Sports Digest: Jeonguen Lee6 equalizes majors record with 61 at Evian Championships




South Korean golfer Jeongeun Lee6 tied the golf majors’ record for the lowest round of all time when she scored 10 under par 61 at the Evian Championship on Friday in Evian-Les-Bains , in France.

Her second round without a bogey tied compatriot Hyo Joo Kim, who got the lowest score by a woman or man in a major in the first round in 2014, also at the picturesque Evian Resort on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Lee6’s score of 127 over 36 holes was also the lowest total in a women’s or men’s major, beating Brooks Koepka’s 128 at the 2019 PGA U.S. Championship.

After her 10 birdies in the second round, Lee6 was leading by 15 under, three strokes ahead of Thai players Pajaree Anannarukarn – the overnight co-leader – and Ariya Jutanugarn, who got an 8 under 63.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Darren Clarke does not get a lead after two good laps at the Senior British Open in Sunningdale, England.

The Northern Irishman shot a 67-under-3 after posting a 65-opener at Sunningdale and holds a one-stroke lead after 36 holes. Clarke is 8-under 132 in the last major senior championship of the year.

Jerry Kelly (66) was a comeback with defending champion Bernhard Langer (67). Langer, 63, who won the first hole, won in 2019 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his fourth victory in the event. The 2020 tournament has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Nacho Elvira started the day by sharing the lead at the Wales Open in Newport, Wales and finished with it all for himself after shooting a 4 under 67 in the second round.

Elvira missed the first hole but recovered with six birdies, dropping just one more stroke on the 17th and going 11 under at Celtic Manor.

Swedish golfer Vincent Norrman was only playing his third event as a professional, but he allowed a 69 to finish second at two strokes behind at 9 strokes, one stroke ahead of Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, whose 63 was the lowest turn of the day by four strokes.


AMERICAN WOMEN: The players of the United States women’s national soccer team have urged a federal appeals court to reinstate their equal pay lawsuit, saying their greatest success than American men had not been considered by a trial judge who dismissed their case.

Players led by Alex Morgan sued the American Football Federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement in effect until December 2021, compared to what the team male receives under its agreement which expired in December 2018. The women demanded over $ 64 million in damages plus $ 3 million in interest under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles rejected the salary request in May 2020, ruling that the women had rejected a pay structure to play similar to the men’s agreement and accepted base salaries and benefits superior to those of men, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The women asked the 9th US Court of Appeals to overturn the trial court’s decision and get their salary demand back on track.

TOTTENHAM: Son Heung-min has signed a four-year contract extension to keep him at the Premier League club until June 2025.

The 29-year-old has compiled 107 goals and 64 assists in 280 appearances in all competitions since joining Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015.

No financial details were given.

MANCHESTER UNITED : England winger Jadon Sancho finalized his move to Manchester United by signing a five-year contract with the 13 Premier League champions.

United have paid Borussia Dortmund a transfer fee of € 85million ($ 100million) for the 21-year-old Sancho, the German club have said.

The contract will keep Sancho at Old Trafford until June 2026 and includes an option for a sixth season.

REAL MADRID: Forward Karim Benzema tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of pre-training training, Real Madrid announced on Friday.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s basketball UConn’s two-year probation for NCAA violations under former coach Kevin Ollie has ended.

The governing body informed the school that it had followed all NCAA regulations, the university said.

“We will continue to be committed to the highest standards of NCAA compliance,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “I think we came out stronger than ever and I look forward to a bright future for UConn athletics.”

NCAA officials placed UConn on two-year probation in July 2019, citing numerous violations that mainly occurred between 2013 and 2018. He also sanctioned Ollie, who was fired in 2018, for not promoting a atmosphere of compliance. The sanctions included the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-2020 season and recruitment restrictions.

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