ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—World Cup hosts Russia kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second-round place with a 3-1 win over Egypt in their Group A match at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday. Russia's place in the knockout stages will be secured on Wednesday if Uruguay can avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in the next Group A game.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—The U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka on Sunday, regained much of its reputation as the toughest test in golf when it staged a exemplary championship for three-and-a-half days at Shinnecock Hills. Had it not pushed the envelope with some needlessly risky pin positions near the edges of the greens on Saturday, there would probably be near universal praise for the way the U.S. Golf Association carried out its 118th national championship.
MOSCOW — Defending champions Germany crashed to defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated by history and ran out 1-0 winners in a thrilling Group F opener. A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson three-putted the final hole to fall into a four-way tie for the lead with fellow Americans Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau after the third round at the U.S. Open on Saturday, June 16. Johnson carded a 7-over-par 77 but still found himself sharing the lead after surviving brutal conditions as Koepka set himself up for a shot at successfully defending his title.
MOSCOW — Tiny Iceland made a stunning impact in their first-ever World Cup on Saturday, June 16, when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a pulsating 1-1 draw, but Lionel Messi's tournament began wretchedly as he saw his penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson. Sergio Aguero gave the two-time world champions the lead after 19 minutes before Iceland, showing the same commitment and self-belief that saw them stun the soccer world with their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, hit back four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson moved closer to a second U.S. Open victory in three years, shrugging off the worst of the conditions to take a stranglehold on the U.S. Open with a four-shot second-round lead at Shinnecock Hills on Friday. The overnight joint leader jumped clear with an assured 3-under-par 67 on a day when the tournament lost considerable star wattage as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods missed the cut.
SOCHI, Russia -- Portugal's irrepressible captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning late free kick to complete a World Cup hat-trick and rescue a 3-3 draw in an enthralling match against Spain on Friday. In by far the best game of the tournament so far, Spain forward Diego Costa notched a double before Nacho put them 3-2 ahead with a brilliant third only for Ronaldo to snatch a point.
MOSCOW—Russia launched the World Cup party in spectacular style when they thrashed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match on Thursday to give the host nation the lift they desperately needed after a nine-month winless run. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two brilliant goals after Yury Gazinsky had headed the World Cup's first after 12 minutes. Artem Dzyuba was also on target a minute after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute and Aleksandr Golovin completed a memorable day by smashing in a free kick with the last action of the game.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Even though Tiger Woods has not won a major championship in a decade, he deserves credit for recent American dominance of the biggest events, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday on the eve of the U.S. Open. All four majors are now in American hands after Patrick Reed's win at the Masters in April, which followed victories by Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open), Jordan Spieth (British Open) and Justin Thomas (PGA Championship) last year.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Professional golfers can be a querulous bunch, so it says something about the status of Shinnecock Hills that few complaints have been registered so far ahead of the U.S. Open starting on Thursday. As the U.S. Open is poised to regain its status as the toughest test in golf, the course is likely to be the star as much as the game's biggest names.