United’s troubles deepen as Madrid and Bayern grab tense wins
forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures to a teammate during the Champions League
group H soccer match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford
stadium in Manchester, Tuesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester (AP) - Even as Real
Madrid and Bayern Munich returned to winning ways, Manchester United's
troubles only deepened.
After again failing to arrive on time
by bus for a Champions League game — except for Jose Mourinho, who walked
from his hotel — United seemed stuck in a lower gear than Juventus in a 1-0
loss as Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning return to Old Trafford.
That leaves United with just one win
from their last seven games as Mourinho's men struggle to make much headway
on the roads or on the field.
Another embattled coach earned an
unconvincing win as Julen Lopetegui's Real Madrid finally registered their
first win since Sept. 22, though it was only 2-1 against Viktoria Plzen and
there's a "clasico" against Barcelona coming up on Sunday. Bayern continued
to steady the ship after ending a four-game winless run last week, beating a
gritty AEK Athens team 2-0.
The game between Roma and CSKA Moscow
was overshadowed by an incident that left 20 people injured — most of them
visiting fans — after an escalator broke in Rome. Videos showed they were
traveling on an escalator which accelerated, causing passengers to pile up
at the bottom. Italian officials said seven sustained serious injuries.
ALL EYES ON RONALDO
He didn't score — though it needed a
spectacular save from David de Gea to stop him — but Ronaldo was the focus
of attention for Juventus against United.
Ronaldo was approached by three fans
who got onto the field in two separate incidents, and took a selfie with two
Paulo Dybala's goal and some tough
defending helped Juventus become the only team in the Champions League so
far to win all their opening three games, and potentially contenders to win
the trophy for the first time in 22 years. United almost had a way back when
Paul Pogba hit the post with a curling shot.
The other two teams in Group H,
Valencia and Young Boys, looked very much like they're playing for third
place in a 1-1 draw which saw Guillaume Hoarau score the first-ever
group-stage goal for Swiss champions Young Boys.
It's not often that Real Madrid fans
have to wait a month for a win, but that's what it took.
Still, beating Plzen 2-1 wasn't enough
to stop the home fans from booing.
The Czech team forced their way back
into the game from 2-0 down thanks to Patrik Hrosovsky's 79th-minute goal,
leaving Madrid to cling on for the three points.
Karim Benzema and Marcelo had earlier
scored for Madrid, whose win shores up their position in Group G, level with
leaders Roma on six points.
Roma won 3-0 against their Russian
visitors. Edin Dzeko scored twice for the hosts as CSKA failed to replicate
the incisive attacks which gave them a win over Madrid in their last
CITY IN CHARGE
Manchester City have bounced back in
style after losing to Lyon in their opening Champions League fixture.
Tuesday's 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk
made it seven games unbeaten since the Lyon match, six of them victories for
Pep Guardiola and his team.
Shakhtar were no trouble for City as
David Silva and Aymeric Laporte made it 2-0 by halftime before Bernardo
Silva finished the job in the 71st. City could have turned the game into a
rout if other chances had gone their way — David Silva hit the post and
Riyad Mahrez narrowly missed three good chances.
City are top of Group F thanks to
Joelinton's stoppage-time equalizer for Hoffenheim against Lyon. The French
team have five points, one less than City, while Shakhtar and Hoffenheim
have two each.
After the stumble of a four-game
winless run in late September and early October, Bayern continued to steady
the ship with their second win in a row.
Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski
scored twice in as many minutes after Bayern finally broke down AEK's
tenacious defense midway through the second half.
That leaves Bayern joint top of Group E
with Ajax, who continue to shine in their first Champions League group stage
campaign for four years.
Benfica had chances to win in
Amsterdam, but it was Ajax's Noussair Mazraoui who scored the only goal of
the game in stoppage time to leave Ajax on seven points. Benfica have three,
while AEK are all but out of contention after three defeats.
Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year's WTA Finals
Wozniacki of Denmark plays a return shot while competing against Petra
Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles match at the WTA
tennis finals in Singapore, Tuesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Singapore (AP) — Defending
champion Caroline Wozniacki earned her first victory at this year's WTA
Finals, beating Petra Kvitova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday.
Elina Svitolina earned her second
straight win in the other group match, outlasting Karolina Pliskova 6-3,
2-6, 6-3. The results mean all four players are still in contention to
advance to the semifinals from the White Group.
Wozniacki, who became the first Danish
woman to win a Grand Slam title at this year's Australian Open, is now 1-1,
while Kvitova is 0-2.
"I played much better today," Wozniacki
said on court after the match. "I returned well. I served well. Against
Petra, she's so powerful, you have to stay on your game. I just tried to
stay focused and get a lot of balls back.
"I always believe in myself and when
I'm out on the court I believe I'm going to win."
Kvitova, who won the WTA Finals title
in her debut appearance at the year-end tournament in 2011, was the one
taking chances on Tuesday. But Wozniacki played steadier defense and waited
for the Czech to make mistakes.
Kvitova finished the match with 40
winners and 40 unforced errors. Wozniacki had 19 winners and 14 unforced
Wozniacki, who broke her opponent in
the first and fifth games of the deciding set, took a medical timeout to
have her left knee bandaged when Kvitova was leading 3-1 in the second.
Svitolina failed to serve out the match
at 5-2 in the third set but converted her third match point in the next game
with a forehand winner.
The most tense moment of the match came
in the third game of the first set, which lasted 15 minutes and went to
deuce 10 times. Svitolina finally held after saving six break points.
"Actually, I was thinking how long we
are playing this game? No more," Svitolina said, smiling. "We were both I
think a little bit struggling with our nerves."
Svitolina only needs to win a set in
her last round-robin match against Wozniacki to reach the semifinals.
Sri Lanka win 5th ODI but England take series 3-1
England's Sam Curran, right, and Liam Plunkett walk off the field as
it rains during their fifth one-day international cricket match in
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) —
Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with 95 and spin bowler Akila
Dananjaya took four wickets to lead Sri Lanka to a
confidence-boosting 219-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the
fifth and final one-day international against England on Tuesday.
England won the five-match
series 3-1, with the first match ending without a result due to
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh
Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat first and his batsmen
justified his decision by scoring 366-6 in 50 overs. In reply,
England were 132-9 in 26.1 overs when heavy rain interrupted play.
Sri Lanka had kept England well
below the Duckworth/Lewis par score at the stoppage.
Sadeera Samarawickrama made 54,
Chandimal scored 80 and Kusal Mendis struck six sixes for a 33-ball
56 for Sri Lanka.
Fielding respecting but not fearing Canelo in title match
this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, Boxers Canelo Alvarez, left, and
Rocky Fielding pose for photos at Madison Square Garden in New York.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York (AP) — When
Rocky Fielding enters Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, it won't be
his first time in the big arena. It will be his initial visit for a
boxing event — his fight against Canelo Alvarez.
The WBA super middleweight
champion will put his belt on the line and be a hefty underdog
against what even Fielding calls "an elite fighter ... the face of
boxing ... a superstar."
Fielding and his girlfriend
took a tour of the Garden a few years ago, then went to a basketball
game. He hoped to someday be in the ring at the Manhattan venue that
Fielding notes is the world's Mecca of boxing. He even imagined it.
"I was coming off my first
defeat and was somewhat down," says the Brit who is 27-1, the loss
to Callum Smith coming just under three years ago. "We came over,
took the tour and returned at night for a basketball game. The
history this arena holds struck me. As a fighter, you connect with
it. And I said one day I would fight here.
"Three years down the road, I
am fighting the biggest name in boxing. In the main event — for my
title. Dreams do come true."
It won't be much of a dream if
Fielding loses, as so many people outside of his camp seem to
expect. Alvarez comes off a draw and then a win over Gennady
Golovkin as middleweights, and a third bout with Triple G is what
the boxing community hankers for.
But Alvarez seeks to join a
group of Mexican fighters with three weight crowns. And while the
money would be massive for a third Golovkin fight, Alvarez does own
a 1-0-1 record against Triple G, though both bouts were very close.
For his part, Fielding
envisions himself as the star of the show in mid-December.
"I know what I am up against, a
tough, elite fighter who has been on pay-per-view and sold out
arenas," he said. "You have to start somewhere; he did. I'm the
world champ and I want to get to that level he is at, and I am
confident of getting that win.
"If I beat Canelo at Madison
Square Garden, I will be up all night and will be the superstar the
next day. To get the win at Madison Square Garden and the win for my
own fans, there will be a new face of boxing and that will be me."
Fielding hasn't faced anyone
close to Alvarez's level, though. He stopped Tyron Zeuge in July for
the WBA crown in his first fight outside of Britain. A bout in
Offenberg, Germany, doesn't quite have the same, uh, ring, as
climbing into the MSG ring with perhaps the best boxer in the world.
For now, Fielding is simply
thrilled to have such a terrific chance to establish himself as a
top guy in the sport.
"I will enjoy every bit of it
that goes now, but taking the background and the noise away on Dec.
15, it's me and Canelo," he says. "This is what I am in the game for
and this is what I trained for since age 9."
Federer tested, beats Krajinovic in Swiss Indoors 1st round
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Serbia's Filip
Krajinovic during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors
tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on
Tuesday, Oct. 23. (Georgios Kefalas/ Keystone via AP)
Basel, Switzerland (AP) —
Roger Federer was tested by Filip Krajinovic before winning 6-2,
4-6, 6-4 in the first round of his hometown tournament Swiss Indoors
Seeking a ninth title at Basel
— where he has once a ball boy and reached the final in his last 11
appearances — Federer last dropped a set in his opening match 10
The top-seeded Swiss seemed in
control after winning seven straight games to take the first set and
lead by a break in the second.
The 35th-ranked Serb then broke
Federer's serve three times, including back-to-back to clinch the
set and level the match.
Federer got the key break early
in the deciding set and reeled off five straight points when facing
three break chances in the sixth game. He clinched the win when
Krajinovic sent a backhand long.
While Federer hit 10 aces, he
also had six double faults and landed fewer than half of his first
Federer next plays Jan-Lennard
Struff on Thursday. The 52nd-ranked German beat Australia's John
Millman, who eliminated Federer at the U.S. Open last month, 7-6
Seventh-seeded Daniil Medvedev,
who is also in Federer's half of the draw, beat Maximilian Marterer
of Germany 6-3, 7-5.
Medvedev next faces Andreas
Seppi, the 34-year-old Italian, who eased past qualifier Taro Daniel
Bolt excluded from Mariners practice until contract resolved
this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Jamaica's Usain Bolt speaks at his
press conference with the Central Coast Mariners soccer team in
Newcastle, Australia. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)
Gosford, Australia (AP) —
Usain Bolt has been excluded from team practice with the Central
Coast Mariners after his management rejected a contract offer.
The eight-time Olympic gold
medalist has been on an indefinite trial period with the A-League
club since August in a bid to become a professional football player.
He scored two goals in a trial
game but wasn't included in the squad for the A-League season opener
last weekend, when Central Coast had a 1-1 draw in Brisbane.
Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said he wasn't aware the club had made an
offer to Bolt.
The Mariners are in talks with
Bolt's agent, Ricky Simms, but have said "without the financial
contribution of an external third-party, it is unlikely that Usain
Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to terms."
"To ensure that there is no
distraction to the A-League squad in preparing for this weekend's
match vs. Melbourne City, Usain Bolt will not attend team training
this week, until and if, the club and Usain Bolt can agree to terms
and formalize an arrangement," the Mariners said in a statement
No details of the offers were
The 32-year-old Bolt retired
from competitive track and field last year and has since explored
options in Germany, South Africa, Norway, and Australia to gain a
professional soccer contract.
His first game for the
Mariners, an exhibition against a selection of amateur players,
attracted a big crowd, and Bolt's bid to join the A-League has
generated plenty of headlines. But some critics have questioned
Bolt's ability to play at an elite level and others have written it
off a publicity stunt.
In a statement, the Mariners
said club officials were trying to keep the football and commercial
"Usain has made great
progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he
will improve further with more individual intensive training and
competitive game time," the statement said. "We are looking at ways
to do this as the club does not have the luxury to be able to do
this in the A-League."
Arsenal beat Leicester 3-1 for 10th straight win
Leicester City's James Madison, left, vies for the ball with
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin during the English Premier League soccer
match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates stadium in
London, Monday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London (AP) — The
brilliance of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept Arsenal
rolling along on Monday.
Ozil scored one goal and helped
set up Aubameyang for two more as Arsenal came from behind to beat
Leicester 3-1 in the English Premier League.
The win was the Gunners' 10th
straight overall, their longest run in 11 years.
It was also their seventh
consecutive league victory and moved them up to fourth place, two
points behind leaders Manchester City.
"We are beginning to play with
heart," first-year Arsenal coach Unai Emery said. "When you continue
to improve your demands are very high. We need to control the
matches more than we are doing now. First half we didn't play well
but then we played with quality and heart. This feeling together is
Leicester made a good start and
were rewarded in the 31st minute when Ben Chilwell charged down the
left side and sent a shot which deflected off Hector Bellerin and
past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal then started to take
control and equalized just before halftime when Ozil made a run from
the midway line, passed to Bellerin on the right and side-footed the
defender's quick return off the inside of the far post.
Though Arsenal carried the
momentum into the second half, it was Leicester who almost regained
the lead as Wilfred Ndidi's header hit the crossbar.
Aubameyang then came off the
bench and needed just three minutes to make an impact as he tucked
home a cross from Bellerin, who had been released down the right
side by Ozil, in the 63rd minute.
Arsenal then wrapped things up
three minutes later with Ozil at the center of a brilliant team
The German let a pass from
Bellerin go through his legs to Alexandre Lacazette and continued
his run into the area.
Lacazette slid a perfect ball
back into Ozil's path and he crossed for Aubameyang, who easily
tapped home at the far post.
"I do not have to tell you how
good a player Mesut Ozil is, he has shown that," defender Shkodran
Mustafi said. "When you give him the opportunities in his favorite
position behind the striker, he has the capability of doing
everything - making goals and scoring. He can make us look very
dangerous going forward."
Stephens beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals
Sloane Stephens of the United States waves to the crowd after
beating Naomi Osaka of Japan in their women's singles match at the
WTA tennis tournament in Singapore on Monday, Oct. 22. (AP
Singapore (AP) — In a
match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came
out on top.
The 2017 champion beat Naomi
Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending
tournament for the top eight players in the world.
Both players are making their
debut appearances at the tournament, but Stephens appeared to be
more composed while Osaka, who became the first Japanese citizen to
win a Grand Slam title last month in New York, never seemed
"I'm just really happy to get
through and play a good competitive match," Stephens said on court
after the match. "I never gave up. I knew she's been playing well
and I'd have to play really good tennis to beat her."
Both players struggled to hold
serve. Osaka was broken on seven of 19 break-point opportunities,
while Stephens was broken on four of 12.
Stephens entered the tournament
with 33 wins this season, the least of any of the eight qualifiers.
She reached her second career Grand Slam final at this year's French
Open, and won the Miami title.
Osaka continually showed her
frustration during the match. When she failed to capitalize on four
break points in the fourth game of the second set, she made a
visible shrugging gesture with both hands.
Stephens gifted the second set
to Osaka when she double-faulted on a second set point in the 10th
game. But Osaka appeared to be mentally fatigued and only managed to
hold serve in the third game of the final set.
Stephens is now 1-0 in the Red
Group, while Osaka is 0-1. Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens are
also in the group.
Madrid need win in Champions League, Ronaldo back at United
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball during the Italian Serie
A soccer match between Juventus and Genoa, at the Alliance stadium
in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Berlin (AP) — Three-time
defending champions Real Madrid are in crisis after four defeats in
five games as they return to the Champions League on Tuesday.
The question hanging over
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether
club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid
coach Julen Lopetegui.
The former Spain coach, who
took over after Zinedine Zidane's surprise resignation, is on shaky
ground after three straight defeats. Lopetegui's team lost 1-0 at
CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before two humbling defeats to
modest Spanish league teams Alaves and Levante.
Lopetegui said after Saturday's
2-1 home loss to Levante that his main concern is "picking up his
Even a win over Plzen may not
save Lopetegui with Madrid facing an always demanding visit to
Barcelona's Camp Nou on Sunday.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos
said he hopes a win over Plzen will help the team start to click.
"Every three days you have a
chance to turn this around," Ramos said. "Tuesday we have another
test. The best thing we can do is to remain united."
Madrid are unbeaten in 26 group
games at home while Plzen - already bottom of Group G - have lost
all three European games they have played in Spain without scoring.
Here is a look at the four
Champions League groups on Tuesday:
Bayern Munich are targeting
another win at AEK Athens after finally ending a four-game winless
streak at Wolfsburg on Saturday. Tension at the Bavarian powerhouse
was evident with club bosses blasting the media on Friday for
unfavorable coverage during their uncharacteristic slump, but the
mood is better now ahead of the visit to Athens.
The Greek champions are looking
for their first points after losing both of their opening games to
Ajax and Benfica.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac will
take encouragement from the fact his club have never lost in nine
games against a Greek club.
Ajax host Benfica in Amsterdam,
where the home side will hope to build on a fine performance from
their 1-1 draw in Munich.
Shakhtar Donetsk ended
Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win when
they met in the Champions League last year. This time round,
Shakhtar welcome City on an 11-game unbeaten run of their own,
though most of that was against relatively weak opposition.
City, beaten 2-1 at home by
Lyon in their first group game, will be wary of another slip despite
a confidence-boosting 5-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Group leaders Lyon visit
Hoffenheim with forward Memphis Depay hitting form again at the
right time. Depay impressed for the Netherlands during the
international break and ended his 10-game scoring drought for Lyon
With most of the attention on
Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow will hope to build on their win over the
defending champions by beating Roma away on Tuesday.
It won't be an easy task. Since
defeating Madrid, CSKA have lost to Lokomotiv Moscow and crashed out
of the Russian Cup on penalties to a struggling second-tier team.
They beat Russian Premier League relegation candidates Anzhi
Makhachkala 2-0 on Friday.
CSKA won't want a repeat of
their last away game at Roma. A 5-1 loss in 2014 was accompanied by
racism and violence from the traveling fans, leading to CSKA being
forced to play two European home games behind closed doors.
Roma have also had a mixed run
this season. Just as it seemed like Eusebio Di Francesco had sorted
out his team's problems, a four-match winning streak was brought to
a halt by a 2-0 home defeat to Spal on Saturday.
Roma have picked up only 14
points in Serie A so far, their worst tally from the first nine
league matches since 2012-13.
All eyes will be on Cristiano
Ronaldo when he returns to Old Trafford looking to score for the
third straight match against his former club - this time for
Ronaldo has played against
Manchester United twice since leaving for Real Madrid in 2009. Both
goals came in the last-16 stage in the 2012-13 competition.
More than five years on and
Ronaldo is still a goal-scoring phenomenon. On Saturday, he scored
against Genoa in Serie A to become the first player to net 400 goals
across Europe's top five leagues.
Juventus midfielder Emre Can
will miss the game after being diagnosed with a thyroid nodule that
could also require surgery.
Young Boys host goal-shy
Valencia in the other group game. Valencia haven't managed to score
more than one goal in a match since Sept. 2.
Lakers' Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn't harsher
Houston Rockets' James Harden, right, collides with Los Angeles
Lakers' Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA
basketball game Saturday, Oct. 20, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio
Los Angeles (AP) — Just
three games into LeBron James' tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers,
they were missing two suspended starters when they faced the San
Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Although nobody thought James'
time on the West Coast would be boring, Brandon Ingram is sorry for
his role in getting this season off to a weird start.
Ingram is also grateful he
received only a four-game suspension for his role in the Lakers'
brawl with the Houston Rockets. The normally mild-mannered forward
confronted referee Jason Phillips, shoved James Harden and threw
punches at Chris Paul.
"Well, it was better than we
expected," Ingram said after the Lakers' morning shootaround. "I'm
happy it's only four. But I know I've got to control my emotions a
little bit better. ... I thought it would be more than four, but I'm
happy that it's at least four."
Rajon Rondo also began his
three-game suspension two days after spitting and punching in his
altercation with Paul, a longtime rival.
James was a peacemaker in the
drama when he pulled away Paul, his good friend. The three-time NBA
champion shrugged off any deep analysis of the brawl and his role in
it, attributing everything to a temporary flaring of emotions with
no bigger significance for his relationship with the Lakers or
"All I cared about was trying
to get the thing over with so we could get back to the game," James
said. "That's all that was on my mind at the end of the day. Just
trying to separate the whole altercation, help the referees out."
When asked if his friendship
with Paul made it strange to be on the other team during the scrap,
James only laughed.
"No, it actually — we're not
friends anymore," he said with a smirk.
Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball took
the spots of Ingram and Rondo in the starting lineup against the
Rondo declined to talk about
his role in the scuffle that broke out late in his first home game
with his new team. The Lakers already spoke about the conflict in a
team meeting, he said.
"Everyone knows who I am on my
team, and I think they still respect me for what I do and what I
bring to this team," Rondo said.
Ingram was more forthcoming
about his actions, which began with his frustration over a foul
called against him as he tried to stop an aggressive drive by
Harden, one of the NBA's most maddening players to guard.
"It's my full responsibility,"
Ingram said. "I think I'm the one that caused the action, and I'm
going to take full responsibility for every action that I did. One
hundred percent that I was wrong for my teammates, but I also
stepped up for my teammates, and that's what I want to do 10 times
out of 10."
Ingram shoved Harden in
frustration — and when he got a technical foul, he got in Phillips'
face. Teammates got him away from the drama, but when Rondo and Paul
threw down, Ingram ran back down the court and jumped into the fight
with punches for Paul, including one deemed by the league to be
Ingram knows he was wrong, but
he also doesn't regret everything about it.
"I think I seen five Rockets
players and two of our guys," Ingram said. "That's what made me go
back. ... It was a physical game. I think all in all, I think if
they're going to do a couple of things, we had to have the
aggressiveness and the confidence and ability to fight back, so
that's what we did."
England hand Spain a first home loss in 15 years
England's Raheem Sterling, left, celebrates after scoring his side's
third goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain
and England at Benito Villamarin stadium, in Seville, Spain, Monday,
Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
Madrid (AP) — It was an odd
scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting
English fans were chanting "Ole" at every touch of the ball by their
squad, while the home Spanish crowd were jeering their own players.
It was only halftime on Monday
and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three
goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the
end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years.
Raheem Sterling scored twice
and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, who
held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in
contention for a spot in the final four of Europe's newest
In the other match in League A,
Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and were relegated to the
second-tier League B.
Sterling ended his three-year
scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford's
strike before the break, leading England to their first win in Spain
"For a young team, they put in
an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well
and should all be really proud," England coach Gareth Southgate
Spain suffered their first loss
in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. They
hadn't lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals
in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.
"It shows how tough it is to
come here and win and we have done that," England forward Harry Kane
said. "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing."
Paco Alcacer scored Spain's
first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the
second on the final play of the match.
"We have to admit we played
very badly in the first half," Spain coach Luis Enrique said. "We
made a lot of individual mistakes."
Despite the loss, Spain stayed
ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after
three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, are five points behind
Spain could have secured a spot
in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England's
chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.
Spain started well but their
high defensive line struggled against the speed of England's young
forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their
attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of
possession, and blew it.
England opened the scoring
early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for
Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and
found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal
for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.
"It was a beautiful feeling,"
Sterling said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in
the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it
doesn't, but it's my position to score goals so I need to keep that
Rashford added to the lead in
the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and
finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.
Sterling got on the board again
from close range after Kane's set-up him up a move which started
with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish
Spain got on the board in the
58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10
goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos'
last-minute goal also was a header.
Iceland needed to beat
Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got
off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.
Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0
at home in the team's opener. They moved into a tie with Belgium for
first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand.
In League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina
defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over
Austria atop Group 3.
In Group 2 of League C, Finland
beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean
sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the
group's other match.
Luxembourg defeated San Marino
3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which
was held by Moldova to 0-0.
Sri Lanka cricket great Jayasuriya charged with corruption
Sanath Jayasuriya. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(AP) — Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya became one of the most
high-profile figures embroiled in corruption in cricket when he was
charged Monday with two counts of disrupting an investigation.
Jayasuriya was a star of the
Sri Lanka team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a
playing career that spanned 22 years and took in 110 tests and 445
one-day internationals. He later served on the Sri Lankan parliament
from 2010-15, and became the national team's chairman of selectors.
His reputation could be
tarnished, though, after the International Cricket Council said the
49-year-old Jayasuriya has been charged with offenses relating to
the "failure or refusal" to cooperate with an investigation carried
out by its anti-corruption unit, and also for "obstructing or
delaying" an investigation.
He has 14 days to respond to
It wasn't known which matches
the charges relate to, or if anyone else is involved. The ICC
recently said Alex Marshall, general manager of the anti-corruption
unit, was overseeing a probe into potential corrupt practices over
"serious allegations" in Sri Lanka.
The ICC said the first charge
against Jayasuriya included the "failure to provide accurately and
completely any information and/or documentation requested" by the
The second charge included the
"concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other
information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that
may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt
conduct" under the anti-corruption code.
Jayasuriya, who was Sri Lanka
captain from 1999-2003, amassed 6,973 runs at an average of just
over 40 in tests. That puts him behind only Kumar Sangakkara and
Mahela Jayawardene in his country's all-time list.
He scored 13,430 runs in ODIs —
a total bettered only by Sangakkara, India's Sachin Tendulkar and
Australia's Ricky Ponting — and was well known for his big hitting
at the top of the order.
Jayasuriya played international
cricket from 1989-2011.
Formula E CEO says Saudi race still planned to open season
this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, a Formula E safety worker,
right, gives a thumbs-up to drivers during the second of two auto
races in the Formula E championship, in the Brooklyn borough of New
York. (AP Photo/Terrin Waack)
London (AP) — The
Formula E motorsport series is pressing ahead with plans to open its
season in Saudi Arabia, even as global business leaders have
suspended ties with the Gulf kingdom over the disappearance of a
Turkish officials say they fear
Saudi agents killed and dismembered Jamal Khashoggi after he entered
the consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago. Khashoggi wrote
columns in the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The alleged incident led to
business executives and media companies pulling out of a major
investment conference in Saudi Arabia this month.
But Formula E is not ready to
pull out of Saudi Arabia, which will host the electric racing
championship season opener on Dec. 15 in the outskirts of the
Formula E chief executive
Alejandro Agag told The Associated Press on Monday that "referring
to the incident, we obviously have no comment to make. At this
moment there are no plans to change the Formula E calendar this
season. Of course we are monitoring (the situation)."
Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking
Simona Halep, of Romania is shown in this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file
photo. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
London (AP) — Simona
Halep is back as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row,
despite a back injury that doctors say could lead to a long-term
Halep, who won her first major
title at this year's French Open, clinched the year-end top tennis
ranking on Monday but may be forced to pull out of the upcoming
Kremlin Cup and the season-ending WTA Finals because of a herniated
"I haven't practiced 100
percent yet but today, tomorrow, I will do close to 100," Halep said
in a conference call, "and I will be able to know better the next
"The doctor told me it's
nothing about the surgery, but if I will keep playing there is a
risk of long-term injury. I don't need that and I don't want that,
so I have to make good decisions in the next days."
The 27-year-old Halep had her
best year on tour in 2018, reaching the Australian Open final and
then winning her first Grand Slam title a few months later at Roland
Garros. But she announced at the start of this month that she had an
MRI exam after retiring from her first-round match at the China Open
and the herniated disk problem was found.
The Kremlin Cup runs this week
and the WTA Finals, which is for the top eight players in the world,
begin in Singapore on Oct. 21.
"I hope first to be able to
play here (in Moscow) because ... I have already 3-4 days getting
ready for this tournament," Halep said. "But if I will not be able
to play here, I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in
Singapore because it's very fast.
"So I don't know now, but for
sure I will take a decision for my health first."
Despite the injury, Halep is
still relishing in her season. She has been at the top of the
rankings for nearly the entire year even though her results suffered
as the season wore on.
Halep has played in 15
tournaments so far in 2018, but she followed up her first major
title by losing in the third round at Wimbledon. She then lost in
the first round at the U.S. Open.
Keeping her best level
throughout the long season is something Halep has struggled with,
even though she has qualified for the WTA Finals in each of the five
years since its move to Singapore.
"It's really difficult and I
feel it every year, and I feel it more and more, to be honest. I
give everything I have the first part of the year and then it's
difficult for me to play," said Halep, who also reached French Open
finals in 2014 and 2017 but lost both times. "My goal for the next
years is to be better in this position, if I would be able to
qualify again for the Finals. I want just to be better and ready to
play the tournament."
But before she takes the court
in Singapore, or in Moscow, there's that back injury that is still
"It's been very stressful, and
I was worried every day because I was waiting to see how I feel
every morning I wake up," Halep said. "So it's pretty stressful but
somehow it's normal because injuries are pretty normal when you play
at the highest level. So I try just to keep myself calm and to be
positive. I know it's not an easy injury. The back is always
difficult, but I have to accept it and to look forward."
Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt
Terence Crawford, right, connects with Jose Benavidez during their
WBO welterweight title boxing bout in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Oct.
13. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Omaha, Neb. (AP) —
Terence "Bud" Crawford had one last retort to all the insults Jose
Benavidez hurled his way.
His right hand delivered it.
Crawford used an uppercut to
Benavidez's chin to knock him down the first time in the 12th and
final round and then consecutive rights to put him down a second,
prompting referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight with 18 seconds
"It feels so good to shut
somebody up who has been talking for so long," Crawford said. "I'm
Crawford, a three-division
champion who was making his first defense of his WBO welterweight
belt, stuck out his tongue at his fallen opponent at the conclusion
of what amounted to a personal grudge match.
"I gave him a good fight,"
Benavidez said. "I don't think he thought I was going to give him a
good fight. But he's the best of the best. We gave the fans a good
Next up for Crawford could be a
unification bout with IBF champion Errol Spence Jr., something
promoter Bob Arum has said he would like to make happen sometime in
2019. The only problem is that Spence is promoted by Al Haymon, but
Arum has said that would not be an insurmountable problem.
"Hear me now: I'm ready to make
that fight next," Arum said. "We're prepared to sit down and get
that fight done, but I can't force the other people into doing it."
The 31-year-old Crawford (34-0,
25 knockouts), ranked first or second on the world's top
pound-for-pound fighter lists, put on a workmanlike performance for
the first half of the fight in front of a hometown crowd of 13,000
that included Crawford friend and billionaire Warren Buffett.
Benavidez (27-1, 18 KOs) began
tiring in the seventh after taking body shot after body shot.
"I take nothing from him,"
Benavidez said. "He's the best of the best. I feel like I did a good
Benavidez, 26, was plenty
frisky, motioning for Crawford to keep coming toward him even as it
became apparent Crawford had taken control of the fight, and he
showed renewed life in the 10th when he landed a couple shots.
The crowd was on its feet for
the 12th round, and "Craw-ford!" ''Craw-ford!" chants echoed through
the arena. Crawford kept coming in the 12th, and Benavidez could
take no more of the steady punishment.
"Oh man, it was coming,"
Crawford said of his finishing flurry. "It was just a matter of
time. He slowed down tremendously. He was tired. That's when I saw
my opportunity to take my best shot."
This was more of a stay-busy
fight for Crawford but he was eager to take the bout after being
called out by Benavidez, who is only the 10th-ranked 147-pounder by
Benavidez confronted the
champion at a boxing event in Corpus Christi, Texas, in February,
accusing Crawford of ducking him repeatedly. The fighters' camps
traded barbs at a media workout Wednesday and the bickering
continued Thursday at a news conference. Insults were lobbed both
ways during the weigh-in Friday, with Benavidez shoving Crawford and
Crawford taking a swing that narrowly missed.
In the co-main event, 2016 U.S.
Olympic silver medalist and top featherweight prospect Shakur
Stevenson of Newark, New Jersey, stopped Viorel Simion of Romania
just before the bell ending the first round. Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs)
delivered a powerful left-right combination to the head to send
Simion (21-3, 9 KOs) to his knees for his third knockdown.
On the undercard, 2016 Olympian
Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles won a regional super featherweight belt
with a unanimous decision over Vanessa Bradford of Edmonton,
Alberta. Mayer (8-0, 4 KOs) was the aggressor throughout the
eight-round bout and knocked down Bradford (4-1-2) with a right to
the head in the seventh.
Also, former WBO welterweight
champ Mike Alvarado (40-4, 28 KOs) of Denver knocked out Robbie
Cannon (16-14-3, 7 KOs) of Festus, Missouri, with a right to the
chin at 41 seconds of the second round.
India roll to victory over West Indies in 2nd test
Indian bowler Umesh Yadav, third right, celebrates the dismissal of
West Indies' Shane Dowrich during the third day of the second
cricket test match between India and West Indies in Hyderabad,
India, Sunday, Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Hyderabad, India (AP) —
Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven wickets as West Indies
crumpled to a ten-wicket loss in the second test against India on
Yadav took 4-45 while Jadeja
returned 3-12 as West Indies crashed to 127 all out in 46.1 overs in
their second innings, leaving a paltry 78-run target for India.
It was man of the match Yadav's
maiden ten-wicket (10-133) haul in test cricket.
Lokesh Rahul (33 not out) and
Prithvi Shaw (33 not out) made light work of the chase thereafter as
India took the series 2-0 in dominant style.
Post tea, West Indies were
unable to salvage much from the second innings' wreckage.
Jason Holder (19) added 38 runs
with Sunil Ambris (38) for the seventh wicket in what was the best
passage of play from the West Indies batsmen.
Jadeja broke through as Holder
was caught behind in the 37th over and made it a double blow in two
overs when he trapped Ambris lbw.
There was no reprieve
thereafter as Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-24) wrapped up the
innings quickly to leave enough overs for India to force a victory
on day three.
With little pressure on him,
Rahul overcame his bad patch and scored freely. Towards the end, he
played out a dramatic over to enable Shaw, India's teenage batting
sensation, to hit the winning runs.
Leishman wins CIMB Classic by 5 strokes
Leishman of Australia celebrates after his putt on the eighteenth
hole during final round of the CIMB Classic golf tournament at
Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday,
Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP)
— Marc Leishman shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the
CIMB Classic Sunday by five strokes and equal the tournament course
The Australian was in fine form
as he strolled to his fourth PGA Tour title and matched Justin
Thomas' tournament record of 26-under 262 in 2015 on the PGA Kuala
Lumpur West course.
Leishman started strongly with
four birdies in the first five holes, before turning in another long
birdie putt on the ninth for 31.
Two more birdies on the 10th
and 16th followed and sandwiched his lone bogey at the 13th, before
he birdied the final hole and celebrated with a fist pump.
"I feel unbelievable right
now," Leishman said after securing 500 FedEx Cup points for his
"I knew that even though I got
off to a good start, I still needed to grind because there's some
tough holes out there. Managed to hit some good shots and this is
the result. It's great to get back in the winners' circle, excited
to be back in Malaysia and leaving with this."
Leishman plans to celebrate his
victory "with some beers."
"We'll sit that (trophy) in the
middle of the table tonight and have a few beers and just talk about
it and just have a good night with friends really. I'm looking
forward to doing that tonight."
First-round leader Bronson
Burgoon shot a 68 to finish tied for second, along with Emiliano
Grillo and Chesson Hadley.
Thomas finished tied for fifth
place after ending the final day with an 8 under 64, along with Gary
Woodland (71) and Louis Oosthuizen (69).
Shubhankar Sharma, part of the
trio of joint-leaders coming into the final round, faltered on the
final day to finish tied for 10th after an even-par 72.
"Disappointing, not really
happy with the way I finished. But again, as always, a great
experience for me going forward and I think my game is in a good
state for the next two weeks," Sharma said.
The CIMB Classic is the first
of three events in Asia. The tour moves on to the CJ Cup in South
Korea next week and the World Golf Championships in Shanghai
starting on October 25.
Djokovic wins a record fourth Shanghai Masters title
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Borna Coric of
Croatia in their men's singles final match in the Shanghai Masters
tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in
Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Shanghai (AP) — Novak
Djokovic won a record fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4
win over 13th-seeded Borna Coric on Sunday.
The second-seeded Djokovic has
won all four Shanghai finals he's contested in his career (2012,
2013, 2015 and 2018). He previously shared the record of winning
three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.
Djokovic holds an 11-0 overall
record in finals played in China, where he also won the Beijing
tournament six times and the 2008 year-end Tennis Masters Cup held
"Maybe I was Chinese in the
past life," said Djokovic, smiling, in explaining impressive record
in the country. "I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest, with the way
I feel here and the way I communicate and have relationship with the
"It's all very, very positive,
for more than ten years that I have been coming to China. There is
something special about this place that makes me feel like at home."
Djokovic dominated opponents
behind his powerful serve, winning all 47 of his service games
during the tournament.
"Well, to be honest, I'm not
sure whether it has happened ever, you know, that I go through a
tournament without dropping one service game," Djokovic said. "I'm
sure that it hasn't happened too many times if it did. So this was
definitely one of the best service weeks that I had in my career.
"But for me serve was always,
so to say, a hidden weapon, the shot in the game that is obviously
very important, "the" most important. But I always try to use it
with an accuracy and efficiency rather than speed and power."
The Serb offered 13th-seeded
Coric one break point in the match, in the sixth game of the second
set. Coric, who has yet to win a set against Djokovic in three
matches played, sailed a forehand wide to miss out on the rare
"It was really tough," Coric
said. "I didn't know what to do exactly. I thought I was playing
actually really well, which is in that moment not good because if I
play bad, okay, I know I need to start playing better, need to
"I'm just happy with the whole
week. I think it was a really good week for me."
Djokovic, who has now won four
titles this season, will move up one ranking spot to No. 2, pushing
Roger Federer back to No. 3.
The victory extended his
winning streak to 18 matches, the longest of the season by any male
player. Federer and Nadal both had 17-match winning streaks during
Coric, who had his right thigh
wrapped throughout the match, saved three match points on his own
serve in the ninth game of the second set.
But the Croatian couldn't
prevent Djokovic from snatching the title on a fourth match point in
the next game. Djokovic won the final game to love when Coric sailed
a backhand long.
In Gee Chun fires 66 to win KEB Hana Bank Championship
Gee Chun of South Korea reacts with her caddie on the 9th hole
during the final round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at
Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 14. (AP
Incheon, South Korea (AP) —
Local favorite In Gee Chun fired a 6-under 66 to win the KEB Hana
Bank Championship on Sunday and clinch her third LPGA Tour victory.
In, who started the final round
two strokes off the pace, carded seven birdies against a lone bogey
at the Sky 72 Ocean Course to finish at 16-under 272, three strokes
ahead of Charley Hull who shot a 71.
"Before this week, I won 13
times as a professional," said In. "I am glad that I am done with
the No. 13. I really hate that number."
It was her first LPGA Tour win
since the 2016 The Evian Championship. She also won the 2015 U.S.
Women's Open Championship.
Hull began the final round in a
two-way tie for the lead but her chances of victory faded with her
fourth bogey of the day on the par-4 16th.
"On 16, I hit a decent tee
shot," Hull said. "Was in the drainage ditch and had to drop it in
the first cut. Hit a really good pitching wedge to the green and
couldn't manage to hold it, and then it was a weird lie. I was in
like a little bit of a divot on the 16th green and then chipped it
and nearly holed the putt."
Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park
offset a pair of bogeys with five birdies for a 69 that left her
tied for third with Ariya Jutanugarn (71), Minjee Lee (70) and
overnight co-leader Danielle Kang (72).
Defending champion Jin Young Ko
had eight birdies in a bogey-free round for the day's lowest score
of 64 to finish seventh.
"I started off really well
today," she said. "I birdied the first hole and then I just got into
the rhythm of things quite naturally."
Brooke Henderson struggled with
the windy conditions and had a 71 that left her tied for 14th place.
Update October 13-14, 2018
No fans, no goals: England and Croatia play to a dull draw
stadium without spectators the flag of England is displayed prior to
the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Croatia and England at
Rujevica stadium in Rijeka, Croatia, Friday, Oct. 12. (AP
Rijeka, Croatia (AP) -
Deprived of a seat inside the stadium through no fault of their own,
a small band of loyal England supporters watched the game from a
hilltop overlooking the virtually empty ground.
There wasn't much to see.
England and Croatia played to a
0-0 draw in the UEFA Nations League on Friday, a lackluster match
that took place in front of no fans as the Croats completed a
stadium ban imposed in 2015.
While this was Croatia's fifth
behind-closed-doors international, it was a first for England, and
that made it a somewhat bizarre experience for not only the players
but the few dozen fans who decided to travel to the coastal city of
Rijeka to support their team.
The shouts of the players and
the thud of a kicked ball could be heard distinctly, as could the
occasional chants of "Enger-land" and "God Save The Queen" that
drifted into the stadium from outside. The only people in the stands
were match delegates and members of the media.
Given the eerie atmosphere,
perhaps it was no surprise the game was such a dud. England struck
the goal frame twice — through Eric Dier and Harry Kane — and Marcus
Rashford wasted two golden opportunities when one-on-one with the
goalkeeper as England had the better of the chances.
This was a repeat of the World
Cup semifinal won by Croatia in July, and it seemed a world away
from that tense, nerve-jangling night in Moscow.
The two teams are searching for
the form they showed at that tournament, in particular the
Croatians. This result came after last month's 6-0 loss to Spain in
their opening match of the Nations League. England lost 2-1 to Spain
their Group 4 opener in the top-tier League A.
Looking to the future, England
coach Gareth Southgate gave a debut to Jadon Sancho as a late
second-half substitute, and the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger
impressed with some surging runs down the right flank.
Croatia had received the
stadium ban from UEFA three years ago when a swastika was painted on
its field ahead of a game.
Romelu Lukaku has been toiling
at Manchester United in recent weeks, but he can't stop scoring for
The striker scored twice in a
2-1 win over Switzerland in Group 2 of League A, adding to the
double he had for the World Cup semifinalist against Iceland in
their opening group win last month. Lukaku, who now has 45 goals in
78 international matches, hasn't scored in his last six appearances
for United in all competitions.
Lukaku's winner came in the
84th, after Mario Gavranovic had equalized for the Swiss in
The winners of the four
three-team groups in League A will advance to the Nations League
finals in June.
In the second-tier League B,
Marko Arnautovic scored Austria's goal in a 1-0 win over Northern
Ireland that got the team off the mark in Group 3.
Bosnia-Herzegovina top the standings with two straight victories,
while the Northern Irish are yet to earn a point.
In League C, Finland won 1-0 at
Estonia and Greece beat Hungary by the same score, leaving the
victorious teams as the top two in Group 2.
In Group 2 of League D, Belarus
beat Luxembourg 1-0 to jump to first place, while Moldova beat San
The Nations League guarantees
at least one of Europe's low-ranked League D teams will qualify for
Euro 2020 through the playoffs.
Woodland's 61 leaves him tied for CIMB lead with Leishman
Leishman of Australia follows his shot on the seventh hole during
round two of the CIMB Classic golf tournament at Tournament Players
Club (TPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 12. (AP
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP)
— Gary Woodland shot an 11-under 61 to tie the course record
Friday and join Marc Leishman in a share of the second-round lead at
the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic.
Woodland and Leishman (62) were
at 14-under 130 on the revamped TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.
Woodland's bogey-free nines of
30-31 matched the 61 that Justin Thomas shot while winning the 2015
tournament, his first of two titles in a row in Kuala Lumpur.
Shubhankar Sharma (64) and Paul
Casey (65) were tied for third, one stroke behind. Both golfers had
stretches of four birdies and an eagle in five holes.
First-round leader Bronson
Burgoon shot 69 and was two strokes behind, tied with fellow
Americans Scott Piercy (67) and Austin Cook (68).
Thomas shot 69 and was five
strokes behind. Defending champion Pat Perez closed with a birdie to
shoot 69 and was nine strokes off the lead. Ernie Els shot 72 and
was 10 strokes behind.
Woodland finished second to
American compatriot Ryan Moore in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and 2014.
"It's nice to stay aggressive
out there," Woodland said. "This golf course suits up pretty good
for me, I've had success here in the past. It's nice to be back and
Australia's Leishman says he
needs more of the same on the weekend.
"A lot of good players at the
top of the leaderboard. You're going to have to play extremely well
to have a chance to win," Leishman said.
Sharma's round included a long
birdie putt on the par-3 eighth hole.
"It was about 25 feet, between
20 and 25 feet, around there," Sharma said. "That was the longest
putt I made."
There is no cut in the
Prize money at Kuala Lumpur
totals $7 million, with $1,62 million to the winner.
The CIMB Classic marks the
first of three PGA Tour events in Asia. It moves on to the CJ Cup in
South Korea followed by the World Golf Championships event in
Federer, Djokovic, Zverev advance at Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer of Switzerland
prepares to hit a return shot to Kei Nishikori of Japan during
their men's singles quarterfinals match in the Shanghai Masters
tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in
Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 12. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Shanghai (AP) — Although
Roger Federer finally won a match in straight sets at this year's
Shanghai Masters, it didn't save him any energy.
The defending champion reached
the semifinals Friday by beating eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4,
7-6 (4). His first two matches both went three sets.
"It was the same length,
actually, as all three of my matches went the same length basically,
an hour and 52 (minutes)," Federer said. "So you see, two sets
sometimes doesn't tell the truth."
Federer finished the match with
10 aces and landed an impressive 71 percent of his first serves. He
went up a break at the start of the second set, but then trailed 4-1
in the tiebreaker.
"I was happy to get out in
two," Federer said. "I somehow got it done. I think I can be very
happy with my level of play this week."
Federer, a two-time champion in
Shanghai, will next face 13th-seeded Borna Coric. The Croat defeated
Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4.
"He's really improved his game,
stepping up into the court, goes for his shots more than he used
to," Federer said of Coric. "He good in defense now, he has a
transition game now, and a solid serve. I've always played him when
he's playing well, but I'll hope I can take it to him."
Alexander Zverev secured a spot in next month's ATP Finals with a
6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Kyle Edmund.
Zverev is the fifth player to
qualify for the season-ending tournament in London, joining Federer,
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the
"Obviously it's great to
finally officially make it and obviously be part of the eight best
again, which is an elite group, which is kind of the goal for
everyone at the beginning of the season," Zverev said.
Zverev will next play
second-seeded Djokovic in the semifinals. The Wimbledon and U.S.
Open champion, who is looking to win a record fourth Shanghai title,
defeated seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Zverev won his only encounter
against Djokovic in the 2017 Rome final.
"It was a different surface,"
Djokovic said of their previous match. "I wasn't, I feel like,
playing as well as I'm playing today.
"But also, he has improved a
lot, and he has established himself as a top player. It's going to
be definitely a close match."
Anderson had a chance to take
an early lead against Djokovic but he overhit a forehand on set
point in the 12th game of the match. Djokovic didn't give the South
African another opportunity.
Zverev, who improved to 4-0
against Edmund, saved the one break point he faced and took
advantage of the two break points he earned.
The victory gave the
21-year-old Zverev a tour-leading 49th match win of the year.
Dominic Thiem, who lost his opening match this week, is in second
place with 48 match wins this season.
"It means a lot because I have
kind of played only the biggest tournaments," Zverev said.
"Obviously I don't want to stop here. There is still a lot more
tennis going on till the end of the year. I'm in semifinals now, and
I obviously don't want to be satisfied just yet."
Chase 98 not out as West Indies recover vs India on Day 1
Indies' cricket player Roston Chase bats during the first day of the
second cricket test match between India and West Indies in
Hyderabad, India, Friday, Oct. 12. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)
Hyderabad, India (AP) —
Roston Chase was 98 not out as he led the West Indies' recovery to a
respectable 295-7 against India on day one of the second test on
The West Indies were in peril
again at 113-5 and 182-6, but Chase and captain Jason Holder rescued
them with a 104-run stand.
It was the best passage of
batting by West Indies in this brief series, especially after the
hapless twin innings in the three-day first test at Rajkot.
"In the first test, I tried to
overhit the ball and played away from my strengths," Chase said.
"Today, I took more time (to
play my shots). I didn't worry about what was happening at the other
end and was only looking to focus on my own game."
Despite much of the top order
going early, Chase didn't panic as he set about rebuilding with
Holder, who matched him for strokes.
Their 50 partnership came in 96
balls as West Indies crossed 250 in the 80th over.
Holder reached his eighth test
half-century off 85 balls with their 100 stand coming off 176
However, like before lunch and
tea, West Indies failed to close out another session without further
Five overs before stumps,
Holder was caught behind playing at Umesh Yadav, and India were back
Holder made 52 off 92
deliveries and hit six fours.
Chase finished the day two runs
short of a fourth test hundred, having faced 174 deliveries,
inclusive of seven fours and a six. Devendra Bishoo was with him on
2 not out.
West Indies won the toss, then
saw India suffer a setback when medium-pacer Shardul Thakur walked
off after bowling only 10 deliveries on his test debut with what
appeared to be an upper leg injury. His further participation was in
While openers Kieran Powell
(22) and Kraigg Brathwaite (14) departed routinely, the batsmen
showed they had changed their approach from the first test, and
looked to play with more intent and on merit. But they couldn't see
out the sessions safely.
Shai Hope appeared set on 36,
but in the last over before lunch he was lbw to the threatening
India carried the momentum into
the middle session. Shimron Hetmyer was lbw on 12 to Kuldeep Yadav,
who also dismissed Sunil Ambris for 18.
Chase was in by now, and he and
Shane Dowrich knuckled down to combine for 69 runs for the sixth
wicket. They attacked India's spinners but their shot selection was
watchful and not expansive. Their 50 partnership came off 92 balls
as their stand steadied the West Indies' innings.
But like in the morning
session, Umesh Yadav returned for a short spell before tea and
provided the breakthrough once again, trapping Dowrich lbw for 30.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav and
spinner Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each.
Brees makes history in style, Saints thrash Redskins 43-19
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew
Brees (9) responds to the crowd after breaking the NFL all-time
passing yards record in the first half of an NFL football game
against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 8. (AP
New Orleans (AP) — Drew
Brees' 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre'Quan Smith made him the
NFL's all-time leader in yards passing and sent the New Orleans
Saints well on their way to a lopsided 43-19 victory over the
mistake-prone Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Brees entered the game needing
201 yards to eclipse Peyton Manning's previous mark of 71,940 yards.
He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of
29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. The 39-year-old quarterback,
who looks prolific as ever, has yet to throw an interception this
season. He did, however, make his eighth career reception on his own
deflected pass, and pushed across the line of scrimmage to add an
extra yard to his career total.
The Saints' Smith, a
third-round draft choice last spring, caught two touchdown passes
from the 18th-year pro. Brees also hit Smith for a 35-yard score
down the right sideline early in the third quarter.
Any hope Washington had of
coming back was all but snuffed out when Justin Hardee, a special
teams regular who was in the game because of Marshon Lattimore's
concussion symptoms, snagged Alex Smith's underthrown pass at the
Saints' 19-yard line and returned his first career interception to
the Washington 4.
That set up change-of-pace QB
Taysom Hill's 1-yard touchdown run that put the Saints (4-1) up
Smith completed 23 of 39 passes
for 275 yards for the Redskins (2-2). He ran for a short touchdown
late in the first half that pulled Washington within 26-13.
The Redskins came in allowing
fewer than 190 yards passing per game and spoke of doing what they
could to prevent Brees from making history. Instead, they helped
Brees pile up first-half yards with third-down penalties that
extended two touchdown drives.
Josh Norman's defensive holding
penalty during Brees' incomplete pass on third-and-4 from the New
Orleans 42 helped the Saints on their first scoring drive, capped by
Mark Ingram's short touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Montae
Nicholson's unnecessary roughness penalty for leveling Ingram on
Ryan Kerrigan's third-down sack of Brees extended a drive that ended
with Brees' short TD pass to tight end Josh Hill.
Ingram, playing in his first
game this season after serving a four-game suspension, scored two
touchdowns, the second on a 1-yard run that made it 20-6 late in the
After the Saints forced a
three-and-out, Brees got the ball back needing just 35 yards to
break the record. On the first play of the drive, Brees launched a
pass toward the right sideline to the speedy Smith, who was wide
open and easily sprinted away from Nicholson's tackle attempt en
route to the end zone.
Brees' teammates ran toward
their quarterback as he jogged behind the play, and a group of them
formed a jumping, celebrating mass of black and gold next to the
Saints' fleur-de-lis emblem on the 50-yard line.
Brees then removed his helmet,
saluted fans and exchanged hugs on the sideline with his wife,
Brittany, their four kids and Saints coach Sean Payton. The ball was
handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials.
With the game well in hand
after the two-minute warning, Payton subbed Brees out of the game.
As Teddy Bridgwater ran onto the field and Brees trotted to the
sideline, Brees got one last ovation before fans began chanting:
"Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints."
Redskins: Chris Thompson took a
heavy hit from Saints linebacker Craig Robertson and received
treatment on the field before getting up and walking to the sideline
holding his helmet.
Saints: In addition to
Lattimore, reserve defensive lineman Taylor Stallworth limped off
the field, favoring his right leg.
Redskins: Host Carolina on
Saints: Enter their bye week
before returning to action at Baltimore on Oct. 21.
Indians swept, ousted early in October again
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left,
is hugged by starting pitcher Mike Clevinger after the Houston
Astros defeated the Indians 11-3 in Game 3 of a baseball American
League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 8, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil
Cleveland (AP) — The
master plan was for Trevor Bauer to be Cleveland's secret weapon,
the October surprise.
But that idea, and just about
everything else the Indians tried, was tossed away.
Bauer's two throwing errors in
the seventh inning helped Houston rally for three runs and the
Astros overwhelmed the Indians 11-3 in Game 3 to complete a
surprising sweep in the AL Division Series.
After waiting months for a
chance at redemption from blowing a 2-0 lead and losing to the New
York Yankees in last year's ALDS, the Indians fell flat in the fall
And the majors' longest World
Series title drought has aged to 71.
"We were just outplayed," said
center fielder Jason Kipnis, who was moved from his normal spot at
second for the second year in a row. "I wish it weren't that simple.
It just seems from top to bottom we were out-scouted, out-pitched,
out-coached a little bit. They really did just a fantastic job over
there of being ready and prepared before the series.
"I don't think we were
underprepared, they just went out and executed and played the way
you need to play to win."
The Indians were inept across
They batted a collective .144,
with All-Star Jose Ramirez continuing his postseason slump by going
hitless in 11 at-bats. He's now batting .064 (2 of 31) over the last
two playoffs, hardly numbers worthy of an MVP-caliber player.
Josh Donaldson, whose
acquisition was supposed to put the Indians over the top, didn't get
his first hit until the ninth inning of Game 3 and the Indians were
outscored 21-6 in the three-game blowout.
But pitching, and more
precisely Cleveland's flawed bullpen, was the main reason why the
club watched a third straight team celebrate on its field before
trashing the visitors' locker room at Progressive Field.
For months, the Indians managed
to work around their bullpen issues, which were exacerbated by
injuries. But when it mattered most, the same problems popped up
Andrew Miller, the star of
Cleveland's 2016 postseason run, was never himself as the
left-hander spent three stints on the disabled three times for his
hamstring, knee and shoulder.
Miller wasn't charged with a
run in his two appearances, but he retired only one batter, walked
three and gave up a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning of
"There were certainly times it
was a grind," said the 33-year-old, who is almost certain to sign
elsewhere as a free agent. "Missing time was the hardest part for
me. I felt like I was ready to go when the season wound down and I
was in a good spot. There were certainly pitches that I didn't
execute in the series.
"We tried to script things as
best we could for me personally and for other guys on the team as
well to be as sharp and as ready as we could for the playoffs. When
the games started, obviously, it wasn't good enough."
Bauer, who was having a Cy
Young Award-worthy season before his leg was broken by a line drive
in August, absorbed the brunt of Cleveland's relief issues.
Manager Terry Francona chose to
use him in a relief role, mostly because it was his best option with
both Miller and closer Cody Allen struggling.
Bauer pitched in Games 1 and 2,
and entered Game 3 with the Indians clinging to a 2-1 lead in the
seventh. But the right-hander made two throwing errors, one on a
pickoff throw and the other on a comebacker he should have turned
into an inning-ending double play.
Instead, the Astros scored
three runs and wound up scoring 10 in their final three at-bats to
put a bow on the blowout.
Bauer accepted the role, but it
wasn't the one he envisioned having.
"I executed pretty well
pitch-wise," he said. "Obviously didn't execute defensively. But it
is what it is, man. That was my role. Tito and I and a couple other
guys had a meeting in Chicago towards the end of the year. I let
them know what I had to say and they let me know what they had to
say. I told them when I leave this room, 'I'm 100 percent bought in
on my role.' That's what I did. I left that room and got ready to
pitch out of the bullpen. It is what it is."
And it is going to be another
long winter for the Indians, who could look drastically different
next season with Miller, Allen and All-Star Michael Brantley all
eligible for free agency.
"We tried. It's tough," Miller
said. "There's probably a million things you can point to why we
didn't win three games. It's tough. It's one of those things. You
take the hand you're dealt and make the most out of it.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for us."
Armstrong whistleblower Floyd Landis starting own cycling team
In this July 24, 2004, file photo, Lance Armstrong, right, follows
compatriot and teammate Floyd Landis, left, in the ascent of the La
Croix Fry pass during the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race.
(Bernard Papon/L'Equipe via AP Pool)
New York (AP) - Floyd Landis is
using money he earned by taking down Lance Armstrong to start his own
The man whose own doping saga cost
him the 2006 Tour de France title and eventually helped expose
Armstrong's cheating says he's building a developmental team for 2019
that will be based out of Canada.
He says this is his way of trying
to rebuild trust inside a cycling community that has viewed him
skeptically since he lied about taking performance enhancers in a
much-publicized hearing in 2007.
"That's the main motivation of the
whole thing," Landis said in an interview with The Associated Press. "A
lot of things were said about me, and a lot was justified. A lot was PR
from people who didn't like the fact I exposed (the doping). One of the
main arguments was, 'He ran out of money and that's why he did it.' It
was never the case. But there's no way to disprove that, and if people
don't believe me now, there's nothing I can do about it."
Three years after losing his doping
case, Landis provided key information about his own doping and that of
Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team, all of which led to
Armstrong's lifetime ban.
Landis is using part of the
proceeds from Armstrong's lawsuit settlement with the government to fund
the team. Landis and his legal team split around $2.75 million off the
settlement because he brought a whistleblower lawsuit that triggered the
Now 42, Landis runs a business in
the Colorado mountains, Floyd's of Leadville, that specializes in
marijuana and hemp-based products that are designed to relieve chronic
His company will sponsor the new
cycling team, which will take some riders from Silber Pro, a team out of
Canada run by former teammate Gord Fraser that is shutting down at the
end of this year. The team will also open opportunities for other young
riders whose teams were dismantled after losing sponsors.
Landis is well aware his detractors
will shake their head at his attempt to get back into the cycling game.
"I don't like ridicule, obviously,
and sometimes it looks like I'm looking for it," he said. "I hope I can
convince everyone that I'm contrite, I'm living my life, and hopefully
they can let it go. Most people in cycling know that any support they
can get for the sport is good and helpful. This gives me a chance to
show them I can run a good team in an ethical way, and gives me a chance
to show I know what I'm doing."
Tokyo to 'screen off' bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay
Oct. 3, 2018, photo, shows a view of the beach at Odaiba Marine Park in
Tokyo with a "no swimming" sign displayed. (AP Photo/Stephen Wade)
Tokyo (AP) — Tokyo Olympic
organizers say that a system of layered screens would be used to keep
bacteria levels within "agreed limits" for triathlon and marathon
swimming in heavily trafficked Tokyo Bay.
Organizers acknowledged a year ago
that levels of E. Coli were up to 20 times above acceptable levels set
by international sports federations, and fecal coliform bacteria were
seven times over the limit.
Hidemasa Nakamura, executive
director of sports and games delivery, said a triple-layer screen of
polyester fiber was tested in July and August on dates corresponding to
the Olympics and Paralympics in two years.
"The triple-layer screen was proven
effective in controlling E. coli bacteria and other bacteria," Nakamura
said through an interpreter.
He said the international
federations that govern marathon swimming and triathlon had seen the
"They agreed the test results were
quite favorable," Nakamura said.
Plans would seem to call for the
screens to encircle the area for marathon swimming and triathlon.
The Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016
were plagued with severe water pollution, from rowing events to
open-water swimming to sailing.
Tokyo's challenge for the 2020
Games seems smaller. But a core problem in both places stems from
holding outdoor water events in the heart of the city rather in cleaner
waters away from the urban area.
In Rio de Janeiro, television
rights holders pushed for sailing to be held in heavily polluted
Guanabara Bay, partly because of the picturesque backdrop and appealing
Nakamura said something similar in
explaining why the Odaiba Marine Park, in the heart of Tokyo Bay, was
"I think it's very important for us
to hold this event in the middle of Tokyo with the ocean water and the
skyscrapers and the urban background of Tokyo," Nakamura said. "That
will show how Tokyo is a city where we have the modern structures and
well as the ocean."
The Odaiba Marine Park sits at the
foot of Tokyo's famous Rainbow Bridge. A half dozen signs around the
small beach say "No Swimming" allowed. On a recent day, one small child
was wading in shallow water, but no one else ventured into the sea along
the 200-meter (yard) stretch of beach.
However, over the summer the public
was allowed to swim for about a week under a program called "Odaiba
Plage" — a takeoff on Paris. The park for decades has held many national
open-water swimming competitions.
Nakamura said the no-swimming signs
were there because life guards are not on duty, and not because of water
"Some kind of underwater screens
would be used during the Olympics and Paralympics," he said, noting the
exact configurations could change as the city and organizers
Dangerous water-borne viruses were
a large concern in Rio, but Tokyo organizers indicated that sports
federations seemed concerned only with monitoring bacteria.
Nakamura and an official from the
Tokyo city government said they were confident the screens would keep
Some rowers and sailors got ill in
Rio, but it was often difficult to link the dirty water to the
outbreaks. Local sailors seemed to build up immunity to the dirty water.
"We will continue to work with the
IOC and the international federations on this point," Nakamura said. "We
will continue to work to ensure the safety of the athletes against
Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor
Nurmagomedov, right, is held back by referee Herb Dean after fighting Conor
McGregor, bottom, during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC
229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas (AP) — A few seconds
after Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov's arm and submitted to the
champion's choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in
McGregor's corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the
A seminal moment in mixed martial arts
was immediately overshadowed by a tawdry ending Saturday night when the
UFC's infuriated lightweight champion took his conflict with McGregor beyond
McGregor tapped out in the fourth round
of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Nurmagomedov, who then scaled the
cage and scuffled with another fighter manning McGregor's corner. Meanwhile,
two men apparently from Nurmagomedov's entourage climbed into the cage and
attacked McGregor, who defended himself before security personnel separated
Order was restored with no apparently
serious injuries, but the scuffles immediately dwarfed one of the biggest
and most lucrative shows in UFC history.
"Been doing this for 18 years, and (on)
the biggest night ever, I couldn't be more disappointed," UFC President Dana
White said. "I'm not even mad. I'm just really disappointed."
Nurmagomedov's purse has been withheld
by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending an investigation, White said. He
also claimed three members of Nurmagomedov's camp were detained and released
by police because McGregor refused to press charges against them.
White acknowledged the UFC might strip
its title from Nurmagomedov (27-0), a Dagestan-born Russian fighter who
trains in San Jose, California.
"If he gets suspended, it depends on
how long his suspension is," White said. "And if it's a long suspension,
yeah, he's probably going to get it stripped."
Nurmagomedov appeared briefly at a
post-fight news conference after midnight. He apologized to the Nevada State
Athletic Commission, saying the brawl was "not my best side," but also
condemned McGregor's barbed pre-fight taunts.
"You cannot talk about religion,"
Nurmagomedov said. "You cannot talk about nation. You cannot talk about this
Nurmagomedov also said he got a
congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who "told
me he is very proud of me."
The wild scene occurred after McGregor
(21-4) got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov, who punctuated this simmering
rivalry with an impressive victory over the superstar who infamously
attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn last April. McGregor
shattered the bus windows with a hand truck because he was angry about
Nurmagomedov confronting one of his teammates earlier in the week.
The post-fight trouble started when the
Russian champion from Dagestan stepped away from the prone McGregor and
immediately pointed at the Irishman's corner, shouting and throwing his
The men in McGregor's corner appeared
to respond with taunts, and Nurmagomedov climbed over the fence and fought
with Dillon Danis, a Bellator welterweight who trains with McGregor.
One of the two men who attacked
McGregor in the cage was widely identified as Zubaira Tukhugov. The Chechen
featherweight is scheduled to fight in three weeks against Artem Lobov, the
McGregor team member who was confronted by Nurmagomedov in April.
White said if Tukhugov was the man in
the ring, he will never fight again for the UFC.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor both left the
ring before the championship belt could be put around Nurmagomedov's waist,
and fans in the pro-Conor crowd threw beers and debris at Nurmagomedov on
his way out. White said he feared a melee in an arena if he awarded the belt
"I don't even know what to say right
now," White said. "I'm just disgusted and sick over it. ... We had so much
security and (police) here. I didn't see that one coming."
UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier
is Nurmagomedov's teammate at their gym in San Jose, and he calmed
Nurmagomedov after the bout.
"Two wrongs don't make it right,"
Cormier tweeted after the brawl. "Conor didn't deserve that. No one did. But
some things aren't for fight promotion. Religion, family, country. Throwing
stuff in Brooklyn. For Khabib it wasn't fight promotion, it was really
personal. Diff culture man."
Nurmagomedov and McGregor made no
secret of their mutual loathing in the past few months, and the UFC used
footage of McGregor's attack on the bus to promote UFC 229, which could be
the best-selling pay-per-view card in UFC history. McGregor lobbed several
creative insults at Nurmagomedov during the promotion of this matchup,
including labeling Nurmagomedov's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, as a "snitch
McGregor was arrested after seriously
hurting two other fighters with broken glass from the bus attack in
Brooklyn, but Nurmagomedov shrugged it off and won the lightweight title by
beating Al Iaquinta. When McGregor agreed to return to the UFC, he eagerly
accepted Nurmagomedov as his opponent.
Before the post-fight madness,
Nurmagomedov firmly asserted his grappling dominance over McGregor's
striking skill in the Irish superstar's first MMA bout in 23 months.
McGregor hadn't been in a fight since losing his boxing match with Floyd
Mayweather last year, and Nurmagomedov proved an insurmountably tough
opponent for his comeback.
McGregor's dislike for Nurmagomedov
likely fueled his decision to take a fight that created a difficult
stylistic matchup for him. McGregor's strength is his striking, while
Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant grapplers in UFC history.
Four security guards separated the
fighters while they didn't touch gloves before the bout, and Nurmagomedov
went for a takedown in the opening minute while dominating the opening
Nurmagomedov staggered McGregor with a
right hand early in the second round, but McGregor got up and landed a
flying knee. Nurmagomedov made another takedown and steadily improved his
position throughout a dominant round, eventually standing and raining down
blows on the prone McGregor.
Nurmagomedov decided to stand and
strike with McGregor in the third round, apparently unafraid of McGregor's
famed power. McGregor landed several significant shots, but Nurmagomedov
took them and eventually reasserted control against the cage.
McGregor did decent work in the fourth
round before Nurmagomedov got control, climbed on McGregor's back and
finally submitted the former two-division champion.
All three judges' scorecards favored
Nurmagomedov 29-27, with the champion winning the second round 10-8 on all
three cards. McGregor won the third round on every card.
Before the main event, former interim
155-pound champion Tony Ferguson staked his claim to be the next contender
for the lightweight belt with a thrilling stoppage victory over Anthony
Pettis. Even Ferguson realized that anything he had done wouldn't get much
"You've got these two knuckleheads over
here making the sport look bad," Ferguson said. "What I'm doing is cleaning
up the sport. They want to be animals in there? I'm the dogcatcher."
Marquez wins Thailand MotoGP to extend championship lead
rider Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team rides during Thailand's
inaugural MotoGP race at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram,
Sunday, Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Buriram, Thailand (AP) —
Marc Marquez of Honda narrowly beat archrival Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati
to win the inaugural MotoGP Thailand at the Chang International Circuit
for his seventh win of the season on Sunday.
After a tight duel between the championship
leaders, Marquez took the lead on the final corner to seal victory,
0.115 seconds ahead of Dovizioso, to extend his championship lead to 77
"In the past I always lost to Ducati's riders in
the last lap, but this time I would give my 100 percent," Marquez said.
"It was amazing to win here after a difficult weekend.
"We move one more step to the final dream (of
winning the championship)."
It was the successive second race where Dovizioso
led late in the race only to lose in the final stages to Marquez.
"It's not nice to lose on the last corner,"
Dovizioso said. "This track isn't for us. We came here struggling a
little bit like we did in February (winter test). We battled for the
victory and we did incredible work. We will continue to improve."
Hamilton cruises to win at Japanese GP, closes in on title
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the
Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central
Japan, Sunday, Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Suzuka, Japan (AP) — Lewis
Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday,
claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to
a fifth world championship.
Starting from pole, the Mercedes
driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919
seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was
third, 14.295 seconds back.
"The whole weekend has been
incredibly strong for the team," Hamilton said. "It's a great 1-2 for
Mercedes and shows you the strength and depth of our team."
Hamilton has won six of the last
seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races
left. He only needs to outscore Vettel by eight points at the next race
in the United States to clinch a fifth world championship.
"We've gone from strength to
strength as a team," Hamilton said. "And Austin is usually a good track
for us so I can't wait to unleash this beast there."
Vettel started eighth and quickly
moved up to fourth place, overtaking both Toro Rosso cars that started
ahead of him.
But the Ferrari driver attempted to
pass Max Verstappen on the ninth lap and the two cars collided with the
Ferrari spinning off into the runoff. The move dropped Vettel back to
"I'm not the one who makes the
rules," Verstappen said. "It was a similar situation to what happened in
China with him. He could have been more careful."
Vettel worked his way back up to
sixth but couldn't move higher than that.
It was an impressive day for Red
Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo who started 15th but finished fourth ahead
of Vettel's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Force India's Sergio Perez was
seventh ahead of Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Force India's Esteban Ocan
was ninth while Renault's Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10.
There was an early collision with
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc hitting the rear tire of Kevin Magnussen
resulting in a puncture and bringing out the safety car.
Verstappen was given a five second
penalty for an incident with Raikkonen where he clashed with the Ferrari
as he rejoined after running off at the chicane.
"Kimi chose the wrong line in the
chicane, he could have also just waited for me to come back on the
track," Verstappen said. "We touched a little bit but I really think
it's ridiculous those five seconds."
Korea hold off USA and England to win International Crown
Gee Chun of South Korea watches her shot on the 5th hole during the
Singles match against Anna Nordqvist of Sweden at the UL International
Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon,
South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Incheon, South Korea (AP) —
South Korea held off challenges from the United States and England to
win the eight-nation UL International Crown for the first time, lifting
the trophy in front of a delighted home crowd at the Jack Nicklaus Golf
Club on Sunday.
The top-seeded host nation started
the final round two points clear of the chasing pack and won two of the
four singles match-ups to finish with 15 points, four ahead of defending
champions the United States and England.
Thailand finished fourth with ten
points while Sweden collected nine. Australia, Taiwan and Japan were all
eliminated at the end of the third round.
In the final round, only world no.1
Sung Hyun Park lost of the South Korean quartet, finishing 2 and 1 down
against Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
I.K. Kim defeated England's Bronte
Law 2 up, In Gee Chun overcame Anna Nordqvist of Sweden 1 up and So Yeon
Ryu shared the points with Lexi Thompson of the United States.
Only Jessica Korda recorded a
victory for Team US in the final round, winning 4 and 3 against Sweden's
Madelene Sagstrom. Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr both lost, to Moriya
Jutanugarn of Thailand and Georgia Hall of England respectively.
The tournament was affected by
typhoon Kong-rey which wiped out all of Saturday's play.
Liverpool, City in Anfield stalemate, Hazard lifts Chelsea
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson shoots on goal during the English Premier
League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield
stadium in Liverpool, Sunday, Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
London (AP) — Premier League
title favorites Liverpool and Manchester City can usually be relied on
to provide open and expansive games with goals aplenty. Sunday's 0-0
draw at Anfield, however, was a drab affair that only came to life in
the closing stages.
City substitute Leroy Sane was sent
sprawling by Virgil van Dijk with five minutes remaining and, just when
it seemed as though the visitors might snatch victory, Riyad Mahrez sent
his penalty sailing way over the crossbar.
It was the former Leicester
forward's third penalty miss in six attempts and summed up a match that
failed to live up to expectations.
"He had the courage to take the
penalty, in training he shoots perfect penalties, but sometimes it
happens," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "Last season we lost here,
and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win."
The result left both unbeaten teams
locked together with Chelsea at the top of the standings on 20 points
from eight games, two ahead of fourth-place Arsenal, who are level on
points with north London rivals Tottenham.
Eden Hazard was the inspiration as
Chelsea, also undefeated this season, cruised to a 3-0 victory at
Belgium playmaker Hazard scored the
first and set up the third for substitute Alvaro Morata, while
in-between Ross Barkley claimed his first Chelsea goal.
In Sunday's other game, Alexandre
Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang each netted twice as a resurgent
Arsenal enjoyed a sixth straight league victory with a 5-1 rout of
Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool and City canceled each
other out as they shared their first 0-0 draw at Anfield since 1986.
Mahrez's late penalty miss means
Liverpool has now gone four matches in all competitions without a
City were also denied a penalty
claim in the 20th minute when Sergio Aguero appeared to be fouled by
Dejan Lovren but, that incident apart, there was little to get the crowd
excited in the first half.
Mahrez let slip a good chance on
the hour when he shot wide when well placed in the penalty box.
Mohamed Salah, who failed to score
in a league match at Anfield for only the second time since Dec. 26,
then fired over the crossbar at the other end nine minutes later.
Liverpool have had three
high-profile matches in the last 1½ weeks, two against Chelsea and one
against Napoli, and their recent exertions seemed to have had a negative
effect on the team.
"I would say we were 90 percent
spot on ... but it has come after a tough period," manager Juergen Klopp
said. "If you play City you have to be 100 percent spot on and
confident. You cannot rest in a game like that, but if there is any
chance to rest, it is with the ball."
HAZARD ON FIRE
Hazard bagged his seventh league
goal of the season, after good work by Barkley, to give Chelsea a
first-half lead at Southampton.
Barkley made it 2-0 after an
acrobatic cross-shot from Olivier Giroud before Hazard sent substitute
Alvaro Morata racing clean through for the third goal in stoppage time.
"We are enjoying playing well and
scoring goals," Hazard said. "The first half was not so easy, they
missed big chances ... but we controlled the match in the second half.
"I'm playing good football because
we are playing good football. I want to keep doing it and keep everyone
Lacazette produced a neat turn and
shot to put Arsenal ahead in the 29th minute, but London rivals Fulham
were back on level terms 15 minutes later thanks to Andre Schuerrle.
Arsenal then impressively moved
through the gears in the second half, with another goal from Lacazette,
one by Aaron Ramsey and Aubameyang's late double piling on Fulham's
Misfiring Madrid stumble again; Juve win without Ronaldo
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala holds the ball after scoring a hat trick
in the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Young
Boys at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2. (AP
London (AP) - Real Madrid
are having trouble scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo no longer on the team.
His new club, Juventus, did just fine without him on Tuesday.
For the first time in more than a
decade, Madrid have gone three straight games without a goal after
losing 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in an early setback to the Spanish club's
title defense in the Champions League.
Madrid are running into some
problems in the post-Ronaldo era, having won only two of their last six
games in all competitions. They arrived at Luzhniki stadium — where
Spain lost to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup — having also
failed to score in their last two Spanish league games.
Not since January 2007 have Madrid
gone scoreless in three consecutive games.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from
Madrid in a deal worth 112 million euros ($131.5 million) this
offseason, was missing for the Italian champions for their match against
Young Boys after his sending-off against Valencia in the opening round
of group play.
Paulo Dybala stepped up in the
Portuguese star's absence by scoring a hat trick in a 3-0 win to put
Juventus top of their group.
Another of Ronaldo's former clubs
are struggling, too. Manchester United's bus got stuck in traffic —
leading to a delayed kickoff against Valencia — and the team never got
going on the field either in a dull 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
The stalemate comes after a week
when United lost at home to second-tier opposition in an English League
Cup game and to West Ham in the Premier League.
CSKA's winning goal against Madrid
came after 65 seconds, but it wasn't the quickest strike of the night.
Hoffenheim scored even earlier — after 44 seconds, to be precise —
against Manchester City, who fought back to win 2-1 and revive their
Champions League challenge after opening with a loss.
Madrid and Man City, two of the
main contenders for the top prize in European club soccer, were handed
early wake-up calls and only one managed to react.
Nikola Vlasic intercepted a stray
pass from Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to score what proved to be the
winner for CSKA. Madrid struck the goal frame on three occasions but
couldn't find an equalizer on a night the titleholders were without the
rested Sergio Ramos, the injured Gareth Bale (thigh) and Marcelo (calf),
and also Francisco "Isco" Alarcon after he underwent surgery for
appendicitis last week.
With Roma beating Viktoria Plzen
5-0 on the back of Edin Dzeko's hat trick in the other game in Group G,
CSKA are the surprise leaders on four points ahead of Madrid and Roma on
The pressure was on City after
their 2-1 home loss to Lyon in the opening round of Group F and it got
worse for the English champions when Ishak Belfodil scored inside the
first minute for Hoffenheim.
City hit back quickly through
Sergio Aguero's equalizer but left it late for the winner, David Silva
showing speed of thought to pounce on a loose ball ahead of defender
Stefan Posch and shoot home low in the 87th.
Lyon recovered from two goals down
to draw 2-2 against Shakhtar Donetsk at home, but no one was there to
As a punishment for the crowd
disorder and racism that marred their run in the Europa League last
season, Lyon were playing their opening home game in the group stage in
an empty Groupama Stadium.
Lyon lead on four points, one more
After their city rivals left it
late, Manchester United turned up late. Coach Jose Mourinho said police
refused to give the team bus an escort from their hotel to Old Trafford
for the match against Valencia.
"We left the hotel at 6 o'clock,
hopeful that 30 minutes would be enough, which it normally is," Mourinho
said. "The police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves. It
took 75 minutes."
Heavy traffic was the earlier
official reason given by UEFA, meaning kickoff was put back by five
A late rally on the field failed to
yield a goal that would have secured a second straight win for United in
Group H and it proved to be another frustrating night for Mourinho, who
is under some pressure after United's underwhelming start to the season.
United are in second place on four points, two behind Juventus who head
to Old Trafford for the teams' third match in three weeks.
Dybala scored in the fifth, 33rd
and 69th minutes against Young Boys. Ronaldo was watching from the
stands after getting his first red card in the competition in the
Bayern Munich extended their
winless run to three games in all competitions by drawing 1-1 at home to
Noussair Mazraoui scored for Ajax
after Mats Hummels headed Bayern into an early lead, and the German side
were fortunate to secure a point after Lasse Schone rattled the crossbar
in injury time.
Bayern's poor run has come after
the team won their first seven games of the season across all
Bayern and Ajax have four points.
Benfica are one behind after beating AEK Athens 3-2.
Euro Tour to help fan who has lost vision from ball strike
this Friday, Sept. 28 photo, Brooks Koepka of the US checks on a
spectator after his ball hit her on the 6th hole during the opening day
of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines,
outside Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Paris (AP) — Ryder Cup organizers say
they will support "for as long as necessary" the spectator who was hit
by a tee shot and has reportedly lost sight in her right eye.
The injured spectator, who has been
identified as 49-year-old Corine Remande in French press, was
hospitalized after being hit on the head by an errant drive from Brooks
Koepka on the sixth hole at Le Golf National last Friday.
She's reportedly said she is
considering legal action after doctors told her she lost vision in her
The European Tour said in a
statement on Tuesday: "We have been in communication with the family
involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter
to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation,
including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We
will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.
"It is distressing to hear that
someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike."
According to reports in French
media, Remande also blamed Ryder Cup organizers for the lack of
protection on the course. She said a course official did not shout when
he noticed the ball was headed toward the crowd.
The Tour said: "Ball strikes are an
occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely
rare. We can confirm that 'fore' was shouted several times but also
appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is
struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do
everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible
under very difficult circumstances."
Kerber, Osaka, Garcia march into China Open 3rd round
Naomi Osaka of Japan rests between points during a second-round
match against Danielle Collins of United States at the China Open Tennis
tournament in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Oct. 2. Osaka beat Collins 6-1,
6-0. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Beijing (AP) —
Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber came back from a break down twice in
the first set to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the second
round of the China Open on Tuesday.
"The conditions with the shadow on
court were not so easy to play in the first set," the third-ranked
Defending champion Caroline Garcia
survived another tough match to book her place in the third round when
she defeated Polona Hercog 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Garcia was stretched to three sets
in her first-round win over Yafan Wang.
Garcia will next face new Wuhan
Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, who saw off Garbine Muguruz 7-5, 6-4 on
her third match point.
No. 8-seeded Naomi Osaka celebrated
qualifying for her first WTA Finals next month by beating Danielle
Collins of the United States 6-1, 6-0. Osaka was broken in the first
game and won the next 12.
She faces No. 10-seeded Julia
Goerges for a place in the quarterfinals.
Qiang Wang blanked No. 12 seeded
Jelena Ostapenko 6-0, 6-0. Ostapenko struggled with a left arm injury.
No. 9-seeded Sloane Stephens
qualified for the round of 16 for the second time when she beat Saisai
Zheng 6-1, 6-3.
Barcelona surpasses $1 billion in revenue
FC Barcelona's supporters hold "estelada flags that symbolise
Catalonia's independence during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between
FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona,
Spain, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
(AP) — According to Spanish soccer club Barcelona, it has become the
first sports team in the world to surpass the $1 billion mark in
The Spanish club, which presented
its annual accounts on Tuesday, said it earned $1.05 billion (914
million euros) for the 2017-18 season.
Barcelona said it is the eighth
straight year it has closed with a profit, with accumulated gains of 188
million euros since 2010. It is the fifth consecutive year the club has
broken its own record income.
The club said its debt on June 30
was 157.4 million euros.
Barcelona said its budget for
2018-19, which will be submitted for approval in October, foresees
earnings of 960 million euros ($1.1 billion), in line with its strategic
plan of reaching a revenue of 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) by 2021.
"The extraordinary income from
payment of Neymar Jr.'s buyout clause (222 million euros) has been
compensated in next year's budget through improved commercial and
sponsorship revenue, media rights, exploitation of the stadium and
transfer of players," the club said.
One of the main reasons for the
increase in revenue was the new cycle for distribution of UEFA payments
for the Champions League, Barcelona said.
Last month, Real Madrid said its
operating revenue for 2017-18 reached 750.9 million euros. The figure,
which doesn't include gains from the transfers of players, represents an
increase of more than 76 million euros, the largest rise for the club in
a financial year since 2000.
Real Madrid said it has no debt.
Rivers throws for 3 TDs as Chargers rally to beat 49ers
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, top, makes a
catch while under pressure from San Francisco 49ers defensive back
Jimmie Ward during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday,
Sept. 30, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Carson, Calif. (AP) — After
all they've been through, a two-touchdown deficit wasn't going to faze
the Los Angeles Chargers.
"We've been rock-bottom, so it's
only up," running back Melvin Gordon said after the Chargers rallied for
a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
"We know how to respond when we go
down. We always feel like we got the players to be in the game,
regardless of how much someone goes up."
Gordon played a significant part in
the comeback, rushing for 104 yards on 15 carries to go with his seven
receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. It is the sixth 100-yard
rushing game of Gordon's career and his first since last Oct. 29 against
"He ran outstanding. There are some
times when he could have gone out of bounds but he stayed between the
yard lines and made plays," coach Anthony Lynn said.
Philip Rivers threw for 250 yards
and three touchdowns as the Chargers improved to 2-2, the first time
since 2015 that they are .500 after the first quarter of the season and
a long way from their 0-4 start last season.
"It was good to see the resiliency
of this team and how they bounced back. We played good, complementary
football," Lynn said.
Gordon and Austin Ekeler averaged
5.6 yards per carry against a Niners defense that was 10th against the
run and allowing only 97 yards per game. It is the first time in 11
games that San Francisco had allowed a 100-yard rusher.
"Gordon was playing very well. He
opened up in the second half," 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said.
The Chargers trailed 17-6 with 4:59
remaining in the second quarter then scored 20 straight points,
including 11 in the final 47 seconds of the first half to tie it at 17
Caleb Sturgis had three field
goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers
the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points.
C.J. Beathard, who got the start
for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending knee
injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two
interceptions. The last interception came with 2:38 remaining when Isaac
Rochell picked off a pass intended for Alfred Morris at the Niners 19.
The Chargers then ran out the clock.
"I thought he played well," Niners
coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He played very tough. Made some great plays,
especially in some of the situations. With a lot of guys going in and
out, he handled a lot of adversity well and a little chaos due to
Beathard's first TD toss of 2 yards
to Kendrick Bourne gave the Niners a 14-0 lead with 3:53 remaining in
the first quarter. His 82-yarder to George Kittle with 2:50 remaining in
the third quarter helped end of run where they had three three-and-outs
and an interception.
"It felt a lot more comfortable
being out there and being in control. It definitely felt a lot more
comfortable than last year," said Beathard, who lost five of six starts
The Chargers have missed eight PATs
since the start of last season, which is the most in the league. Los
Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015
and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more.
Gordon and Ekeler each caught
touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch
touchdowns since Jacob Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22,
2010, against Denver.
Ekeler's 22-yard reception on a go
pattern drew the Chargers within 17-14 late in the second quarter.
Gordon's 6-yard catch in the third quarter would give Los Angeles a
Rivers, who was 25 of 39, completed
passes to eight players with Gordon and Ekeler combining for nine
receptions and 81 yards.
MOVING ON UP
Rivers surpassed John Elway for the
eighth-most yards in NFL history. He has 51,504 yards in his 15-year
career while Elway had 51,475.
"Those are guys I had posters of on
my wall, so just to be mentioned with them is definitely special,"
HELD IN CHECK
San Francisco's Matt Breida came in
tied for the league lead in rushing (295 yards) but he was held to 39
yards on nine carries.
Lynn said after the game that
stopping the run was something they put extra emphasis on in practice
Niners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley's injury meant
San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line, moving first-round
pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right
Chargers: Wide receiver Travis
Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not
play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards. Left tackle
Russell Okung did not play in the second half due to a groin injury.
Bournemouth beats Crystal Palace 2-1 on late penalty in EPL
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, left, and Crystal Palace's Mamadou
Sakho battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Monday Oct. 1. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
Bournemouth, England (AP) —
Mamadou Sakho elbowed Jefferson Lerma in the face and conceded the
penalty which Bournemouth converted to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the
English Premier League on Monday.
Substitute Junior Stanislas hit the
winner in the 87th minute for Bournemouth to climb from ninth to seventh
in the standings.
Palace remained 13th.
Bournemouth went ahead early when
David Brooks curled in a pass from Callum Wilson for his first goal for
Patrick van Aanholt leveled for
Palace 10 minutes into the second half from an offside position, cutting
in from the left side and firing a right-foot shot into the roof of the
Stanislas had been on the field
only three minutes when he was picked to kick the penalty. He's yet to
start a Premier League match after six months out with a knee injury.
US has European way figured out except for winning
team captain Jim Furyk attends the trophy ceremony after the European
team won the 2018 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Le Golf National in Saint
Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 30. (AP
France (AP) — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the
The goal that came out of the Ryder
Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next
10 matches. So even after another thorough beating by Europe at Le Golf
National, the Americans still have 16 years before deciding if they're
on the right path.
One week in the suburbs of Paris
felt like they were going in circles around the Arc de Triomphe.
They had the strongest team based
on the nine players who had experience winning major championships. They
had the strongest team considering all 12 were among the top 25 players
in the world ranking.
They didn't stand a chance against
Europe, which registered a 17½-10½ victory. Only four times since 1979
has the Ryder Cup been decided by seven points or more, and Europe won
three of them.
Starting with the Friday afternoon
sweep of the foursomes sessions, Europe won eight consecutive matches at
one point and built a 10-6 lead that was too much for the Americans to
overcome on a golf course with tight fairways and thick rough, and
before more than 50,000 people ready to celebrate any shot that hit the
Europe dominated the singles, just
like they did nearly every session. Even the lone session the Americans
won required a little luck when Tony Finau's tee shot hit the wooden
plank on the edge of the water at the 16th hole and plopped down 3 feet
It's easy to criticize the
Americans after another loss.
Tiger Woods went 0-4, shut out for
the first time in his eight appearances in the Ryder Cup.
"That's four points to the European
team," Woods said. "And I'm one of the contributing factors to why we
lost the cup. And it's not a lot of fun."
He now has a 13-21-3 record in the
Ryder Cup and briefly tied the record for most losses in Ryder Cup
history. The good news for Woods is that Phil Mickelson was still on the
golf course. Mickelson also got shut out, playing only two matches at Le
Golf National and losing them both, giving him a record of 18-22-7.
The second one stung the most
because it was the official cup-clincher for Europe.
Francesco Molinari, the star of
these matches, capped off his 5-0 week by beating Mickelson in singles.
Mickelson had to win the last three holes to earn a halve, and instead
hit his tee shot into the water on the 16th and immediately removed his
The celebration was on, and it
"It's difficult to talk about it
because it means so much to me over the years, and I did not play well
this year," said Mickelson, who built his year around winning the U.S.
Open to complete the career Grand Slam and winning the Ryder Cup on
European soil, neither of which he had ever accomplished."
That remains the case.
In the U.S. Open, he is remembered
for whacking a moving ball with his putter out of frustration at
Shinnecock Hills. In the Ryder Cup, he is remembered losing the match
that officially gave Europe the points it needed to win.
"This could very well,
realistically, be my last one," he said.
Mickelson is an easy target, but
some of his words are worth heeding. He gave credit to Europe, and how
could he not?
Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were
unbeatable, becoming only the second tandem since this format began in
1979 to win all their team matches. European captain Thomas Bjorn used
his wild-card selections on Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, neither of
whom had won a tournament this year. They combined to go 6-1. The other
two picks were for Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, who went 3-3-1.
Three of U.S. captain Jim Furyk's
picks didn't win a match. Woods, Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau were a
combined 0-9. Tony Finau was the last pick, and he did the job Sunday
morning with a convincing win over Fleetwood in a bid to put American
red scores on the board.
Was it Furyk's fault?
"The brunt of it is going to be on
my plate," Furyk said. "I accepted that when I took this role."
No golf tournament gets more
second-guessing than this one, which is why it should be called the
Hindsight Cup. In a half-dozen interviews as the European celebration
was ringing in his ears, there was little he could say.
"Thomas was a better captain, and
their team outplayed us," Furyk said. "And there's nothing else more you
can say. They deserved to win. They played well."
And the Americans didn't.
Furyk didn't say that. He didn't
He said he would meet with the PGA
of America and the Ryder Cup committee and "we'll keep going." There
will be more suggestions than solutions. Europe understands how to take
a team and give 12 players a singular purpose of winning the Ryder Cup.
The task force gave players more input in how to build the team and pick
a captain, and that was a start toward doing it the European way.
Winning? The players, whoever they
are, have to figure that out themselves.
Cubs, Rockies meet for NL wild card after losing tiebreakers
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first
inning of a tiebreaker baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on
Monday, Oct. 1, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Chicago (AP) — Manager Joe
Maddon and the Chicago Cubs insist they still have plenty left to make
another deep run in the postseason.
What they don't have is room for error.
The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies
in the wild-card game on Tuesday after both teams lost tiebreaker games for
their division championships.
"We're not dead in the water," Maddon
The Cubs will send ace Jon Lester
(18-6, 3.32 ERA) to the mound, hoping to keep their season going after a 3-1
loss to Milwaukee for the NL Central championship at Wrigley Field on
They'll be back at the old ballpark
again, trying to eliminate Colorado after the Rockies dropped a tiebreaker
for the NL West to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2. Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85)
starts for the Rockies, and the winner gets Milwaukee in the best-of-five
Division Series starting Thursday at Miller Park.
Colorado and the Cubs split six games
this year, each scoring 33 runs. They haven't faced each other since early
NL home run champion Nolan Arenado and
the Rockies (91-72) had won nine of 10 before getting shut down by rookie
Walker Buehler in a 5-2 loss on Monday. Colorado has never won its division.
"Excited about it," manager Bud Black
said. "It's going to be a great environment tomorrow at Wrigley. Their
manager and I go way back. This team enjoys playing on the big stage."
Charlie Blackmon, who had two of
Colorado's four hits Monday, called it "an amazing opportunity."
"The fact of the matter is we have a
chance to win the World Series," he added.
The Cubs (95-68) reached the playoffs
for a franchise-record fourth straight year and had a third consecutive
division championship in sight, only to be pushed aside by the surging
But the Cubs are also a tough team to
They have three straight appearances in
the NL Championship Series and a World Series championship in 2016 that
ended a 108-year drought. They're no strangers to tight spots and they find
themselves in another one, after Milwaukee caught them down the
The Brewers won four of six against
Chicago in September to help forge the tiebreaker game after the Cubs went
from trailing them by 4 1/2 games in the division to leading by five.
Milwaukee pulled even on the final weekend.
The Cubs then managed just three hits
Monday against Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers. They were also held to one
run or less for the 39th time even though they ranked fourth in the National
League in scoring.
"We have another opportunity," Maddon
said. "I've been involved with wild card teams that have gone all the way.
Maddon was the Los Angeles Angels'
bench coach in 2002 when they won the World Series as a wild card. And the
Cubs have certainly won their share of elimination games the past four
They beat Pittsburgh in the wild
card-game in 2015 after finishing third in the division behind St. Louis and
the Pirates. In 2016, they rallied from 3-1 down in the World Series and won
Game 7 at Cleveland to bring home the first championship in 108 years. And
they beat Washington in a grueling Division Series last year, winning Game 5
on the road.
"This is nothing new to us," outfielder
Jason Heyward said.
They feel confident with Lester, who
will become the first pitcher to start two wild-card games. He gave up six
runs to the Royals in 2014 while with Oakland in a 9-8, 12-inning loss.
Lester was 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his
final eight starts. He has been particularly stingy in the postseason
throughout his career, going 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 25 games and 21 starts.
The Cubs endured a long list of
injuries and players not performing the way they anticipated, whether it was
Yu Darvish making just eight starts after signing a $126 million contract or
Kris Bryant making two trips to the disabled list because of inflammation in
his left shoulder.
Anthony Rizzo got off to a slow start
before going on a tear. Willson Contreras slumped after the All-Star break.
Nothing has come easily. There were
difficulties along the way. And there's some disappointment surrounding them
even though they're once again in the postseason.
"It's definitely a little different,"
Rizzo said. "But that whole narrative switches (Tuesday) if we win the