INDIANAPOLIS -- In the run-up to the Indianapolis 500 the spotlight has been on Mario Andretti but come Sunday, May 26, it is grandson Marco in the crosshairs as he attempts to lift a family curse by returning a member of the clan to Victory Lane at the famed Brickyard. As usual there are plenty of high-octane storylines at the sprawling 2.5-mile oval but Marco Andretti's bid to end a 50-year Brickyard barren stretch for American motor racing's first family has dominated conversation.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Kanaan will start from the middle of the grid for the Indianapolis 500 but had his AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet out front on Friday, posting the top speed in final practice for the "the Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Kanaan, who needed 12 years before capturing a maiden Indy 500 in 2013, flashed the type of speed that could take him to Victory Lane a second time - recording a maximum 225.517 mph around the sprawling 2.5-mile oval in the final tuneup for Sunday's race.
INDIANAPOLIS — One family's curse can be another family's blessing but for the Andretti clan they are one and the same when it comes to the Indianapolis 500. For more than five decades the Andrettis, starting with family patriarch Mario, have had a complicated relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. American motor racing royalty, the Andrettis have ruled over open wheel racing in the United States with a string of victories that have connected generations -- father, to son, to grandson.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Brooks Koepka combined the strength of tungsten with the precision of a calligrapher, earning a record seven-stroke lead after the third round at the PGA Championship on Saturday, May 18. After taking command on Friday, when he opened up a seven-shot halfway advantage, the 29-year-old remained in charge with a near-clinical even-par in brilliant spring sunshine at Bethpage Black.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka said before the start of the 101st PGA Championship that he believes majors are easier to win because perhaps only 35-40 players begin the tournament with a legitimate shot of beating him. The three-time major champion and world's third-ranked player backed up that statement with a course-record 7-under-par 63 in the first round Thursday, May 16, in Farmingdale. Koepka's bogey-free card on the demanding Black Course at Bethpage State Park included seven birdies -- none of which came on the course's two par-5s.
Tiger Woods should be a contender at this week's PGA Championship and June's U.S. Open as he chases Jack Nicklaus' record haul of major titles because of his familiarity with the venues, longtime associate Greg McLaughlin said. Woods stunned the sports world by winning the Masters at Augusta National last month to end an 11-year major drought and claim his 15th major title, moving within three victories of Nicklaus's long-standing record.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Brooks Koepka has enjoyed plenty of success at the majors in recent years and on Tuesday the PGA Championship holder shed some light on why he feels golf's blue riband events may just be the "easiest to win." Koepka will chase a fourth major title in three years at this week's PGA Championship and the world's third-ranked golfer has already written off half of the players who will be competing at the Bethpage Black Course.
Bethpage Black, a stout par-70 that stretches 7,459 yards on rolling Long Island land, proved a beast when it hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009 but scoring might be easier at this week's PGA Championship. While the U.S. Golf Association has traditionally presented penal Open courses, the PGA of America is generally more forgiving, if not accommodating with its layouts. A mild winter at Bethpage has been followed by a cool, damp spring and the weather is forecast to be fresh throughout championship week.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka is the one to beat at this week's PGA Championship even if Tiger Woods will have the boisterous New York galleries on side as one of golf's four major tournaments begins a new era in the spring. After being held since 1972 in the dog days of summer, the PGA Championship's move to May should ensure milder weather and more attention from U.S. sports fans whose thoughts by August have invariably turned to American football.
LONDON - Former England soccer captain David Beckham was banned from driving for six months on Thursday after admitting using his mobile phone while driving, the BBC reported. Beckham, who played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, admitted using his mobile phone as he drove his Bentley through central London in November last year, the BBC said. The 44-year-old was sentenced in Bromley Magistrates Court, it added. Famous for his devastating free-kicks, he captained England 59 times and scored in three World Cups before retiring from international duty in 2009.