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PGA: U.S. Open - Third Round
June 15, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Gary Woodland plays a shot on the 16th hole during the third round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

June 17, 2019

By Steve Keating

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Gary Woodland held his nerve to claim his first major with a three-shot victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday, bringing Brooks Koepka’s two-year reign to an end.

Woodland had not managed a top-10 finish in his first 27 majors before last year’s PGA Championship, where he tied for sixth, but he handled the final round with the composure of someone who had been playing for golf’s biggest prizes his entire career.

Ending his round in style with a birdie at the last, Woodland carded a two-under 69 to keep Koepka from becoming the first man in more than a century to sweep three straight U.S. Opens.

“Just glad it was over,” smiled Woodland. “I didn’t let myself get ahead at all today.

“Didn’t ever let myself think the tournament was over.

“So I just stayed in it.”

World number one Koepka went down fighting, finishing with a three-under 68 to leave him three short of Woodland’s winning total of 13-under 271.

Justin Rose began the day one shot back of Woodland but the Englishman crumbled on the back nine with three bogeys for a three-over 74 and a tie for third at seven-under with Xander Schauffele, Chez Reavie and Spain’s Jon Rahm.

It was a remarkable display of determination and guts by the 35-year-old Woodland, who seven times before had held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event and seven times could not close the deal.

As Woodland made the turn with a two-shot lead, faint cracks in his composure began to show as Koepka trimmed the advantage to one with a birdie at 11.

With tension building with each shot, Woodland kept his cool and collected his first birdie of the back nine at the par five 14th to reclaim a two-stroke advantage and turn the U.S. Open into a two horse race.

Rose, who saw the red-hot putter that had come to his rescue so often during the week suddenly turn cold, had his bid for a second U.S. Open title seriously wounded with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 and then killed off completely with another at 15 that dropped him five off the pace with three to play.

Down to the closing two holes and a relentless Koepka had one last opportunity to put pressure on Woodland with a birdie at the 18th that would have left his opponent clinging to a one-shot lead coming home.

But Koepka watched his nine-foot putt slip by the cup, settling for a par to give Woodland some breathing room.

“I hit a good putt, it just dove right across the front,” said Koepka. “Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

“I thought it would be nice to put some pressure on him, one shot going into the last hole.

“Nothing I could do. I gave it my all. I give it my all every time and sometimes it’s not meant to be.”

A maiden major now within his grasp, a relaxed Woodland capped off his round in spectacular style, rolling in a 30-foot birdie at the last to trigger a standing ovation and chants of “Gary, Gary”.

Tiger Woods, a three-time U.S. Open winner, had ended the third round 11 shots back of the leader but still gave himself a chance of winning a 16th major on Sunday.

Those slim hopes disappeared quickly when he bogeyed four of his opening five holes.

Woods hit back with six birdies, including one at the 18th, for a two-under round, his lowest final round at a U.S. Open in a decade but still 11 back of winner.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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PGA: U.S. Open - Final Round
June 16, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Viktor Hovland with the low amateur medal after the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

June 17, 2019

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Viktor Hovland ended his amateur career in style on Sunday by breaking a U.S. Open record that Jack Nicklaus had held for 59 years.

The Norwegian’s four-under-par 280 total at Pebble Beach was two strokes better than the best previous score by an amateur, set by Nicklaus at Cherry Hills in Colorado in 1960.

Nicklaus finished second to Arnold Palmer that year, and though Hovland could not quite match that lofty result on Sunday he was nonetheless pleased to bow out of amateur ranks on a high note.

“It’s obviously cool to perform such a thing and I hope that I can feed off of this going into my professional career and do more things like this and be in contention of winning tournaments,” said Hovland.

He shot a closing 67 and tied for 12th, nine strokes behind winner Gary Woodland, and five ahead of the second-placed amateur, Brandon Wu.

Hovland became the eighth player to be the low amateur in the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, and the first since Matt Kuchar in 1998.

Others to achieve the feat include Nicklaus in 1961 and Phil Mickelson in 1991.

Hovland won last year’s U.S. amateur championship at Pebble Beach.

After a three-year stint on a golf scholarship at Oklahoma State University, he will make his pro debut at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut starting on Thursday.

“I’ve had the three best years of my life at Oklahoma State and I’ve learned so much not only as a player but as a person,” said the 21-year-old.

(Reporting by Steve Keating; Writing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 23, 2018 McLaren’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

June 17, 2019

LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso struck lucky with a second successive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours race on Sunday with Toyota team mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

The number eight car crew, who were set for second until late drama, were also crowned world endurance champions with Nakajima driving the final stint and becoming the first Japanese to win a global FIA-sanctioned series.

Toyota’s number seven TS050 hybrid, driven by Britain’s Mike Conway, Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi and Argentina’s Jose Maria Lopez, had a two-minute advantage before a puncture shattered their hopes with an hour to go.

The team changed the wrong tire, due to a sensor issue, meaning the car had to limp around and pit again before rejoining in second place in a one-two finish for the Japanese manufacturer.

The winning margin, after 385 laps of the Sarthe circuit in the 87th edition of a race watched by a crowd of 252,000, came down to 16.972 seconds.

Alonso, 37, recognized fortune had played a big part in completing the unprecedented feat of winning Le Mans twice in one ‘super-season’, a one-off scheduled to readjust the calendar so it finishes with the endurance classic in future.

“The main goal this weekend was to win the championship,” the Spaniard, who won his Formula One titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, told Eurosport television.

“I think car seven was quicker than us for 24 hours, they really deserved the victory but today the luck decided that we have to take the trophy.

“Luck sometimes plays an important part in motorsport and today we feel extremely lucky and maybe we don’t deserve it but we take it,” added the former Ferrari and McLaren driver who left Formula One last year.

“The world championship feels right at this moment.”

The number eight crew had needed only a top-seven finish to be sure of the title.

TRIPLE CROWN

Alonso’s former McLaren Formula One team mate Stoffel Vandoorne, a Le Mans rookie, joined him on the podium in the third-placed number 11 SMP Racing BR Engineering car shared with Russians Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin.

That non-hybrid car finished seven laps off the pace.

The two Toyota TS050 hybrids had started first and second, with the number seven car leading but with the gap repeatedly narrowed by safety car periods.

Toyota remained in control throughout, with only the risk of mechanical failure or driver error to worry about in a top LMP1 category they have dominated as the sole major manufacturer.

“We wanted to make it really boring, but that didn’t happen,” said Toyota team boss Rob Leupen.

“We got into a situation where we caught a puncture at the end, and it hurts a lot that the team didn’t respond well to that.”

The title was the second of Buemi’s endurance career, after a first in 2014, and an addition to the all-electric Formula E crown the Swiss won in 2015-16.

Alonso, a two-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, is now leaving the series and hoping to become only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to complete the so-called ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

The Spaniard needs to win the Indianapolis 500 to complete that, a race he failed to qualify for this year after leading for 27 laps on his debut in 2017.

The racing was punctuated by crashes, with Venezuelan former F1 driver Pastor Maldonado hitting the barriers at Tertre Rouge in the number 31 Dragonspeed LMP2 after daybreak and bringing out the safety car.

Before that, the number 17 SMP spun out of third place in the early hours with Russian Egor Orudzhev at the wheel.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Ian Chadband)

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
FILE PHOTO: May 11, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

June 17, 2019

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that Giancarlo Stanton will return from the injured list and play on Tuesday.

Boone added that newly acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion will be active Monday night when the Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays. Encarnacion, acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, is leading the American League with 21 home runs.

Stanton has been sidelined since March 31 with multiple injuries, including a calf ailment. The Yankees have also been without fellow outfielder Aaron Judge for most of this season, but Judge (strained oblique) is nearing his return as well.

“Encarnacion, Stanton and Judge, that’s three elite power hitters plugged into our lineup,” Boone told reporters. “Hopefully it’s something that over time creates a big-time advantage for us.”

–The New York Mets placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain and activated second baseman Robinson Cano.

Syndergaard left Saturday night’s 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning. An MRI was scheduled for Sunday morning. On the season, Syndergaard is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA for the Mets.

Cano had last played on June 5, when he aggravated a left quadriceps injury and landed on the injured list for the second time in a month. He went 1-for-3 in his return to the lineup Sunday.

–Mets left-hander Jason Vargas exited Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a cramp in his left calf.

Vargas fouled off a 1-0 pitch while batting in the fourth inning, grimaced and bent over before coming out of the game. His plate appearance was completed by Jacob deGrom, who drew a walk. Wilmer Font replaced Vargas on the mound.

The game was tied at 3-3 when Vargas exited. He allowed three runs and a two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first as the only hit.

–The Atlanta Braves will continue to monitor left-hander Sean Newcomb, but he passed initial tests after getting hit in the back of the head with a line drive on Saturday.

Newcomb exited his start against the Philadelphia Phillies after a comebacker off the bat of Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hit off his head and ricocheted into the Philadelphia dugout for a ground-rule double. The line drive exited Realmuto’s bat at 102 mph.

“We’re just going to keep monitoring him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s passed the tests. You just don’t know with an injury like that overnight. Hopefully, he gets through the night and sleeps, and he comes in here and he’s great.”

–Shortstop Jose Iglesias missed the Cincinnati Reds’ series finale against the Texas Rangers after the team placed him on the three-day paternity leave list.

The Reds reinstated right-hander Robert Stephenson from a rehabilitation assignment in a corresponding move.

Iglesias, 29, is batting .289 with four home runs and 24 RBIs this season.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - Shanghai
FILE PHOTO: Athletics – Diamond League – Shanghai – Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China – May 18, 2019 Noah Lyles of the U.S. celebrates winning the Men’s 100m REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

June 17, 2019

(Reuters) – Noah Lyles overcame an apparent false start to run the fourth-fastest 150 meters of all time on a wet elevated straightaway in Boston on Sunday.

After television footage showed the world and Olympic 200m favorite leaving the starting blocks early, Lyles was given a second chance and romped to a personal best 14.69 seconds in the Adidas Boost Boston Games.

Retired Jamaican Usain Bolt, the man Lyles would like to succeed in the Olympic 200m, holds the world best of 14.35 seconds in the infrequently run event.

“What did the guy at the start say? Green card. Then it was a green card,” Lyles said after officials told NBC Sports there was no conclusive evidence that the star of the meeting had false started.

But four-time Olympic sprint medalist Ato Boldon, the network’s analyst, disagreed. “In any other meet, Noah is out of this race,” he said.

Once the red-clad Lyles got moving in the restart, there was no stopping him as he left British runnerup Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 0.41 seconds in his wake.

The United States has not won an Olympic medal in the men’s 200m since 2008 and Lyles is aiming to change that.

“I made it my mission,” said the talented sprinter with Bolt-like showmanship. “We are not out of this. We are coming back.”

His goal is gold in both September’s world championships in Doha and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Despite the wet conditions, Bahamian Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Britain’s 100m European champion Zharnel Hughes and South African sprinter Akani Simbine had impressive performances.

Miller-Uibo clocked 16.37 seconds, a mere 0.14 off her world best in the women’s 150m.

Hughes claimed the 200m straightaway race in 20.00 seconds and Commonwealth Games winner Simbine clocked 9.92 seconds in the 100m.

The women’s 100m went to world 60m indoor champion Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast in 11.09 seconds with world outdoor gold medalist Tori Bowie, who is coming back from injuries, third in 11.22.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - Rome
FILE PHOTO: Athletics – Diamond League – Rome – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – June 6, 2019 Authorised Neutral Athlete Sergey Shubenkov after the Men’s 110M Hurdles REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/File Photo

June 16, 2019

RABAT (Reuters) – World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod fell before the finish to allow Sergey Shubenkov to win the latest dramatic installment in their rivalry at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat on Sunday.

Russian Shubenkov came from behind to catch McLeod before the last hurdle but was tripped just ahead of the finish by the stumbling Jamaican while still somehow managing to fall forward over the line first to claim victory in 13.12 seconds.

McLeod’s tumble meant he ended up fifth as the 28-year-old Shubenkov won an early morale booster ahead of one of the most anticipated clashes at the World Championships in Doha in September.

Sprinter Andre de Grasse seemed to have put last year’s injuries and illness woes behind him with a strong late burst that left Turkish world champion Ramil Guliyev trailing in the 200m in another indicator of potential drama to come in Qatar.

Yet it was not a result that entirely satisfied the Canadian, who won in 20.19 sec.

“I was grateful for the victory but not happy with the time. I wanted a sub-20 seconds. But it’s a long process,” said De Grasse.

“I’m not yet fully healthy and still have a lot of work to do to be really back in shape. But I have time before the World Championship.”

With Caster Semenya not participating following a war of words over her late invitation to compete in the Moroccan meet, the women’s 800 meters was won by Kenyan Nelly Jepkosgei, in one minute 59.50 seconds.

But the best women’s performance came in the 1500 meters where world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, of Ethiopia, ran the fastest time of the year to hold off her Dutch rival Sifan Hassan and win in 3:55.47.

The 30-year-old Nigerian, Blessing Okagbare, was a surprise victor in the women’s 100m in 11.05sec, finishing ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou with Dafne Schippers, a medalist at the last two world championships, only finishing fifth.

Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, held off Niger’s exciting youngster Aminatou Seyni to win the women’s 400m for her third Diamond League triumph this year, in a season’s best 50.13.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; editing by Ian Chadband)

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FILE PHOTO: NBA: Finals-Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
FILE PHOTO: Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse gestures during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

June 16, 2019

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is seeking another title with another team.

Just days after the Raptors won the NBA championship in six games over the Golden State Warriors, Nurse said Sunday a deal was “just about done” to make him the coach of the Canadian national team.

“I’m getting ready to take another situation soon because I think it’s going to be make me a better coach,” said Nurse, who has extensive experience coaching internationally.

First up: the World Cup this summer. Team Canada will open play in the 2019 World Cup in China on Sept. 1 against Australia.

It has scheduled a warmup game against Nigeria on Aug. 9 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and also will play two pre-tournament games against Australia in Perth on Aug. 16 and 17.

“I expect we’ll have Canada’s most talented team ever, with most of our NBA players proudly representing their country,” Glen Grunwald, president and CEO of Canada Basketball said in May.

Prospective players for Team Canada are Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), R.J.Barrett (Duke, projected top-three pick in NBA draft), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets) and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Nurse, 51, was as an assistant coach with Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.

“I learned a lot as a coach in that run and I’m hoping this experience will do the same,” he said.

He presumably also would coach Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s a unique time with the World Cup and the Olympics within a short 13-14 month window. And it fits in OK. I’m just giving up some vacation time,” he said.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: LPGA: U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA - First Round
FILE PHOTO: May 30, 2019; Charleston, SC, USA; Brooke Henderson tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at Country Club of Charleston. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

June 16, 2019

(Reuters) – Ontario’s Brooke Henderson became the most prolific Canadian winner on the LPGA Tour when she pipped four players by one stroke at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday.

Henderson finished at 21-under-par 267 at Blythefield Country Club to secure her ninth career victory at the age of 21.

She was previously tied with Sandra Post for the most LPGA wins by a Canadian player.

Henderson carded 70 in the final round, while Americans Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare, Australian Su Oh and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka tied for second.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ian Chadband)

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Women's World Cup - Group D - England v Argentina
Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group D – England v Argentina – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – June 14, 2019 England’s Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Phil Noble

June 14, 2019

Jodie Taylor scored in the 62nd minute as England notched a 1-0 Group D victory over Argentina at Le Havre, France, on Friday to clinch a spot in the round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup.

Beth Mead set up the goal with a left-footed cross from the left, and Taylor used her right foot to knock it past Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa for England (2-0-0, six points)

“It was a good performance today by the team and a good win,” Taylor said after the contest. “I remember Beth Mead playing a perfect ball, which landed right on my foot. Patience was the key; we said it all week.”

England had a 19-3 edge in shots over Argentina (0-1-1, one point).

Japan 2, Scotland 1

Mana Iwabuchi and Yuika Sugasawa scored goals as Japan defeated Scotland in Group D play at Rennes, France.

Iwabuchi scored in the 23rd minute and Sugasawa tallied on a penalty kick 14 minutes later for Japan (1-0-1, four points). It was an improved showing from Japan after it played Argentina to a scoreless draw in its opening match.

“It was a must-win game and, although there were tough moments, we’re very happy to get the win,” Japan coach Asako Takakura said afterward. “We had to be aggressive and score goals, and that’s what we did. We didn’t show our true selves in the first game at this tournament but this was a lot more like the true Japan.”

Lana Clelland scored in the 88th minute for Scotland (0-2-0, zero points).

Italy 5, Jamaica 0

Cristiana Girelli recorded a hat trick and Aurora Galli added two goals as Italy rolled past Jamaica in Group C play at Reims, France, to clinch a spot in the round of 16.

Girelli scored on a penalty kick in the 12th minute, tallied again in the 25th and added a third in the first minute of first-half stoppage time for Italy (2-0-0, six points).

“I have a hard time believing that I’ve scored three goals in a World Cup game; it’s extraordinary,” Girelli said afterward. “But as my coach said, it’s pure joy for us to play together. When we win, it gives us a big jolt of energy.”

Galli’s goals came in the 71st and 81st minute as Italy controlled the contest against Jamaica (0-2-0, zero points).

–Field Level Media

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Women's World Cup - Group D - Japan v Scotland
Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group D – Japan v Scotland – Roazhon Park, Rennes, France – June 14, 2019 Japan’s Mana Iwabuchi celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

June 14, 2019

Mana Iwabuchi and Yuika Sugasawa scored goals as Japan defeated Scotland 2-1 on Friday in Group D play at Rennes, France.

Iwabuchi scored in the 23rd minute and Sugasawa tallied on a penalty kick 14 minutes later for Japan (1-0-1, four points). It was an improved showing from Japan after it played Argentina to a scoreless draw in its opening match.

“It was a must-win game and, although there were tough moments, we’re very happy to get the win,” Japan coach Asako Takakura said afterward. “We had to be aggressive and score goals, and that’s what we did. We didn’t show our true selves in the first game at this tournament but this was a lot more like the true Japan.”

Lana Clelland scored in the 88th minute for Scotland (0-2-0, zero points).

Italy 5, Jamaica 0

Cristiana Girelli recorded a hat trick and Aurora Galli added two goals as Italy rolled past Jamaica in Group C play at Reims, France, to clinch a spot in the round of 16.

Girelli scored on a penalty kick in the 12th minute, tallied again in the 25th and added a third in the first minute of first-half stoppage time for Italy (2-0-0, six points).

“I have a hard time believing that I’ve scored three goals in a World Cup game; it’s extraordinary,” Girelli said afterward. “But as my coach said, it’s pure joy for us to play together. When we win, it gives us a big jolt of energy.”

Galli’s goals came in the 71st and 81st minute as Italy controlled the contest against Jamaica (0-2-0, zero points).

–Field Level Media

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