Sports Rantz Sports News, CFL News, Tennis News, Golf News, WNBA News Mon, 10 Sep 2018 23:04:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sports Rantz 32 32 International Tennis Federation Defends Umpire Who Cited Serena Williams Mon, 10 Sep 2018 23:04:41 +0000 Umpire Carlos Ramos, who cited Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final has been defended by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body.

Ramos, who said his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules”, cited Williams three times during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, once for getting coaching signals, another for breaking her racket, and a third for calling Ramos a “thief”.

The call for breaking her racket cost Williams a point.

On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to reports.

The ITF stated that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses”, on Monday, adding “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”

U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:58:12 +0000 Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”

“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

Aces’ A’ja Wilson Wins WNBA Rookie of the Year Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:55:33 +0000 Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson, the number 1 pick in the draft and college player of the year, became the unanimous choice for WNBA Rookie of the Year.

“It means a lot with that rookie class,” Wilson said. “There are so many great players.”

Although the Aces struggled this season to a 14-20 record, Wilson was a star, and averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.67 blocked shots and her scoring average was second all time by a WNBA rookie, to Seimone Augustus’ 21.9 PPG rookie campaign back in 2006.

Tiger Woods’ Rally at BMW Championship Falls Short Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:50:52 +0000 Tiger Woods may not be walking away with his first golf tournament win in five years, but he put on a show in a spirited rally during the final round to build momentum ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship.

Woods carded a five-under 65 in the final round of the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club, going into the clubhouse at 17 under for the tournament in a tie for fifth place, in a remarkable showing  that flashed a return to form for the former Number 1 player.

“I’m going to have to shoot one of those 61s or 62s just to have a chance,” Woods said, according to ESPN. “The golf course is soft. Everyone is making birdies. You can be aggressive. I got to take a run at it.”

Now Woods turns his focus to the Tour Championship, which he qualified for, that starts on September 19th at East Lake Golf Club.


Breanna Stewart Named WNBA Most Valuable Player Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:16:39 +0000 Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, and she will receive the award later in the day as the Storm host Phoenix in a semifinal series opener at KeyArena.

Stewart has averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks for Seattle this season.

“In this league, I’m playing against however many former national players of the year, and going against the best competition every night,” Stewart said, according to ESPN”S Mechelle Voepel. “And really trying to play my best and show that to everyone.

“We have team goals, and I have individual goals for myself. And being MVP was a goal that I had. I wanted to prepare like this was going to be an MVP-type season. To go out and leave everything on the court.”

Stewart has made efforts to improve her fitness by practicing yoga, pilates, and a healthier diet.

“I’m making sure I’m getting enough calories and the right portions, plus just finding healthy snacks, and not having unhealthy snacks in my house. Because if I see them, I’ll eat them.”

Stewart also credits Sue Bird, whom she worked out with, along with Jewell Loyd, following her return from China.

“Sue has played a big factor in it for me,”Stewart said.”I got some guidance in what I should be doing.

“One of the things I talked to Sue about was, ‘If you could have started doing all this with your diet at 23, would you?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, definitely.’ That’s all I need to hear. She’s 37, and still remains the best of the best, and continues to be great.”

Stewart has been on a meteoric rise since coming into the WNBA a few short seasons ago.

“I think part of it is being more prepared for the strength and physicality of this league, and then understanding our system,” Stewart said. “We had a coaching change, but the way we played kind of remained the same. I know where I’m going to get my best opportunities to score.”

Andy Murray Feeling Better for US Open Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:11:23 +0000 The long road back for Andy Murray carries on, as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, and Murray officially returned to the tour in June, and has seen his ranking drop since. But Murray is feeling better each time he goes out to play.

“The last few days, I practiced for a couple of hours each day with some of the players,” Murray said on Friday at the US Open media day, according to ESPN. “It’s been good. It’s been difficult. It’s just been quite — my tennis has been a bit of stop-starty.”

Murray has had major up and downs along the way, but seems to be getting back on track.

“All injuries are completely different,” Murray said. “Some are more serious than others. Someone is out for a few weeks with a muscle injury, it’s very different to somebody recovering from a surgery on certain parts of the body. It’s notoriously more difficult.”

“My body feels better than it did a few weeks ago,” Murray said.

“I do feel that once my body is right again — which takes time when you haven’t played many matches in a year — I’m sure that my level will be OK to get me competing at the top of the game again,” Murray said.

Tiger Woods Shoots 3 Under on Saturday Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:06:44 +0000 Tiger Woods is building momentum, putting out his best showing at the 2018 Northern Trust on Saturday with a three-under 68 in the third round.

Woods posted consecutive rounds of 71 and he needed to post a low number to get near the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day, and while it didn’t pan out for Woods, the improvement was impossible to ignore.

“The name of the game is you’ve got to make putts and you’ve got to roll it,” Woods said after the second round, according to ESPN. “No matter how good your drive is, you’ve still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn’t putt very well today. I had a hard time seeing my lines, and consequently, I didn’t make anything.”

Currently, Woods leads the PGA Tour with a 68.42 scoring average in the third round, and average that ranges from 46th to 133rd in the other three rounds.

“For the week, I’ve only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that’s not going to get it done,” Woods said. “These guys are making a boatload of birdies, and as soft as it is, I just haven’t made any.”

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer to Clash in Western and Southern Open Final Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:50:29 +0000 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will write another chapter in their storied rivalry when the meet in the final of the Western & Southern Open, in a match that pits the two legends against one another for the first time in two years, due mostly to injuries.

Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic on Saturday 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and Federer topped David Goffin when Goffin retired in the second set with a shoulder injury.

Djokovic leads Federer in head-to-head title matches 11-6, and their overall series 23-22.

“It would be the greatest challenge in Cincinnati, without a doubt, because he’s been dominating this tournament historically,” Djokovic said.

“It’s great to be back in the finals, against Novak in particular,” Federer said. “There’s a lot riding on the match. It’s great to refresh a rivalry we’ve had for many years.”

Djokovic will be vying to become the first to win all nine events since the series started back in 1990.

“My sixth time, I’ll try to win the title,” he said. “Obviously, this time I’m hoping I get my hands on the trophy.”

Paul Waring Wins Nordea Masters, Collects First European Tour Title Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:44:18 +0000 Paul Waring defeated Thomas Aiken in a play-off to win the Nordea Masters title, his first European Tour title at the 200th attempt.

“I’m obviously ecstatic. I wasn’t ever sure this day would come in total honesty,” said Waring, according to ESPN. “I’ve tried so hard for many years to get to this point and it’s nice to finally get across the line and be holding the trophy.

“It wasn’t easy. I felt really in control though. I’ve made a few swing changes so I was kind of allowing myself to hit some bad shots now and again, so I wasn’t getting too wound up in where the ball was going.”

Waring, 33, has struggled with injuries throughout his career, so the win is extra gratifying considering all that he has overcome.

“It feels like it’s all worth it. I’ve had a couple of operations along the way and it’s nice to have finally got to this point and I’m sure everyone back home will be absolutely thrilled for me.

“I’ve got a great team around me so this is all for them as well.”

Wings’ Liz Cambage Says WNBA Future Uncertain Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:40:58 +0000 Dallas Wings’ veteran Liz Cambage is unsure about her future in the WNBA as the Wings closed out the final home game at College Park Center against the Las Vegas Aces this past Friday, as she may not return to the league in 2019.

Cambage is scheduled to represent Australia in the FIBA World Cup before beginning another season overseas in China and will then make a decision regarding her future in the WNBA.

league in 2019.

During an interview Tuesday ahead of Dallas’ matchup against Connecticut, Cambage said a return to the WNBA next season is still up in the air. At the conclusion of the WNBA season, Cambage is scheduled to represent Australia in the FIBA World Cup before beginning another season overseas in China.

“I’ll see how I feel after China,” Cambage said, according to ESPN’s Sean Hurd. “I think I probably have five days at home [in Australia] for the rest of this year, until February next year. We’ll see how I’m feeling.”

Cambage noted the physical toll of an WNBA season may not be worth the investment.

“I’ve said this many times: [The WNBA] doesn’t pay my bills … playing here doesn’t pay my bills,” Cambage said. “We make more money overseas. I’m ready to have next summer off and focus on getting a European contract where its 10 seasons here worth the pay.

“It sucks because I love to be here, I love to put the game out there, I love what comes with playing here. But at the end of the day, for my longevity, I worry about my body, my mind and my soul. I really don’t get paid enough to be beaten up every game. I’m not a WWE wrestler and that’s how it feels sometimes out on the court.”

Cmabage leads the league with  22.8 points per game, and is 2nd in the league with  9.7 rebounds.