National Sports | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495 National Sports 2016-07-23T11:54:59Z National Sports England, USA, Taiwan advance in LPGA International Crown With Charley Hull back in action, England cruised into the final singles matches along with the United States and Taiwan at the LPGA's International Crown team event. Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn routed Pornanong Phatlum and Pornani Chutichai of Thailand 7 and 5. Hull, sidelined by illness on Friday, returned and teamed with Melissa Reid a day later to beat sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn 3 and 1 as England won Pool B with nine points. More 'B Team' than 'Dream Team' as U.S. eye Rio basketball gold Despite missing the game's two best players the U.S. men's basketball team are still the slam dunk favorite to return home from the Rio Olympics with the gold medal. With many top players turning down a chance to throw on the Stars and Stripes, the U.S. squad are more "B Team" than "Dream Team" but are nonetheless a frightening collection of talent capable of providing Olympic-size nightmares for opponents. Among other Americans choosing to skip the Aug. 5-21 Rio Games are National Basketball Association All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis. Golf: Amateur du Toit has fans singing 'Oh Canada' at national open By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Moments after 21-year-old amateur Jared du Toit drained a dramatic 40-foot eagle putt to close out his third round at the Canadian Open at Saturday, the giant gallery around the 18th green serenaded their countryman with the national anthem. Du Toit carries the hopes of a nation on his young shoulders, after a two-under 70 to trail American leader Brandt Snedeker by one shot heading into the final round at Glen Abbey. “That was very cool,” said du Toit, when asked about the support from fans. Snedeker leads Johnson, du Toit by one stroke at Canadian Open golf By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker made an easy-looking eagle at the par-five 18th at the Canadian Open on Saturday to put himself in position for his second win of the season. Snedeker, the 2013 champion, also moved within sight of a second win at Glen Abbey with his third-round 66 in hot and dry conditions. At nine-total of 207, he has a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (71) and 21-year-old Canadian amateur Jared du Toit (70) heading into the final round. Snedeker takes one-stroke lead in PGA Tour's Canadian Open Brandt Snedeker drained a seven-foot eagle putt on the final hole Saturday to cap a six-under par 66 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open. Snedeker's three-round total of nine-under par 207 put him one shot ahead of US Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jarde du Toit. "It was a great way to finish, but I didn't expect to be ahead at the end of the day," Snedeker said after his effort at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto. Golf-Snedeker leads Johnson, du Toit by one stroke at Canadian Open * Snedeker makes hot start en route to 66 * Seeking second win at Glen Abbey * Ten others within three strokes (Adds details, quotes) By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 23 (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker made an easy-looking eagle at the par-five 18th at the Canadian Open on Saturday to put himself in position for his second win of the season. Snedeker, the 2013 champion, also moved within sight of a second win at Glen Abbey with his third-round 66 in hot and dry conditions. At nine-total of 207, he has a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (71) and 21-year-old Canadian amateur Jared du Toit (70) heading into the final round. Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open scores July 23 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Oakville, ON -9 Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 68 73 66 -8 Jared Du Toit (Canada) 67 71 70 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 71 71 -7 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 68 77 64 Alex Cejka (Germany) 71 69 69 -6 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 73 67 70 Ricky Barnes (U.S.) 71 68 71 Martin Laird (Britain) 73 69 68 Jon Rahm (Spain) 67 71 72 Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 68 73 69 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 69 71 70 -5 Derek Fathauer (U.S.) 74 72 65 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 68 71 72 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 72 72 67 -4 Tyler Aldridge (U.S. ... Working on its short game -- European Tour to trial six-hole format A new six-hole team format featuring shot clocks, music and fewer clubs is set to be trialled next season by the European Tour. The tour's chief executive Keith Pelley is hoping to make golf more appealing to youngsters by bringing the new format to the schedule as early as 2018. Shortening the game has been discussed many times before by pundits and players, and the European Tour brought in stricter rules on slow play earlier this season. Olympics: Funky or classic? Medal ceremony gets musical makeover Olympic organizers will bring typical Brazilian informality to the medal ceremonies at Rio2016 with three different kinds of podium music depending on whether the sports are considered classical, pop or cool, officials said. Winners in sports such as fencing and equestrian will hear a more traditional sound, while funkier tunes will play for those triumphing in newer and younger sports such as BMX biking and beach volleyball, said Christy Nicolay, executive producer of sport presentations. A more pop sound would be played for sports such as basketball, Nicolay added. US open Rio tune-up with 111-74 win over Argentina Kevin Durant scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds as the United States cruised past Argentina 111-74 in their first tune-up for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States will be favored to win a third straight Olympic gold medal under coach Mike Krzyzewski, despite the absence of such NBA stars as LeBron James and Stephen Curry. National Football League demands interviews with four players named in PED report (Reuters) - The National Football League has rejected written statements from four players named in a report alleging use of performance-enhancing drugs as sufficient cooperation and will need to interview them, the league said on its website on Friday. Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay players Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal have given written statements regarding a December report by Al Jazeera America that they received the illegal drugs from an anti-aging clinic. The NFL Players Association has argued that there should be no need to interview someone based on an allegation that has no proven merit. Hornets co-owner hits out at All Star Game move (Reuters) - Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates has blasted the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina due to its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. The law made North Carolina the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. Hornets co-owner irked at move of NBA All-Star game over LGBT law Charlotte Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates is irked that the NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from the North Carolina city over a state law that has caused an uproar in the gay and transgender community. The NBA announced on Thursday it was pulling the game from Charlotte over objections to North Carolina House Bill 2, a law mandating that transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. An e-mail Sabates sent to the team's ownership group surfaced on Friday and was obtained by the Charlotte Observer. Johnson, List still neck and neck in PGA Canadian Open lead US Open champion Dustin Johnson shook off a double-bogey to maintain a share of the lead alongside Luke List after two rounds of the PGA Tour Canadian Open. Johnson, who started Friday tied with List for the lead, fell back early as he dropped four shots in his first four holes at Glen Abbey near Toronto. With four more birdies coming in and one bogey at his penultimate hole Johnson signed for a one-under 71 that left him tied with List on seven-under 137. Park In-Bee to miss Women's British Open defence South Korean Park In-Bee announced that she won't defend her Women's British Open title next week because of a nagging left thumb injury. "With extreme disappointment I must announce that I will be withdrawing from this year's Ricoh Women's British Open at Woburn," she said in a statement released by the LPGA on Friday. Park completed the Career Grand Slam with her victory at Trump Turnberry last year and said she is now concentrating on getting healthy to represent South Korea at the Olympic Games in Rio in August. USA, Australia, bounce back in International Crown The United States and Australia bounced back from opening day shutouts but Taiwan and England still topped the pools after Friday's second day of the LPGA International Crown team event. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis of Australia never trailed as they earned two points in a 2 and 1 triumph over Chian's Yan Jing and Feng Simin. Yan birdied the fourth to square the match early but Artis responded with a birdie on the fifth to give Australia a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott denies domestic violence accusation Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has denied an accusation of domestic violence by a former girlfriend in Ohio. A woman who said she used to live with Elliott filed a report with the Columbus police department on Friday, accusing the former Ohio State University star of assaulting her. Elliott's father, Stacy Elliott, released a statement on Friday. Johnson answers wake-up call to share Canadian Open lead (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson sleep-walked through his first four holes before snapping to attention to fashion a one-under-par 71 and remain tied for the lead after the second round at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with fellow American Luke List after an opening 66, had an early tee time. "I just got in some tough spots," said Johnson, who finished the day on seven-under 137 to share the halfway lead with List at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto. Golf-Johnson answers wake-up call to share Canadian Open lead U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson sleep-walked through his first four holes before snapping to attention to fashion a one-under-par 71 and remain tied for the lead after the second round at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Johnson, who shared the overnight lead with fellow American Luke List after an opening 66, had an early tee time. "I just got in some tough spots," said Johnson, who finished the day on seven-under 137 to share the halfway lead with List at Glen Abbey outside of Toronto. Shot clock and music set to feature in six-hole Euro event By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants to introduce a six-hole event incorporating a shot clock, music, different clothes and fewer clubs in an effort to attract more golf followers. "Yes, there would be a shot clock," Pelley told BBC radio. "Yes, there would be music. Golf-Shot clock and music set to feature in six-hole Euro event By Tony Jimenez LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants to introduce a six-hole event incorporating a shot clock, music, different clothes and fewer clubs in an effort to attract more golf followers. "Yes, there would be a shot clock," Pelley told BBC radio. "Yes, there would be music. Day joined by McIlroy, Mickelson to start PGA Championship World number one Jason Day will have Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson alongside him for the first two rounds of the 98th PGA Championship as he begins defending his title. Groupings and tee times released Friday by the PGA of America for the year's final major tournament at Baltusrol also featured the traditional grouping of the year's prior major winners -- Sweden's Henrik Stenson from the British Open, American Dustin Johnson from the US Open and England's Danny Willett from the Masters. Australian star Day, who won his first major crown last year at Whistling Straits and has seven titles in the past 12 months, will tee off at 8:30 a.m. (12:30 GMT) Thursday at the 10th hole and 1:45 p.m. Friday off the first tee with fourth-ranked McIlroy, the 2014 PGA winner at Valhalla, and 13trh-ranked Mickelson, who captured the title in 2005, the last time the PGA was played at Baltusrol. Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Green dies at 67 Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green died Friday after suffering a heart attack, the NFL teams said. "All of us at the Cardinals are incredibly saddened by the news of Dennis Green's passing," Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. "Coach Green will right be remembered as a true innovator, leader and pioneer among football coaches. Warriors star Green reaches plea deal in assault case Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has reached a plea agreement that keeps him out of jail and reduced the assault charge he faced after he allegedly striking a university football player in Michigan this month. Officials in East Lansing, Michigan, announced the agreement on Friday. Green, slated to play for the USA at the Rio Olympics, will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green at a restaurant on July 10. Golf's Rio return jars environmentalists, players stay away By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golf's return to the Olympic Games next month for the first time in 112 years has been marred by the absence of the sport's leading players and a court battle over potential environmental damage resulting from a new course in Brazil. Players, including the world's top four, are turning up their noses at the Olympics, citing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus even though scientists have said there is little risk visitors will be infected during the Games, which start on Aug. 5. The golfers' lack of enthusiasm comes after the host city of Rio de Janeiro built a 18-hole course on 58,000 square meters of natural park in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood. Day defends PGA crown as Mickelson seeks more magic Moving the 98th PGA Championship two weeks after the British Open to accomodate golf's Rio Olympic return has allowed several favorites to quickly try and move on from disappointments at Royal Troon. Australia's world number one Jason Day, who will defend his first major title this week at Baltusrol, shared 22nd at the British Open. Third-ranked Jordan Spieth shared 30th at Royal Troon and 37th at the US Open. NBA MVP Curry regrets missing Rio Games (Reuters) - Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry said the injuries he suffered during the playoffs forced him to pull out of the Rio Olympics, a decision that still does not sit well with him. "I wasn't too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the games," Curry told the Mercury News on Thursday during a Facebook Live news conference. The Golden State shooting artist was uncharacteristically inconsistent for the remainder of the post-season, which concluded with the Warriors losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Game Seven finale of the NBA Finals. Watt undergoes back surgery (Reuters) - Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has undergone a back surgery and could be in doubt for the Houston Texans’ season opener, the NFL reported Thursday on its website. Watt will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list and the timeline for his recovery is unclear, making him doubtful for Houston’s Week One tilt against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11. Watt, 27, is widely considered the top defensive player in the NFL and has never missed a game during his stellar five-year career at defensive end. Johnson tied for early lead at Canadian Open Reigning US Open champion Dustin Johnson fired a six-under par 66 to seize a share of the lead at the PGA Tour's Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The 11-time PGA winner made seven birdies, an eagle, a bogey and a double bogey to move into a tie atop the leaderboard with Luke List at the Toronto-area course. Johnson, who won the US Open last month at Oakmont, is making his fourth start in the Canadian Open. England, Taiwan off to perfect starts at LPGA Crown Charley Hull finished eagle-birdie and Holly Clyburn closed with a match-winning birdie as England stunned the United States with two four-ball triumphs to open the LPGA International Crown. The eight-nation team event saw seedings turned upside down at the Merit Club in suburban Chicago as the top four of South Korea, Japan, Australia and the US managed only one win among them. "Well, I just love playing in this kind of environment, especially when you are a bit of an underdog," Hull said. Johnson in share of Canadian Open lead; Day three back (Reuters) - World number two Dustin Johnson eagled the final hole to earn a share of the lead with fellow American Luke List after the first round at the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday. Johnson sank a 12-foot putt at the par-five 18th to cap a roller-coaster afternoon round that also included seven birdies, a bogey and double-bogey at sun-baked Glen Abbey Golf Club outside Toronto. Other than that I thought I played really nicely all day long." Defending champion Jason Day was also rewarded for his aggressive approach with a 69. NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over transgender law The NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league on Thursday. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2," the league said in a statement. League to move All-Star Game from Charlotte over LGBT law A North Carolina law limiting the state's anti-discrimination protections has prompted the NBA to move next year's NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday. Silver had warned last month at the NBA Finals and again earlier this month that the law, which has caused an uproar in the gay and transgender community, could prompt such a move. Among the problems the NBA and other critics have with House Bill 2 (HB2) is that it mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates and omits gay and transgender people from discrimination protection. Browns' Gordon meets with Goodell about drug ban Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week seeking reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban, according to a report on the league website. A decision on Gordon's status is unlikely to come before the season starts in September, according to the report. Gordon applied for reinstatement last April but was denied for allegedly failing an NFL-administered drug test. Injured Spain basketball star Marc Gasol to miss Olympics Spanish basketball star Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio next month because his injured right foot has not healed in time, the Spanish Basketball Federation said Thursday. The 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies centre broke his right foot in February and underwent surgery to repair it. Despite the injury, Spain's basketball coach Sergio Scariolo had included Gasol on his preliminary Olympic roster along with his older brother Pau. Nike optimistic for sales rebound in North America By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - Nike Inc expects sales growth to recover in North America after a weak March-May quarter, helped by the upcoming Olympics, an expansion of its basketball business and clearing excess stock, brand chief Trevor Edwards told Reuters. The world's biggest sportswear maker last month reported flat sales in its home region for its fiscal fourth quarter, its worst performance for over six years amid strong competition from Adidas and Under Armour . "We did face supply chain challenges last year, but the full-price channels in North America are now clean," Edwards said in emailed answers to questions from Reuters, referring to new stock that would not have to be discounted. Former Baylor football player charged with sexual assault A former Baylor University football player was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for sexually assaulting a fellow student at the school, which has been embroiled in accusations of trying to sweep sexual assaults by its athletes under the rug. Shawn Oakman, an All-American defensive end, is free on bond. Oakman graduated in December from Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university. Red Sox lose pitcher Uehara to pectoral strain Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara of Japan was placed on Major League Baseball's 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a right pectoral muscle strain. The 41-year-old right-hander suffered the injury after throwing only seven pitches, grabbing his right arm in pain in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-0 Boston victory over San Francisco. Uehara, 2-3 with a 4.50 earned-run average so far this season, exited to the clubhouse after being examined. Day looks to relive past success at Canadian Open By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Jason Day is eager to open defense of his title at this week's Canadian Open, where his triumph last year marked the start of a remarkable run that saw him win his first major title and claim the world number one ranking. When Australian Day arrived at the Glen Abbey layout a year ago he was still stinging from a missed putt that would that would have put him in a four-way tie for a playoff at the British Open and shot at major championship glory. The victory marked the start of a red-hot run by Day, who won four of six events, including the PGA Championship and two of the FedExCup playoff tournaments. Golf-Day looks to relive past success at Canadian Open By Tim Wharnsby OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 20 (Reuters) - Jason Day is eager to open defense of his title at this week's Canadian Open, where his triumph last year marked the start of a remarkable run that saw him win his first major title and claim the world number one ranking. When Australian Day arrived at the Glen Abbey layout a year ago he was still stinging from a missed putt that would that would have put him in a four-way tie for a playoff at the British Open and shot at major championship glory. The victory marked the start of a red-hot run by Day, who won four of six events, including the PGA Championship and two of the FedExCup playoff tournaments. WRHL 2016-07-24T04:54:59Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=495