Boxing - Scottish boxer Towell dies after bout

LONDON Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday.

Towell was knocked down in the opening round of his bout by Welshman Dale Evans and referee Victor Loughlin eventually stopped the contest in the fifth. The Dundee fighter received treatment in the ring before being taken to hospital

St Andrews Sporting Club, which organised the fight, said early on Saturday that Towell had died.

Heavyweight world champion Fury tests positive for cocaine - ESPN

Heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine, ESPN reported on Friday citing a leaked letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).

Reuters was unable to immediately verify details of the report.

Representatives of Briton Fury, who last week pulled out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for medical reasons, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Captains at logger-heads in Ryder Cup 'spin' game

By Larry Fine
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and European supremo Darren Clarke showed off their skills as master motivators and polished spin doctors after Friday's see-saw opening day of action at Hazeltine.

The Americans, desperate to end a ruthless run of three successive victories by Europe, stormed to a 4-0 sweep of the morning foursomes before the Cup holders fired back by winning three of four fourballs matches to whittle down the U.S. lead down to 5-3.

I planned animated celebration before victory, says McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota Rory McIlroy was so excited to win his afternoon fourballs match at the Ryder Cup on Friday that he planned his animated celebration before the point was won and also had to apologise to a member of the opposition.

McIlroy clinched a 3 and 2 triumph alongside Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters against Americans Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar by holing a 20-foot eagle putt and then nodded mockingly to the crowd before letting out a thunderous bellow.

Willett taunted by U.S. fans on Ryder Cup debut

By Tony Jimenez
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota American fans made Danny Willett pay for his brother's midweek rant when they booed the Masters champion on to the first tee on his Ryder Cup debut on Friday, paving the way for a stream of taunts later on.

The Englishman and his fourballs partner Martin Kaymer also had to contend with an inspired performance from their opponents as big-hitting rookie Brooks Koepka and hot-putting Brandt Snedeker charged to a 5&4 victory.

Ex-manager Redknapp says players bet on result of match

LONDON Former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp said his players bet on the result of one of their matches, according to the newspaper investigation that has seen England coach Sam Allardyce lose his job.

The Daily Telegraph's undercover reporters filmed Redknapp discussing the game although the 69-year-old later told the paper he did not think it was against FA rules at the time.

However, FA rules ban players from betting on matches they are involved in and managers are expected to report any misconduct.

Ryder Cup atmosphere at electric high at Hazeltine

By Larry Fine
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota Thunderous roars cut through the chilly morning mist at a packed Hazeltine National layout and a touching talisman at the first tee seemed to inspire the U.S. Ryder Cup team to a brilliant start on Friday.

Tens of thousands of fans were in place by the 7:30 a.m. start to the 41st Ryder Cup to cheer an American side intent on beating Europe, winners of three in a row in the biennial match play event and eight of the last 10 competitions.

Everton up to third despite being held by Palace

Everton moved up to third place in the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace as Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku both got on the scoresheet in a battling encounter on Friday.

Benteke headed the equaliser for Palace five minutes into the second half after Lukaku opened the scoring in the 36th and remarkably it was the Everton forward's first Premier League goal from a direct free kick out of the 65 he has scored.

De Kock blasts South Africa to ODI win against Australia

PRETORIA South Africa opener Quinton de Kock hit a masterful 178 runs in a comfortable six-wicket victory over top-ranked Australia on Friday in the first one-day international of the five-match series.

After Australia posted 294 for nine in their innings, South Africa reached their victory target with more than 13 overs remaining.

The 23-year-old De Kock hit 11 sixes and 16 fours in 113 balls to record the second highest ODI score by a South African batsman after Gary Kirsten hit 188 against the United Arab Emirates at the 1996 World Cup in Pakistan.

Ice hockey - World Cup has a way to go to reclaim stature

By Frank Pingue

TORONTO Canada may have captured the World Cup of Hockey in dramatic fashion this week on home soil but the tournament failed to generate much buzz and will need time to reclaim the stature it once enjoyed.

The tournament, held for the first time in 12 years, came to a wild but predictable finish on Thursday when powerhouse Canada rallied late for a 2-1 victory over Team Europe to finish with a perfect 6-0 record.