Golf: US team take 4-1 lead over Internationals at Presidents Cup
Golf: US team take 4-1 lead over Internationals at Presidents Cup

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The United States jumped to a 4-1 lead over the International team on the first day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The first day of the competition featured five alternate-shot (foursomes) matches, with the Americans winning the first three of the day thanks to... » read more

Tennis: Ruud into US Open final and brink of world top ranking
Tennis: Ruud into US Open final and brink of world top ranking

NEW YORK – Casper Ruud reached the US Open final and closed in on the world number one ranking with a four-set victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday. Ruud defeated the Russian 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in his semi-final and will face either Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz or Frances Tiafoe of the United States... » read more

Football: Injured Benzema sidelined for rest of month
Football: Injured Benzema sidelined for rest of month

MADRID – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is set to miss the rest of the month’s action after being diagnosed with two thigh injuries sustained during his side’s Champions League match at Celtic on Tuesday. Benzema was substituted on the half-hour mark of the European champions’ 3-0 win at Celtic Park and a medical report... » read more

Tennis: Norrie sets up fourth-round showdown with Rublev at US Open
Tennis: Norrie sets up fourth-round showdown with Rublev at US Open

NEW YORK – British number one Cameron Norrie chipped away at Holger Rune’s defences to win 7-5 6-4 6-1 on Saturday and reach the fourth round at the US Open for the first time with new confidence on the Grand Slam stage. The 27-year-old Wimbledon semi-finalist had already beaten Rune twice this year and showed... » read more

Tennis: Kvitova outlasts Muguruza in tense US Open duel
Tennis: Kvitova outlasts Muguruza in tense US Open duel

NEW YORK – Czech Petra Kvitova sent across 14 aces to down Spanish ninth seed Garbine Muguruza 5-7 6-3 7-6(10) in a thrilling third-round duel at the US Open on Saturday. Kvitova was in good form headed into Flushing Meadows after reaching the Cincinnati final and reiterated her claim as one of tennis’ great fighters... » read more

Tennis: Jabeur pushes past Rogers to reach US Open fourth round
Tennis: Jabeur pushes past Rogers to reach US Open fourth round

NEW YORK – Tunisian fifth seed Ons Jabeur survived a thrilling duel to down home hope Shelby Rogers 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the US Open on Friday, reaching the fourth round of the hardcourt major for the first time. The Wimbledon finalist squandered six of the eight break points she earned in the opening set... » read more

Tennis: Garcia downs Kvitova to win Cincinnati Masters crown
Tennis: Garcia downs Kvitova to win Cincinnati Masters crown

CINCINNATI (AFP) – Qualifier Caroline Garcia completed a dream week on Sunday (Aug 21) at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters with a 6-2, 6-4 title defeat of Petra Kvitova. The French winner claimed her third Masters-level title – her 10th overall – after winning Wuhan and Beijing in a Chinese double five years ago. Garcia... » read more

Tennis: Keys upsets Swiatek in Cincinnati, Kvitova ousts Jabeur
Tennis: Keys upsets Swiatek in Cincinnati, Kvitova ousts Jabeur

CINCINNATI (REUTERS) – Madison Keys shocked Iga Swiatek 6-3 6-4 on Thursday (Aug 18) to move into the Cincinnati Open quarter-finals, further disrupting the world number one’s preparations for the US Open. Swiatek, who won her 50th match of the year in the previous round, saved four match points but was far from her best... » read more

Tennis: Fritz overpowers Kyrgios in Cincinnati
Tennis: Fritz overpowers Kyrgios in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (REUTERS) – Taylor Fritz blasted his way to a 6-3 6-2 win over Australian Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday (Aug 17) and a place in the Cincinnati Open third round. In a clash of big servers, it was the American number one who came out on top, sending down 16 aces against a misfiring Kyrgios... » read more

Tennis: Osaka suffers first round loss at Cincinnati, Gauff out injured
Tennis: Osaka suffers first round loss at Cincinnati, Gauff out injured

CINCINNATI (REUTERS) – Naomi Osaka’s US Open preparations suffered another setback as the former world number one was swept aside 6-4 7-5 by China’s Zhang Shuai while American Coco Gauff retired with an ankle injury in the Cincinnati Open first round on Tuesday (Aug 16). It was only Osaka’s third tournament back from an Achilles injury and... » read more

Tennis: Hard work for Halep in Toronto win over Gauff
Tennis: Hard work for Halep in Toronto win over Gauff

TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Simona Halep served twice for her match against Coco Gauff without success on Friday (Aug 12) before finally securing a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) quarter-final victory at the WTA Toronto Masters. The former number one, a two-time winner in Canada, made hard work of her triumph over the rising American teenager who just... » read more

Tennis: Halep cruises past Vekic to reach Toronto second round
Tennis: Halep cruises past Vekic to reach Toronto second round

TORONTO (REUTERS) – Twice winner Simona Halep stormed into the Toronto Open second round with a 6-0 6-2 win over Croatia’s Donna Vekic on Monday (Aug 8) in the US Open tune-up event. Halep, who retired from her second-round match last week in Washington due to illness, breezed through the first set in 21 minutes... » read more

Tennis: Williams overcomes Spaniard’s threat in Toronto
Tennis: Williams overcomes Spaniard’s threat in Toronto

TORONTO (AFP) – Serena Williams had to survive a 25-minute game in the second set as she defeated Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3, 6-4 on Monday (Aug 8) at the WTA Toronto Masters. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was playing only her second match this season and her first on a hardcourt since the 2021... » read more

Tennis: Medvedev ends losing streak in finals with Los Cabos title
Tennis: Medvedev ends losing streak in finals with Los Cabos title

(REUTERS) – World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev ended his losing run in finals with a 7-5 6-0 win over Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Saturday (Aug 6) to lift the title in Los Cabos, Mexico, and ramp up preparations for his US Open title defence. A ban on Russian players at Wimbledon due to Russia’s invasion... » read more