Gareth Bale says he is very happy to be called the golfer at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has defended his passion for golf after being photographed playing while Real Madrid were at a pre-season tournament Gareth Bale has admitted he is more than happy to be nicknamed the golfer at Real Madrid, following a comment Thibaut Courtois made about him this year, and has defended his passion for the sport he was photographed playing while his club were competing in a pre-season tournament. The Welshman, speaking before Friday nights Euro 2020 qualifier at home against Azerbaijan, gave the impression that he wastes no energy thinking about his critics and said that those seeking the reasons behind the bitter breakdown in relations at his club this summer need to ask Real Madrid. Asked about the golfer …

Rafael Nadal flexes muscles to reach semis and remain on course for fourth US Open title

Rafael Nadal overcame a spirited challenge from Argentinas Diego Schwartzman to remain on course for a fourth US Open title Rafael Nadal overcame a spirited challenge from Argentinas Diego Schwartzman to win 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, staying on course for a fourth title at Flushing Meadows and 19th major championship to move within one of Roger Federers all-time record. The second-seeded Spaniard squandered double-break leads in the first and second sets, but recovered to win each of them with exquisite shotmaking and his trademark steel before closing out the match after two hours and 47 minutes. When he is under confidence hes very difficult to stop, Nadal said after …

‘I didn’t know it was so boring’: Tedium ends Matosas’s reign as Costa Rica coach

The Costa Rica coach, Gustavo Matosas, has resigned after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent down times between games The Costa Rica coach, Gustavo Matosas, has resigned after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent down times between games. I realised that in the national side I feel unproductive even though I kill myself watching videos, Matosas said at a press conference on Wednesday. Its not what I like to be doing. The 52-year-old also admitted that he found the job boring. Its tough not having players in the day-to-day to train them. I only have the players for a week every two months and its killing me. I didnt know it was …

US sprinter Christian Coleman facing ban for alleged missed drug tests

Christian Coleman is facing a two-year ban after allegedly missing three drug tests in a 12-month period Christian Coleman, the worlds fastest man and favourite for 100m gold at the world championships in Doha next month, is facing a two-year ban after allegedly missing three drug tests in a 12-month period. Sources confirmed to the Guardian that the American sprinter, who leads the 100m world rankings with a best of 9.81sec this season, had missed the tests but was contesting at least one of them. Under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency athletes are required to put details of their whereabouts for one hour every day in case they are required to be tested with three missed tests across …

McIlroy and Thomas in close pursuit of Koepka at Tour Championship

Koepka leads by one stroke after 36 holes over Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Friday Depending on your outlook, it is either perfectly fair that this feels like a typical golf tournament at its halfway juncture or the dumbing down of what should be a marquee environment. Sundays winner of the Tour Championship will stroll off with $15m after the PGA Tour simplified the conclusion to both its season and the FedEx Cup; handicapped starts, as afforded to players before a ball was struck at East Lake, havent altered the dynamic or impacted on the atmosphere. This cuts both ways, of course. In the perfect defence of the amended format, stellar names lead …

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez stunned in pro debut

The double Olympic gold medalist was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Denvers Adan Gonzales on Saturday Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Adan Gonzales on Saturday night. Ramirez suffered a stunning split-decision defeat at the Liacouras Center on the North Philadelphia campus of Temple University, a crushing start for one of boxings prized prospects. Gonzales won 40-35 and 39-36 on two scorecards and one judge scored the bout 38-37 for Ramirez. The 25-year-old Ramirez won gold in two weight classes fighting for Cuba in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Games. He defected from Cuba last year …

Several Guatemalan boys were denied visas to attend a U-15 soccer championship in the US

(CNN)At least nine boys with the Guatemalan under-15 soccer team were denied travel visas to the United States, the country’s soccer federation said. Guatemala will still participate in the championship, the federation said, but the situation is putting them at a “disadvantage by the terms of Fair Play.” The coaching team had chosen and trained those players for this specific event, they said. The Guatemalan team is set to face the US, Haiti and Suriname teams in the first phase of the tournament. A total of 42 teams are competing this year. Guatemala is among the top 14 ranked CONCACAF teams, according to the sport’s governing body. CONCACAF is formally known as the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean …

Golfers in war of words after caddie’s mom hit by stray ball

Portrush, Northern Ireland (CNN)His drive hit his playing partner’s caddie’s mom, but Kyle Stanley’s refusal to shout “fore” sparked a war of words in the Open at Royal Portrush Friday. “And coming down the last I wasn’t happy with one on 17. “Playing partner doesn’t shout ‘fore.’ The ball is going in the crowd. We’re shouting as it’s coming down in to the crowd and he’s just standing watching it. People don’t have enough time to react after we shout. It hits Greg, my caddie’s mom. I think she’s all right, but it’s not what you want. And so I told them how it was.” MacIntyre, who was also playing with Englishman Andrew Johnston, said of his admonishment Stanley “didn’t …

So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams? | Alex Clark

Men want to get in on everything. Then again, we all have our dreams Let us for a minute extend the benefit of the doubt to the 12% of men who defeat in the Wimbledon final. For who can say what manner of fugue state they fell into as they answered a simple polling question? Could they have collectively imagined, as they pictured the holder of 23 grand slam titles shaping up to serve, a freak calamity overtaking her? A sinkhole opening up on her side of the net, perhaps, or a thunderbolt sent by a jealous athletic god; or, in more sinister fashion, a tripwire rigged up by an Megan Rapinoe, a gay woman, is arrogant, cocky, self-aggrandising. Back …

Arsenal start disciplinary proceedings after Koscielny boycotts US tour

Arsenal have started disciplinary proceedings against their club captain, Laurent Koscielny, after he refused travel to the United States Arsenal have started disciplinary proceedings against their club captain, Laurent Koscielny, after he refused to travel to the United States for a pre-season tour as he attempts to force a move. The 33-year-old centre-half is believed to have his heart set on a return to his native France, with Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes possible destinations. Koscielny believed he had a way out of his contract, which has one year to run, this summer based on the deals structure and he is demanding the club free him of his obligation and allow him to leave for nothing. Arsenal maintain Koscielny was always …

Sergio Agero steers Manchester City towards title with win over Burnley

Sergio Ageros 63rd-minute goal gave Manchester City a 1-0 victory at Burnley to move them a step closer to winning the Premier League title Thirty-six games in, the title race strayed dangerously close to becoming an ordeal for Manchester City. For over an hour it had looked as though they might blink in their staring contest with Liverpool. Something had to give and Pep Guardiolas players certainly toyed with the emotions of their supporters during those passages of play when they lacked their usual sureness of touch. Except, of course, this is the team whose supporters like to sing how they will fight to the end; the team, lest it be forgotten, that once won the league with the final …

Tiger Woodss true legacy would be to end the look that marks US golfs race divide | Ewan Murray

Claiming a fifth Masters title was a remarkable triumph for Tiger Woods but the colour split at Augusta remains as stark as it was when he won his first Green Jacket 22 years ago This time last week, we had all been reminded of the look. Tiger Woods, with eyes transfixed on the prize over four days at Augusta, was to Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tara Moore says astonishing tennis comeback is enormous boost to career

The British player saved a match point at 0-6, 0-5 down to Jessika Ponchet in an ITF World Tour event and went on to win Tara Moore, who pulled off one of the great comebacks in tennis history in a 25,000 tournament in Sunderland this week, said the experience has given her career an enormous boost. On Tuesday, the British No 9 came back from 0-6, 0-5 and 30-40, clipping the net with an overhead smash on match point, relieved to see the ball land on the line, to beat Frances Jessika Ponchet in the tie-break, then 6-3 in the deciding set in the first round of an ITF World Tour event. I really feel for Jess, shes a great …

7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball but is he too tall for NBA?

The University of Central Florida player is so tall he can pretty much place the ball in the basket. But many professional teams will see him as one-dimensional You could be forgiven for thinking this years NCAA Tournament, the culmination of the college basketball season, is all about Zion Williamson and his Duke teammates. Williamson is the most gifted player to step on a collegiate court in years the sure-fire No1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft but he maynot be the most effective player in college basketball. That would be Tacko Fall, a 7ft 6in center from the University of Central Florida. And, yes, you read his height correctly. Falls size and skills have scrambled basketball: hes in …

Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with fourth straight slalom gold

(CNN)Mikaela Shiffrin proved she really is in a league of her own in the slalom, becoming the first skier in history to win four consecutive world titles in the same event. Mikaela Shiffrin: Why I won’t be objectified She admitted that the possibility of making history was the extra motivation she needed to power through. “Today was something else,” she said of the occasion. “There’s been a lot going on these Championships since the Super-G win. I certainly had a lot of doubt today but in the most important moments it was okay. “Like I said, my team was just spectacular this whole time to get me to toughen up and do the job. I’m really, really happy.” The packed …