Brooks Koepka in no mood to relinquish his US PGA title with round of 63

Brooks Koepka shot a round of 63 to lead the US PGA field after day one in his defence of the second golfing major of the year at Bethpage Brooks Koepka is not the individual anyone would want to encounter when seeking a cure from illness at a major championship. Just ask Tiger Woods. As Koepkas love affair with golfs big four continued, a struggling Woods could only look on with admiration. It could easily have been a couple better, said Woods of Koepkas 63, as he seized the lead at the 101st US PGA Championship. Koepka will begin day two with a one-stroke advantage over Danny Lee. Woods, making his defending US PGA champion also put forward the unorthodox …

Ex-Oregon football star credited with foiling shooter at Portland high school

A former college football star from the University of Oregon was credited with tackling an armed student at a Portland high school before anyone was injured A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured. Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he was leaving a police interview late Friday that he was tired but relieved at the outcome, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. There are no other suspects. Police declined to release the students name and said they were still trying to determine if he fired any shots. Police spokesman Sgt. …

Curry leads second-half blitz as Warriors move within one game of NBA finals

Draymond Greens triple-double and Steph Currys shooting helped the Golden State Warriors to a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, who are now one win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Game 4 of the series is set for Monday. CJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 points in the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland were …

War of Will gets ‘fair shot’ and wins Preakness featuring riderless horse

War of Will won the Preakness Stakes under rising star jockey Tyler Gaffalione over a field that included riderless Bodexpress Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running. Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that victory when War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness on Saturday. Casse, 58, was more relieved than anything that his prized three-year-old colt didnt go down in the Derby, which couldve been a multihorse catastrophe, …

Wilder, Joshua, Fury mark time amid lost heavyweight season

The three men with claims to the title of worlds best heavyweight will each fight in the next month, but the 19-year wait for an undisputed champion presses on Of the many well-documented reasons for boxings protracted retreat toward the periphery of the mainstream, the lack of clearly identifiable champions rates high on a competitive list. At one time the heavyweight championship of the world was the most prestigious title in sports, yet boxings lack of central authority has left us with four major sanctioning bodies that have served to create confusion among casual observers while devaluing the currency of a title. Only five and a half months ago, the sports bellwether division appeared on the cusp of a new …

Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach Championship play-off final

Aston Villa lost 1-0 to West Brom at the Hawthorns but progressed to the Championship play-off final 4-3 on penalties after the semi-final finished 2-2 on aggregate Aston Villa have a shot at redemption. Twelve months on from their play-off final triumphing on penalties. Tammy Abraham converted the winning kick, after Jed Steer had saved two penalties at the start of the shootout, to spark wild celebrations among the Villa supporters. The visitors made hard work of it, failing to break down an Albion side who were forced to play for 40 minutes with 10 men, including all of extra time, after Chris Brunt was sent off for two bookable offences. Both fouls were committed on John McGinn the pair …

I thought the main issue in women’s sports was equal pay. I was wrong

We are told female athletes are paid less than men because they generate less money. But that will always be the case if womens sports arent marketed properly In womens sports we talk a lot about equal pay. The focus of the conversation is usually on how women make less than men, the unfairness of the disparity despite the equal amount of work they put in, and how female athletes often have to work full-time jobs on top of being full-time athletes. The US womens soccer team has brought the conversation to the forefront over the last three years. After they won the World Cup in 2015, it was revealed that the US womens team and in turn received a …

Lucas Moura: from So Paulo prodigy and PSG outcast to Tottenham hero | David Hytner

The Brazilian took time to settle at Spurs and may not have faced Ajax but for injuries yet his hat-trick showed his talent Lucas Moura put the earphones in and looked down at the iPad screen, the peak of his dark NYC cap obscuring his eyes. It was late on Wednesday night and the Tottenham forward, whose sensational second-half hat-trick had set up a final against Liverpool on 1 June the first time that the club have reached the showpiece. The commentary built to its classically Brazilian climax and when the man behind the microphone boomed out Mouras name, the man himself lifted his head and chuckled. Photograph: Sergio Perez/X00213 Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. The affection …

It really is Lionels world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From Under-9s in parks to Pep Guardiolas champions no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sports footprint as Barcelonas superstar Lionel Messi There was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilliance of Lionel Messi. We have at least found something he isnt good at on a football pitch. It turns out Messi isnt very good at punching Fabinho in the head. Frankly, more of the same from Messi against Liverpool. Unclosing like a hand, he gives forever. I make no apology for writing about him again here. Firstly, because Messis talent is endlessly divisible. You never get to the bottom of it. It is always surprising. And …

Will the W Series herald a new age for women in motor sport? | Giles Richards

Only two women have competed in F1 in its 69-year history. The radical W Series, which begins this weekend at Hockenheim, is hoping to change that and inspire a new generation Ninety years ago Eliska Junkova the queen of the steering wheel as she was known lit up motor racing. An exceptional talent, the Czech driver was an inspirational figure for women in the 1920s. This weekend 18 of her spiritual heirs will take to the grid for the inaugural round of the all-female W Series. They believe the championship will be equally groundbreaking, changing the landscape for women in a sport that has remained almost exclusively male-dominated since Junkovas time. The W Series, using single-make, single-seater F3 cars, will …

Klopp took a risk with his tactics at Barcelona and Messi made him pay | Jonathan Wilson

Attacking Barcelona is not wrong given it can unsettle them but it leaves teams exposed and Liverpool found that can be fatal Contemplating his sides Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jrgen Klopp said that to sit back and look to absorb pressure against such a side was in effect to try to win the lottery. Against the very best, he believes there is no point at least for a team of Liverpools ability in curling up like a hedgehog and hoping the threat somehow goes away. He vowed to attack, and did, and his reward was three goals in an extraordinary 20-minute spell that on Wednesday, there was some concession to the fact they were playing Barcelona. …