Vettel's luck changes for the better as he wins Hungarian GP
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates on
the podium after winning the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix on Hungaroring
circuit in Mogyorod, north-east of Budapest, Sunday, July 30. (Zsolt
Czegledi/ MTI via AP)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Sebastian Vettel's luck changed for the better at the Hungarian Grand Prix
on Sunday, where the German driver won to extend his championship lead over
archrival Lewis Hamilton by 14 points heading into the summer break.
Vettel's fourth win of the season came
from pole position, on a Hungaroring track where overtaking is notoriously
difficult. Yet his 46th career win turned out to be anything but a
Even before the start, Vettel felt
something was wrong with his steering wheel. It bugged him most of the race,
but with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen driving brilliantly behind him to fend
off the fast-closing Mercedes, Vettel held on and Ferrari got a 1-2 with
It was some change from two weeks ago
at the British GP, where Vettel's tire punctured two laps from the end,
denying him a certain podium place. At Silverstone, he just about crawled
home to finish seventh, with his lead over Hamilton slashed from 20 points
to a meager one.
But Vettel now jets off into his
month-long break with his spirits high again in his hunt for a fifth F1
title, and first since the last of his four straight titles driving for Red
Bull in 2013.
"I'm over the moon. It was a really
difficult race, maybe it didn't look like but I had my hands full," the
German driver said. "The steering started to go sideways and it seemed to
get worse. Then I stayed off the kerbs, tried to save the car. I didn't do a
favor to Kimi."
Raikkonen, never known as a "Yes man"
in F1, played the game and stayed behind Vettel, protecting him from the
encroaching threat of Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas, who was third, and
Hamilton, who placed fourth.
With his contract up for renewal, it
might prove a shrewd move from Raikkonen, who had enough speed to win. He
hasn't won since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013. But maybe he saw
the bigger picture.
As a model teammate to Vettel, the Finn
might get a new multi-million deal for 2018 at the ripe old age of 38.
"A big thank you to the team," said
Vettel, who should especially buy Raikkonen a drink before they go on
holiday. "Kimi could have gone a lot faster than me for the majority of the
Raikkonen used all of his experience to
"It wasn't ideal, as I felt I had the
speed," Raikkonen said. "We know as teammates what we had to do."
Asked if he could have won the race, he
Earlier, Bottas had let Hamilton past
in order to attack the Ferraris. Hamilton then sportingly gave him third
place back right at the end.
"The team kept the promise which I'm
really happy about," said Bottas, who is 33 points behind Vettel in third
Over at Red Bull, there is unlikely to
be such harmony.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fifth
after knocking his teammate Daniel Ricciardo out of the race on the first
Ricciardo's race was over after the
contact on Turn 2, bringing the safety car out for a few laps as his car was
towed off the track.
Verstappen was the perpetrator —
swerving into his teammate when going wide on the exit from a turn.
It was a big blow for Ricciardo, who
had secured five podium finishes in the previous six races. As he watched
replays of the incident in his team garage, Ricciardo looked stone-faced
when he saw confirmation that Verstappen was responsible.
Verstappen, who was given a 10-second
time penalty for the incident, subsequently apologized to Ricciardo.
Hamilton had written off his chances of
victory after qualifying in fourth place, saying it would be an "easy
breeze" for Ferrari on the twisty 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) circuit nestling
in the hills surrounding Budapest. Only the sinewy street circuit of Monaco
is tougher to overtake on. Vettel also won there this year, with Raikkonen
That race was much easier, but Ferrari
faced an awkward dilemma this time around. As the race wound down Vettel was
still leading but clearly slowing down Raikkonen just behind him.
Ferrari did not impose team orders on
Vettel to let Raikkonen past him, so Mercedes sensed an opportunity.
Bottas let Hamilton past him, on the
condition that he would give the position back if he couldn't get a clean
In the end, he couldn't get quite close
enough to Raikkonen, so the gentleman's agreement stood and he gave Bottas
the podium spot.
Mikey Garcia outpoints Adrien Broner to remain undefeated
Garcia, right, hits Adrien Broner during their boxing bout Saturday, July
29, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
New York (AP) — Mikey Garcia
piled up the punches in another powerful performance, and his career is
Adrien Broner remains stalled.
Garcia unanimously outpointed Broner on
Saturday night to remain undefeated, a fight that didn't give him a title
but could open more opportunities to fight for another one.
Garcia controlled his first fight at
140 pounds, particularly with body shots he was able to sneak in below
Broner's defense, and won 117-111 on one card and 116-112 on the other two.
"This is definitely one of my best
performances ever. I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I
kept the activity up," Garcia said. "(Broner) is a great fighter who has
great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight."
A former champion in three lower weight
classes, Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) never seriously hurt Broner but dictated the
action for most of the 12 rounds, landing nearly twice as many punches
according to post-fights stats.
Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) lost a fight he
probably needed to win to prove he is worthy of still being considered one
of boxing's headliners and capable of beating some of the sport's best. It
was better than some of his recent performances, but not good enough against
a fighter of Garcia's caliber, and even he seemed to be talking about his
career in the past after the fight.
"At the end of the day I'm still a
four-time world champion at four different weight classes and I'll still be
in the history books," Broner said.
Broner, who turned 28 on Friday, had
won titles in three divisions by 23 and later added a fourth. But losses and
lethargic performances even in his wins, along with legal problems outside
the ring, stalled his career that once rose so rapidly.
Garcia, meanwhile, remains on a roll
and continued his dominant run over the last year since returning from a 2
1/2-year layoff while he battled contractual issues. He can now weigh
options that could be presented to him in multiple weight classes. He said
he'd like to go back to 135 pounds in search of regaining a title, but was
open to staying at 140 or even moving up to 147 if the right opportunity was
He consistently backed Broner into the
ropes and landed hard body shots. Broner repeatedly shook his head that none
of them hurt and he fought back well, but they were enough to win the
majority of the rounds.
"I've always said I have very good
timing," Garcia said. "It is underestimated when you are outside the ring
but once you get inside the ring with me, I'm a step ahead."
Garcia, 29, had stopped 19 of his last
21 opponents. He had to settle for just beating Broner, but perhaps his
knockout power will return if he drops back down in weight.
Garcia cracked Broner with shots all
over in the seventh, his most dominant round of the fight, but Broner
actually began to perform better from there.
He scored well to the body in the ninth
and had a crowd that was chanting "Mikey! Mikey!" a couple rounds earlier
cheering for him. But Garcia went back to work in the 10th with precision
punching, pumping his fist as he returned to his corner after the round.
There was no title at stake — they
fought for a manufactured prize called the WBC Diamond Belt super
lightweight championship — but it was clearly a big bout for both. Garcia
was able to beat the biggest name yet he's faced, which should help as he
seeks the mainstream attention that's so far eluded him.
Broner needed to show there's substance
with his style. The former Floyd Mayweather protege had lost twice after
moving up to welterweight, was twice stripped of titles for failing to make
weight and served jail time among his repeated legal troubles.
But he said he was focused for this
fight after taking his training camp to Colorado and he made weight easily —
no doubt enticed by the $500,000 fine he faced if he didn't — actually
weighing less that Garcia at under 139 pounds.
But Garcia frustrated him with his
movement and made it hard for Broner to follow up any time he did have any
"It was 'Tom and Jerry,'" Broner said.
"I had to catch the mouse."
England close in on victory in 3rd test at the Oval
Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis,
left, on the fourth day of the third test match at The Oval cricket ground
in London, Sunday, July 30. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) —South Africa have
the challenge of scoring 375 runs with six wickets remaining on the final
day to win the third test, after the momentum stayed with hosts England on
The home team declared shortly before
tea on the fourth day at the Oval after scoring 313-8 and setting South
Africa a victory target of 492. In reply, the tourists slumped to 52-4
before Dean Elgar (72) helped his side to 117 without further loss.
With the four-match series level at
1-1, South Africa must try to bat through three sessions to secure a draw or
an unlikely victory.
England lost six wickets in the
afternoon session as their middle-order batsmen stepped up the run rate.
Jonny Bairstow struck 63 from 58 balls, Ben Stokes chipped in with a useful
31 from 38 and new bowling star Toby Roland-Jones managed an unbeaten 23
from 19 deliveries.
Debutant Tom Westley made 59 and
captain Joe Root scored 50, while Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the South
Africa attack with 3-50.
South Africa's best bowler, Vernon
Philander, has been plagued by food poisoning throughout this match and
bowled 15 overs, but could not take a wicket as the surface flattened out.
Back in the field after tea, the home
side made an ideal start to the final session.
South African opener Heino Kuhn was
bowled by Stuart Broad for 11 in the sixth over and Hashim Amla (5) followed
10 overs later, caught by Joe Root in the slips off a Roland-Jones delivery.
More punishment followed at the end of
the next over, with Stokes taking two wickets in consecutive balls. A yorker
sent the bails flying for Quinton de Kock (5) and skipper Faf du Plessis
promptly went first ball, trapped lbw after he chose not to play a stroke.
However, help was at hand for South
Africa. Opener Elgar steadied the tourists' nerves with a dogged performance
when they needed it most, helped at the other end by Temba Bavuma (16),
giving their team some hope for what promises to be a tough final day.
Seven's the charm: Dressel ties Phelps' record with 7th gold
States' Caeleb Remel Dressel who won 7 gold medals shows off the award as
best male athlete during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics
Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 30. (AP Photo/Petr David
Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Michael
Phelps, you've got company.
Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold
medal of the world championships Sunday, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay
with another dominating swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay.
Twenty-four hours after becoming the
first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet,
Dressel joined Phelps in another elite club: seven golds at the
second-biggest meet after the Olympics.
Phelps was the first to do it at the
2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia — a prelude to his unprecedented eight
golds the following year at the Beijing Olympics.
Dressel matched the feat along the
banks of the Danube, emerging as America's next swimming sensation.
"We're seeing a star being born,"
teammate Matt Grevers said.
The 20-year-old University of Florida
student won three individual golds and was part of four winning relay teams.
"I'm pretty tired, but, you know, it's
been a good season, a good year, and to put together a seven-day meet, it's
a really nice feeling," Dressel said. "There's a lot more that goes into
this than just the seven days that people see, so I'm very happy to be
It was a big night all around for the
Lilly King set her second individual
world record of the meet in the 50 breaststroke, again besting Russian rival
Yulia Efimova, and returned as part of the women's 4x100 medley relay that
also broke the world record.
"I couldn't imagine a better finish to
this meet," King said.
Chase Kalisz swept the men's individual
medleys to carry on America's dominance in those races, even after Phelps'
retirement and Ryan Lochte missing out on Budapest because of his
shenanigans at the Rio Olympics.
"I don't think I'll ever be on the
level of those guys," said Kalisz, who romped to victory in the 400 IM on
the heels of his victory in the 200. "But for me to be able to continue our
prior tradition of IM, that was one thing when I grew up that I knew that
was our thing."
The U.S. finished with 18 golds and 38
medals overall — a huge improvement over the previous worlds two years ago
in Kazan, where the Americans managed just eight golds and 23 medals.
The home crowd had no complaints,
Katinka Hosszu, the "Iron Lady,"
finished off her third straight 200-400 IM sweep at the championships, to go
along with a pair of golds from Brazil last summer.
"Ria! Ria! Hungaria!" the packed house
at Duna Arena chanted, as Hosszu celebrated on deck wrapped in her country's
red, white and green flag.
But this meet will be remembered as
Dressel's coming-out party.
He won the 50 and 100 freestyle, and
nearly took down Phelps' world record in the 100 butterfly. Dressel was a
beast on the relays, swimming both the free and fly.
Phelps' feat at worlds still stands
supreme since five of his seven golds were in individual events, and he
didn't have the benefit of the mixed relays. Dressel won a pair of golds in
that relatively new race, which he was quick to point out after his three
wins Saturday .
But the comparisons to the winningest
athlete in Olympic history are sure to pick up steam heading into the 2020
Dressel swam the fly in the final event
of the meet, taking over for the third leg with the Americans facing a
slight deficit after world record-holder Adam Peaty pushed Britain ahead on
Dressel surged to the front with a
down-and-back time of 49.76 — the only butterfly swimmer to break 50
seconds. Nathan Adrian took over for the freestyle anchor with a comfortable
lead, pulling away to win in 3 minutes, 27.91 seconds. Britain settled for
the silver, more than a second behind.
When Adrian touched, Dressel hugged his
other teammates, Grevers and Kevin Cordes. As everyone else walked off deck,
Dressel lingered a bit, watching a replay of the race on the video board.
It must have seemed more than a little
"I've never had had it happen," Dressel
said, "so I don't really know what to say.
To the surprise of no one, he was named
the top male swimmer of the meet. The female award when to Sweden's Sarah
Sjostrom, who capped off a stellar performance of her own with a bit of
redemption in the 50 free .
After setting a world record in the
semifinals, Sjostrom completed the furious dash from one end of the pool to
the other in 23.69 — just two-hundredths off her mark the previous evening.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands claimed the silver, while Simone
Manuel of the U.S. settled for the bronze.
It was Manuel who knocked off Sjostrom
in the 100 free after the Swede went out far too fast on the opening lap and
had nothing left for the return. This time, she didn't have to come back.
Sjostrom set two world records in the
meet, also getting credit for one in the 100 free for her opening leg of the
4x100 free relay. She now holds four world records overall including the 50
and 100 fly.
Manuel was feeling a lot better when
she anchored the U.S. women to a world record in the 4x100 medley relay. She
joined King, Kelsi Worrell and Kathleen Baker in setting a time of 3:51.55,
breaking the mark of 3:52.05 that had stood since an American victory at the
2012 London Olympics.
King's time in the 50 breast was 29.40,
beating the mark of 29.48 set by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte at the 2013
worlds. Efimova settled for a silver, and the two even gave each other a hug
when it was over — a sign that their fierce rivalry is thawing a bit.
King set two individual records in
Budapest, and was part of two record-setting relay teams.
Also Sunday, Italy's Gregorio
Paltrinieri pulled away from Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk over the final
laps to win the men's 1,500 freestyle, while France's Camille Lacourt took
gold in the 50 backstroke.
But the biggest winner was Dressel.
"I'm going to take a little break," he
said. "Just enjoy myself, you know."
He certainly earned it.
Bernhard Langer wins 3rd Senior British Open title
Bernhard Langer poses with the trophy after winning the Senior Open at Royal
Porthcawl Golf Club, Porthcawl, Wales, Sunday, July 30. (Nick Potts/PA via
Bridgend, Wales (AP) — Bernhard
Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal
Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the
Fighting a sore throat all week in the
difficult weather conditions, the 59-year-old German star closed with an
even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three
"Wasn't 100 percent," Langer said.
"Makes it even more meaningful."
Langer joined Jack Nicklaus as the only
players to win three senior majors in a season, and won the event for the
third time to match the tournament record.
"It's pretty neat to do something that
nobody else has done before," Langer said. "Like winning 10 senior majors,
it's not easily done. There's a lot of competition out there. Very blessed
and honored to have achieved that. Maybe there's one or two more in the
future, who knows? But right now, I'm just going to enjoy the fruit of the
labor, and to have won three majors in one season is pretty spectacular, and
it actually could have been four if I didn't mess up two weeks ago (in the
Senior Players Championship)."
Langer won the Regions Tradition and
Senior PGA Championship — the first two of the PGA Champions Tour's five
majors — in consecutive weeks in May. He finished second behind Scott
McCarron in the Senior Players Championship, losing the lead with a double
bogey on the 71st hole. Nicklaus won three of the then-four majors in 1991.
Langer also won in 2010 at Carnoustie
and took the 2014 event at Royal Porthcawl by 13 strokes. Tom Watson and
Gary Player are the only other three-time winners, with Player's titles
coming before the event was a major or part of the PGA Champions Tour.
"We all know what great players those
two are, especially Tom has maybe the best links course record of anybody,"
Langer said. "He's one of the best wind players that I've seen, maybe the
best. And we all know what Gary Player has achieved in his career."
Langer also won the season-opening
event in Hawaii in January and has 33 PGA Tour Champions titles. He's second
on the career victory list, 12 behind Hale Irwin.
"We just keep working at our game and
you learn from your mistakes," Langer said. "I have a very good team around
me with my coach, Willy Hoffman; my caddie, Terry Holt; my family who
supports me; my brother who is my manager; and I'm reasonably healthy where
I don't have any restraints there. All of that combined, I'm a competitive
guy. I'd like to do well, whatever I do. I work hard at it and expect a
The two-time Masters champion opened
with a 69 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead, dropped into a five-way tie
for first Friday with a 74 in the most difficult conditions of the week, and
shot a 65 on Saturday to open a four-stroke advantage
"It was survival out there," Langer
said. "I don't know how much you guys went out there when the rain came
sideways... When you're this close to the coast, there's nothing to protect
that wind for 30, 50 miles out there. ... The clubs I was hitting at times
was ridiculous. For an 8-iron distance, I would hit 3-iron, and that's not
even straight into the wind. It's just very difficult to comprehend."
Pavin closed with a 71.
"It's pretty incredible his run on the
Champions Tour in general, but you look at his whole career, it's amazing,"
Pavin said about Langer. "He's been playing exceptional golf. He's always
going to be tough. He rarely beats himself. I know he did a couple weeks
ago, but it doesn't happen very often."
Fred Couples had a 68 to tie for third
at even par with fellow American Billy Andrade (68) and Australia's Peter
Lonard (71). The 67-year-old Watson, a day after shooting his age, had a 75
to tie for 23rd at 7 over.
Siniakova beats Wozniacki to take Swedish Open title
Republic's Katerina Siniakova celebrates after defeating Denmark's Caroline
Wozniacki in their singles final match in Bastad, Sweden, Sunday, July 30.
(Bjorn Larsson Rosvall /TT via AP)
Bastad, Sweden (AP) — Caroline
Wozniacki struggled with injury Sunday as she lost the Swedish Open final to
The 56th-ranked Siniakova, who had
injury problems of her own, took advantage of Wozniacki's inconsistent
serving to win 6-3, 6-4 for her second career title.
"I couldn't imagine a better week. I'm
so happy that I won," Siniakova said. "I was just enjoying the game."
Meanwhile, Wozniacki has now played
five finals in 2017 and lost them all in straight sets. She'd been seeking
her 26th career title but first on clay since 2011, when she was the world
"It was a tough match. Katerina played
very well," Wozniacki said.
Both players took medical timeouts
following the first set as Wozniacki had problems with her left wrist and
Siniakova with her right arm.
Wozniacki reacted well to go a break up
at 3-1, but the Dane then lost her next two service games as her Czech
opponent regained the upper hand.
Siniakova was playing in the Swedish
Open final for the second year in a row after losing last year to German
Update July 29 - 30, 2017
England's bowlers rip through South African batting
Toby Roland-Jones, left, celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's
Heino Kuhn, right, on the second day of the third test at The Oval cricket
ground in London, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — Debutant England
bowler Toby Roland-Jones ripped through South Africa's top batting in the
second test on Friday, taking four wickets as the tourists collapsed to
126-8 at the close, losing seven wickets in the final session of the day.
Responding to England's first innings
total of 353, the 29-year-old Roland-Jones removed both openers and then
claimed the key scalps of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in his first test
Experienced seamers James Anderson took
2-16 and Ben Stokes, who earlier in the day scored a sparkling century, and
Stuart Broad each took one wicket, leaving South Africa facing defeat in the
third of the four-match series. The series is currently tied 1-1.
Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada put on
53 for the eighth wicket, but this was the only resistance.
Vernon Philander, the pick of South
Africa's bowling on the first day at the Oval, sent down five overs but then
left the field again for treatment, apparently for a stomach ailment that
also forced him off the field on the first day.
It was later reported that Philander
had been admitted to hospital. He could still bat on Saturday if he has
England's seam attack made hay in ideal
English conditions — cool, humid weather — and a Duke ball that southern
hemisphere teams dislike. The swing bowling made life virtually impossible
for South Africa's batsmen.
The tourists' bowlers could not match
the control of the seam and Stokes drove England to what now looks like a
strong first innings total.
Stokes hit 112 in 153 balls, reaching
and passing his century in dramatic fashion by smashing three consecutive
sixes off the bowling of spinner Keshav Maharaj.
The England left-hander had resumed on
Friday with opener Alastair Cook, who added just six runs to his overnight
82 before Morne Morkel beat his bat and trapped Cook leg before wicket, 12
short of a 31st test century.
Resuming on 171-4, England advanced to
269-6 at lunch as Stokes and Bairstow shared a 75-run partnership.
Two wickets fell in the morning
session, those of Cook and Bairstow.
Stokes and Bairstow looked comfortable
until the new ball was taken 20 minutes before lunch.
With the swinging ball, Kagiso Rabada
induced an edge from Bairstow to second slip, where captain Faf du Plessis
took the catch. Bairstow scored 36 in 52 balls.
Moeen Ali and Roland-Jones added
valuable runs and were able to witness another Stokes blitz in an innings
that included nine fours and four sixes.
At tea, South Africa were 18-1.
Roland-Jones induced the faintest of edges from opener Dean Elgar and he was
caught behind by Jonny Bairstow with the last ball before the break. Elgar
reviewed the decision, but replays showed a slight touch.
After tea, Roland-Jones continued his
work with three more wickets.
Red Bull's Ricciardo in confident mood ahead of qualifying
driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia leaves the pit during the second free
practice session at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of
Budapest, Hungary, Friday July 28. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Daniel
Ricciardo heads into Saturday's qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in a
confident mood after showing impressive pace in Friday's two practice
The Hungaroring track reduces power
output because of its tight and twisting nature, which means that the Red
Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed,
and even challenging for a win.
With Ricciardo in good form, and the
upgrades Red Bull has made for this race working well, the omens look good.
"I do feel like we have gained some
grip in the car," Ricciardo said after Friday's practice runs. "(We) looked
strong out of the box. We have stepped in the right direction."
Ricciardo has five podium finishes in
the past six races. Even though he did not get on the podium at the British
GP two weeks ago, he finished an impressive fifth after starting from 19th
place due to grid penalties.
The Australian driver was 0.183 seconds
quicker than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and 0.201 clear of Mercedes driver
Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon session.
It left him feeling optimistic that he
can challenge for a second win of the season, following his victory at last
month's Azerbaijan GP.
"We may have a shot at actually
fighting for big points this weekend," he said. "I genuinely feel we can."
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen overcame a
power failure that briefly forced him off track in P2 and finished fourth
quickest in the afternoon, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and Red Bull's
With the top six separated by just half
a second, qualifying promises to be close.
Hamilton needs just one more pole
position to equal seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 68,
but the British driver expects to have to work hard for it on a track where
he has won five times.
"It wasn't the easiest start to the
weekend," he said. "It's super-tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves
at the top of the leaderboard, so it's looking like it will be an exciting
Although Hamilton was happy with his
car's pace, he felt the balance needs to be improved — an issue that has
cropped up a few times this season for Mercedes. It also affected Bottas on
"I was especially struggling with the
rear end of the car," Bottas said. "The temperatures are expected to rise
tomorrow, which means that we really need to get the rear end of the car
more stable. I think that will be the main area for us to focus on."
Vettel, the championship leader, leads
Hamilton by one point after 10 races.
In the morning session, Ricciardo was
0.234 seconds quicker than Raikkonen and 0.372 ahead of Hamilton on a
Hungaroring circuit that proved slippery despite warm weather conditions.
The red flag came out midway through
the afternoon session after German driver Pascal Wehrlein lost control of
his Sauber, swerving left across the track and into the barriers.
Then, toward the end of P2, the flag
came out again after British driver Jolyon Palmer mistimed his exit from the
final corner, hitting the barrier side-on and damaging the right side of his
Palmer has yet to score a point this
season, and his Renault seat is reportedly coming under threat as Polish
driver Robert Kubica continues his F1 comeback bid.
Friday's two sessions will have done
little to reassure him, seeing as he also crashed right at the end of the
morning's first practice.
Mukund, Kohli push India’s lead to 498 in 1st test v Sri Lanka
captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the first test
against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Eranga
Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) — Abhinav
Mukund and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries and shared a 133-run
partnership to propel India's lead to 498 on Friday in the first test
against Sri Lanka.
India were 189-3 in their second
innings at stumps on Day 3 with Kohli 76 not out.
India did not enforce the follow on
despite an imposing 309-run lead from the first innings after earlier
dismissing Sri Lanka for 291.
Sri Lanka resumed the day on 154-5
after India scored 600 runs in their first innings.
India lost their first wicket on 19
when Dilruwan Perera had Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 190 in the first
innings, caught by Danushka Gunathilaka for 14. Cheteshwar Pujara, who also
made a century in the first innings, was caught by Kusal Mendis for 15 with
the total on 56.
Kohli joined Mukund after a rain
interruption and the pair batted for 178 deliveries before Mukund was out
for 81 on the last delivery of the day. He hit eight boundaries in a second
Kohli had faced 114 deliveries with
Having resumed 446 runs behind in the
first innings, the Sri Lankan middle and lower order folded quickly. The
home team was bowled out shortly after the lunch break, with Perera left
stranded on 92 not out. Primarily an offspinner, it was his second
opportunity missed to score a maiden test hundred.
With plenty of time still left in the
match, India resisted the temptation to send Sri Lanka back in, choosing
instead to bat again in the hope of building an unassailable lead before
making an early declaration.
Sri Lanka added 135 in the morning
session at a healthy run-rate but lost three vital wickets in the process.
Angelo Mathews was the first to depart.
He started the day unbeaten on 54 and had advanced to 83 when he was caught
by Kohli at short cover off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
The left-arm spinner then picked up his
second wicket of the innings when he got rid of Rangana Herath for nine,
with Ajinkya Rahane taking the catch at slip.
Allrounder Hardik Pandya, on his test
debut, then captured his first test wicket when he bowled out Nuwan Pradeep
for 10, adding to his half-century with the bat.
Sri Lanka survived until lunch but the
innings came to an abrupt end in the second over after the resumption when
Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Jadeja for two.
With the injured Asela Gunaratne unable
to bat, Perera ran out of partners just eight runs short of his maiden test
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain and strike
spin bowler Herath has bruised the middle finger of his bowling hand.
"He's got a bruised finger. It's the
same finger he fractured in 2014," cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said.
"They can't see a fracture. If the pain is there they'll do an MRI scan but
at this stage we're just icing it and tomorrow morning we'll know more."
Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship
United States' Simone Manuel, bottom, wins the women's 100-meter
freestyle final ahead of Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, top, during the
swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in
Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Simone Manuel felt the pressure of being an Olympic champion. It
sure didn't bother her at the world championships.
The 20-year-old Texan backed up
her historic victory in Rio de Janeiro by rallying to beat Sweden's
world-record holder Sarah Sjostrom in the 100-meter freestyle
Hey, when you've got two older
brothers, you're used to playing catch-up.
"It's kind of been ingrained in
me," said Manuel, who edged Sjostrom on the final stroke. "I want to
win, and I've been training to do that this whole time."
Last summer, Manuel became the
first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at
the Olympics when she tied Canada's Penny Oleksiak for the top spot
on the podium.
"It was a lot of pressure
knowing that I was the Olympic gold medalist in that event," Manuel
said. "I had a lot of nerves."
Another U.S. Olympic champion
came up short in his bid for an individual gold in Budapest.
Ryan Murphy settled for silver
in the 200 backstroke behind Russia's Evgeny Rylov, while another
American, Jacob Pebley, took the bronze.
Murphy swept the backstroke
events last summer in Rio, but he hasn't been quite as sharp in
Budapest. He took bronze in the 100 and simply couldn't catch Rylov
in the longer event, the Russian finishing in 1 minute, 53.61
seconds to beat Murphy by a comfortable 0.60 seconds.
disappointment," Murphy said. "I want to be the guy that's finishing
first, and I want to be the guy that has the top time in the world.
So it definitely stings a little bit, coming out of this meet and
not having done that in either race. But it's a long way to 2020."
It was a huge night for the
Russians, who captured two other individual golds and grabbed a
silver in the men's 4x200 free relay behind Britain.
Yulia Efimova bested American
rival Lilly King in the women's 200 breaststroke, easing a bit of
the sting from two silvers in Rio and another loss to King in the
100 breast at Budapest.
In the men's 200 breast, Anton
Chupkov held off a pair of Japanese swimmers to claim the world
title. Yasuhiro Koseki and Ippei Watanabe snagged the silver and
Efimova pulled away on the
final lap to win by more than 2 seconds over another American,
Bethany Galat. China's Shi Jinglin grabbed the bronze over a fading
King, who slipped to fourth after setting a blistering pace early in
the race as she always does.
But King is a 100 specialist
and still struggling to master the longer race. There was no holding
off Efimova, whose winning time was 2:19.64.
"Maybe it would be much faster
if I had somebody with whom I can race," the Russian said. "I'm
looking for a world record, but it didn't happen today. I should
Unlike King, who has a frosty
relationship with Efimova over blunt comments about the Russian's
past doping violations, Galat went over to give the winner a hug.
"I don't know her personally,
but she won a gold medal and I think her time was incredible," Galat
said. "She's a heck of a swimmer, a heck of a breaststroker. I mean,
she won, of course I'm going to congratulate her."
Sjostrom, who set a world
record in the 100 free earlier in the meet while swimming the
leadoff leg of the 4x100 relay, jumped out to a quick lead and was
under her own record pace when she made the flip.
Manuel was lagging in third but
her wind-milling stroke got stronger and stronger on the return lap.
Hugging the lane rope to gain some drafting help, she steadily
closed the gap and lunged for the wall just ahead of Sjostrom.
"I just wanted to stick to my
race plan, and that's kind of having a comfortable fast first 50,"
Manuel said. "My back half has been pretty good this meet on the
relays and my prelim and semifinal swims, so I'd a lot of confidence
in really coming back that second 50."
Manuel touched in 52.27 —
edging the Swedish star by just four-hundredths of a second.
Sjostrom was kicking herself
for a rookie mistake, going out too fast on the opening lap.
She had nothing left for the
"It's so stupid," Sjostrom
said. "The refrigerator on my back was too heavy for me. If it
happens when there's 10 meters left, you can still do it. But with
25 it's too much. I thought I was un-human the first 50, but I need
Pernille Blume of Denmark
picked up the bronze.
Manuel claimed her third gold
of this meet, having also competed on a pair of winning relay teams,
and she's still got the 50 free.
"It felt pretty good," she
said. "I think I still have room for improvement, which is really
James Guy powered the British
men to victory in the 4x200 free relay with a brilliant anchor leg,
closing out a winning time of 7:01.70. He was joined on the top of
the medal stand by Stephen Milne, Nicholas Grainger and Duncan
Russia was next at 7:02.68,
while the United States faded to bronze.
Nationals rout Brewers, Blue Jays beat A's in 10 innings
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, celebrates his two-run
home run with Ryan Zimmerman (11) during the first inning of a
baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, July 27, in
Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington (AP) — The
Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with eight home runs,
including two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, while Max
Scherzer pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 15-2 rout of the
fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
Washington matched two major
league records in a seven-run third inning: Most consecutive home
runs (four) and most home runs in an inning (five).
After Harper connected off
Michael Blazek (0-1) in the first inning, Brian Goodwin started the
long-ball barrage in the third with a two-run drive. Wilmer Difo,
Harper and Zimmerman followed with long home runs.
The eight home runs tied the
franchise mark set in July 1978 by the Montreal Expos against
BLUE JAYS 8, ATHLETICS 4, 10
Toronto — Steve Pearce
hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning as Toronto beat
Oakland to complete a four-game sweep.
Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks
(3-2) walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a
3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck.
Kendrys Morales, who hit a
game-winning homer in the ninth inning Wednesday, had two more home
runs Thursday. Morales connected off Sean Manaea in the fifth and
added a tying blast off Blake Treinen in the ninth, the 19th
multihomer game of his career.
Josh Donaldson also homered for
Toronto, hitting a solo blast in the first.
CUBS 6, WHITE SOX 3
Chicago — Kyle Schwarber
homered twice and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the
Chicago White Sox for their third consecutive victory.
Anthony Rizzo also connected
and Jon Lester pitched seven effective innings as the Cubs improved
to 11-2 since the All-Star break. The NL Central leaders also
increased their advantage over the second-place Brewers to 1 1/2
games ahead of their big series this weekend in Milwaukee.
YANKEES 6, RAYS 5, 11 INNINGS
New York — Shortstop
Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary
Sanchez's playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of
the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning
before Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th as New York beat
Tampa Bay for their fourth straight win.
Gardner tripled to the
left-center wall off Alex Colome leading off the ninth, but Clint
Frazier hit a soft grounder to third and AL home run leader Aaron
Judge flied to right.
Sanchez hit a two-hopper
between Hechavarria and Beckham, but the two infielders looked at
each other as the ball bounced into the outfield and Gardner scored.
Gardner then homered, his
career-high 18th, in the 11th off rookie Andrew Kittredge (0-1), who
lost in his first big league decision.
PADRES 7, METS 5
San Diego — Manuel
Margot came within a triple of the cycle while fellow rookie Dusty
Coleman hit his first major league home run, leading San Diego past
Luis Perdomo (5-5) got the
victory after pitching into the seventh. Brad Hand earned his fifth
save and ran his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings.
Margot drove in three runs, a
career high for the former Boston prospect.
Coleman, the 30-year-old minor
league veteran, was promoted this week when shortstop Erick Aybar
got hurt. He hit a three-run home run that made it 7-1 in the fifth.
The Mets lost for the third
time in nine games despite Jay Bruce's 26th home run, a two-run blow
off Jose Torres that drew them to 7-5 in a four-run seventh.
INDIANS 2, ANGELS 1
Cleveland — Trevor Bauer
pitched a season-high eight innings while Francisco Lindor singled
to break a tie in the seventh as Cleveland beat Los Angeles for its
seventh consecutive victory.
Cleveland is on its longest
winning streak of the season and is a season-high 10 games over
Bauer (9-8) struck out six and
allowed seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
JC Ramirez (9-9) took the loss.
MARLINS 4, REDS 1
Miami — Chris O'Grady
looked like a much different pitcher against Cincinnati than he did
five days ago.
O'Grady pitched seven scoreless
innings to help Miami beat the Reds to open a four-game series.
O'Grady (2-1) allowed five
hits. He struck out five and walked two. It was a much stronger
outing against the Reds after allowing three runs and six walks in 4
2/3 innings against them five days ago.
Derek Dietrich, who drove in
five of Miami's franchise-record 22 runs in a win over the Texas
Rangers on Wednesday, homered and knocked in three.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, CARDINALS 0
St. Louis — J.D.
Martinez hit a grand slam and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as
Arizona beat St. Louis.
The Diamondbacks won their
third game out of four, improved to 59-43 and snapped the Cardinals'
three-game winning streak.
Godley (4-4) reversed a trend
of two poor outings, with the best performance of his 14-start
Cardinals starter Luke Weaver
(0-1), who was recalled from the minors after Adam Wainwright (back)
was placed on the disabled list, was burned by two walks immediately
in front of the Martinez grand slam.
Drivers divided over F1 halo cockpit device
German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari walks in the
paddock at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, 23 km northeast of
Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via
By Jerome Pugmire, AP
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The "halo" cockpit head protection
system that will be mandatory on Formula One cars next season
protects drivers from the potentially fatal impact of objects like a
loose wheel traveling at up to 225 kph (140 mph).
Motor sport's governing body, FIA, has been looking at ways to
improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries,
after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later.
"The halo will become the strongest part of the car, a secondary
wall structure (along with the helmet) and can take about 15 times
the car's weight," FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said at a news
conference Thursday. "We know that our resistance against small
objects has stepped up."
Drivers remain divided over the move.
The halo design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver's
helmet in the front half of the cockpit, protecting against debris
without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of
2016, drivers were split as to whether they liked it with some —
such as three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton — criticizing it on
Tests were done from the front and side of the car with a loose
wheel weighing 20 kilograms. Researchers took in various factors:
car-to-car contact, car-to-environment contact and external objects,
such as a wheel. They also analyzed real-life accidents, including
those with fatalities.
In terms of manufacturing design, FIA race director Charlie Whiting
said "it's going to be a one-part (piece) made by one company, so
they all have to fit the same one."
The device is expected to weigh about 8 kilograms, Whiting said. The
manufacturer has yet to be decided, although several companies have
been contacted. Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas
both expressed concern that the extra weight will impact driving,
particularly on cornering speeds.
Other safety devices were considered before the halo was approved by
the FIA last week.
At the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, a transparent open canopy
system constructed using polycarbonate, and known as the "shield,"
was tested at Silverstone by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
The Ferrari driver was critical.
"I wasn't a big fan of the shield," Vettel said. "For sure you need
to get used to the halo, but at least it didn't impact on the
Bianchi died at the age of 25, several months after massive head
injuries sustained at the Japanese GP in October 2014.
Bianchi's accident at Suzuka occurred at the end of the race in
rainy, gloomy conditions, when his Marussia team car slid off the
track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German
driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed at the same spot one lap
Wilson died in August 2015, a day after being hit on the helmet by
debris from another car at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
"We believe (the halo) would have changed dramatically the outcome
of the accident," Mekies said.
Vettel, who emotionally dedicated his 2015 win at Hungary to
Bianchi, said the change was justified.
"We would all take it, to help save his life. We can't turn back the
clock," the German driver said. "But knowing something is there that
would help us is stupid to ignore. Overall it's supposed to help us,
so that's what we should remember."
While Hamilton and others have been critical of the halo's
appearance, Vettel championed it.
"Times are changing and moving forward," Vettel said. "It helps us
in the car in case something goes very wrong."
Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso is also in favor.
"If we could go back in time and save lives we would all be happy,"
the Spanish driver said. "That's the first and only thing we should
talk about. The aesthetics I don't care too much (about)."
Several drivers disagree.
"Doesn't look too good," Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg said. "Not
sure that this additional protection is necessary because all the
other areas (of safety) are improving."
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and
Romain Grosjean are also against it.
"I didn't like the visibility and the thing in front of you, it's
not great," the 19-year-old Verstappen said. "I don't think you will
lose the wheel very easily (anyway) and when there are parts flying
around the car it's not going to protect you. So I don't know why we
Magnussen took a sarcastic tone.
"F1 cars aren't meant to be ugly. That is the reason that a Ferrari
is more exciting than a Mazda," the Danish driver said. "I think
there is a limit where it becomes too safe to be exciting. We could
make the cars go 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour and it would be
Grosjean said "it was a sad day for Formula 1 when it was announced,
and I am still against it."
Marlins record 22-10 win vs Texas, Darvish; Beltre 3 hits
Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich connects for a solo home run as
Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy reaches out to the pitch.(AP
By Stephen Hawkins, AP
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon
homered on the first pitch thrown by Yu Darvish, and things got no
better for the Texas Rangers as Miami set a franchise record for
runs in a 22-10 victory Wednesday night.
Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the first for the Marlins, and
Marcell Ozuna's three-run triple in the fourth made it 9-2 to chase
Darvish (6-9). J.T. Realmuto and Giancarlo Stanton later went deep,
Stanton's 468-foot drive in the eighth being his majors-leading 33rd
Adrian Beltre homered and had two doubles, giving the Rangers third
baseman 2,996 career hits before he was ejected from the game while
waiting on deck to bat again in the eighth.
When second-base umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis motioned for
Beltre to get closer to the on-deck circle, Beltre instead dragged
the large plastic piece marking the circle closer to him. Manager
Jeff Banister also got tossed after coming out to argue the
Yelich finished 4 for 5 with a homer and three doubles, a night
after homering with two doubles. The Marlins had 22 hits, and their
last four runs came in the ninth when backup catcher Brett Nicholas
pitched for Texas.
The miserable outing by Darvish came in his last start before
Monday's non-waiver trade deadline amid speculation that the
All-Star right-hander from Japan could be dealt to another team.
Darvish, who can be a free agent after the season, struck out five
but allowed a career-high 10 runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Miami sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine times in the top
of the fourth that took more than a half-hour to play. Realmuto
greeted reliever Jeremy Jeffress with a two-run homer that scored
Ozuna, the last of 10 batters Darvish faced in his last inning.
Darvish is 0-5 with a 5.81 ERA over his last eight starts. That is
the longest losing streak in his career.
Beltre went deep to start the Texas fourth against Jose Urena (9-4),
who allowed five runs with five strikeouts and four walks while
pitching into the sixth.
With his 1,095 extra-base hits, Beltre overtook Dave Winfield for
21st all-time. His 604 doubles pushed him past Cal Ripken Jr. for
15th on that list, and his 454 homers rank 38th.
Marlins: Right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough was put on the
10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement. He threw a
scoreless inning in Texas on Monday.
Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos, out since spraining his left ankle in
a collision at the plate Sunday, said he felt good after he did some
catching drills and ran some before the game. Chirinos could be back
in the lineup Friday.
Marlins: LHP Chris O'Grady (1-1, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to make his
fourth career start, and his second in a row against the Reds. He
got a no decision in Cincinnati on Saturday, when he struck out six
and walked six over 4 2-3 innings.
Rangers: Before a weekend series at home against Baltimore, the
Rangers have a day off Thursday.
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Sri Lanka slips to 154-5 after India makes 600
India's cricket captain Virat Kohli reacts after missing a close
chance to dismiss Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga during the second day's
play of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in
Galle, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga
Clementine, Associated Press
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka slipped to 154-5 and was
still 446 runs behind India's huge first-innings total of 600 all
out on Day 2 of the first test on Thursday.
Sri Lanka was 247 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, with only
Angelo Mathews showing some resistance with his 54 not out.
Upul Tharanga scored 64 in Sri Lanka's only other meaningful innings
as the Indian bowlers made progress to follow the dominant
performance by their batsmen.
India, the No. 1 test team, piled up the second-highest total by any
team in Galle, and its second-highest ever in Sri Lanka, with big
centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (153), and
half-centuries by Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya.
"We have scored enough runs and we've got five wickets today,"
Pujara said. "We are very well poised at this stage."
Sri Lanka was 68-3 in its reply when Kusal Mendis fell for a duck to
give Mohammed Shami his second wicket in an over.
Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka put on 61 and Tharanga and Mathews
had a partnership of 57, but Sri Lanka was still in deep trouble by
Shami took his two wickets in five balls, with Gunathilaka and
Mendis both caught at first slip by Shikhar Dhawan.
Mathews and Tharanga had some nervous moments against the Indian
spinners before Tharanga wasted his wicket by being run out.
Tharanga's attempted drive was intercepted by silly-point fielder
Abhinav Mukund, who threw the ball back to wicketkeeper Wriddiman
Saha and when the bails came off Tharanga's bat was in the air.
Mukund was in the action again when he pulled off a one-handed
diving catch at silly point to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella off
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Dilruwan Perera was six not out alongside Mathews, with only Sri
Lanka's tailenders to come and a big deficit to make up.
Sri Lanka is also one batsman short with allrounder Asela Gunaratne
out of the rest of the test and the three-match series after
fracturing his thumb attempting a catch on the first day.
Seamer Nuwan Pradeep claimed a career-best 6-132 for Sri Lanka but
that did little to hamper India.
Pujara batted for more than six hours and faced 265 deliveries in an
innings sprinkled with 13 boundaries, but despite him departing
early on Day 2 to end a 137-run stand with Rahane, India's tail
added plenty more.
Ashwin and wicketkeeper Saha put on 59 for the sixth wicket and
Shami and Pandya 62 for the ninth wicket.
The Iron Lady makes a huge splash _ in and out of the pool
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary shows her gold medal during the awarding
ceremony of the women's 200m individual medley final during the
swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in the
Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Tamas
Kovacs /MTI via AP)
By Paul Newberry, AP
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katinka Hosszu has a case full of
She wants so much more.
From marketing marvel to ambitious businesswoman to fledgling union
organizer, the Hungarian swimmer known as the "Iron Lady" knows how
to make a splash — in and out of the pool.
Along with American star Katie Ledecky, Hosszu is perhaps the
biggest name at the world championships this week, the home-country
favorite whose face seemingly appears on every billboard around
Budapest, whose every appearance at Duna Arena is accompanied by
foot-stomping, flag-waving euphoria.
She lived up to the enormous expectations in her first event of the
meet, winning the 200-meter individual medley Monday night.
"Katinka's Gold!" blared the front-page headline on the country's
largest daily sports newspaper.
While Hosszu and her American husband-coach, Shane Tusup, have built
a rapidly growing swimsuit and apparel company based on the "Iron
Lady" moniker — it now has about 50 employees and is omnipresent in
retail stores around Hungary — the 28-year-old has turned her sights
to what she considers an even greater cause.
After governing body FINA changed its the rules to limit the number
of events a swimmer could enter on the World Cup circuit, a
capricious decision that seemed targeted specifically at Hosszu and
her grueling program (that's how she got her nickname, after all),
the swimmer vowed to fight back.
"I'm obviously trying to do a lot more for swimming than what I do
in the pool," Hosszu said. "I think it's important to put the same
effort into it outside the pool."
She formed the Global Association of Professional Swimmers (GAPS)
and quickly drew attention by persuading more than two dozen of her
fellow competitors to come on board, including such major stars as
Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, Britain's Adam Peaty,
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom and American Katie Meili.
Hosszu has been outspoken in her criticism of scandal-plagued FINA
and seems intent on giving swimmers a much bigger voice in governing
"I've been talking to a lot of swimmers lately," she said. "I had no
idea that all over the world, swimmers from different continents, we
really speak the same language."
As swimming's first millionaire based strictly on her race-prize
earnings, Hosszu wants to spread the wealth to others. Given the
sport's enormous popularity during the Olympics and financial
strides it made while riding the wave of Michael Phelps, she sees no
reason for so many accomplished swimmers to be struggling to make
"The main thing is for all these swimmers to come together," Hosszu
said. "That's something that hasn't happened before. I think if we
can put more effort into swimming, we can push the sport even
She's still a bit vague about her goals, but it's clear she wants to
give swimmers the same sort of influence that athletes have in
sports such as soccer and NBA basketball.
"I don't think swimming should be watched only during the Olympics,"
Hosszu went on. "We deserve to be treated as professional swimmers.
We're partners in this relationship."
That Hosszu finds herself in such a prominent position would have
seemed totally improbable after the 2012 London Olympics, when she
was a medal favorite in several events but didn't make the podium at
all. She likely would have retired from the sport if not for Tusup,
whom she had first met when both were swimming for the University of
Tusup took over as her coach, becoming well known for his boisterous
antics on deck, and their personal and professional relationship
yielded an Olympics of redemption in Rio de Janeiro last summer.
Hosszu won three golds and a silver, more than any other swimmer in
"I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for Shane," Hosszu said.
Tusup returns the compliment, praising his wife for her commitment
to the sport beyond winning more championships and selling more
"It means so much more than a medal," he said. "At the end of the
day, you're like, 'Great, I did all those hours for this?' The
object itself is not that valuable. It's what it does and what it
means. For us, it's the stories, the process, the journeys."
Hosszu's cause seemed to take on increased urgency during these
At a meeting held last weekend in a luxury hotel along the Danube,
FINA re-elected its 81-year-old president, Julio Maglione, to a
third term after changing the rules to remove the age limits. The
organization also retained another top official, first vice
president Hussain al-Musallam, even though he is facing bribery
In Hosszu's eyes, it's time for swimmers to start cleaning up the
It's past time for them to get their rightful share.
"I'm not only talking about the top swimmers getting paid more," she
said. "I'm talking about swimmers trying to be professional, trying
to make money from swimming. It should be the goal that all people
who make the semifinals can make a living from swimming and not have
to worry about their next job. They can just focus on swimming — be
like basketball players and football players, just focusing on their
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Djokovic will sit out rest of 2017 because of injured elbow
Tennis player Novak Djokovic gestures during a press conference in
Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, July 26. (Andrej Isakovic, Pool Photo
Belgrade (AP) - For more
than a year, Novak Djokovic's right elbow hurt when he hit serves or
forehands. The pain kept getting worse, and now he's going to give
his arm a chance to heal by sitting out the rest of 2017.
Djokovic will miss the U.S.
Open, ending his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand
Slam tournaments, and aims to return to the ATP tour in January. He
made the announcement Wednesday — exactly a year to the day after
Roger Federer said he would be sidelined for the second half of last
"This is one of those injuries
where nothing can really help instantly. You just have to allow
natural rehabilitation to take its course," Djokovic said.
"Professionally, this is not, obviously, an easy decision for me."
Since entering his first major
tournament at the 2005 Australian Open, Djokovic has never missed
one, the third-longest active run among men and seventh-longest in
In that time, the 30-year-old
Serb has won 12 Grand Slam titles, including the U.S. Open in 2011
and 2015. Only three men have won more major tennis singles
championships: Federer (19), Rafael Nadal (15) and Pete Sampras
"The remarkable series has come
to an end," Djokovic said. "My body has its limits, and I have to
respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far."
He said that Andre Agassi, with
whom he recently began working on a part-time basis, will be his
coach after the hiatus. Djokovic plans to start with a tuneup
tournament ahead of the Australian Open at the start of 2018.
"He supports my decision to
take a break and remains my head coach," Djokovic said about Agassi,
also noting that he'll be looking for a new fitness trainer. "He is
going to help me get back into shape and bounce back strong after
the recovery period."
Djokovic made his announcement
via Facebook , his website and at a news conference in Belgrade,
His last match was on July 12,
when he stopped playing during his Wimbledon quarterfinal against
Tomas Berdych because the elbow was too painful. Djokovic said then
he had been struggling with the elbow on his racket-swinging arm for
about 1½ years, which he reiterated Wednesday. He said he does not
Since winning the 2016 French
Open to become the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam and
the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major
trophies, Djokovic's form has dipped. His ranking dropped from No. 1
to No. 4; he failed to defend any of those major titles.
He acknowledged Wednesday that
he "felt worn out" and "flat" after the run of success that
culminated at Roland Garros in 2016.
"I was searching for myself,
for motivation," he said.
Djokovic made it past the
quarterfinals at only one of the past five majors: last year's U.S.
Open, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.
Djokovic, who also mentioned
Wednesday that his wife is expecting their second child, reached at
least the semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium each of the past 10
years. That includes seven appearances in the final.
Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland,
who is ranked 95th, will get Djokovic's spot in the field at
Flushing Meadows. This year's U.S. Open starts Aug. 28.
"All the doctors I've
consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all
over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A
prolonged break from the sport is inevitable," Djokovic said. "I'll
do whatever it takes to recover."
Federer demonstrated the
benefits of a break last year, sitting out after Wimbledon to let
his surgically repaired left knee heal fully.
He missed the Rio Olympics and
U.S. Open and dropped out of the top 10 in the rankings.
But Federer was rejuvenated at
age 35 when he returned at the beginning of this season and won the
Australian Open to end a 4½-year Grand Slam drought, plus titles at
Indian Wells and Miami. He took more time off after that, missing
the clay-court circuit, and returned for the grass, winning his
eighth Wimbledon championship and 19th major title overall this
"Well, I hope it's not a
trend," Federer said about lengthy absences, the day after he won
Wimbledon. "You've got to have the same issues that I had. I didn't
just walk away from the game for six months last year just because I
was in the mood to. I actually had to, so it's a big difference
there, as well. But, yes, everybody needs to manage their own
India 399-3 after Dhawan's 190 on Day 1 vs. Sri Lanka
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the first day's play of
the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday,
July 26. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) —
India finished day one of the opening test against Sri Lanka in the
commanding position of 399-3 on Wednesday after a powerful 190 from
opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan hit his career-best
score in an exhibition of aggressive batting as top-ranked India
took a firm grip on the game, with Dhawan backed up by Cheteshwar
Pujara, who was 144 not out.
They had a partnership of 253
for the second wicket.
Their innings were contrasting
While Dhawan was quick to
punish the loose balls, smashing his 190 off just 168 balls, No. 3
Pujara anchored India with a 247-ball knock that took the tourists
Ajinkya Rahane was 39 not out
alongside Pujara. India lost opener Abhinav Mukund for 12, Dhawan,
and captain Virat Kohli for three.
Seamer Nuwan Pradeep took all
three wickets for Sri Lanka, but the hosts had a tough start to the
three-match series, bullied by India's batsmen and losing allrounder
Asela Gunaratne to a broken thumb — when he dropped a catch early in
Dhawan went on to make a fifth
test century and Pujara a 12th test ton, with India going at a rapid
4.4 runs an over.
Dhawan was only a late
replacement in India's test squad for the tour after Murali Vijay
"My plans were to go to
Melbourne and spend time with my family, do training and get fit for
the one-day series," Dhawan said. "I think destiny had a different
plan for me."
Gunaratne, who was taken to
Colombo for surgery after scans revealed a fracture of his thumb
won't feature again for the rest of this test, and looks set to miss
the entire series.
"Tough one to lose one of our
main players. We are down to ten players against the world's No. 1
team," said Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha.
Dhawan reached his century when
he swept Dilruwan Perera for four. The century came off 110
deliveries, but from 100 to 150 he needed just 37 deliveries. He was
out in the last over before tea when he was caught by Angelo Mathews
"Of course I was disappointed
that I got out for 190," he said. "I got out at the wrong time. It
was the last over before tea. But the way I was playing, I was
confident that I could clear the mid-off fielder and I was almost
hitting a boundary per over."
Dhawan made 126 runs between
lunch and tea, the second most by an Indian batsman in a session,
behind Virender Sehwag's 133, also against Sri Lanka, in Bombay in
Even after Dhawan was out,
India pushed on. Pujara added 113 runs for the fourth wicket with
Rahane by stumps, leaving Sri Lanka wondering what might have been
if Gunaratne had taken the catch at second slip when Dhawan was on
"We dropped a catch off Dhawan
and then paid a price," Gurisinha said. "Not sure what would have
happened had that catch been taken. It was a double blow for us. We
dropped the catch and lost a player too."
Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds
Italy's Federica Pellegrini, front right, kisses her medal as United
States' silver medal winner Katie Ledecky, left, looks on after the
women's 200-meter freestyle final during the World Aquatics
Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, July 26. (AP
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Katie Ledecky reached for the wall.
Someone else was already there.
For the first time ever at the
world championships, Ledecky knows what it's like to lose.
Bidding to become only the
second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky
settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when
Italy's Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the
Pellegrini, the world-record
holder, avenged a close defeat at the hands of Ledecky two years ago
in Kazan, Russia. This time, it was the Italian touching first in 1
minute, 54.73 seconds.
Ledecky and Australia's Emma
McKeon tied for the silver at 1:55.18.
"I just didn't really have it
today," Ledecky said. "I can't complain really with the silver
While Pellegrini covered her
mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky
stared blankly at the scoreboard.
She had never seen a "2''
beside her name at the world championships.
It was there in Budapest, where
Ledecky's unbeaten streak in the second-biggest swimming competition
after the Olympics finally ended.
"I didn't really feel at the
end that I had that extra gear that I normally have," said the
20-year-old Stanford student from the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
Ledecky had been 12 of 12 over
the last three world championships, including three golds in this
stately European capital. But her most audacious schedule yet — six
freestyle events covering distances ranging from 100 meters (on a
relay) to 1,500 (the grueling metric mile) — finally caught up with
her along the banks of the Danube.
Missy Franklin will remain the
only female swimmer to win a half-dozen events at worlds, while
Ledecky can take comfort in being the winningest female swimmer
overall. Twelve golds leave her trailing only fellow Americans
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the most victories.
Now she's got a silver, too.
"It happens," said Ledecky, who
will be a heavy gold medal favorite in her last two events, the
4x200 free relay and the 800 free. "It happens to every athlete at
some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward
and the rest of the week as well."
Of course, losing to Pellegrini
was hardly an embarrassment.
The 28-year-old became the
first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven
medals in a single individual event. Pellegrini's incredible run in
the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed
a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had
back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome
in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era.
Pellegrini was runner-up at the
last two worlds, finishing behind Franklin in 2013 at Barcelona and
Ledecky two years ago.
On Wednesday, the Italian was
back on top in what she called the last 200 of her career.
"I honestly thought the one to
win the race would be Katie," Pellegrini said. "It wasn't."
McKeon got off to a blistering
start, making the first turn more than a half-second below the
record pace, while Ledecky — normally a slow starter because of her
distance background — was lagging in fifth.
Ledecky turned on the speed and
was just one-hundredth of a second behind the Aussie when they made
the final flip. But the two leaders, having spent so much energy
dueling each other, didn't have anything left for the final lap.
Pellegrini sure did.
Her closing 50 was a blistering
28.82 — nearly a full second faster than both Ledecky and McKeon.
"Everything seemed to be in
slow motion to me in the water," Pellegrini said. "At 150 meters on
the turn we were all there, so I closed my eyes."
She paused for a moment, as if
trying to convince herself that it really happened.
"I didn't believe I would make
it." Pellegrini said. "I still can't believe it."
She wasn't the only Italian
atop of the medal podium. Gabriele Detti rallied to win the men's
800 free, racing past both teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri and
Poland's Wojciech Wojdak after those two put on a thrilling
Detti finished in 7:40.77,
holding off Wojdak by less than a second while Paltrinieri faded to
Standing in the aisles and
screaming furiously, the packed house at Duna Arena came to cheer
for Katinka Hosszu, who also was in the 200 free final, and Laszlo
Cseh, one of the favorites in the 200 butterfly.
Hosszu wasn't a factor,
finishing seventh. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but
couldn't catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in
Cseh settled for silver, though
that didn't prevent him from pausing on deck to salute the raucous
crowd. The bronze went to Japan's Daiya Seto.
Britain's Adam Peaty cruised to
victory in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, but his time
was a bit of a letdown. After breaking the world record in both the
preliminaries and the semifinals — the latter in 25.95 — Peaty
settled for only the second-fastest time ever (25.99) in the final.
Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior claimed the silver and South Africa's
Cameron van der Burgh took bronze.
After Ledecky's disappointment,
the U.S. finished on a strong note with its second world record of
the day in the 4x100 mixed medley relay. Matt Grevers, Lilly King,
Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won gold with a time of 3:38.56,
easily beating the mark of 3:40.28 put up by an entirely different
U.S. foursome — Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory
Comerford — in the morning preliminaries.
Australia took the silver,
while Canada and China tied for bronze in an event that will be part
of the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo.
"It's pretty cool," Grevers
said, "that we had two relays that would've won tonight."
Pirelli review says Raikkonen tire not faulty at Silverstone
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland takes a curve during the
British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in
Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Formula One tiremaker Pirelli has concluded that Kimi Raikkonen's
tire damage late in the British Grand Prix was likely caused by
Raikkonen was set for second
place in the July 16 race but his tire problem allowed Valtteri
Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two with Lewis Hamilton. The
Finnish driver even looked set to lose his podium spot to his own
teammate Sebastian Vettel, but in a bizarre twist he ended up third
after Vettel's own tire shredded.
The sight of two Ferraris
capitulating within moments of each other led Pirelli to conduct
extensive post-race tests on both cars. Raikkonen's problem, Pirelli
said in a statement Wednesday, did not come from the tire itself.
"The possible initial cause of
this damage is consistent with contact against an external body,
leading to a partial separation of the belt from the carcass in the
two affected areas," Pirelli said. "On no occasion was there any
sign of fatigue, detachment or laceration —or even the beginning of
such problems — that affected the structure of the tire. In
conclusion, Pirelli can confirm that no issues have emerged
connected with the tire itself."
Last week, Pirelli said that
Vettel's shredded tire at Silverstone was caused by a slow puncture.
Vettel appeared to be heading
for third place at Silverstone until his front left tire suddenly
blew apart two laps from the finish. The four-time F1 champion
managed to steer his Ferrari back to the pits for a tire change, and
secured seventh place to cling onto his championship lead.
Raikkonen's pit stop to change his tire came just before Vettel's.
Hamilton won to cut Vettel's
championship lead to one point. Raikkonen, who has three podium
finishes this season, is fifth overall.
The championship continues at
the Hungarian GP this weekend before a month-long summer break.
Champions League: Balotelli scores, Nice draw 1-1 with Ajax
Dynamo Kiev's Dieumerci Mbokani, left, celebrates with teammates
after scoring his side's second goal during their Champions League
third qualifying round 1st leg match against Young Boys at the
Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 26. (AP
Nice, France (AP) —
Mario Balotelli's first-half goal was only enough for Nice to draw
1-1 against Ajax in a Champions League third qualifying round,
first-leg game on Wednesday.
Balotelli, the former
Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool forward, was well placed to
score into an empty net in the 32nd minute from Jean Seri's pass
across goal after a surging run.
Four-time European champions
Ajax leveled with Donny van de Beek's goal in the 49th, and will be
favored to advance into the playoffs from the return game at home
Celtic were held 0-0 at home to
Rosenborg, and Dynamo Kiev beat visiting Young Boys 3-1 in the
Olympic Stadium which hosts the final next May.
In a thrilling Champions League
debut, Istanbul Basaksehir trailed by two first-half goals at
Bruges, led 3-2 in a fierce second-half spell, then conceded a
79th-minute leveler to draw 3-3.
Coach Gheorghe Hagi's Viitorul
Constanta won on their UEFA competition debut, as the first-time
Romanian champions beat APOEL 1-0. Defender Cristian Ganea struck
with a swerving left-footed free kick in the 75th minute.
Nine first-leg games Wednesday
produced no away wins, and it was Astana 3, Legia Warsaw 1; Hapoel
Beer-Sheva 2, Ludogorets Razgrad 0; Maribor 1, FH 0; and Salzburg 1,
Fifteen teams advance from the
third qualifying round to join five more teams — including
Liverpool, Sevilla and Napoli — in the playoffs next month.
Frazier's run-scoring triple play helps Yanks top Reds 4-2
Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco tags out New York Yankees'
Austin Romine, left, at home plate during the fifth inning of their
baseball game Tuesday, July 25, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank
New York (AP) — Todd
Frazier had an unforgettable first at-bat in his home debut at
Yankee Stadium, grounding into the major leagues' first run-scoring
triple play since 2006 as New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2
Frazier hit a bases-loaded
grounder in the second up the middle, and shortstop Jose Peraza
gloved it, stepped on second and threw to first. Didi Gregorius, who
had been on second base, held up when the ball was hit, in case it
was caught. He was late to advance, and first baseman Joey Votto's
throw across the diamond caught him in a rundown. Gregorius was
called out for running wide of baseline trying to avoid a tag.
Rookie Jordan Montgomery (7-5)
held the Reds hitless until Scott Schebler broke an 0-for-20 slump
with a leadoff double in the sixth. Montgomery gave up two hits in 6
2/3 innings, and Aroldis Chapman closed for his 12th save.
Last-place Cincinnati lost for
the 10th time in 12 games as rookie Luis Castillo (1-4) gave up
three runs in five innings. Billy Hamilton's bid for a tying
extra-base hit in the eighth was thwarted when pinch-runner Zack
Cozart, out of the starting lineup to rest his tender quadriceps,
hobbled into third.
MARINERS 6, RED SOX 5, 13
Seattle — Jean Segura
rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning
to cap a two-run rally and give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory
over the Boston Red Sox.
Mitch Haniger walked with one
out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning,
and was forced at second on Ben Gamel's fielder's choice. Guillermo
Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to
third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia
advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop
Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura's roller behind second, but his
off-balance throw was way late.
The Red Sox, who stranded two
runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead
in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two
outs off Tony Zych (5-2).
Mike Zunino opened the seventh
inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.
CUBS 7, WHITE SOX 2
Chicago — Willson
Contreras drove in four runs and Carl Edwards Jr. provided some
Ben Zobrist reached four times
from the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the ninth time in 11 games
since the All-Star break. John Lackey (7-9) became the first major
leaguer in two years to hit four batters in two years, but managed
to get into the sixth inning.
The AL-worst White Sox lost for
the 10th time in 11 games. Carlos Rodon (1-4) matched a career high
with 11 strikeouts and hit a two-run double for his first career
hit, but allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.
ASTROS 5, PHILLIES 0
Philadelphia — Derek
Fisher drove in two runs just hours after arriving in Philadelphia
and Charlie Morton (8-4) gave up three hits in seven innings and
struck out nine.
Jose Altuve extended his
hitting streak to 17 straight games with a sixth-inning double to
help the AL West-leading Astros improve to an American League-best
67-33. Houston is 9-0 in interleague play.
Houston third baseman Alex
Bregman left with discomfort in his right hamstring after tripling
and scoring in the third. On Monday, outfielder George Springer
departed with a left quadriceps injury that resulted in Fisher's
Nick Pivetta (3-6) allowed five
runs and six hits in six innings.
BREWERS 8, NATIONALS 0
Washington — Travis
Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, and Zach Davies (12-4)
gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Shaw hit a three-run homer in a
four-run fourt, and Thames and Pina connected back-to-back in the
fifth off Edwin Jackson (1-1).
BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 1
Toronto — Cesar Valdez
(1-0) allowed one run and five hits over a career-high six innings
to win for the first time since defeating Houston in his major
league debut on May 3, 2010. Joe Smith and Ryan Tepera each worked
one inning. Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save in 30 chances.
With more than half a dozen
scouts on hand to monitor his performance ahead of the July 31 trade
deadline, Oakland starter Sonny Gray (6-5) allowed four runs, none
earned, in six innings.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 4
St. Petersburg (AP) —
Tim Beckham's three-run homer capped a five-run second inning off
Wade Miley (4-9). and Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak
Rookie Jake Faria (5-1) gave up
three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, and Alex Colome pitched
the ninth for his 29th save.
ROYALS 3, TIGERS 1
Detroit — Whit
Merrifield homered on the first pitch from Michael Fulmer (10-8),
who allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.
Danny Duffy (7-6) have up one
run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with
Kelvin Herrera pitching a perfect ninth for his 21st save.
Detroit loaded the bases in the
seventh, but Nicholas Castellanos — in a 0-for-18 slump — grounded
into a forceout against Peter Moylan, ending the threat.
INDIANS 11, ANGELS 7, 11
Cleveland — Edwin
Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Indians, who
wasted a seven-run lead, beat the Angels for their fifth straight
Encarncion's shot into the
left-field bleachers off Bud Norris capped a strange night for the
Indians, who led 7-0 after two innings.
But Cleveland couldn't do
anything until the 11th, which began with rookie Bradley Zimmer
drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second. Zimmer, who hit a grand
slam in Cleveland's seven-run second, moved up when Norris unleashed
a wild pitch while walking Francisco Lindor.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia
then walked Michael Brantley and pulled in a fifth infielder before
Encarnacion drove Norris' first pitch into the stands.
RANGERS 10, MARLINS 4
Arlington, Texas — Joey
Gallo homered twice, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor also went deep,
and the Rangers slugged past the Marlins.
When Gallo led off the third
inning with a towering blast into the second deck of seats, Marlins
right fielder and MLB home run co-leader Giancarlo Stanton never
even moved. That broke a 1-all tie and put the Rangers ahead to
Marlins starter Dan Straily
(7-6) gave up a season-high six runs and 10 hits over four innings,
including three homers.
Cole Hamels (5-1) allowed four
runs and six hits over six innings for the win.
CARDINALS 3, ROCKIES 2
St. Louis — Harrison
Bader doubled leading off the ninth inning for his first major
league hit and slid across the plate to score the winning run of his
debut on Jedd Gyorko's short sacrifice fly, lifting the Cardinals
over the Rockies.
The 23-year-old, taken on the
third round of the 2015 amateur draft, was brought up before the
game when Dexter Fowler was placed on the disabled list with a
strained left wrist.
Bader doubled down the
left-field line against Jake McGee (0-1) leading off the ninth.
Bader was batting .403 (29 for 72) with 10 homers against lefties at
Triple-A Memphis this year. Greg Garcia sacrificed as Bader took
third, and Gyorko hit a fly near the right-field line that Carlos
Gonzalez caught 248 feet from the plate. The speedy Bader slid
across jubilantly as Gonzalez's one-hop throw went slightly up the
BRAVES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Phoenix — Mike
Foltynewicz went six strong innings to win again, Kurt Suzuki
homered twice and the Braves beat the Diamondbacks.
Suzuki's two-run homer off
reliever J.J. Hoover (1-1) broke a 2-2 tie and a throwing error by
Arizona catcher Chris Iannetta allowed two more to score in a
Suzuki and Johan Camargo hit
consecutive homers off Andrew Chafin in the eighth. Matt Kemp also
homered and tripled for Atlanta.
Foltynewicz (9-5) gave up two
runs and five hits, striking out nine, to improve to 6-0 in his last
METS 6, PADRES 5
San Diego — Yoenis
Cespedes had three RBIs and finished a single shy of the cycle to
lift the Mets past the Padres.
The Mets won for the sixth time
in seven games.
Cespedes' check-swing triple in
the seventh inning was the difference. Facing reliever Phil Maton,
Cespedes tried to hold up on a pitch and instead punched it down the
right-field line, with Curtis Granderson aboard after an
Granderson scored and Cespedes
followed him home on Wil Myers' throwing error for a 6-4 lead.
Seth Lugo (5-2) went at least
six innings for his third straight start, which has produced two
Jose Torres (5-3), who worked 1
2/3 innings, took the loss.
GIANTS 11, PIRATES 3
San Francisco — Madison
Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the
season, and the Giants beat the Pirates.
Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs
in his final game with San Francisco. The veteran infielder was
traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. He was pulled in the fifth
inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several
teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a
few minutes after the final out.
Bumgarner (1-4) also singled
and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik
added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only
the fifth time in 16 games.
Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the
loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.
DODGERS 6, TWINS 2
Los Angeles — Chris
Taylor hit two run-scoring doubles and the Dodgers became baseball's
first team to reach the 70-win mark with a victory over the Twins.
Kenta Maeda (9-4) pitched five
solid innings for the Dodgers, who have won four straight and 35 of
their last 41.
After the Twins took a 1-0 lead
on Zack Granite's single in the third, the Dodgers took command with
four runs against Minnesota starter Jose Berrios (9-4) in the
fourth. Joc Pederson doubled off the center-field wall to tie it and
Yasiel Puig's RBI single put the Dodgers ahead. Taylor's first
double drove in two more.
Taylor is 23 for 44 since the
All-Star break. His two hits Tuesday gave him four consecutive
Maeda allowed two runs — one
earned — and five hits and two walks, striking out four.
Josh Ravin threw the final
three innings to earn his first career save.
4 world records fall on 3rd day of swimming worlds
Canada's gold medal winner Kylie Jacqueline Masse celebrates after
setting a new world record in the women's 100-meter backstroke final
during the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary,
Tuesday, July 25. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
Lilly King of the United States, Kylie Masse of Canada and Britain's
Adam Peaty all broke swimming world records Tuesday at the world
Peaty, in fact, did it twice.
Olympic gold medalist King
eclipsed the 4-year-old mark in the 100-meter breaststroke, again
beating Russian rival Yulia Efimova with a time of 1 minute, 4.13
seconds. The previous record of 1:04.35 was set by Lithuania's Ruta
Masse took down a mark from the
rubber-suit era when she won the women's 100 backstroke in 51.10 —
0.02 better than Britain's Gemma Spofforth's at 2009 worlds in Rome.
Peaty set a pair of marks in
the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. He went 26.10 in the
morning preliminaries, shaving 0.32 seconds off the standard he set
two years ago in Kazan. He went even faster during the evening
semifinals, touching in 25.95.
Five swimming world records
have fallen in Budapest.
Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. (AP Photo/David
Oakland, California (AP) —
Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a
franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he's being paid for all
he has done — and certainly will do.
Curry finalized his new
contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the
champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever,
until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the
Considered overlooked and
undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted
seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced
the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.
The two-time NBA MVP, who
earned $12 million this season as one of the league's biggest
bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also
contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40
million per season.
"Just happy to be a leader on
this team that can understand the goals that we set out for
ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could," Curry said
immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last
NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant
also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over
the next two years as Golden State announced its deals with
returning free agents.
Sure, Durant's spectacular
postseason may have shined brighter as he hoisted his MVP hardware,
yet Curry did so much on the way to his second title in three years.
From his dazzling dribbling, shot-making and the way he dishes off,
Curry has been brilliant — but what he does for the Warriors as an
ambassador in the community is as much a part of what makes him
special as anything else.
He is the face of a franchise
that has become the standard by which every other organization is
When coach Steve Kerr was asked
in early April about how Curry had taken on more of the load with
Durant nursing a left knee injury, the 2016 NBA coach of the year
touched on his point guard's unfailing ability to guide Golden
"I don't think he's been any
different with KD out in terms of his leadership. He's still just
Steph," Kerr said. "He's humble and cocky at the same time, which is
why we like him. He's a very humble, modest human being, which the
guys respect. And he's an arrogant basketball player, which is what
you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself and he goes out
there looking to light it up every night. You take him off the floor
you won't find a kinder, gentler human being. It's a pretty powerful
Curry is getting paid for all
of those things. He has led the turnaround of a franchise from
longtime laughingstock to regular championship contender.
Now, he wants to build a
dynasty with KD by his side. Durant accepted less money for the
coming season so the Warriors' core could remain intact.
From spending an off-day at an
inner-city elementary school to donating three bed nets for every
3-pointer he makes to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets, Curry
is as comfortable hanging with kids — hat on backward, of course —
as he is intensely dueling Durant in 3-point shootouts on the
practice floor or driving past LeBron James to score on the NBA's
Curry never worried about his
own production, the scrutiny of his diminished points or shooting
percentages playing alongside fellow superstar Durant this season.
A year after breaking his own
NBA record with 402 3-pointers, Curry rarely finished quarters with
those jaw-dropping 3s that were so memorable from the previous
season — and that was fine, because Golden State kept winning. The
Warriors were sharing the ball in Kerr's deep rotation, developing
into a close-knit group with great chemistry despite all the new
But it wasn't until the
Warriors blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a
demoralizing 109-108 loss at Cleveland on Christmas Day that Curry
reached the realization he must do more.
"I learned a lot about myself,"
he said. "After that Christmas Day game I kind of understood that we
have such high-IQ players that if I could be aggressive, do what I
do and need to do every single night, everything will kind of flow
"The proof is obviously in what
we were able to accomplish from that point on in the regular season,
being 16-1 in the playoffs, everybody being the best version of
themselves and putting all the puzzle pieces together."
Brain disease seen in most football players in large report
Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999 file photo shows Tennessee Titans tight end
Frank Wycheck during a football game against the Baltimore Ravens in
Baltimore. Wycheck worries that concussions during his nine-year
career have left him with chronic traumatic encephalopathy and he
plans to donate his brain to research. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
Chicago (AP) — Research
on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease
linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes
in the National Football League, college and even high school.
It's the largest update on
chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain
disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.
The report doesn't confirm that
the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high
occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many
donors or their families contributed because of the players'
repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.
"There are many questions that
remain unanswered," said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston
University neuroscientist. "How common is this" in the general
population and all football players?
"How many years of football is
too many?" and "What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have
evidence of this disease despite long playing years," she noted.
It's also uncertain if some
players' lifestyle habits — alcohol, drugs, steroids, diet — might
somehow contribute, McKee said.
Dr. Munro Cullum, a
neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,
emphasized that the report is based on a selective sample of men who
were not necessarily representative of all football players. He said
problems other than CTE might explain some of their most common
symptoms before death — depression, impulsivity and behavior
changes. He was not involved in the report.
McKee said research from the
brain bank may lead to answers and an understanding of how to detect
the disease in life, "while there's still a chance to do something
about it." Currently, there's no known treatment.
The strongest scientific
evidence says CTE can only be diagnosed by examining brains after
death, although some researchers are experimenting with tests
performed on the living. Many scientists believe that repeated blows
to the head increase risks for developing CTE, leading to
progressive loss of normal brain matter and an abnormal buildup of a
protein called tau. Combat veterans and athletes in rough contact
sports like football and boxing are among those thought to be most
The new report was published
Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CTE was diagnosed in 177 former
players or nearly 90 percent of brains studied. That includes 110 of
111 brains from former NFL players; 48 of 53 college players; nine
of 14 semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football
league players and three of 14 high school players. The disease was
not found in brains from two younger players.
A panel of neuropathologists
made the diagnosis by examining brain tissue, using recent criteria
from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,
The NFL issued a statement
saying these reports are important for advancing science related to
head trauma and said the league "will continue to work with a wide
range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL
After years of denials, the NFL
acknowledged a link between head blows and brain disease and agreed
in a $1 billion settlement to compensate former players who had
accused the league of hiding the risks.
The journal update includes
many previously reported cases, including former NFL players Bubba
Smith, Ken Stabler, Dave Duerson and Ralph Wenzel.
New ones include retired tight
end Frank Wainright, whose 10-year NFL career included stints with
the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens.
Wainright died in April 2016 at age 48 from a heart attack triggered
by bleeding in the brain, said his wife, Stacie. She said he had
struggled almost eight years with frightening symptoms including
confusion, memory loss and behavior changes.
Wainright played before the
league adopted stricter safety rules and had many concussions, she
said. He feared CTE and was adamant about donating his brain, she
"A lot of families are really
tragically affected by it — not even mentioning what these men are
going through and they're really not sure what is happening to them.
It's like a storm that you can't quite get out of," his wife said.
Frank Wycheck, another former
NFL tight end, said he worries that concussions during his nine-year
career — the last seven with the Tennessee Titans — have left him
with CTE and he plans to donate his brain to research.
"Some people have heads made of
concrete, and it doesn't really affect some of those guys," he said.
"But CTE is real."
"I know I'm suffering through
it, and it's been a struggle and I feel for all the guys out there
that are going through this," said Wycheck, 45.
In the new report, McKee and
colleagues found the most severe disease in former professional
players; mild disease was found in all three former high school
players diagnosed with the disease. Brain bank researchers
previously reported that the earliest known evidence of CTE was
found in a high school athlete who played football and other sports
who died at age 18. He was not included in the current report.
The average age of death among
all players studied was 66. There were 18 suicides among the 177
Chelsea send Kenedy home from Asia after offensive posts
Chelsea's Kenedy, right, challenges for the ball with Arsenal's
Mohamed El Neny during their teams’ friendly soccer match in
Beijing, China, Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
London (AP) — Chelsea
have sent Brazilian defender Kenedy home from their Asian tour after
he made offensive comments about China on social media.
Kenedy and Chelsea previously
issued apologies for the comments made ahead of Chelsea's 3-0
friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing on Sunday.
The since-deleted messages
featured a profanity relating to China and a message mocking a
security guard he photographed. The 21-year-old was "strongly
reprimanded and disciplined," Chelsea said Sunday.
Chelsea are now in Singapore
for friendlies against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Kenedy was sent to Watford on
loan last season, where he played just one Premier League game, in
part due to a knee injury. He then made another league appearance
for Chelsea after the loan was cut short.
Engel, Davidson homer as White Sox end 9-game losing streak
Chicago White Sox's Adam Engel (41) celebrates his home run off
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm with Kevan Smith during the
sixth inning of their baseball game Monday, July 24, in Chicago. (AP
Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago (AP) — Adam
Engel and Matt Davidson homered as the White Sox ended a nine-game
losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the crosstown rival Cubs at
Wrigley Field on Monday.
The Cubs lost for just the
second time in 10 games following the All-Star break to fall a
half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Engel lined his third homer of
the season off reliever Justin Grimm (1-1) into the wind and several
rows into the left-center bleachers to snap a 1-1 tie in the sixth.
Davidson led off the eighth with his 19th homer, which sailed over
the left-field stands and onto Waveland Avenue.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-9) allowed
one run and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings to end a four-game losing
streak and win for just the second time in 11 decisions.
Jose Abreu had two hits and
doubled in a run for the AL-worst White Sox, who ended their longest
slide in four years.
BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 2
Toronto — Francisco
Liriano won for the first time in three starts, Russell Martin
homered and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics to end a three-game
Martin had two hits and
Ezequiel Carrera reached base three times as the last-place Blue
Jays won the opener of a seven-game homestand.
Oakland had just two hits
against Liriano and three Toronto relievers, losing for the third
time in four games.
After pitching a combined 3 2/3
innings in his previous two starts, Liriano (6-5) started on three
days rest, moving up to take the turn of injured righty Aaron
Sanchez (blister). Liriano allowed two runs and two hits in five
Joe Biagini pitched two
innings, Ryan Tepera worked a perfect eighth and Roberto Osuna
struck out the side in the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.
Oakland right-hander Chris
Smith (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
ORIOLES 5, RAYS 0
St. Peterburg, Florida —
Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings, Adam Jones homered and the
Orioles sent the Rays to their season-worst fifth straight loss.
The Rays began the day tied for
the second AL wild-card spot. Baltimore won for the sixth time in
Gausman (7-7) gave up five hits
and struck out eight. Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Richard Bleier
completed a six-hitter
Blake Snell (0-6) went a
career-high seven-plus innings. The lefty, who entered with 19 of 30
career starts lasting five or fewer innings, allowed three runs and
Jones has an RBI in six
straight games. Manny Machado drove in two runs during a three-run
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left
in the fifth after he was struck on the head by a piece of Ruben
Tejada's broken bat. The team said Ramos got six staples and will be
INDIANS 6, REDS 2
Cleveland — Josh Tomlin
pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the
Cleveland Indians won their fourth straight, over the tumbling Reds
in the makeup of a May 25 rainout.
Tomlin (7-9) gave up two homers
but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start.
Cleveland's bullpen did its part as well, with Andrew Miller working
two innings and Cody Allen finishing up.
Santana homered in the seventh
and eighth as the Indians moved over .500 (25-24) at Progressive
Field for the first time since winning their home opener on April
Cleveland's Roberto Perez
snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with an RBI double off Reds starter
Tim Adleman (5-8), who lost his fourth straight start.
ROYALS 5, TIGERS 3
Detroit — Salvador Perez
and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th inning, and
the Royals won their sixth straight game, over the Tigers.
Hours after the Royals helped
their pitching staff by acquiring Trevor Cahill and two relievers in
a trade with San Diego, Kansas City outlasted the Tigers to stay 1 ½
games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. Jorge
Bonifacio also homered for the Royals, who won despite squandering a
3-0 lead in the sixth.
Jakob Junis (3-2), one of seven
relievers used by Kansas City, pitched a hitless 11th for the win.
Kelvin Herrera finished for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Drew VerHagen (0-1) took the
loss, allowing the homers to Perez and Moustakas in his third inning
MARLINS 4, RANGERS 0
Arlington, Texas —
Giancarlo Stanton hit more two home runs and moved into a tie for
the major league lead, sending Adam Conley and the Marlins over the
Stanton has 32 homers,
including six in his last seven games, and matched Yankees rookie
Aaron Judge for most in the majors. Stanton hit a two-run drive in
the first inning and a solo shot in the eighth.
Texas star Adrian Beltre went 4
for 4, giving him 2,993 career hits. He moved closer to becoming the
31st player to reach 3,000.
Conley (3-3) pitched seven
impressive innings during his second start since getting recalled
from Triple-A New Orleans on July 18. He allowed seven hits and
struck out five as he pitched past the sixth inning for the first
time this season.
Martin Perez (5-8) went seven
CARDINALS 8, ROCKIES 2
St. Louis — Randal
Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless
innings and the Cardinals beat the Rockies.
performance was his best since giving up one run over eight innings
against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for Leake (7-8)
against the Rockies since Aug. 10, 2011.
Kevin Siegrist pitched the
Cardinals out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by getting
Gerardo Parra to strike out and Mark Reynolds to fly out. Tyler
Lyons struck out the side in the ninth.
The Cardinals improved to 20-5
against the Rockies at home since the 2010 season. Colorado fell to
3-14 in its last 17 road games.
Grichuk's two-run homer off
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (10-4) gave the Cardinals a 4-0
lead in the fourth, extending his home run streak to a career-high
DODGERS 6, TWINS 4
Los Angeles — Cody
Bellinger continued his super rookie season, drilling a three-run
homer in the eighth inning to rally the Dodgers to a victory over
It was Bellinger's 28th home
run of the season, second in the National League behind Miami's
Giancarlo Stanton's 32.
Edward Paredes, making his
major league debut after 12 seasons in the minors, threw a scoreless
eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his
Eddie Rosario drove in three
runs for the Twins on a solo homer and two doubles.
Taylor Rogers (5-2) gave up two
hits prior to Bellinger's home run to take the loss.
The Dodgers were playing their
first game since losing ace Clayton Kershaw for an undetermined time
with a back injury.
METS 5, PADRES 3
San Diego — Jacob deGrom
won his eighth straight start and the Mets held on when pinch-hitter
Jabari Blash's bid for a game-winning home run was barely foul,
beating the Padres.
DeGrom (12-3) gave up two runs
in eight innings, striking out eight. The last Mets pitcher to win
eight straight starts was Bobby Jones in 1997.
Hunter Renfroe homered twice
for San Diego, including a leadoff shot in the ninth inning. The
Padres then put two runners on base with one out, and Blash sent a
long drive that whispered past the foul pole and landed in the
right-field seats — it was called foul, a ruling upheld on video
Addison Reed, who played at San
Diego State, then struck out Blash and closed for his 17th save.
Wilmer Flores homered off
Clayton Richard (5-10). Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, Jay Bruce
had two hits and two RBIs, and Jose Reyes stole his 500th career
MARINERS 4, RED SOX 0
Seattle — James Paxton
allowed four singles over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive
start in July and Kyle Seager homered to pace the Mariners to a
victory over the Red Sox.
Paxton (10-3) retired the first
13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to center with one out
in the fifth. The left-hander, who worked out of trouble in the
sixth and seventh innings, struck out 10 and walked none. Paxton has
allowed six earned runs in 33 1/3 innings and not given up a home
run in five starts this month.
Nick Vincent and David Phelps
each pitched a perfect inning to finish.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) allowed
four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked
two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, BRAVES 2
Phoenix — J.D. Martinez
hit a three-run home run to help Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks
cruise to a win over the Braves.
Martinez, hitless in his first
five at-bats as a Diamondback after coming over in a trade with the
Detroit Tigers last week, hammered a 1-2 pitch from reliever Matt
Wisler high off the center field batters eye with nobody out in the
bottom of the sixth. It was his 17th home run of the season.
Greinke (12-4) pitched eight
innings and allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. He's
10-0 in 12 starts at Chase Field this season. Greinke added a
run-scoring double in the second inning and a pair of sacrifices.
A.J. Pollock hit a two-run
homer, doubled twice and drove in four runs, and Jeff Mathis reached
base four times with three singles and a walk, scoring twice for the
R.A. Dickey (6-7) took the loss
with his knuckleball often more wild than baffling. Dickey threw
four wild pitches that helped the Diamondbacks get into scoring
position over his 3 2-3 innings of work, and walked five while
striking out four.
PIRATES 10, GIANTS 3
San Francisco — Andrew
McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won
for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat the Giants.
Jordy Mercer added a three-run
homer of his own in the eighth to further back Cole (8-7), 5-1 in
his last eight starts. That lone defeat came June 30 as San
Francisco swept the Pirates at Pittsburgh from June 30-July 2 — the
Giants' first in the series since 2009.
This time, Pittsburgh
immediately jumped on San Francisco starter Matt Cain (3-9), who
matched the longest losing streak of his career at eight games —
also done from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was
ejected by plate umpire Chris Conroy for arguing balls and strikes
in support of Cain moments after McCutchen connected, the skipper's
second time being tossed this year.
ASTROS 13, PHILLIES 4
Philadelphia — Jose
Altuve had two doubles and two singles, stretched his sizzling
hitting streak to 16 games and helped the Astros beat the Phillies.
A day after tying his career
high for hits in a game at Baltimore, Altuve got four more and drove
in three runs while raising his major league-leading average to
Altuve is batting .528 (38 for
72) during his streak. He has gotten at least three hits in eight of
those 16 games.
Alex Bregman homered and
doubled twice, and Brian McCann also homered for Houston. The AL
West leaders got 18 hits, eight for extra bases.
The game ended after midnight,
running late because of a rain delay in the fourth inning that
lasted nearly two hours.
Japan marks three-year countdown to Tokyo 2020 Games
this July 23, 2017 photo, the Olympic village is seen under
construction in Tokyo. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
Tokyo (AP) — Japan began
its three-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday with
concerts, races and other events meant to drum up public enthusiasm
for the games.
The 2020 Games will be Japan's
first summer Olympics since the 1964 edition in Tokyo. After a rocky
start, organizers are gearing up to get the public more involved.
A 15-day, 1,000-kilometer
(about 620 mile) citizens relay began Monday in northeastern Japan's
Aomori prefecture. Runners and cyclists will travel through areas
ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, reaching the capital on Aug. 7.
Other events included group
calisthenics, traditional dancing and surfing at the Olympics
surfing venue. In Tokyo, a concert and other festivities were
planned after dark.
The Tokyo Olympics and
Paralympics are due to be held July 24-Sept. 6, 2020.
Since public transport is
crowded even without Olympics-related visitors, the government
launched an annual "telework" day on Monday to encourage more people
to do their jobs remotely, especially during the 2020 Games. Dozens
of companies have pledged to participate.
Troubles over the design for
Tokyo's National Stadium, the Olympics logo and soaring costs for
the events are still casting a shadow as organizers rush to meet
In April, a 23-year-old
employee of one of the Olympic contractors committed suicide in a
case believed to be related to overwork.
Asked about the young man's
death after having clocked more than 200 hours of overtime the month
before, Hikariko Ono, spokesperson for Tokyo 2020, it was "very
"We extend our condolences to
the man who passed away and his family," Ono said. The Tokyo
Olympics organizing committee is asking the Japan Sports Council to
provide details of the case.
"We would like to remind all
the parties to be mindful so that similar cases will not be
repeated," she said.
Iron Lady seizes the moment at swimming world championships
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary swims on her way to winning the women's
200m individual medley final during the World Aquatics Championships
in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)
Budapest, Hungary (AP) —
With Katie Ledecky getting the night off, Hungary's Iron Lady seized
the moment Monday at the world championships.
Katinka Hosszu lived up to her
country's enormous expectations with an electrifying victory in the
200-meter individual medley, spurred on by a flag-waving,
foot-stomping crowd at Duna Arena.
The new 12,000-seat aquatic
facility along the Danube was packed all the way to the rafters, and
it was clear who most of the fans came to see.
Hosszu didn't let them down.
"It's really hard to put into
words what it means to win at home," she said. "It definitely gives
you extra energy and motivation. It was just crazy."
Hosszu led from start to finish
in the race encompassing all four swimming strokes, finishing off
with the freestyle and a time of 2 minutes, 7.00 seconds. It was
nearly a second slower than her world-record performance at the Rio
Olympics last summer but enough to hold off hard-charging Yui Ohashi
of Japan, who settled for silver in 2:07.91.
The bronze went to Madisyn Cox
of the United States in 2:09.71, just ahead of teammate Melanie
After touching the wall, Hosszu
pounded the water, stuck out her tongue and climbed atop a lane rope
to acknowledge the raucous crowd. Her husband and coach, Shane
Tusup, pumped his fists and led out a guttural scream.
Hosszu popped out of the water
and ran around the deck to embrace Tusup, who handed her a red cap
emblazoned with the nickname she received a few years ago for her
grueling repertoire of events.
"This is pretty much how I felt
the first time I won," she said.
Hosszu wasn't the only big name
to claim gold on the second night of swimming.
Britain's Adam Peaty romped to
victory in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom
just missed breaking her own world record in the 100 butterfly.
After claiming two golds on
Sunday, Ledecky's lone race was the morning preliminaries of the
1,500 freestyle. She breezed through the grueling event in 15:47.57
— nearly 18 seconds faster than second-fastest qualifier Mireia
Belmonte of Spain.
The final is Tuesday night.
"It felt good," Ledecky said.
"I know how to manage the schedule. I just kind of have to work
through the prelims as easy as I can to keep myself rested."
In the semifinals of the
women's 100 breast, Olympic gold medalist Lilly King and Yulia
Efimova set up a rematch of their bitter race in Rio, where the
finger-wagging American called out her Russian rival for a history
of doping violations .
Efimova was the fastest
qualifier at 1:04.35 — just one-hundredth of a second off the world
record — and King was right behind at 1:04.53.
Peaty, who now sports a massive
lion tattoo on his left arm, made the turn under his world-record
pace from Rio but faded a bit on the return lap to touch in 57.47.
The unquestioned breaststroke king missed his mark of 57.13 yet
still turned in the second-fastest time ever in the event.
His ultimate goal is to become
the first breaststroker to break the 57-second barrier, a quest he
has dubbed "Project 56."
"I've a few more 57 races to
get down to 56, but I'm just going to follow that curve now and see
where I can go," he said.
The silver went to Kevin Cordes
of the United States at 58.79 and Russia's Kirill Prigoda claimed
the bronze (59.05). American Cody Miller, the bronze medalist in
Rio, finished fifth.
Having already set a world
record with her leadoff leg in the 4x100 freestyle relay, Sjostrom
nearly took down another mark in the fly with a winning time of
That was just 0.05 seconds off
her gold-medal triumph at Rio. When Sjostrom saw the time on the
scoreboard, she covered her mouth in surprise.
"It felt like I was going a bit
slower than I did yesterday actually, so maybe butterfly is about
being all relaxed and then you can be even faster," said Sjostrom,
who didn't look at all tired a day after racing four times.
Australia's Emma McKeon (56.18)
grabbed the silver and Kelsi Worrell of the U.S. (56.37) settled for
bronze. Seventeen-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak, a breakout star
in Rio with four medals, finished fourth.
Britain earned another gold
when Benjamin Proud touched first at 22.79 in the men's 50
butterfly, a non-Olympic event. Brazil's Nicholas Santos took the
silver (22.84) and Ukraine's Andrii Govorov grabbed the bronze
(22.84) just ahead of American Caeleb Dressel, who came into the
final as the fastest qualifier.
"It wasn't about winning
because I knew five people in the race had the opportunity to win,"
Proud said. "Fortunately for me I managed to put my race together,
handled my time and it came out quite well. It's a weird feeling
because it's something I've been dreaming about for six or seven
Russia enters 19 for athletics worlds despite doping ban
Russian high jump champion Maria
Lasitskene has been cleared to compete in the track and field
world championships in London in August. (AP Photo/Ivan
Moscow (AP) — Russia
plans to send 19 athletes to the track and field world championships
in London next week despite its suspension from international
competition for widespread doping.
The 19, including three former
world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia's suspension
after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing.
Maria Lasitskene is the
overwhelming favorite to retain her high jump title, following an
unbeaten season in the Diamond League. No other woman has leapt over
two meters this year, but Lasitskene has done it at 11 different
Sergei Shubenkov leads the
charge for Russia's men as he tries to win a second world title in
the 110-meter hurdles.
Russian Athletics Federation
sporting director Elena Orlova told Tass news agency on Monday that,
besides the 19, it also filed paperwork for doping whistleblower and
800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, though she was rejected by the
IAAF. Stepanova has barely raced this year and does not appear to
have met the qualifying standard for the championships.
Since they're officially
"neutral athletes" under IAAF rules, the Russians won't be allowed
to wear national colors and the Russian anthem won't be played if
they win gold.
A total of 38 Russians had
exemptions that could have allowed them to compete at the
championships, but many didn't make the qualifying standards. Eleven
more were approved only for youth events, and 106 applications were
Russia has been suspended since
November 2015, when the first in a series of World Anti-Doping
Agency investigations alleged drug use and cover-ups were common on
its track team.
The IAAF said it couldn't
confirm the definitive number of Russian entries for the world
championships until closer to the competition.
Spieth in elite company because of majors, not style points
Jordan Spieth of the United States smiles during a press conference
after winning the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale,
Southport, England, Sunday July 23. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Southport, England (AP) —
Jordan Spieth was happy enough to see his name on the claret jug
without wondering where he fit in among the rest of the British Open
champions whose names are engraved on the oldest trophy in golf.
In that respect, nothing has
Spieth wasn't keen on
comparisons when he became the youngest Masters champion since Tiger
Woods, the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones or the
youngest to win two majors since Gene Sarazen. And now that Jack
Nicklaus is part of the conversation, he shies away from them even
Spieth and Nicklaus are the
only players to capture the third leg of the Grand Slam at age 23.
"I'll be careful with my
answer," Spieth said when asked about his place among the greats.
"It's amazing. I feel blessed to be able to play the game I love,
but I don't think comparisons ... I don't compare myself. And I
don't think that they're appropriate or necessary. So to be in that
company no doubt is absolutely incredible, and I certainly
To hear his name listed in such
elite company is merely a reward from the work he put in to get
"But I'm very careful as to
what that means going forward," he added, "Because what those guys
have done has transcended the sport. And in no way, shape or form do
I think I'm anywhere near that whatsoever. So it's a good start, but
there is a long way to go."
But if he were to win the PGA
Championship in three weeks, he will be only the sixth — and
youngest — to have all four majors.
The prospect is exciting,
though recent history illustrates why success can be so fleeting in
Rory McIlroy looked unstoppable
when he won the British Open and PGA Championship at the end of
2014, and then headed to Augusta National for a shot at the Grand
Slam. Who could possibly beat that blend of power and scoring?
Spieth won the Masters in a runaway. McIlroy has finished six shots
behind at Augusta in each of the three chances he has had to
complete the Grand Slam.
Phil Mickelson won the British
Open in 2013 and was a U.S. Open away from a career Grand Slam — the
major where he was runner-up six times. In three chances since,
Mickelson has finished 15 and 18 shots out of the lead and missed
the cut last year.
More than winning at Royal
Birkdale was the manner in which Spieth did it.
That evokes more comparisons.
Even though Spieth already has
11 victories on the PGA Tour, including his three majors, he does
not bring intimidation to the first tee. Geoff Ogilvy spoke of that
two years ago at St. Andrews when Spieth was trying to win the
calendar Grand Slam.
"He beats you with better golf.
He doesn't beat you because he hits it further," Ogilvy said that
day. "Tiger's intimidation was that he always did something amazing.
Jordan doesn't beat you with a crazy par, or a crazy chip-in. He
just beats you because he's better."
But there were Tiger-like
qualities that emerged from a six-hole stretch of golf at Royal
Birkdale that became part of major championship lore.
Spieth salvaged a bogey 5 on
the 13th hole while playing his third shot with a 3-iron from the
driving range, so far away that he wasn't even sure of the yardage
and couldn't see any part of the hole. He faced a delicate pitch
over a pot bunker and then a must-make putt.
What followed was a 6-iron that
nearly went in for an ace, a 50-foot eagle that found the center of
the cup and a 30-foot birdie across the 16th green.
Was this really happening?
The feelings must have been
similar watching Nicklaus make his charge on the back nine to win
the 1986 Masters. The drama was similar to Woods running off three
straight birdies at Valhalla when he won his third straight major in
a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship.
The payoff for Spieth was more
than the third leg of the Grand Slam. It might have been a big step
in creating a mystique, a trait shared by precious few over history.
"These are the intangibles, the
things I just don't understand," Zach Johnson said. "I'm not
suggesting I can't do it. He just does it all the time."
Ernie Els even raised the
prospect of Spieth reaching the 14 majors won by Woods.
"When you get on a roll like
that, guys kind of starting knowing that you know how to win," Els
said. "And almost like Tiger, where people can maybe feel like they
can't do it against Jordan. Because he's been up there a few times
And as he showed Sunday at
Royal Birkdale, he has a sense of the occasion. Next up is how that
translates at the PGA Championship.
Bardet and Barguil give France hope of ending Tour drought
France's Romain Bardet crosses the
finish line during the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling
race in Marseille, southern France, Saturday, July 22. (AP
Paris (AP) — Maybe the
drought will be over soon for French riders at the Tour de France.
It is 32 years since the Tour
had a home winner, when Bernard Hinault won the last of his five
titles back in 1985.
He didn't know it then but
Hinault's fifth crown brought an end to a glorious era in French
cycling, a period when the home nation won nine Tour titles out of
A long and painful drought
followed, but a pair of riders has emerged to rekindle French hopes.
Fan favorite Romain Bardet
embodies the revival of French cycling and secured a second
consecutive podium finish at the Tour on Sunday, claiming third
place, 2 minutes and 20 seconds behind four-time champion Chris
A year after finishing
runner-up to Froome, Bardet was again praised for his bold attacks
in the 2017 race. A strong climber with a natural instinct for
racing, Bardet rode more consistently but cracked in the final time
trial in Marseille.
He still salvaged his podium
finish by one second, holding off Froome's teammate Mikel Landa.
It wasn't much more than a
consolation for the 26-year-old Bardet, but he showed he is now
Froome's match in the high mountains and displayed a fighting spirit
in the final few hundred meters of the time trial at the Stade
"I'm pretty excited about the
future," Bardet said.
Froome, who is six years older
than Bardet, still has the upper hand in time trials, but has lost
the ability to drop rivals with ease at altitude, like he did in
2013 and 2015.
Bardet was quicker than Froome
in mountain stages this year and dropped him in the steep climb to
Peyragudes in the Pyrenees. He needs to hone his skills in the race
against the clock, a discipline he neglected, if he is to compete
for the title.
"I can improve a bit,
especially in the time trial," Bardet said. "I made a choice not to
focus on the time trial because it's not the way I like to ride.
Going out to train on my time trial bike is a little bit boring for
me. I paid a high price ... but I'm still only 26. I want to fight
in the next few years for the win."
Bardet will also have some help
in his bid to dethrone Froome, with his AG2R La Mondiale team
emerging as the second strongest behind Froome's Sky.
In the Massif Central and in
the Alps, Bardet's teammates took their responsibilities seriously
as they tried to unsettle Froome. They almost succeeded on the road
to the Puy-en-Velay when they set a high tempo that split the
peloton. Froome, who also had a mechanical problem with his bike
that day, scrambled to bridge the gap.
In the alpine stage leading to
the summit of the Izoard pass, AG2R riders again rode at the front,
setting Bardet up to attack Froome on the last big climb of this
Another Frenchman to watch is
25-year-old Warren Barguil, a rider with a fiery character and lots
Barguil, who won the best
climber's polka-dot jersey, sent a strong message with a prestigious
win at the top of the Izoard. On a brutal day of racing at an
altitude of 2,360 meters, Barguil won his second stage of the tour
after he attacked with six kilometers left to climb.
The feat was even more
impressive considering he fractured his pelvis in a crash in April,
and broke his wrist last year when he was hit by a car on a training
Barguil, who rides for Team
Sunweb but has reportedly been approached by Sky and Astana, also
won Stage 13 on Bastille Day.
"He is very strong, and still
young," Froome said. "We will see him more often in the future."
Jordan's wild journey: Spieth wins British Open
Jordan Spieth of the United States holds
the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships at
Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, Sunday July 23. (AP Photo/Dave
Southport, England (AP) —
During one of Jordan Spieth's many low points Sunday in the British
Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday
two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included
Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan.
The message: "You belong in
Spieth left little doubt with a
closing performance that ranks among the greatest finishes in major
Trailing for the first time all
weekend at Royal Birkdale — and lucky it was only one stroke thanks
to a shot from the driving range — the 23-year-old Texan followed
with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch that allowed him to close
with a 1-under 69 and win the British Open by three shots over Matt
Spieth captured the third leg
of the career Grand Slam and heads to the PGA Championship next
month with a chance to be the youngest to win them all.
"This is as much of a high as
I've ever experienced in my golfing life," Spieth said.
And it all started in a spot so
dire it looked as though he would endure another major meltdown.
The break of the tournament —
and a moment that will rate alongside Seve Ballesteros making birdie
from the car park when he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1979 —
was when Spieth discovered the range was part of the course.
His tee shot was so far to the
right on the par-4 13th hole that it sailed some 75 yards from the
fairway and settled in thick grass on a dune so steep he could
hardly stand up, let alone take a swing. The only smart option was
to take a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie.
And that's when Spieth showed
his golfing brain is as valuable as any club in his bag.
He had the presence to ask if
the driving range was out of bounds. It wasn't, which allowed him to
go back in a straight line from the flag until he was on the range
among the equipment trucks. After getting free relief from them, he
still faced a blind shot over the dunes to a hole littered by pot
bunkers. He hit 3-iron just short of a bunker near the green ,
pitched over it to about 7 feet and made what he considers the most
important putt of the day to escape with bogey.
And then came the finishing
kick like Phelps, the go-ahead jumper like Jordan.
Spieth hit 6-iron to the 14th
that landed in front of the flag and came within inches of an ace,
leading to a short birdie putt to regain the lead. On the par-5
15th, he rolled in a 50-foot eagle putt and playfully barked at
caddie Michael Greller to pick it out of the cup. "Go get that," he
said, pointing to the hole.
And he wasn't done.
Spieth rolled in a 30-foot putt
across the 16th green for a two-shot lead, and he kept that margin
by pouring in a 7-foot putt to match birdies with Kuchar.
The final putt for par was a
tap-in, as easy a shot as he had all day.
"To follow that bogey on 13
with great golf shots and great putts, and play the final five holes
in 5-under par, I was just very happy for him and very impressed to
watch all that guts, determination and skill," Jack Nicklaus posted
Spieth and Jack Nicklaus are
the only players to win three different majors at age 23.
"This is a dream come true for
me," Spieth said, gazing at his name on the silver claret jug.
"Absolutely a dream come true."
For so much of Sunday, it felt
like a recurring nightmare.
Just 15 months ago, Spieth lost
a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters, coming undone with
a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 12th hole. It was more of a slow bleed at
Royal Birkdale, with three bogeys on the opening four holes and four
putts inside 8 feet that he missed on the front nine to fall into a
tie with Kuchar.
"I put a lot of pressure on
myself unfortunately, and not on purpose, before the round today,
just thinking this is the best opportunity that I've had since the
'16 Masters," he said. "And if it weren't to go my way today, then
all I'm going to be questioned about and thought about and murmured
about is in comparison to that. And that adds a lot of pressure to
"Closing today was extremely
important for the way I look at myself."
Kuchar, playing in the final
group of a major for the first time, could only watch. He had a
one-shot lead after 13 holes, played the next four holes with two
birdies and two pars and found himself two shots behind and out of
Kuchar walked off the green to
find his wife and two sons waiting, a surprise because they had been
in Colorado the day before, and it added to the emotions.
"It's crushing. It hurts. And
it's an excitement and a thrill to have played well, put up a
battle, put up a fight," said Kuchar, who closed with a 69. "I can
only control what I do, how I play. Jordan is a great champion and
certainly played that way in the finishing stretch today. It was
impressive stuff. All you can really do is sit back, tip your cap
and say, 'Well done.' And it was certainly a show that he put on."
Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and
Rickie Fowler were among those who waited by the 18th to watch
Spieth capture yet another major. Johnson won at St. Andrews two
years ago, when Spieth missed the playoff by one shot in his bid for
the calendar Grand Slam. Spieth drank wine from the jug that year,
which he was told was bad luck for anyone wanting to possess the
trophy one day.
"I started to believe them a
bit through nine holes today," he said. "It feels good to have this
in my hands."
From the driving range to the
claret jug, Spieth put himself in hallowed territory just four days
before his 24th birthday. Gene Sarazen in 1923 was the only other
player with three majors before turning 24.
Spieth won for the third time
this year, moved to No. 2 in the world and already has 11 victories
on the PGA Tour.
Li Haotong of China shot a 63
and finished third at 6-under 274. He was on the practice range in
case the leaders came back to him, and it was odd to see Spieth join
him there as he tried to figure out how to get out of his jam.
Moments later, when he heard
one massive roar after another, Spieth delivered the answer.
Froome's 4th Tour win was his hardest and most fulfilling
Tour de France winner Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall
leader's yellow jersey, second place Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, left,
and third place Romain Bardet of France, celebrate on the podium after
the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in
Paris, France, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Paris (AP) — After the
champagne bubbles faded and Chris Froome drifted away from his Sunday
night celebrations to reflect on a fourth Tour de France win, he
probably did do so with greater fondness than the others.
The first, in 2013, brought the
bursting pride of a first success. But he won by more than four minutes,
as he did last year. Although Nairo Quintana finished a little over one
minute behind him in 2015, this year's victory — by just 54 seconds —
over another Colombian, Rigoberto Uran, tastes sweeter.
"This Tour has been my toughest
yet," Froome said.
Froome temporarily lost the race
lead to the daring Italian Fabio Aru in the Pyrenees on a huge climb to
the ski station of Peyragudes, and thought he'd lost it altogether two
Last Sunday in Rodez, he was forced
to change his rear wheel in the final 40 kilometers after a spoke broke.
He got dropped, drifting way behind the peloton.
"I was just standing there on the
side of the road with my teammate Michal Kwiatkowski," Froome said. "I
thought it was potentially game over."
Riding with unchained fury,
Kwiatkowski and Froome bridged the gap — and saved his Tour.
Fast forward to Saturday's
penultimate stage in Marseille and a time trial — one of his strongest
disciplines. Froome was right back in the ascendency and closing in on
win No. 4.
Yet the future champion was jeered
by fans at the Stade Velodrome football stadium as he began his ride,
and more jeers followed along the route.
Froome had urine chucked over him
on a previous Tour, so booing was hardly going to unsettle him. He was
almost chivalrous on the podium Sunday, addressing fans in admirable
"Thank you for the welcome and your
generosity," Froome said, with unintentional irony. "Your passion for
this race makes it really special. I fell in love with this race."
This was the third straight win for
the Team Sky rider.
"I want to dedicate this victory to
my family. Your love and support makes everything possible," he said. "I
also want to thank my team Sky (for your) dedication and passion."
Bardet placed 2 minutes, 20 seconds
behind him. But he denied Spaniard Mikel Landa — Froome's teammate — a
podium spot by just one second. Aru finished fifth, 3:05 behind.
As per tradition, the 21st stage —
103 kilometers from Montgeron to Paris— was reserved for sprinters and a
procession for the rest. Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won, edging German
rider Andre Greipel and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
The focus was elsewhere.
Froome now needs only one more
title to match the Tour record of five shared by Frenchmen Jacques
Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddie Merckx and Spaniard Miguel
"It's a huge honor to be talked
about in the same sentence," Froome said of those cycling greats.
However, Froome is more of a slick
modernist than a reminiscent historian.
"I probably don't even know the
full history of those events," he said. "Coming into cycling quite late
in my life, obviously my childhood back in Africa, I only started
watching the Tour de France in the years that Lance Armstrong was
Indurain won five straight Tours
from 1991-95, and Armstrong won seven straight from 1999-2005 before the
American was stripped of all of them for doping.
Clearly, the Kenyan-born Froome
isn't one to seek inspiration elsewhere.
"I'm not a big person to
necessarily choose a role model," he said. "I've got a bit of a unique
style on the bike and my own way of doing things."
That included ruthlessly putting
more time into Uran and Bardet in Saturday's time trial.
Some might say Froome did not shine
too brightly because he didn't win a stage, but neither did American
Greg Lemond when clinching his third Tour in 1990.
For Froome, consistency and a
dogged ability to respond under pressure were the keys.
So was overcoming fear.
Notably in tackling speedy downhill
sections that once filled him with the equivalent of an actor's stage
fright. Some used to prod at his fear, like a schoolyard bully senses a
Froome zipped downhill with
"Something I've certainly worked on
the last few years is my descending," he said.
Others should do more homework.
Bardet lost his second place after
a nightmare time trial, crawling home in near-exhaustion.
Astonishingly, Bardet revealed he
found training for the clock race too dull to bother with.
"I don't like to go out for
training with the time trial bike," he said. "It's a bit boring for me."
You wouldn't catch Froome skipping
training. Then again, his dedication is higher than most.
England beat India to win fourth Women's Cricket World Cup
England's Anya Shrubsole, centre, celebrates with teammates as England
win the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final match against India at Lord's
in London, England, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
London (AP) — England lifted
the Women's Cricket World Cup for the fourth time after beating India by
nine runs at Lord's on Sunday.
India, chasing a modest 229 to win,
were cruising to victory in the final as they reached 190 for three. But
a late collapse, sparked by five wickets in 19 balls from Anya
Shrubsole, saw England snatch an unlikely victory on home soil.
"It was just an unbelievable game.
We looked for minute like we were out of it," Shrubsole said. "But one
of the great things about this team, we never give up. We never let the
run rate get away from us, even though we weren't getting wickets. We
knew if we got a couple we'd be right in the game and all was well in
"I think it's a dream and a dream
you never think is going to come true."
It was a milestone moment for
women's cricket as Lord's — known as the Home of Cricket — was sold out
and ticket scalpers were outside the ground.
The English had lost to India in
their opening game of the tournament but impressive victories in the
next six matches made them favorites to add to the cups they won in
1973, 1993 and 2009.
England captain Heather Knight won
the toss and chose to bat first, but she had departed for one when
Natalie Sciver arrived in the middle with England 63 for three.
Sciver and Sarah Taylor put on 83
for the fourth wicket, but both were casualties of a stunning spell of
three wickets for two runs off 10 balls by fast bowler Jhulan Goswami.
Sciver, the only player to make two centuries at this World Cup, reached
another 50, but added just one more run before she was trapped by
Katherine Brunt made a breezy 34
and Jenny Gunn an unbeaten 25, but England's total of 228 for seven
appeared distinctly reachable for India.
Shrubsole got England off to a
dream start as India began their reply, nicking the off-stump of the
dangerous Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the second over.
When Mithali Raj got herself run
out, by Sciver, going for a single that was never on, India were 43 for
two and the encounter was finely poised.
However, that brought Harmanpreet
Kaur, who destroyed Australia with a breathtaking unbeaten 171 in the
semifinal, to the crease. Kaur clubbed two sixes on her way to 51 before
holing out to Tammy Beaumont, off Alex Hartley, going for a third.
But misfields and mistakes were
starting to creep in for England. Taylor missed a stumping to get rid of
Poonam Raut before Knight dropped Veda Krishnamurthy.
The game seemed up by the time
Raut, struggling with cramp, finally fell leg before to Shrubsole for
86, leaving India 191 for four.
But when Hartley accounted for
Sushma Verma for a duck, then Shrubsole removed Krishnamurthy and
Goswami in successive balls, England had a lifeline.
Taylor thought she had Deepthi
Sharma stumped but a drawn-out replay could not prove her foot was off
the floor at the point of impact.
Yet moments later Shikha Pandey was
run out, Sharma picked out Sciver off Shrubsole and India were nine
Unbelievably, Gunn dropped the most
straightforward catch of a thrilling final from Rajeshwari Gayakwad just
to ramp up the tension even further.
But Shrubsole got the job done with
the next ball, clean bowling Gayakwad to spark celebrations on the pitch
and bedlam in the stands in north London.
Neymar to PSG? Barcelona's denials don't stop transfer talk
Neymar, center, battles against Juventus' Stefano Sturaro, left, and Stephan
Lichtsteiner during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer
match, Saturday, July 22, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP
Paris (AP) — Denials from
Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could
be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the
Neymar is still playing for Barcelona,
warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a
friendly on Saturday.
But Neymar left the stadium in New
Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will
imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.
The Barcelona coach and president have
been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is
"We want Neymar to be with us,"
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus.
"We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team
dynamic, and we want him with us. It's clear."
Barcelona's league campaign begins on
Aug. 20, while PSG's season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5.
ANTICIPATION IN PARIS
Reports in Spain and France state that
the transfer could be completed by the end of July.
"Un Pari Magique" (A Magic Gamble) read
the front page headline on sports daily L'Equipe on Saturday. It was
accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship's
captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future
The headline is a play on words with
the favorite chant among PSG fans of "Paris est Magique" (Paris is Magic).
Not magical enough to win the Champions
League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons.
To challenge for European soccer's top prize, coach Unai Emery told
L'Equipe earlier this week: "PSG must have one of the top five players
in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer."
Neymar certainly fits the bill. While
not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's prolific
Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even
reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the
previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that
Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.
It would be a massive coup for Emery
given his troubled first season.
PSG relinquished their league title to
Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from
the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost
6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG's tormentor being Neymar.
The Qatari-owned club's courting of
Neymar dates back to April last year.
With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan
Ibrahimovic's future, PSG had discussions with the player's father and his
agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly were ready to pay 190 million euros.
But two months later, Neymar reached an
agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release
clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288
million) by the summer of 2018.
It raised the question whether he just
used PSG’s interest as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro
publicly stated that Neymar had been "close to joining PSG."
Fast forward, and sections of the
Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that
Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi's shadow — which couldn't happen for a
while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.
But the last thing Valverde needs is
"There are rumors, we're aware of
them," Valverde said. "We're happy with him and he's happy with us."
According to Spanish reports, Neymar
has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday
during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly: "He is
not on the market."
Landing Neymar would be an even bigger
coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.
Dodgers lose injured Kershaw, beat Braves 5-4 in 10
Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate
during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in
Los Angeles, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles (AP) — Clayton
Kershaw left after two innings with lower back tightness that is sending
him to the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a blown
save by Kenley Jansen to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday on Logan
Forsythe's bases-loaded single in the 10th.
Kershaw, unbeaten in 15 consecutive
starts, came out after 21 pitches. He was headed for scans and declined
to compare his current situation with last year, when he was out 2 ½
months with a herniated disk in his back.
Jansen entered with a 3-1 lead and
got the final out of the eighth, then gave up a tying three-run homer to
Matt Adams in the ninth.
Forsythe singled after Cody
Bellinger was intentionally walked by Jim Johnson (6-2) to load the
bases. Brandon Morrow (3-0) retired the side in the 10th.
Austin Barnes hit a three-run homer
in the fourth for the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger hit his 27th of the
season in the eighth.
NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Phoenix — Stephen Strasburg
left with a 5-0 lead after the second inning, when he walked the No. 8
and No. 9 batters. He is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA.
Strasburg said his early departure
was a precaution. He described the problem as slight "achiness" in his
forearm. Strasburg said he wants to "nip it in the bud" so he's
available to the team in the crucial stages of the late season.
Brian Goodwin's leadoff homer
ignited a four-run first inning off Robbie Ray (9-5), who lasted five
innings, allowing five runs.
Bryce Harper singled in the first
to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Joe Blanton (1-2) got two outs
and earned the win.
YANKEES 6, MARINERS 4
Seattle — New York won a
series for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chapman struck out
Ben Gamel with a runner on to preserve the Yankees' third win in four
games against Seattle this weekend. The Yankees had been 0-8-2 in series
since sweeping Baltimore on June 9-11.
After Seattle overcame a 3-0
deficit with a four-run fourth inning against Caleb Smith, Brett Gardner
hit a tying, bases-loaded single in the sixth and Clint Frazier followed
with a two-run double off former Yankee James Pazos (2-3).
Didi Gregorius had his first career
multihomer game with solo shots, and Gardner opened the game with his
17th home run.
A converted starter pitching on
consecutive days for the first time in big league career, Chad Green
(1-0) struck out three in 2 1/3 perfect innings. Chapman had another
shaky finish for his 11th save.
RANGERS 6, RAYS 5
St. Petersburg, Florida —
Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos
Gomez in the eighth inning, and Texas completed a three-game sweep.
Odor's two-run drive off Brad
Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two
Joey Gallo also homered for the
Rangers, who had not swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay
since July 1999. Adrian Beltre tripled and singled, moving within 11 of
Matt Bush (3-4) pitched a scoreless
seventh, and Jose Leclerc got his second save despite two walks in the
INDIANS 8, BLUE JAYS 1
Cleveland — Corey Kluber
(8-3) struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland
finished a three-game sweep. Kluber allowed five hits, including Kevin
Pillar's home run, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the
ninth time in 16 starts.
Michael Brantley hit a two-run
homer in the sixth and had three RBIs. Brandon Guyer's three-run double
was the key hit in the first, when Cleveland took a 4-0 lead against
J.A. Happ (3-7).
ATHLETICS 3, METS 2
New York — Rookie Matt
Chapman quickly atoned got getting picked off at third base by hitting a
tiebreaking home run in the seventh Rafael Montero (1-7).
Rookie Daniel Gossett (2-5) gave up
two runs and five hits in six innings, and Santiago Casilla worked the
ninth for his 16th save, ending New York's four-game winning streak.
REDS 6, MARLINS 3
Cincinnati — Scooter
Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered, and Billy Hamilton
had three hits and stole a pair of bases to increase his major
league-leading total to 43.
Cincinnati finished a 2-8 homestand
in which they allowed 23 homers and 72 runs. Rookie right-hander Sal
Romano (2-2) made his fourth and longest big league start, allowing one
run and three hits over six innings.
Raisel Iglesias gave up one hits
over two innings for his first save since July 9, his 17th this year.
Tom Koehler (1-5) gave up six runs
— five earned — and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 9, ASTROS 7
Baltimore — Zach Britton
pitched a hitless ninth tp set an American League record by converting
his 55th consecutive save opportunity.
Britton broke the AL mark held by
Tom Gordon, who notched 54 straight saves with Boston from 1998-99.
Britton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015, added 47 in a row last season
and is 6 for 6 this year. The major league record of 84 is held by Eric
Gagne of the Dodgers from 2002-04.
Baltimore broke a tie with two runs
in the eighth against Luke Gregerson (2-3), using a sacrifice fly by
Manny Machado and an RBI single by Jonathan Schoop.
Britton made the lead stand up,
using 16 pitches to retire the AL West leaders. Mychal Givens (7-0)
worked the eighth for the Orioles.
PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 3
Philadelphia — Nick Williams
hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth off Junior Guerra (1-4).
Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) allowed three
hits in six innings and Howie Kendrick had two hits and two RBIs. Luis
Garcia pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this seaso. The
Phillies have won consecutive series for the first time since late
TIGERS 9, TWINS 6
Minneapolis — Jose Iglesias
had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh
off Trevor Hildenberger (1-1) in a 4-hour, 19-minute game — the longest
nine-inning game in Twins history.
Ian Kinsler, James McCann and Alex
Presley also had three hits apiece for the Tigers, who took two of three
from the Twins.
Matthew Boyd (4-5) won his second
straight start since he was recalled from the minors, striking out a
career-high eight in six-plus innings.
ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 4
Kansas City, Missouri —
Brandon Moss hit a game-ending double off Tyler Clippard, extending
Chicago's longest losing streak since 2013 to nine games.
Whit Merrifield, Jorge Bonifacio
and Eric Hosmer hit consecutive home runs off Derek Holland in the
fourth inning for a 3-0 lead, and Merrifield hit another solo shot in
the eighth off Dan Jennings to tie the score at 4.
Mike Moustakas singled off Gregory
Infante (0-1) leading off the ninth and pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain
advanced on a wild pitch and scored
Kelvin Herrera (3-2) struck out two
in a perfect ninth, extending the scoreless streak by the Royals bullpen
to 18 innings over five games.
ROCKIES 13, PIRATES 3
Denver — Kyle Freeland
(10-7) allowed two runs over six inning in his first start since his
no-hit bid against the Chicago White Sox on July 9 was broken up by
Melky Cabrera's one-out single in the ninth. between the starts,
Freeland threw three hitless innings against the Mets on July 15 in his
first career relief appearance.
Trevor Story, pinch-hitter Pat
Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth.
Ivan Nova (10-7) allowed a
season-high seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.
ANGELS 3, RED SOX 2
Anaheim, California — Luis
Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh off Rick
Porcello (4-13), and Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered.
Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two
runs on five hits in seven innings. Bud Norris earned his 15th save when
Xander Bogaerts hit into a game-ending double play.
PADRES 5, GIANTS 2
San Francisco — Wil Myers
homered for the third straight game against San Francisco, and Jabari
Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back
Dinelson Lamet (4-4).
San Diego hit three straight
doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty
Blach (6-6). Brad Hand, the Padres' third reliever, pitched a 1-2-3
ninth for his third save.
Kim wins Marathon Classic; 2nd 2-time LPGA winner this year
In-Kyung Kim holds the trophy after winning the Marathon Classic golf
tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July
23. (Lori King/The Blade via AP)
Sylvania, Ohio (AP) —
In-Kyung Kim rallied to win the Marathon Classic on Sunday to become the
second two-time winner this season on the LPGA Tour.
Two strokes behind 18-year-old
Nelly Korda entering the round, Kim birdied six of the first nine holes
and finished with an 8-under 63 for a four-stroke victory over Lexi
"I had a great day," Kim said. "I
have been hitting it very solid over the few days, and today I was
feeling really good about my putting before going out. I wasn't
expecting to go very low, but I did my best, and sometimes without
expectation, just, I guess, it works out."
Kim also won the ShopRite LPGA
Classic in June in New Jersey. The six-time LPGA Tour winner joined
fellow South Korean player So Yeon Ryu as the only multiple winners this
After playing the front nine in
6-under 28, the 29-year-old Kim and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. She
finished at 21-under 263 at Highland Meadows.
"You have to hit the fairways," Kim
said. "Some holes are very shaping holes, and I was very comfortable
playing those holes, and I feel like I took advantage of that, birdied
three of the par 5s. ... Today, the pin positions were a little bit
comfortable for me. I've been hitting little draws this week, and when
the pin is tucked on the left side, I was having a hard time."
In 2010 at Highland Meadows, she
lost to Na Yeon Choi in a playoff.
"I always liked the golf course,"
Kim said. "I had a playoff before and I just have great memory."
Thompson closed with a 66 for her
fifth runner-up finish of the year. She won the Kingsmill Championship
"Overall, I'm very happy with the
way I played," Thompson said. "I was hitting a cut around the golf
course, and that's usually not what I do. But I managed to put up some
Gerina Piller, still looking for
her first LPGA Tour victory after leading after each of the first two
rounds, had a 68 to tie for third at 15 under with Peiyun Chien (68).
"I didn't come away with the win,
but it doesn't mean I didn't have a winning performance," Piller said.
"I'm looking forward to taking the week off and heading over to the
Sung Hyun Park, coming off a
victory last week in the U.S. Women's Open in New Jersey, tied for sixth
at 13 under after a 70.
Korda shot a 74 to tie for eighth
at 12 under.
"The ups and downs are what I love
about this sport," Korda tweeted. "It constantly challenges you to
improve either yourself or your game. British next!!"
Lydia Ko, winless since her victory
last year at Highland Meadows, tied for 20th at 9 under after a 69. She
also won the 2014 event.
Update July 22 - 23, 2017
Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open
Spieth of the United States plays a shot on the 6th hole during the second
round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport,
England, Friday July 21. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Southport, England (AP) — Jordan
Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the
He spent Friday morning at his rented
house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind
at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for
when he played in the afternoon.
"It wasn't a great feeling knowing we
were coming into something harder than what we were watching," he said.
Spieth did more than just survive.
With a short game as sharp as it has
been all year, and a 3-wood that turned out a lot better than it looked and
led to an eagle, Spieth seized control with a 1-under 69 that gave him a
two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar going into the weekend.
Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an
unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green. And he
learned enough from watching TV to know that going a little long on the
par-5 15th would give him a better birdie chance than playing short. So he
switched from a 3-iron to a 3-wood, hit it a little off the neck and watched
it run hot and fast some 100 yards along the wet turf to about 18 feet away.
"I mishit the shot, which is probably
why it looked so gross," Spieth said. "I hit it low off the heel, which is
easy to do when you're trying to carve a cut. And it just ... one hop,
scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously
fortunate to get all the way to the green."
The flight of that 3-wood looked as
ugly as the weather. The outcome was as bright as his chances of getting his
name on another major championship trophy.
Spieth was at 6-under 134. It was the
12th time he has been atop the leaderboard at a major, including the fourth
rounds of the Masters and U.S. Open that he won in 2015. Spieth is the sole
leader at a major for the first time since the third round of the Masters
last year, when he was runner-up to Danny Willett.
"Anytime you're in the last group on a
weekend in a major ... you get nervous. And I'll be feeling it this weekend
a bit," he said. "But I enjoy it. As long as I approach it positively and
recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position
you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create
Kuchar played in the morning in
steadily strong wind, but without rain, and pieced together a solid round
until a few mistakes at the end for a 71. He was at 4-under 136, and it
would have been a good bet that he would be leading with the nasty weather
"I think that's what people enjoy about
the British Open is watching the hard wind, the rain, the guys just trying
to survive out there," Kuchar said. "Today is my day. I get to kick back in
the afternoon and watch the guys just try to survive."
He wound up watching another short-game
clinic from Spieth.
The key to his round came in the
middle, starting with a 10-foot par putt on No. 8 after he drove into a pot
bunker. The biggest break came at No. 10, when the rain was pounding Royal
Birkdale. Spieth hit into another pot bunker off the tee, could only advance
it out sideways, and came up short of the green in light rough.
"Massive," he said about the chip-in
par. "Nothing said '4' about this hole. I feel a little guilty about taking
4 on the card."
And he wasn't through just yet. Spieth
rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and then after
watching Henrik Stenson's tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth
realized he could take on the flag. He hit 7-iron to 2 feet for another
birdie, and followed that with a beautiful pitch to tap-in range for par on
Even so, his work is far from over.
The chasing pack features U.S. Open
champion Brooks Koepka, who failed to make a birdie but stayed in the hunt
with 16 pars in a 72, and Ian Poulter with his newfound confidence, which is
growing even higher with the support of the English crowd. Poulter shot 70.
Not to be overlooked was Rory McIlroy,
who recovered from a horrific start Thursday to salvage a 71, and then kept
right on rolling. McIlroy, who was 5 over through the opening six holes of
the tournament, ran off three birdies with full control of every shot on the
And much like Spieth, he kept his round
together with crucial par saves early on the back nine when the wind was at
its worse. McIlroy posted a 68 and was at 1-under 139, only five shots
behind with only five players in front of him.
"To be in after two days and be under
par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that,"
Not everyone got off so easy.
Justin Thomas, who started the second
round just two shots behind, drove into the gorse on the first hole and took
double bogey. That wasn't nearly as bad as the sixth hole, where he tried
three times to hammer out of the thick native grass well right of the
fairway. He couldn't find the ball after the third one, and he wound up
taking a quintuple-bogey 9. Thomas made another double bogey on the 13th
hole and shot 80.
Spieth never looked as if he was under
any stress, except for his tee shot into the bunker on No. 8. A British
writer suggested a lip-reader could have detected some choice words coming
out of his mouth. Spieth smiled and replied, "I speak American. You probably
didn't understand me."
The language of his clubs — especially
the wedge and the putter — was all too familiar.
Usain Bolt wins 100m in his last Diamond League race
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line first in the men's 100m
race at the IAAF Diamond League Athletics meeting at the Louis II
Stadium in Monaco, Friday, July 21. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Monaco (AP) — In the last
Diamond League race of his glittering career, Usain Bolt held on to win
the 100 meters at the Herculis track meet on Friday.
The eight-time Olympic champion was
under pressure from Isiah Young of the United States in the last 30
meters but used his famed finish to win in 9.95 seconds at Stade Louis
II in Monaco. Young clocked 9.98. Akani Simbine of South Africa was
third in 10.02.
Bolt is retiring after the world
championships in London next month.
Last month, he won at the Golden
Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 10.06 after a slow start. He got
away better this time, but was made to work hard by Young.
"It's always good to get a win. My
time is going down at the right time," the Jamaican said, looking ahead
to the worlds. "Everything is coming together."
He was given a rousing ovation and
expects to sorely miss that close bond with the crowd when his running
days are over.
"I'm always here for the fans, and
of course I will miss the vibe around the track. Mixed emotions always,
happy for my career, sad that it is ending," he said. "I'm planning to
chill after London with my family, but I'm not sure what will be my next
plan after this season."
Young was happy enough to have
pushed Bolt hard and is confident he can challenge in London, where he
will run in the 200.
"I was so close to Bolt at the end
of his great career. Couple of days ago I was told I will run the 200 in
London, so this sub 10 is great preparation for that," he said. "I need
to execute well and then I can attack a medal in that event."
Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa
won the 400 in 43.73, and countrywoman Caster Semenya pulled clear in
the last 50 meters to win the 800 in a world-leading time this year of 1
minute, 55.27 seconds.
"It was a fantastic race, a very
fast pace," Semenya said. "It was one of the hardest races I've had."
She set a personal best. Francine
Niyonsaba of Burundi was second followed by Ajee Wilson of the U.S.
Van Niekerk was some way short of
the world-record 43.03 he set when winning the Olympics last year.
Isaac Makwala was second and
Botswana countryman Baboloki Thebe third.
Hellen Obiri of Kenya also set a
world-leading 8:23.14 in the women's 3,000. Countrywoman Beatrice
Chepkoech was five seconds behind.
Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager
also got a year's best time, easily winning the men's 3,000 steeplechase
in 8:01.29, less than one second behind his personal best. Still, the
American was six seconds clear of Kenyan runner Jairus Kipchoge Birech.
"We are keeping our options open
for the best possible tactical plan for the worlds," Jager said. "But
one thing is clear: I'm going for gold."
Piotr Lisek of Poland won the men's
pole vault with multiple world and Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie
down in fifth, while Thomas Roehler of Germany won the javelin.
In the men's 800, not part of the
Diamond League schedule in this race, Emmanuel Korir of Kenya set a
world-leading time of 1:43.10, shaving .63 seconds off his personal
best. Nijel Amos of Botswana set the previous best time two weeks ago in
Competing as an authorized neutral
athlete in the wake of Russia's doping scandal, Mariya Lasitskene won
the women's high jump at 2.05.
In the women's 4x100 relay, a
non-Diamond League event, U.S. sprinter English Gardner fell when
passing the baton and appeared to twist her ankle. Gardner, a member of
the gold medal-winning relay team that beat Jamaica at the Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro, was taken off on a stretcher and could be a doubt for
Ahead of last Tour fight, Boasson Hagen's homework pays off
Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen celebrates as he crosses the finish line
to win the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race in
Salon-de-Provence, France, Friday, July 21. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Salon-de-Provence, France (AP) —
Edvald Boasson Hagen showed that brawn and speed don't guarantee victory
at the Tour de France. Winners do their homework, too.
Going right around a roundabout
while others took the left and longer route proved to be the key that
enabled the Norwegian to finally win a stage at this Tour on Friday
after two second-place finishes.
Only Boasson Hagen and Nikias Arndt
took the shorter route. The Norwegian then eliminated the German rider
with a burst of acceleration and sped to the line in Salon-de Provence.
Arndt placed second, five seconds
Third-placed Jens Keukeleire was
among those who went left around the roundabout in the last three
kilometers and immediately realized their mistake, as Boasson Hagen
"That's when it struck me: We
should have taken right," Keukeleire said. "He's one of those riders,
give him 10 meters and he's gone."
It was Boasson Hagen's third career
stage win at the Tour, after his first two in 2011. He said he'd studied
the finish and identified the short cut.
"I was hunting for opportunities,
and then the roundabout arrived," he said. "I understood that going
right would be quicker."
Riding at a leisurely pace far
behind them, race leader Chris Froome and other top contenders for the
yellow jersey were happy to let others contest the victory on the Tour's
Boasson Hagen was part of a 20-man
group that Froome and Team Sky gave freedom to escape from the peloton
because none of them presented a threat to his overall lead. After two
energy-sapping days of climbs in the high Alps, Froome and his rivals
had their sights set instead on the time trial on Saturday in Marseille
that will determine the podium order before the race ends in Paris on
Froome's group was still riding as
Boasson Hagen celebrated his win. The peloton eventually rolled in more
than 12 minutes after Boasson Hagen claimed the first stage win for the
Dimension Data team at this tour.
The overall standings remained
unchanged at the top, with Froome leading French rider Romain Bardet by
23 seconds and Rigoberto Uran of Colombia by 29 seconds.
With no major difficulties, the
222.5-kilometer (138-mile) stage from Embrun in the Alps offered no real
opportunity for Froome's rivals to claw back time. Instead, they and
Froome let the 20 breakaway riders do the hard graft.
"We could just sit on the wheels
and recover a little bit," Froome said. "Everyone was quite happy to sit
The breakaway group split again
with 20 kilometers (12 miles) left. Boasson Hagen was among nine riders
who ditched the others with a furious burst, leaving him in the right
group to contest the stage victory. But among that leading nine,
everyone but Arndt and Boasson Hagen then went left around the
roundabout, essentially eliminating themselves from the running.
On Stage 7, Boasson Hagen lost to
Marcel Kittel by mere millimeters in a photo finish at
Nuits-Saint-Georges. He was also second on Stage 16 and third on Stages
11 and 14.
"I didn't have to do a photo finish
this time," he said. "I finally got my victory."
The 22.5 kilometer (14-mile)
time-trial course is the last significant obstacle between Froome and
his fourth Tour victory. He needs to hold only Bardet and Uran at bay.
They could be tempted into taking greater risks to make up time on the
course with more than two dozen bends and a short but very sharp uphill
to the Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral, Marseille's most famous
landmark. The start and finish are both at the Stade Velodrome, home to
the Olympique de Marseille football club.
Getting safely through the race
against the clock, a discipline the double Olympic bronze medalist
excels in, will allow Froome to savor the traditional processional ride
into Paris on Sunday.
"I'm not going to go out there and
take any big risks," he said. "I'm obviously in a fantastic position now
and I'd much rather be in this position than the position of second or
third or fourth and having to try and make up time on someone else. So
that gives me a lot of confidence."
Spanish government ready to take over soccer
Spanish football chief Angel Maria Villar is shown in this Thursday,
Feb. 25, 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Barcelona, Spain (AP) — With
Angel Maria Villar in jail, the Spanish government is ready to step in
and take control of soccer.
Spain's sports authority is seeking
the temporary removal of Villar, the longtime president of the Spanish
Football Federation and FIFA's senior vice president, after his arrest
and imprisonment in an anti-corruption investigation.
Inigo Mendez de Vigo, minister of
education, culture and sport and the government's spokesman, said on
Friday the government is prepared to take charge of the operations of
the federation so Spanish soccer is not harmed by the scandal.
"What we want is to guarantee the
complete normalcy of the institution when its president and vice
president are in prison because of a judge's decision (to deny them
bail)," Mendez de Vigo said. "We want to send a message to the big
family of football so everyone knows that we are taking steps."
The Higher Council of Sports said
on Thursday it will ask the country's administrative court for sports to
open a disciplinary procedure against Villar and three others.
The council said it plans to call a
meeting of its own executive committee to agree on the temporary
suspension of Villar and the other federation executives. Mendez de Vigo
said that meeting of the Higher Council of Sports will be on Tuesday.
The Spanish federation is in charge
of national teams, the Copa del Rey, setting the calendars of the club
competitions, and the appointment of referees, among other areas. It
does not run the top two divisions of the Spanish men's league nor the
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui voiced
no criticisms of Villar on Friday, when he completed his first year in
charge of the team after Villar picked him to replace Vicente del
"The treatment we have received
from Villar as far as sportsmen go has been exquisite," Lopetegui told
Europa Press news agency. "He let us work and we are eternally
Lopetegui is getting ready for the
World Cup qualifier against Italy on Sept. 2. That could decide which
team wins an automatic berth to the tournament in Russia next year.
"I hope this gets cleared up as
soon as possible," Lopetegui said. "On Sept. 2 we have a game that is
too important for us to be thinking about other things."
The arrest of Villar, his son, and
two others forced the announcement of the league calendar to be pushed
back until Friday at the federation headquarters in Las Rozas, which was
raided by police four days ago.
Those raids, along with others at
regional federations and private properties, culminated in the arrests
of Villar, his son Gorka Villar, federation vice president Juan Padron,
and the secretary of the regional soccer federation of Tenerife, Ramon
National Court judge Santiago
Pedraz questioned all four suspects on Thursday. Afterward, he denied
bail for the Villars and Padron. The judge set bail for Hernandez at
100,000 euros ($116,000).
A state prosecutor accused the four
officials of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption
and falsifying documents.
The elder Villar is also a vice
president of UEFA. As president of the Spanish federation since 1988, he
was in charge when Spain won the 2010 World Cup and European
Championships in 2008 and 2012.
Judge Pedraz said the 67-year-old
Villar is suspected of misappropriating private and public funds
received by the federation "at least since 2009."
In a 44-page ruling that included
several quotes from phone taps carried out by the Guardia Civil, Pedraz
detailed why state prosecutors allege that Villar used his influence as
federation president to funnel private and public funds into regional
federations in exchange for votes to remain in power for eight
The state prosecutor also says that
Villar used his control of friendly matches involving Spain to secure
economic benefits for his son Gorka, a sports lawyer who has worked for
CONMEBOL under three presidents who were all implicated in corruption
Villar has been at the heart of
FIFA and UEFA politics since the 1990s, and has worked closely with
international soccer leaders who have since been indicted by the U.S.
Justice Department. He was singled out for questionable conduct in the
2014 FIFA report on the World Cup bidding process.
Two weeks ago, he answered a
judge's questions as part of an investigation into accusations brought
by the Higher Council of Sports that his federation committed fraud in
the misappropriation of 1.8 million euros ($2 million) that was destined
for humanitarian relief in Haiti.
The president of the Spanish soccer
league, Javier Tebas, is a longtime critic of Villar. On Friday, he said
the federation needs to be purged.
"Villar is history for Spanish
football. Now we have to get rid of 'Villarismo,'" Tebas said. "More
tentacles will come out, but we need to let some fresh air in. It
doesn't matter if Villar is no longer around if the system of corruption
Nastase banned from Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019
Former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nastase is shown in this Monday,
May 23, 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London (AP) — Ilie Nastase
has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his
foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania's captain during a Fed
Cup tie in April.
In addition to the ban, the
International Tennis Federation said on Friday the 1973 French Open
champion will not be able to work in an official capacity for a further
two years, until 2021.
The 71-year-old Nastase was also
fined $10,000. He has three weeks to appeal the decision.
Reached by telephone, Nastase
declined to comment, saying he wanted to consult his lawyer.
The ITF said: "Mr. Nastase made a
comment about Serena Williams's unborn child that was highly
inappropriate and racially insensitive."
Nastase also "made advances of a
sexual nature towards Anne Keothavong, the captain of the Great Britain
team" and "made abusive and threatening comments to the match officials
and to members of the Great Britain team."
Although he will have to sit out
ITF events, the ban does not apply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA
tournaments, which are not under the governing body's jurisdiction.
Nastase was provisionally suspended
in April after he speculated about the skin color of the baby that
Williams is expecting, and for outbursts during the tie against Britain.
He previously acknowledged making
mistakes and having shortcomings, but stressed "the cause I fight for is
tennis, the sport I really love, which I cannot separate from my life."
As Fed Cup captain, Nastase hurled
abuse at British player Johanna Konta, Keothavong, and the umpire. The
referee ejected Nastase.
Nastase, a former top-ranked
player, was barred from the French Open and was not invited to the Royal
Box at Wimbledon, where he was a two-time finalist.
New world youth sailing champs crowned at Pattaya Regatta
Team USA, centre, celebrates on the podium with second placed Team
China, left, and Team Malaysia, right, during the awards ceremony for
the Optimist World Championship 2017 held at the Grand Heritage Hotel in
Pattaya, Thursday, July 20.
Marco Gradoni of Italy was named the individual World Champion for 2017.
The Optimist World Championship 2017
ended successfully with all 281 young sailors from 62 countries
contributing to make the event a resounding international success.
Marco Gradoni of Italy was named World Champion 2017. Team USA was
crowned Best Nation and Best Team Racing champions. China took 2nd place
and host country Thailand won 3rd place. In the Team Racing category,
China achieved second place with Malaysia in third.
the morning of the final day’s racing Thursday, sailors prepared to
launch in listless conditions, hopeful of getting three more races
written up on the scoreboard. For the select few at the top of the fleet
leaderboards, there was a sense of anticipation, a determination to hold
on to (or improve) their result, and hope that the last day of racing
would be a great one. The wind failed to show up though, and the final
day’s racing was cut short at 2pm, thereby closing out all races and
confirming the current leaders as winners.
Consequently, Malaysia’s Muhammad Fauzi Bin Kaman Shah won silver in the
individual series, a step up from his bronze last year. Costa Rica’s Mic
Sig Kos Mohr, who spent months training in Thailand, won bronze. Thai
sailors Panwa Boonnak and Jedtavee Yongyuennarm finished 10th and 13th
overall, an impressive feat in the huge fleet of 281 sailors.
the Top Female category, Spain’s Maria Perello took gold at just 12
years of age. Thailand’s Palika Poonpat, a cousin of 2010 World Champion
and two time Top Female Nopakkao Poonpat, took silver in the female
ranks and graduates out of the class this year. USA’s Charlotte Leigh
An All-American start to the British Open
Brooks Koepka of the United States plays out of a bunker on the
18th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship
at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England Thursday, July 20. (AP
Southport, England (AP) —
The wind off the Irish Sea pushed away the rain clouds and bathed Royal
Birkdale in sunshine, Stars and Stripes.
The British Open began Thursday
with an All-American flavor.
Jordan Spieth, chomping away on gum
as he watched one putt after another pour into the center of the cup,
worked some bunker magic of his own late in the round to keep his card
filled only with birdies and pars for a 5-under 65.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka,
with no competition and barely any practice since capturing his first
major a month ago, ran off three straight birdies and holed a tough shot
from a pot bunker for eagle on the par-5 17th hole for a 5-under 65.
Joining them was Matt Kuchar, who
first endeared himself to these British fans as a 19-year-old amateur in
1998 at Royal Birkdale. Kuchar tied the course record with a 29 on the
front nine, only to fall into a routine of pars the rest of the way. He
still shot 65, his best score ever in a major.
They had a one-shot lead over Paul
Casey and Charl Schwartzel on a day that started nasty and ended with 39
players breaking par. The biggest question after a long day on the links
was what was in store for Friday, when high wind and occasional showers
were in the forecast.
"I thought today's round was
extremely important, as they all are," Spieth said, atop the leaderboard
at a major for the first time since last year's Masters. "But given the
forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today.
You can certainly make up ground in a round tomorrow, and we'll see it
happen. But being able to kind of play with shots, or play a little more
conservative because you don't try to do too much on a day like
tomorrow, that's nice and very helpful."
Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy
fall into that category.
Johnson, the No. 1 player who
hasn't played the weekend at a major since the British Open last year,
managed only one birdie on a decent day for scoring and shot 71. McIlroy
also shot 71 and was relieved. Coming off three missed cuts in his last
four events, he was 5 over through six holes when his caddie gave him a
pep talk. McIlroy closed with three birdies over the last four holes to
stay in the game.
Phil Mickelson failed to make a
birdie, the first time that has happened in a major in five years, and
Kuchar was the only one at 65 who
played in the afternoon. The wind remained strong, though the course was
manageable for everyone who stayed out of bunkers and deep grass and who
"I watched some of the golf this
morning on TV. It looked awfully challenging," Kuchar said. "It looked
like anything under par was going to be a good score. Seemed like the
later your tee time, the better draw you got. ... For me, to start my
British Open with a 29 on the front nine is a great way to start."
Charley Hoffman had the best start
of all, holing out from the rough on the daunting opening hole for an
eagle. He was poised to join the leaders when he reached 5 under with a
birdie on the 15th, only to drop shots on the next two holes. Hoffman
shot 69 and was in a group that included Ian Poulter and Rafa Cabrera
Defending champion Henrik Stenson,
who played with Spieth, had a 71. Stenson also played with Spieth the
first two rounds of the 2015 Masters that the Texan won wire-to-wire and
knew what to expect.
"He was rolling it superbly that
week, and I don't think it was that far behind today," Stenson said.
But his best shot was with his feet
in the sand. Spieth was in thick rough to the right of the 16th fairway
when his shot crept into the back of a pot bunker. Not only was the ball
on a slight slope, the rake marks left his ball between two ridges.
"This is dangerous," he said to his
He aimed to the right of the hole
to avoid it going off the green on the other side and into another
bunker, and it came off perfectly about 10 feet away.
"That was awesome," were his next
words to his caddie.
He made the par putt — Spieth made
a lot of putts on picked up a two-putt birdie on the 17th and narrowly
missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the last. It was his best start in a
major since he shot 66 at the Masters a year ago. Spieth rated it among
the top five or six rounds he has ever played in a major, not bad for
someone who came close to the Grand Slam two years ago.
"I couldn't have done much better
today," he said.
Royal Birkdale was much more kind
than it was nine years ago in raging wind and rain. The 146th Open began
in cool temperatures, a light rain and a strong wind. Mark O'Meara, a
winner at Royal Birkdale in 1998 who is playing in his last British
Open, hit the opening tee shot.
And then he hit another one.
O'Meara's first shot was lost in
the gorse, he made a quadruple-bogey 8 and was on his way to an 81. His
threesome required 18 shots to play that hole. But the weather settled
down a few hours later, and the scorecards filled up with plenty of
birdies and eagles.
Just not for McIlroy until late in
the round, or Johnson and Mickelson all day.
"With the weather we're expecting
tomorrow, I still feel I'm in the golf tournament," McIlroy said. "If I
can go out and play a good, quality round of golf in the morning and try
to get in the clubhouse somewhere around even par, under par, I'll still
be around for the weekend."
The Alps behind him, Froome has one hand on Tour win No. 4
Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow
jersey, left, Colombia's Rigoberto Uran, right, and France's Romain
Bardet cross the finish line during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de
France cycling race on the Izoard pass, France, Thursday, July 20. (AP
John Leicester & Samuel Petrequin
Col D'izoard, France (AP) —
On the highest mountain-top finish of the 104th Tour de France, in a
rocky moonscape where the air thins, only the hardiest organisms
survive. A few pine trees, tough old grasses, some stubborn flowers and,
now joining that rare breed, Chris Froome.
Putting one hand on what would be
his third straight Tour crown and fourth overall since his first win in
2013, Froome emerged from the Alps on Thursday with the yellow jersey
fixed firmly on his shoulders. Having chewed his way through nearly
3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) of French roads, just three stages now
stand between the Briton and top spot on the Champs-Elysees podium in
Paris on Sunday night. And one of those is a time trial race against the
clock, a discipline he excels in — having provided him with bronze
medals at the Olympics of 2012 and 2016.
With opportunities to dethrone the
three-time champion quickly running out, French rider Romain Bardet and
his AG2R team again put pedal to the metal and tried to make Froome
crack on the last huge climb of this Tour, piling on the pace up the
punishing Col d'Izoard — the culmination of Thursday's Stage 18 and one
of the toughest tests in a three-week race that has produced surprises
Froome was in no mood to be at the
receiving end of another one.
Fending off Bardet's attacks, and
putting in a strong one of his own that initially rattled yet didn't
shake off the sturdy Frenchman, he preserved a cushion of 23 seconds
overall that, unless disaster strikes in the shape of a crash or other
misfortune, should be enough for victory.
"I wouldn't say it's quite won,"
Froome said, before confidently adding: "The toughest part of the Tour
is behind us."
French rider Warren Barguil
triumphed on the Izoard's barren slopes, winning his second stage of the
tour after he attacked with six kilometers (four miles) left to climb to
the top. He also won Stage 13 on Bastille Day.
Barguil gradually reeled in riders
ahead of him on the hairpin bends and steep road — the last being John
Darwin Atapuma of Colombia, with about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) left to
the finish, at an altitude of 2,360 meters (7,743 feet), amid deserts of
He is now guaranteed to win the
polka-dot jersey awarded for points collected during the Tour on climbs
— an even more impressive feat considering he suffered a pelvis fracture
in a crash in April and was struck by a car on a training ride last
year, fracturing his wrist.
"I had a lot hard luck. Luck is now
on my side," he said. "I had big problems, but I never gave up."
Froome's lead, while far smaller
than at the same stage in the Tours he won in 2013, 2015 and 2016, is
sufficient for him not to have to take unnecessary risks on the twisting
and technical time-trial course in Marseille on Saturday. His Team Sky
should also be strong enough to control the race on Friday's stage out
of the Alps through Provence, which isn't tough enough to provoke a big
shake-up in the standings. And Sunday's ride into Paris is traditionally
a procession before only the sprinters contest victory at the end.
In short, Froome is 95 percent of
the way there.
"I'm happy that I went through the
Alps without any major problem," the 32-year-old Froome said. "I
normally find the Alps more difficult."
By beating Froome in a final sprint
to finish third at the top of the Izoard, placing behind Barguil and
Atapuma, Bardet clawed back four valuable bonus seconds. That moved him
up to second overall, relegating Rigoberto Uran to third.
"I gave it all, I thought I was
going to suffocate as I crossed the line," Bardet said. "I have no
regrets, I did everything I could."
Uran lost a bit of ground and a
couple of seconds to Bardet and Froome in the Izoard's final ramp and
now trails Froome by 29 seconds. Bardet and Uran are the only riders
within a minute of Froome, after Italian Fabio Aru again faded on that
climb and continued his slide down the overall rankings. Going into the
Alps, Aru was second overall, breathing down Froome's neck. He is now
fifth and nearly two minutes behind his rival.
Despite the odds stacking in
Froome's favor, Bardet isn't ready to concede defeat.
"It's still possible," he said.
"I'll try to finish in a beautiful fashion."
But the reality is that Bardet is
not the time-trial force that Froome is.
Froome identified Uran as his
"biggest threat" in the clock-race and will be watching the Colombian
"It's still a close race," Froome
said. "But we're in a good position."
As Bolt nears end, Van Niekerk is track's great hope
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center right, embraces South African sprinter
Wayde van Niekerk after winning the "Salute to a Legend" 100 meters
during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston,
Jamaica, June 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Bryan Cummings)
Monaco (AP) — As Usain
Bolt races toward the end of a great career, Wayde van Niekerk is
considered to be track and field's next big star.
"That's a massive, massive
responsibility," Van Niekerk said on Thursday. He set a stunning
400-meter world record in 43.03 seconds while winning the Olympic title
He spoke in Monaco ahead of the
Herculis meeting on Friday in the Diamond League series where he will be
a main attraction with Bolt, who will run one of his last competitive
"I find it extremely difficult to
even come close to what Usain has represented in his charismatic way,"
Van Niekerk said.
The softly spoken South African has
talked with Bolt "quite a few times" about revealing more of his
"Usain has set the bar quite high
both with his personality and his performances," Van Niekerk said,
adding that he is "slowly but surely" coming out of his shell. "It's
tough for us to catch up when it comes to personality because he (Bolt)
naturally has it.
"At the end of the day you really
just need to be you. It is the performances that make me a great
There was greatness on the Rio de
Janeiro track last August when Van Niekerk eclipsed Michael Johnson's
world mark of 43.18 some thought was unbeatable.
Now a regular question is where and
when the first sub-43 time will be run — possibly at the world
championships in London in two weeks.
"I can definitely think of a 42,"
Van Niekerk acknowledged. "It's bound to happen. I just need to have the
right race and the right conditions and the right perfect moment."
Van Niekerk seems in top shape. He
ran a world-leading 43.62 this month at Lausanne, Switzerland, and eased
up near the end of his only 400 so far in the European summer season.
He also took another Johnson mark
when setting a world-best of 30.81 in the seldom-raced 300 last month in
the Czech Republic. His best 200 time of 19.84, in Jamaica last month,
is second in the world this year.
For good measure, Van Niekerk also
has a 9.94 in the 100 that is faster than any Bolt competitive time this
"I doubt it is the end of where I
can be," Van Niekerk said of his times in the shorter sprints.
Still, he has only respect for
eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, whose farewell season will leave a big
gap the sport will struggle to fill.
"We all thought, 'Is this really
possible?'" Van Niekerk said of growing up watching the Jamaican great
set world records and winning Olympic and world titles. "He has also
inspired us so much."
Xie Siyi gives China another diving gold in Budapest
Bronze medalist Ilya Zakharov of Russia, gold medalist Xie Siyi of China
and silver medalist Patrick Hausding of Germany, pose with their medals
after the men's diving 3m springboard final of the 17th FINA Swimming World
Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 20. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via
Budapest, Hungary (AP) — China
claimed another diving gold at the world championships.
It didn't go to the Olympic champion.
Xie Siyi cruised to victory in men's
3-meter springboard Thursday, giving the powerhouse Chinese team its sixth
world title in Budapest.
The 21-year-old Xie wasn't seriously
challenged after teammate Cao Yuan, the gold medalist last summer in Rio,
botched two straight dives.
Assured of victory with his final
plunge, Xie collapsed in the arms of his coach and wiped away tears with a
towel. He finished with a score of 547.10 points.
"I only focused on my movement, not
caring too much about the result," Xie said through a translator. "I wasn't
expecting to win a gold medal, a silver or a bronze, I was just working as
hard as I could. Then if it wouldn't have been enough, it would have been
The silver went to Germany's Patrick
Hausding (526.15), while Russia's Ilia Zakharov (505.90) took the bronze.
Cao slipped all the way to 10th after
posting the top score in the semifinals and leading through the first three
rounds of the final. He under-rotated his fourth dive, hitting the water at
a 45-degree angle and dropping back to sixth. His next dive was even worse,
the crowd gasping as he made a loud splash with an over-rotated effort.
"I didn't perform in a mature way like
the athletes who got medals," he said. "My performance was up and down. I
wasn't really consistent."
Also Thursday, France took an open
water gold in the 5-kilometer mixed team race, holding off the American
squad, and Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko claimed her fourth gold medal of
the championships by winning the duet free routine in synchronized swimming
with Alexandra Patskevich.
Marc-Antoine Olivier anchored France's
victory on Lake Balaton, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of
Budapest, having already won the men's 5k individual race as well as
claiming bronze in the 10k.
The winning time was 54 minutes, 5.9
seconds. Olivier finished 12.2 seconds ahead of American Jordan Wilimovsky,
the silver medalist in the 10k.
There was a new format for these
worlds, with each team featuring two women and two men racing in whichever
order they prefer.
"I like this new formula, since there
are more tactics, and it is more exciting," American swimmer Haley Anderson
said. "We were struggling a little bit at the relays, but it was pretty much
new for all."
Mario Sanzullo anchored Italy to
bronze, 25.1 seconds behind France.
Kolesnichenko led Russia to its fifth
gold in six synchronized swimming finals this week.
"All our attempts weren't in vain. We
did everything we possibly could. We were training for 10-to-12 hours a
day," Kolesnichenko said.
Chinese twins Jiang Tingting and Jiang
Wenwen earned silver, while Anna Voloshyna and Yelyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine