Woods, Mickelson in talks for $13m match
MIAMI • Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in talks to stage an eye-catching US$10 million (S$13.6 million) winner-takes-all 18-hole showdown, said a report on the Golf.com website.
Plans to stage the made-for-television event last Tuesday in Las Vegas fell through, but representatives for Woods and Mickelson remain committed to making it happen. Mickelson shot a one-under 69 in the second round of the Greenbrier Classic on Friday to be tied 33th. Fellow American Kelly Kraft shot a 63 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for a total of 127 to take a one-shot lead over Anirban Lahiri (61) and Webb Simpson (67).
Buffon signs one-year deal with Paris giants
PARIS • Former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 40, has signed for French football champions Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year deal with the option of an extra year, the club said on Friday.
"It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain," the 2006 World Cup winner, who played 176 times for Italy in a 20-year international career, told the Ligue 1 club's website. "For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision."
Waratahs thrash disorderly Sunwolves
SYDNEY • Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Alex Newsome all scored two tries, as the Waratahs routed the Sunwolves 77-25 in a Super Rugby clash yesterday.
They ran rampant against the Japanese team, who were reduced to 14 men for about 40 minutes and to 13 for the final 10, to seal the Australian conference title and a guaranteed home quarter-final.
Kim sets 36-hole event record to lead
ONEIDA (Wisconsin) • South Korea's Kim Sei-young fired a second-round 65 on Friday at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic to hold a four-shot lead over China's Liu Yu (63).
Kim's 36-hole total of 16-under 128 was a tournament record.
Gaviria in Tour lead as Froome crashes
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE (France) • Colombian Fernando Gaviria snatched the Tour de France lead when he won the opening stage as favourites Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana were involved in separate incidents yesterday.
Froome, bidding for a record-equalling fifth title, crashed into a grass section with 5km left and was quickly back on his bike, but the speeding peloton did not wait as preparations for the final mass sprint had started.
The Briton crossed the line 51 seconds behind Gaviria, who won a bunch sprint after the 201km ride from Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile ahead of world champion Peter Sagan and German Marcel Kittel, second and third respectively.