Atletico beat Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup
Atletico Madrid players hold the trophy and celebrate after the UEFA
Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the
Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Aug. 15. (AP
Tallinn, Estonia (AP) —
Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the
European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA
Super Cup final on Wednesday in their rival's first game without
Atletico got off to a flying
start with Diego Costa scoring the competition's fastest goal just
50 seconds in, but Madrid came back to take a 2-1 lead as Los
Blancos tried to prove they can still win trophies without Ronaldo
and with a new coach.
But Costa equalized late in the
match with his second goal before Saul Niguez and Jorge "Koke"
Resurreccion sealed the victory in extra time on a cool night in
Atletico's victory over their
crosstown rivals had added significance after they lost two
Champions League finals to Madrid in 2014 and 2016. Diego Simeone's
team were also eliminated by Madrid in the 2017 semifinals.
"I'm elated," Costa said. "Real
Madrid has always beaten us in these finals. It was our turn to win
The loss leaves new Madrid
coach Julen Lopetegui still having to prove that there is life after
Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals in 438 matches and helped lead the
club to three straight Champions League titles before joining
Juventus this summer.
"I'm sad. I'm frustrated. It's
a final that we lost," Lopetegui said. "But I also know that we will
have to wake up and prepare ourselves for our first league match and
start the season on the right foot."
Gareth Bale showed glimpses of
his pace and skill, but couldn't mimic Ronaldo's ability to decide a
game on his own.
Instead, Costa was the one who
dominated at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn. He overpowered
Madrid's center backs in the first minute after a long ball from
Stefan Savic, first winning a header against Sergio Ramos and then
muscling past Raphael Varane to cut into the area where he beat
goalkeeper Keylor Navas at the near post.
Karim Benzema equalized in the
27th minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from Bale, who was able to
break away from Lucas Hernandez on the right and curl the ball into
his fellow forward's path. Bale, who was given a freer role than
he's used to, caused trouble for Atletico's defence in the first
half as he switched between wings. He was Madrid's main creative
spark at that point, with his teammates constantly trying to feed
him the ball.
He faded in the second half,
but Lopetegui was pleased with Bale's performance.
"Gareth has played very good.
In this moment of the season, all the players are not in the best
physical way," the coach said. "We are happy with his performance
and we hope he's going to put in deserved performances in the next
Sergio Ramos scored a penalty
in the 63rd minute after Juanfran Torres handled in the area as the
ball flew over him from a corner.
Juanfran made up for it in the
79th by taking the ball off Marcelo near the touchline and then
passing to Angel Correa. The substitute then skipped past a couple
of Madrid defenders and cut the ball back from the byline to Costa,
who poked the ball into the roof of the net.
In extra time, substitute
Thomas Partey set up the decisive goal when he stripped the ball off
Varane and played a one-two with Costa before dribbling toward the
byline. Partey then cut the ball back to Saul Niguez, who volleyed
the ball first-time to send the ball past Navas to make it 3-2 in
the 98th. Koke finished Madrid off with a cool finish in the 104th.
Lopetegui, who joined Madrid in
controversial fashion and was fired as Spain coach just before the
World Cup, will need to show that he can build on the success of
predecessor Zidedane Zidane and can win with new tactics.
At times, Madrid looked
uncomfortable playing under the new possession-based system and
seemed to miss Ronaldo's flair and proficiency.
"We need to improve on the all
the phases of the team," Lopetegui said. "We don't like to make
Madrid had to play without new
goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, as the former Atletico player didn't
even dress for the match. Spanish media reports said the team didn't
register him in time with UEFA following his transfer from Chelsea.
For Atletico, the victory gives
the team a boost before the season starts, Simeone said.
"The club is growing. We have a
new stadium," he said. "We have players who want to join us, players
who don't want to leave us. I think this speaks volumes."
Djokovic, US Open champ Stephens win in Cincinnati
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France,
in the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis
tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John
Mason, Ohio (AP) — Novak
Djokovic completed his comeback from elbow surgery by winning
Wimbledon for the fourth time. He's inching closer to one of the few
titles to elude him throughout his career.
Djokovic overcame an upset
stomach and a sluggish first set Wednesday, beating Adrian Mannarino
4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain halted afternoon matches at the
Western & Southern Open.
The 10th-seeded Djokovic
demonstrated he's back in form by winning Wimbledon title last
month. Now he's trying to get his hard-court game ready for the U.S.
Open, the latest step in his long comeback. He's been very
inconsistent while changing from grass to hard courts.
"I know from experience it
might come very quickly," he said. "So I'm hoping for that."
First, he'd love to win a
Cincinnati title and complete a personal quest. Djokovic is trying
to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 trophies.
Djokovic has reached the finals
at Cincinnati five times and dropped all five matches — three to
Roger Federer, two to Andy Murray.
"I think it adds more to the
motivation rather than pressure," Djokovic said. "I really want to
win this tournament. I definitely need to play better than I have in
the first couple of matches."
There was one notable upset in
the men's bracket before the rain arrived. Robin Haase beat
third-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 for his first victory
against a Top 10 opponent since he beat Zverev last November. He's
7-26 overall against Top 10 players.
"Nowadays against Top 10, 20,
maybe Top 50, you have to be a little bit lucky," Haase said.
After the rain, defending
champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Mischa Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-5, extending
his recent success in Cincinnati. He won his first Masters title at
the Western & Southern last year without dropping a set. He's won
all four sets in his first two matches this year.
In the women's bracket,
defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens overcame a thumb injury
during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Tatjana Maria.
A trainer applied a bandage to
the third-seeded Stephens' right thumb between the third and fourth
games of the second set. The match was Stephens' first since losing
on Sunday to Simona Halep in the finals at Montreal.
Sloane reached the semifinals
last season in Cincinnati — her best finish — before heading to the
U.S. Open and getting the title.
Defending tournament champion
Garbine Muguruza had a third-set meltdown and lost to Lesia Tsurenko
2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a critical double fault.
The seventh-seeded Spaniard was
up 4-2 and serving in the third set when she double faulted to drop
the game, a look of disbelief coming across her face after her final
serve went long. Given the reprieve, Tsurenko closed it out.
Both players were coming off
injuries. Tsurenko retired in the second round at Montreal with a
sore lower back. Muguruza suffered a second-round loss at Wimbledon
and withdrew from San Jose and Montreal with a sore right arm.
Muguruza said her arm wasn't an
issue as much as her lack of practice in the last couple of weeks
because of the injury.
"I'm happy that I didn't feel
pain," she said. "I'm going to take that positive and keep training
for the U.S. Open."
Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber
overcame a long rain delay in the first set for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games
Indonesia's Christine Tjundawan, left, dribbles the ball past
combined Korea's Kim Hye Yon during their women's basketball match
at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 15.
(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) —
Three North Korean basketball players were part of a unified Korean
women's basketball team that defeated Indonesia 108-40 on Wednesday
at the Asian Games.
South Korean player Park Hyejin
said center Ro Suk Yong, guard Jang Mi Gyong and guard Kim Hye Yon
joined nine others from the South to form the unified team last
"The joint training period that
we have to go through ahead the games was very short and this is
certainly a particular challenge for us, but that was not an
obstacle because we are all very happy with this unification," Park
said. "There is no significant difficulties among us so far, because
in fact we are from the same nation and culture. We have no
difficulty communicating because our language is same."
Ro scored 22 points while Kim
added 14 against host Indonesia at the 2,500-seat basketball hall at
the Bung Karno Sports Center.
The North Korean players
immediately went to the changing room after the game.
The arena was half-filled for
the game, with about 100 Korean fans wearing white T-shirts and
hats, some beating traditional drums and others waving flags.
Basketball is one of three
sports in which the Koreas will field joint squads at the Asian
Games, along with rowing and canoeing. South Korea is the defending
Asian Games champion in women's basketball.
"Our target for now is to win a
gold medal. We don't think about our target after this, we are
currently focusing on the Asian Games," Park said. "We do hope that
the unified Korea team can continue, not only in basketball, but
also in other sports and this will lead to unification in other
Ethiopian runner who protested at Olympics invited home
this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, silver medal winner,
Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, crosses his arms as he celebrates on the
podium after the men's marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) —
An Ethiopian marathon runner who went into exile after
protesting against oppression in his country while winning a silver
medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been asked to return
Feyisa Lilesa captured
international attention when he raised his arms above his head and
crossed his wrists at the finish line in Rio in protest against the
Ethiopian government. Now, he's been invited back by the Ethiopian
Athletics Federation and the country's Olympic committee.
The invitation came after
reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed assumed power.
An open letter from athletics
federation head Haile Gebrselassie and Olympic committee chief
Ashebir Woldegiorgis says they are ready to give Feyisa "a hero's
Feyisa has been living in
self-imposed exile in the United States since 2016 and hasn't
returned home since the Olympics. His family joined him in the U.S.
Feyisa belongs to the Oromo
ethnic group that rebelled against the former government in 2015.
They protested the brutal crackdown on opposition, lack of respect
for human rights and the imprisonment of dissidents. Several hundred
people were killed during the protests that subsequently led to the
resignation of former Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn.
"As long as this current
government is in power, I don't have hope of going back to
Ethiopia," Feyisa said in an interview with The Associated Press in
2017. "I do know change is inevitable."
New Ethiopian prime minister
Ahmed, like Feyisa an ethnic Oromo, has brought sweeping reforms
since he took office in April. They include releasing prisoners,
spearheading a peace agreement with Eritrea and inviting
foreign-based opposition groups back home.
"We want Feyisa to return home
and continue to register great results," the open letter from the
athletics federation and Olympic committee said.
Fernando Alonso will leave Formula 1 at end of season
Spanish driver steers his McLaren F1 car at the Hungarian Grand
Prix, July 28, 2018. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)
London (AP) - Two-time
champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the
season and potentially move to IndyCar in the United States.
McLaren Racing confirmed
Tuesday the Spaniard will not return to F1 next year for an 18th
season, and Alonso said F1's leadership group tried to convince him
to stay with the series.
"I made this decision some
months ago and it was a firm one," Alonso said in a statement.
"Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and
Liberty Media for the efforts made to change my mind and everyone
who has contacted me during this time."
There's been lengthy
speculation that McLaren will enter IndyCar with Alonso as one of
its drivers. Alonso ran the Indianapolis 500 a year ago and was in
position to win the race until his engine failed.
He also ran the Rolex 24 at
Daytona as a warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which Alonso
was part of the winning team. Alonso has been pursuing the top
motorsports events and has said he would like to return to
Indianapolis and add a win in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to
"Let's see what the future
brings," Alonso said in a statement, "new exciting challenges are
around the corner. I'm having one of the happiest times ever in my
life but I need to go on exploring new adventures."
Alonso has 32 career F1 wins,
22 poles and 97 podiums. He won two world titles and was runner-up
He's in his fifth season
driving for McLaren and had hinted on social media he had an
announcement coming Tuesday. He delivered with a farewell video to
F1 and in it noted "today I have some other bigger challenges than
you can offer me" as the camera showed Alonso standing in front of
his Indy 500 helmet.
McLaren has not been
competitive the last two seasons and Alonso, currently ninth in the
standings, had been debating his future in the series.
He was not permitted to skip
the Monaco Grand Prix to return to Indianapolis last May, but he was
allowed to compete in the World Endurance Championship superseason
and enter Le Mans. A two-time winner at Monaco and now a Le Mans
winner, Alonso only needs to win the Indy 500 to complete
motorsports unofficial "Triple Crown."
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren,
called Alonso "the pre-eminent driver of his generation."
"There is a time for everyone
to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to
be his," Brown said. "We respect his decision, even if we believe he
is in the finest form of his career. Our open dialogue with Fernando
has meant we could plan for this eventuality. While evaluating his
future during the past months, Fernando's competitiveness has been
undimmed. He has continued to perform at the highest level
throughout, as we know he will do in the remaining nine races of
this year's championship."
Brown was a key player in
Alonso's entry at Indianapolis, Daytona and Le Mans. He's supported
Alonso's quest to enter other formulas and signed off on the driver
skipping the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017 to instead race at
Brown is also behind McLaren's
potential entry into IndyCar and the team is believed to have
courted four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon to be Alonso's
teammate. Dixon on Monday announced a contract extension to remain
with Chip Ganassi Racing, but acknowledged the presence of McLaren
in his free agency talks made it a "noisy" process.
Jury clears England cricket player Stokes over street fight
England cricketer Ben Stokes and his wife Clare walk outside Bristol
Crown Court, Monday, Aug. 13. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
Bristol, England (AP) —
England cricket player Ben Stokes was found not guilty on Tuesday
after saying during his trial he was acting in self-defence when he
knocked out two men in a street fight.
At Bristol Crown Court, Stokes
closed his eyes and then looked up at the conclusion of the case
that cost him his role as vice captain of England's national cricket
Stokes missed England's Ashes
tour of Australia because of the incident, but he was still the most
expensive overseas recruit in the annual player auction for the
Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition this year when the
Rajasthan Royals paid $1.95 million.
Stokes will join up with the
national team for the third test against India, which starts
Saturday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
Prosecutors wanted to charge
Stokes with two counts of assault over the fracas near a nightclub
last year in the southwest English city. But the judge would only
allow him to stand trial on another charge which meant the jury had
to be satisfied Stokes' fight with two men endangered people nearby.
Stokes was cleared in a unanimous verdict.
During a night out with England
teammates after a match against the West Indies last September,
Stokes had at least 10 drinks in the hours before the fight
A nightclub doorman, who said
he was verbally abused by Stokes, said the cricket player also
mimicked the mannerisms and voices of two gay men outside the
entrance. But further down the street, Stokes said he heard two men
directing anti-gay slurs at the duo he had encountered at the club
and came to their defence.
"I felt under threat by these
two and felt I had to do whatever it was to keep myself and others
around me safe," Stokes said. "I didn't know, they could be carrying
more weapons on them. They could decide to attack me at any time if
I was to turn my back on either of these two. At all times I felt
under threat from these two."
Ryan Ali, whose eye socket was
fractured by Stokes, was also found not guilty on Tuesday. Another
of the accused men, Ryan Hale, was found not guilty during the trial
on the direction of the judge.
Roger Federer advances in Cincinnati; Kyrgios also wins
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to Peter Gojowcyzk, of
Germany, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Tuesday,
Aug. 14, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mason, Ohio (AP) — Roger
Federer advanced to the third round of the Western & Southern Open
with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday.
It was Federer's first
Cincinnati appearance since winning his tournament-record seventh
championship in 2015. After a first-round bye, Federer extended his
Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal
in the 2013 quarterfinals.
The second-seeded Federer,
refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon
quarterfinals, became the tournament favorite when Nadal withdrew on
Karolina Pliskova and Nick
Kyrgios also advanced Tuesday in early tournament action.
Pliskova moved into the second
round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka
Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
"It means a lot because it was
against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her," Pliskova said.
"We played so many times. I think I always played her at her best
level the matches before, so it was always tough."
Kyrgios, a finalist last year
in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier
Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory.
"This year has been tough,"
Kyrgios said. "I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt
my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely
thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so
much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery
or something like that. You know, right now I'm just managing it."
No. 11 seed David Goffin
advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo
Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's
side with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille.
Australian Open semifinalist
Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May
semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over
qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Robin Haase also made it to the second
round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia
reach the third round with a 6-4, 6-5 win over wild card Victoria
Azarenka. Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over
Magdalena Rybarikova. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild-card Marketa
Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5.
Maria Sakkari upset Indian
Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina Makarova cruised
past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.
AEK knock Celtic out of Champions League qualifiers
Athens' Alef, left, and Andre Simoes, right, chase down Celtic's
Olivier Ntcham, center, during a Champions League third qualifying
round, second leg, match at the Olympic stadium in Athens, Tuesday,
Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Athens, Greece (AP) -
AEK Athens eliminated Scottish champions Celtic in the third round
of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday.
The three other former European
champions in action all advanced as Benfica, Ajax and Red Star
Belgrade won their games.
AEK beat Celtic 2-1 in Greece
thanks to goals from Rodrigo Galo and Marko Livaja to secure a 3-2
win on aggregate. Scott Sinclair responded with a goal for Celtic,
the 1967 European Cup winners.
Celtic reached the Champions
League group stage in the last two seasons, but the defeat continues
a difficult start to the season for Brendan Rodgers' team following
a 1-0 loss to Hearts in the Scottish league on Saturday.
Portuguese club Benfica earned
a 2-1 aggregate win over Turkish team Fenerbahce, while Dutch league
runners-up Ajax cruised past Belgium's Standard Liege, winning 3-0
on Tuesday for a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Serbia's Red Star Belgrade
needed extra time to defeat Spartak Trnava 3-2 over two legs thanks
to a 98th-minute goal from Nemanja Radonjic.
There was no post-World Cup
buzz about Spartak Moscow, who lost 3-2 to Greece's PAOK on
aggregate after a red card for striker Luiz Adriano.
Dynamo Kiev, Salzburg, Dinamo
Zagreb, Vidi and BATE Borisov also advanced to the last stage of
qualifying. Tuesday's losing teams drop into the Europa League
qualifying playoff round.
Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won't punish you
this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, FIFA President Gianni
Infantino attends the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at
the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
London (AP) — FIFA has
officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the
Soccer officials and players
who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their
conduct will find the word "corruption" missing. They will also
discover how to now avoid being banned for paying and receiving
Corruption was scrubbed as an
official misdemeanor during secret meetings where executives
executed the first overhaul of the code since a wave of scandals
left soccer's governing body "clinically dead" by 2015. That was the
hyperbole used by Gianni Infantino during a speech at the World Cup
in June boasting of his own apparent achievements cleaning up FIFA.
But in two years as FIFA
president, Infantino has been accused of violating governance rules
and forcing out officials who threatened his position.
It will be even easier now for
FIFA to banish critics.
A new offense has been
introduced in the ethics code — defamation. There are no specific
examples, providing flexibility for the ethics committee to decide
on the burden of proof — as with all cases.
"Persons bound by this code are
forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature
towards FIFA and/or towards any other person bound by this code in
the context of FIFA events," section 22.2 of the new code states.
Those found to have defamed
FIFA will be banned from any football-related activities for up to
two years and they can be booted out for five years for repeated
The vagueness provides leeway
for FIFA, through theoretically independent ethics organs, to punish
The ethics code was first
introduced in 2004 by Sepp Blatter to provide a veneer of probity
for an organization abused for personal gain by so many for decades.
Of course, Blatter was expelled from the FIFA presidency for
financial misconduct in 2015 by the ethics committees he created.
Blatter's toppling came amid the fallout from American prosecutors
indicting dozens of football officials and entities for corruption —
the concept now erased by FIFA from its principle English-language
Bribery is still prohibited in
the ethics code, but the ability to prosecute cases has been
The 2012 code said "prosecution
for bribery and corruption" was not subject to a "limitation
period." However long it took investigators to uncover offenses, you
could still be sanctioned.
But section 12.1 of the new
code states, "Bribery, misappropriation of funds and manipulation of
football matches or competitions may no longer be prosecuted after a
lapse of ten years."
The message to soccer officials
not deterred from seeking to profit from bribery and fraud by the
criminal cases: As long as the misdemeanor is not discovered for 10
years you will be in the clear at FIFA.
Ethics prosecutors now only
have five years to complete cases into other general breaches of the
code — half the previous time permitted to uncover wrongdoing.
The new code does allow the
lead ethics prosecutor Maria Claudia Rojas to enter into plea
bargains to resolve cases that do not involve bribery,
misappropriation of funds or match fixing. But that could add
another layer of murkiness and secrecy, keeping cases hidden from
"The new FIFA is a democracy it
is not a dictatorship," Infantino told FIFA members during an
address in 2017. "It is a transparent organization ... a deeply
But ask for clarity on changes
to the ethics code that helped to banish a raft of unscrupulous
officials and there is little willingness to be transparent. FIFA
was ill-prepared to respond to questions following an Associated
Press review of the new code ahead of its implementation. The
Zurich-based body only says the changes were based on proposals from
the ethics committee, who soccer fans never get to hear from.
During their first years in the
job, the heads of the investigatory and adjuratory chambers of the
ethics committees have been blocked from speaking to the media by
FIFA finally has found more
compliant scrutineers of ethics. The previous judge and prosecutor
were ousted in 2017 by Infantino, prompting them to claim FIFA's
integrity was being jeopardized by the president.
After the revamp to the ethics
code — approved in private by the FIFA Council — soccer's resolve to
kick out the crooks still seems ambiguous. Particularly when the
very word corruption has been purged.
Stokes out of England squad while affray trial continues
England cricketer Ben Stokes, right, walks out of Bristol Crown
Court, during a lunch break where he is on trial accused of affray,
in Bristol, England, Monday, Aug. 13. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
London (AP) — Ben Stokes
has been left out of England's unchanged 13-man squad for the third
cricket test against India while he remains on trial for his
involvement in a street fight.
The judge began summing up the
case at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.
Stokes denies the charges,
maintaining he was acting in self-defence last September when he
knocked out two men near a nightclub in the southwest English city.
The England and Wales Cricket
Board says it "will make an assessment of Ben Stokes' availability
after the trial in Bristol has concluded."
England start the third test
against India on Saturday in Nottingham, holding a 2-0 lead in the
Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim
Serena Williams serves to Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, in the
first round at the Western & Southern tennis Open, Monday, Aug. 13,
in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mason, Ohio (AP) —
Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her
career, cruising past Darla Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western &
Southern Open on Monday.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam
winner and a former champion in Cincinnati, needed just 65 minutes
to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in
Tuesday's second round.
Williams lost to Johanna Konta
6-1, 6-0 in San Jose, California, before withdrawing from last
week's Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Earlier Monday, Andy Murray
lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, clearing another obstacle for
Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped
out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his
fifth title of the year in Toronto.
Murray had his best result
since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the
quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago. But he had a hard time
adjusting to the Cincinnati courts.
"The start of the match was not
good," he said. "It was a pretty bad first set. After that, it was a
Federer, seeded second, has won
in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn't played here since
winning in 2015. In 2016, he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had
"Cincinnati has always been a
good tournament for me," said Federer, the reigning Australian Open
champion. "I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago
there wasn't a chance. I'm glad to be back."
Even with the top-ranked Nadal
missing, Federer liked the strength of this field, especially with
Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic having recovered from
"That's why you have such a
good, exciting draw," Federer said before Murray's match was over.
"It's a pity Rafa isn't playing. He would have added massively to
that part of the draw."
Grigor Dmitrov, the defending
champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal's
"When Rafa is missing, he's
missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans," he said.
"All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing
with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I
wouldn't want to play with him."
Monday's first full day of
main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding
off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second
round. Wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open
champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7
(5), 6-2, 6-4.
Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was
losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a
lower left leg injury. Advancing were qualifier Ajia Tomjanovic,
Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko, wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova,
qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova and Anett Kontaveit.
On the men's side, Sam Querrey
ground out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) win over fellow American and
ninth-seeded John Isner. Querrey gained an edge with a mini-break on
the fifth point of the second tiebreaker when Isner sailed a
forehand wide of the backhand sideline. Querry closed out the
2-hour, 7-minute match with an ace that survived a challenge by
Kei Nishikori beat Andrey
Rublev 7-5, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta topped Richard
Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Other winners were Leonardo Mayer, Jeremy
Chardy, Benoit Paire, Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov and
qualifier Bradley Klahn.
Furyk gets core of Ryder Cup team, and obvious pick in Woods
2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim
Furyk speaks during a news conference at Bellerive Country Club,
Monday, Aug. 13, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
St. Louis (AP) — The
upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was
being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a
player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain.
And that meant seeing plenty of
"I really wanted to see kind of
how Tiger was playing, and I only got to see ... I don't know, like
every shot he hit for the rest of the day," Furyk said Monday with a
laugh. "It was great theater, really."
Ultimately, nothing really
Woods was as dynamic as he has
been all year, shot 6-under 64 for the lowest final round of his
career in the majors, had his lowest 72-hole score in the majors,
captivated one of the largest and loudest galleries in golf and was
runner-up to Brooks Koepka by two shots.
He's a threat at majors or
anywhere else. He gets attention inside and outside the ropes.
As for the Ryder Cup, Furyk
ended up with the same eight players who started the week atop the
The PGA Championship was the
final event for eight players to earn automatic spots. Furyk will
choose three captain's picks next month after the second FedEx Cup
playoff event, with the last pick Sept. 10 after the third playoff.
Koepka, who won three of the
eight majors during the qualifying period, overtook Dustin Johnson
to lead the points list, and the next six players stayed the same —
Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie
Fowler and Webb Simpson.
Woods, who started the year
with zero points, moved from No. 20 to No. 11 on the strength of his
tie for sixth at the British Open, where he briefly led during the
final round, and his runner-up at Bellerive.
Furyk was not willing to say
what appears certain for everyone else: Woods will be in France for
the Sept. 28-30 matches with golf clubs.
"We want the players who are
going to help us be successful," Furyk said. "He's playing very
well. I think there's a lot of folks out there who probably think he
can help us. Really, what we wanted to talk about today was the top
eight players. I realize Tiger is a story. I realize he's playing
very well, and I'm excited to see that."
Woods was appointed a vice
captain in late February, and he has said he would like to serve two
roles. He also said that when he was appointed a vice captain for
the Presidents Cup for the 2017 matches, and no one took him all
They do now, and Woods made it
clear he wants to compete in his first Ryder Cup since 2012.
"I do want to be there as a
player," he said Sunday. "Our captain has some decisions to make.
We'll all sit down and give him our input, who can contribute.
Hopefully, my name will be part of that process."
Woods doesn't need numbers to
state his case. He's Tiger Woods, and that carries a lot of weight.
Along with moving to No. 11 in
the Ryder Cup standings, Woods now is at No. 20 in the FedEx Cup.
With one decent week in the playoffs, he most likely would be
assured of being in all four of the events, ending with the Tour
Championship the week before boarding a plane to Paris.
It would be the second time he
plays the Ryder Cup as a captain's pick. The other was in 2010, when
he was coming off the scandal in his personal life that kept him out
of golf until the 2010 Masters, and he finished the qualifying
period at No. 12.
Furyk has other decisions to
Phil Mickelson failed to
qualify for the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1993, his first
full season on the PGA Tour. He was 10th in the standings and missed
the cut at a PGA Championship that was ripe for scoring. Mickelson
has one victory over the last five years, a playoff win over Thomas
in the Mexico Championship. He was not a factor in any of the
majors, though he was regarded as a central figure in the team room
and helped reshaped the U.S. model for the Ryder Cup.
Bryson DeChambeau was at No. 9
and missed the cut. Xander Schauffele is at No. 12. Right behind him
is Matt Kuchar, who has played in every Ryder Cup since 2010 but who
has only four top 10s this year and missed the cut in two majors.
Furyk said he would be meeting
with his vice captains frequently over the next few weeks, and
planned to attend two of the FedEx Cup playoff events for meetings
and dinners with players already on the team, who also will have
That includes Woods, a vice
captain and sure-fire pick.
"I think the word he used is
'trending.' His game is trending," Furyk said with a smile. "So it's
great to see him playing well."
Furyk said he would consider a
player who gets hot, along with those whose games fit Le Golf
Nacional — he considers it a second-shot course — and who meshes
with other players for pairings.
The eight who made the team
already make natural partnerships. Koepka and Johnson, and Thomas
and Fowler played together in the Presidents Cup last year. Spieth
and Reed have been dynamic in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
Watson and Simpson have been partners in both cups.
"I'd say the door's open in a
lot of respects," Furyk said.
Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship
Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA
Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug.
12, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
St. Louis (AP) — The
roars were unlike anything Brooks Koepka had ever heard, and he knew
exactly what they meant.
They got louder for each birdie
by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA
Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of noise. First,
real time. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV
in chalets. Then, distant cheers from every corner of Bellerive when
the score was posted.
"We knew what was going on," he
said. "It's pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie. Everybody on
the golf course cheers for him."
Koepka knew exactly what to do.
Amid relentless pandemonium,
Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and
seize control. When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes,
with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies.
The last one was a laser of a
4-iron from 248 yards that settled 6 feet away, sending him to a
dream finish of a year that began with the 28-year-old Floridian
wondering if a wrist injury that kept him out four months would ever
allow him to compete again.
"That will probably go down as
probably one of the best shots I've ever hit under pressure," he
He closed with a 4-under 66 for
a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in
golf. Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA
Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben
Hogan and Gene Sarazen.
It will be impossible to
overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his
back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka won two of the three majors he
played this year, and three of his last six. Not since Woods won
four in a row through the 2001 Masters has anyone won majors at such
an alarming rate.
And yet it still felt — and
certainly sounded — as though he played second billing to Woods.
The crowd was enormous, louder
than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup,
and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four
back surgeries with another major.
Even with two bogeys, Woods
shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. He finished at 266,
beating by three shots his best 72-hole score in a major.
At this major, it wasn't
"I played hard," Woods said. "I
made a bit of a run. It looks like I'm going to come up a little
Koepka was responsible for
After wasting one chance to put
it away by missing consecutive birdie chances from 7 feet, Koepka
kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15
and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the
final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. It
also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at
Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.
He also joined Jordan Spieth,
Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors
before turning 30 since World War II.
"Three majors at 28 — it's a
cool feeling," said Koepka, who five years ago was toiling in
Europe's minor leagues.
Scott hung around by making big
putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's
birdies. Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that
would have pulled him to within one shot — right after Koepka missed
from the same range — and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to
finish alone in third.
The only knock on Koepka is
that he doesn't win enough elsewhere — the Phoenix Open on the PGA
Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two
victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.
"He's won three majors now, so
he's definitely winning the right ones," Scott said. "If I was him,
I wouldn't change much at the moment. I'd just keep doing what he's
doing because he's showing up at the right moments in the biggest
events. There's something inside his brain that makes him believe
that that's what he's destined to do."
The St. Louis fans waited 17
years to see Woods — he last was at Bellerive when the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks canceled a World Golf Championship — and he
delivered a performance that took golf back in time.
Thomas Bjorn might have seen it
coming. Earlier in the week, as he was cleaning out his locker after
withdrawing with an injury, he thought back to Woods getting into
contention at Carnoustie last month at the British Open. "He
recognized who that guy was that day," Bjorn said.
Woods was relentless, pumping
fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and
charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of
the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.
Without hitting a fairway on
the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.
Dialed in on the back nine, he
dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with
a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to
bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the
That was as good as it got.
Facing the most important drive
of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and
it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He did well to
advance it, but had to save par from a bunker. Behind him, Koepka
holed his two birdie putts.
Woods and Koepka played nine
holes of a practice round Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion
knew what he was up against.
"It's tough to beat when the
guy hits it 340 down the middle," Woods said. "What he did at
Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing
here. ... And when a guy's doing that and hitting it straight, and
as good a putter as he is, it's tough to beat."
Koepka never imagined a year
like this. He missed four months at the start of the year when a
partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the
Masters. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills
to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.
And now this.
The only downer is having to
wait eight months for the Masters.
Sterling shines as City beat Arsenal in Emery's 1st game
Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos
falls down in front of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the
English Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at
the Emirates stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Tim
London (AP) —
Pep Guardiola hopes to convince Raheem Sterling to stay at
Manchester City for a long time.
The 23-year-old England forward
scored his 50th Premier League goal as the champions began their
Premier League title defence with a 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.
Sterling has two years left to
run on the five-year deal signed when he moved to City from
Liverpool in July 2015.
"We are delighted with him and
would like Raheem to stay," Guardiola said. "We'll do our effort to
make him feel we count on him. And we count on him. We arrived after
a difficult season and I told him I want to help him and would like
him to be happy.
"In the end, the agents may not
have agreements and that may not happen. But he knows, and his agent
knows, we like him and want him a lot."
Sterling's finishing has been
in the spotlight — it is almost three years since he scored for
England — and he marked his goal after just 14 minutes with a cupped
ear celebration at the Emirates Stadium.
"There's been a lot of
talking," Sterling told broadcaster Sky Sports. "It's just one of
those things I get judged on. I've got to keep improving and getting
Bernardo Silva struck in the
second half as City exposed the size of the task facing new Arsenal
manager Unai Emery. This was Arsenal's first Premier League game
since 1996 not being led by Arsene Wenger, who left the north London
club in May.
Liverpool signaled their
determination to challenge for the title by spending more than $200
million on players, more than any other Premier League team in the
summer transfer window.
With debuts for Alisson in goal
and Naby Keita in midfield, Liverpool opened with a 4-0 victory over
West Ham on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah, who scored 44
times in his first season at Liverpool, took only 19 minutes to get
off the mark at Anfield by meeting Andrew Robertson's cross with a
Another cross from Robertson
opened up West Ham for Liverpool's second in first-half stoppage
time. James Milner's cutback was turned into the net by Sadio Mane,
who added a third eight minutes after the break.
Even after Salah was taken off,
the Egyptian's replacement, Daniel Sturridge, found the net late.
Liverpool, who finished fourth
last season, haven't won the English title since 1990.
"We know about our expectations
and we realize there is a really positive atmosphere around us in
the pre-season," manager Juergen Klopp said. "That is good that
people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard. We
cannot be anything different than the challenger because we haven't
won anything since I came in."
Also Sunday, Southampton and
Burnley drew 0-0.
Woakes takes his chance to give England 2-0 lead over India
England's Chris Woakes celebrates taking
the wicket of India's Hardik Pandya during the fourth day of the
second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground
in London, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — After
starring with the bat, Chris Woakes took his chance with the ball.
The allrounder and man of the
match claimed the final wicket as England beat India at Lord's by an
innings and 159 runs in the second test to take a 2-0 lead Sunday in
the five-match series.
India were all out for 130 in
their second innings, barely improving on 107 in the first. England
had earlier declared on 396-7 — with Woakes 137 not out, his first
test century — during the opening session of the fourth day.
"Coming back into the side — as
someone that's always been a big part of the squad for a long period
of time now — it's great to see him (Woakes) taste some rewards,"
England captain Joe Root said.
Woakes returned largely due to
the absence of Ben Stokes, who is standing trial for affray at a
court in Bristol.
Stokes and Sam Curran — the
player preferred to Woakes for the first test at Edgbaston — both
impressed as England won with a day to spare despite Thursday being
completely washed out.
Having shared a match-turning
partnership of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93) on Saturday, Woakes
added 17 to his overnight score before England declared with a lead
of 289 when Sam Curran was out for 40.
James Anderson then took over
with the ball.
After 5-20 in India's first
innings, Anderson got 4-23 in the second. He became the first player
to take 100 test wickets at Lord's by removing Murali Vijay for a
duck for the second time in the match.
As well as reaching the Lord's
milestone, the dismissal — Anderson's 96th against India — made him
the highest wicket-taker in test matches between the two nations.
His 97th soon followed. Another
in-swinger did for Lokesh Rahul (10), striking him on the pad for a
clear leg before wicket and India were 17-2 at lunch, hoping for
An inspired spell from Stuart
Broad, during which he took four wickets in seven overs for just
seven runs, put England on the brink of victory.
Broad had Ajinkya Rahane caught
in the slips and then bowled Cheteshwar Pujara — who made a defiant
17 from 87 balls — with a wicked in-swinger.
With the tea interval looming,
Broad got the key wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, who dropped
down a place to No. 5 after not taking to the field due to a back
strain as England batted in the first session.
Kohli appeared restricted in
movement and was caught by Ollie Pope at short leg for 17.
But Kohli downplayed fears over
his condition, saying he was "confident" he'd be ready to play when
the series resumes at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.
The next ball Broad trapped
Dinesh Karthik lbw for a golden duck, leaving India at 66-6 when
rain forced an early tea an over later. Broad ended with figures of
"I was gutted when that rain
arrived," Broad said. "I was feeling in really good rhythm."
Hardik Pandya (26) and
Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) showed defiance to put on India's
highest partnership of the match — 55 runs for the seventh wicket —
but Woakes again showed his value. He trapped Pandya leg before, and
England quickly surged to victory.
"Even when the ball is doing a
bit you have to pitch it in the right areas and their guys were
relentless with the ball," Kohli said. "They made us work hard for
runs and put a lot of pressure on us."
Anderson took his tally for the
match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami
for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant
Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the
"Trying to get the ball out of
Broad's and Jimmy's (Anderson's) hands when it's like that can be
tricky," Woakes said. "But they're world class and they showed how
good they can be this game."
Duplantis sets U20 record at Euros; 3rd gold for Asher-Smith
Sweden's Armand Duplantis makes an attempt in the men's pole vault
final at the European Athletics Championships in the Olympic stadium in
Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Berlin (AP) — The
18-year-old Armand Duplantis won a thrilling pole vault competition and
British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith powered to her third gold medal at the
European Athletics Championships on Sunday.
Sweden's Duplantis was the star on
the final day, soaring to an under-20 world record of 6.05 meters. He
set it at 5.95 before breaking it twice and extended his own personal
best by 12 centimeters.
"I just knew I need to go higher to
solve it. It was crazy and pretty tough for me as I just improved my
PB," Duplantis said. "I had to switch the poles at the higher heights
for the ones I have never used before in the competition."
World record holder Renaud
Lavillenie of France finished with bronze after reaching 5.95 meters,
behind Russian Timur Morgunov with a personal best 6 meters.
Duplantis' rivals, led by
Lavillenie, were already congratulating him after he had cleared 6
meters. Duplantis had trained with Lavillenie in France and the
31-year-old shared in the young Swede's celebrations.
"What he did today was just
amazing," Lavillenie said.
Asher-Smith, who had already won
the women's 100 and defended her 200 title, led Britain to gold in the
4x100 relay. She overtook her Dutch and German rivals on the final
straight as Britain won in a world-leading 41.88 seconds.
"I'm glad I was the last one to
run, it was easy," the 22-year-old Asher-Smith said.
Britain also claimed gold in the
men's 4x100, ahead of Turkey in second and the Netherlands. Germany's
hopes took a tumble in the heats when Lukas Jakubczyk brought teammate
Julian Reus down on the final change. Jakubczyk left the stadium with
bandages around his head, arms and shoulders, while Reus injured his
"It's bitter because we were well
placed in the race," teammate Patrick Domogala said.
Gesa-Felicitas Krause delighted
home fans at Berlin's Olympic Stadium by defending her 3,000
steeplechase title and claiming Germany's sixth gold.
"I really wanted to win here. I had
no Plan B, only winning was in question," Krause said. "It's a wonderful
Fabienne Schlumpf of Switzerland
was second, ahead of Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal.
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan won the
women's 5,000 in a championship record time of 14:46.12, and Poland's
world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk won her fourth consecutive gold in
the hammer throw with a championship record 78.94 meters.
Nelson Evora of Portugal won the
men's triple jump, leaving Alexis Copello to settle for silver on his
33rd birthday. It was Azerbaijan's only medal of the championships.
Earlier, Volha Mazuronak of Belarus
won the women's marathon in 2:26:22, while Koen Naert of Belgium ran a
championship record 2:09:51 for gold in the men's.
Update August 11-12, 2018
Pogba scores as Man United win Premier League opener
Manchester United's Paul Pogba takes a shot on goal during the English
Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City
at Old Trafford, in Manchester, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Manchester, England (AP) —
Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the
captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for
Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier
League season opened on Friday.
Having returned from France's
triumph in Russia last month to intense media speculation about his
future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named
skipper of a team that included debutant Fred.
After an unusual stuttering run-up
that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the
first goal from a third-minute penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled
a shot from Alexis Sanchez.
The France playmaker then continued
to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford, leading his
team-mates by example.
United had several chances to
extend their lead against a Leicester side that called goalkeeper David
De Gea into action more often than Mourinho would have liked.
The manager, however, celebrated on
the touchline after defender Luke Shaw directed home his first senior
goal to put the result out of reach after an excellent through ball from
Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one
back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira's cross came back
off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester.
"Pogba was a monster, we thought
maximum 60 minutes, he managed (more than) 80," Mourinho said after
taking his captain off late in the game. "Pre-season was very hard and
we needed this fantastic spirit by the players to manage this
performance and this result.
"Paul was fantastic, his
contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. I am (also) very
pleased for Luke. He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good
Leicester looked startled by
United's early intensity but slowly began to feel their way into the
match, with debutant James Maddison shining.
Demarai Gray clipped in a smart
ball that Kelechi Iheanacho followed with a strike across the face of
goal, before a fierce Maddison shot was stopped by De Gea.
At the other end, Andreas Pereira,
making his first United appearance since February 2016, looked sharp in
midfield alongside Pogba.
Matteo Darmian tested Leicester
goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half
that United started with bundles of possession, but few clear-cut
A good opportunity came when Pogba
fed Sanchez and he set up Mata, who had a shot that was deflected just
But it was far from one-way
traffic. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled
Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray almost flicked home.
It was Shaw, who just like Pogba
has endured some tough times under Mourinho, who was the unlikely late
hero for United.
With seven minutes remaining, he
flicked the ball past a defender before sending a low left-footed strike
into the net.
It was the first senior goal for
former England and Southampton defender Shaw, on the 23-year-old
left-back's 141st appearance.
"It's important to win and play
well," Mourinho said. "We must get used to teams who have players of the
same quality that we have. Every team is a good team, forget the name,
forget the history, forget the shirt."
Leicester manager Claude Puel
praised his players.
"It was not a good result, but it
was a good performance," Puel said. "We showed good control, good
football, a lot of chances. We had chances to score in the first half.
It was more difficult in the second half."
Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA
Koepka watches his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the
PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Friday, Aug. 10,
in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
St. Louis (AP) — Sirens blared
across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold
and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major.
Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record —
for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn't as reliable, he
didn't see many putts drop and he didn't hit the ball quite as well as the
"I can live with that," he said Friday
after a 4-under 66.
That put him at 10-under 130, breaking
by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all
And it was only good for a one-shot
lead over Kevin Kisner.
There were two rounds of 63, one 64 and
six 65s. And that was only half of the 156-man field.
Still to be determined was whether
Woodland's score even holds up as the lead. Storms arrived forcing a
two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a
wash when rain pounded the course. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th
hole and was at 7 under.
Tiger Woods had three birdies through
seven holes as he tried to get in range.
"I felt I was headed in the right
direction," said Woods, who was at 3 under. "Tomorrow is going to be a long
day for a lot of us."
The second round was to resume at 7
a.m. local time. The greens would be slightly smoother, the course slightly
longer, the approach unchanged — see flag, aim at flag.
Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to
be overly impressed. He was playing with Kisner, who shot 29 on the back
nine and was in the middle of the ninth fairway — his final hole — needing a
birdie to become the first player to shoot 62 in the PGA Championship. He
came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64,
leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday.
Right in front of them was U.S. Open
champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for
no other reason than he likes to make birdies. This one missed, and only
later did Koepka realize it was for 62. Instead, he was the 15th player to
shoot 63 in the PGA Championship.
"My caddie said something walking off,"
Koepka said. "I didn't even think of it. I've been so in the zone, you don't
know where you are."
And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16
players with his eight-birdie round of 63.
No one from the afternoon draw
completed more than 12 holes. The plan was to finish the second round, make
the cut and then immediately start the third round in threesomes off both
"I feel like we're in a good spot,"
Fowler said. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow
morning, we'll get fresh greens."
Bellerive really had no defense.
Woodland and Kisner played in the same
group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to
just about any game. Woodland is among the most powerful players in golf.
Kisner is not. He relies more on a clean hit with his irons and a great
The course is so soft — not so much
from Tuesday's rain, but the extreme heat that requires more water on the
turf — that every flag is accessible provided players find the ample
"Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron
stops as quick as his 7-iron," Kisner said. "If they were firm, I don't
think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the
places they're putting the flags. But being receptive, that's my only hope."
Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA
record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at
Baltusrol. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan
Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst
No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo
(Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open.
Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots
Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1
player, had a 66 and joined Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters (66) at 133.
Spieth still has hope in his second try
at a career Grand Slam. Spieth didn't get under par for the tournament until
his seventh hole Friday — the par-3 16th hole — and he managed to do enough
right for a 66 to get within seven shots of the lead.
Spieth has battled with his game all
year, and his confidence isn't at its peak. It's the nature of the course
that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that
separate him from Woodland.
"A little frustrated at this place in
general," Spieth said. "This course would be phenomenal — and probably is
phenomenal — if it's not playing soft. You get away with more. You don't
have to be as precise. ... Personally, I would prefer more difficult and
firmer, faster conditions on the greens. Having said that, I would have shot
a much higher score yesterday."
Defending champion Justin Thomas was at
2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars
in his seven holes. On a day like this, that meant losing ground.
"It's been 16 pars in a row from
yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning,"
Midway through the afternoon round, the
cut was projected to be even par. Woodland, even with the lowest 36-hole
score in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, still had a long
way to go. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe.
"I feel safe because I feel safe where
my game is," Woodland said. "I'm not too worried with what anyone else is
doing out there."
5-wicket Anderson helps England skittle India out for 107
India's Murali Vijay is bowled by England's James Anderson during the
second day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's
cricket ground in London, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Kirsty
London (AP) — James Anderson
ran out of Indian batsmen to dismiss as he sought to become the first
bowler to take 100 test wickets at Lord's on Friday.
England's leading wicket-taker
lifted his tally at 'the home of cricket' to 99 by claiming five victims
as India were skittled out for 107 on Day 2 of the second test.
Rain prevented play on Thursday and
more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage
of action began shortly after 5 p.m.
India were already 15-3 at that
point, mainly thanks to Anderson.
The 36-year-old paceman quickly
justified Joe Root's decision to put India in to bat as clouds gathered
in northwest London, taking five balls to bowl Murali Vijay (0) with a
late away swinger and then inducing an edge from Lokesh Rahul (8).
"I'd have been so disappointed if
I'd messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in,"
When play briefly resumed after
lunch, India gave England some assistance as the recalled Cheteshwar
Pujara (1) was run out following a mix-up with captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli had single-handedly made the
first test at Edgbaston competitive, his 200 runs failing to save India
as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but he couldn't
repeat his heroics on a green wicket at Lord's.
Chris Woakes — replacing Ben Stokes
who is in court in Bristol on a charge of affray — had Kohli dropped at
slip by Jos Buttler, before the same fielder redeemed himself the next
ball as he caught the Indian skipper for 23.
A bizarre repeat occurred minutes
later when Buttler dropped Hardik Pandya (11) much to Woakes's
frustration, but once more took an immediate chance to atone for his
error, leaving India 61-5.
Sam Curran bowled Dinesh Karthik
(1) with a looping inswinger, before Anderson returned to finish the job
First went Ajinkya Rahane (18), who
looked the most accomplished of the batsmen before edging to Alastair
Cook at slip.
"You cannot be too harsh on
yourself when you get conditions like this," Rahane said. "Anderson, he
was really good. He bowled in the right areas."
Kuldeep Yadav, recalled for his
left-arm spin bowling, soon followed for a duck, before Stuart Broad
interrupted the Anderson show by removing the counter-attacking
Ravichandran Ashwin, who top-scored with 29.
With the day's play coming to an
end, Anderson trapped Ishant Sharma lbw for a duck to claim a sixth
Lord's five-wicket-haul and finish with figures of 5-20.
"We hardly bowled any bad balls,
didn't give them much to hit at all," Anderson said. "When you build
pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it
With an improved weather forecast
for Saturday, England will have better conditions to attempt to build a
Batting at No. 4 will be
20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is making his debut after replacing Dawid
Ingebrigtsen, 17, follows brothers' example to win Euro gold
Norway's gold medal winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen is flanked by his brothers
Henrik Ingebrigtsen, left, and Filip Ingebrigtsen after the men's
1500-meter final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic
stadium in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Berlin (AP) — Following in
the footsteps of his older brothers, 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen of
Norway became the youngest winner of the European Athletics
Championships men's 1500 meters on Friday.
Filip, the defending champion, and
Henrik, the 2012 winner, tried to make it a family sweep of the medals
but were pipped to silver and bronze by Poland's Marcin Lewandowski and
Britain's Jake Wightman, respectively.
Jakob won in 3 minutes, 38.10
seconds, while Henrik missed out on a medal by 0.25 seconds. Filip
finished further back.
In another race featuring brothers
at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, Britain's Matthew Hudson-Smith won the 400
from Belgium's Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, who took silver and
Christin Hussong delighted the home
fans by starting with a championship-record 67.9 meters in the javelin,
effectively sealing Germany's third gold with her first throw.
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France
edged Russian rival Sergey Shubenkov in a photo finish to win the men's
110-meter hurdles in 13.17 seconds. Spain's Orlando Ortega took bronze.
Lea Sprunger of Switzerland turned
2016 bronze to gold in the women's 400 hurdles, while defending champion
Nataliya Pryshchepa of Ukraine won the women's 800.
World and Olympic champion
Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium won the women's hepathlon ahead of Britain's
Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Germany's Carolin Schaefer.
Schaefer sent best wishes to
team-mates Louisa Grauvogel and Mareike Arndt, who missed the 800 - the
last event out of seven - after their earlier involvement in a car crash
on the way back to the team hotel.
Russian high-jumper Mariya
Lasitskene cleared 2 meters to win the women's competition ahead of
Bulgaria's Mirela Demireva. Germany's Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch
appeared happiest with her bronze, however.
"To win it here in Berlin is a
dream," Jungfleisch said of her first international medal.
Paraskevi Papahristou of Greece
claimed gold in the women's triple jump.
Woodland feels at home in Missouri, leads PGA with 64
Woodland walks to the 15th green during the first round of the PGA
Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, in
St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
St. Louis (AP) — Gary Woodland
fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It's a big
golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be
soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be
Woodland delivered his best performance
in a major Thursday at the PGA Championship.
All because of his putter.
Once he settled down while playing
before so many family members and friends, the Kansas-bred Woodland ran off
seven birdies and made five putts from 15 feet or longer for a 6-under 64,
giving him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in an opening round that
otherwise went as advertised.
Keep it in the fairway, and low scores
Woodland led 47 players who broke par,
with 15 players were separated by three shots at the top. Tiger Woods was
not among them because he was in thick grass and at the bottom of a pond
early on before rallying to salvage a 70.
"If you can ball-strike your way around
this golf course, you'll walk off thinking it's pretty simple," Jason Day
said after a 67. "If you struggle a little bit off the tee, then it
obviously makes it harder."
Fowler missed only three fairways and
putted for birdie on all but two holes for his 65 in the morning.
Woodland is built like a player who
grips and rips it, but the grip that mattered the most was on his putter.
After starting work at the British Open with European-based putting
specialist Phil Kenyon, Woodland decided to put an oversized grip on his
putter Tuesday at Bellerive.
The stroke suddenly felt easy. It
He holed a 15-foot par putt on No. 5 —
"It's the first time I'd seen a putt go in," he said — and Woodland was on
his way. Even sweeter was playing in front of 100 faces he recognized from
home in Kansas — playing in Missouri, of all places.
"This is as close as I'll ever play to
home," he said. "So it's nice to have the support."
Fowler played in the morning, when the
greens were slightly smoother, and made five birdies over his last 11 holes
for a 65. It was an important start for Fowler, who turns 30 this year and
already is regarded as among the best without a major. The closest he has
come to such a trophy is celebrating those won by his friends.
"It's not something I necessarily worry
about," Fowler said. "Keep putting ourselves in position, get in contention
... we have had plenty of runner-ups. Jack (Nicklaus) had a lot of
runner-ups. We'll just keep beating down that door."
Two-time major champion Zach Johnson
and Brandon Stone of South Africa were at 66.
Dustin Johnson reached 5 under until a
few wild drives on the back nine cost him. The world's No. 1 player had to
settle for a 67, along with Jason Day, Justin Rose and eight other players.
It was more of a struggle for Woods,
drenched in so much sweat that he changed shirts after 12 shots — that was
only two holes and a tee shot. He had to make an 8-foot putt to escape with
bogey on No. 10, and then dumped a wedge into the water for double bogey on
No. 11. Woods was 3 over through seven holes, and then clawed his way back
to even par.
"A lot of things could happen. Not a
lot them were positive," Woods said. "But I hung in there and turned it
Defending champion Justin Thomas let a
good start slip away. He didn't make a putt outside a few feet over the last
12 holes and shot 69. Jordan Spieth, in his second crack at the career Grand
Slam, opened with a double bogey and finished two bad swings off the tee
that sent him to a 71.
The secret was simple: Avoid the rough.
Woodland, who played college basketball
for one year at Washburn as a freshman before switching to golf at Kansas,
is among the most powerful, athletic figures in golf. He had 145 yards to
the front on No. 5 and couldn't get it to the green.
"Pretty nasty," he said.
For Woodland, success in the big events
has been hard to find. He still hasn't registered a top 10, and he hasn't
contended in any tournament since winning the Phoenix Open more than six
The frustration was in the short game,
and Woodland finally had enough at the British Open when his manager hooked
him up with Kenyon. They worked briefly at Carnoustie, last week at
Firestone, and Woodland is starting to see the results.
His longest putt was from 45 feet down
the hill at No. 11, followed by a 25-footer on the next hole. He finished
off his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and then a
pitch-and-run to tap-in range after reaching the front of the green in two
on the 591-yard 17th.
"You work so hard and you want to see
results to back up the work that you've done," he said, "and today was just
a step in the right direction."
Gold for Guliyev at Euros, hurdler Herman ends German hopes
Turkey's Ramil Guliyev celebrates winning the men's 200 meter final race
at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, Thursday,
Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Berlin (AP) — World
champion Ramil Guliyev won the men's 200 meters at the European
Athletics Championships on Thursday, and Elvira Herman of Belarus denied
German hopes of gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles.
Turkey's Guliyev set a championship
record of 19.76 seconds in beating Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
and Switzerland's Alex Wilson.
The 21-year-old Herman clocked
12.67 seconds to beat Olympic bronze medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz (12.72)
and Cindy Roleder (12.77) - both of Germany - for her first medal at a
Olympic champion Thomas Roehler won
gold in front of home supporters in the javelin with a throw of 89.47
meters, beating German compatriot Andreas Hofmann and Estonia's Magnus
Kirt. World champion Johannes Vetter finished fifth.
World champion Karsten Warholm of
Norway won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.64, ahead of Turkey's
Yasmani Copello and Ireland's Thomas Barr.
France's two-time Olympic silver
medalist, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, won his fifth European gold
overall with his fourth 3,000 steeplechase title.
Also, Greece's world and Olympic
pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi successfully defended her
European title against compatriot Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou and Britain's
Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto
Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, celebrates after defeating Novak
Djokovic, of Serbia, at the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in
Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 9. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto (AP) — Greek teen
Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5),
6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.
The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the
ninth-seeded Serb's serve early in the third set and held serve from
there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000
"I feel very proud for me, myself,
and my country. I'm putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis,"
Tsitsipas said. "I'm pretty sure I'm making my family proud, all of
those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very
emotional win. I've never felt so many emotions after a victory."
Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup
champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the
York University campus. Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching
cross-court winner before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes.
"I knew he had some issues in some
particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I
grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my
plan," Tsitsipas said. "I knew that at some point he's going to break,
and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened."
Tsitsipas will face second-seeded
Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a
tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win
over Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal led
Swizterland's Stan Wawrinka 6-5 when play was delayed by rain at night.
The will play sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. Cilic beat
11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of
South Africa and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria set up another
quarterfinal. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5,
6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4).
In the other quarterfinal, Karen
Khachanov of Russia will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Khachanov
beat eighth-seeded John Isner of the United States 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), and
Haase topped Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2.
4 golds from 4 events: Peaty displays breaststroke dominance
left, Adam Peaty, Nicholas Pyle, James Guy, Duncan W Scott, of Great
Britain, pose with their gold medals after the quartet won the 4 X 100
meters medley relay men’s final at the European Swimming Championships
in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Glasgow, Scotland (AP) —
Olympic champion Adam Peaty displayed his untouchable dominance in
breaststroke one more time at the European Championships to help
Britain's swimmers win the men's 4x100-meter relay on Thursday.
Peaty gave himself a clean sweep of
four gold medals from as many events.
Britain was trailing leader Russia
by 1.81 seconds after Nicholas Pyle had opened the race, but Peaty's
explosive 100 meters turned that deficit into a lead of one second.
James Guy and Duncan Scott built on that to beat Russia by 1.59 seconds
and set a championship record of 3 minutes, 30.44 seconds.
"The crowd got going and I knew I
just had to hold my ground and get it back to these guys," Peaty said.
The Olympic 100-meter breaststroke
champion returned to form this week after a rare defeat in the 50
breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games four months ago.
But in the Tollcross arena, Peaty
approached his best again, peaking by improving his own world record in
the 100 breaststroke to 57.10 seconds on Saturday.
Benjamin Proud won the 50 free to
raise Britain's medal haul to nine golds and 24 in total, equaling its
achievement from the European Championships in Berlin four years ago.
However, it left the host nation
one gold medal short of Russia's leading tally.
Yuliya Efimova won four of her
country's 10 golds as she completed a clean sweep of the breaststroke
events by winning the 50-meter race, following her victories on the 100
Efimova, who is the Olympic silver
medalist in 100 and 200, dominated Thursday's final in 29.81 seconds to
beat Britain's Imogen Clark by more than a half-second, though the
Russian stayed 0.15 short of the championship record she set in the
semifinals on Wednesday.
Peaty's and Efimova's four-gold
hauls were matched by Sarah Sjostrom, who won all women's races over 50
and 100 meters in butterfly and freestyle.
The Olympic champion from Sweden
slammed her hand on the water and put a thumb up after winning the 50
fly in 25.16, around seven tenths slower than her own world record time.
Like Peaty, Sjostrom won every event she entered.
"Of course I'm very happy with four
gold medals but I always want to compare with the times I've done before
and I want to keep improving, see faster times on the scoreboard,"
David Verraszto edged Britain's Max
Litchfield to claim his third straight European 400 individual medley
title after also winning in Berlin in 2014 and London two years ago.
Ecstatic about his win, the
Hungarian climbed out of the pool immediately, put three fingers up in
the air and ran toward his teammates in the stands to celebrate.
In open water swimming, both golds
went to the Netherlands as Olympic champions Ferry Weertman and Sharon
van Rouwendaal won the 10-kilometer races.
In the men's event, Weertman caught
up with leader Kristof Rasovszky on the final meters and beat the
Hungarian in a photo finish, resembling Weertman's Olympic triumph over
Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis two years ago.
"I came here to win and even though
Kristof was way, way ahead of us, I just kept pushing it and pushing
it," Weertman said. "And the touch was amazing, so it was great."
Van Rouwendaal beat Giulia
Gabrielleschi of Italy by 7.3 seconds as she dominated the women's
event, a day after landing the 5K title. The rest of the field, led by
another Dutch swimmer, Esmee Vermeulen, finished more than 40 seconds
off the pace.
Swiss triathlete Nicola Spirig won
the women's event for her record sixth individual European title, after
sharing the previous best mark with Portugal's Vanessa Fernandes.
The Olympic champion from the 2012
London Games was 0.51 seconds off the lead in eighth position after the
swimming, but overtook leaders Jess Learmonth of Britain and Cassandre
Beaugrand during the 40-kilometer cycling stage.
Building an insurmountable lead in
the 10K run, Spirig had time to shake hands with spectators before
crossing the finish 33 seconds ahead of Learmonth, who was the defending
champion. Beaugrand took bronze.
"It feels amazing," Spirig said. "I
think every medal at Europeans or worlds or Olympics is extremely
special and you should just enjoy it."
It was the first European title
since 2015 for the 36-year-old Spirig, who gave birth to her second
child last year.
"I always wanted to stop at 30, but
now I'm six years past that and I'm still winning and still enjoying it
a lot," she said.
The men's triathlon race is
scheduled for Friday.
Transfer flurry in EPL for every team apart from Tottenham
Chelsea's new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is unveiled during a
press conference at Stamford Bridge, London, Thursday, Aug. 9. (John
Stillwell/PA via AP)
London (AP) — Fulham
signaled their determination to stay in the Premier League by becoming
the first promoted team to spend over 100 million pounds in the summer
In an abbreviated trading period
when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion
pounds, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday. For
the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years
ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham.
The only addition to the north
London club in the new season is a new stadium and even that won't be
ready for the first month — at least.
"It's not about adding because it's
fashionable to sign players," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said
Pochettino decided keeping players
was the priority after a third successive top-three finish. Harry Kane
committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and
finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semifinals.
Tottenham did provide the most
players to the World Cup semifinalists. But strong performances in
Russia weren't a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding
whether to spend the fruits of soccer's biggest television contracts.
Kepa Arrizabalaga never made it on
the pitch for Spain in Russia but Chelsea broke the transfer record for
a goalkeeper by meeting an 80 million euro buyout clause from Athletic
Bilbao on Wednesday as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid were already pursuing
the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the 35 million euro fee with
Chelsea. The west London club did snap up a player from Madrid on loan
for the season: Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who helped Croatia reach the
World Cup final where they lost to France.
Last season's top-two teams spent
nothing on Thursday. Champions Manchester City had already signed winger
Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds from Leicester.
Manchester United signed midfielder Fred, defender Diogo Dalot and
goalkeeper Lee Grant last month, but manager Jose Mourinho was left
frustrated in his efforts to further strengthen.
Preparing for their first Premier
League campaign in four years, Fulham added five players on Thursday,
including signing midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille,
goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla and forward Luciano Vietto on loan
from Atletico Madrid. American owner Shahid Khan has funded the
recruitment of 12 players for the west London club.
Everton completed the
treble-signing of Brazil winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, along
with Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The 23-year-old Mina, a
Colombian defender, cost 31 million euros, while 25-year-old Portugal
midfielder Gomes moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. Everton
had already broken their transfer record in the offseason by paying
Watford 40 million pounds for Richarlison, a forward who didn't even
make Brazil's World Cup squad.
Brighton engaged in a flurry of
deadline-day activity, including signing Martin Montoya from Valencia.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan right back has committed to a
four-year contract with Brighton, with the move subject to international
Crystal Palace will be hoping
history doesn't repeat itself after signing Ghana striker Jordan Ayew on
a season-long loan from Swansea. The 26-year-old Ayew has been relegated
from the Premier League twice in the last three seasons — with Aston
Villa in 2015-16 and Swansea last season. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49
appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he
impressed in a struggling side.
Leicester have signed three central
defenders in the transfer window, with Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic and
Caglar Soyuncu giving Claude Puel a number of options in the position.
Preventing England World Cup star defender Harry Maguire joining
Manchester United was a triumph for Leicester. They also secured another
England international, striker Jamie Vardy, to a new contract through
2022 on Thursday.
Newcastle signed Argentine defender
Federico Fernandez from Swansea, reuniting with manager Rafa Benitez
after playing for him at Napoli.
The promoted team signed Leander
Dendoncker from Anderlecht on an initial season-long loan. The central
midfielder has made six appearances for Belgium, including in the
group-stage win over England at the World Cup.
Back in the Premier League after a
four-year absence, Cardiff signed midfielder Victor Camarasa on a
season-long loan from Real Betis before the opening weekend.
Lucas Perez joined West Ham after
the striker struggled to make an impact at Arsenal.
Liverpool striker Danny Ings
secured a return to hometown club Southampton, initially on loan ahead
of an 18 million pound permanent transfer next year.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal win in Toronto
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to
Peter Polansky, of Canada, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament
in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto (AP) —
Four-time champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced
to the third round of the rainy Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
Djokovic, coming off his fourth
Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4. The
Serb had seven aces and never faced a break point in the 1-hour,
25-minute match that just beat the afternoon rain.
Nadal, playing for the first time
since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped
France's Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 at night after a series of rain delays.
A former world No. 1, Djokovic is
seeded ninth in the event he last won in 2016.
"I thought I served well in the
moments when I really need it," Djokovic said. "I thought I found pretty
good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve
worked pretty well. Overall, my game was so-and-so. In the moments when
I probably needed to step it up, I did."
Heavy morning rain delayed the
match by about an hour.
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas set up
a match against Djokovic, knocking off seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of
Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
Nadal will face the winner of the
match between Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Stan Wawrinka of
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of
Germany, the winner last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn
6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged
Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0).
Eighth-seeded John Isner, the
American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues
Herbert 7-6 (3), 6-2. Italy's Fabio Fognini, the No. 14 seed coming off
a victory at Los Cabos, fell out with a 6-3, 7-5(14) loss to Canada's
Also, Karen Khachanov of Russia
beat 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3); Ilya Ivashka
of Belarus topped American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4; and American
Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina
withdrew because of a left wrist injury.
"Sorry to my fans in Toronto, but I
have to pull out of the tournament since my left wrist needs some days
of rest," Del Potro said in a tweet.
Del Potro, who had a bye in the
first round after reaching the Los Cabos final last week, was set to
play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Haase instead played Mikhail
Youzhny, beating the Russian 7-5, 6-2.
Former world hurdles champion Bett killed in car crash at 28
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Kenya's Nicholas Bett
celebrates after winning the men's 400m hurdles final at the World
Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China.
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
and Gerald Imray
Nairobi, Kenya (AP) —
Nicholas Bett, a Kenyan runner who won the 2015 world championship title
in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash
Wednesday in the country's famed high-altitude training region, police
and his coach said. He was 28.
Bett had only just returned home
this week from the African championships in Nigeria.
Nandi county police commander
Patrick Wambani said Bett was killed in the crash on the road between
Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya's best-known distance-running
training towns in the Rift Valley region.
Bett was driving alone, Wambani
Bett's SUV hit bumps in a road and
rolled, landing on its roof in a ditch, his coach, Vincent Mumo, told
The Associated Press. Mumo said the accident happened at about 6 a.m.
"I'm out of words," Mumo said. "We
thank god for his life."
Mumo said Bett's twin brother, Aron
Koech, who is also an athlete, was "beyond grief."
Bett was also the father of
2-year-old twin boys.
His gold in the 400 hurdles at the
2015 world championships in Beijing was a breakthrough victory for
Kenya, normally a powerhouse only in middle- and long-distance events.
The triumph from Lane 8 was a big
surprise as he became the first Kenyan to win a major title in the
event. It signaled that Kenya was ready to challenge in track and field
at the shorter distances, too.
Julius Yego, who also produced a
surprise at the same world championships to win the javelin gold, wrote
on Facebook: "Dark morning, horrifying news! Can't believe it's real but
go rest with the angels Nicholas Bett!"
"I'm shocked beyond words!" Yego
added. "My roommate in Beijing when we won gold together and it was just
the other day we were in Nigeria."
Bett was initially a volleyball
player before turning to track. He also won bronze medals at the African
championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4x400-meter relay.
"Bett earned the country great
honors in his outstanding victories," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
wrote on his official Twitter page. "My deepest sympathies and heartfelt
condolences to his family, relatives and friends."
The IAAF said it was "deeply
saddened and shocked" by Bett's death. Athletics Kenya said it sent
condolences to Bett's family and would help organize the funeral.
"We are really mourning the loss,"
Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said. "He has done a lot for
this country ... he is still a young boy and we will really miss him."
Bett's twin brother was part of the
Kenyan 4x400 team that won gold at last week's African championships in
Bett didn't run on that team. He
did make the final of the 400 hurdles at the championships but didn't
win a medal.
Harting finishes 6th in final discus competition at Euros
Germany's Robert Harting leaves the field after the men's discus
throw final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic
stadium in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Matthias
Berlin (AP) — Former Olympic
discus champion Robert Harting bid farewell to his home fans by
finishing sixth in his final competition, while Andrius Gudzius claimed
gold for Lithuania at the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday.
Gudzius, the current world
champion, threw 68.46 meters to beat Daniel Stahl of Sweden (68.23) and
Austria's Lukas Weisshaidinger (65.14).
But Harting got the loudest cheers
at Berlin's Olympiastadion following his last competition before
retirement. The 33-year-old, a three-time world champion and the 2012
Olympic gold medalist, was given a standing ovation after finishing
sixth with a throw of 64.33.
Harting is fondly remembered among
home fans for ripping his vest in two after winning his first world
title in Berlin in 2009.
"It was a momentous evening for me
because the circle closes here. It comes as a bit of a downer though,"
said Harting, who had been hoping to sign off with a medal. "There is a
life after, and I'm looking forward to it."
Harting's younger brother
Christoph, the Olympic champion, failed to qualify for the final.
The German crowd was celebrating
when Arthur Abele won the men's decathlon for the host nation's first
gold of the championships. Russian decathlete Ilya Shkurenyov took
silver and Vitali Zhuk of Belarus bronze.
The 32-year-old Abele became the
oldest European decathlon champion.
"To win it here in this stadium in
front of my own fans, it's unbelievable. After so many injuries and so
many setbacks, I'm overjoyed," said Abele, who had a cardboard crown
placed on his head and was draped in the German flag.
In the women's shot put, Paulina
Guba of Poland beat home favorite Christina Schwanitz to take gold.
"It's annoying when you know that
you can easily throw another three-quarters of a meter," said Schwanitz,
who had been going for her third consecutive European title.
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel
won the women's 10,000 meters in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds, ahead of
Susan Krumins of the Netherlands and Sweden's Meraf Bahta.
Also, Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece
produced a season-best 8.25 meters to win the men's long jump ahead of
home favorite Fabian Heinle, who jumped 8.13. World champion Kevin Mayer
of France was eliminated with no mark on Tuesday.
Swimmer Adam Peaty nears clean sweep with 3rd gold at Euros
Peaty of Great Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 50
meter breaststroke men final at the European Swimming Championships in
Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Glasgow, Scotland (AP) —
Swimmer Adam Peaty remained on course for a clean sweep at the European
Championships after easily winning the men's 50-meter breaststroke on
The Olympic champion will leave the
competition with four golds from as many events if he can help Britain
take the title in Thursday's men's 4x100 medley relay.
Four days after setting a world
record in the 100 breaststroke, Peaty broke the championship record in
the 50 again, having already done so in qualifying.
Leaving the field seven tenths of a
second behind, he shaved another 0.14 off his previous mark to finish in
26.09 seconds, 0.14 short of his world record from last year's world
"Execution was probably 9.5 out of
10 but the race itself was 10 out of 10," Peaty said. "Missed a few
strokes, maybe it cost me zero point zero something."
Winning a quartet of gold medals at
European Championships is nothing new to the 23-year-old Briton, having
done it twice before. He triumphed in the 50 and 100 breaststroke as
well as the men's and mixed medley relays in Berlin in 2014 and again in
London two years ago.
To repeat the feat at the Tollcross
arena would still be special to him.
"People don't realize how much home
crowd means to us," Peaty said. "When you get out there and it is
absolutely roaring, that's the kind of stuff that gives us 10 percent
Peaty's gold medal haul put an end
to the doubts that crept into his mind following the Commonwealth Games
four months ago, where he lost his four-year unbeaten record in the 50
breaststroke to South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.
Regardless the outcome of
Thursday's relay, Peaty said the event had made him confident going into
next year's world championships in Gwangju and, ultimately, the Tokyo
Olympics in 2020.
"Next year is looking very strong,
very good technique-wise, very good power-wise," Peaty said. "I'm
looking forward to South Korea, hopefully getting around that mark
again. It's a great position to be in now."
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom also won
her third gold of the championships. After triumphing in the 50
freestyle and the 100 butterfly, she added the 100 freestyle title by
seeing off Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands, who won her fourth silver
Also, Evgeny Rylov won the 200
backstroke in a European record of 1 minute, 53.36 seconds, while
Mykhaylo Romanchuk of Ukraine took the men's 800 freestyle title by
beating 2016 champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy.
Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu
defended her title in the women's 200 individual medley, and France beat
title holders Netherlands in the mixed freestyle relay.
Chelsea sign goalkeeper Kepa after Courtois joins Madrid
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is shown in action against France
during the 2018 World Cup semi-final in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 10. (AP
London (AP) —
Chelsea have signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a
record fee after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Chelsea announced the signing on
Wednesday after paying Kepa's 80-million-euro buyout clause — the biggest
fee ever for a goalkeeper.
The transfer was completed shortly
after Courtois' move to Madrid was also confirmed in a deal that will see
midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.
Kepa is considered Spain's goalkeeper
of the future and was a reserve at the World Cup in Russia. The fee paid for
him tops the 72.5 million euros Liverpool gave Roma for Alisson earlier this
"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a
long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival," Chelsea director
Marina Granovskaia said in a statement.
The London club had to move fast to
bring in a new No. 1 after Courtois made it clear this week that he wanted a
transfer to Madrid. The Belgian had refused to turn up for training in
recent days, and Chelsea said in a statement earlier Wednesday that the two
clubs "have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois
subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical. Subject to
the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a
Real Madrid confirmed Courtois will
undergo a medical on Thursday morning before signing a six-year deal.
The Belgium goalkeeper, winner of the
Golden Glove award as the World Cup's best goalkeeper, will be presented at
1 p.m. local time in Madrid before attending a news conference.
Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been
Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League
titles. But the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in most recent
transfer windows, and tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United in
2015 only to miss the deadline. Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to
Kovacic had not played much with Madrid
since joining the club in 2015 and had been seeking a transfer. The Croatian
midfielder was competing with regular Madrid starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos
and Luka Modric.