ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Collin Morikawa was facing just his second missed cut in 15 months as strong winds off the Persian Gulf caused havoc during the second round at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new course brought an element of the unknown to the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday.
Viktor Hovland still felt right at home.
Seeking a third win in his last four events, the Norwegian produced an impressive display of putting over the undulating greens of Yas Links — a first-time host of the event — to shoot 8-under 64 and lie one stroke off the first-round lead held by Scott Jamieson.
Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year.
Gone, though, are the days when he might jot down the name and number of tournaments he wanted to win.
The cost of attending the World Cup final is up to 46% higher in Qatar than the previous tournament in Russia, fans discovered Wednesday as tickets went on sale.
The steep rise in the prices for the FIFA showpiece match since 2018 contrasts with the group stage — apart from the opening game — and round of 16 seeing a reduction in the cost of the cheapest tickets, which fans can apply for online.
The lucrative offers tempting leading boxers, golfers and footballers to compete in Saudi Arabia are not enough for Andy Murray to put money over morality.
When Murray has received approaches to fly to Riyadh to play in exhibition matches, the potential to earn millions of dollars has been rejected.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Nasser Al-Attiyah clinched his fourth Dakar Rally title on Friday in Jeddah after leading from the first stage on New Year's Day.
Al-Attiyah could afford to let nearest rival Sebastien Loeb, the former nine-time rally world champion, beat him by more than five minutes on the 12th and last sandy stage from Bisha and still cruise to overall victory by more than 27 minutes.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won't be going a second consecutive season without a title.
After failing to lift a trophy under Zinedine Zidane last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid secured the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday in Saudi Arabia.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Facing criticism from human rights groups, the president of Spain’s soccer federation defended the return of the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia as Real Madrid prepared to play Athletic Bilbao in Sunday's final.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — After scoring the most important goal of his young career, Nico Williams received a long hug from veteran forward Iñaki Williams, his older brother.
In the stands at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia, his relatives also embraced each other, unable to hold back tears.
PARIS (AP) — A 20-year-old Frenchman died Friday at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a local truck, organizers said.
Quentin Lavallée, a mechanic for the PH Sport team, was driving an assistance vehicle when the accident occurred at 11:30 a.m.
BISHA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A fourth Dakar Rally title is in reach for Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, who will take a 33-minute lead into the last stage.
Al-Attiyah stuck fast to his nearest rival Sebastien Loeb on the 11th stage on Thursday and ended up gaining some seconds after the Frenchman was penalized five minutes for speeding in a restricted zone.
BISHA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — French rider Adrian van Beveren became the latest Dakar Rally motorbike front-runner as the overall lead changed for the fourth consecutive day after the 10th stage on Wednesday.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain called off its upcoming trip to the Persian Gulf region on Wednesday because of coronavirus concerns.
The French league leader was scheduled to fly to Qatar for a three-day training camp starting Sunday and then play a friendly match in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Jan.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Adam Scott was among the first batch of players the Saudi International announced as playing its Asian Tour event next month, and now he no longer is on the list.
The means he won't need a conflicting event release from the PGA Tour, nor will he be required to play the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice over the next three years, the stipulation for PGA Tour members going to Saudi Arabia.
MADRID (AP) — The last time Barcelona faced Real Madrid, the team was still coping with the departure of Lionel Messi and one of its worst financial crises ever.
Ronald Koeman was still at the helm, and the Catalan club struggled on and off the field.
WADI AD-DAWASIR, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Giniel de Villiers led a Toyota Gazoo Racing team 1-2-3 finish that included overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah on the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday.
Al-Attiyah gained back a minute on his nearest chaser, Sebastien Loeb, and extended his lead to 39 minutes with three stages to go in Saudi Arabia.
WADI AD DAWASIR, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sebastien Loeb chipped another seven minutes from the Dakar Rally lead of Nasser Al-Attiyah, who finally struck mechanical trouble on Monday in stage eight in Saudi Arabia.
AL DAWADIMI, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sebastien Loeb won stage seven of the Dakar Rally and gained more than five minutes on overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Al-Attiyah still enjoyed a 45-minute lead after the rest day, and heading toward the finish on Friday in Jeddah.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A navigation error by Sebastien Loeb allowed Nasser Al-Attiyah to extend his lead to 49 minutes halfway through the Dakar Rally on Friday.
Loeb started the sixth stage, a loop course east of Riyadh, 35 minutes behind in second overall but lost his bearings with Henk Lategan -- the stage five winner -- about a third of the way into the 348-kilometer special.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — After two days of near-misses, Henk Lategan finally delivered his first stage win in the Dakar Rally on Thursday, a year after crashing out at the same point in his debut.
PARIS (AP) — The French national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office launched an investigation Tuesday into a car explosion last week ahead of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia that left French driver Philippe Boutron seriously injured.
AL QAISUMAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Nasser Al-Attiyah avoided the problems suffered by Sebastien Loeb and finished the Dakar Rally third stage extending his overall lead to 38 minutes on Tuesday.
Loeb, the nine-time world rally champion, started the 255-kilometer loop stage around Al Qaisumah, shortened by 100 kilometers because of recent flooding, just nine minutes behind Al-Attiyah overall but soon found himself in trouble.
AL QAISUMAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Nasser Al-Attiyah was denied a hat trick of stage wins to start the Dakar Rally when he let Sebastien Loeb go on Monday.
Near the second stage finish, shifted from a flooded Al Artawiyah to Al Qaisumah further north in the Saudi desert, Al-Attiyah was leading when he punctured and eased off.
An African Cup of Nations warmup game between defending champion Algeria and Gambia was called off hours before kick-off in Qatar on Saturday after several Gambia soccer players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Qatar wants to attract 1.2 million people to the World Cup but will struggle to accommodate many of them.
With ticket sales beginning in January, supporters are in for a shock when they look for somewhere to stay: Qatar already looks sold out.
LIWA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Deep in the desert of the United Arab Emirates, the moment that camel breeders had been waiting for arrived.
Families hauled their camels through wind-carved sands.
GROVE, England (AP) — Williams driver Nicholas Latifi revealed Tuesday that he received death threats after his late crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sparked a controversial ending to the Formula One title race.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour is giving conditional releases to more than two dozen of its members who have signed up to play the Saudi International.
The next step is who decides to take the appearance money in exchange for what could be a sharp change in their playing schedule.
The PGA Tour has decided to grant releases to some two dozen players who have signed up for the Saudi International, provided they agree to play the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at least once over the next two years.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rusty Rafael Nadal played his first match in more than four months on Friday, losing in straight sets to Andy Murray at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mercedes ended the dispute over the Formula One season finale on Thursday when it withdrew its appeal of the controversial finish that cost Lewis Hamilton a record eighth championship.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The motorsports governing body for Formula One said Wednesday it will conduct “a detailed analysis" of the wild ending at the season finale that decided the championship in favor of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
PARIS (AP) — Human rights activists in France have urged the country’s soccer officials to pay attention to rights violations of migrant workers in Qatar a year before the World Cup.
Amnesty International activists unveiled a giant banner Wednesday in central Paris on the French soccer federation's building.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — NASCAR champion Kyle Larson's first Formula One race was the season finale and he is as conflicted as anyone over the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pato O'Ward finally achieved his career-long quest to drive a Formula One car on Tuesday when McLaren put the IndyCar driver in a seat for the young driver test at Yas Marina Circuit.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu tested positive for COVID-19 and pulled out of an exhibition match in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
Organizers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship announced Raducanu’s withdrawal, saying the British teenager is isolating and following protocols.
PARIS (AP) — An incredible Formula One title fight ended Sunday on the last lap of the final race with a dramatic overtaking move. Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in one of the most memorable moments in F1 history.
Mercedes lost both of its protests after Lewis Hamilton lost the Formula One world title to Max Verstappen on the final lap of the last race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
After losing the protests, Mercedes filed for reconsideration to the International Court of Appeal.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The most dramatic Formula One season in years should have ended with Max Verstappen's championship-deciding pass of Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On the pole for the Formula One finale is Max Verstappen, a breakthrough young star with an entire sports-obsessed country behind him. He is short on words, instead allowing his aggressive driving to speak for him.
Olympic leaders aimed their ire at FIFA’s president over his push for staging more World Cups, during an IOC-hosted meeting that Tibetan students tried to interrupt on Saturday in a protest against the Beijing Winter Games.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Toto Wolff and Christian Horner barely looked at each other when they sat side-by-side three weeks ago discussing the Formula One championship.
Their frosty relationship thawed briefly Friday ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are tied in the points standings heading into the title-deciding race.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway defended his title and won the FIDE World Championship on Friday in Dubai.
He beat Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, securing the one point he needed to cross the seven point threshold to win the global tournament held at Dubai's Expo 2020 this month in the United Arab Emirates.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Formula One has announced a deal to continue racing in Abu Dhabi, which hosts the title-deciding season finale Sunday, through 2030.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held at the Yas Marina Circuit and was added to the F1 calendar in 2009.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The players race across the pitch on crutches, jostling for the soccer ball and passing it back and forth, their prosthetic legs lined up along the sidelines at a stadium in the Gaza Strip.
Now is the time to tune into Formula One, just in case you've been sleeping on the most spectacular season in decades.
After 21 races, the championship battle is tied as F1 screams into its title-deciding season finale in Abu Dhabi.
TROMSO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian soccer club collaborated with Amnesty International and a former migrant worker in Qatar to launch a jersey Monday that highlights the human rights violations taking place in the host country of next year’s World Cup.
The increasingly tense Formula One title fight between defending champion Lewis Hamilton and his formidable challenger, Max Verstappen, will head to the last race of the season with the fierce rivals level on points.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Formula One united in tribute Sunday to Frank Williams, the much-loved and inspirational founder of the F1 team bearing his name who died last weekend.
Shortly before Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the drivers and team principals were joined by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Jean Todt.