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Birdies, bogeys and the eagle in Justin Thomas' 63

Spieth shot a 4-under 76 in a third round that ended with a double bogey on the par-5 18th. Spieth was at 4 over for the tournament - 16 shots behind leader Brian Harman . Faced with 299 yards to the hole, Thomas hit a majestic 3-wood that landed just short of the hole before rolling eight feet past. Stricker shot a 69 to move to 2 under going into the final round. Read More »

Out-of-sorts McIlroy on course to miss cut after opening 78

After starting the day at +6, McIlroy made little headway on his front nine and slumped to three straight bogeys after the turn which meant his hot streak of four birdies over his final six holes was all too little too late. Bill Haas played bogey-free in his round of 68 and joined a group at 4-under 140 that included Harris English (69) and Marc Leishman (72). World No. Read More »

Monye: Some Lions call-ups not 'best of the very best'

But that was a rare foray into the 22 for the Maori and the hosts barely got out of their own half after the break as the visitors' power up front told. Leigh Halfpenny's ideal haul of 20 points off the tee has most likely ensured that he shoots at goal in next weekend's first Test against the All Blacks. Read More »

Liverpool, Chelsea keen on signing 23-year-old midfielder

With just one year remaining on the contract of England worldwide Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, talks were expected to advance easily on a new deal for the Arsenal star, but with no news since the end of the season, reports are now surfacing that the player is becoming frustrated with the lack of progress. Read More »

Brian Harman sits atop a crowded US Open leaderboard after third round

Open where par is going out of style. Thomas is 2 under on the day and for 4 under for the tournament. In fact, he's not even leading after three rounds. It's the first 63 at the U.S. Open since Vijay Singh in 2003 at Olympia Fields and the fifth overall in tournament history. Justin Rose, Davis Love IV, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell will not be in contention for the 117th US Open title. Read More »

Justin Thomas Sets US Open Record

Four others have shot 63 in the U.S. Open: Johnny Miller in 1973, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in 1980, Vijay Singh in 2003 - all on courses with lower par totals. Putts: Miller , 29. Thomas, 25. "I was just happy that I was the one that was able to take advantage of it today". He says he feels comfortable on the course, and now that he spent Saturday booking his place in history, he wants to follow a similar fate on Sunday. Read More »

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by one at US Open

Open record by making six consecutive birdies en route to a four-under 68 and a share of seventh place. As for scoring drama - well, this was one time he may have wished he didn't know where he stood. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to flawless. As we all know, this game is all about putting. Read More »

Justin Thomas' historic US Open day included a circus putt

In fact, he's not even leading after three rounds. Sprinkled through the leaderboard are a few familiar names capable of lighting up the links-style layout with American Rickie Fowler , Englishman Paul Casey and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama all tipped as future major winners. Read More »

Justin Thomas shoots 63 in third round at US Open

The World No.14 ranked Casey went into day two sharing second but slumped under the weight of dropping five strokes in a four-hole run from his third hole, and included in that stretch was the triple on his fifth hole. McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home ". He would end the day in a far better position. Read More »

Justin Thomas breaking records at US Open

Open pressure", he said. He just won't play on the weekend at the U.S. Open. McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a courageous face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016. Read More »

Johnson, McIlroy, Day all miss cut; 4-way tie at top

Open in three attempts. Harman would eventually birdie three of his final eight holes to take a one-shot lead. Rain-softened conditions at Erin Hills made greens more receptive and a lack of brisk winds left the course virtually defenceless. Read More »

Top 3 miss US Open cut, 4-way tie for the lead

Other notable players failing to make the cut included British Open champion Henrik Stenson (147), former Masters winners Charl Schwartzel (147) of South Africa and Australian Adam Scott (147) and double Masters victor Bubba Watson (148). He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. Read More »

Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan well: Aamir Sohail


Our batting is not that good when compared to our bowling options", he added. Imran also praised the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed . Sohail criticised Sarfraz in a post-match analysis where he said that the 30-year-old has "nothing to be smug about; he just became captain". Read More »

Lions send message to All Blacks ahead of test series

In Rotorua , however, they ground the Maori into submission and pulled off a victory that could have been more emphatic. An expectant crowd did not see the stylish Maori display it was hoping for, as the Lions put the home side under enormous pressure by winning their battles all over the park, with Liam Messam scoring their only try in a first half played in wet conditions. Read More »

Lions down Maori All Blacks in Rotorua

Still, the win and its inherent solidity will have provided some boon to Lions head coach Warren Gatland . Delivered shortly after landing with his Lions squad in New Zealand on May 27, 2005, it was a statement that would come back to haunt Sir Clive Woodward. Read More »

Johnny Miller: Justin Thomas' 63 not as good as mine

Brian Harman shot 5-under 67 to get to 12-under 204. Attending the U.S. Open at Erin Hills is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. But he is the only one who carries the label of being the best player never to have won a major. In another odd twist this year, the game's three top players - Dustin Johnson , Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - all missed the cut. He had 10 scores of 3 on his card and a 2. Read More »

Facts about Champion Trophy final

But the biggest plus for India in the tourney has been their pace attack which has bowled with pace and venom to run through the batting order of most of their opponents. Can this unpredictable Pakistan team led by Sarfraz Ahmed pose a challenge to India in the final? "Don't worry about the India match". India have been crowned champions twice in 2002 and 2013 while Pakistan yet to clinch the title have made it to four semi-finals before this edition. Read More »

Eoin Morgan vows England will 'stay true' to beliefs after Pakistan heartbreak

EOIN MORGAN: I think we are, certainly. I think, going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home. When asked about the secret formula which has seen Pakistan bowlers turn a leaf since they shipped more than 300 runs in the opening game against India , Mahmood said the players have been working hard for some time now. Read More »

Top 3 miss US Open cut; 4-way tie for 1st

Open opening round. Another warm, dry day is drying out the course, and the players are noticing a difference. Thomas says "I had no idea in terms of 9 under being the best in the U.S. "I just pulled it, and it rode the wind out there". Oosthuizen, whose sole major title to date came at St Andrews in 2010, birdied the first, fourth, seventh and eighth to move to four under par, while 2015 victor Spieth had covered his first 11 holes in level par. Read More »

Brian Harman looks for major breakthrough at US Open

That second-place finish earned him $1 million, moved him into the top 50 and secured his spot in both this year's Masters and U.S. Open. Eight of the top 12 in the world will not be around for the weekend at this most unusual U.S. Most Open courses are par 70 or 71. "Whether it's 20 under or 20 over, they want a good tournament and an action-packed leader board". His whole life has been marked by high aspirations and low scores. Read More »

I am sure it will be a well-contested final: Kohli

The two teams have played in 11 finals across all limited overs formats and Pakistan hold the edge with seven wins to India's four. The mighty French side stood in their way. But it also gives us an insight into the thinking of these younger players, and to see them come in and be very, very fearless and very committed to the way we want to play our cricket has been very, very refreshing for all of us. Read More »

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead on Cleveland Cavaliers


With Kerr back on the bench for the second straight game after battling back pain, Golden State, which made a record 9 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 16 of 33 behind the arc, also got just what it needed from its reserves as Andre Iguodala had several big plays, none bigger than stripping James of the ball on a potential tying 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds left. Read More »

The Golden State Warriors reportedly chose to skip White House visit

James teamed up with All Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat to win his first championship in 2012. The Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers in five games in the Finals. Kevin Durant , asked if he had a message for Rihanna as he left Oracle Arena late Monday night after his Golden State Warriors were crowned National Basketball Association champions, held aloft his Finals MVP trophy and stared at a video camera. Read More »