British and Irish Lions arrive in New Zealand
The British and Irish Lions touched down
in New Zealand, Wednesday, May 31 at the start of their 5 week tour.
The Lions last toured in New Zealand in 2005. (AP Photo/File)
Auckland, New Zealand (AP) —
The British and Irish Lions landed in Auckland on Wednesday to begin
their 13th rugby tour of New Zealand, facing possibly their toughest
schedule as they attempt to achieve only their second test series
victory over the All Blacks 47 years after the first.
The Lions' New Zealand-born
coach Warren Gatland stepped back onto his home soil after the long
flight from London at the head of a touring squad of 41 players - 16
from England, 12 from Wales, 11 from Ireland and two from Scotland.
More than 20,000 fans are
expected to accompany the Lions on their 10-match tour which kicks
off Saturday against a Provincial Barbarians selection at Whangarei,
north of Auckland.
The Lions' flight landed
shortly before noon Wednesday and was greeted by a haka performed by
indigenous Maori as the aircraft drew up to the terminal building.
Inside the terminal, the
touring party received a traditional powhiri or welcoming ceremony,
with waiata (songs) and with hongi, the traditional form of Maori
greeting in which noses are pressed together. The Lions players,
dressed in formal suits and red ties, responded with songs of their
Lions manager John Spencer
described the welcome as "incredible", saying "we look forward not
only to our visit but also to engaging with your communities to show
respect to your people and your cultures."
The Lions will play three tests
against the world champion New Zealanders — two in Auckland, one in
Wellington — and will also play the New Zealand Maori and, for the
first time, all five New Zealand Super Rugby sides.
While previous Lions teams have
had much larger itineraries, none has been as intense as the one
they are about to face, which Gatland has described as "crazy."
In an interview shortly after
the schedule was announced, Gatland said "whoever agreed to that
schedule from the Lions point of view, it's crazy."
"I don't see how you could even
win that. You're playing five Super Rugby sides, the New Zealand
Maori and three tests, and another game, all in a five-week period.
It's so tough."
The Lions first toured New
Zealand in 1904 and have won a series here only once, in 1971 when a
team featuring the stellar talents of Wales flyhalf Barry John and
Ireland center Mike Gibson beat the All Blacks 2-1 in a four-test
Their most recent tour, in 2005
when England coach Clive Woodward claimed to have assembled the
strongest rugby team in history, ended in a resounding 3-0 series
defeat and a loss to the New Zealand Maori. The Lions last won a
test against the All Blacks in 1993.
New Zealand Rugby chief
executive Steve Tew said planning for the Lions tour had been
extensive, now it was time for action.
"It will be another great
opportunity for our country to showcase on the international stage
and beam New Zealand across the world," he said.
Refusal to shake hands creates French Open flap
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka serves the ball to Slovakia's Jozef
Kovalik during their first round match at the French Open tennis
tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, May 30, in Paris.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Paris (AP) — As anyone
who ever has played or watched tennis — professional or recreational
— knows, the post-match handshake at the net is as much a customary
part of the sport as a racket, ball or serve. So when a player who
lost at the French Open rebuffed his opponent's attempt at the
ritual Tuesday, it became the talk of the tournament.
On a day when No. 1 Andy Murray
and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka won, and a couple top-10 players
unaccustomed to long stays at Roland Garros — Alexander Zverev in
the men's draw, Johanna Konta in the women's — lost, the most
buzzworthy development stemmed from a match between one guy who
stands 50th in the world and another who is 285th.
After losing to Martin Klizan
of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-3, 4-6, 0-6, 6-4 in the first round at Roland
Garros, wild-card entry Laurent Lokoli of France skipped the usual
sign of sportsmanship. Instead, he went to the sideline to pack up
When Klizan approached, right
arm extended, Lokoli dismissively waved him off with the back of a
hand, motioning to stay away. Afterward, Lokoli said he wasn't being
a sore loser but rather that he didn't want to shake because he
thought Klizan was faking an injury during the match and was
"I just have (a) problem with
his attitude," Lokoli said, "because he wasn't fair. That's it."
Klizan, who will face Murray in
the second round, initially opened his news conference by being
confrontational with reporters, repeatedly saying he had no comment
and adding: "I don't want you to make a big story about nothing."
Eventually, he spoke about a
problem with his left calf that he said forced him to pull out of
other recent clay-court tournaments and made him consider
withdrawing from the French Open. Later Tuesday, Klizan played in a
doubles match that he and Joao Sousa of Portugal lost in straight
Lokoli was angered by what he
interpreted as gamesmanship, saying Klizan appeared to be dogging it
in moments — such as the 6-0 fourth set — hampered by his leg: "I'm
wondering if he's going to retire or no, because now he's not
running anymore, you know?" And then, in Lokoli's view, Klizan
suddenly would be fine.
"I'm just saying that, you
know, there are ways of doing things. If you're injured, for
instance, well, you're injured. So what? Call the doctors," Lokoli
said. "This is what really bothered me."
He added: "Look at reality. The
person just on the other side of the net is doing things that are
very, very weird. Strange things."
Klizan explained the fourth set
this way: "He played perfect. No mistake. Serving aces. I was
playing bad. At that time, I feel a little bit one pinch in my calf.
So I was scared."
As video of their awkward
exchange after the final point made the rounds on social media, even
Murray took note.
"Obviously I saw a few videos
of (Klizan's) match today," Murray said after his 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
victory over Andrey Kuznetsov. "It was obviously a pretty
Murray, the runner-up in Paris
last year, overcame some trouble in the second set, broken in 3 of 4
service games during one stretch. But he picked up his game in the
last two sets, which the three-time major champion saw as a good
sign after struggles this year.
"It was a decent start," Murray
said, "considering, obviously, how I played in the buildup."
While 2015 champion Wawrinka,
No. 8 Kei Nishikori, No. 18 Nick Kyrgios and No. 29 Juan Martin del
Potro were among other winners on Day 3, No. 9 Zverev and No. 27 Sam
Querrey were seeded men who exited.
The only seeded woman to lose
was Konta, who was a semifinalist at the Australian Open last year
but never has won a main-draw match at the French Open.
Zverev is a 20-year-old who won
the Italian Open last week, raising his profile considerably, but he
has yet to reach the second week of a Grand Slam tournament.
"You sometimes play bad. It's
just: This is our sport. There is no regrets. I mean, what can you
do? In Rome, I played fantastic, I won the tournament. Here I played
bad, I lost first round. That's the way it goes," said Zverev, who
broke a racket over his leg during his 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to
"But," he added, "the world
doesn't stop now."
Ainslie gets badly needed win in America's Cup qualifiers
Great Britain's Land Rover BAR races against Sweden's Artemis Racing
(not shown) during America's Cup qualifying on the Great Sound in
Bermuda on Tuesday, May 30. (Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA via AP)
Hamilton, Bermuda (AP) -
Sir Ben Ainslie regained his sea legs after a few rough days in the
America's Cup qualifiers on Bermuda's Great Sound.
Ainslie steered Britain's Land
Rover BAR to a badly needed victory Tuesday after four straight
losses, leading the whole way to beat Sweden's Artemis Racing by 30
seconds on the opening day of the second round robin.
"We needed that one," said
Ainslie, who has struggled with speed and collisions aboard his
foiling 50-foot catamaran this spring. "We had a couple of really
tough days and we really needed to turn that around. We had to have
some pretty frank conversations last night about how we're sailing
and the setup of our boat and were able to improve our performance
Land Rover BAR had been
struggling since Saturday, when it smashed into SoftBank Team Japan
during the prestart, punching a hole in its port hull. It lost badly
and nearly sank as it returned to the dock. The British crew lost to
two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New
Zealand on Sunday before an eye-opening loss to Groupama Team France
There are huge expectations
back home in England, which has failed for 166 years to win back the
silver trophy it lost to the schooner America in 1851. It would be
unfathomable if the first team eliminated was led by Ainslie, who
was knighted several months after winning his fourth straight
Olympic gold medal, in home waters in 2012. Ainslie helped Oracle
Team USA rally to defend the America's Cup in 2013 before starting
his own campaign, which has the backing of the Duke and Duchess of
Oracle Team USA leads with six
points, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand with five and Land
Rover BAR with four.
Ainslie has been propped up by
two bonus points earned from leading the standings after preliminary
regattas the last two years. If not for those points, he'd be tied
at the bottom of the fleet with Artemis, SoftBank Team Japan and
Groupama Team France, all with two points.
"We hoped we wouldn't need
them, but certainly coming into this event it's well-documented that
we're struggling for straight-line speed and thankfully our
performance in the America's Cup World Series was very strong,"
Ainslie said. "It was a target for the team for the points, but also
as a new team in the America's Cup to prove that we can race and win
at this level."
In one of the many radical
departures from tradition, this is the first time the defender has
sailed against challengers in the preliminaries. If Oracle wins the
qualifiers, it will carry a one-point bonus into the first-of-seven
America's Cup match beginning June 17. If a challenger wins the
qualifiers and then reaches the match, it will get the bonus point.
After the second round robin,
one challenger will be eliminated and Oracle will practice on its
own while the challengers sail their semifinals and finals.
Not only has Ainslie struggled
with speed, but he's had three collisions. He hit the dock coming
back from training in March and then slammed into the back of
Emirates Team New Zealand during a practice race, causing damage
that took the Kiwis three days to repair.
Also Tuesday, a rematch between
Artemis and Team New Zealand fizzled when the Swedish-backed boat
was flagged for a port-starboard infraction, allowing the Kiwis to
sail to an easy win.
"We copped the penalty fair and
square there," said Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge, an
Australian, who took his third straight loss.
It came a day after their
thrilling showdown was marred by an umpiring error. Artemis was
flagged for a penalty at the last mark, allowing the Kiwis to win.
Chief umpire Richard Slater later said the penalty should not have
Oracle had a minor issue with
its wing sail and still cruised to an easy win against France.
A flap that covers an access
panel on the wing came loose and wing trimmer Kyle Langford jumped
up to fix it.
"Kyle did a good job ... put a
bit of a Band-Aid on it and we were able to get through the race,"
skipper Jimmy Spithill said. "But from that point on we were kind of
in delivery mode."
Oracle Team USA, owned by
software billionaire Larry Ellison, won by 1:56.
Penguins wary, Predators confident as Game 2 looms
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) tries to unsuccessfully
redirect a shot in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne
(35) during the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final,
Monday, May 29, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 5-3. (AP Photo/Gene
Pittsburgh (AP) — The
winning team went nearly two full periods without a shot. The
hottest goaltender in the playoffs was only tested 11 times in 58
minutes — and lost.
No wonder Pittsburgh Penguins
coach Mike Sullivan described his team's 5-3 victory over Nashville
in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as "bizarre."
And that doesn't even include
the catfish tossed onto the ice by a Predators fan at PPG Paints
Arena in the middle of a second period. The fish that splatted on
the Nashville blue line earned the thrower three misdemeanor charges
and also came as close to Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne as
anything the Penguins managed during 20 minutes in which the
highest-scoring team in the league couldn't even muster a single
"It's not always pretty,"
Sullivan said. "We don't get points for style. But what I love about
our team is that we find ways to win, we compete."
True, though for the majority
of Game 1, the competition was pretty one-sided. The Predators
controlled the pace and the puck, just not the scoreboard. It left
the guys from "Smashville" in a new position for the first time
since they began their mad dash to the final a month ago: chaser
instead of chasee as Game 2 looms on Wednesday night.
"Now we face a little
adversity," said defenseman Ryan Ellis, who scored the first Stanley
Cup Final goal in team history. "We see what kind of group and
character we have to bounce back."
The Predators haven't dropped
consecutive games in the postseason and their four previous losses
were pretty easy to explain. What happened on Monday night was not.
The only area where Nashville wasn't markedly better than the
defending Stanley Cup champions is the only one that really matters.
"Everything was there that we
liked but the result," Ellis said.
Ellis described the Predators
as more disappointed than mad. You can probably add baffled to the
list. Nashville became the first team since the NHL began tracking
the stat in 1957 to hold a team without a shot for an entire period
during the Stanley Cup Final. The gulf actually stretched 37 minutes
in all, which sounds like a perfect way for the opponent to win.
Except the streak was bookended
by goals. The first, a ricochet off Nashville defenseman Mattias
Ekholm, gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the
first period. The second, a sniper shot by Penguins rookie Jake
Guentzel exactly 37 minutes later, put Pittsburgh back in front to
stay at 4-3.
The angst Nashville felt isn't
new to those who face the Penguins. Pittsburgh was outshot
throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. It didn't stop the
Penguins from knocking off Columbus in five games and Washington in
seven. There's a bit of a changeling quality to this group as
opposed to the one that beat San Jose in six games to win the Cup
Sullivan calls it the ability
to "win games different ways," but what happened in Game 1 seems
borderline impossible. The Penguins understand they were equal parts
lucky and good. They also understand they can't afford to have their
offense go dormant for nearly two periods.
Only a handful of Penguins
participated in a skate on Tuesday, though the video room was
crowded while they searched for ways to make sure a funk like that
doesn't happen again.
"We know that's not necessarily
the way you want to play the game every night," Crosby said.
The Predators are more focused
on the process than the end product. Save for a bumpy stretch near
the end of the first period where the Penguins scored three times,
Nashville did exactly what it wanted to do. Defenseman P.K. Subban
pointed to the response after falling behind by three as proof the
stage is not too big.
"It's easy in a Stanley Cup
game to come back in the room, everybody is quiet, nerves," Subban
said. "But that's not our hockey club. We know how good we can be.
The way we responded was typical Nashville Predators."
Typical for everyone except
Rinne. The 34-year-old goalie is the main reason Nashville's season
will extend into June for the first time. Yet his iffy play in Game
1 continued a troubling trend. He came into the series 1-5-2 with a
.880 save percentage and 3.57 goals-against average in his career
against the Penguins, numbers that ticked in the wrong direction
even though he spent a majority of three periods standing in his
crease with nothing to do while his teammates were at work at the
other end of the ice.
Rinne's teammates rallied to
his defense. They're well aware that without him they likely would
have traded their sticks for golf clubs long ago.
"Looking back since I came here
a couple years ago, he's been the best player in almost all of the
games played," Filip Forsberg said. "We have all the belief in Pekks
we can ever have. I'm looking forward to see him play next game."
Djokovic, Nadal open with easy wins in Paris
Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves against Spain's Marcel Granollers
during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament
at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Monday, May 29. (AP
Paris (AP) — If Novak
Djokovic was hoping to take a little pressure and attention off
himself after some rough results, he might very well have found the
perfect way to do that by adding Andre Agassi as a coaching
consultant of sorts for the French Open.
Well, for up to a week of the
With Agassi seated in the
stands, generally expressionless during the match and silent
afterward, the No. 2-seeded Djokovic was not always at his
clean-swinging best while beating Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on
Monday to begin the defence of the title that allowed him to
complete a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year ago.
"I mean, it's hard to say
whether there is significant difference on the court, because it's
only a few days that we are together," Djokovic said. "So it's going
to take a little bit of time. ... I'm patient and, for us, this is a
great way to start off our collaboration and friendship and get to
know each other and then see where it takes us."
On a relatively quiet Day 2,
Rafael Nadal started his pursuit of a record 10th French Open
championship with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Benoit Paire. Other
seeded men advancing included No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 7 Marin Cilic
and No. 10 David Goffin, while No. 14 Jack Sock, the top-ranked U.S.
man, and No. 31 Gilles Simon — both in Nadal's section of the draw —
plus No. 32 Mischa Zverev all lost.
Defending women's champion
Garbine Muguruza and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won in straight
sets, but two seeded American women joined Sock on the way out: No.
19 CoCo Vandeweghe and No. 25 Lauren Davis.
Leave it to the No. 4-seeded
Nadal to win relatively simply and then lament a portion of his
"For me," he said, "it's
important to serve a little bit better than what I did today."
Djokovic made it sound as if
Agassi's role right now is more about offering life advice than
Sunglasses perched atop his
shaved pate, leaning forward with his chin resting on his hands and
elbows on his knees, Agassi occasionally applauded during the
2½-hour first-round match. Later, Agassi — who counts the 1999
French Open among his eight Grand Slam titles — declined to take
questions from a reporter.
Djokovic, for his part, had
plenty to say about their partnership, which sounds more like a
brief experiment than the start of a long-term arrangement, even if
that's what the Serb insisted he hopes it can become.
"Well, he's going to stay ... I
hope, 'til the end of this week. Then he has to leave, because he
has some scheduled ... things that he cannot reschedule. So that's
all," said Djokovic, whose 29 unforced errors were one more than
Granollers' total. "I'm going to try to use the time spent with him
as best as I can, as best as we can. So far, plenty of information,
plenty of things to kind of process."
A year ago, when Djokovic
finally fulfilled his quest to win a trophy in Paris, he was working
with Boris Becker — who was on hand Monday and
Agassi — and Marian Vajda. But Djokovic split with those
coaches, as well as other members of his entourage, hoping to regain
the groove that made him the first man in nearly a half-century to
win four consecutive majors.
Since then, though, the
highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.
Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the
third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio Olympics and
the second round of the Australian Open.
"You're developed to kind of
flip the next page very quickly. Whether or not you win or lose in a
big tournament, there is another big one coming up in a matter of
weeks' time or even less. So for me, it was really strange to get to
feel what I felt the end of last season," Djokovic said, "because I
always, even when I would face that before in my career, I felt that
I would overcome it very quickly."
This time, he acknowledged,
that didn't happen.
"I had to work harder,"
And he opted to make changes.
Kiwis win thriller on incorrect Swede penalty in Cup trials
Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand compete during
America's Cup qualifying on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Monday,
May 29. (Ricardo Pinto/ACEA via AP)
Hamilton, Bermuda (AP) -
Three days into qualifying races and there's already a controversy
in the America's Cup.
A thrilling showdown between
two of the top challengers turned on a penalty Monday, leaving one
crew fighting to keep its 50-foot foiling catamaran from tipping
over, and the other crew dumbfounded.
A few hours later, the chief
umpire released a statement saying the officials blew the call.
Emirates Team New Zealand beat
Artemis Racing after the Swedish team was penalized turning onto the
last leg Monday on Bermuda's Great Sound.
Artemis was flagged for a
port-starboard violation and had to slow just as it approached the
finish line after a short reach across the wind, allowing the Kiwis
There were protestations of "no
way" and "completely rubbish" on the Swedish catamaran, which is
crewed mostly by Australians.
Turns out their protestations
were spot on.
In a statement, Richard Slater,
the chief umpire for the independent America's Cup Race Management,
said officials "have had a discussion, we have looked at other
evidence, information and data, and I think if we were to go back in
time and make that call, we would green that call and not penalize
Once a call is made, it can't
"It was obviously a pretty good
race, such an epic battle, really, the whole way around," said
Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge, an Aussie. "I'm sure Pete and the
boys enjoyed it as much as we did, probably a bit more at the end
Outteridge felt Artemis gave
the Kiwis enough room.
"We were a bit shocked when the
blue light came on," he said.
There were stunned looks on the
crewmembers' faces after the finish.
Slater said that as the boats
were approaching the gate mark, "our job is to be certain that
Artemis Racing were keeping clear, and we weren't at that time
certain they were keeping clear."
Emirates Team New Zealand
skipper Peter Burling said the Kiwis were looking to set up a
port-starboard at the mark, but didn't expect it to be so close.
Coming in at high speed,
Burling dropped the catamaran off its foils and buried the starboard
bow in the water to slow down.
"We were pretty lucky we didn't
end up on our side," he said. "At 40 knots, you need room."
"We thought it was pretty
tight, but we were happy with the outcome," Burling added. "Like any
sport, you've got to play to the whistle."
It was one of the most exciting
America's Cup races in years. Artemis also was penalized for being
over the start line early. Still, there were nine lead changes on
the seven-leg course.
Artemis and New Zealand don't
have to wait for a rematch. They face off again in the opening race
of the second round robin on Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, British sailing
star Ben Ainslie, who leads Land Rover BAR, lost his fourth straight
race. Land Rover BAR had a bad mark rounding halfway through the
race and Groupama Team France went flying past and won by 53
New Zealand finished the first
round robin with four points, one behind two-time defending champion
Oracle Team USA.
Struggling Land Rover BAR has
three points, followed by Artemis, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama
Team France with two points apiece.
One challenger will be
eliminated after the second round robin, which wraps up Saturday.
Ainslie would be in real
trouble if not for bringing in two bonus points earned during
This is the first time the
defender has sailed against challengers in the preliminaries. If
Oracle wins the qualifiers, it will carry a one-point bonus into the
first-of-seven America's Cup match beginning June 17. After the
round robins, Oracle will practice on its own while the challengers
sail their semifinals and finals.
Artemis looked strong in
practice racing earlier this spring. It's looking to bounce back
from the death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson in May 2013, when its
72-foot catamaran broke apart during a training run on San Francisco
The Kiwis are looking for
redemption after blowing an 8-1 lead on match point in the 2013
match, when Oracle Team USA won eight straight races to retain the
The Kiwis sacked skipper Dean
Barker and replaced him with Burling.
Besides being top challengers,
the Artemis and Team New Zealand sailors are familiar with one
another. Outteridge and fellow Artemis crewman Iain Jensen won the
gold medal in the 49er class in the 2012 Olympics, with Burling and
fellow ETNZ sailor Blair Tuke taking the silver. At Rio last summer,
Burling and Tuke won the gold, with Outteridge and Jensen taking the
In the last race of the round
robin, Barker steered SoftBank Team Japan to a 2:34 rout of France.
Tiger Woods blames medications for his arrest on DUI charge
Tiger Woods was arrested Monday on a DUI charge in Florida. (AP
Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Palm Beach, Florida (AP) -
Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription
medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida
jail Monday for nearly four hours.
Woods, the 14-time major
champion who had back surgery five weeks ago, was arrested on
suspicion of DUI at about 3 a.m. Monday and taken to Palm Beach
County jail. He was released on his own recognizance.
An arrest report might be
available on Tuesday, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler
"I understand the severity of
what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods
said in a statement Monday evening. "I want the public to know that
alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction
to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications
had affected me so strongly."
Woods apologized to his family,
friends and fans and said, "I expect more from myself, too."
"I will do everything in my
power to ensure this never happens again," he said.
Woods, whose 79 victories rank
No. 2 on the PGA Tour's career list, has not competed for nearly
four months. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers
from fusion surgery performed April 20 in Texas.
In an update posted on his
website, he said the surgery provided instant relief from pain and
that he hasn't "felt this good in years."
Police said Woods was arrested
on Military Trail, a six-lane road, south of Indian Creek Parkway.
Woods did not say in his statement where he had been or what he was
doing at that hour. Jail records show that the 41-year-old was
booked into jail at 7:18 a.m. and released at 10:50 a.m. The jail
released a booking photo of Woods in a white T-shirt.
Rightler, the police
spokeswoman, said she did not have details about the circumstances
leading to Woods' arrest, nor did she have any information about
whether the arrest involved drugs or alcohol.
His agent at Excel Sports, Mark
Steinberg, did not respond to a voicemail from The Associated Press
seeking comment. PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour would
have no comment.
Woods said in his statement
that he fully cooperated with law enforcement and thanked Jupiter
Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for being
Notah Begay, a roommate of
Woods when they played at Stanford, was empathetic. Begay was
arrested for aggravated drunken driving in 2000 when he ran into a
car outside a bar in New Mexico. He was sentenced to 364 days in
jail, with all but seven days suspended.
"It's embarrassing for Tiger,
something that you can't go back and change," Begay said on Golf
Channel from the NCAA men's golf championship in Sugar Grove,
Illinois, where he was working for the network. "I've been there
myself. ... But it was a turning point in my life. Hopefully, it's
something he'll learn from, grow from, take responsibility for and
use it to make some changes."
Woods has not been seen at a
golf tournament since he opened with a 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert
Classic in February, withdrawing the next day because of back
spasms. He was in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open, run by his Tiger
Woods Foundation, but he did not come to the course at Riviera
because of his back.
He was at the Masters, but only
to attend the dinner for past champions.
Woods, who had been No. 1
longer than any other golfer, has not been a factor since his last
victory in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a
week before the 2014 Masters until his most recent fusion surgery on
his lower back a month ago.
It was the first time Woods has
run into trouble off the golf course since he plowed his SUV into a
tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home in the
early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, which led to revelations
that he had multiple extramarital affairs.
A police report then showed
that a Florida trooper who suspected Woods was driving under the
influence sought a subpoena for the golfer's blood test results from
the hospital, but prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient
A witness, who wasn't
identified in the report, told the trooper he had been drinking
alcohol earlier. The same witness also said Woods had been
prescribed two drugs, the sleep aid Ambien and the painkiller
Vicodin. The report did not say who the witness was but said it was
the same person who pulled Woods from the vehicle after the
accident. Woods' wife has told police that she used a golf club to
smash the back windows of the Cadillac Escalade to help her husband
He eventually was cited for
careless driving and fined $164.
Woods and wife Elin Nordegren
divorced in 2010. He later had a relationship with Olympic ski
champion Lindsey Vonn that lasted two years.
South Africa cruise to 7-wicket consolation win vs England
South Africa's players celebrate taking the wicket of England's
Jonny Bairstow during the third One Day International cricket match
at Lord's cricket ground in London, Monday, May 29. (AP Photo/Kirsty
London (AP) — South
Africa cruised to a consolation seven-wicket victory against England
in the third and final one-day international to trim the series loss
to 2-1 on Monday.
Kagiso Rabada (4-39) and Wayne
Parnell (3-43) plundered England, who rallied from 20-6 to 153 all
out in the 32nd over.
South Africa made 156-3 in 28.5
overs, built on a 95-run opening stand between Hashim Amla (55) and
Quinton de Kock (34).
Both openers were clean bowled
in successive overs before JP Duminy (28 not out) and captain AB de
Villiers (27 not out) shared a half-century stand to carry South
"We had a lot to play for
today, and there are some encouraging signs," de Villiers said. "The
boys hung onto almost everything that came their way. The intensity
was very good."
Earlier, England crumbled
against Rabada and Parnell. It was a dramatic turn of fortune at
Lord's, after England scored more than 300 runs in Leeds and
Southampton to win the first two internationals.
Rabada's three-wicket burst in
one over left England reeling at 20-6 inside the first five overs,
the first time in an ODI that half a dozen wickets fell in the first
30 balls of a match.
"We seemed to nick everything,"
England captain Eoin Moran said.
"If you look at our dismissals,
South Africa didn't let us get away. Sometimes you have to sit in.
It was a nice reminder. Today wasn't our day."
Jonny Bairstow top-scored with
51, but England's middle-order looked vulnerable in the absence of
the rested Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Chris Woakes.
Morgan's team made a dismal
start with Rababa claiming Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid
in one over.
Bairstow featured in two
half-century stands with David Willey (26) and debutant Toby
Roland-Jones (37 not out), but the top order collapse had already
done enough damage.
Bairstow was finally stumped in
the 28th over after hitting eight fours in his 67-ball knock as
left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (3-25) wrapped up the innings.
Barcelona hire former player Ernesto Valverde as new coach
Ernesto Valverde has been appointed the new head coach of FC
Barcelona. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
Madrid (AP) — Barcelona
picked one of their own to improve their winning ways.
Former player Ernesto Valverde
has been hired as the new coach, the club confirmed on Monday.
The longtime Athletic Bilbao
manager will replace Luis Enrique, who ended his three-year stint
after winning the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
Valverde received a two-year contract, with an
option for a third.
The expected announcement was made by Barcelona
president Josep Bartomeu after a club board meeting.
Valverde's official introduction will be on
"I personally spoke to Valverde
and he is very happy and excited about the thrilling challenge that
is to coach Barcelona," Bartomeu said.
A former forward, the
53-year-old Valverde played two seasons for Barcelona in the late
1980s and was coached by Johan Cruyff, the Dutch great who gave
Barcelona their winning identity.
"Valverde has the ability,
judgment, knowledge and experience. He loves football and has a
style that is similar to Barca's," Bartomeu said. "He is a hard
worker and is passionate about using technology in training and in
The calm-mannered Valverde is
known for an attacking style that should fit well with Barcelona.
His teams prioritize ball
possession and like to pressure high in the attack while without the
ball. His most used scheme with Athletic was the 4-2-3-1, with a
true striker up front.
It was a style that helped
Athletic play offensively and remain highly competitive, constantly
fighting for qualification spots in European competitions. They
finished seventh in the Spanish league.
Valverde led Athletic to
victory over Barcelona in the final of the 2015 Spanish Super Cup,
which marked the team's first title in more than three decades. They
won the first leg of that final 4-0 with an inspiring performance at
its San Mames Stadium.
He announced he was leaving Athletic last week
after four seasons. He also coached Athletic from 2003-05. Valverde
has coached the most matches in Athletic's history. He also played
for the club from 1990-96.
His other jobs were at
Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia. He led Espanyol to
the UEFA Cup final in 2007, losing to Sevilla in a penalty shootout.
Luis Enrique left Barcelona
this weekend after helping the club win nine titles out of a
possible 13 in the three seasons he was with the Catalan club. He
made the surprise announcement he would quit back in March, saying
he needed to rest.
It was Barcelona's worst season
under Luis Enrique, despite winning two titles, the Spanish Super
Cup and the Copa del Rey. Barca were eliminated by Juventus in the
quarterfinals of the Champions League and lost the Spanish league to
Real Madrid in the final round.
"We expected more this season,
we can't say that it was a successful one," Bartomeu said. "We can't
Valverde will have in his hands
a team with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, but he will
eventually need to start revamping part of an aging squad that
includes veterans Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Gerard
His first official match will
likely be against rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final
Vettel extends lead with Monaco GP win
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning
the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco,
Sunday, May 28. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Monaco (AP) — Sebastian
Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his
slick driving. Six races into the new campaign, the Ferrari driver
is no longer Formula One's Mr. Angry, moving 25 points clear of
Lewis Hamilton and in serious contention for a fifth title.
The title race took a further
swing Ferrari's way after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, with Vettel
winning ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton finished seventh and
behind his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who was fourth.
Ferrari did not even win a race
last year, but the Italian manufacturer has turned the tables on
Mercedes. Faster and — so far — more reliable, with a calm and
confident Vettel behind the wheel, the Prancing Horse is galloping
Vettel's third win this season
was the 45th of his career and Ferrari's first here since Michael
Schumacher in 2001. That was during Ferrari's dominant era. Early
suggestions are that Ferrari could be on the verge of a new one.
"It's very, very special to win
here," Vettel said. "With the season we've had, the Ferrari fans and
the Ferrari flags are increasing."
There are few better places to
celebrate than glitzy Monaco, and Vettel seemed keen to make the
most of it.
"We're going to have a very fun
night," he said.
It was a much different story
last year, when Vettel was swearing and cursing on team radio,
aiming expletives and broadsides at other drivers and even F1
"We had a lot of hard times
last year, but this year it seems to be (the other way around),"
Vettel said. "We must make sure we keep the momentum up in the next
couple of races."
Vettel has been all smiles and
compliments this year, emotionally praising his team in Italian
after Sunday's win.
Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel's
teammate during a dismal season at Red Bull in 2014, finished third
to make it an even worse day for Mercedes.
"We've just been missing pace,"
Bottas said. "Ferrari were very strong this weekend and for whatever
reason, their car seems easier to operate."
Vettel let out a whoop of
delight after crossing the finish line with bright sunshine gleaming
off the famed red of Ferrari. As the German national anthem played,
he stood atop the podium with his eyes closed.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was
fifth, ahead of Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Raikkonen started from pole
position for the first time in nine years, with Vettel joining him
on the front row.
After Raikkonen and Bottas had
come in for a tire change a few laps earlier, Vettel changed halfway
through the 78-lap race. When he came back out, he was in front of
Raikkonen while Ricciardo had jumped ahead of Bottas.
It seemed to be a case of the
Ferrari team giving preferential treatment to Vettel with
Raikkonen's stop looking like it came far too early.
"I got the bad end of the story
today," Raikkonen said. "It's still second place but it doesn't
count a lot in my books at least."
"We get along well and I can
understand Kimi's not totally happy today," he said.
Whatever the strategy was,
Ferrari will not mind after securing maximum points.
"Something we've been waiting
for a long time has finally come to pass, a race which will be part
of our history," Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said. "Not only
a victory, but a one-two finish at a Grand Prix with a tradition as
glorious as Monaco, where Ferrari last won with another one-two,
delivered on that occasion by Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello.
Today it was a really exciting race."
Not for everyone.
German driver Pascal Wehrlein
crashed near the tunnel after being shoved by British driver Jenson
With the drivers trundling
behind the safety car, tire temperatures dropped dramatically and
some could not cope. Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber and
McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne followed suit moments later.
Then, after the safety car came
out again, Russian Daniil Kvyat also lost control of his car in a
Up ahead, Vettel was already
thinking about his party.
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin wins 100th Giro d'Italia
Dumoulin, of the Netherlands, is framed by Milan's gothic cathedral
as he holds up the trophy after winning the Giro d'Italia, Tour of
Italy cycling race, in Milan, Sunday, May 28. (AP Photo/Antonio
Milan (AP) — Tom
Dumoulin won the 100th Giro d'Italia in dramatic fashion Sunday,
reclaiming the overall lead in a final-stage individual time trial.
It's the first Grand Tour
victory for Dumoulin, a Dutchman with Team Sunweb, and it sets him
up as a potential rival for three-time Tour de France champion Chris
Dumoulin entered the final
stage in fourth position but finished far enough ahead of his rivals
over the flat 29-kilometer (18-mile) route from Monza's Formula One
race track to Milan's cathedral to move back into the lead.
"This is crazy. I could not
have imagined this," Dumoulin said. "I was strong. I was lucky. Just
everything fell into place the whole Giro."
In the overall standings,
Dumoulin finished 31 seconds ahead of 2014 champion Nairo Quintana
of Colombia and 40 seconds ahead of last year's winner, Vincenzo
Nibali of Italy.
Dumoulin's fellow Dutchman Jos
van Emden won the 21st stage in 33 minutes, 8 seconds.
"It couldn't be better," Van
Emden said. "I'm really happy for Tom. He deserves it."
Dumoulin came second in the
stage, 15 seconds behind. Nibali came 13th, 1:09 behind Emden and
Quintana was 27th, 1:39 back.
Dumoulin entered the final
stage 53 seconds behind Quintana.
It was the third time the pink
jersey changed hands on the last stage. Felice Gimondi replaced
Johan De Muynck in 1976, Francesco Moser dethroned Laurent Fignon in
1984 and Ryder Hesjedal overcame Joaquim Rodriguez in 2012.
Dumoulin also won the race's
other time trial in Stage 10 and claimed Stage 14, which had an
uphill finish. Dumoulin wore the leader's pink jersey for eight days
but then struggled in the serious mountain stages and lost the lead
to Quintana two days ago.
Dumoulin came close to winning
the 2015 Spanish Vuelta, which he led heading into the penultimate
stage. But he faded fast on the final mountain ride, and finished
sixth behind winner Fabio Aru. The final stage was the traditional
leisurely arrival to Madrid, which offered no chance to come back.
This time, the concluding time
trial was just what Dumoulin needed, enabling him to become the
first Dutch rider to win the Giro.
"I'm not the first TT rider who
can do well in the mountains," Dumoulin said. "Miguel Indurain is
five steps ahead of me. There are guys like Bradley Wiggins, but I
don't want to compare myself to anyone."
Relief came via the team radio.
"I was feeling good. Halfway
they said 'Don't take risks anymore,' so I thought, 'Maybe I'm
winning now?'" Dumoulin said. "They better never do that again,
because it was close in the end."
Sato holds off Helio to give Andretti another Indy 500 win
Takuma Sato, of Japan, celebrates
winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, Sunday, May 28 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Mike
Indianapolis (AP) — At
the end of 500 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a
former Formula One driver who took the checkered flag.
He even drove for Andretti
It just wasn't Fernando Alonso.
Takuma Sato became the first
Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied
Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded
the lead in the closing laps.
"I know Helio is always going
to charge," Sato said. "But he's just such a gentleman and such a
The Andretti family has
struggled for decades to win this race, but as a car owner, Michael
Andretti certainly knows the way to victory lane.
Sato's victory gave Andretti a
second consecutive win in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." An
Andretti driver has now won the 500 three times in the last four
years, and five times overall dating to 2005 with the late Dan
Last year, it was with rookie
Alexander Rossi. This time it is with Sato, who joined the team just
this season and had largely been overlooked at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. The Andretti camp expanded to six cars for the 500 to add
Alonso, a two-time F1 champion who brought massive European interest
to the race.
Six cars never seemed to spread
the team too thin, and the main issue facing Andretti Autosport was
the reliability of its Honda engines. Alonso put on a thrilling show
and even led 27 laps — third most in the race — but he was sent to
the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.
"We didn't build the thing that
was smoking down the front straight," said McLaren boss Zak Brown,
who engineered Alonso's trip to Indianapolis. Part of the reason
Alonso was able to skip F1's showcase Monaco Grand Prix earlier
Sunday for Indy is because the McLaren team — and its Hondas — have
grossly underperformed this season and Alonso is not a current title
Alonso did have a spectacular
race and simply fell victim to his engine late in the race. The
crowd gave the Spaniard a standing ovation as he climbed from his
"I felt the noise, the engine
friction, I backed off and I saw the smoke and, yeah, it's a shame,"
Alonso said. "It's a very nice surprise to come here with big names,
big guys, the best in open-wheel racing and be competitive."
He still drank from a carton of
milk to close out his experience at Indy, and didn't rule out a
"The last two weeks, I came
here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself," Alonso said.
"I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 car. I didn't know
if I can be as quick as anyone in an Indy car."
The Honda teams had a clear
horsepower advantage over Chevrolet, but things were dicey in Indy
for more than a week and certainly on race day: Before Alonso's
failure, 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay lost his Honda and so did
Charlie Kimball. Hunter-Reay led 28 laps and was a strong contender
"I'm really happy for Honda.
They worked really hard to get us here," said Andretti. "I know how
big this news is going to be tomorrow when they wake up in Japan.
It's going to be huge. I'm really happy for them, that we were able
to give them a win with our Japanese driver here."
Added Sato about the popularity
of his victory in Japan: "This is going to be mega big. A lot of the
Japanese fans are following the IndyCar Series and many, many flew
over for the Indianapolis 500. We showed the great result today and
I am very proud of it."
In a Chevrolet for Team Penske,
Castroneves briefly took the lead but couldn't make it stick as Sato
grabbed it back. Castroneves was disappointed to fall short of the
four-time winners club — particularly since it was his third
"Being second again sucks,
being so close to getting my fourth," Castroneves said. "I'm really
trying. I'm not giving up this dream and I know it's going to
The margin of victory was
0.2011 seconds and the win was redemption for Sato, who crashed
while trying to beat Dario Franchitti on the final lap of the 2012
A joyful Sato dumped a bottle
of 2 percent milk over his head, received a kiss from the Indy 500
Princess and raised his finger in the air. Michael Andretti ran down
pit lane to reach Sato's crew, then rushed to hug his driver.
As for the difference between
2012, when Sato crashed in the first turn of the final lap racing
Franchitti, Sato said his strategy this year was perfect.
"I was pointing in the right
direction into (Turn) One," said Sato, who was congratulated in
victory lane by Franchitti.
It was only the second IndyCar
victory for Sato, who won driving for A.J. Foyt in Long Beach in
2013 — a span of 74 races.
Ed Jones finished a career-best
third and was followed by Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan, the highest
finishers for Chip Ganassi Racing. Two-time winner Juan Pablo
Montoya was sixth.
Honda drivers took six of the
top 10 finishing positions.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon,
already having a rough week because he was robbed at gunpoint at
Taco Bell hours after turning the fastest qualifying effort in 21
years, was knocked out of the race in a terrifying crash in which
his car sailed through the air and landed cockpit-first atop the
inside safety fence. Dixon's car was split in two amid sparks and
The tub of the car remained
intact and the 2008 champion was able to climb out on his own to a
roar from the crowd. He walked to a waiting ambulance while the race
was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris
scattered over hundreds of feet in the accident caused when Dixon's
car collided with that of Jay Howard.
"Just a little beaten up there.
It was definitely a rough ride," Dixon said. "We had a great shot.
We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in."
Oracle goes 2-1 to take lead in America's Cup qualifiers
Two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA, left, and Artemis
Racing of Sweden, right, compete in the 35th America's Cup sailing
event on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Sunday, May 28. (Ricardo
Pinto/ACEA via AP)
Hamilton, Bermuda (AP) -
Two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA won't go undefeated in
this America's Cup regatta and Groupama Team France won't go
On an afternoon of light,
shifty winds on the turquoise waters of Bermuda's Great Sound,
Oracle won two of three races to take a two-point lead in the
America's Cup qualifiers. Groupama Team France opened Sunday's
racing with a stunning upset of Artemis Racing of Sweden.
Britain's Land Rover BAR got
its foiling 50-foot catamaran patched up overnight after a
frightening collision with SoftBank Team Japan on Saturday. But
skipper Ben Ainslie and crew gave up the lead in their two races and
were beaten handily by Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand. That's
not a good sign for a country that's tried for 166 years to win back
the silver trophy it lost to the schooner America in 1851.
Oracle, skippered by Australia
Jimmy Spithill, beat Land Rover BAR by 39 seconds, lost to Artemis
by 39 seconds, and routed stablemate SoftBank Team Japan by 54
This is the first time the
defender has sailed against challengers in the preliminaries. If
Oracle wins the qualifiers, it will carry a one-point bonus into the
first-of-seven America's Cup match beginning June 17.
Spithill is determined to get
that point, even if the team, owned by software billionaire Larry
Ellison, isn't always perfect.
"It was a day where it was
really easy to make mistakes," said Spithill, who led Oracle to a
rousing comeback win over Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2013
America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. "We actually made quite a lot of
them, especially early on in the first two starts. As we saw today,
if you sailed well, the boat speed really didn't matter. It was
really about trying to avoid all those minefields out there."
Oracle has five points,
followed by Emirates Team Zealand and Land Rover BAR with three
apiece. Land Rover BAR entered with two bonus points from
preliminary regattas, while Oracle entered with one bonus point.
Artemis has two points and SoftBank Team Japan and France one
Oracle is finished with the
first round robin, which continues with three races Monday. The
second round robin starts Tuesday, after which one challenger will
be eliminated. Oracle will then train on its own while the
challengers sail their semifinals and finals.
Beating Artemis by 3 seconds
"was really good for the team," French skipper Franck Cammas said.
"They worked two years for that. It's good for the mind, it's good
for the maturation for the next days."
With the weekend crowded due to
Friday's schedule being blown out by too much wind, Oracle was the
only team to sail three races Sunday. It swapped out two of the
workhorse grinders per race. Due to the way the rotation works,
Aussie Ky Hurst sailed the last two races.
"Give full credit to the boys;
three races," Spithill said. "The guys are in great shape, so it's
not really an issue in terms of the physical side for the guys."
Oracle recovered from a bad
start against Land Rover BAR and passed the Brits about halfway
through the race. The American lead grew as Land Rover BAR came off
its foils and buried its bows in the water just after the weather
mark, a recurring problem.
Artemis skipper Nathan
Outteridge, also an Aussie, got the best of Spithill at the start of
their race. Oracle got close, but Artemis played the shifts for a
Oracle had no trouble against
SoftBank Team Japan, which is led by Dean Barker, the former skipper
of Emirates Team New Zealand. The two syndicates shared a design
package, but SoftBank Team Japan, a startup syndicate, is clearly
behind on the sailing front.
Spithill wasn't surprised with
the big difference between Oracle and Japan.
"When you look at the
conditions, it's no surprise at all that either team could have been
a long way ahead," he said. "No disrespect to Franck, but I think
Artemis is a team that the bookies would have had odds-on to win
that race, and Franck and the guys just sailed better. It clearly
shows that today was about sailing well and trying to avoid some of
the tough spots out there."
Ainslie said the shore team
"did an amazing job" of patching a hole in the port hull left by
Saturday's collision. "It's just a shame we couldn't repay that work
with some wins today," he said.
Barker said his boat still
needs some work after Saturday's crash.
"The shore crew are looking
forward to when Ben's going to bring some beers down," Barker said.
"It didn't happen last night, so I'm guessing' he'll probably do it
Emirates Team New Zealand beat Japan by 33
seconds and Britain by 1:28.
No. 1 Kerber out of French Open in 1st round
Germany's Angelique Kerber leaves the
arena after losing in two sets, 2-6, 2-6, against Russia's Ekaterina
Makarova at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros
stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, May 28. (AP Photo/Petr David
Paris (AP) — A French
Open already missing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova is now
without No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber, too, lending even more of a
feeling that the women's championship is anyone's to win.
Kerber has not been playing at
all like one of the best at what she does, and on Sunday she became
the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open's first
round in the professional era.
Kerber, who replaced Williams
atop the WTA rankings this month, was gone from Roland Garros by
lunchtime on Day 1, putting up little resistance while being beaten
6-2, 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. It's the
latest in a string of early exits for Kerber, who reached her first
three major finals in 2016.
"This year, I mean, the
expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and
the Grand Slams. And the expectations are also, from me, really big,
of course, because I know what I can do, what I did last year,"
Kerber said. "But right now, I think that I have to find myself
Other significant results as
the year's second Grand Slam tournament began: Two-time Wimbledon
champion Petra Kvitova played — and won — her first match since
being stabbed by an intruder at her home in December; Venus Williams
began her 20th appearance at Roland Garros with a victory; and Rio
Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig eliminated 2015 U.S. Open
runner-up Roberta Vinci 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Makarova's take when informed
of the history made by her victory?
"Well," she said, "that's
Although maybe not, considering
how Kerber has fared lately.
Her Australian Open and U.S.
Open titles, plus Wimbledon runner-up finish, seem a bit in the
distance now: The German has a 19-13 record this season, losing 4 of
her past 6 matches.
"If you are losing, it's always
tough to (enjoy) the game," Kerber said. "I mean, I know in the last
years I had always up and downs and right now, of course, I'm ...
Add in that 23-time major
champion Serena Williams is pregnant and won't play until next
season, and five-time major champion Sharapova was refused a wild
card in Paris as she returns from a 15-month doping suspension, and
the rest of the field might have more reason than usual to believe
in the chance to claim a Grand Slam trophy.
"That's the beauty of our sport
right now: Anybody can win and everybody's really good," said Shelby
Rogers, an American who beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 7-6 (4),
6-4 on a steamy Sunday when the temperature touched 90 degrees (32
"I like playing at this time
for women's tennis. It's kind of — I don't want to say 'open,'
because everyone's really good, but — very competitive," Rogers
said, "and there's not like that dominating force."
Kerber's strokes were off
against Makarova, who has reached two major semifinals but never
been past the fourth round in Paris. Makarova pointed out she never
had played a singles match in the tournament's main stadium (she was
the 2013 French Open women's doubles champion).
Kerber had only four winners
and 12 unforced errors in the first set and didn't even earn a break
point until the last game, which Makarova won, anyway. Makarova then
raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set.
Kerber showed some signs of
getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing
winner, leaning forward and yelling as she got within 3-1. But that
was about it. In the last game, Kerber held seven break points but
Makarova fought off each one despite, she said, "fighting with my
In the preceding match on Court
Philippe Chatrier, Kvitova's eyes welled with tears at the end of
her 6-3, 6-2 win against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United
"I think it doesn't really
matter how I played," but I won, Kvitova said.
She had surgery on her left
hand — the one she plays tennis with — after the knife attack in the
Only in recent days did Kvitova
decide to enter the French Open.
"I saw her in the locker room a
couple of days ago," said Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an American
qualifier who will face Kvitova in the second round after beating
Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 6-2. "Gave her a big hug. It's great to see her
Feng holds on for 1-stroke win at LPGA event in Michigan
Shanshan Feng, of China, stands with the
LPGA Volvik Championship trophy after winning the golf tournament at
the Travis Pointe Country Club, Sunday, May 28, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
(AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP) —
Shanshan Feng won in Malaysia and Japan during an impressive stretch
toward the end of the 2016 season.
On American soil, however, it
had been a while since her last victory.
That dry spell ended when Feng
shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the LPGA Volvik Championship by
one stroke over Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park. It was her first
victory of the season and seventh of her career — and her first in
the U.S. since the CME Group Titleholders in 2013.
"Very happy that I can actually
prove to the fans in the U.S. that I can actually win here," she
She led by one shot after a
bogey-free third round Saturday, then kept the competition at bay on
the 6,734-yard course at Travis Pointe Country Club.
Feng, a bronze medalist for
China at the 2016 Olympics, led by four strokes with four holes to
play, but she made a bogey on No. 16 and Lee birdied 17. Needing a
bogey on the 18th to win, Feng easily tapped in for one and finished
at 19-under 269.
Lee (65) made six birdies on
the front nine, and Park (66) made four on the back.
Playing a couple groups ahead
of Feng, Lee knew she needed a strong finish to catch the leader,
and after her birdie on No. 17, she tried to reach the green on the
par-5 18th in two. Lee missed well to the left and ended up near the
scoring tent before scrambling to make par.
"I was like, 'Oh, I'm four
shots behind with like two holes to go.' So just tried to play and
make as many birdies as I could on the last two holes," Lee said. "I
But Feng still had room for
error as she was finishing her round — not that she necessarily
realized it. Feng says she tries to ignore the leaderboard when she
"I had no idea about the others
other than my playing partners, so I was maybe assuming somebody in
front of me maybe would have a super-low round and maybe would catch
me," Feng said. "So I had no idea. I was just focusing on my own
game and own plan."
Feng's second shot on 18 left
her behind a bunker near the green, and her shot from there still
came up short of the putting surface. When she did reach the green,
she still had two putts for the win from a pretty short distance.
"I asked my caddie. I handed
him the ball, I was like, 'Is it OK?' My caddie said, 'Oh, it's
fine.' Then I was like, 'Oh, maybe I've got two putt to win,'" she
said. "And I looked at the leaderboard and I was winning by two, so
I didn't have pressure."
Lizette Salas (69) and Jeong
Eun Lee (67) finished tied for fourth, two strokes behind.
Lydia Ko skipped this event but
remains No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings. So Yeon Ryu and Ariya
Jutanugarn each could have displaced her this week, but Ryu (72)
finished tied for 56th at 3 under, and Jutanugarn (71) — the
defending champion at this event — was 11 under and tied for 21st.
Ryu had finished in the top 10 in 11 consecutive events, dating to
Feng finished last year strong
after her Olympic medal, winning twice to cap a streak of six
straight tour finishes in the top four.
"I got the bronze medal in Rio
and that really gave me a lot more confidence," she said. "After
that I just reminded myself every time, 'Hey, just smile all the
time, it doesn't matter if you hit a bad shot. I mean it's going to
happen because we're human beings and we should allow ourselves to
do that, and that's what I've been doing well."
Feng's most recent LPGA win
before Sunday was at last year's TOTO Japan Classic , and the ending
was similar. She took a three-shot lead to the final hole, then made
a double bogey that was enough for a one-stroke victory.
She came into the final round
Sunday with a one-stroke lead over Salas and was ahead by two after
the front nine. Birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 put Feng ahead by four.
Noren shoots 10-under 62, wins BMW PGA Championship
Sweden's Alex Noren kisses the trophy after winning the 2017 BMW PGA
Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, England, Sunday May
28. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
Virginia Water, England (AP) -
Racked with nerves, Alex Noren could barely line up his 6-foot eagle
putt on the final hole that would help to clinch him the BMW PGA
Championship on Sunday.
The Swedish golfer still managed to
roll it into the center of the cup, where most of his putts ended up
during the best round of his life.
Rediscovering his sensational form
of 2016, Noren shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Wentworth and came
from seven strokes back in the final round to win the signature event on
the European Tour against the odds.
"That was the best round of golf
I've ever seen," tweeted Peter Uihlein, Noren's playing partner.
The 13th-ranked Noren had to wait
before he could really celebrate the ninth and biggest victory of his
career, and a first prize of 894,000 pounds ($1.14 million).
He started the final round so far
behind that more than two hours of play were remaining after his eagle
on the par-5 No. 18.
That set the clubhouse target of
11-under 277, but the likes of Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, Shane
Lowry and Hideto Tanihara were all picking up shots and looked likely to
challenge the lead. Noren felt he might even be three strokes too short.
In the end, no one got within a
stroke as the chasers fell away once late-afternoon rain arrived.
"It feels amazing and crazy," Noren
said. "I had no intention of winning this morning."
Francesco Molinari was second — two
strokes back — after a 68, with Stenson (68), Tanihara (68) and Nicolas
Colsaerts (65) a shot further behind.
Noren was the hottest player in
European golf in the second half of last year, during which he earned
four victories in a 10-event stretch from July to November to climb into
the world's top 10 for the first time.
The 34-year-old Noren has had just
two top-10 finishes since the last of his 2016 wins, at the Nedbank Golf
Challenge in November. He has played more events on the PGA Tour this
year and said he struggled with the firmness of the greens, but a
fifth-place finish at the Dell Technologies Match Play in March restored
some confidence before a 10th place at The Players Championship two
His 62 equaled the lowest round of
his professional career, matching one at the Portugal Masters in 2009,
and established a new course record on the revamped West Course, which
underwent a renovation program immediately after last year's event.
Thomas Bjorn also shot a 62 at Wentworth, the headquarters of the
European Tour, in 2014.
Noren picked up four birdies in his
first seven holes, four more from Nos. 12-16, and then came to No. 18,
where he felt nervous having made double-bogey on Saturday by sending a
chip from the back of the green into the water guarding the front.
This time, his 5-iron approach
pitched at 210 yards and rolled just by the pin, giving him a
left-to-right putt that he curled in despite saying he was "shaking." It
completed a round that was three shots better than any other player's
Noren's next target is to contend
at a major.
"The only thing I'm trying to do is
play better against better fields and on better courses," Noren said. "I
think this is very close to a major. My confidence goes up."
Andrew Dodt of Australia took a
one-stroke lead into the final round, but bogeyed No. 1 and shot 73 to
finish four strokes behind Noren in a tie for sixth.
Spieth charges, Kisner holds on to win Colonial by stroke
Kisner watches his approach shot on the eighth hole during the final
round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial
Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 28. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Fort Worth, Texas (AP) —
Kevin Kisner came so close several times before finally winning on the
PGA Tour. He now has another victory, withstanding a charge by Jordan
Spieth at Colonial, after two more runner-up finishes this year.
"You start questioning if you're
going to win again after a while," Kisner said. "Everybody was
questioning if I was ever going to win. Then I win, and then everybody
questions if I was ever going to win again."
The affirmative answer came Sunday
when Kisner birdied the first three holes on the back nine at Hogan's
Alley to go ahead, then finished his 4-under 66 with a clutch par save
at the 18th after a wayward tee shot and an approach off the back side
of the green and well below the hole.
At 10-under 270, the 33-year-old
Kisner finished a stroke ahead of Spieth (65), Sean O'Hair (66) and Jon
Rahm (66). He earned a check of just more than $1.2 million, along with
the winner's plaid jacket.
Kisner was a runner-up four times,
including three playoffs during the 2015 season, before winning the RSM
Classic in November 2015. Then came two more runner-ups this year.
Spieth was standing on a chair to
see over the crowd at the 18th green after his bogey-free round when
Kisner putted up the mound to 5 feet of the cup and then made the
"I was going to take my chances
with a (par) 4 and see what happened," said Kisner, who never considered
a different club for his last two shots.
Rahm, who the last two years won
the Ben Hogan Award as the nation's top college player, had just watched
his 10-foot birdie chance skirt left of the hole.
Spieth, who had missed consecutive
cuts at The Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson, was trying
to become the only player other than Ben Hogan to win consecutive
Colonials. Hogan won five times, including the first two in 1946 and
1947, along with consecutive wins again in 1952 and 1953.
"I could look back at the end of
the year and this could have been the most important round of the year,"
Spieth said. "I hope that's the case."
After starting the day five strokes
behind 54-hole leader Webb Simpson, Spieth had birdies on the first two
holes before a nearly 20-footer lipped out at the 453-yard No. 3 hole.
He also just missed a 12-footer at No. 9, and a 25-footer at the
446-yard 12th hole rolled over the left edge of the cup, and had another
near-miss on a 12-footer at No. 17.
Kisner blew a three-stroke lead at
the turn on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and
lost by a stroke. He made a nearly 95-foot chip-in for eagle to get him
and fellow Aiken, South Carolina, resident Scott Brown into playoff at
the Zurich Classic's new team format before losing on the fourth playoff
At Colonial, an unexpected 40-foot
birdie putt at the 404-yard 10th hole started Kisner's back-nine push.
"It was a difficult putt just to
two-putt. It fell in on the lost roll," he said. "That kind of gets
those juices flowing."
When he made a 10-foot birdie at
No. 12, Kisner was 10 under — no other player reached that mark. Only
one other time since 1999 was Colonial's winning score higher than 11
under, in 2014 when Adam Scott won in a playoff after shooting 9 under
After a 14-foot birdie putt at the
par-4 15th, Kisner had a two-stroke lead. That was the same hole where
Spieth, playing two groups ahead of him, punctuated an 11-foot birdie
putt with a fist pump.
"I didn't do any scoreboard
watching and really thought I needed to get to 11 under," Spieth said.
"I hit so many great putts today. I hit a bad putt on 17. It was pretty
About the same time Kisner made a
bogey at the par-3 16th, Spieth was hitting his drive way right at the
18th hole and went on to save par after a chip to 5 feet. Kisner hit a
similar drive, and also saved par.
Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner,
was the 54-hole leader by two strokes, but started the final round with
an unusual bogey at the par-5 first hole. His only birdie came at No. 9,
and he bogeyed the 18th when he drove into the left rough after Kisner
had already posted his final putt. Simpson had a 71 to finish fifth at 8
Petra Kvitova to play at French Open
Kvitova of the Czech Republic sits during a press conference at the Roland
Garros tennis complex in Paris, France, Friday, May 26. (AP Photo/Christophe
Paris (AP) — Only two months
after picking up her racket for the first time following a knife attack at
her home, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the French Open.
The two-time Wimbledon champion said
Friday she will make her comeback at Roland Garros, although she still lacks
power and strength.
"I knew this day would come," said
Kvitova, who was attacked by an intruder last year. "I'm really happy that
really here, the dream comes true."
Kvitova has missed all season while
recovering from surgery on her racket-holding left hand. She sustained
damage to the tendons in her left hand, along with injuries to all five
fingers and two nerves, during the attack.
Doctors initially thought she would
need more time before returning to tennis. But Kvitova's recovery was faster
than expected and she said last month that she was signing up for the French
Open, which begins Sunday, in hopes of being able to compete.
"It wasn't easy, but I'm happy that I
work through this and I can play tennis and I can be in the draw," she said.
Kvitova, who won the Wimbledon title in
2011 and 2014 and climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings, was not
allowed to speak about the attack itself because a police investigation is
still ongoing. However, she spoke about the anxiety associated with her
"I didn't sleep well the days after,
but I wasn't really staying alone," she said. "From the beginning I was
really feeling really weird when I went in the city or somewhere. I was
always staring to the guys and looking if there are no strangers there. But
with the time, it's better."
Kvitova also provided details on the
intense rehabilitation process that preceded her "last-minute" decision to
try her luck in Paris.
"I worked very hard behind the scenes,"
she said. "From the beginning I had this hand in a splint for two months,
and even then I was practicing every day, always putting the splint away and
trying to make this scar softer. So from the second day after surgery I
started to work with that, which was kind of easy, just passive work with
the fingers. I couldn't move them."
Kvitova got rid of the splint after two
weeks and started to move her fingers slightly. She said she can't still
move them completely.
Kvitova also consulted with a hand
specialist in the French city of Grenoble every month and she started
practicing with a racket at the end of March.
"I hit a few forehands with soft balls
from the net, and it felt very, very weird," she said. "I didn't really have
touch in the hand for holding the racket. I'm happy that I didn't have to
change any techniques or something. Everything seems OK. Of course the hand
doesn't have that power and the strength yet, but I'm working on it.
Hopefully one day will be everything perfect."
Kvitova will open her campaign on the
red clay against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup. She is making her ninth
appearance at Roland Garros, where she reached the semifinals in 2012.
"Not many people believe that I can
play tennis again. So I'm happy that I can play," Kvitova said. "I actually
already won my biggest fight. I stayed in life and I have all my fingers."
Spieth avoids Colonial cut scare, has shot to defend title
Jordan Spieth reacts on the ninth green during the second round of the
Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial Country Club in
Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, May 26. (Ray Carlin/Star-Telegram via AP)
Fort Worth, Texas (AP) —
Jordan Spieth normally doesn't concern himself with the cut line in the
middle of a round.
Unless the Dallas native is in
danger of staying home on consecutive weekends in what amount to his
Spieth recovered from a bad start
by going 5 under over his final 13 holes at the Colonial on Friday, and
his 2-under 68 put the defending champion at 2-under 138, four shots
behind second-round leaders Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and
"When your back's against the wall
and you feel the nerves kick up because you've got to do something, and
you're not going to be able to play both weekends in town,"
, coming off missed cuts in The Players Championship and AT&T Byron
Nelson. "That would have been really, really tough for me to swallow if
I missed the cut. And it was in my head."
Lee birdied the last hole for a 64,
the low round of the tournament on a hot and windy day. Kisner also had
a birdie on his final hole, the ninth, for a second straight 67.
Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and Piercy each shot 66 to join
the group at 6-under 134.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia (66)
and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm (69), who played in the same group, were at
5 under along with England's Paul Casey (66) and Sean O'Hair (68).
Phil Mickelson didn't have a birdie
while shooting a 75 that left him at 2 over, three shots clear of the
cut in his first Colonial since the two-time champ missed the cut in
Spieth said the key to the recovery
was a short bogey putt at 14, his fifth hole, that dropped him to 3 over
after he opened with a par 70. The 23-year-old broke from his recent
routine by seeking caddy Michael Greller's input on the 4-footer.
"He said, 'Hit this one with
confidence and walk it in,'" Spieth said about his third bogey in the
first five holes. "I stepped and walked it in. I think it was kind of
shocking because it was a bogey putt to go 3 over. No one really walks
those in. But it was exactly what I needed."
followed with a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 15, then had four
birdies in the first five holes of Colonial's front nine. That included
two birdies on the "Horrible Horseshoe" of holes 3-5.
The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open
champion had no bogeys over the final 13 holes after seven bogeys and a
double bogey among his first 23, which offset six birdies in his opening
"I played one through five in 4
under. I don't think I've ever done 2 under on those holes," Spieth
said. "I felt really good about the way that we played those last 14
holes, about as solid as the entire year."
Simpson made a 7-footer at the
par-3 16th, then
put his approach
at 17 just inside 3 feet for a birdie that tied Casey. Third
at Colonial last year, Simpson had missed the cut at Colonial his only
two other times in 2009-10.
A four-time PGA Tour winner with
his most recent victory in 2014, Simpson skipped last week's Nelson and
hasn't played both Dallas-Fort Worth events since 2010.
"I didn't play well at Byron my
first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas," Simpson
Kisner made a 14-foot birdie on his
final hole, the ninth, to join Simpson. Moments later, Lee rolled one in
from 27 feet at the 18th. Piercy had a shot at the outright lead at the
ninth, missing from 24 feet.
Casey's best Colonial finish was
fifth in his debut in 2009, the same year of his only PGA Tour win in
Houston. The 14-time international winner had three birdies and a bogey
over his first four holes before settling in with two birdies over the
final 14 while generally staying out of trouble.
Casey was a 25-foot par save at the par-4 fifth, his 14th
"It's been tricky with the wind,"
Casey said. "I've handled it so far, so I would actually like it to stay
tricky if it can. And I handle the heat well. So I am saying probably
the more difficult it is, the better it is for me."
Garcia had six birdies, while Rahm
didn't get his first until 17 while finishing with two straight.
Si Woo Kim, playing for the first
time since winning The Players Championship two weeks ago, had an 8 on
the par-4 ninth after his pitch from greenside bunker went dead right
off his club and rolled into the water.
Kim had to go across the pond for
his drop and hit another ball in the water, then tossed his club in as
well after finally reaching the green on the next shot. He made a
15-footer for quadruple bogey, and finished with a 73 to miss the cut at
Quintana reclaims pink jersey with 2 stages to go in Giro
Colombian rider Nairo Quintana wears the pink jersey of the overall
leader as he celebrates on the podium after the 19th stage of the Giro
d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from San Candido to Piancavallo,
Friday, May 26. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Piancavallo, Italy (AP) —
Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two
stages to go in the Giro d'Italia on Friday, setting up what could be a
tense finale in Milan on Sunday.
Dumoulin couldn't keep up with his
main rivals in the final uphill finish of the three-week race and trails
Quintana, the 2014 winner from Colombia, by 38 seconds.
Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali is
third overall, 43 seconds behind Quintana.
With Thibaut Pinot of France fourth
overall, 53 seconds back, the top four are grouped within less than a
"It's pretty complicated. We have
to adapt the strategy day-by-day," Quintana said.
Spanish rider Mikel Landa won the
19th stage in a breakaway, finally tasting victory after two
second-place finishes and one third-place result.
Landa required nearly five hours to
complete the 191-kilometer (119-mile) route from San Candido to
Piancavallo. He finished nearly two minutes ahead of Rui Costa, with
Stage 17 winner Pierre Rolland crossing third.
On Thursday, Dumoulin criticized
the tactics of Quintana and Nibali, saying they were merely racing to
make him lose — remarks that earned a sharp rebuke from Nibali.
Before Friday's stage, Dumoulin
apologized to Nibali and the pair shook hands.
If anything, Dumoulin's comments
appeared to have motivated Quintana and Nibali, who temporarily dropped
Dumoulin on a downhill section midway through Friday's stage.
While the Dutchman caught up on the
ensuing Sella Chianzutan climb, he didn't have the legs to keep up on
the 15.4-kilometer climb to Piancavallo, which began at an average
gradient of nearly 10 percent.
"I had bad legs from the start and
I made a rookie mistake at the beginning, sitting at the back of the
bunch on the downhill," Dumoulin said.
"In the final I tried to limit my
losses and I did that very well. My team saved me a couple of times, so
I have to thank them. Otherwise it would have been a much worse day. Bad
legs today, but I hope they'll be better tomorrow."
Quintana wore pink for one day
after winning Stage 9. Dumoulin then took control by dominating a time
trial in Stage 10 and had led ever since.
Quintana has also finished on the
Tour de France podium three times.
The penultimate stage on Saturday
is the last mountainous leg, a 190-kilometer (118-mile) route from
Pordenone to Asiago featuring two first-category climbs — a long
24-kilometer ascent to Monte Grappa and a shorter but steeper
14-kilometer rise to Foza.
The 100th Giro ends on Sunday with
an individual time trial from Monza to Milan.
"Tomorrow there will be another
important stage and then I'll give it all in the time trial," Quintana
Bouncing back from DQ, Lee shoots 2nd-round 66 in Michigan
Australia’s Minjee Lee talks with her caddie on the ninth hole during the
second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship golf tournament in Ann Arbor,
Mich., Friday, May 26. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)
Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP) — Minjee
Lee cost herself a top-10 finish last week when she failed to sign her
It was quite a gaffe, obviously, but it
didn't change the fact that the 20-year-old from Australia was playing
"Obviously, it was my fault," Lee said.
"I played good last week and I know my game's there."
Lee shot a 6-under 66 on Friday and
finished the second round two strokes behind leader Sung Hyun Park at the
LPGA Volvik Championship. Park shot a 65 to enter the weekend at 12 under.
Lee and Suzann Pettersen (67) were tied
"I feel pretty comfortable out there,"
said Lee, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour. "I mean, I was having fun
out there and kept it pretty light with my caddie. Yeah, just played golf
Lee, who turns 21 on Saturday, was
disqualified from the Kingsmill Championship because of the mistake with her
scorecard. She seems to have put that behind her, and she wrapped up her
round Friday with a birdie on No. 9.
On that final hole, playing partner
Charley Hull's approach shot struck Lee's ball, which was already on the
green, so the players had to deal with that unusual situation.
"They said move it three inches so
that's what we did," Lee said.
Lexi Thompson, who had her own
at this year's ANA Inspiration, was in Lee's group. She shot 68 and moved to
Park birdied six holes on the back
nine, and the rookie from South Korea appears to be playing with confidence.
She was the top earning player in the Korean LPGA last year and also had
four top-10 finishes in seven LPGA Tour events. She has three top-10 LPGA
Tour showings this season.
"I think I've definitely felt the
pressure and that's probably one of the biggest reasons why I haven't
performed up to my standards this year," Park said through a translator.
"But I think this week I'm able to let things go a little bit more and play
Aside from Park, Lizette Salas was the
only player to shoot a 65 on Friday on the 6,734-yard course at Travis
Pointe Country Club. She was at 9 under after missing the cut last week.
"I kind of started off from scratch
after Kingsmill after I missed the cut, so I just started from ground zero
and worked my way here," Salas said. "Just really having fun. I love
Michigan golf and I finished second in Grand Rapids a couple years ago, so I
don't know, just kind of got my groove back, I guess."
Stacy Lewis and Wei-Ling Hsu shot 72s and trailed Park by five strokes.
Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn (66) rebounded from a tough first round
but still trails the leader by six.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko is not playing in
this event, and the other top players in the Rolex Rankings haven't been at
their best. Third-ranked Jutanugarn made some progress Friday, but
second-ranked So Yeon Ryu (71) barely made the cut at 1 under. Her streak of
11 straight top-10 finishes is in jeopardy.
"When you play bad, you can find, 'OK,
I have to fix these.' Or, 'I have to do this one better,'" Ryu said. "But I
couldn't really feel it this week. I don't even know. I cannot hit it well,
I cannot really putt it well. So hopefully it's going to drop for this
Paula Creamer (75), Yani Tseng (72),
Michelle Wie (71) and Morgan Pressel (75) missed the cut.
3-way tie for halfway lead at BMW PGA Championship
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters. (AP Photo)
Virginia Water, England (AP) —
Belgian Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters, Italy's Francesco Molinari, and
Scotland's Scott Jamieson shared the halfway lead in the BMW PGA
Championship at Wentworth on Friday.
The trio sit on 7-under-par
overall, one shot ahead of German golfer Max Kieffer.
Pieters, who tied for fourth at the
Masters in his last tournament last month, recorded a round of 3-under
69 to set the target for the late starters.
Molinari dropped two shots on the
opening nine but roared back into contention with three birdies in the
closing six holes, including at 17 and 18, for a 70.
Jamieson dropped three shots in his
first three holes to fall five off the lead, but a run of six birdies in
seven holes around the turn saw him surge back up the leaderboard. He
carded 70, too.
Henrik Stenson (71) and Lee
Westwood (69) were two shots behind the leaders, along with Branden
Grace (71) and former champion Byeong-hun An (69).
Olympic champion Justin Rose needed
an eagle on the final hole to make the cut. Rose sat on 2 over.
Ian Poulter, who returned to form
with second place in the Players Championship at Sawgrass last week,
described his putting as "pathetic" despite a second round of 69.
The Englishman, eight shots off the
halfway lead, said: "I had really good opportunities to birdie all the
way back into the clubhouse and I didn't do it."
Wawrinka, Zverev advance to Geneva Open final
Mischa Zverev of Germany celebrates after beating Kei Nishikori of Japan
in their semifinal match at the Geneva Open tennis tournament, in
Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, May 26. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via
Geneva (AP) — Defending
champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the Geneva Open final by beating
unseeded Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Friday.
The top-seeded Wawrinka will face
qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany, who has peaked this week after a
poor clay-court season and beat second-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6,
6-3 in the other semifinal.
Wawrinka, the U.S. Open champion,
will seek a 16th career singles titles and a seventh on clay, including
the 2015 French Open. Zverev is looking for his first title at age 29.
Still, Zverev beat the third-ranked
Wawrinka when they last played, at the Swiss Indoors in Basel in
Wawrinka clinched with a service
winner against the 85th-ranked Kuznetsov.
Earlier, Zverev wasted two
match-point chances on Nishikori's serve before breezing through his
next service game to clinch with a backhand volley winner.
The final on Saturday will be only
the second of Zverev's injury-hit career. The Russian-born left-hander
was runner-up at Metz, France, in September 2010.
As recently as March 2015, Zverev
had a ranking over 1000 and was being overshadowed by his younger
brother Alexander, now a top-10 player at age 20 after winning the Rome
title last weekend.
Mischa Zverev's win over top-ranked
Andy Murray at the Australian Open in January — before a quarterfinals
loss to Roger Federer — lifted him to a then-career best No. 35.
However, he had a 1-6 record on
clay in recent weeks and needed to come through qualifying to get into
the Geneva main draw.
Kunitz's double-OT goal sends Penguins back to Stanley Cup
Pittsburgh Penguins players and fans celebrate after the Penguins' Chris
Kunitz scores a game winning goal in the second overtime period of Game
7 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the
Ottawa Senators, Thursday, May 25, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-2.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh (AP) — Chris
Kunitz spent a portion of the spring nursing a lower-body injury and
wondering if his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins was over. The veteran
forward's contract is up this summer and he's been around long enough to
know how these things go, particularly when you're 37.
"It's not fun thinking about the
future," Kunitz said.
He found a pretty compelling way to
put it off for at least four more games and push his team to the brink
of history in the process.
Kunitz's knuckling shot from
outside the circle fluttered past Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second
overtime to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 3-2 victory over
the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday
Thrust alongside old linemate
Sidney Crosby as the game wore on, the two reconnected for a goal that
moved the Penguins closer to becoming the first team since the 1998
Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back titles. Crosby sent a soft
backhand pass from the right faceoff circle to Kunitz and for a moment,
it seemed like old times.
"With the way he was holding the
stick you could tell he wanted it bad," Crosby said. "I just tried to
lay it there for him. I've seen him score from there pretty often. It
was a huge goal for us, and a great reward for him for the way he played
Kunitz scored twice, his first two
of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an
upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 27 shots on his 23rd
birthday. The Penguins will host Western Conference champion Nashville
in Game 1 on Monday night.
Not bad for a team that watched so
many of its core players — from defenseman Kris Letang to Evgeni Malkin
to Crosby — deal with some serious bumps along the way. And yet here
they are on the doorstep to a title once again.
"If you look at the amount of guys
who have played on this roster throughout the course of the year, it's a
lot of guys," Crosby said. "The biggest step is ahead."
Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored
for Ottawa. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it
2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation. Craig Anderson made 39 saves, but
couldn't get a handle on Kunitz's shot as the Senators fell to 0-6 in
Game 7s in franchise history.
Just don't call them cursed. A year
ago, Ottawa didn't even make the playoffs yet they found a way to push
the Penguins to the 85th minute of Game 7 of the conference finals.
"We wanted to make then earn it and
they earned it, rightfully so," said Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson,
who assisted on both of Ottawa's goals and played the entire postseason
with a pair of hairline fractures in his left heel. "We got to give it
to them. They were the better team."
The Senators forced a return trip
to Pittsburgh — where they lost 7-0 in Game 5 on Sunday — by leaning
heavily on Anderson in a 2-1 Game 6 victory.
Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told his
team to not get caught up in the big picture but instead focus on the
small ones, a recipe that carried the Senators throughout a bumpy
transition under their first-year head coach to within a victory of the
franchise's second Cup appearance.
The Penguins, trying to become the
first defending champion to return to the Final since Detroit in 2009,
came in confident they would advance if they could replicate their
dominant Game 6, when they were undone only by Anderson's brilliance.
Pittsburgh has been nearly
unflappable in the face of adversity under Mike Sullivan, and is now
13-2 in playoff games following a loss over the last two springs.
"I couldn't be more proud of our
team for just its 'sticktoitiveness,'" Sullivan said. "The last four
games of this series, we found our game."
Kunitz ended a 25-game playoff goal
drought when he completed a 2-on-1 with Conor Sheary — a healthy scratch
in Games 5 and 6 — by slipping the puck by Anderson 9:55 into the second
The momentum lasted all of 20
seconds. Ottawa responded immediately with Stone — who stretched his
left skate to stay onside — fired a wrist shot that handcuffed Murray .
Pittsburgh kept coming. Schultz,
returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, zipped a
shot from the point through Kunitz's screen and into the net with 8:16
left in the third.
Once again, the Penguins could not
hold the lead. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a
rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off
Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick .
Unbowed, Pittsburgh continued to
press. The Penguins pumped eight shots at Anderson in the first overtime
before finally breaking through when Kunitz won just the fourth
multiple-overtime Game 7 of a conference final in NHL history.
The next step, the last step,
James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, passes the ball as
Boston Celtics defend during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA
basketball Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday, May 25, in Boston.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston (AP) — The NBA Finals
has its first "three-match," courtesy of a King who passed His Airness.
LeBron James scored 35 points and
passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring
leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on
Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title
and another trip to the NBA Finals to meet the Golden State Warriors.
Kyrie Irving added 24 points and
Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by
as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series.
The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series
Cleveland's 4-1 series win gives it
a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup
with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the
Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.
"I wear the number because of
Mike," James said. "I think I fell in love with the game because of
Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you're
watching Michael Jordan it's almost like a god. So I didn't think I
could be Mike."
It will mark the seventh straight
trip to the Finals for James, who hit a 3-pointer late in in the third
quarter to nudge past Jordan on the playoff scoring list. He quickly
flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.
In the postgame trophy presentation
backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his
But there's no denying that his
accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.
"The biggest thing is I did it just
being me, I don't have to score the ball to make an impact on the
basketball game," James said. "That was my mindset. If I'm not scoring
the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?"
As much as this series was about
James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort
in Game 4. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired
by their leader.
"He's been the driving force, this
entire playoff run, and all of us have just helped us along the way,"
Coach Tyronn Lue said they've
gotten tighter this season.
"This team is a crazy team. They
just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really
stepped our game up," he said. "Now we can start focusing on Golden
State to get ready. As of tonight, I'll get started."
Avery Bradley led Boston with 23
The Cavaliers basically conceded
the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by
opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs. But they
displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the
After allowing the Celtics to seize
the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in
Led by its Big Three, Cleveland
quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots
of contributions from their teammates.
Love continued to knock down shots
from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and
James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.
It was a very welcomed sight in
Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of
Cleveland's Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though,
beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.
Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle
Korver helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several
wide-open scoring opportunities.
Deron Williams, who had been quiet
for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14
points for Cleveland.
America's Cup due to set sail Saturday in Bermuda
Emirates Team New Zealand, left, sails
alongside Groupama Team France, right, during a practice race on
Bermuda's Great Sound before the 35th America's Cup sailing event on
Tuesday, May 23. America's Cup competition begins May 26. (Ricardo
Pinto/ACEA via AP)
Hamilton, Bermuda (AP) -
There's a British knight, a mob of Aussies even though there's no
Australian team, a crew of New Zealanders looking for redemption and the
now-familiar billionaire set.
Toss in a fleet of fast, space-age
catamarans sailing on Bermuda's Great Sound and the 35th America's Cup
will be like none before it.
During the next 2 1/2 weeks, five
challengers will vie for the right to face two-time defending champion
Oracle Team USA in the first-to-seven America's Cup match starting June
The qualifiers had been scheduled
to begin Friday with the opening races of Round Robin 1, but they were
pushed back to Saturday because of predicted strong winds deemed unsafe
for the 50-foot, wing-sailed catamarans.
The opening matchups will be Oracle
Team USA against Groupama Team France; Sweden's Artemis Racing against
SoftBank Team Japan; France versus Emirates Team New Zealand, the
hard-luck loser to Oracle in 2013; and Artemis against Britain's Land
Rover BAR, which is skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie.
"I think you'll see the fastest
boats on water, the best sailors, the best athletes in the world and
it'll be incredible," Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, an
Australian, said Thursday. "There's no doubt in my mind this will be a
defining chapter in the America's Cup and will be known as the foiling
Ah yes, foiling. It's all the rage
in sailing and nowhere does it get more buzz than in the America's Cup.
When the boats hit a certain speed, they rise up on hydrofoils and speed
across the tops of the waves. When the boats are foiling, they're riding
only on the leeward daggerboard and both rudders. Daggerboards on both
hulls are in the water for a few moments during tacks and gybes. The
boats are capable of reaching almost 50 mph.
Here are some things to watch for
as the 35th America's Cup is sailed at the northern tip of the Bermuda
In a break from tradition, the
defender, Oracle, will sail against the challengers in the two round
robins. One challenger will be eliminated and the remaining teams will
sail their semifinals and finals while Oracle trains on its own. If the
winner of the qualifiers is Oracle or a challenger that advances to the
match, that team will start the match with a one-point bonus.
"We're sailing this to win,"
Spithill said. "Clearly there is something here worth fighting for."
In another departure from
tradition, the trustee of the America's Cup, San Francisco's Golden Gate
Yacht Club, put the venue up for bid. San Francisco, which provided a
spectacular backdrop in 2013, fell out early. Bermuda, a British
overseas territory, won with a bid of $37 million in infrastructure and
services over three years, plus $40 million in various sponsorship
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI
Nationality rules have long since
been dumped, although the British, French and New Zealand teams have
strong national representation. Australia doesn't have a team, but
Aussies hold key roles in three teams: Spithill and trimmer-tactician
Tom Slingsby lead Oracle Team USA, Nathan Outteridge is Artemis'
skipper-helmsman and Glenn Ashby is skipper-wing trimmer for Emirates
Team Zealand, although Kiwi Peter Burling steers the boat. Ex-Team New
Zealand skipper Dean Barker now skippers SoftBank Team Japan. Groupama
Team France is led by Frenchman Franck Cammas. Ainslie, the most
decorated sailor in Olympic history, hopes to become the first
Englishman to hoist the Auld Mug in victory in the regatta's 166-year
In 2013, there were only two
Americans on Oracle's 11-man crew, John Kostecki and Rome Kirby.
Kostecki, the tactician, was replaced by Ainslie as the team struggled
early. The boats are smaller now and require only six sailors. The
projected "starting six" for Oracle Team USA includes just one American
— grinder Cooper Dressler of Coronado, California, across the bay from
San Diego. However, other sailors, including Kirby, will rotate in on
days multiple races are scheduled.
The catamarans are powered by
mainsails that look and perform like airplane wings. "Without a doubt
the boats are absolutely amazing to sail," Ashby said. "It's quite
surreal and the exhilaration and G-forces you feel are pretty much
unexplainable compared to sailing on any other kind of craft." The
hydraulic systems for the wing sail and daggerboards are powered by
beefy grinders. The innovative Kiwis have turned to leg power, building
four cycling stations into each hull for the grinders to ride.
Oracle has capsized twice in the
last month and Ainslie ran into the back of Team New Zealand's boat in a
practice race, causing damage that took three days to repair. In late
2015, Cammas nearly lost his right foot when he fell overboard during
training and was struck by a rudder. Artemis' Iain Percy thinks
collisions are the biggest danger. "The boats are very exciting and it's
a visual sport, but it does hold danger for the athletes," he said.
Monaco GP practice starts well and ends badly for Mercedes
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain
steers his car during the first free practice at the Formula One Grand
Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Thursday, May 25. (AP
Monaco (AP) — All was going
to plan for Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday morning. A few
hours later the head-scratching began.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the
first practice ahead of Sebastian Vettel, but then finished more than
one second behind as Vettel set the fastest time in the second practice.
Hamilton finished that in eighth place, with his teammate Valtteri
Bottas down in 10th.
An F1 rarity sent ripples through
the F1 paddock: meticulous Mercedes got its set-up all wrong when
switching to the quicker ultra-soft tires during the afternoon session.
"The difference between the two
sessions was night and day. I'm not sure why the tires weren't working,"
a concerned Hamilton said. "Ferrari are very quick again .... We're
looking forward to a real fight."
Five races into the season,
Hamilton trails behind championship leader Vettel by six points with
each driver winning two races. Bottas claimed the other.
Since Friday is a rest day — Monaco
is the only race to have one — at least the Mercedes engineers and
technical staff will have time to figure out the glitch.
"We will have a good think about
it," technical director James Allison said.
Victory for Ferrari would be
particularly sweet in Monaco — where it has not won since 2001.
Vettel, who won his four titles
with Red Bull from 2010-13, sounded optimistic that Ferrari can carry
the pace into Saturday's third practice and qualifying.
"It's important to have a good feel
for the car," he said. "Kimi and I were quite happy with the long run."
Even the normally inscrutable
Raikkonen sounded upbeat after recording the third quickest time in P2
behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo — who got pole position here last
"We had two smooth sessions,"
Raikkonen said. "We did some changes and it always got better."
By contrast, the mood inside the
Mercedes camp was likely to be one of concern. Hamilton was 1.15 seconds
adrift of Vettel and Bottas was 1.18 slower.
It's a significant deficit when
teams are scrapping for minimal gains.
"We clearly went in the wrong
direction," Bottas said. "When the car isn't quite right, you lose a lot
of time in Monaco. At least we've learned what not to do with the
The Mercedes slump was especially
surprising considering Hamilton's smooth first practice.
"I don't know what happened to them
today, it was a bit weird," Vettel said. "I'm pretty sure there is a
reason and they will be back to full force on Saturday."
Hamilton has 64 pole positions to
his name, one less than F1 great Ayrton Senna, but only one of those in
Monaco — where he won last year and in 2008.
Meanwhile, Lance Stroll's miserable
run continued. The 18-year-old Canadian crashed into the barriers near
Casino Square, bringing the session to a brief halt while his car was
lifted off the track.
"I just lost the rear of the car
pushing for the limit," Stroll said. "It happens. At least now I know."
The Williams driver has failed to
finish his past three races and has yet to score a point.
In the first session, Hamilton was
followed by Vettel, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Bottas — who is the
other driver to win a race this season.
Making his return to F1 as a
one-off replacement for McLaren's Fernarndo Alonso — who is skipping
Monaco to compete in the Indianapolis 500 — veteran Jenson Button was
12th best in the afternoon and 14th in the morning.
The Williams team carried a
#Manchester sticker on the front wing of their cars as a tribute to the
22 people killed and 116 injured in the Manchester bombing on Monday at
an Ariana Grande concert.
The Mercedes team said it was also
planning to carry a sticker on the front wing.
A minute's silence for the victims
is also planned before Sunday's race.
Van Garderen wins 18th stage, Dumoulin keeps Giro lead
A pack of riders climb the Pordoi pass during the 18th stage of
the Giro d'Italia Tour of Italy cycling race, from Moena to Ortisei,
Thursday, May 25. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Ortisei, Italy (AP) — Tejay
van Garderen claimed his first grand tour victory on the tough 18th
stage of the Giro d'Italia as Tom Dumoulin kept the pink jersey on
Van Garderen, of the United States,
came round the inside of the final corner to edge Mikel Landa at the
uphill finish of the 137-kilometer (85-mile) leg from Moeana to Ortisei.
"(Landa) is a strong sprinter and a
great climber," Van Garderen said. "I tried to play it as best I could,
but I didn't know I was going to win until I crossed the line."
Thibaut Pinot was third, eight
seconds behind the front two, after five categorized climbs through the
Van Garderen was clearly emotional
after crossing the line, following a difficult couple of years.
He has had to abandon three of his
past four grand tours. Van Garderen, who rides for BMC Racing, came to
the Giro hoping to contest overall victory but lost valuable time early
"It's been a rough couple of years
in Grand Tours as far as the general classification goes, but I did my
best to keep the morale high," he said. "It's my first Grand Tour
victory, so it's an incredible feeling, especially in an area like this,
that I'm so familiar with. I've done a lot of camps here, so I know
every inch of road. It feels incredible to get this victory."
Dumoulin took another step toward
overall victory with an impressive ride to hold off his main rivals. The
Dutch cyclist remained 31 seconds ahead of 2014 champion Nairo Quintana,
with two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali third, 1:12 behind.
Pinot is only 24 seconds off a
"Nibali and Quintana are only
focusing on me, and trying to make me lose instead of trying to win,"
Dumoulin said. "I really hope that riding like this they will lose their
podium spot in Milan, that would be really nice, and I would be really
Quintana and Nibali knew stage 18
would be their chance to close the gap to Dumoulin. It appeared as if
they would do when Quintana attacked on the third climb and Nibali
followed him, but Dumoulin paced himself back to them by the summit.
Quintana attacked again with 6 1/2
kilometers to go and opened up a small gap but the Colombian was once
again reeled in by the rest of the title contenders.
Dumoulin attacked several more
times as he appeared to almost be toying with his rivals. The Team
Sunweb cyclist's grip on the overall lead looked strong as he managed to
control the race and deliver a psychological blow to Quintana and
"In the last climb I was feeling
strong. So I decided to show them that I'm also awake," Dumoulin added.
Friday's 19th stage is a tough
191-kilometer (119-mile) route from San Candido to Piancavallo with
another uphill finish.
Trio of 65s lead Colonial; 2-time champs 2 back, Spieth even
Kelly Kraft tees off on the sixth hole during the first round of the
Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial Country Club in
Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, May 25. (Ray Carlin/Star-Telegram via AP)
Fort Worth, Texas (AP) — Jon
Rahm was at Colonial during tournament week each of the past two years
to accept the Ben Hogan Award that goes to the nation's top college
golfer. This time, he's playing in the PGA Tour event at Hogan's Alley
and among the leaders.
With his 4-under 66 on Thursday,
Rahm was a stroke behind first-round leaders Kelly Kraft, Derek Fathauer
and PGA Tour rookie J.T. Poston.
That also put Rahm ahead of
two-time Colonial champs Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson after both
birdied their last three holes for 67s. He also led 2016 winner Jordan
Spieth, whose even-par round included six birdies.
"The last two times I was here, all
I recorded was super happy and positive memories," Rahm said. "It's just
the vibe that I have around this place is so positive, especially with
Sergio (Garcia) winning and with the Ben Hogan history that I'm related
The 22-year-old Rahm, the winner at
Torrey Pines in January, had only one bogey while playing with Masters
champion Garcia, the fellow Spaniard who won in his first Colonial
appearance in 2001.
Kraft and Graeme McDowell, tied
with Rahm for fourth, had the only bogey-free rounds. Only 33 of the 121
players finished the first round under par.
Scott Brown had the other 66, and
had the outright lead at 6 under before a double bogey at No. 18.
Spieth, coming off missed cuts the
past two weeks, was tied for 34th his six birdies, four bogeys and a
double bogey. He was even par after birdies on his last two holes.
"It's a great finish. Kept me in
the tournament," Spieth said. "If I was a couple over, you know, in the
back of my mind I would be wondering about the cut line."
After two bogeys on the first four
holes, Spieth made 4-foot birdie putt at the 466-yard No. 5 hole, and
made a 10-foot birdie at the 168-yard, par-3 13th.
In between those birdies at two of
Colonial's toughest holes, Spieth made a nearly 40-foot putt to save par
after a wayward drive at No. 9. His drive at the 10th went into a
concrete culvert for another bogey, and he missed the fairway right
again at the 622-yard 11th, only to get back in the fairway and go on to
a 2-foot birdie.
"Hit some very solid shots. With
gusty winds, it's not going to end up where you think it's going to a
lot of the time," Spieth said. "I felt like I missed some fairways by
1-5 yards today. That made a complete difference in the way the hole
Before his birdie-birdie finish,
Spieth had double bogey at the 429-yard 15th, when he blasted from a
fairway bunker through the green and into the water, and made bogey at
the par-3 16th.
Mickelson, back at Hogan's Alley
for the first time since 2010, made an 8-foot putt at the 435-yard 7th
hole, then hit his tee shot inside 2 feet of the cup at the par-3 8th.
His 33-footer at No. 9 came after playing partner Matt Kuchar had just
missed a slightly longer putt on the same line on their finishing hole.
When changes were made to the
course after his 2008 victory, Mickelson missed the cut in 2010 with a
chance to become the world's No. 1 player. He later indicated that
Colonial no longer suited his game.
"Nothing real specific," he said,
when asked what changed his mind. "It's been a while and I needed to ...
I felt it was in my best interest to get in contention and try to play
more events and try to get the scores, results out of it."
Rahm was at Arizona State when he
became the first two-time winner of the Hogan Award. His first
competitive round at Colonial came a day after Arizona State's women
rallied to win their eighth NCAA championship, and first since 2009.
"To see them win in the fashion
they did, it was amazing," said Rahm, who practiced with that team while
in school. "The coolest thing is that's the closest I'll ever be to
experiencing something like that and I'm happy for them. ... To be
honest, that energy and positivity probably helped me today."
Nishikori saves 3 match points in Geneva Open QF win
Japan's Kei Nishikori returns a ball to South Africa's Kevin Anderson
during their quarter final round match at the Geneva Open tennis tournament
in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 25. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
Geneva (AP) — Kei Nishikori
saved three straight match points in the deciding set before outlasting
Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Geneva Open quarterfinals on
The second-seeded Nishikori was serving
at 4-5, 0-40 before rallying to beat the 62nd-ranked South African, who
fired 14 aces without allowing any by his opponent.
Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka also dropped
the first set in his quarterfinal, against Sam Querrey of the United States,
though ultimately had an easier passage in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.
After Nishikori's escape in the 10th
game of the third set, he also trailed 4-2 in the tiebreaker. Still, he soon
created a second match-point chance with a forehand crosscourt service
return for a winner. He clinched with a forehand winner off a looping
"There haven't been too many times that
I'm down match point and win, so it's great for me," Nishikori said.
The No. 9-ranked Japanese player will
face 33rd-ranked Mischa Zverev of Germany in the semifinals on Friday.
The Russian-born Zverev, who came
through qualifying, beat fifth-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-5.
Wawrinka's next opponent is 85th-ranked
Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who beat Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, a lucky
loser in qualifying, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.