Golf: Europe win first point of final day of Solheim Cup

TOLEDO (REUTERS) – Team Europe rookie Leona Maguire beat Jennifer Kupcho five & four to pick up the first point of the final day to take the visitors to within four points of retaining the Solheim Cup at the Inverness Club in Toledo on Monday (Sept 6). The Irishwoman ended Kupcho’s unbeaten record in this... » read more

Golf: Hurricane sees final round of PGA Northern Trust postponed to Monday

NEW YORK (AFP) – The US PGA Tour has postponed the final round of the Northern Trust tournament in suburban New York to Monday because of concerns caused by Hurricane Henri, officials said on Saturday (Aug 21). The Atlantic Ocean storm, which gained hurricane status on Saturday, is expected to make landfall on Long Island... » read more

Tennis: Pliskova upsets top seed Sabalenka to reach Montreal final

MONTREAL (AFP) – Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova rolled into the final of the WTA hardcourt tournament in Montreal on Saturday (Aug 14) with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top seed Aryna Sabalenka. The win was a repeat for the fourth-seeded Czech, who defeated her Belarus rival in three sets two months ago in their All... » read more

Football: Man United beat Everton 4-0 in final pre-season friendly

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (REUTERS) – Manchester United beat Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday (Aug 7) in their final friendly before the start of the Premier League season. Goals in the first half hour by Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes put last season’s league runners-up in the driving seat before Diogo Dalot completed... » read more

Tennis: Sherif becomes first Egyptian in WTA final, fired up by Olympics

CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA (AFP) – Mayar Sherif on Saturday (Aug 7) became the first Egyptian woman to reach a WTA final when she beat home hope Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 at the Cluj clay court tournament. The 25-year-old Sherif is 119th in the world and will meet Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the final after... » read more

Sporting Life: Su Bingtian gives planet a taste of Asian speed

TOKYO – So cool this Su Bingtian is. So fast this teacher runs in the semi-finals. So crazy it is to feel, at least for a brilliant, beautiful while, that a 100m Olympic champion, or medallist, can come from Asia. Who cares that he comes sixth in the final, he makes us believe. What, you... » read more

Tennis: France’s Gasquet ends three-year wait for final spot

UMAG, CROATIA (AFP) – French veteran Richard Gasquet reached his first ATP final in three years on Saturday (July 24) when he defeated German qualifier Daniel Altmaier in the Umag semi-finals. The 35-year-old Gasquet, seeded fourth, won 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes on court. He will face either top seed... » read more

Football: Uefa announces Champions League final hosts for next four seasons

GENEVA (REUTERS) – The next four Champions League finals from 2022-2025 will be hosted by St Petersburg, Istanbul, London and Munich respectively, European soccer’s governing body Uefa said on Friday (July 16). The Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg was scheduled to stage the 2021 final. However, due to the postponement and reallocation of the 2020... » read more

Tennis: ‘Not proud of my Wimbledon tears,’ says Pliskova

LONDON (AFP) – Karolina Pliskova said she was “not proud” of her Centre Court tears after losing a rollercoaster Wimbledon final to Ashleigh Barty on Saturday (July 10). World number one Barty triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 to clinch her second Grand Slam title after the 2019 French Open. Pliskova has now lost both major... » read more

Tennis: Djokovic tames Shapovalov to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON (REUTERS) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic absorbed a barrage of powerful hitting from Canadian Denis Shapovalov to reach his seventh Wimbledon final on Friday (July 9) with a 7-6(3) 7-5 7-5 victory that kept the indefatigable Serb on course to write history. The 34-year-old was eclipsed at times by a 22-year-old opponent who lit... » read more

Tennis: Pliskova rallies to reach first Wimbledon final

LONDON (REUTERS) – Former world number one Karolina Pliskova reached her maiden Wimbledon final after coming back from a set down to beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 5-7 6-4 6-4 on Thursday (July 8). The Czech goes into Saturday’s decider looking to capture her first Grand Slam title, having only ever reached one... » read more

Tennis: Ostapenko breezes past Rybakina to set up Kontaveit final in Eastbourne

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND (REUTERS) – Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko overpowered Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-4 6-1 to set up an all-Baltic title decider against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit at the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament on Friday (June 25). Latvia’s Ostapenko, who took a wildcard for the warm up tournament ahead of next week’s Wimbledon, raced out of... » read more

Football: Tuchel declares Chelsea at full strength for Champions League final

PORTO, PORTUGAL (AFP) – Chelsea are set to be at full strength for Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City with N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy having now fully shaken off injury problems in the run-up to the game. “Best news ever: no injuries and let’s hope it stays like this until after training... » read more

Football: De Bruyne braced to be Champions League hero or failure

PORTO, PORTUGAL (AFP) – Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City’s season will be judged on the outcome of Saturday’s Champions League final against Chelsea despite already winning the Premier League and the League Cup. Victory in Porto would not only complete a treble for Pep Guardiola’s men, but deliver on the ambitions of the club’s... » read more