• With just a few weeks left in the European Tour's regular season, Thorbjorn Olesen came into the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship -- the Euro Tour equivalent of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- on the verge of losing his playing privileges. Then he went out and did something a promising young player would: he won.

    Olesen wrapped up a two-shot win on Sunday at the Old Course at St. Andrews, one of three courses in the tournament rotation and host to the final round of the pro-am event. His 18-under total beat Americans Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud, earning €708,171 and jumping from 124th on the money list standings into the top 25.

    “This is very special,” said Olesen, who has been dealing with tendon problems in his left hand for much of the season. “It’s been a very tough year and to stand here with this trophy, especially to win it at St. Andrews. It’s something you dream of when you’re a little kid. So I’m very emotional.”

    The Dane, who now has three European Tour wins,

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  • After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea had only collected eight points in eight Premier League matches and sat in 16th place out of 20. Trying to figure out what is right with the Blues is a tougher task than figuring out what is wrong these days, as the team is in disarray with manager Jose Mourinho losing his infallible status and even hearing boos at Stamford Bridge.

    First of all, Chelsea’s defense is deplorable. Branislav Ivanovic has been the worst Chelsea player this season without much of an argument to the contrary, and that says a great deal because Chelsea has been nightmarishly bad across the board. The center-half pairings aren’t working, as Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma turned out to be as ineffective as John Terry with Cahill. Throw in the fact that Cesar Azpilicueta is a right back playing left back and starting to show that he’s out of position, and Chelsea’s back line is in total shambles.

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  • When it comes to making a name for yourself in the sport of MMA, skills – and skills alone – often times are not enough.

    Fighters have to bring a different style to the sport, something never seen before. 

    That’s what we’ll get when Eugene Toquero and Riku Shibuya step inside the cage on 9 October 2015 at ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA from the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    Along with the battle of frenetic flyweights, ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor Svirid will defend his title against top contender Vitaly Bigdash.



    In 2011, Toquero (7-1) spurned the sport of his native country and joined the world of mixed martial arts. Cebu, the island province in which he calls home, typically produces boxers. However, with a love for all things combat, Muay Thai quickly became his strength.

    When it comes to gaining steam in the mainstream of the sport, Toquero is ahead of the curve. A trainer when he isn’t preparing himself for battle, the fighter has helped train a

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  • When you lock a pair of veterans of the sport inside the cage, fireworks usually follow.

    At ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA on 9 October 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you can expect just that with Ev Ting and Honorio Banario.

    The two will meet as part of a stacked card inside the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor Svirid defends his title against Vitaly Bigdash.



    Banario (8-5) knows exactly what it feels like to be in Svirid’s position, having won the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship back in 2013. He did so with a fourth round TKO victory over Eric Kelly at ONE: RETURN OF WARRIORS.

    Since that time, though, the 26-year-old has found himself on the wrong end of four consecutive defeats, including a pair of losses to Koji Oishi, the first of which cost him that gold belt. 


    It’s not like Banario has been fighting lower-level talent, though, as his other losses have come to Herbert Burns and current ONE

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  • Minority swimmer Alia Atkinson wants to break barriers in the sport

    Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson believes the 'underdog' mentality gives smaller countries the edge in sports

    BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Alia Atkinson of Jamaica looks on after the Women's 50m breaststroke final on day two of the FINA swimming world cup 2015 on September 30, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 30: Alia Atkinson of Jamaica looks on after the Women's 50m breaststroke final on day two of the FINA swimming world cup 2015 on September 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

    Her country has produced the fastest sprinter in the world.

    Most of her own countrymen are not even aware that Jamaica produces swimmers. But 26-year-old Alia Atkinson certainly made them sit up and take notice with her achievements over the past year.

    Last December, she became the first Jamaican to win a world title when she equalled the 100m breaststroke short-course world record en route to taking gold at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha. That was followed by a 100m bronze and a 50m silver at its long-course counterpart earlier this June in Kazan, making her the first-ever Jamaican medallist in the tournament’s history.

    The cheerful, 1.70m Atkinson who is in town for the FINA World Cup this Sunday told Yahoo Singapore she has been on a quest to popularise the sport in her home nation.

    Atkinson picked up swimming at the age of four and stuck to it because she “didn’t like to run”. Jamaica's swimming facilities are still in a "developmental" stage – the entire

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  • Just two games into their Olympic qualifying tournament for next summer's games in Rio de Janeiro, the United States under-23 men's national team has already reached farther than it did the last time around. Because after a 6-1 victory over Cuba on Saturday, following up on Thursday's 3-1 defeat of Canada, the Americans are already assured of a place in the semifinals – which will send two of four teams to Brazil – with a group game to spare.

    For the Americans, the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship, so grandly called, has been as simple this time around as it was fraught and frustrating back in 2012. Back then, the USA beat Cuba in the group stage as well but lost to Canada and allowed El Salvador to equalize in the 94th minute, meaning it never even reached the make-or-break semis.

    But on Saturday, Cuba – poor Cuba – was simply unequipped to compete with their geopolitical rivals. As usual, there had been defections before the tournament had even begun. By the time this

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  • On May 29, 2010, UFC fighter Rashad Evans met Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in Las Vegas.

    The fight against Jackson was a rousing success, reaching one million buys. With that, it catapulted Evans into select company as one of the only fighters to ever reach that coveted benchmark.

    Jackson and Evans had a heated, visceral rivalry. And fans responded accordingly by making Evans one of the most popular stars in the UFC after his unanimous decision victory over “Rampage” on that summer night five years ago.Ryan Bader (MMAWeekly)Ryan Bader (MMAWeekly)

    Three years later, in 2013, Evans would defeat Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. That fight against Sonnen would be the last fans would see of “Suga” for the next two years, as lingering knee and leg problems stalled his career.

    The former light heavyweight champion made his long awaited returned to the Octagon on Saturday against No. 4-ranked Ryan Bader.

    Unfortunately for the 36-year-old veteran, the time away from the cage was too much to overcome, as Bader earned a unanimous decision

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  • For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson walked off the sidelines at Old Trafford, Manchester United went top of the table in the Premier League last weekend. Being top of the league after seven rounds seemed stunning considering the turmoil and mud flung the way of Louis van Gaal and the Red Devils over the past couple seasons, but the manager is proving to be the right man for the job.

    So, is 2015-16 the season that Manchester United reclaims the Premier League trophy?

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    First of all, Van Gaal's Manchester United is getting results despite not consistently playing the most exciting, crisp or convincing brand of football. That is a skill and one that should be commended. Champions tend to pick up points when they shouldn't.

    Over the first seven rounds, United won five and only lost one, and no team had more wins or fewer defeats. A defeat at Swansea City is hardly an unforgivable result, though a draw with Newcastle did

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  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had a pretty eventful summer, what with his dramatic decision to renege on a free-agent agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks and return to his colleagues in red, white, and blue. While Jordan still has to deal with several off-court issues, including his relationship with Chris Paul, it's a safe bet that a return to the court will help Jordan transition from this offseason's media circus and into a more familiar role with the Clippers. Real basketball games tend to normalize things.

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    Jordan got off to a pretty good start in the Clippers' preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The 27-year-old center put up 15 points (6-of-7 FG, 3-of-5 FT), 12 rebounds, and three blocks in just 26 minutes as the Clippers won 103-96. Not surprisingly, several of his buckets came via alley-oops from Chris Paul. Take a look:

    Jordan reportedly desired a larger role in

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  • United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has whittled his 35-man preliminary roster down to the 23 who will be available in the upcoming clash with archrivals Mexico. The all-important Oct. 10 grudge match in Pasadena, Calif. – aka CONCACAF Cup – is a one-game playoff for a spot at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

    Klinsmann opted for a veteran roster, including all 10 of the players who were 30 or older on the preliminary roster and cutting many of the younger names.

    "It's a one-off, and a one-off always has its own dynamics and that's why you need a roster of 23 guys where you really feel as a coach that in this one specific opportunity that they are the right ones to get the job done," Klinsmann said in a statement. "That's why this roster is obviously full of experience. There are a lot of players that experienced different challenges over their careers and managed them and bring now their experience into this one-off clash against Mexico."

    While defender

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