition
officer for the PGA Tour, said Daly late last year was approved to use a
cart through 2019 at PGA Tour events and PGA Tour Champions events that
Daly, who has not played a regular PGA Tour event since
The Greenbrier last summer, also is contemplating the Barracuda Championship
in Reno, Nevada, the following week.
The R&A announced Tuesday that Daly had withdrawn from
the British Open "due to a medical condition."
The nature of that condition — be it his arthritic knee
or a spider bite — was not entirely clear.
Daly has been dealing with arthritis in his knee, and
he says he also was diagnosed as diabetic. That led him to request a cart
for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black under the Americans with
Disabilities Act, which the PGA of America approved after Daly submitted the
required medical information.
The R&A rejected his request for a cart over the
weekend, saying it felt walking was an integral part of the tournament. "We
must also ensure, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all
players in the field," it said.
Pulling out of the British Open, however, might also be
linked to a social media post from Daly on Sunday.
In a Twitter note that he described as "My life chapter
84k," Daly says he was on vacation in England last week when he was bitten
by a spider without realizing it. He was taken to an emergency room on
Friday — apparently at Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania, north of the
Nemacolin Resort — and taken straight into surgery to remove a major
infection in his abdominal area. He says he also was treated for early
sepsis from a brown recluse.
His post included hashtags that say he was in some
serious pain, glad to be alive and the photos were too graphic.
Daly won the PGA Championship in 1991 at Crooked Stick,
making him exempt from qualifying for as long as he wants. He won the
British Open at St. Andrews in 1995 and is exempt for that major through
2026 when he is 60.
He still has past champion status on the PGA Tour,
allowing him into tournaments that have room in the field.
US win 4th World Cup title, beat Dutch 2-0
United States players hold the trophy and celebrate at the end of the
Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at
the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7,
2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Anne M. Peterson
Lyon, France (AP) — Megan Rapinoe stood on
the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose
symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored
each triumph at the Women's World Cup.
Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the
Golden Boot as top scorer, and the United States backed up its brashness
by winning while simultaneously making a strong statement for gender
"We've done exactly what we set out to do, done
exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel," Rapinoe said. "All of
us, really. I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in
this together. We're such a proud and strong and defiant group of
The U.S. won its record fourth Women's World Cup
title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when
Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose
Lavelle added a goal.
Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video
review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a
kick to the shoulder while competing for a deflected pass in the penalty
Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted
the ball past Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the tournament.
She became the oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final.
"Getting to play at the highest level of the World
Cup with the team we have is just ridiculous. But to be able to couple
that with everything on the field and to back up all of those words with
performances and to back up all of those performances with words, it's
just incredible," Rapinoe said. "I feel like this team is in the midst
of changing the world around us as we live, and it's just an incredible
Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added
her third goal of the tournament on an 18-yard left-footed shot in the
69th after a solo run from the center circle.
"It's been a long journey. It doesn't seem real
yet. I hasn't hit me, it's so surreal, to be part of this group and to
play with these players," Lavelle said.
The monthlong journey isn't over quite yet for
players who captured the hearts of a nation. New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio needed just a few seconds after the match to invite the team to a
ticker-tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted
"Equal Pay!" at the final whistle , a reminder players sued the U.S.
Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination. The sides
have agreed to mediate the lawsuit.
Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump
by saying she would refuse to visit the White House. Trump called out
Rapinoe on Twitter, saying she should never "disrespect our Country, the
White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her
& the team." He said he would invite the team win or lose.
But shortly after the title game, Trump tweeted:
"Congratulations to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team on winning the World
Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!"
Rapinoe also called out FIFA on the eve of the
championship, suggesting soccer's governing body was not doing enough to
grow the women's game, pointing to unequal prize money and the
scheduling of the final on the same day as the championships of the
CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago and the Copa America final in Brazil.
Whether unequal treatment from soccer officials
will change is uncertain. The Americans' dominance in France is
They never trailed at the tournament and set
records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to
2015. Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's
World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the
only repeat champions. While the U.S. has four titles, Germany is the
only other nation with even two.
"It's just chemistry. They put their hearts and
soul into this journey," Ellis said. "They made history."
FIFA President Gianni Infantino handed over the
trophy, a stark contrast to four years ago in Canada, when
then-president Sepp Blatter was a no-show as U.S. prosecutors
investigated corruption in soccer's governing body.
With confidence that some called arrogance —
triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist — this American
team established a standard that exceeded the U.S. champions of 1991,
1999 and 2015, becoming a goal for all others to match. Mia Hamm and
Brandi Chastain were among the former American players who joined the
current generation for the postgame celebration. Tobin Heath made angels
in the fallen confetti.
Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope
Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but
allowed just three goals and finished with her fourth shutout.
The U.S. had scored within the first 12 minutes of
its previous six matches but the European champions sat back to keep
their defensive shape and kept the score 0-0 through the first half.
Video review, adopted by FIFA for the men's World
Cup last year, showed its impact when Stephanie Frappart, the first
woman to referee a men's Ligue 1 match, initially did not call the foul
on Morgan, then went to the screen at the side of the field, watched
replays and signaled toward the spot.
Rapinoe, who missed Tuesday's semifinal win over
England with a hamstring injury, became the first woman to score on a
penalty kick during a Women's World Cup final, her 50th goal in 158
international appearances. She ended the Netherlands' 317-minute
scoreless streak and matched Morgan and England's Ellen White for most
goals in the tournament, winning the Golden Ball based on fewer minutes.
Rapinoe was given a standing ovation when she was
substituted in the 79th minute. The crowd of 57,900 at Stade de Lyon for
Le Grand Finale included France President Emmanuel Macron.
Rebounding from a loss to Sweden on penalty kicks
in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, the Americans opened the
World Cup with a record 13-0 rout of lowly Thailand, triggering debate
over whether the celebrations after each goal were excessive. Carli
Lloyd responded the next match by following a goal with a polite golf
clap. Then Morgan stirred it up again when she scored against England
and celebrated as if sipping tea, pinkie outstretched.
Now, after all the memorable drama, they will have
a fourth star above the crest on the team's jerseys and a higher
platform to advance their cause.
"It's something that we've worked so hard for. All
of us, individually, have just faced so much adversity through this
whole journey," Morgan said. "We've been tested individually and
collectively so much. So to see, four years ago, us go from two to
three, and now three to four, it's really a dream come true."
Brazil beat Peru to win 1st Copa América title since 2007
Brazil's Dani Alves lifts up his team's trophy after winning the final
of the Copa America against Peru at the Maracana stadium in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 7, 2019. Brazil won 3-1. (AP Photo/Victor
Tales Azzoni and Mauricio Savarese
Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Brazil didn't need
Neymar to win another Copa América title at home.
With its injured star watching from the stands at a
packed Maracanã Stadium on Sunday, Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win its first
South American title since 2007.
It was Neymar's replacement, Everton, who led the
team to victory, scoring a goal and setting up another to give Brazil
its ninth Copa América trophy, and fifth at home.
Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison also scored for
Brazil, which has won the title every time it hosted the tournament.
"I gave everything I had today," said Everton, who
was voted player of the final and also finished as one of the
tournament's top scorers with three goals.
"Who would have thought that Everton would be
playing in the final and would be named the man of the match," Brazil
coach Tite said.
Neymar, who was ruled out before the tournament
because of an ankle injury, sat with his son close to Brazilian
president Jair Bolsonaro among the crowd of nearly 70,000 at the
"Neymar is extraordinary, he's a top 3 player,"
Tite said. But "with teamwork we stayed strong."
Brazilian fans had some reason to worry after
Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 70th minute because of a second yellow
card, but Peru couldn't pull off one last upset after eliminating
Uruguay in the quarterfinals and two-time defending champion Chile in
"Brazil deserved the victory," Peru coach Ricardo
Gareca said. "We played better than we did in the previous match. We
have improved as a team. We still have to improve more, but we are on
the right track."
Peru, which had been routed 5-0 by Brazil in the
group stage and barely avoided early elimination, was trying to win its
first Copa América trophy since 1975 and just its second overall. It
hadn't returned to the final since '75.
The victory helped Brazil to regain the confidence
of some supporters following its quarterfinal exit at the 2018 World Cup
in Russia. It will also ease some of the pressure on coach Tite, who had
been criticized for his selections and the team's lackluster
Brazil hadn't made it past the quarterfinals of the
Copa América since beating Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 final in Venezuela.
It didn't even get past the group stage in 2016.
The last time it won the Copa América at home had
been in 1989, when Romário scored the winner against Uruguay at the
Brazil's only other trophy since 2007 came in the
2013 Confederations Cup, also at home.
Brazil arrived as a heavy favorite but it was an
even match from the start, with the hosts not being able to press too
much despite being urged on by most of the crowd at the Maracanã.
Everton opened the scoring in the 15th from close
range after a well-placed cross by Gabriel Jesus, who made a surging run
down the right flank.
"I'm happy with the goal and with the penalty in
the end," Everton said. "I have to thank my teammates for helping me
finish as a top scorer."
The 23-year-old Everton was elevated to the
starting lineup after Neymar was ruled out and his initial substitute,
David Neres, struggled in the first couple of matches.
Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized with a
44th-minute penalty after a handball by Brazil defender Thiago Silva.
The goal allowed Guerrero to become the Copa América's all-time leading
scorer among active players with 14 goals.
It was the only goal conceded by Brazil in six
Gabriel Jesus put the hosts ahead again in the
third minute of first-half stoppage time with a low shot after an assist
from midfielder Arthur.
Peru tried to take control after Gabriel Jesus was
sent off for a hard foul on an opponent, but the visitors were not able
to create many significant chances.
Brazil sealed victory when Richarlison, who had
missed a few matches because of the mumps, converted a penalty kick in
the 90th after Everton was fouled.
Both penalty kicks had to be delayed for video
Brazil's veteran right back Dani Alves was voted
the player of the tournament.
Feng birdies final hole for a 1-shot win on LPGA Tour
Feng of China tees off in the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA
Classic on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Hobart, Wis. (Chris Kohley/The
Post-Crescent via AP)
Oneida, Wis. (AP) — Shanshan Feng set a high
target for such low scoring at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, and she
figured she had done enough.
Three birdies in a four-hole stretch had taken her from
three shots behind to one shot ahead Sunday, or so she thought. It was only
after she hit 7-iron to 3 feet on the final hole that she saw the
leaderboard and realized she was tied with Ariya Jutanugarn.
"I'm like, 'Oh, no. I have to make that one,'" Feng
No problem. Leaving the flagstick in, she rolled in her
final birdie putt for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot victory over Jutanugarn,
who had hit 8-iron to 3 feet for birdie and a 64. Feng won for the 10th time
on the LPGA Tour, but her first victory since Blue Bay in China in November
The shootout on the soft Thornberry Creek at Oneida
course materialized the way everyone expected.
Patty Tavatanakit shot 61 and was part of a five-way
tie for the lead before the final two groups even teed off. She wound up in
a tie for 15th. Seven players had at least a share of the lead at some point
in the final round.
Jutanugarn, a former world No. 1 still searching for
her first victory this year, appeared to be in control with a three-shot
lead on the back nine. She holed a bunker shot for an eagle on the reachable
par-4 sixth. She closed out her 30 on the front nine with another eagle.
But the Thai pulled her tee shot on the par-5 15th,
turning a birdie hole into a bogey that cost her momentum and the lead. In
the group behind her, Feng ran off birdies at the 13th, 14th and 16th holes,
the last one a dart into 2 feet that gave her a one-shot lead.
Jutanugarn wasn't finished, however, with her final
full shot covering the flag and setting up birdie. Feng had the last word.
"Before the round today, I didn't know what the others
were going to do, so I was aiming for 30 under," Feng said.
She finished at 29-under 259, two shots shy of the
tournament record that Sei Young Kim set last year. Twenty-two players
finished at 20 under or better.
It was the second close call in three weeks for
Jutanugarn, who played in the final group at the KPMG Women's PGA
Championship at Hazeltine and failed to make a birdie as Hannah Green won.
"Overall, my whole week was really good," Jutanugarn
said. "It's like amazing, because I didn't expect to play that good at all,
so I'm really happy about how I played."
Tiffany Joh birdied her last three holes for a 67 and
tied for third with Amy Yang (65) for her best finish on the LPGA Tour.
Hyo Joo Kim, nine shots behind after opening with a 71,
closed with a 64 and finished fifth.
Sung Hyun Park, who returned to No. 1 in the world with
a victory last week in Arkansas, never got anything going in the final
round. She made only one birdie on the par 5s, didn't make a birdie after
the 12th hole and closed with a 69 to tie for sixth with Yealimi Noh, who
had a 68.
Noh, the 17-year-old from California who turned down a
chance to play at UCLA to turn pro, wrapped up a big week. She began in a
Monday qualifier just to get into the tournament, played in the last group
on the weekend and already has a spot in the field next week at the Marathon
"It was my goal to be in the top 10 for the week," she
Feng rose to No. 1 in the world toward the end of 2017,
but began to chase distance and lost control of her irons, which she
considered her strength.
"I tried to get more distance and then maybe just
messed up the feeling about controlling the ball," Feng said. "I got that
back, so I'm really happy about that. I think this is not the last one, for
sure, so as many as I can win."
Defending Tour champion Thomas opens up gaps on rivals
Ineos strains during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling
race, a team time trial over 27.6 kilometers (17 miles) with start and
finish in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault
Brussels (AP) — Just two days into the Tour
de France, Geraint Thomas is already putting daylight between himself
and some of the riders dreaming of dethroning the reigning champion.
Thomas, who claimed his first Tour win last summer,
answered questions surrounding his form and fitness in a dominant
fashion during Sunday's short team time trial around the streets of
His Ineos team did not win the stage but the
33-year-old Welshman gained precious seconds on rivals, including French
duo Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, former Tour champion Vincenzo
Nibali, climber Nairo Quintana, Adam Yates and Jakob Fuglsang.
Thomas arrived at the Tour on the back of a rather
mundane season and no victory to his name. Even worse, he crashed out of
his final preparation race last month, and endured another setback,
though minor, when he was caught in a pile-up near the finish of
Saturday's opening stage.
With the No. 1 bib on his back, Thomas, a former
track specialist, showed no signs of weakness following his spill. He
took solid turns at the front and led his teammates across the finish
line close to the Atomium, the iconic Brussels monument built for the
1958 World Fair.
The only team riding faster than Ineos on Sunday
was the Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, which covered the 27.6-kilometer
course (17.1-mile) in 28 minutes, 58 seconds, keeping the yellow jersey
on Mike Teunissen's shoulders.
They were 20 seconds faster than Thomas and his
teammates, with Deceuninck Quick-Step completing the podium, 21 seconds
off the pace.
"Looking at GC (general classification), it's a
good performance," said Thomas. "It was a positive day for sure."
Teunissen's teammate Steven Kruijswijk is now the
best placed overall contender, who sits third overall with a 20-second
lead over Thomas and Egan Bernal, the co-leader at Ineos this summer in
the absence of four-time champion Chris Froome.
Even without Froome — the dominant Grand Tour rider
in recent years and an expert in the race against the clock — Ineos was
still able to replicate its result from last year's team time trial.
Dylan van Baarle, who replaced Froome in the team, was up to the task
and there was no weak link on the road.
"We took some time on some good GC riders today, so
it was perfect for us," Bernal said.
Before the race leaves Belgium on Monday, Thomas
and Bernal gained 12 seconds on Pinot, 16 seconds on Nibali, and 21
seconds on Yates and Fuglsang. They opened more significant gaps with
Quintana (45 seconds) and Bardet, the day's big loser who conceded 59
After rolling down first from the start ramp near
Brussels' Royal Palace, Ineos riders stayed in the lead for two hours
until Jumbo-Visma, the last team to set off, bettered their time in an
Putting on a well-choreographed display, the Dutch
team's riders covered the route at an average speed of 57.2 kph (35.5
mph), close to the record of 57.8 set by Orica-GreenEdge when they won
the 2013 team time trial on a similar distance.
"We went hard from the start. We heard we were the
fastest ... We were flying," Teunissen said.
The first Dutch rider to wear the race leader's
jersey in 30 years, Teunissen was a surprise winner of Saturday's
opening leg. Surrounded by teammates best-suited for the flat terrain,
including former time trial world champion Tony Martin, Teunissen did
not play second-fiddle in his aerodynamic skinsuit and helmet.
"Yesterday it was a dream come true, and it's the
case today again," he said. "It's not that I'm getting used to winning
stages at the Tour de France but it's two out of two now and it's
really, really nice."
Teunissen now leads teammate Wout Van Aert by 10
seconds in the general classification. Jumbo-Visma riders monopolize the
five top spots, with Kruijswijk in third place.
After two days in Belgium, the peloton will enter
France during Monday's Stage 3 which leads riders from the Belgian town
of Binche to Epernay in the Champagne region.
15-year-old Coco Gauff still unfazed, unbeaten at Wimbledon
United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff returns to
Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of
the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP
Wimbledon, England (AP) — It
was easy to forget that Coco Gauff is still just 15 as she stood on the
grass of Centre Court, pounding her chest and shouting, "Let's go! Come
on!" to celebrate a 32-stroke point that forced a third set in her match
Friday evening at Wimbledon.
Up in the stands, Mom rose to pump
a fist and yell, "Yes!" Thousands of spectators jumped out of their
seats, too, roaring. By then, Gauff already twice had been a point from
losing in the third round to Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
Most players, no matter the age,
would not be able to find a path past that kind of a deficit on this
imposing a stage, would not be able to handle that sort of stress and
figure out a way. Gauff is, quite clearly, not most players. That much
has been established. How far can she go, both this fortnight and in the
future? The tennis world is watching, waiting to learn the answers.
That Gauff, ranked 313th and facing
another unseeded player, was scheduled to appear at Wimbledon's main
stadium says plenty about what a sensation the Floridian already is.
That she won this one, and how she did so — erasing a pair of match
points and coming back to beat Hercog 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 — offer some
insight into what Gauff might become.
"Obviously, this moment is an
incredible moment," Gauff said. "I'm still excited I get to keep living
As it is, she was the youngest
player to qualify for Wimbledon in the professional era, winning three
matches last week against higher-ranked women in the preliminary rounds.
Then, by upsetting five-time
champion Venus Williams, who is 39, in the first round of the main
event, Gauff became the youngest woman to win a match at the All England
Club since 1991, when Jennifer Capriati reached the semifinals at 15.
That was followed by a win against
2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova, who is 30, before
getting past Hercog, 28. When a reporter wanted to know how Gauff might
spend the prize money she's already earned of about 175,000 pounds
($220,000), she replied: "I mean, I can't buy a car, because I can't
That made her giggle, as did some
of the other things she said at her news conference through a permanent
smile, including her unprompted opening line about Jayden Smith's new
album, her plea for tickets to a Beyonce concert and poking fun at her
mother, Candi, for the way she waved her arms overhead when Friday's
victory was over.
"Please tell me she's a meme,"
Gauff said. "I'm so excited to go on Instagram."
Next up: A fourth-round matchup
against 2018 French Open champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep, who
eliminated two-time major champ Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1.
Other women's contests Monday will
be No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova against Karolina Muchova, No. 8 Elina
Svitolina against No. 24 Petra Martic, and Dayana Yastremska against
Zhang Shuai, who defeated former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2.
The top half of the men's draw,
meanwhile, saw more in its series of upsets, leaving defending champion
Novak Djokovic with what seems like little resistance in his road to the
final. The No. 1 seed got a brief test Friday before quickly righting
himself and getting past Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. No one
else on that side of the bracket is ranked higher than 17th; that's the
spot held by Milos Raonic, who is also the only other player who ever
has been to a Grand Slam final.
Those exiting Friday included last
year's runner-up, No. 4 Kevin Anderson, who was knocked off by No. 26
Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Pella beat 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic
last year at Wimbledon and now will face 2016 runner-up Raonic, who beat
Reilly Opelka of the U.S. 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 11
Daniil Medvedev and No. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime all lost.
"It's impossible to say who is
going to figure things out more than the others to do what it takes to
win Slams," Anderson said.
That could be said of Gauff, of
course, but she sure is looking like someone who can go far in the
She has a big serve, dialing it up
to 118 mph on Friday — only Hercog and Serena Williams have hit one
faster this week — and good groundstrokes off both wings, along with
some touch and guile. And what she possesses, above all, is some real
calm amid a storm.
As Hercog perfectly put it: "She's
probably older in her head than the numbers show."
Hercog, who is ranked 60th, and is
now 0-4 in third-round matches at majors, used a seven-game run to grab
the opening set, the first dropped by Gauff in qualifying or the main
draw, and then go up 5-2 in the second.
With Gauff serving at 30-40, Hercog
was a point from victory. But the teen conjured up a backhand slice
winner that dropped right on the chalk — a shot she only recently added
to her repertoire.
After Gauff's aggressive style paid
off there, it was Hercog who really went into a shell, playing so
cautiously and making mistake after mistake. A big one came when Hercog
served for the match at 5-3 and held her second match point: She
Eventually they headed to a
tiebreaker, Gauff's first at a tour-level event.
Yet another reminder how new all of
this is for her. Her play then offered yet another reminder how capable
she is of handling it all.
"We've been working on her poise
all year," Gauff's father, Corey, said earlier in the week. "After that
comes together, then you really can improve your game, because when
you're poised, you're not that emotional. You can troubleshoot."
Pakistan finishes 5th after 4th straight win at World Cup
Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking the wicket of
Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman, his 6th wicket of the innings, during
the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lord's
cricket ground in London, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair
London (AP) - Pakistan beat
Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord's for a fourth straight win and still
missed out on the Cricket World Cup semifinals on Friday.
Going to the last four instead was
New Zealand, a team Pakistan beat by six wickets in the final over last
Pakistan secured fifth place and
finished on the same points as fourth-placed New Zealand. Both teams had
five wins but the Black Caps advanced with a superior net run-rate.
To reach the semis, Pakistan had to
win by an unprecedented 316 runs. It didn't take on the challenge and
finished on 315-9 with Imam-ul-Haq scoring a 100-ball 100 and Babar Azam
96 in 98. The updated maths meant, to advance to the semis, Pakistan had
to bowl out Bangladesh for 7 or less, and that equation died in the
second over of the chase.
"I do feel net run-rate needs to be
looked at. One really poor game and you're really battling to recover,"
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said. His side rued losing its opener to
West Indies by seven wickets after being dismissed for 105.
With the benefit of hindsight,
Arthur added, "I'd like it to be number of wins and then head to head
and then net run-rate in the future that determines places when points
Powered once more by the brilliant
Shakib Al Hasan (64 runs in 77 balls), Bangladesh ended on 221 all out.
The 19-year-old Shaheen Afridi swung the ball and took 6-35, the best
figures by a Pakistan bowler in World Cup history, and the youngest
bowler in tournament history to achieve a 5-for. He ended with 16
wickets in five matches.
Shakib finished his tournament with
a total of 606 runs from eight innings, the third highest ever in World
Cup history, behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (673 in 11 innings) and
Australia's Matthew Hayden (659 in 10). Shakib averaged 86 runs.
"He's been absolutely beautiful,"
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. "He has done what he could do
... I think he's one of the best (World Cup) performances of all time."
Shakib's total could yet be
overtaken after Saturday's two games involving three openers: India's
Rohit Sharma and Australia's David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Shakib's record-tying seventh
half-century at a World Cup matched Tendulkar's feat in 2003.
New Zealand joined Australia, India
and England in the last four. Who meets who next week will be decided on
Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman
returned 5-75. That haul included a superb caught and bowled catch
against Shadab Khan after diving low, to move to 20 wickets, four behind
tournament leader Mitchell Starc.
The huge score Pakistan required
looked unlikely despite a ton from opener Imam, who was out in rare
fashion by hitting his own wicket two balls after his maiden World Cup
Babar hit 11 boundaries — four more
than Imam — with three of them off Mustafizur in the 30th over. Babar
was denied his second century of the World Cup when he fell to a yorker
from Mohammad Saifuddin (3-77) that trapped him lbw. He failed with his
review and it left Pakistan at 180-2 after 32 overs.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed
retired hurt on 2 after being hit by a teammate but bravely returned for
the last ball of the innings and hit a single to deny Mustafizur a hat
Babar scored 474 runs in the group
stage, a record by a Pakistan batter at a single World Cup. When he
reached 60, he overtook Javed Miandad's 437 total in 1992.
Despite knowing it wouldn't
advance, Pakistan was determined to finish with another win. It broke
through in the sixth over when Soumya Sarkar (22) sent a delivery from
Mohammad Amir (1-31) to Fakhar Zaman, who did well to catch low at
point. It was Amir's 17th wicket of the tournament with the score at
But the wicket Pakistan really
wanted came courtesy of Shaheen when Shakib tried to push the run rate
on and a failed cut gave an easy chance behind to Sarfaraz to make it
154-5 and the game effectively over.
Bangladesh won three of its eight
completed matches. It's yet to reach a World Cup semifinal.
Mashrafe said he had enjoyed the
all-play-all format of this edition.
"Playing each other, to know our
strengths, to know our weaknesses, and how can we improve our game going
forward, it's (a) really very exciting tournament," Mashrafe said.
Noah Lyles runs 19.50 in 200 meters, 4th best time ever
sprinter Noah Lyles poses after setting a men’s 200m meeting record at
the Diamond League athletics event in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday,
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — Noah Lyles
raced to the fourth-fastest 200-meter time in history on Friday,
finishing in 19.50 seconds at the Athletissima Diamond League meet.
Lyles even ran into a slight headwind on a warm
evening, going 0.08 seconds faster than Usain Bolt's Lausanne track
record set seven years ago.
Only Michael Johnson among American sprinters,
winning the 1996 Atlanta Olympics title in 19.32, has run the 200 faster
than the 21-year-old Floridian.
"The track here is burning up," said Lyles, who
leaned back and shouted skyward before posing for photographs next to
the trackside clock. "It was about getting out strong. There is nothing
better than seeing the accomplishments of what you have put in."
Bolt's world record of 19.19 was set at the 2009
world championships in Berlin. His Jamaica teammate Yohan Blake ran
19.26 at Brussels in 2011.
In other world-leading performances Friday, Timothy
Cheruiyot of Kenya won the men's 1,500 in 3 minutes, 28.77 seconds, and
pole vaulter Piotr Lisek of Poland cleared 6.01 meters.
Lyles had been tied for eighth all-time for his
19.65 set at Monaco last year.
"Each year I'm making a huge jump. I'm very
satisfied," said Lyles, who heads to U.S. nationals in three weeks at
Des Moines, Iowa, aiming to make the 2019 worlds team. They open Sept.
28 in Doha, Qatar.
His season-best had been 19.72 as runner-up to
another 21-year-old American, Michael Norman, in Rome one month ago.
Norman's time of 10.70 at the Golden Gala meet had been the fastest in
the world this year.
On an ideal night for sprinting, two-time Olympic
gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominated the women's 100. Her
10.74 performance was just 0.01 outside the world-leading time Elaine
Thompson and Fraser-Pryce herself clocked at the Jamaica nationals last
The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who missed the 2017
season to give birth to her first child, quickly ran clear to finish
0.17 ahead of Dina Asher-Smith, the European champion.
Asher-Smith and the 2017 worlds silver and bronze
medalists — Marie-Josée Ta Lou and Dafne Schippers — all clocked
season-best times trailing far behind Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012
World champion Justin Gatlin cruised to victory in
the men's 100 in 9.92, breaking clear before the midway point to leave
fellow American Michael Rodgers trailing in 10.01.
A fast men's 1,500 saw the first six finishers beat
the previous world-leading time this season. Behind Cheruiyot's
meet-record run, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, the 18-year-old European champion
from Norway, ran a lifetime-best 3:30.16 in second place.
A curious men's 5,000 left Yomif Kejelcha ahead at
the bell signaling one lap left after Hagos Gebrhiwet, the Olympic
bronze medalist, slowed and saluted the crowd thinking he had won.
Kejelcha timed 13 minutes, 0.56 seconds.
Running the second-fastest women's 400 this season,
Nigeria-born Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain timed 49.17, just 0.02 ahead of
Aminatou Seyni, setting a Nigerian record. Shamier Little of the U.S.
won the 400 hurdles in 53.73, third best in the world this season.
World champion Mariya Lasitskene failed with three
attempts at a world-leading — and lifetime best — high jump of 2.07
meters. The Russian's clearance at 2.02 took the win.
Olympic silver medalist Orlando Ortega of Spain won
the 110 hurdles in 13.05, edging Daniel Roberts of the U.S. In the 800,
Commonwealth Games champion Wyclife Kinyamal of Kenya won in 1:43.78.
In women's field events, Germany got wins from
Christin Hussong (66.59) in the javelin throw, and Christina Schwanitz
(19.04) in shot put. Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won
the triple jump with her season best of 14.89 meters.
Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans
June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
logos, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic
organizers are putting "a few hundred-thousand" tickets into a lottery
next month for Japan residents who were shut out when results of the
first lottery were announced in June.
The new "second-chance" lottery is
being organized on short notice because of unprecedented demand in
Japan. Demand is believed to be at least 10 times over supply — probably
more. It means few in the host country who want tickets can get them.
Organizing committee spokesman Masa
Takaya on Friday said 3.22 million tickets were sold to Japan residents
in the first lottery. He said more than 90 percent of applicants bought
the tickets that they were awarded. He said only the unsold tickets
would be those offered in the next round.
Tokyo organizers are trying to
satisfy the Japanese public. But there simply aren't enough Olympic
tickets to go around with demand soaring. Authorized Ticket Resellers —
the Olympic agents contracted to sell tickets outside Japan — have also
opened sales worldwide and are experiencing unprecedented demand and
some delays in getting tickets.
The overall numbers suggest that
Japan residents may get fewer than 50 percent of the 7.8 million tickets
that organizers say are available for all events.
The rest are for sale outside
Japan, or go to sponsors, national Olympic committees, sports
federations, and dignitaries.
Tokyo is a reversal from recent
Olympics when tickets were unsold and many events were poorly attended.
That won't be the case with 35 million people in Greater Tokyo looking
Tickets sales are projected to
raise about $800 million for the organizing committee's operating budget
of $5.6 billion. The largest source of income for the privately funded
budget is a record-setting $3 billion paid by more than 60 local
Japanese sponsors, all of whom will be looking for tickets.
The short supply is sure to drive
Japan passed a law last month that
prohibits ticket scalping with a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a
one-year jail term — or both.
However, the law has large
loopholes and does not apply to tickets distributed for free or given
away as gifts, or tickets without a purchaser's name. This applies to
many tickets coming from the International Olympic Committee, the 206
national Olympic committees, or major sponsors.
The IOC was embarrassed three years
ago in Rio de Janeiro when IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested on
charges of ticket scalping. He has denied any wrongdoing.
StubHub, an online ticket exchange
company based in the United States, has handled tickets for previous
Olympics. It is critical of the new Japanese scalping law, which might
affect StubHub's ability to handle tickets this time.
"Unfortunately, the Japanese law is
flawed in its attempt to artificially control the ticket marketplace,
and fans will likely be negatively impacted," Jill Krimmel, general
manager for sports for StubHub, told The Associated Press. "Instead,
StubHub believes that a safe, transparent, and competitive marketplace
best serves fans and the games."
Wimbledon: Osaka takes 2nd Slam 'L' in row
Naomi Osaka reacts as she plays Kazakstan's Yulia Putintseva in a
Women's singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis
Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty
Wimbledon, England (AP) — Naomi Osaka's
16-match Grand Slam winning streak has been followed by a two-match
losing streak at majors, and as she haltingly discussed her early exit
at Wimbledon at barely above a whisper Monday, she suddenly stopped.
"Can I leave?" Osaka asked the news conference
moderator to her left. "I feel like I'm about to cry."
And that was that. Osaka walked out. On a wild Day
1 at the All England Club, No. 2 Osaka was the highest-seeded and
most-accomplished player to leave the scene, beaten 7-6 (4), 6-2 by
Other highly regarded players who were defeated
included five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 2017 French Open
champion Jelena Ostapenko and 2019 French Open semifinalist Marketa
Vondrousova on the women's side, and No. 6 Alexander Zverev and No. 7
Stefanos Tsitsipas on the men's side.
For Osaka, this follows her third-round loss at the
French Open in May.
Before that, she had won her first major title at
last year's U.S. Open, then continued the unbeaten run by adding the
trophy at the Australian Open in January. That made her only the 10th
woman to win those two tournaments back-to-back, and the first tennis
player from Japan to top the WTA or ATP rankings.
Shortly after that, Osaka split from coach Sascha
Bajin, saying: "I think my reason is I wouldn't put success over my
happiness," but offering no further explanation.
It was, at the very least, curious timing. When
Osaka was asked Monday about whether there could be a correlation
between Bajin's departure and her recent results, she replied: "I don't
think it's related at all."
Osaka, who dropped one spot behind new No. 1 Ash
Barty last week, found that her biggest issue against the 39th-ranked
Putinseva was accuracy. Osaka ended up with 38 unforced errors, 31 more
than her opponent.
"I feel like I should have been able to play well
today, because I wasn't practicing bad," said Osaka, who dropped to 0-3
against Putinseva, including a loss on grass at a tuneup tournament last
month. "You never know what's going to happen during matches."
Seven of Osaka's eight losses in 2019 have come
against players ranked outside the top 20.
Her mood was quite a contrast to that of Putinseva,
When a reporter wanted to know why she's had so
much success against Osaka, Putinseva erupted into peals of laughter
after saying: "I'm not going to tell you my secrets."
IVANISEVIC JOINS DJOKOVIC
Novak Djokovic's entourage was joined by a new
member at Centre Court on Monday: 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran
Ivanisevic, the only man to win the tournament as a wild-card recipient.
Ivanisevic sat next to defending champion
Djokovic's long-time coach, Marian Vajda, during the top-seeded Serb's
6-3, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
"We both agreed that we were looking for someone
that was a former champion, someone that knows how I feel on the court,
someone that has been through that," said Djokovic, who is pursuing a
fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major trophy in all. "We agreed with the
... idea of introducing a new coach to our team, an addition like Boris
Becker was back few years ago. It was a very successful period with
Boris. We're hoping we can have the same with Goran."
KARLOVIC STILL WINNING AT 40
Even at 40, Ivo Karlovic isn't showing any signs of
slowing down, particularly when it's time for him to serve.
The 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic became the
oldest man to win a match — or even compete at all — at Wimbledon since
1975, beating Andrea Arnaboldi 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) with the help of 20
It's yet another age mark for a player who is
becoming as known for his graying hair as his thunderous serve. In May,
Karlovic became the oldest man in 46 years to win a match at the French
"Well (it means) that I'm old," Karlovic joked when
asked about the significance of those marks. "Yeah, obviously it's an
achievement to be able to have this longevity."
He feels fairly certain it won't take another four
decades for a 40-plus player to win Grand Slam matches; Roger Federer
turns 38 on Aug. 8.
"Today, everybody does a lot of work off the court,
which in the '80s maybe wasn't the case," Karlovic said. "So they can
prolong their careers. If they can still win at the age of 38, 39,
they're not going to stop."
Karlovic's serve-and-volley style isn't used much
by most other players these days, but is well suited to the grass at
Wimbledon. On Monday, he never faced even a single break point.
Star power can’t help West Indies against Sri Lanka
Lanka's bowler Angelo Mathews, left, celebrates with teammates after
dismissing West Indies' batsman Nicholas Pooran for 118 runs during the
Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the
Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, England, Monday, July 1, 2019.
(AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Durham, England (AP) — It was a day late and
counted for little in the context of the Cricket World Cup, but there
was no lack of tension as Sri Lanka fended off the West Indies by 23
runs on Monday.
Avishka Fernando scored 104 from 103 balls to guide
Sri Lanka to 338-6, its highest total of the tournament, and Lasith
Malinga took two early wickets to have West Indies reeling at 22-2 in
the fifth over of the chase. The veteran paceman's late wicket all but
finished it off and moved him into the top three of most prolific World
West Indies, with some star power support from
Rihanna on a blustery, slightly overcast day — no need for shade, or
shelter from the rain — made a chase of it but ran out of time and
"That's been the World Cup for us," West Indies
captain Jason Holder said. "It's disappointing, to come so close and not
get over the line."
Rihanna's reaction when Chris Gayle got out for 35
— head back in disbelief — summed up the overall feeling of game over at
Shimron Hetmyer was run out for 29 soon after and
when Carlos Brathwaite (8) was unluckily run out when bowler Isuru Udana
got a fingertip to Nicholas Pooran's drive and the ball deflected onto
the stumps, it seemed West Indies' chase was over.
But when Pooran (118) and Fabian Allen (51)
combined in an 83-run, seventh-wicket stand, the superstar singer from
Barbados was back on her feet along with the crowd.
Allen joined Pooran at 199-6 and scored his first
one-day international 50 from 30 balls, including a six and seven
boundaries, before he became the third West Indian run out in the
innings. He glanced to leg, decided against a run but went when Pooran —
on 99 — was midway down the pitch. Allen was well short of his ground at
the non-striker's end.
That left the West Indies 282-7 with 35 balls
Allen said he felt like he had to go through for
the run, he couldn't leave Pooran stranded in the 90s, and thought it
was the critical moment of the match.
Pooran posted his first ODI century, was dropped at
long-off in the next over, and was finally out caught behind when he
chased Angelo Mathew's first delivery in a one-dayer since December 2017
in the 48th over.
"That was the first ball after eight months,"
Mathews said of his match-clinching delivery. "We knew we had to make up
two overs (so) I said to the captain, 'I have a bit of experience. I
will try to bowl the two overs.'"
Malinga trapped Oshane Thomas lbw in the
penultimate over to finish with 3-55, getting the decision on review,
and joined Wasim Akram at No. 3 on the all-time list of World Cup
wicket-takers with 55.
In other circumstances, Fernando's maiden ODI
century would have enhanced Sri Lanka's chances of reaching the World
But Sri Lanka's playoff prospects ended when
England beat India at Edgbaston on Sunday, nine days after Sri Lanka's
upset of England opened up the competition.
West Indies was already out of contention after
losing four in a row following a confident start to the tournament.
The consolation for Sri Lanka at Riverside was to
extend its winning streak in World Cup encounters against West Indies to
four, dating to 1996.
Mathews said the wins over England and West Indies
showed Sri Lanka's ability, but they blew too many other chances.
"Unfortunate that we couldn't reach the semifinals
— at least we can finish off well," he said.
At 21 years, 87 days, Fernando became the
third-youngest batter to score a World Cup century, behind Paul Stirling,
who was 20 years, 196 days when he scored 101 for Ireland against
Netherlands in 2011, and Ricky Ponting, who was 21 and 76 days when he
scored 102 against West Indies in 1996. Ponting became Australia's
captain, and won three World Cups.
Fernando made promising starts in his two previous
World Cup innings, scoring 49 and 30, and he went on with it this time.
He went in after a 93-run opening stand between
Kusal Perera (64) and Dimuth Karunaratne (32), and shared partnerships
of 85 with Kusal Mendis (39), who was spectacularly caught-and-bowled by
Allen, 58 with Mathews (26), and 67 with Lahiru Thirimanne (45 not out).
The West Indies will finish off against winless
Afghanistan at Leeds on Thursday, desperate to finish with two wins for
the tournament. Sri Lanka plays India at the same ground on Saturday.
Senegal, Ivory Coast through to last 16 at African Cup
Coast's Gnaly Cornet, right, duels for the ball with Namibia's Deon
Daniel Hotto, front, during the African Cup of Nations group D soccer
match between Namibia and Ivory Coast in 30 June Stadium in Cairo,
Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Cairo (AP) - Sadio Mane made amends by
scoring twice after missing an early penalty to see Senegal through to
the knockout stage at the African Cup of Nations on Monday.
Mane netted in the 71st minute and got it right
with his second penalty of the game in the 78th as Senegal beat Kenya
3-0 to take second in Group C and make the last 16.
Ismaila Sarr scored the first for Senegal in the
63rd, burying a volley in the top left corner as the team rated as a
contender for the title took over an hour to break down Kenya in its
must-win final group game at 30 June Stadium in Cairo.
Algeria, which had already qualified, won the group
with a 3-0 win over Tanzania.
Ivory Coast also progressed on Monday.
The Ivorians beat Namibia 4-1 to also clinch second
in Group D in their last match. Morocco finished first in that group
after beating South Africa 1-0.
Mane looked for the bottom left corner with his
first-half penalty against Kenya but it was weak and goalkeeper Patrick
Matasi was to blame for Senegal's opening goal,
though. He rushed out to punch away a cross and missed and Sarr, with
his back to goal, hooked a volley in to give the West Africans the lead.
Mane's first came on a quick break when he chased a
long pass, muscled his way past two Kenyan defenders and slipped a shot
past Matasi from the edge of the area.
Kenya defender Philemon Otieno was given a second
yellow card and sent off for ramming his studs into the shin of Sarr to
give Senegal a second penalty.
Mane opted for the bottom right corner this time
and he beat Matasi's dive.
Mane matched Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of
Egypt with two goals in the group stage of the tournament.
Ivory Coast, the 2015 African champion, led Namibia
2-0 through goals by Max Gradel and Serey Die. Joslin Kamatuka took
advantage of a miscued clearance by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain
Gbohouo to make it 2-1 with just under 20 minutes to go.
But the Ivorians scored twice more in the last six
minutes with slick finishes by Wilfried Zaha and Maxwel Cornet.
South Africa paid for its conservative approach
against Morocco, as the South Africans appeared to be playing for a
The plan backfired when Morocco captain M'Bark
Boussoufa scored the only goal in the 90th minute. He was the first to
react to a loose ball in the South Africa area and poked home his shot
to settle the game right at the end.
Morocco finished the group stage with three wins
from three games, all of them by 1-0. Algeria also won three from three
to finish above Senegal.
The fates of Kenya and South Africa hang in the
balance and they will have to wait until the group stage wraps up on
Tuesday to see if they are among the four best third-placed teams to get
a spot in the round of 16.
Host Egypt, defending champion Cameroon and
tournament surprise package Madagascar, which is playing at its first
African Cup, are among the teams to have already made the last 16.
Durant, Irving make Nets the talk of the town in New York
At left, in
a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during
an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At
right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is
shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA
basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. (AP
New York (AP) — Just three seasons ago, the
Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA.
On Sunday, they were the story of the league.
They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and
Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the
longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple.
They landed two of the top players available, both
perennial All-Stars and NBA champions, and they weren't finished. They also
added center DeAndre Jordan, who played with Durant and Irving on the 2016
U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal, and veteran swingman Garrett
It was such a powerful victory that the crosstown
Knicks even put out a statement acknowledging their fans' disappointment,
just three hours after shopping season had started.
And it was even more remarkable given where the Nets
were not long ago.
An ill-fated trade with Boston in 2013, when the Nets
acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in hopes of competing for a
championship but didn't even get out of the second round, cost them years of
high draft picks and contributed to them becoming the worst team in the
They bottomed out at 20-62 in 2016-17, when Durant won
NBA Finals MVP in his first season with Golden State after the Warriors beat
Irving's Cleveland Cavaliers for the title.
Now those players will try to win one together.
Irving, who grew up in New Jersey, said in a video
posted Monday by his representation at Roc Nation Sports that he always
wanted to play back home. Part of the video was shot with Irving on the
"I wouldn't change anything about this journey, at
all," Irving said. "It's brought me back here and that's home, and home is
where my family is. Home is where I want my legacy to continue. And, I'm
happy to be in Brooklyn."
Roc Nation, which announced Sunday it is now
representing Irving, said he had agreed to a four-year, maximum contract .
He might have to wait a year to play with Durant, who
could miss next season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. But
with Irving taking controls of the offense and a promising young core around
him, the Nets should be a playoff team, even while Durant recovers.
The Nets got back to the playoffs last season after
going 42-40, stamping themselves as a team on the rise. Brooklyn might be
able to keep rising all the way to the top after Sunday's moves.
Even after winning titles in his first two seasons with
the Warriors, there was season-long speculation that Durant might leave. But
much of that speculation had been focused on the Knicks, who had more than
$70 million and the ability to sign two top free agents after trading
Kristaps Porzingis during the season.
Right city, but wrong team.
The Nets felt confident with what they could offer,
from their roster, to their medical staff, to their facilities. And when
they made a cap-clearing trade last month, they became even more attractive
by freeing up salary to bring in two stars.
Irving wasn't expected to be one of them a few months
ago, after he'd said last fall he planned to re-sign in Boston. But despite
his good stats it was a bad season for him with the Celtics, who were
considered an Eastern Conference favorite but instead lost in the second
Irving became frustrated and reconsidered his plans,
deciding his future was not in Boston, but in Brooklyn. Now he'll play for
the team he watched while growing up in New Jersey, where the Nets played
before moving to Barclays Center in 2012.
Even when the Nets had better teams, the Knicks still
got more attention and it sometimes felt as if they would always be the
marquee team in the city.
That changed Sunday in a New York minute.
The Nets were not only the talk of the town but of the
whole league, and when the Knicks were shut out early on, they took the rare
step of commenting about their situation.
"While we understand that some Knicks fans could be
disappointed with tonight's news, we continue to be upbeat and confident in
our plans to rebuild the Knicks to compete for championships in the future,
through the draft, targeted free agents and continuing to build around our
core of young players," Knicks President Steve Mills said in a statement.
The Knicks eventually agreed to deals with forwards
Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis, so they did get something.
Just nowhere near as much as the Nets.