Update September 30, 2017
Americans running away in the Presidents Cup
Mickelson reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the four-ball
golf matches on the second day of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National
Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Jersey City, N.J. (AP) — Phil
Mickelson and Kevin Kisner rehearsed the dance from "Three Amigos." The only
question was whether to use it at the Presidents Cup, and as the veteran of
23 team events, Mickelson concluded it would need to be a big moment.
Their match was all square on the 18th
hole Friday. Mickelson was 12 feet away for birdie. A victory would give the
Americans a record lead.
"If this putt goes in," Mickelson said
he told his rookie partner, "we're going to dance."
This turned out to be one big dance
party for an American team that has gone nearly two decades without losing.
They hammered the International teams on the back nine to go unbeaten in
fourballs and build an 8-2 lead, the largest margin after two sessions since
the Presidents Cup began in 1994.
Mickelson had his 24th match victory to
tie the Presidents Cup record held by Tiger Woods, and he set a record with
his 10th victory in fourballs.
As for that dance ?
It looked a little awkward, though
Mickelson did slightly better than when he cropped most of his face out of a
selfie he took during the opening ceremony with the last three U.S.
"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker.
I'm the worst 'Three Amigos' dancer," Mickelson said. "But I can putt."
So can his teammates, who have followed
the script set out by U.S. captain Steve Stricker to win every session. They
won handily in the other three matches. The other match was a halve, but
even in that one, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin had a 2-up lead with four
holes to play until Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed rallied. The Americans
nearly won that one, too, except that Spieth narrowly missed birdie putts on
the last two holes.
"Our guys stepped up again," Stricker
said. "They have a knack for doing that. To finish like that is huge for us
going into tomorrow."
Mathematically, the International team
could be done Saturday, the first day of a double session — four matches of
foursomes in the morning, following by four matches of fourballs in the
afternoon. The Americans are 7 1/2 points away from clinching the cup.
"I think we saw the strength of the
U.S. team come out today," Price said.
He also saw his team play its worst
golf on the back nine at Liberty National. The Americans won 13 holes on the
back nine. The Internationals won three.
Price was not about to give up, hopeful
of gaining some momentum in the morning and riding it into the afternoon
ahead of the 12 singles matches on the final day.
"We're only 10 points through 30.
There's 20 points left," Price said. "We are not laying down. These guys are
going to come out fighting over the next two days, and especially tomorrow."
Justin Thomas, already with a big year
behind him as a major champion and the FedEx Cup champion, teamed with
Rickie Fowler for another easy victory. They have trailed only one hole in
their two matches, and they became the first partnership to beat Louis
Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.
They took the lead for good when Fowler
made a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole, and then Thomas produced the
loudest cheer of the afternoon at a pivotal moment on the 14th hole.
Oosthuizen hit his approach to 6 feet, while both Americans missed the
green. From the left bunker, Thomas blasted out perfectly and watched it
drop in for a birdie that kept the International team from cutting the
deficit to 1 down.
Thomas birdied the next hole, and his
bunker shot on the 16th hit the pin and somehow stayed out.
The shortest match of the day belonged
to a pair of American rookies, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman, who sat
out the foursomes matches in the opening session. They were 3 up after four
holes against Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri and never let up in a
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, close
friends and the last two U.S. Open champions, took their first lead on the
par-3 10th with Koepka's birdie, and Johnson showed rare emotion on his
final two birdies in a 3-and-2 victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas.
Scott set a record of his own — it was
his 19th loss in the Presidents Cup, breaking the record held by Ernie Els.
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the
series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. But it has at
least been close after the opening two sessions, with neither side leading
by more than two points since 1998.
"We're going to keep the pedal down,"
Hoffman said. "These guys are going to keep pushing us. We're not going to
get complacent where we're at right now."
Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash
shows the taxi carrying Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero crashed up
against a lamp post in Amsterdam, Thursday Sept. 28. (KaWijKo Media via AP)
Manchester, England (AP) —
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being
involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team's
biggest Premier League game of the season so far.
"Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on
recovery," Aguero tweeted late Friday. "Thank you all!"
Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam
on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight
back to Manchester when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a
The Argentina international spent the
night in the hospital before returning to Manchester on Friday. He will not
be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday
and is expected to be out for up to a month.
The accident happened at 11 p.m. local
time, on Aguero's day off. City had scheduled their training session on
Friday for 11 a.m.
"The taxi I was riding made a wrong
turn and crashed against a pole," Aguero said on Twitter. "It was a very
heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse."
Asked if he had given Aguero permission
to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: "I'm not the police."
"I want the players to be happy,"
Guardiola added. "They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to
enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that's OK with me."
On Thursday, Aguero posted a picture on
Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: "Thanks for
Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on
The absence of Aguero for the Chelsea
match is another blow for Guardiola, coming a day after City confirmed that
left back Benjamin Mendy had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his
Guardiola said Mendy would be out until
the semifinals of the Champions League, which begin in April. The France
defender has added a new dimension to City's attacking play this season with
his powerful runs and delivery from the left wing.
City captain Vincent Kompany will also
be absent, with Guardiola saying the defender hasn't taken part in a single
training session over the last month.
Aguero lost his status as first-choice
striker at City last season following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However,
he has been in good form this season, scoring seven goals in eight games in
He was selected in Argentina's most
recent squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.
City lead the Premier League on goal
difference after six games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place.
Grosjean escapes injury as loose drain causes practice crash
lift the car of Haas driver Romain Grosjean after it crashed out on Turn 14
during the second practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in
Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Thomas Lam)
Sepang, Malaysia (AP) — French
driver Romain Grosjean escaped without injury after clipping a loose drain
and flying into the crash barriers in the second practice for the Malaysian
Grand Prix on Friday.
His tire shredded on impact,
catapulting him at full speed from one side of the track to the other. It
ended the session with 20 minutes left and, moments later, race director
Charlie Whiting and another official from motorsport governing body FIA
inspected the damage.
It was a spectacular incident but
Grosjean climbed out of his Haas car
unharmed, and was even able to talk about it pretty calmly moments later.
"I didn't see anything. Next thing I
knew I was spinning and heading for the wall," he said. "I am fine, that is
the most important thing."
But it could have been much more
serious, with images showing the drain cover sticking up at an angle before
Grosjean clipped it.
"It was on the racing line and I had a
big hit and impact on rear right. I was spinning and heading to the wall,"
Grosjean said, after reviewing footage. "They need to sort things out, it is
a shame. Hopefully we find a good setup for tomorrow and the drains stay in
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner
"Things like this in 2017 shouldn't
happen on any circuit," he said. "In my opinion this is not acceptable. In a
race this would have been a disaster."
Explaining the incident, Whiting said
that some welding came loose on a Sepang circuit he claims is "fatigued" as
it hosts a race for the last time.
"One drain grate has come up. It just
seems that it has broken away," said Whiting, explaining that further checks
would be made on other drains during the evening. "We have to get it fixed
for tomorrow, of course."
Red Bull team principal Christian
Horner was confident the issue would be taken care of.
"The good thing is no one was hurt,"
Horner said. "I'm pretty confident we won't see a repeat issue."
By the time the second practice was
over, Ferrari had done enough to secure a 1-2 as Sebastian Vettel set the
fastest time followed by Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel has reason to feel confident
of securing a second straight pole position in Saturday's qualifying.
But it was a different story for
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
struggled with grip and went off track into the gravel within moments of
Bottas' left wheel locked as he came
out of Turn 10. Hamilton, out of Turn 7, skidded sideways and then backward
into the dirt.
Hamilton was sixth and Bottas seventh
on a poor day for a team that has won three straight drivers' and
"The car seems to be unbalanced,"
Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. "One of the worst Fridays I can
Renault driver Jolyon Palmer and Toro
Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. — who is replacing Palmer next year — also went off
track. Although there was a heavy downpour before the first practice, the
track had largely dried out by the afternoon. Drivers have raced in far
There is a third and final practice on
Saturday before qualifying at 5 p.m. local time.
Hamilton has won the last two races and
holds a 28-point lead over Vettel, who crashed from pole in Singapore two
Earlier, in first practice, Max
Verstappen posted the fastest time, followed by Red Bull teammate Daniel
Vettel and Hamilton were fifth and
"We just lacked pace today and we have
12 hours to understand why," Wolff said.
It promises to be a long night in the
"We're definitely lacking performance,
it seems like Ferrari and Red Bull are very strong," Bottas said. "We have
work to do if we want to be on the front row. The key area we are going to
need to focus on tonight will be getting the maximum out of the tires over
Indians rout White Sox 10-1, maintain AL's best record
Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run double off
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher David Holmberg in the third
inning of their baseball game, Friday, Sept. 29, in Cleveland. (AP
Cleveland (AP) — Edwin
Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez
drove in two runs apiece, leading the AL Central champion Indians to
a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Cleveland maintained its
one-game lead — and owns the tiebreaker — over Houston for the best
record in the AL with two games remaining. The top seed will play
the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in
the Division Series.
The Indians' 101 victories are
the second most in franchise history and set a record for wins by an
AL Central team.
Trevor Bauer (17-9) allowed one
run over six innings, striking out seven, to win for the ninth time
in his last 10 decisions.
Cleveland built a 10-0 lead
after three innings, aided by six walks from Mike Pelfrey (3-12) and
an error by shortstop Tim Anderson. Pelfrey allowed a career-high 10
runs, seven earned, in 2 2/3 innings.
The Indians are 32-3 since
beginning their AL-record 22-game winning streak on Aug. 24. Last
year's AL champions have won a franchise-best 10 straight series,
seven of them via sweeps.
Bruce hit a two-run homer and
Ramirez doubled in a pair in the second. It was Bruce's 36th homer
and his seventh since joining the Indians in an Aug. 8 trade with
double came in the third off David Holmberg.
Bauer didn't allow a baserunner
until Yolmer Sanchez left off the fourth with his 12th home run.
Yoan Moncada had two of Chicago's five hits.
Ramirez went 3 for 4 with two
doubles, increasing his AL-high total to 55 and giving him 90
extra-base hits. All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was the lone
Cleveland starter who failed to reach base.
Indians: OF Michael Brantley
(right ankle sprain), who has been on the disabled list since Aug.
9, participated in pregame outfield drills. Manager Terry Francona
said he doesn't "think it's fair" to speculate on whether Brantley
will play this weekend, but he didn't rule it out.
White Sox: RHP Carson Fulmer is
1-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last three starts. He only recorded one
out in his last outing Sept. 21 at Houston before exiting with a
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber seeks
to solidify his status as the AL Cy Young Award front-runner in his
final start of the regular season. He is 18-4 with a 2.27 ERA and
England crush West Indies by 9 wickets to win final ODI
England's Eoin Morgan poses with the trophy after the fifth one day
international cricket match between England and the West Indies, at
the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Friday Sept. 29. (Simon
Cooper/PA via AP)
Southampton, England (AP) —
Jonny Bairstow top scored with 141 not out as England chased down
their target of 289 in 38 overs to win the fifth and final one-day
international against West Indies on Friday.
England finished on 294-1 after
Joe Root smashed a six off Marlon Samuels to win the series 4-0 with
the second ODI a no-result due to rain.
Bairstow, who also got a ton in
the first match, hit 17 boundaries in his 114-ball innings.
Bairstow's innings was the highest ODI score by an England batsman
against West Indies.
Jason Roy was the only English
wicket to fall — trapped leg before wicket for 96 by Miguel Cummins
in the 22nd over — after an opening stand with Bairstow of 156.
Root was 46 not out in 44 balls
at Southampton with two fours and the winning six.
Earlier, Shai Hope struck 72
and Ashley Nurse added a late-innings 31 not out off 12 balls to
help West Indies score 288-6 after England won the toss.
Chris Gayle hit five sixes —
including four in a row across two overs — in a 29-ball 40 at the
top of the innings to get the tourists off to a quick start.
Hope's knock was more measured,
coming off 95 balls and including four fours and a six.
All eight of West Indies'
batsmen got into double figures as they looked to avoid a series
Jake Ball was smashed for 94
off his 10 overs, with spinners Adil Rashid (1-42) and Moeen Ali
(1-36) the most economical of the England bowlers.
Chandimal ton leads Sri Lanka to 419, Pakistan 64-0 on Day 2
Lanka's batsman Dinesh Chandimal celebrates reaching his century
during the second day of the first test against Pakistan in Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Kamran
Abu Dhabi, UAE (AP) —
Dinesh Chandimal scored his ninth test century and first as captain
as Sri Lanka posted 419 against Pakistan on day two of the first
test on Friday.
By stumps, Pakistan were a
chanceless 64 without loss, Sami Aslam on 31 and Shan Masood on 30
to make honors even.
Sri Lanka resumed on 227-4
after Dimuth Karunaratne's 93, and Chandimal moved on from 60. He
reached his ton in the morning with a cover drive. He needed 273
balls for his second century of the year.
His overnight partner, Niroshan
Dickwella moved from 42 to 83 when he edged Hasan Ali onto his off
stump at 295-5. The wicketkeeper's highest test score, surpassing 81
in July against Zimbabwe, lasted 117 balls, and included nine fours
and a six.
Dilruwan Perera replaced
Dickwella and took 33 balls to get off the mark. In the meantime, he
reversed two lbw decisions before he scored.
After lunch, Perera also
survived a stumping chance on 32 but was out for 33, the video this
time confirming he was back leg before wicket, giving part-time
spinner Haris Sohail a wicket on debut.
Sri Lanka took tea on 403-7,
then the end came quickly. In an eventful 155th over bowled by
paceman Mohammad Abbas, Chandimal lost his middle stump but the
delivery was a no ball, and Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep were
dismissed cheaply in consecutive balls to end the innings.
Chandimal was stranded on 155,
seven shy of his career-high score. He'd faced 372 balls, hitting 14
to the boundary.
Abbas took 3-75 and left-arm
spinner Yasir Shah had figures of 57-11-120-3.
Update September 29, 2017
Americans take another early lead in Presidents Cup
Jordan Spieth hits from a sand trap on the 11th hole during the
Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club
in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Jersey City, N.J. (AP) —
The opening ceremony at the Presidents Cup was unlike any other in
golf with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill
Clinton on the first tee.
The results were all too
The Americans led at some point
in all five of the foursomes matches Thursday at Liberty National.
They won the first three. And when they jumped on a ferry to take
them across the New York Harbor to their Manhattan hotel, they had
Behind a new tandem of Rickie
Fowler and Justin Thomas, and an old one of Jordan Spieth and
Patrick Reed, the Americans jumped out to a 3 1/2-1 1/2 lead. It was
the sixth consecutive time they led after the opening session in an
event they haven't lost in two decades.
"Jordan mentioned that this
first session is pretty critical and we need to go out there and
take care of business," Fowler said. "I feel like as a team, we did
a really good job of that. If we can do the same thing tomorrow and
win another session, it puts us in a great position."
Thomas and Fowler lost only two
holes in a 6-and-4 victory over Hideki Matsuyama and Charl
Schwartzel. Spieth and Reed improved to 6-1-2 as a tandem in the
Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. Spieth holed a 35-foot putt on the
11th hole right when it looked as if Emiliano Grillo and Si Woo Kim
might gain some momentum. Instead, the match was over three holes
later, 5 and 4.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar
remained unbeaten in four matches, not taking the lead until the
16th hole and making it stand in a 1-up victory over Adam Scott and
"We've been off to poor starts
for a while on Thursdays," International captain Nick Price said.
"We have a resilient team. They have this ability to come back and
bounce back, and they have done it. They did it last time in Korea."
Indeed, the Americans had a 4-1
lead after the first session two years ago, and that Presidents Cup
came down to the final match.
Phil Mickelson, playing in his
23rd consecutive team competition, ended the tough, wind-swept
afternoon at Liberty National by missing an 8-foot par putt, or the
U.S. lead would have been even greater. He and Kevin Kisner were 1
down with two holes remaining to Jason Day and Marc Leishman, so a
half-point wasn't bad.
Mickelson's only complaint was
that he botched his selfie with the presidents, with barely his head
For the most part, everything
else went the Americans' way.
The lone bright spot for the
International team was Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, who
improved to 5-0 as a tandem. The South African duo pulled away for a
3-and-1 victory over U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Daniel
"Listen, we're a half-point
better than last time, so that's a big up for us," Grace said.
"We've got a great team. We all want it really badly. ... I'm sure
we're going to have a good night and then going to come back
The stars on this day didn't
hit a shot.
The leader of every country
where the Presidents Cup is held are invited to be honorary
chairman, but this was a first — three U.S. presidents together at
this event, sitting together in a box on the first tee and then
posing with the trophy, the players and their wives.
"I was looking forward to this
Presidents Cup for a very long time, and I didn't expect all the
presidents to be there," Schwartzel said. "Just to get to meet them
was a dream come true for me. Then to hit that first tee shot with
the wind pumping off the right was quite intimidating."
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead
in the series, their lone loss in 1998 at Royal Melbourne a few
weeks before Christmas.
The gusts topped 20 mph and
felt even stronger on exposed areas of Liberty National, which sits
across New York Harbor from Manhattan.
The par-3 10th hole was so
difficult to judge the wind that Scott hit a tee shot that sailed
over the green into a hazard, while Spieth in the match behind him
came up some 60 feet short of the hole in a bunker.
Johnson and Kuchar didn't make
a single bogey, remarkable in the format and in the wind, and they
still didn't take the lead until Johnson's tee shot on the par-3
16th with a strong wind at his back stopped 5 feet away. Scott came
up short, and then missed a 6-foot par putt.
"In alternate shot, in these
conditions, not to make a bogey and for us to just win 1 up, that's
a heck of a battle that we had with those guys," Kuchar said.
Friday features five matches of
fourballs, followed by a full day of foursomes and fourballs
Saturday and the decisive Sunday singles.
"There's still a long, long
ways to go," U.S. captain Steve Stricker said. "But we very much
liked the day and the way it started."
Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal in 4-2 win over BATE
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, left, celebrates with Theo Walcott after
scoring his side's fourth goal during the Europa League group H
soccer match between Bate and Arsenal at the Borisov-Arena stadium
in Borisov, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Borisov, Belarus (AP) -
Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat
BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on
Arsenal rested nine front-line
players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette
for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a
venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal were a
decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.
Giroud sent the goalkeeper the
wrong way from the spot in the second half.
"Welcome to the 100 club!"
tweeted Walcott, who has scored 107 for Arsenal.
Arsenal lead Group H with six
points, two ahead of Red Star Belgrade who won at Cologne 1-0.
Mirko Ivanic and Mikhail scored
for BATE, the Belarus champions.
AC Milan scored four minutes
into overtime to edge Rijeka of Croatia 3-2, and Everton were held
by Apollon at home to 2-2.
Lazio won a second straight
Group K game after beating Zulte Waregem 2-0, while Marseille lost
at Salzburg 1-0.
In Borisov, Jack Wilshere broke
down the left and provided a perfect cross for Walcott to net from
close range in the ninth minute, just a minute after he hit the
BATE goalkeeper Denis
Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott
at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.
Just three minutes later,
Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal following a corner kick.
Ivanic reduced the deficit for
the hosts with a header, Giroud restored the three-goal margin, and
Gordeichuk finished off the scoring.
NO CHEERS FOR LAZIO
Lazio won in an empty home
stadium, UEFA punishment for when their fans racially abused a
Sparta Prague player in 2016. Lazio beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium
2-0 thanks to Felipe Caicedo's first-half header and substitute Ciro
Immobile's last-minute goal.
LIGHTS OUT IN NICE
The Nice-Vitesse match was
suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to
floodlight failure. Nice were already up 2-0. When the lights came
back on, Alassane Plea scored his second. Nice, like Lazio, have two
wins in Group K.
MILAN SQUEAK HOME
Patrick Cutrone scored the
match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.
Milan looked in control at 2-0
with Andre Silva's fourth goal in two group matches. But Rijeka
scored twice in six minutes at the end.
After AEK Athens drew with
Austria Vienna 2-2 in the other Group D match, Milan have a
two-point lead over of AEK.
Everton's campaign suffered
another blow when theycould only draw with Apollon 2-2 at home in
Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead
and looked set to rebound from their previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta.
Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp
in the 86th minute. But two minutes later, Hector Yuste headed home
a free kick to salvage a draw at Goodison Park.
Atalanta lead Group E with four
points following a 1-1 draw at Lyon, and Everton remain on the
bottom with one point.
Marseille's loss at Salzburg
was their first in six games in Europe this season, and Zenit St.
Petersburg defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 to make it two wins from two
and a three-point lead in Group L.
Australia end India’s ODI win streak at 9 in Bengaluru
Australia cricketer Adam Zampa celebrates taking the wicket of
Indian batsman Hardik Pandya during the fourth one-day international
in Bangalore, India, Thursday, Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Bengaluru, India (AP) —
Australia ended India's one-day international winning streak at nine
after taking the fourth match of their series by 21 runs on
India had never won 10
successive ODIs - by comparison Australia have done it six times -
and their bid was only just thwarted.
Australia made 334-5, the first
300 score in the series, including a 14th ODI century by opener
India were in it until the game
was suspended because of a shower and the hosts lost momentum. Kedar
Jadhav, on 67, was caught in the deep in the 46th over. Three balls
later, Manish Pandey was bowled on 33 by Pat Cummins.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India
past 300, but the asking rate was too much in the face of inspired
death bowling from the Australian quicks. India ended on 313-8.
India still lead the series 3-1
with one match to go, but lost an ODI for the first time since July.
"The pitch looked worse than it
played," India captain Virat Kohli said. "At the 30-over mark, they
were going strong. I thought if we restricted them below 350, it
would be a great effort. We got a good opening partnership but we
needed one big partnership after that as well. From that point of
view, it wasn't a great batting performance from us."
Kane Richardson (3-58) and
Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-56) shared five wickets to strangle the
Indian run chase.
But India made a good start as
Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 66 balls) and Rohit Sharma (65 off 55 balls)
put on 106 runs for the opening wicket.
Rahane was caught at long on,
then Sharma and Kohli were in a bad mixup, both ending up at the
same end. Sharma was run out.
Kohli played on off
Coulter-Nile in the 25th over as India were reduced to 147-3.
Hardik Pandya (41) came out to
bat at No. 4 again, and attacked the spinners as in Indore. He made
88 with Jadhav as India's 200 came up in the 32nd over. Pandya was
out hitting to long on.
Then came the fateful delay for
Earlier, Warner made 124
hitting 12 fours and four sixes in his 119-ball stay. He became the
first Australian batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI.
He put on 231 runs with Aaron
Finch (94), Australia's highest opening stand in ODIs. They eclipsed
the 212 in 1986 by Geoff Marsh and David Boon at Jaipur.
"Warner and Finch were
spectacular," captain Steven Smith said. "Warner's ODI form has been
unbelievable in the last two years."
India rested first-choice
pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and Warner and Finch
capitalized in a chanceless partnership. The Indian fielders looked
short of energy.
Even the Indian spinners proved
expensive. Yuzvendra Chahal (0-54) and Axar Patel (0-66) were
plundered. Australia crossed 150 in the 26th over, and 200 in the
Warner reached his hundred off
103 balls. Overall, he became the eighth batsman to achieve this
feat in the 100th ODI, joining Gordon Greenidge, Chris Gayle and
Ramnaresh Sarwan (all for West Indies), Chris Cairns (New Zealand),
Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), and Marcus
Trescothick (England) in this select club.
Warner was caught at long on in
the 35th over. His opening stand with Finch was also the second
highest in ODIs on Indian soil, after Gary Kirsten and Herschelle
Gibbs put up 235 in 2000 at Kochi.
The last ODI is on Sunday at
Brewers beat Reds 4-3, close within 2 games of Colorado
Milwaukee Brewers' Domingo Santana, right, begins his slide to beat
the throw to Cincinnati Reds' Stuart Turner, left, during the fourth
inning of their baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, in Milwaukee. (AP
Milwaukee (AP) — The
Brewers headed to St. Louis still battling for the last available
Milwaukee closed within two
games of Colorado for the National League's second wild card with
three games left, rallying to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday
as Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning.
"This team is relentless. We
keep fighting," Phillips said. "These are must-win games. Going to
St. Louis for three, we owe it to each other to play hard and that's
what we're going to do."
Starting Friday, Milwaukee
(84-75) closes the regular season at St. Louis, and the Rockies host
the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers are assured of their best
record since finishing 96-66 in 2011, when they lost to the
Cardinals in the NL Championship Series — Milwaukee's last playoff
"To take it to the last
weekend, it means a lot," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.
"That we're jumping on a plane with three games left and with some
possibilities is exciting and well-deserved for those guys."
After Cincinnati tied the score
in the sixth on RBI singles by Scooter Gennett against starter Brent
Suter and Jesse Winkler off Oliver Drake, Jared Hughes (5-3) entered
with two on. The Reds loaded the bases when the reliever bobbled
Jose Peraza's bunt for an error.
Hughes struck out Adam Duvall
and got Stuart Turner to ground into a double play.
"That was my best shot —
throwing a strike and getting a ball put in play," Hughes said. "It
just so happened that it worked out that way."
Anthony Swarzak worked around
three walks in two hitless innings, and Corey Knebel struck out two
in a perfect ninth for his 39th save in 45 chances.
fourth-inning homer off Suter put Cincinnati ahead, but Orlando
Arcia's sacrifice fly against Sal Romano (5-8) tied the score in the
bottom half. Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored
on Ryan Braun's single for a 3-1 lead.
Suter gave up three runs and
seven hits in five innings. Romano allowed four runs — three earned
— and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Counsell told his team to
prepare for a lengthy stretch on the road. "Pack for 10 days, or you
can pack for three and run out of clothes. I don't care, but we are
going to be gone for 10 days," Counsell said.
Bayern Munich fire Ancelotti; appoint Sagnol interim coach
Carlo Ancelotti. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Munich (AP) — Bayern
Munich fired Carlo Ancelotti as coach on Thursday after the German
team's heaviest Champions League group-stage defeat.
Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Paris
Saint-Germain led club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to warn of
"consequences" after what he called a "very bitter defeat."
Bayern said the 40-year-old
Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern defender who was Ancelotti's
assistant, will take over the team on an interim basis.
Ancelotti, who won the
Bundesliga in his first season in charge after taking over from Pep
Guardiola, endured a shaky start to his second season. Bayern lost
to Hoffenheim in the third round of the league and let a two-goal
lead slip in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg last Friday. Bayern are three
points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after six rounds.
"Our team's performances did
not meet our expectations from the start of the season. The game in
Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. That's what I
told (sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and Carlo today in an
open and serious talk, and I told him our decision," Rummenigge
Ancelotti's team of assistants
— his son Davide, Giovanni Mauri, Francesco Mauri and Mino Fulco —
were also released by the club.
"I would like to thank Carlo
for our work together and regret the development it has taken,"
Rummenigge said. "Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had
to make a professional decision on Bayern's behalf. I now expect the
team to develop positively with absolute dedication so we can reach
our goals for this season."
Both Ancelotti and predecessor
Pep Guardiola, who failed to win the Champions League in three
seasons at Bayern despite being considered one of the world's best
coaches, toiled to meet expectations following Jupp Heynckes'
Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013.
Update September 28, 2017
PSG style, Man Utd goals, Chelsea drama in Champions League
PSG's Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side's third goal
during the Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at
the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Geneva (AP) — More
routs, stunning losses and late drama made for a standout night in
the Champions League on Wednesday.
Paris Saint-Germain tore apart
five-time European champions Bayern Munich, and got goals from
bickering forwards Edinson Cavani and Neymar in a 3-0 win that was
the night's defining performance.
Yet another four-goal display
from Manchester United this season seemed almost routine as Jose
Mourinho's team won 4-1 at CSKA Moscow.
Teams swept aside by Man United
and PSG two weeks ago bounced back. Basel hit Benfica with counter
attacks in a shock 5-0 victory, and Celtic won 3-0 at Anderlecht.
The drama peaked at Atletico
Madrid's new stadium where Chelsea trailed at halftime and struck
with the last kick to clinch a 2-1 victory.
Group D rivals Barcelona and
Juventus delivered expected victories.
Here’s a look at Wednesday's
Romelu Lukaku might be the best
striker in Europe on current form.
Lukaku scored twice in the
first half as Man United cruised past CSKA Moscow 4-1 in Russia.
It's now 10 goals in nine games for Lukaku at his new club this
Anthony Martial converted from
the penalty spot, between setting up Lukaku's goals, and Henrikh
Mkhitaryan scored in the second half. CSKA's goal came in the 90th
minute from substitute Konstantin Kuchaev.
Basel were brushed aside 3-0 at
Old Trafford in the opening round, but were rewarded with a 5-0 win
over Benfica for giving a first Champions League start to Dimitri
Oberlin, a Cameroon-born forward on loan from Salzburg.
On his 20th birthday, Oberlin
used his pace and directness to score two goals, set up Michael Lang
for the second-minute opener and earn a penalty that Ricky van
Benfica had midfielder Andre
Almeida sent off for a two-footed tackle when trailing 3-0.
Man United have six points,
Basel and CSKA both have three and play each other next in Moscow.
Paris Saint-Germain's hugely
expensive forward line was good value at the Parc des Princes,
giving Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti a miserable return to the club
he led to a French title.
In just the second minute,
Neymar created the chance for Brazil teammate Dani Alves to open the
scoring. Cavani was set up by Kylian Mbappe to make it 2-0 before
halftime. Neymar scored in the 63rd after Bayern failed to deal with
For PSG, two wins, eight goals
scored and none conceded means a clear lead in the group.
Hammered 5-0 at home by PSG,
Celtic dished out a 3-0 home loss to struggling Anderlecht.
The Scottish champions got
goals from Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair, and an own-goal by Kara
Mbodji, and next travel to face Bayern.
Chelsea took control of the
group with an unlikely 2-1 victory in the first Champions League
game at Atletico's Metropolitano stadium, which will host the final
Substitute Michy Batshuayi got
free in the Atletico goalmouth to score in the fourth minute of
stoppage time to win the game. Former Real Madrid forward Alvaro
Morata scored early in the second-half to cancel out Antoine
Griezmann's first-half penalty for Atletico.
Striker Diego Costa, who left
Chelsea for Atletico this month, watched in the stands.
After losing 6-0 at Chelsea,
Qarabag lost 2-1 at home to Roma who labored to win in Azerbaijan.
Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko
scored for Roma inside 15 minutes, while Pedro Henrique got
Qarabag's first ever Champions League goal in the 28th.
Chelsea, with six points, next
host second-place Roma.
As expected, Barcelona won at
Sporting Lisbon, 1-0, and Juventus beat visiting Olympiakos 2-0.
Barcelona needed an own goal
from Sebastian Coates to win after Lionel Messi's free kick early in
the second half deflected off two defenders.
Juventus were held until deep
into the game when Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain came on as a
substitute. Higuain scored in the 69th and was involved in the
second, playing in Paulo Dybala, whose shot was hooked off the line
by a defender but rebounded in off Mario Mandzukic.
Barcelona, who already beat
Juventus 3-0, next host Olympiakos. Juventus host Sporting, with
both on three points.
D/L method win sees England take ODI series over West Indies
West Indies' Evin Lewis plays a shot off the bowling of England's
Moeen Ali during the fourth One Day International at the Oval
cricket ground in London, Wednesday, Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Kirsty
London (AP) — England
survived without Ben Stokes as another of their influential
allrounders set up victory over West Indies in the rain-shortened
fourth one-day international on Wednesday to clinch the series.
Moeen Ali hit 48 from 25 balls
and he and Jos Buttler put together a perfectly-timed and unbroken
partnership of 77 from 48 balls to lift England from well behind the
required run rate to just ahead when rain fell at the Oval and ended
England finished on 258-5 in
35.1 overs thanks to the late impetus provided by Ali and Buttler.
That was good enough to win by six runs on the Duckworth-Lewis
method after West Indies had posted 356-5 from 50 overs.
Buttler was 43 not out from 35
balls alongside Ali, and their match-winning stand put England 3-0
up with one game to play in the series.
West Indies lost despite their
best batting performance of the series, with opener Evin Lewis
producing a brilliant 176 from 130 balls before he had to leave on a
stretcher, retiring hurt, after hitting the ball into his own ankle
and sustaining a hairline fracture.
The victory completed a
successful summer of cricket at home for England, who won test and
one-day series over both South Africa and West Indies, and a
Twenty20 series over the South Africans.
That success should have put
England in buoyant mood ahead of the Ashes in Australia starting in
two months' time, only for the arrest of allrounder Stokes over a
late-night incident this week to cast a shadow over preparations.
Stokes, England's test
vice-captain and star player in all formats, missed Wednesday's game
after his arrest in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion
of causing actual bodily harm in an altercation with another man,
reportedly at a nightclub. Stokes was released without charge but is
still under police investigation for the incident that followed
England's win in the third ODI. Opener Alex Hales, who was with
Stokes on the night out, also missed Wednesday's game at the Oval
after returning to Bristol to help police with their investigation.
England's bowling attack felt
Stokes' absence as West Indies posted a big total, powered by Lewis
and captain Jason Holder (77 off 62 balls).
An unbalanced England attack
couldn't keep West Indies under control despite making a strong
Chris Woakes took 3-71 and West
Indies were 33-3 after 6.1 overs with those early strikes. But a
117-run stand between Lewis and Jason Mohammed (46) and a
partnership of 168 off just 108 balls between Lewis and Holder saw
West Indies race away. That Lewis-Holder stand was West Indies' best
for the fifth wicket in ODIs.
Lewis, who was brilliant with
his 17 fours and seven sixes, made the fourth highest score by a
West Indian in a one-day game. He was closing in on becoming the
first man to make 200 in an ODI in England when he was undone — not
by a bowler, but by himself. He mishit a delivery from Jake Ball
into his own ankle and, grimacing in pain, slumped to his knees. He
was taken off on a stretcher with just over three overs to go in the
Ali and Buttler came together
with England 181-5. Jason Roy made 84 to lay the platform for
England but Alzarri Joseph's five wickets had the West Indians in
control, and England trailing well behind the required rate.
Ali and Buttler turned that
around in the space of just eight overs, with Ali smacking six fours
and two sixes and ensuring England will have a victorious end to
theie summer despite the absence of Stokes.
Russell homers, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1 to clinch NL Central
Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell is congratulated by teammates in the
dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning
of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept.
27, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis, Missouri (AP) —
Addison Russell hit a three-run homer and John Lackey pitched six
strong innings as the Chicago Cubs clinched their second consecutive
National League Central title with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals on Wednesday.
The Cubs reached the postseason
for the third straight year for the first time since 1908. They are
also the first defending World Series champion to win their division
the next season since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies and the first
defending champion to reach the playoffs the next season since the
Cardinals won the wild card in 2012.
The Cubs became the second
visiting team to celebrate a title at Busch Stadium III. The 2009
Los Angeles Dodgers won the NLDS at St. Louis.
Lackey (12-11) retired the
final 10 batters he faced. The former Cardinal struck out three and
gave up two hits and two walks.
Six Cubs relievers combined for
three scoreless innings of relief.
Vonn revives request to race in men's World Cup downhill
United States skier Lindsey Vonn has requested to race against men
in a mixed gender World Cup downhill event. (AP Photo/Brennan
Geneva (AP) — Lindsey
Vonn's request to race against men in a World Cup downhill will be
studied again by the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week.
The United States team will
make the formal proposal at pre-season meetings hosted by FIS in
Zurich, the governing body said on Wednesday.
The revived plan is expected to
involve a race at Lake Louise, Canada, in the 2018-19 season.
In 2012, FIS rejected a
previous request on behalf of Alpine skiing great Vonn because its
rules bar mixed gender races.
"Further details are still
unknown, but this is certainly an anticipated topic that divides the
FIS officials," the governing body said on Wednesday
Vonn, who turns 33 next month,
has a longstanding ambition to race competitively against men before
Of her record 39 World Cup
downhill wins, 14 have been at Lake Louise where the men typically
race in late-November, one week before the women.
"All the men say, 'We don't
think she's going to beat us,' which is what they're going to say,
and also that, 'It will be great for our sport,'" Vonn told The
Associated Press in April. "So, what's the harm?"
The subject will go first to
meetings of the FIS Alpine skiing executive board which start next
Tuesday, and could be resolved by a broader Alpine committee which
meets on Friday next week.
In a rare direct comparison of
men's and women's World Cup downhills in March 2014, the final races
of the season were run back-to-back on the same course setting at
Vonn had suffered a
season-ending injury and did not start. The men's winning time of
Austrian Matthias Mayer was 2.32 seconds faster than Lara Gut of
Switzerland, who won her race two hours later.
Update September 27, 2017
Ronaldo brace keeps Real Madrid level with Tottenham
Madrid's scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, rear, and his teammate Gareth
Bale, front, celebrate their side's 2nd goal during the Champions
League group H match against Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany,
Tuesday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Madrid (AP) — A two-goal
performance by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 3-1 win at
Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, keeping the
defending champions at the top of Group H along with Tottenham, who
defeated APOEL 3-0 in Cyprus for their second consecutive victory.
Liverpool were held to a 1-1
draw at Spartak Moscow to remain winless after two matches, while
Manchester City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over
Shakhtar Donetsk in England.
FC Porto picked up a stunning
3-0 victory at Monaco, while Sevilla easily defeated Maribor of
Slovenia 3-0 in Spain.
Here’s a look at Tuesday's
Sevilla took the group lead
with the comfortable home win against Maribor, while Liverpool
stumbled to their second consecutive draw.
Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat
trick in Sevilla's victory, finding the net twice in the first half
and converting a late penalty. He had also scored one of the team's
goals in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the first match.
Missed chances were costly for
Liverpool as they dropped points again in Russia, where the hosts
opened the scoring with a free kick by Fernando before Philippe
Coutinho equalized a few minutes later.
Spartak look set for more UEFA
punishment after their fans displayed a banner reading "UEFA mafia"
and set off smoke bombs. They were protesting UEFA's decision to
punish the club for a flare fired at the referee during the club's
previous Champions League fixture.
Sevilla have four points, two
more than both Liverpool and Spartak.
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem
Sterling scored either side of Sergio Aguero's penalty miss as
Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk to take the group's lead with
six points, three more than Shakhtar and Napoli.
By seeing his penalty saved by
goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, Aguero missed a chance to join Eric Brook
as City's all-time record scorer on 177 goals.
Napoli, who opened group play
with a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar, rebounded with a convincing 3-1 home
win over Feyenoord.
Dries Mertens extended his
red-hot form by scoring one goal and setting up another, while
Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also found the net.
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved a
FC Porto earned their first
group win by stunning Monaco with a pair of goals by Vincent
Aboubakar and a late strike by substitute Miguel Layun.
Monaco, last year's
semifinalists, were taught a lesson in counterattacking football as
they remained winless following an opening 1-1 draw at Leipzig.
Besiktas took the group lead
with the home victory over Leipzig after first-half goals by Ryan
Babel and Talisca. The Turkish club has six points, three more than
Besiktas had opened with a 3-1
win at Porto.
Ronaldo scored two goals for
the second straight match in the Champions League, leading Madrid to
victory in Germany.
The Portugal forward had also
found the net twice in the team's opening 3-0 win against APOEL.
Gareth Bale also scored for
Madrid on Tuesday, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts on
Tottenham, who beat the German
side 3-1 in their opener at Wembley Stadium, defeated APOEL with a
Harry Kane hat trick, his sixth of the year.
Tottenham and Madrid are tied
with six points and have the same number of goals scored and
Toro Rosso drops Kvyat, promotes Gasly for F1 Malaysian GP
French driver Pierre Gasly is shown in this July 15, 2017 file
photo. Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the
Malaysian Grand Prix, on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)
Sepang, Malaysia (AP) —
Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at the
Malaysian Grand Prix this week after Daniil Kvyat was dropped.
The 23-year-old Russian driver
has four points from 14 races which led to Team principal Franz Tost
says Kvyat's poor performances led to them "standing him down for
the next races."
Tost says Kvyat "has not really
shown his true potential so far this year," citing technical
problems and "mistakes of his own making."
Gasly, a 21-year-old Frenchman
on the Red Bull junior drivers' program, has been racing in Japan in
the Super Formula category.
Toro Rosso is a feeder team for
The Malaysian GP is at the
Sepang Circuit on Sunday.
Wade set to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Cleveland (AP) —
Together again: LeBron and D-Wade. Just like old times.
Dwyane Wade has decided to sign
with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reunite with LeBron James, a person
familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday
Wade, a 12-time All-Star, is
expected to clear waivers on Wednesday and then join the Cavs, said
the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal
cannot be completed until Wade goes through the waiver process.
In Cleveland, Wade will be
reunited with James, his close friend, former Miami teammate and a
player he confided in before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls
Wade and James won two NBA
titles together during four seasons with the Heat and will now chase
another one with the Cavs, who have been revamped after losing to
Golden State in last season's Finals.
On Monday, James said he would
"love" to play again with Wade.
"He brings another championship
pedigree, championship DNA," James said at Cleveland's media day.
"He brings another player to the team who can get guys involved, can
make plays and also has a great basketball mind. ... I hope we can
bring him here. I would love to have him."
Once Wade completes the waiver
formality, he'll be the latest new, high-profile player to join the
Cavs, who traded for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, signed
former league MVP Derrick Rose and added two strong wing defenders
in Jae Crowder and Jeff Green, wing players who may help them defend
the Warriors if those teams get back to a fourth straight Finals
Thomas isn't expected to play
until January because of a hip injury, but until he returns the Cavs
have plenty of firepower in James, Wade, Rose and All-Star Kevin
Love, who could thrive as Cleveland's No. 2 scoring threat now that
Kyrie Irving is in Boston.
Wade agreed to a contract
buyout earlier this week with the Bulls, who signed him before last
season as a free agent.
The Cavaliers emerged Tuesday
as front-runners over the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to land the
35-year-old Wade, who many feel say has plenty of game left.
He'll now have a shot at
another championship — his fourth — while playing alongside James,
whom he has been friends with since they broke into the league
together in 2003. When James left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010
and signed with Miami, much of his reason for leaving his home state
was a chance to play with Wade and Chris Both.
Wade played his first 13
seasons in Miami, leaving in the summer of 2016 to sign a two-year
deal with the Bulls. But the Bulls are in a rebuilding mode after
trading Jimmy Butler this summer, and instead of paying Wade $23.8
million to play for what will likely be a struggling team they
agreed this weekend to buy him out and let him find a better
In an interview with AP, Wade
said that whatever decision he makes would be "a pure basketball
decision and I'll make the one that I feel fits me best at this
point in my career and with what I feel I have to offer a team that
needs what I have to offer."
Following practice on Tuesday,
Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson said Wade would be a "great" fit
"He's a guy that's proven, not
just individually, but a team that won three championships,"
Thompson said. "He's pretty familiar with most of the guys on our
team. ... He's always been a good locker room guy. We've never heard
"It would be great for our team
to have another championship-mentality player."
Wade has averaged 23.3 points,
4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 14 seasons. He averaged 18.3, 4.5
rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bulls.
One of the game's premier
closers in the postseason, Wade has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3
rebounds and 5.0 assists in 172 playoff games.
Ko looks to end title drought at New Zealand Open
Zealand’s Lydia Ko. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Auckland, New Zealand (AP) —
Lydia Ko's return home for the New Zealand Women's Open will give
the former world No. 1 a chance to sustain her recent improvement in
form and perhaps collect her first LPGA title in more than a year.
Ko has won her home open in
three of the last four years — 2013, 2015 and 2016. However, she
faces a stronger challenge when the latest edition starts Thursday,
as the tournament has become part of the LPGA Tour for the first
The strongest field in the
tournament's history includes seven major winners; an eighth,
American Paula Creamer, withdrew Tuesday with a wrist injury.
The 20-year-old Ko will
endeavor to become the first non-American to win an LPGA tournament
in their home country since South Korea's Kyu Jung Baek in 2014.
Ko has gone 29 tournaments
since her last win at the 2016 Marathon Classic. Her world ranking
has dropped to No. 8 during a 2017 season in which she has had nine
top-10 finishes in 20 starts without adding to her list of wins.
She comes into the New Zealand
Women's Open in good form after finishing second at the Indy Women
in Tech Championship in Indianapolis and third at the Evian
Championships in which she missed a playoff by a shot.
Ko's earlier slump this season
followed her decision to make changes to her swing, clubs, caddie
and coach. She remains confident that those changes will bear fruit.
"I really feel like all changes
were good changes and there are no regrets," she said. "Sometimes
you might not see results right away but you have to keep with it
and find what's best for you. It felt like there were a lot of
positives but I was just not able to execute it when I was
playing... You just have to be patient, and patience is the hardest
Ko's main challenges this week
are expected to come from Canada's Brooke Henderson, American
Danielle Kang, Australian veteran Katherine Kirk, who tied Ko for
third at the Evian Championship, and 15-time tour winner Yani Tseng
World No. 22 Kang has the
advantage of local knowledge after securing Tiger Woods and Adam
Scott's former caddie, New Zealander Steve Williams, to carry her
bag this week.
"I needed a local because my
caddie isn't able to be here so I said 'okay I'll just hire a
local'," Kang said. "Somehow someone said 'would you mind having
Steve Williams on the bag?' I thought it was a joke at first.
"He's as local as it gets so I
think I did pretty well there. He's a really cool guy. He knows all
the numbers, he knows everything. He is like a walking yardage book.
I don't even need to ask, he just tells me what I am thinking."
Henderson said weather
conditions would be critical at the newly-established Windross Farm
course east of Auckland.
"It's playing very firm, which
is partly because it's so new of a golf course," Henderson said. "I
think if the wind stays up like it is right now, it is gonna be a
challenge for the girls.
"If the wind dies and the
conditions are still suitable, then the scores might be very low."
England cricketer Ben Stokes arrested after disorder
England cricketer Ben Stokes. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — England
test vice-captain Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing
actual bodily harm after an incident early Monday in Bristol, police
and the team said.
The disorder that led to a man
being hospitalized with facial injuries occurred hours after Stokes
played in a one-day international victory over West Indies at the
Bristol County Ground in southwest England.
Batsman Alex Hales, who was out
with the 26-year-old Stokes after the match, returned voluntarily to
Bristol on Tuesday to help police with the investigation, the
England and Wales Cricket Board said.
Stokes and Hales were absent
from practice on Tuesday and they will miss the fourth match in the
five-match ODI series against the West Indies on Wednesday at The
Oval in London.
The police force in Bristol
said it was called to "disorder" on a city center street at 2:35
a.m. on Monday. The BBC and Guardian said the incident
happened at the Mbargo nightclub.
An unidentified 27-year-old man
"suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal
Infirmary for treatment," Avon and Somerset Police said in an appeal
Asked about Stokes, the police
force confirmed: "A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of
causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under
investigation." The ECB said Stokes was held until late Monday.
The incident came just as
England prepare to name their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia.
Stokes has a checkered
off-field disciplinary record. He was cautioned by police after
being arrested for obstructing police during a night out in 2011.
The allrounder was sent home
from an England Lions tour of Australia the following year for
flouting rules on late-night drinking. He missed the World Twenty20
in 2014 after breaking his hand while punching a dressing room
locker in Barbados while enduring poor form. Last year, Stokes was
convicted of speeding for a fourth time.
Update September 26, 2017
Lacazette double gives Arsenal 2-0 win over West Brom
Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu, right, vies for the ball with
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny during their teams’ English Premier
League match at the Emirates stadium in London, Monday, Sept. 25.
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London (AP) — Alexandre
Lacazette scored twice for Arsenal to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0
in the English Premier League on Monday and prolong the north London
team's September fightback.
Arsenal lost two of their
opening three matches but seven out of a possible nine points have
been collected this month on top of victories in the Europa League
and League Cup.
Lacazette, playing for the
first time with Alexis Sanchez since joining in July for a
club-record 60 million euros, combined with the Chile forward for
Sanchez's free kick in the 20th
minute was tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Ben Foster but the
ball came back out and Lacazette pounced to tap in.
The lead was preserved before
halftime when Jay Rodriguez's header beat goalkeeper Petr Cech but
Nacho Monreal produced a goal-line clearance.
Lacazette was on target again
from the penalty spot in the 67th after Allan Nyom fouled Aaron
Ramsey, giving the France forward his fourth goal in an Arsenal
It was a disappointing way for
West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry to celebrate making a record 633rd
Premier League appearance.
The 36-year-old Barry, who has
also played for Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Everton, passed
the mark set by former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs. Barry's
next target is breaking Giggs' top-flight record of 672 appearances,
encompassing matches before the Premier League started in 1992.
Cowboys kneel before national anthem against Arizona
Members of the Dallas Cowboys,
including owner Jerry Jones, take a knee before the national anthem
ahead of a Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals,
Sept. 25, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) .
(Matt York/Associated Press)
Glendale, Arizona (AP) —
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of
President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not
allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.
The Cowboys and their owner did
kneel, though not during the anthem.
Following a weekend of kneeling
and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed
their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field
before rising as a group before the playing of the national anthem.
The Cowboys went into the
locker room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up
between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.
Arm-in-arm, they dropped to a
knee as a giant flag was carried onto the field, with Jones and his
family in the middle near the 50-yard line.
Numerous boos rang out across
University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued
as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the
sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained
connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.
The Arizona Cardinals had their
own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL,
gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem.
They were joined by owner Michael Bidwell, his family and general
manager Steve Keim.
More than 200 NFL players
kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after
President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national
anthem should be fired.
Three teams did not take the
field for the national anthem and numerous NFL owners came out
against Trump's statements.
Judge hits 49th, 50th HRs, breaking McGwire's rookie record
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a
two-run homer during the third inning of a baseball game against
the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Sept. 25in New
York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York (AP) - Aaron
Judge has broken Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by
a rookie, going deep twice on Monday to raise his total to 50.
The Yankees slugger hit a
two-run drive to right-center off Kansas City's Jakob Junis in the
third inning to tie the mark. He added a solo shot over the
visitors' bullpen in left in the seventh inning against Trevor
Judge has 13 home runs in
September and six in five games. He hit two home runs for the second
straight day and has four multihomer games this month.
McGwire hit 49 homers for
Oakland in 1987, breaking the previous mark of 38 set by the Boston
Braves' Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Cincinnati's Frank
Robinson in 1956.
Judge is second in the major
leagues behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who has hit 57.
Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics
Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving takes questions from reporters during a
news conference at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, in
Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Canton, Mass. (AP) —
Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas,
one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his
whirlwind free agency.
By the time Hayward steps on
the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point
guard dishing out the ball.
Thomas is out, shipped to
Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and
completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team
that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.
But that doesn't mean Hayward
is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much
different from the one he thought he had joined.
"You're talking about two
superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players,"
Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.
"It would have been amazing to
have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to
that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the
Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another
The Celtics already had had
quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth
about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for
him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge
pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team's biggest
star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round
Irving would not say whether he
plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade
demand, telling reporters: "It's not anybody else's business."
"It's just really between two
men," he said. "If it happens or not, I'm pretty sure you guys won't
know about it."
For now, he is worried about
his new team.
"There's just a lot of newness
I have to get used to, which I'm excited about," he said Monday.
"It's going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we're about
to face as a team. ... It will really echo in terms of our identity
and how we're going to respond."
In all, just four players
return from last year's conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen
Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.
They're all new to Irving, a
four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his
six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.
Ainge said it wasn't his goal
to shake up the conference finalists.
"Those guys were terrific
players for us, and some of my favorite players that I've watched
and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some
players, too," Ainge said. "It wasn't because we were unhappy with
Ainge would like to see how it
all works out.
"We don't plan on doing the
same thing next summer," he said. "I plan on getting down to about a
1 handicap next summer."
Update September 25, 2017
Marquez wins Aragon MotoGP, Rossi 5th on return from injury
Spain’s Marc Marquez. (AP Photo)
Alcaniz, Spain (AP) —
Marc Marquez won the Aragon MotoGP on Sunday for his second straight
victory, taking the outright championship lead with four races to
Marquez rode his Honda to
victory after starting fifth on the grid, finishing comfortably
ahead of fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa of Honda and Jorge Lorenzo of
Pole-sitter Maverick Vinales
ended fourth, just ahead of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who was
racing for the first time since undergoing surgery for breaking two
bones in his right leg while training with an off-road motorcycle
three weeks ago. The nine-time world champion missed the San Marino
GP because of the injury.
Marquez, who crashed in
qualifying on Saturday, nearly lost control while trying to get past
Rossi and Lorenzo early in the race, missing the braking point and
going slightly off the track before being able to pick up the pace
Marquez took the lead with
seven laps to go and held on to finish nearly one second ahead of
"It was really tough," Marquez
said. "If it wasn't at this track, in front of these fans, maybe I
would have thrown in the towel. I wasn't comfortable out there. I
was fighting against the bike and nearly crashed many times. I had
to take some risks and I went for it. This victory means a lot."
It was the fifth win of the
year for Marquez, who is 16 points in front of Andrea Dovizioso. The
Italian could not manage more than a seventh-place finish at the
MotorLand track in northeastern Spain. Marquez and Dovizioso were
tied for the lead entering the weekend.
Vinales is third in the
standings, 28 points behind Marquez and 26 points in front of
fourth-place Pedrosa. Fifth-place Rossi is 56 points from the lead.
"The main opponents for the
championship lost some points, so we opened a small advantage and
it's very important to arrive in Japan with that very small
advantage," Marquez said.
The Japanese GP is on Oct. 15.
Marquez reached his 60th career
win, with 34 coming in the main MotoGP series.
The defending MotoGP champion
hadn't won after starting outside of the first row since 2014.
It was the second podium of the
season for Lorenzo with Ducati.
"We are progressing very
quickly," Lorenzo said. "Especially my side, knowing more the bike,
knowing the way to get the maximum, especially on the race."
It was the second time that the
top 4 riders in a MotoGP race were Spaniards. It hadn't happened
since the Japanese GP in 2013.
Seven of the top 10 finishers
on Sunday were from Spain.
Italian Franco Morbidelli won
the Moto2 race and Spaniard Joan Mir was first in Moto3.
Mir has won eight of the 14
races this season, a record for the series. He later was handed a
six-place grid penalty for the next race for "irresponsible riding"
after appearing to veer from side to side on the final lap.
Late review sees Falcons hold off Lions 30-26
Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford. (AP
Detroit (AP) — Matthew
Stafford's pass to Golden Tate was ruled to be just short of the
goal line in the final seconds, overturning the call on the field
and allowing the Atlanta Falcons to hold on for a 30-26 win over the
Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Stafford threw a slant to Tate
and a video review determined he was down just inside the 1 with 8
seconds left. By rule, 10 seconds had to run off the clock, and that
ended the game because the Lions didn't have any timeouts.
Former NFL officiating chief
Dean Blandino, now a Fox analyst, explained the call in a tweet:
"To recap in DET: ruling on the
field was a TD which stops the clock. After review, Tate was short
which would have kept the clock running ... This carries a 10-sec
runoff. Had the call on the field been correct initially, the clock
would have run out. That's the spirit of the rule."
The defending NFC champion
Falcons (3-0) overcame Matt Ryan's three interceptions and many
other mistakes, including on Detroit's last drive.
Detroit (2-1) never led in the
game and failed to pull off another comeback in the fourth quarter.
EAGLES 27, GIANTS 24
Philadelphia — Jake
Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal as the clock expired.
Eli Manning threw three
touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a 77-yard score to
Sterling Shepard, but Philadelphia (2-1) rallied twice.
Carson Wentz tossed a 19-yard
pass to Alshon Jeffery to set up Elliott's kick. The rookie was a
fifth-round pick by the Bengals and joined the Eagles after Caleb
Sturgis was injured in Week 1. He was carried off the field by two
Elliott hit a 46-yard field
goal to tie it with 51 seconds left after Aldrick Rosas kicked a
41-yarder to put the Giants ahead.
The Giants (0-3) hadn't scored
20 points in eight straight games before Manning led them to 21 in a
span of 5:21. He tossed TD passes of 10 yards and 4 yards to Odell
Beckham Jr. to tie it at 14. Manning then connected over the middle
to Shepard, who broke a couple tackles and sprinted all the way for
a 21-14 lead.
But Philadelphia (2-1) answered
quickly. A 36-yard penalty for pass interference on Eli Apple put
the ball at the 15 and rookie Corey Clement ran in on the next play
for his first career TD to make it 21-21.
PATRIOTS 36, TEXANS 33
Foxborough, Mass. — Tom
Brady connected with Brandin Cooks for a 25-yard touchdown pass with
23 seconds left, his fifth TD throw of the game.
Brady finished 25 of 35 for 378
yards as New England (2-1) won its fifth straight regular-season
meeting with Houston (1-2) and seventh of eight overall.
Cooks caught five passes for
131 yards and pair of scores. It was the fifth multi-touchdown game
and eighth 100-yard game of his career.
Texans rookie Deshaun Watson
was strong in his second career start. The Patriots were thin on the
edge without linebacker Dont'a Hightower for the second straight
week, and Watson took advantage, completing 22 of 33 passes for 301
yards and two touchdowns.
But he did have two
interceptions, including one that set up a New England first-half
The Patriots extended their
halftime lead to 28-20 in the third quarter before Houston used a
12-yard TD pass from Watson to Ryan Griffin, and a 31-yard Ka'imi
Fairbairn field goal to edge back in front 30-28 early in the fourth
The Texans forced New England
to punt with just over seven minutes to play, but had to settle for
a 36-yard Fairbairn field goal with 2:24 left. Houston failed on a
third-and-1 at the Patriots 18.
That left Brady room.
BEARS 23, STEELERS 17, OT
Chicago — Jordan Howard
scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead the Bears.
Howard's winning score came two
plays after rookie Tarik Cohen broke off an electric run for what
appeared to be a 73-yard winning touchdown. But he was ruled out at
the Pittsburgh 37. Howard took over from there, and the Bears (1-2)
came away with a surprising victory.
Howard had 138 of Chicago's 220
yards rushing, making up for a lackluster performance by quarterback
The Steelers (2-1) stayed off
the sideline for the national anthem in the wake of President Donald
Trump's comments that players who kneel in protest should be fired.
Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran, stood near the
tunnel with his hand over his heart.
Once the game ended, they found
themselves in a familiar spot — losing to a lesser team and losing
in Chicago, where they are 1-13.
Marcus Cooper committed an
inexplicable fumble after the Bears blocked a field goal in the
closing seconds of the half. With a clear path to the end zone, he
slowed down and had the ball poked away at the 1.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for
235 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Brown had 110 yards receiving and
PACKERS 27, BENGALS 24
Green Bay, Wis. — Mason
Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 left in overtime set up
by Aaron Rodgers' 72-yard pass to Geronimo Allison. Crosby's kick
completed the Packers' comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit.
On third-and-10 from his 21,
Rodgers took advantage of yet another free play after defensive end
Michael Johnson was whistled for offside. Officials let the play
continue and the two-time NFL MVP found Allison on about a 40-yard
pass before the receiver beat a couple defenders for more yards.
Crosby took care of the rest
for the Packers (2-1).
The winless Bengals (0-3) won
the toss in overtime but went three-and-out on their opening drive.
It was so loud at Lambeau Field that they had to call timeout before
their first overtime snap.
Rodgers thrived under the
pressure. Rodgers finished 28 of 42 for 313 yards with three
touchdowns and one score. Allison had six catches for 122 yards.
CHIEFS 24, CHARGERS 10
Carson, Calif. — Alex
Smith threw two touchdown passes in the first 9 ½ minutes against
what used to be his hometown team, Terrance Mitchell had two
interceptions and rookie Kareem Hunt scored on a 69-yard run.
The Chiefs (3-0) beat the
Chargers for the seventh straight time and have won 12 straight AFC
West games. Los Angeles' Philip Rivers threw three interceptions and
the Chargers fell to 0-3 in their first season playing in the
27,000-seat StubHub Center after moving from San Diego.
After a quick start, the Chiefs
held on through a defensive struggle in the second half. They got
two huge plays in the closing minutes: Justin Houston's sack of
Rivers and then Hunt's sensational run when he cut back against the
flow and raced 69 yards down the left sideline with 1:49 left. The
rookie finished with 172 yards on 17 carries.
The game couldn't have started
more differently for Smith, who grew up in the San Diego area, and
Rivers was intercepted by
Mitchell on the game's third play from scrimmage. Four plays later,
Smith hit Tyreek Hill on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
TITANS 33, SEAHAWKS 27
Nashville, Tenn. —
Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the
Titans scored 21 straight points in rallying to beat the Seahawks.
Pro Bowl running back DeMarco
Murray rushed for 115 yards, including a 75-yard TD run. Ryan Succop
also kicked four field goals as Tennessee (2-1) scored at least 30
points for a second straight week.
The Seahawks (1-2) finally
scored a bunch of touchdowns with Russell Wilson throwing for 373
yards and four TDs. His second TD, a 10-yarder to Chris Carson , put
Seattle up 14-9 in the third quarter.
Then the Titans took control
with Mariota answering with TDs on the next two drives for
Wilson pulled Seattle within
33-27 with his fourth TD, an 8-yarder to Paul Richardson with 1:50
left. But Titans tight end Delanie Walker recovered Seattle's onside
kick. The Seahawks had one last chance with the Titans lined up to
punt on fourth-and-3 with 11 seconds left. Then officials flagged
the Seahawks for 12 men in the formation, giving Tennessee the
clinching first down.
BILLS 26, BRONCOS 16
Orchard Park, N.Y. —
Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdowns and the Bills intercepted Trevor
Siemian twice in the final 19 minutes.
Taylor went 20 of 26 for 213
yards with a 2-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes and a 6-yarder to
Charles Clay. Taylor got lucky on the touchdown pass to Holmes , as
the ball deflected off the hands of Zay Jones just inside the goal
line and bounced directly to Holmes in the back of the end zone.
The Bills (2-1) overcame their
struggling running attack courtesy of Taylor's arm and a stout
defense in a game LeSean McCoy was limited to 21 yards on 14
carries. Though he had seven catches for 48 yards, McCoy's latest
poor outing came after he was limited to 9 yards rushing in a 9-3
loss at Carolina.
The Bills allowed just one
touchdown, while Brandon McManus rounded out Denver's scoring with
three field goals.
In falling to 2-1, the Broncos
turned over the ball on each of their final four possessions, with
Siemian being intercepted by E.J. Gaines and Tre'Davious White. The
Broncos also turned the ball over twice on downs.
JETS 20, DOLPHINS 6
East Rutherford, N.J. —
Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal
Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense dominated Jay Cutler
and the Dolphins.
While a lot of the focus
heading into the season was on whether the revamped Jets roster
would be good enough to win any games, New York made Miami look like
the team in the middle of a rebuild.
McCown finished 18 of 23 for
249 yards, Chandler Catanzaro kicked two field goals, and the Jets
(1-2) forced Cutler and the Dolphins (1-1) into mistakes all game.
The Jets also avoided their first 0-3 start since 2003.
New York just missed having its
first shutout since blanking Cincinnati 37-0 on Jan. 13, 2010 — in
the Jets' last game at the old Giants Stadium. Cutler threw a 3-yard
touchdown pass to DeVante Parker on the final play. Cody Parkey
missed the extra point, capping a miserable day for Miami in
88-degree heat at MetLife Stadium.
JAGUARS 44, RAVENS 7
London — Marcedes Lewis
caught three of Blake Bortles' four touchdown passes as the Jaguars
won in their fifth game in Britain's capital.
Allen Hurns and Leonard
Fournette also scored touchdowns for the Jaguars (2-1), who have won
each of their last three games played at the venue. This one, by
far, was the easiest. The Ravens (2-1) managed just 186 yards of
total offense, including minus-1 yard in the first quarter. They
managed 15 yards in the first half, and picked up only 12 first
A 6-yard pass from Ryan
Mallett, who entered in relief of Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter,
to Benjamin Watson with 3:24 remaining prevented the shutout. It was
their worst defeat since Nov. 9, 1997, when they lost 37-0 at
Baltimore crossed midfield
three times — and not until the third quarter, when Terrance West
gained 7 yards to reach the Jaguars 45.
On the next play, West failed
to secure a handoff and fumbled, leading to linebacker Telvin Smith
returning it 52 yards to set up Lewis' third touchdown.
Jacksonville punctuated the
victory with a fake punt minutes later, with Corey Grant taking a
direct snap 58 yards before Fournette punched the ball in from the
VIKINGS 34, BUCCANEERS 17
Minneapolis — Case
Keenum gave Minnesota a brilliant performance in relief of Sam
Bradford, passing for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards
without a turnover.
Stefon Diggs had 173 yards
receiving and caught two of Keenum's throws for scores, one short
and one long .
Dalvin Cook produced 169 total
yards plus his first NFL touchdown , which capped a 75-yard drive by
the Vikings (2-1) to start the game.
They never slowed down,
building a 28-3 lead by early in the third quarter on their way to
compiling 494 yards.
Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith
each picked off Jameis Winston in the end zone , and Andrew Sendejo
returned an interception 36 yards in the fourth quarter to set up
one of two field goals by Kai Forbath.
Winston completed 28 of 40
passes for 328 yards, but the Buccaneers (1-1) simply couldn't
overcome having to play from behind all afternoon. They converted
only one of six third downs.
COLTS 31, BROWNS 28
Indianapolis — Jacoby
Brissett ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and the Colts
held off Cleveland's late charge.
Brissett, acquired in a trade
with New England earlier this month, looked much more comfortable in
his second start, going 17 of 24 with 259 yards and running five
times for 14 yards. Indy (1-2) avoided its first 0-3 start in six
Cleveland (0-3) lost its 15th
consecutive road game despite being favored for the first time since
2015 and a road favorite for the first time since 2012.
Brissett was the primary reason
for the Browns' latest loss. He started the scoring with a 5-yard TD
run, broke a 7-7 tie by spinning away from pressure and scooting 7
yards for his second score, then hooked up with T.Y. Hilton on a
61-yard TD pass to make it 21-7 — all in the first half.
Frank Gore's 4-yard scoring run
made it 28-7.
Cleveland spent the rest of the
game playing catch-up, but had two second-half scoring chances
snuffed out by Rashaan Melvin's interceptions.
SAINTS 34, PANTHERS 13
Charlotte, N.C. — Drew
Brees shredded the league's top-ranked defense, throwing for three
touchdowns and 220 yards. Brees led six scoring drives and threw TD
passes to Michael Thomas, Brandon Coleman and ex-Panthers wide
receiver Ted Ginn Jr. as the Saints avoided an 0-3 start. Rookie
Alvin Kamara put the game away with a 25-yard TD run with 4:42 left.
Carolina (2-1) had allowed six
points in its previous two games.
The Saints' defense, which came
in ranked 32nd in the league, intercepted Cam Newton three times and
sacked him four times before he was replaced late in the fourth
quarter. Many of Newton's throws were either too hard or high as the
seventh-year quarterback continued to struggle with his rhythm
following offseason shoulder surgery.
The Panthers, who were already
without injured Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, lost wide receiver
Kelvin Benjamin in the first quarter to a knee injury; his leg got
bent back awkwardly after being dragged down from behind. Carolina's
only real offense came from rookie running back Christian McCaffrey,
who had 101 yards receiving on nine catches.
Ali blasts England to victory over West Indies in 3rd ODI
England's Moeen Ali bats during the third One Day International
against West Indies at Bristol County Ground, England, Sunday Sept. 24.
(David Davies/PA via AP)
Bristol, England (AP) —
Moeen Ali's staggering century down the order — the fastest on English
soil — propelled England to a heavy 124-run victory over West Indies in
the third one-day international on Sunday.
Ali bludgeoned 102 off 57 balls,
with seven fours and eight sixes, to get England to 369-9 batting first,
their fifth-highest ODI total.
West Indies were all out for 245 in
just 39.1 overs, with Chris Gayle's 94 from 78 balls the tourists' best
response. Liam Plunkett picked up 5-52 for England, who now lead the
series 2-0 with two to play.
Ali, who arrived with England 210-5
and wobbling at the County Ground, devastated the West Indian bowling
with the second fastest ODI century by an Englishman. He went from 50 to
100 in a jaw-dropping 12 deliveries, an ODI record. He raced past 50 and
to his century by hitting eight sixes and two fours in the space of 14
balls. Ali smashed 61 runs from those 14 balls.
"It was my best ODI innings," he
said. "Everything seemed to come off today and it was nice to get myself
in. It was just good to play a few shots.
"I feel very confident in my own
game but the main thing is that we're winning the series. Hopefully we
win it 4-0."
The game had been evenly balanced
before Ali's late-innings onslaught.
Joe Root (84) and Ben Stokes (73)
put on 132 for the fourth wicket but West Indies pulled it back by
dismissing Stokes, Jos Buttler (2) and Root for just 11 runs to have
England on 217-6.
Ali, who went to 50 off a
relatively sedate 41 balls, completely changed the game in the final
overs of the innings.
He hit back-to-back sixes off
Miguel Cummins to go to his half-century, then launched three in a row
off West Indies captain Jason Holder next over. After being dropped by
Gayle, Ali hit two more sixes in three balls off Cummins again to reach
He was dropped twice more before
Holder finally held a catch at long-off to end the punishment.
Only Buttler has made a faster
century for England in ODIs, when he went to three figures off 46 balls
against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in 2015.
Gayle did his best to match Ali,
with the veteran left-hander clubbing six sixes in his 94. There were a
hefty 28 sixes in all during the game, Ali and Gayle accounting for 14
Gayle was run out by a direct hit
by Adil Rashid, though, and only Jason Mohammed (38) and Holder (34) got
into the 30s after that.
Plunkett ended the West Indies
innings, picking up Holder for his fifth wicket and his first five-for
in ODIs at the age of 32.
Schauffele wins Tour Championship, Thomas takes FedEx Cup
Thomas, left, parades the Fedex Cup as he stands with Xander Schauffele
who holds Tour Championship golf tournament winner’s trophy at East Lake
Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 24. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta
Journal-Constitution via AP)
Atlanta (AP) — Justin Thomas
is the FedEx Cup champion, a surprise to no one who saw him power his
way to scoring records, his first major at the PGA Championship and more
PGA Tour victories than anyone this season.
Standing next to him at the trophy
ceremony was Xander Schauffele, who never imagined being at the Tour
Championship, much less winning it.
Both put on quite a show Sunday at
Schauffele, a 23-year-old rookie
from San Diego who was worried about keeping his card just over three
months ago, capped off an amazing summer with four par saves on the back
nine when he couldn't afford to drop a shot. He closed out his 2-under
68 by swirling in a 3-foot birdie putt for a one-shot victory over
"My hands were shaking so much,"
Schauffele said. "I'm still kind of in shock."
Thomas did his part, even with a
Five shots behind to start the
final round and needing to play well to have a shot at the FedEx Cup, he
nearly won the Tour Championship with two late birdies, only for his
25-foot birdie on the 18th snap hard to the left in front of the cup. He
shot a 66.
His repeat victory in Malaysia, his
sweep of Hawaii — including a 59 and the lowest 72-hole score in PGA
Tour history at the Sony Open — his first major and a bold finish at
East Lake carried him to a FedEx Cup title and little doubt who was the
best in golf this year.
Thomas won the $10 million bonus,
along with second-place prize money of $945,000 that pushed him over $10
million for the year to win the money title.
"It's huge," he said. "It's awesome
just because I feel like I played so well this year. I was consistent. A
lot of great weeks and great memories even — life-changing events that
just ended with another life-changing thing for me. To just have my name
on the trophy with the rest of those guys is pretty awesome."
It was the first time in eight
years that two players celebrated at East Lake. Tiger Woods won the
FedEx Cup and Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship in 2009.
The surprise guest to the party was
Schauffele, the first PGA Tour rookie to win the Tour Championship since
it began in 1987.
"It's been a wild ride," he said.
A year ago, he missed his PGA Tour
card by $975 on the Web.com Tour, and then earned it in a
four-tournament playoff series. Go back to the first week in June, and
he was No. 134 in the FedEx Cup and just trying to keep his card when he
qualified for the U.S. Open in a five-man playoff for two spots.
He tied for fifth at Erin Hills. He
won the Greenbrier Classic a month later. A week ago at Conway Farms,
his season was about to end until he played the final six holes at
6-under par to squeak into the Tour Championship.
"Five months ago, two months ago,
three hours ago, I wasn't expecting a lot," Schauffele said. "I've hit
every goal we've ever imagined."
And he looked like he belonged all
along while doing it. Starting on the par-3 11th hole, he one-putted
four straight greens from outside 6 feet — one of them for birdie, the
rest for pars, all of them clutch.
Schauffele saved par from right of
the 17th green for the fourth time on the back nine, and then smashed a
347-yard tee shot on the 18th that left him an approach just short of
the green. He putted that up to 3 feet and then nearly missed. The ball
hit the left edge and swirled 270 degrees before dropping in the front.
But it was enough to finish at
12-under 268, a victory worth $3.75 million, $2 million of that for
finishing third in the FedEx Cup. He also moved to No. 32 in the world.
Schauffele is another member of the
high school class of 2011, and by far the most unheralded against the
likes of Spieth, Thomas, Daniel Berger and others. Asked earlier in the
week what he knew about Schauffele, Thomas replied, "Not much, except
that he's very good or he wouldn't be here."
Thomas won more than the FedEx Cup.
He also wrapped up the PGA of America's points-based award for player of
the year. He's a lock to get the players' vote as PGA Tour player of the
year, and he won the Arnold Palmer Award for claiming the money title.
Thomas wrapped up the FedEx Cup
when Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 seed, couldn't sustain momentum after
holing out from the 10th fairway for eagle and nearly holing out again
from the 13th fairway. Spieth closed with a 67 and tied for seventh,
earning a $3 million bonus for finishing second in the FedEx Cup.
He won the Vardon Trophy for the
lowest adjusted scoring average.
"J.T. obviously is very well
deserving of winning the FedEx Cup," Spieth said. "Not winning a playoff
event, I almost cheated my way into winning the FedEx Cup when he really
Paul Casey, who now has gone 144
starts on the PGA Tour since his last victory in the 2009 Houston Open,
lost a two-shot lead in five holes but was still in the game until he
put his tee shot into the water on the par-3 15th. He played alongside
Kevin Kisner, who also went into the water and lost his chance of
winning at East Lake.
Kisner had a 70 and tied for third
with Russell Henley, who shot a 65. Casey closed with a 73 and finished
Brighton win 1-0 to end Newcastle's winning streak
Tomer Hemed (10) scores his side's winning goal during the English Premier
League match against Newcastle United at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton,
Sunday Sept. 24. (John Walton/PA via AP)
Brighton (AP) — Newcastle still
can't draw in the Premier League.
The Magpies lost 1-0 at Brighton on
Sunday to take their record to three wins and three defeats so far this
Israel forward Tomer Hemed denied
Newcastle the chance to move fourth, scoring his second Premier League goal
in manager Chris Hughton's first win over former club Newcastle at the
seventh attempt. Hemed finished smartly from Dale Stephens' tee-up.
Brighton moved 13th with their second
win of the season after the clash between the league newcomers.
Rafael Benitez's men arrived boasting
three straight league wins, but paid the price for Joselu's glaring
first-half miss in drawing a blank in front of goal.
Hamed struck in the 51st minute,
hooking the ball into the net after Pascal Gross' free kick was headed down
into the six-yard box by Stephens.
"I think in the last few games we've
been playing well and today also and I think this win can give us a push for
the next games and I think we deserve it," Hemed told British broadcaster
Sky Sports. "First of all we need to win at home, of course. Away from home
is difficult to get points. So first of all we need to get as much as we can
from the Amex. Also, we're playing well and we will get enough points (to
stay up) this season, I think."
Newcastle manager Benitez said Hemed's
goal should not have stood.
"The goal, for me, was a foul, it's a
blocking movement," Benitez said. "He's pushing and blocking in the
movement. And it's so clear, but you cannot change the decision. I feel like
we did enough to get a point at least. They had some chances, we had some
chances. We had a lot of control and chances at the end. I think we deserved
Hardik Pandya takes India to 3-0 series win vs Australia
India's Hardik Pandya bats during the third one-day international
cricket match between India and Australia in Indore, India, Sunday,
Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indore, India (AP) —
Hardik Pandya was promoted to No. 4 and smashed 78 off 72 balls as India
beat Australia by five wickets in the third one-day international on
Sunday to clinch the series.
India finished on 294-5 in 47.5
overs in reply to Australia's 293-6 and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in
the five-match series.
"I saw the promotion as an
opportunity rather than a surprise," Pandya said. "I try to contribute
in every way I can. I want to get better."
Pandya won his second
man-of-the-match award in three games.
This was India's sixth successive
win in a bilateral ODI series against all teams and puts them top in the
one-day rankings. It was Australia's 11th loss in 13 ODIs away from
Allrounder Pandya struck five fours
and four sixes after he was surprisingly promoted up the order. He built
on the groundwork laid by openers Ajinkya Rahane (70) and Rohit Sharma
Earlier, Aaron Finch scored his
eighth ODI hundred for Australia.
Finch scored 124 runs off 125
balls, with 12 fours and five sixes, and shared 154 runs for the second
wicket with Australian captain Steve Smith (63 off 71) to shore up the
misfiring Australian batting.
Smith had won the toss and elected
to bat first at Holkar Cricket Stadium.
Pandya bowled with great control on
a batting-friendly wicket, returning figures of 1-58 in 10 overs.
Unchanged India began their chase
with a 139-run opening stand. Sharma reached his 33rd ODI half-century
off 42 balls, while Rahane got his second successive half-century - and
21st overall in ODIs - off 50 deliveries.
India's 100 came up off only 90
balls as the duo continued to attack Australia. Sharma was the first to
fall, miscuing a shot to deep midwicket off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the
22nd over. Sharma faced 62 balls overall, and hit six fours and four
When Rahane was trapped leg before
by Pat Cummins (2-54), Pandya and skipper Virat Kohli (28) were brought
together at the crease, and they kept the attacking momentum going.
"It was (head coach) Ravi Shastri's
thought to promote him," said Kohli. "He felt we needed to attack their
spinner. We totally back Hardik."
The duo added 56 runs for the third
wicket. Pandya took a liking to Ashton Agar and carted him for four
sixes, bringing up his 50 partnership with Kohli off 55 balls. India
crossed 200 in the 34th over and the result seemed a formality.
Australia struck back with a
double-blow. Kohli holed out to long-on off Agar in the 35th over, while
in the next over, Kedar Jadhav (2) was caught behind off Kane
Richardson. India were reduced to 206-4.
Manish Pandey (36 not out) then
joined Pandya and put on 78 runs for the fifth wicket. Pandya fell with
10 runs needed, holing out to mid-on off Cummins. MS Dhoni (3 not out)
completed the formalities.
This was Kohli's 30th win in 38
ODIs as captain, second only to Ricky Ponting (31).
"I felt they were 35-40 runs short.
That gave us a lot of confidence. Rohit and Rahane were very good, and
then Hardik, only he can do what he does when he bats like that," Kohli
said. "He possesses ability with the bat, ball and in the field as well.
We have wanted a guy like that for the past five, six years."
The fourth ODI is at Bengaluru on
Sagan becomes 1st man to win 3 straight world road titles
Sagan of Slovakia, center, finishes in first place with Alexander
Kristoff of Norway, right, in second place in the Men's Elite Road Race
at the UCI 2017 Road World Championship, in Bergen, Norway Sunday Sept.
24. (Cornelius Poppe/NTB Scanpix via AP)
Bergen, Norway (AP) — Peter
Sagan ended a year of mixed fortunes on a high note by becoming the
first man to win three straight world road race titles.
The colorful rider from Slovakia
defended his crown on Sunday after holding off Norwegian Alexander
Kristoff in a sprint finish at the road world championships in Norway.
Sagan was unnoticed during most of
the 267.5-kilometer (166-mile) race. He perfectly timed his final
effort, powering to the front in the final straight. Australia's Michael
Matthews was third.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe tried
to go for a solo win in the final 10 kilometers after a sudden
acceleration on the final climb of Salmon Hill. He was joined by Gianni
Moscon of Italy but the pair were ultimately reined in.
Sagan said he thought until the
final kilometers that the breakaway riders would not be caught by the
"In the end, it came to a sprint
and it was unbelievable," Sagan said. "Kristoff is racing at home, and
I'm sorry for that, but I'm happy to win again."
Sagan became the fifth rider in
history to win three road world titles, joining Alfredo Binda, Rik Van
Steenbergen, Eddy Merckx and Oscar Freire. It's unlikely that he will
compete for a fourth consecutive title next year in Austria as the
course in Innsbruck will be suited to climbers.
"I want to dedicate this to Michele
Scarponi," said Sagan, referring to the former Giro d'Italia winner who
died in a training accident earlier this year. "Because he would have
had a birthday tomorrow. It was a very sad story this year."
Sagan, who was excluded from the
Tour de France in July for elbowing British rival Mark Cavendish during
a sprint, also dedicated his win to his wife.
"We are expecting a baby," Sagan
said. "It's a very nice end of the season."
Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title
Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of
Russia at in the final of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo,
Sunday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Tokyo (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki
overwhelmed Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan
Pacific Open title on Sunday.
The victory gives Wozniacki, also
champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost
all six of her previous finals in 2017.
"This was my seventh final of the year
— it gets harder to get that last win," said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has
now won at least one title every year since 2008. "I've been putting myself
in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay
focused and positive."
Wozniacki had crushed world No.1
Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on
the cards here Sunday.
"The court suits my game. She plays
powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In
the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served
better, so it was tricky for me to break."
The first set lasted only 20 minutes as
Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold.
"I was really disappointed in the first
three games," said the Russian. "I felt I was a bit unlucky and really
believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have
been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I
The Russian fought harder in a second
set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.
Yet she failed to earn a break point in
the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since
Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she
faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.
"It's disappointing to lose no matter
which round it is, even more disappointing in the final," said
Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en
route to the final.
"I felt a little flat due to the
previous matches. I didn't have so much energy left."
Update September 23-24, 2017
Thomas tied for lead as $10 million comes into view
Justin Thomas, right, watches his shot after teeing off on the sixth
hole as Jordan Spieth steps up to hit during the second round of the
Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta,
Friday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta (AP) — With two
swings, Justin Thomas showed that every shot counts in the FedEx Cup,
even at the season-ending Tour Championship.
Thomas had six players ahead of him
Friday when he smashed a 335-yard drive down the bottom of the hill on
the par-5 18th hole at East Lake, and then a 5-iron that settled 6 feet
below the cup for a closing eagle.
Just like that, Thomas had a
4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson and
was back in control — a loose term the way this tournament is shaping up
going into the week — of his chase for the $10 million bonus.
"It's nice to have everything in my
own hands and know that if I just take care of what I need to do, then
it's over," Thomas said.
It's not over yet, not even close.
Casey stumbled with some errant tee
shots into the troublesome rough for back-to-back bogeys in a 67 that
slowed his momentum. Simpson paid for a wild drive on No. 13 with a
double bogey and made nothing pars coming in for a 67.
They joined Thomas at 7-under 133.
As one of the top five seeds,
Thomas only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.
Even a third-place finish might be enough to take home golf's richest
bonus depending on who wins.
But that list is plenty deep after
two sweltering days at East Lake.
Jon Rahm, the No. 5 seed who also
has a clear path to the top prize, played bogey-free for a 67. He was
one shot behind, along with Patrick Reed (65), Justin Rose (66) and Gary
Woodland (67), all of them trying to win for the first time this year.
Dustin Johnson, the No. 3 seed, has
been sputtering along. He failed to birdie either of the two par 5s,
managed only a 69 and still was only four shots behind.
"I just want to get within striking
distance," Johnson said. "If I can get it within three, I would be
He was four behind, so it doesn't
require much math to figure out he's not far away.
Jordan Spieth was lucky to still be
just four shots behind. The No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup missed five
straight greens in regulation on the back nine and kept in the game with
some crucial par putts. He had to settle for a 70 and headed straight
for the practice area.
Twenty players from the 30-man
field were under par, meaning they were separated by just six shots with
36 holes ahead of them.
"It's the easiest one to win
because there's only 30 guys," said Kevin Kisner, who shot another 68
and was three behind. "But then I look up there and everyone is 6 under,
and it doesn't look so easy."
Thomas made birdies with a wedge in
his hand, failed to save par from a bunker on the fifth hole, and then
turned a mediocre round into a solid one with that 5-iron into the 18th
He already can state his case as
the best player on the PGA Tour this year, with five victories and his
first major at the PGA Championship. Thomas outlasted Spieth and Marc
Leishman to win at the TPC Boston three weeks ago, and now he's tied for
the lead going into the weekend at East Lake.
Much like Spieth in 2015 when he
ended his best season with the FedEx Cup, Thomas would love to have the
"I want to win any week," he said,
"but it definitely would be a nice cap."
Casey and Simpson are enduring long
droughts. Casey last won at the KLM Open in 2014, while Simpson last won
four years ago in Las Vegas. Both overcame a few stumbles on the back
nine to share the lead.
Casey seems to have done everything
but win the last three years, with six top-5 finishes in the last eight
FedEx Cup playoff events.
"It would cap off a very good
season, make a very good season a great season," he said. "Yeah, it
would be a lot of satisfaction in that. Hopefully, ask me again on
Sunday and I can give you the full explanation. Right now, I'm too busy
just trying to focus on trying to string together four great rounds of
golf. It's amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can't seem
to get away.
"Guys are right there, sort of
biting at your heels," he said. "So it's going to be a tough one."
IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, International Olympic Committee
(IOC) President Thomas Bach, center, and French Minister for Sports
Laura Flessel arrive for a meeting in Marseille, southern France,
Thursday, Sept. 21. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Pool Photo via AP)
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) —
With France's sports minister raising questions about security, the IOC
is trying to calm concern about the Pyeongchang Games.
The International Olympic Committee
said Friday it has been in close contact with the United Nations and the
"heads of government concerned."
IOC President Thomas Bach met with
China President Xi Jinping in Tianjin last month and with South Korea
President Moon Jae-in at the U.N. in New York.
"In none of the discussions, has
anybody expressed any doubt" about the Winter Games, the IOC said in a
Tensions fueled by North Korea's
missile testing rose this week after U.S. President Donald Trump used
his U.N. General Assembly speech to threaten the country's destruction.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described Trump as "deranged."
France's sports minister, Laura
Flessel, suggested on Thursday its team could stay home if its security
could not be assured in South Korea.
"Athletes' safety and security are
of course a primary concern for the IOC," the Olympic body said.
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott
Blackmun said "we will continue to work with our State Department and
local organizers to ensure that our athletes, and our entire delegation,
are safe." He added that the USOC is confident South Korean organizers
would deliver a "great games."
Olympic officials in winter sports
hubs like Austria, Denmark and Sweden said Friday it was too early to
doubt participation in Pyeongchang, where the games open Feb. 9.
"We feel safe," Peter Reinebo of
Sweden's Olympic Committee said, adding that a decision to stay away
would require an "international decision from the United Nations and a
strong warning from Swedish authorities."
"But such things do not exist
today. We are completely focused on going and taking part," Reinebo
Bayern let 2-goal lead slip in home draw with Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery controls the ball under pressure from VfL
Wolfsburg's Paul Verhaegh, right, during their teams’ German Bundesliga
soccer match in Munich, Germany, Friday, Sept. 22. (Matthias Balk/dpa
Berlin (AP) — Bayern Munich
let a two-goal lead slip at home in the German Bundesliga as they were
held by struggling Wolfsburg 2-2 on Friday.
First-half goals from Robert
Lewandowski and Arjen Robben counted for little as Bayern dropped points
for the second time in six games following a lackluster performance.
New Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt
celebrated as if his side won. Schmidt, who replaced the sacked Andries
Jonker on Monday, has claimed two points from his two games in charge,
but his side showed marked improvement from his predecessor's.
"He tried to bring life back into
us as a team, and you saw that," goal-scorer Daniel Didavi said.
Schmidt handed a Bundesliga debut
to 18-year-old defender Gian-Luca Itter, who had the formidable task of
Wolfsburg worked hard, winning
challenges, closing down space, and Bayern made a sluggish start.
The breakthrough came after half an
hour when referee Christian Dingert pointed to the penalty spot when
Lewandowski went down under light contact from Marcel Tisserand.
Lewandowski duly sent Koen Casteels the wrong way to score.
Robben made it 2-0 before the break
with the aid of a deflection from Rafinha.
Maximilian Arnold pulled one back
10 minutes into the second half with a free kick that reserve 'keeper
Sven Ulreich flapped at with one hand instead of catching.
"Ulle was more annoyed than anyone.
But such a mistake won't knock him back," Bayern defender Mats Hummels
said of the goalkeeper, playing in place of the injured Manuel Neuer.
"Unfortunately we let Wolfsburg
back in the game. At 2-1 we wanted and had chances. But we weren't
Robben fired wide when he had only
the goalkeeper to beat, and Bayern were to rue the miss when Paul
Verhaegh crossed for Didavi to score with a glancing header in off the
far post with seven minutes remaining.
Top-seeded Muguruza advances to Pan Pacific Open semifinals
Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Caroline Garcia of
France during their quarter-final match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis
tournament in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Tokyo (AP) — Wimbledon
champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific
Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 Friday.
A rare double-fault by the
top-seeded Muguruza allowed Garcia to pull even at 3-3 in the second
set, but the Spaniard broke back in the next game.
Playing in her first tournament
since earning the No. 1 ranking, Muguruza will next face Caroline
Wozniacki. The former top-ranked Dane advanced when Dominika Cibulkova
was forced to retire with a right thigh injury while trailing 3-6, 7-6
Also, Angelique Kerber upset
second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 7-5. The seventh-seeded Kerber
took advantage of several unforced errors by the Czech player and won
with a powerful cross-court shot on her fifth match point.
Kerber will face Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals. The Russian beat Barbora Strycova 5-7,
Banned from tennis, Nastase starts new career as diplomat
Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase.
(AP Photo,CTK/Michal Krumphanzl)
Prague (AP) — Ilie Nastase
is taking on a new role as a diplomat for the Czech Republic.
The Romanian tennis great has been
banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years because of
his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania's Fed Cup captain.
But after a meeting on Friday,
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Nastase agreed to become
the Czech Republic's new honorary consul in Romania. He will be based in
the Black Sea port of Constanta.
"It's a great honor," Nastase said.
"My country didn't give me this chance but you gave me this chance and I
Nastase will have time to focus on
his new job. In addition to the ITF ban, the 1973 French Open champion
will not be able to work in an official tennis capacity for a further
two years, until 2021.
Nastase was provisionally suspended
in April after he speculated about the skin color of the baby that
Serena Williams was expecting, and for outbursts during the Fed Cup
matches against Britain where he hurled abuse at opposing player Johanna
Konta. He also made advances of a sexual nature toward Britain captain
Nastase, a former top-ranked
player, was barred from the French Open and was not invited to the Royal
Box at Wimbledon, where he was a two-time finalist.
Despite his reputation, Zaoralek,
who said he is a tennis fan, insisted Nastase was the right choice.
"I trust Mr. Nastase," Zaoralek
said. "(In diplomacy) we have to weigh our words, and I think Mr.
Nastase is fully aware of that.
"I am sure that his transfer from
sports to diplomacy will be successful because I can see him as person
who realizes the responsibility he has in the new function."
Nastase was expected to attend the
opening day of the new Laver Cup tennis tournament in Prague, which
starts Friday. His ban applies only for ITF events.
Update September 22, 2017
India legspinners destroy Australia's chase in 2nd ODI
India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after taking his third wicket in
an over during the second one-day international cricket match against
Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
(AP Photo/Bikas Das)
(AP) — Kuldeep Yadav became the third India bowler to take a one-day
international hat trick as Australia was bowled out for 202 in a 50-run
loss at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Yadav took 3-54 and his legspin partner Yuzvendra Chahal took 2-34, and
India took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Marcus Stoinis' 62 not out off 65 balls at the end went in vain, as
Australia was all out in the 44th over, and India won its eighth
Chasing 253 to win on a slow pitch, Australia was in bother from the
beginning. Under lights, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-9) used the new ball to
dismiss both openers and reduce them to 9-2 in the fifth over. Hilton
Cartwright (1) was bowled, and David Warner (1) was caught at second
This brought captain Steven Smith (59) and Travis Head (39) together,
and they added 76 runs for the third wicket. They attacked India with 50
runs off 43 balls.
Head was dropped on 15 by Rohit Sharma in the slips. But the batsman
couldn't make it count and, against the run of play, holed out to
midwicket off a full toss from Chahal in the 17th over.
Chahal bowled tight lines and bamboozled the Australia middle order.
At 106-4, the onus increased on Smith, who answered with his 19th
half-century off 65 balls in his 100th ODI. The skipper looked resolute
against pace and spin, and his dismissal was the turning point. Smith
holed out to the deep off Hardik Pandya (2-56) in the 30th over.
Yadav returned for his second spell and made history in the 33rd over.
First, Matthew Wade (2) played on to his stumps, Ashton Agar (0) was
trapped lbw for a first-ball duck, and Pat Cummins (0) was caught behind
off the next ball.
"I could never even dream about it," Yadav said. "Initially, I was
struggling to bowl in a particular area. MS Dhoni told me to bowl what I
wanted on the hat trick ball. He and Virat Kohli have always backed me.
This is a special feeling."
Yadav joined Chetan Sharma (against New Zealand in 1987) and Kapil Dev
(against Sri Lanka in 1991) as India hat trick achievers in an ODI.
Overall, he became the fifth India bowler after Sharma, Dev, Harbhajan
Singh (against Australia in 2001) and Irfan Pathan (against Pakistan in
2006) to reap a hat trick in international cricket. Singh and Pathan did
theirs in tests.
Also, Dev, Singh and Yadav achieved theirs at Eden Gardens.
Australia lost five wickets for 42 runs. Stoinis farmed the strike with
Nathan Coulter-Nile (8) and Kane Richardson (0), and reached his second
ODI half-century off 58 balls.
He hit six fours and three sixes to lead Australia past 200, but the
threat of victory didn't materialize as he ran out of partners.
Australia made India bat first and restricted the home side to 252 all
Virat Kohli scored 92, and Ajinkya Rahane 55. They put on 102 for the
second wicket Kohli overcame a patchy start to reach his 45th ODI
half-century off 60 balls. Shortly afterwards, Rahane notched his 20th
ODI half-century off 62 balls, including seven fours.
Soon after their partnership scored 100, Kohli forced Rahane to run a
second in the 24th over, and the latter was run out, unable to beat
Hilton Cartwright's throw from long on.
Manish Pandey was bowled cheaply and Kedar Jadhav joined Kohli in the
middle. They put on 55 for the fourth wicket but Australia was exerted
great control over the run rate.
Jadhav perished for 24 trying to force the pace, and Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, playing his 300th ODI for India, was caught on 5.
Kohli led India past 200, and he was bowled on 92 when he played on
Coulter-Nile. He faced 107 balls and hit eight fours.
India lost momentum, Coulter-Nile took 3-51 and Kane Richardson, playing
his first ODI since February 2016, took 3-55.
England-West Indies 2nd ODI abandoned because of rain
Spectators wait as rain stops play during the second One Day
International match between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge,
Nottingham, England, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
England (AP) — The second one-day international between England and
West Indies has been abandoned because of rain.
Only 2.2 overs of play were possible at Trent Bridge before the rain
came. England was put in to bat by West Indies and was 21-0 when the
players went off. They didn't return.
The umpires waited 3 1/2 hours to see if there was any chance of the
game resuming before calling it off.
England leads the
five-match series 1-0 after a comfortable seven-wicket win in the first
The third ODI is in
Bristol on Sunday.
Strycova advances to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open
Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Johanna Konta
of Britain during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open
tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo
TOKYO (AP) — Barbora
Strycova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by
beating fourth-seeded Jo Konta 7-5, 7-6 (5) Thursday.
At 31, Strycova is the oldest singles player in this year's tournament
and is making her eighth straight main draw appearance in Tokyo. She
will next play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Strycova was playing in her second match at the tournament, while Konta
had a first-round bye.
"I didn't feel I was as match fit as I would like, but given it was my
first match in a while I didn't think I did that badly," said Konta, who
is ranked No. 7.
The victory was Strycova's first over a top-10 player in seven attempts
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia and Dominika
Cibulkova also reached the quarterfinals.
Wozniacki rallied to beat Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, while the
fifth-seeded Cibulkova defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-2. Garcia beat
Kurumi Nara 6-1, 6-3 and will next face top-seeded Garbine Muguruza.
2 trophies on the line as PGA Tour season ends at East Lake
In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Rory McIlroy poses with the trophies
after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament and the FedEX Cup at
East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Ferguson, AP Golf Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — Two trophies are better than one, especially when one
of them comes with $10 million.
The PGA Tour's season ends this week at the Tour Championship, and that
means the end of the FedEx Cup season that began 342 days ago in
California's wine country. The top five seeds only have to win the
tournament to claim the richest bonus in golf, though there has been three
occasions that the FedEx Cup was won by someone else.
Bill Haas won it as the No. 25 seed, making him the inspiration for long
It sounds like a sure-fire recipe for excitement Sunday, and last year was
proof of that. Rory McIlroy, the No. 6 seed, had to hole a shot from the
fairway for eagle on the 16th hole to get into a three-man playoff that he
This year holds the promise of split trophies — one Tour Championship
winner, a different FedEx Cup champion — because the competition has been
extraordinarily tight, and the depth of talent is greater than ever.
That hasn't happened since 2009 , when Phil Mickelson (the No. 14 seed) won
the Tour Championship and Tiger Woods (No. 1) seed won the FedEx Cup.
"Let me see if I get this straight," Mickelson said at the trophy
presentation. "I shot 65, and he gets a check for $10 million."
He was kidding.
Jordan Spieth is the No. 1 seed for the first time, and that was important
to him because of the potential for someone outside the top five to win.
Every point matters. He is followed by Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc
Leishman and Jon Rahm.
They earned those spots. Thomas, Johnson and Leishman won FedEx Cup playoff
events. Spieth was runner-up in two of them and tied for seventh in the
other. Rahm finished in the top five at all three of them.
The LPGA Tour has a week off after its fifth and final major of the year.
The Web.com Tour Finals enters its third week ahead of its Tour
Championship, which decides which additional 25 players earn PGA Tour cards
for next season.
That next season starts 11 days later.
The PGA Tour is contemplating a change to the end of the FedEx Cup. One
concept being explored is staging the Tour Championship, handing out a
trophy, and then the top FedEx Cup finishers playing the next day over 18
holes to determine the winner.
That's a long way off from becoming a reality, and it includes feedback from
the players. One area of dissent is that the current system works fine.
There certainly has been no shortage of highlights since it shifted to the
current model in 2009.
Haas delivered the signature moment when he saved par from the lake on the
second playoff hole against Hunter Mahan, and then got up-and-down from a
bunker on the next hole to win both titles.
Jim Furyk had his hat on backward when he saved par from a bunker in the
rain. Furyk joined Tiger Woods as the only FedEx Cup champions who didn't
play the opening playoff event — Woods skipped The Barclays on purpose in
2007, Furyk missed it in 2010 when his phone (and alarm) died overnight and
he missed his pro-am, which back then meant he was ineligible to play.
The rest have been decided by three shots or more.
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
(Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel),
1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).
The Web.com Tour is the main gateway to the PGA Tour. It also is a chance to
groom players for the big leagues, and there is some significant grooming
going on at the DAP Championship. It is being held at Canterbury Golf Club
outside Cleveland, better that many courses they will see on the PGA Tour.
Canterbury is where Jack Nicklaus set the record for most majors at the 1973
PGA Championship , no matter how they were counted — his 14th, including two
U.S. Amateur titles, to break the mark held by Bobby Jones; and his 12th
professional major, breaking the mark of Walter Hagen.
The top 25 on the money list in the regular season already have their cards.
The next 25 will get cards. Still with work to do are Hunter Mahan, the only
Ryder Cup player in the field, and Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold
Palmer who would rather not rely on sponsor exemptions that PGA Tour events
are more than willing to offer.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday,
2:30-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
PURE INSURANCE OPEN
The PGA Tour Champions has the most iconic venue for the week — Pebble
Beach. As usual, there will be plenty of memories.
The field features Tom Watson, who famously chipped in on the 17th for
birdie to beat Jack Nicklaus in the 1982 U.S. Open. Mark O'Meara is a
five-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Also playing is Colin Montgomerie. He made his U.S. Open debut in 1992 and
finished strong in a howling wind. Nicklaus was in the broadcast booth and
practically congratulated him on winning. Alas, Tom Kite came through to win
and Montgomerie wound up third.
Montgomerie never won a major, and he doesn't need Pebble Beach to remind
him of that.