Root, Cook make centuries in England's 1st day-night test
England's Alastair Cook, right, acknowledges the crowd as he
celebrates his century with Joe Root during day one of the first
day-night Test match at Edgbaston, England, Thursday Aug. 17, 2017.
(Nick Potts/PA via AP)
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP)
— Joe Root and Alastair Cook marked England's first foray into
day-night test cricket with centuries, leading the home team to
348-3 against the West Indies on Day 1 of the series-opener on
The captain and former captain eased England's concerns over how
they would deal with the challenge of batting against the pink ball
with a 248-run partnership for the third wicket.
Root made 136 and Cook was not out on 153 at stumps, which were
called just after 9.30 p.m. at a flood-lit Edgbaston.
Their stand overcame some trying early times in the first day-night
test in England, and first involving England, which was 39-2 in the
eighth over when the pair came together.
But helped by some wayward bowling by the West Indian attack, Root
and Cook negotiated the pink ball with ease. Root hit 22 fours,
collecting 88 of his runs in boundaries. Cook was equally adept at
dispatching the regular flow of bad balls to the boundary with 92 of
his runs coming from 23 fours.
On his way to his 13th test century, Root also became only the sixth
man to score a half-century in 11 consecutive tests. AB de Villiers
holds the outright record with half-centuries in 12 straight tests.
A sweep for four off a leg-side delivery from spinner Roston Chase
took Root past 100 and saw him start his second series as captain as
he did his first series — with a hundred. He clenched his right fist
and gave a low punch of delight.
Cook's century was his 31st, his first since losing the captaincy to
Root, and first since November last year. It moved him up to 11th on
the all-time list of most test centuries, now ahead of Matthew
Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul and one behind Steve Waugh. It was
also Cook's 10th score of 150 or more, equaling an England record.
The current and former skipper embraced when Root got his century,
and Root then celebrated for his teammate, arms waving in the air,
as he ran through for the single that took Cook to three figures.
England faced a testing few overs when the game got underway in the
afternoon, with opener Mark Stoneman — Cook's 12th opening partner
since Andrew Strauss' retirement in 2012 — out for 8 on his debut.
No. 3 Tom Westley was also dismissed for 8 in his third test.
Stoneman was bowled by Kemar Roach (2-72) in the third over with a
super delivery that seamed away to smash into Stoneman's off stump.
Westley was lbw to Miguel Cummins after a successful decision review
by West Indies.
Although England still has problems to solve in its top order —
finding another effective opener and a solid No. 3, with the
newcomers not cutting it yet — there are no doubts over the lasting
value of Cook and Root.
By the lunch break, which came at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, they
had taken England to 108-2 and the recovery was well on its way. By
tea, or rather supper time, England was 215-2.
Root fell in the tricky period when the daylight was fading and the
floodlights taking over, bowled by Roach with a delivery that cut in
and went between bat and pad. But England didn't lose anyone else in
the dreaded twilight zone, with Dawid Malan 28 not out with Cook at
West Indies has more day-night test experience than England having
played one against Pakistan in Dubai last year.
But Roach sent the second ball of this test so wide of the stumps
that it went to second slip, and that set the tone for the West
Indian bowling performance rather than his good deliveries to beat
Stoneman and Root.
Day-night tests are an attempt to revitalize cricket's five-day
format and give fans who hold down weekday jobs a chance to see at
least some of the action live. The match at Edgbaston is the fifth
day-night test to be played, with the first in Australia in November
Muguruza rallies to reach Cincinnati quarterfinals
Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, returns to Madison Keys during the round
of 16 at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday,
Aug. 17, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
By Joe Kay, AP Sports
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza
overcame a long rain delay in the third set and fought off three
match points Thursday before advancing to the quarterfinals of the
Western & Southern Open.
The tournament's No. 4 seed beat American Madison Keys 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
(3) to extend her successful summer. Since beating Venus Williams
for the Wimbledon title, she has reached the quarterfinals of her
last three tournaments.
The third set was tied 2-2 when a severe storm moved through the
area, causing a nearly two-hour delay. After play resumed, Keys got
ahead 6-5 and was serving for the match at 40-15 but hit a couple of
balls into the net. She wasted another match point before Muguruza
took it to the tiebreaker and dominated.
Muguruza grew up near Barcelona and learned about the attack in the
Las Ramblas district during the rain delay. She contacted relatives
to make sure they were fine.
"I have been so many times to this place, it's like my home," she
said. "So it really shocked me."
Keys wasn't able to make the one final shot to win it at the end.
"I obviously had some unforced errors that I wasn't happy about, but
I felt like I had to go for it because she was just going to make
everything," Keys said.
Defending champion Karolina Pliskova and Rafael Nadal — the top seed
in the men's bracket — had their matches repeatedly pushed back by
the rain. Three long delays and several shorter ones kept players
Before the first storm, second-seeded Simona Halep became the
tournament's first quarterfinalist with a 6-4, 6-3 win over
15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The straight-set win was her
second in two matches.
"I'm not playing my best tennis, but winning when I'm not playing
good is a plus for me," Halep said. "I'm really happy about it."
It's the fifth straight year that Halep, No. 2 in the rankings, has
at least reached the Cincinnati quarterfinals. She was runner-up to
Serena Williams in 2015.
In the men's bracket, Grigor Dimitrov rallied from a 4-1 second-set
deficit for a 6-3, 7-5 win over Juan Martin del Potro. The
seventh-seeded Dimitrov got his first career win in six matches
against Del Potro.
John Isner beat Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a match delayed twice
by rain. The second set was tied 4-4 when the match was halted for
an hour. It was tied 5-5 when there was another 10-minute delay.
When play resumed, Tiafoe double-faulted to help Isner close it out.
"I actually didn't mind that rain delay at all," Isner said of the
longer break. "I went in the locker room, showered, changed,
stretched, ate a little. I was very refreshed coming back out there
to finish the match."
David Ferrer reached his first ATP Masters quarterfinal in his last
11 tries with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta.
AP freelance writer Mark Schmetzer contributed to this report.
Croatian soccer fans force game at Everton to be halted
Security close round Hajduk Split fans during the Europa League
Play-Off, First Leg soccer match between Everton and Hajduk Split at
Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (Nigel
French/PA via AP)
LIVERPOOL, England (AP)
— Fans of Croatian football club Hajduk Split threw missiles and
encroached on the pitch and forced a Europa League game at English
Premier League club Everton to temporarily stop on Thursday.
Play was halted for a few minutes in the first half at Goodison Park
where trouble flared shortly after Michael Keane's 30th-minute
header put Everton in front.
After stewards and police moved to bring the situation under
control, the players returned to the pitch.
Everton doubled its lead in the 45th minute of the qualifying
playoff first half through Idrissa Gueye's strike.
Indonesia to start 1-year countdown as Asian Games host
Workers put up a 2018 Asian Games sign at the main business district
in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) —
Indonesia starts a one-year countdown clock on Friday as it races to
complete venues to host an Asian Games that it hopes will showcase
the archipelago as a leading nation in the region and boost its
perennially light medal total.
The Olympic Council of Asia
originally selected Vietnam as host of the event, which is held
every four years, for 2019. But the country's Communist Party
government pulled out in 2014 citing cost concerns.
Indonesia stepped in on the
proviso it would be allowed to stage the games in 2018 and in two
main host cities, leaving Jakarta and Palembang four years to get
ready instead of six.
Problems immediately ensued
because funds were scarce — the government budget had already been
set for 2015 — and authorities in Jakarta and at a national level
spent months working at cross purposes.
One year from the opening
ceremony, organizers can point to substantial progress, but a sense
of trepidation lingers.
"In the end I'm only human,"
said Erick Thohir, a businessman and part-owner of Italian football
club Inter Milan, who is head of the 2018 Asian Games organizing
committee. "Of course there is some pressure, some nervousness, but
we have to be confident because this is a big event for our
The games, expected to involve
more than 9,000 athletes from 45 nations as well as 8,000 media and
officials, will be split among several cities.
The main stadium is in the
heart of the notoriously traffic-clogged capital Jakarta and the
east of the city is home for a new velodrome and equestrian center.
Palembang on the island of Sumatra, which staged the 2011 Southeast
Asian Games, is the other main sports venue. Some sports, including
football, will take place in West Java cities such as Bandung,
Bekasi and Bogor.
The main stadium, which was
used when Indonesia first hosted the Asian Games in 1962, is buzzing
with construction workers. Among the renovations, its old wooden
benches have been removed and replaced with modern seating in red
and white — the colors of the Indonesian flag — to seat about
The construction of the
athletes' village is almost finished and many major venues are more
than 80 percent complete, and projected to be done by October.
But the velodrome and
equestrian center, which are being totally rebuilt, aren't expected
to be completed until May of next year, leaving a tight window for
rectifying any problems. Officials say five or six
international-standard football stadiums are needed in West Java,
but only two are up to scratch so far.
"We need to really be pushing
hard" said Thohir, who met earlier this week with the provincial and
central governments to accelerate the work.
National pride is at stake.
"We've been waiting for this
opportunity for decades," said bank employee Trivandi Pohan as he
ate lunch at a Jakarta mall. "This is an opportunity for us to show
the world that we are a great nation."
Indonesia is the world's
third-largest democracy and a member of the Group of 20 major
industrialized and developing economies, but tends to perform below
its weight in global affairs.
Successive governments have
been mostly consumed by responding to frequent natural disasters,
terrorism, communal conflicts and other crises in a country where
corruption and poverty are still widespread.
"The government would like to
make a positive point for the public that Indonesia as a big country
should do better, like any other big country," said organizing
committee vice-president Gatot S. Dewa Broto, who is also a senior
official at the youth and sports ministry.
There are also hopes that
staging the games will boost Indonesia's sporting prowess. The
country of more than 260 million people won four gold medals at the
2014 Asian Games in South Korea, placing 17th on the medal
standings, and is aiming for a top-10 performance next year.
The government is spending
about 25 trillion rupiah ($1.8 billion) on games infrastructure.
Organization and running of the games is expected to cost about 4.5
trillion rupiah ($330 million) with only a portion provided by the
government and the majority to be funded by sponsorships and ticket
With elections due in 2019 a
successful games would score political points for Joko "Jokowi"
Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the ranks of the
elite or military.
Jokowi has made improvement to
Indonesia's creaky or non-existent infrastructure his top priority
since being elected in 2014.
A new international terminal at
Jakarta's main airport opened earlier this year and a traffic
flyover near the main stadium was recently completed. However,
subway and light-rail projects in the capital, where traveling five
kilometers in peak hour can take two hours or more, are unlikely to
be completed until 2019.
Thohir emits a rueful laugh
when asked how athletes will cope with Jakarta's daily "carmageddon"
as they travel the 20 kilometer-plus distance between the village
and the main venues — a journey officials say should not take more
than 45 minutes.
A police general has been
seconded to the organizing committee and special lanes, athlete
convoys and use of the city's bus-only lanes are being discussed to
reduce the slow travel times.
"I'm not an expert but I trust
him," Thohir said of the general. "He will find a solution."
Madrid beat Barca 2-0 without Ronaldo to win Super Cup
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, challenges Real Madrid's goalkeeper
Keylor Navas during the Spanish Super Cup second leg match at the
Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Aug. 16. (AP
Madrid (AP) — Real
Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 to complete a 5-1 victory on aggregate in
the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, dominating their fiercest rivals
without the need of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.
Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema
provided the goals in the second leg for a Madrid side that showed
every ounce of confidence that Barcelona sorely lacked.
While Bale was rested on the
bench, Ronaldo watched the game from the Santiago Bernabeu stands as
he completed the first game of a five-match ban for pushing the
referee who sent him off in Sunday's 3-1 first-leg win.
Asensio filled in perfectly for
Madrid's star, scoring five minutes into the match for his second
goal in the season's curtain raiser. Benzema added a second goal in
the 39th after Lucas Vazquez had already hit the post for the hosts.
Last season's Liga and
Champions League winners, Madrid also beat Manchester United to win
the European Super Cup last week.
"We played very well in the
away leg and we had a great game tonight, above all in the first
half, which was spectacular," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "We
have to congratulate the players because they were fantastic. You
couldn't notice the changes (to the starting lineup)."
Barcelona struggled to score
for a second match since the shocking departure of Neymar on a
world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The closest they went
to scoring was Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hitting the woodwork in
the second half after the title was already in Madrid's grasp.
After seeing his team be
soundly beaten on home turf in his debut with the team on Sunday,
Barcelona's new coach Ernesto Valverde decided to revamp both his
starting 11 and the formation.
He ditched Barcelona's classic
4-3-3 formation for a 3-5-2, with only Messi and Suarez up front.
Neymar had accompanied them for the past four seasons before he
bolted for PSG.
Valverde also gave starts to
midfielders Andre Gomes and Sergi Roberto and defender Javier
Mascherano, in place of Sunday's starters Aleix Vidal, Gerard
Deulofeu and the injured Andres Iniesta.
It didn't matter.
Barcelona had no answer for
Madrid's pressure, lost ball after ball in their own half, and
clearly missed Neymar's presence on the left flank to start quick
"They showed more energy in
their pressure and we suffered when they recovered the ball,"
Valverde said. "It's obvious that we have to recover our spirit
The only bright spot on another
long night for Barcelona was the positive contribution of Roberto,
who provided the only consistent attacking spark besides Messi.
Zidane also rested Francisco
"Isco" Alarcon and Casemiro, who went on late. Luka Modric was back
from suspension and outplayed all of Barcelona's midfielders.
Asensio earned a place in
Zidane's starting 11 after going on as a substitute on Sunday and
capping Madrid's victory by scoring a 90th-minute goal with a long
shot that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen failed to stop.
The 21-year-old forward started
the second leg with a similar superb strike, bending a left-footed
shot from well outside the area over a flatfooted Ter Stegen.
Messi needed over 10 minutes to
finally touch the ball, and once he did Barcelona showed signs of
life with two Messi-led attacks that made Madrid work in defence.
But despite having five
midfielders, Barcelona never established control. A bad pass by
Mascherano almost led to a goal from Vazquez, who hit the post in
That was just a warning of was
about to come when Sergio Busquets lost another ball near
Barcelona's area. Madrid left back Marcelo pounced by sending a low
cross into the area, where Benzema twisted around Samuel Umtiti and
swept in his goal.
It took almost an hour for
Messi to finally produced Barcelona's first serious threat when he
forced Keylor Navas to palm his shot onto the bar in the 53rd.
Suarez headed a rebound of
Messi's strike parried by Navas off the upright in the 71st. The
striker finished the match favoring his right knee after running
Madrid start the defence of
their Spanish league title on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna, while
Barcelona will try to rebound at home against Real Betis.
Qualifier Barty knocks out Venus Williams in Cincinnati
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns to Venus Williams during their
match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday,
Aug. 16, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mason, Ohio (AP) — Venus
Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump Wednesday when he was knocked
out of the Western & Southern Open by a qualifier in the second
Ashleigh Barty rallied for a
6-3, 2-6, 6-2 upset on a humid afternoon that played to her
advantage. Barty, ranked No. 48 on the ATP tour, had never beaten a
Top 10 player — going 0-6 — before knocking off the ninth-ranked
Several more upsets further
depleted the brackets Wednesday. Numerous top players have pulled
out because of injury, leaving the tournament wide open.
No. 3 Angelique Kerber lost to
Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11), with the Russian converting
on her eighth match point to end a 2-hour, 39-minute match. Makarova
also upset Kerber at Roland Garros this season.
Kerber fell behind 5-2 in the
third set, rallied to a tiebreaker, then got up 8-7. She wasted her
only chance to finish it off.
"The third set was a completely
up-and-down set," Kerber said.
On the men's side, wild card
Frances Tiafoe broke through against No. 4 Alexander Zverev, who was
coming off his second ATP Masters title in Montreal. The 19-year-old
American hadn't taken a set in his two career matches against
Zverev, but rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory that ended Zverev's
streak of 10 straight match wins.
The men's bracket is without
Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and defending champion
Marin Cilic because of injuries. The women's bracket is missing
Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.
Venus Williams is enjoying a
comeback season, reaching the finals at the Australian Open and
Wimbledon at age 37. She faded in the heat and humidity on Wednesday
against a player who is 3-13 career against Top 20 players.
"I'm going to take a break,"
Williams said. "Just have a rest and just go big. That's my plan."
After knocking off Williams,
Barty had to head for her doubles match, still buoyed by the biggest
win of her singles career.
"It really is a privilege to be
able to share the court with Venus," Barty said. "She's an amazing
champion and how she's still playing so well, still making Slam
finals — it's amazing. To be able to share the court with her and
play well today, it was really exciting."
Madison Keys reached the round
of 16 for the first time, needing just 50 minutes to beat past Daria
Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1. Keys, who withdrew from last week's Rogers Cup
in Toronto with a forearm injury, next will meet fourth-seeded
Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion.
The men's bracket lost one of
its hottest player of late. Zverev won back-to-back titles in
Washington and Montreal, leaving him little time to rest. It showed
against Tiafoe, who was more aggressive as the match went along.
"I'm completely dead right
now," Zverev said. "I have been dead for the past two days. I could
have easily pulled the plug in the second set, but I'm not going to
retire just because I'm tired. And he's too good of a player to beat
when I'm in this stage."
Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves
Conor McGregor trains during a workout for the media, Friday, Aug.
11, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather
Jr. in a boxing match Aug. 26. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr.
and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but
not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the
issue to hype their fight later this month.
Nevada boxing regulators on
Wednesday gave the two fighters an exemption to a rule requiring
10-ounce gloves for fights at 154 pounds, approving 8-ounce gloves
for the Aug. 26 bout. Representatives of both fighters appeared
before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request the waiver.
Commissioners also approved
veteran referee Robert Byrd as the third man in the ring for the
Commission Chairman Anthony
Marnell said he was comfortable with the fighters using smaller
gloves, but unhappy that they used the issue to sell the fight on
"I do not like the Nevada State
Athletic Commission being used as a pawn in a social media battle,"
Under Nevada regulations,
10-ounce gloves are required in fights above 147 pounds and the bout
is set for 154 pounds. But Mayweather has worn 8-ounce gloves most
of his career, and McGregor has worn 4-ounce gloves in his UFC
McGregor said the gloves will
only speed up the end of the fight, which he earlier predicted
wouldn't last four rounds.
"I believe now that gloves are
eight ounces I don't believe he makes it out of the second round,"
McGregor said. "I do not see him absorbing the blows in the first
Mayweather's promoter, Leonard
Ellerbe, said his fighter is also more comfortable in smaller gloves
and would use them to stop McGregor.
"The fight is going to end in a
knockout, I'm very confident," Ellerbe said. "And it will probably
McGregor will be in a boxing
ring for the first time as a pro when he takes on Mayweather, who is
coming out of retirement for a fight that will make him tens of
millions of dollars. They will fight under boxing rules, which will
be enforced by Byrd, a veteran of many championship fights.
"The referee makes a big
difference in this fight, which is the specific reason I chose
Robert Byrd," said Bob Bennett, the commission's executive director.
Commissioners also approved
Burt Clements and Dave Moretti of the United States and Italy's
Guido Cavalleri as judges for the bout. McGregor's camp had asked
for an international judge among the three.
Byrd will be paid $25,000 for
the bout, while the judges will make $20,000.
The glove issue took up much of
the commission meeting, though in the end all voted in favor of the
smaller gloves. There was also discussion about the padding in the
gloves, with both sides agreeing to be bound by Nevada boxing
inspectors approving the foam padding.
Mayweather has fought 46 of his
49 fights with 8-ounce gloves, including his last six. McGregor has
never boxed before, but quickly agreed to Mayweather's challenge on
social media to fight in smaller gloves.
UFC chief Dana White echoed
McGregor in saying the smaller gloves will make a difference in the
"It affects the fight big
time," White said. "When we were in our original negotiations it was
something they would not even talk about. I don't know what changed
but I'm glad it did. It makes it so much more fun."
Commissioners said they
struggled with making an exception to regulations in place since
2006, but decided to approve the waiver because of the unusual
nature of the event.
"The fight is not normal," said
commissioner Sandra Morgan.
John Hornewer, an attorney for
Mayweather, said the unbeaten boxer would likely not be at the
154-pound limit at the fight weigh-in anyway.
"He'll be 150 pounds. That's
his best weight and there's no reason to put on extra weight,"
A McGregor representative said
his fighter has been about 160 pounds in training camp and would
likely enter the ring somewhere around that weight after making the
154-pound limit the day before.
European star Pettersen out of Solheim Cup with back injury
Europe captain Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, speaks during a news
conference for the Solheim Cup golf tournament as Europe's Suzann
Pettersen, of Norway, right, looks on, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in
West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
West Des Moines, Iowa (AP) —
Suzann Pettersen was hoping to move past the furor she fueled at the
2015 Solheim Cup by helping return the trophy to Europe.
The 36-year-old Norwegian
star's balky back won't let her get that opportunity.
Pettersen announced Wednesday
that she was pulling out of the biennial event between the U.S. and
Europe because a slipped disk.
Catriona Matthew, the
47-year-old Scot who was set to serve as a vice captain for Annika
Sorenstam, tool Pettersen's place in the event that begins Friday at
Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
Pettersen angered the Americans
in Germany two years ago by insisting that Alison Lee be penalized
for picking up her ball when she thought her short second putt had
The U.S. went on to stage the
biggest comeback in Cup history.
"I think you learn from the
past, to say it that way, and (I'm) very disappointed not to play
obviously," said Pettersen, who added that she wasn't concerned
about the reaction from American galleries. "I think what happened
two years ago was a very unfortunate situation for all of us and for
the game of golf. And hopefully, this year around everyone can play
as good as we can and showcase the best women's golf."
Pettersen, who has a victory
and 12 top-20 finishes on the LPGA Tour this season, qualified to
make her ninth Solheim appearance through the world ranking.
She decided to go for a run
Saturday in Norway so she wouldn't tighten up during a wedding that
evening. During the jog, Pettersen tweaked the disk — an issue she's
dealt with in the past — and missed the wedding.
Pettersen received treatment
after arriving in Iowa on Monday. She made the call to withdraw
Wednesday because the pain left her concerned she'd be at less than
"If I can't be 100 percent, I
don't think it's fair for the team, for my teammates, for us to go
out there — and it's a big task to come here and try to get the Cup
back," Pettersen said. "If you can't even be 90 percent, there's no
Pettersen will move into the
vice captain's role vacated by Matthew, who is set to play in her
ninth Solheim Cup.
Pettersen's presence as an
assistant coach should come in handy considering four European
players are Cup rookies.
"I told her put a headset on.
And (Pettersen) said, 'Maybe you're going to change your mind once I
start speaking,'" Sorenstam joked. "But just having her presence
here...we're here to support each other. No task is too little for
Sorenstam is optimistic that
Europe's top-ranked player, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, will be ready
to perform this weekend.
Nordqvist had to rely on a
captain's pick from Sorenstam after a bout with mononucleosis kept
her from playing in enough European Tour events to qualify on
While Nordqvist said Tuesday
that she's been unable to practice much, she still finished tied for
seventh at the Women's British Open two weeks ago.
"Just look at her performance
at the British Open. First of all, I didn't think she was going to
play," Sorenstam said. "And then to go out to play the way she did.
"We let her do whatever she
needs to do to prepare. I'm not so worried about Anna."
14 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori latest out of US Open
Nishikori, of Japan, is the latest top player to pull out of the
U.S. Open because of an injury. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
New York (AP) - Kei
Nishikori is the latest top player to pull out of the U.S. Open
because of an injury.
The agent for the 2014
runner-up and 2016 semifinalist at Flushing Meadows said Wednesday
that Nishikori will miss the rest of the season because of a torn
tendon in his right wrist.
Olivier van Lindonk wrote in an
email that Nishikori, who is No. 9 in the ATP rankings, heard a
"pop" in his wrist while hitting a serve during a practice session
this week at the Western & Southern Open hard-court tournament in
Mason, Ohio. Nishikori withdrew from that event on Monday.
Van Lindonk said Nishikori saw
two wrist specialists and sent results of MRI exams to three other
wrist doctors before deciding to end his season.
Nishikori has chosen not to
have an operation on his wrist "at this stage," according to Van
Lindonk. Nishikori will wear a cast on his wrist and, after the
swelling reduces in the coming weeks, "we will evaluate next steps,"
Van Lindonk said.
Nishikori joined defending
champion Stan Wawrinka and three-time winner Novak Djokovic in
deciding to sit out the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28.
Wawrinka had surgery on his
left knee, while Djokovic has a problem with his right elbow. Like
Nishikori, both are out for the rest of 2017. That trio represents
three-fourths of last year's semifinalists at Flushing Meadows; the
other was Gael Monfils.
At the 2014 U.S. Open,
Nishikori became the first man from Japan to reach a Grand Slam
final, losing the championship match to Marin Cilic. Nishikori
advanced to his second major semifinal in New York a year ago,
before losing to Wawrinka.
Nishikori has repeatedly dealt
with injuries during his career, although he has managed to be ready
for Grand Slam tournaments, participating in 21 in a row until now.
The last major he missed was the 2012 French Open.
Nishikori ends 2017 with a
30-13 record and two appearances in tournament finals.
Sonny Bill Williams returns to All Blacks after ban
this file photo dated Saturday, July 1, 2017, New Zealand center
Sonny Bill Williams walks from the field after being sent off during
the second rugby test between the British and Irish Lions and the
All Blacks in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Wellington, New Zealand (AP)
— Center Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the All Blacks
team for Saturday's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup test
against Australia after completing a four-match suspension following
his sending off against the British and Irish Lions.
Williams became the first All
Blacks in 50 years to be dismissed in a test match after a dangerous
shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson during the second
test at Wellington.
His four-match ban was thought
likely to rule him out of Saturday's test at Sydney, but New Zealand
successfully appealed a World Rugby ruling on the matches that would
count toward his suspension.
By taking into account a
practice match played by the All Blacks last week, Williams became
available and the selectors rushed him into a reorganized backline
in Thursday's team announcement.
Damian McKenzie has been named
to start a test for the second time at fullback in the absence of
Jordie Barrett, who is injured. Ben Smith, returning from a head
injury, moves from fullback to the right wing and youngster Rieko
Ioane will start on the left wing after the omission of veteran
Liam Squire has been named on
the blindside flank in place of Jerome Kaino who has been left out
of the match-day 23 in a sign his 81-test career might be nearing
Kaino was a key member of the
All Blacks team which won the 2011 World Cup and left New Zealand
soon after to play in Japan. He returned to win back his place in
the 2015 World Cup-winning All Blacks team but his form has dipped
in recent seasons.
He also has a checkered
disciplinary record, receiving a yellow card for a high tackle
during the third test against the Lions last month.
Kieran Read retains the
captaincy but must also be under pressure after the drawn series
against the Lions in which New Zealand lacked leadership. Read has
struggled to step into the boots of former captain Richie McCaw who
retired after the 2015 World Cup. His form has been moderate and he
lacks McCaw's strength and stature as captain.
The third member of the All
Blacks backrow combination, open-side flanker Sam Cane, retains his
place after a disappointing Lions series.
Codie Taylor will again start
at hooker after Dane Coles suffered a new head injury, ending his
comeback from a four-month injury break.
The selection for Saturday's
Rugby Championship opener suggests the problems that handicapped the
All Blacks during the Lions series is continuing. Injuries and
Williams' suspension forced continual changes to the All Blacks
backline through the three Lions tests and few of the stop-gap
measures adopted by the selectors were successful.
The Lions also exploited
tactical shortcomings, with All Blacks coaches unable to devise a
plan to counter the tourists' rush defence.
However, head coach Steve
Hansen remained upbeat in announcing his team.
"There's a real sense of
excitement within the group and a desire to go out and perform well
this weekend," he said. "This test will give us a great opportunity
to gauge where we are at when it comes to things we have been
working on since the Lions tour.
"We've had a great build-up
here in Sydney and there's a single-minded focus. We're playing for
our most significant trophy outside of the Rugby World Cup and it
means a lot to us as a team. As always, it's going to be a massive
occasion and we're looking forward to Saturday."
New Zealand: Damian McKenzie,
Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden
Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Squire,
Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe
Moody. Replacements: Nathan Harris,
Wyatt Crockett, Ofa
Tu'ungafasi, Luke Romano, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Lima Sopoaga,
Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 2-1, close in on Champions League
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, left, scores his side's opening
goal from a free kick during their Champions League's qualifier
first leg against 1899 Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in
Sinsheim, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Hoffenheim, Germany (AP) -
In the absence of unsettled playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
turned to an 18-year-old right back making his European debut for
some set-piece magic in their Champions League playoff win against
Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't
Talked up at Anfield as a
potential star of the future, Alexander-Arnold curled in a free kick
from 30 yards to set Liverpool on their way to a 2-1 victory over a
German side making its debut in European competition.
"Our little hero," Liverpool
manager Juergen Klopp said of Alexander-Arnold, who has been at the
English club since the age of 6, has played for England's youth
teams and is making his full breakthrough in the first team this
season while Nathaniel Clyne is injured.
It was his first goal for the
club, on his ninth start.
"The free kick is no
coincidence, he's been doing that every day in training," said
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, one of a number of senior
players who are happy to hand over free kicks and corners to the
teenager. "Now he's done it on the big stage."
Coutinho usually hogs the set
pieces for Liverpool, but the Brazil international is currently not
available, with the club saying he has a back injury. Coutinho put
in a transfer request last week after he was the subject of a second
bid from Barcelona, which Liverpool rejected before saying he was
not for sale.
Liverpool — five-time European
champions— are on course to reach the group stage without their star
player after Havard Nordtveit inadvertently deflected substitute
James Milner's cross from the left high into his own net to make it
2-0 in the 74th minute.
Substitute Mark Uth gave
Hoffenheim a glimmer of hope going into next week's second leg at
Anfield when he chested down a long ball forward and drilled an
angled shot into the corner in the 87th.
Liverpool are looking to become
the fifth English team to qualify for the group stage — joining
Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner
Manchester United — and return to Europe's top competition for the
first time since the 2014-15 season.
Hoffenheim are in unknown
territory after reaching the Champions League playoffs courtesy of a
fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga under Julian Nagelsmann, their
30-year-old coach. It was the highest-ever finish by the team from
a village of around 4,000 people in southwest Germany.
This was Hoffenheim's first
loss at home in any competition since May 2016.
A look at the other playoff
YOUNG BOYS 0, CSKA MOSCOW 1
CSKA benefited from a comical
own goal in added time to close in on a fifth straight appearance in
the group stage.
An aimless ball forward was
headed into the air by Young Boys center back Kasim Nuhu, who
compounded that clumsy touch by heading the ball for a second time,
this time over goalkeeper David von Ballmoos and over the line. Van
Ballmoos scrambled back and tried to claw the ball into play, but it
was adjudged to have crossed the line.
QARABAG 1, FC COPENHAGEN 0
Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK
moved closer to their first appearance in the group stage thanks to
Mahir Madatov's goal in the 26th minute.
This is the fourth time Qarabag
have made it into Champions League qualifying, though the team have
never progressed beyond the third round. Copenhagen have advanced
from two of their six appearances in the playoffs, in 2010 and last
APOEL NICOSIA 2, SLAVIA PRAGUE
Former Champions League
quarterfinalists APOEL are within touching distance of a return to
the competition after goals by Igor De Camargo and Stathis Aloneftis
in the first 10 minutes.
Muris Mesanovic struck the post
for Slavia, the closest the Czech visitors came to reducing the
SPORTING LISBON 0, STEAUA
Steaua survived the final 10
minutes with 10 men after midfielder Mihai Pintilii's red card for
Sporting, who have lost in both
of their previous appearances in the playoffs in 2009 and 2015,
struck the post through Argentina international Marcos Acuna in the
Astros strike early, cruise past Diamondbacks
Houston Astros' Brad Peacock throws a pitch against the Arizona
Diamondbacks during the first inning of their baseball game Tuesday,
Aug. 15, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Jose M. Romero
Phoenix (AP) — A trip
that saw the Houston Astros drop six of the first seven games ended
on a much-needed positive note for the AL West leaders.
The Astros had six extra-base
hits in the first four innings, building a big enough lead to hold
off the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Tuesday.
The Astros managed only four
hits over the last five innings, but one was Max Stassi's solo home
run in the ninth.
"We've had a rough week and a
rough road trip, and it's nice to end it with a win and get home and
get back to sort of how we're playing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch
said. "We've led the league in offense in a lot of different
categories, so I think today we looked a little bit more like
The Astros had scored just five
runs in their previous three games, one of those a shutout loss to
the Diamondbacks and ace Zack Greinke on Monday.
But Houston jumped to an 8-0
lead in the fourth inning Tuesday.
Despite the quick start on
offense, starting pitcher Brad Peacock couldn't get out of the
bottom of the fifth, so Francis Martes (5-2) came on and struck out
all four batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings for the victory.
Peacock contributed a double
that gave the Astros a 7-0 lead after Diamondbacks starter Anthony
Banda intentionally walked eighth-place hitter Jake Marisnick to put
runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third.
The Astros scored five runs off
Banda in the second inning on three doubles, a triple, a single and
a wild pitch. Four runs came with two outs, as George Springer's
double drove in Marisnick and Stassi, and Alex Bregman tripled into
the right-field corner to drive in Springer.
Springer raised his American
League-leading batting average with runners in scoring position and
two outs to .462.
Banda (1-3) threw a wild pitch
and Bregman raced home with the final run of the inning. Stassi,
called up from the minors Monday when catcher Brian McCann was
placed on the disabled list, recorded his first hits and runs batted
in of the season.
"We know we're a good offense,
we just wanted to put together back-to-back-to-back (hits) and we
did that. That's one of the things we've done a lot this year,"
Bregman said. "When we put together quality ABs like that we're a
tough offense to stop."
Yuli Gurriel hit the Astros'
second triple of the game in the fourth, driving in Jose Altuve. It
was Gurriel's first career triple.
Peacock had a no-hitter through
three but only lasted 4 2/3 innings, finishing with nine strikeouts
and a walk. Banda went four innings and was charged with eight runs
and nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
"I'm not taking anything away
from them. It's just a matter of hitting spots and establishing the
inside of the plate like I wanted to," Banda said. "It's a matter of
missing spots and not executing pitches."
Jake Lamb doubled in two runs
in the fourth, and Peacock walked Brandon Drury with the bases
loaded and one out to force in a third run. But Peacock struck out
Chris Herrmann and pinch hitter Gregor Blanco to end the threat.
Paul Goldschmidt's run-scoring
double made it 8-4 in the fifth, and Peacock was done. Martes got
out of the inning and was one of four Astros relievers who shut out
the Diamondbacks for four innings.
The Diamondbacks have been one
of the best teams in the majors at home this season, but the
eight-game homestand they completed Tuesday saw them go 3-5. Arizona
lost twice each to two division leaders, the Dodgers and Cubs, and
dropped one of two to another division leader, the Astros.
Astros: RHP Charlie Morton
(9-5) opens the Astros' home portion of the home-and-home series
this week with Arizona on Wednesday. Morton is 3-1 in six career
starts against the Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan
Walker (6-6) faces the Astros. He's 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 road
starts this season.
England-West Indies test series begins with day-nighter
England cricket team train during a session under floodlights at
Edgbaston in Birmingham, ahead of the first Day/Night Test against
The West Indies, Monday Aug. 14. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
Birmingham, England (AP) -
Before this week, Stuart Broad only had one experience of bowling
with a pink cricket ball — and that was sending down a delivery in a
demonstration for a British TV channel in June.
On Thursday, the England
paceman will be playing an international match with them, one of a
raft of new challenges facing him and his teammates in their
first-ever day-night test.
"It's stepping into the unknown
completely," Broad said ahead of the first of three tests against
the touring West Indies. That unknown includes the pink ball,
changing sleep patterns and different mealtimes - with the
subsequent impact on energy levels.
There's a sense that England
are treating the match at Edgbaston as a learning experience as much
as a test. It's unusual for a top international sports team to feel
so underprepared for a game.
"We're going to have to be so
adaptable and figure out what's going on," Broad said. "The exciting
thing is we are going in with a clear mind and learning on the job,
This will be the fifth
day-night test match, with Australia involved in three of them —
first against New Zealand in 2015 and then against South Africa and
Pakistan — before Pakistan beat West Indies in Dubai in October
The international Cricket
Council introduced the option of countries playing day-night tests
in a bid to "enhance the public appeal of cricket's oldest format"
and so that test cricket "remains relevant in the modern age." It
means, for example, that some spectators can drop in to the ground
after school or work, and see more coverage on TV in the evenings.
Pink balls are used instead of
red ones so that there can be better visibility for batsmen and
fielders under the lights. England will be using a pink Dukes ball,
rather than the Kookaburra used in Australia.
England's players have said the
Dukes ball goes soft quickly, is hard to shine, and doesn't turn as
much for spinners. Chris Woakes said the ball moved around more in
the "twilight period."
"It was a bit different,"
Woakes said Tuesday. "Not like a white ball, not like a red ball,
somewhere in between."
Some of England's players
played with a pink ball as a trial in a day-night round of County
Championship matches in late June. They are scheduled to play a
day-night test at Adelaide during the upcoming Ashes series against
Australia, and also one on the tour of New Zealand in March.
The terms "lunch" and "tea"
will still be used for the intervals at Edgbaston, even though the
lunch break will come at 4 p.m. local time, and will be the same
length — 40 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for tea. The intervals
were called tea and dinner during the day-nighters in Australia.
"It's just to avoid confusion,"
Neil Snowball, the chief executive of Warwickshire, whose games are
played at Edgbaston, told British newspaper The Guardian. "We don't
know if this is going to be the first of many or whether it's a
one-off but we thought it was easier to explain."
Broad spoke of players' needing
to get the levels of food intake just right so they can have the
energy to last through the evening, with play due to finish at 9
p.m. local time.
England beat South Africa 3-1
in their first series of the summer and starts as favorite against
the West Indies, who are No. 8 in the test rankings and have lost
six straight test series. They are also without a number of key
players, such as Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy,
because of a previous dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.
The teams drew 1-1 in a test
series in the Caribbean in 2015.
"I think people are writing the
West Indies off too early," team manager Joel Garner said, "and it
could be at their own peril."
Maria Sharapova granted wild-card entry into US Open
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, has been granted a wild-card invitation
for the U.S. Open's main draw which begins in New York on August 28.
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
New York (AP) — Maria
Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open's
main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for
the first time in more than 1½ years.
Sharapova is among eight women
given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association
— and by far the most noteworthy.
The former No. 1-ranked player
and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, has
not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January
2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.
That led to a 15-month doping
ban, which expired in April. She returned to the tour, but her
ranking — currently 148th — was too low to allow entry into major
tournaments, and the French Open denied her a wild card. Sharapova
planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon, but the 30-year-old Russian
wound up skipping the grass-court portion of the season because of
an injured left thigh.
The USTA didn't consider her
suspension in awarding the wild card, saying it was following past
practice of granting them to former U.S. Open champions who needed
them, such as Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Cljisters and Juan
Martin del Potro.
"Her suspension under the terms
of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was
not one of the factors weighed in our wild-card selection process,"
the USTA said in a statement.
The organization added that
Sharapova had volunteered to speak to young players at the USTA
national campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping
program and the responsibility each player has to comply with it.
Sharapova has been
participating in tournaments via wild-card invitations, beginning in
April on red clay at Stuttgart, Germany. She's only played nine
matches this season.
Sharapova was 19 when she won
her U.S. Open trophy. Two years before, at 17, Sharapova won her
first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. She has since completed a
career Grand Slam and become one of the most recognizable — and
marketable — athletes in the world.
Also receiving wild cards were:
Taylor Townsend, reigning U.S. Open girls' champion Kayla Day, 2017
NCAA singles champion Brienne Minor, U.S. Open wild-card challenge
winner Sofia Kenin, USTA Girls' 18s national champion Ashley Kratzer
and Amandine Hesse of France. The final women's wild card for
singles will be an Australian player named later.
The U.S. Open starts in
Flushing Meadows on Aug. 28.
Creamer out to prove in Solheim Cup she's still got game
Paula Creamer of the United
States heads into this weekend's tournament looking to find her
game again. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
West Des Moines, Iowa (AP) —
For virtually her entire career, Paula Creamer has been a lock to
play in the Solheim Cup.
But her results have declined
and U.S. captain Juli Inkster told her that for the first time she
wouldn't be playing. Then Jessica Korda withdrew because of a
forearm injury, and Creamer was on the team.
Creamer, the first alternate to
play in the top team event in women's golf, is the lowest-ranked
American on the squad. The biennial tournament between the U.S. and
Europe begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Creamer is
intent on showing she can still play at golf's highest level.
"It's an interesting feeling,"
she said. "After everything got announced I put my big-girl pants on
and was like 'All right. Let's go do this.'"
The 31-year-old Creamer looked
ready to be the next face of U.S. women's golf following a stirring
debut. Twelve years later, she is looking to rediscover the form
that made her such a bright young star.
She won her first LPGA event
less than a week before graduating from high school in 2005,
becoming at 18 the youngest winner of a multiround event in tour
Creamer soon reached $1 million
in earnings faster than any LPGA player. She was also the youngest
golfer to qualify for the Solheim Cup, going 3-1-1 for the winning
U.S. team 12 years ago.
Creamer won six more times in
2007-08. In 2010, she captured her first major, the U.S. Women's
Open, despite an injured left thumb that required surgery. The
injury flared again a few years later. A wrist injury followed last
season, the collective setbacks throwing Creamer off her rhythm.
She has won only once since
2010, and last season made just 17 cuts in 24 starts. She had just
one top-10 finish in 2017, giving Inkster little choice but to leave
her off the roster.
But Korda re-injured her
forearm at the British Open, the final event before the Solheim Cup,
and Inkster thought her experience in the women's version of the
Ryder Cup would be an asset.
"I know what I'm getting with
Paula," Inkster said. "It's not the best situation to be in because
I had to tell her I didn't pick her, and I let her yell at me for a
little bit. But ... I just felt like she would be the one who is
used to being under the microscope and the pressure, and I just
thought she could be able to handle it."
Creamer's Solheim Cup record
remains solid despite her struggles. She's 14-8-5, with winning
records in four-ball, foursome and singles competition. Creamer also
finished in the top 16 in her last two tournaments, the Scottish and
British Opens, suggesting she could be getting hot just when Inkster
and her teammates need her.
"I've spent hours and hours and
hours and hours these past three, four months practicing," Creamer
said. "I feel like I'm in total control of where I'm putting the
golf ball, and that's pretty neat."
Nery wins WBC bantamweight title with TKO of Yamanaka
Nery, left, lands a left to the face of Japanese champion
Shinsuke Yamanaka in the second round of their WBC world
bantamweight title boxing match in Kyoto, western Japan,
Tuesday, Aug. 15. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)
Kyoto, Japan (AP) — Luis
Nery of Mexico defeated Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka with a
fourth-round technical knockout to claim the WBC bantamweight title
Nery stunned Yamanaka with a
series of combinations and the fight at Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto was
stopped with 29 seconds left in the fourth round.
Nery, boxing for the first time
outside his home country, improved to 24-0 with 18 wins by knockout.
Yamanaka, who was making his
13th title defense, fell to 27-1 with two draws.
India whitewash Sri Lanka with big win in 3rd test
India's Mohammed Shami, second left, celebrates with teammates after
the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis during the third day's
play of their third cricket test match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka,
Monday, Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AP) —
India reinforced their position as the top-ranked team in test
cricket by completing a rare 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka with
an innings victory inside three days in the third test on Monday.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin
took four wickets and seamer Mohammed Shami three as India bowled
Sri Lanka out for 181 in the hosts’ second innings, sealing victory
by an innings and 171 runs.
India were dominant throughout
the series, winning the first two matches by 304 runs and an innings
and 53 runs.
Sri Lanka had been whitewashed
in a home series only once before, against Australia in 2004 — Ricky
Ponting's first series as Australian captain.
Monday's result was Sri Lanka's
fifth heaviest defeat ever in a test.
"We've played really good
cricket to win 3-0," India captain Virat Kohli said. "We put
constant pressure on the opposition to make sure we win more
sessions during a test match and that has led us to win the series
with a clean sweep. It makes us really proud as a team."
India made 487 batting first in
the final test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Sri
Lanka collapsed in both innings to be out for 135 and then 181 after
"It was a very disappointing
performance," Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal said. "We could not
get enough runs throughout the series. We take the blame for it, but
I must say that we tried hard."
India's big first-innings total
at Pallekele was built on centuries by opener Shikhar Dhawan (119)
and Hardik Pandya (108).
Resuming on 19-1 in their
second innings, Sri Lanka lost three wickets quickly on Day 3 and
were 39-4 before captain Chandimal (36) and Angelo Mathews (35) put
up some temporary resistance.
They took Sri Lanka to lunch on
82-4 but their 65-run partnership — easily the best of the innings —
was ended with Chandimal's dismissal by Kuldeep Yadav via a catch at
short leg from Cheteshwar Pujara.
From there, India took Sri
Lanka's last six wickets for 73 runs, with Niroshan Dickwella
top-scoring for Sri Lanka with 41.
India's bowlers were on top
throughout the test with no Sri Lankan batsman reaching 50 in either
After Chandimal went,
off-spinner Ashwin struck twice by removing the experienced Mathews
and Dilruwan Perera.
Mathews was given out leg
before wicket and the ex-Sri Lankan captain unsuccessfully reviewed
the decision. A Perera slog-sweep went straight into the hands of
Pandya fielding at deep mid-wicket.
Tea was delayed as India opted
for the extra half-hour with Sri Lanka down to nine wickets as the
end of the session approached.
Ashwin wrapped it up, bowling
last man Lahiru Kumara to finish with 4-68.
Federer out of Cincinnati with bad back; Nadal to be No. 1
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, wipes his
brow during his final match against Alexander Zverev, of Germany, at
the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Sunday, Aug. 13. (Paul
Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mason, Ohio (AP) —
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer withdrew Monday from the Western &
Southern Open because of a back injury. He has won the Masters
series tournament seven times.
The move was announced on the
first full day of matches. This U.S. Open warmup has now lost five
of the top six players in the men's rankings.
Federer, a 19-time major
champion, said in a statement he "tweaked" his back last week at the
Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost Sunday's final to Alexander
The Swiss star, ranked No. 3,
is sidelined along with No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No.
5 Novak Djokovic and No. 6 Marin Cilic, the defending champion. Only
No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded player, remains in the draw.
Tournament officials tweeted
that 21st-ranked Gael Monfils also is out because of an undisclosed
illness. All the missing players except Cilic are 30 or older.
"It's just coincidence," said
Nadal, 31. "We're not 20 years old anymore. We're not playing all
the weeks. It's part of our sport. I've been in their position lots
of times. I've missed more events than the other players. It's part
of the game. I wish them all a speedy recovery. We need them in the
game. I hope they get back soon."
Federer's withdrawal means
Nadal, who lost in the third round at Montreal, will return to No. 1
when new ATP rankings are released Aug. 21. The Spaniard will be No.
1 for the first time since July 6, 2014.
Nadal has spent 141 weeks at
No. 1 since first ascending there after reaching the Western &
Southern semifinals in 2008.
"It's been tough to get back to
No. 1," he said. "I'm happy to have the chance to be in that
American Sam Querry became the
first seeded player to advance. The 15th seed cruised into the
second round with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over wild card Stefan Kozlov.
Mischa Zverev also advanced
with a straight-set win, 6-4, 6-4 over Fernando Verdasco. Zverev
lost just nine points on serve.
In women's first-round action,
15th-seeded Madison Keys held off unseeded CoCo Vandeweghe for a
6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win. Vandeweghe fought off three match in the final
game before hitting a forehand into the net for an unforced error on
Keys' fourth match point.
Earlier, 2016 Olympic singles
gold medalist Monica Puig lost to fellow qualifier Taylor Townsend,
6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Other's men's matches saw wild
card Frances Tiafoe beat qualifier Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 7-6 (2),
and qualifier Joao Sousa defeat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Richard Gasquet and wild card
Tommy Paul advanced in straight sets. Gasquet eased past qualifier
John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4, and Paul beat fellow American Donald
Young 6-4, 7-6 (4). Ivo Karlovic ousted Jiri Vesely 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Also advancing in straight sets
were Fabio Fognini, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over Daniil Medvedev;
qualifier Mitchell Krueger, 6-2, 6-1 over Benoit Paire; and
Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 6-1 over Hyeon Chung.
In other women's matches,
Roberta Vinci knocked out Time Babos 7-5, 7-5; Camile Giorgi ousted
Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2; Yulia Putintseva outlasted Veronica
Cepede Royg, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; and Daria Kasatkina rushed past
qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4, 6-2.
Also, 14th-seeded Petra Kvitova
rallied past Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3; Beatriz Haddad Maia
topped Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2; and Lesia Tsurenko defeated Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0.
Kristina Mladenovic, seeded
13th, became the first seeded player to lose, beaten by Daria
Gavrilova 6-0, 7-6 (6).
Cristiano Ronaldo banned for 5 games after pushing referee
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo sits on
the bench during the Spanish Supercup first leg match against FC
Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug.
13. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona, Spain (AP) —
Cristiano Ronaldo lost his cool, and now Real Madrid have lost their
main man for five matches at the start of the Spanish season.
Ronaldo was banned for five
games on Monday after shoving a referee who sent him off for diving
in Madrid's 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
Ronaldo was suspended for one
game for the red card in Sunday's Super Cup first leg at Barcelona,
and four games for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in
the back, the Spanish football federation said.
Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's
return leg of the Super Cup in Madrid plus the first four matches of
Real Madrid's league title defence. Zinedine Zidane's Madrid open
the league on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna. Their next three
matches after that are against Valencia, promoted Levante, and at
Ronaldo and Madrid have 10 days
to appeal the federation's ruling.
Still regaining peak fitness
after an extended summer vacation, Ronaldo began the Super Cup match
on the bench, and came on in the 58th minute.
He scored with a long-range
strike to put Madrid 2-1 up in the 80th minute, moments after Lionel
Messi had equalized for Barcelona from the penalty spot.
But Ronaldo's goal celebration
— when he took his shirt off and flexed his muscles — earned him a
Two minutes later, he charged
into the area and collided with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
Ronaldo went down hoping for a penalty. Instead, referee De Burgos
showed him a second yellow for diving and sent him off.
Ronaldo raised his arms in
disbelief, then stepped up to De Burgos and shoved him in the back
with his right hand.
The federation ruling said that
Ronaldo's shove violated article 96 of its disciplinary code, which
states that "light aggressions" defined as "pulling, pushing and
shaking" of a referee are punished by suspensions of between 4-12
The federation also fined
Ronaldo 3,005 euros and Madrid 1,400 euros for the shove, and
another 600 euros for the player and 350 euros for the club for
simulating a foul.
Last season, Las Palmas forward
Marko Livaja was given an additional four-match suspension for
pushing a referee after he was shown a red card.
In the 2014 Spanish Super Cup,
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match
suspension after he tapped the back of a linesman's head. Simeone
was suspended for four games for the tapping, two games for
protesting, one game for ironically applauding the referee, and one
game for remaining in the stands instead of leaving the stadium
after his sending-off.
Simeone served four matches of
his league suspension and the other four are pending Atletico's
future Spanish Super Cup matches.
After guiding Madrid to the
Champions League and Spanish league titles last season, the
suspension comes during a difficult summer for Ronaldo.
In June, a state prosecutor
accused Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of 14.7 million
euros. The 32-year-old star had to deny the accusations in person to
an investigative judge last month.
Now he must trust his teammates
to make a good start to Madrid's defence without him. Given Marco
Asensio's great goal from distance to cap Sunday's win over
Barcelona, the 21-year-old forward could take Ronaldo's place in the
Seahawks' Bennett plans to sit for anthem, expects backlash
defensive end Michael Bennett. (AP Photo)
Carson, California (AP) —
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett plans to sit during the
national anthem this season to protest social injustice — and expects a
backlash over an issue that is "bigger than a sport."
He sat on the visiting bench during
"The Star-Spangled Banner" before a preseason opener against the Los
Angeles Chargers, a decision he made before weekend protests by white
supremacists at the University of Virginia.
The violence in Charlottesville,
Virginia, including the death of a young woman struck by a car
deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters Saturday,
solidified Bennett's decision.
"With everything that's been going
on the last couple of months and especially after the last couple of
days, seeing everything in Virginia, seeing what's going on out there
earlier today in Seattle, I just wanted to be able to use my platform to
be able to continue to speak over injustice," Bennett said.
"First of all, I want people to
understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love
hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other
American, but I don't love segregation," he added. "I don't love riots.
I don't love oppression. I don't love gender slander. I just want to see
people have the equality that they deserve, and I want to be able to use
this platform to continuously push the message of that, you know, and
keep journeying out and keep finding out how unselfish can we be as a
Bennett was at least the third
prominent NFL player to protest during the anthem in the first full week
of preseason games. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, a
former teammate of Bennett's in Seattle, also sat. Los Angeles Rams
defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, continuing his
approach from last season following then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback
Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the anthem.
Kaepernick is a free agent, and the
fallout from his protest has not abated, even as he remains unsigned.
Bennett is willing to deal with
"Of course, I'm going to face
backlash," he said. "This is bigger than me. This is bigger than
football. This is bigger than anything that we have. This is about
people. This is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people
equality. This is bigger than a sport."
Bennett said he had spoken with
several other NFL players about possible protests, but had not talked
with Lynch yet. While he acknowledged the possibility of more widespread
and organized protests, Bennett wanted to express himself.
"I think everybody has a time where
they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they
believe in," Bennett said.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not
have a response to Bennett's actions, saying he became aware of it only
after the game.
Bennett said the aim of his protest
is to make people uncomfortable. In the process, he hopes to spur
greater communication, understanding and involvement across racial,
gender and socio-economic lines.
"Everyone is in their comfort zone
right now," Bennett said. "Get out there and become uncomfortable. Go
out there and see what it's like out there in society right now."
Chinese investors buy Premier League club Southampton
Southampton's Steven Davis, left, and Swansea City's Tom Carroll battle
for the ball during the English Premier League match at St Mary's
Stadium, Southampton, England, Saturday, Aug. 12. (Paul Harding(/PA via
London (AP) — Southampton is
the latest English soccer team to fall under Chinese ownership.
Jisheng Gao, chairman of Chinese
sports investment company Lander, has bought an 80 percent stake in
Southampton with daughter, Nelly Gao, for 210 million pounds, a person
familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because details of the transaction are confidential.
Southampton only announced that the Gao family has concluded talks to
become a "partner" in the Premier League club, which has been owned by
the Liebherr family from Switzerland since 2009.
"Together, we have the passion and
motivation to build on Southampton's excellent progress in recent years
as we look forward to an exciting next chapter for the club," Jisheng
Gao, who is involved in leadership positions across soccer in China,
said in a statement.
Lander Sports Development, the
company chaired by Gao, was not mentioned in the statement. Ralph
Krueger, a former ice hockey player and coach, is set to remain as
chairman of Southampton.
"For now it is business as usual at
Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to
focus on the first few weeks of the new season," said Katharina
Liebherr, who inherited ownership of the south-coast club in 2010 after
the death of her father, Markus.
"I would like to thank the
passionate supporters of the club for their ongoing loyalty and faith,
and I look forward to seeing you soon at St Mary's."
Southampton, who opened the Premier
League season by drawing 0-0 with Swansea on Saturday, have won plaudits
across English soccer for their ability to bring through young talent.
They reached their first major final in 38 years last season when they
were denied the League Cup in a narrow loss to Manchester United.
Southampton are the fifth club in
England's top two divisions to be owned by Chinese investors, joining
West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, and Aston Villa, Birmingham
and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Championship.
Justin Thomas rallies to win the PGA Championship
Thomas poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship
golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Sunday, Aug. 13, in Charlotte, N.C.
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Charlotte, N.C. (AP) — Justin
Thomas remembers hearing the roar before he ever saw the shot.
He had access to the clubhouse at
Valhalla in 2000 as the 7-year-old son of a PGA professional, and the
thunder from the gallery reached his ears before the TV showed Tiger Woods
making the most important putt of his career at that PGA Championship.
Thomas was barely big enough to dream
of playing against the best that day. Now his name is on the same Wanamaker
Thomas closed with a 3-under 68 on
Sunday at Quail Hollow to emerge from the shadow of Jordan Spieth, his
longtime friend, and capture his first major that belonged as much to him as
the two generations of PGA professional that came before him.
"As a kid growing up, you want to win
all the majors. You want to win any major," Thomas said after his two-shot
victory. "For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart, and
maybe a special drive. It's just a great win for the family, and it's a
moment we'll never forget — all of us."
On this day, the cheers were for him.
They gave him chills when his 8-foot
birdie putt teetered on the edge of the 10th hole for 12 seconds before it
finally dropped, when he chipped in from 40 feet on the 13th hole to seize
control Sunday, and when he fired a 7-iron from 221 yards over the water to
a peninsula green that all but sealed the victory.
Even more special than the trophy was
seeing his father, Mike Thomas, walk toward with arms wide to wrap his only
son in his arms. Thomas is the longtime pro at Harmony Landing outside
Louisville, Kentucky and a former board member of the PGA of America. His
father, Paul Thomas, is a 60-year PGA pro and the first one the 24-year-old
The week began with Spieth's quest for
a career Grand Slam. He was at the 18th green late Sunday afternoon, but
only so he could celebrate the moment with Thomas, close friends since they
"So awesome, dude," Spieth told him.
Thomas was every bit of that.
With five players still in the mix on
the back nine, Thomas surged ahead by chipping in for birdie and holding his
nerve down the stretch as his challengers eventually faded, one after
Hideki Matsuyama, bidding to become the
first player from Japan to win a major, recovered from back-to-back bogeys
with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to get within one shot. But the
championship turned on the 16th hole.
Thomas faced a 6-foot par putt to stay
at 8 under. Matsuyama caught a good lie over the green and chipped to 5
feet. Thomas wasted no time over the putt and drilled it in the center of
cup. Matsuyama missed and was two shots behind.
"The last major of the year, and I was
in contention," said Matsuyama, a runner-up at the U.S. Open. "All I can do
is try harder next time."
Thomas sealed it with that 7-iron on
the 17th that was so pure that he let the club twirl through his hands as he
watched it clear the water and roll out to 15 feet. The birdie putt curled
in and his lead was up to three going to the 18th. A final bogey only
affected the score.
Thomas finished at 8-under 276 for his
fourth victory of the year.
"I can't put it into words," Thomas
said about his PGA of America heritage. "I wish my grandpa could be here for
it. It's so special to get it done. I'm glad we have a trophy now."
Kevin Kisner was the last one who had a
chance to catch him. But he three-putted from 100 feet on the 16th for
bogey, couldn't birdie the 17th from long range and hit his second shot into
the water and finished with a double bogey. Kisner, the 54-hole leader,
played the final three holes in 6 over on the weekend. He closed with a 74.
"That's not going to be fun to look
at," he said of his weekend finish over the brutal closing stretch at Quail
Hollow. "I thought I had to get to 10 (under) starting the day to win, and
that was about right. I had every opportunity. I just didn't finish it off."
Matsuyama also hit into the water on
No. 18 and made bogey for a 72 to finish three back.
Louis Oosthuizen (70), Patrick Reed
(67) and Francesco Molinari (67) tied for second, though none had a chance
to win playing the 18th. Oosthuizen holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th
that made him a runner-up in all four majors.
For Reed, it was his first top 10 in a
Thomas began his move with a 35-foot
birdie putt on No. 9, and then caught two breaks on the par-5 10th. His tee
shot sailed left into a tree and bounced out into the fairway. Then, his
8-foot birdie putt hung on the left edge of the cup until gravity finally
took over. The rule allows a player reasonable time to get to the cup, so it
dropped well within the 10-second limit.
Thomas gets referred to endlessly as
Spieth's best friend because Spieth, who is 3 months younger, has done so
much so quickly. Their friendship dates to France when they represented the
U.S. in the Evian Junior Masters. Thomas won that 36-hole event.
Ten years later, they have won
consecutive majors and head into the FedEx Cup playoffs battling for PGA
Tour player of the year.
Thomas won both Hawaii events at the
start of the year, shooting a 59 in the Sony Open and setting the 72-hole
record on the PGA Tour. He said then his goals were high. And how are they
"Let you know when the year's over," he
Man United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's first
goal of the game during their English Premier League match against West
Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP
Manchester, England (AP) —
Two expensive summer signings inspired Manchester United to an easy
victory in their opening Premier League match of the season.
Tottenham didn't spend anything in
the transfer market during the offseason but still got off to a winning
Romelu Lukaku scored twice and
Nemanja Matic ran the game from central midfield as United beat West Ham
4-0 in an ominous performance at Old Trafford.
United jumped ahead of Chelsea to
sign Lukaku for 75 million pounds in July and the Belgium striker has
already scored on his competitive debut — a consolation against Real
Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup — and now on his Premier League debut.
The nature of his goals against
West Ham highlighted the impact Lukaku could have. The first came when
he ran onto a through-ball following a quick break and slotted a finish
in off the post in the 33rd, and the second was a header from a free
kick in the 52nd.
Matic, meanwhile, was authoritative
on his league debut for United following his recent departure from
Chelsea, which looks increasingly like an ill-judged decision by the
champions. He created the first goal by dispossessing West Ham's Pedro
Obiang and sparking the break, and proved to be an impenetrable shield
in front of United's back four.
He could be one of the signings of
the summer at 40 million pounds.
Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba
scored in the final three minutes of normal time to leave United top of
the early standings on goal difference.
Earlier, Tottenham beat 10-man
Newcastle 2-0 away thanks to goals by Dele Alli and Ben Davies, with
last season's runners-up only pulling clear at St. James' Park after
Jonjo Shelvey's 48th-minute red card.
Shelvey was sent off for treading
on the foot of Alli, an act that was even more foolish as it took place
right in front of the referee.
Spurs are the only team in the
Premier League not to make a signing this summer but they are still
looking likely title contenders, alongside United.
Jose Mourinho has had two summer
transfer windows to create a team in his image. That's usually all it
takes for his teams to become champions, with the Portuguese coach
having won domestic league titles in the second season at his last five
What is most striking is the size
and physical presence of this United team, even more so now Matic and
Lukaku have joined. His finest Chelsea teams also had that mix of power
and physicality that could overwhelm opponents.
"I think we can do better than last
season," Mourinho said after his biggest victory as United manager.
"Second transfer window for us. Now 13 months of work together."
And it's starting to show. Lukaku
offers the mobility that Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't possess, and that
will stretch opposition defences as shown by his first goal against West
Ham. It should mean Pogba, who is already benefiting from having a
ball-winner like Matic alongside him, gets more room in central
Pogba struck the goal frame more
times than the net last season, but his goal from 25 yards against West
Ham to complete the win could be a sign of things to come.
Mourinho said center back Victor
Lindelof, another United summer signing, wasn't included in the squad as
he needs time to settle. Lindelof struggled against Madrid in the Super
Cup, with Mourinho acknowledging the game came too early for him.
Harry Kane, the top scorer in the
last two Premier League seasons, has now failed to score in his last 11
league games in August, although he struck the post against Newcastle.
Dele Alli was on target, though, to
bolster his growing reputation as the most prolific midfielder in the
He scored a career-high 18 league
goals last season and showed a striker's instinct to meet Christian
Eriksen's far-post cross with a volley across the goalkeeper in the 61st
Eriksen was again the provider for
the second goal, running into the area before being beaten to the finish
by Davies, up from left back.
The last time Spurs played at St.
James' Park, they lost 5-1 on the final day of the 2015-16 season.
"In a stadium that doesn't have
good memories for us, it was important to win," Tottenham manager
Mauricio Pochettino said.
Bolt gets the cheers, and Americans get the medals at worlds
Jamaica's Usain Bolt makes his trademark gesture during a lap of honor
at the end of the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug.
13. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
London (AP) — Usain Bolt
took a last leisurely stroll around the track, placed his hands over his
heart and then pointed toward the stands, where barely a soul had left.
The running had been over for
nearly 30 minutes. As always, though, Bolt had a way of making everybody
The world championships came to a
melancholy close Sunday with an on-track tribute to the man who made the
sport fun again. There were 11 gold medals at stake on a frenetic final
day in London, and yet it was the sight of the hobbled champion walking
slowly around the track — stopping to kneel at the starting lines for
the 100- and 200-meter races he dominated for a decade — that made for
the evening's best theatre.
"I think I almost cried," Bolt
said. "I was just saying goodbye. That was it. Saying goodbye to my
events. Saying goodbye to everything."
The United States says goodbye to
London in possession of 30 medals, the most it has ever taken from the
worlds. Of those, 10 were gold, including the capper in the women's
4x400 relay final, where Allyson Felix won her 16th medal to finish as
the most-decorated athlete of all-time at the worlds.
Felix also won gold in the 4x100
relay, but the bronze she took in her only individual event, the 400,
makes this a less-than-perfect trip for her.
In that way, she's got something in
common with Bolt. Between the bronze medal in the 100 and the hamstring
pull and tumble to the track that ended his anchor leg of the 4x100
relay — and still made him wince when he had to negotiate big steps
around the stadium — the championships went nothing like he planned.
"Someone tried to blame me, and
said I started it," Bolt said of a 10-day run filled with upsets and
surprises. "It was just one of those things. It was one of those
championships where everything does not go your way."
Winners on the final day included:
—Caster Semenya of South Africa,
who added the 800-meter gold to her 1,500-meter bronze from earlier in
—Elijah Manangoi, who led a 1-2
Kenyan finish in the 1,500 meters.
—Hellen Obiri of Kenya, who pulled
away from favorite Almaz Ayana with 250 meters to go to win the
—Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, who
added this latest discus title to her two Olympic golds.
—Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who
won the high jump by clearing 2.35 meters without a miss.
—The men's 4x400 relay team of
Trinidad and Tobago, whose anchor, Lalonde Gordon, beat American
sprinter Fred Kerley to the line.
—Yang Jiayu of China, Yohann Diniz
of France, Eider Arevalo of Colombia and Ines Henriques of Portugal in
race walking. Henriques set a world record in winning the first women's
50-kilometer walk at the worlds in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds.
There's not a household name in the
bunch, and though all the performances were remarkable in their own way,
this sport's lack of star power with Bolt out of the mix is hard to
"What we're going to miss about
Usain Bolt isn't the three back-to-back Olympic Games or the clutch of
world records and medals," said Sebastian Coe, the leader of track's
governing body, the IAAF. "It's because he has an opinion. He has a
view. He fills a room. We have terrific talent that's identifying itself
at these championships. But that's not the same as filling that void,
and we have to work at that."
Bolt's standing-room-only news
conference was scheduled for 15 minutes but went about 35. He discussed
his past, the future and the sport he leaves behind.
He said over the long term, he
could see himself coaching track and occasionally stepping into the TV
booth for the sport's biggest events. His immediate plans? "I need to go
out and have a drink," he said.
Asked one more time about doping,
he said he thinks track is on an upward trajectory after two dispiriting
years involving a doping scandal in Russia and problems across Africa
and in his own country, Jamaica.
"I've proven to the world that you
can do it, that you can be great without doping," he said. "Hopefully
young athletes can look at me."
As far as a comeback is concerned,
he insists it simply won't happen.
"I've seen too many people retire
and come back and make it worse and shame themselves," he said. "I
personally feel I won't be one of those people."
But he has no regrets about running
in this meet, or concerns that the results will tarnish his legacy. In a
way, he said, the jaw-dropping losses were similar to the breathtaking
wins: They showed that when he's on the track, anything really is
"For me, it was brilliant," he said
of the week that was. "I'm just really sad I have to walk away now."
Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win at Barca
Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts after Referee Ricardo de Burgos
shows a him a red card during the Spanish Supercup first leg match against
FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13.
(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona, Spain (AP) —
Cristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou
on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win
over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and
scored with a beautiful strike to make it 2-1 in the 80th, earning a yellow
card for taking off his shirt to flex his muscles at Barcelona's faithful.
But that defiant pose turned into a
petulant pout two minutes later when Ronaldo was booked again for diving in
the area following contact with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
Ronaldo gave the referee a push in the
back after seeing the red card that meant he will miss Wednesday's return
leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that
the club would consider appealing Ronaldo's second booking to the Spanish
"We played a great match. What bothers
me is the sending off of Cristiano," Zidane said. "Maybe it wasn't a
penalty, but the card is a bit too much."
After Madrid went ahead in the 50th
from an own-goal by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi equalized
for Barcelona in the 77th from the penalty spot. Messi was given the chance
to take his "clasico" goal record to 24 against Madrid when Luis Suarez was
fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
While Ronaldo's goal was a blow,
substitute Marco Asensio's 90th-minute strike — with Madrid down to 10 men —
left Barcelona in a deep hole for the second leg.
"I am not going to play this down, we
are happy with the result. But of course it is not over," Zidane said. "We
are going to enjoy this today, because it is something to enjoy, and
tomorrow we will think about the game on Wednesday."
While Zidane's Madrid took a big step
to a second title to start the season after beating Manchester United in the
European Super Cup, it was a dismal debut for Barcelona manager Ernesto
Barcelona had hoped to show that, with
Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, they could still compete with Madrid
despite having Brazil star Neymar plucked away by Paris Saint-Germain on a
world-record transfer last week.
Valverde opted to start Gerard Deulofeu
in Neymar's spot on the left side, and the contrast with Neymar was clear.
The forward lacked the natural talent and expert timing that Neymar had
developed over four seasons with Messi and Suarez up front, and Barcelona
attacked better after midfielder Denis Suarez replaced Deulofeu early in the
While Barcelona slumped to a loss to
their fiercest rivals, Neymar scored a goal in an impressive debut for PSG
to help them win 3-0 at Guingamp in the French league.
"We don't like to lose, especially
against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake," Valverde
said. "We are hurting after a loss like this, but we have to regroup and get
ready for the next match."
Ducati rider Dovizioso beats Marquez to win Austrian GP
Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of the Ducati Team leads a pack of
riders at the MotoGP race at the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix in
Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Spielberg, Austria (AP) —
Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso held off a late challenge by defending
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to win the Austrian GP on Sunday.
It was the Italian's third win of
the season after his back-to-back victories in Italy and Catalonia in
Dovizioso briefly lost the lead on
the final lap but accelerated to overtake Marquez again before the final
stretch and win the race by 0.176 seconds. Marquez' Honda teammate Dani
Pedrosa finished 2.661 seconds back in third.
Chasing his fourth career
championship, Marquez leads the standings and is 16 points clear of
Dovizioso with seven races left. Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who won the
first two events of the season and came sixth in Sunday's race, is eight
points further back in third. The next race is the British GP at
Silverstone on Aug. 27.
Marquez started from pole position
for the fifth time this season but was overtaken by Ducati's Jorge
Lorenzo in the first lap.
With Lorenzo dropping to fourth
position halfway through the race, Marquez and Dovizioso swapped the
lead several times until Pedrosa caught up with the leading pair with
eight laps to go. Davizioso finally seemed heading for victory until he
had to fight off a gutsy move by Marquez just seconds before the finish.
It was Ducati's second straight
victory on the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian GP returned to the
calendar last year. In 2016, Andrea Iannone triumphed ahead of
Dovizioso. Now riding for Suzuki, Iannone came 11th in Sunday's race.
Stanton ties franchise mark with 42nd homer in Marlins' win
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, center, is congratulated by teammates after
he hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the
Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 13, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami (AP) — Giancarlo
Stanton homered for the fourth straight game, hitting his 42nd of the
year to tie the Marlins' season record, as Miami won 5-3 Sunday to
complete its first series sweep of the Colorado Rockies since 2006.
Stanton homered leading off the
third inning to match Gary Sheffield's team record set in 1996. It was
the 250th homer of Stanton's career and came in his 941st game. Only
five players since 1913 have reached the 250-milestone faster.
Rockies All-Star third baseman
Nolan Arenado, the major league RBI leader, left the game in the fifth
inning after being hit on the left hand by an 88 mph fastball thrown by
German Marquez (9-5) lost for the
first time in seven starts, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Javy
Guerra (1-0) earned his first victory since 2014 with two scoreless
innings, and Odrisamer Despaigne pitched a perfect ninth for his first
big league save.
DODGERS 6, PADRES 4
Los Angeles — Justin Turner
hit two home runs, Yasmani Grandal also went deep and the Dodgers won
for the 28th time in 33 games, improving the best record in the majors
to 83-34. The Dodgers are 16-0-3 in their last 19 series, and haven't
lost one since June 5-7 to Washington.
Cory Spangenberg hit two home runs
for the Padres.
Kenta Maeda (11-4) went 5 1/3
innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits and striking out
eight. Kenley Jansen retired the Padres in order in the ninth for his
32nd save. Luis Perdomo (6-7) was the loser.
GIANTS 4, NATIONALS 2
Washington — Chris Stratton
(1-2) struck out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 shutout innings in the opener
of a day-night doubleheader, the Nationals' first game following Bryce
Harper's knee injury.
Harper has a significant bone
bruise in his left knee but no ligament damage, general manager Mike
Rizzo said. Harper was injured Saturday when he slipped on a wet first
base, and Rizzo said the Nationals hope the star outfielder can return
Joe Panik had three hits, including
a two-run single in a three-run second.
A.J. Cole (1-3) allowed three runs
and six hits in six innings.
CUBS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2
Phoenix — Jake Arrieta
(12-8) won consecutive starts for the first time since early April,
Javier Baez and Ian Happ hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning
and Chicago reopened a one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.
Kris Bryant put the Cubs ahead when
he scored from second on a wild pitch from Zack Godley (5-5) in the
first inning on strike three to Victor Caratini. The reigning NL MVP
added his 21st home run of the season in the ninth inning, reaching base
for the 13th time in 15 plate appearances during the three-game series.
Arrieta allowed one run and three
hits in six innings. Godley had three wild pitches and four walks in 5
2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
ASTROS 2, RANGERS 1
Arlington, Texas — Dallas
Keuchel (10-2) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since
June 2 against the Rangers, just before his nearly two-month stint on
the disabled list. AL-leading Houston stopped its longest losing streak
this season at five games.
Jose Altuve's 17th home run came in
the fourth off Andrew Cashner (7-9). Adrian Beltre's 12th homer pulled
the Rangers even in the sixth, and Carlos Beltran had a tiebreaking RBI
single in the seventh.
Joey Gallo lined into an
inning-ending double play with runners at second and third in the eighth
against Ken Giles, who struck out two in the ninth for his 23rd save.
BLUE JAYS 7, PIRATES 1
Toronto — J.A. Happ (6-8)
allowed one run and four hits in six innings to win his third straight
start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Justin Smoak and Darwin
Barney added solo homers.
Toronto scored five runs off Chad
Kuhl (5-8) while batting around in the first inning and taking a 5-1
lead. Pittsburgh managed just one hit after the first, and none in the
final five innings.
INDIANS 4, RAYS 3
St. Petersburg, Florida —
Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking home run off Tommy Hunter (2-3) leading
off the eighth inning.
Corey Kluber (11-3) struck out nine
in seven innings for the AL Central leaders, his 14th straight start of
fanning eight or more. He gave up four hits, including a two-run homer
to Steve Souza Jr. in the sixth that made it 3-all.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for
his 21st save.
Tampa Bay went 2-7 on a nine-game
homestand in which the Rays were shut out five times and scored 11 runs.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 4
Detroit — Brian Dozier and
Miguel Sano homered for Minnesota. The Twins blew an early 4-0 lead but
Byron Buxton hit a tiebreaking single off Warwick Saupold after Bruce
Rondon (1-3) walked the first two batters in the eighth.
A day earlier, the Twins trailed
5-0, rallied for an 11-6 lead, then lost to the Tigers 12-11 on Justin
Upton's two-run homer in the ninth.
Detroit has lost seven of nine.
Minnesota's Chris Gimenez had three
passed balls in the fifth and Ervin Santana threw a toss through his
legs for a wild pitch.
Tyler Duffey (2-3) pitched 1 2/3
scoreless innings. Trevor Hildenberger struck out Upton with a runner on
first to end the eighth, then pitched the ninth for his first big
METS 6, PHILLIES 2
Philadelphia — Michael
Conforto and Curtis Granderson hit two-run homers and the Phillies ran
themselves into trouble after Chris Flexen (2-1) loaded the bases in the
fifth inning with no outs.
Nick Williams hit a shallow fly to
center, and Conforto's throw home scooted away from Travis d'Arnaud.
Odubel Herrera put his head down and sprinted for third, unaware Freddy
Galvis hadn't moved off the base. D'Arnaud hustled to third to complete
a short toss and an 8-2-5 double play.
Zach Eflin (1-4) allowed Conforto's
26th homer and Granderson's 17th.
ROYALS 14, WHITE SOX 6
Chicago — Whit Merrifield
hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs. Drew Butera
had four of Kansas City's 16 hits as the Royals climb back over .500 at
Jason Vargas (14-6) allowed three
runs and six hits in six innings, matching his career high for wins set
in 2012 with Seattle.
Derek Holland (6-12) lasted just
two-plus innings in his shortest start of the year. He was charged with
seven runs and seven hits.
BREWERS 7, REDS 4
Milwaukee — Neil Walker had
two hits in his Milwaukee debut, and Domingo Santana hit a three-run
homer in the fifth off Sal Romano (2-5), who gave up seven runs, six of
them earned, in five innings.
Acquired from the New York Mets on
Saturday, Walker started at third base in place of the banged-up Travis
Shaw and went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Matt Garza (6-6) allowed four runs
— three earned — and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Corey Knebel worked
the ninth for his 22nd save.
BRAVES 6, CARDINALS 3
St. Louis — R.A. Dickey
(8-7) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, Brandon Phillips
hit a two-run homer and Atlanta stopped the Cardinals' season-high,
eight-game winning streak and the Braves' five-game losing streak.
Arodys Vizcaino pitched a perfect
ninth for his sixth save. Michael Wacha (9-5) gave up four runs and five
hits in eight innings.
ATHLETICS 9, ORIOLES 3
Oakland, California — Matt
Chapman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) in
a five-run fourth as Oakland overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Manny Machado hit his 22nd homer
and scored twice for Baltimore.
Kendall Graveman (3-3) matched his
career high of eight strikeouts, allowing two runs and eight hits in
ANGELS 4, MARINERS 2
Seattle — Parker Bridwell
(7-1) yielded one run and four hits in six innings, winning his fifth
straight decision and extended Los Angeles' winning streak to six as the
Angels moved into the second spot in the AL wild-card race.
C.J. Cron homered and Martin
Maldonado had a two-run single for the Angels. Ariel Miranda (7-6)
walked a career-high six and allowed four runs and four hits in 4 2/3
Zverev upsets Federer for Rogers title
Alexander Zverev, of Germany, serves to Roger Federer, of Switzerland,
during the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 13, in
Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Montreal (AP) — Alexander
Zverev's hot streak is still alive. Roger Federer's win streak is over.
The German beat Federer 6-3, 6-4 in
the Rogers Cup final on Sunday for his 10th consecutive victory.
The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner
last week in Washington, D.C., matched Federer with a fifth tournament
title this year, although two of Federer's triumphs were at majors. He
also stopped Federer's win streak at 16.
He will try to keep it going at an
event in Cincinnati this week.
"It's something amazing,
back-to-back weeks," said Zverev, who handed Federer only his third loss
of the year. "I feel great.
"I feel like I'm playing some of
the best tennis of my life. But Cincinnati is a very tough draw. I don't
know if I will be able to go far there because I am a little bit tired.
But game-wise and confidence-wise, I'm super happy the way everything is
He avenged a loss to Federer at
Halle, Germany on June 25 and evened their career head-to-head record at
two wins apiece.
The fourth-seeded Zverev won
$894,585 while the second-seeded Federer got $438,635.
Zverev used some sharp
groundstrokes to get the only service break he needed to win the first
The lanky German escaped a break
point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, and an off-looking
Federer never challenged again. The 36-year-old Federer said he only
felt "aches and pains" from playing in his first tournament of the
hardcourt season, but it looked to be more than that.
Zverev said he only noticed that
his opponent's serve wasn't quite as hard. He broke a mistake-prone
Federer for a 4-3 lead and served out the match.
He will climb to seventh in world
rankings with the win, his second Masters 1000 Series victory this year
along with Rome, and is looking more and more like a future Grand Slam
"I am in the top 10 now and I feel
like I'm playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there," he
said. "Everything is going pretty natural.
"Obviously winning the two Masters
1000 events, everybody would be proud of that."
Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup
finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional
victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals that
was seen by some, including Federer, as the start of what could be a
long rivalry between two of the sport's young guns.
"I loved watching Denis play,"
Federer said. "I think he had the matches of the tournament, with all
these great three-setters that he had, especially the one against Rafa
"I think he caught the attention of
the tennis world, and rightfully so. Alexander has been around for a
while now. I'm just really happy for him, to see that he's taking
everything not just to the next level, but the two next levels, winning
two Masters 1000s. They're extremely difficult to win and he's won two
Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan
Lendl for second place with 94 career tournament wins. Jimmy Connors
leads with 109.
He gave no details of his physical
state, but is not sure if he will play in Cincinnati or save himself for
the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28. He will be going for a third Grand
Slam title this year, after wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
"I'll see how I feel after five
days of playing, if I'm ready to play in Cincy next week or not," he
said. "I felt all right all week.
"I had a bit of muscle pain, aches
and pains here and there, just because it's back on the match courts, on
the hard courts. After vacation and practice, it's always a bit of a
shock for the body."
In the doubles final, fifth-seeded
Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated
seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4,
Svitolina beats Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 for Rogers title
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates her win over Caroline
Wozniacki of Denmark in the final of the Rogers Cup women's tennis
tournament in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 13. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian
Press via AP)
Toronto (AP) —
Sleep-deprived and physically drained, Elina Svitolina could have been
excused for a flat performance Sunday.
Instead she fought through the
fatigue and toppled yet another top-10 opponent for her fifth WTA Tour
title of the season.
Running on fumes in her third match
in just over 24 hours, Svitolina defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to
win the Rogers Cup.
"I'm just very happy that it's
finished," Svitolina said. "And with a title, it's even more special."
Wet weather on Friday forced
Svitolina to play her quarterfinal Saturday morning. Tired from a late
night and nursing a minor right Achilles tendon injury, her expectations
She didn't even bother packing a
second outfit for the evening semifinal and had a flight booked to the
next WTA Tour stop in Cincinnati.
Svitolina went on to eliminate
fourth-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the quarters. She went back to the
hotel to get changed and then returned to Aviva Centre to trounce
second-ranked Simona Halep.
Svitolina hand-washed an outfit for
Sunday's final, changed her flight, and capped the tournament with an
emphatic victory over the sixth-ranked Wozniacki on a breezy, sunny
"I was very, very tired after the
first game of the first set," Svitolina said. "And I knew that I needed
to give everything because Caroline doesn't miss much. ... Emotionally I
was relieved when I won the first set and then was playing better and
better in the second.
"And yeah, it just happened. I
really couldn't believe that it's all finished and I'm holding the
The 22-year-old Ukrainian relied on
her strong baseline game and retrieving prowess. Consistency was key and
her steady pressure eventually forced Wozniacki into mistakes.
Wozniacki tried adjusting the
height and speed of her shots, but Svitolina's powerful groundstrokes
and strong service game were too much.
"It was a tough day," Wozniacki
said. "She played well. She mixed up the pace and made it uncomfortable
for me out there."
Svitolina had a 15-10 edge in
winners. Both players had 21 unforced errors and four aces apiece.
Svitolina, who beat ninth-ranked
Venus Williams in the third round, knocked off four top-10 players in
She earned $501,975 for her third
Premier 5 title of the year and will move up one spot to a career-high
No. 4 in the new rankings.
"I think this was great tournament
for me, I beat four really good players," Svitolina said. "It was a
very, very special week for me."
Wozniacki, a 27-year-old former
world No. 1 from Denmark, will take home $243,920 of the $2.74-million
purse. The 2010 Rogers Cup champion fell to 0-6 in finals this season
while Svitolina improved to 5-0.
In the doubles final, top-seeded
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina posted a 6-0, 6-4 win over
eighth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the
India in charge of the 3rd test; Sri Lanka 19-1 following on
Indian players gesture towards the
team's dressing room as they leave the field at the end of the
second day's play of their third cricket test match against Sri
Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Eranga
Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AP) —
India are in a winning position in the third and final cricket test
as Sri Lanka, following on, reached 19 for one at stumps on the
second day Sunday.
The hosts still need 333 runs
with nine wickets in hand to avoid an innings defeat.
Seam bowler Umesh Yadav bowled
Upul Tharanga (7) off the inside edge. Dimuth Karunaratne is batting
on 12 with night watchman Malinda Puhspakumara yet to score.
Earlier Indian spinner Kuldeep
Yadav took four wickets to help India end Sri Lanka's first innings
India were dismissed for 487 in
their first innings backed by centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and
India are eyeing a series
whitewash having won both the previous tests convincingly.
When Sri Lanka came out to bat
in the first innings seam bowler Mohammed Shami had Tharanga (4) and
Karunaratne (5) caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha while Kusal
Mendis was run out for 18.
Pandya, who smashed a maiden
test century earlier, returned with the ball to trap Angelo Mathews
lbw without scoring leaving Sri Lanka on 38 for four.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal and
Niroshan Dickwella put together the best partnership of the innings,
sharing 63 runs for the fifth wicket.
The slide started again when
Dickwella stepped out to hit Kuldeep Yadav and was stumped by Saha.
Chandimal was out for 48 caught
at leg slip by Lokesh Rahul off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Kuldeep Yadav finished with
four for 40.
Earlier Pandya, playing in just
his third test, smacked seven sixes and eight fours in making 108
which came off 96 balls. Dhawan was out for 119 on the opening day.
Pandya told reporters that his
team's standing in the match suited his aggressive style of batting.
"Could there have been a bigger
opportunity than that? Nine wickets were already down and I knew, if
I stay in the crease and connect the ball well, it would go for six.
Even if I were to mishit, I had to. I had no choice," he said.
"It was an ideal opportunity
and obviously there was a team's goal and which was to them a
400-run target and we scored close to 490. I was taking a
Sri Lanka's batting coach
Hashan Tillakaratne said his team was low on confidence.
"It's a disappointing day. We
batted so poorly today. I am sure the boys have realized where we
went wrong, I am sure they will come up with a better performance
tomorrow," he said.
"There are so many things you
can say when the team is not doing too well, we have to back the
guys and give them confidence."
Update August 11 - 13, 2017
Kisner, Olesen open with 67s on fast greens at PGA
Kevin Kisner hits from the fairway on the
18th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament
at the Quail Hollow Club Thursday, Aug. 10, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP
Charlotte, N.C. (AP) —
Jordan Spieth felt like he was "free rolling" coming into the PGA
Championship, the only major keeping him from the career Grand Slam.
He just didn't anticipate greens
rolling like this.
On some of the fastest, frightening
and at times frustrating greens the PGA Championship has ever seen,
Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen emerged with a share of the lead
Thursday at 4-under 67, the highest score to lead this major after the
opening round in seven years.
Spieth didn't make a putt longer
than 5 feet — that one was for par — and was coming off a pair of
three-putt bogeys from long range when he steadied himself with a pair
of perfectly executed birdies for a 72 that left him five shots behind
and very much in the game.
"Given it's the first round, I know
I'm still in it, but I know that tomorrow's round becomes that much more
important," Spieth said. "If I'm five back at the start of the day, I've
got to be less than five back after Friday to really feel like I can
play the way this golf course needs to be played and still be able to
For all the talk about this
7,600-yard course favoring the big hitters, the shortest club in the bag
turned out to be just as valuable.
"Any time you have a putt down
grain, downhill ... we just tap it and hope it stops by the hole," Jon
Rahm said after a 70.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka
led five players at 68. Koepka missed a half-dozen putts from 12 feet or
closer, and while it looked as though he hit the ball well enough to go
low at Quail Hollow, he wasn't the least bit frustrated.
"It's going to test your patience
one way or another," Koepka said. "That's just a major. You've got to
stay patient. You can't make doubles out here. That's the big thing.
Make sure the worst score you make is a bogey and give yourself a couple
of good chances on the easier holes."
That's the way Kisner approached
It helps that he grew up in the
South and loves Bermuda greens. Given the size of Quail Hollow, Kisner
drew up a simple plan. He identified four or five holes where he could
make birdie, and he played for par everywhere else.
"I birdied them all today," Kisner
said. "Make a lot of pars, and get to a par 5 or one of those short par
4s, I can do my wedge game and get it to 10 or 12 feet. That's my plan.
Other than that, I'm playing for par."
The 18th was not one of the birdie
holes he had in mind, especially with his ball nestled in the Bermuda
rough 205 yards from the pin. Kisner thought the grass was thin enough
behind the ball to get a 5-iron on it, and from there it was a matter of
judging how much it would bounce. It ran up to the green about 20 feet
away, and he used that rhythmic putting stroke to trickle it into the
Olesen picked up birdies on most of
the same holes, and he finished with a 30-foot birdie that also sounded
like an accident.
"It was a little bit of a safe shot
into the green," he said. "That's what can happen on this golf course.
When you play safe into the greens, you give yourself very tricky putts,
like the one I had — downhill, left-to-right. It was very, very fast.
But it was just a very good roll. So it was nice to see that one drop."
Rickie Fowler made plenty of
birdies, and he needed them to offset his triple bogey on the sixth
Rory McIlroy, the betting favorite
coming into the week because of his two victories at Quail Hollow, was
motoring along just fine when he birdied the 10th hole to reach 2 under,
just two shots behind. One swing changed everything. He hooked his tee
shot into the water on the reachable par-4 14th, had to drop in nasty
rough and missed a short putt to make double bogey. He failed to birdie
the par-5 15th and closed with three pars for a 72.
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson
and Jason Day were among those at 1-under 70.
Quail Hollow played to an average
score of 74.7, making the PGA Championship look like the toughest test
of the year in the majors. The PGA Championship typically features good
scoring because it's held in August when water has to be kept on the
greens to keep them from dying.
Spieth failed to take advantage,
and while he could appreciate they were tough to putt, he had a good day
off the tee. That was his main concern.
As for the pressure of trying to
get the final leg of the Grand Slam?
"I don't think I was as free
rolling as I thought I would be, as you can tell by some frustration,"
he said. "If I would have shot 1 over and didn't strike it well and
everything was average, it would have been fine. But when I had the
chances that I had and I just couldn't get the ball to go in on the
greens, that is when I get the most frustrated I can get out there."
At least he was still in the game.
Phil Mickelson failed to make a
single birdie — the second straight major that has happened — and shot a
79, his worst score ever in the PGA Championship. Ernie Els, who might
be playing his final PGA, matched his worst score in the championship
with an 80. He also shot 80 when he was 22, playing his first one at
Bellerive in 1992.
Track and field still waiting for 'The Next Usain Bolt'
Turkey's Ramil Guliyev celebrates as he crosses the line to win
gold in the men's 200-meter final during the World Athletics
Championships in London Thursday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
London (AP) — If track and
field's wildest fantasy — "The Next Usain Bolt" — really is out there
somewhere, he most certainly was not in the vicinity of the world
championships on Thursday.
Eight men lined up for the final of
the 200 meters, trying to become the first sprinter other than the
Jamaican great to win the world title at that distance since 2007.
Among them was Isaac Makwala, the
Botswana runner who became a celebrity of sorts with his soap opera-like
story of being barred from the track meet with an alleged case of
stomach flu, only to be readmitted for his shot at glory.
There was Wayde van Niekerk, the
South African who has a 400-meter title under his belt from earlier in
the week and certainly possesses the running credentials to be touted as
the next great sprint champion.
And then, there was the winner:
Ramil Guliyev, a 27-year-old who competes for Turkey but hails
originally from Azerbaijan.
Guliyev, who finished last when
Bolt won the 200 at last year's Olympics, crossed the line in 20.09
seconds. It was the fourth-slowest time to win this race in the history
of the championships. But Turkey's second gold medal of the week had its
perks. Moments after the win, Guliyev was on the phone with his
country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Hours later, he was still wearing
the Turkish flag around his shoulders — and making no apologies.
"I was competing against some of
the best athletes in the world, so it didn't bother me that the
attention was on them," Guliyev said. "Maybe at the next competition,
everyone will look at me instead."
Give him his due. Guliyev made up
two steps on Van Niekerk over the last 20 meters to squeak out a
Van Niekerk, who holds the world
record at 400 meters, was trying to become the first person since
Michael Johnson in 1995 to complete the 200-400 double at the worlds.
How difficult that quest really is became evident the night before when
Van Niekerk, coming down from the high of his 400 win, struggled in the
200 semifinals and barely squeezed into the final.
Though many are looking to him to
occupy the mantle Bolt is leaving — and Van Niekerk says he'll try
Bolt's specialty, the 100-200 double, in the future — the runner himself
got a crash course in how hard it will be to take it.
"They made me realize it's not
going to be a walk in the park," he said after capturing silver in a
photo finish over Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.
Makwala, meanwhile, could have put
an exclamation point on his drama with a medal, but was never a factor.
A week full of uncertainty and being hounded 24-7 by TV cameras, to say
nothing of the illness he may or may not have had (he claims he was
never sick), clearly took its toll. His time, 20.44, was 0.67 seconds
slower than his season best.
"I don't think I will ever face
this again," he said. "I will always pray to not face this again."
Seven days into this most
expectation-defying of track meets, fans of the sport must be growing
used to seeing their world turned upside down.
Bolt finished third in his
100-meter finale to open the festivities. He's already shut things down
in the 200. When asked if he wished he could still run that race, he
insisted "it would have been worse."
A few things did go to form on a
crisp, cool night at the stadium that hosted the Olympics five years ago
— most of them involving the United States.
Christian Taylor and Will Claye
repeated their 1-2 finish from the last two Olympics. Taylor won with a
jump of 17.68 meters but was a bit disappointed because he didn't hit
the 22-year-old world record that he's had his sights on for a while.
"Honestly, I've just been chasing
this number, this magical 18.29," Taylor said.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Kori
Carter started outside in Lane 9 and never saw a soul on her way to
gold. She crossed ahead of the Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad.
Back to the madness.
After her would-be gold turned into
an inexplicable fourth-place finish Wednesday in the 400, Shaunae
Miller-Uibo returned to win her 200-meter semifinal heat. She looked
much better than when she limped down the homestretch the night before,
and explained that things weren't quite what they seemed.
"A lot of people thought I got hurt
with my hamstring or something along that line," said Miller-Uibo, the
400-meter Olympic champion. "I took a look at the screen and lost my
balance. I ended up (stubbing) my foot into the track."
She'll get her second chance for
gold in the 200.
And good news, track fans: Bolt
will get another chance, too.
He returns Saturday as the
headliner for Jamaica's 4x100 relay team — to serve up one final glimpse
of what this sport is going to miss once he's gone.
"He finished his career, and of
course he's king," said Guliyev, the new 200-meter champion. "The time
is coming for us. We made it."
MLB: Dickerson's 3-run homer leads Rays over Indians
Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson watches his three-run home run off Indians
reliever Nick Goody during the eighth inning of their baseball game
Thursday, Aug. 10, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
St. Petersburg, Florida (AP) —
Corey Dickerson's three-run homer in the eighth inning carried the Tampa
Bay Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Dickerson's two-out blast off Nick
Goody (1-2), his 22nd, came after Adeiny Hechavarria singled and Jesus
Sucre was hit by a pitch.
Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 1 2/3
scoreless innings in relief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome
pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.
Francisco Lindor opened the game
with a double and scored on Jose Ramirez's single. It was the only run
for the AL Central-leading Indians off Snell, who gave up four hits and
two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Snell (0-6, 4.69 ERA) made his 15th
start, the most of any winless pitcher in the majors this season.
Logan Morrison drove in Tampa Bay's
first run with a single in the fifth.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 0
Toronto — Marco Estrada and
two relievers combined on a six-hitter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home
run and Toronto beat New York.
Estrada (5-7) pitched seven innings
to win for the first time in 13 starts. The right-hander came in 0-5
with a 7.39 ERA since beating Texas on May 27.
Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and
Roberto Osuna finished.
Bautista hit a two-out drive off
Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It was his 36th career homer against New
York, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria for the most by an
Making his second start for the
Yankees, Sonny Gray (6-7) allowed three runs, two of them earned, in six
innings. He walked four and struck out six. Acquired from Oakland at the
trade deadline, Gray lost at Cleveland in his Yankees debut.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 2
Washington — Brian Goodwin
had two hits, including a home run leading off the eighth inning, and
Washington rallied past Miami.
Goodwin broke a 2-2 tie when he
connected on a 1-0 fastball from Junichi Tazawa (1-2) for his 13th homer
of the season and second RBI of the night.
Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a
scoreless eighth inning and Sean Doolittle worked around a one-out
double by Miguel Rojas in the ninth for his seventh save since coming to
Andrew Stevenson made a diving
catch along the left field foul line with a runner on third to save a
hit for the game's final out.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his major
league-leading 39th home run of the season for the Marlins.
METS 10, PHILLIES 0
Philadelphia — Jacob deGrom
pitched brilliantly until leaving in the seventh inning due to a
contusion on his right triceps after being hit on a line drive by Nick
Williams, and New York homered four times in a rout of Philadelphia.
DeGrom (13-5) gave up four hits in
6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He improved to 9-2 with
a 1.82 ERA in his last 11 starts while upping his career mark against
Philadelphia to 6-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 starts.
The 29-year-old right-hander
initially smiled when manager Terry Collins came out to check on his
star pitcher after Williams' hard shot drilled deGrom on the back of his
right arm just above the elbow. But deGrom never threw a warmup pitch
nor appeared to protest Collins' decision to take him out. The Mets got
good news when X-rays were negative.
Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer
off Vince Velasquez (2-7) and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Neil
Walker had four hits with a homer and Michael Conforto and Curtis
Granderson also went deep as the Mets continued their power surge at
Citizens Bank Park, where they have launched 51 long balls in their last
PIRATES 7, TIGERS 5
Detroit — Rookie Josh Bell
hit his 20th home run and drove in three runs, leading Pittsburgh past
Gerrit Cole (10-8) allowed six hits
and three earned runs in eight innings, his longest outing of the
season. He improved to 3-1 since the All-Star break and is 6-3 in his
last 10 starts. Felipe Rivero closed for his 11th save. Drew VerHagen
(0-2) took the loss.
Sean Rodriguez of the Pirates had a
run-scoring single in the second to make it 2-2. Rodriguez hit a solo
homer in the eighth for his fourth of the season.
A run-scoring double by Victor
Martinez and an RBI groundout by James McCann produced two runs in the
ninth for Detroit.
REDS 10, PADRES 3
Cincinnati — Scooter Gennett
hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, ending left-hander Brad Hand's
long scoreless streak and rallying Cincinnati over San Diego.
San Diego took a 3-2 lead into the
seventh, leaving Dinelson Lamet in line for a fourth straight victory.
The Padres' best reliever of late let it get away.
The Reds loaded the bases against
Kirby Yates (2-3) and Hand, who had a streak of 24 scoreless innings.
Gennett's third career grand slam made it 6-3, the first runs allowed by
Hand since June 10.
Eugenio Suarez homered two pitches
later. Zack Cozart and Joey Votto added homers in the eighth, with
Votto's solo shot extending his hitting streak to a season-high 15
Federer beats Ferrer in 3 sets
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates his 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over
David Ferrer, of Spain, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Thursday, Aug.
10, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Montreal (AP) — Roger Federer
overcame a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer
in the third round Thursday at the Rogers Cup.
In Friday's quarterfinals, the
second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain,
who outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) on center court
at Uniprix Stadium.
Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman
beat American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal
meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.
Federer, who breezed past Canadian
Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, struggled in the opening
set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered
at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss player earn
two Grand Slam titles this year.
Federer is 17-0 in his career against
the 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now
Bautista Agut fought off a match point
to force a tiebreaker, which the tired-looking Monfils opened with a double
fault and never challenged again.
The unseeded Monfils played his third
straight three-set match, including an upset win over fifth-seeded Kei
Nishikori in the second round.
Schwartzman saved four match points to
upset third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round. The win over Donaldson
put him in a quarterfinal for the sixth time this year. Schwartzman's only
ATP win was on clay in Istanbul last year.
Donaldson, 20, was seeking a first
career quarterfinal in a Masters Series tournament, where he is 0-13 in
round of 16 matches.
Later Thursday, Canadian Denis
Shapovalov faced top seed Rafael Nadal.