South Korea’s Lee6 fires bogey-free 63 to seize LPGA lead

South Korea’s Lee6 fires bogey-free 63 to seize LPGA lead
Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea lines up a putt during the second round of the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G at Kenwood Country Club on Sept. 09, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AFP)
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Updated 10 September 2022

South Korea’s Lee6 fires bogey-free 63 to seize LPGA lead

South Korea’s Lee6 fires bogey-free 63 to seize LPGA lead
  • Lee6, 26, won her only major and LPGA title at the 2019 US Women’s Open, the same year she collected the LPGA Rookie of the Year award

WASHINGTON: South Korea’s Jeong-eun Lee6 fired a bogey-free 9-under par 63 to grab a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round of the LPGA Queen City Championship.

World No. 43 Lee6 birdied six of the first 10 holes in her low round of the season to stand on 13-under 131 after 36 holes at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“It was a good, bogey-free round,” Lee6 said. “It has been a while (since) I played bogey-free so I’m really satisfied with my game. Two more rounds, so I’m going to focus just on what I’m doing.”

China’s Lin Xiyu was second on 132 with American Ally Ewing third on 133 and Australian Sarah Kemp and Mexico’s Maria Fassi sharing fourth on 134.

Lee6, 26, won her only major and LPGA title at the 2019 US Women’s Open, the same year she collected the LPGA Rookie of the Year award. She was also a runner-up at last year’s Evian Championship.

Swing work has been a major part of Lee6’s preparation.

“I’m fixing my swing these days. I focused on my downswing. That’s why I finished strong,” Lee6 said.

“I’m still not comfortable with my swing but it’s getting better. I’m struggling (with) my swing but I gained confidence a lot from today.”

Lee6 birdied the par-5 second and par-4 fifth holes, then reeled off four birdies in a row starting at the par-4 seventh. She added birdies at the par-5 12th and par-3 14th and a final birdie putt from 20 feet at the par-4 16th.

Playing partner Lin, the 18-hole leader after an opening 64, birdied the first and last holes with birdies at the seventh and par-5 12th in a bogey-free 68.

“All I’m doing is trying to catch Six,” Lin said. “It was nice to play with her. We definitely helped each other out a little bit, staying aggressive.

“I feel like I hit it even better than yesterday. For the putts it (was) just little lip out here and there.”

Lin, making her 188th career LPGA start, seeks her first tour title. She had her best LPGA finish in March at Thailand, when she lost a playoff to Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen.

“It’s easier to be only one behind than a couple behind,” Lin said. “I wanted to have a little breakthrough this year, so I think the more times I got to knock on the door the better.”

Ewing made six birdies in a row starting at the second hole but a closing bogey dropped her two adrift on 64 while Fassi birdied five of the last six holes to fire a bogey-free 66.

“I’ve been able to have some shorter stuff into the greens and been able to take on some pins,” Fassi said. “As soon as I saw a couple of the putts go in, you just get a little more confident and the hole gets a little bit bigger.”


England advance after beating Wales 3-0 at World Cup

England advance after beating Wales 3-0 at World Cup
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England advance after beating Wales 3-0 at World Cup

England advance after beating Wales 3-0 at World Cup
AL RAYYAN, Qatar: Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden both scored Tuesday to put England into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Wales.
England coach Gareth Southgate opted to add both players in the starting lineup for the team’s final Group B match and they responded with all three goals — two from Rashford and the other from Foden.
England will next face Senegal in the round of 16. Wales finished in last place in the group and has been eliminated.
Southgate had faced calls to freshen up his team after the 0-0 draw with the United States. He brought in Rashford and Foden into a new look attack and it worked.
England had the game wrapped up just after halftime with Rashford scoring from a free kick in the 50th and Foden adding another in the 51st. Rashford got his second after a weaving run in the box in the 68th.
Wales captain Gareth Bale was forced off at halftime with an injury.

US beat Iran 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16

US beat Iran 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16
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US beat Iran 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16

US beat Iran 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16

DOHA: The USA beat Iran 1-0 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday thanks to a 38th minute goal from Christian Pulisic.
The Americans will face Group A winners the Netherlands in the knockout phase.


Saudi team ready for World Cup clash with Mexico on Wednesday

Saudi team ready for World Cup clash with Mexico on Wednesday
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi team ready for World Cup clash with Mexico on Wednesday

Saudi team ready for World Cup clash with Mexico on Wednesday
  • Green Falcons complete training session at Sealine Resort Stadium

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s national football team on Tuesday completed a final training session ahead of their last FIFA World Cup group stage clash against Mexico on Wednesday at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
The Green Falcons trained at the Sealine Resort Stadium under the supervision of coach Herve Renard.
Training included warm-up exercises before players were divided into two groups for tactical work.
Defender Mohammed Al-Breik was supervised by medical staff as the 30-year-old continued a treatment program for a calf muscle injury.
The team was expected to leave its facility on Tuesday night and head to Doha as part of its preparations for the match the following day.
Saudi Arabia is in Group C alongside Argentina, Mexico and Poland.


Koulibaly sinks Ecuador to fire Senegal into World Cup knockouts

Koulibaly sinks Ecuador to fire Senegal into World Cup knockouts
Updated 29 November 2022

Koulibaly sinks Ecuador to fire Senegal into World Cup knockouts

Koulibaly sinks Ecuador to fire Senegal into World Cup knockouts
  • The Netherlands' dominant victory over Qatar meant only a win would see Senegal through to the knockouts
  • Senegal manager Aliou Cisse promised before the game his experienced side "would not overthink" the occasion

DOHA: Kalidou Koulibaly sent Senegal into the World Cup knockouts for just the second time in their history with the winner in Tuesday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador.
The Netherlands’ dominant victory over Qatar meant only a win would see Senegal through to the knockouts from Group A, while Ecuador would have progressed with a draw.
Senegal opened the scoring through Ismaila Sarr’s penalty late in the first half, but despite managing to keep Ecuador captain Enner Valencia quiet throughout, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo levelled in the 67th minute before Koulibaly sent his team through and Ecuador home.
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse promised before the game his experienced side “would not overthink” the occasion and it was the Africans who opened the game furiously, with Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye lashing the ball just wide of an open goal after only three minutes.
Less than a minute later, Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Galindez needed to bail out his side’s high backline, sliding in to stifle a counter well outside his box.
On the 10 minute mark, Senegal’s Boulaye Dia found himself one-on-one with Galindez, but he cut the ball just wide of the post.
Seemingly sparked into life by Senegal’s fierce opening, Ecuador pushed forward and won a free-kick 30 meters from goal, with the South Americans taking the opportunity for a rare breather before Valencia slammed the ball into the wall.
After the furious opening exchanges, both sides began to settle and the first half looked set to end goalless before Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie clattered into Sarr, giving referee Clement Turpin no choice but to point to the spot.
Sarr stepped up and coolly dispatched a fine spot-kick past Galindez, maintaining eye contact with the keeper as the ball went in.
Ecuador started the second half fresher and more determined, perhaps reassured that the Netherlands’ dominance over Qatar meant they only needed a draw to go through.
From a free-kick, defender Felix Torres rose high to head the ball on to Caicedo, who was waiting at the far post and slammed the ball home.
Senegal struck back immediately and in almost identical fashion, with Koulibaly lurking unmarked at the far post following a free-kick which was deflected into his path by Hincapie.
Coming into the match on a yellow card, Gueye picked up a second-half booking and will miss Senegal’s last-16 game against the winners of Group B.


Netherlands see off sorry Qatar to reach World Cup last 16

Netherlands see off sorry Qatar to reach World Cup last 16
Updated 29 November 2022

Netherlands see off sorry Qatar to reach World Cup last 16

Netherlands see off sorry Qatar to reach World Cup last 16
  • The Netherlands put one foot in the next round inside the first half-hour as Gakpo scored in a third straight group game
  • Qatar suffered the ignominy of becoming the first home team in World Cup history to finish the group stage without a point

AL KHOR, Qatar: Cody Gakpo scored again as the Netherlands booked their place in the World Cup last 16 as group winners with a straightforward 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar on Tuesday.
The Netherlands, needing just a point to be sure of progressing, put one foot in the next round inside the first half-hour as Gakpo scored in a third straight group game.
Frenkie de Jong added another in the 49th minute as the Dutch cruised through in a flat atmosphere at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Qatar, already eliminated before kick-off, suffered the ignominy of becoming the first home team in World Cup history to finish the group stage without a point.
Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side ended with seven points at the top of Group A, while Senegal joined them in the knockout phase as runners-up after beating Ecuador 2-1.
The Oranje will next take on the second-placed team from Group B for a quarter-final spot at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.
England currently top that section and face Wales later on Tuesday, while the United States play Iran. All four teams are still in the hunt for qualification.
“We did what we needed to do,” said Netherlands coach Van Gaal.
“We’re group winners and we’ll most likely be playing a number two team, probably USA or Iran, and they’re playing tonight and we can watch them tonight.”
The Dutch have made a solid start as they look to put the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia firmly behind them.
Qatar signed off from their long-awaited home World Cup with a whimper, securing their place in the record books as the worst ever hosts on the pitch.
“I think that we’ve played against a great team, probably one of the big favorites to go very far in this competition,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez.
“It was a very tough game for us but I believe the team managed to compete at a very high level for many minutes.”
Van Gaal was able to give Memphis Depay his first start of the tournament as the Barcelona star continued his return to full fitness after a hamstring injury.
It did not take the Dutch long to slice through the Qatar defense, although Daley Blind could only scuff a fourth-minute attempt straight at goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham.
The opening goal arrived in the 26th minute as Davy Klaassen played in Gakpo after a neat move also involving Depay.
The PSV Eindhoven winger drove forward and drilled a low strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to score his third goal of the tournament.
The three-time World Cup runners-up took advantage of shoddy Qatar defending to double their advantage four minutes after the break.
Depay was denied from close range by Barsham but De Jong reacted quicker than a ponderous Pedro Miguel to poke the ball home from barely a yard out.
Substitute Steven Berghuis thought he had added a third midway through the second half, only for his goal to be ruled out after a VAR check for a handball by Gakpo in the build-up.
There was brief excitement for the remaining home supporters late on when Mohammed Muntari prodded the ball into the net, but the whistle had long since gone for a foul on Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands almost piled more misery onto Qatar in stoppage time when Berghuis’ excellent curling strike from range hit the crossbar.