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Golf - Dream start drives Diaz to John Deere lead

(Reuters) - Mexico's Roberto Diaz holed a 100-yard wedge shot for eagle at his first hole and never looked back as he fired a flawless nine-under-par 62 and grabbed a two-stroke lead after the first round at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Thursday.


Serena keeps calm and carries on in pursuit of number 24

LONDON (Reuters) - There were no intimidating roars of "c'mon", few fist pumps and the volume was turned down on the grunting that often accompanies her matches as Serena Williams marched into her 11th Wimbledon singles final on Thursday.


BAM’s trusted Hend

KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Hendrawan was preparing himself for a supporting role in the men’s singles department after Datuk Lee Chong Wei called it quits last month.


Brutal Barty hungry to extend dominant run at Wimbledon

LONDON (Reuters) - Having dropped only two sets in her last 15 matches, Ash Barty's opponents are getting used to her exhibiting a streak of near fiendish brutality.


Osaka faces tough Wimbledon start against plucky Putintseva

(Reuters) - Second seed Naomi Osaka kicks off her quest for a third Grand Slam title against unseeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva at Wimbledon on Monday in the Japanese's first tournament since losing her world number one ranking.


Pattinson dares to dream of Ashes return

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The six years since James Pattison last bowled against England have been a soul-crushing treadmill of injuries, rehab and dashed expectations but the patched-up paceman is again daring to dream on the verge of the Ashes.


Olympics: Whitlock limbers up for Tokyo with Paris also in mind

LONDON (Reuters) - With one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, and the pressure mounting, Britain's double gymnastics gold medallist Max Whitlock is already thinking ahead.


Bancroft, Wade and Marsh named in Australia's Ashes squad

(Reuters) - Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh have earned recalls to Australia's 17-man touring party for the Ashes series against England, while uncapped Queenslander Michael Neser is a surprise selection in the pace attack.

Other Sport

Mexico celebrates on Peru Independence Day at Pan Ams

LIMA (Reuters) - It might have been Peru's Independence Day but it was Mexico doing much of the celebrating at the Pan Am Games on Sunday as they continued their spectacular start in Lima, claiming gold in the women's mountain bike and taekwondo.