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)
The times on the speed gun kept on
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
Players are recommended to wear the
guards, but aren't forced to. Smith doesn't and is among those who feel they
"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
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,
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
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
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
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
"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 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
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.
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.
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
"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
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
"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,"
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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
(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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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.
Ashes tests are intense
encounters but fielders and batters from England and Australia
appeared united in one thing: they didn't trust the umpiring
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.
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."
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 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)
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)
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
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.
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
United forward Wayne Rooney is shown in action in this file photo
dated Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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
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
"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
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)
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
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
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
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,"
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
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)
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:
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.
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.
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."
England confirmed Tuesday that Anderson, its
record test-wicket taker, will miss the second test with an injured
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
Edgbaston is seen as England's most hostile
venue for cricketing visitors with its raucous soccer-style
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mets beat Marlins 6-2, reach .500 for 1st time since May
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)
New York (AP) — Back at .500 for the
first time since late May, the New York Mets hope this spurt is just
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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)
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
"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
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)
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
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)
Lapping two seconds slower than Vettel by Lap
6, Bottas came in for a front wing change, following contact with
Bottas also had a near miss when overtaking
Lance Stroll, just about avoiding contact with the Racing Point
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
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
"Keep the pressure on," was the blunt reply.
"I can't keep the pressure on," Hamilton
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
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
Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, is 96 points
behind Hamilton in fourth place and has not won any of the past 20
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)
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
"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
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
Defending champion Georgia Hall (73) tied for
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)
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 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
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
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
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)
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
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
"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
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)
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
Boston has lost five straight for the first time
since 2015 and dropped 11 ½ games behind first-place New York in the AL
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
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
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
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
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
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
City's Harry Maguire. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
"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
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)
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
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)
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
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
"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)
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
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
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
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
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
Ronaldo, Messi, Rapinoe nominated for FIFA awards
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)
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
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.
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
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)
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
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
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)
Sydney (AP) - If only the world
championships ended as well as it started for the swimmers from Down
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
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
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
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
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
Hector Neris worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th
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
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
"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
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)
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
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
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
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
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)
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,
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.
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.