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Tommy Fleetwood makes HUGE admission after stunning US Open final round

Fleetwood went into the final round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, six shots off the pace, but he carded a stunning round of 63 to set a target in the clubhouse of two over par. The Race to Dubai champion was impeccable in and around the green with his approaches at six and seven. He also made an incredible 55-foot putt for a birdie at the second. While Shinnecock Hills has proved very hard to tame this term, Fleetwood gave himself a chance of landing his first Major. But the Englishman thinks his score will fall just short.

Tommy Fleetwood net worth: How much is US Open 2018 hopeful worth?

In what has been a mixed weekend at the Shinnecock Hills golf course, it was Fleetwood who finished with a flurry. The Englishman began the day six shots behind clubhouse leader Dustin Johnson heading into the final round. But he raised his game to another level on the final day to move two-over for the tournament and keep himself in contention of winning the US Open. The 27-year-old has never won a PGA Tour event since turning pro in 2010. However, he has slowly been making a name for himself on the tour and has enjoyed three top 10 finishes

Officials suspect arson at site of Randolph killing

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Blue Jays hit back-to-back homers in 8th to sweep Nationals

If Teoscar Hernandez was hurting after being hit by a pitch, he wasn’t going to let it show on the field. Hernandez took a ball off his unprotected right elbow in the fourth inning, reeling back from the plate in pain and taking his base after being examined by team trainers. He gunned down a runner at third base in the sixth and hit the game-winning home run in the eighth as the Toronto Blue Jays competed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday with an 8-6 victory. Randal Grichuk hit two home runs, while Teoscar Hernandez and

Switzerland holds favoured Brazil to draw at World Cup

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri. “I was pushed out of the way.

Tommy Fleetwood shoots sixth 63 in US Open history; barely misses putt at 62

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Mike Davis promised the golf course would be softer Sunday at Shinnecock Hills. It was expected scores would be much lower. Tommy Fleetwood made good on that promise, shooting 63 in the final round, racing up the leaderboard and posting the clubhouse lead Sunday afternoon. Fleetwood made eight birdies and just one bogey on the par-70 course, finishing with a 63 and a four-day total of two-over par. His 63, the sixth in Open history, ties the record for lowest score in a U.S. Open. The 27-year-old Englishman shot 15 strokes better than he did on Saturday,

It’s complicated: To understand Mickelson’s controversial actions, you must first understand Phil

Phil Mickelson is complicated; so is understanding his controversial actions | Golf.comlogo-golflogo-golfSI-icon-searchSI-icon-searchCloseDownDownDownDownDownDownlogo-golf It’s complicated: To understand Mickelson’s controversial actions, you must first understand Phil SOURCE: GoogleNews

Nature Valley Open: Angry Johanna Konta loses in Nottingham final

Konta beat Barty on her way to reaching last year’s Nottingham final A furious Johanna Konta lost out to Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham. Konta had recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but a controversial call allowed Barty go 5-4 ahead. The Briton got into a heated discussion with umpire Paula Vieira Souza, which seemed to affected her concentration. She was broken in the next game to give Barty a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win and did not shake the umpire’s hand at the end. “At 4-4 in the

Norrie set to face Wawrinka on opening day at Queen’s

Cameron Norrie is currently ranked 79 in the world 2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, the BBC Sport website and app. British number two Cameron Norrie will play three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka at Queen’s Club on Monday. Andy Murray, making his comeback after a year out with a hip injury, plays Australian Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday at the Fever-Tree Championships. Kyle Edmund, who has replaced Murray as British number one, meets American Ryan Harrison the same day. Twelve-time

Irving: Extending with C’s doesn’t make sense

BOSTON — Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving said Tuesday that a contract extension this summer doesn’t make sense for him and that while he’s already bracing for the daily questions about his future, his sole focus is on getting healthy for next season and helping Boston take another step toward title contention.

Meeting with Boston reporters for the first time since March to cap a day spent promoting his “Uncle Drew” movie, Irving said it “sucked” to be sidelined for the postseason, glowed about Boston’s future potential, acknowledged the challenge of competing with the Golden State Warriors and said he would leave roster decisions to management when asked about the possibility — no matter how remote — of being reunited with potential free agent LeBron James.

Irving is eligible for an extension this summer but, even coming off another knee surgery that sidelined him for Boston’s improbable run to the cusp of the Finals, was adamant that he’ll wait for the summer of 2019 to examine his future.

“Contractually, financially, [an extension] just doesn’t make any sense,” Irving said.

Irving is eligible for a four-year, $107 million extension, but that would be $80 million less than what he could earn if he waits until the summer of 2019 and re-signs with Boston after opting out of the final year of his current pact.

“My hope is that maybe we could limit it to maybe one question a day about what I’m doing next year,” Irving said half-jokingly to reporters. “That’s my hope. But obviously I can’t really control that.

“I think you guys can feel my attitude is really just redemption next year. Really integrating myself with our team again and really focus on winning a championship. That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. Until I get to that point, then I can’t really answer any questions. I’m pretty sure management and I will have a talk, but that talk won’t happen now.”

Later, Irving added, “The focus is solely on winning a championship next year. I don’t think [impending free agency will] necessarily have an effect. I’m doing my best to kind of deflect all that and focus on what’s in front of us.”

Wearing a gray suit and T-shirt, Irving gushed about what Boston’s young players accomplished in the postseason, especially playing without both Irving and Gordon Hayward.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what [Boston’s young players] experienced — I mean they went to Game 7 of the frickin’ Eastern Conference finals,” Irving said with a playful shrug.

“For me, I’m just glad everyone got to learn how special they were on a bigger stage. I’d been talking about how great [the younger players] were. Some of their numbers probably didn’t look as appealing to the outside-looker, but they were just — they were always locked in. And then when they were afforded the opportunity to take the reins of the team, you saw them take full advantage of it. You saw guys that literally are going to be stars in this league for years to come.”

Irving said his backup, Terry Rozier, proved he’s an NBA starter but that “turns into an unbelievable dynamic” for Boston next season. He raved about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, then noted how Marcus Smart gave up his body and “that’s the type of attitude and effort you’d love to be part of.”

When he referenced Hayward, Irving smiled wide and added, “and now getting my man Gordon back — I’m excited man. I’m excited.”

Irving didn’t try to deflect when asked about James and the possibility that the Celtics could be a wild-card suitor if he opts out of the final year of his deal.

Irving did note that he hasn’t had any conversations with Boston’s front office about James and said he appreciates the transparency of team brass as they map out their future vision.

Asked whether he’d be open to reuniting with James, Irving said, “In this business, I’ve experienced it all and I’ve seen a lot, so we’ll see what management decides.”

Some other highlights from a sprawling 12-minute session inside the Boston Harbor Hotel:

• Irving said he’s navigating his rehab with caution but he’s clearly aware of his target date. “Me and my strength and conditioning coach, we’re taking it one day at a time. I think around this time is probably 15 weeks until the third week in September — not that I’m thinking about it or anything — so I’m excited to just really utilize this offseason to dedicate myself to my craft and things outside of it,” he said.

• After watching the Warriors sweep his former Cavaliers teammates in the Finals, Irving noted, “The Warriors are just, they’re that great. You see in a Game 3 in Cleveland, and you see the difference on why [Kevin Durant] is so special. You see a 43, and then you see 12, 11, 10, 10, 10, 10. The year before, in playing them in 2016, they couldn’t necessarily get away with a game like that. They’ve afforded that, of integrating that team environment and now adding a very, very special player. Just a big fan of what he does out on the floor.”

• Irving said he was invigorated by the “artistic expression” of working on a feature film but admitted it was tough for him to watch the final product. “You guys know I overanalyze everything,” he said. “It was great to see it but I’m really critical of myself.”

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