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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.

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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

Why Isaiah Thomas could get a great offer from the Cavs

Isaiah Thomas‘ return from a hip injury is a feel-good story for one of the NBA’s most likable players. But there is a business aspect to this that will loom over him and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the coming months.

Thomas is in a contract year, and he wants to be paid. League executives and agents judging the market believe Thomas’ best chance at a significant contract this summer is with the Cavs, and they believe he will proceed accordingly.

That could be the case regardless of what happens with LeBron James‘ free agency. In the event James decides to move on from Cleveland again, some believe the Cavs may still be interested in retaining Thomas as long as he proves he can return to his All-Star form.

In these vital next few months, Thomas connecting with his new fans and winning over the heart of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert may be important things he could do for his future bank account.

On a team that has gotten used to all of its players being content with their large contracts — the Cavs have the league’s highest payroll and five players earning more than $10 million — Thomas’ six-month audition to get a new deal in Cleveland is a fresh set of circumstances.

Last summer, it was well-documented, Thomas told the Celtics’ broadcast during a summer league game that the team “knows they’ve got to bring the Brink’s truck out.” He has made it clear that he sees himself as a max player and will be looking for that in July, something close to $100 million.

However, the market for point guards has tightened over the past nine months. A couple got nice deals last summer: Jrue Holiday hit the jackpot by getting the New Orleans Pelicans to award him with a maximum contract for $126 million; Jeff Teague got three years and $57 million from Minnesota.

But players such as Kyle Lowry and George Hill found the market quickly soured. Lowry got three years and $93 million from Toronto, a lovely deal, but it was tens of millions less than he was expecting months before, when he was hoping for multiple max-contract offers. Hill ended up getting $40 million guaranteed in two years with the Kings (it pays $57 million if the Kings pick up the third season).

It’s not just the value of these deals, it’s their short-term nature. The four- and five-year deals that were being handed out in 2016 are already a memory, especially for older guards like Thomas.

So even if Thomas were 100 percent healthy, he’d be facing a challenging marketplace this summer. After two years of historic jumps, the salary cap will be close to flat this summer. Most of the teams that currently have the type of cap space to offer a $20 million-plus deal Thomas was hoping for aren’t expected to be in the market for point guards.

The Bulls have a budding star in Kris Dunn, the 76ers have Ben Simmons, the Mavericks have Dennis Smith Jr., the Hawks have Dennis Schroder and the Lakers have Lonzo Ball. There are some options: Brooklyn, Phoenix and Indiana are possibilities, for example, though the Suns already traded Thomas once. It’s not inviting, even if Thomas had no injury concerns, which he does with possible degenerative hip issues.

This is why Cleveland makes the most sense. They will have his full Bird rights and can pay him. Thomas also has a couple of intangible advantages in getting the Cavs to want to keep him.

“A team, even a rebuilding team as the Cavs might be if James walks, cannot allow prime assets to leave for nothing.”

One, the Cavs will be under some pressure to retain him because he’s a prime asset from the Kyrie Irving trade. Though the Cavs made it clear behind the scenes that they saw the Nets’ pick as the primary carrot, the Nets’ stronger-than-expected play this season is threatening to push that pick deeper into the lottery. Currently, it is projected to be the ninth pick. A team, even a rebuilding team as the Cavs might be if James walks, cannot allow prime assets to leave for nothing.

Second, Gilbert loves underdogs like Thomas. He sees himself as an underdog, a self-made billionaire who went to Michigan State, not the Ivy League. In 2016, Gilbert was the driving force behind paying $2.4 million to buy a draft pick to take Kay Felder, an undersized point guard from Oakland University who attracted Gilbert because of his ability to overcome challenges. Felder didn’t make it with the Cavs, but Thomas is the embodiment of what the Cavs were dreaming of with Felder.

Gilbert, an eternal optimist who aligns himself with risk-takers and appreciates overcoming odds, must like it when he hears Thomas say things like: “My story is my story and it always ends up that where I get the last laugh.” If there’s an owner in the league who’s primed to want to bet on Thomas, it’s Gilbert.

If Thomas has a good six months and bonds with the Cavs’ fan base, as he did in Boston, he will perhaps recapture some of the leverage that he has lost. This was one of the issues the Celtics were facing. Boston’s front office knew there was going to be fan pressure to re-sign the immensely popular Thomas, even if they didn’t see him as a true franchise player. That could transfer to Gilbert.

And at the end of the day, the market may dictate that Gilbert won’t necessarily have to back up the Brink’s truck to keep him, either. Either in dollars or years. Whether that’s to remain as a high-scoring running mate next to James or as a bridge to a future without him.

By NBA standards, Thomas has been underpaid. He is earning $6.3 million this season, about $300,000 less than he did last year with the Celtics dating to a contract he signed with the Suns four years ago that was for four years and $27 million. He’s the ninth-highest paid Cav.

Irving, who was chosen first in the 2011 draft where Thomas was picked last, will have earned $76 million in salary by the end of the season. Thomas will have made $29 million, including his salaries from his first three seasons with the Kings. Several other second-round picks from Thomas’ class — Jon Leuer and E’Twaun Moore, for example — have signed richer contracts than him because of the timing of their free agencies.

There’s always intrigue around the Cavs, both inherent and self-created. As July 1 approaches, James’ free-agency drama will build, to be sure. But Thomas, especially if he continues playing well after a positive start, could have his own story within a story developing with the Cavs too.

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