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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018
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Jones and Sun clinch playoff berth
CONCACAF U-15 SOCCER: BAHAMAS GIRLS SUFFER 3-2 LOSS TO GUYANA By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
CONNECTICUT Sun centre Jonquel Jones, top, blocks a shot-attempt by Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson as teammate Chiney Ogwumike (13) helps on defence in the first half of Sunday’s WNBA game in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Sun have clinched their second consecutive WNBA playoff berth. (AP) SEE THE FULL STORY ON PAGE 3
THE Bahamas suffered a heartbreaking loss yesterday and remained winless at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Girls’ Under-15 Championship. The Bahamas surrendered a second-half lead to Guyana in a 3-2 loss as they closed out group play at the tournament, hosted at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida. Gabrielle Simms got the brace for Team Bahamas with goals in the 15th and 33rd minute of the game. Simms got Team Bahamas on the board early and capitalised on the miscommunication by several Guyanese defenders with her first goal of the game. Guyana had several fastbreak opportunities but went offsides on five separate occasions throughout the first half. Bahamas goalkeeper Alexis Deveaux made an aggressive move on a corner kick to keep Guyana scoreless on one of their better scoring opportunities of the first half. A lapse in defensive judgment allowed Guyana’s Kersti Thomas to score the equaliser in the 24th minute. The Bahamas would regain the lead late when the Guyanese goalkeeper attempted to clear the ball, but Simms made a fantastic individual effort. Simms was in an opportune position to deflect the kick and converted an empty net goal from deep with the keeper out of position. The Bahamas took a 2-1 lead at the half. Guyana’s Jenea Knight drew a penalty in the box, and converted on a penalty kick in the 70th minute to tie the game at 2-2. Shacaylah Williams would score the go-ahead goal at 1:49 in extra time to give Guyana their first win of the tournament. Team Bahamas includes Simms, Shabrea Davis, Kendi Outten, Chante Bain, Takiyah Holbert, Kaitlyn Davies, Angel Williams, Asia Williams, Daniella
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INAUGURAL ‘HOOPING BY THE PARK’ TOURNAMENT ALSO ABOUT GIVING BACK THE inaugural Hooping by the Park Basketball Tournament was not just about playing the game, but it was also about giving back to those persons who would have made a contribution to the growth and development of the sport over the years. Accomplished basketball standout Jabari Wilmott, who in his own rights decided to give back to the Fox Hill community by staging the tournament, said he was pleased to honour coach Stanford ‘Toad’ Davis and the late players Reuben ‘Cheetah’ Knowles, Reginald ‘Bobby Bird’ Demeritte and Roberto ‘Robbie’ McKinney. While Davis, who has coached and continues to coach many youngsters in the community, was the only one alive to receive the honour, family members of the deceased Knowles, Demeritte and McKinney were on hand during the presentation held on championship night of the tournament. According to Wilmott, Hooping by the Park meant more to him than just a basketball tournament. “This tournament was designed to accomplish two goals, one of which was to bring positivity and
EAGLES Nest players celebrate winning the Hooping by the Park Under-19 basketball title. active participation to the sport of basketball within the Fox Hill community and the other to reconnect the young people to an environment of team work and camaraderie within the community. “I am confident that through the dedication and hard work of the committee, we surpassed
these goals. Too often the word Fox Hill is associated with negativity. This tournament showed how strong and proud we are as Fox Hillians. It reminded people how talented and passionate we are about the sport of basketball and that we still are a basketball hub within this nation.”
Wilmott thanked his committee that included Karon Pratt, Brent Stubbs, Shawn Bastian, Christian Wilmore, Tunde Davis and Tonya Chea, Neville Taylor, also known as ‘the Voice,’ Barry Wilmott, the Fox Hill Festival Committee, MP Shonel Ferguson, the table officials and basketball referees
for helping to make the event a success. “Most importantly, I would like to express gratitude to the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” Wilmott said. “These men and women committed their full support by providing a strong police presence throughout the duration of the tournament.” The tournament was sponsored by Rubis Bahamas, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Barry Ramsey of Impact Images, Caribbean Bottling Company Limited, Ministry of Sports, Original Hot Patties, Dwight Glinton, KB Photography and numerous close family and friends. “Moving forward, we want to make this tournament bigger with more of an impact,” Wilmott said. “We believe this tournament has great potential to be one of the most anticipated tournaments. But, we’re also mindful that it’s a long journey and hard work and dedication are the principles that we’ll need to reach our long-term goals.” Next year, Wilmott said they hope to attract more outside
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No sweat: Woods changes shirt and game to stay in the mix at PGA By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer ST LOUIS (AP) — What Tiger Woods really needed after two holes at the PGA Championship was a fresh start. A change of shirts helped do the trick. Too bad he couldn’t do something about those ugly numbers already stacked up on the scorecard. A bogey-double bogey start left Woods scrambling to stay close yesterday. After having his caddie grab his backup shirt from
the bag, Woods popped into a restroom near the 12th tee box, put on the dry shirt and shot 3 under the rest of the way to finish at even-par 70. That kept him within six shots of the first-round leader, Gary Woodland. “It kept me in the golf tournament,” Woods said. “It could have easily gone the other way, being 3 over through two. A lot of things could’ve happened, and not a lot of them are positive.” Opening the day on the back nine at steamy Bellerive Country Club, things couldn’t have been much
worse for Woods after Nos. 10 and 11. His opening tee shot found the right-side rough, and the ball sat down so low he simply pitched out, then left his approach shot nearly 40 feet short. Bogey. His tee shot on the 11th landed in the left-side rough, 120 yards away, with the most direct line to the hole crossing a pond. Woods said he wasn’t aiming at the pin. “I was trying to hit it left of the hole, and I stuck it in the ground and hit it short right,” he said. “I came
TIGER Woods reacts to his second shot on the eighth hole yesterday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) up 12 yards short of my number.” The ball hit the top of the hill and bounced back into the water. Woods had to scramble for a 6, and was 3 over before he grabbed his backup shirt, which seemed
TIGER Woods reacts to his second shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club yesterday in St Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
to make a difference. Woods hit his approach to 2 feet on No. 12 for his first birdie. Rory McIlroy, who joined Justin Thomas and Woods in the threesome, adjusted the back of Tiger’s collar as they approached the next tee box, and from there, Woods made three more birdies and one bogey to finish at even-par. It could have been better: He said he “tattooed” a 3-wood from 275 yards on the par-5 eighth, only to have a gust of wind kick up and push the ball into the rough instead of onto the green. He made birdie there, anyway. It also could have been worse: He yanked his drive deep into the trees on No. 15, hooked the second shot as well and got up and down from a trampled lie 70 yards away to save par. “Just tried to keep chipping away at it,” Woods said. “Just keep hanging in there.” Three weeks ago at Carnoustie, Woods was five shots behind, in a tie for 32nd, after the first day. He held the lead Sunday before finishing three back, in a tie for sixth.
The quick turnaround between majors, to say nothing of the steamy weather in St. Louis — temperatures in the mid-80s — will make this a test of both golf and conditioning for everyone in the field. “The main thing about major championships is making sure you have enough energy,” said Woods, who frequently grabbed the towel from caddie Joe LaCava, removed his cap and wiped the sweat from his head. “These are marathons. Four long days, slow rounds. They’re not quick, certainly not under these conditions.” Unable to maintain his weight or curtail his sweating during the summer — “I’ve tried everything. I just sweat a lot,” he said — he has long carried an extra shirt in the bag. Normally, Woods changes after his warmup is done on the driving range. But at Bellerive, there was no place to change on the 10th tee box, so he waited two holes. Waited two holes to get the golf game going, too. “I was able to grind out a score today,” he said.
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‘Hooping by the Park’ a success
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IT’S not every day that you see former athletes come back into their communities where they got started and promote events to help uplift the spirits of the people. Jabari Wilmott was one of those rare gems who should be commended, along with his organising committee, for putting on a tremendous inaugural Hooping by the Park Basketball Tournament on Freedom Park in Fox Hill over the Emancipation holiday weekend. Although relatively young at age 24, Wilmott was joined by another childhood friend - 25-year-old Karon Pratt - in spearheading the successful event in an area where there is a public perception that it is prone to crime. As fate would have it, there was an unrelated murder that occurred in the wee hours on Saturday morning. A moment of silence was offered for the late Javon ‘Debo’ Johnson on championship night by colour commentator Neville ‘Muggerwire’ Taylor, who kept the crowd entertained for the duration of the four days of competition, along with Terry ‘DJ Winder’ Strachan and crew. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, what I liked about the idea of the tournament was the fact that Wilmott, a 2016 graduate of St John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he played basketball after starring for the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine and the Bahamas junior men’s national team, was able to showcase the vast talent from the young and the old in the community. While the tournament was about the competition in the three divisions, under-16, under-19 and men, it was so refreshing to see how Wilmott was able to take the time out to honour some of the men who would have paved the way for him to hone his skills on the basketball court. Stanford Davis, better known as ‘Toad,’ was one of them. Although he was not one to be considered a
INAUGURAL Hooping by the Park basketball tournament sponsor Barry Ramsey and organiser Jabari Wilmott present SM Elite’s MVP Jayden Strachan with his award. basketball player, it was amazing if you ever pass through the area, you would see this coach working religiously with the young men, including Wilmott and Pratt, in developing their game. He still continues to make his contribution to the growth and development of players in the community. A former player, the late Roberto ‘Robbie’ McKinney, was also recognised for his contribution as he transferred his skills to the sidelines as a coach as well. He would have coached quite a few Fox Hill teams in the New Providence Basketball Association where they won a few titles before he passed away in 2005 at the age of 33. And talking about the deceased, two former great players Reuben ‘Cheetah’ Knowles, whom many believed had the potential to play in the NBA, and Reginald ‘Reggie or Bobby Bird’ Demeritte, who scored 75 points in a game all by himself, were also honoured for their success as premier basketball players, not just in Fox Hill but in the NPBA during the heydays of the teams that represented the
community. While Knowles passed away in 2003, Demeritte died in June. Wilmott would have been too young to have witnessed these two dynamic players in their prime, but I’m sure that the stories of their exploits on the court were well documented in his mind. These were just two of the players, as Taylor mentioned throughout his commentary, with some of the rich history that came out of Fox Hill. I think I would have to concur with Taylor when he mentioned that Fox Hill has probably produced more talent on the local level than any other community. There were several who went on to excel at both the national and international level and were fortunate to take their talent to the collegiate ranks as well. The Hooping by the Park was just a prime example of displaying some of that talent. I’m sure as Wilmott and his community start planning for next year’s event, you will see more and more of that talent, not just in those who
participate, but others who will get to be recognised in the legacy that exists in Fox Hill. Congrats to Wilmott, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, Shonel Ferguson and the Fox Hill Festival Committee, headed by Maurice Tynes, for a job well done. It’s a pity that the ladies didn’t come out and participate as the area is known for producing some outstanding female players as well. Farewell Mavis Today, I wish to offer my condolences to the family of the late Mavis Whymns, 64. If anyone can remember, Whymns was a prominent female softball pitcher in the New Providence Softball Association, having played for the Bahamian Kitchen, managed by the late Colin ‘Troppy’ Knowles. Big in structure, Whymns was fearless in her delivery of the ball and although the windmill wasn’t a part of the repertoire of pitchers during her heyday, she got the job done with the lob. She will be missed. May her soul rest in peace.
Gomez, Charlotte Fernie, Julia Raine, Paige Smith, Chane Rodriquez, Hadassah Knowles, Amelia Fernie, Rachel Rolle, Brianna Capron and Janeka Edey. The team is managed by Daria Adderley and coached by Kevin Davies. Billed as the largest CONCACAF tournament ever for female participants, the tournament includes the participation of a record amount of the organisation’s Member Associations and two invited teams from UEFA. “This year’s Girls’ Under-15 Championship exemplifies CONCACAF’s commitment to providing access to world-class playing environments for more of our young players from across the region,” said CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio. “We’re pleased to return to IMG Academy, and we’re especially excited to see so many young women from across the region get the chance to experience a top-level CONCACAF competition. This event will be a positive influence for these girls in both their playing careers and young lives.” As part of a year of women’s football in CONCACAF that includes the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and the Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championship, the expanded Girls’ Under15 Championship will provide access to international football for over 500 girls from across the CONCACAF region, enhancing opportunity for long-term development and growth of the women’s game in the region.
INAUGURAL ‘HOOPING BY THE PARK’ TOURNAMENT ALSO ABOUT GIVING BACK
CONNECTICUT Sun guard Jasmine Thomas (5) is greeted by teammates, from left to right, Shekinna Stricklen, Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Chiney Ogwumike as she comes out of a WNBA basketball game against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday. (AP)
Jones and Sun clinch second straight WNBA playoff berth By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com JONQUEL Jones and the Connecticut Sun continue to click at the right time and clinched their second consecutive WNBA playoff berth. The Sun defeated the Dallas Wings 101-92 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday night. It was the team’s fifth consecutive win, and the late playoff push now has them ranked at No.5 in the lastest WNBA playoff standings. The Sun (17-12) are just one game behind the Los Angeles Sparks (18-11) for the fourth spot. Jones finished with 17 points and a season high four blocked shots. She shot 7-12 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arch. “The standings are close, are tight, we’re
a playoff team so anything less is a disappointment so we know it’s a final push and we want to make sure we’re there at the end,” Jones said to ESPN following last week’s win over the New York Liberty. Connecticut led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter but Wings cut it to 96-90 with 42 seconds left. It was the closest Dallas had been since the 5:19 mark of the second quarter. The Sun also set a franchise record with its fifth straight 90-point game. Connecticut shot 60 per cent from the field in the first half for a 48-32 lead and finished 40-71. The Wings have lost six straight but still hold a twogame lead on Las Vegas for the final playoff spot. The Sun have five games remaining in the regular season, including the finale against the Sparks on August 19, which could be a
pivotal matchup for playoff seeding. Since a July 13 game where Jones scored just five points in 14 minutes, Jones has averaged 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game on 63 per cent shooting from the field and 48 per cent shooting from threepoint range. “I work hard and when I come out I just have to trust that process, trust that I put up the shots and put up the time so when I come out I just want to speak less and play more,” she said. Since the 2016 season, the WNBA implemented changes to playoff seeding and qualification procedures as well as the postseason format. Under the new postseason structure, the eight teams with the highest winning percentages regardless of conference qualify for the playoffs and are seeded based on their record.
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margin at the end of the third and never trailed in the fourth.
teams from around the island to participate in our tournament, especially in the junior and ladies’ divisions. “Our intended strategy is to bring Bahamian professional basketball players to host a free basketball clinic for the kids or as simple as inviting top local players around the island to participate in the Men’s open division,” he said. “Most importantly, we want to stress the importance of discipline to our coaches and players. We hope to have their commitment to be on time for games, and attend meetings prior to the tournament.” On behalf of the committee, Wilmott also expressed condolences to the family of the late Javon ‘Debo’ Johnson, a young leader in the Fox Hill area. Johnson was a participant in the tournament but he was shot and killed early Saturday morning, August 4, 2018. “This is why the tournament meant a lot to me,” Wilmott stressed. “Like I said, it’s more than just a tournament. He spent his last few hours on the basketball court socialising with friends and families. It’s unfortunate what happened to him, but his presence was greatly felt from above. May his soul rest in peace.” The tournament got started on Friday night and wrapped up on Emancipation night on Freedom Park where the champions in the under-16, under-19 and men’s divisions were crowned. Wilmott attempted to showcase the ladies as well, but there were no teams entered.
Under-19 division Eagles Nest 84, Red Barons 63 After losing their only game during the double elimination process to the Red Barons, the Eagles Nest came back with vengeance in the final as Tyrell Butler earned the MVP, scoring 19 points, to lead a potent scoring attack for coach Sterling Pratt. Dominic Bridgewater had a game high 23 points, Troy Tremley had 12 and Kirk Farrington finished with 13. For the Red Barons, Saheed Sanusi poured in a game high 26 points, Jayden Strachan had 15 and Andre Rolle scored nine. After opening a 23-17 margin at the of the first quarter, the Eagles Nest went up 43-33 at the half and 64-49 at the of the third. They were unchallenged in the fourth.
• Here’s a summary of the games: Under-16 division SM Elites 54, Ballers Elite 39 Jayden Strachan was named the most valuable player after he scored a game high 15 points for the SM Elites, coached by Sanchez Moss, who went undefeated in the tournament. Garreth Edgecombe helped out with eight, Emanuel Alexander and Christian Sturrup both had six, while Saheed Sanusi chipped in with five. In a losing effort for Ballers Elite, B Pierre scored 14 points and D McIntosh added 10. SM Elites opened a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and went up 26-14 at the half. They coasted to a 38-30
Men’s division Rocket Launchers 65, Monsters 63 (Overtime) With cash prizes instead of trophies on the line, Rocket Launchers, coached by Jermaine Leadon, also got revenge for their only loss in the tournament to the Monsters to cart off the title as Patrick Leadon canned 23 points to secure the MVP. Latrel Hinsey had 22 points, Graylen Fraser had five and Leonard McPhee four to help out. Lerecus Armbrister also had 23 to pace the Monsters, who also got 18 from DeVontee Gibson. The Monsters led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, but the Rocket Launchers went up 22-17 at the half. The Rocket Launchers stayed up 35-34 going into the fourth quarter. But at the end of regulation, the Monsters came back to force a 59-59 tie for the extra three minutes in overtime. The Rocket Launchers went on a 6-4 spurt to pull of the hard fought victory. Special contests On Sunday night, there was a threepoint shooting contest that was won by Lerecus Armbrister and in the dunk contest, DeVontee Gibson emerged as the champion. Wilmott indicated that he’s looking forward to making the tournament a annual event during the Emancipation and Fox Hill Day festivities in August.
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INDIANS teammates mob Michael Brantley after he hit the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning yesterday against the Minnesota Twins. The Indians won 5-4.
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Michael Brantley lifts Indians past Twins in 9th CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley’s ninth-inning single gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota on Thursday, their second straight walk-off victory over the Twins. Brantley grounded a 2-1 pitch off Addison Reed (1-6) past the diving Miguel Sano at first base to score Greg Allen. Francisco Lindor’s three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday gave Cleveland a 5-2 victory. Brantley’s hit set off another celebration as he was mobbed by his teammates. Allen started the rally with a single off Reed and stole second with Lindor batting. Lindor’s groundout to first moved Allen to third. Andrew Miller (2-3) struck out a batter in the ninth. The left-hander
made his fourth appearance since missing two months because of an inflamed right knee. Minnesota rallied from a 4-0 deficit against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Jake Cave’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly scored a run before Jorge Polanco hit first home run of the season — a three-run shot in the sixth — to tie the game. Polanco missed the first 80 games of the season because of a suspension for violating baseball’s drug program. NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 3 WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since May 28 to help Washington split a four-game series with Atlanta.
Gonzalez (7-8) snapped a personal seven-game losing streak and had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out three. Nick Markakis’ solo homer to lead off the second was the lone run he allowed. Ronald Acuna Jr. homered for Atlanta. Wes Parsons (0-1) was the loser. Washington outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness. Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning Wednesday night. PADRES 8, BREWERS 4 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, his fourth straight game with a home
run, and San Diego rallied to beat Milwaukee. Down 4-2 entering the ninth, San Diego came back against relievers Corey Knebel and Joakim Soria. Knebel (2-3) walked the bases loaded and allowed a run-scoring infield single to Travis Jankowski before Soria entered to try to escape the jam. Soria retired Eric Hosmer before Renfroe hammered a 1-2 pitch deep into the leftfield bleachers for his grand slam. Renfroe became the first Padres player to hit home runs and have multiple RBI games in four consecutive games. Franmil Reyes added a solo homer to right off Jacob Barnes to cap the Padres’ six-run rally. Kirby Yates (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory and Craig Stammen closed it with a scoreless ninth.
INDIANS’ Michael Brantley hits a game-winning RBI-single off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Addison Reed yesterday. Greg Allen scored on the play. The Indians won 5-4.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC, of Serbia, waves to the crowd after loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, during the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament in Toronto on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic TORONTO (AP) — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 yesterday in the Rogers Cup. The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb’s serve early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal. “I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.” Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva
Centre on the York University campus. Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court winner before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes. “I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan,” Tsitsipas said. “I knew that at some point he’s going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened.” Tsitsipas will face secondseeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas. The 21-yearold Zverev beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal led Swizterland’s Stan Wawrinka 6-5 when play was delayed by rain at night. The will play sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. Cilic beat 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2. Fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria set up another quarterfinal. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4). In the other quarterfinal, Karen Khachanov of Russia will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Khachanov beat eighthseeded John Isner of the United States 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), and Haase topped Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2.
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS, of Greece, celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the Rogers Cup yesterday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
LONDON (AP) — Play was called off for the day without a ball being bowled in the second cricket test match between England and India at Lord’s on Thursday. Showers rarely relented in north-west London on the opening day, with the umpires making their final decision at 4:50 p.m. (1550 GMT) local time. England leads the fivematch series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston on Saturday in Birmingham. The weather forecast appears better for Friday with play set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m., and an extra 30 minutes allowed at the end of the day. With the rain never stopping long enough for the toss to take place, both England and India have still to name their starting XI. Chris Woakes is expected to replace allrounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray. England has already confirmed that 20-year-old Ollie Pope will replace Dawid Malan at No. 4 in the batting lineup. After India’s struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara could be recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.
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VENUS WILLIAMS, of the United States, returns to Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, during the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament yesterday in Montreal. (AP)
US OPEN CHAMP SLOANE STEPHENS ADVANCES MONTREAL (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5 yesterday in the hard-court event. After Suarez overcame a 5-1 deficit to tie the second set at 5, Stephens broke serve for a 6-5 lead and scored four straight points to put away the match, ending it with a sharp crosscourt forehand. “Maybe the old me would have kind of freaked out,” Stephens said. “I was kind of like, ‘OK, it’s fine, she’s allowed to play well. Just kind of regroup.’ I did that. I was happy with that.” The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the quarterfinals, the American will face Anastaija Sevastova of Latvia, a 6-3, 7-6 (2) winner over 10th-seeded Julian Goerges of Germany. Sevastova, ranked 19th, won last month in Bucharest. Ashleigh Barty, the 15th seed from Australia, beat France’s Alize Cornet 7-6 (3), 6-4. Barty will face
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Woodland feels at home in Missouri, leads PGA with 64 By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer ST LOUIS (AP) — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive. Woodland delivered his best performance in a major yesterday at the PGA Championship. All because of his putter. Once he settled down while playing before so many family members and friends, the Kansas-bred Woodland ran off seven birdies and made five putts from 15 feet or longer for a 6-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in an opening round that otherwise went as advertised. Keep it in the fairway, and low scores were available. Woodland led 47 players who broke par, with 15
players were separated by three shots at the top. Tiger Woods was not among them because he was in thick grass and at the bottom of a pond early on before rallying to salvage a 70. “If you can ball-strike your way around this golf course, you’ll walk off thinking it’s pretty simple,” Jason Day said after a 67. “If you struggle a little bit off the tee, then it obviously makes it harder.” Fowler missed only three fairways and putted for birdie on all but two holes for his 65 in the morning. Woodland is built like a player who grips and rips it, but the grip that mattered the most was on his putter. After starting work at the British Open with European-based putting specialist Phil Kenyon, Woodland decided to put an oversized grip on his putter Tuesday at Bellerive. The stroke suddenly felt easy. It looked easy. He holed a 15-foot par putt on No. 5 — “It’s the first time I’d seen a putt go in,” he said — and
Woodland was on his way. Even sweeter was playing in front of 100 faces he recognized from home in Kansas — playing in Missouri, of all places. “This is as close as I’ll ever play to home,” he said. “So it’s nice to have the support.” Fowler played in the morning, when the greens were slightly smoother, and made five birdies over his last 11 holes for a 65. It was an important start for Fowler, who turns 30 this year and already is regarded as among the best without a major. The closest he has come to such a trophy is celebrating those won by his friends. “It’s not something I necessarily worry about,” Fowler said. “Keep putting ourselves in position, get in contention ... we have had plenty of runner-ups. Jack (Nicklaus) had a lot of runner-ups. We’ll just keep beating down that door.” Two-time major champion Zach Johnson and Brandon Stone of South Africa were at 66.
8-foot putt to escape with bogey on No. 10, and then dumped a wedge into the water for double bogey on No. 11. Woods was 3 over through seven holes, and then clawed his way back to even par. “A lot of things could happen. Not a lot them were positive,” Woods said. “But I hung in there and turned it around.” Defending champion Justin Thomas let a good start slip away. He didn’t make a putt outside a few feet over the last 12 holes and shot 69. Jordan Spieth, in his second crack at the career Grand Slam, opened with a double bogey and finished two bad swings off the tee that sent him to a 71. The secret was simple: Avoid the rough. Woodland, who played college basketball for one year at Washburn as a freshman before switching to golf at Kansas, is among the most powerful, athletic figures in golf. He had 145 yards to the front on No. 5 and couldn’t get it to the green.
GARY Woodland reacts after a putt on the fifth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club yesterday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Dustin Johnson reached 5 under until a few wild drives on the back nine cost him. The world’s No. 1 player had to settle for a 67, along with Jason Day, Justin Rose and eight other players. It was more of a struggle for Woods, drenched in so much sweat that he changed shirts after 12 shots — that was only two holes and a tee shot. He had to make an
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“Pretty nasty,” he said. For Woodland, success in the big events has been hard to find. He still hasn’t registered a top 10, and he hasn’t contended in any tournament since winning the Phoenix Open more than six months ago. The frustration was in the short game, and Woodland finally had enough at the British Open when his manager hooked him up with Kenyon. They worked briefly at Carnoustie, last week at Firestone, and Woodland is starting to see the results. His longest putt was from 45 feet down the hill at No. 11, followed by a 25-footer on the next hole. He finished off his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and then a pitchand-run to tap-in range after reaching the front of the green in two on the 591yard 17th. “You work so hard and you want to see results to back up the work that you’ve done,” he said, “and today was just a step in the right direction.”
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NEW York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes past Cleveland Browns’ Damarious Randall (23) and Larry Ogunjobi (65) during the first half of yesterday’s preseason NFL game against the Cleveland Browns in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Mayfield and Barkley have strong debuts in preseason opener EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to early expectations as the top two picks in the NFL draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night. Replacing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter, Mayfield hit 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and converted two fourth-down plays with his feet. The Heisman Trophy winner who was the No. 1 overall pick found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series. He finished his debut with a completion on a 54-yard slant and run to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway. Taylor, expected to be coach Hue Jackson’s starter as Mayfield learns this season, hit all five of his passes in two series, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Njoku, a New Jersey native. Barkley, the No. 2 pick, electrified the fans at MetLife Stadium, taking a handoff from Eli Manning on the opening play from scrimmage and turning no apparent hole into a 39-yard run down the sideline in front of the Giants’ bench. It set up a 42-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas. The Penn State running back finished with 43 yards on five carries. STEELERS 31, EAGLES 14 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs each tossed touchdown passes and the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles rested several starters, including quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. Nate Sudfeld threw a pair of touchdown passes and two interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown sat for the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t signed his franchise tender. Jones completed all four of his passes for 83 yards, including a 71-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the first quarter. SmithSchuster made a leaping catch over Rasul Douglas at the 33 and ran untouched to the end zone. Fitzgerald Toussaint had a 3-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion, while Dobbs threw a 29-yard TD pass to Damoun Patterson. Sudfeld threw a perfect strike for a 63-yard TD to Shelton Gibson and fired a
15-yard TD pass to rookie Dallas Goedert. He finished 10 of 14 for 140 yards. Wentz still hasn’t been cleared for contact after having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee last December. Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, has missed a few practices with muscle spasms in his neck and shoulder. Mason Rudolph, a thirdround pick competing with Jones and Dobbs for the backup job to Roethlisberger, was 7 of 12 for 101 yards. PANTHERS 28, BILLS 23 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s feud with former teammate Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued before and during Carolina’s preseason-opening win. First, the two exchanged words on the field about 90 minutes before kickoff. Then they each played key roles in touchdowns drives in the first quarter. Benjamin caught four passes for 59 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown reception from Nathan Peterman on Buffalo’s first possession. Newton responded on the next possession, completing 4 of 5 attempts for 67 yards as part of an 85-yard drive capped by Christian McCaffrey’s 2-yard run. The bad blood between the two emerged last week when Benjamin criticized Newton’s accuracy and questioned why the Panthers used a first-round pick to draft Benjamin in 2014. It was the latest time Benjamin has voiced his frustrations since forcing his trade to Buffalo in October. Before the game, a video posted by The Charlotte Observer showed Benjamin chatting with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis when Newton approached the two and attempted to shake Benjamin’s hand. Newton waved away Davis, and then had a brief discussion with Benjamin before the receiver began walking away. Newton followed and the two talked again. The discussion ended when Benjamin shrugged and turned to walk away, and Newton waved his hand at the receiver’s back. Newton finished 6 of 9 for 84 yards in two series. BENGALS 30, BEARS 27 CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton made a solid debut in Cincinnati’s
practice in 2017 and continued to struggle during joint practices with New England. He was benched two weeks into the preseason and had to earn the starting job. A year later, his starting spot is as solid as just about anyone’s on the team. It showed against the Saints. Bortles led the Jaguars on a 15-play, 79-yard drive to open the game. He converted both third-down passes he faced and finished off the series by going untouched around the right side. Saints star Drew Brees got the night off, allowing backup Tom Savage to play the first half. Savage completed 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards. Brees only played in one preseason game in 2017. Mark Ingram, suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating NFL policy on performance enhancers, carried seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown. Ingram scored against Jacksonville’s backups and after a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty kept the drive alive.
CLEVELAND Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass during the first half of a preseason game against the New York Giants yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) revamped offense, throwing for a pair of touchdowns. The Bengals were last in the league on offense last season, the worst finish in franchise history. They overhauled their leaky offensive line, and coordinator Bill Lazor injected more diversity into the playbook. It showed the first time out. Dalton went 6 of 8 for 103 yards, completing four passes of at least 20 yards. He also had an interception that wasn’t his fault — John Ross fell on his route and Kyle Fuller returned the
pickoff 47 yards to the end zone. The Bears (0-2) rested most of their starters during a 17-16 loss to the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky . His preseason debut didn’t go very well. Trubisky was in for two series that netted minus-1 yard on eight plays. The Bears’ only first down on those series came on Carlos Dunlap’s penalty for roughing the quarterback, a late hit on Trubisky. He missed on a deep sideline pass to
Kevin White on his opening throw and finished 2 of 4 for 4 yards. SAINTS 24, JAGUARS 20 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles completed 6 of 9 passes for 53 yards and scored on a short bootleg. Bortles was poised in the pocket and nearly perfect in one series of work, a significant improvement from the way his preseason started a year ago. Bortles had a fiveinterception performance during a training camp
BUCCANEERS 26, DOLPHINS 24 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 26-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to cap a 67-yard drive and give them the win. Ryan Tannehill completed passes on the first four plays in his return from two serious injuries to his left knee, sparking a 40-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal in his only series. Tannehill, seeing his first action since December 2016, was off-target on his final two throws and finished 4 for 6 for 32 yards. Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston played the second quarter against Miami’s second team and led a group of reserves to 10 points on drives of 32 and 40 yards. He went 11 for 13 for 102 yards in four series. Winston is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and defensive end Robert Quinn protested during the anthem. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Quinn stood and raised his right fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.