Matsuyama's Open record is nothing to write home about, with his sole top-10 finish in four appearances coming on his debut at Muirfield in 2013. When he won the British Open down the coast at Royal Liverpool in 2014, McIlroy mentioned an adage he first heard from Tom Weiskopf.
The only thing I can tell you is that in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club for him and his agent. "I think for sure this is a good signing for us". However, now it appears the ex-Italian national team chief is reinvigorated as he attempts to lead Chelsea to success in the UEFA Champions League.
The left-back only signed for Monaco last summer from Marseille but impressed last campaign, playing 25 times in Ligue 1 to help his side win the French top flight and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Despite potentially being the all-time record signing of a club with arguably the deepest pockets in football, the Mendy fee wouldn't even be the second biggest in the Premier League this summer.
Hosts England were the pre-tournament favourites so, India will go with no pressure. England will face India in the Women's World Cup final after Harmanpreet Kaur's century inspired the underdogs to a 36-run semi-final victory over Australia.
However, nobody has been able to knock off Busch the past couple of years. Completing the top 10 were series points leader Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano , Ryan Newman , rookie Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney . So there's no place Kyle Busch would rather be going this weekend than auto racing's famous Brickyard. "We'll work on it overnight and be ready for the race tomorrow".
Kuchar is second at 4 to 1. It showed as he seemed to bounce down the 18th fairway. "Walking up the 18th, the last group Saturday of a British Open , having the stands and the people cheer, it's completely unique", he said, after suggesting to Spieth they take it all in.
Kuchar, along with Brooks Koepka, had shared the lead with Spieth after the opening round and posted a respectable 71 earlier on Friday to move to four-under for the championship. Most of the time there's at least a group that gets the worst weather, and it's nearly impossible to win in that circumstance at an Open Championship.
Weidman then lost to Yoel Romero by knockout and to Gegard Mousasi by technical knockout in a controversial stoppage last April in Buffalo. He had his moments in each, but in a performance business, he wasn't delivering. But when he went down near the end of the first, there was shock among the faithful. "You have to cut angles". He came in here, he stood with me, I gave him my bombs and he stuck it out.
Jordan Spieth , chomping away on gum as he watched one putt after another pour into the center of the cup, worked some bunker magic late in the round to keep his card filled only with birdies and pars for a 5-under 65. The world No 3 picked up another shot on the par-five 15th, then another on 17 before missing a great chance on the last to shoot a record-equalling 64.
It's a day to go out there and make some birdies". Overnight leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka were set to tee off in the mid-afternoon wave and still sat atop the leaderboard at 5 under par when their rounds began. "I'll be playing with (Spieth) but not focused on him". Spieth's first shot, a 3-wood, found the left rough, while Kuchar hit his down the middle of the fairway.
In fact, he would play his next 24 frames in 7 under before returning to earth with a pair of bogeys on Friday. SOUTHPORT , England - A Rory McIlroy head bob doesn't make a sound, but something feels different about the air on a golf course when he begins to strut toward his ball, his whole body seemingly in rhythm with a cadence only he can hear.
After a few weeks of trial and error, McIlroy said on Wednesday at The Open that he has settled on that same model, TaylorMade's Tour Proto TP Collection Juno, to use at this week's Open Championship. Three-time Major champ Spieth drained a 20ft birdie putt on the last to sit on 11 under as Rory McIlroy also melted at Birkdale. "I could be standing here and [have] hit 18 greens and shot one over and missed every putt and feel bad", he stated.
And when his putter is working - it really hasn't been this year - he is regarded as a favorite at just about any tournament. It was not to be, but Johnson's 6-under-64 put him on the leaderboard at the British Open, just five shots off the lead owned by Jordan Spieth .
He admitted the tougher examination of the Friday at Troon a year ago had toughened him for this test. "Pretty stress-free", Spieth said . "I was very proud of myself that I hung in there and tried to stay as positive as I possibly could", he said.
Grace, 29, finished his round before second-round leader Spieth teed off. There were only four under-par rounds from those in the morning wave, including a remarkable 66 by American Zach Johnson (the 2015 Open Championship winner) that garnered him a two-day total 141.
This year will mark the tenth time that Royal Birkdale has hosted the Championship, most recently in 2008. "I made some par saves of four-to-five feet, but other than that it was a pretty stress-free for Saturday in a major championship".
The Red Devils were thought to be in contention to sign Bale in 2013 before the winger left Tottenham Hotspur in a £85.6m deal to Real Madrid . "It's clear Bale likes Madrid, likes the challenge and the situation. "[Luke] Shaw first, [Marcos] Rojo the last one". After facing Real, United will face fellow La Liga heavyweights Barcelona in the final leg of their U.S.
Grace said it was just a special day at Royal Birkdale , where the winds were calm and the scoring conditions flawless. Kuchar, who first endeared himself to these British fans as a 19-year-old amateur in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, tied the course record with a 29 on the front nine, only to fall into a routine of pars the rest of the way.
Chen finished second with 585.25 points and bronze went to China's Yang Jian with 565.15, while Briton Matty Lee was 12th. Daley did not even reach the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro past year, but his haul today was better than the 585.30 scored by Chen when winning in the Brazilian city.
A writer for The Irish Times , Philip Reid , unfortunately wound up getting a cut on the side of his face during the British Open on Friday after world No. As a result, Johnson feels he would need to improve on Grace's 62 to have a realistic chance on Sunday. But I figure-who knows what the lead's going to be at the end of the day today-but I'm going to need to shoot probably nine under, I would imagine.
Only the largely ceremonial stage into Paris on the Champs-Elysees stands between Froome and his fourth triumph in five years. Excusing an highy unusual turn of events or severe crash in tomorrow's stage, Froome has secured his fouth Tour de France victory.
The 32-year-old was the last rider to set off from the Stade Velodrome and retains the yellow jersey after extending his lead over Colombian Uran Rigoberto to 54 seconds ahead of Sunday's largely ceremonial final stage. Bodnar may have been victorious on the winding 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial with a time of 28 minutes, 15 seconds, but it was Team Sky rider Froome who was, once again, the day's big victor.
The 22-year-old defender returned last season but was limited to just nine league appearances for the Blues, making just three starts. With Chelsea looking to loan him out, upwards of 20 clubs from England and overseas had enquired about the young Frenchman.
Welshman Stuart Manley sits in a group with Bubba Watson and Ernie Els on two-under after briefly leading on his first ever appearance at a major championship . He arrived at Birkdale having missed the cut at three of his previous four tournaments, while the error-strewn start to his first round virtually ruled him out of contention for a second claret jug.
What makes the course even more challenging are the huge sand dunes that each of the holes are built around. Only eight players broke par, and some were shellshocked, like former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. I get to kick back in the afternoon and watch the guys just try to survive (which) is pretty much all you can do. "My ball-striking has been better than in any years that I've ever played golf".
The Arsenal star is expected to feature against the Blues. Willian opened the scoring when he collected the ball from Batshuayi and surged towards goal before finishing off the post. And that was the last act of an entertaining first-half as some sloppy defending from Arsenal had costed them dearly against a ruthless Chelsea . French global Olivier Giroud entered the game in the second half and provided some spark but his early shots were saved or wide.
Rose , a former MVP award victor, is looking to continue his career rehab after multiple injuries. Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score's "Bernstein and Goff Show" in afternoon drive. Rose played in 66 games-his second straight year of at least 60 appearances-and averaged 18 points per game on 47.1-percent shooting. Over his career, he averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists.
Rose did miss 18 games, though, and injuries have been a problem for him throughout his career. The Cavs are in advanced talks with point guard Derrick Rose on a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million. Rose has drawn interest this offseason from Minnesota, Milwaukee and the Clippers. It's been six years since his MVP, but Rose is still a very capable player that deserves a place in this league.
However, according to USA Today's Sam Amick , Rose is also in talks with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls . The Bucks also have shown interest in Rose . Placing Rose in the starting lineup next to Irving would be an odd fit, and Cleveland just signed Calderon as a backup point guard. Rose has never been a consistent outside shooter, but with the Knicks, he essentially eliminated the threat of a 3-point shot altogether.
The four-time major victor was five-over after six holes, but four birdies in his last eight holes helped him finish with a one-over 71, just six shots off the lead. "But these things sort of crop up out of nowhere and they challenge us", he said. Although he made his fourth bogey of the second round at the next hole, Spieth was more than happy with his day's work.
I haven't played a major for a little while. "And if I win it has nothing to do with that, either". "I made some par saves of four-to-five feet, but other than that it was a pretty stress-free for Saturday in a major championship ". He solved that complication with a suitably aggressive 65, and he reshaped the tenor of the 146th British Open . "But I'm going to need to shoot probably 9-under, I would imagine.
In a gradual process staring off with Mandhana and Raut shifting to Mithali, Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari and now the focus is successfully on Harmanpreet Kaur that seems to be the right action at the right time. "I've seen her bat like that before but not for that long and she hit the ball incredibly well today. Playing the hosts in their own country is going to be a challenge but this unit is up for it", the Indian skipper said ahead of the match.
An interesting stat provided by Tour organizers. Friday's stage out of the Alps through Provence isn't tough enough to provoke a big shake-up in the standings, and Sunday's ride into Paris is largely processional. I'm just taking it one season at a time. "He's 15 kilos lighter", Phinney said. Alberto Contador posted a time only 21-seconds slower than Bodnar, putting Barguil's 9th under peril.
FC Pune City who have retained only one senior player will join the above two in the second round. The fourth season of ISL will see 10 teams competing for the coveted trophy and is expected to kick off on November 18. Like all the teams that have retained two players, NorthEast United will also join the draft in the third round. The Instant Trading Card can be used twice by a given team during the draft.
Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort attended a campaign meeting past year with a Russian-American lobbyist who has been under investigation by the panel. President Trump "doesn't like failure and mistakes, and he doesn't accept them". An intelligence officer-turned-politician, Putin is known for steering discussions in his own favor.
Brian Windhorst reported earlier in the day that Irving had requested the trade, and that his superstar teammate LeBron James was both " blindsided " and "disappointed". New York Knicks , sources said. The Cavaliers parted ways with GM David Griffin in June, and the franchise has yet to name a replacement. Irving's agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that there was indeed a meeting about the player's future, but he did not disclose any specifics about the conversation.
Rose's departure felt like a weight being lifted after years of his various injury cycles and freakish and confusing statements nearly every time a microphone was in front of him. Derrick Rose is a seasoned veteran, a player whose career has been largely hindered by repetitive knee injuries. Staying with the Knicks gives Rose one more season to salvage his career and boost his value to other teams .
Larkham said he had been optimistic about Lealiifano's chances of returning. "I've seen him go through some really hard times", Larkham said. It's something Brumbies fans, and no doubt Christian himself have been waiting for, for some time.
Jordan Spieth took a two-shot lead through two rounds of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport , England Friday. Unlike Thursday, when the outward nine proved harder, the inward holes were more testing on Friday when crosswinds disrupted everyone's line.
Whether I do that the next two days I don't know, but I have to give 100 per cent and try to be the best I can be and take it from there". What was in McIlroy's head before that is a matter of some conjecture. But, with a little help from Fitzgerald, it started to come back to him. McIlroy, the four-time major victor, confessed that he felt "anxious" and "timid" heading to the first tee but admitted that some encouraging words from his caddie, JP Fitzgerald, helped spark a resurgence.