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Wawrinka, Azarenka, Kuznetsova given US Open wild cards

Stan Wawrinka never got to defend his 2016 U.S. Open title, forced to miss last year’s tournament because of a knee injury that dropped him far down the rankings.

The U.S. Tennis Association made sure he has a spot this year.

Wawrinka and former women’s No. 1 Victoria Azarenka received wild cards Tuesday for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament. So did Svetlana Kuznetsova, another U.S. Open champion.

Wawrinka’s ranking has fallen from No. 3 to No. 151 after he needed two left knee surgeries that have limited him to just 21 matches on tour this season. The three-time Grand Slam champion reached the round of 16 last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto before falling to top-ranked Rafael Nadal, and beat 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Azarenka has twice won the Australian Open and was the U.S. Open runner-up in 2012 and 2013, but she didn’t play in Flushing Meadows last year because of a custody dispute with her son’s father. She is ranked No. 87, one spot ahead of Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion who won the title recently in Washington.

The July 16 rankings were used to determine direct entries into the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 27.

The USTA provided additional spots through wild cards, including to rising American teenagers Amanda Anisimova and Claire Liu. Anisimova, 16, was the 2017 U.S. Open girls’ singles champion. Liu, 18, was the 2017 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion and reached the second round in the main draw in London this year.

Also receiving wild cards on the women’s side were USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Whitney Osuigwe, U.S. Open wild-card challenge winner Asia Muhammad and Harmony Tan of France. An additional spot will go to an Australian woman.

American men Noah Rubin, Tim Smyczek and Michael Mmoh received entries into the main draw, along with USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Jenson Brooksby, U.S. Open wild-card challenge winner Bradley Klahn, Corentin Moutet of France and Jason Kubler of Australia.

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Bridgestone Invitational 2018

The PGA Tour makes its final stop at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for the foreseeable future this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2018, which will move to Memphis in 2019. It’s the the last World Golf Championship of the season, the previous three being won by Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who will all be in the field this week.

But the story, as always, is Tiger Woods, who snuck into the field thanks to his T-6 in the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Woods has won the tournament eight times, the most recent victory being his last one on tour in 2013. That week was highlighted by a second-round 61 from Tiger, propelling him to an eventual seven-stroke victory and his 18th World Golf Championship win.

Woods will look to capture his ninth win at Firestone and his 80th career victory on tour this week alongside Jason Day, whose game hasn’t been as sharp since his second victory of the season in May at the Wells Fargo. Still, he’s managed to finish T-17 or better in three of his five starts since, but will need to improve if he wants to contend for his second major win in the PGA Championship at Bellerive next week. He and Woods tee off on Thursday at 10:20 a.m.

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TV Coverage

Golf Channel will carry live coverage from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. CBS will take over on the weekend beginning at 2 p.m.

Thursday Tee Times

No. 1 Tee

9:20 a.m. — Rafa Cabrera Bello

9:30 a.m. — Shubhankar Sharma, Aaron Wise

9:40 a.m. — Xander Schauffele, Jaco Ahlers

9:50 a.m. — Brendan Steele, Russell Knox

10 a.m. — Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick

10:10 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Brian Harman

10:20 a.m. — Luke List, Anirban Lahiri

10:30 a.m. — Alexander Bjork, Patrick Cantlay

10:40 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Paul Casey

10:50 a.m. — Sergia Garcia, Charl Schwartzel

1:10 p.m. — HaoTong Li, Rickie Fowler

1:20 p.m. — Kodai Ichihara, Patton Kizzire

1:30 p.m. — Kevin Chappell, Adam Scott

1:40 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Tommy Fleetwood

1:50 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose

2 p.m. — Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson

2:10 p.m. — Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari

2:20 p.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez

2:30 p.m. — Ryuko Tokimatsu, Bubba Watson

Tee No. 10

9:20 a.m. — Byeong Hun An, Daniel Berger

9:30 a.m. — Brandon Stone, Brooks Koepka

9:40 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley

9:50 a.m. — Austin Cook, Jhonattan Vegas

10 a.m. — Alex Noren, Ted Potter, Jr.

10:10 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama

10:20 a.m. — Tiger Woods, Jason Day

10:30 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Branden Grace

10:40 a.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen, Webb Simpson

1:10 p.m. — Tyrrell Hatton, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

1:20 p.m. — Satoshi Kodaira, Bryson DeChambeau

1:30 p.m. — Wade Ormsby, Ross Fisher

1:40 p.m. — Ian Poulter, Zach Johnson

1:50 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Paul Dunne

2 p.m. — Kevin Na, Emiliano Grillo

2:10 p.m. — Jon Rahm, Andrew Landry

2:20 p.m. — Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner

2:30 p.m. — Tony Finau, Gary Woodland

Pacquiao vs Matthysse

The Filipino parliament senator turned down a chance to face Mike Alvarado in the co-feature to Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn on 14thApril 2018, however currently he contains a potential date, Mighty opponent and Good location lined up for his Boxing Ring comeback.

Pacquiao will be returning to the ring for the first time since he was defeated by Australia fighter Jeff Horn last year.

The earlier eight-division Champion told the Manila Times that he’ll battle Lucas Matthysse on 24th June in Kuala Lumpur, The capital City of Malaysia. And although there are continuing talks for that event, there’s no deal so far, even with Pacquiao’s proclamation.

“Pacquiao and his community are hopeful that this crowd in Malaysia comes up with the Plenty Money, the initial significant deposit,” Pacquiao’s Personal promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, told THE RING on Thursday. “If they are doing, we’ll prepare, I’ll send [Top Rank COO] Brad Jacobs over for the logistics, we’ll place an undercard on.

“As who he can fight, it’ll either be Lucas Matthysse or even Jose Ramirez, as a result of Manny is wanting down the road to fight [Vasyl] Lomachenko at one hundred forty pounds, and then he may likewise attempt to win the 140-pound title however Ramirez is not any cinch.

Top Rank as well promotes Ramirez; the 2012 Olympian Who can attempt to earn his initial world title. However they still promote Manny Pacquiao is another theme. Manny Pacquiao informed his company, MP Promotions, would handle the ring fight amid rumors the longer term hall of famer has cut ties with Top Rank.

Pacquiao’s promotional manager, Michael Koncz, contacted Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez to protect the services of Lucas Matthysse for the Boxing fight. “Michael Koncz makes contact with ME and we are much interested,” Gomez told THE RING, “and that’s all I will say.”

If the clash takes place in Malaysia, it’d happen on Sunday morning there, 24th June 2018, which might accommodate U.S. television for a Saturday night broadcast on 23rd June2018.

“I like [Matthysse’s] destructive boxing battle technique,” said Manny Pacquiao, THE RING’s No. six welterweight. “That’s what I need, to amuse the boxing fans. Moreover, Matthysse isn’t a foul boxer and that I extremely respect Matthysse for that.”

The 39-year-old was doubtless taking a dig at Horn, Who beat him via controversial call in July, the last time Manny Pacquiao was seen within the ring. Pacquiao (59-7-2, thirty eight knockouts) born his title to Horn throughout the effortful fight, that featured many head butts and a number of other bottomless gashes on many Pacquiao’s (Pacman) face, however an effort at Lucas would provide him the chance to regain a 147-pound Boxing title.

Matthysse (39-4, thirty six KOs) won the WBA’s secondary Championship with an 8-round stoppage of Thailand Boxing fighter Tewa Kiram in January, although the Argentine wasn’t booming till the end. It absolutely was the 35-year-old’s 1st title wins once previous defeats to Danny Garcia and Viktor Postol at a hundred and forty pounds. He’s currently rated No. eight by THE RING one weight category above.

“It’s an immense matchup,” Gomez said. “You have Matthysse, who’s terribly destructive — a giant puncher. Pacquiao’s a little bit old man currently; however still an enormous puncher, however not as fast as he once was. Half Pacman’s still higher than most.

“It’s two gentlemen who still wish to establish they will fight at an awfully high level. It’s an incredibly even match.”

Now, it’s up to the cluster in Kuala Lumpur to deliver the mandatory funds to create Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse a reality.

Manny Pacquiao can come to the ring in June once he takes on WBA welterweight champion Matthysse in capital of Malaysia.

Pacquiao, 39, had been tipped to wrestle either Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia, however it’s currently been confirmed he can challenge the Argentine Lucas Matthysse on 24th June 2018.

Pacman, who confirmed the boxing match via his MP Promotions press office, final stepped into the ring back in July 2018; once he lost to Australian mighty fighter Jeff Horn in Brisbane through a contentious point’s decision.

The Filipino, however, can look to urge back to winning ways that once he goes toe-to-toe with Lucas Matthysse, WHO boasts a record of 39-4, with thirty six knockouts.

The 35-year-old Lucas won the vacant WBA belt back in January 2018 with a win Tewa Kiram in the United States of America.

The fight can formally be proclaimed on 22nd March in Kuala Lumpur, the Capital of Malaysia, with a press tour other key Asian cities to follow.

Pacquiao, who will hold boxing training camps in the place where he grew up, General Santos City, and Manila, conceded he will be the underdog against his Argentine adversary.

‘I knew this will be an extreme battle. Matthysse is likewise a knockout craftsman. Yet, I’m eager to battle and am a best world title champion once more time. Along these lines, anticipate that I will prepare hard for this battle,’ he included.

‘I’m the underdog in this battle however I’m utilized to it. It fills in as a major inspiration for me to prepare and fight energetically to win the world champion crown.’

Finally Manny Pacquiao will battle in Malaysia 15th July 2018.

Manny Pacquiao’s next battle gives off an impression of being good to go. The Filipino legend’s MP Promotions has conveyed an official statement declaring that “Pac-Man” will confront Argentine knockout craftsman Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur on 24th June.

This is a damn sight superior to Pacquiao-Alvarado. Whereas Matthysse (39-4, Thirty six KO) is past his greatest, he’s as yet a genuinely gigantic puncher, and he won’t need to stress over being undersized against Pacman (59-7-2, Thirty Eight KO). Matthysse likewise holds the normal rendition of Keith Thurman’s WBA title, which means we’ll get twelve rounds without the requirement for conjuring another belt out of the anther.

Matthysse’s last battle was completely a stinker, however Pacquiao is constantly glad to connect with and “The Machine” will really have an achieve advantage this time. However the battle goes, it should be bounty engaging.

A spoken agreement has been come to coordinate the future hall of fame against Lucas Matthysse on 15th July in Kuala Lumpur, The Capital of Malaysia. Sources with learning of the arrangement revealed to THE RING. Pacquiao fought he was a limited time free specialist, yet at last, its presumable Top Rank will deal with dissemination of the battle in America on ESPN.

Lucas Matthysse is the WBA’s optional champion, and his title will be hanging in the balance. The battle is set to occur on Sunday morning in Malaysia for a primetime U.S. broadcast on Saturday night, 14th July2018.

MP Promotions, Pacquiao’s organization, will be the direct promoter, as the Filipino congress person announced. Golden Boy Promotions, which handle Matthysse, would be included also.

The 147-pound boxing match was initially slated for 24th June, yet after much pondering over Pacquiao’s agreement the battle was moved two/three weeks.

“[Arum] is welcomed and there’s no issue. I think after my battle with Lucas Matthysse, we will talk in regards to the conceivable Pacquiao-[Vasiliy] Lomachenko battle later on,” Pacquiao told correspondents on Sunday in Manila. “That is a decent battle since he is a champion and I’ll be challenged to wind up a champion once again. In the meantime, I don’t need the general population to state that is only a tune-up battle.”

Pacquiao, the only man who is the eight-division titleholder in boxing clash history, was offered a battle against Mike Alvarado on the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn undercard on April 14 in Las Vegas; however the 39-year-old declined.

Pacman’s media administrator, Aquiles Zonio, disclosed to THE RING in February that the contender was offended to be offered an undercard space; however Arum later said the matchup was off because of his issues with the IRS.

Manny (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) hasn’t contended since July when he lost his title to Jeff Horn by means of decision in Australia. Despite the fact that it was dubious, with the majority observers trusting Pacquiao merited the gesture, he was a shell of his previous self.

Lucas, too, gives off an impression of being in any way well past his greatest days. He snatched the title from Thai warrior Tewa Kiram in January, yet the 35-year-old Argentine was drowsy before the eighth-round stoppage.

“I like [Matthysse’s] forceful battling style,” Pacquiao, THE RING’s No. 6 welterweight, said not long ago. “That is the thing that I need, to engage the boxing fans. In addition, Matthysse isn’t a grimy warrior and I very regard him for that.”

Who will prepare Pacquiao for the battle is another issue. His long-term mentor, Freddie Roach, has been mum when inquired as to whether he’ll be in Pacquiao’s corner.

Whoever trains Pacquiao, it will be his first battle in Asia since he outpointed Chris Algieri in Macau in 2014.

The Pacquiao- Matthysse welterweight scrap will be reality.

THE RING gave an account of Tuesday that the battle, which will be challenged for Matthysse’s auxiliary WBA title, was verbally consented to. On Monday, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who advances Matthysse, reported that the battle is “marked, fixed and conveyed” for 15th July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Considering the distinction in time, the 147-pound session will be broadcast live on Saturday, 14th July in the U.S. furthermore, will be carried on an ESPN stage.

“It’s on,” Pacquiao tweeted. “Can’t wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title on 15th July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.”

The battle pits two boxers who are progressed in age, yet who used to be two of the most annihilating punchers on the planet. Pacquiao, obviously, is an incredible warrior as the main eight-division titleholder in boxing history. Since he turned into a star, Pacman has contended in Asia a few times however never in Malaysia.

The Filipino congressperson was most recently seen in the ring for a disputable choice misfortune to Jeff Horn in July last year. There were discussions to bring Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) back on the undercard of Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford, the 39-year-old declined and rather will feature his own particular show against Matthysse.

The 35-year-old Argentine scored an eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram in January, however Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) looked slow before the wrap up. Obviously, the two warriors are past their greatest days however they should consolidate for an energizing matchup of best 10 welterweights.

“It’s an incredible matchup,” Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez disclosed to THE RING a month ago. “You have Matthysse, who’s extremely forceful — a major puncher. Manny’s somewhat old now, yet at the same time a major puncher, however not as fast as he once might have been. Half of Manny’s still superior to most.

“It’s two folks who still need to demonstrate they can battle at an abnormal state. It’s an even match.”

World Lacrosse Championship 2018

The 2018 World Lacrosse Championship, which starts on Thursday in Netanya, was never supposed to have been in Israel. In May of 2017, English Lacrosse withdrew from hosting duties for the quadrennial tournament, announcing that the event would “[place] the governing body and sport at unacceptable financial risk.” The world’s only Jewish-majority country then stepped in to rescue the premier event of the most archetypically preppy sport this side of sailing.

Except is anything in the preceding sentence correct? I was in the minority of kids in my Jewish sleep-away camp in western Maryland who didn’t arrive with a lacrosse stick in tow, and while lacrosse is more or less the L.L.Bean of sports, it is also the creation of Native Americans—historically the most brutalized and marginalized segment of American and Canadian society and people for whom the game has an altogether different significance than it might have for players in, say, Bethesda.

So, for the next nine days, Tablet will be following the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, founded in the early 1980s by the former Syracuse lacrosse goalie, lacrosse hall-of-famer, artist, and Onondaga faith-keeper Oren Lyons. The Iroquois finished third in the 2014 tournament in Denver and boast last year’s consensus top freshman in the NCAA, University of Albany attacker Tehoka Nanticoke, who racked up a gaudy 83 points in 19 games during his first collegiate season. As Scott Burnam, the Iroquois program’s general manager explained last month, tryouts at a number of Iroquois reservations produced a team in which 50-60 percent of the players have college playing experience, a high number compared to earlier years.

But the significance of the Iroquois Nationals goes far beyond their excellence on the playing field. In 1987, the Nationals became the fifth member of the Federation for International Lacrosse, marking the first time in history that a global athletic governing body granted a native people a status equal to nation-states. As Donald M. Fisher explains in his book, Lacrosse: A History of the Game, the Iroquois Nationals give lacrosse’s originators a permanent, formal presence at the highest level of the sport while also serving as a tangible expression of Iroquois autonomy. Team members travel to the world championships on Iroquois passports, and the program’s requirements are strict enough to limit the available talent pool to scores of players, rather than the hundreds or thousands that other lacrosse powers like the United States, Canada, Australia, or England might draw from.

The Iroquois presence in the FIL is also a reminder that the Creator’s Game is inevitably not like other sports. No one is under the impression that football is a gift from any divine being; basketball and baseball haven’t been intimately woven into the social and political fabric for over 500 years. Neither have the societies that invented those sports been threatened with extinction, or seen their games reinvented by their would-be exterminators.

As Fisher’s excellent history shows, no sport encapsulates the contact between natives and settlers, and all of its ensuing tragedies and complexities, to nearly the same degree as lacrosse. Identity, continuity, autonomy, survival, the dilemmas of a small vulnerable group facing an often-hostile world—lacrosse is freighted in a way that shouldn’t be all that unfamiliar to Jews, even if the sport itself isn’t exactly a yeshiva day school pastime (prove me wrong, readers!).

In addition to our focus on the Iroquois team, there will also be a few detours into a surprisingly formidable Israeli squad, which might also prove to be among the best in the world. This year’s Israeli team is expected to be especially strong, thanks to the participation of Jewish-Americans from the Northeast—which in addition to being home to half the world’s Jews is also where many of the world’s best lacrosse players come from.

The first faceoff at Netanya stadium on Thursday night—when an Israel-Jamaica, Iroquois-U.S. double-header gets the tournament rolling—and the drama of a world championship will hopefully make this kind of strained analogizing unnecessary. Since this is Israel in July, the heat is going to be a major issue, especially since teams will play seven games in the space of nine days (in contrast, the World Cup soccer finalists will have played seven games over five weeks). But it could also level things out.

“It’s a really intense game schedule,” Burnam explained. “It’s a battle of attrition: If you stay healthy you’re able to compete in those later games.”

To date, either the United States or Canada has won every single FIL championship. Could the streak end in Israel’s punishing July heat? Tablet will be here for the entirety of this fun and grueling tournament, while hopefully getting at why the sport resonates for fans and players alike.

College World Series 2018: Wednesday Winners, Scores, Bracket Results

The 2018 College World Series returned to action on Wednesday, and while rain once again made an appearance, baseball was able to be played in Omaha, Nebraska.

The first game of the day pitted two teams that won their respective College World Series openers, Arkansas and Texas Tech. The second matchup between Oregon State and North Carolina will feature drama as the two squads battled to avoid elimination.

Below is look at Wednesday’s action.

2018 College World Series Schedule: June 20

Arkansas 7, Texas Tech 4

Oregon State 11, North Carolina 6

Arkansas 7, Texas Tech 4

Mother Nature kept making Arkansas and Texas Tech wait to finally square off, but when they did, the Razorbacks bats were more than ready.

After being postponed Tuesday night and enduring a lengthy rain delay to start Wednesday, Arkansas wasted no time in getting to Tech starter Davis Martin. A leadoff single followed by a double gave the Razorbacks a threat right out of the gate, but after a pair of strikeouts, it appeared as though Martin might wiggle out of trouble.

Martin was chased from the game in the fourth, allowing five runs on six hits and one walk in 3.2 innings.

Meanwhile, Arkansas starter Kacey Murphy was in cruise control early on. He held Texas Tech scoreless through the first four frames and allowed just two runs on two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out seven.

While the Red Raiders had to be thrilled to get Murphy out of the game, Razorbacks reliever Barrett Loseke was just as good, if not better. He allowed just two hits in three innings while collecting five whiffs. Tech attempted to mount a rally in the bottom of the ninth against Arkansas southpaw Matt Cronin but came up short.

Fletcher was the star at the plate for Arkansas, falling a triple short of the cycle while going 4-for-4 with four RBI.

Arkansas is now just one win away from the College World Series final while Texas Tech must now try to stave off elimination against the defending champs, the Florida Gators, on Thursday.

Oregon State 11, North Carolina 6

North Carolina defeated Oregon State, 8-6, in its College World Series opener on Saturday, but the Beavers got their revenge with everything on the line.

Oregon State added to its lead with a Grenier single and a two-out double by Minnesota Twins first-round pick Trevor Larnach. With the season on the line, Criswell’s day was done after allowing three runs on four in just 2.2 innings of work.

Fortunately for Criswell, his teammates had his back. For the second straight game, North Carolina chased Oregon State starter Luke Heimlich in the third inning. The Tar Heels drew even by using three hits and an error in the bottom of the inning.

In the span of two innings, the Beavers turned a 6-3 hole into a 11-6 victory to save their season.

While North Carolina’s season comes to an end, Oregon State stays alive and will face Mississippi State on Friday. The Beavers must beat the twice in a row to advance to the College World Series final.