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Golf-Morikawa shares the lead at the US Open, with Rahm and McIlroy one back
Collin Morikawa held part of the US Open lead after a riveting second round on Friday, while defending champion Jon Rahm and tournament favorite Rory McIlroy sat a beat down on a star-studded leaderboard. Two-time major champion Morikawa fired a four-under-par 66 that was the day’s lowest round, dropping it at five-under during the week at The Country Club outside of Boston and featuring little-known qualifier Joel Dahmen (68) equalize
NBA warriors poised for more glory after Finals win
Golden State’s potent mix of accomplished veterans and rising stars had oddsmakers and pundits predicting more championship glory for the Warriors on Friday after they clinched their fourth title in eight seasons on Thursday. The Warriors’ stunning 4-2 Finals win over the Boston Celtics marked an impressive turnaround for a team that had missed the playoffs for the past two seasons through injury.
Golf-Rahm’s title defense on course towards the US Open weekend
Jon Rahm’s US Open title defense was in strong form on Friday as the Spaniard went into the weekend a stroke off the lead at Brookline, planning to stick to his strategy and ignore the rankings. He produced three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 14 at the Country Club for a three-under 67 and is third with Rory McIlroy (69) and Americans Hayden Buckley (68), Beau Hossler (67) and Aaron Wise (68).
Swimming FINA to Vote on Transgender Policy Sunday – Report
FINA, the global swimming federation, will vote on a new policy for transgender swimmers at an extraordinary congress in Budapest on Sunday, Australia’s Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday. The regulations could have a major impact on the career of American Lia Thomas, the first known transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I title in the female class.
Golf co-leader Dahmen is grateful that he came to the US Open after all
Joel Dahmen, who finished first at this year’s US Open ahead of the weekend, said he’s glad he’s changed his mind after nearly skipping the competition to focus on PGA Tour events, his own felt better suited to his game. The 34-year-old is five under par at the country club outside of Boston, and if he hadn’t missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, he’d have sole possession of first place and a one-shot lead ahead Collin Morikawa.
Golf-Johnson and Reed among four LIV golfers make US Open Cut
Just four of the 15 LIV golfers starting this week’s US Open made the cut on Friday, with former Major winners Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed taking the lead while Phil Mickelson went home early. This year’s 156-player US Open included members of the Saudi Arabia-sponsored Breakaway Series after the United States Golf Association decided last week to meet the already existing eligibility criteria for the Major.
Doping-Dark Web poses a risk for athletes searching for drugs
The dark web is a bazaar for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), but not a marketplace currently frequented by elite athletes, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concluded Friday after a nearly year-long investigation. After monitoring sales activity from target dark web platforms for a 10-month period, WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Division determined that buying drugs there posed a significant risk.
NBA Biden praises Warriors’ ‘courage’ after latest championship win
US President Joe Biden on Friday welcomed the Golden State Warriors after the team won their fourth NBA championship in eight years and said he looks forward to welcoming them to the White House. “Congratulations to the Golden State @Warriors on another NBA title and to Finals MVP @StephenCurry30 [Stephen Curry] for another legendary performance,” Biden tweeted.
Golf-McIlroy overcomes shaky start to stay competitive at US Open
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy said positivity kept him in contention after a difficult start on Friday at the US Open, when he carded a one-under-par 69 to go into the weekend with a shot at Brookline . The Northern Irishman wasted two shots in the rough on the par 4 three, slamming his driver into the thick undergrowth of the green only to send the ball inches forward. He landed a long putt to quell the pain and opted for a double bogey.
Tennis – Bouchard withdraws from Wimbledon without ranking points
Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has withdrawn from the 2022 Championships with no ranking points as Canada’s former world number five plots her return to the tennis circuit after undergoing surgery last year. The men’s ATP and women’s WTA stripped the grass court Grand Slam of ranking points after its organizers decided to ban the participation of Russian and Belarusian players following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
(With agency contributions.)