Bryce Harper delights home crowd with Home Run Derby win

The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698. It could have been a scene from a playoff game. That it was merely the All-Star Home Run Derby mattered not to Harper or the Washington Nationals fans, who were thrilled to see their hometown hero deliver the night’s final longball Monday. In the midst of it all — and in the middle of trying season — Harper grabbed the microphone and

The Open 2018: Golf to introduce blood testing as part of WADA regulations

Players have previously only been subjected to urine tests but a condition of golf’s inclusion in the Olympics was that the sport would need to meet testing standards deployed across other WADA-regulated sports. About 20 per cent of the field will be subject to testing which has already been introduced on the European Tour. “I’ve done it a few times,” said Europe’s No1 Tommy Fleetwood. “I’m pretty confident that it’s a clean sport but we’re an Olympic sport these days so rules apply to everybody. “If everybody’s doing the right things, then it shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t see

Rory McIlroy confident his firepower can boost him to victory at The Open

The toughest course on the rota has claimed many a victim down the years but McIlroy, one of the longest hitters in the game, feels he has the ammunition to put it in its place. “My record at the Open has been pretty good over the last few years and I don’t see any reason why I can’t continue that good run this week,” said McIlroy, who practised with Spain’s Jon Rahm yesterday. “With the way the rough is, someone like Jon and I can fly it over 320 yards – you’re basically taking all the trouble out of play

Jordan Spieth reveals Claret Jug sadness ahead of The Open

Spieth reluctantly took part in a setpiece handover of the Open trophy on the first tee at Carnoustie to R and A chief executive Martin Slumbers and afterwards owned up to a surprising sense of emptiness. “I thought maybe somebody would meet me in the parking lot and I’d just give them the case back and we’d move on. But it was a ceremony, and because of that, it actually hit me harder,” he said. “I was thinking: ‘Man, this was in my possession. I took it to all the places that allowed me to get to where I am

Danny Willett: Former Masters champion opens up on his fall from grace ahead of The Open

He is able to do so with complete honesty because, finally, the wheel has begun to turn but if you ever wondered what happened to that twitchy Yorkshireman who won the Masters then here it is in unflinching detail. Willett’s fall from Augusta hero two years ago to a missed cut and withdrawal specialist was widely (mis) interpreted as a classic case of golfing Icarus, a player who flew too close to the sun and could not handle what went with becoming a Major champion. The truth was that at 28 he was only on the course at all with

Sources: LeBron to miss Team USA minicamp

6:02 PM ET LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas next week, multiple sources familiar with James’ plans told ESPN. James, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was in Vegas over the weekend to observe his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, play a summer league game, but he will not be present for the training camp, which is slated for July 25-27 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. It will be the first official USA Basketball gathering with Gregg Popovich as the head coach. James played for Larry Brown on the 2004 bronze medal team at the

The Open 2018: Rory McIlroy confident his firepower can boost him to victory at Carnoustie

The toughest course on the rota has claimed many a victim down the years but McIlroy, one of the longest hitters in the game, feels he has the ammunition to put it in its place. “My record at the Open has been pretty good over the last few years and I don’t see any reason why I can’t continue that good run this week,” said McIlroy, who practised with Spain’s Jon Rahm yesterday. “With the way the rough is, someone like Jon and I can fly it over 320 yards – you’re basically taking all the trouble out of play

British Open viewer’s guide: tee times, TV schedule and streaming options

The 147th British Open begins on Thursday at Carnoustie, and tee times for the opening round are from 1:35 a.m. ET to 11:16 a.m. ET. Tiger Woods, making his first British Open start in three years, tees off at 10:21 a.m. alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox, and that group goes off at 5:20 a.m. on Friday. The TV broadcast begins at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday on the Golf Channel and continues until 4 p.m. Weekend coverage is also on NBC. Below is the TV schedule, streaming options and tee times for the week. TV SCHEDULE (ET) Thursday: 1:30 a.m.-4

Scherzer gets nod to start MLB all-star game in home park

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will bat sixth for the National League in the all-star game in his home ballpark on Tuesday night in Washington (7:30 p.m. ET). Harper is hitting .214 with a .365 on-base percentage, .468 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 54 runs batted in. Despite his hitting struggles, Harper is an all-star — voted in by fans — for the sixth time in his seven-year major league career. Nationals teammate Max Scherzer will take the mound for the NL as expected with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saying it’s good for baseball and for the country

LaVar’s latest boast: In prime, I’d beat LeBron

1:31 PM ET LaVar Ball made headlines last year when he said that he could have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one back in his playing days. Now the braggadocious basketball dad is making the same claim about his son’s new teammate: LeBron James. In a recent interview with Fanatics View, Ball said he would have been able to beat James because the four-time NBA MVP is “too weak.” “ too weak,” Ball, 50, said during the interview, which was published last Thursday. “Back in my heyday, can’t nobody hold me. 270 (pounds), benching 500? All I gotta do is back

The Best Golf Shoes, According to Pros, Instructors, and Gearheads

While you could certainly play a round of golf in any pair of athletic shoes, if you’re serious about the sport, it’s worth investing in a pair of golf shoes. Swinging a golf club involves pivoting and twisting, very different motions than simply running or walking in a straight line. Golf shoes are designed for this movement — and making it easier to do on grass. Like most sneakers, golf shoes are breathable and moisture-wicking, but several features differentiate them from standard athletic shoes, and make them suited for the unique needs of golfers.

According to Michael Salem, golf brand manager at Decathlon Sports, “The sole of the shoe is the main difference between golf shoes and regular athletic shoes. Since golfers need to use the ground to push off with their feet to create power, it is essential to have a gripping mechanism on the bottom of the shoes to prevent slipping.” Wide rubber soles are typically used to prevent slipping on the grass, as well as rubber nodes or plastic spikes that help with traction. (The metal spikes on older models of golf shoes are no longer permitted on most courses.) Below, golf pros, instructors, and gearheads recommend their favorite shoes for hitting the links.

Best overall golf shoes

FootJoy Tour S Cleated TPU Saddle Strap
FootJoy Tour S Cleated TPU Saddle Strap

$270, Zappos

Tim Townsend and Jeff Anderson, both senior professionals at the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, chose FootJoy shoes for their comfort and classic style. The pros agreed that the shoes, with their lightweight leather uppers, are easy to break in. The “launch pods” with soft spikes on the sole provide a wide surface area of stability. They’re waterproof as well, perfect for playing in wet conditions.

$270 at Zappos

Most comfortable golf shoes

Adidas Golf Adicross Bounce
Adidas Golf Adicross Bounce

$108, Zappos

These water-resistant and cushioned shoes from Adidas are a favorite of Joe Ostrowski, director of golf at the Golf & Body NYC club. “I love them because you can wear them on the course and off,” he said. “They’re also lightweight and very comfortable.” Their versatility comes from substituting traditional spikes with rubber lugs — like smaller versions of those found on hiking boots — for flexibility and traction on the green and comfort everywhere else.

$108 at Zappos

Puma Ignite Power Adapt Disc
Puma Ignite Power Adapt Disc

$150, Zappos

Steve McMillan, founder of product review site TheGolfingDads, recommended these shoes in our roundup of Father’s Day gifts for golf dads. McMillan tests out a lot of gear, but he said these waterproof Pumas, with adjustable disc closure for a snug, socklike fit, “are the best shoes on the market bar none.” The foam in the midsole makes for a bouncy and responsive feel. A similar version is also available for women.

$150 at Zappos

Best golf shoes for women

Ecco Golf Biom Hybrid 3 GTX
Ecco Golf Biom Hybrid 3 GTX

$180, Zappos

Lots of brands design shoes for women, but Marjorie Jones, head professional at the Chelsea Piers Golf Club, prefers Ecco. “They are comfortable, supportive, and also very reliable,” she said. She’s worn and loved them for years, especially because of their generous width. With Gore-Tex technology, this pair is 100 percent waterproof, and the outsole has three distinct areas, each with a differently shaped rubber pattern, for fluid movement throughout the swing.

$180 at Zappos

Nike Golf Roshe G
Nike Golf Roshe G

$80, Zappos

Nike’s fresh white Roshe golf shoes can double as stylish white sneakers, thanks to the casual styling — borrowed from the popular Roshe running shoes — and the low-profile rubber nodes on the sole. But that doesn’t mean that these lightweight shoes aren’t designed for serious performance on the course. Targeted pressure points on the outsole ensure that you’ll get traction and stability while swinging, and the soft cushioning and flexibility are ideal for all-day comfort.

$80 at Zappos

Best budget golf shoes

Adidas Golf Tech Response
Adidas Golf Tech Response

$60, Zappos

At under $100, Adidas’s Tech Response shoe is an affordable pick that’s still functional and feels good on the feet. Ryan Engle, CEO of augmented-reality app Golf Scope, finds them surprisingly comfortable compared to other golf shoes. “Usually, after a round of golf, I can’t wait to switch back to my normal shoes, but on multiple occasions I’ve found myself driving home in these shoes because they are so comfortable,” he said. The lightweight mesh upper enhances breathability and flexibility. The women’s version is available here.

$60 at Zappos

Skechers Performance Go Golf Eagle — Range
Skechers Performance Go Golf Eagle — Range

$75, Zappos

Constructed similarly to Skechers’s popular GoWalk shoes, the cushioning and flexibility of the brand’s women’s golf shoes feel soft and supportive underfoot. The mostly mesh upper cuts down on weight and maximizes airflow to keep feet cool and wick away sweat.

$75 at Zappos

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