Furyk seizes share of Canadian Open lead

July 26th, 2014

Jim Furyk tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on July 25, 2014 in MontrealUS veteran Jim Furyk fired a bogey-free seven-under 63 on Friday to seize a share of the Canadian Open second-round lead alongside Tim Petrovic with home hope Graham DeLaet lurking. Petrovic joined Furyk on 10-under 130 with a four-under par 66, while DeLaet, like Furyk, matched the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course record with a 63 for 132. DeLaet shared third place on eight-under with American Kyle Stanley, who posted a 67. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell carded a 65 for 133, heading a group that also included American Justin Hicks (67), Scott Brown (66) and Andrew Svoboda (66).


US LPGA stars hope Phelps’ golden touch rubs off

July 26th, 2014

US golfer Paula Creamer tees off during the second round of the LGPA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, on July 25, 2014For America's team of LPGA stars at the International Crown, winning twice Friday after a humbling start was nice, but handshakes with US Olympic swim star Michael Phelps were priceless. Phelps, whose record haul of 22 Olympic medals includes 18 golds, greeted Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis at the eighth hole of their 2-up triumph over Spain's Azahara Munoz and Carlotta Ciganda in the eight-team global match-play event. "I have to say that the highlight of the day was shaking Michael Phelps's hand," Creamer said. "Yeah, Michael Phelps, I almost fell over."


DeLaet well placed to end Canadian title drought

July 26th, 2014

PGA: RBC Canadian Open-Second Round(Reuters) - Canada's Graham DeLaet has his sights set on ending one of golf's oldest title droughts, and was in "a great position" just two shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic after the Canadian Open second round in Montreal. No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and DeLaet will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course on Friday. Not since Mike Weir led at the halfway mark 10 years ago has a Canadian been so well-placed after two rounds. Left-hander Weir went on to lose to Vijay Singh in a playoff.


Lakers close to naming Scott as coach: reports

July 26th, 2014

Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott walks off the court after being ejected during their NBA basketball game in TorontoBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three months after coach Mike D'Antoni resigned, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer former player Byron Scott the job, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have begun contract negotiations with Scott and are likely to reach an agreement within the next few days. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Fognini survives Croatia scare

July 26th, 2014
Top seed Fabio Fognini survived a scare as he won through to the semi-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag on Friday.

McDermott: Rhinos in good shape

July 26th, 2014
Leeds coach Brian McDermott was relieved to halt the Salford bandwagon with a tense 22-18 win at the AJ Bell Stadium that keeps his side in touch with First Utility Super League leaders St Helens.

Saints too strong for Vikings

July 26th, 2014
St Helens held on to top spot in the First Utility Super League after cruising to a 44-22 victory over Widnes at Langtree Park.

Lallana may miss season start

July 26th, 2014
Liverpool new boy Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Haase comeback downs Youzhny

July 26th, 2014
Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny was sent crashing out of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open after being beaten 3-6 6-1 6-4 by Robin Haase.

Juve confident Vidal will stay

July 26th, 2014
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta and coach Massimiliano Allegri are confident Arturo Vidal will not be lured away by Manchester United.

Taylor sets up Anderson clash

July 26th, 2014
Reigning World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor cruised past Wes Newton on Friday into the semi-finals, where he will face Gary Anderson, who upset Adrian Lewis.

Leeds edge out Salford

July 26th, 2014
Leeds overcame the absence of Kevin Sinfield to maintain their challenge for top spot in Super League with a 22-18 success that brought Salford's three-match winning run to an end.

Eguchi bows out in Baku

July 26th, 2014
Misa Eguchi's surprise run in the Baku Cup was ended by Bojana Jovanovski as the fifth seed clinched a 4-6 7-5 6-3 in their quarter-final clash.

New Southampton deal for Reed

July 26th, 2014
Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has committed his future to the club after signing a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.

Seahawks star Lynch absent from training camp

July 26th, 2014

Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits in front of the media during an availability January 29, 2014 in Jersey City, New JerseyAs expected, star running back Marshawn Lynch failed to show for the first day of Super Bowl champion Seattle's pre-season training camp over contract issues. Seahawks general manager John Schneider addressed the situation on the team's flagship radio station without saying whether the team was willing to satisfy Lynch's demand to restructure the last two years on his contract. Lynch ran 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, last season to help Seattle reach the Super Bowl, where they routed Denver 43-8.


Unbeaten Japan leads Crown chase after fightback

July 26th, 2014

Japanese golfer Sakura Yokomine tees off during the LGPA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, on July 25, 2014Sakura Yokomine sank a 15-foot par putt at 18 to complete an astonishing fightback and keep Japan undefeated and atop the field Friday at the LPGA International Crown matches. Standing 6-down with seven holes to play, Yokomine and Ai Miyazato rallied to split two points with Australia's Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright. Mika Miyazato and Mamiko Higa also rallied in a 3-and-2 win over Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee. Thailand were next on five points and Taiwan, South Korea and the United States all had four points entering Saturday's final four-ball matches.


Williams: Gerrard deal great

July 26th, 2014
The new contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost ahead of the new season, according to Ladies midfielder Fara Williams.

Peruzzi in dark over Arsenal

July 26th, 2014
Catania defender Gino Peruzzi has played down reports linking him with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal.

Wizards’ Wall added to U.S. national team roster

July 26th, 2014

NBA: Playoffs-Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards(Reuters) - NBA All-Star guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been added to the U.S. national team roster following the withdrawal of Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, USA Basketball announced on Friday. "We are excited that John is now able to participate in our training camp. He had an outstanding season with the Wizards and was a strong performer for us at last year's national team mini-camp," USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.


Third silver for O’Connor

July 26th, 2014
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor picked her third silver medal of Glasgow 2014 with a personal-best swim in the 100m butterfly final at Tollcross Swimming Centre.