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    Australia's greatest female tennis players, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, have joined in celebrating the rise of compatriot Ashleigh Barty to the No. 1 world ranking which they both held. Barty became the first Australian woman in more than 40 years to take the top ranking by claiming her third title of 2019 on Sunday in Birmingham. Her mentor and idol Goolagong Cawley, who won seven grand slams, was the first in 1976. The WTA rankings were introduced in 1973. 'In 2019, with all the pieces in place, her rise has been almost unstoppable,' Goolagong Cawley said in a statement on Monday. 'Ash is a very worthy No. 1 and winning at the French will have given her even more confidence. 'I am so proud that another Aboriginal player sits on top of the rankings in women's tennis, particularly a young lady who conveys such happiness in all she does.' Court, who won 24 grand slams, said the challenge for Barty was to stay at No. 1. 'It was always easier climbing up the ladder than staying there,' Court said. 'That's a real champion — to stay at the top.' Compatriot Sam Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open, said Barty's attitude will serve her well as she goes into Wimbledon next week as the top seed. 'She is playing fantastic and grass is a surface that she openly says she can't wait to get on every year,' Stosur said. 'I don't think she went to the French thinking she had a shot which is maybe why she went there and put no pressure on herself. 'She was just playing it and enjoying it and getting through the rounds and suddenly she's won a grand slam. 'Wimbledon will be a different scenario.' Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said Barty could win another grand slam title this year if she avoids injury. 'The top women players aren't used to the type of game that she has,' Tiley said. 'That's what is putting her at a high level quickly - while the other players figure out how to play her I think they will continue to struggle.' The great Billie Jean King congratulated Barty on Twitter. 'With incredible versatility, perseverance, and focus, Ash Barty is an inspiration to the next generation of young players in Australia. 'Well done!' King tweeted. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties. There were no incidents during morning training hours or in the 10 races Sunday. About 20 protesters briefly toted signs outside an entrance to the track, calling attention to the deaths and condemning the sport. Hollendorfer had two horses entered to run closing day, but they, along with two others Saturday, were scratched by track stewards on the recommendation of a special panel convened to review horses' medical, training and racing history. The 73-year-old trainer was ordered by The Stronach Group to remove his horses from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, which are owned by the company. The fourth death in his stable during the meet occurred Saturday. Track ownership said Hollendorfer was 'no longer welcome to stable, race, or train his horses at any of our facilities.' No one from The Stronach Group spoke to the media Sunday despite a request. The company said a statement would be forthcoming in a few days. Racing next moves to Los Alamitos in Orange County beginning June 29, where the California Horse Racing Board said a panel will review horses entered to run there. That track will 'gladly' provide stalls to Hollendorfer, whom track owner Edward Allred called 'an unexcelled horseman.' 'Unless forbidden by the California Horse Racing Board, we intend to permit entries from Hollendorfer,' Allred said in a statement. 'We do not feel he should be a scapegoat for a problem which derives from a number of factors.' Still unknown is whether Hollendorfer would be allowed to train at Del Mar near San Diego, which opens its summer meet July 17. A track spokesman said Sunday a decision had yet to be made. Neither Los Alamitos nor Del Mar is owned by The Stronach Group. Racing at Santa Anita is set to resume Sept. 27. The track is scheduled to host the Breeders' Cup world championships on Nov. 1-2. The Breeders' Cup board of directors is expected to meet this week to discuss this year's location. The fatalities at Santa Anita since Dec. 26 have raised alarm within California and the rest of the racing industry. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently stepped in to direct the formation of the special panel to evaluate horses' histories before they race. Track and racing board officials implemented several changes involving exams of horses scheduled to train or race. The racing board also is looking at changes involving jockeys' use of a riding crop in a race. Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was fined $100 by the stewards for violating a CHRB rule that prohibits use of a crop more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond. The violation occurred in the eighth race Saturday. Bob Baffert, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer, recently traveled to Sacramento to meet legislators concerned about the horse deaths. The majority occurred during the winter months when usually arid Santa Anita was hit with record rainfall totaling nearly a foot. Trainers like Doug O'Neill, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, are dismayed that the sport is under fire amid a drumbeat of negativity. 'The important thing is that they are accidents and accidents happen,' O'Neill said. 'I can you tell in the 32 years I've been back here I've never seen one case of an abuse.' About 500 backstretch workers rallied on Thursday to ask for help in protecting their jobs, emphasize their commitment to the horses in their care and their support of the recent rules changes. O'Neill and Baffert support the workers, many of whom come from Mexico and Guatemala. 'Right now I'm worried about keeping these horses and keeping people here,' Baffert said. 'If it went away, I worry about all these unemployed people.' O'Neill noted there are good things done by the racing industry but 'it's just unfortunate that very little of that is talked about.' He lamented what he perceives as a lack of transparency by Santa Anita management about what's happening. 'You'd like to hear more dialogue between all the different factions that are involved,' O'Neill said. 'It seems like there's these small little groups that have all the power. They have their private meetings and none of it gets trickled down to us what the heck is going on.' The Stronach Group has moved to reduce the use of anti-bleeding medication Lasix on race days. Going further, there's been a proposal to eliminate Lasix in 2-year-old horses starting next year. 'Racing needs Santa Anita to work,' Baffert said. 'Santa Anita is so important. If something happens here, it affects everything.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In a weekend full of emotional moments, Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols saved the best for last. Pujols capped off a stirring three-day return to St. Louis by exchanging jerseys with long-time friend and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina following the Angels' 6-4 win on Sunday. Pujols was cheered throughout his first series in St. Louis since leaving the club in free agency after the 2011 season. The former Cardinal got standing ovations before each plate appearance throughout the weekend and a curtain call after popping out in his final at-bat. 'This is probably one of the best moments of my career,' Pujols said. 'I'm going to put it up there with the two World Series championships.' Pujols met with Molina, his long-time friend, after the game. The two autographed and then exchanged jerseys on the field. 'That's something we felt from our hearts that we should do,' Pujols said. 'It's something that's going to be in my trophy case. To see the man that he has become, the leader, the champion. I can close my eyes right now and remember him, this little boy walking into Cardinals' camp. The man that he has become is unbelievable.' Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus was overwhelmed by the support for Pujols over the three days. 'This is one of the most tremendous things I've seen in the game of baseball, the way he was treated as a visiting player,' Ausmus said. 'I've always known how great the St. Louis fans are - but this was something special.' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt was also impressed with the crowd's love for Pujols. 'A special tribute to a special man,' Shildt said. The 39-year-old Pujols was 4 for 11 over the three-game set, including a home run during a 4-2 loss Saturday. He spent 11 years in St. Louis and won three MVP awards and two World Series (2006, 2011) with the Cardinals. After Pujols popped out with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, fans chanted his name as he returned to first base the next half-inning. It may have been his final chance to play in front of his old fan base. Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher drove in two runs apiece, and Tyler Skaggs tossed five shutout innings for the Angels. Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak and finished a long road trip with a 6-5 mark. 'He was pounding the strike zone and the curveball was good,' Ausmus said of Skaggs. The Cardinals rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth, sparked by Jose Martinez's solo homer. Angels closer Hansel Robles came on to get the final out in a non-save situation. La Stella had run-scoring hits in the second and sixth innings to back a strong effort from Skaggs and five other relievers. Skaggs (7-6) allowed four hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. 'He was pounding the strike zone and the curveball was good,' Ausmus said. St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (5-8) gave up one run and seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two. The Cardinals struggled with runners in scoring position over the first eight innings before coming up big in the ninth. 'We didn't score early, the runs that we needed, and that's why we lost,' St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna said. REYES SUFFERS SETBACK St. Louis RHP Alex Reyes was removed in the second inning of a start for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday with right pectoral discomfort. He will be re-evaluated Monday. Reyes missed all of 2017 and most of 2018 after undergoing elbow surgery. He made four appearances on the major league level this season with an 0-1 record and 15.00 ERA. TRAINER'S ROOM Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks will be out two to three days after leaving Saturday's game with right triceps tendinitis. 'I'm really confident from the doctors and the medical team that it's nothing related to anything structural,' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. UP NEXT Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1, 5.68) will face Cincinnati RHP Tyler Mahle (2-7, 4.17) on Tuesday in the first of a two-game series, which will kick off a six-game homestand. Heaney is making his sixth start of the season after missing the first 51 games with left elbow inflammation. Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-4, 4.24) will take on Oakland RHP Chris Bassitt (4-3, 3.64) in the first of a two-game set on Tuesday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEW YORK MESS The Mets open a series in Philadelphia a day after manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter in the clubhouse, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him. Callaway snapped at Newsday's Tim Healey following a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Shortly after a tense postgame news conference, Healey told Callaway 'see you tomorrow' — the skipper called him an obscenity and later told him to leave the clubhouse. Vargas then stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. Players stepped in to restrain the veteran left-hander. 'The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse,' the team said in a statement. 'We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties.' WHO'S NEXT? Dodgers rookies are on quite a roll — a different one has hit a game-ending home run three days in a row. Hours after being promoted from the minors, Will Smith connected for a pinch-hit, three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat Colorado 6-3. Matt Beaty hit a two-run homer in the ninth on Friday against the Rockies and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday. Los Angeles now turns to ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 2.85 ERA) to start a three-game series at Arizona against former teammate Zack Greinke (8-3, 2.91). POWERED UP The Yankees try to hit a home run in their 27th straight game, which would match the major league record set by Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and the 2002 Texas Rangers. New York extended its streak Sunday when DJ LeMahieu connected in a loss to Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, Edwin Encarnación, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the Bronx Bombers take aim against Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez in the series opener at Yankee Stadium. FAILING PHILLIES The free-falling Phillies hope to steady themselves with the first of four home games against the Mets. Philadelphia has lost seven straight and 16 of 22 to drop 6 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East. The Phillies led Atlanta by 3 1/2 games on May 29. The latest setback was a three-game sweep against the last-place Marlins, which ended in loud boos at Citizens Bank Park. Manager Gabe Kapler defended his roster after, saying 'we have the right personnel in the room' and 'we win as a team, we lose as a team, we don't single anybody out.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
  • Will Smith had seen fellow Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo deliver walk-off homers during their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Hours after being called up from the minors on Sunday, it was Smith's turn to join the fun. The rookie catcher connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory and a three-game sweep over their closest NL West pursuers. 'Just when you think it can't get any better, it does,' manager Dave Roberts said. 'We talk about these young players not being afraid of the moment. For Will to get a pitch in and carry it to the opposite part of the field is pretty impressive.' It is the first time in major league history that rookie teammates have hit walk-off homers in three straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Matt Beaty hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday. The last team to win three straight games in walk-off fashion was Oakland two years ago. The Dodgers had not done it since a 2010 series against Arizona. Colorado manager Bud Black said not having much scouting information on rookies wasn't a factor in the losses. 'A couple bad pitches got us. Scott didn't locate his slider where he wanted to,' he said. 'There are going to be great wins and tough losses. They are on a little bit of a nice roll but we'll be back.' Smith, a 24-year-old catcher playing his seventh game in the big leagues, hit a slider from Scott Oberg (5-1) over the wall in center. Beaty singled to lead off the inning and advanced on a wild pitch, and Russell Martin was intentionally walked with two outs. Smith was promoted when infielder David Freese was put on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Friday with a left hamstring sprain. He caught a morning flight from Oklahoma City and got to the ballpark a couple hours before the game. 'I didn't know if I was going to play today, so I made the most of my opportunity,' Smith said. 'I was concentrating on the approach of the at-bat and getting the right pitch to hit.' The Dodgers, with the best record in the majors, have won six straight games to tie the 1974 NL champions for the best start in franchise history (54-25) and complete a 9-2 homestand. Kenley Jansen (3-2) pitched one inning. Dodgers star Cody Bellinger hit a line-drive foul ball down the first-base line that struck a young woman in the head during the first inning. She was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests. In the ninth inning, a female fan ran toward Bellinger in right field. He was trying to fend her off, and security personnel tackled her as she tried to hug Bellinger. All six Dodger runs came via pinch-hit home runs. Chris Taylor greeted Rockies' reliever Chad Bettis with a three-run homer in the seventh to give LA a 3-2 lead. Colorado tied it in the eighth when Daniel Murphy scored from first on Tony Wolters' double into the right-field corner. ROCKY SKID Colorado has lost 11 straight to Los Angeles dating to last season. The Rockies are 13 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West nearing the midpoint of the season. 'We came in here ready to go and they beat us pretty good,' third baseman Nolan Arenado said. 'At the end of the day we have to finish games. The good teams finish them. If we want to get to where we needed to go we have to win those.' STREAKS AND STATS Max Muncy has reached base safely in 32 straight games, which is the longest streak by a Dodger since Yasiel Puig's 33-game run in 2014. ... Murphy had his fifth three-hit game of the season and is batting .338 this month. FOR STARTERS Colorado's Antonio Senzatela allowed only three hits the first six innings before running into trouble. The right-hander worked 6 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. It is the eighth time in 14 starts where he has allowed two or fewer runs. Los Angeles' Kenta Maeda went a season-high seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. The righty has 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in his last eight starts since May 10. Maeda's only big mistake came in the first inning when he gave up a two-run homer to David Dahl. ROCKIES MOVE Colorado optioned pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for OF Garrett Hampson. Hampson played center field and batted second, going 2 for 5. UP NEXT Colorado: RHP Jon Gray (7-5, 4.18 ERA) gets the call Monday for the start of a three-game series in San Francisco. Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 2.85 ERA) starts the first of a three-game set Monday at Arizona. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The head of Sweden's 2026 Winter Olympics bid believes having Latvia on the hosting ticket can sway Monday's vote for the perceived underdog against Milan-Cortina. The Stockholm-Are plan to stage ice sliding sports across the Baltic Sea at a venue in Latvia avoids building a white elephant venue in Sweden — a key demand of IOC reforms to cut Olympic hosting costs. Using the sliding track at Sigulda 'adds enormous value' to the two-nation bid, Stockholm-Are chief executive Richard Brisius told The Associated Press on Sunday. 'It will be very important for delivering the new transformative games that we want to do,' Brisius said. The International Olympic Committee wants the 2026 Winter Games to help end skepticism about the cost of bidding and hosting the games, after potential bids in Canada, Switzerland and Austria dropped out due to local opposition. Brisius argued the Latvian element in Sweden's bid is the best example of living up to the IOC's promise to be flexible with candidates aiming to be cost-efficient. 'Are the IOC members ready for that? We are offering that,' the Stockholm-Are official said in a challenge to around 85 IOC voters. 'If we can do this, and we show that this is the way to do it, it will open up for more bid cities in the future,' Brisius said. 'I would not say we are the underdog — I think we are the future.' One member of Sweden's delegation who is more than happy with the underdog label is retired high jumper Stefan Holm, who has been an IOC member since 2013. The 43-year-old Holm, who won Olympic gold in 2004, even drew comparisons with Sweden's victory over Italy in the qualifying playoff for the 2018 World Cup. 'Sweden is always the best when we're the underdog,' Holm said after a bilateral meeting at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. 'In the team sports we could beat Italy in football and we're always the underdog against Italy, the same against Canada in ice hockey or whatever. 'So I think we're in a good place.' Sweden has never hosted the Winter Games. It made numerous bids between 1984 and 2004, while it was also briefly in the race for 2022. 'We are a stable country politically speaking, economically speaking,' said Holm, who has been an IOC member since 2013. 'We have never held the games before and we really, really want it. We are a sports loving people especially when it comes to winter sport so hopefully it's our turn this time.' IOC members are famously discreet about their voting intentions ahead of a hosting vote, and more than one-third of this electorate is voting for the first time. A total of 35 members have joined since the last contested vote in July 2015 when Beijing edged Almaty to get the 2022 Winter Games. 'I meet people who are very keen to find out what is best for the (Olympic) movement,' Brisius said of the newer recruits. Two of those 35 are Italian — bobsled federation president Ivo Ferriani and Italian Olympic committee head Giovanni Malago — and so cannot vote Monday. Malago is confident that the support for the Italian bid, from the government and the general population, will see it edge out Sweden. That support is a contrast to recent Italian bids — three years ago, Italy was forced to end Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics because of staunch opposition from the city's mayor. And in 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city's candidacy for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns. 'We have never received a critic. From any parties,' Malago said of the current bid. 'The government and the opposition support this bid. I think it is a unique case not only in Italy but also in the world.' The IOC president traditionally does not vote, though in an expected close race the winner is likely to be the candidate most favored by Thomas Bach's office. ___ Daniella Matar contributed to this report. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after a loss Sunday. The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. There was no physical contact. In a story published by Newsday on Sunday night, Healey said Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon called him 'to apologize on behalf of the organization.' The incident followed a tense postgame news conference, when reporters asked Callaway repeatedly about his decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead, three-run homer to Javier Baez. After the news conference, Callaway walked past Healey and other reporters in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would 'see you tomorrow,' and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, cursing at Healey again and telling him to leave the clubhouse. 'I thought he was leaving for the day, so I said, 'See you tomorrow, Mickey,'' Healey said. 'And then he said, 'Don't be a smart-ass.' 'I tried to tell him, I didn't mean anything by it,' Healey added. 'I was just saying, 'I'll see you tomorrow.' And then he said, 'Get this guy out of here,' and that got the attention of Jason Vargas.' Vargas stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. Players stepped in to restrain the veteran left-hander. Healey left the clubhouse moments later. He said Wilpon called later in the evening to apologize. 'He stressed the fact that I should feel comfortable being able to do my job at the ballpark and that moving forward, there's no reason for me to feel uncomfortable,' Healey said. 'I appreciated that sentiment from him, absolutely.' The team also issued a statement. 'The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse,' the statement said. 'We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee. The organization has reached out and apologized to this reporter and will have further discussions internally with all involved parties.' It's been a trying season for the Mets following an aggressive offseason. The club is 37-41. New York is set to open a four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Chez Reavie is a PGA Tour winner again after 11 years and 250 events. Reavie won the Travelers Championship on Sunday, closing with a 1-under 69 for a four-stroke victory over Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher. The 37-year-old Reavie, whose first title came as a rookie at the 2008 Canadian Open, finished at 17-under 263 at TPC River Highlands a week after tying for third in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. 'It means everything,' he said. 'I went through some injuries, had some long years there in the middle. But it was great, because it gave good perseverance and good perspective of what life is and what golf is.' The former Arizona State player took a six-stroke lead over Bradley and Sucher into the round after a shooting a 63 on Saturday. He had an understated celebration, pulling his ball out of the hole at 18 and saluting the crowd with it clenched in his fist. It was the same calm he showed throughout the day, even as, Bradley, a New England native from nearby Vermont, chipped away to the cheers of the large galleries. Bradley made back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 to get within three shots, just missed a 13-foot birdie putt on the 12th, then made a 9-footer on 13 to get within two strokes. His 22 foot-birdie attempt at 14 stopped just at the hole. He got within a stroke on the par-4 15th when he made a 7 1/2-foot birdie putt after Reavie missed an 11-footer. 'The crowd was just so behind me and so loud and so, it felt like a Ryder Cup to me,' Bradley said. 'Man, I've dreamt of this ever since I've come here at 10 years old. It lived up to the hype — it was awesome.' But Reavie put the tournament away on the par-4 17th, making a 14-foot birdie putt, while Bradley three-putted for a double bogey. Bradley and Sucher each shot 67, with Sucher playing the back nine in 5-under 30. Sucher, coming of an injury that kept him away from golf for 13 months after the 2017 Travelers, had his best ever finish in a PGA Tour event. 'The back nine was unbelievable,' Sucher said. 'I mean the whole thing was unbelievable with the huge crowds, it was quite an experience.' He came into his fourth of six medical extension start needing to earn 347 FexEx Cup points to retain his Tour card. He came in with 25 points and picked up 245 with the second-place tie. 'It's amazing, it's life-changing to be honest,' Sucher said. 'It changes the rest of our year, it changes our plans and we have a lot of work to do to figure what else we have to do now.' Vaughn Taylor, who started nine strokes back, made a run of five birdies to finish his final-round of 65, shooting a 29 on the back nine. His 15-foot birdie putt on 18 put him at 12 under. 'I've never birdied the last five holes of a tournament that's for sure,' Taylor said Paul Casey, who blew a four-stroke lead during last year's final round, started the day 10 strokes behind Reavie, his former college teammate. But he hit his tee shot on the par-4 15th inside 7 feet and made eagle, then finished with a birdie to go 11 under. The Englishman said he was hoping to match the 28 Reavie put up on the back nine Saturday to put some pressure on him. But he couldn't do it and spent the rest of the day rooting for his friend. Reavie, who took home just under $1.3 million, has finished in the top 20 in five of his last six starts. Defending champion Bubba Watson, who was hoping for a fourth title in Connecticut, shot a 71 to finish at 1 under, but said he wasn't disappointed with his week. 'I know sometimes I look like I'm angry out there,' he said. 'But most of the time, I'm pretty happy.' Brooks Koepka made quick work of his final round, also shooting a 71 to finish the tournament at an even par. He and Russell Knox needed just under three hours to play their 18 holes in the first group of the day. Koepka says he has a couple of appearances in the next two days and then will get some much-needed rest. 'I'm not going to practice and take some time away from the game and just try to realize what's going on,' he said. '''I don't think I'm still over Bethpage, and with these majors they are so tightly bunched, it's difficult. I didn't really have a chance to soak that one in and then we are playing again, it's just a continuation that keeps rolling on.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Spain coach Jorge Vilda says part of the challenge in facing the United States is making sure his players aren't intimidated by the defending Women's World Cup champions. Spain faces the top-ranked U.S. team Monday in Reims, marking the first time La Roja will appear in the knockout round at the World Cup. 'We need to insure that it doesn't get in our head. We've had the right level of competition, and we hope that tomorrow that we can put our best foot forward,' Vilda said Sunday through a translator. 'When the girls look at the players in front of them they are not going to see stars, they are going to see a team like any other. They are a good team, but we are also a team that has been known to be up to scratch and shown what we can do on the pitch.' It's going to be hard not to see those stars when facing a front line that includes Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. The United States skated through its group with a stage record 18 goals. And the team didn't concede a goal in the group for the first time at a World Cup. The three-time World Cup winners are brimming with confidence. 'I think this is the best team we've had,' Ali Krieger said. 'We're so confident right now. We're so motivated to want to win and succeed.' The two teams met in January in Alicante, part of a European trip for the United States. Christen Press scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory and the Americans rebounded from a 3-1 loss to France in Le Havre a few days before. The match may have been a confidence boost for No. 13 Spain, because it was able to hang with the world's top-ranked team. Coach Jill Ellis said she believed that friendly was critical to the Americans' preparation, but both teams have since evolved. 'I actually pushed for that game because I think it was important for us. You have to take the approach that if it's a method where you're learning, you're growing and you're getting better, you can't worry about what your opponent takes away from a game,' she said. Ellis said Julie Ertz and Morgan were 'fine' but didn't elaborate. Ertz missed the team's final group-stage match, a 2-0 victory over Sweden, because of a hip contusion. Morgan did not play in the second half because of a couple of hard collisions in the first. Spain, playing in its second World Cup but making its first appearance in the knockout round, finished second to Germany in its group to draw the United States. Spain has been on the rise since Vilda took over following the 2015 World Cup. The team won the 2017 Algarve Cup and last year won the Cyprus Cup, while also finishing in the final eight of the UEFA Women's Euro. Defender Irene Paredes was asked if Spain's players believe they have a chance. 'That's pretty basic,' she said. 'That's the first thing you have to achieve, that we ourselves think that we can win, right?' The winner Monday will play fourth-ranked France, which defeated Brazil 2-1 on Sunday. CANADA-SWEDEN: Canada heads into its knockout round match against Sweden in Paris with captain Christine Sinclair sitting at 182 career goals, just two away from matching the international record set by former U.S. forward Abby Wambach. Sinclair is the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Brazil's Marta. Eight of Sinclair's goals have come against Sweden. 'They're a team that always shows up in the big tournaments,' she told reporters following training. 'Obviously they won the silver medal in the last Olympics. They're a world-class team, very well-organized with some great players. It's going to be a great game.' Fifth-ranked Canada has bronze medals in the last two Olympics, but fell to England in the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup on home soil. The Canadians are 4-3-3 in their last 10 matches against Sweden, with the most recent meeting at the Algarve Cup, when Canada prevailed on penalties after a scoreless draw. Ninth-ranked Sweden made seven lineup changes in its 2-0 loss to the United States in its final group game, aiming to rest players for Canada. 'My message is relatively simple tomorrow,' captain Caroline Seger said. 'It's about winning or going home. We'll have to get out there and play at 100 percent with no regrets when we leave the pitch.' The winner will face No. 2 Germany in a quarterfinal match Saturday in Rennes. RECAPPING SUNDAY: Where to start with England and Cameroon? VAR decisions gave England a goal, while also calling back a Cameroon goal. Cameroon's players — some crying — twice looked as though they might not resume playing. England would go on to win 3-0, and afterward coach Phil Neville told a sideline reporter: 'It didn't feel like football. This is going out worldwide. Young girls are watching that. I can't stand here and say that's right. There's a certain standard of behavior.' Regardless, Cameroon is headed home and England plays Norway in the quarterfinals on Thursday. ... Thaisa's goal pulled Brazil even just a little more than 10 minutes after Valerie Gauvin scored for France to open the second half in Le Havre. In the first extra time period, Debinha was denied by Griedge Mbock's goal-line clearance. Amandine Henry scored in the 107th minute to put France in front 2-1. It was possibly the last World Cup for Marta, who has scored a record 17 goals in the tournament. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Hannah Green never felt more nervous than standing over a 5-foot par putt Sunday at Hazeltine National with a chance to win her first major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Neither did Karrie Webb, who won seven majors in her Hall of Fame career. Webb watched from outside the ropes, her heart racing. It was 11 years ago in Minnesota that Webb started a scholarship program to bring young Australian amateurs to majors to spend a week with her and experience golf's biggest events. Four years ago, Green was one of those scholarship winners. And now she's a major champion. Green held her nerve to the end, hitting 8-iron to 15 feet for a pivotal birdie on the 16th hole, and getting up-and-down from a bunker ono the 18th hole for an even-par 72 and a one-shot victory over defending champion Sung Hyun Park. 'I can't believe I'm in this position right now,' said Green, a 22-year-old Australian in her second year on the LPGA Tour. 'I've always wanted to win an event, and to win a major championship as my first is crazy.' She became the first wire-to-wire winner of this major since Yani Tseng in 2011, and even more amazing is who she held off to claim the silver trophy. She started the final round with a one-shot lead over Ariya Jutanugarn, the most powerful player on tour and a two-time major champion. Jutanugarn didn't make a birdie in her round of 77. Then it was Park, another former No. 1 and two-time major winner, making an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 68 that left Green no margin for error. Watching it all unfold was Webb, as clutch as there was in her prime, the only woman to capture the 'Super Slam' of five different LPGA majors. She stayed with Green in a house all week, along with the two most recent scholarship winners — Becky Kay and Grace Kim — who were draped in Australian flags at Hazeltine. 'I feel like I won a golf tournament today I'm so excited for her,' Webb said. 'You didn't do it yourself, but you supported someone who realized that dream.' They all charged the 18th green to celebrate with Green, spraying her with cans of beer in true Aussie fashion. It's become a tradition on the LPGA Tour for friends to spray winners with water bottles, and Webb would not allow that to happen. 'It was Budweiser,' she said. Green, who won three times on the Symetra Tour in 2017 to earn an LPGA Tour card, became the first Australian to win an LPGA Tour major since Webb won her last one in 2006 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. 'I'm speechless,' Green said as she fought to get the words out through such strong emotions. 'I was really nervous playing the last five holes.' She finished at 9-under 279 and won $577,500. It was hard work, even though Green never surrendered the lead on a cloudy day at Hazeltine with some light drops of rain at the end. Green rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 seventh for a three-shot lead. With the group ahead still waiting to tee off, a 7-year-old girl handed her a blue sheet of paper. It was a poem she wrote to Green, along with the words, 'You can win this.' Green, who had given Lily Kostner a golf ball at the ANA Inspiration this year, read the poem and hugged the girl, and then drilled another tee shot to birdie range. 'I had it in the back of my yardage book because I didn't want it to get rained on,' Green said. 'A couple times on the back nine when I was feeling nervous and had some time, I actually read it to myself.' The nerves didn't really leave, especially after making three bogeys in a four-hole stretch that dropped her to 8 under, a four-shot lead suddenly down to one. Mel Reid closed with a 66 and posted at 6-under 282. Nelly Korda was one behind until a soft bogey on the par-5 15th. Park birdied that hole to get to 7 under, and Green couldn't afford any mistakes. It looked as if she had it wrapped up when she made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th, the signature hole at Hazeltine, followed by a par on the 17th. Park wasn't finished, however, and she hit her tee shot so hard on the 18th that it went through the corner of the rough into the fairway, setting up a tidy approach to the back pin position and one last birdie. Green answered her final challenge with the bunker save, and the celebration was on with Webb and the two scholarship winners, Stacy Peters from Golf Australia and Jarryd Fenton, her boyfriend who plays on the PGA Tour of Australasia. 'I always wanted to win in front of an Aussie crowd,' Green said. 'That's what it was like today. I'm over the moon.' Korda (71) and Reid tied for third, while Lizette Salas (72) and Danielle Kang (70) were four shots behind. The surprise was Jutanugarn, who started the final round one shot behind on a course that measured nearly 6,800 yards, perfect for her power. She tied for 10th. Green becomes the 10th player to win the last 10 majors on the LPGA Tour, a sign of growing parity. She also is the third winner in the last five LPGA majors who had never won on the LPGA Tour.