Sock socks it to Bogomolov
US wild card Jack Sock defeated seventh seed Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round on Monday of the ATP Tour’s Atlanta Open in Atlanta, Georgia. The 19-year-old Sock converted two of his three break points, while saving six of the seven chances he faced on serve in the 2 hour, 15 minute match. Russia’s Bogomolov has now lost five consecutive matches and falls to 9-21 on the season. Sock is no stranger to winning lower-level matches as he captured the US Open junior doubles title in 2010 and the mixed doubles crown last year. He is now trying to raise his game to the highest level, and to help him do that, he recently hired former world top 10 player Joakim Nystrom as his coach.
Reds’ Votto out for weeks
National League Central leaders Cincinnati were hit with the news on Monday that All-Star slugger Joey Votto needs left knee surgery and will miss three or four four weeks. Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, had been playing with the injury since last month, but an evaluation on Monday determined he will need to have his torn meniscus repaired. “It is in my best interest, and in the best interest of the team, to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race,” Votto told the Reds’ Web site. The Reds had a six-game winning streak snapped by Arizona on Monday and Pittsburgh are breathing down their neck in the division. Votto, who is batting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs, has been replaced by rookie Todd Frazier.
Miami Heat going to China
The NBA champions Miami Heat will play two pre-season games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall. The teams will meet Oct. 11 at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It is the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition. Eight NBA teams will play in eight international games in October as part of the league’s international pre-season schedule. The Dallas Mavericks will play games in Barcelona and Berlin and the Boston Celtics will play games in Istanbul, Turkey, and Milan, Italy, against top Euroleague teams. Toronto and the New York Knicks will play in Montreal and Minnesota, while Detroit will play in Winnipeg. In 2004, the NBA became the first US professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento.
Woods to play with Garcia
Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods will play alongside Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in the opening two rounds of The Open in Lytham, England, later this week. Woods, Spaniard Garcia and Briton Rose will tee off at 9:42 in tomorrow’s first round. The 36-year-old American is looking to end a four-year drought in major championships, having won the last of his 14 “big four” titles at the 2008 US Open. Garcia, 32, and Rose, 31, are among the best modern-day players never to have won a major. Among the other highlights of Monday’s draw was the grouping of world No. 1 Luke Donald with US left-hander Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy at 1443. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy will partner 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and last year’s USPGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley at 1421.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being