EDISON, N.J. -- The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at the Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn't this easy. He's just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day, 27, powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field, capping off an explosive weekend at Plainfield with an 8-under 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson. It was his third victory in his last four starts dating to another close call at the British Open, where he left a 30-foot birdie putt short on the final hole at St. Andrews and missed out on a playoff by one shot. In his mind, that's where it all changed. "Ever since then, I just felt a lot more calm on the golf course," he said. "I felt like it was my time. Mentally, I felt like, 'You paid your dues, now it's time to go out and win tournaments.' I'm not going to say in the future it's going to be like this all the time,...
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NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova's withdrawal from the US Open on Sunday is much more than a bad break or singular setback. This latest low point for the No. 3-ranked player seems instead to be part of the pattern for one of the most marketable and yet snakebitten athletes in women's tennis. Saying she simply did not have enough time to recover sufficiently from a lingering leg injury, Sharapova, the 2006 US Open champion, pulled out of the final Grand Slam tournament of the year for the second time in three years, wrapping up another tough summer. In July, she lost to Serena Williams for the 17th straight time in the Wimbledon semifinals, then withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in August with a right leg strain. Recently, however, things seemed to be turning around for Sharapova. Last week, she attended the opening of her pop-up shop, Sugarpova, a candy line, in New York City. And once again, she appeared atop Forbes' list of highest-earning...
LOS ANGELES -- A shark, a Ninja Turtle and Superman walk onto a plane. The start of a joke? Nope, the end of a road trip for the Chicago Cubs. Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "pajama party" for the team's overnight flight home may not be the biggest thing to happen Sunday after?? Jake Arrieta?? no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it's still a good thing. "It works both ways," Maddon said Sunday afternoon. "If you win it's even better, and if you've lost it's kind of like, 'let's put this behind us and move on.' I see it as a win-win-win. It's about keeping the group together. It's about having fun as a group." Rookie third baseman?? Kris Bryant??and his girlfriend spent time online looking for the right pajama or onesie. He went with a one-piece Ninja Turtle pajama, which was folded up in his locker stall while other players came dressed in their pajamas as they arrived at??Dodgers stadium for Sunday's game. "For me,...