Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at Masters after ending drought

Northern Irishmans victory at Players provided timely confidence boost ahead of Augusta challenge Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule. Instead, a victim of criticism for failure to complete tournament wins from promising positions is now at the forefront of the betting for the first major of the year. McIlroy, as of Sunday @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Its a lot of things, said McIlroy in explanation. Its maturity. Its been having a focus over the last six or seven months on my attitude, especially my attitude to golf, and not letting golf …

Rory McIlroy joins Tommy Fleetwood at top of Players leaderboard

Rory McIlroy joined Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Players Championship leaderboard after an inspired second-round back nine The only disappointment is that the blue-chip Sawgrass scenario arrives a day early. Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy will take to the third round of the Players Championship tied for the lead at 12 under par in the kind of scene the PGA Tour would be delighted to see rumble into Sunday. Golf needs marquee match-ups such as this. An inspired back nine of 31 by McIlroy, which included an eagle three at the 16th and a birdie putt from 29ft a hole later, saw him claw back Fleetwood from a seemingly untouchable position. The Northern Irishmans Friday 65 meant he …

Dominic Thiem upsets Roger Federer at Indian Wells for first Masters title

Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert while claiming the biggest title of his career. Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem then served out the two-hour match, which ended with another error from Federer a forehand dumped into the net. Federer lost in the final for the second straight year. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. Thiem …

Mother of super-middleweight world champion Caleb Plant shot dead by police

Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a statement that 51-year-old Beth Plant was pronounced dead on Saturday at a hospital. It says Plant became combative while being transported by ambulance and pulled out a knife. The driver called law enforcement and an arriving deputy shot Plant when she brandished a knife at the officer, according to the report. CalebPlant (@SweetHandsPlant) Love you forever and always momma . You always said work hard bubba …

Landon Donovan’s eccentric career: ‘I try not to just accept everything society says’

As he stages another comeback from retirement, one of US soccers finest ever players reflects on money, fame and why he chose America over Europe As the lights swirled in the darkness of an aging San Diego arena three weekend ago, a figure stepped through the O of a giant inflatable Sockers sign. On the other side of the fog machines, the spotlight found him: it was Landon Donovan, now 37 years of age, and still American men soccers only true household name. Even before he stepped out of retirement here for the third time (following a brief reunion in 2016 with the LA Galaxy and a half-season at Mexicos Club Leon in 2018), the fact that Donovan would join …

Phoenix Suns end NBA record 18-game losing streak to Warriors

Golden States topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn on Sunday night as they lost to the Western Conferences worst team Golden States topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn on Sunday night as they lost to the Western Conferences bottom team. Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBAs longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111. The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on November 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against a Western Conference opponent this season. The Warriors are now 4-6 over the last 10 …

Santa Anita suspends racing after ‘horrible’ deaths of 21 horses in two months

Santa Anita, one of the worlds most famous racetracks, has cancelled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months Racing at Santa Anita in Los Angeles, one of world racings most iconic venues and the host track for this years Breeders Cup, has been suspended indefinitely after the death of a four-year-old filly during training at the course on Tuesday, the 21st fatality there since 26 December. Training on its dirt track has also been suspended, and the valuable and significant cards for this weekend, including two Grade One events and an important trial for the Kentucky Derby in May, have been cancelled. The halt to activities on the dirt …

‘We need to be a lot better’: Lakers’ woes continue with loss to NBA-worst Suns

The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7ft 1in center Deandre Ayton on him on Saturday night The Phoenix Suns took a unique approach to guarding LeBron James, putting 7ft 1in center Deandre Ayton on him. James got his numbers, but the Suns frustrated the Lakers star and were able to push back when he tried to lead a late charge. Ayton had 26 points, 10 rebounds and primary defensive duties against James, helping the Suns hold off the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109 on Saturday night. That was a fun game, Ayton said. Im going to sleep well tonight. Phoenix lost the first three games this season against Los Angeles by double digits, but had …

LA Galaxy unveil statue of David Beckham at MLS opener

Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night as the Galaxy paid tribute to their former captain Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night. One of the most prominent events of the opening day of the leagues 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy and led them to two championships. Beckhams signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more high-profile players arrived and fan interest increased. No doubt our league wouldnt be what it is today if David didnt make that decision, MLS commissioner Don Garber said …