Equipment tampering issues raised at French Open

It’s a common practice at tournament stops for players to leave their clubs in on-site storage at the course rather than lugging them back and forth between rounds. At last week’s HNA French Open, though, the equipment multiple players found in the morning was different from how they had left it the night prior. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger tied for 27th at the European Tour event, but he wrote a Facebook post following his second-round 69 that the settings on his driver had been tampered with. “Struggle at the end but happy to have scored in the 60s,” Wiesberger wrote. “Found out during the round that the settings on my Titleist driver have been changed by somebody (this …

Confederations Cup 2017: Fixtures, results, teams, TV & guide to the World Cup warm-up

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez will extend already lengthy seasons even further when they participate in the summer showpiece in Russia Russia will continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer. The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event. It features the champions of each confederation – decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America – as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world …

Perez to remain Madrid president until 2021

No candidates ran against the 70-year-old, though it seems he has a job on his hands to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Santiago Bernabeu Florentino Perez will remain Real Madrid president until 2021 after no candidates ran against him. Ronaldo dodges press conference Perez, who first held the position in 2000, won uncontested, the Spanish and European champions announced on Monday. The 70-year-old has overseen a period of continued success at Madrid, who claimed their third Champions League in four seasons in 2016-17. Zinedine Zidane’s men also clinched the Liga …

Manchester United vs. Ajax live stream info, TV channel, start time: How to watch Europa League final 2017

Manchester United and Ajax will battle in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday in the Europa League final. The Red Devils and Dutch side enter the match failing to meet expectations domestically, with United finishing sixth in the Premier League and Ajax ending up second in the Eredivisie.  But this is their chance to make a statement, as the winner takes home the trophy and earns a spot in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage. More is on the line for United, as Ajax is already qualified for the UCL third qualifying round since it finished second in the league.  Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know: How to watch When: …

Fellow pros glued to Garcia-Rose duel at Masters

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Maybe more than any event in golf, the Masters makes fans of us all. Even PGA Tour players, who normally avoid spending their free time watching golf on TV, aren’t immune to the charms of Augusta National. “I was driving up with the family so we got here and watched from about the 14th in,” Graeme McDowell said on Monday at the RBC Heritage. “I was listening to it on the radio as well. It’s a…

Masters 2017: The 10 biggest storylines to watch for at Augusta

Every year, the Masters delivers. Every single year it gives us all we could have hoped for and much more. Every year we think we know what’s going to happen and how it’s going to take place, but then all of a sudden, Jordan Spieth is hitting two in the water on No. 12 and the sports world is upside down. We have no clue how next Sunday’s finale at Augusta will unfold, but we do have some rich narratives heading into …

Nadal: I would like to be Real Madrid president

While he admits it may be unlikely, Rafael Nadal would like to be Real Madrid president. Spanish 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal revealed he would like to one day be Real Madrid president. Although Nadal’s uncle Miguel Angel Nadal is a former Barcelona defender, Rafael is a Madrid fan. Nadal admits it may be unlikely, but the 30-year-old said being at the helm of the La Liga and European giants was a dream. “If you ask me if I would like it, of course I would, why …

Watch: Poulter’s latest ‘weekly shank’

Ian Poulter’s ongoing struggle with the “weekly shank” continued Friday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The 12-time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup hero has been bothered in recent seasons by a sometimes suddenly sideways ball flight, with this tee shot at the par-3 seventh serving as the latest example: After play was suspended because of damaging winds in Dubai, Poulter took to Twitter to see the clip, laugh it off and have a bit of fun: It’s a nicer angle to the pin from over there..

Aphibarnrat: Busy schedule supports shoe, watch spending

Many golf fans may not know the name Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but perhaps that should change. The burly Thai shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, a score that left him tied for second and two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson. After the round, Aphibarnrat chatted with Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte to help fill in a colorful off-course persona. The 27-year-old got married last year in a hot air balloon, and as a car enthusiast he recently …

Pioli delighted with progress as Inter keep up Champions League chase

The Nerazzurri fought back from a goal down to triumph away from home, and their coach was delighted to see his plan come together against Udinese Stefano Pioli believes Inter are beginning to show commitment to his intended playing style following their hard-fought win over Udinese on Sunday. Late goals in each half from Ivan Perisic saw the visitors come from behind to triumph 2-1 at Stadio Friuli and move back to within five points of the Champions League places. …