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Update October 24, 2018

United’s troubles deepen as Madrid and Bayern grab tense wins

Juventus 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)

James Ellingworth

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 of them.

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.

MISFIRING MADRID

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 European fixture.

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.

BAYERN RECOVERY

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

Caroline 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)

Sandra Harwitt

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 errors.

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 rain.

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

In 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)

Barry Wilner

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 on Tuesday.

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 years ago.

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 serves.

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 (3), 6-2.

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 6-0, 6-4.


Bolt excluded from Mariners practice until contract resolved

In 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 Tuesday.

No details of the offers were confirmed.

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 negotiations separate.

"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."


Update October 23, 2018

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 very good."

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 goal.

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 Photo/Vincent Thian)

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 comfortable.

"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)

Ciaran Fahey

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 boys."

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:

GROUP E

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.

GROUP F

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 on Friday.

GROUP G

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.

GROUP H

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 Juventus.

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 Jose Sanchez)

Greg Beacham

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 Rondo.

"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 Spurs.

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 "extremely aggressive."

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."


Update October 16, 2018

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)

Tales Azzoni

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 competition.

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 since 1987.

"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 said.

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.

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 going."

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 defenders.

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.

RELEGATED ICELAND

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.

LOWER LEAGUES

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 the charge.

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 anti-corruption unit.

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

In 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 journalist.

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 capital Riyadh.

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)

Chris Lehourites

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 problem.

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 disk.

"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 day.

"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 bothering her.

"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."


Update October 15, 2018

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)

Eric Olson

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 left.

"It feels so good to shut somebody up who has been talking for so long," Crawford said. "I'm at ease."

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 show."

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 job."

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 the WBO.

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 Sunday.

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

Marc 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)

Nicolas Anil

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 record.

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 victory.

"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)

Sandra Harwitt

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 in Shanghai.

"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 people.

"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 opportunity.

"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 change something.

"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 the year.

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

In 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 Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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

In a 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 Photo/Darko Bandic)

Steve Douglas

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.

LUKAKU DOUBLE

Romelu Lukaku has been toiling at Manchester United in recent weeks, but he can't stop scoring for Belgium.

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 Brussels.

The winners of the four three-team groups in League A will advance to the Nations League finals in June.

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LOWER LEAGUES

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 Marino 2-0.

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

Marc 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 Photo/Vincent Phoon)

Nicolas Anil

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 playing well."

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 78-player field.

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 Shanghai.


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)

Sandra Harwitt

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."

Earlier, fourth-seeded 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 eight-player field.

"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

West 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 Friday.

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 deliveries.

However, like before lunch and tea, West Indies failed to close out another session without further loss.

Five overs before stumps, Holder was caught behind playing at Umesh Yadav, and India were back in business.

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 doubt.

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 Umesh Yadav.

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.


Update October 9, 2018

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 Photo/Butch Dill)

Brett Martel

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 40-13.

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 second quarter.

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."

INJURIES

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.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Host Carolina on Sunday.

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 Long)

Tom Withers

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 once again.

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 the board.

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 again.

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 Game 2.

"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)

Eddie Pells

New York (AP) - Floyd Landis is using money he earned by taking down Lance Armstrong to start his own cycling team.

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 case.

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 pain.

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

This 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)

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 test results.

"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 camera angles.

Nakamura said something similar in explaining why the Odaiba Marine Park, in the heart of Tokyo Bay, was chosen.

"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 pollution.

"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 experimented.

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 athletes healthy.

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 bacteria."


Update October 8, 2018

Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor

Khabib 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)

Greg Beacham

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 octagon.

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 their bout.

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 everyone.

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 now."

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 mouthpiece.

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 to Nurmagomedov.

"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 terrorist rat."

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 round.

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 attention.

"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

Spain's 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 points.

"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)

Jim Armstrong

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 18th place.

"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

In 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)

John Duerden

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)

Tony Jimenez

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 Southampton.

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.

ANFIELD STALEMATE

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 victory.

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 1 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 happy."

ARSENAL DELUGE

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 misery.


Update October 3, 2018

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 Photo/Luca Bruno)c

Steve Douglas

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.

EARLY GOALS

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 three each.

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 see it.

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 than City.

LATE ARRIVAL

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 minutes.

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 previous round.

BAYERN WOBBLING

Bayern Munich extended their winless run to three games in all competitions by drawing 1-1 at home to Ajax.

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 competitions.

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

In 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 eye.

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 Kerber said.

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)

Barcelona, Spain (AP) — According to Spanish soccer club Barcelona, it has become the first sports team in the world to surpass the $1 billion mark in revenue.

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.


Update October 2, 2018

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)

Joe Reedy

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 New England.

"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 at halftime.

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 injuries."

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 last season.

EXTRA-POINT WOES

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.

VERSATILE BACKS

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 23-17 lead.

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," Rivers said.

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 all week.

INJURIES

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 tackle.

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 the team.

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 net.

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

US 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 Photo/Alastair Grant)

Doug Ferguson

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (AP) — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup.

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 17-10 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 green.

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 away.

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 cap.

The celebration was on, and it sounded familiar.

"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 have to.

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)

Andrew Seligman

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 said.

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 Monday.

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 May.

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 Brewers.

But the Cubs are also a tough team to keep down.

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 regular-season stretch.

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. It happens."

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 seasons.

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 ballgame."
 


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