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Bigger tires in store for Formula One

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Formula One tires are getting a makeover to make them look more like the ones auto racing fans can buy for their own cars. The circuit will switch to 18-inch tires beginning in the 2021 season, one of a series of changes it is making as it embarks on a new contract with the Italian tire-maker Pirelli that begins next year and runs through 2023. F1 has used 13-inch tires for decades. "The change ... is designed to more closely align Formula 1 tires with street tires, allowing an even greater degree of technology transfer between them," the company said. Other changes where the rubber meets the road: No more heating blankets, narrower front tires and tires that will degrade more slowly, a modification that could drastically affect race and pit stop strategy. Some of the changes were announced by the F1 last year. Pirelli shared more details with The Associated Press this month during an event for the 2021 America's Cup; the company is a sponsor and technology partner with the Italian challenger Luna Rossa. "Formula One is the pinnacle of the technology in motor racing," Marco Crola, the Chairman and CEO of Pirelli North America, told the AP at the New York Yacht Club in Newport before the America's Cup challengers gave an update on their progress. "This one is exactly the same in water sports." Pirelli noted that the bigger tires will have far-reaching effects on the build of the car. The 13-inch models, with their high sidewalls, served as half of the suspension for the car, and the 18-inch ones will create more aerodynamic resistance. "The move to a new size is a significant change for the teams, as it's not just as simple as swapping a 13-inch tire for an 18-inch one," the company said in a statement to the AP. "Plenty of work has to be done to understand the challenges involved." Some details remain to be sorted out when FIA, the Formula One governing body issues its regulations. Pirelli will begin testing the new tires later this summer and through 2020 on the Formula Two circuit......»»

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James Harden withdraws from 2019 FIBA World Cup

NBA.com staff report All-Star James Harden wants to focus on the Rockets late this summer and fall, specifically on adapting to playing with new teammates such as Russell Westbrook. According to a report by Jonathan Feigen in The Houston Chronicle on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), Harden has informed Team USA coach Gregg Popovich that he is withdrawing from the team that will represent the U.S. in the FIBA World Cup in China. Speaking at an event on Friday to donate shoes and other sporting goods to children from the Greater Houston Police Activities League, Harden said he wanted to spend the remainder of the offseason to focus on preparing for the retooled Rockets. Rockets teammates P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon are both scheduled to participate in practices in Las Vegas Aug. 5 to 9. Harden has previously played for the 2012 USA Basketball Olympic team and 2014 World Cup team. Harden joins Anthony Davis as the second top player to withdraw from Team USA in the past week. Team USA still has All-Star guards Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker and Bradley Beal among those who remain committed. The FIBA World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China, and doesn't leave much lead time for players to start NBA training camps......»»

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Spieth back to playing some good golf at British Open

By Chris Lehourites, Associated Press PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Jordan Spieth knows he can win the big ones. Perhaps that's why he saves his best golf for them. The three-time major winner, still only 25, moved his name up the leaderboard at the British Open on Friday with a superb four-hole run near the end of the front nine. He birdied the fifth and sixth, made eagle on the seventh and birdie on the eighth to take him to 6 under, briefly tied for the lead. He ended up with a 4-under 67 at Royal Portrush to bring him to 5-under 137 on a mild morning on the Dunluce Links. "I always get pumped up for major championships," Spieth said. "Clearly I try to peak for majors. And then this style of golf I always — I've always found to fit my game pretty well." That game really started to shine in 2015 when Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open. He then finished a stroke out of a playoff in the British Open at St. Andrews. He capped his major season with a second-place finish at the PGA Championship. In 2017, he won the British Open, finishing three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale. That was his last victory. Spieth had an up-and-down day in the first round this year, but with the improved weather on Day 2 came a better score. "I putted a bit better. Different wind change so certain holes played harder than others and others became easier," said Spieth, who finished his round about an hour before the rain started to fall. "I felt like I played the easy holes well and then I avoided the pot bunkers today more than I did yesterday. But I certainly found the rough more today than I did yesterday. "At some point I hope to be playing off the short grass this week." Although he failed to improve his score late in the round, he did manage to make par on some of the toughest holes on the course. The par-3 16th and par-4 18th are rated as two of the hardest. Spieth landed his tee shot just right of the green on 16, chipped up the sharp slope and nailed a short putt for par. On the 18th, he drove down the middle of the fairway, one of the few he hit Friday, put his approach on the green and just missed his birdie putt. "I'm in contention," Spieth said. "I feel like if I can continue to improve each day, hit the ball better tomorrow than I did today, and better on Sunday than Saturday, then I should have a chance with how I'd feel on and around the greens.".....»»

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Another missed cut for Tiger, who s not 23 anymore

Another missed cut for Tiger, who s not 23 anymore.....»»

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Lowry, Holmes share Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open. Except this was Friday. And now McIlroy can only watch on the weekend as one of his best friends, Shane Lowry of Ireland, goes after the claret jug. Lowry birdied four of his opening five holes on his way to a 4-under 67 and shared the 36-hole lead with J.B. Holmes, who had a 68. Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood were one shot behind. Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth were three back. That can wait. This day was all about McIlroy, who kept the sellout crowd on edge as he tried to make the cut after opening with a 79. The roars had the intensity of a final round as McIlroy ran off five birdies in seven holes to brighten a gloomy sky over the North Atlantic. Needing one last birdie, his approach took a wrong turn along the humps left of the 18th green. He made par for a 65. "It's a moment I envisaged for the last few years," McIlroy said. "It just happened two days early." He was disappointed. He was proud of his play. Mostly, though, he said he was "full of gratitude toward every single one of the people that followed me to the very end and was willing me on." "As much as I came here at the start of the week saying I wanted to do it for me, by the end of the round there today I was doing it just as much for them," he said. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson won't be around, either. It was the first time in 77 majors they have played as professionals that both missed the cut in the same major. Darren Clarke, who honed his game on the Dunluce Links as a junior and now calls Portrush home, missed the cut in a most cruel fashion with a triple bogey on his final hole. And now the first British Open in Northern Ireland since 1951 moves on without them, still with the promise of a great show. Lowry was so nervous he was shaking on the tee when the tournament began Thursday, swept up in the emotion of an Open on the Emerald Isle, and on a course he knows. He gave fans plenty to cheer when he opened his second round with three straight birdies, added a birdie on the fifth and holed a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 10 to reach 10 under, making him the only player this week to reach double figures under par. The cheers were as loud as he has heard. "Just incredible," Lowry said. "You can't but smile, but can't but laugh how it is. There's no point trying to shy away from it. It's an incredible feeling getting applauded on every green, every tee box. I'm out there giving my best, trying to do my best for everyone." He three-putted the 14th, saved par on the next three holes with his deft touch around the greens, and closed with a bogey to fall back into a tie with Holmes, who played earlier in the day and was the first to post at 8-under 134. Holmes won at Riviera earlier this year, and then failed to make the cut in eight of his next 12 tournaments as he battled a two-way miss off the tee and felt so bad that he never thought he'd recover. But he did enough in Detroit three weeks ago to regain some confidence, and he has been in a groove at Portrush. "You can have that great round and that day where everything goes right. But it's nice to get two rounds in a row," Holmes said. "It shows a little consistency. And two days in a row I've hit the ball really well and putted well." Fleetwood and Westwood, two Englishmen at different stages in their careers, each had a 67 and will play in the group ahead of Lowry and Holmes. Westwood is 46 and can make a case as the best active player without a major considering his status — a former No. 1 in the world and on the European Tour — and the number of near misses in the majors, such as Muirfield and Turnberry at the Open, Torrey Pines in the U.S. Open and Augusta National when Mickelson out played him in 2010. Is it too late? Westwood wasn't willing to look that far ahead. "There's too much ground to cover before Sunday night," Westwood said. "There's a long way to go in this tournament. I've never felt under that much pressure, to be honest. You lads write about it. I've always gone out and done my best. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen, and if it doesn't, it doesn't." The experience of winning majors was behind them. Justin Rose had a 67 and was two shots behind, along with Cameron Smith of Australia and Justin Harding of South Africa. Another shot back was a group that included Koepka, who has won three of the last six majors. He was in a tie for eighth, the 16th time in his last 17 rounds at the majors he has ended a round in the top 10. Koepka wasn't happy with much about his 2-under 69, calling it "a little bit disappointing," perhaps because he played in dry weather and only a mild wind. "But at the same time, I'm close enough where I play a good weekend, I'll be in good shape," he said. Spieth hasn't quite figured out how to get the ball in play more often — too many bunkers on Thursday, too much high grass on Friday. But that putter is not a problem, and it carried him to a collection of mid-range birdie and par putts for a 67. "I'm in contention. I feel good," Spieth said, winless since his Open title at Royal Birkdale two years ago. "I feel like if I can continue to improve each day, hit the ball better tomorrow than I did today, and better on Sunday than Saturday, then I should have a chance with how I feel on and around the greens." Graeme McDowell, born and raised in Portrush, played well enough to make the weekend. He finished with four straight pars for a 70 to make the cut on the number at 1-over 143, and felt the pressure of sticking around for the home crowd. Woods, meanwhile, began this major championship season as the Masters champion, ended it as a mystery. He missed the cut in two of the next three majors, and never seemed fully fit or engaged at the British Open. He was 3 under for his round through 11 holes with hopes of making it to the weekend, but he had no more birdies and finished with two bogeys for a 70 to miss by five shots. "I'm going to have my hot weeks. I'm going to be there in contention with a chance to win, and I will win tournaments," Woods said, facing the reality of a 43-year-old who has gone through eight surgeries on his knee and back. "But there are times when I'm just not going to be there.".....»»

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Algeria wins African Cup title, beats Mane s Senegal 1-0

By Gerald Imray, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Algeria won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in nearly three decades on Friday, beating Senegal 1-0 in the final with a deflected goal in the opening seconds by striker Baghdad Bounedjah. Bounedjah's shot on Algeria's first attack deflected off Senegal defender Salif Sane and looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomis at Cairo International Stadium. The goal was timed at 79 seconds — the fastest in an African Cup final for at least 39 years — and delivered Algeria just a second African title and first since 1990. Algeria players sprinted the length of the field and jumped over advertising boards to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle. Some players climbed the fences, fists pumping as the raucous Algeria fans surged toward them. Algeria last made the final 29 years ago, when it won its sole title before Friday. "My people have waited a long time," said Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, a former Algeria player. "I'm very happy even if it is difficult to express. I'm tired, it's true, and it is difficult to show my emotions but when I rest my happiness will appear." Senegal and Sadio Mane trudged off the field at the 75,000-seat Cairo International Stadium disappointed again. Mane, socks down round his ankles, managed to wave to a group of supporters who cheered for him as he left. Senegal has never won the African Cup and Senegal coach Aliou Cisse had another bitter pill to swallow after missing the penalty that cost Senegal the African Cup in a shootout in its only previous appearance in the final in 2002. "This is a different generation and Algeria won," Cisse said. "They seized an opportunity and they scored." Senegal's desperate disappointment was exacerbated when it was awarded a penalty in the second half and then had it taken away following a Video Assistant Referee review. Cameroonian ref Alioum Alioum penalized Algeria's Adlane Guedioura for handball but changed his decision after consulting VAR, which is being used at the African Cup for the first time. Still, Algeria was probably a fitting champion in Egypt having won every game, including a 1-0 win over Senegal in the group stage. Algeria was captained by Riyad Mahrez, who added an African Cup title to his English Premier League title with Manchester City. He lifted the trophy in front of the president of the African soccer confederation and FIFA president Gianni Infantino as fireworks and golden glitter exploded into the air behind him. Mahrez had limited first team action with City but he was an integral part of Algeria's victory at the African Cup. His injury-time free kick put Algeria into the final and he ended with three goals, the same number as Mane. Algeria had a dream start and Senegal a nightmare when Bounedjah took advantage of open space on the left in the opening moments, swept inside and hit a shot that deflected off Sane, who was returning from injury for the final. The ball looped, almost slow motion, over Gomis, who didn't move, apparently certain that it would go over the crossbar. Bounedjah's tournament ended in joy after he attracted attention for his emotional reaction to missing a penalty in the quarterfinals. Fearing he had cost his team, Bounedjah spent much of that match crying in the dugout after he was substituted. Algeria eventually won the quarterfinal in a shootout to keep its dream alive. Senegal was initially given its penalty in the final when Sarr sped down the right wing and sent a cross in that hit Guedioura on the right arm as he held it down next to his body. There didn't appear to be any deliberate move by Guedioura to play the ball and the VAR decision appeared correct. After pointing calmly to the spot, referee Alioum jogged to the sidelines to check the VAR replays. He overturned the decision and canceled the penalty. Making its debut at the African Cup, the VAR was also used in penalty decisions in both semifinals. Algeria protected its lead for much of the game, allowing Senegal to dominate possession and push forward. But Senegal couldn't find the final touch, with its worst miss in the second half when Sarr blasted a volley over the crossbar from in front of Algeria's goal. Algeria's celebrations at the end were boisterous, with thousands of supporters making the trip across to Egypt for the final. They took up almost half of one side of the stadium and were kept in check by rows of yellow-vested security personnel who stood facing them near the field. During the celebrations, the Algeria squad and coach Belmadi kneeled down and prayed as they faced the supporters. Belmadi, who took over as coach less than a year ago, will return home a national hero......»»

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Raring to go, Pacquiao and Thurman make weight

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman successfully made the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, overcoming the final hurdle leading to their WBA title showdown......»»

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Thrashing the trash talker

For sure, Fillipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was seething with cold fury within but came up with easy body language to say “I’m OK.”.....»»

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No run, no gym on eve of weigh-in

Manny Pacquiao passed up on his morning run and stayed away from the gym on the eve of Friday’s official weigh-in......»»

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Aces end slump, foil Bolts in OT

The Alaska Aces ended an agonizing five-game, 40-day drought with a 108-103 overtime verdict over the Meralco Bolts, emerging as the eighth and last entry in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at the MOA Arena......»»

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Taiwanese am nips Thai pro for Pradera title

When the going got tough, it was an amateur who got going as Taiwanese Yu Chiang Hou delivered key shots on the second playoff hole, nipping Thai pro Wanchana Poruangrong with a tap-in birdie in a fitting ending to an event that faced uncertainties due to erratic weather at the Pradera Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga yesterday......»»

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San Juan, Apalit folks honor favorite son

Business mogul Manny V. Pangilinan dedicated his life to helping Philippine basketball. For this, his hometown of Barangay San Juan in Apalit, Pampanga made sure to give him a perfect birthday present......»»

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Ambohot lifts Knights past Altas

Jeo Ambohot came through with huge plays including a crucial follow-up in overtime as Letran edged Perpetual Help, 82-80, yesterday for its third straight victory in the 95th NCAA basketball tournament at the Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

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Pressure’s on Thurman, not Manny

Take it from boxing guru Sean Gibbons who’s been involved in the fight game as a matchmaker, promoter and boxer for over 30 years. The pressure is on Keith Thurman, not Manny Pacquiao, to perform in their scheduled 12-round battle for the WBA welterweight unified championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila time)......»»

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Boom Boom rooting for Pacquiao

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, the great champion who figured in one of boxing’s tragic moments, is rooting for Manny Pacquiao, who fights Keith Thurman here on Saturday (Sunday in Manila)......»»

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All bases covered with Manny

Whatever Keith Thurman intends to do in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila time), Manny Pacquiao has the antidote to make sure the undefeated American’s best-laid plans won’t work......»»

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PBA: Aces shut down Bolts in OT to complete playoff cast

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs is finally set. Alaska got the 8th and final spot Friday, scoring a gutsy 108-103 overtime win over Meralco at the MOA Arena. The Aces needed the heroics of guard Chris Banchero, who buried two clutch jumpers late, to force OT. Once in extra time, Alaska continued with its momentum to fully shut the Bolts down. Alaska’s prize in winning this tough game is a Sunday meeting against top seed TNT. The KaTropa hold a twice-to-beat advantage and also enter the quarterfinals with an eight-game winning streak.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Mighty-GFG Philippines closes in on 2019 Jones Cup championship

Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines is now one win away from the title in the 2019 William Jones Cup after a 28-point destruction of Indonesia, 94-66, Friday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. As always, reinforcements Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman showed the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively. They were backstopped by ex-pro Joseph Yeo who turned in his best game of the tournament with 14 points, all but two coming from triples. Filipino-Americans Aaron Black and Jeremiah Gray also added eight and seven points, respectively. With their sixth win in as many games in the regional tournament, the Filipinos need just one more win to reclaim the crown they last wore back in 2016. They will get two cracks at that - first against Chinese Taipei Blue on Saturday and then second against Chinese Taipei White on Sunday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 94 - Phelps 19, Balkman 17, Yeo 14, Moore 8, Black 8, Gray 7, Williams 6, N’Diaye 6, Wongchuking 5, Banal 4, Adams 0, Brickman 0. INDONESIA 66 - Kokodiputra 21, Muhammad 11, Gemilang 7, Sanjaya 7, Joni 6, Hartanto 4, Noor 2, Priasmoro 2, Wijaya 2, Wicaksono 2, Teja 2, Hidayat 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-13, 45-30, 71-43, 94-66......»»

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HD Spikers ground Jet Spikers, near crown

Marck Espejo led Cignal HD to a 19-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, Game 1 win over defending champions Go For Gold-Air Force to inch closer to claiming the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference title on Friday at the Paco Arena in Manila. Espejo fired a game-high 19 points founded on 17 attacks and two blocks to go along with 18 excellent receptions and four digs while Jude Garcia added 14 markers for the HD Spikers for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three title showdown. “Actually, obvious naman slow start talaga [kami]. Siguro kulang sa warm-up," quipped a relieved Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor. "Both teams naghihintayan e, nagkakapaan kung ano yung lalaruin nila, anong lalaruin namin," the youthful tactician continued. "So kami nung second set, wala kaming ibang ginawa kundi pataasin yung intensity pag pasok ng court, nag-deliver naman lahat." Ysay Marasigan contributed 12 points while Vince Mangulabanan glued things together for the HD Spikers with 32 excellent sets. Manuel Sumanguid had 18 receptions and seven digs. After losing the opening set, Cignal came brought the fight in the second frame and pounced on a defenseless Air Force, leading by as much as 12 points to tie the game at 1-1. The next two sets was a nip and tuck battle with the HD Spikers hanging tougher in the end game of both frames to draw first blood. Bryan Bagunas led Air Force with 17 points built on 15 attacks and two aces while also tallying 19 receptions. Kim Malabunga added 14 markers on 11 attacks, two blocks, and an ace. Meanwhile, John Vic De Guzman and Josh Umandal steered the PLDT Home Fibr Power Hitters past the Sta. Elena-NU, 25-22, 25-22, 30-32, 25-18, in Game 1 of the battle for third. De Guzman and Umandal led the Power Hitters with 13 points apiece with the latter also tallying 19 excellent receptions. Nico Almendras paced the Ball Hammers with 18 points, 25 receptions, and six digs. Game 2 of both games are on Sunday......»»

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PBA: Muscle Man ready to rock as he makes return to playoffs

A healthy Vic Manuel is a dangerous Vic Manuel. Meralco found out how tough the Muscle Man is Friday in the one-game knockout for 8th place in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Manuel torched the Bolts for 23 points, 15 in the fourth quarter and overtime, to lead Alaska back to the playoffs. “Last opportunity na sa amin ito. Yung last three games namin, parang binibigay na sa amin para makapasok kami sa playoffs, hindi namin nakukuha,” Manuel said. “Binigyan pa kami ng isang pagkakataon, so ngayong gabi, na-grab namin,” he added. Manuel came back for the Aces this conference after a long recovery from injury. While he’s been playing well, he wouldn’t say he’s regained his previous peak condition but he is healthy enough to play. Manuel played almost 25 minutes Friday against Meralco. “Ayun nga yung hindi ko masabi kasi minsan naninigas pa yung likod ko. Ako laro lang ako, laro nang laro kasi ayaw ko din i-pahinga eh,” Manuel said. “Pag pina-pahinga ko, parang lalo siyang sumasakit so nilalaro ko nang nilalaro,” he added. Ahead of his first playoff game this season, the Muscle Man will be ready to rock for Alaska. “Oo naman syempre,” he said as the Aces take on no. 1 TNT on Sunday. “Bibigay ko pa rin lahat ng best ko kahit na may nararamdaman pa ako, lalaro ko pa rin. Importante sa amin yung laro eh,” Manuel added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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