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Archer's menacing debut changes complexion of Ashes series

England's Jofra Archer bowls to Australia's Cameron Bancroft during play on day five of the 2nd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By STEVE DOUGLAS

The times on the speed gun kept on rising.

The first delivery was a relative loosener at 88.3 mph (142 kph). The next flashed up at 93.7 mph (151 kph). By the end of the over, Jofra Archer was firing down the red ball at 96.1 mph (155 kph).

Before long, England's newest cricket sensation was delivering a stinger that caused Australia superstar Steve Smith's left forearm to immediately swell up, and then flooring the same batsman — the best in the world — with a bumper that reared up and angled into the unprotected part of his neck.

Archer — lean, dreadlocked, and the owner of a menacing smile — is someone you might describe as a bar-emptier. He might only amble to the crease with a run-up that is quite short for a fast bowler, but then his deliveries explode onto batsmen with devastating pace and bounce.

Rarely can a test debut have had as big an impact as Archer's did at Lord's last week in the second match of the Ashes series between England and Australia. Some have compared it to Shane Warne's Ashes debut in 1993, when the Australia legspinner delivered the so-called "Ball of the Century" to flummox Mike Gatting.

Archer couldn't quite push England all the way to victory, with Australia hanging on gutsily for a draw as the light faded on a memorable Sunday evening at the home of cricket.

Yet he did more than just bowl the fastest over on record by an England player — at an average speed of 92.8 mph — and finish with overall figures of 5-91 off 44 overs.

With one of the most terrifying spells of pace bowling in a generation, the 24-year-old Archer potentially changed the course of this Ashes series. He also reignited the debate over concussion protocols and whether the helmets currently worn by batsmen offer enough protection in the face of a bowler of his venom.

"He makes things happen when not many others in world cricket can," said England captain Joe Root, relishing having this fierce new weapon in his bowling attack.

Ben Stokes went further.

"It was frightening," the England allrounder said. "The sky is the limit for that kid."

The Australians lead the series 1-0 with three tests remaining, but suddenly they have a rather large problem in the imposing Archer. At times, it felt as if their batsmen were cowering in the face of his hostility as balls flew past their faces.

On three occasions, the ball made contact with the head. Firstly, and most memorably, Smith took a 92 mph delivery by Archer on the side of his neck and slumped to the ground face-first. The impact was brutal. England allrounder Chris Woakes said he could "hear it was fleshy" despite fielding at fine leg.

Next in line was Marnus Labuschagne, who came into the team as a concussion substitute when Smith woke up groggy the morning after and was withdrawn from the test. Off the second ball he faced, Labuschagne was hit on the grille of his helmet by another vicious, sharply rising delivery from Archer. Labuschagne dropped to the ground and later required a new helmet.

Then there was Matthew Wade, who attempted to duck out of the way of a bouncer from Archer. The ball glanced off his helmet and ricocheted away for four leg byes.

"We've seen Jofra in Australia for a few years, we know the package he brings to the table," Australia captain Tim Paine said. "It's up to us as a team to formulate some plans."

Yet, with Smith potentially missing the third test in Leeds starting on Thursday as he recovers from a delayed concussion, Australia looks vulnerable.

Root said Archer has "really shaken things up" and acknowledged the quick might have the same kind of influence as Australia's Mitchell Johnson, whose pace helped him claim 37 wickets in the 2013-14 Ashes.

"He's added a different dynamic to our bowling group," Root said, "and has given Australia something different to think about."

The decision to allow Smith to resume his innings following concussion tests after being struck by Archer has been criticized, even though Cricket Australia defended the call of team doctor Richard Saw and urged against any over-reaction.

As for his return, the ICC's most recent review on concussion recommends a week away from action whereas CA guidelines rule out any return to physical activity for 24 hours, after which it must be a graduated process taken under constant review.

The incident has also brought into focus the effectiveness of the helmets widely used in cricket. Neck guards, which add an extra layer of protection to the head, were introduced following the death in 2014 of Smith's friend and teammate, Phil Hughes, as a result of being hit on the neck by a bouncer in a domestic match in Australia.

Players are recommended to wear the guards, but aren't forced to. Smith doesn't and is among those who feel they are uncomfortable.

"That is certainly something I need to have a look at," Smith said, "and perhaps try in the nets and see if I can find a way to get comfortable with it."

That would be advisable against Archer, who at one stage bowled 16 straight deliveries over 90 mph.

What a summer Archer is having. The Barbados-born player was fast-tracked into the England team in May for the recent Cricket World Cup under revised residency rules. He was the team's leading wicket-taker and helped England win the World Cup for the first time.

Now he's rousing England and its fans in the test arena.

"He's a seriously exciting talent," Stokes said. "He's announced himself on the world stage yet again."


AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Joe Tsai speaks to reporters during a news conference before a WNBA exhibition basketball game between the New York Liberty and China in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

By BRIAN MAHONEY

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.

Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021.

Instead, he pushed up that timeline for full ownership of a team on the rise after signing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in July.

Terms were not disclosed, but those familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Tsai is paying about $2.35 billion for the Nets and nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements are not complete.

The deal is expected to be completed by the end of September and is subject to approval by the NBA's Board of Governors.

It will surpass the $2.2 billion that Tilman Fertitta paid for the NBA's Houston Rockets, and that David Tepper spent for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Tsai is the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant. He already had purchased the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Prokhorov became the NBA's first non-North American owner in 2010 and oversaw the Nets' move from New Jersey to Brooklyn two years later. He spent big in the first couple years after the move in a quest to chase a championship, but the team soon became one of the worst in the NBA before rallying to return to the playoffs last season.

He boasted of trying to win a championship within five years of his ownership, rapidly going through players and coaches in the first few years in Brooklyn. But he spent less time around the team in recent years while focusing on his interests in Russia — which at one point included a campaign for president of the Russian Federation — and remained in the background after hiring Sean Marks as the team's general manager in 2016.

"It has been an honor and a joy to open Barclays Center, bring the Nets to Brooklyn, and watch them grow strong roots in the community while cultivating global appeal," Prokhorov said in a statement. "The team is in a better place today than ever before and I know that Joe will build on that success, while continuing to deliver the guest experience at Barclays Center that our fans, employees, and colleagues in the industry enjoy."

Prokhorov had invested $200 million and made funding commitments to acquire 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the arena project, after the team's planned move across the Hudson River had repeatedly stalled. He later bought the remainder of the arena, which quickly became a popular attraction for concerts, boxing and college basketball, as well as the home of the New York Islanders.

Tsai, a native of Taiwan, is positioned to take full control of the team by the time the Nets head to China to play two exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers in October. That comes at the start of a season of renewed excitement for the Nets, who just three seasons ago won an NBA-worst 20 games but are set to make a big move up the standings after landing two of the best players on the market when free agency opened.

"I've had the opportunity to witness up close the Brooklyn Nets rebuild that Mikhail started a few years ago," Tsai said. "He hired a front office and coaching staff focused on player development, he supported the organization with all his resources, and he refused to tank. I will be the beneficiary of Mikhail's vision, which put the Nets in a great position to compete, and for which I am incredibly grateful."

Tsai, 55, graduated from Yale and its law school. He figures to help the NBA extend its growth in Asia, where the Basketball World Cup will be held in China this year before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The league is staging preseason games in both countries along with India, the home country of Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, whose teams will play in them.

Brett Yormark, the CEO of BSE Global, which manages the Nets and its arena, will oversee the transition before leaving for a new role.


Clevinger fans 10, Indians tame Yankees 8-4 for 4-game split

Cleveland Indians' catcher Roberto Perez, right, is safe at home as New York Yankees' catcher Gary Sanchez can't make the tag in time during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in New York. The play came when the Indians' Greg Allen grounded into a fielder's choice to the pitcher. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

By ADRY TORRES

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Freeman found out Saturday night he was going to pick up a rare start in place of Cleveland Indians star infielder José Ramírez.

A couple of hours before Sunday's game, the 32-year-old career minor leaguer took a walk out to an empty Monument Park in Yankee Stadium to check out the plaques of past Yankees greats.

Freeman looked like a star, too, on Sunday when he hit a three-run homer and two doubles as the Indians tamed the New York Yankees 8-4 for a four-game split between AL pennant contenders.

"That's just baseball history right there," said Freeman, who's spent the bulk of his 10-year professional career in the minors with five organizations.

"My grandfather on my mom's side was a huge baseball fan. I always loved the game early on and he was one that would save the clippings and was a big fan of the history of the game. He passed away many years ago. I think that's where I get it from. I kind of do those type of things because I know how much he would appreciate it and want to do it," he said.

Oscar Mercado homered and drove in three runs and Francisco Lindor also connected for Cleveland to back Mike Clevinger (8-2).

Clevinger struck out 10 in five shutout innings. He won his seventh straight decision, limiting New York to three hits and walking two.

A day after manager Aaron Boone, outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia were ejected for again ranting against umpires, it was a relatively quiet afternoon.

Miffed by a strike three call against rookie Mike Ford, Boone merely threw his hands up and walked down the dugout steps without saying a word.

Sabathia (5-7) came off the injured list after being out with knee tendinitis. He lasted only three innings, allowing four runs and four hits while walking three and striking out five.

Sabathia, ejected by umpire Phil Cuzzi the day before, bickered a bit with him behind the plate before Cleveland scored four times in the second.

Greg Allen plated the first run of the game on a grounder and then Freeman a drive into the Yankees bullpen for his fourth home run.

"Just a little rusty, but I felt really good," Sabathia said.

It was the veteran lefty's first start since July 27. Sabathia is 0-3 in his last five starts, and hasn't won a game since June 24 against Toronto.

Lindor hit 21st homer off Nestor Cortes Jr. in the fourth. Mercado increased the lead 6-0 with an RBI single in the sixth and added a two-run homer, his 10th, in the eighth to make it 8-2.

New York's streak of 207 consecutive games without being shut out was in danger until DJ LeMahieu connected a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 21st.

The Yankees cut the deficit to 8-4 on a pair of run-scoring hits from LeMahieu and Aaron Judge off reliever Brad Hand in the ninth before he struck out Didi Gregorius and got Gio Urshela to fly out to end it.

PUIG'S POSE

Indians star Yasiel Puig provided a playful moment by copying — for a moment — an unusual batting stance from the Little League World Series that's getting a lot of looks. Deivis Ordonez of Venezuela has drawn attention for his exaggerated crouch that leaves him nearly sitting down in the batter's box. Puig mimicked the stance in his first at-bat, then straightened up before Sabathia threw the first pitch.

GOING BATTY

Boone said he talked to Gardner about the outfielder's recent habit of banging the bat against the dugout roof to express displeasure with decisions by umpires. Gardner was ejected for doing that Saturday, and Boone suggested umps might be watching him in the future.

"We'll try and not escalate situations, especially when there's some contention, different than when we're rallying or getting guys excited," Boone said.

Boone said he hadn't talked to anyone at MLB about "no, you hard and fast cannot" do what Gardner has been doing.

Gardner's dent-dinging routine might be a new rally symbol for the team with the best record in the majors. When Judge singled in the third, he looked into the dugout and imitated grabbing a bat the way Gardner did a day earlier.

ON HIS WAY BACK

RHP Luis Severino (right shoulder inflammation) threw a 15-pitch simulated game with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Boone looking on. The 25-year-old, who is recuperating from an injured right rotator cuff, faced assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, who hit a changeup back at him, and bullpen catcher Radley Hadaad shortly after going through a 25-pitch bullpen session.

"It's something different. You want to visualize the batters at home plate that way they can see what's going on," said Severino, who has not appeared in a game this season after going 19-8 in 2018.

"You're just not throwing at the mitt, they're out there looking, making swings. So right there you know the progress you're making, whether the pitches are moving," he said.

Severino, who suffered a lat muscle injury in spring training, will report to Tampa, Florida, this week to continue his rehab program and is expected to throw in another simulated game. He said he hopes to make a start in "high" Class A before moving on to Double-A.

"You can tell just talking to Sevy how good he feels and this has been building now for a while where he's starting to really start to gain some confidence in his mind about being sound, being sharp, being healthy and continuing to take these next steps," Boone said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken right forearm) was pulled from his rehab start after one scoreless inning for Triple-A Columbus with abdominal tightness. He walked two. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will return to Cleveland for evaluation.

Yankees: 1B-DH Luke Voit will join (sports hernia) will join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to continue his rehabilitation program. He's expected to play in games beginning Thursday. ... INF Thairo Estrada (strained right hamstring) was placed on a 10-day injured list. INF-OF Tyler Wade was recalled from Triple-A. ... RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) threw bullpen session and will head to Tampa, where he'll have a ramped up bullpen session, throwing 15 and 10 pitches, respectively, in two separate sessions Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Indians: Shane Bieber (12-5, 3.27 ERA) continues Cleveland's weeklong visit in New York City with the start of a three-game set at the Mets on Tuesday night.

Yankees: New York opens up a nine-game, three-city road trip at Oakland on Tuesday with Domingo Germán (16-2, 3.96 ERA) pitching the first of three games. He is 7-0 in eight starts since coming off the injured list on July 3.


Cricket Australia defends doctor in Smith's concussion call

Australia's Steve Smith receives treatment as lies on the ground after being hit on the head by a ball bowled b England's Jofra Archer during play on day four of the 2nd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has defended the team doctor who allowed Steve Smith to resume his innings after assessing him for concussion on day four of the second Ashes test and then ruled the veteran batsman out the following day after further testing.

Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australia's manager of sports medicine, told a news conference in Australia on Monday he was "100%" satisfied with team doctor Richard Saw's treatment of Smith in London on the weekend, and he urged against any over-reaction to the sport's new concussion guidelines.

Smith had to leave the field after being hit on the neck near the rear base of his batting helmet by a fast, sharply rising delivery from Jofra Archer on Saturday. Saw conducted tests before allowing Smith to return at the fall of the subsequent wicket, and the ex-test captain was eventually dismissed for 92.

Smith complained of headaches later Saturday and was ruled out of the remainder of the match on Sunday after displaying concussion symptoms.

Marnus Labuschagne replaced Smith, becoming the first concussion substitute in international cricket, and scored 59 in an important innings that helped Australia draw the match at Lord's and retain a 1-0 series lead in the five-match series.

"The reality is only about one in five or six head impacts end up in concussion," said Kountouris, who added that Cricket Australia's research showed delayed concussion accounted for up to 30 percent of those cases. "If we pulled out every player who had a head impact, we'd be pulling out 80 per cent of players who don't have a concussion and taking them out of the game. So that would be an overreaction."

Kountouris said three other batters were hit in the head, but only Smith had a concussion.

"He didn't have a concussion at the time (Saturday)," he said. "If we took him out of the game, we would have been leaving him out of the game for no reason other than what we saw on the field.

"Our doctor is an expert in his field. He's trained to pick up even the minor signs of concussion. Everything he did was according to the protocol, he was very thorough and ... we're 100% happy with what happened over there."

The third test starts Thursday in Leeds, making Smith a doubtful starter.


Dovizioso overtakes Marquez on final turn to win Austrian GP

Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso of the Ducati Team celebrates his victory in the MotoGP race at the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Spielberg, Austria (AP) — Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso overtook defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez on the final turn to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Dovizioso's gutsy move ended a captivating duel between the two riders over more than 20 laps as Ducati continued its dominance on the high-altitude track in the Austrian Alps, having won all four races since the event returned to calendar in 2016.

It was the Italian's second win of the season and 14th overall.

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo finished more than six seconds behind in third, and seven-time former world champion Valentino Rossi was fourth for his best result since coming runner-up at the GP of the Americas in April.

Honda rider Marquez, who took a record 59th pole in Saturday's qualifying, dropped to fifth soon after the start as Quartararo and Dovizioso went 1-2.

However, from the eighth lap the race became a duel between Marquez and Dovizioso, with the rest of the field following several seconds behind.

The pair swapped the lead several times but Dovizioso placed the decisive attack in the same turn where he beat Marquez in a similar finish to the 2017 race.

Dovizioso denied Marquez his first victory in Austria, the only track on this year's calendar where he has yet to win a race.

Chasing his sixth championship, Marquez leads with 230 points in the overall standings after 11 of 19 races. Dovizioso is second with 172 and his Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, who finished ninth, is third with 136.


Japan beats United States to win Pacific Nations Cup

Japan's Michael Leitch, center, pushes with teammates against Tonga during a Pacific Nations Cup rugby match in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Kyodo News via AP)

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Suva, Fiji (AP) — Captain Michael Leitch scored two tries as Japan beat the United States 34-20 Saturday to claim the Pacific Nations Cup rugby title for the first time.

Winger Kenki Fukuoka also scored a try, had a hand in Leitch's second — one of the best scored in tests this year — and was unlucky not to score two more in an outstanding performance.

Japan ended the six-nation tournament unbeaten, sending a message to prospective opponents that they will be a danger as hosts of the rugby World Cup later this year.

"I think it all came down to preparation," Leitch said. "We've been together since February and all the hard work has paid off.

"I think we're on the right track (for the World Cup). It was good performance. Our discipline let us down at times but we're on the right track."

Japan made a blistering start, scoring two converted tries to lead 17-0 after only 12 minutes.

Leitch crossed from a lineout drive in the third minute and, after flyhalf Yu Tamura converted and added a penalty, Fukuoka scored a superb try.

The ball was moved quickly to Kotaro Matsushima on the right flank. He made ground before passing to Fukuoka, whose massive right foot sidestep and pace beat the last defender.

The United States hit back with a try in the 17th minute to Madison Hughes, created by a line break from flyhalf A.J. MacGinty. But MacGinty suffered an ankle injury in the movement and was forced to leave the field, dealing a huge blow to the Eagles' chances.

Will Hooley took over the goalkicking and kept a perfect record with four goals from as many attempts.

Japan opened the second half with a try which extended their lead to 27-13, before Leitch's memorable second try made their advantage unassailable at 34-13. Fukuoka began that scoring move in deep defense, before Ryohei Yamanaka made a strong surge down the left flank, and when the ball came back infield Leitch was on hand to finish a great try.

The United States rebounded with a try to flanker Hanco Germishuys but Japan held on to post an impressive win.


Red Bull demotes Pierre Gasly, promotes Alexander Albon

Alexander Albon is the first Thai driver in F1 in 65 years.

Milton Keynes, England (AP) — Red Bull Racing has demoted Pierre Gasly after just 12 races of the Formula One season and promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen.

The team says French driver Gasly will return to Toro Rosso while it uses the next nine races "to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max in 2020."

Gasly has struggled to keep up with Verstappen since being promoted from Toro Rosso at the end of last season. He has just 63 points compared to Verstappen's 181 and failed to make the podium this season.

Albon became the first Thai driver in F1 in 65 years when he made his debut at this year's Australian Grand Prix. He impressed in races in China, Monaco and Germany.


Joshua-Ruiz rematch set for Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia

 

Boxing promoters Eddie Hearn and managing partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment Omar Khalil sit, during a press conference at The Savoy Hotel, London, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Ian Walton/PA via AP)

London (AP) — Anthony Joshua's promoters say his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 7.

The British fighter will be trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO belts he lost to Ruiz at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 1.

Ruiz, an American, had insisted that the rematch take place back in the U.S. or at a neutral venue. Diriyah is a town on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.

Their rematch will be the highest-profile boxing event to be held in the country after welterweight Amir Khan's win over Australia's Billy Dib in Jeddah on July 12.

Saudi Arabia also hosted the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final between British fighters Callum Smith and George Groves last year.


Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain

 

Tiger Woods tees off on the 12th hole at the Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jersey City, N.J. (AP) — Masters champion Tiger Woods withdrew Friday from the opening FedEx Cup playoffs event with what he described as a mild oblique strain.

It was the first time Woods has pulled out in the middle of a tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2017, two months before he had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse his lower spine.

"Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from The Northern Trust," Woods said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. "I went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I'm still unable to compete."

Woods, playing in only his second tournament since the U.S. Open in June, opened with a 4-over 75 on a Liberty National course so soft that only one other player had a higher score. It was his second-worst score in 89 rounds in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

He has said all year that there are days when his back doesn't feel as limber. In March, he decided not to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the road to the Masters because of lingering soreness in his neck. At the PGA Championship, he played only nine holes of practice in cold weather at Bethpage Black, where he missed the cut.

Woods stopped hitting full shots on the back nine of his pro-am Wednesday at Liberty National. After his opening round, he said his back was "a little stiff, but that's just the way it's going to be."

He said he is hopeful to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championship titles.

If he plays, Woods likely would need to move back into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup to advance to the Tour Championship, where he is the defending champion. It was last year at East Lake that he capped off his comeback from four back surgeries with his first victory in five years.

That comeback included a busy schedule to get back among the elite in the game.

Woods had played only 17 official tournaments after his first back surgery in April 2014, and the fusion surgery was as much about quality of life as golf. His tie for sixth in the British Open last year got him back into the top 50 in the world and made him eligible for a World Golf Championship. His runner-up finish in the PGA Championship assured he could play all four FedEx Cup playoff events.

And with the Ryder Cup, he wound up playing eight times in 11 weeks, including five of the last six. Woods has said all year he would not play nearly as much. If he doesn't make it to the Chicago area next week for the BMW Championship, he will have played just 11 times this season — five times since winning the Masters.


Merit leader Jazz set to light up the Sarawak Championship

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand. (AP Photo)

Rising star Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand is headlining the US$300,000 Sarawak Championship this week as the event returns to the Asian Tour for its second straight edition from August 15 to 18.

Jazz, who leads the Order of Merit with his current haul of US$738,093, came in joint runner-up last year after firing a birdie and an eagle in his closing three holes for a solid eight-under-par 64 to finish one shot shy of winner John Catlin of the United States.

Having already bagged two Asian Tour titles this season, the 23-year-old Thai is looking to ride on his soaring confidence as he challenges for the title again at the Arnold Palmer-designed Damai Golf and Country Club located in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak.

“I remember Sarawak being a very nice place. There’s a beautiful beach there and I enjoyed playing that course last year. I had great fun competing for the title with my friends that week too and although I didn’t win the tournament, I was happy that I finished strong to give myself a chance,” said Jazz.

Jazz marked the start of his epic rise when he completed an amazing career turnaround with his breakthrough title in Bangladesh two years ago. That win was especially sweet for the Thai as it came shortly after losing his Tour card for the first time in his career. Jazz would later go on to claim his second title on home soil in 2018.

Jazz continued his remarkable rise by breaking into the world’s top-100 after winning his third Asian Tour title at the season-opening SMBC Singapore Open in January. He would notch three other top-10 results before securing his fourth victory at the Kolon Korea Open in June.

The fast-emerging Asian Tour star rose to a career-high 52nd place on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) following his win in Korea but slipped to his current 53rd position after missing the halfway cut in his second attempt at the British Open last month.

Earlier in May, Jazz also served notice of his immense talent when he came in tied-14th in what was his debut appearance at the PGA Championship. It was the best-ever result by a Thai player in that Major tournament.

“I am currently back in Hua Hin, enjoying a few weeks off with my friends and family before heading to Sarawak. The Sarawak Championship will be the start of another busy stretch for me. Hopefully I can kickstart that stretch with a good result in Sarawak,” Jazz said in a recent interview.

Jazz, arguably the hottest player on the Asian Tour this season, is currently in the running to automatically qualify for the International Team for the Presidents Cup. He is also chasing to lift the Merit crowns on both the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour at the end of the season.

Supported by the Sarawak State government, the Sarawak Championship will see a total of 150 players from 22 countries vying for top honours at the full-field Asian Tour event, which will be the Tour’s second stop in Malaysia this season.

Other notable players in the talented field are Micah Lauren Shin of the United States, India’s Khalin Joshi, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, as well as Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Tirawat Kaewsiribandit.

(Source: Asian Tour)


Tickets for Vietnam-Thailand match to go on sale

Hanoi (VNA) - Tickets for Vietnam-Thailand match in the second round of Asian World Cup qualifiers will be sold both online and in ticket booths, said the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).

Tickets for local Thai fans have been priced at 500 baht, equivalent to 375,000 VND, for a place in stand A, and 200 baht or 150,000 VND, for a place in stand D.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese fans have been allocated their own area between stand A and stand D. The price for a travelling supporter is 650 baht or 490,000 VND.

Members of fan clubs of local Thai teams can also purchase tickets between August 5 and August 18 with a 5 per cent discount. Tickets will go on general sale for other supporters on August 19.

Vietnam are in Group G alongside Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The match between Vietnam and Thailand will take place at Thammasat Stadium in the city of Rangsit on September 5.

Under the guidance of Korean head coach Park Hang-seo, Vietnam beat Thailand three times in the M-150 Cup, the qualifying round of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship and the 2019 King’s Cup.


Ashes talking points: Poor umpiring and how to stop Smith

Australia's David Warner celebrates with his children after Australia beat England by 251 runs during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Monday Aug. 5, 2019. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Australia's Nathan Lyon, right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing England captain Joe Root during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Monday Aug. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

By The Associated Press

London (AP) — Australia took an early lead in cricket's oldest regular international series when it rallied from 122-8 in the first innings to win the first Ashes test by a huge 251 runs against England on Monday.

The teams meet at Lord's for the second of five tests starting Aug. 14.

Here's what we have learned so far:

STOPPING SMITH

England proved in the first test in Birmingham that it can get Australia batting great Steve Smith out — but only when he's in his 140s.

Man of the match Smith scored 144, which was more than half of Australia's first-innings total 284, and 142 in the second innings. He became only the fifth Australian to record a century in both innings of an Ashes test, and now has 25 test tons in only 65 matches.

To stand any chance of regaining the Ashes, England needs to find some way of getting Smith out or, worst case, keep him in only double figures.

And if that doesn't work, slow him down as it tries to get the rest of Australia out.

The former Australia captain admitted he had enjoyed "a dream comeback" as he marked his first test in more than a year following suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Smith's current test average of 62.96 is bettered only by the great Sir Don Bradman among batters with a minimum of 20 innings.

NOT OUT

Ashes tests are intense encounters but fielders and batters from England and Australia appeared united in one thing: they didn't trust the umpiring decisions.

Always a tough job, with leg-before-wicket decisions notoriously tricky, umpire Joel Wilson from Trinidad tied the test match record for the most decisions overturned by the Decision Review System — eight.

Wilson gave Root out twice lbw in England's second innings — both times reviewed by the England captain who was smiling during one of them, knowing that he was safe — before those calls proved incorrect.

Social media reaction was unforgiving. Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: "When Joel Wilson gives you OUT .. You just review it .. #Fact."

Wilson will be the TV umpire for the second test at Lord's, and stand in the third test at Headingley, but has no involvement in the final two games at Old Trafford and The Oval.

TOO CONFIDENT?

Can England hope that archrival Australia will get over-confident after gaining some revenge over the same opponents for its semifinal exit from the Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston last month?

No, according to Australia captain Tim Paine.

"We're obviously happy to win the first test. It's a huge step in the right direction, but we're certainly not satisfied with that," Paine said. "It's a big win for us, but they lost their premier bowler (James Anderson) so we've got to be realistic about it and that's why it's one test win and there's four more huge games for us to go."

AFTER ANDERSON

England confirmed Tuesday that Anderson, its record test-wicket taker, will miss the second test with an injured right calf.

Anderson and out-of-form spinner Moeen Ali could make way for paceman Jofra Archer, if fit himself, and slow left-armer Jack Leach.

Under fire for including Anderson in the first test — where he bowled only four overs — Root cautioned against making "too many emotional decisions" for the second test, including batters, adding "we'll sit down as a selection panel and pick a squad from there."

Root oversaw a 4-0 defeat Down Under in 2017-18.

EDGBASTON TAMED

Edgbaston is seen as England's most hostile venue for cricketing visitors with its raucous soccer-style atmosphere.

That continued in the first test with Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — the three Australians involved in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa last year — singled out for endless jeers from the crowd.

England had won their last 11 matches in all formats at the Birmingham venue.

The Australians claimed their first triumph at Warwickshire's ground since 2001 — the last time they won the Ashes urn on English soil.


NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for 4th straight year

This Jan. 27, 2019, file photo shows a general view exterior of Camping World Stadium before the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Orlando, Fla. The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando for the fourth straight year and be held one week before the Super Bowl. The NFL's all-star game will be an afternoon match at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Orlando, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando for the fourth straight year and be held one week before the Super Bowl.

The NFL's all-star game will be an afternoon match at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. A week later, the league's championship game will be played a few hours south in the Miami area.

Fans, players and coaches will vote for the 88 Pro Bowlers, and the game will match the AFC against the NFC.

A weeklong celebration in conjunction with the NFL's 100th season initiatives also will take place across the Orlando area. Those will include a skills showdown and the league's flag football championships.


European Tour suspends Olesen pending assault investigation

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Associated Press

Virginia Water, England (AP) — The European Tour has suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.

Olesen is to appear in court on Aug. 21 on charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.

The European Tour said Tuesday in a statement the Danish golfer has been suspended pending the outcome of his case. The tour said it would have no further comment while the legal matter proceeds.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29 upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, where he tied for 27th. He allegedly got into an argument with other passengers in first class and urinated in the aisle.

PA Sports reported Monday that Olesen's lawyer released a statement saying the 29-year-old Dane has cooperated fully with police during the investigation.

The tour resumes next week with the Czech Masters, followed by the Scandinavian Invitation in Sweden on Aug. 22-25.

Olesen has five European Tour victories and made his Ryder Cup debut last year by going 1-1, winning his singles match against Jordan Spieth in a European victory in France.


Wayne Rooney returning to England from DC to play for Derby

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney is shown in action in this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Associated Press

Derby, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney will be leaving Major League Soccer after less than two seasons to return to play in England and be closer to his family.

The 33-year-old former England captain will remain at D.C. United until the end of the season before joining second-tier Championship team Derby County as player-coach from January.

Rooney has signed an 18-month contract that can be extended until the end of the 2021-22 season.

"I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with," Rooney said. "I am sure I can make a big contribution and can't wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters. I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and academy."

Rooney, who is the record goal scorer for Manchester United and England, had another two years remaining on the contract he signed with D.C. United after joining from Everton in 2018.

"After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties," said D.C. United co-chairmen Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien. "Wayne is an exceptional leader and one of the most iconic players to play the game, so we look forward to his continued contributions to the team this season."

The Washington-based team remains in contention for the MLS playoffs, so the striker's stay in the United States could end in November.

"I must also take this opportunity to thank D.C. United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with," Rooney said. "I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the playoffs."

Derby has been out of the Premier League since 2008 and lost a playoff final in May to return to the top division. Rooney's former England teammate, Frank Lampard, was in charge of Derby last season before moving to manage Chelsea.

"Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer," said Phillip Cocu, who succeeded Lampard as Derby manager. "He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well.

"His credentials speak for themselves. But to have a player with his leadership, skill, experience, character and work ethic will be huge for us. He knows what it takes to succeed as a player and I have no doubt he will have a positive impact right across the club. The inspiration and motivation this can generate is massive for all of our players from the first team right through to the youngsters in the Academy. It is entirely in keeping with, and in support of, the club's philosophy and approach."


Hamilton's dominance continues as new main rival emerges

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — As Lewis Hamilton moves ever closer to Michael Schumacher's Formula One record of 91 Grand Prix wins, a younger and equally ambitious driver is emerging as his main rival.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is showing the kind of daring and panache now seemingly beyond the reach of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who is enduring a third straight season of frustration.

Valtteri Bottas, who is Hamilton's under-pressure teammate at Mercedes, led the championship early on but has drifted back and has not won any of the past eight races. Now, Verstappen is poised to overtake Bottas and move second behind Hamilton overall when F1 resumes with the first of nine remaining races at the Belgian GP on Sept. 1.

Hamilton speaks in glowing terms about Verstappen, a fearless and mentally strong driver who does not crack under pressure. In fact, the 21-year-old Red Bull driver thrives on it, much like Hamilton.

Verstappen drove brilliantly from pole position in Sunday's Hungarian GP, fighting hard until Hamilton overtook him late on following a relentless chase to clinch his 81st F1 win. It was another enthralling scrap, following Hamilton's brilliant defense under intense pressure from Verstappen at the Monaco GP in May.

While Hamilton speaks respectfully of Vettel, a four-time F1 champion with 52 wins, he speaks seemingly with admiration of Verstappen.

"There is no better feeling, from a racing driver's point of view, when you have a race (where) you face a really strong competitor and a great driver like Max, obviously at their best," Hamilton said. "It is awesome to see the respect level between us. Really respectful driving and I hope to continue that."

Hamilton's processional win at the French GP in June prompted acerbic criticism of the lack of excitement in F1 because of the ultra-dominant Mercedes. But since then, F1 fans have been treated to wonderful races in Austria and Germany, a decent race in Montreal, and two exciting contests at the British GP and in Hungary.

The dramatic spike in the interest level has much to do with Verstappen, who won in Spielberg and Hockenheim and was denied a podium shot at Silverstone following a collision.

"Everyone was so negative talking about the sport and now all of a sudden we've had this big step up from the Red Bulls," Hamilton said. "Now we've got a really good battle on our hands and it looks like it's here to stay."

Ferrari's state of flux — no wins in 12 this season and 0-15 stretching back to last year's U.S. GP — has opened the way for Verstappen.

Vettel blew championship leads in the past two seasons, and has not won in 20 races since his victory at the Belgian GP last August.

Verstappen is touted as a future multiple champion and genuinely looks capable of challenging Hamilton. He is already ahead on two counts: as the youngest driver to win an F1 race (at 18) and the fourth-youngest to take pole compared with sixth for Hamilton (who was 22).

But the 34-year-old Hamilton is still working his way through the record books and his win in Hungary — the eighth this season — extended his championship lead to 62 points as he chases a sixth F1 title to move one behind Schumacher's F1 record.

"I don't have plans on stopping anytime soon," he said.

Hamilton's relatively advanced age was a topic raised by his former teammate Nico Rosberg — who beat Hamilton in a thriller when clinching his only F1 title with Mercedes in 2016. The German driver showed great ability to overcome Hamilton in an acrimonious season which went down to the last race in Abu Dhabi.

Then, in a flash, he retired from F1 after tense seasons alongside Hamilton — when their bickering tore apart a friendship dating back to their karting days as teens.

Rosberg, who won 23 F1 races with Mercedes, has taken to social networks to comment on Hamilton.

He questioned the severity of Hamilton's illness at the recent German GP. He tweeted on July 28: "I think the man flu was just part of The Lewis Hamilton Show. He likes to make it look more difficult than it is."

Hamilton, who said he needed several days of heavy sleeping following that race, scoffed at Rosberg's claim.

"Believe me it wasn't man flu, like some have said," he said. "It was really something that wiped me out."

Verstappen's surge in form offered Rosberg another chance to take a swipe.

On his YouTube channel blog after Verstappen's superb pole in Hungary on Saturday, Rosberg said that Verstappen — with his "bullet-speed reactions in his mind (and) absolute peak human body reaction times" — is now the No. 1 driver in F1.

Despite evidence pointing to Hamilton's ongoing dominance, Rosberg insisted the British driver's powers are waning.

"The best age for racing drivers is 30, 31, 32 and that's because your ability as you're getting older slightly decreases," Rosberg said.

Hamilton was unimpressed.

"Whether he is right or wrong, I don't really care. All you have to do is look at the tally of my results and they speak for themselves," Hamilton said. "Naturally there will be people who have not had the success that I have, and might want to talk it down."

"I'm still fit," he added. "Hopefully you can see I've not lost any speed."

So far this season, every driver in F1 would agree.


Ashes talking points: Poor umpiring and how to stop Smith

Australia's Steven Smith returns to the pavilion after being dismissed during day four of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Associated Press

London (AP) — Australia took an early lead in cricket's oldest regular international series when it rallied from 122-8 in the first innings to win the first Ashes test by a huge 251 runs against England on Monday.

The teams meet at Lord's for the second of five tests starting Aug. 14.

Here's what we have learned so far:

STOPPING SMITH

England proved in the first test in Birmingham that it can get Australia batting great Steve Smith out — but only when he's in his 140s.

Man of the match Smith scored 144, which was more than half of Australia's first-innings total 284, and 142 in the second innings. He became only the fifth Australian to record a century in both innings of an Ashes test, and now has 25 test tons in only 65 matches.

To stand any chance of regaining the Ashes, England needs to find some way of getting Smith out or, worst case, keep him in only double figures.

And if that doesn't work, slow him down as it tries to get the rest of Australia out.

The former Australia captain admitted he had enjoyed "a dream comeback" as he marked his first test in more than a year following suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Smith's current test average of 62.96 is bettered only by the great Sir Don Bradman among batters with a minimum of 20 innings.

NOT OUT

Ashes tests are intense encounters but fielders and batters from England and Australia appeared united in one thing: they didn't trust the umpiring decisions.

Always a tough job, with leg-before-wicket decisions notoriously tricky, umpire Joel Wilson from Trinidad tied the test match record for the most decisions overturned by the Decision Review System — eight.

Wilson gave Root out twice lbw in England's second innings — both times reviewed by the England captain who was smiling during one of them, knowing that he was safe — before those calls proved incorrect.

Social media reaction was unforgiving. Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: "When Joel Wilson gives you OUT .. You just review it .. #Fact."

Wilson will be the TV umpire for the second test at Lord's, and stand in the third test at Headingley, but has no involvement in the final two games at Old Trafford and The Oval.

TOO CONFIDENT?

Can England hope that archrival Australia will get over-confident after gaining some revenge over the same opponents for its semifinal exit from the Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston last month?

No, according to Australia captain Tim Paine.

"We're obviously happy to win the first test. It's a huge step in the right direction, but we're certainly not satisfied with that," Paine said. "It's a big win for us, but they lost their premier bowler (James Anderson) so we've got to be realistic about it and that's why it's one test win and there's four more huge games for us to go."

AFTER ANDERSON

England confirmed Tuesday that Anderson, its record test-wicket taker, will miss the second test with an injured right calf.

Anderson and out-of-form spinner Moeen Ali could make way for paceman Jofra Archer, if fit himself, and slow left-armer Jack Leach.

Under fire for including Anderson in the first test — where he bowled only four overs — Root cautioned against making "too many emotional decisions" for the second test, including batters, adding "we'll sit down as a selection panel and pick a squad from there."

Root oversaw a 4-0 defeat Down Under in 2017-18.

EDGBASTON TAMED

Edgbaston is seen as England's most hostile venue for cricketing visitors with its raucous soccer-style atmosphere.

That continued in the first test with Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — the three Australians involved in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa last year — singled out for endless jeers from the crowd.

England had won their last 11 matches in all formats at the Birmingham venue.

The Australians claimed their first triumph at Warwickshire's ground since 2001 — the last time they won the Ashes urn on English soil.


Australia wins 1st Ashes test by 251 runs, Lyon takes 6-49

Australia's Nathan Lyon, centre right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's Jason Roy during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Monday Aug. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Associated Press

Birmingham, England (AP) — Australia won the first Ashes test by a huge margin of 251 runs on Monday after dismissing England for 146 in its second innings on the final day.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon was often unplayable with 6-49 and passed 350 test wickets in a remarkable turnaround for the Australians, who had been reduced to 122-8 in their first innings at a hostile Edgbaston.

"It's disappointing," England captain Joe Root told the BBC. "We got ourselves in a really strong position."

Allrounder Chris Woakes provided England's top score with a defiant 37 at No. 9 after the hosts crumbled from 60-1 to 97-7. Woakes was the last man out in the 53rd over to Pat Cummins (4-32), sending the ball to Steve Smith in the slips as England collapsed in the afternoon.

England had resumed after lunch on 85-4. Jos Buttler (1) went in the first over, bowled by Cummins, and Jonny Bairstow was then caught by Cameron Bancroft off Cummins for his 100th test wicket. In what has been a nightmare test at times for the umpires, Bairstow opted to review Joel Wilson's decision but he was unsuccessful, leading one BBC pundit to exclaim "Joel's got one right!"

Lyon reached the 350-wicket landmark when Ben Stokes (6) was caught behind.

The spinner went on to dismiss Moeen Ali for his five-for and had Stuart Broad caught by Smith for a golden duck. Jimmy Anderson came out to bat despite lingering injury concerns — he bowled only four overs in the entire test — and denied Lyon his hat trick.

Rory Burns (11) was the first man out Monday — caught by Lyon off Cummins — when England had added only six runs after starting on 13-0, and Root (28) was the last man out in the morning, visibly angry with himself after tamely sending the ball to Bancroft at short leg off Lyon.

Lyon had come on to bowl after an hour's play and proved the threat that England feared with three wickets before lunch. Lyon also soon settled a big question of the day: Could white-ball specialist Jason Roy patiently stay in without taking risks in smashing quick runs? That was answered in Australia's favor when the explosive opener, playing only his second test, needlessly advanced down the wicket against Lyon. The ball turned and clattered into the stumps. Roy was out for 28 after sharing a 41-run partnership with Root and England on 60-2.

Bancroft caught Joe Denly (11) at short leg after Lyon struck again to leave England 80-3 before Root was dismissed.

England's instinctive batting aggression paid huge dividends in its Cricket World Cup title last month, including a semifinal win over Australia in Birmingham, but the switch from white to red ball is proving a tough challenge so far against its well-prepared opponent.

Australia even had the luxury of declaring at 487-7 in its second innings on Sunday to set England an unlikely winning target of 398.

"I love playing cricket here in England. The atmosphere's always amazing, and the boys turned up and played a really good game of cricket," man-of-the-match Smith said. "To go 1-0 up in the series is a big boost."

England had taken a 90-run lead after the first innings with 374 in reply to Australia's 284. But Smith's centuries in each innings (144 and 142) proved far too much for a humbled England, especially without its record test wicket-taker Anderson able to bowl after the opening session.

Root said it was easy to be wise in hindsight and that Anderson had gone through the normal selection process and passed a fitness test. Root called it "part and parcel of test cricket, sometimes things go against you."

And Root should know. He had survived a scare on 4 when he was given out by Wilson leg before wicket against pacer James Pattinson. He went for review and the ball was shown to be missing.

Play was briefly held up by a malfunctioning stump mic before Root was given out again by Wilson for lbw when on 9, this time off Siddle. Root immediately reviewed and was shown to have clearly got his bat to the ball first.

The second of five tests starts at Lord's on Aug. 14.


Mets beat Marlins 6-2, reach .500 for 1st time since May

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ronald Blum

New York (AP) — Back at .500 for the first time since late May, the New York Mets hope this spurt is just a start.

"It's exciting," Jacob deGrom said after pitching the Mets over the Miami Marlins 6-2 in the opener of a Monday's twi-night doubleheader. "We still got work to do."

Jeff McNeil welcomed Robert Dugger to the major leagues with a home run on his first pitch, Amed Rosario broke a 1-1 tie with a third-inning homer and deGrom gave himself a three-run cushion with a two-run single off the 24-year-old rookie.

New York was 40-51 after losing its first game of second half but is 16-5 since, winning 10 of its last 11. The Mets trailed by eight games for the second NL wild card before play on July 25 but started the doubleheader just three games back.

"We know we're far from our goal," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We have to continue to climb and climb and climb, and scratch and claw."

DeGrom (7-7) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired 15 of his last 16 batters, his only mistake when Isan Diaz homered in the sixth inning of his big league debut for his first hit.

Walker Lockett (1-1) was brought up to start the second game for the Mets, who have not been above .500 since they were 16-15 before play on May 3. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) pitched a two-hit shutout against New York on May 19.

Mets second baseman Robinson Canó went back on the injured list, a day after straining his left hamstring in a game at Pittsburgh. New York did not have a prognosis for the 36-year-old, who was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. He is hitting .252 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs, including nine hits in his last 15 at-bats.

Dugger (0-1), brought up despite a 9.34 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A, gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in five innings, striking out three, hitting two batters and throwing a wild pitch. He became the first starting pitcher to give up a home run on the first pitch of his debut since New York Yankees rookie Derek Jeter — the Marlins current CEO — went deep off the California Angels' Jason Dickson on Aug 21, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I think the walks pretty much got him in trouble," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Diaz, a 23-year-old second baseman, was among the four prospects acquired from Milwaukee in January 2018 for outfielder Christian Yelich. Diaz homered on a 1-2 fastball leading off the sixth, a 422-foot drive to right that was part of a 1-for-4 game.

A contingent of family and friends of the debutants cheered from the seats behind third base,

Another prospect obtained from the Brewers, 25-year-old outfielder Lewis Brinson, rejoined the Marlins and went 0 for 3. Brinson was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on April 30 after starting the season with a .197 average, no homers and four RBIs.

To make from for Diaz at second, Starlin Castro was moved to third for the first time since rookie ball in 2008. Rookie Jon Berti switched from third to shortstop, where he had played just 11 innings previously in the big leagues.

McNeil homered for the third straight day — nine of his 14 home runs this season have come on the first pitch. He leads the majors in batting.

Miami tied the score when Brian Anderson and Castro doubled on the first two pitches of the second, but Rosario but the Mets ahead with his first Citi Field homer since June 6. DeGrom singled in the fourth for his first two-RBI game since May 2017.


Peruvian surfers win gold at home Pan Am Games

Daniella Rosas, of Peru celebrates, after winning the gold for shortboard during women's SUP surfing at the Pan American Games on Punta Rocas beach in Lima Peru, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Luis Andres Henao

Lima, Peru (AP) — Peru dominated surfing at the Pan American Games on Sunday when Lucca Mesinas and Daniella Rosas won their shortboard finals and a potential ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

International Surfing Association longboard world champion Benoit "Piccolo" Clemente, also from Peru, won the men's longboard final ahead of Julian Schweizer of Uruguay and U.S. surfer Cole Robbins.

Hundreds of people braved cold and damp weather to cheer on the surfers who competed on a reef break about 38 miles (60 kilometers) south of the Peruvian capital of Lima. They included Peru President Martín Vizcarra, who shook hands and posed for selfies with people in the packed concrete stands built on the sands of Punta Roca beach before presenting medals to the surfers.

"It's amazing to represent this beautiful flag," Rosas told The Associated Press, smiling at fans in the stands who waved the striped white and red national flag and yelled "Viva Peru!"

"I'm so happy, speechless," she said, shivering after she left the water after holding off Dominic Barona of Ecuador and Ornella Pellizzari of Argentina. "Peru has been great and doing this event here at home has been amazing. We've demonstrated that we can do it and the people have been backing 100%."

Mesinas beat Argentina's Leandro Usuna, the champion of the ISA world games in 2014 and 2016.

The Argentine said it's a positive that surfing is getting so much attention.

"Even Peru's president was here," Usuna said. "It's historic that surfing has been included as a sport in the Pan American Games. We're not used to this: We often wear sandals and change anywhere, and now we were in uniforms, we were in an athletes' villa. It was much neater. But it was a beautiful moment that transcends any results."

During the finals, fans stamped their feet on the floor and cheered whenever a surfer caught a big wave that was replayed on TV screens. One commentator observed the atmosphere felt more like a packed soccer stadium.

Surfing is a way of life in Peru, which its admirers have called the Hawaii of Latin America. The South American country is also home to some of the world's longest waves and a top destination for surfers worldwide, and the Peruvians took home advantage.

"We don't know much about surfing but we felt it was worth it coming here because, for the first time, so many Peruvians had reached the finals," said Flor Paulina, 28, who wore a white and red Peruvian soccer shirt. Her mother, Betsy Gonzales, shed tears of joy when the national anthem was played and flag raised during the medal ceremony.

"It makes us really proud," Paulina said. "Surfing is the sport that has the most potential in our country because it's the one that has given us the most world-class athletes."

It wasn't all Peru on Sunday.

Brazil's Chloe Calmon took gold in women's longboard from Maria Fernanda Reyes of Peru and Mathea Dempfle-Olin of Canada. Siblings Giorgio Gomez and Isabella Gomez from Colombia won gold for stand-up paddle surfing in the men's and women's events.

Surfing was one of the "wait and see" events at the Pan Am Games in Lima. That means the top male and female surfers not yet qualified for the Olympics can earn a spot for Tokyo, although they won't be announced until May after the ISA World Surfing Games. For now, Mesinas and Rosas are first in line for the Olympic qualification slot unless two Peruvians qualify ahead of them at next year's ISA World Surfing Games.

The inclusion of surfing on the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has generated a wave of excitement as the International Olympic Committee seeks younger audiences.

"This is different. This is nature," said Giorgio Gianpietri, 38, who sat on the stands watching the surfers compete while feeding bottled milk to his 9-month-old son.

"I hope he tries surfing one day," he said smiling and looking at his son.


Fast bowler Dale Steyn retires from test cricket

In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019, South Africa's Dale Steyn is shown in action during a ODI cricket match against Pakistan at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, (AP Photo/Nasief Manie)

Gerald Imray

Johannesburg (AP) - South Africa's Dale Steyn retired from test cricket on Monday, ending the red-ball career of a player who was one of the world's fiercest fast bowlers and the best in the game at his height but whose latter years were curtailed by a serious shoulder injury.

Steyn said he chose to give up five-day cricket to prolong his career and he will continue to play limited-overs internationals.

"Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much," Steyn said in a statement released through Cricket South Africa. "In my opinion test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It's terrible to consider never playing another test again but what's more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all.

"So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport."

Steyn is contracted with the South Africa team for at least one more season.

The 36-year-old Steyn ends as South Africa's leading wicket-taker in tests and eighth on the all-time list with 439 wickets in 93 matches. Only four fast bowlers have taken more wickets than him in tests: James Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh and Stuart Broad.

Steyn injured his right shoulder, his bowling arm, in a test in Australia in late 2016 and was out for more than a year. He then hurt his foot in his comeback test in 2018 and was sidelined for another six months and never quite recaptured his best form, although he did show glimpses of the bowler who was consistently ranked the best in the world in tests from 2008-14.

The shoulder injury raised fears he would never play again, but he returned to break the South African wicket record against Pakistan in December last year, overtaking Shaun Pollock as his country's most successful test bowler.

He made his debut in 2004 and his last test was at home against Sri Lanka in February.

Steyn hailed from the small mining town of Phalaborwa in remote northern South Africa and his raw talent ensured he became by far the town's most famous product.

He was a multi-skilled fast bowler who was fearsomely fast — and marked wickets with a down-on-one-knee fist-pumping celebration known as "the chainsaw" — but who could also beat batsmen with traditional out swing and reverse swing. His stats backed up his reputation and he has the best strike rate in test cricket among all bowlers who have taken more than 200 wickets.

"I'd like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey," he said.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe said Steyn had "set the standard for our future generations to follow."


Hamilton overtakes Verstappen late on to win Hungarian GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.

The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 91.

Mercedes made a strategic gamble with about 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tire change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking.

It proved a Mercedes masterstroke.

The much quicker tires helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen's 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70, having failed to overtake him several times earlier in the race.

Sebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for Ferrari ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Verstappen held his lead from pole position under pressure from Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas heading into Turn 1. But it was Hamilton who ended on top to clinch a record-extending seventh career win in Hungary, while Verstappen earned a consolation point for the fastest lap.

At the start, Hamilton quickly got ahead of Bottas as they brushed each other and the Finnish driver was then overtaken by both Ferraris on the 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) Hungaroring circuit.

Lapping two seconds slower than Vettel by Lap 6, Bottas came in for a front wing change, following contact with Leclerc's Ferrari.

Bottas also had a near miss when overtaking Lance Stroll, just about avoiding contact with the Racing Point driver.

By Lap 24, Verstappen complained of losing tire grip. He came in for a tire change on the next lap, coming out ahead of both Ferraris.

Mercedes seemed unsure of when to bring Hamilton in for his tire change, changing their minds on Laps 26 and 27. Eventually the British driver came in on Lap 32, but a poor pit stop — lasting 4 seconds compared to 2.6 for Verstappen's — cost Hamilton momentum.

Still, on fresh tires Hamilton soon caught up to Verstappen, forcing the Dutchman to defend his position from the Mercedes driver's attacks.

On Lap 40, Hamilton almost got past Vertappen — first on the inside, then on the outside — but Verstappen kept his cool as Hamilton veered slightly off track attacking on the outside.

Hamilton seemed to be feeling the pressure.

"What more can I do?" he asked his team on radio.

"Keep the pressure on," was the blunt reply.

"I can't keep the pressure on," Hamilton snapped back.

In what proved a race-winning move, Hamilton came in for another pit stop on Lap 49 — putting him 20 seconds behind Verstappen but giving him much faster tires than Verstappen for the closing stages.

"We should have pitted as well," Verstappen shouted, as if aware of the denouement.

Verstappen's lead was wilting in the afternoon sun, and with five laps left it was just only three seconds.

Minutes later, Hamilton's Silver Arrow flew past him.

After taking the checkered flag, Hamilton was quick to recognize his team was right all along.

"Sorry I doubted the strategy," he said. "Oh man, that feels good. That feels so good."

So will looking at the championship standings.

He now leads Bottas by 62 points and Verstappen by 69 with nine races left when the season resumes on Sept. 1 at the Belgian GP.

Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, is 96 points behind Hamilton in fourth place and has not won any of the past 20 races.


England faces tough last day as Australia takes control

Australia's Steven Smith plays a shot during day four of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Birmingham, England (AP) — England must bat through the final day of the first Ashes test after Steve Smith and Matthew Wade scored centuries and a rampant Australia set the hosts an unlikely winning target of 398 on Sunday.

At stumps, England was 13-0 — and needing another 385 for a shock victory — after Australia had the luxury of declaring at 487-7 in its second innings at Edgbaston.

The match has turned around entirely after England led by 90 runs following the first innings.

England openers Rory Burns (7 not out) and Jason Roy (6 not out) were at the crease at the end of a fourth day dominated by Australia which had resumed only 34 runs in front on 124-3, reaching lunch at 231-4 and tea at 356-5.

Prolific batter Smith (142) scored his 25th test century to become only the fifth Australian — and the first since Matthew Hayden in Brisbane in 2002 — to register twin tons in the same Ashes match. Smith, the former Australia captain who was removed from the role and banned for a year for his part in the ball-tampering scandal of last year, was caught behind off Chris Woakes.

"I love playing test cricket and I love playing against England. It's a terrific place to play Ashes cricket," Smith said. "It feels like Christmas morning every morning getting to come and do this."

Smith, who follows Warren Bardsley, Arthur Morris, Steve Waugh and Hayden into the record books, passed 50 for the sixth successive time against England.

Smith's 144 in the first innings rescued Australia from oblivion, and his 142 set his team on course for a victory push. England may look to its famed wet weather for some help but any early morning showers are forecast to clear up before the start of the first session. There is only a 10% chance of rain during the hours of play.

Burns and Roy survived seven overs before stumps. They and their nine teammates must collectively see off another 90 on day five, on a pitch offering plenty of turn for Nathan Lyon.

Wade reverse swept England captain Joe Root for a four to earn his third test century before Australia brought up the 400 mark in 96 overs. The recalled 31-year-old Wade, playing his first test since 2017, was caught by Joe Denly off Ben Stokes for 110. Both Wade and Travis Head (51) shared century partnerships with Smith, as the continued absence of England's record wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson limited bowling options.

England had earlier confirmed that Anderson would not be available to bowl for the remainder of the match. He will bat if needed.

England offspinner Moeen Ali finished with 2-130. On a pitch offering lavish turn, Moeen bowled two moon balls but also spun one wickedly through the gate of Tim Paine.

The day's light moment came when James Pattinson smashed Stuart Broad's delivery over the midwicket boundary and straight into a spectator's pint of beer.


Community Shield: Man City beats Liverpool on penalties

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino challenges for the ball with Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko during the English Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer Writer

LONDON (AP) — After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season, Manchester City opened the new campaign by lifting the Community Shield following a shootout victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

City netted all five penalties — the last by Gabriel Jesus — and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a key save to deny Georginio Wijnaldum's attempt in a 5-4 shootout win after the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season ended 1-1 in regulation time.

City opened last season by lifting the Shield and went on to win the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League — edging Liverpool to that title by a single point.

Liverpool, which won the Champions League for a sixth time last season, won only one of seven pre-season games before losing to City at Wembley Stadium.

Raheem Sterling took 12 minutes to pick up where he left off for City at Wembley in May when he completed a 5-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup final.

Kevin De Bruyne nodded across to David Silva, who flicked the ball on for Sterling to turn in from close range. It was Sterling's first goal against the club he left four years ago and he didn't hold back in celebrating in front of the Liverpool fans closest to the goal.

Liverpool was not only exposed in defense but wasteful up front and twice denied by the goal frame after the break when Virgin van Dijk hit the bar and Mohamed Salah struck the post.

But City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was beaten in the 77th minute when two defenders combined.

Van Dijk brought down Jordan Henderson's free kick and volleyed across to Joel Matip who headed low into the net.

Liverpool was denied a winner in regulation time when Salah's header beat Bravo but Kyle Walker scrambled back to clear from the goal-line.

For a game focused on raising money for good causes there was a significant amount of ill-feeling at Wembley.

The club anthems were booed by opposing fans, then the national anthem — "God Save The Queen" — was jeered by Liverpool supporters.

During the game, City manager Pep Guardiola was incensed when Joe Gomez launched a high challenge on David Silva — demonstrating the action with his own right foot.

Continuing to remonstrate on the field, delaying the resumption of the game, Guardiola was shown a yellow card as referee Martin Atkinson applied the new law.


Shibuno holds off Salas to win Women's British Open on debut

Japan's Hinako Shibuno after winning the Women's British Open golf championship at Woburn Gold Club near near Milton Keynes, England, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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Milton Keynes, England (AP) — Hinako Shibuno of Japan finished with a birdie to win the Women's British Open by one shot over Lizette Salas on Sunday as she wrapped up a stunning major championship debut.

The 20-year-old Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who was playing for the first time outside of her country, birdied five of the final nine holes in a 4-under 68 and 18-under 270 overall.

"I was also thinking about if I were to make this putt, how I was going to celebrate," Shibuno said of approaching the 18th. "Eat a lot of sweets."

Largely unknown before the championship, Shibuno — nicknamed "Smiling Cinderella" — started Sunday with a two-stroke lead but lost it with a double bogey on the par-4 3rd. She bounced back with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7 before a bogey on the 8th at Woburn Golf Club.

But in three of four rounds, Shibuno has shone on the back nine. She did it in 31 on Sunday — and just 30 on Thursday and Saturday.

"Now that I've won, I think a lot of the Japanese people will know me, but in actuality, I just wanted to live a quiet life," Shibuno said.

"I was looking online and I did see that it's been 42 years since a Japanese player has last won. I do feel that I have accomplished something great, but I really don't know the reason why I was able to accomplish it."

Salas, who started the final round tied for fourth, quickly played herself into contention with three birdies in the first four holes, and she added five more in a 7-under 65.

But the American will regret not taking another birdie chance on the 18th when she shared the lead with Shibuno.

"I told myself, 'You got this. You're made for this.' I put a good stroke on it. I'm not going to lie, I was nervous," Salas said after her best finish at a major. "You know, I haven't been in that position in a long time. Gave it a good stroke. I controlled all my thoughts. It just didn't drop."

Jin Young Ko, who was seeking her third major title of the year after winning the Evian Championship last week, was two shots back in third after a bogey-free 66.

"I had a little pressure, but I like that pressure," Ko said.

Morgan Pressel (67) finished fourth at 15 under, just ahead of former leader Ashleigh Buhai (70), whose hopes were dented Saturday when she let a five-shot lead slip. The 30-year-old South African finished fifth at 14 under.

"If you had given me a top five at the beginning of the week, I most certainly would have taken it," Buhai said.

Also, Celine Boutier shot a 66 to finish the tournament at 12 under, followed by Carlota Ciganda (70) at 11 under and second-ranked Sung Hyun Park (73) at 10 under.

American Nelly Korda (68) tied for ninth with Jeongeun Lee6 (71) at 9 under, two shots ahead of Lexi Thompson (67).

Defending champion Georgia Hall (73) tied for 35th.


England looking for big lead over Australia in 1st test

England's Rory Burns celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Birmingham, England (AP) — Rory Burns hit his first test century to give England the chance to build a big first-innings lead over Australia as the hosts reached 267-4 at stumps on Friday in the Ashes opener.

England trails Australia by only 17 runs and has a deep batting lineup — No. 9 Chris Woakes hit a test ton against India — still to come.

"It was awesome, a really good experience," Burns said. "There's been lots of hard work from a lot of people — coaches, parents. ... That was for them really."

But Burns wasn't getting overconfident.

"They've still got a newish ball and we're still behind," he told Sky Sports.

Burns faced the first and last deliveries of day two, finishing on 125 not out, though Australia missed a chance to dismiss him leg before wicket by not reviewing Nathan Lyon's delivery when the batter was on 21.

The 28-year-old left-hander, who has an unorthodox style, finally arrived at his first century in his eighth test with a single against Lyon but had to wait for confirmation from the TV umpire that he had safely made his ground.

Ben Stokes (38 not out) is the other batter at the crease and has an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 73 runs with Burns.

Burns shared the key partnership of the day — 132 runs for the second wicket with captain Joe Root (57) — after England resumed on 10-0 and quickly lost opener Jason Roy (10).

Root, who was playing at No. 3 instead of his preferred No. 4 slot, was the only batter out in the afternoon session. Peter Siddle reacted quickly by sticking out his right hand — with the umpire already making plans to get out of the way of Root's shot — and caught and bowled the England captain at 154-2.

Like Burns, Root had also enjoyed an early escape. When he was on 9, Root was given out caught behind off pacer James Pattinson. He successfully reviewed the decision with the video showing Root did not touch the ball, which actually hit his off stump but failed to dislodge the bail. An amused Pattinson checked the bail was not attached to the stumps by lifting it in the air with his hand.

Root was given out for the second time on 14, lbw to Siddle, but he again reviewed and replays showed an inside edge, the latest in a list of errors in this match from the on-field umpires.

After convincing the umpires to provide another ball, Australia hit back in the evening session by claiming Joe Denly (18) and Jos Buttler (5) before Burns and Stokes — man of the match in England's winning World Cup final against New Zealand last month — came together on 194-4.

England had reached tea at 170-2 after going to lunch at 71-1.

Pattinson took 2-54 for Australia and Siddle was the most economical bowler with 1-43 off 21 overs.

Australia scored 284 all out Thursday when Steve Smith rescued the team with a brilliant 144 on his return to test cricket after a ban for ball-tampering. Australia had stumbled to 122-8.

Australia holds the Ashes, the urn traditionally awarded to the winner of cricket's oldest regular international series, but England went into the five-test series after winning its first-ever World Cup title in the one-day format. It hasn't lost an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.


Gasly and Verstappen lead Hungarian GP 2nd practice

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherland's prepares for the second practice session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly finished ahead of teammate Max Verstappen in a rain-affected second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.

After engine problems ended his first session early, Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest behind McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, the championship leader who had the best time in the morning.

With light rain making for a slippery circuit, Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon lost control of his car a few minutes into the second practice and it slid sideways into the barriers at Turn 14.

The red flag came out, suspending the session for a few minutes while Albon's damaged car was removed.

When the session re-started most drivers stayed in the garage as teams figured which tire choices to fit. That made for the rare sight of only one car on track — the bright orange McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr. contrasting with the gray clouds as fans huddled under umbrellas.

"It's a bit frustrating: one second it's wet, one second it's dry," Williams driver George Russell said. "I feel a bit sorry for the fans."

With about 20 minutes left in the 90-minute session, drivers started to come out slowly.

"There's no stagnant water but it's wet everywhere," said Vettel, who had the 13th time.

Earlier Friday, Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first practice, while Bottas could not even set one.

Bottas, who is fighting for his Mercedes future and crashed last weekend while chasing a podium position at the German GP, headed out onto the track but was recalled by his team after they detected a misfire in the engine and had to change the power unit.

Hamilton placed narrowly ahead of Verstappen, who won the rain-soaked and chaotic German GP with a brilliant drive, and .166 clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in overcast conditions.

Verstappen had a couple of nervy moments, spinning his car twice.

Gasly had the fourth best time in P1, about half a second behind Hamilton — who finished ninth in Germany but still extended his overall lead over second-place Bottas to 41 points.

The Hungarian GP is the last race of the season before the summer break.


Gleyber Torres hits slam, Yankees beat Red Sox 4-2

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres hits a grand slam during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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New York (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit a first-inning grand slam, left-hander James Paxton cruised after that and the New York Yankees three-hit the Boston Red Sox in a 4-2 victory Friday night.

Boston has lost five straight for the first time since 2015 and dropped 11 ½  games behind first-place New York in the AL East.

Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer during yet another rocky first inning by Paxton, but Torres bailed him out with his slam off Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5). Paxton (6-6) struck out the side in the second and completed six innings on 100 pitches, allowing two hits and two runs with six strikeouts.

New York earned its major league-leading 35th comeback win.

Yankees relievers Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton pitched a scoreless inning each, and Aroldis Chapman was perfect in the ninth for his 28th save.

BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Freddy Galvis had a home run among his three hits, Brandon Drury also went deep and the Toronto beat Baltimore for its season-high fifth straight victory.

Galvis hit his 17th homer in the fourth inning off Aaron Brooks (2-5) and Drury connected in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. Toronto has seven home runs in the first two games of the series and a major league-leading 81 since June 16.

Chris Davis homered for the Orioles in this matchup between the last two teams in the AL East standings.

Five pitchers combined to limit Baltimore to two runs in a second straight game. Wilmer Font served as the opener, Nick Kingham (3-1) worked three innings and Derek Law got the last six outs for his first save.

INDIANS 7, ANGELS 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yasiel Puig drove in his first two runs for Cleveland and Mike Clevinger won his fifth straight by beating Los Angeles.

Puig had RBI singles in the first and second, helping Cleveland take an early 6-1 lead.

Clevinger (6-2) gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings — a solo homer to Mike Trout in the first. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out eight.

Roberto Perez hit his 19th home run of the season in the third.

Taylor Cole (1-2) made his fifth start of the season. The right-hander allowed four runs and retired one batter before being replaced.

CUBS 6, BREWERS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez homered and drove in three runs, and Chicago dealt Milwaukee its fourth loss in five games.

José Quintana pitched into the seventh inning and Jason Heyward also went deep for Chicago.

Báez had two doubles and scored twice. Quintana (9-7) also singled in a run as he won his fifth straight decision. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five.

Three Cubs relievers finished with three scoreless innings.

Ryan Braun hit a solo shot and doubled for Milwaukee. Zach Davies (8-5) allowed four runs in four innings.

Christian Yelich went 0 for 4, ending his career-best 19-game hitting streak.

REDS 5, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs, Alex Wood pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and Cincinnati beat NL East-leading Atlanta.

Wood (1-0) was sharp in his second start since returning from a season-long back injury, allowing five baserunners and solo homers to Austin Riley in the fifth and Ronald Acuña Jr. in the sixth. Wood struck out five.

Raisel Iglesias earned his 21st save in 24 chances.

Atlanta starter Kevin Gausman (3-7) struggled in his second straight start, giving up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

PIRATES 8, METS 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte's three-run homer in the seventh inning broke open a tight game and Pittsburgh snapped New York's seven-game winning streak.

The Pirates led 5-4 when Marte turned on a pitch from Tyler Bashlor and sent it into the seats in left field for his 19th home run of season.

Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double during Pittsburgh's five-run fourth inning against Steven Matz (6-7). José Osuna had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates.

Trevor Williams (4-4) overcame a shaky start to pick up his first victory since May 10.

Pete Alonzo, Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario all had two hits apiece for the Mets.


Man United set to pay $97M for defender Maguire

Leicester City's Harry Maguire. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Rob Harris

London (AP) — Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transfer for the 26-year-old Maguire has yet to be finalized.

United has been pursuing the center back for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England and finally agreed to Leicester's asking price with just a week remaining in this summer transfer window ahead of the Premier League season opening.

The fee eclipses the deals for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Ajax for Juventus last month for 75 million euros (then $85 million), and for Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool from Southampton for up to 75 million pounds in January 2018.

Leicester's hand in the negotiations with United was strengthened by Maguire signing a new five-year contract last September. Leicester will be receiving 80 million pounds two years after paying around a fifth of that fee to sign Maguire from Hull.

As it stands, Maguire will be the seventh central defender at United going into the season, alongside Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Axel Tuanzebe.

United opens its campaign against Chelsea on Aug. 11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is trying to return to the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.


Smith returns with 144 to rescue Australia in 1st Ashes test

Australia's Steven Smith celebrates after scoring a century during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Birmingham, England (AP) — Steve Smith scored 144 on his return to test cricket after a ban for ball-tampering as Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.

England openers Rory Burns (4 not out) and Jason Roy (6 not out) survived two overs to reach stumps at 10-0 in the first test.

Smith and Peter Siddle came to the rescue of Australia's first innings with an 88-run partnership for the ninth wicket at Edgbaston, and Smith then shared 74 runs with Nathan Lyon (12 not out) for the last wicket in an extraordinary turnaround.

Smith was finally bowled while trying to smash Stuart Broad. The former captain's brilliant 219-ball knock, which provided more than half his team's runs, included two sixes and 16 fours.

Smith earned his first test ton — and 24th test century overall in only 65 games — after a 12-month suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018. He reached his century by hitting Ben Stokes to the boundary, triggering lots of boos and plenty of applause from the Birmingham crowd.

Siddle, who was selected for his bowling, hit a valuable 44 before he sent a delivery from offspinner Mooen Ali to Jos Buttler at short leg.

England had reduced Australia to 154-8 at tea after the visitors chose to bat and reached 83-3 in overcast conditions at lunch. But Smith and Siddle started to dominate after tea when play resumed following a short rain delay.

"I thought we bowled fantastically well this morning, going a bowler down was tricky for the guys to keep going," Buttler told Sky Sports. "But it was an exceptional innings from Smith and we will see what kind of score that is tomorrow."

Broad took 5-86 to reach the 100 mark for Ashes wickets, and Chris Woakes got 3-58.

Jimmy Anderson, England's record test wicket-taker, bowled four tight overs for only one run before the 37-year-old left the field in the morning and went for a scan on his right calf.

Earlier, Australian openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, out for a combined 10 runs, were easy to spot as players wore names and numbers on their shirts for the first time in test history. The pair walked out to chants of "Cheat, cheat, cheat," with some England fans waving pieces of sandpaper. Bancroft was playing his first test since a nine-month suspension for ball-tampering. He was banned along with Smith and Warner, both of whom were suspended for a year.

Smith shared his first important partnership of the day — 64 runs with Travis Head — which ended with Head leg before wicket for 35 against Woakes on a day which had been dominated by lbw dismissals and reviews, including a successful one by Smith.

Australia holds the Ashes, the urn traditionally awarded to the winner of cricket's oldest regular international series, but England goes into the five-test series after winning its first-ever World Cup title in the one-day format. It hasn't lost an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.


Buhai leads by 1 over Kang, Shibuno at Women's British Open

South Korea's Park Sung-hyun plays off the 12th tee on day one of the AIG Women's British Open at Woburn Golf Club, Little Brickhill, England, Thursday Aug. 1, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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Milton Keynes, England (AP) — Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Women's British Open on Thursday.

Buhai finished just ahead of Japan's Hinako Shibuno and American Danielle Kang, who each had a bogey in rounds of 66.

"In my last few tournaments I've had three good rounds and one not so good round, so I'm hoping this is the week I can do four good rounds," said Buhai, whose best finish this year is a tie for 11th. "The last few weeks I have been just trying to stay mellow and keep everything in check, and it seems to be helping."

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko, seeking her third major title of the year after winning last week's Evian Championship in France, was well positioned after a 68.

"I'm not tired yet," Ko said. "I will do my best for this week, and then I had just great playing today, so I'm just happy."

Buhai, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, made her only bogey on the par-5 11th but responded with three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16. Her best previous British Open finish was a tie for 30th in 2017.

"I had a bit of a wobble in the middle of my round, and to finish with three birdies and come in strong — I had a goal when I saw the lead was 6 to get to 7, so I holed like a 30-footer on the 16th hole and that got me to 7," she said.

Playing on her home Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club, Charley Hull delighted fans with a bogey-free 67. Hull, who suffered from food poisoning at last week's Evian Championship, showed no lingering ill effects.

"Sometimes it's harder when it's your home golf course because you know where not to hit it as well as where to hit it," Hull said. "Like today, for instance, the 13th hole, it's the first time I've hit that fairway for about three years, so I was quite happy about it."

Kang, who won the Women's PGA Championship two years ago for her only major, missed the cut last week at the Evian Championship, allowing her to arrive early for the second of back-to-back majors.

"There might have been a little bit of a blessing in disguise that I missed the cut last week because I came here on Saturday actually and I got a lot of rest, I played a few rounds," Kang said. "I like being prepared in a proper way and competing in a proper way."

Joining Hull at 5 under were second-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Moriya Jutanugarn and Megan Khang.

U.S. Women's Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and Ariya Jutanugarn shot 68 along with Ko. Defending champion Georgia Hall opened with a 69.

"I think it's important for me to take all the emotions in and really enjoy it. I loved it out there today," Hall said. "I just loved having so much support."

Lexi Thompson, whose wayward passport after the Evian Championship caused a delay for a van carrying golf bags for nearly 40 players to Woburn, opened with a 71.


Canada wins Pan Am gold, Olympic berth at artistic swimming

Members of Canada's artistic swimming team compete for the gold medal in the free routine event at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Luis Andres Henao

Lima, Peru (AP) — After they soared with acrobatic skills in the water, Canada's Claudia Holzner and Jacqueline Simoneau embraced Halle Pratt, who wept tears of joy when they won the artistic swimming overall team gold Wednesday at the Pan American Games and an Olympic ticket to Tokyo 2020.

"I'm just so happy now. It's been a dream since I was a little girl," said Pratt, whose father Jasen Pratt won a bronze medal in 400-meter individual medley swimming at the Havana 1991 Pan Am Games.

"My dad swam for the national team for a long time," she said. "He went to the Pan Ams and won a bronze medal, but he never got to qualify for the Olympics, so this is really special."

Canada swept the competition, winning duet and team as they did back at home in Toronto 2015, which was then known as synchronized swimming and not an Olympic qualifier. Mexico won silver and the U.S. earned bronze.

"We've swum this routine thousands of times," Simoneau said. "So, I think we are able to put it on autopilot and really just enjoy the moment of being together."

On their way to receiving their gold medal, the nine members of the Canadian team put their hands together in a circle and yelled 'ya boys!' a chant that they used throughout the tournament to lift their spirits before they dove in the water.

"Since we got here our coach randomly started calling us by boy's names," Pratt said, "Like a guy's name in relation to what our real name is. So all week we've been going, 'ya boys!'"

Holzner and Simoneau won the duet with a score of 180.0343 over Mexico's Nuria Diosdado and Joana Jiménez's 174.3661 points. Americans Anita Alvarez and Ruby Remati took bronze with 170.6698 points.

"It was such a special moment," Holzner said. "Before we swam our coach Gabor (Szauder) was like: 'Jackie, go for a second Olympics', and 'Claudia, become an Olympian'."


Arsenal breaks transfer record to sign Pepe from Lille

In this Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 file photo, Lille's Nicolas Pepe, center, is shown in action during a French League One soccer match against Nantes. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Associated Press

London (AP) — Arsenal has broken its transfer record to sign winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille as the London club tries to return to the Champions League.

The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international is moving to the Premier League in a transfer deal worth a reported 80 million euros ($89 million).

Pepe's move, announced Thursday, eclipses the 55 million pounds ($67 million) spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 as Arsenal adds another attacking option to a squad that finished fifth last season.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says, "Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe. Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I'm delighted he's joining. He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team."

Pepe started out as a goalkeeper before reverting to being an outfield player during his time with amateur side Poitiers.

A switch to Angers followed before he moved to Lille in 2017, scoring 35 league goals in his two seasons with last year's runner-up in the French league.

Arsenal will be playing in the second-tier Europa League again after losing in that league's final to rival Chelsea and failing to finish in the Premier League's top four.


Intensity ready to ignite as England aims to reclaim Ashes

Australia's Steve Smith bats during a nets session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Tuesday July 30, 2019. Australia will face off against England in their first cricket Ashes Test match starting Aug. 1. (David Davies/PA via AP)

John Pye

Birmingham (AP) - The Ashes would have come to nothing without a bit of friction.

It's the heat of the contest between England and its distant former convict colony, Australia, which makes cricket's oldest regular international series also the most storied.

Australia holds the famous urn after a 4-0 series win Down Under in 2017-18, but England is still on a high just a couple of weeks after winning its first ever World Cup title in the one-day format and hasn't lost an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.

The final buildup this week to the five-test series started out dryly, with a cheeky reminder at Edgbaston when the Australians arrived to see some details of their World Cup semifinal loss to England still on the scoreboard.

It was taken in good humor, perhaps a sign of the more cordial approach to the game taken recently by Australian cricketers in the wake of a cheating scandal in South Africa last year that led to harsh sanctions for then captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening bat Cameron Bancroft.

"It is weird Aussies trying to be nice to you," New Zealand-born allrounder Ben Stokes, who was the star of England's dramatic World Cup final win over New Zealand and is vice-captain of the test team, said of the Ashes preliminaries. But, "there is always something that happens between teams in Ashes series and I don't think this will be any different. Both teams are desperate to win, both sets of players are desperate to perform.

"It's where you are scrutinized or criticized more ... everyone knows that," he added. "So I can assure you there will be some sort of theater that goes on out there."

Smith and Warner returned from 12-month bans to play roles in the Australian one-day squad's attempt to defend the World Cup, which ended in that semifinal loss at Edgbaston on July 11. Bancroft had a shorter ban despite being a key figure in the so-called Sandpapergate, but has taken a longer route back to the national team, and a likely recall for the first test.

National daily The Australian prefaced the trio's expected test return with the nuanced headline: "Getting the banned back together."

Bancroft played county cricket in England while the Australian ODI team contested the World Cup, and topped the scoring in a low-scoring intra-squad trial at Southampton last week that selectors treated as a form guide for the test XI.

South African broadcasters caught Bancroft scratching the surface of the match ball with sandpaper during a test in Cape Town last March — part of clumsy plot to alter the condition of the ball for Australia's bowlers. The backlash in Australia was fierce, and the punishments the harshest ever meted out for such an incident.

England's famous Barmy Army of fans has promised plenty of banter directed at the Aussies but with grizzled Ashes veterans Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting in the coaching set up and Steve Waugh on board as a mentor, the visiting team is unlikely to be unnerved.

"Steven and David have had a pretty good dress rehearsal during the World Cup and I thought they were brilliant in how they responded to it," Langer said. "They kept smiling their way through it and it will be no different in the Ashes series."

Langer said he was proud of how the banned players had returned to the international scene, admitting it "would be a great story" if Bancroft returns to the top order with Warner and Smith and likely Usman Khawaja. Surprisingly, there's more conjecture over the selections in the pace bowling group with the return of James Pattinson putting pressure on Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

The dust had almost settled on the Ashes by 2005, with Australia winning eight consecutive series from 1989 to 2002-03. But a freak injury to then Australian pace spearhead Glenn McGrath helped change the course of history.

McGrath, player of the match in Australia's series-opening win at Lord's, injured his ankle in the warm-up before the second test at Edgbaston after stepping on a ball, and missed the match. England hung on to win by two runs and went on to win the series, ending Australia's 17-year domination.

Jimmy Anderson, who had made his test debut but missed that 2005 series, is still around to lead an England attack expected to exploit the conditions and reverse swing that is more prominent with the Duke balls.

The 37-year-old Anderson, part of three winning Ashes campaigns, is readying to rejoin an England team coming off a stuttering win over Ireland at Lord's last week. Stuart Broad took seven wickets in that match as the English bowlers rallied to avoid a major post-World Cup letdown.


Pirates, Reds await suspensions for latest brawl

Pittsburgh Pirates' Kyle Crick (30) and Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez, left, and Amir Garrett, center right, are part of a brawl during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Joe Kay

Cincinnati (AP) — Major League Baseball is reviewing video of the latest fight between the Pirates and Reds, with Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle expecting suspensions on both sides.

Reds manager David Bell faces a significant suspension for running onto the field and going after Hurdle during the ninth inning of Pittsburgh's 11-4 win Tuesday night. Bell already had been ejected from the game.

Hurdle spoke with Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre on Wednesday before an afternoon game against the Reds that concludes their raucous series. Hurdle said MLB was reviewing video of the numerous confrontations during the game, which turned into a fight in the ninth when Reds reliever Amir Garrett charged the Pittsburgh dugout.

Four from each team were ejected, including about-to-be-traded Yasiel Puig.

"Yeah, I anticipate suspensions, and seeing some of the things that our guys were involved with, there definitely could be ramifications coming our way as well," Hurdle said.

The NL Central rivals have a history of run-ins that crept into this season when Derek Dietrich admired his home run at PNC Park in April, prompting a fracas. Puig was at the center of the fight, taking on the Pirates by himself at one point. Puig got a two-game suspension and Bell a one-game ban.

Tempers flared again Tuesday night in the eighth inning when Keone Kela threw up-and-in to Dietrich. Joey Votto yelled into the Pirates dugout between innings, taking exception to the pitch. Separately, Bell was ejected for arguing after a strike was called with Puig at bat in the eighth.

Jared Hughes hit Starling Marte with his first pitch in the ninth, bringing things to a boil. Garrett later traded words from the mound with Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams, who was in the dugout. Garrett ran to the dugout and started swinging as the benches emptied.

Bell emerged from the Reds dugout and ran across the field toward Hurdle, who was shoved to the ground. Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein got Bell in a headlock. Bell screamed profanities at Hurdle as he left the field.

"There's a lot of adrenaline and even rage," Bell said Wednesday.

Bell contends the Pirates throw at batters purposely and has complained that Major League Baseball hasn't clamped down. Bell and Hurdle exchanged lineup cards with the umpires before Wednesday's game but didn't interact.

Asked if he would talk to Hurdle about what happened, Bell said, "I told him exactly how I felt about it last night."

Hurdle pointed out pregame Wednesday that he was hit in the head three times as a player. He said he's never told one of his pitchers to throw at a hitter, contrary to Bell's opinion.

"He's going to think what he thinks, he's going to feel what he feels," Hurdle said. "I just shared with him, as he was telling me what I was (during the brawl), I just said you have no idea what you're talking about."

Bell, Puig, Garrett and bench coach Freddie Benavides were ejected from the Reds. Williams, Chris Archer, Kyle Crick and Francisco Cervelli — who is on the injured list — were ejected from the Pirates.

Garrett said Wednesday that he can't explain how he lost his cool and charged the Pirates dugout.

"I don't know what to say," Garrett said. "I got out of character. That's not my character. I don't pretend to be a tough guy."


Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards

Juventus soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo speaks after receiving the Lifetime Achievement award given by the Spanish sports paper 'Marca', in Madrid, Spain, Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Associated Press

Geneva (AP) — Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the 10 candidates for the FIFA best player award announced Wednesday. United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award.

Ronaldo and Messi were joined by three Liverpool players, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. Liverpool won the Champions League title in June.

Also in the list were Ajax players Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, who have since joined Barcelona and Juventus, respectively, along with former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.

Luka Modric, who won the award last year after leading Croatia to the World Cup final, was not on the list.

Rapinoe was in a list of 12 players that included teammates Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz. Ada Hegerberg, a Norway forward who won the Ballon d'Or but skipped this year's World Cup, was also nominated.

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was nominated for best coach along with Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham.

United States coach Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cup titles before stepping down after more than five years in charge, was nominated for the award for the best coach in women's soccer.

Three finalists in each category - best male player, best female player, best coach in men's soccer and best coach in women's soccer - will be announced before the ceremony in Milan on Sept. 23.

The winners will be voted by national team coaches and captains, selected media and online fan voting.


Andy Murray, brother Jamie advance in doubles at Citi Open

Andy Murray, left, and Jamie Murray, right, both of Britain, bump fists during a doubles match in the Citi Open tennis tournament against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, both of France, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray have advanced in doubles at the Citi Open.

The Scottish Murray brothers beat France's Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-7(7), 10-5 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. They rallied to win on their fourth match point.

Former No. 1-ranked Andy Murray and his brother, who was once ranked No. 1 in doubles, are teaming up for the first time since 2016. The field at the Citi Open features the top 10 doubles players in the world.

In singles action, fifth-seeded John Isner beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4, and eighth-seeded Milos Raonic defeated American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-1, 6-4. Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas faces wild card Tommy Paul under the lights on stadium court.

On the women's side, No. 3 seed Sofia Kenin was upset by fellow American Lauren Davis, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, and Jessica Pegula beat Iga Swiatek 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Kenin's exit followed a stunning Tuesday when top-seeded Sloane Stephens and Wimbledon star Coco Gauff were knocked out of the tournament.


Australian swimming embarrassed after positive drug test

China's Sun Yang, centre, holds up his gold medal as silver medalist Australia's Mack Horton, left, stands away from the podium after the men's 400m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Sunday, July 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Dennis Passa

Sydney (AP) - If only the world championships ended as well as it started for the swimmers from Down Under.

The much-vaunted Australian squad had an impressive but controversial beginning on the opening day of the swimming program — an upset win by 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus over three-time 400-meter freestyle champion American Kate Ledecky.

Then there was a high-profile shunning by Mack Horton of his 400-meter freestyle opponent Sun Yang.

Horton, angry that swimming's world governing body allowed Sun to compete at the world championships before his Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing into a clash with drug testers, refused to stand on the podium after finishing second to the Chinese star.

Horton was roundly criticized in China, but was given a standing ovation by fellow swimmers when he returned to the dining hall later that night at the athletes' village.

Sprint ahead to the final weekend at Gwangju, South Korea, where Australia was on its way to completing a meet total of five gold, nine silver and five bronze medals — second only to the United States' 27 in total, 14 gold. Suddenly, the Aussie team was tainted by a doping case of its own — and, it seems, not a single person on the team knew.

People who live in glass houses ... well, a lot of people in Australia could have finished the rest of that sentence.

Shayna Jack's A and B doping samples tested positive for Ligandrol, a banned substance which the 20-year-old swimmer said can be found in supplements. But it's often a drug that body builders use to increase muscle mass.

Swimming Australia was on the back foot through most of the episode.

Jack continues to deny any knowledge of how the banned substance came to be in her system. The A sample results were given to her on July 12, the B sample on July 19, only two days before the swimming events began at the world titles. Jack had already been sent home from a pre-meet training camp, with Swimming Australia saying her departure was for personal reasons.

That means her B sample was returned to her eight days before her failed test became public, news which directly contradicted statements made by Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell after the doping story broke.

And on the Saturday night, shortly after it emerged that Jack had tested positive in an out-of-competition test in late June, Swimming Australia refused to let head coach Jacco Verhaeren appear before the media. That forced swimmer Cate Campbell to answer some uncomfortable questions she should never have been made to answer.

Russell faced the media Sunday and said Swimming Australia did not divulge the positive test because the B sample had not been received, and that it had an agreement with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority not to release doping positives until both samples had been received.

Former ASADA head Richard Ings disagreed. "If Swimming Australia are suggesting that their anti-doping policy forbids them from announcing the Jack provisional suspension, they are wrong," Ings said on Twitter. "The explanation that 'I have no idea where it came from and I'd never take anything intentionally' unfortunately is the excuse used in every one of these cases."

Russell said she was "distressed" to see Horton make his podium protest while being unaware of Jack's positive test.

But the bungling by Swimming Australia brought back memories of just six years ago when a damning independent report was released following the swim team's poor performance at the 2012 London Olympics, its worst since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

The report released in 2013, and commissioned after allegations of some swimmers using a drug called Stillnox to help them sleep, highlighted a "toxic" culture including drunkenness, misusing prescription drugs, breaking curfews and bullying; and a lack of discipline, accountability, transparency and communication.

If Swimming Australia still has a few issues among those points to improve on, at least they have a year before the Tokyo Olympics to do so.  Australia will go in as the United States' biggest threat in many of the individual races and relays in the Olympic pool.

"While an Australian athlete returning an adverse result is both bitterly disappointing and embarrassing to our team, our sport and our country, it does not in any way change the zero tolerance view that Swimming Australia has and our continuing fight for a clean sport," Russell said.

Only time will tell if that's the case. And if Swimming Australia is able to better handle the situation if there is a next time.


Smyly tosses 7 shutout innings, leads Phillies past Giants

Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco hits an RBI ground ball to score J.T. Realmuto during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Dan Gelston

Philadelphia (AP) — Drew Smyly tossed seven shutout innings and Rhys Hoskins homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

The Phillies took the first game of a three-game set between teams in the hunt for an NL wild card spot. It was the first of seven games the teams will play against each other over the next two weeks, and they could go a long way toward deciding which might play in October.

The Giants had won 12 of 15 and 19 of 24 to jump back into the playoff picture, but couldn't solve Smyly (2-5) in his second start for the Phillies.

Smyly allowed a run in six innings in his first start for the Phillies and was just as sharp against the Giants. The 30-year-old Smyly, signed last week after he opted out of a minor league deal with Milwaukee, could be a needed boost to a pitching rotation in flux. Smyly scattered four hits, struck out five and was never in any serious trouble, helping to send the Giants to their seventh straight loss in Philadelphia.

He should have stuck around at least another inning. Nick Pivetta continued to struggle in relief and allowed pinch-hit homers to Brandon Belt and Stephen Vogt in the eighth to make it 4-2.

Hector Neris worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, the Phillies made a move this week to solidify their rotation for the stretch run when they acquired left-hander Jason Vargas from the New York Mets. The 36-year-old is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA, winning his last three starts. Vargas is 98-95 with a 4.26 ERA in 266 starts and 21 relief appearances with five big league teams. He won 18 games for the Royals in 2017 and was part of their World Series championship team in 2015.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Vargas is likely to make his first start Friday against the Chicago White Sox. Vargas joins a rotation that desperately needs another arm behind Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez and Jake Arrieta to make a serious playoff push.

"It's a rotation that we're confident gives us a chance," Kapler said. "I believe we'll be battling for a playoff spot till the end."

They'll battle for now with struggling righty Zach Eflin in the bullpen. The Phillies cleared a spot for Vargas in the rotation by dumping Eflin, who allowed seven or more runs in three of his last four starts, and hope he can work out his problems in relief. Eflin joins fellow former starter Pivetta in the bullpen, and Vince Velasquez just made a return to the rotation after a brief stint as a reliever.

"I still believe wholeheartedly that I'm a starter," Eflin said. "But if that's what the team needs, then I'm going to be there for them. It's ultimately not my decision."

The Phillies scored twice off Giants starter Tyler Beede (3-5) in the fourth inning and then chased him after with two more runs in the fifth. Beede walked Bryce Harper, and Hoskins followed with a shot to center for his 23rd homer of the year and a 4-0 lead.


Semenya won't defend 800 world title after court setback

In this Friday, May 3, 2019 file photo, South Africa's Caster Semenya crosses the line to win the gold in the women's 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Associated Press

Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — Caster Semenya won't defend her title in the 800 meters at the world championships this fall after a Swiss court overturned a temporary ruling that allowed her to compete in international events without taking testosterone-suppressing drugs.

Semenya is locked in a court battle with the IAAF, track and field's governing body, over rules that require her to take the drugs to counter her naturally high testosterone levels. On Tuesday, a judge from the Swiss Federal Supreme Court reversed a June ruling that had temporarily thrown out the IAAF regulations upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport while her appeal is pending.

Semenya, a 28-year-old from South Africa, was legally classified as female at birth and has identified as female her whole life. She was born with the typical male XY chromosome pattern and a condition that results in male and female biological characteristics and testosterone higher than the typical female range. The IAAF has argued that athletes with her condition are "biologically male," an assertion that Semenya calls "deeply hurtful."

"I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title, but this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned," Semenya said in a statement.

She is a two-time Olympic champion in the 800, including in 2012 when she was taking hormone suppressants, which she said had side effects including weight gain, nausea, fevers and abdominal pain. Tuesday's ruling means she cannot compete in events ranging from the 400 to the mile. The world championships are Sept. 28-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.

Semenya has pledged not to take drugs to lower her testosterone again and said she could drop down to sprints or scale up to longer distances if she can no longer compete in the 800, her signature event.

In April, the CAS upheld IAAF's regulations governing athletes with Semenya's condition, known as "difference of sex development." Semenya appealed to the Swiss federal court, which has limited power to review the CAS decision.

The court found that Semenya's appeal "does not appear with high probability to be well founded," in part because the court is bound by the CAS finding that Semenya's condition "has a direct impact on performance in sport, which could never be achieved by other women."

Dorothee Schramm, the lawyer leading Caster's appeal, said Tuesday's decision was a setback but not a defeat.

"The judge's procedural decision has no impact on the appeal itself. We will continue to pursue Caster's appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights," Schramm said. "A race is always decided at the finish line."


NZ coach Hansen cuts 5 players ahead of Bledisloe Cup tests

New Zealand's Sam Whitelock attempts to break through the South African defense during a Rugby Championship match between the All Blacks and South Africa in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ross Setford)

Steve McMorran

Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — The group of All Blacks players entrusted to defend the Rugby World Cup took clearer shape Wednesday when coach Steve Hansen cut his 39-man Rugby Championship squad to 34 for two Bledisloe Cup tests against Australia.

Hansen cut hooker Asafo Aumua, flyhalf Josh Ioane, prop Karl Tu'inukuafe and backrowers Dalton Papali'i and Shannon Frizell from his larger squad. Those players now appear unlikely to feature in the World Cup, barring injuries.

The New Zealand squad will be further cut to 31 players for the World Cup after the tests against Australia at Perth on Aug. 11 and at Auckland on Aug. 17.

Prop Nepo Laulala and center Sonny Bill Williams will play for Counties Manukau in the first round of New Zealand's provincial championship on Saturday. Laulala will then join the All Blacks squad in Perth, Williams will play for Counties Manukau again on Aug. 10 before returning for the Auckland test.

The All Blacks are now under pressure to produce a convincing performance in the Bledisloe Cup series after substandard performances in Rugby Championship tests against Argentina and South Africa.

"The Bledisloe Cup is the second-most important trophy for us after the Rugby World Cup," Hansen said. "Bledisloe Cup tests are always massive tests.

"We know that the Wallabies will be confident after their win over Argentina and desperate to win this first match, so we're looking forward to getting to Perth and getting into our test preparation."

The All Blacks opened the Rugby Championship with a 20-16 away win over Argentina, and then conceded a late try in a 16-16 draw with South Africa at home last weekend.

It was a solid hit out for both teams ahead of their next match — a World Cup group game at Yokohama on Sept. 21.

The trip across the Tasman for the Bledisloe Cup will be considerably longer than usual for the New Zealanders, who will play a test in Perth on Australia's west coast for the first time. Hansen said it would be a time for fine-tuning and team bonding.

"Two weeks together will give us solid preparation toward growing our game, understanding and getting our execution honed, so that's exciting," he said.

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New Zealand squad: Forwards, Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Atu Moli, Angus Ta'avao, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Jackson Hemopo, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Luke Jacobson, Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Matt Todd. Backs, T.J. Perenara, Aaron Smith, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo'unga, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Braydon Ennor, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Rieko Ioane, Sevu Reece, Ben Smith.
 


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