(Reuters) - Jordan Spieth ended an up-and-down round on a high note, rolling in a 20-foot birdie putt at the last on Saturday to carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship at River Highlands in Connecticut. Three shots off the pace was American Daniel Berger (66), with C.T. "With a few feet to go it was going to have a chance and it curled right in the middle," Spieth told reporters. No player has ever won the Travelers wire-to-wire, and Spieth will be trying for his second career win from start to finish following his 2015 maiden major triumph at the U.S. Masters. The 43-year-old Weekley, who has slipped to 390th in the world rankings, is gunning for his fourth tour title and first since winning at Colonial in 2013.
June 24, 2017 23:15 UTC
This isn't all about Ben Ainslie having to steer the boat to win the America's Cup, it's about Britain winning the America's Cup," the most successful ever Olympic sailor said at his team's base. The 40-year-old British skipper had mixed fortunes in Bermuda, but his development team won the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Ainslie's reputation, drive and connections in business and sailing have ensured that his Land Rover BAR team's next America's Cup campaign is already fully-funded, despite the new outfit going out of the competition at the semi-final stage. "I don't have the fears that suddenly we'll go to New Zealand ...and it'll take the Cup back to the Dark Ages," a tanned and bearded Ainslie said. Ainslie and his team are going back through the lessons learned from their first tilt at the America's Cup.
June 24, 2017 21:00 UTC
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Olympic 800 metres champion David Rudisha, world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett and former Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi have made the team for this year's world championships despite skipping trials. Three-times 1,500m world champion Asbel Kiprop and 800m prospect Ferguson Rotich were also included despite performing badly in the trials held over the weekend in Nairobi. Kiprop failed to finish the 1,500m which was won by Ronald Kwemoi. Olympic champions Conseslus Kipruto (3,000 metres steeplechase) and Faith Kipyegong (1500m) were named in the team after winning their races. (Editing by George Obulutsa and Ed Osmond)
June 24, 2017 20:03 UTC
Goerges, ranked 54, will play second seed Anastasija Sevastova in Sunday's final after the Latvian avenged her loss against Caroline Garcia in last year's inaugural final, beating the Frenchwoman 6-4 6-2. "It just feels special overall, it doesn't matter on which surface it is -- it's been a while," Goerges said. "My team always told me that I'm a very good grass court player. Her opponent in Sunday's final, Sevastova, proved too steady for Garcia. I'm returning better, moving quite good and serving better," she said.
June 24, 2017 19:52 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - "Mr Nice Guy" Marin Cilic believes a more aggressive attitude on court can propel him towards a title push at Wimbledon. With coach Jonas Bjorkman sitting courtside, Cilic clearly meant business, with observers remarking how "fired up" he was throughout the contest -- not something that has always been associated with the Monte Carlo-based giant. "I'm being a little bit more motivated, and that is driving me a little bit more to be aggressive on the court, which is extremely important in my own sense," Cilic said. Against Muller he served 20 aces and dropped only four points on first serve, making that 10 for the week. With his run to the Queen's final after losing in the semis on the grass of Den Bosch last week, Cilic will have only the "big five" ahead of him in the ATP rankings.
June 24, 2017 19:30 UTC
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Defenders Oracle Team USA clawed their way back into the America's Cup final on Saturday with a much-needed first win over challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. The U.S. victory in the second race of the day gives the team some hope of a comeback against New Zealand, who now lead the first-to-seven series in Bermuda by 4-1. Oracle Team USA have spent the week working on their catamaran in an effort to match the speed of their New Zealand rivals, who had until Saturday's races looked far faster on all points of sailing. (Reporting by Tessa Walsh; Editing by Alexander Smith)
June 24, 2017 18:22 UTC
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - European champions Portugal comfortably dispatched New Zealand 4-0 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo set them on their way with a penalty. Portugal's all-time leading scorer swept the ball home in the 33rd minute, his 75th goal for his country, and Bernardo Silva added the second four minutes later. A solo effort from Andre Silva, his eighth goal in 11 appearances, in the 80th minute and a stoppage-time goal from substitute Nani completed the scoring. However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe ruled the controversial central defender out of Wednesday's semi-final. Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva or Nani late in the game.
June 24, 2017 17:26 UTC
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Mexico scored either side of halftime to eliminate hosts Russia from the Confederations Cup with a win 2-1 on Saturday that sent them into the semi-finals. Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev misread a long clearance and was helpless on the edge of his penalty area as a bouncing header by Hirving Lozano floated past him in the 52nd minute. Russia had taken the lead in the 25th minute with a low strike by Alexander Samedov, beating goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa just inside the far post after Mexico had failed to clear a header and midfielder Aleksandr Erokhin missed the ball as he was trying to shoot. Mexico defender Nestor Araujo equalised in the 30th minute with a looping header. (Reporting by Moscow Newsroom, editing by Ed Osmond)
June 24, 2017 17:03 UTC
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia surged into a tie for the lead in the BMW International Open on Saturday along with Briton Richard Bland after they both fired third-round 67s to move to 13 under par. Spaniard Garcia, making his first appearance in Europe since his first major triumph in April, made his intentions clear during a windswept second round to get to within one shot of the lead. Garcia, who waited nearly two decades to notch his maiden major at Augusta, made seven birdies on Saturday and joined Bland atop the leaderboard, a shot ahead of Swede Joakim Lagergren. Belgian Thomas Detry and Andres Romero of Argentina finished on 10 under while defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden dropped five strokes behind the leaders after a disappointing round of 72. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)
June 24, 2017 16:52 UTC
Neither player had surrendered serve en route to the last four so it was a surprise when Cilic broke left-hander Muller in the fifth game before wrapping up the opening set quickly. Cilic failed to convert his opportunities in the second set, however, and one lapse of concentration at 5-6 blotted his copybook to allow Muller to snatch the second set. "Today's match was a really high level," world number seven Cilic, coached by former grasscourt specialist Jonas Bjorkman, said on Queen's Club's centre court. I've felt really good on serve all week and today I was mixing it up and playing smart." Cilic, Queen's winner in 2012, will play either Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the final.
June 24, 2017 15:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has condemned in the strongest terms the suicide bombing attack near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a Twitter post expressed his sympathies to the Saudi government and its people and the 11 victims who were injured in the incident, which included police officers. Najib said that he was disappointed and saddened that such an incident took place in the Holy Land. He added that he was also grateful that no Malaysians were hurt in the incident. - BernamaRelated story:Wisma Putra: No Malaysians involved in attack in Mecca
June 24, 2017 15:22 UTC
IPOH: The spirit of Aidilfitri should serve as a platform to appreciate and respect the diversity existing in the country, by holding open house and welcoming guests from different religions, races and cultures. Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah (pix) said the Aidilfitri celebrations should also prove the nature of the Muslim brotherhood and its humaneness. "Visit relatives and friends, in addition to receiving guests in the spirit of brotherhood and fraternity," he said in his Aidilfitri message. Sultan Nazri also said that in the joy of celebrating Aidilfitri, it must be remembered that there were nearly 60 million Muslims living in refugee centres worldwide. The sultan also urged Muslims to appreciate the sacrifices and services provided by various parties allowing Aidilfitri to be celebrated in a peaceful and cheerful atmosphere.
June 24, 2017 15:00 UTC
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - The president of Russia's Football Union, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, said on Saturday that the country was in talks with FIFA on using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology at some of its stadiums. VAR, which uses two video assistant referees who monitor the action on screens and call the match referee's attention to mistakes or omissions, is being tested at four Russian stadiums hosting the Confederations Cup. Soccer governing body FIFA has already said it would like to use video assistant referees in the 2018 World Cup, and soccer's lawmaking body IFAB is expected to decide next March whether to authorise their use in the game on a permanent basis. Mutko said the VAR technology was "pricey" but that Russia was ready to implement it. Portuguese coach Fernando Santos said the use of video assistant referees was "a bit confusing" after his side's opening goal was ruled out in their 2-2 draw against Mexico last week.
June 24, 2017 15:00 UTC
BAKU (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton surpassed Ayrton Senna's career haul of 65 pole positions in Formula One as he edged Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in a final lap shootout to secure top spot for Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He will be joined in an all-Mercedes front row by Bottas, who was pipped at the death when Hamilton outpaced him in the final lap after the session had been paused by a red flag. "That was one of the most exciting laps that I've had all year," he told Sky Sports. "(There was) a lot of pressure because of getting temperature in the tyre but the lap just got better and better. Vettel was beaten to third by team mate Kimi Raikkonen in an all-Ferrari second row.
June 24, 2017 14:45 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Like the rest celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri, celebrities have also made their balik kampung trips early to avoid being caught in the last minute rush. Actress Fasha Sandha (pix) boarded the high-speed Electric Train Service (ETS) to return to Perlis on Thursday with her younger sister Elisya Sandha and her two daughters. Another actress Risteena Munim and her sister Ruhainies said they had safely arrived in Penang after four hours of driving. “This year I’m in Raya mood as I didn’t take any lengthy job during the fasting month. The journey was like any normal day and I’m excited to celebrate Raya with my family.
June 24, 2017 14:26 UTC