Erratic McDowell ‘feeling good’ for Mexico title defense
A rejuvenated Graeme McDowell heads into his title defense at this week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico fervently hoping he can iron out a few inconsistencies in his game that have marred his 2016 campaign. The former U.S. Open champion posted five top-10s in 21 starts on the 2015-16 PGA Tour, including a playoff victory in Mexico 12 months ago, but his ‘bad’ weeks led to a total of 10 missed cuts on the U.S. circuit.
Tokyo 2020 organisers approve baseball-softball in Fukushima
Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture could play a part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after organizers on Wednesday approved a plan to hold part of the baseball-softball competition in the disaster-hit region. The prefecture was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the world’s largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
Slowed-down shot paying off for Knicks’ Porzingis
For many players in the NBA, speeding up their stroke is the key to getting off their shot in time, but the New York Knicks’ big man Kristaps Porzingis is having greater success after slowing down. The 21-year-old Latvian, who spent the summer working on slowing down his action, buried two consecutive fourth-quarter three-pointers as the Knicks recovered from a slow start to beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-96 at Madison Square Garden.
Bolt and Thompson up for IAAF awards
Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson both made the shortlists for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday after cleaning up the sprint golds at the Rio Olympics. Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana made the shortlist in recognition of her stunning 10,000 meters victory in Rio.
Rosberg one win away from his first title
Win in Brazil on Sunday, win the Formula One title: Nico Rosberg’s task sounds simple enough but is a lot harder to achieve. The German is one step away from securing his first championship, which he will do if he wins at Interlagos regardless of where Mercedes team mate, triple champion and title rival Lewis Hamilton finishes.
Doping system imposed on Russia is not effective: Zhukov
The drugs testing system imposed on Russia following revelations of widespread doping is inefficient and the country must be part of the decision-making process to battle the problem, Russia’s outgoing Olympic Committee (ROC) chief has said. Alexander Zhukov said in a speech released on Wednesday that while doping was a problem in Russia there was no such thing as a state-backed doping system, which the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it had uncovered in the country.
Palmer stays at Renault, Magnussen set for Haas
Britain’s Jolyon Palmer secured his place in Formula One with another year at Renault on Wednesday while current Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen was set to join the U.S.-owned Haas team on a multi-year deal. Renault completed their 2017 lineup, and another part of the driver market puzzle, by announcing ahead of the season’s penultimate Brazilian Grand Prix that Palmer, 25, would be staying put.
LA 2024 bid committee looks to Trump as a unifier
Republican Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the U.S. presidential election was applauded on Wednesday by the Los Angeles bid committee that hopes to land the 2024 Olympics. While Trump has angered many people with his polarizing words during a lengthy and often tumultuous presidential campaign, LA 2024 praised the Republican for “his longstanding support of the Olympic movement in the United States.”
Solheim Cup to played at Inverness in 2021
The 2021 Solheim Cup will be played at the fabled Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced on Wednesday. Inverness is a Donald Ross-designed layout which has hosted four U.S. Opens (in 1920, 1931, 1957 and 1979) and two PGA Championships (1986 and 1993) along with other high-profile tournaments.