The queen’s sporting fascination was racing: ‘I love horses’
Horse racing was Queen Elizabeth II’s big sporting love. She first rode a horse at the age of 3 and would inherit the breeding and racing stock of her father, King George VI, when she acceded to the throne in 1952. She became one of the biggest faces of British and global horse racing and had approaching 2,000 winners as a racehorse owner. Her jockeys always wore purple, gold and scarlet racing silks. The queen was present at some of the most famous occasions in British sporting history like when England won the men’s soccer World Cup in 1966.
Super challenge: Rams open title defense vs powerhouse Bills
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — For nearly seven months, Sean McVay has told the Los Angeles Rams their Super Bowl championship guarantees them nothing in this new season except a banner. The Rams will unveil that banner Thursday night at SoFi Stadium before they get their another reminder of just how little their championship on that same field last winter will mean this fall. The NFL chose Von Miller and the powerhouse Buffalo Bills as the Rams’ opponent in their season opener, practically ensuring a difficult start to a season in which they’re widely perceived to have the league’s toughest schedule.
Alcaraz tops Sinner at 2:50 a.m.; latest US Open finish ever
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz has outlasted Jannik Sinner in the latest-finishing match in U.S. Open history, advancing to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3 victory. The No. 3 seed fought off a match point in the fourth set and then put away the match that ended at 2:50 a.m. Three previous U.S. Open matches had ended at 2:26. The match lasted 5 hours, 15 minutes. Alcaraz will face Frances Tiafoe on Friday in the first Grand Slam semifinal for both.
Sean McVay, GM Les Snead extend deals with Rams through 2026
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have agreed to contract extensions through the 2026 season, keeping the defending Super Bowl champions’ brain trust in place with lucrative new rewards. The Rams announced the deals several hours before they opened the NFL’s 103rd season by hosting the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium. McVay finalized his new deal several weeks ago, but the Rams waited to formally announce the contract extensions until Snead’s new contract was also completed. The Rams have been in a renaissance ever since Snead hired McVay in 2017.
Defending Super Bowl champion Rams open season as underdogs
Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will raise their Super Bowl banner Thursday night before kicking off the NFL season at home where they became the second straight team to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in their own stadium. Somehow, they’re underdogs against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl after falling short in the AFC divisional round against the Kansas City Chiefs last January. Josh Allen leads a dynamic offense and the Bills had the league’s stingiest defense in 2021.
Swiatek tops Pegula; faces Sabalenka in US Open semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek has beaten Jessica Pegula 6-3, 7-6 (4) in to reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time. The players combined for 13 service breaks in all, including 10 in the second set alone Wednesday night. Swiatek is a two-time champion at the French Open who had never been past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. The 21-year-old from Poland advances to face No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the semifinals. The eighth-seeded Pegula was stopped in her bid for a first major semifinal. She dropped to 0-4 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, including three losses at that stage this season.
Chelsea hires Graham Potter as manager, replacing Tuchel
Graham Potter has been hired as Chelsea manager after choosing to leave fellow Premier League team Brighton. Potter replaces Thomas Tuchel. The German was fired on Wednesday after an apparent breakdown in his relationship with Chelsea’s new ownership. The 47-year-old Potter has signed a five-year contract. His appointment might be regarded as a gamble by Chelsea because of Potter’s lack experience coaching at soccer’s highest level. Potter has won only one trophy as a coach. That was the Swedish Cup in 2017 during his time in charge of Ostersund from 2011-18. He also coached Swansea before Brighton.
Wainwright, Molina tie MLB record for batterymates
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina have made their 324th career start. That ties the major league mark set by Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan from 1963-1975. Wainwright and Molina got a standing ovation from the crowd as they made their way in from the bullpen moments before first pitch against the Washington Nationals. Wainwright and Molina are scheduled to break the record against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 14.
Ginobili and his Eurostep reach Basketball Hall of Fame
Manu Ginobili is a four-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s also one of the headliners of the Basketball Hall of Fame class, which will be enshrined Saturday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ginobili spent all 16 of his NBA seasons in San Antonio, partnering with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to form a Big Three that was, and surely will remain, one of the best trios the league has ever seen. He also says he isn’t the person who created the Eurostep, but he did make it popular.
Penske’s Will Power in tight title fight with no team orders
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — What’s 10 points worth? That’s what Will Power hopes he doesn’t find out while trying to win the closest IndyCar championship fight in nearly 20 years. Power takes a 20-point lead into Sunday’s season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway over Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden and six-time champion Scott Dixon. But the Australian can’t help but wonder if his lead should be 30 points. Team Penske did him no favors last week at Portland when it did not order teammate Scott McLaughlin to cede the lead and race win to Power, who finished second. If McLaughlin had moved out of the way, Power would have a 30 point lead.