Contador takes 20th stage
Alberto Contador surged past Chris Froome to win the mountainous 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday and increase his overall lead heading into the final day. Contador stayed close to Froome as they shed the rest of the field on the ascent to the Puerto de Ancares summit. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider then used a final push to power by Froome and win the 186km ride starting in Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil, which included four category climbs. The Spaniard smiled brightly as he left Froome behind, knowing he was closing in on what would be his sixth grand tour victory.
McIlroy in share of lead
Rory McIlroy eagled the par-five 15th to join Billy Horschel in a tie for the lead in the Tour Championship on Saturday. With the FedExCup playoff title and a bonus jackpot of US$10 million on the line at East Lake Golf Club, world No. 1 McIlroy sank a 26-foot putt to draw level at the top, then parred the last three holes to card a three-under-par 67. That left the Northern Irishman at nine-under 201 in the fourth and final playoff event, level with his US playing partner Horschel, who had been three ahead at the turn before losing momentum on the way to a 69. Jim Furyk was third at seven-under after firing a four-birdie 67.
WI solid in 500th Test
The West Indies made a strong start to the second Test against Bangladesh, their 500th Test match, with a century stand from openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson setting them on the way to a first day total of 246-3. Johnson, on Test debut, was part of a solid start along with Brathwaite. Brathwaite made 63 before he was removed after lunch when he slashed a long hop from Shafiul Islam to Taijul Islam at point with the hosts on 143. Soon afterward, Johnson was trapped LBW by Taijul Islam. Kirk Edwards made 16 before he was caught, but Darren Bravo (44) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (34) saw the hosts to the close.
Venus, Lucic-Baroni advance
Venus Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni advanced to the final of the WTA Quebec City tournament with semi-final triumphs on Saturday. Williams defeated fourth seed Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-3, while Lucic-Baroni advanced to her first WTA final since 1998 by defeating German fifth seed Julia Goerges 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Williams saved nine break-point chances created by 21-year-old Rogers in the first set of their semi-final. With Williams serving for the match, Rogers finally claimed her only break to pull within 5-3, only to have Williams break back in the ninth game to win. Firing nine aces and seven double faults, Lucic-Baroni was broken in the final game of the second set by Goerges, but won five of the next six games on her way to the win.
Norman reports accident
Greg Norman said he was recovering in a US hospital yesterday after almost cutting off his hand with a chainsaw. Australia’s former world No. 1 posted a photo to Instagram of himself lying in a hospital bed with his left arm heavily bandaged. Norman, 59, issued a warning with the photo and suggested he had come close to severing one of his hands. “Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand,” Norman tweeted. Norman last week posted a photo of himself working with a chainsaw to cut back a small tree at what appeared to be one of his seaside properties.
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7