Nine-time Rome winner Rafael Nadal saved two match points.Filippo MONTEFORTE AFP Rome (AFP) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in contrasting styles on Thursday as spectators returned to the stands for the first time in Italy.Nadal and Djokovic have won 14 of the last 16 Rome titles between them, playing each other in the final five times.
The hope is to have full stadiums for the start of next season Burnley could kick off next season in front of a packed out after Premier League chief Richard Masters provided a positive outlook for the return of supporters to stadiums.Fans will return to the Turf for the first time since March 2020 on Wednesday when around 3,500 home supporters will cheer on the Clarets against Liverpool.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has admitted relations between the six clubs involved in the Super League and the rest of the top flight are strained but believes the summer break will help to clear the air.The Premier League are continuing to investigate the circumstances which led to Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, Man City and Liverpool joining six other European clubs in forming a breakaway League last month.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters believes there is still an opportunity for UEFA to tweak the post-2024 Champions League format amid concerns over its impact on the domestic game.The plans for a 36-team group stage with four extra matches per club were approved by UEFA's executive committee on April 19, but were completely overshadowed by the announcement of a breakaway European Super League the previous evening.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters sits down with Sky Sports News to discuss proposed new TV deal, fan protests and the fallout from the Super League; Masters on PL relations with Super League six: "Relations will take time to be restored [...] We are going to bolster our rule book" 2:01 Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admits there has been a breakdown of trust and relations between the six clubs involved in proposed Super League and the rest of the division.
Matsuyama went home and read.He read “by far” the most about himself than he’s ever done before in his life.“I was able to probably read every news article and newspaper and magazine and TV,” Matsuyama said Tuesday, via Golf.com.
Danny Willett was annoyed by a “bad” last drive of the day in his bid to become the first host to come out on top in the Betfred British Masters.The 2016 Masters champion had just three-putted the par-5 17th at The Belfry when he hit a shocker off the tee at the 18th into the water on the left of the fairway.
Danny Willett suffers late slip as Matthias Schwab sets the early pace with six-under-par 66 at the Betfred British Masters
Austrian Schwab had seven birdies and a lone bogey to card a 66 at the Belfry Willett threatened to match his total until three-putting his penultimate hole Scotland's Robert MacIntyre, the highest-ranked player in the field, shot 71 Tournament host Danny Willett must have felt like spitting feathers rather than exchanging pleasantries after a disappointing finish to his opening round at the Betfred British Masters.
Pontypool USW nursing student inspires others to keep learning A 48-YEAR-OLD nursing student from Pontypool who left school with no qualifications has shared her story hoping to inspire others not to give up on learning.Lianne Illman is currently studying for a Masters in Community Health Studies at University of South Wales, and even won the Inspirational Post Registration Student of the Year award at this year’s Excellence Awards, held by USW’s School of Care Sciences.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama will try to recapture his form after a month off, including a celebration in Japan, when he tees off Thursday at the US PGA Byron Nelson tournament.Matsuyama became the first men's major winner from Japan when he captured the green jacket last month at Augusta National, but had barely picked up a club before practice rounds this week at TPC Craig Ranch in suburban Dallas.
Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris could not catch Hideki Matsuyama at Augusta National Golf Club but did track the Japanese major champion down on Tuesday ahead of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.Zalatoris said he bumped into Matsuyama in a parking lot at TPC Craig Ranch, where first-round action begins on Thursday, for the first time since he finished one shot back of him at the year's first major in April.
Robert MacIntyre admits his career is ahead of schedule after finding himself installed as favourite for the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry.Just two years after starting the same event outside the world’s top 250, the 24-year-old is, at 45th, the top-ranked player in the field ahead of major champions Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett, the tournament host.
"Seeing how the Masters win was portrayed in Japan was great, really unforgettable, and that really stands out for my trip back to Japan.It was a bit embarrassing.I'm not used to all that attention" Hideki Matsuyama admitted he was "embarrassed, but grateful" as he came to terms with the added media attention on him in Japan since his Masters victory.
Jordan Spieth is back in action this week for the first time since the Masters, and he revealed his extended absence was due to him testing positive for Covid-19.Watch the AT&T Byron Nelson from Thursday on Sky Sports Golf.Jordan Spieth revealed he was forced to miss the Valspar Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 last month.
World No 1’s knee discomfort has returned ahead of the PGA Championship warm-up event Dustin Johnson has pulled out of from the final warm-up event before next week’s PGA Championship with a knee issue, the world No 1 said on Monday.Johnson, whose Masters title defence ended in a missed cut last month, said his decision to withdraw from the 13-16 May AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas came after the knee discomfort he occasionally experiences returned.
DEREK LAWRENSON: It's not hard to see why Danny Willett is frustrated at Government snub to allow fans back for the British Masters... while Rory McIlroy's emotional Wells Fargo win proves his motivation - and now he could go on an unbeatable streak
The pride felt by Danny Willett at being the host for the Betfred British Masters beginning at the Belfry on Wednesday is tempered by frustration at the fact it will be another fan-free zone.In the week when more than 20,000 spectators will attend the FA Cup final at Wembley, it's not hard to see why golf feels seriously aggrieved at being excluded from the Government's pilot scheme.
Rory McIlroy climbed back into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings following his first win in 18 months, and knocked Brooks Koepka out of that group in the process.McIlroy's one-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship vaulted him up six spots to No.
Rory McIlroy shows the stomach for a fight as the Northern Irishman put himself in position for his first victory in 550 DAYS at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina
Rory McIlroy ended an 18-month victory drought in spectacular style on Sunday night with success in the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.The 32-year-old survived a scare on the 18th with a final round 68 for a one-stroke victory that represented an emphatic response to his woes at recent tournaments, including the Masters last month, where he comfortably missed the cut.