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Jun 25, 2015

Soccer-No time for fun as Canada focused on World Cup ‘summit’

VANCOUVER, June 24 (Reuters) – Canadian soccer fans may be enjoying the ride but for the players, the grind of the Women’s World Cup is no fun and the team is still approaching the “death zone,” head coach John Herdman said on Wednesday.

Another 50,000-plus crowd will pack into B.C. Place on Saturday ready to party when Canada play England for a spot in the semi-finals but it will be all business for Herdman’s crew.

Jun 24, 2015

Japan keep title defense alive with win over Dutch

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Japan completed the quarter-final lineup for the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday when the defending champions rolled into the last eight with an impressive 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

The only team in the tournament to have won every game, Japan dominated the Dutch debutants with their speed and skill and move on to Edmonton and a Saturday meeting with Australia, who booked their last eight spot with an upset of Brazil.

Jun 24, 2015

Soccer-Japan keep title defence alive with win over Dutch

VANCOUVER, June 23 (Reuters) – Japan completed the quarter-final lineup for the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday when the defending champions rolled into the last eight with an impressive 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

The only team in the tournament to have won every game, Japan dominated the Dutch debutants with their speed and skill and move on to Edmonton and a Saturday meeting with Australia, who booked their last eight spot with an upset of Brazil.

Jun 22, 2015

Ready or not McIlroy and Spieth are golf’s hottest rivalry

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – It was Fathers Day on Sunday but the kids were in charge at Chambers Bay as Jordan Spieth won a U.S. Open that put all four majors in the hands of golf’s young guns, signaling a changing of the guard is complete.

By the time 21-year-old Spieth was celebrating under a gorgeous Puget Sound sunset, Tiger Woods had long ago left the scene having missed the cut while Phil Mickelson, six times a runner-up at the U.S. Open, finished well down the leaderboard in a tie for 64th alongside a few other of golf’s golden oldies like Angel Cabrera and Colin Montgomerie.

Jun 22, 2015

Major heartbreak as Dustin Johnson’s dream comes up 12 feet short

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson’s major dream was just 12 feet from reality on the final hole of the U.S. Open on Sunday before two misdirected putts turned it into a nightmare.

Known more for his power with the driver than touch with the putter, Johnson came up with two brilliant shots on the par-five 18th hole to set himself up for an U.S. Open title.

Jun 22, 2015

Major heartbreak as Johnson’s dream comes up 12 feet short

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson’s major dream was just 12 feet from reality on the final hole of the U.S. Open on Sunday before two misdirected putts turned it into a nightmare.

Known more for his power with the driver than touch with the putter, Johnson came up with two brilliant shots on the par-five 18th hole to set himself up for an U.S. Open title.

Jun 22, 2015

No fairytale U.S. Open finish to amazing Day

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – There would be no fairytale U.S. Open finish for Jason Day on Sunday, as the gritty Australian missed out on a first major but won a host of admirers for battling on after collapsing on the course.

Just completing 72 holes on the punishing Chambers Bay layout was being hailed as a major victory by many after Day sent a scare through the galleries on Friday when he dropped to the ground on his final hole of the second round.

Jun 22, 2015

McIlroy charge falls short at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy sent a wave of excitement rolling across Puget Sound when he mounted a final-round charge at the U.S. Open on Sunday, but his rally ran out of steam at the finish.

Playing with the control, command and confidence expected of the world’s top ranked player, McIlroy hit back at the links-style layout that had humbled him with a four-under 66 during a round that had flirted with a majors record-equalling 63.

Jun 21, 2015

Gritty Day grabs share of U.S. Open lead

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Jason Day wrote his name into U.S. Open folklore on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third-round lead on a punishing Chambers Bay layout that had literally brought the Australian to his knees a day earlier.

Even though Day’s round will be long remembered, there is still another chapter to be written in the 115th U.S. Open with Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson and South African Branden Grace all level on four-under 206 going into Sunday.

Jun 21, 2015

Spieth looks to build major ties with U.S. Open win

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Manicured Augusta National and the gnarly links-style layout of Chambers Bay may be as different as southern hospitality and grunge rock but the two venues could have a common bond after Sunday — Jordan Spieth.

Having conquered the Masters in April, Spieth put himself in position to become just the sixth person to slip into a green jacket and hoist the U.S. Open trophy in the same year after grabbing a share of the third round lead on Saturday.