Tournament

SAN DIEGO | Rahm opens with 62 at Torrey Pines; Woods grinds out 70

SAN DIEGO —Jan 25, 2019— All the attention was on Tiger Woods and his 2019 debut. Just like the last two occasions, Jon Rahm delivered the best performance. In ideal conditions even by San Diego standards, Rahm opened with an eagle and kept going lower until he had a 10-under 62 on the North course … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Rahm opens with 62 at Torrey Pines; Woods grinds out 70

MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 25, 2019—Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn’t miss much. Almost couldn’t, really. It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia  —Jan 13, 2019—Novak Djokovic knows there’s a chance he may not have played his opening match at the Australian Open before Andy Murray is out of the tournament. Perhaps even finished on the tour. Their careers have long been intertwined. They’re both 31 and have birthdays a week apart in May, and they’ve … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open

LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in … Continue reading LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON— Novak Djokovic overcame an illness — and Alexander Zverev — to earn a second straight win at the ATP Finals. Despite requiring a tissue to blow his nose between points, Djokovic beat Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to close in on a spot in the semifinals at the season-ending tournament. “Unfortunately today hasn’t been … Continue reading LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON— Kevin Anderson thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday to move to the brink of the last four on his ATP Finals debut. The 32-year-old South African was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition’s history until Nishikori won the penultimate game. Anderson, who lost just eight points on … Continue reading LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

LONDON— Alexander Zverev came from a break down in both sets to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) at the ATP Finals on Monday. Facing each other in their opening match for a second straight year, Zverev produced the slightly steadier tennis in an error-strewn contest to extend his record against Cilic at the … Continue reading LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

PARIS — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d’Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday. Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with … Continue reading PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates  — Eleven Israeli players are taking part in a judo competition in the United Arab Emirates after the tournament was temporarily suspended last year over a ban on Israeli symbols during the medal-awarding ceremony. The Abu Dhabi Judo Grand-Slam, which started Saturday and runs for three days, includes athletes from … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

LUXEMBOURG — Julia Goerges lived up to her top seeding at the Luxembourg Open by winning her second title of the year on Saturday. Goerges beat unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in the final. The German won her first tournament of the year in Auckland, reached another final at Charleston in April, and … Continue reading LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

INCHEON, South Korea | SKorea holds off US and England to win International Crown

INCHEON, South Korea— South Korea held off challenges from the United States and England to win the eight-nation International Crown for the first time in front of a delighted home crowd at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on Sunday. The top-seeded host team started the final round two points clear of the chasing pack and won … Continue reading INCHEON, South Korea | SKorea holds off US and England to win International Crown

SINGAPORE | Defending champ Lin takes Asia Amateur lead with 62

SINGAPORE— Lin Yuxin of China beat the weather and broke the course record for an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur. Lin is trying to join Japanese great Hideki Matsuyama as the only back-to-back winners of the Asia-Pacific Amateur in its 10-year history. Also at stake is a spot … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Defending champ Lin takes Asia Amateur lead with 62

BEIJING | Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open semifinal

BEIJING— Anastasija Sevastova beat U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the China Open final. The 20th-ranked Latvian will face the winner of the semifinal between China’s Wang Qiang and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. The 20-year-old Osaka required a medical break in the second set for what appeared to be lower back … Continue reading BEIJING | Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open semifinal

NAPA, Calif. | Snedeker leads at Silverado; Mickelson 3 strokes back

NAPA, Calif.— Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others Friday in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. Playing alongside Hall of Famer Fred Couples, Snedeker had eight birdies and a bogey on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. The … Continue reading NAPA, Calif. | Snedeker leads at Silverado; Mickelson 3 strokes back

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain  — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It’s gold medal or bust. She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team’s head coach. She’s been successful in each position, helping the Americans win gold. … Continue reading SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | US vs Australia for gold at Women’s Basketball World Cup

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain  — It’s medal day at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. The U.S. will face Australia for the gold medal on Sunday night. The Americans have won the last two golds with the Opals winning their lone championship in 2006. The U.S. will need to find a way to … Continue reading SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | US vs Australia for gold at Women’s Basketball World Cup

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Taurasi scores 26, helps US reach World Cup gold-medal game

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain— Just as it has done for most of the tournament, the U.S. used a big third quarter keyed by Diana Tauarsi and Breanna Stewart to pull away from an opponent. This time, it was Belgium, whose one-point halftime deficit turned into 16 by the end of the third period. … Continue reading SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Taurasi scores 26, helps US reach World Cup gold-medal game

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Quarterfinals set to tip at Women’s Basketball World Cup

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — It is quarterfinal Friday at the Women’s Basketball World Cup. The United States and Nigeria will get the day started with the Americans looking to win their 20th consecutive game in the competition. Nigeria, which had gone winless in its only previous World Cup trip in 2006, became … Continue reading SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain | Quarterfinals set to tip at Women’s Basketball World Cup

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain | It’s elimination day at the Women’s World Cup

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain — Win or go home, that’s what at stake on Wednesday in the quarterfinal qualifier round. Four games are on the schedule, with Japan against China starting the competition. Nigeria will then play Greece, France faces Turkey and Spain meets Senegal. The two Asian nations are no strangers, having faced … Continue reading SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain | It’s elimination day at the Women’s World Cup

WUHAN, China | Wozniacki, Kerber, Kvitova reach Wuhan third round

WUHAN, China  — No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki reached the third round of a tournament for the first time since June at the Wuhan Open on Tuesday. Wozniacki defeated Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-4, 6-1, making just nine unforced errors to Peterson’s 36. Wozniacki made early exits in her last five tournaments, including three first-round losses. … Continue reading WUHAN, China | Wozniacki, Kerber, Kvitova reach Wuhan third round

TENERIFE, Spain | Women’s World Cup gets underway in Spain

TENERIFE, Spain — The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup gets underway on Saturday with eight games. The U.S. will tip off against Senegal in its quest for a third consecutive championship, something the Americans have never done in their storied history. While the U.S. has been the dominant force in the sport for the past … Continue reading TENERIFE, Spain | Women’s World Cup gets underway in Spain

LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

LAUSANNE, Switzerland— In a concession to women’s soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women’s World Cup teams traveling to France for next year’s tournament. Total prize money will also “significantly increase” from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at … Continue reading LAUSANNE, Switzerland | FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s WCup

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Chris Wood shoots 65 to take 1-shot lead at KLM Open

THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — Chris Wood birdied the 18th hole to card his second 65 of the KLM Open on Saturday and take a one-shot lead into the closing round. The English golfer got off to a sluggish start with a bogey on the par-4 2nd at The Dutch in Spijk, and reached the turn … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Chris Wood shoots 65 to take 1-shot lead at KLM Open

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Rose leads by 1 shot with a clear shot at No. 1 in the world

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Justin Rose did his part on another day of low scoring Saturday in the BMW Championship, running off four straight birdies early for a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. At stake for Rose is moving to No. 1 in the world for the first … Continue reading NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. | Rose leads by 1 shot with a clear shot at No. 1 in the world

NEW YORK | The Latest: Woods, Williams admire each other’s comeback

NEW YORK  — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Tiger Woods and Serena Williams both know how to make a comeback. Williams is set to play in her ninth U.S. Open final and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments a year after she missed the tournament because she … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Woods, Williams admire each other’s comeback

NEW YORK | Year after missing US Open, Nishikori shines in return

NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori was so crushed about missing the U.S. Open last year, he couldn’t even watch the tournament. Nishikori’s season was over with torn tendons in his right wrist, and he knew how much he’d ache to play if he flipped on the TV. “I didn’t really want to see any matches,” … Continue reading NEW YORK | Year after missing US Open, Nishikori shines in return

NORTON, Mass. | Boston Tee Party: Hatton, Rose lead all-England leaderboard

NORTON, Mass. — Tyrrell Hatton one-putted six consecutive greens on his way to an 8-under 63 to share the early lead with Justin Rose in the Dell Technologies Championship. The early half of the second round Saturday had an English look to it. Along with Hatton and Rose (67) tied for the lead at 10-under … Continue reading NORTON, Mass. | Boston Tee Party: Hatton, Rose lead all-England leaderboard

NEW YORK | The Latest: del Potro through to fourth round at US Open

NEW YORK — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Juan Martin del Potro is through to the fourth round at the U.S. Open. The 2009 champion beat No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the final match of the night. Next up for del Potro, … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: del Potro through to fourth round at US Open

NORTON, Mass. | Woods trying to stay fresh for PGA Tour postseason

NORTON, Mass.  — In the three days between the opening two FedEx Cup playoff events, Tiger Woods took it easy at home with a little driving and putting. Only one golf club was involved. “Driving the car a lot,” Woods said Thursday, a reference to taking his two kids to after-school activities in Florida. The … Continue reading NORTON, Mass. | Woods trying to stay fresh for PGA Tour postseason

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MCCAIN TO DEPART ARIZONA FOR THE LAST TIME Arizona residents have been invited to honor Sen. John McCain by lining the route from the Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church. 2. “HE CAN ACTUALLY SEE LIFE … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today