‘Watershed’ moment for Northern Ireland

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Umbrellas up to watch Shane Lowry during the final round The fact Northern Ireland hosted arguably the most successful Open ever says a lot about where it has come. Image copyright Reuters The doyen of Irish golf writers, Dermot Gilleece, who has covered 40 consecutive Opens, says the reception for Lowry was truly remarkable. The Irish Independent’s golf correspondent said: “I’m from Dublin and I was deeply moved by what I witnessed. “He got the sort of reception I thought was only reserved for the likes of Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell or Rory McIlroy. “I know it’s a bit of a cliche but sport does transcend boundaries. “If you look at the rugby team there …

The NFL will not discipline or fine Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill

(CNN)Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was investigated after an accusation that he physically abused his son, will not be suspended or fined by the NFL. “Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention. “If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time.” Hill has …

The best things in life are free but where are they?

From amber fishing in the Baltic to mushroom hunting in Russia, theres lots of stuff that doesnt cost a penny, say our reporters Mushrooms in Russia In Russia, mushroom picking is called the quiet hunt and it has a ritual all its own. From late spring through to autumn, the high season for mycophiles, Russians fan out into the forests in search of fresh air, solitude and fungi to fill their wicker baskets. Should you see Ladas and Range Rovers abandoned roadside after a downpour, do not be alarmed: it is just mushroom season, not the zombie apocalypse. The prey depends on the season: morels in spring, then pine boletes, broad milkcaps, orange chanterelles and the prized boroviki, the porcinis …

Djokovic has time on his side as he eyes Federers grand slam haul

Novak Djokovic said after retaining his Wimbledon title in a five-hour final against Roger Federer that the Swiss is an inspiration and that he hopes to be still competing at 37 At the end of this seesawing and tempestous epic, which was not only the longest final in Wimbledon history but perhaps its most dramatic, Novak Djokovic pointed one finger to the sky in triumph. He might as well have been waving it in defiance at the Centre Court crowd, who had spent four hours and 57 minutes willing and baying Roger Federer to victory. Afterwards the Serb explained that he had tricked his mind so that every time he heard Roger he felt that people were actually cheering for …

Serena Williams battles burden of expectation before Simona Halep final

Both Wimbledon finalists will be fighting their emotions in what should be a momentous duel, with the American well placed for a 24th slam When Sabine Lisicki lost the final at Wimbledon to won the French Open last year and has reigned as No 1 in the world; Williamss story is familiar to all, a tale of alternating glory and struggle that would seem to have at least a chapter or two left. What they both share is a lingering fight with their emotions. Until Halep calmed her outer shell over the past couple of years, she was among the most volatile of competitors on the WTA Tour. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the …

How to kickstart a sneaker collection: buy 99 of world’s rarest in one go

Canadian investor Miles Nadal splurged $850,000 at Sothebys to snap up their entire auction of sought-after trainers Some sneakerheads spend their entire lives painstakingly assembling the perfect collection. Others, like Miles Nadal, have a more direct approach: buying them all at once. Nadal, a Canadian investor and entrepreneur, secured one of the sneaker worlds most impressive hauls this week when he spent $850,000 on 99 of the rarest trainers in the world. The shoes were set to be auctioned by Sothebys and the digital retailer Stadium Goods before he arranged the deal pre-emptively, he told the Guardian. Ive always been an admirer of sneakers but I didnt know much about it, he said. I thought this was, in one fell …

What is golf doing to attract more women players?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tiger Woods’ epic Masters win this year catapulted golf back into the global spotlight Over the past few years not only have a number of big clubs – such as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Royal Aberdeen, and Royal St George’s – dropped their men-only membership stance, but there is now also a positive drive to attract females to the sport. Image copyright England Golf Image caption Girls Golf Rocks encourages girls to learn and play golf “Other clubs have introduced creches, so that mothers can have a relaxing round of golf or meet with friends in the clubhouse.” He adds: “Golf is also looking to increase …

An Open that will make its mark beyond the game and the course

After a 68-year wait Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland has the potential to prove one of the Opens more exciting backdrops with a politically historic significance Counterintuitive though it may seem the Open Championship, in its 148th staging and with a history stretching back to 1860 in Prestwick, has entered uncharted territory. Never before has this tournament been so defined by its venue. Significance of location far outweighs the most illustrious participants. After a wait of 68 years, a stretch marked for so long by grim societal realities, Royal Portrush is the Opens terrain once more. Tears will be shed as Darren Clarke strides forward to lash the majors first drive at 6.35am. Thereafter the competitive instincts of Rory McIlroy, …

Simona Haleps show of power and belief helps her realise Wimbledon dream | Sean Ingle

Simona Halep has worked on her mentality as well as her groundstrokes and both were in fine fettle as she dismantled Serena Williams to win the singles title at Wimbledon It took 56 minutes into the biggest match of Simona Haleps career for her legs to go finally wobbly. But at that point her opponent, Serena Williams, was shuffling towards the net, head bowed and hand outstretched. And Centre Court was rising and roaring to salute a performance of staggering intensity. Watching on it seemed impossible that when Halep was a young child in Romania she used to cry before going on to court because she was so shy. Yet on the games biggest stage the tiny introvert was transformed …

Explaining cricket, the world’s second-most popular sport, to Americans

(CNN)The Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand will take place this Sunday in the UK, and the whole world is feeling the excitement! Lesson 1: Cricket is not like baseball Someone who knows cricket will try to tell cricket neophytes that it’s like baseball — so they get their brains in a position to understand the game. However, this is a RED HERRING. The only thing the two sports have in common is that a ball is at some point hit with a thing. It’s like saying golf is like beer pong because you’re putting a ball into a cup. The similarities end there. Lesson 2: There are different kinds of cricket CIAs (Cricket-Illiterate Americans) may hear …

Emery says Arsenal and Koscielny ‘need to speak’ as Martinelli scores on debut

Unai Emery has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the Original Article : HERE ;

Serena Williams Has A Message For Everyone Who Wants Her To Shut Up And Play

Serena Williams has a message for critics who want her to keep quiet about social issues and just play tennis.  “You know what? “Man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color, whatever it may be. ‘Equal pay,’ as the great Serena Williams said, ‘til I’m in my grave.’”  losing in the Wimbledon finals to Simona Halep. sexism, gender pay gap, especially as it related to women of color.  But more recently that criticism came from a surprising source: tennis legend and activist  King suggested earlier in the tournament that if Williams wanted a crack at the record, she should give up being a celebrity for a year and a half.  Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to …

Tom Brady roasts random Tweeter — and himself — over Madden stats

(CNN)Tom Brady knows when it comes to quarterbacks, he’s not that fast. But he’s definitely faster than you, a regular person without six Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame football career. Yahoo Sports tried to warn him, but it escalated to him making the ultimate Some Guy Named Matt move: Asserting that he, a random Twitter user, was faster than Tom freaking Brady. “I 100% could run faster and further than Tom. So could 50% of high schoolers, 80% of college players, and 99% of pros. Learn how to unbiasedly access the totality of a player, then adjust these numbers and I could possibly take you seriously,” the Matt wrote. Tom Brady quickly shut him down in seven …

Can you imagine your way to success?

She says there has been “tons of research” on the power of imagery in normal life. “Generally we can all capitalise on this and the more we use it, the more we can improve it.” Image caption John McEnroe, seen here contesting an umpire’s decision in Wimbledon in 1979, was famous for his outbursts Dr Perry creates a “script” with the sports player – often in real time – about how they want to behave in that situation, before recording it on their phone and listening back to it regularly. “We want this to be as realistic as possible,” says Dr Perry. “Write what you see, hear, feel, taste, smell. “If you’re on a golf course, you can smell the …

New Zealand set England 242 to win Cricket World Cup

London (CNN)England will need 242 runs to win its first ever Cricket World Cup after restricting New Zealand to 241-8 at Lord’s on Sunday. Turn on the television, pick up a newspaper, or glance at social media, and suddenly, after a tournament that has lasted six weeks and involved 48 games, the country has gone cricket crazy. But for New Zealand, this has been about redemption. Four years ago it reached the final only to be blown away by Australia. This time, it has been determined to ensure there is a far happier ending. Victory over India in the semi-final silenced anyone holding doubts over the character of this New Zealand side. READ: New Zealand stuns India in semifinal READ: …

Why do so many men think they could win a point off Serena Williams?

One in eight British men believe they could take a point off Serena Williams in a tennis match. Are they all delusional? She has a serve that once topped 128mph, has won 23 grand slam singles titles and is regarded by many to be the best female athlete of all time, Serena Williams. Good luck with that, tweeted Judy Murray. The sports broadcaster Catherine Whitaker tweeted: If youre one of the 12% you should be required to declare it on online dating profiles. Like a CRB check but for delusional morons. According to a YouGov poll, one in eight men in the general population, that is, not necessarily people who enjoy playing tennis said they thought they could win a …