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Pliskova pummels tearful Osaka to win Tokyo crown

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova stunned Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka in straights sets to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday. The fourth seed took just 63 minutes to complete a clinical 6-4, 6-4 victory over the newly crowned US Open champion in Tokyo, bringing Osaka’s 10-match winning streak to a shuddering halt. “My serve is my biggest weapon and it was key today,” added Pliskova after scooping an 11th career title.

Yankees clinch second straight AL wild card berth

The New York Yankees punched their ticket to the playoffs, clinching a American League wild card berth for the second straight year with a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Aaron Hicks hit a double to drive in the winning run in the 11th inning …

Woods takes three-shot lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship here Saturday. Woods, 42 looked in a class of his own as he carded a five-under-par 65 to leave himself on 12 under for the tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club. After an opening birdie on the par-four first, Woods went surging clear of the field with a run of five straight birdies from the third hole.

Woods takes three-shot lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship in Atlanta here Saturday. Woods, 42 looked in a class of his own as he carded a five-under-par 65 to leave himself on 12 under for the tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake course. With one round remaining, Woods leads by three from Rory McIlroy, who moved to nine under with a four-under-par 66.

Kicking: the loneliest job in the NFL

The role of kicker is often described as the loneliest occupation in the NFL and after their rapid-fire sackings this week, Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez are unlikely to disagree. Just two weeks into the new season, Carlson and Gonzalez are looking…

McIlroy in the hunt at Tour Championship

Former world number one Rory McIlroy is making a bid to close out his season in style by winning the 2018 Tour Championship. The 29-year-old from Northern Ireland is lurking just back of co-leaders Tiger Woods and Justin Rose after firing 68 for a five…

Woods maintains share of the lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods edged closer to snapping a five-year winless drought as the 14-time major winner maintained a share of the lead on Friday at the halfway stage of the Tour Championship. Woods birdied the final hole en route to a 68 to tie Justin Rose (67) a…

Jets warn Crowell over ‘toilet paper’ celebration

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has reprimanded running back Isaiah Crowell over his controversial “toilet paper” touchdown celebration against Cleveland, vowing the “inexcusable” end zone routine will never be seen again. Former Cleveland running back Crowell raised eyebrows during Thursday’s 21-17 defeat to the Browns after scoring the second of his two touchdowns to help give the visitors a 14-0 lead. Jets head coach Bowles later condemned the routine, which was penalised with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct flag.

Nowitzki accepts bench role with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki is ready to start his record 21st consecutive NBA season from the bench, the team confirmed Friday. German star Nowitzki, who will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same club, re-s…

England’s Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour’s 46-year history on a remarkable second day of the Portugal Masters on Friday. The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle, after his long birdie putt for a 58 grazed the edge of the hole. “It feels great, I started great and I kept it going,” Fisher said.