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Virat Kohli is under more pressure, claims Mohammad Amir

They had the simpler route to the final in terms of facing Bangladesh in their semi-final, but the clinical fashion in which they went about picking Bangladesh off was still a show of their confidence as a side. Amir, thought to be the team's spearhead, missed out on the semi-final against England on Wednesday. Amir would like to lead the pack like Wasim Akram did in that final against England, sending Allan Lamb (31) and Chris Lewis (0) back in two consecutive deliveries returning ... Read More »

Wisconsinite Steve Stricker in position for weekend berth at Erin Hills

While Erin Hills was still not playing as hard as many past U.S. Open courses, it was beginning to firm up from the early week rain, plus the USGA had a few tricks up its sleeve. "The finish was awesome". "I was sticking to the same game plan, I was doing the same things", Hadwin said. He might need one at this rate. Greg Norman and Vijay Singh are the only golfers to record two rounds of 63 in the majors. Read More »

ICC Champions Trophy: You can't rest on your laurels, says Virat Kohli

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It was indeed commendable the way the Indian team responded to the pressure situation against formidable South Africa at The Oval on Sunday. There was a chance in 16th over as Phehlukwayo managed to induce an edge out of Kohli , but Hashim Amla's diving effort went in vain as the ball popped out of his stretched right arm. Read More »

Day two ends with four-way tie

Joining Matsuyama two shots back is an eclectic mix that includes PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (73), amateur Cameron Champ (69), 36-year-old PGA Tour veteran Brandt Snedeker (69) and 21-year-old South Korean Kim Si-woo (70), the youngest player to win the Players Championship. Read More »

World's top 3 make history, miss cut

It's also important to note that there hasn't been a playoff in the last eight U.S. Opens . Koepka had the lead until he turned a birdie chance into a bogey on the par-5 first hole after making the turn. Masters champion Sergio Garcia said he was happy to be in the hunt at the U.S. Open and that his chances of adding a second successive major would improve if the course toughened up in the upcoming rounds. Read More »

Top 3 miss US Open cut, leaving 4-way tie for lead

World number one Johnson becomes the ninth player to miss the cut having won the USGA's blue ribbon event 12 months previous. He'll head home to spend time with his son, River Jones Johnson, who was born Monday. Sixty-eight players made the cut , with former champion Webb Simpson, former Masters and British Open victor Zach Johnson and former PGA champion Keegan Bradley all making it on the number. Read More »

Justin Thomas sets single round record at US Open

Open golf tournament Friday, June 16, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis . Miller's 63 came in the final round of the 1973 Open at legendary Oakmont, annually ranked as one of the most hard courses in the world. A triple-bogey didn't stop Paul Casey from grabbing a share of the lead at the midway point of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The four-way tie was the most after two rounds in a U.S. Read More »

Four-way tie at US Open

Jason Day was walking away from Erin Hills with his wife and son when he managed to find one positive about this U.S. Open. Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. However, heavy overnight rain dumped an inch of water on the course and that undoubtedly helped low scoring with players able to take advantage of receptive greens and attack the holes. Read More »

The wrong kind of US Open history

Two rounds down and two to go at the US Open at Erin Hills and we are still no closer to discovering the identity of the 2017 US Open champion. He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left. No one took advantage like Fowler. Read More »

Justin Thomas shoots first 9-under round in US Open history

He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday. He actually trails Brian Harman by 1. He still went out in even-par 36 and was one shot behind Rickie Fowler , who plays in the afternoon. "The majors have a different feel and sound to the roars and to hear the crowd go insane when I holed that putt on 18 was really cool", said Thomas, whose back-to-back wins in Hawaii in January included an opening 59 in the Sony Open. Read More »

Super save (for bogey) keeps Fleetwood smiling at US Open

Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson shot a 71, though he was still seven shots behind. Vijay Singh was the last player to accomplish the feat in 2003 at Olympia Fields. "On Friday it was the opposite". The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler . Read More »

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

Despite this, they'll still inscribe someone's name on the U.S. Open trophy, forever, and it might be Tommy Fleetwood (-11), or any of the band behind him, including Ricky Fowler, two shots out of the lead or, who knows, Xander Schauffele, Lindsey Buckingham or Stevie Nicks. Read More »

Justin Thomas shoots 63 in third round at US Open

His 63 on Saturday was magnificent , and if he backs it up on Sunday with his first major championship, it will be even more historically relevant. Shortly after Thomas finished off his record round, Paul Azinger said on the broadcast what many might now be thinking: "I'm scared of Justin Thomas". Read More »

Pakistan's Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

But not only have Pakistan , the lowest ranked team in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides, always been regarded as world cricket's most "unpredictable" outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at worldwide Cricket Council tournaments. Read More »

Thomas shoots 63; breaks US Open record

This might have been more than anyone was expecting. Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open , and the first with a score of 9 under. Only a half-dozen of them have even experienced Sunday contention in golf's biggest events. "If you look at this golf course and you talk to me, Jason or Rory, this golf course sets up ideal for us", Johnson said. Read More »

Paul Casey goes top then crashes down US Open leaderboard

Li found the rough with his tee shot on 18 and hacked it out with an eight-iron, but his ball settled into a deep divot on the fairway, before his third shot bounded through the green into more nasty grass, from where he took six more shots to hole out for a 10-over 82 at Erin Hills . Read More »

Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Hopes for a bilateral cricket tournament between the two countries have also all but collapsed as the Indian cricket board repeatedly excuses the team from playing against Pakistan without formal approval from New Delhi , where the political party in power sees it against its interests. Read More »

Top 3 miss US Open cut, 4-way tie for the lead

Open round ever in relation to par. Of course, winning is easier said than done, especially at Erin Hills where the U.S. Open has turned into a birdie barrage. Haman, 30, joined the PGA Tour in 2012 and has won two tournaments, including the Wells Fargo Championship this year. Unfortunately for the four-time major victor he looked on course to be doing precisely that on Friday afternoon after struggling to an opening 78, which featured an eagle on the second, four bogeys and double ... Read More »

Kentuckian Justin Thomas uses record round to grab US Open lead

McIlroy won the US Open with a record 16-under-par total in 2011 and claimed his second major title in the US PGA the following year. Dustin Johnson was right on the cut line with eight holes to play. "I got a massive break", he said. It was the first time since the world ranking began in 1986 that the top three players missed the cut in any major. Read More »

Nothing easy for 1-2-3 at Erin Hills

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The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under par late in the third round but with numerous contenders still out on the course and threatening to catch him. After a 10th-place finish at The PLAYERS Championship, Noren enjoyed a massive come-from-behind win at the BMW PGA Championship. He birdied four of his last six holes - he missed two birdie putts of 10 feet and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh - to rally for a 71. Read More »

Justin Thomas hits absurd, winding birdie putt turned away from cup

There have been a pair of 65s, and Brian Harman holds the 54-hole lead at 12-under. "I've pictured winning the U.S. Open a lot of times before". "It was never that way in the U.S. "I don't know", Thomas said when asked what he'd say to Miller, "but I'll be pretty happy". "And I showed what I can do". The Englishman is tied for second at 11 under with Thomas and Brooks Koepka (who birdied 18). Read More »

LeBron James Sends Message to His Critics via Instagram

The Warriors won 129-120 to. And he looks forward to the nice payday. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was named the NBA Finals MVP for 2017 on Tuesday. Make a cut, get open and there, courtesy of Curry , was the ball. He chose Curry , Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. Read More »

Fowler back in the thick of it at US Open

Harman might be the surprise leader after three rounds at the U.S. Open, but there was nothing ordinary about his game. And if that's not enough of a traffic jam at the top, 18 players are separated by three shots to start the third round. "I think that can't be underestimated", said Fleetwood, "having your friend with you". He might need one at this rate. -Thomas on the meaning of his record-setting 63. Read More »

Warriors to decide on White House visit 'when and if necessary'

Spontaneous celebrations were breaking out in streets around the city. While the whole world is talking about the ring and the Warriors second title, we will mention the person who is responsible for it. "I don't believe we're a super team here". "I'm ready to do it again". Hall of Famer Magic Johnson averaged 18.6 points, eight rebounds and 12.4 assists a game in the 1991 NBA Finals games versus the Chicago Bulls. Read More »

Matsuyama moves up leaderboard at US Open

Justin Thomas on Saturday became the fifth player to post a 63 in a U.S. Open, joining Miller, Jack Nicklaus , Tom Weiskopf and Vijay Singh but Thomas is the only one to do it on a par-72 course. Stenson had one of the best shots of the tournament on Thursday, dunking his approach shot on No. 11 from 152 yards out for an eagle that seemingly amazed everybody but himself. Read More »

Ireland boost prospects with Austria draw but Serbia equaliser dents Wales hopes

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Aaron Ramsey's cheeky chip penalty looked to have sparked a monumental triumph for Chris Coleman's under-strength side. 'I felt calm, I felt confident in the situation. "I think that scarred anyone who was involved in that game", admitted the 27-year-old. There is a lot of quality in it. But Williams said at the final pre-match press conference: "As a team, we live for these nights. Read More »

Best friends Draymond Green and LeBron James throw Instagram jabs

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To do the unthinkable and become the first team to come back from 3-1 in an NBA Finals , and to do it against the best regular season team of all time was a huge turn in LeBron's legacy. If the shirt was printed in Cleveland , it may go over well with Cavs fans. Did James deserve to win the award - named for Celtics star Bill Russell by National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern in 2009 - this year? An image of the Larry O'Brien Trophy is also on the shirt. Read More »

Parade marking Warriors' title roars in Oakland

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy as his team and its fans celebrated the National Basketball Association championship with a victory parade. But going from Russell Westbrook's running mate in Oklahoma City to world champion with Golden State capped off an interesting season for Durant. "It's a special team, a special group", Durant said. Read More »

Halep and Svitolina into French quarters

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Mon. Stan Wawrinka will be the oldest man to play in the French Open semi-finals since Jimmy Connors in 1985, but the 32-year-old Swiss insists he is in great shape as he prepares to face Andy Murray . A fired-up Murray duly reeled off five games in succession to win the set and level the match, but the Wimbledon champion did not feel his run-in with the official had a huge influence. Read More »

Watch the Golden State Warriors Championship Parade

Riley Curry was already a star back in 2015 even before his father Steph won his first National Basketball Association ring. (It's) not to say that people aren't aware, but they just don't want to address it (because) they don't want to be attached to it so they ignore a lot of the bad things that happen. Read More »

Dustin Johnson misses cut at US Open — Major Surprise

Open and you're one off the lead, you're not six down afterward", J.B. Holmes said. Brian Harman , Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood are part of the four-way tie after each fired a 2-under 70. He hit a 3-wood from 310 yards on the par-5 18th to set up his eagle putt. Another U.S. Open first for Xander Schauffele . Casey then reignited his charge birding his eighth hole and ended the run with a "3" at his 12th. Read More »

Punch Shot: Who will win the 117th US Open?

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The runner-up finish, along with a $1 million check, moved him into the top 50 and secured his spot in the Masters and U.S. Open. "Doing it all night is not going to help and not make any difference". The world No. 13 stuffed his 310-yard approach shot to within 8 feet on the par-5 that stretches well beyond 600 yards. The last thing the USGA wants is to trick up the golf course, because the U.S. Read More »

Casey rides rollercoaster up US Open leaderboard

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Open where par is going out of style. There were as many amateurs who broke par as players in the top 10 in the world - two each. "I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey , who played in the afternoon. Read More »

Pakistan upstage England to reach ICC Champions Trophy final

Bairstow's luck ran out when a misjudged pull off Hasan's third ball sailed gently to Hafeez at deep square leg. Root fell when well set after an edged cut off leg-spinner Shadab Khan was well held by wicket-keeper Sarfraz. One would assume that the pressure must be huge on Men in Blue since they are the defending champions and have had a bumpy journey through the tournament so far. Read More »