Sports News Roundup: Golf-Best-laid Ryder Cup plans do pay off, says Europe's Rose; NFL roundup: Puka Nacua, Rams outlast Colts in OT and more
Europe's 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits was a hammer blow to the continent's top golfers but days after that debacle thoughts had already turned to Rome. NFL roundup: Puka Nacua, Rams outlast Colts in OT Matthew Stafford connected with rookie Puka Nacua on a 22-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of overtime as the visiting Los Angeles Rams earned a 29-23 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-Best-laid Ryder Cup plans do pay off, says Europe's Rose
When Tommy Fleetwood raised his arms on Marco Simone's 16th green having ensured that Europe would reclaim the Ryder Cup it marked the culmination of a plan hatched two years ago after the worst drubbing in the competition's history. Europe's 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits was a hammer blow to the continent's top golfers but days after that debacle thoughts had already turned to Rome.
NFL roundup: Puka Nacua, Rams outlast Colts in OT
Matthew Stafford connected with rookie Puka Nacua on a 22-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of overtime as the visiting Los Angeles Rams earned a 29-23 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead. The Rams went 75 yards on their overtime drive with Nacua scoring his first career TD on a third-down play. The BYU product made NFL history twice, with his 39 receptions and 501 receiving yards both marking the most in a player's first four career games.
Baseball-Former Red Sox knuckleballer Wakefield dies at 57
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, whose unpredictable knuckleball flummoxed opponents during a career in which he won two World Series championships, died on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57. Wakefield, who played 17 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons for Boston after two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, is third on the Red Sox list for career wins (186), six short of the team record held by Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
Golf-After Europe regain Ryder Cup in Rome, McIlroy targets 2025 win in US
The dust had barely settled on Europe's Ryder Cup victory over the United States on Sunday before Rory McIlroy set his sights on New York and winning the 2025 edition in hostile territory. After suffering a chastening 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits two years ago, Europe restored their pride with a 16-1/2 to 11-1/2 win at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, leaving the U.S. without a win on European soil since 1993.
Taylor Swift's NFL era: Pop star again watches Chiefs, Kelce amid romance rumors
Pop megastar Taylor Swift was just a spectator on Sunday at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, where she performed three sold-out concerts in May for more than 217,000 fans, but she was still the star of the show as she watched her rumored beau, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, face the New York Jets. With several celebrity friends joining her - including actors Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Hugh Jackman - the singer saw the defending champion Chiefs eke out a 23-20 victory.
Golf-Fleetwood secures Ryder Cup for Europe after brave U.S. fightback
Europe resisted a fierce American fightback to secure the four points required to reclaim the Ryder Cup with England's Tommy Fleetwood sealing the deal in a nerve-jangling climax on Sunday. The Americans, attempting the biggest final-day comeback ever in the biennial event, found their mojo after being outplayed and outfought for two days at the Marco Simone course.
Soccer-Atletico fight back to beat Cadiz 3-2 with Correa double
Argentine forward Angel Correa struck twice to help Atletico Madrid recover from a two-goal deficit and beat Cadiz 3-2 at home on Sunday to claim their third successive LaLiga win. Atletico, who have a game in hand, moved up to fourth place in the standings on 16 points, five behind leaders Real Madrid.
Gymnastics-Biles pulls off Yurchenko's double pike to be named after her at Worlds
American gymnastic Simone Biles became the first woman to do the Yurchenko double pike at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Sunday with the vault now to be named after her. The Yurchenko double pike is the most difficult jump in the women's scoring code and was rated at 6.4 points by the technical committee in anticipation of it being performed.
Soccer-Szczesny heroics earn Juventus goalless draw at Atalanta
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny put in a superb second-half performance to help the visitors secure a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday. The Poland keeper made a stunning fingertip save late on to divert Luis Muriel's free kick onto the underside of the bar before the ball hit him on the back and went out for a corner.
NFL-Damar Hamlin plays in first regular season game since January cardiac arrest
Damar Hamlin returned to action on Sunday in the Buffalo Bills' 48-20 victory over the visiting Miami Dolphins, which marked his first regular season game since he suffered a cardiac arrest in January. Prior to the opening kickoff, Hamlin was the last Bills player to exit the tunnel and he ran the length of the field with his arms spread and through the end zone before removing his helmet in front of a wildly cheering crowd.
(With inputs from agencies.)