Briefs

Dustin leads

ST ANDREWS, Scotland – Dustin Johnson has retained his one-shot advantage over the large chasing pack during the second round of the British Open. An overnight downpour that flooded the famous Scottish links layout delayed yesterday’s start by three hours and left a quarter of the field, including Johnson and playing partner Jordan Spieth, unable to finish their second rounds.

FIFA reform

ATLANTA, Georgia – FIFA has been told by sponsor Coca-Cola to appoint an independent commission to lead a reform process aimed at cleaning up world soccer’s governing body. Coca-Cola, the soft drinks giant said yesterday that it formally asked FIFA to allow “one or more eminent, impartial leaders” to explore how the world soccer body can regain its credibility and the trust of fans.

Valuable team

NEW YORK – Real Madrid has been named as the world’s most valuable sport team for the third consecutive year in the latest Forbes magazine global ranking. The ranking puts two iconic American franchises, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, together deadlocked for second on the list.

Scott on song

ST ANDREWS, Scotland – Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Steven Bowditch have added more than a coat of green and gold to the British Open leaderboard. Scott defied deteriorating conditions at St Andrews to sign for a superb five-under-par 67 yesterday to surge to seven under for the championship.

Old wounds

LONDON, July 17 AAP – Mitchell Johnson has ripped open old wounds and exhumed his Lord’s demons. It didn’t take Johnson long to remove his unhappy memories at the home of cricket, with a seven-ball burst bouncing out England’s top dog, Joe Root, and No.3 Ian Bell while causing flashbacks of his hostile Ashes attacks.

Kiprop wins

MONACO – Asbel Kiprop sprinted away to the fifth fastest 1500m ever run at the Monaco Diamond League meet as Mo Farah struggled to stay with his startling pace on the last lap. Kiprop yesterday clocked 3minutes 26.69seconds, just 0.69sec off Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record set in Rome in 1999.

Racist remarks

MOSCOW – Emmanuel Frimpong faces a multi-game ban after he was sent off in Russia for his response to alleged racist abuse. The Ghanaian midfielder says he was taunted by a Spartak Moscow fan while playing for FC Uf yesterday. The game ended 2-2.

Murray’ revival

PARIS, July 17 AFP – Andy Murray sparked a British Davis Cup quarter-final revival by pulling his team level with France as crisis-hit 28-time champions Australia slumped to a new low. World No.3 Murray, the only top-10 player on duty in the quarter-finals, kept Great Britain in the hunt for their first semi-final place in 34 years as he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 (12/10) 6-2.

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