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Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on
Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on

An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, according to the Japanese promoter behind the fight. The bout between Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa, first announced earlier this month, was abruptly scrapped by the American boxer

Boxing: Japanese promoter insists Mayweather will compete at MMA event
Boxing: Japanese promoter insists Mayweather will compete at MMA event

After announcing he would take on Nasukawa at the next Rizin Fighting Federation event in Saitama at a news conference in Tokyo this month, the American reneged on his commitment to the contest upon his return to the United States. Mayweather said on his Instagram account that he only agreed to a three-round

Kuchar, Bradley big movers at Australian Open
Kuchar, Bradley big movers at Australian Open

Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley were big movers at the Australian Open on Friday, with Kuchar moving into a tie for the clubhouse lead after a morning round of 5-under 67. Kuchar, who won last week's PGA Tour event in Mexico, his first victory in four years, was level with Australian amateur David Micheluzzi, who shot 69. Bradley shot 66 and was among those tied for third, one stroke out of the lead.

Howell grabs first-round lead at Sea Island
Howell grabs first-round lead at Sea Island

Charles Howell III fired an eight-under 64 to grab a two-shot lead at the RSM Classic on Thursday. The American produced a bogey-free round that included eight birdies at the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia. Howell is one of 13

Winner of Fury showdown
Winner of Fury showdown 'true champion' - Wilder

World champion Deontay Wilder said Thursday the winner of his showdown with Tyson Fury can lay claim to being the best heavyweight in boxing. The winner of the fight could advance to a showdown with Anthony Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion who is also unbeaten. While many observers

Lemieux set for undercard of Alvarez-Fielding title fight

Powerful middleweight David Lemieux, who has 34 knockouts among his 40 wins, will take on Tureano Johnson in a 12-round fight on the card of Canelo Alvarez's super middleweight title bout against champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15. The card at Madison Square Garden will also include the return of

Amy Olson
Amy Olson's 63 gives her 1st-round lead at 2018 LPGA finale

Amy Olson had a simple explanation for her brilliant start at the CME Group Tour Championship. Playing the LPGA's season-ending event for the first time, Olson was flawless with nine birdies and no dropped shots on her way to a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Brittany Lincicome and Nasa Hataoka after Thursday's opening round. Olson had two separate streaks of four consecutive birdies on what became an ideal day for scoring at Tiburon Golf Club.

'Just a game': Comfort off the course leading to comfort on it for Lexi

Not even after returning to the CME Group Tour Championship Thursday and resolutely blowing through any bad memories that might linger here. A year ago, Thompson won the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus at Tiburon Golf Club. When she missed a 2-foot putt at tournament's end, Thompson lost a chance to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award for the first time.

Rory McIlroy hits back at critics over scheduling decision -
Rory McIlroy hits back at critics over scheduling decision - 'I'm trying to do what's best for me to try and win majors again'

Rory McIlroy has hit back at his critics, declaring that he does not care if scheduling decision disappoints anyone so long as he wins more majors. Paul McGinley, for one, must have felt his ears burning while his countryman spelt out his defiance. McIlroy shot a 69 in his opening round of the DP World Tour Championship, his first sub-70 round in almost two months. In his Sky Sports column, McGinley, the former Ryder Cup captain who is a close friend of McIlroy's and attended his wedding last year, wrote that he regards the fact the golfer is considering not honouring his membership next year is "extraordinary" and does not "understand it".

Saudi prosecutor exonerates crown prince in Khashoggi murder
Saudi prosecutor exonerates crown prince in Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia Thursday called for the death penalty against five people accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, but absolved the crown prince of any blame. Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was drugged and his body dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor said, in the first Saudi confirmation of how the journalist died.

Inside
Inside 'The Match': How Tiger vs. Phil came to be

A look at the origins of next week's $9M showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and where it might lead.

Golf: Koepka shrugs off poor start at Dunlop Phoenix as Oda leads

The two-time defending champion of the Japan Golf Tour event was nowhere near his best, but nonetheless eked out a reasonable two-under-par 69 at Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki. "I didn't hit it that great and putted pretty bad," Koepka told reporters. "A couple of putts I hit were just bad, and couple of putts I just misread." Koumei Oda of Japan tamed testing winds to lead on five-under 66, one stroke ahead of a large group including Argentine Emiliano Grillo and American Andrew Putnam.

An takes 1-stroke lead at Australian Open with late eagle
An takes 1-stroke lead at Australian Open with late eagle

Byeong Hun An overcame four-seasons-in-one-day type weather to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open. The South Korean's eagle on the par-5 eighth hole, his second-last of the day, gave him a 5-under 67 on Thursday at The Lakes. Australians Matt Jager and David Micheluzzi, an amateur, were tied for second with 68s.

U.S.
U.S.'s Pompeo to meet incoming Mexican foreign minister on Thursday

U.S. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo will hold talks with incoming Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in Houston on Thursday, according to the U.S. State Department. The department did not say what the two would discuss, but last month when Pompeo met with the current Mexican foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, in Mexico City they discussed a caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has called the migrants' effort to seek asylum in the United States an "invasion" and has deployed the military to the border to reinforce security measures.

AP Explains: Florida
AP Explains: Florida's difficult, high-profile recounts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's election started badly when Hurricane Michael disrupted early voting in some Panhandle counties. Long lines, ballot shortages and other problems followed statewide, both during early voting and on Election Day. Now the state is having recounts in its U.S. Senate and governor races.

US rookie Champ confident entering US PGA
US rookie Champ confident entering US PGA's 2018 finale

Cameron Champ was just hoping to make the cut in his first few events as a member of the US PGA Tour. Champ won last month's Sanderson Farms Championship, firing a 21-under-par 267 to take the title at Jackson, Mississippi, and placed 10th at last week's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. The early 2019 PGA Rookie of the Year front-runner has been in tournament top-10s after nine of his past 12 rounds, four of them 65s or lower, and leads the young season in driving distance with 335.2 yards.

Veteran
Veteran's Rejected Ballot Becomes Part of Florida Senate Lawsuit

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson's lawyers cited a veteran's rejected ballot in court to make the case that state laws let election workers arbitrarily reject ballots, amid a recount of last week's voting that left Republican Rick Scott with a narrow lead.

Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder
Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

"At the current stage we believe an international investigation is a must," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency. Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the kingdom's consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

Boxing
Boxing '100 percent compliant with anti-doping' - Rakhimov

Controversial newly-elected amateur boxing chief Gafur Rakhimov Wednesday said the Olympic-threatened sport was now "100 percent compliant with anti-doping" rules. Rakhimov said the report that covers "anti-doping, integrity, governance (and) financial aspects" outlines AIBA'

RSM Classic odds and expert picks: We predicted the past two winners-can our handicappers make it a three-peat?
RSM Classic odds and expert picks: We predicted the past two winners-can our handicappers make it a three-peat?

In the world of handicapping golf, it's considered fantastic to correctly predict the winner of a tournament. With 125 (or more) players teeing it up each week, like at this week's RSM Classic, the odds of picking the right pro to lift the trophy

Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week
Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week

Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas. Pacquaio owns the World Boxing Association's regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA '

Jutanugarn looks to close out huge 2018 with CME Globe
Jutanugarn looks to close out huge 2018 with CME Globe

Ariya Jutanugarn is occasionally fearful on the golf course, which might seem peculiar given her resume. If all that wasn't enough, she has the best chance this week at the season-ending tour championship that starts Thursday at Tiburon Golf Club of capturing the Race to the CME Globe - which comes with a $1 million bonus. ''I just want to improve myself every day,'' Jutanugarn said.

Jutanugarn looks to close out huge 2018 with CME Globe
Jutanugarn looks to close out huge 2018 with CME Globe

Ariya Jutanugarn is occasionally fearful on the golf course, which might seem peculiar given her resume. If all that wasn't enough, she has the best chance this week at the season-ending tour championship that starts Thursday at Tiburon Golf Club of capturing the Race to the CME Globe - which comes with a $1 million bonus. "I just want to improve myself every day," Jutanugarn said.

A. Jutanugarn vs. S.H. Park: Race to the CME Globe and beyond
A. Jutanugarn vs. S.H. Park: Race to the CME Globe and beyond

Who's going to stop Ariya Jutanugarn? Jutanugarn is in position to sweep every LPGA award and prize up for grabs this week, having already clinched the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the LPGA money title and the Rolex Annika Major Award, while also having a strong grip on the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. Park's three LPGA titles this year equal Jutanugarn as most on tour.

Big attention for rookie Champ begins with small favor
Big attention for rookie Champ begins with small favor

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Cameron Champ was a freshman in high school and a graduate of The First Tee program, missing only the means to travel the country to play junior golf tournaments with hopes of getting noticed outside Northern California.

2018 RSM Classic tee times, viewer
2018 RSM Classic tee times, viewer's guide

Tee times and viewer's guide for the 2018 RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Introducing Golf Digest Stories: Audio versions of our favorite stories
Introducing Golf Digest Stories: Audio versions of our favorite stories

It's easy to forget that not so long ago, Golf Digest existed in only one form, as a print magazine delivered once a month. Until now, one thing our podcast hadn't done was tap into Golf Digest's rich archive of memorable stories. There is a reason the audiobook market is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, and it's because a well-written story can take on added dimension when it becomes more than just words on a page.

LPGA revamps CME Group Tour Championship in 2019: $5M purse with $1.5M first prize, biggest in women
LPGA revamps CME Group Tour Championship in 2019: $5M purse with $1.5M first prize, biggest in women's golf

If the grins on the faces of the players Wednesday morning at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., were a little bit wider, it's understandable. The 72-player field, and the remainder of the LPGA membership for that matter, woke up to the impressive news that CME Group Tour Championship would become a whole lot more lucrative in 2019. The winner will take home $1.5 million, elevating it to the largest first-place prize in women's golf.

Holiday Gifts For Golfers
Holiday Gifts For Golfers

Your favorite golfer will love one (or more) of these items from our annual Wish List.

Golf: Pinehurst hopes new No. 4 will complement venerable No. 2
Golf: Pinehurst hopes new No. 4 will complement venerable No. 2

Such was the widespread acclaim that greeted the restoration, Pinehurst's owners decided that No. 4 deserved similar treatment. This time, however, they signed up architect Gil Hanse, perhaps best known for the Campo Olímpico course that hosted golf at the 2016 Rio Games. "No. 2 has been our primary championship venue since Donald Ross built it in 1907 and converted the greens from sand to grass for the 1936 PGA Championship," Pinehurst president Thomas Pashley told Reuters.

Caddies lining up players for the final time on LPGA
Caddies lining up players for the final time on LPGA

If you're an LPGA fan and never liked seeing caddies line up players before a shot or putt, you can rejoice. This week's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship marks the last time you will have to endure it. When the LPGA resumes play in its season opener at the Diamond Resort Tournament of Championship next January, the new Rules of Golf forbidding caddies from aligning players will be in effect.

Thais mourn child boxer as funeral held
Thais mourn child boxer as funeral held

A child boxer who died after being hit repeatedly in the head during a Muay Thai bout was mourned Wednesday, alongside wreaths and his fighting shorts, as calls mount for a ban on children entering the ring. Thirteen-year-old Anucha Tasako collapsed after his opponent, who is about the same age, delivered

Dufner uses math to determine success rate on the PGA Tour
Dufner uses math to determine success rate on the PGA Tour

Jason Dufner scanned down both sides of the crowded practice range Tuesday at Sea Island as he tried to find a spot to practice. It was another reminder to Dufner that golf has a failure rate unlike most other sports. The PGA Tour had 648 players tee it up in at least one tournament last year, and only 37 players went home with a trophy.

Resurgent Kuchar still on
Resurgent Kuchar still on 'a big high' after mad dash Down Under

Matt Kuchar said he was still on a high after his first PGA Tour win in four years and expected to be in the hunt again after making a mad dash to play in this week's Australian Open. The 40-year-old American jetted into Sydney from Mexico on Wednesday morning after winning the Mayakoba Classic in Playa del Carmen, which pushed him up to 29 in the world, two behind Phil Mickelson. Kuchar is the highest-ranked player at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney after the event failed to attract any top-10 golfers because of a clash with the European Tour's US$8 million season-ending event in Dubai.

Thais outraged by child boxer
Thais outraged by child boxer's death in ring

Thais have reacted with shock and anger after a 13-year-old boxer died during a charity bout, reviving calls for a ban on fights between children in the brutal Muay Thai martial art. Thai boxing is hugely popular in the country and many fighters enter the sport at a young age in search of fame and fortune

LPGA announces changes to points race, purse for 2019 finale

The Race to the CME Globe will be more frantic starting next year, and the winner of the LPGA Tour's season-ending tournament is going to get considerably richer. Tour and event officials announced Tuesday night that the CME Group Tour Championship's purse in 2019 will double to $5 million, with the winner getting $1.5 million - the largest first-place share in women's golf history. The biggest winner's check and purse on the LPGA Tour this season were both at the U.S. Women's Open, where Ariya Jutanugarn won $900,000 of the $5 million total purse.

Jim Hand lived by the spirit of the game
Jim Hand lived by the spirit of the game

James R. Hand-former caddie, almost priest, World War II veteran, respected banker and president of the United States Golf Association 1984-'85-died at age 101 on Nov. 13. Among golf insiders, he was recognized for more than three decades as the sport's moral compass. One story gives an inkling of his character: In the Senior Open when Hand was working as a rules official, an amateur contestant clearly unaccustomed to playing in USGA championships hit a poor shot and in his frustration used profanity.

Snedeker back at Australian Open for 1st time since 2007
Snedeker back at Australian Open for 1st time since 2007

Brandt Snedeker hasn't played the Australian Open since 2007 but the memory of his costly mistake in the final round hasn't faded. Snedeker lost by a shot to Craig Parry when he called a penalty on himself on the 14th hole of the final round at The Australian Golf Club because the ball moved as he tried to shift some twigs around it. "It was a no-brainer penalty," Snedeker said.

Tiger vs. Phil: How to watch "The Match" between Woods and Mickelson at Shadow Creek
Tiger vs. Phil: How to watch "The Match" between Woods and Mickelson at Shadow Creek

For the first time in their long and storied careers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will face off in a head-to-head, 18-hole match on November 23 at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. While the event is not the first of its kind, it is the first to be pay-per-view, going the route of boxing and MMA.

USGA/R&A announce participation in world ranking for disabled golfers
USGA/R&A announce participation in world ranking for disabled golfers

In the latest in a series of steps to provide opportunities for disabled golfers, officials with the USGA and R&A announced on Tuesday they will begin to administer a global ranking of players starting in 2019. The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will be run in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking. It will include separate rankings for men and women, building off of the Ranking for Golfers with Disability established by the European Disable Golf Association in 2014.

Column: Dufner does the math in determining success rate
Column: Dufner does the math in determining success rate

Jason Dufner scanned down both sides of the crowded practice range Tuesday at Sea Island as he tried to find a spot to practice. It was another reminder to Dufner that golf has a failure rate unlike most other sports. The PGA Tour had 648 players tee it up in at least one tournament last year, and only 37 players went home with a trophy.

UK says has agreed draft Brexit deal with EU
UK says has agreed draft Brexit deal with EU

Britain has agreed a draft Brexit deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday, but she must still get it through her cabinet and the deeply divided parliament in London. "Cabinet will meet at 2:00pm (1400 GMT) tomorrow to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to decide on next steps," the statement said. If ministers agree the deal, which runs to hundreds of pages, London hopes the EU will call a summit later this month so the bloc's leaders can give their approval.

McIlroy hints at US campaign in 2019 in pursuit of top spot
McIlroy hints at US campaign in 2019 in pursuit of top spot

Rory McIlroy dropped a bombshell Tuesday by hinting he could give up his European Tour membership in an effort to get back to the top of the world rankings next year. The world number seven plans to concentrate on playing in the United States, especially with the changes that have been made to the 2019 world golf schedule. Four-time major winner McIlroy is a three-time champion of the Tour's Race to Dubai and has been a part of every European Ryder Cup team since 2010.

Champ
Champ's college coach had to talk him into hitting driver

When the conversation turns to Cameron Champ - and this fall there have been plenty of conversations about the PGA Tour rookie - discucssions normally begin and end with how far he hits the golf ball. When he won last month's Sanderson Farms Championship, he led the field in driving distance with a 308-yard average. "Obviously everyone likes to talk about my distance, so I think that's one thing I've really blocked out," Champ said Tuesday at the RSM Classic.

McIlroy unsure of 2019 European Tour membership
McIlroy unsure of 2019 European Tour membership

Rory McIlroy is unsure of maintaining his European Tour membership for 2019 as he currently has just two events on his schedule. Players are required to enter four European Tour events in a season to remain a member, but McIlroy does not appear concerned, revealing his ambition to take on the stronger fields of the PGA Tour. The four-time major champion added that this lighter schedule was in part due to there being no Ryder Cup next year, meaning he would not be required to qualify.

'Driver vs. Driver' Finale to Name Wilson Golf's Latest Driver

Winning Driver to Go on Sale Tuesday Immediately Following Finale on www.RevolutionGolf.com and www.DrivervsDriver.com and Wednesday at 1000+ Golf Stores Worldwide $250,000 Grand Prize on the Line for San Diego's Evan Hoffman (Cortex) or Salem, Oregon

McIlroy giving up European Tour membership in 2019
McIlroy giving up European Tour membership in 2019

Rory McIlroy is set to give up European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the U.S. PGA Tour. McIlroy said on Tuesday at the World Tour Championship he intends to play only two full-field European Tour events in the first half of 2019 because of changes in the tournament schedule. The three-time Race to Dubai champion said he'll be spending most of his time in the U.S. because the Players' Championship and the U.S. PGA Championship have been brought forward to March and May respectively.

Kosovo boxer caught up in visa debacle ahead of Delhi event

A professional boxer from Kosovo has been denied entry to India to compete in the women's world championships because the foreign ministry does not recognise her country, an official said Tuesday. The Republic of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but many countries, including India

No outdoor jogs for Finland
No outdoor jogs for Finland's Potkonen in Delhi pollution

Finnish boxer Mira Potkonen said Thursday she would train indoors to avoid Delhi's notorious smog as other athletes in the Indian capital for the world championships fret about their health. Potkonen, an Olympic bronze medallist, said competitors in Delhi for the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

Thailand's child boxing debated after 13-year-old's death

The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a boxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban child boxing. The death of Anucha Tasako came after a Muay Thai - Thai boxing - match Saturday in the Bangkok suburb of Samut Prakarn. The Facebook page Muaythai Krobwongjorn,

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