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Formula One: Flying Vettel puts pressure on Hamilton


– Sebastian Vettel smashed the all-time Sepang lap record Friday as Ferrari put the pressure on Lewis Hamilton before a track fault brought an early halt to Malaysian Grand Prix practice on Friday. Vettel clocked 1min 31.261sec around the 5.543-kilometre circuit on his qualifying simulation run in the second session …

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Golf: Out-of-sorts McIlroy makes British Masters cut


Rory McIlroy s indifferent season continued as he trailed leader Tyrell Hatton by eight shots at the halfway stage of the British Masters at Close House in Newcastle on Friday. McIlroy managed three birdies but also dropped shots on two of his first five holes, in a no-frills one-under par …

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Golf: Fourball romp puts US in control of Presidents Cup


A record equalling win for Phil Mickelson helped the United States seize an unprecedented second-day lead against an over-matched International team at the Presidents Cup on Friday. With an 8-2 lead over captain Nick Price s Internationals, the Americans are more than halfway to the 15.5 points they need to …

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Football: SuperSport captain Furman hails ‘special’ side


SuperSport United captain Dean Furman has labelled the South African club “special” ahead of a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final first leg against Club Africain of Tunisia this weekend. The clubs meet Sunday in Pretoria while title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo host FUS Rabat of Morocco in …

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Tennis: Safarova out of Beijing with wrist injury


Lucie Safarova, the women s doubles world number one, said Thursday she was pulling out of the China Open in Beijing starting on Saturday because of a wrist injury. The 30-year-old Czech, ranked 29th in singles, has already skipped the ongoing Wuhan Open. “I m sad to announce I won …

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Tennis: Ostapenko sinks Muguruza, faces Barty in Wuhan semis


Latvia s Jelena Ostapenko sunk Spaniard Garbine Muguruza at a shock-prone Wuhan Open on Thursday, powering through a tight match to bag a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory against the world number one. Ostapenko, the only seed left in the competition, will now square up to Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals …

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Football: Giroud reaches century, Everton held at home


Olivier Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus in the Europa League on Thursday, as Everton were held to a shock 2-2 draw by 10-man Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park. Theo Walcott netted twice for the Gunners and Rob Holding …

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Football: Cavani, Neymar on target as PSG outclass Bayern


– Edinson Cavani and Neymar both scored as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a convincing 3-0 victory over a disappointing Bayern Munich in their heavyweight Champions League clash in the French capital on Wednesday. PSG got off to a dream start as their other Brazilian summer signing Dani Alves gave them the …

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World number one Muguruza powers into Wuhan quarters


World number one Garbine Muguruza powered her way into the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open on Wednesday, defeating Poland s Magda Linette 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering clash with Jelena Ostapenko. The Spaniard dominated the first set, but performed meekly in the second at a hot and …

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