Golf - Spieth leads by one despite pedestrian 69 at Travelers

Jordan Spieth had an off day but still found himself in the lead after the second round at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Friday.

After opening with a superb 63, Spieth could manage only a pedestrian one-under-par 69 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

“For an off day, to shoot one-under, hopefully that’s the high score for this week,” he told Golf Channel after posting an eight-under 132 total, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Troy Merritt.

Golf - McIlroy just survives cut, Day signs for wrong score

Rory McIlroy almost missed the cut at the Travelers Championship on Friday after his foot slipped while playing his approach shot to the final hole, leading to an unexpected bogey in Cromwell, Connecticut.

But while the Northern Irishman eventually advanced to the weekend without a stroke to spare, another former world number one, Jason Day, headed home early for the second week in a row after signing for the wrong score.

Sailing - Winds of change for America's Cup in Bermuda Triangle

By Alexander Smith
| HAMILTON, Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda Mystery surrounds what next for the America's Cup if New Zealand win sailing's most prestigious prize in Bermuda next week.

Emirates Team New Zealand are seeking to wrest the cup from holders Oracle Team USA and with it the rights to decide when the event is next held, its timing and the type of boats used.

Rain cuts short Windies vs India ODI

Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane compiled an opening partnership of 132 for India against West Indies before rain washed out the first one-day international in Trinidad on Friday.

India advanced to 199 for three off 39.2 overs before the skies opened over Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.

The match was drawn, but not before the Indian batsmen looked generally comfortable at the crease in the first of a five-match ODI series in the Caribbean.

South Africa fight back to level T20 series with England

Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb final over as South Africa beat England by three runs in a thrilling Twenty20 international at Taunton on Friday.

South Africa made 174 for eight with JJ Smuts contributing 45 and skipper AB de Villiers striking 46 from 30 balls.

England will feel they should have won after being well placed but they struggled in the closing overs.

England opener Jason Roy, who had been struggling for form, led the run chase with a fine 67 before he was given out for obstructing the field.

Confed Cup hosts Russia face decisive match against Mexico

MOSCOW Hosts Russia are fully focused on staying in the Confederations Cup as they face elimination in their final group game against Mexico, coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Friday.

Russia, third in Group A behind Mexico and Portugal, need to beat the Mexicans in their final group stage match on Saturday in Kazan to advance to the semi-finals.

"About tomorrow's match - we will play how we need to - but the most important thing will be to win," Cherchesov told reporters.

Sevastova sets up repeat clash with Garcia in Mallorca

Second seed Anastasija Sevastova dispatched Croatian Ana Konjuh to reach the semi-finals of the Mallorca Open grasscourt event on Friday as she bids to go one better than last year.

The tricky Latvian edged the seventh seed 7-5 1-6 7-6(5) in the holiday island sunshine to set up a clash with Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia who beat her in last year's final.

Third seed Garcia had a busy day, finishing off her second- round match against Slovakia's Jana Cepelova before returning later to beat Italy's Roberta Vinci.

Work to be done for Mercedes, says Hamilton

BAKU Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged that Mercedes still have significant room for improvement after a troubled practice day on Friday ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton dominated practice in Baku last year ahead of Azerbaijan's first grand prix, but struggled on Friday and finished the second session in 10th place, 1.163 seconds behind pace-setter Max Verstappen.

He also nearly collided with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the first turn.

Wimbledon hopefuls beware of Muller the leftie from Luxembourg

By Martyn Herman
| LONDON

LONDON When the Wimbledon draw is made next week there will be a few players hoping the name Gilles Muller is nowhere near theirs.

The left-hander from Luxembourg is enjoying the best form of his 16-year career and is arguably the form player on grass having put together a seven-match winning run.

The 34-year-old carved down 12 aces on Friday as he beat former champion Sam Querrey at the Aegon Championships at London's Queen's Club.

But he is no one-trick pony.

Gatlin wants to be part of history with Bolt in London

By Gene Cherry
| SACRAMENTO, California

SACRAMENTO, California After years of being Usain Bolt's main rival, Justin Gatlin wants one more race with the Jamaican world record holder and for a special reason.

Bolt is retiring after his final 100 metres at August's world championships in London and Gatlin, who is competing in the U.S. trials this weekend, hopes to be in the race.

"It's a part of history," said the American Olympic 100m silver medallist.

One that will be both fun and sad.

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