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Jon Rahm holds on to assert one-shot victory

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Jon Rahm carded a two-under 69 within the remaining spherical to safe a one-shot victory within the Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta.

The 27-year-old Spaniard held off late prices from American duo Tony Finau and Brandon Wu to finFinau and Wu closed with eight-under 63s however needed to accept second place alongside compatriot Kurt Kitayama after Rahm held agency below strain within the closing levels.

World No 2 Rahm began the day with a two-shot cushion over Kitayama and Cameron Champ however 5 successive pars to open his spherical noticed his benefit halved by early birdies from the American pair.

The Spaniard, who was taking part in regular, risk-free golf out in entrance, produced a few very good iron photographs to notch back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh, though these had been matched by Kitayama and Champ.

The wheels fell off for Champ on the eighth, although, as he pushed his tee shot proper to the water’s edge, from the place he hacked out after which hooked his third left of the inexperienced on his strategy to a triple-bogey seven.

Kitayama faltered when he discovered water off the tenth tee for the third day in a row, resulting in a bogey, which Rahm matched after lacking from inside six toes for under the second time this week.

In the meantime, Wu, who had eagled the sixth, was making speedy progress up the leaderboard and he joined Rahm within the lead on 16 below when he rolled in a 25-foot putt on the sixteenth for his sixth birdie of the day.

Kitayama then made it a three-way tie for the lead with a birdie on the par-five 12 – the place Rahm might solely make a par – regardless of a wayward third shot.

Finau additionally put himself within the combine when he adopted up an eagle on the 14th, holing a 56-foot putt from off the entrance of the inexperienced, with a birdie on the subsequent to get to fifteen below, however he then missed birdie probabilities on the subsequent two holes.

Wu failed so as to add one other birdie over the ultimate two holes however his eight-under 63 – the aggressive course report – set the clubhouse goal of 16 below for these in behind.

His rating and complete was shortly matched by Finau as he birdied the final – taking part in the ultimate six holes in six below – to safe his first top-10 end of the season.

The wind was now blowing strongly to additional hassle the later starters, however Rahm had the reply on the 14th as he drained a welcome birdie putt to retake the outright lead on 17 below, as Kitayama bogeyed the outlet after pulling his second shot left to slide two behind.

Rahm then parred the fifteenth,sixteenth and seventeenth – lacking an honest birdie probability on the latter after a wonderful tee shot – earlier than securing the victory with one other regular par on the final after driving into the left tough.

“It was a reasonably annoying weekend all the best way to the tip,” mentioned Rahm, whose earlier win got here again on the 2021 US Open. “I didn’t assume having a par-five [18th] the place a fade off the tee was required I’d be stressing this a lot, however I received it executed on the finish.

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World Cup braces for quarter-finals as Spain sack coach

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DOHA: Brazil have been gearing up for a showdown with Croatia whereas Argentina ready to face the Netherlands as anticipation mounted on Thursday on the eve the World Cup quarter-finals.

After three weeks of pulsating motion, simply eight groups are left standing because the 32-nation event heads into the ultimate rounds of the knockout competitors after a two-day break.

A blockbuster set of quarter-finals will get beneath approach on Friday when five-times champions Brazil face 2018 runners-up Croatia. That conflict is the appetiser for one more heavyweight World Cup collision between Lionel Messi’s Argentina and three-time shedding finalists the Netherlands.

On Saturday, Morocco will carry the flag for African soccer of their quarter-final conflict with Portugal earlier than holders France face England in an eagerly anticipated showdown.

Wins for Argentina and Brazil on Friday would arrange a titanic semi-final between the 2 South American heavyweights.

For now although Brazil are trying no additional than Friday’s project in opposition to Croatia on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium in Doha. “They’ve particular person high quality and collective high quality in addition to a resilience and persistence,” Brazil coach Tite stated of Croatia.

“We’re conscious of their virtues however my focus is on sustaining our requirements and whoever performs greatest will undergo.” Croatia captain Luka Modric stated Thursday that his aspect have been decided to progress past the final eight.

“We did an awesome factor by going to the quarter-finals, however no matter that we wish to do extra,” the Actual Madrid midfielder stated. “We now have to play our greatest match. And if we do this we’ve an opportunity of successful.”

 

– Ronaldo bust-up denied –

On Saturday, all eyes shall be on France and England’s battle on the Al-Bayt Stadium, the Bedouin-tent impressed construction situated within the desert exterior Doha.

England stated Thursday that ahead Raheem Sterling is ready to return to the squad after initially leaving the crew’s World Cup base following a break-in at his household dwelling.

Sterling didn’t characteristic in England’s squad for the 3-0 last-16 win in opposition to Senegal, and it might be a serious shock if the 28-year-old begins in opposition to France. In Saturday’s different quarter-final, buoyant Portugal shall be seeking to finish Morocco’s fairytale run to the final eight.

Portugal produced probably the most scintillating shows of the event by dismantling Switzerland 6-1 within the final 16 after coach Fernando Santos opted to drop Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s alternative, 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, fired an excellent hat-trick as Portugal ran riot.

Based on reviews in Portugal, Santos’s bombshell resolution to drop Ronaldo prompted the 37-year-old celebrity to threaten to stroll out of the crew camp.

However the Portuguese Soccer Federation (FPF) issued a press release denying the reported bust-up with the previous Actual Madrid and Manchester United star. “The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the Selecao, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to go away the nationwide crew in the course of the keep in Qatar,” stated the federation.

“On daily basis Ronaldo is increase a singular observe file on the service of the nationwide crew and the nation, which should be revered.”

Elsewhere on Thursday, Spanish soccer authorities introduced the dismissal of coach Luis Enrique following the crew’s shock elimination in opposition to Morocco, naming under-21s boss Luis de la Fuente as his alternative.

Spain hammered Costa Rica 7-0 of their opening recreation in Qatar however suffered a shock defeat by Japan that resulted in a second-place end in Group E.

Spain have been robust favourites to beat Morocco within the first knockout spherical however misplaced 3-0 on penalties after the sport completed 0-0 following extra-time.

“Each the president, Luis Rubiales, and the sporting director, Jose Francisco Molina, have advised the coach their resolution,” the RFEF (soccer affiliation) stated in a press release.

 

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Aqeel, Muzammil, Shoaib, Mudassar transfer into semis in Nationwide Rating Tennis C’ships

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ISLAMABAD: Aqeel Khan, Muzammil Murtaza, Muhammad Shoaib and Mudassar Murtaza have moved into semifinals of thirty fifth Federal Cup Nationwide Rating Tennis Championships right here at S Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Advanced on Thursday.

High seed Aqeel Khan confronted little resistance from eighth Seed Barkatullah. Within the opening set, Aqeel served and returned properly to complete the set comfortably at 6-1. Within the second set which was marked with aces and lengthy rallies and the rating went as much as 5-5 all as each gamers held their respective serves, Aqeel broke the eleventh sport of Barkat by hitting some winners down the road pressured out Barkatullah in 7-5.

The 4th seed Muzammil Murtaza conveniently gained his encounter towards upcoming proficient Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 6-3. In his pursuit of victory he added his foot pace and high spin making him a pressure to be reckoned with.

The sixth Seed Mudassar Murtaza certified for the semi last when third seed Muhammad Abid retired damage as a result of damage at 5-0 within the first set.

In one other males’s singles quarterfinal Muhammad Shoaib toppled Yousaf Khalil in a one-sided affair 6-2, 6-1.  Shoaib served and returned properly easing his approach to transfer into the semifinals.

The semi-finals could be performed between Aqeel Khan Vs Muzammil Murtaza and Muhammad Shoaib Vs Mudassar on Friday.

Within the Junior 18&Below class sixth Seed Muhammad Talha Khan, the upcoming proficient triggered a significant upset through the course of his quarter-final encounter with 2nd Seed Mahatir Muhammad Khan. In pursuit of his victory, he added his foot pace and topspin to make him a pressure to be reckoned with. M. Talha Khan managed to oust the 2nd seed 6-2, 6-2.

The highest seed Bilal Asim struggled onerous to win his match towards seventh Seed M.Huzaifa Khan. Within the opening set, Bilal served and returned properly to complete the set at 6-4. Within the second set each the gamers confirmed high quality tennis and lengthy rallies finally completed in favour of Bilal within the tie-break 7-6(6).

In Males’s Singles (quarterfinals), Aqeel Khan beat Barkatullah 6-1, 7-5: Muzammil Murtaza beat Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 6-3: Mudassar Murtaza beat Muhammad Abid 5-0 (Retd.): Muhammad Shoaib beat Yousaf Khalil 6-2, 6-3.

In Women Singles (quarterfinals), Sarah Mahboob was given a stroll over towards Amara Qadir, Esha Jawad was given a stroll over towards Sheeza Sajid, Amna Qayyum w/o Mehaq Khokar, Noor Malik beat Soha Ali 6-4, 6-4.

In Males’s Doubles quarterfinals, Muhammad Shoaib, Barkatullah beat Sami Zeb Khan, Abdullah Adnan 6-2, 7-6(3); Muzammil Murtaza, Mudassar Murtaza beat Bilal Asim, Mahatir Muhammad Khan 7-5, 6-4; M.Talha Khan, M.Huzaifa Khan beat Parbat Kumar, Baqar Ali 7-6(2), 6-2; Heera Ashiq, Yousaf Khalil was given a stroll over towards Hamid Israr, Ahmed Naeel Qureshi.

In Junior 18&Below Singles (Predominant Draw quarterfinals), Bilal Asim beat M.Huzaifa Khan 6-4, 7-6(6): Ahmed Nael Qureshi beat Hamid Israr 2-4(retd.): Sami Zeb Khan beat Muhammad Salar 6-2, 7-5: M.Talha Khan beat Mahatir Muhammad 6-2, 6-2.

In Boys & Ladies 12&Below Singles (Predominant Draw), Abdur Rehman beat Muhammad Hassan Usmani 4-1, 3-5, 4-2: Ahmed Khan beat Muhammad Shakib 5-3, 4-2: Haziq Arejo beat M.Junaid Khan 4-0, 4-0: Hajra Suhail beat Ihsanullah Kabir 5-3, 5-3.

The semifinals and Doubles Last of Males’s could be held on Friday.

 

 

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Amid criticism, Babar Azam assured of workforce to make a comeback

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MULTAN: Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam has stated that efforts could be made to play cricket recreation as per planning and circumstances to win the second check match in opposition to England, saying errors of the earlier recreation would even be overcome.

Addressing a press convention on Thursday at Multan Cricket Stadium, Babar Azam stated that the pitch appears dry which might be useful for spinners.

He stated that dialogue was underway and processed for the announcement of the ultimate eleven within the second check match. He stated that planning couldn’t be modified after a single match or inning however the workforce would play the sport with full confidence.

He stated that gamers had been dedicated and dedicated to acting at their finest by studying from the errors of the earlier recreation.

“The Rawalpindi Check was in our palms however as a consequence of our personal errors we did not win the Check match as a result of back-to-back fall of wickets price us the match,” he stated.

He stated that the quick bowling mixture was being mentioned after the harm of Harif Rauf.

To a query, he stated that 4 predominant quick bowlers performed the sport of all three codecs however now we now have determined to care for the primary bowlers by protecting in view the upcoming necessary matches and sequence.

He brushed apart the notion that he’s underneath any form of strain forward of the second Check in opposition to England in Multan. He reiterated that he doesn’t should show something to anybody, “I’m underneath no strain and at all times attempt to give my finest on the sphere,” he added.

“I don’t should show something relating to my credentials as a participant as I at all times tried to get pleasure from my cricket and study from my errors,” Babar stated. “I don’t give attention to what folks say about me, my solely purpose was to assist Pakistan win with my efficiency,” he added.

Pakistan has made comebacks up to now and might do the identical sooner or later as nicely,” he stated. The Pakistan skipper additionally spoke about the way forward for veteran batter Azhar Ali, who has struggled for runs within the current home season.

“Azhar Ali is a senior participant and I’ll help him as captain however it’s as much as Azhar Ali himself to resolve his future,” he stated.

He stated that planning for all codecs of the sport was completely different and added that Pakistan would enter the bottom with the perfect methods and finest enjoying eleven with an purpose to win the match.

 

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