• 15

    Mar

    Relaxed' Monty sets U.S. Senior Open pace with 65 Relaxed' Monty sets U

    Britain’s Colin Montgomerie, making the most of a “relaxed” grouping, birdied four of his last seven holes to seize a one-shot lead in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open in Edmond, Oklahoma on Thursday. Seeking his second major victory on the over-50s Champions Tour, Montgomerie racked up eight birdies and two bogeys to card a six-under-par 65 in rain-softened, relatively calm morning conditions at Oak Tree National. The 51-year-old, a 31-times champion on the European Tour who played the opening round in the congenial company of Americans Rocco Mediate and Tom Lehman, finished one stroke ahead of another American, Marco Dawson. Mark Brooks, also from the United States, was three shots off the pace after carding a 68 on the challenging Oak Tree layout where play wa
  • 14

    Mar

    Ivanovic downs Bouchard for first Singapore win Ivanovic downs Bouchard for first Singapore win

    Ana Ivanovic recovered from her opening loss to race to a 6-1 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday, putting the world number seven back into the mix for a WTA Finals last-four berth. The Serb was edged by world number one Serena Williams in her first appearance in the elite eight-woman event since 2008 on Monday, but was ruthlessly efficient on her first serve to breeze past her Canadian opponent in her second match on Singapore’s purple hard court. After Simona Halep had stunned Williams 6-0 6-2 in the first match of the day to virtually assure a place in the semi-finals, Ivanovic drew level with the American on a win and a loss apiece with Bouchard propping up the Red Group following two defeats. Ivanovic took heart from her 6-4 6-4 defeat to Williams in t
  • 8

    Mar

    Tony Jacklin's penpix of the U.S. Ryder Cup team

    Tony Jacklin, Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup captain having won two and tied one of his four matches in charge between 1983-89, gives his view of the 12 players who will represent the United States at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28. - - Bubba Watson Age: 35 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012 He is a great player, no doubt. The only reservation about Bubba is that we don’t know much about his match play pedigree. He is something of an unknown quantity in the Ryder Cup. - - Phil Mickelson Age: 44 Previous Ryder Cup appearances: 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 Phil is an all-round good egg and I would have thought captain Tom Watson will be relying on him to be one of the anchormen of the team. - - Jordan Spieth Age: 21 Previous Ryder Cup appearances:
  • 23

    Dec

    this is my first title

    A group of top international women players filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association on Wednesday alleging gender discrimination over plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. The lawsuit, filed with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, claims the sport’s governing body and CSA are discriminating against women by staging the tournament on artificial grass that they feel poses safety risks and alters how the game is played. “The gifted athletes we represent are determined not to have the sport they love be belittled on their watch,” Hampton Dellinger, the attorney representing the players, said in a statement. “Getting an equal playing field at the World Cup is a fight female players should not have to wage but one from w
  • 22

    Dec

    this is my first title

    A U.S. government tribunal canceled trademarks of the NFL’s Washington Redskins on Wednesday because they disparage Native Americans, setting the stage for a court battle with the team’s owner. The 2-1 decision by a Patent and Trademark Office administrative tribunal heightens pressure on the Washington club to change its name following decades of criticism by Native Americans and others who say it is a slur. The franchise said it would appeal the ruling in the case, in which five Native Americans had sought to overturn six Redskins’ trademarks. The Patent Office tribunal found that at least 30 percent of Native Americans found the name “Redskins” disparaging from 1967 to 1990, when the trademarks were registered. “Petitioners have shown by a preponderan
  • 19

    Dec

    this is my first title

    A steely-eyed Marin Cilic blasted his way past Jeremy Chardy and into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time on Monday, a year after failing a drugs test and pulling out of the tournament. Despite the Croatian’s initial claims that a knee injury was hampering his progress, it was later revealed that Cilic had tested positive for banned stimulant nikethamide in April 2013 and the International Tennis Federation handed him a nine-month ban in September. The ban was reduced to four months after he appealed on the grounds that he had inadvertently taken the substance in glucose tablets and Cilic is now drawing on the experience of that unfortunate chapter in his career. “For me, the most important part was that I found some mental toughness out of all of that,” Ci
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