Green has one-shot lead
Hannah Green held a one-shot lead over Ariya Jutanugarn at the KPGA Women’s PGA Championship on Saturday, matching pars and birdies with Jutanugarn for seven straight holes, but missed a birdie putt on 16 and shot a bogey on 18 to erode her advantage. Green was nine-under 207 for her first 54-hole lead at an LPGA Tour event. Taiwan’s Chien Pei-yun (220) and Hsu Wei-ling (222) made the cut, but were well adrift of the leaders.
Barty, Goerges advance
Ashleigh Barty was to play Julia Goerges in the final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham after press time last night after sending down 11 aces and 24 winners on Saturday to dispatch world No. 51 Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Goerges is also in good form, beating Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final.
Run marks cave rescue
Some of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach have marked the anniversary of their ordeal that saw them trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks with a commemorative marathon in northern Thailand. About 4,000 people took part in the marathon and biking event yesterday morning, organized by local authorities to raise funds to improve conditions at the Tham Luang cave complex. The youngsters went in to explore before rain-fed floodwaters pushed them deep inside the complex. Nine of the boys and their coach ran the marathon, donning the event’s orange T-shirts. The Wild Boars teammates were at the center of attention as they smiled and posed for photographs.
France win U-20 title
Flyhalf Louis Carbonel kicked the winning penalty with 15 minutes remaining to give France a 24-23 win over Australia in the final at the under-20 world rugby championship on Saturday. The lead changed hands seven times at the Racecourse Stadium, but France prevailed to successfully defend their title. Carbonel had been the star of France’s first title success on home soil last year, kicking 23 points in their defeat of England in the final. Australia got off to a fast start in this year’s decider when teenage winger Mark Nawaqanitawase dived over after only 49 seconds. South Africa beat Argentina 41-16 to take third place for the third tournament in a row. England defeated Wales 45-26 for fifth place and New Zealand beat Ireland 40-17 to take seventh spot, the Kiwis’ lowest ranking in the 12-year history of the U-20 championship.
Salary cap announced
The NHL salary cap for next season has been set at US$81.5 million, US$1.5 lower than initially projected. The league and the NHL Players’ Association announced the figure on Saturday, a day before teams could begin meeting with prospective unrestricted free agents ahead of the signing period opening on Monday next week. The cap rose by US$2 million from last season, although teams at or near the maximum were counting additional room to sign or re-sign players. The cap crunch was notable in leading to several teams shedding high-priced salaries during the second and final day of the NHL draft on Saturday.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two