Sports World: Suns look to No. 1 pick Ayton to regain shine

Suns look to No. 1 pick Ayton to regain shine

NEW YORK • The Phoenix Suns did not have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Ayton was expected to go first to the Suns, who like the 2.1m centre's size and skill which he used to dominate in US college games last season with the Arizona Wildcats.

The Suns are hoping Ayton can help turn around a team who finished with just 21 wins against 61 defeats, the worst in the NBA.


Spieth and Johnson show early form at Travelers

NEW YORK• Multiple Major winners Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson each fired a seven-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the US PGA Travelers Championship.

Johnson reeled off six birdies in a row from the 11th to 16th holes before his lone bogey of the day at No. 17 snapped the American's dream streak.

Defending champion Spieth blasted out of a bunker 31 feet for eagle at the par-five sixth, evoking memories of the bunker hole-out the US golf star hit last year in a play-off to win the event at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.


Pang, Cherlyn earn golds but bronze for Schooling

SINGAPORE • Singapore swimmers Pang Sheng Jun and Cherlyn Yeoh clinched golds at the Singapore National Swimming Championships yesterday evening.

Pang, 26, won the men's 200m individual medley in 2min 3.31sec, while Cherlyn, 17, won the women's 100m freestyle in 56.61sec.

Joseph Schooling finished third in the men's 100m free in 50.49, behind India's Virdhawal Khade (50.26) and William Yang of Swimming New South Wales (50.37).

The four-day meet ends today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World: Suns look to No. 1 pick Ayton to regain shine'. Print Edition | Subscribe