A wise word of advice from old friend Tommy Fleetwood helped an agitated Marcus Armitage calm down and shoot a tidy even-par 71 in the opening round at the U.S. Open on Thursday. As if Armitage was not nervous enough prepping for his long-awaited Open debut, the situation was hardly helped when fog caused tee times to be delayed by 90 minutes at Torrey Pines. It was while waiting for the early morning gloom to dissipate that Armitage bumped into fellow Englishman Fleetwood on the practice green.
The president of Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Seiko Hashimoto, said in an interview she was considering adopting a cap of 10,000 spectators for Tokyo Olympic stadiums, the Sankei newspaper said on its web site on Thursday evening. The final decision will be made at a meeting to be held as early as June 21 among Tokyo 2020 organisers, the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Japanese government and Tokyo Metropolitan government, the paper said.
Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries has taken Euro 2020 by storm, having scored twice, set up another two goals and earned a penalty, all in two games. As the Dutch earned their knockout stage spot with a convincing 2-0 victory over Austria on Thursday, man-of-the-match Dumfries was on target for their second goal, settling nerves as the Austrians pressed for an equaliser. He had earlier been awarded a penalty for a foul by David Alaba and Memphis Depay converted it to earn the hosts an 11th-minute lead.
Brooks Koepka made an impressive start to his bid for a third US Open victory in five years as Phil Mickelson’s hopes of completing the career grand slam suffered a significant blow.Koepka, who won the title in 2017 and 2018 and was second in 2019, carded an opening 69 at Torrey Pines to lie two shots behind early clubhouse leader Russell Henley.Former Open champion Francesco Molinari was a shot off the lead following a 68, but Mickelson was four over par approaching the end of his round, a mont
America Mineiro won their first point of Brazil's Serie A season on Thursday when they drew 0-0 at home to Cuiaba in a scrappy match. Cuiaba have two points after three games and sit in 14th-place in the 20-team league, while America are second bottom with one point from four games.
Manchester United’s pursuit of Raphael Varane this summer has been complicated by Sergio Ramos’s shock departure from Real Madrid. United have identified Varane as a leading candidate in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s search for a new centre-back but Real president Florentino Perez is being forced to rethink his position over Varane in the wake of Ramos’ exit. Ramos, 35, bid a controversial and emotional farewell to Real on Thursday after a trophy-laden 16-year spell at the club by accusing Pere
Thiem, ranked fifth in the world, has endured a torrid season with a 9-8 win-loss record in 2021. A French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, Thiem was knocked out in the first round at Roland Garros this year. The 27-year-old said he discussed his situation with his team and described withdrawing from the Olympics as a "very difficult decision".