The US scored 13 against Thailand but we still don’t know if they can defend

The Americans have a host of brilliant attacking players but it is their defenders who will most likely decide whether they can retain their World Cup title The USAs campaign to defend their Womens World Cup title could not have started more comfortably as the Americans seven attackers pushing toward goal and just three defenders at the back. Becky Sauerbrunn was officially left out because of a quad issue, but she may have actually been rested to conserve the minutes of the oldest and arguably most important defender on the team. The fact still remains: in the five matches USWNT have played against teams ranked in the top 10 this year, they have conceded multiple goals in all but one …

Johanna Konta and Ashleigh Barty look to steal teenagers thunder

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova produced a stunning performance to defeat the defending champion, Simona Halep, and reach the French Open semi-finals The thunderstorm expected to rip through Roland Garros on day 13 will be forgotten soon enough if Amanda Anisimova and Marketa Vondrousova become the first teenage finalists in a major championship since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis at the US Open 20 years ago. That possibility describes a cycle of change that Williams had strangled with her brilliance in compiling 23 majors, a run that has stalled since the 37-year-old grande dame of tennis became a mother in September 2017. She has not won a tournament since and her game has an air of anxiety about it. Her …

Lewis Hamilton confident he can remain a power in Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton goes into Sundays Canadian Grand Prix with an upgraded Mercedes engine and a 55-point lead over Sebastian Vettel on a track that should suit the Germans Ferrari Lewis Hamilton has expressed his confidence going into the Canadian Grand Prix, as Mercedes bring their first upgraded engine to the race. The British driver, who leads the world championship, also reaffirmed a positive attitude in making the absolute most of every chance in life after the recent deaths of Niki Lauda and Harry Shaw, the five-year-old who had been suffering from bone cancer and to whom Hamilton had dedicated his win at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton goes into the meeting at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a 17-point lead …

Epsom Derby 2019: Aidan O’Brien saddles over half of Epsom Derby field

(CNN)Billed as Britain’s richest race, the Epsom Derby is the stand-out fixture on the social and sporting calendar. Held at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year since 1780, save from the World War years, the race is a rare test in terms of both speed and stamina. “It is the ultimate test of the three-year-old thoroughbred,” Phil White, regional director of Jockey Club racecourses, told CNN Sport’s Winning Post in 2018. “That’s due to the undulations of the ground, and the course itself is unbelievably challenging.” The tough course features a long uphill drag out of the starting gates, a left-hand bend, a downhill gallop into the straight before a lung-busting uphill finish. Inside the ‘most exciting 2 minutes in sports’ …

Brooks Koepka clinches fourth major at PGA Championship

(CNN)The coronation had more spice than he would have liked, but Brooks Koepka held his nerve to seal back-to-back PGA Championship titles to confirm his status as a once-in-a-generation player. Rowdier elements of the already raucous New York crowd chanted “DJ, DJ” at Koepka as they sensed late sport in the bearpit of Bethpage Black. Memories raced back to other famous collapses, such as Jordan Spieth’s Masters misfortunes when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine to play in 2016. Or the similar Augusta agonies of Rory McIlroy or Greg Norman. But with Koepka at his mercy, Johnson faltered at the 16th and 17th to finish six under, and though Koepka dropped a shot at the 17th he had done …

Preakness Stakes 2019: Anticipation builds after Kentucky Derby drama

(CNN)It’s dubbed the “middle jewel”, the second-leg of the prestigious Triple Crown where dreams of a rare treble are made. READ: Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended 15 days Dramatic Derby The dust still hasn’t settled on the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby — which even caused US President Donald Trump to weigh into the debate. It all began when Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home. Officials decided that Maximum Security impacted the progress of War of Will, which in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress. Second-placed Country House was subsequently awarded the …

Rafael Nadal brings teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime back down to earth

Rafael Nadal moved into the third round of the Madrid Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime Prodigies abound in tennis but there was no denying proven class on Court Manolo Santana on Wednesday as the 32-year-old Rafael Nadal quelled the clamour growing around the Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime and moved into the third round of the Madrid Open, a tournament he has won five times. Auger-Aliassime, who helped his country beat Germany in Madrid in the junior Davis Cup final four years ago, soaked up the early pressure, then put perhaps too much faith in his booming ground strokes as he racked up 30 unforced errors. He fought doggedly to save five match points but, …

‘Genius’ Aidan O’Brien secures 10th 2,000 Guineas as Magna Grecia wins

(CNN)Trainer Aidan O’Brien made history in Newmarket Saturday, becoming the first trainer to win the 2,000 Guineas three times in a row in nearly 200 years. “I don’t think people give him enough credit,” said winning jockey O’Brien, who rode Saxon Warrior to victory in last year’s race. “He’s a genius and I’m just learning as much from him as I can.” Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

Notre Dame topple UConn to book showdown with Baylor for NCAA title

The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sundays night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches McGraw and Baylors Kim Mulkey are women. The same two, McGraw said after Friday nights 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. This weekend were all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final. …

Tiger Roll wins back-to-back Grand Nationals to emulate Red Rum

(CNN)Tiger Roll may have been the pre-race favorite at the Grand National but not since 2005 had the favorite won what is arguably the world’s most famous jump race. Not since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 had the same horse won Grand Nationals in back-to-back years and who is to say Tiger Roll can’t make more history next year? READ: Wimbledon of hunt racing The 4-1 favorite ridden by Irishman Davy Russell chased down 66-1 outsider Magic of Light with less than two of the 30 fences remaining and ultimately cruised home by roughly three lengths to cap the 4.25-mile race in Liverpool. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video The rally was watched by an estimated global …

Charles Leclercs Bahrain brilliance heralds start of a new dynamic in F1 | Giles Richards

It is a matter of time before the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc tastes victory and his reaction to disappointment in Sundays Bahrain Grand Prix marked him out as a star Charles Leclerc took the crushing disappointment of taking pole position with a lap three-tenths quicker than the German. In the race, after a poor start that was his only slip dropped him to third, composure and a clinical recovery followed. He passed Valtteri Bottas and then flew after Vettel. He was quicker but the team told him to hold position for two laps. However, he saw an opportunity and took it decisively at turn four. Other inexperienced or indeed less hungry drivers might have felt holding station to their senior …

Santa Anita may step back from whip ban, says leading jockey Mike Smith

Santa Anita may use a more relaxed attitude to the use of the whip instead of an outright ban on using it for encouragement, according to Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith Mike Smith, one of Americas leading jockeys, has launched a strong defence of the whip and suggested that Santa Anita may step back from banning its use for all but corrective safety measures from Friday. The California track, one of the racing worlds most cherished courses, has been closed since 5 March following the death of 22 horses when either training or racing in the first nine weeks of the 2019 season. Santa Anita announced a ban on the whip for encouragement ahead of the scheduled re-opening of the …

Errol Spence Jr overwhelms Mikey Garcia in pound-for-pound showdown

Errol Spence Jr defended his welterweight title with a one-sided beatdown of previously unbeaten Mikey Garcia Errol Spence Jr successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title for the third time, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia on Saturday night. Garcia moved up two weight classes to take on Spence and took a pounding though he never went down. Garcia, obviously worn out, spent the later rounds blocking punches instead of throwing them. Spence improved to 25-0 after all three judges awarded him every round. One card was 120-107, and the other two were 120-108. It was the first time Spence had to go the distance in his last 12 fights. Garcia, who moved up from 135 to 147 pounds …

Why a Joshua-Wilder unification fight in 2019 has moved a step closer | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearns Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the table Eddie Hearns assertion that there is a brilliant chance Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in November or December, unifying the heavyweight title for the first time since Lennox Lewis owned the division nearly two decades ago, is the best news boxing has had in a long while. The sport and the business need an undisputed heavyweight champion. And confused fans want someone they can identify with as the best fighter in the world, without argument, someone who can rule for more than a few fights like it used to be in …