Rory McIlroy wins prestigious Players Championship in thrilling finish

The Northern Irishman won the fifth major, the Players Championship, at Sawgrass on St Patricks Day, with Jim Furyk second and Eddie Pepperell tied for third This is not the most high-profile victory of Rory McIlroys career but it is without doubt among the most significant. That McIlroy claimed the Players Championship the hard way somehow added an element of prestige. A series of near misses had led to external questions regarding McIlroys ability or hunger, even before he turns 30. The response, pressed home with grit and composure, arrived at the PGA Tours marquee event. McIlroys golfing journey, which has already delivered so much, has another pivotal moment as he makes final preparations for a fresh tilt at a …

Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrill Out on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitchers mound, James Kennedy puffed out his cheeks and smiled. Then he offered a very one local writer, perhaps looking at the football-formatted scoreboard, called a game-winning drive with no time left. In other words, a short-range try with 80 minutes up, the Americans pounding the line, the Canadians tackling like demons. John Quill scored it, an Irish-born flanker writing his name in New York history after another Irishman turned US Eagle, hooker Dylan Fawsitt, scored …

Iditarod 2019: Alaskan Native musher Pete Kaiser wins race in one of closest finishes ever

Pete Kaiser reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ended in a predawn close finish on the snow-covered streets of Nome on Wednesday, with Alaskan Pete Kaiser and his dogs barely holding off defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser, 31, reached the finish line just 12 minutes ahead of second-placed Leifseth Ulsom, 32, in one of the closest finishes in Iditarod history. It was Kaisers first Iditarod win. Crowds of cheering fans packed the city of Nomes Front Street to watch Kaiser and his team sprint under the wooden arch that marks the end of the …

How do I feel seeing my records get broken? Inspired | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As the NBAs all-time leading scorer, I want to see my records broken as doing so is one more benchmark of human progress Every time Im introduced in a public setting, my list of NBA records is announced. There arent as many now as there were when I retired, so at least my introduction takes less time. But whenever someone closes in on one of my remaining records, especially the Moby-Dick as the all-time leading scorer, Im asked by dozens of media people whether I think they can do it and how Ill feel if they do. Its as if people think Im sitting home watching the games chanting: Miss! Miss! Miss! Actually, when I see these talented veteran players …

Why a Joshua-Wilder unification fight in 2019 has moved a step closer | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearns Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the table Eddie Hearns assertion that there is a brilliant chance Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in November or December, unifying the heavyweight title for the first time since Lennox Lewis owned the division nearly two decades ago, is the best news boxing has had in a long while. The sport and the business need an undisputed heavyweight champion. And confused fans want someone they can identify with as the best fighter in the world, without argument, someone who can rule for more than a few fights like it used to be in …

Tenniss attention should be on Andreescus exploits, not boardroom coups | Kevin Mitchell

There have been some remarkable results at Indian Wells not least Bianca Andreescus continuing meteoric rise but upsets in the boardroom are less edifying Tennis continues to rock in the Californian desert. At the Indian Wells Open (which would like to be the sports fifth major), the on-court excitement of upsets in both draws had just about wiped out the lingering vapour trail from last weeks @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Of course not. It was, as he says, the decision of … himself, Gimelstob and Inglot. As Rick in The Young Ones, used to say: It wasnt me, it was the …

Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?

The world champions want to be paid the same salary as their male counterparts. Public pressure could help them achieve their aim In an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US womens national team and US Soccer, the players have now sued their employer. Any hopes that these issues were close to resolution have now been dashed. Who on the USWNT is suing US Soccer and why? A group of 28 players on the US womens national team, essentially the players that constitute the entire current pool, have signed on to a lawsuit accusing their boss, the US Soccer Federation, of gender discrimination. The lawsuit deals with accusations of wage discrimination and the notion that US Soccer …

Steelers end messy divorce with Antonio Brown and trade receiver to Raiders

The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire the prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steeler The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal on Saturday night to acquire Antonio Brown (@AB84) Love at first Sight…… pic.twitter.com/YiuCLq3G9z Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘I’ll Kaepernick myself’: Cowboys’ Irving quits NFL after substance-abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving has said he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the leagues substance abuse policy Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving says he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the leagues substance abuse policy. Basically, guys, I quit, Irving said in an Instagram Live post on Thursday. I dont want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. Im outta there. Im not doing this shit no more. The suspension came after Irvings third violation of the substance abuse policy in three years. Irving appeared to be smoking marijuana during his Instagram post. Its funny, you know, some people: Oh, youre addicted to …

The Lakers are a dumpster fire not even LeBron James can extinguish

The bad chemistry and bad fortune undoing the Lakers have wrought the unthinkable: an NBA playoffs without LeBron Its looking like LeBron James in the NBA playoffs isnt the forgone conclusion weve come to presume. On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Clippers, 113-105, slumping to a ho-hum 30-34 record, six games adrift of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 18 games left in the regular season. Not only will James almost certainly fail to extend his preposterous streak of eight consecutive NBA finals appearances, its looking signed with Los Angeles during the offseason, it was hardly the obvious move from a basketball perspective. There were many other teams he could have joined …