SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson moved closer to a second U.S. Open victory in three years, shrugging off the worst of the conditions to take a stranglehold on the U.S. Open with a four-shot second-round lead at Shinnecock Hills on Friday. The overnight joint leader jumped clear with an assured 3-under-par 67 on a day when the tournament lost considerable star wattage as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods missed the cut.
SOCHI, Russia -- Portugal's irrepressible captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning late free kick to complete a World Cup hat-trick and rescue a 3-3 draw in an enthralling match against Spain on Friday. In by far the best game of the tournament so far, Spain forward Diego Costa notched a double before Nacho put them 3-2 ahead with a brilliant third only for Ronaldo to snatch a point.
MOSCOW—Russia launched the World Cup party in spectacular style when they thrashed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match on Thursday to give the host nation the lift they desperately needed after a nine-month winless run. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two brilliant goals after Yury Gazinsky had headed the World Cup's first after 12 minutes. Artem Dzyuba was also on target a minute after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute and Aleksandr Golovin completed a memorable day by smashing in a free kick with the last action of the game.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Even though Tiger Woods has not won a major championship in a decade, he deserves credit for recent American dominance of the biggest events, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday on the eve of the U.S. Open. All four majors are now in American hands after Patrick Reed's win at the Masters in April, which followed victories by Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open), Jordan Spieth (British Open) and Justin Thomas (PGA Championship) last year.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Professional golfers can be a querulous bunch, so it says something about the status of Shinnecock Hills that few complaints have been registered so far ahead of the U.S. Open starting on Thursday. As the U.S. Open is poised to regain its status as the toughest test in golf, the course is likely to be the star as much as the game's biggest names.
MOSCOW — The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, June 13, to back the tri-nation joint bid to host the tournament, with Morocco missing out for the fifth time. The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One Congress member voted for "neither bid."
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Canadian Garrett Rank is swapping his hockey skates for a set of golf clubs this week at Shinnecock Hills where the NHL referee will make his U.S. Open debut. Rank, who recently completed his second full season as an NHL referee, posted successive rounds of 71 at a sectional qualifier in Georgia last week to secure a spot in the year's second major—and has become the envy of his hockey peers.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Phil Mickelson implored officials to ensure that Shinnecock Hills is presented fairly to all players at this week's U.S. Open as he makes another attempt to complete the career grand slam. Mickelson does not want a repeat of the events that unfolded in 2004 which he believes led to him finishing second to Retief Goosen, one of his six runner-up spots in the championship. "I know it is a fine line between testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf," Mickelson said.
PARIS—Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday, June 10. Austria's Dominic Thiem strained every sinew trying to cling on to the 32-year-old Spaniard and at times even gained a precarious foothold in his first Grand Slam final.
ELMONT, N.Y. - Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y., becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown and only the second undefeated champion to achieve racing's most prestigious accomplishment. Starting out of the No. 1 post, jockey Mike Smith navigated Justify from the rail through a field of nine challengers to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown winner in the last four years. Baffert also trained American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015, ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought.