Sports World: Spieth falls off Travelers pace

Spieth falls off Travelers pace

NEW YORK • Defending champion Jordan Spieth stumbled to a three-over 73 to fall from a share of the lead in Friday's second round of the Travelers Championship, while Rory McIlroy hung tough to stay near the top.

Reigning British Open champion Spieth, who fired a first-round 63, took a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 13th en route to a four-under 136 total.

McIlroy began the day one off the lead and shot 69 to stand on 133, three strokes adrift of leader Brian Harman, who followed his opening 64 with a 66.


Lopez in the hunt at Arkansas after rest

ROGERS (Arkansas) • Gaby Lopez, who took some time off after missing back-to-back cuts, fired an eight-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.

The 24-year-old did not play in the Meijer Classic last week, deciding instead to go home to Mexico to rest. The move paid dividends on Friday as she equalled her lowest career round.

Seven players are one shot off the lead: Lee Min Jee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lizette Salas, Lee Mi Rim and Aditi Ashok.


NZ brush aside France to complete sweep

DUNEDIN (New Zealand) • Winger Rieko Ioane scored three tries while Damian McKenzie crossed twice as the All Blacks completed a 49-14 victory over France in Dunedin yesterday for a 3-0 series sweep.

Full-back Ben Smith and replacement flanker Matt Todd also crossed for the All Blacks, who were far more ruthless in the second half where they scored 28 unanswered points.


Mauresmo takes up Davis Cup skipper role

PARIS • Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo yesterday became the first woman appointed to captain France's Davis Cup team.

The French Tennis Federation said she will succeed Yannick Noah next year.


Cavaliers' talks with James ongoing

CLEVELAND (Ohio)• Koby Altman, the Cleveland Cavaliers general manager, senses positive momentum as Cleveland prepare to pitch LeBron James on sticking around, describing talks between the National Basketball Association franchise and James' representatives as "good dialogue". James has until midnight on June 29 to exercise the 2018-19 season option in his deal worth US$35.6 million (S$48.3 million) or opt out to become a free agent.

The Cavs believe using their No. 8 pick on Collin Sexton during Thursday's NBA draft was a signal to James that they are still building around him.


IAAF gives all-clear to 33 Russian athletes

PARIS • Thirty-three more Russian athletes were cleared to compete as neutrals by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday, the latest development in the fallout from the doping scandal which led to a ban on Russia in 2015.

They are all young athletes who will be able to take part in events under a neutral flag.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World: Spieth falls off Travelers pace'. Print Edition | Subscribe