Update October 21-22 , 2017
LeBron James has 24 points, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97
Bucks' Thon Maker, left, reaches in on Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James
during the first half of their NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, in
Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Milwaukee (AP) — LeBron James
had 24 points and eight assists, Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a big
third-quarter run and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks
116-97 on Friday night.
Kevin Love added 17 points and 12
rebounds for the Cavs. Their 15-5 spurt over the final 4:25 of the third
quarter, sparked by Korver's long-range shooting, opened a 13-point lead.
Cleveland led by double digits most of the rest of the way to spoil the
Bucks' home opener.
The defending Eastern Conference
champions started the season with a second straight victory over an East
contender after beating the Boston Celtics in their home opener.
Korver finished with 17 points and was
5 of 6 from 3-point territory.
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetopounmpo had
34 points on 15-of-22 shooting, along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points.
CELTICS 102, 76ERS 92
Philadelphia — Kyrie Irving
scored 21 points, Al Horford had 15 and Boston won for the first time since
losing Gordon Hayward, topping Philadelphia.
The Celtics lost their first two games
after Hayward went down in the opener with a mangled ankle that may cost him
the season. Jayson Tatum scored 15 points and had Terry Rozier III had 14 to
keep the Celtics afloat with a makeshift lineup.
Joel Embiid knows the feeling of
missing an entire season. The Sixers center missed his first two NBA seasons
with foot injuries and was limited to 31 games last year. Healthy and ready
to play, Embiid had one of his worst games as a pro, with 11 points on
4-for-11 shooting. He missed all six 3s in 28 minutes. J.J. Redick led the
Sixers with 19 points.
NETS 126, MAGIC 121
New York — D'Angelo Russell,
Trevor Booker and DeMarre Carroll all scored 17 points and Brooklyn beat
Orlando in its home opener.
Booker added 11 rebounds and made the
clinching free throws with 0.9 seconds left after Orlando's Evan Fournier
missed a tying 3-point attempt.
The Nets bounced back after yielding
140 points Wednesday night in a season-opening loss to Indiana, a game in
which they lost Jeremy Lin for the season after a ruptured patella tendon in
his right knee.
Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 41
points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Magic.
Justine Skye took a knee at the end of
her national anthem performance. Skye, who is black, was nearing the
completion of the song when she went to one knee for the finish. A Nets
spokeswoman said the team was not aware of Skye's plans.
HORNETS 109, HAWKS 91
Charlotte, N.C. — Kemba Walker
scored 26 points, Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his first
home game with Charlotte, and the Hornets rallied to beat Atlanta.
The Hornets trailed by as many as 20 in
the first half, but used a 24-0 run in the third quarter to blow open the
game and win their home opener. Howard, who played last season for his
hometown Hawks before being traded away, was unstoppable on the block.
Dennis Schroder had 25 points for the
TRAIL BLAZERS 114, PACERS 96
Indianapolis — CJ McCollum
scored 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead Portland past Indiana.
With Pacers starting center Myles
Turner out with a concussion, McCollum teamed with backcourt mate Damian
Lillard to take advantage of an inexperienced Pacers interior defense.
Lillard scored 11 of his 18 points in
the first quarter, and the Blazers led 62-52 at halftime. McCollum picked it
up in the second half, scoring Portland's final 12 points of the third
quarter and giving the Blazers a 91-73 lead. T.J. Leaf and Victor Oladipo
scored 17 points apiece for the Pacers.
WIZARDS 115, PISTONS 111
Washington — John Wall scored 20
of his 27 points in the second half and added 10 assists to help Washington
Otto Porter led the Wizards with 28
points, and Bradley Beal added 24. Washington won despite blowing a 15-point
fourth-quarter lead. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points for Detroit.
Hamilton quickest in practice at US Grand Prix
driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, drives his car during the first practice
session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the
Americas, Friday, Oct. 20, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Austin, Texas (AP) — Lewis
Hamilton is driving the Circuit of the Americas like he has won here four
The Mercedes driver and Formula One
season championship points leader posted the fastest laps in Friday's two
practice sessions for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting more pressure on title
rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who spun into the gravel and completed
just 11 laps in the afternoon session.
Hamilton's quickest lap in a dry
afternoon session was 1 minute, 34.668 seconds. Red Bull's Max Verstappen
was second, 0.397 seconds behind. Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 59 points
in the driver standings, was third.
Vettel likely has to win or finish
ahead of Hamilton on Sunday if he hopes to chase him down over the final
Hamilton has won the last three years
at a Circuit of the Americas track that has favored Mercedes' power. Another
victory would make his lead nearly insurmountable absent a late-season
The British driver came to Texas on a
punishing pace that could crush any hopes Vettel still has of a rally.
Hamilton has won five of the last seven races and another win would be his
ninth on the season. On each of his four wins in Austin, Hamilton has never
started lower than No. 2 and will be hard to beat in qualifying on Saturday.
"He has gone up a level," Mercedes boss
Toto Wolff said. "It's very pleasing to see."
Ferrari has been able to match Mercedes
power in spots. Vettel has four wins. But disastrous starts in recent weeks
have put the championship in Hamilton's hands for the taking. Vettel crashed
on the first lap in Singapore, then was knocked out of the first lap in
Japan with a spark plug problem. Even a brilliant drive from the back to
finish fourth in Malaysia lost him points to Hamilton that day.
Vettel was pushing Friday and has a lot
of work to do if he's to match Hamilton's pace. He had a wild spin into the
gravel in the turn before pit lane. That section of the track has a large
runoff area so Vettel was never in danger of running his car into a wall.
The Ferrari's troubles weren't done.
Even when Vettel got back on the track, a suspension problem cut his second
practice short as he complained the car felt "a bit like jelly" and he
returned to the garage.
Early Friday, Red Bull announced a
contract extension for Verstappen to stay with the team through 2020.
Verstappen was already under contract through 2019, but Red Bull was
determined to lock down its rising star before he could be poached away by
Verstappen is enjoying his best form of
the season with a win in Malaysia and a second-place finish in Japan in the
previous two races. That came after a rash of problems, from engine problems
to crashes, caused him not to finish seven races. The win in Malaysia was
career No. 2 for the 20-year-old Dutchman who many view as a potential
Formula One champion.
"He is a pure racer, with an undeniable
talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete
consistently at this level," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.
The U.S. Grand Prix could steal some of
Verstappen's momentum despite his quick laps Friday. A power unit change and
other upgrades will mean a starting grid penalty for Sunday's race.
"Red Bull has always shown their faith
and belief in me with actions," Verstappen said of his contract deal. "They
have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition."
Brighton adds to Bilic's woes with 3-0 win at West Ham
Glenn Murray, center, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during
the English Premier League match against West Ham at the London Stadium in
London, Friday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — Brighton added to
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic's troubles by easing to a 3-0 away win in the
Premier League on Friday.
Two goals from Glenn Murray either side
off Jose Izquierdo's strike put Bilic's future back in the spotlight.
West Ham joint-owner David Sullivan
backed his manager before kickoff, saying Bilic would be given the
opportunity to at least see out his contract until the end of the season.
But a shambolic performance left West
Ham in 17th place and facing the possibility of dropping into the relegation
zone by the end of the weekend.
"The board will do what they are going
to do. It is their decision. We have been in this situation before and we
got out," Bilic told broadcaster Sky Sports. "As a manager you take the
credit and as a manager you take the full responsibility. I don't want to
Brighton, who had previously scored
just once away in their first top-flight campaign since 1983, moved into
10th place in the standings.
German midfielder Pascal Gross had a
hand in all six of Brighton's previous goals this season, but nobody seemed
to have told West Ham's defenders.
He promptly made it seven in the 10th
minute when he floated a free kick toward the head of Murray, who is in his
second spell with the club after leaving in 2011 and rejoining last year.
The striker, who hit 23 goals last term
to help Brighton to promotion, capitalized on the non-existent marking to
nod into the corner and open his Premier League account.
West Ham briefly threatened to make a
game of it but Brighton showed the hosts how to defend. Manuel Lanzini's
shot was deflected behind, Pedro Obiang's drive was held by goalkeeper
Mathew Ryan and defender Shane Duffy made a brave block to deny Javier
Having weathered that, Brighton doubled
their lead in first-half stoppage time.
Murray should have scored when he broke
through on goal, but goalkeeper Joe Hart beat away his effort. When the ball
reached Izquierdo, he cut inside on his right foot and unleashed a fierce
curler that Hart could not keep out.
West Ham's misery was completed with 15
minutes to go. Pablo Zabaleta tripped Murray, who scored from the resulting
penalty for his 79th league goal on his 170th appearance for Brighton.
Pakistan decimate Sri Lanka by 7 wickets for 4-0 lead
players celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Milinda Siriwardana during
the fourth ODI cricket match in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Oct.
20. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Sharjah, UAE (AP) — Pakistan
continued to dominate Sri Lanka with yet another clinical seven-wicket
victory in the fourth one-day international on Friday.
The defeat left sinking Sri Lanka
staring at a third 5-0 whitewash in 2017 as they trail 4-0 in the five-match
series with the final game on Monday.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali celebrated his
elevation to No. 1 in the ODI rankings with 3-37 as Sri Lanka were bowled
out for 173 in 43.4 overs — their lowest total in the series.
Babar Azam, who scored back to back
centuries in the first two matches, and Shoaib Malik both scored 69 runs
each and led the run-chase with a century stand as Pakistan cruised to 177-3
in 39 overs.
Earlier, Lahiru Thirimanne scored a
fighting 62 but the rest of the top order continued their poor form after
Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to bat first.
Tharanga was among three batsmen to be
dismissed for ducks as once again Sri Lanka’s batsmen failed to put up
partnerships and struggled against seamers and spinners. Tharanga was
clean-bowled by left-arm pacer Usman Shinwari off the second delivery of his
debut, one that nipped back sharply into the left-hander.
Niroshan Dickwella struck three fours
and also pulled Junaid Khan for a six over fine leg, but the left-hander was
caught at point on 22 while going for another big drive.
Dinesh Chandimal (16), who led Sri
Lanka to a 2-0 victory in the test series, tried to revive the innings but
was run out in a mix-up with Thirimanne that ignited a familiar middle-order
Sadeera Samarawickrama, one of three
changes Sri Lanka made, had a forgetful ODI debut with left-arm spinner Imad
Wasim (2-13) clean bowling him for 0.
Legspinner Shadab Khan (2-29) removed
Seekkuge Prasanna and Thisara Perera off his first two deliveries to leave
Sri Lanka reeling on 99-7.
Akila Dananjaya denied the youngster a
hat trick, and shared the innings best stand of 43 runs with Thirimanne,
before Ali broke the partnership by having Dananjaya caught behind for 18.
Thirimanne's resistance finally ended
when he played a loose drive in Wasim's return spell, and Ali wrapped up the
innings by clean bowling last man Lahiru Gamage off a slower delivery.
Azam and Shoaib Malik toyed with the
Sri Lankan bowling after Pakistan had an early jitter at 58-3 in 14 overs.
Malik escaped a chance on 3 when Perera
dropped a difficult overhead catch at mid-on before both batsmen raced to
the target with ease.
Malik sealed victory with a four and a
six off left-arm Malinda Siriwardana as the batsmen shared an unbroken stand
of 119 runs in 25 overs.
Giroud's overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star
Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side's winning goal during the Europa
League group H soccer match against Red Star at the Rajko Mitic stadium in
Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 19. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Belgrade (AP) - Olivier Giroud
scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain their perfect Europa
League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent
off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five
minutes before the final whistle after Theo Walcott headed the ball to him.
"It was a great combination before the
goal as well and he finished well," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Arsenal opened a five-point lead in
Group H with nine points. Red Star and BATE Borisov, who beat visiting
Cologne 1-0, are on four. Cologne are bottom without a point.
Elsewhere, Lazio rallied to take three
points at Nice with a 3-1 win in Group K, and Real Sociedad thrashed
Macedonia's Vardar 6-0 in Group L with Willian Jose scoring four goals.
Milan were held 0-0 at home by Greek
team AEK in Group D, and Everton's campaign suffered another blow after a
2-1 loss at home to Lyon in Group E.
Arsenal rested nine front-line players
who were in the lineup for the English Premier League's match against
Watford on Saturday, which Arsenal lost 2-1. But goalkeeper Petr Cech was in
the goal as captain and made his presence felt, making several perfect
"It's important to have a good
goalkeeper in this kind of game, too," Wenger said. "They were dangerous and
Petr Cech kept us in the game."
Mathieu Debuchy returned to the squad
after a year due to injuries.
With several young players, including
Reiss Nelson, Joseph Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Gunners didn't
look dangerous until Giroud's goal.
"I believe you win when you can, you do
not decide when," Wenger said. "What's remarkable is the spirit we have
shown. They defended very well, but the goal is a consequence of us wanting
to play through them."
Richmond Boakye headed the ball onto
the crossbar in the biggest chance for Red Star.
Boosted by a 2-1 victory over Juventus
in Serie A, Lazio took the sole lead in Group K after rallying to a 3-1 away
win at Nice in a matchup of two teams that won their previous two games.
The fans didn't have to wait long for
Mario Balotelli headed home for the
hosts four minutes into the game from Wesley Sneijder's cross, but Felipe
Caicedo equalized for the visitors just a minute later.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored his
first goal for Lazio in the 65th before adding his second a minute from
Lazio stay perfect atop the group with
nine points from three wins. Nice are second, three points back.
Zulte Waregem and Vitesse drew 1-1 and
have a point each in the group.
REAL ON FIRE
Willian Jose scored two goals in each
half for Real Sociedad on the way to thrashing Macedonia's Vardar 6-0. Mikel
Oyarzabal gave the Spaniards a first-half lead. The Brazilian striker then
took charge before he was substituted on the hour. Alberto de la Bella added
the final goal at the last minute.
Despite the victory, Real are second in
Group L with six points, trailing leaders Zenit St. Petersburg by three
after the Russians beat Rosenborg 3-1 to stay perfect.
Rosenborg have three points and Vardar
remain bottom after three defeats.
Everton are 16th in the 20-team English
Premier League and are still without a win in three Europa League group
matches this season.
Nabil Fekir converted a penalty kick
six minutes into the match for Lyon after Mason Holgate downed Marcal in the
Players of both teams briefly clashed
after a hard push from Everton captain Ashley Williams on Lyon goalkeeper
Anthony Lopes. Everton could face punishment from UEFA after a fan holding a
child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during the second-half melee
at Goodison Park which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard
Kendall Gwladys Street End.
Just minutes later, Williams seemed to
come to Everton's rescue with a 69th-minute header. But Lyon needed just six
minutes to answer with Bertrand Traore restoring the advantage to 2-1.
Under-pressure Everton manager Ronald
Koeman has something to think about before league games against Arsenal and
Leicester sandwich a League Cup match with Chelsea.
Italian side Atalanta lead Group E with
seven points after a 3-1 win over Apollon Limassol. Lyon trail by two points
Apollon have two points and Everton
remain last with one point.
NO CHEERS IN BALKANS
Partizan Belgrade played without their
fans at Skenderbeu in Albania on Thursday with the reverse situation— no
Skenderbeu supporters — scheduled to happen in Serbia.
Both teams agreed on that measure at
UEFA's request to not "create a hot situation."
The Group B game ended in a 0-0 draw.
A long road back to F1 for New Zealand's Brendon Hartley
driver Brendon Hartley, of New Zealand, talks during a news conference for
the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Thursday,
Oct. 19, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Austin, Texas (AP) — Several
years after thinking his Formula One career was over before it really even
started, Brendon Hartley finds himself right back where he always dreamed
he'd be: in the driver's seat and ready to race.
Hartley will make his F1 debut this
weekend at the U.S. Grand Prix after a surprise call from Toro Rosso and a
quick trip to Texas to meet the team.
"It's been quite a whirlwind," Hartley
said Thursday "This happened very quickly. I didn't know about it much
sooner than the press did."
Hartley will be the first New Zealand
driver in Formula One since Mike Thackwell at the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix.
He got his chance to jump in the cockpit when Pierre Gasly returned to Japan
for the Super Formula season finale.
The Red Bull racing program had long
known about Hartley and had signed him into their vaunted junior driver
program as a shaggy-haired teenager in 2006. He won the Formula Renault
championship, became a reserve driver and had his first F1 test by 18. But
he couldn't keep that success going and by 2010 he was dropped.
"I guess I just didn't deal with the
pressure. I stopped enjoying it. I wasn't happy," Hartley said. "When the
Formula One dream stopped in 2010, I picked myself up. I found endurance
He's been very successful there as a
World Endurance Championship winner in 2015 and a winner this year at Le
Mans 24 hours. But when his Porsche team said it wasn't going to race in the
endurance series any more, Hartley, now 27, picked up the phone.
"I called (Red Bull racing consultant)
Helmut Marko and I said, 'Look, I'm a different driver than I was 10 years
ago, I've learned a lot, and if there is ever an opportunity, I'm ready,'"
Hartley said. "He didn't say much, he just said he got the message and three
months later he made the call. I wasn't ready at 18 years old. I like to
think I'm ready now."
Hartley counts Red Bull's Daniel
Ricciardo among his best friends in racing and said he's been asking him for
advice. Ricciardo said he's glad to see his friend back on the track.
"He's been there and nearly fallen to
the bottom, like racing old historic cars, just racing to race and race
because he loved it," Ricciardo said. "He could have easily gone home to New
Zealand after he got dropped, and just said, 'It's done, I tried, it didn't
work,' but he's just ground away."
Hartley would seem to expect little in
the way of results this weekend, but a good drive could actually complicate
his future if it opens the door for more F1 possibilities. Hartley has been
looking at a full-time seat in Indy Car with speculation he'd join Chip
"I was looking at IndyCar and I still
am. Nothing confirmed for next season yet," Hartley said.
Thomas fires 63, takes early lead at CJ Cup in South Korea
Thomas of United States hits the ball on the fourth hole during the first
round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea, Thursday,
Oct. 19. (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)
Jeju, South Korea (AP) — Justin
Thomas eagled twice in a 9-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead after
the first round of the CJ Cup, the first U.S. PGA Tour regular-season event
in South Korea.
Thomas started on Thursday with a bogey
at the 10th hole but made amends with eagles on the par-5 12th and 18th
holes around four straight birdies from No. 14-17 to turn in 29. He added
three more birdies and a bogey to hold his margin.
"It was kind of a weird day," Thomas
said. "It started off with a really, really bad bogey. And then I had a
seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious. That
was pretty much most of my round."
Thomas set up a long eagle putt on No.
12 with a driver and a 3-wood.
"That was a weird putt," Thomas said.
"Jimmy and I had a hard time reading it which usually means it's pretty
straight so that's how we ended up playing it."
His second eagle on 18 came when he hit
a wedge to three feet from the hole.
Thomas won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia
in 2015 and 2016 and says he is comfortable playing overseas.
"It's still golf," Thomas said. "It
doesn't matter where you are and I know that it is very cliche and easier
said than done but you just have to take advantage of the rest and time you
have off the course."
Chez Reavie, Gavin Kyle Green, Scott
Brown, Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman all opened with 66s and were in a
five-way share of second at 6 under.
Jhonattan Vegas and Charles Howell III
were among five players a shot further back at 5 under.
Jason Day and fellow Australian Rod
Pampling were at 4 under, one stroke ahead of Pat Perez, who was coming off
a victory last week at the CIMB Classic.
Adam Scott had a 72 containing four
birdies and four bogeys.
IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month
Oswald, leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases
involving athletes at Sochi, is shown in this June 3 , 2013, file photo.
(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) -
Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a
number" of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by
the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of
these athletes for next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
The leader of an IOC delegation in
charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi wrote this week to
Angela Ruggiero, the head of the IOC Athletes Commission, to update the
timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme
at the 2014 Olympics and beforehand.
Denis Oswald said of the cases his
committee is reviewing, priority has been given to those involving athletes
looking to compete in Pyeongchang. Top priority goes to six cross-country
skiers whose provisional suspensions expire Oct. 31.
Oswald also said his committee would
rule on these athletes' results for Sochi, but will not determine their
eligibility for Pyeongchang, instead handing over evidence to their
respective sports federations to decide. The IOC made a similar decision
before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, which led to last-minute
decisions on complex cases; ultimately, nearly 300 Russians competed.
This decision is a disappointment to
the many anti-doping leaders who have called on the IOC to ban Russia from
"The IOC should not once again off-load
the final decision-making on eligibility (and the pressure and risk of
error) to International Federations, and at the last minute," said Joseph de
Pencier, the CEO of the Institute of National Doping Organizations, 37 of
which have called for the Russian ban.
A separate IOC task force is looking at
the Russian doping scandal as a whole, and the results from that probe could
have wider repercussions on the country's eligibility. In a separate letter
sent to worldwide sports leaders, IOC President Thomas Bach said only that
the task force, the Schmid Commission, is continuing its evaluation and that
"I hope that the IOC Executive Board will still be able to take a decision
this year because none of us want this serious issue to overshadow" the
Both IOC commissions are operating off
information from the McLaren Report, the first part of which was released in
In explaining the timeline, Oswald
wrote that because the Russian scheme involved exchanging drug-tainted urine
samples with clean ones, it took time to adopt methods to verify that
samples had been tampered with — in part by finding evidence of scratch
marks on collection bottles that had been opened and re-sealed.
"The task has not been easy in both
establishing a methodology in an area in which there are no established
protocols," he wrote, "and then moving through the necessary scientific
analysis of each individual sample in a way which would withstand legal
De Pencier said he appreciated the
complexity of the cases and the need to get them right, but argued "it is,
of course, concerning that the outcomes of the Oswald Commission cannot be
available until very close to the start of the Pyeongchang Games."
Chelsea draw 3-3 against Roma, Juventus beat Sporting
Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring during the Champions
League group C match against Roma at Stamford Bridge stadium in
London, Wednesday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
London (AP) - Chelsea
threw away a two-goal lead against Roma before recovering to draw
3-3 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus labored to
a 2-1 win at home to Sporting Lisbon.
It was easier for Paris
Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. The German side beat Celtic 3-0 and
PSG won 4-0 at Anderlecht to remain perfect.
Manchester United also made it
three wins out of three with a 1-0 victory at Benfica, as did
Barcelona, who beat Olympiakos 3-1, despite playing the entire
second half with 10 men.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid look
to be heading for an early exit after drawing 0-0 at Qarabag. Basel
won 2-0 at CSKA Moscow.
Here's a closer look at the
Manchester United took
advantage of an embarrassing mistake by the youngest goalkeeper ever
to play in the Champions League to beat Benfica 1-0 and maintain
their Group A lead.
Belgian goalkeeper Mile Svilar,
making his Champions League debut at age 18, was deceived by a long
free kick taken by Marcus Rashford in the second half, going over
the line while holding the ball with his arms outstretched in front
He misjudged Rashford's shot
and couldn't stop his momentum after stepping back toward the goal
to make the catch. The ball just crossed the line and the referee
confirmed the strike with the help of goal-line technology.
Manchester United reached nine
points with their third straight win in Group A. They have a
three-point lead over Basel. CSKA stayed with three points, while
Benfica have zero points after three losses.
PSG continue to go from
strength to strength in the Champions League and they currently sit
atop Group B with 12 goals for, none against and three victories.
Kylian Mbappe scored after less
than three minutes before setting up Edinson Cavani for a
close-range header shortly before halftime.
The world's most expensive
player, Neymar, also had his moment in the second half — sending a
low free kick under the soaring defenders and past goalkeeper Matz
Sels in the 66th minute. Angel Di Maria rounded off the scoring two
minutes from time.
Bayern remained three points
behind PSG after a comfortable win in Jupp Heynckes' second match in
charge, and moved three points above Celtic. Anderlecht are still
without a point.
Heynckes, who retired after
guiding Bayern to the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup
treble in 2013, has the German powerhouse running smoothly again
after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired after the
side's 3-0 defeat at PSG.
Thomas Mueller and Joshua
Kimmich put Bayern 2-0 up inside half an hour and Mats Hummels
wrapped it up when he headed in a corner shortly after the break.
Cheslea salvaged a point
against Roma when Eden Hazard headed in his second goal of the night
in the 75th minute.
Edin Dzeko's double had briefly
put Roma in front but 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea remain
two points ahead of the Italian club at the top of the group.
Chelsea had made a blistering
start at Stamford Bridge with David Luiz curling a shot into the
bottom corner after 11 minutes.
Hazard doubled the Premier
League champions' lead but Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for
Roma five minutes before halftime.
Atletico Madrid are three
points behind Roma after being held 0-0 by newcomers Qarabag, who
earned their first point in their third game.
The match was marked by the
disputed dismissal of Qarabag forward Dino Ndlovu, who was judged to
have dived in the 75th minute, drawing his second yellow card of the
Lionel Messi scored his 100th
goal in European competition when he curled a free kick over the
wall in the 61st minute. Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto got a
hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out as Messi took his career
tally in the Champions League to 97 goals.
Messi also set up left back
Lucas Digne to score in the 64th when he dribbled around a defender
before cutting the ball back through the area for his teammate to
drive it home.
Nikolaou scored Olympiakos'
consolation goal with a header from a corner in the 90th.
Barcelona had gone ahead thanks
to an own-goal by Dimitris Nikolaou in the 18th, but the hosts were
left a man down three minutes before halftime. Gerard Pique got a
second booking for using his arm to steer the ball into the net. The
strike was disallowed.
Barcelona remain three points
ahead of Juventus, with Sporting three points further back.
Olympiakos have zero points.
Mario Mandzukic scored the
winner for the Italian side six minutes from time after free-kick
specialist Miralem Pjanic had canceled out an own-goal by Juventus
defender Alex Sandro in the first half.
Tanaka, Yankees top Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead
York Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle throws during the eighth
inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series
against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, in New York. (AP
New York (AP) - Masahiro
Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York
Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel,
beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL
Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single
off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for
the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their
first trip to the World Series since 2009.
The teams head back to Houston
for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling
Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and
force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New
Just days ago, Houston was up
two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World
Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion
Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised
Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of
their cheering, chanting fans.
Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Didi
Gregorius also delivered big hits as New York chased Keuchel in the
fifth and handed him his first postseason loss. The 2015 AL Cy Young
Award winner had been Yankees kryptonite throughout his career,
entering 6-2 with a 1.09 ERA in eight career starts against New
York, including a pair of scoreless outings in playoff wins.
Both of those came at the
expense of Tanaka, who lost 3-0 to Keuchel in the 2015 AL wild-card
game at Yankee Stadium and 2-1 in Game 1 of this series.
But this night belonged to
Tanaka and the Baby Bombers.
New York finally broke through
against Keuchel with two outs in the second, when Starlin Castro
doubled to deep left-center and scored on Greg Bird's sharp single.
Cheering fans almost sounded surprised by the hit — big enough for
Bird to flash both thumbs down, doubling up on the Yankees' playful
sign to each other for clutch swings.
In the third, Judge grounded an
RBI double just inside the third base line and past a diving Alex
Bregman. Brett Gardner sped all the way around from first and scored
with a headfirst slide.
Bregman's throwing error on
Chase Headley's infield single aided the Yankees in the fifth.
Keuchel pitched around Judge and walked him with two outs before
Sanchez lined a run-scoring single into the left-field corner.
Going into that at-bat, Sanchez
was 1 for 16 with seven strikeouts in the series — and 0 for 8 with
6 strikeouts against Keuchel overall.
Gregorius then grounded an RBI
single up the middle that grazed the glove of diving second baseman
Jose Altuve. With the score 4-0, that was it for Keuchel after he
yielded his most runs ever to New York.
Sanchez hit his third
postseason homer off Brad Peacock in the seventh to make it 5-0.
Despite beautiful weather in
the Bronx, the Astros didn't take batting practice on the field. If
they were hoping that might help their slumping hitters reset, it
The highest-scoring team in the
majors this season, Houston batted .153 through the first four games
of the series and fared no better against Tanaka. The normally
reserved right-hander from Japan, who can opt out of his $155
million contract this winter, has been at the top of his game in
October and showed rare emotion on the mound during this one.
He worked around a leadoff
double in the second, when the Yankees — with a stingy Keuchel
undoubtedly in mind — successfully played their infield in with Yuli
Gurriel on third and one out in a scoreless game. Tanaka later spun
around and shouted in excitement after striking out struggling
table-setters George Springer and Josh Reddick with two on to end
Tanaka received treatment on
his leg between starts after being struck by Reddick's liner in Game
1, but showed no ill effects. Keeping the ball down with his slider
and splitter, he struck out eight and walked one.
Imam and Ali seal 7-wicket win for Pakistan over Sri Lanka
Lanka's Akila Dananjaya leaves the field after his dismissal during
the third ODI cricket match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) —
Imam-ul-Haq became the third youngest player to score a century on
his one-day international debut and Hasan Ali grabbed 5-34 as
Pakistan hammered Sri Lanka by seven wickets to secure a series
victory on Wednesday.
Pakistan took an unassailable
3-0 lead in the five-match series, with Sri Lanka's losing streak in
ODIs now stretching to 10 matches.
The 21-year-old Imam is the
nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain and Pakistan's current
chief selector. He hit 100 off 125 balls with two sixes and five
fours to help Pakistan cruise to 209-3 in 42.3 overs.
Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga
top-scored with 61 after winning the toss and opting to bat first,
but his team's batting woes in the series continued before they were
finally dismissed for 208 in 48.2 overs.
Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella
(18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before
Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.
Dinesh Chandimal struggled for
49 balls to score 19 before Sri Lanka collapsed midway through their
innings as Pakistan's spinners, Shadab Khan (2-37) and Mohammad
Hafeez, tied the batsmen down.
Shadab struck in successive
overs by having Chandimal trapped lbw and then Tharanga holed out at
deep midwicket off a short delivery as Sri Lanka slipped to 112-3.
Ali hastened the collapse when
Chamara Kapugedera — one of two changes Sri Lanka made after losing
the first two matches — chipped an easy return catch.
Ali combined with captain and
wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to get Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya
and Dushmantha Chameera all caught behind as Sri Lanka struggled
after losing Tharanga in the 28th over.
Ali became the quickest
Pakistani bowler to complete 50 wickets in ODIs, claiming the feat
in 24 matches, three fewer than the previous record set by Waqar
Imam, replacing out-of-form
Ahmed Shehzad at the top order, dominated two productive stands --
adding 78 runs with Fakhar Zaman (29) and further 66 with Babar Azam
Imam looked confident from the
onset when he smashed seamer Lahiru Gamage for a six over point.
Wicketkeeper Dickwella twice
dropped Imam, on 29 and 89, before finally catching him down the leg
Pakistan's Salim Elahi is the
youngest century scorer on debut, also against Sri Lanka, as an
18-year-old in 1995. Mark Chapman of Hong Kong is the
second-youngest at 21 years and 142 days, when he managed the feat
against the United Arab Emirates in 2015. Imam will be 22 in
The remaining two matches of
the series will be played at Sharjah on Friday and next Monday.
Fournier, Magic hold off Heat 116-109 in opener
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, left, goes up for a shot in front
of Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the second half of an NBA
basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Orlando, Fla. (AP
Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Orlando, Fla. (AP) — The
Orlando Magic were about to squander a 17-point fourth-quarter lead,
giving their season opener a familiar feel.
Then Evan Fournier helped get
2017-18 off on a different foot.
Fournier made three clutch
shots to slow the hard-charging Miami Heat, and the Magic held on
for a 116-109 win on Wednesday night — its first season-opening
victory since 2012.
Last year, Orlando often lost
confidence and poise in late, tight situations. But when Miami
pulled within two points with 2:39 remaining, Fournier went to work,
scoring seven of his team-high 23 points in the final 2:27.
"Obviously I was still
confident, but I think two or three years ago that's a game we would
have lost," Fournier said. "It shows growth from us players."
Prior to Fournier's surge, the
Magic were reeling. Orlando went more than three minutes without a
point after Jonathon Simmons' two free throws with 5:39 remaining.
In between, Miami staged an
11-0 run and moved within 105-103 on Goran Dragic's two free throws
with 2:39 left.
Then Fournier hit his 3,
cutting off Miami's rally.
"That's good but I wish we
would have killed the game when we were up 17," Fournier said. "It's
hard to tell right now what happened, maybe we were too confident.
But when you are up 17, you have to kill the game."
Second-year Magic coach Frank
Vogel was pleased Fournier stepped up. James Johnson, Dion Waiters
and Dragic had been pushing Miami hard while Orlando missed shots
during the 11-0 stretch.
"The best way to stop a run is
to score the ball," Vogel said. "Evan kept us in the game and sealed
the game for us by continuing to play good offensive basketball. You
need a guy like that to carry the load. He was terrific tonight."
Orlando center Nikola Vucevic
had 19 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Miami was led by Hassan
Whiteside, who dominated the paint in the second half. Whiteside
finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was
disappointed his team couldn't find a way to complete the comeback.
"If we want to get where we
want to get with this group, we're going to really have to commit to
those tough things, those physical things," Spoelstra said. "All of
those these things we're capable of, and we've shown flashes of it."
Heat: Host Indiana on Saturday
Magic: Play at Brooklyn on
Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3
Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner, top, and Detroit Red Wings center
Dylan Larkin collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game
Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Toronto (AP) — Curtis
McElhinney got all the help he needed in his season debut.
McElhinney made 30 saves and
the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a
6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Starting in place of Frederik
Andersen, McElhinney stopped 15 shots in the third period to hold
off the Red Wings.
"There's a little rust on my
end, that's for sure, but it sure did feel nice to get in there,"
McElhinney said. "Obviously, the run support early on helps and goes
a long way. It's just a big win for us and I'm happy I could help
Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman, Auston
Matthews, Connor Brown, Morgan Rielly and William Nylander scored to
help Toronto improve to an NHL-best 6-1-0.
"Great to see, but it's still
October," Kadri said. "There's a lot of good teams and it won't be
this loose for long."
The Maple Leafs were coming off
a 2-0 victory at Washington on Tuesday night.
"We used everybody last night,
a good four-line rotation, so that helped us," Toronto coach Mike
Babcock said. "Our guys were fresher than they might have been.
McElhinney had a real solid effort for us, he had to be good early.
Even though we scored (early) it took a while to get our legs
Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar,
Jonathan Ericsson scored for the Red Wings, and Nick Jensen had
three assists. Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on four shots before
getting yanked in favor of Petr Mrazek late in the first period.
Toronto scored on its first two
shots and four of its first five.
"I think there was some funny
goals," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "''I don't know if it
was all on them, some of it is. It's one of those nights."
The Maple Leafs opened the
scoring after catching the Red Wings on a bad line change. Kadri
took a long pass from Ron Hainsey, walked in and beat Howard over
the blocker at 5:56. Hyman scored 44 seconds later, tipping Rielly's
shot past Howard.
"I thought (Kadri's) group was
our best group tonight, dialed in start to finish," Babcock said.
Zetterberg put Detroit on the
board with 7:50 to play in the first after getting McElhinney to
bite on a fake before skating around the net and finishing on a
wraparound with the netminder out of position.
Matt Martin didn't record
Toronto's third shot on net until near the 14-minute mark of the
period and it turned out to be the only save of the night for
Matthews chased Howard from the
Wings net with 4:14 to play in the first, snapping a shot past him
from almost the exact same spot Kadri did to open the scoring.
Mrazek didn't fare any better, with Brown beating him through a
screen on the first shot he faced — 40 seconds after Matthews' goal.
Notes: A "moment of
celebration" was held before the game for Tragically Hip frontman
Gord Downie. He died of cancer on Tuesday at 53. ... Leafs forward
Patrick Marleau played in his 1,500th NHL game.
Red Wings: Host Washington on
Maple Leafs: At Ottawa on
Spurs hold Madrid, Liverpool win big in Champions League
Tottenham's Harry Kane shoots on goal during the Group H Champions
League match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in
Madrid, Tuesday Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Berlin (AP) — Tottenham
held defending champions Real Madrid to 1-1 in the Champions League
on Tuesday, while Liverpool racked up their biggest ever away win in
Juergen Klopp's side crushed
Maribor 7-0 in Slovenia, and to cap a good night for English sides
Manchester City defeated Napoli 2-1.
Spartak Moscow enjoyed a big
win in Group E, thrashing Sevilla 5-1, and Besiktas made it three
wins from three with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Monaco.
Leipzig defeated visiting Porto
3-2 for their first ever win in European competition, but the other
German side in action - Borussia Dortmund - were left contemplating
an early exit after being held at APOEL Nicosia to 1-1.
Here's a closer look at the
Liverpool's record away win
coincided with Maribor's worst Champions League loss.
Maribor had lost only one of
their last 11 home games in the competition, but they appeared
quickly out of their depth as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and
Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 3-0 up inside 20 minutes.
Salah and Firmino would go on
to grab seconds, substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had Klopp
celebrating with the side's sixth late on, and Trent
Alexander-Arnold completed the rout in the last minute. Liverpool's
previous highest score on the road in Europe was 5-0, three times.
"It's nice to write history,"
Sevilla's heavy defeat in
Moscow means Liverpool are well-placed to top the group with a home
game against Maribor next.
Liverpool have five points, the
same as Spartak, while Sevilla are third on four.
Napoli ended Manchester City's
Champions League debut in the group stage in 2011, but Pep
Guardiola's side doesn't look like it will be denied by Napoli this
Guardiola kept faith in the
side that routed Stoke 7-2 at the weekend and was rewarded with
early goals through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
Dries Mertens had the chance to
pull one back from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker hauled down
Raul Albiol, but Ederson saved the spot kick just as Napoli appeared
to be getting back into the game.
Amadou Diawara did better with
Napoli's second penalty with just over 15 minutes remaining but
there wasn't to be an equalizer.
"You cannot beat Napoli unless
you produce a good performance," Guardiola said.
Shakhtar Donetsk are three
points behind City after beating Feyenoord 2-1, and Napoli are third
with only three points from three games. Feyenoord have no points.
Besiktas came back to stun a
Monaco side which took the lead through Falcao.
Monaco aren't the same side who
reached the semifinals last season, and this defeat was the side's
fourth across all competitions.
The Turkish side tops the
group, five points ahead of Leipzig, who defeated Porto 3-2 for
their maiden Champions League win. All the goals came in the first
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao
sprung a surprise when he left Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the
bench in favor of Jose Sa, who was at fault for Leipzig's first
Porto are third, two points
ahead of last-placed Monaco.
Much was expected of the
meeting of two of the competition's most prolific strikers in Real
Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham's Harry Kane, but the
anticipated shootout failed to materialize.
Ronaldo matched Kane's tally of
five goals from three games when he equalized with a penalty, but
the Portuguese forward also missed several chances, while Keylor
Navas denied Kane with a fine save in the first half.
The visitors showed no fear in
Madrid and led when a retreating Raphael Varane turned in Serge
Aurier's cross in the 21st minute.
Ronaldo equalized after Aurier
brought down Toni Kroos.
Hugo Lloris produced a string
of saves to deny Madrid a winner.
The 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi
started at right back for Madrid for his competition debut.
Dortmund's hopes of making the
second round took a major blow after being held in Nicosia to 1-1.
After losing their opening games Dortmund needed a win to kick-start
their campaign, but had to rally against APOEL.
Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even ALCS at 2
York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a home run during the seventh inning
of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against
the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 17, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy
New York (AP) — With a
soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, Aaron Judge
got New York back on track for another memorable October.
Judge ignited a rousing rally
with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to
spur the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night
and level the AL Championship Series 2-2.
The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0
against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off
the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park
in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run
double off Ken Giles.
The Yankees overcame three
errors and have roared back from a second straight 0-2 series
deficit — they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning
three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.
Aroldis Chapman struck out two
in a perfect ninth to cap a three-hitter. New York improved to 5-0
at home in the playoffs and won for the 18th time in their last 21
Yankee Stadium will be rocking
again when Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas
Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday. It's a rematch of the series opener,
when Keuchel outdid the Japanese right-hander in a 2-1 Astros win.
An AL MVP candidate marred in a
sluggish October, Judge sparked the Yankees by chasing McCullers,
who baffled the Yankees with his power breaking ball.
Except for the last one.
Judge launched a curveball into
the netting above center field's Monument Park for New York's second
"Once we're within striking
distance like that, anything can happen," Judge said.
Houston manager A.J. Hinch
pulled McCullers after 81 pitches, Didi Gregorius tripled off Chris
Devenski and Sanchez brought Gregorius in with a sacrifice fly.
"I thought Aaron's home run
just lit a little spark," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Todd Frazier led off the eighth
with a double to left, and pinch hitter Chase Headley then did the
same — only after falling between first and second base, taking one
step back, then heading for second and sliding in ahead of Jose
"Panic," Headley recalled. "I
went from one of the best feelings of my career to one of the worst
in just a matter of seconds, but fortunately it worked out."
Brett Gardner brought in
Frazier on a groundout, and Judge came to bat with the bundled crowd
on its feet.
He reached down to stay with a
slider and drilled a double high off the left-field wall as a fan in
a longsleeve yellow shirt reached down and touched the ball. Gardner
came home with the tying run, and Gregorius grounded a single just
beyond shortstop Carlos Correa's reach to put runners at the corner.
Sanchez, who had been 0 for 13 in the series, scored them both with
a slicing drive that skipped to the wall in right-center.
Houston had not lost
consecutive games since Sept. 8-10 at Oakland and the major leagues'
best road record during the regular season. The Astros had just
three hits and are hitting .153 in the series.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray
pitched one-hit ball through five innings but again had no run
support. His teammates have yet to score for him in four career
postseason starts while he's still on the mound, including twice
with New York this year.
Houston took a 3-0 lead in the
sixth after George Springer walked leading off, and Josh Reddick
reached on catcher's interference by Austin Romine — inserted into
lineup for his defense.
Robertson walked Altuve and
struck out Carlos Correa before Yuri Gurriel lined a three-run
double past Frazier and all the way to the wall. Gurriel got hung up
between second and third as Altuve scored, and he was tagged out by
Judge to end a rundown.
Houston added a fourth run when
second baseman Starlin Castro misplayed Brian McCann's grounder in
the seventh, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score from second. It was
Castro's second error of the game.
Tour champion Froome could face Dumoulin test on 2018 route
Britain's Chris Froome poses in front of the road-map during the
presentation of the 2018 Tour de France cycling race, in Paris,
Tuesday Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Paris (AP) — Defending
champion Chris Froome can expect a stern challenge from Dutch rider
Tom Dumoulin in next year's Tour de France.
Froome is chasing a
record-equaling fifth victory to move level with Belgian great Eddy
Merckx, French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and
Spanish great Miguel Indurain.
Froome and Dumoulin won the
three Grand Tours last year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta
and Dumoulin winning the Giro d'Italia.
The 105th edition of the Tour
features a hilly 31-kilometer (19-mile) time trial through the
Basque country on the penultimate day. Froome is a specialist, but
Dumoulin is the reigning world time trial champion.
The 32-year-old Froome is still
in his prime, while the 26-year-old Dumoulin is approaching his.
"A contest between Chris Froome
and Tom Dumoulin, two riders with similar qualities, wouldn't
displease me. It would force one of the two to try something
different to surprise the other," Tour de France race director
Christian Prudhomme said Tuesday. "We're looking at a new generation
that wants to entertain. I think that if Christopher Froome is up
against Tom Dumoulin, they will want to do that. They will be more
or less equal in the time trials. That's something very exciting."
The race starts on July 7 — a
week later than usual because of the soccer World Cup in Russia —
and opens with a flat 189-kilometer (117-mile) route for sprinters
from Noirmoutier-en-l'ile to Fontenay-le-Comte in the Vendee region,
on the Atlantic coast.
With the team time trial
returning after being omitted the last two years, Froome's Team Sky
will be confident of creating early time gaps on Stage 3 — a
35-kilometer (21.7-mile) route starting and ending in Cholet in
Western France. But Sky faces tough competition, because Dumoulin's
Sunweb team are the reigning TTT world champions.
The Tour route, which goes
clockwise, features 25 mountain climbs — ranging from the relatively
difficult Category 2 to Category 1 and the daunting Hors Categorie
(beyond classification). Eleven are in the Alps, four in the Massif
central region and 10 in the Pyrenees.
"It is a massive challenge and
a Tour de France that tests every aspect of cycling," said Froome,
who won the past three races and in 2013. "I wouldn't expect
anything different from the organizers."
The Tour also has more time
bonuses on offer in flat stages over the 3,329-kilometer
The difficult climbs start on
Stage 10, the first of three straight days of grueling Alpine
ascents. But organizers have preceded that with a tricky ninth stage
that could shake up the peloton. It takes riders over 15 treacherous
cobblestone sections: the highest number since the 1980 Tour, with
nearly 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) altogether.
"It's going to be a very
nervous race," Froome said.
The Roubaix cobbles may perhaps
trouble Froome, although Prudhomme thinks the British rider can
"We've seen that Chris Froome
has a range of abilities much wider than people said," Prudhomme
said. "He's intelligent and hard-working. He keeps on winning in a
different manner than in previous years."
Even though Froome will be 33
on next year's Tour, Prudhomme still thinks he can improve.
"I don't think we've seen
everything that Froome has to offer," Prudhomme said.
The cobbles are followed by a
rest day on July 16, and Froome had better make the most of it
because the Alps start brutally the day after.
Stage 10 on July 17 has four
difficult climbs on a 159-kilometer (98.6-mile) route from Annecy to
Le Grand Bornand. They include a punchy ascent of Montee du plateau
de Glieres, featuring for the first time.
"Six kilometers with an 11.2
percent gradient is monumental," Prudhomme said.
The third day of Alpine
climbing begins with Col de la Madeleine, then Croix de Fer (which
translates as the ominous-sounding Iron Cross) and ends with an
ascent of l'Alpe d'Huez: three of the Tour's most well-known.
"The Alpe d'Huez stage will be
the Queen stage," said Froome, selecting it as the hardest. "It's
going to be a very big challenge."
Dumoulin is not in Froome's
class as a climber, but is not so easy to drop. Whether he can stay
with Froome through the Pyrenees, however, will prove crucial to his
Three tough days of climbing in
the Pyrenees starts with Stage 16 on July 24: a daunting
218-kilometer (135-mile) route from Carcassone to Bagneres-de-Luchon
that follows the second rest day.
Stage 17 is short at 65
kilometers (40 miles) but cruel, with three consecutive nasty
climbs, ending with an attack up Col de Portet. Stage 19 has four
ascents and then ends with a potentially treacherous 20-kilometer
(12.4-mile) descent to test the concentration of tired riders.
Whoever is freshest after that
will have a better chance of challenging Froome in the time trial.
The 21-stage race ends with its
customary processional Sunday finish on the Champs-Elysees.
Italy to face Sweden in World Cup playoffs
Former Spanish soccer player Fernando Hierro draws Italy against
Sweden at the FIFA World Cup European play-off draw at the
headquarters of FIFA in Zurich, Tuesday, Oct. 17. (Christian
Merz/Keystone via AP)
Zurich (AP) — Four-time
champions Italy will have to beat Sweden in a European playoff to
qualify for their 15th straight World Cup.
A regular at every World Cup
since 1958, the Italians were drawn Tuesday to play in Sweden in the
first leg of the playoff on Nov. 10.
"A World Cup without Italy
isn't a World Cup," said Italy team manager Gabriele Oriali,
representing coach Gian Piero Ventura at the draw at FIFA
Still, Oriali — who played on
Italy's 1982 winning team — cautioned that "history and tradition
don't go out onto the pitch."
In other pairings, it was:
Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland; Croatia vs. Greece; and Denmark
vs. Ireland. The first legs will be played from Nov. 9-11, with the
return games from Nov. 12-14.
The four winners will enter the
World Cup draw on Dec. 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
Sweden got the opponents who
coaches of the other three unseeded teams all said they wanted to
"If it's worst or easiest or
whatever, it doesn't matter today because it's Italy we're going to
play," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.
Four years ago, Sweden also got
a tough draw and were eliminated by Cristiano Ronaldo's three
second-leg goals for Portugal in Stockholm.
Switzerland were the
highest-ranked team in the draw, and won nine straight games in
qualifying until a final and decisive loss to Portugal this month.
"I feel their qualification
group was possibly one of the easier groups," Northern Ireland coach
Michael O'Neill said. "It's a game I believe we can win."
Northern Ireland have not been
at a World Cup since 1986, and their neighbors have missed three
straight editions — including elimination in a controversial
November 2009 playoff against France.
Ireland coach Martin O'Neill
said he was also pleased to avoid Croatia's "star-studded side" to
play a Denmark team coached by Age Hareide, a former teammate 35
Martin O'Neill picked out
Christian Eriksen, the in-form Tottenham playmaker, as a danger
ahead of a first leg in Copenhagen.
"If you consider the Danish run
just recently, he has masterminded nearly all their proceedings,"
Martin O'Neill said.
Croatia and Greece, who both
came through playoffs to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, could
generate the most heated atmosphere of the four pairings.
"There is a great rivalry
between both countries," said Michael Skibbe, the German coach of
Greece, who said his team's style of tough defence and
counter-attacks matched well with Croatia's stylish midfield.
"Maybe this is for us quite a
good choice," Skibbe said. "Every player of my team knows exactly
what the opponent is going to do. They will not surprise us."
The eight teams had the best
records as runners-up in the nine European qualifying groups.
Sharapova loses to Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup
Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return during her first round match
against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup tennis
tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Alexander
Moscow (AP) — Maria
Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the
first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a
second title in two weeks.
Sharapova, who won the Tianjin
Open two days ago, brought her usual power but lacked accuracy with
some wild swings on key points.
"I felt fine physically, to be
honest, especially after having played five matches in five days (in
Tianjin). That was a big surprise," Sharapova said. "Maybe I wasn't
as prepared as I should have been. ... Maybe if this tournament
hadn't been in Moscow, I wouldn't have played it."
Sharapova was under pressure on
serve from the start and saved six break points before finally being
broken for 6-5. She responded by breaking Rybarikova, but
Sharapova's double fault at 4-3 in the tiebreaker handed the
Slovakian the momentum to close out the set.
Rybarikova, seeded eighth,
sealed the match after saving two break points to lead 5-4, then
breaking Sharapova in the next game. Rybarikova will play Alize
Cornet in the second round.
Six months after she returned
from a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova is still trying to move back
up the rankings from her current position of 57th. Her first tour
appearance in Moscow in a decade drew a large and enthusiastic crowd
despite taking place in the afternoon.
Also, another Russian title
hopeful fell in the first round as fifth-seeded Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova lost to unseeded compatriot Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (2),
Last year's finalist, Daria
Gavrilova of Australia, reached the second round, beating Kristyna
Pliskova 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
Seventh-seeded Julia Goerges
beat Russian qualifier Polina Monova 6-0, 6-3.
In the men's Kremlin Cup,
sixth-seeded Damir Dzumhur defeated Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.
Andrey Rublev, seeded fifth, was a first-round loser to qualifier
Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 7-6 (6).
Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho listens to questions during a
news conference at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Oct.
17. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Lisbon, Portugal (AP) —
Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting "15 to 20 years
in the same club" are over, making it unlikely he will end his
managerial career at Manchester United.
Speaking ahead of United's
Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday, the 54-year-old
Mourinho said he plans to stay in soccer management for "15 years
"It is impossible to last for
so long (at one club)," Mourinho said. "If, in this moment, I wanted
to finish my career in two, three, four or five years then I would
say yes, I want to finish my career with Manchester United."
The Portuguese coach was
responding to comments he made about his future at United in an
interview conducted with French television that aired on Sunday. In
that interview, he also spoke in glowing terms about Paris
Saint-Germain and the French club's bid to shake up the established
order in Europe with their recent recruitment.
"The answer is that nothing is
happening: I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not
leaving for PSG," Mourinho said about his situation. "I am at
Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it."
"I was asked," he added, "how
is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last
15 to 20 years in the same club? I think Arsene Wenger is the last
one at Arsenal. It is impossible for us with everything that
surrounds the job, all of the pressures that surround the job."
Mourinho joined United in 2016
on a three-year contract with the option to stay until at least
Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions
golfer Tiger Woods. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
New York (AP) - Tiger
Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors
have cleared the former world No. 1 to practice without limitations.
Still to be determined is when
Woods can play in a tournament.
"We haven't even addressed when
he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing," said
Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at Excel Sports Management. "He wants
to play this so conservatively."
Steinberg said Woods received a
"good report" last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on
his lower back in April. Woods posted a video on Twitter on Oct. 7
of him hitting a smooth iron shot. Then on Sunday, Woods posted
another video — in a red shirt, no less — hitting a driver.
"Making progress," he tweeted.
Woods, whose last victory was
four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th
World Golf Championships title, has not played since he withdrew
from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms.
Two months later, he had a
fourth surgery on his back in 19 months.
Woods first posted a video on
Aug. 31 hitting pitch shots. Steinberg said doctors last week
allowed Woods "to proceed with no restrictions," which is when he
began posting video of fuller golf shots.
"He has started to hit balls at
a more aggressive rate," Steinberg said. "He feels really good, but
he's going to take it very slowly. I think he's excited that he's
not feeling pain. That's what gets him excited, being able to bend
down and pick up his kids.
"He's taking it from wedges and
short irons to the longer clubs. But he's still doing it in a really
Woods was an assistant captain
at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, and he said then his priorities
were to get his health in order, make sure he is pain-free and then
wait on word from his doctors.
"I'm still training. I'm
getting stronger," he said on Sept. 27. "But I certainly don't have
my golf muscles trained."
Woods last year returned after
15 months to play in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where
he finished 15th in an 18-man field. The tournament is a week after
Thanksgiving. Two spots are still available for sponsor exemptions
to players in the top 50 in the world, or to the tournament host,
which is Woods.
Mahrez salvages 1-1 draw for Leicester against West Brom
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, center, breaks through the West
Bromwich Albion defence during the English Premier League match at
the King Power Stadium in Leicester, Monday, Oct. 16. (Nick Potts/PA
Leicester, England (AP) —
Leicester failed to climb out of the English Premier League's
relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion
extended the team's winless run to six matches on Monday.
Riyad Mahrez salvaged a point
for Leicester with an 80th-minute equalizer at King Power Stadium,
but it was another ponderous display by the hosts, who could be set
for another season of struggle after their improbable title-winning
campaign of 2015-16.
Last season, Leicester were
defending the title and plunged to within a point of the relegation
zone before firing Claudio Ranieri, the manager who masterminded the
unlikely charge to the Premier League trophy. They ended up pulling
clear of trouble under Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare.
Now, Leicester have dropped
into the bottom three, two points from safety and on just six points
from eight games, though they have had a tough schedule.
Mahrez's goal was his first of
the season and a reminder of his class that won him English soccer's
player of the season award in 2016. The Algerian winger chested down
a header from international teammate Islam Slimani and drove home an
angled shot through West Brom defender Jonny Evans' legs.
Leicester's only win came
against Brighton in the second week of the season.
West Brom went ahead in the
63rd minute of a lackluster game when Nacer Chadli curled a free
kick around the defensive wall and inside the post, with goalkeeper
Kasper Schmeichel wrong-footed. West Brom are also winless in six
"I don't think it'll win any
points for being a classic," Schmeichel said of the game afterwards.
Azam, Shadab lift Pakistan to 32-run victory in 2nd ODI
Pakistan's Babar Azam plays a shot during the second ODI cricket
match against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday,
Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) —
Babar Azam hit a second successive century and Shadab Khan gave a
strong all-round performance as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs
in the second one-day international on Monday.
Azam scored 101 off 133 balls a
day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, while Shadab dug in to
score 52 not out to lift Pakistan's total to 219-9. They featured in
a 109-run stand after Pakistan were 101-6 against seamers Lahiru
Gamage (4-57) and Thisara Perera (2-34).
Captain Upul Tharanga became
the first Sri Lankan to carry his bat in an ODI with an unbeaten 112
off 144 balls including 14 fours, but his team were bowled out for
187 in 48 overs.
"Our batting collapsed but the
way they (Azam and Shadab) batted after that on a difficult pitch
was brilliant," said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who won the
"The pitch kept getting slower
and slower, so batting wasn't easy ... if we trust the youngsters,
they give us good performances."
Shadab also outfoxed the
batsmen with his legspin to finish with 3-47 as, yet again, the Sri
Lankan top order failed to fire as they did in the first game of
five, which they lost by 83 runs on Friday.
Azam and Shadab batted
resolutely and rotated the strike with singles and twos much to the
frustration of Sri Lanka. Neither attempted expansive shots.
Azam raised his century with
only six boundaries before he miss-hit Gamage's low full toss in the
last over and was caught at long on.
In the run chase, Tharanga
struggled to get partnerships going and survived two early catching
chances when Shadab and Azam dropped sitters.
The Sri Lankan captain also
successfully overturned a caught behind decision against him on 29,
and Pakistan missed an opportunity to have him lbw on 46. Shadab
didn't go for the video review when replays showed the ball would
have crashed on to the stumps.
But Sri Lanka always lagged
behind despite Tharanga's chancy stay at the crease. They slipped to
93-7, losing five wickets in seven overs. Shadab claimed three of
Tharanga added 76 runs with
Jeffrey Vandersay (22) but never looked to threaten Pakistan's total
before Vandersay holed out in the deep and the last two batsmen were
"When you're 90 for 7, it's a
tough task," Tharanga said. "It was good to carry the bat, but
disappointed with the result."
Sri Lanka have lost 18 of their
23 ODIs in 2017, including 5-0 defeats against South Africa and
FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw
Zurich (AP) — FIFA has
confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as
top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw.
France rise one place to No. 7
to edge out Spain, as defending champions Germany head an unchanged
After a busy qualifying program
last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also
top-seeded for the Dec. 1 draw in Moscow.
FIFA uses October rankings to
decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team
World Cup finals lineup to be decided in November.
Russia are top-seeded for the
World Cup despite being ranked No. 65.
Chile at No. 9 are the
highest-ranked team eliminated from the World Cup.
Mexico at No. 16 head CONCACAF
teams. Tunisia at No. 28 are Africa's best, and No. 34 Iran lead
Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam
British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua. (AP Photo)
London (AP) — Kubrat
Pulev has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against
IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua because of a shoulder injury.
Joshua will now face Carlos
Takam, who is rated No. 3 by the IBF.
The fight will take place at
the original venue of Cardiff on Oct. 28.
Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn,
says Pulev was injured in sparring. Hearn also said Takam has been
on standby since the Joshua-Pulev fight was announced.
Hearn says "it's a difficult
position for AJ. Having prepared meticulously for the style and
height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and
challenge in Takam — this hasn't happened in his career."
Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title
Roger Federer of Switzerland lifts the champion’s trophy after
defeating Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain in their men's singles final
at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China,
Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Shanghai (AP) — Roger
Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to
four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win
the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
The Swiss 19-time grand slam
winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head
record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match
with service breaks.
"I don't know what my
expectations were going in," Federer said. "I thought I might
struggle early on because it was a late finish last night.
"I had no nerves before the
match, surprisingly. I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted
to play the match. I started off very well and relaxed from then
Despite his dominance in 2017,
Federer doesn't rate his chances of catching Nadal in their
"It's not going to happen. We
don't have enough years left on the tour. We ranked too good so we
play each other only in finals at the moment... You can't win them
all against Rafa, to be honest. He's too good of a player," Federer
Federer took advantage of three
of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal's
16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last
Federer, who has won the last
five encounters between the pair dating back to the 2015 Basel
final, also beat Nadal in the Australian Open final, a round of 16
match at Indian Wells and the Miami final this year.
"Have been a very difficult
match for me," Nadal said. "He played very fast and he played well.
"Of course was not the best
match for me of the week. When somebody plays better than you, sport
is very difficult. That's the real thing, no? When you play against
somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really
matters in this sport, in this kind of surface, then it's tougher."
The Shanghai Masters is
Federer's 94th career title, moving him into a tie with Ivan Lendl
in second place on the Open era list.
Nadal arrived on court with a
bandage under his right knee, the same leg he twice smacked with his
racket after losing his serve for the first time this week in the
Federer said he was surprised
to see the wrap and didn't feel Nadal was struggling with his
In his post-match press
conference, Nadal elected not to discuss the knee injury, saying, "I
don't want to talk about that now, sorry, but after losing final is
not the moment."
When asked if he would play
upcoming tournaments in Basel, Switzerland and Paris, Nadal refused
to confirm his participation.
Federer took advantage of a
third break point in the first game of the match with a winning
backhand passing shot. He broke Nadal's serve again on a second
break point in the fifth game of the second set when Nadal sailed a
backhand crosscourt wide. In the final game, Nadal netted a forehand
at 15-40 to end the 72-minute match.
With Rodgers out, Vikings cruise past Packers 23-10
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies on the ground
after being hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr
in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday,
Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minneapolis (AP) —
Harrison Smith led Minnesota's defense in a thorough dismantling of
Green Bay, as the Vikings knocked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
out of the game on Sunday with a broken collarbone during a 23-10
victory that drastically altered the course of the NFC North.
Smith had 1½ sacks on safety
blitzes, a diving interception and two pass breakups, helping the
Vikings (4-2) limit the injury-depleted Packers to a season-low 227
Anthony Barr, who later left
with a concussion, delivered the game-changing hit on Green Bay's
second drive when he took Rodgers hard to the turf as the two-time
NFL MVP followed through on a pass.
Rodgers fell on his throwing
shoulder, and the Packers (4-2) announced he could miss the
remainder of the season.
Brett Hundley threw his first
career touchdown pass in relief, connecting with Davante Adams in
the second quarter after a 63-yard return by Clay Matthews of Jerick
McKinnon's fumble gave the Packers the ball at the 18.
Hundley was picked off three
times and sacked four times. He finished 18 for 33 for 157 yards.
The Packers had five first downs and 102 yards over the first three
Case Keenum, making his fourth
start in place of the injured Sam Bradford, went 24 for 38 for 239
yards without top wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He threw 13 times to
Adam Thielen, completing nine for 97 yards.
PATRIOTS 24, JETS 17
East Rutherford, New Jersey
— Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a
quarterback, getting his 187th.
The Patriots (4-2) were playing
their first game in 10 days after beating Tampa Bay 19-14 on Oct. 5,
and appeared a bit rusty early as they fell behind 14-0 in the
second quarter against the surprising Jets (3-3).
New York had a chance to tie
the game after getting the ball back with 1:53 remaining, but the
Patriots' 32nd-ranked overall defense held on — forcing Josh McCown
to throw incomplete on a desperation heave on fourth-and-17 from the
50, and ending the Jets' three-game winning streak.
Brady broke a tie with Peyton
Manning and Brett Favre for the record.
New York appeared to make it a
one-score game again on its next possession as Austin
Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the
goal line for a 4-yard touchdown.
But officials reviewed the
score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins
slightly lost control of the ball as he went out of bounds on the
side of the end zone, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball
never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with
the Jets' sideline irate.
STEELERS 19, CHIEFS 13
Kansas City, Missouri —
Le'Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made
an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Steelers
handed the NFL's only unbeaten team its first loss.
The Chiefs (5-1) still had a
chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly
downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.
And when their defense forced a
quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the
ball with 1:48 to go.
But after the Steelers (4-2)
gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on
third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down
left the NFL with no perfect teams.
Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25
for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal
five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week. His
favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over
water coolers on the sideline but spent Sunday slinging high-fives.
He finished with eight catches for 155 yards, often beating All-Pro
cornerback Marcus Peters.
CHARGERS 17, RAIDERS 16
Oakland, California —
Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play and the
Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio
The Chargers (2-4) had been
done in by poor kicks this season, losing twice on misses by former
kicker Younghoe Koo. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal in the first
quarter, but it was a missed extra point by Tavecchio — after a high
snap by Jon Condo early in the fourth quarter — that was the
difference in a fourth straight loss by the Raiders (2-4).
Philip Rivers took over at his
8 with 4:09 to play and used two long passes to Hunter Henry to move
the Chargers into field-goal range. Five straight runs by Melvin
Gordon and two kneeldowns moved the ball to the 14 and drained the
clock, setting the stage for Novak's winning kick.
The Raiders had taken the lead
on a 47-yard end-around by Cordarrelle Patterson, but that and the
return of quarterback Derek Carr weren't enough to end this slide.
Oakland last lost four in a row during an 0-10 start in 2014.
CARDINALS 38, BUCCANEERS 33
Glendale, Arizona —
Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns and 134 yards in an
impressive Arizona debut and the Cardinals held off a furious
second-half Tampa Bay rally.
The Buccaneers (2-3) lost
quarterback Jameis Winston to a right shoulder injury in the second
quarter, with the Cardinals (3-3) leading 21-0. But backup Ryan
Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to bring Tampa
Bay back from a 31-0, early third-quarter deficit.
Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown
pass to Mike Evans cut the Arizona lead to 38-32 with 2:02 to play.
Larry Fitzgerald recovered the
onside kick and, with no Tampa Bay timeouts remaining, the Cardinals
ran out the clock.
Carson Palmer completed his
first 14 passes and finished 18 of 22 for 283 yards and three
touchdowns with one interception. Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for
138 yards and a score.
Peterson, acquired in a trade
with New Orleans on Tuesday, carried 26 times and scored on a
27-yard run to cap Arizona's first possession. He added a 1-yard TD
run after Tramon Williams' interception near the goal line in the
fourth quarter. The 32-year-old running back gained 47 more yards on
Sunday than the 87 he had in four games with the Saints.
BEARS 27, RAVENS 24, OT
Baltimore — Connor Barth
kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in overtime, and the
Bears used a 167-yard rushing effort by Jordan Howard to beat the
The Bears (2-4) blew a 14-point
lead in the second half before coming through in overtime behind
Howard, whose 53-yard run put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After
rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall
Wright, Barth delivered the winner.
Making his first career start
on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned
heavily on the run. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16
passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears gained 231 yards on
54 rushing attempts.
Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in
the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before using two long
kick returns to get back in the game.
Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96
yards for a score and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards
for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was
successful, setting up overtime.
DOLPHINS 20, FALCONS 17
Atlanta — Jay Cutler
threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field
goals and the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit.
Matt Ryan had another crucial
interception with the Falcons in position to at least attempt a
tying field goal. Cordrea Tankersley got a hand on a pass intended
for Austin Hooper and Reshad Jones swooped in to make the clinching
interception with 39 seconds remaining.
Parkey put the Dolphins (3-2)
ahead for the first time with 2:30 remaining, booting a 38-yard
field goal after a gutsy play by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was hit
by six players but still managed to power ahead for a key first
Cutler, who struggled in his
first four games as the Dolphins' fill-in starter after putting off
retirement, completed 19 of 33 for 151 yards, including scoring
passes to Landry and Kenny Stills. Jay Ajayi rushed for 130 yards.
The Falcons (3-2) appeared
headed for an easy victory, building a big lead that looked even
more comfortable against a team that had scored only three offensive
touchdowns all season. But back came Miami.
RAMS 27, JAGUARS 17
Jacksonville, Florida —
Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards, one of two
special teams touchdowns that helped the Rams.
The Rams (4-2) also blocked a
punt for a score and a 10-point lead in the first half. Malcolm
Brown returned the loose ball 8 yards for the franchise's first such
touchdown since 2005.
The Jaguars (3-3) botched a
decent chance to tie the game early in the fourth period when Blake
Bortles fumbled on one play and then threw an interception on the
next. It cost Jacksonville a shot at ending its up-and-down start to
Los Angeles essentially sealed
its third road victory on Greg Zuerlein's 29-yard field goal with
2:32 remaining. The Rams hadn't started 3-0 away from home since
The Jaguars, coming off an
impressive victory at Pittsburgh, still haven't won consecutive
games in more than a year and lost for the ninth time in 10 games at
SAINTS 52, LIONS 38
New Orleans — Running
backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for 237 yards from
scrimmage, the Saints' resurgent defense forced five turnovers and
scored a franchise-record three times.
New Orleans (3-2), which has a
winning record for the first time since its last playoff season in
2013, built a five-touchdown lead, only to gut out a remarkable bid
by Detroit to pull off the greatest comeback in NFL history.
Detroit (3-3) scored four
straight TDs, including one on a punt return by Jamal Agnew and
another on A'Shawn Robinson's close-range interception near the
Saints goal line, in less than 15 minutes off the game clock to pull
as close as 45-38 with 6:41 to go. But after Agnew muffed a punt and
barely got it out of the end zone, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan
scored on virtually the same type of play as Robinson when he got
his hand on Matt Stafford's pass from the end zone.
The Saints' defense produced
its first points on Detroit's first possession, when Alex Okafor
sacked and stripped Stafford in the end zone and safety Kenny
Vaccaro recovered. In the third quarter, rookie cornerback Marshon
Lattimore, New Orleans' top draft choice last spring, made his first
interception and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.
Playing on a sore right ankle
that visibly limited his mobility, Stafford was hit often, sacked
five times and turned over the ball five times: twice on fumbles and
three times on interceptions, two of which were tipped. New Orleans
also batted down many of Stafford's throws.
REDSKINS 26, 49ERS 24
Landover, Maryland —
Washington's Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, ran for a score,
and also had an interception as part of an inconsistent performance
against his past — and possibly — future mentor Kyle Shanahan's
The Redskins blew a 17-point
lead before barely holding on.
Cousins was hardly at his most
accurate in completing 25 of 37 passes for 330 yards against the
team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection
with Shanahan. The 49ers (0-6) remain unsettled at quarterback:
Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer for rookie C.J. Beathard, who threw for
245 yards, a touchdown and an interception and nearly led an
Beathard, a third-round pick
out of Iowa and grandson of former Redskins general manager Bobby
Beathard, took over for Hoyer with about six and a half minutes left
in the first half and the 49ers down 14-0. After Hoyer was 4 of 11
for 34 yards, Beathard went 19 of 36 in his first NFL action.
With the 49ers down by two in
the final minute, Beathard led them toward field goal range. He was
intercepted by Kendall Fuller on fourth down to seal the result.
The Redskins (3-2) weren't
helped by several injuries on defense. They benefited from playing a
49ers team that is now the first in NFL history to lose five
consecutive games by three points or fewer. San Francisco's past
five losses have come by a combined 13 points.
TEXANS 33, BROWNS 17
Houston — Deshaun Watson
threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie
in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight
games. Watson has thrown 15 touchdown passes this season, the most
in NFL history by a rookie in a team's first six games. It equals
the number of TD throws Brock Osweiler had in 15 games last season.
The Browns lost their 16th in a
row on the road.
Cleveland made yet another
change at quarterback this week, benching rookie DeShone Kizer, who
had thrown a league-high nine interceptions, for Kevin Hogan to make
his first NFL start. The results were much the same as Hogan threw
three interceptions to keep the Browns (0-6) winless and drop coach
Hue Jackson's record in Cleveland to 1-21.
Johnathan Joseph had two
interceptions, including one he returned for 82 yards to boost the
Texans' defense in their first game since J.J. Watt and Whitney
Mercilus sustained season-ending injuries last week.
Watson threw TD passes to Will
Fuller, Braxton Miller and DeAndre Hopkins as the Texans (3-3) set a
franchise record by scoring at least 30 points for the fourth
Rooney saves Everton and Koeman at Brighton; Saints draw
Everton's Wayne Rooney, top, takes the ball from Brighton & Hove
Albion's Lewis Dunk during their English Premier League match at the
AMEX Stadium in Brighton, Sunday Oct. 15. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Brighton, England (AP) —
Wayne Rooney may have saved his manager's job after a successful
last-minute penalty kick secured a point for Everton in a 1-1 draw
at Brighton in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman's future as
Toffees boss looked in doubt when Anthony Knockaert gave Brighton
the lead eight minutes from time, but Rooney kept his cool to level
from the spot.
While the draw only lifts
Everton to 16th, it might be enough to persuade the club to give
Koeman more time.
"I think we deserved something
out of the afternoon," Koeman said. "We know we can play better but
the commitment and belief was really positive. At least it's one
Although they lost Romelu
Lukaku to Manchester United over the summer, the arrival of Rooney
and young talent such as Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy
Klaassen gave Everton a positive outlook going into the season.
However, Koeman's new-look side
has amassed just eight points from as many games — and it would have
been seven if it weren't for a moment of madness from Brighton
The defender recklessly elbowed
Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the neck inside the penalty area in the
dying stages of the game, giving referee Michael Oliver no choice
but to point to the spot.
Rooney calmly sent Brighton
'keeper Mathew Ryan the wrong way. Knockaert had given Brighton the
lead eight minutes earlier when Morgan Schneiderlin failed to clear
the ball in his own box.
Brighton are above Everton in
14th thanks to a superior goal difference.
TEACHER VS STUDENT
It was teacher versus student
as Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino hosted Newcastle and his
former boss Rafael Benitez in a 2-2 draw.
Pellegrino played for Benitez
at Valencia and Liverpool before becoming a member of his coaching
staff at Anfield and later at Inter Milan.
Newcastle twice led but were
pegged back by Manolo Gabbiadini on both occasions as Southampton
managed to score for just the second time in 10 Premier League home
Isaac Hayden gave Newcastle the
lead in the 20th minute as he showed fine technique to direct the
bouncing ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Southampton leveled in the 49th
when Gabbiadini was allowed too much time and space in the penalty
area before tucking a low shot in at the near post.
But less than two minutes later
the visitors retook the lead. Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster
was at fault as he palmed Ayoze Perez's routine effort straight back
to him and left space for the striker to squeeze the rebound in at
the near post.
It was another reckless moment
from a defender that allowed Southampton back into the game once
more as Florian Lejeune unnecessarily brought down Shane Long inside
Gabbiadini smashed the penalty
into the corner to move Southampton back into the top half of the
table, a place behind Newcastle, who sit ninth with 11 points.
Ducati rider Dovizioso wins MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso, right,
steers his Ducati tailed by Spain's Marc Marquez on the way to
winning the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Twin
Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 15.
(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Motegi, Japan (AP) — Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso edged
championship leader Marc Marquez to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of
Japan on Sunday.
Dovizioso moved ahead of
Marquez on the final lap and clocked a time of 47 minutes, 14.236
seconds at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit to beat the Repsol Honda
rider by 0.249 seconds. Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci was third,
10.557 seconds off the pace.
With three races left, Marquez
leads Dovizioso by 11 points in the overall season standings.
"I knew that anything could
happen," Dovizioso said. "It was so exciting to be in this race, to
fight with Marc always is, and it was important for the
Suzuki riders Andrea Iannone
and Alex Rins were fourth and fifth, respectively. Jorge Lorenzo was
sixth on his Ducati, ahead of Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro in
seventh and pole sitter Johann Zarco on a Yamaha.
Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales
and Ducati rider Loris Baz rounded out the top 10.
The next race is on Oct. 22 at
Phillip Island, Australia.
England's Hatton wins Italian Open for 2nd straight title
Britain's Tyrrel Hatton celebrates after winning the 74th Italian
Open Golf tournament in Monza, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 15. (Matteo
Bazzi/ANSA via AP)
Monza, Italy (AP) —
Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win
the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in
Last week, Hatton retained his
title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old
Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.
Now the Englishman is up to
fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings.
It looked like Hatton was
heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into
the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to
celebrate the Rolex Series victory.
"I had a good feeling standing
over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were
shaking," Hatton said.
A day after celebrating his
26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a
bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under.
"It was a battle with myself
today," said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. "But my caddie kept
saying it would come in the end and it did. ... I got a hot streak
with the putter, which helps a lot."
Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher
and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke
behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19
Defending champion and home
favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth.
Hatton took home a first-place
check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased
purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022
Ryder Cup outside Rome.
Crowds were large throughout
the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One
Ko fires 68 to clinch 1st LPGA Tour victory on home soil
Jin Young Ko of South Korea watches her
shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the LPGA KEB
HanaBank Championship at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea,
Sunday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Korea (AP) — South Korean Jin Young Ko overcame a sluggish start
to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory at the KEB Hana Bank
Championship on Sunday.
Ko, who had been two strokes in
front overnight, bogeyed two of the first three holes at the Ocean
Course before carding six birdies for a 68 and an overall 19-under
total of 269.
"After I made the two bogeys I
had a really long chat with my caddie," Ko said. "He kept reminding
me that being nervous was quite natural, that I needed to accept
those nerves. I kept reminding myself of that."
Sung Hyun Park, seeking her
third LPGA Tour victory of the year and the chance to take over at
the top of the Rolex Rankings for the first time, was denied both
goals after closing with a 68 and finishing two shots behind Ko.
Park played flawless golf over
the first 13 holes with four birdies, but a three-putt bogey at the
14th effectively halted her title bid.
"Although I didn't win, I think
I had a really solid, good round," said Park. "It's not easy to
lower your score in the final group of the championship, and I
managed to get a four-under round.
In Gee Chun, playing with
compatriots Park and Ko in the final grouping, finished in third
after carding a final round 69.
Carlota Ciganda, who won last
year's LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in a playoff with Alison Lee,
tied for eighth with a final-round 72.
Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return
shot to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during their women's singles
final at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in north China's Tianjin
Municipality, Sunday, Oct. 15. (Chinatopix Via AP)
(AP) — Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning
from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin
Open on Sunday.
The Russian, a tournament wild
card, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite
trailing heavily in both sets.
Sharapova last won a title at
the Italian Open in May 2015.
The former top-ranked player
and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested
positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open
in January 2016. That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in
"Such a special, special
tournament, and victory for me, one that I'll remember forever,"
Sharapova said. "Sometimes you never know when it will all come
together but it happened to me this week in Tianjin."
Sharapova displayed resilience
as she came from behind in both sets to overcome her 19-year-old
Sabalenka led 4-1 in the opener
and 5-1 in the second before relenting to Sharapova's greater
big-match experience. It was Sharapova's 36th WTA singles title.
The 30-year-old Sharapova
played in her first Grand Slam tournament following the ban at the
U.S. Open in August, where she reached the fourth round. Sunday's
result will lift Sharapova up to No. 57 in the world rankings.
Update October 14 - 15 , 2017
Del Potro has wrist placed in splint after fall in Shanghai
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina holds his hand in pain after
falling on the court during his men's singles quarterfinals match
against Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the Shanghai Masters tennis
tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai,
China, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Shanghai (AP) — Juan Martin
del Potro's bruised left wrist was placed in a splint after a nasty fall
while winning his quarterfinal at the Shanghai Masters on Friday.
Del Potro is due to play Roger
Federer in the semifinals on Saturday. The other semifinal features
top-ranked Rafael Nadal against Marin Cilic.
Del Potro tumbled on the court at
2-2 in the third set against Viktor Troicki of Serbia and instinctively
tried to break the fall with his left wrist. Del Potro, who has
undergone surgery on both wrists, conferred with a trainer as he
repeatedly shook his wrist.
Del Potro ended up breaking
Troicki's serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
"I don't know how my wrist is after
I fell down," del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. "I
felt something wrong in that moment, but I continued to play, just
playing (backhand) slices just to finish the match. I'm going to the
hospital to see what the MRI says, and what the doctor says.
"Then I will take a decision for
tomorrow. I would like to play and be 100 percent."
Jorge Viale, del Potro's agent,
later tweeted that tests revealed a "wrist contusion" but "more serious
problems were ruled out."
"The doctors put a splint to
immobilize the wrist," Viale added. "Tomorrow morning, Juan Martin will
decide whether he plays the semifinal."
Del Potro beat Federer in the U.S.
Open quarterfinals. Federer made another matchup by beating Richard
Gasquet 7-5, 6-4.
"I hope for him (del Potro) that
it's nothing serious," Federer said. "He's had problems in the past and
this is why he's worried, rightfully so. At the end of the day nothing
changes for me, I'll be ready to come out here to play, and it's for
revenge for the U.S. Open."
Meanwhile, Nadal tied Andre Agassi
for sixth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins. Topping Grigor
Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win.
Nadal also improved his win streak
to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated
Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.
Here, Dimitrov extended their
quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win
the second-set tiebreaker.
In the third set, Nadal saved the
one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve
in the sixth to set up victory.
"Winning a lot of matches in a row,
so I'm very happy for everything," Nadal said. "Of course, being able to
win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here ... I have
to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We'll see tomorrow if I can
have another good day."
Fourth-seeded Cilic stands between
Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.
Cilic advanced to his first
Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended
Cilic's streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of the
"I was a little bit angry with
myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment," Cilic
Azam and seamers spur Pakistan to 83-run victory
Pakistan's Hassan Ali runs between the wickets during their first ODI
cricket match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday,
Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Dubai, UAE (AP) — Pakistan
rode on Babar Azam's century and brilliant bowling by their seamers
upfront to notch a convincing 83-run victory against Sri Lanka in the
first one-day international on Friday.
Azam, who could total only 39 runs
in Pakistan's 2-0 loss in the test series, returned to form with 103 off
131 balls and Shoaib Malik swelled Pakistan total to 292-6 by smashing
81 off 61 deliveries after being sent into bat.
Seamers Hasan Ali (3-36) and Rumman
Raees (3-49) snared six wickets in between them before Lahiru Thirimanne
(53) and Akila Dananjaya (50 not out) delayed the inevitable and carried
Sri Lanka to 209-8.
"When you lose one series, the
first match of the next series becomes very important, credit to the
boys," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.
"We've got a lot of bowling
options. This bodes well for us. The way we've done today, we'll look to
carry this template forward."
Earlier, Fakhar Zaman (43) and
Mohammad Hafeez (32) couldn't convert good starts before Azam and Malik
dominated the Sri Lankan bowling in a 139-run stand with a bit of luck.
Azam was dropped on 42 and could
have been out caught behind off legspinner Akila Dananjaya soon after
reaching 50 but Sri Lanka earlier squandered their only video review.
Azam held down one end and
completed his half century off 80 balls before notching his sixth ODI
century and first against Sri Lanka off 128 balls with five fours.
Malik batted with lot of freedom,
hitting two sixes and five fours and kept pushing up the scoring rate
through brilliant running between the wickets with Azam as Sri Lanka
struggled to contain runs in later stage of the Pakistan innings.
Sri Lanka, who have been
whitewashed by South Africa and then by India at home in 2017, struggled
to pace their run-chase against both Raees and Hasan.
Raees dismissed Niroshan Dickwella
(19) and Dinesh Chandimal (4) before captain captain Upul Tharanga was
clean bowled by Hafeez while attempting a needless pull shot against the
Sri Lanka stuttered to 67-5 when
Ali removed Kusal Mendis (2) and Milinda Siriwardana off successive
deliveries as Raees returned and had Thirimanne trapped leg before
Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay
(25) put on the best partnership of the innings by contributing 68 runs
for the eighth wicket but couldn't prevent Sri Lanka from going down to
their eighth consecutive defeat in ODIs.
"Pakistan batted really well. At
one stage, we thought we could restrict them to below 270," Tharanga
said. "We haven't batted to potential in the last few series ... it's
time we deliver."
The second match of the series will
be played at Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Backstrom leads Capitals over Devils
Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) and Washington Capitals right wing
Brett Connolly (10) compete for the puck during the second period of their
NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 13, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Newark, New Jersey (AP) —
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists as the Washington Capitals
knocked the surprising New Jersey Devils from the NHL's unbeaten ranks with
a 5-2 victory Friday night.
T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist,
and Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth of the season and set up Backstrom's
power-play tally to help Washington hand New Jersey its first loss in four
Jacub Vrana also scored for the
Capitals, and Braden Holtby had 21 saves. Washington is 8-0-1 in its last
nine games against New Jersey.
Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri scored
for the Devils, who had surprised many with their quick start after
finishing in the basement in the Eastern Conference last season. Cory
Schneider made 23 saves, getting beat three times on the power play.
BLUE JACKETS 3, RANGERS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin
and Seth Jones scored to rally Columbus past New York.
Panarin, acquired from Chicago in the
offseason, had his first goal with the Blue Jackets. He snaked through the
defense and beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the pads 7:25 into the
third for a 2-1 lead.
Lukas Sedlak added an empty-net goal,
and Zach Werenski had two assists.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves for
Columbus, allowing only Kevin Hayes' first-period goal.
Pavlyuchenkova, Gavrilova advance to Hong Kong semis
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of
Japan during their quarter-final match at the Hong Kong Open tennis
tournament in Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hong Kong (AP) — The
highest ranked player left in the Hong Kong Open, Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in the
quarterfinals on Friday.
Osaka ousted Venus Williams but
couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and
served nine double faults.
Pavlyuchenkova, chasing a third WTA
title, faces Wang Qiang in the semifinals after the Chinese hope beat
Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-2.
Wang looked like she might retire
after calling a trainer to court in the first set.
"I felt really, really sick, I
couldn't see the ball, but my coach pushed me," Wang said.
Daria Gavrilova beat Lizette
Cabrera 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in an all-Australian match. Cabrera received a
free pass into the quarters when defending champion Caroline Wozniacki
withdrew with an elbow injury. Gavrilova also conceded the second set in
their match, but calmed down and regained control.
Gavrilova lined up Jennifer Brady,
who beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 7-5, 6-4 to earn her first WTA
Brady has taken advantage of
top-seeded Elina Svitolina withdrawing from the tournament after hurting
her right leg in the China Open last week.
Dovizioso fastest in practice for MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso talks with team members during the free
practice session for the MotoGP Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at the
Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Motegi, north of Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP
Motegi, Japan (AP) — Andrea
Dovizioso clocked the fastest lap in Friday's practice for the MotoGP
Grand Prix of Japan, edging championship leader Marc Marquez.
Dovizioso was just 0.043 seconds ahead of the Repsol Honda rider in wet
conditions at Twin Ring Motegi. Aleix Espagaro of Aprilia Racing had the
third-fastest time of 1 minute, 55.061 seconds.
Dovizioso's Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo was fourth ahead of Yamaha
rider Johann Zarco.
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, who has five wins at Motegi, moved up
to eighth place after struggling in the morning practice session.
With four races left, Marquez leads Dovizioso by 16 points. Maverick
Vinales and Pedrosa are in third and fourth place in the season
Rain is also forecast for Saturday's qualifying.
India-Australia T20 series drawn after 3rd match washout
scoreboard displays an announcement about the third and final Twenty20
cricket match between India and Australia being called off, in Hyderabad,
India, Friday, Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Hyderabad, India (AP) — The
India-Australia Twenty20 series was drawn after the third match was
abandoned because of a wet outfield on Friday.
The umpires decided the outfield at
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was unfit for play within an hour of the
scheduled start of play, much to the disappointment of the 30,000-strong
India won the first T20 and Australia
Earlier, India won the five-match
one-day international series 4-1.
Australia head home to prepare for the
Ashes, with the first test in Brisbane starting on Nov. 23.
India, meanwhile, await the arrival of
New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20s over the next three weeks. The
first ODI will be in Mumbai on Oct. 22.
Defending champion Molinari shares lead at Italian Open
Italy's Francesco Molinari hits a shot during the first day of the
Italian Open Golf tournament in Monza, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 12. (Matteo
Bazzi/ANSA via AP)
Monza, Italy (AP) —
Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari was among six
players who shared a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the
Jamie Donaldson, Kiradech
Aphibarnrat, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Alexander Bjork also shot
7-under 64s Thursday at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula
George Coetzee and An Byeong-hun
were both one stroke back in the Rolex Series event, which has an
increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the
2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia
stood in a group two strokes behind the leaders, while playing partner
and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm was among those three shots behind.
Tommy Fleetwood, who leads the Race
to Dubai ahead of Garcia and Rahm, had some ground to make up after a
Molinari chipped in for birdie at
No. 18, his ninth hole of the day, and finished with nine birdies and
"I started pretty much where I left
off last year," Molinari said.
With no ticket fees, Molinari had a
lot of fan support.
"It's great to see the crowds," he
said. "I think there's a nice buzz around the place and I'm happy and
proud to be part of it."
Thailand's Aphibarnrat led for most
of the morning after sinking four birdies in his first eight holes
before saving par at the 18th.
"This course really suits my game —
small greens, quite a narrow golf course — and my driver and putter are
working so well," Aphibarnat said.
World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president, Valcke
Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed
by FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct 11. (Cyril
Zingaro/Keystone via AP)
Geneva (AP) — Swiss federal
prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked
to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari
president of Paris Saint-Germain.
The investigation concerns alleged
bribes offered to former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to award
2026 and 2030 World Cup rights to Qatari-owned BeIN Media Group, the
office of Switzerland's attorney general said on Thursday.
The latest proceeding in a broader
Swiss investigation of FIFA is against "Jerome Valcke, the chief
executive officer of the BeIN Media Group LLC Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and a
businessman in the sports rights sector," federal prosecutors said.
Valcke was alleged to have received
"undue advantages" from the businessman, who was not identified, to
award "media rights for certain countries" for four World Cups from 2018
Valcke was questioned on Thursday
and properties were searched in France, Greece, Italy and Spain.
Swiss prosecutors said the action
was carried out with Eurojust, a European Union agency for cooperation
in criminal matters.
"Multiple premises were searched,
assets were seized and interviews were conducted as a result of this
joint operation," the European justice body said in a statement.
The criminal proceeding was opened
on March 20, but only announced on Thursday, the Swiss federal office
The proceeding against Al-Khelaifi
is one of the first direct links to Qatar in sweeping investigations by
authorities in the United States, France and Switzerland of FIFA,
international soccer, and the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.
Al-Khelaifi's profile has risen in
recent weeks as PSG pursued and sealed a world record transfer of Brazil
star Neymar from Barcelona for 220 million euros.
The case stemmed from a wider
investigation of FIFA's business that saw criminal proceedings opened
against Valcke in March 2016.
Valcke was FIFA's CEO-like
secretary general under then-president Sepp Blatter from 2007 until he
was fired in January 2016.
The French former TV presenter was
in Switzerland on Wednesday to testify at the Court of Arbitration for
Sport in his appeal hearing against a 10-year ban by FIFA for financial
wrongdoing and abuse of expenses.
Del Potro tops Zverev to secure Shanghai quarterfinal
Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Alexander
Zverev of Germany in their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters
tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 12. (AP Photo/Andy
Shanghai (AP) — Juan Martin
del Potro advanced to the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals by overcoming
third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday.
Del Potro required four match
points - two on Zverev's serve in the ninth game, two on his own serve
in the 10th - to win this first encounter career against the German.
Del Potro, who lost his serve for
the only time in the match in the second game, won nine of his 15
service games at love.
"I'm happy with my success as I
played one of the good guys on tour, he's been playing so good this
season," del Potro said. "This was a positive for me looking to the
Zverev, who was in the hunt for a
sixth ATP title of the season, lost his composure after netting a
backhand to surrender his serve in the fifth game of the third set to
Zverev whacked his racket on the
court. That didn't satisfy his anger so he kept smashing the racket
courtside until it was a mangled mess.
"For me, it's impossible to lose a
match when I've only been broken one time," Zverev said. "The game where
he broke me I was up 40-15 and I was just unfocused there."
Del Potro, a 2013 Shanghai
finalist, was aware he made a likely permanent impact by breaking
"I saw his frustration, for sure,"
he said. "He's still very young and has to keep learning. He has
everything to be in the top of the game."
Earlier, sixth-seeded Grigor
Dimitrov of Bulgaria got past Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3) in
the round of 16. Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic defeated another American,
Steve Johnson, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
Cleveland rocked: Indians' season comes to stunning halt
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out
against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the
eighth inning of Game 5 of their baseball American League Division
Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Cleveland (AP) — The end
came quickly, painfully and with little warning.
When the final out was made, and
Cleveland's season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss
to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try
to figure out what went wrong.
The list was long.
Ace right-hander Corey Kluber
pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn't hit,
and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they
didn't look anything like a team that won 102 games or was favored to
take home the championship coming into October.
"It actually stinks," closer Cody
Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. "They just flat-out played better
than us the last three days."
Unable to finish off a young
Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team
in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.
It wasn't supposed to be like this.
After getting to Game 7 of the
World Series a year ago, the Indians set out to win it all in 2017. This
was supposed to be their year.
Instead, it's just another
heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had
Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.
"It's disappointing," manager Terry
Francona said. "We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch
playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I
don't think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked
the ball around a little bit.
"Sometimes you don't swing the bat.
That's part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases,
especially the last two games."
But the presumptive Cy Young Award
winner wasn't himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking
ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been
bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on
the disabled list earlier this season.
"I don't think we need to get into
details of that," Kluber said when asked about the injury. "I was
healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don't think anybody
is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out
there and try to compete."
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius
homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees
to a 3-0 lead.
"I made two mistakes to Didi,"
Kluber said. "He's a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I
threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn't
When they left for New York on
Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver's seat.
But a team that won 22 straight
games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn't prevent its first
three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.
Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so
clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was
stunned by the Indians' unexpected slide.
"It's a missed opportunity for us,"
said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. "I'm still very proud
of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn't mean much when
you get to the postseason and can't do the job.
"I don't have any explanation for
it. I don't know if there's an exact science for closing out a series.
We couldn't get it done. We got beat. They played better. That's the
Jason Kipnis, who moved from second
base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting
"They deserved to win, but I'm not
going to tell you the better team is going on," he said. "I still think
we're the better team, but they played better than we did the last three
"When you have that good of a
season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you
don't finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than
this, but that's baseball. This game is tough. It just didn't work out."
Wenger says Sanchez, Ozil could be sold in January
Chile's Alexis Sanchez, right, is held back by Brazil's Alex
Sandro during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
London (AP) — Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger says the club could sell Alexis Sanchez and Mesut
Ozil in January to avoid the pair leaving for free next summer.
Sanchez and Ozil, who are the most
high-profile players in Arsenal's squad, are out of contract at the end
of the season.
Asked if selling midseason is a
potential solution, Wenger says "it is possible. Once you're in our kind
of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes."
Sanchez came close to joining
Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window.
Wenger says on Thursday "both
players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned
Defender Shkodran Mustafi will be
out for up to six weeks because of a thigh injury sustained during the
Nadal and Federer win in straight sets at Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a backhand shot against Diego
Schwartzman of Argentina during their men's singles match at the
Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct.
11. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Shanghai (AP) — Rafael Nadal
lost only four points on serve Wednesday in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over
Jared Donaldson in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.
The top-ranked Spaniard and No. 2
Roger Federer both advanced by winning their opening matches in straight
"It was a very quick match," said
Nadal, who won his sixth title of the year in Beijing last week. "I was
happy to have that early break in the sixth game. After that I played a
great match, not many mistakes, played aggressively."
Federer defeated Diego Schwartzman
7-6 (4), 6-4, winning the match with his 14th ace on his second match
"I knew going in it was not going
to be easy because he's had a great run the last few weeks, months,"
Federer said. "He was confident. He was shaking off misses, no problems.
He was serving well, making the right decisions.
"He was confident and as an
opponent you can feel that. I felt that today it was going to be
dangerous down the stretch of every set."
Nadal and Federer are both in
contention for the season-ending No. 1 ranking, although only Nadal can
clinch that honor this week. Nadal will be guaranteed to retain the No.
1 ranking through the end of the season if he wins his first career
Shanghai title and Federer loses before reaching the semifinals.
Earlier, sixth-seeded Grigor
Dimitrov saved three match points before finally defeating Ryan Harrison
3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
The 46th-ranked Harrison led 4-2 in
the third set and then 6-3 in the tiebreaker. But Dimitrov won the final
five points to get through.
"I just had to be there (on those
match points)," Dimitrov said. "At (my) match point, I just had to make
my first serve because I knew he would go for it if not."
Also, U.S. Open finalist Kevin
Anderson lost to Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2), while Gilles
Simon, Alexander Zverev, Sam Querrey and John Isner all advanced.
Strasburg, Nationals beat Cubs 5-0, force NLDS to Game 5
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws
during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League
Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, Oct. 11, in
Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago (AP) — Stephen
Strasburg gave Washington everything he had, and it was more than
So much for all those questions
about heart and character.
Strasburg shook off an illness and
pitched seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam
and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Wednesday to send their
NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.
"I just focused on one pitch at a
time and going as long as I could," Strasburg said.
Moments after Sean Doolittle closed
out Strasburg's first career playoff win, the focus shifted to the final
game of the series in Washington on Thursday night. Kyle Hendricks
starts for the World Series champion Cubs after throwing seven sharp
innings in a 3-0 victory over Strasburg in Game 1.
Washington manager Dusty Baker was
non-committal when asked about his starter, with Gio Gonzalez and Tanner
Roark the most likely candidates.
"You know, whoever it is, I hope
they pitch like Stras did today," Baker said.
Strasburg got sick after his
terrific performance in the playoff opener on Friday, and the Nationals
had planned to go with Roark even after a persistent rain washed out
Game 4 on Tuesday. That led to a flurry of comments and criticism about
whether the ace had the right stuff to pitch in big moments.
But Strasburg felt better when he
woke up Wednesday and told Baker he wanted the ball. That was all Baker
needed to hear.
"I could see the focus and
determination in his eyes, you know what I mean, when he came in the
office and we talked to him," the manager said. "You know, he's a man of
few words, but the words he said, you know, gave us every indication
that he was ready."
Standing tall as clouds of mist
rolled through Wrigley Field, Strasburg struck out 12 , allowed three
hits and walked two. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft has 22 Ks
in 14 innings in the series, allowing only a pair of unearned runs in
the sixth in the opener.
"I like to think that any game that
I pitch is the most important game," Strasburg said. "That's just how I
tried to go into Game 4, and now we get a chance for a Game 5."
Chicago wasted a gutsy performance
from Jake Arrieta and solid relief by Game 2 starter Jon Lester in its
first home playoff loss since Game 4 of the World Series last year. NL
MVP Kris Bryant struck out four times, and the defending champs went 0
for 6 with runners in scoring position.
"We just have to be offensively a
little bit better tomorrow," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "They have
been really good. We have been really good. Listen, they got a grand
slam. Otherwise, it's kind of like the same game both sides."
Arrieta walked five in four innings
in his return from a hamstring injury, but limited Washington to an
unearned run and two hits. Lester got the Cubs all the way to the
eighth, picking off Ryan Zimmerman before departing after Daniel
Murphy's two-out single.
But Chicago's bullpen faltered from
there. Carl Edwards Jr. walked two in a row and threw ball one to Taylor
before he was replaced by Wade Davis. Taylor then drove a 1-1 pitch into
the basket overhanging the brick wall in right field for his first
career homer in the playoffs.
"I was kind of numb, just running
around the bases," Taylor said. "Honestly, I didn't think it was going
to get out the way the wind was blowing in."
Ryan Madson worked the eighth and
Doolittle finished the three-hitter, giving the NL East champions a
chance to avenge years of playoff heartache.
Washington also made it to the
playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and fell in the first round each time,
including five-game losses to St. Louis in 2012 and Los Angeles last
"Once you get out there, that stuff
doesn't really matter," Taylor said. "What we did last year doesn't help
or hurt us once we're in between the lines. We'll just go out there and
play our game."
The Nationals jumped in front in
the third, taking advantage of a Chicago error for the second straight
game. Trea Turner doubled with one out for his first hit of the series
and advanced on a wild pitch. Jayson Werth struck out looking before
Arrieta walked Bryce Harper, putting runners on the corners.
Zimmerman followed with a slow
roller to shortstop. Addison Russell charged the ball, but he couldn't
bring it in.
It was Chicago's sixth error of the
series, and reliever Brian Duensing picked up another one on an errant
throw in the ninth. Left fielder Kyle Schwarber committed two errors on
one play in Game 3, setting up Washington's only run in a 2-1 loss.
"It's two heavyweights going at
it," Lester said. "We're going to the last round. We're going to figure
it out. We've got Game 5 so it should be exciting TV. It should be
exciting in our clubhouse."
Trump: 'About time' NFL demands players stand during anthem
Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the playing of the
national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis
Colts, Sunday, Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Washington (AP) — President
Donald Trump says "it is about time" that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
demands "that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT
Trump made a reference Wednesday on
Twitter to Goodell's meetings next week with NFL owners, where they will
consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand
during the national anthem. That's a guideline that the league has left
to the discretion of players who have kneeled in larger numbers after
NFL owners will have their annual
fall meeting in New York next Tuesday and Wednesday, and the league has
invited the players' union to take part.
"Commissioner Roger Goodell reached
out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (Wednesday) and both he
and player leadership will attend the league meetings next week," the
NFL said in a statement. "There has been no change in the current policy
regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make
progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.
Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for
our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming
together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way."
Goodell told club executives
Tuesday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue
is dividing the league from its fans. He said the NFL needs to move past
"The real dialogue and the real
issues have been overtaken by the controversy," Goodell told NFL
Network. "What we want to do is get back to focusing on the actions that
we want to take to really improve our communities and support our
players to get things done."
Goodell met Tuesday with Miami
Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders.
"The NFL is doing the hard work of
trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people
together," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.
Trump told supporters last month
that owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem, reigniting
the movement started by former San Francisco quarterback Colin
Kaepernick over his view of police mistreatment of black males.
In an interview on Fox News
Channel's (FNC) Hannity airing Wednesday night, Trump said the NFL
could've avoided this issue by suspending Kaepernick.
"I watched Colin Kaepernick and I
thought it was terrible," Trump said. "And then it got bigger and bigger
and started mushrooming. And frankly the NFL should have suspended him
for one game and he would have never done it again. They could have then
suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if
he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a
Former FIFA official Valcke testifies in soccer ban appeal
Jerome Valcke, former FIFA Secretary General, arrives at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his ten-year suspension imposed by
FIFA in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct 11. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) —
Fired by FIFA and banned from soccer for financial wrongdoing and excessive
use of private jets, Jerome Valcke defended his record at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.
Valcke, the CEO-like secretary general
at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency, spent more than
six hours in a CAS hearing to challenge his 10-year ban.
"I tried to show that I never acted
against the interests of FIFA, that I always did my job in the best possible
manner," Valcke said after the hearing.
A verdict is expected within weeks.
The former TV presenter from France was
a FIFA marketing executive — being fired once before in 2006 — before
becoming then-president Blatter's right-hand man the next year. He was fired
a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup
ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal
use of private flights.
That case emerged in the fallout from a
U.S. Department of Justice indictment published in May 2015 that rocked FIFA
and has removed a swathe of leaders from world soccer.
"I ask the question to myself many,
many times, why such hate? Why such a desire from FIFA to destroy not only
what has been done in the past but what has been done by myself?" Valcke
The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke
for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA's
appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting
deal charge was not proven.
Valcke has denied all wrongdoing, and
is also under criminal investigation by Switzerland's attorney general.
Proceedings were opened against Valcke in March 2016 "on suspicion of
various acts of criminal mismanagement."
A separate FIFA ethics case was opened
in September 2016 to investigate Valcke, Blatter and former FIFA finance
director Markus Kattner over contracted bonuses. Some World Cup bonuses over
$10 million were due to be paid, and had been signed off by other FIFA
Valcke's main role was overseeing
troubled preparations for the ultimately successful 2010 and 2014 World Cups
hosted by South Africa and Brazil, respectively.
The FIFA ethics investigation was
provoked by allegations in September 2015 that Valcke sought to profit from
a black market ticket deal for the World Cup in Brazil. The deal, with a
contracted FIFA ticketing partner, later fell through and no money was paid.
The South African connection implicated
Valcke in the sweeping American investigation which eventually forced
Blatter from office after more than 17 years.
In 2008, Valcke's office transferred
$10 million on behalf of South African World Cup officials to senior FIFA
officials in North and Central America. American federal prosecutors allege
they were payments in a bribery conspiracy for World Cup hosting votes.
Valcke declined to comment on that case
"I have nothing to do with what has
happened in the rest of the world," said Valcke, who turned 57 last week and
is living with his family in Spain. "I am living in peace with my family and
that is the one thing which remains strong in my world, and that is what I
He said he would not return to soccer
even if the CAS judging panel overturns his ban.
"A chapter has ended in a brutal
manner," Valcke said. "In life, you must turn the page."