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Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind leader
Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind leader

Justin Thomas collected the Jack Nicklaus Award as the U.S. PGA Tour player of the year a couple of days before heading to Malaysia in a bid to win his third successive CIMB Classic. Little wonder then the two-time defending champion was slightly off his game in the first round on Thursday, managing only a 2-under-par 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith of Australia. Smith opened with a blemish-free 8-under 64 and leads a U.S. PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts.

Boxing: Six-time champ Cotto books December farewell fight
Boxing: Six-time champ Cotto books December farewell fight

Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday. Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight

IOC board member Wu suspended as head of Olympic boxing body

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- IOC executive board member C. K. Wu has been suspended as president of Olympic boxing's governing body while a complaint against him is investigated.

AIBA president Wu suspended by amateur body
AIBA president Wu suspended by amateur body

(Reuters) - The International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Taiwanese president Ching-kuo Wu has been provisionally suspended by a disciplinary commission, the Olympic sport's governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. The Swiss-based organization has been riven with in-fighting for months

Suspicious fire destroys old Kronk Gym building in Detroit
Suspicious fire destroys old Kronk Gym building in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) -- The fabled Kronk Gym building in Detroit, where boxing champion Thomas Hearns and others trained, has been destroyed by fire.

Expressing empathy remains a challenge for Trump
Expressing empathy remains a challenge for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the death toll from the shooting in Las Vegas rapidly rose, White House officials urged President Donald Trump to show restraint in his response: No speculative tweets, please. No over-the-top bluster.

Canadian doctors help 2,000 commit suicide in a year
Canadian doctors help 2,000 commit suicide in a year

Nearly 2,000 people with incurable diseases were helped to die by a doctor in the first year since Canada legalized medically-assisted suicide, according to a report published Friday. From the time Ottawa passed the legislation in June 2016 to June 30, 2017, 1,982 people ended their lives in this way, according to Health Canada. Extrapolating from the data collected for the first half of 2017, the number of assisted deaths is expected to rise but remain at less than two percent of all deaths nationwide this year -- "consistent with international experience," it said a statement.

Pentagon says fourth U.S. soldier killed in Niger ambush
Pentagon says fourth U.S. soldier killed in Niger ambush

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday that a fourth soldier was killed during an attack on Wednesday in Niger, raising the death toll from an incident that has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counterterrorism mission in the West African nation. The United States had previously announced that three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers had been killed and another two wounded when a joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol came under attack near the village of Tongo Tongo. Officials said his body was found by Nigerien forces on Friday morning near the site of the ambush, ending an extensive rescue and recovery mission.

Las Vegas survivor faces backlash after standing to greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump
Las Vegas survivor faces backlash after standing to greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

The president and first lady Melania Trump visited Gunderson, who was among the more than 500 people wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last weekend, at the city's University Medical Center on Wednesday, where they posed for photographs and chatted. The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, California, took to Facebook shortly after to post a video of the encounter which later went viral, writing: "I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! Since then, Gunderson has received an overwhelming amount of positive responses and well wishes.

NRA breaks silence after Vegas shooting to call for 'additional regulations' on bump stocks
NRA breaks silence after Vegas shooting to call for 'additional regulations' on bump stocks

The NRA called on the ATF to 'immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law'. The National Rifle Association has broken its silence four days after the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history to call for "additional regulations" on bump-fire stocks, which the Las Vegas shooter used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire weapons.

Wilder to defend heavyweight title against Stiverne Nov. 4

Deontay Wilder will defend his piece of the heavyweight title Nov. 4 against Bername Stiverne, after original opponent Luis Ortiz was scratched because of a positive drug test. Wilder will make the defense at Barclays Center in Brooklyn against the same fighter he won the WBC version of the title from

Unbeaten Wilder to defend title against Stiverne
Unbeaten Wilder to defend title against Stiverne

Undefeated champion Deontay Wilder will defend his World Boxing Council heavyweight crown with a rematch against Haitian-born Canadian Bermane Stiverne next month, promoters announced Thursday. Wilder, 38-0 with 37 knockouts, was due to face Luis Ortiz, but the Cuban southpaw tested positive for banned

GOP Congressman Met in Moscow With Kremlin-Linked Lawyer at Center of Russia Investigation
GOP Congressman Met in Moscow With Kremlin-Linked Lawyer at Center of Russia Investigation

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met in Moscow with Natalia Veselnitskaya two months before she met with Donald Trump Jr.

George Foreman challenges Steven Seagal to 10-round fight
George Foreman challenges Steven Seagal to 10-round fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.

Mickelson
Mickelson's final mission: Win a Ryder Cup in Europe

Steve Stricker wanted to see some life from Lefty before deciding to use a captain's pick on him for the Presidents Cup, and Mickelson delivered with four rounds in the 60s at the TPC Boston to tie for sixth. The pick extended his record streak to 23 consecutive teams, and Mickelson delivered another strong performance on the course and in the team room. One reason - perhaps the only reason - is because the World Golf Championship in Shanghai is the only tournament in the fall that offers Ryder Cup points.

WBC orders rematch between Canelo and GGG
WBC orders rematch between Canelo and GGG

Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez are expected to go toe to toe again, likely in 2018, following the controversial end to their bout last month.

Las Vegas gunman may have used special device to fire faster, expert says
Las Vegas gunman may have used special device to fire faster, expert says

Law enforcement officials have yet to confirm what kind of firearms Stephen Paddock used to shoot from his Mandalay Bay hotel room into a crowd of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 people, though reports suggested he had at least 19 guns, including rifles, and explosives. The rapid pace of the gunfire suggested that the shooter was using either a fully automatic weapon, tightly restricted under US law, or that he had attached a device to a semi-automatic gun to make it fire more continuously, said Massad Ayoob, a firearms expert, instructor and author. "It's faster than almost any human being is going to be able to pull a trigger on a semi-automatic,"...

Rio Ferdinand doesn
Rio Ferdinand doesn't plan on lengthy spell as boxer

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand says his surprise move into boxing may only last one fight. "I want to see if I can get a licence and become a professional and have one fight," Ferdinand told the BBC on Monday. Despite his admission, Ferdinand is adamant his attempt to become

Canada
Canada's Brooke Henderson wins New Zealand Women's Open

Brooke Henderson won the weather-delayed New Zealand Women's Open on Monday, finishing off a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory. ''I was feeling pretty comfortable out there and I was just trying to keep it at minus 17 as long as I could,'' Henderson said after receiving the trophy, $195,000 winner's check and a ceremonial feather cloak presented by indigenous Maori.

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings

Oct 2 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 3771123 2. (2) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 2799255 3. (3) Jon Rahm (Spain) 2761857 4. (4) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 2124686 5. (5) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 1986032 6. (10) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1822355 7. (6) Francesco Molinari

Nick Price comments after Day 4 Singles match at the Presidents Cup
Nick Price comments after Day 4 Singles match at the Presidents Cup

During the singles match at the 2017 Presidents Cup, Nick Price talks to Jimmy Roberts with the Golf Channel.

Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup
Capsules of the matches at the Presidents Cup

Leishman began this match by driving into the water to fall behind the Americans early, and the match was square when Reed gunned a birdie putt some 12 feet by that led to a three-putt bogey. Day chipped in from below the seventh green for a 1-up lead, and the International team kept the lead with matching bogeys on No. 8 when the Americans three-putted again.

Penalty over
Penalty over 'silly' rule barely slows Spieth

A penalty on Jordan Spieth had Presidents Cup players shaking their heads in consternation on Saturday over a "stupid" rule of golf. The US star was trying to quell hostile US fans when he used his putter to pick up an eagle attempt from South African Louis Oosthuizen which had rolled past the cup. Oosthuizen teammate Jason Day had already birdied the hole for the International team, so Spieth's action seemed meaningless.

Reed and Spieth receive ruling in match with Day and Oosthuizen
Reed and Spieth receive ruling in match with Day and Oosthuizen

During their Day 3 Four-ball match in the 2017 Presidents Cup, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed conceded the 12th hole due to a rules violation when Spieth picked up Louis Oosthuizen's ball before it stopped rolling.

4 Moments You Missed This Week On 'Days Of Our Lives,' 'Young And The Restless,' And 'Bold And The Beautiful'
4 Moments You Missed This Week On 'Days Of Our Lives,' 'Young And The Restless,' And 'Bold And The Beautiful'

These four major moments from this week's episodes of "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless," and "The Bold and the Beautiful" were too good to miss.

Chipper Henderson closes on Mozo in New Zealand Women
Chipper Henderson closes on Mozo in New Zealand Women's Open

Spain's Belen Mozo saw her lead slashed to one stroke in a windswept third round of the New Zealand Women's Open on Saturday as Canadian Brooke Henderson chipped her way into contention ahead of an approaching storm. As many players struggled in the stiffening breeze, overnight leader Mozo had two bogeys in her 71 to be 15-under 201 going into the final round while Henderson had five birdies in her faultless 67 to be on 202. Not everyone was put off by the strengthening wind on Saturday with American Brittany Lincicome and Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark firing the day's best rounds of 66.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas' bunker hole out is the Shot of the Day

In his Four-ball match on Day 2 of the 2017 Presidents Cup, Justin Thomas holes out from the greenside bunker on the par-4 14th hole with Louis Oosthuizen following it up with a short birdie to halve the hole.

Americans continue to dominate in Day 2 of Presidents Cup
Americans continue to dominate in Day 2 of Presidents Cup

Team USA won four-and-a-half of the five points available on Friday at the 2017 Presidents Cup, in a dominant display at Liberty National.

Touring the Presidents Cup Fan Experience
Touring the Presidents Cup Fan Experience

Sports Illustrated's Michael Bamberger checks out the Presidents Cup Fan Experience at the Oculus in New York.

Boxing: Bellew vows to end Haye
Boxing: Bellew vows to end Haye's career in December 17 rematch

British heavyweight Tony Bellew has vowed to end the boxing career of former WBA world champion David Haye in their December rematch in London. The pair will meet on Dec. 17 at the O2, the same arena where Bellew beat Haye in March. "I'll be victorious and end Haye's career.

Hatton shoots 65, leads British Masters by 3 after 2nd round
Hatton shoots 65, leads British Masters by 3 after 2nd round

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) - Tyrrell Hatton shot a 5-under 65 in miserable conditions in his second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters, where the leaderboard was dominated by English players on Friday. Lee Westwood, who is hosting the tournament, and Ian Poulter also shot 65 and were two of four Englishmen in a five-way tie for second behind their compatriot. Hatton was on 12 under overall, having followed up an opening-round 63 by making six birdies in rainy and cold conditions at Close House in northern England.

Oosthuizen and Grace improve to 5-0 at Presidents Cup
Oosthuizen and Grace improve to 5-0 at Presidents Cup

By Andrew Both JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace provided a bright spot for the International team on Thursday when they continued their brilliant partnership to post another victory against the United States. After winning four matches in the previous event in South Korea, the South African duo beat American Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger 3&1 in windswept conditions at Liberty National. "We knew we needed to do something," 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen said after he and Grace improved to 5-0 as partners.

Golf-Legend Woods has nothing to prove to anyone, says McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has said that Tiger Woods does not need to prove anything to anyone anymore and has guaranteed his status as a legend even if he never returns to competitive golf. Woods remains optimistic over his golfing future but said during the President's Cup on Thursday that he may never play another round competitively due to his lingering back problems. The American former world number one claimed the last of his 14 major titles in 2008 and has only played six competitive rounds in the past two years after multiple back surgeries.

Nick Price comments after Day 1 of the Presidents Cup
Nick Price comments after Day 1 of the Presidents Cup

Following a 1.5 to 3.5 International Team deficit on day 1 of the 2017 Presidents Cup, Nick Price talks about the slow start and his team's innate resiliency.

US lead Internationals after Presidents Cup opening day
US lead Internationals after Presidents Cup opening day

The United States started strong in pursuit of a 10th Presidents Cup crown on Thursday, taking a 3.5 to 1.5 lead over the International team in the biennial match play golf showdown. The Americans, winners of nine of the prior 11 editions of the Cup, with one draw and just one International victory

Coetzee and Hatton head tight British Masters field at Close House
Coetzee and Hatton head tight British Masters field at Close House

Close House lived up to its name on Thursday as George Coetzee and Tyrrell Hatton headed a group of seven separated by just one shot at the top of the leaderboard, leaving the British Masters too close to call at the Newcastle course. Coetzee and Hatton posted rounds of 63 to sit one stroke clear of Alvaro Quiros, Chris Hanson, Mikko Ilonen, Mikko Korhonen and Rikard Karlberg, who are all six under at the end of day one. A further five players are another shot back, while the 11 on four-under - including tournament host Lee Westwood - make it wide open heading into the rest of the weekend.

Nick Price comments before the Presidents Cup
Nick Price comments before the Presidents Cup

Prior to the 2017 Presidents Cup, Nick Price talks about motivating the International team to play their best.

Boxer thanks good Samaritan who saved him from riptide

A former professional boxer has met and thanked the man who rescued him after he nearly drowned in a rip current at the New Jersey shore. Recently retired welterweight fighter Dustin Fleischer had been searching for his rescuer after his near-death ordeal at Long Branch beach on Friday night. The two

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future
Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup. Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.

Annoying NFL Texts with Ian Rapoport: Football
Annoying NFL Texts with Ian Rapoport: Football's really weird week

There have been other surreal weeks in the history of the NFL: the first games after 9/11, for instance, or going back even further, following the assassination of JFK. An NFL locker room is a diverse place, and there have already been rumblings of discord within teams and their communities following Sunday's protests. Naturally, with last week such a departure for some teams, there remains the question of what this week looks like, and whether more protests might follow in Week 4.

San Geronimo golf course may be rescued, or returned to the land
San Geronimo golf course may be rescued, or returned to the land

Marin County's San Geronimo Valley is likely to become a battleground as a golf course in distress and for sale has become either an opportunity, or a point of contention.

McIlroy dodges favouritism claims by playing British Masters
McIlroy dodges favouritism claims by playing British Masters

Rory McIlroy has revealed that his late call to play at the British Masters was partly aimed at silencing any critics who say he has had preferential treatment. The Northern Irishman has his sights set on playing in next year's Ryder Cup, but has only played in three European Tour events during an injury-hit season which is short of the required total to be eligible. "I want to play the Ryder Cup next year so obviously I've got to play my five events a year, so that was a big decision into that," McIlroy said of his decision to accept an invite to play at Close House from tournament host Lee Westwood.

Sergio Garcia sets sights on European Tour top spot
Sergio Garcia sets sights on European Tour top spot

Masters champion Sergio Garcia has returned to the European Tour fuelled by his bid to join Seve Ballesteros as only the second Spaniard to be crowned European number one. The newly-married Garcia is currently lying second and 971,868 points behind England's Tommy Fleetwood, who has elected to miss the event to be with his partner for the birth of the couple's first child. Garcia has confirmed he is also contesting the Italian Open in October, hosting his Andalucia Valderrama Masters later that month, and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November.

No anthem protest from U.S. Presidents Cup team, says Stricker
No anthem protest from U.S. Presidents Cup team, says Stricker

By Andrew Both JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - The United States team at this week's Presidents Cup will not protest during the national anthem, captain Steve Stricker said on Tuesday. Speaking two days before the start of the biennial event against an International team, Stricker said his players would follow the usual protocol if they are present when the anthem is sung before the first match on Thursday. "We've had a discussion already and none of my players want to do that (protest)," he told a news conference at Liberty National Golf Club, within sight of the Statue of Liberty.

How the new Tiger is preparing to make his debut - aged 16... and he
How the new Tiger is preparing to make his debut - aged 16... and he's British

At 16 years and one week old, the boy from Peterborough will be the same age as Rory McIlroy when he made his debut in professional tournament - and it will be in the same event as well. The British Masters has extended one of its invitations to Williams, the top-ranked junior in Europe. Williams was three weeks old when his parents decided to take the less-travelled migration route from Stellenbosch, South Africa to Prestatyn, Wales.

What sort of impact can Tiger Woods have on the U.S Presidents Cup team?
What sort of impact can Tiger Woods have on the U.S Presidents Cup team?

Tiger may not be playing, but can his guidance and influence help this team as well as his public image?

Stricker says US golf team to stand during national anthem
Stricker says US golf team to stand during national anthem

On that rare occasion the national anthem is played in golf, U.S. captain Steve Stricker says his team will stand together at the Presidents Cup. Stricker said he met with his four assistant captains, and then talked it over with his 12 players on a bus ride to New York on Tuesday for some television appearances. More than 200 NFL players and owners found ways to show dissent by either kneeling, locking arms in solidarity or staying in the locker room while the national anthem was played.

Presidents Cup gets into full swing Thursday
Presidents Cup gets into full swing Thursday

The U.S. and International teams clash at Liberty National Golf Club, where the Internationals will look to win for the first time since 1998.

Afternoon Foursomes at the Junior Presidents Cup
Afternoon Foursomes at the Junior Presidents Cup

Day 1 of the 2017 Junior Presidents Cup, the International Team won two matches, but the United States won the other four to extend their lead to six points entering the final day.

BEHOLD, the most bizarre soccer celebration in the history of bizarre soccer celebrations
BEHOLD, the most bizarre soccer celebration in the history of bizarre soccer celebrations

Strange things happen in the damp cellars of lower-league English football. Meet Nott's County's Matt Tootle, who in addition to having the most English Soccer Player Name Ever, uncorked this celebration after a scoring a goal in Notts' 4-1 drubbing of Lincoln City this weekend.

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