Tour Championship leaderboard LIVE: Tiger Woods outright leader, Rory McIlroy close

The 2018 PGA Tour comes to end this weekend as the winner of the FedEx Cup is decided at the Tour Championship. The top-30 ranked players compete for the huge prize pot with the overall reward being a cool $25million. Bryson DeChambeau begins the week as the favourite to win the FedEx Cup outright but England’s Justin Rose and the resurgent Tiger Woods are all in contention. This is the first time Woods will be competing in the Tour Championship for years after returning to top form this season. Injury issues and personal problems have plagued his career over the

Unlawful death lawsuit against NASCAR champion Stewart dismissed

Please note that unauthorised reproduction or translation of any content (including words, data, information, photos, videos and any other intellectual property) published on this page and any other copyrighted content published on is strictly prohibited. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.Source

NASCAR president Brent Dewar steps down, successor appointed

Please note that unauthorised reproduction or translation of any content (including words, data, information, photos, videos and any other intellectual property) published on this page and any other copyrighted content published on is strictly prohibited. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.Source

‘Emotional’ return to Old Trafford for ex-Man United manager Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has returned to Old Trafford for the first time since undergoing an emergency brain operation in May and watched Manchester United play promoted Wolverhampton to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday. Ferguson spent almost 27 years as manager of United before retiring in 2013 as the most successful coach in British football history. “It’s obviously been a long journey but I’m making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me,” Ferguson said Saturday. “I’m a bit nervous … maybe a bit tense really because the last game was Arsenal

Force India a major threat to Renault for fourth in F1 – Sainz

Please note that unauthorised reproduction or translation of any content (including words, data, information, photos, videos and any other intellectual property) published on this page and any other copyrighted content published on is strictly prohibited. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.Source

A Golf Obsession With Balance at the Core

By Jen Murphy Sept. 22, 2018 9:00 a.m. ET Dane Chapin, a real-estate executive, goofs off at the Bridges Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, a San Diego-area course. Adding a stability ball to his gym routine has improved his golf game. Photo: Sandy Huffaker for The Wall Street Journal One look up close at tennis great Jimmy Connors practicing in the early 1980s gave Dane Chapin a life-changing realization: He would never reach his dream of playing the sport professionally. Mr. Chapin, then a junior on UCLA’s tennis team, watched Mr. Connors, a UCLA alum, at practice one day.

Andy Murray to end comeback season early after competing in China events

Andy Murray explains reasons behind early end to season Andy Murray has decided to end his comeback season early, saying he wants to be “the best shape possible” for the start of the 2019 season. Britain’s former world number one plans to play in the Shenzhen and Beijing tournaments over the next two weeks. But he will not play in either of the remaining two Masters series events in Shanghai or Paris in October. Murray hopes reconditioning and “some hard training” and will help him “make some big improvements”. The 31-year-old Scot had hip surgery in January and has only

Federer and Djokovic lose doubles in Laver Cup

Ouch! Novak Djokovic hits doubles partner Roger Federer with ball mid-rally Former world number ones Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost in the Laver Cup doubles but Team Europe lead Team World 3-1 after day one of the event. The pair were beaten 6-7 6-3 10-6 by American Jack Sock and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in Chicago. Federer and Djokovic took a while to settle into the format and won the opening set but their opponents soon found their rhythm. Earlier in the singles, Britain’s Kyle Edmund defeated Sock 6-4 5-7 10-6. There were also wins for Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov

Silver: Cuban’s lack of involvement avoided ban

11:51 PM ET NEW YORK — Some have wondered why the NBA didn’t suspend Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after an investigation found that male members of the organization harassed female employees. Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday he decided against suspending Cuban, in part, because an investigation concluded that the owner wasn’t directly implicated in the conduct. “That was an important factor for me in making that decision,” Silver said Friday after the league’s board of governors meetings in Manhattan. “Should he have known in many cases? Absolutely. But again, from the 215 witness interviews, the over a million pages

Rays bounce back to easily beat Blue Jays

Blue Jays rookie shortstop Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., really appreciated it when veteran slugger Kendrys Morales came over to congratulate him in Toronto’s dugout. Turns out, Morales wasn’t speaking about Gurriel. Gurriel had a pair of solo home runs in the Blue Jays’ 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. His brother Yuli Gurriel, senior by 10 years, had a grand slam and a two-run jack in the Houston Astros 11-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. Recap Smoak caps off 7-run 9th inning as Jays storm back to stun Rays “He told me ‘hey, congratulations!’ and I just

Osaka can be Japan’s first world number one – Date

Osaka has climbed to a career-high seventh in the world after winning the US Open title

New US Open champion Naomi Osaka can become Japan’s first world number one, says Japanese former Grand Slam semi-finalist Kimiko Date.

The 20-year-old’s straight-sets win on Saturday was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ outbursts at the umpire.

But Date said Osaka’s triumph in her first Grand Slam final was “amazing”.

“If she continues to develop the way she has over the past two weeks, she can go on to be Japan’s first world number one,” added Date.

“To keep your cool like that, from the moment you step onto court to the last point, isn’t easy.”

Osaka – who was born in Japan and raised in America – has climbed to a career-best seventh in the world rankings after her win in New York.

Date, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 1996, expects Osaka to emulate the achievements of China’s two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na.

Former word number four Date said: “Osaka is taking on the power tennis of the women’s game with power of her own – an Asian player, a Japanese player.

“Until now only Li Na [of Asian players] had the physique to be able to tackle that kind of power.

“You could tell Serena was wary of Osaka’s power.”

Williams was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and finally a game penalty for calling the umpire a “thief” and “a liar” .

Osaka remained composed throughout Williams’ repeated on-court protests as she ended the 36-year-old’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

But she became overwhelmed by emotion during the trophy presentation as boos – seemingly aimed at the umpire’s decision to penalise Williams – rang down from the stands, prompting Williams to ask for the crowd to “give credit” to Osaka.

“I’m sorry it had to end like this,” a crying Osaka said as after she’d been presented with her trophy.

“It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals so I am really glad I was able to do that.”

Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after a partisan crowd loudly jeered during the trophy presentation

How French pastries helped nervous Osaka

Williams was a childhood idol of Osaka’s and the new US Open champion even wrote a school report on her.

“It’s a little bit crazy,” said Osaka.

“Growing up and watching people you idolise, you always dream that one day you’ll be in that position, so to be in that position right now…

“I feel like I’m a big kid that doesn’t really understand how the world works, because mainly I’ve just played tennis my whole life and I haven’t really thought much of anything else.”

Osaka admitted she thought she was going to be sick before her maiden Grand Slam final and was thankful for the advice of sister Mari, who is also a tennis player.

“I woke up and I was sweating. I was so nervous, my heart was racing the entire day. I think that wasn’t good for my health,” she said.

“I couldn’t eat anything, I felt like I was going to throw up. I was just so stressed and I kept calling my sister, my poor sister. She was telling me to think of it as just another match and then I would yell at her, ‘Are you crazy? This is a Grand Slam final.’

“Since she’s in Paris, she was showing me these random croissants and baguettes to try to take my mind off of it, and it kind of worked.”

Who is Naomi Osaka?

  • Osaka was born in Japan on 16 October 1997 to a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka, and Haitian father, Leonard Francois, before moving to America. She has dual Japanese and American citizenship
  • She has risen to a career-high seventh from 19th in the world rankings following her US Open win
  • Osaka won the Indian Wells WTA title in March, which is often known as the ‘fifth major’ in tennis
  • The Florida resident is a self-confessed Pokemon nerd

What was the reaction in Japan?

Osaka’s profile has soared in Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tweeting his pride on behalf of the nation.

She is the latest dual heritage athlete to rise to prominence, along with sprinter Asuka Cambridge, baseball player Yu Darvish and judo star Mashu Baker.

Abe thanked her for “giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship” – an apparent reference to last week’s deadly Typhoon Jedi and the Hokkaido earthquake that killed dozens of people.

Osaka is scheduled to head straight from New York to Japan to play in the Pan Pacific Open, which begins on 17 September, a tournament now billed as a “homecoming” for the new US Open champion.

The Yomiuri newspaper said Osaka was a “new heroine” while Japanese men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori posted his support for his compatriot in a number of tweets.

Kei Nishikori tweeted his pride at Naomi Osaka’s US Open victory
Andy Murray’s mother Judy was among those to congratulate the new champion

BBC Sport

About The Author


Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.