Nationals win 8th straight, beat Diamondbacks 8-1 (Yahoo Sports) - After three straight walk-offs, the Washington Nationals went for a cakewalk instead, scoring six runs in the third inning Tuesday night as they ran their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stephen Strasburg (10-10) allowed one run and three hits over a season-high eight innings, and Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-clearing double blew the game open to give the Nationals an overdue breather in what is now their longest winning streak since August 2012. He did just what the Nationals needed him to do: eat up innings to give an overtaxed bullpen some rest. The Nationals sent seven batters to the plate in the third before the Diamondbacks could record an out. Rodriguez nets as Real held by Atletico - New signing James Rodriguez scores his first goal for Real Madrid but an equaliser from Raul Garcia levels the aggregate score. GB's basketballers live on '£15 a day' - Great Britain forward Kieron Achara and his team-mates are existing on "£15 a day" as they try to reach the European Championships. Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season (Yahoo Sports) - Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw. Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery. Browns not ready to name starting quarterback (Yahoo Sports) - Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven't convinced him they deserve the job. Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. Pettine's decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Nationals' McLouth (shoulder) out for season (Yahoo Sports) - Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is out for the season because of an injured right shoulder. Manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that McLouth will have surgery Thursday for a torn labrum and is expected to recover in time for spring training. Williams says McLouth has had discomfort in his throwing shoulder all season. McLouth last played Aug. 1 and is on the 15-day disabled list. Bournemouth 1-2 Nottingham Forest - Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt score as Nottingham Forest win 2-1 at Bournemouth to move top of the Championship. European golds for Peacock & Cockroft - Besiktas 0-0 Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey is sent off as Arsenal fight out a goalless draw with Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie. Britons secure three European golds - British swimmers claim three gold medals and set a new world record on day two of the European Championships in Berlin.

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Mickelson sees 2015 as start of his Olympic campaign (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 20, 2014, 2:09 am]
Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson, nearly done with a mostly disappointing season, has set his sights on 2015 and a campaign to realize a golfing dream at the Rio Olympics the following year. Mickelson showed signs of a revival with his rousing runner-up finish to Rory McILroy at the PGA Championship and said on Tuesday that his sights were already trained on Rio. “I know that I've made great strides this year in driving the golf ball ... but it's been a terrible year for my wedge and short irons. I also had a very poor year putting,” he told reporters at Ridgewood Country Club, site of this week’s FedExCup playoffs opener, The Barclays.

Watson thirsts for first taste of Ryder Cup success (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 11:33 pm]
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Twice Masters champion Bubba Watson says the thrill of merely making a Ryder Cup is no longer enough for him and that it is high time the U.S. "As a kid growing up, your whole dream was to be on the PGA Tour and then make the Ryder Cup team," Watson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of Thursday's first round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. "I think sometimes ... we get so excited about making the team, and now not having a victory, not tasting a victory, that drives me to try to win one, to try to win a Ryder Cup," the emotional left-hander said. Watson will be appearing in his third successive Ryder Cup, carrying in a personal 3-5-0 record after losses at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010 and at Medinah in 2012, when Europe triumphed after a rousing, record-tying Sunday comeback.

Kuchar healthy again after bizarre back injury (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 10:55 pm]
Matt Kuchar missed the final major of the year when his back locked up on him from having to sit too long in traffic. Kuchar was considered among the favorites at the PGA Championship and felt his game was rounding into form after two days of practice at Valhalla. There was a party planned at the house he was staying in Louisville, and Kuchar went looking for a slip-and-slide for the kids.

Mickelson and Kuchar take aim at The Barclays (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 10:10 pm]
By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week's Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical run of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, begins a quest for a fourth victory in a row when the elite 125-man field tees it up on Thursday for the first round at Ridgewood Country Club. Mickelson bounced back from a sub-par season with a second-place finish earlier this month behind the 25-year-old McIlroy in the PGA Championship at Valhalla for his ninth runner-up showing at a major. "The PGA was a big week for me because it was the first time this year my game was back," Mickelson told reporters on Tuesday at the tree-lined course designed by A.W. Tillinghast.

Golf-Mickelson and Kuchar take aim at The Barclays (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 9:57 pm]
By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are primed for a chance to win this week's Barclays, the first installment of the four-event FedExCup playoffs, and derail the magical run of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, begins a quest for a fourth victory in a row when the elite 125-man field tees it up on Thursday for the first round at Ridgewood Country Club. Mickelson bounced back from a sub-par season with a second-place finish earlier this month behind the 25-year-old McIlroy in the PGA Championship at Valhalla for his ninth runner-up showing at a major. "The PGA was a big week for me because it was the first time this year my game was back," Mickelson told reporters on Tuesday at the tree-lined course designed by A.W. Tillinghast.

Mahan wants to stay in hunt for stretch drive (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 9:30 pm]
The swing was efficient as ever, and the ball soared toward the far end of the range with a tight draw as Hunter Mahan held his pose. Did you see that?'' swing coach Sean Foley said Tuesday, admiring the twirl as much as the shot. ''He's not a twirler.'' Foley usually sees that from one of his other pupils - Tiger Woods.

Meilutyte gears up for gold at Youth Olympics, China top table (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 2:42 pm]
London Games gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte cruised through to the women's 100 meters breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, while China surged to the top of the medals table on the third day of competition in Nanjing. Lithuanian Meilutyte, the world record holder over 50m in the discipline, will swim for her second gold of the Games on Wednesday before hopping on a plane to Berlin bound for the European Championships. Also making waves on Tuesday was Swiss sharp shooter Sarah Hornung, who took gold in the women's 10m air rifle competition after a tense duel with Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso. "I just knew if I could fight again, I would reach it." Canadian Tony Gil was also on target when he notched a hole-in-one at the Games' golfing competition.

Meilutyte gears up for gold, China top table (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 2:25 pm]
London Games gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte cruised through to women's 100 meters breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, while China surged to the top of the medals table on the third day of competition in Nanjing. Lithuanian Meilutyte, the world record holder over 50m in the discipline, will swim for her second gold of the Games on Wednesday before hopping on a plane to Berlin bound for the European Championships. Also making waves on Tuesday was Swiss sharp shooter Sarah Hornung, who took gold in the women's 10m air rifle competition after a tense duel with Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso. "I just knew if I could fight again, I would reach it." Canadian Tony Gil was also on target when he notched a hole-in-one at the Games' golfing competition.

Woods doubts he could have won a point at Ryder Cup (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 19, 2014, 10:25 am]
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods made himself unavailable for the U.S. Ryder Cup team because he did not think he could win a point in the matches, the former world number one said on Tuesday. His form this year would have left him relying on a wildcard pick from skipper Tom Watson for next month's matches against holders Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland and he pulled out of contention last week.

Arnold Palmer has pacemaker implant surgery (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 8:49 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

Warren's 'outside' Ryder Cup chance [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 18, 2014, 6:21 pm]
Scotland's Marc Warren hopes the door for being a wildcard pick for next month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles remains ajar.

Watson to announce Captain's Picks during live show in NYC (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 3:03 pm]
To bring fans closer to the action in anticipation of the 40th playing of the Ryder Cup, the PGA of America is hosting a live event where United States Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson will reveal his Captain's Picks for the final three members of the 12-man team. The event will air live from NBC's famous Studio 8H, the home of "Saturday Night Live" in New York City, on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The announcement will have an extraordinary reach, with members of the global media in attendance and Golf Channel providing live coverage starting with an hour-long preview show. This decision will be the subject of great discussion over the next three weeks, and fans can join in the fun by entering the interactive "MyCaptainsPicks" contest with Captain Watson. A first-of-its-kind social media engagement program, #mycaptainspicks simply asks sports fans to choose the three players they think Watson will pick to complete his 12-player team.

Pepperell aims for more consistency [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 18, 2014, 10:42 am]
Eddie Pepperell wants to add greater consistency to his game after finishing joint fourth at the Denmark Open.

Ryder Cup Ticket Sale Puts Golf Fans First (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 8:15 am]
Ryder Cup Europe has today released 3,000 Match Day tickets on general sale in an initiative designed to ensure as many golf fans as possible get the chance to be part of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next month. The tickets represent a final tranche of returns from the event's commercial family and with just over a month until The 2014 Ryder Cup begins, the decision was made to ensure as many members of the public as possible could make use of them. Richard Hills, Europe's Ryder Cup Director, said: "It's common for a small number of General Admission tickets to return once the final round of commercial allocations are complete. We are delighted to be able to release these tickets to the general public - it is great news for the event and will add to the very special atmosphere only The Ryder Cup can produce.

Tricky 18th hole helps Villegas win Wyndham (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 7:31 am]
Camilo Villegas got some help from an unlikely source on his way to his first victory in a while. The tricky 18th hole at Sedgefield Country Club tripped up his top two challengers. Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a stroke Sunday for his first on the PGA Tour since 2010 after Freddie Jacobson and Nick Watney ran into trouble on the final hole. ''I thought somebody was going to get'' a birdie on 18, Villegas said.

Park wins LPGA to claim fifth major [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 18, 2014, 7:12 am]
Inbee Park retains her LPGA Championship crown after beating overnight leader Brittany Lincicome in a play-off.

Park wins LPGA Championship in playoff, Lincicome weeps (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 2:36 am]
(Reuters) - South Korea's Park Inbee successfully defended her title in a playoff at the LPGA Championship on Sunday, leaving runnerup Brittany Lincicome in tears. Park sank a three-foot par putt at the first extra hole to edge Lincicome, who cried on the edge of the green after throwing away the title in the fourth LPGA major of the year. Lincicome, with one hand on the trophy, bogeyed the final regulation hole after missing an eight-foot par putt to fall back into a playoff at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York. Lincicome, 28, has won five times on the LPGA Tour, including one major, but admitted the occasion got to her.

Yang beats Conners in US Amateur final (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 1:10 am]
Not long ago, Gunn Yang's game was such a mess that his college coach took away his scholarship. The 20-year-old South Korean never trailed while completing an improbable run to the U.S. Amateur title Sunday, beating Canada's Corey Conners 2 and 1 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Along the way, he beat five players inside the top 100, including the 44th-ranked Conners. ''I had never heard of him before,'' Conners said.

Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour event (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 12:47 am]
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Martin Piller won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday at Fox Den to give himself a chance to earn a PGA Tour card through the regular-season money list.

Park wins LPGA Championship in playoff (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 17, 2014, 11:58 pm]
(Reuters) - South Korean Park Inbee successfully defended her title with a playoff win over American Brittany Lincicome at the LPGA Championship on Sunday. Park sank a three-foot par putt at the first extra hole to edge Lincicome, who cried openly after throwing away the title in the fourth LPGA major of the year. Lincicome, with one hand on the trophy, bogeyed the final regulation hole to fall back into the playoff, and then bogeyed it again to lose the playoff, both times missing putts from inside 10 feet. ...







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