McIlroy, Spieth facing elimination at Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth face what could amount to elimination day at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Both lost their opening matches at Austin Country Club. Even with two rounds remaining in group play, neither can afford to lose if he wants a chance at advancing into the weekend of single elimination.

McIlroy is the No. 2 seed who won in 2015 and reached the semifinals last year. Spieth is the No. 5 seed. He played poorly in a 4-and-2 loss to Hideto Tanihara, and on Thursday faced another Japanese player in Yuta Ikeda.

Kristi Yamaguchi tweets 'break a leg' to Nancy Kerrigan

LOS ANGELES (AP) A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention.

Kerrigan is competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor," before adding "break a leg." (MORE)

Lippi leads China over SKorea 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Marcello Lippi earned his biggest win since taking over as coach of China's national soccer team, leading his squad to a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday in a World Cup qualifier.

The coach, who led his native Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, was hired by China in October. (MORE)

Italian boxers describe 'truly horrible' London attack

LONDON (AP) Italian Olympic boxer Vincenzo Mangiacapre demonstrated Thursday how an unidentified attacker killed a policeman on the grounds of Parliament in front of the shocked members of his boxing team.

The killer, he said, had a knife in each hand and used them like drumsticks plunging into policeman Keith Palmer. (MORE)

Croatia PM appeals for no hooliganism at Ukraine game

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Croatia's prime minister appealed to soccer fans to behave during Friday's World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine.

Andrej Plenkovic urged all state institutions to make sure that the game in Zagreb passes without incidents. (MORE)

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