Collins shoots 60 to surge into Barbasol lead

Chad Collins nearly made history Friday, but his 11-under par 60 was enough for a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.The 38-year-old American came within a whisker of an a rare 59, just missing a hole-in-one on …

July 22, 2017

Patient Piller maintains Marathon Classic lead

Gerina Piller, chasing her first LPGA title, fired a second-round 68 on Friday to maintain a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Marathon Classic in Ohio.Piller had four birdies and a bogey in her three-under effort and her 11-under total of 131 put …

July 22, 2017

Bolt, Van Niekerk shine in Monaco

Sprint king Usain Bolt and his self-proclaimed successor Wayde van Niekerk stole the limelight at Friday’s Diamond League meet in Monaco.Bolt produced a strong second half in the 100m, easing up over the line in a welcome season’s best of 9.95 seconds….

July 21, 2017

Bolt goes sub-10sec in Monaco 100m

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt ran a season’s best of 9.95 seconds to win the 100m at Friday’s Diamond League in Monaco.In his second appearance in Europe in his farewell season, Bolt produced a trademark strong second segment to beat out America…

July 21, 2017

Top seed Isner hits 20 aces to reach Newport semis

US top seed John Isner blasted 20 aces in downing comaptriot Dennis Novikov 6-4, 6-4 on Friday, advancing to the semi-finals of the ATP Hall of Fame Open.Isner, ranked 21st, never faced a break point in taking just 73 minutes to dispatch Novikov and bo…

July 21, 2017

Van Niekerk wins Monaco 400m

South African Wayde van Niekerk fought off a late surge from Botswanan rival Isaac Makwala to win the 400m at Friday’s Diamond League at Monaco.The world and Olympic champion, also the world record holder in the event, hared off down the back stretch i…

July 21, 2017

Morata completes Chelsea move, targets silverware

Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).”I am so happy to be here. It?s an incredible emotion to be …

July 21, 2017

Sweden sink Russia at women’s Euro

Captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia at the women’s European Championship in the Netherlands on Friday.Schelin scored Sweden’s opening goal on 22 minutes in Deventer, heading in a superb free-kick taken b…

July 21, 2017

Shi picks up China’s eighth world diving gold

Olympic champion Shi Tingmao earned China’s eighth diving gold of the world aquatic championships on Friday with victory in the women’s 3m springboard final, just ahead of team-mate Wang Han.Shi led for all five rounds and sealed victory with 383 pts, …

July 21, 2017

Hosszu swimming coach sued over poolside scuffle

The US coach and husband of Hungarian Olympic swimming champion Katinka Hosszu has been sued days before the start of the world championships in Budapest by a former employee after a recent poolside scuffle.Hungarian media reported in April that Hosszu…

July 21, 2017

Boasson Hagen wins Tour 19th stage, Froome closes on title

Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen won his third Tour de France stage and first in six years on Friday’s 19th stage from Embrun to Salon de Provence as Chris Froome edged closer to overall victory.Boasson Hagen, who was edged out in a photo finish by Marcel…

July 21, 2017

Football: Chelsea boss Conte praises experienced Morata

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte marvelled Friday at the “crazy” transfer fees demanded for players, though he praised 80-million-euro ($92.2-million) newcomer Alvaro Morata as a young but experienced striker with a bright future.The Italian coach said Mo…

July 21, 2017

Poor finish costs Kuchar in British Open

Overnight joint leader Matt Kuchar dropped two shots in his last three holes as he fell back to four under par at the end of his second round at the British Open on Friday.The giant American, chasing a first major at the age of 39, had three birdies an…

July 21, 2017

Ronaldo visits Valencia FC owner Lim in Singapore

Football mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo jetted into Singapore for a flying visit to Valencia owner Peter Lim and his family Friday on his way to a media event in China.Dozens of fans and journalists swarmed the Real Madrid forward but were held back by se…

July 21, 2017

Lukaku, Rashford on target as Manchester United down City

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford were on target as Manchester United defeated Premier League rivals Manchester City 2-0 in their International Champions Cup pre-season clash on Thursday.Belgian international Lukaku grabbed his second goal in his secon…

July 21, 2017

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with spectre of killer quake

For modern Olympic host cities, the twin threats of terrorism and financial ruin constantly loom.But spare a thought for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who face the added risk of a devastating earthquake or tsunami.Japan is already stepping up efforts to reass…

July 21, 2017

Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

After representing Eritrea in cycling tournaments across Africa, Daniel Teklay took a journey of a different sort last year when he escaped across his country’s militarised border to a new life as a refugee.A year later Teklay is back on his bike, only…

July 21, 2017

‘Killer pitch’ and food poisoning haunt Asia football tours

There was the infamous Hong Kong “killer pitch”, an 11th-hour cancellation of a Manchester derby in Beijing and now Arsenal players struck down with food poisoning in Shanghai.Add to that searing heat, tropical downpours and long-haul flights, and it i…

July 21, 2017