US Men’s Clay Court Championship

US Men’s Clay Court Championship 2019 Live : U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship singles competition, there are almost no U.S. men left standing. The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship wasn’t kind to the large American contingent in the singles draw Tuesday. Garin upsets Chardy at U.S. clay-court tourney the longest matches in American clay-court history on Wednesday at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

 

The carnage at River Oaks Country Club isn’t complete, but it’s getting dire for the “home” team. Not yet two full rounds into the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship singles competition, there are almost no U.S. men left standing.

Out of the 11 who occupied spots in the 28-man main draw at the outset of the tournament, only two remain – and just Sam Querrey has actually won a match. Top-seeded Steve Johnson, the twice defending champion, doesn’t go on the court until Thursday night.

There are as many Colombians still in the hunt as Americans and one of them, Daniel Elahi Galan, will be taking aim at Johnson, who’s trying to become the first player of any nationality to win this venerable tournament three years running since Bobby Riggs in the late 1930s.

The latest Yank to get yanked would be the tallest one, fourth seed Reilly Opelka, who started well Wednesday night but couldn’t hang on against Norway’s best player, Casper Ruud, in a battle between two promising young guns. Ruud, 20, gamely rallied to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the nearly 7-foot-tall Opelka, 21. Earlier in the day, Opelka’s countryman Ryan Harrison had gotten bounced out by Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 7-5.

“It’s extra tough on your own serve because you think you can’t get broken,” Ruud said of staring across the net at Opelka’s imposing presence. “He has the big serve so when you’re down love-30 on your own serve it’s easy to start rushing a little. That’s something I took care of well today. I got broken once with a sloppy game, but it happens.

Arsenal vs Napoli

Arsenal vs Napoli : Arsenal host Napoli in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.Unai Emery has admitted that his side “need to win” the meeting with Napoli at the Emirates Stadium given their poor record away from home.The Gunners have won five Premier League away games all season, losing 1-0 at Everton last weekend.

The tie of the Europa League so far is almost here with Arsenal hosting Napoli in the first leg of their quarter-final clash tonight.

The Gunners were given a reminder of just how important this competition is to their hopes of returning to the Champions League next season after a defeat to Everton at the weekend once again intensified the race for a fourth place finish in the Premier League.

Unai Emery winning this competition for a fourth time will give them clear passage into Europe’s premier competition next season regardless of how that frantic domestic battle pans out.

Napoli however stand in their way. Carlo Ancelotti and his side are able to put all their efforts into winning their first European trophy since 1989 with their hopes of catching Juventus in the race for the Serie A title long over.The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said he is used to his teams playing “under pressure” as they gear up for their UEFA Europa League quarter-final with Napoli.

The Gunners face the Serie A side on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium in what is arguably the standout tie of the last eight. The matches are crucial for Arsenal in what is poised to be a gripping end to the season, as they are chasing Europa League glory and a top-four finish in the Premier League.

With two clear targets, there will be a lot of tense encounters to come for Arsenal. Speaking ahead of Thursday’s match, Emery said that doesn’t bother him, per Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:”We are always demanding of ourselves. For me, playing under pressure is normal. We are being consistent a lot at the moment. This match is a big-level match, and the level we want to play. It’s a very big test for us in this competition.

“We want to play the best teams, and Napoli now is one of the best teams, with the best players and also a very experienced coach.”

Being involved in different battles during the run-in means Arsenal have two chances to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League: succeed in the Europa League or finish in the Premier League’s top four.

The Europa League has been a tournament of highs and lows for the Gunners. In the previous round they produced a brilliant performance in the second leg to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Rennes (U.S. only):The Gunners don’t come into the game on the back of a strong showing, though, as they were far from their best when they were beaten 1-0 by Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mesut Ozil started that encounter but was brought off after struggling to make an impact. When he was on the bench, the German was captured throwing his coat in the direction of Toffees boss Marco Silva during a flashpoint in the game.

“This is happening all the season [being asked about Ozil],” Emery said when quizzed on whether the player has an issue with discipline. “When I decided he’s going to play, some journalists asked me ‘why?’ And when I sometimes decide he’s not playing, they ask me ‘why is he not playing?'”While Arsenal have had their issues away from home this season, on they have been strong on home soil, recently notching their 10th successive win at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.

The Stadio San Paolo will be a tough place to go in the second leg, as Napoli have high-class players and a raucous crowd behind them. With that in mind, it feels imperative the Gunners are in front at the halfway point of what should be a gripping tie.The trendy Arsenal narrative lately has been the disparity between the Gunners’ home and away form. SPOILER ALERT: it’s bad. Like Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace bad. In fact, the Gunners have the worst home-away point disparity in the Premier League.

Things have not been much better in the Europa League. Arsenal have lost both away knockout round fixtures. With the first leg of the Europa League Quarterfinal against Napoli coming at the Emirates on Thursday, there is a load of pressure on the Gunners to get a result. Of course you always want to get a result in the first leg of a tie, but it feels especially important that this Arsenal side win the home leg.

So far this season, the Gunners have risen to the occasion and have played their best football against the better clubs. When they needed wins (at home) against BATE and then against Rennes to stay in the Europa League, they got them. A list of Arsenal’s best performances would include the games against Tottenham, Manchester United, and Chelsea in the Premier League. The Gunners have answered the bell so far this season.

Napoli are a strong side. They’re in the midst of a dip in form but still sit seven points clear in second place in Serie A. They have a comfortable twelve point cushion to stay in a Champions League qualification spot. They are not catching Juventus to win the league. Their focus will be squarely on winning the Europa League.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side was bolstered at the weekend by the return Italy international Lorenzo Insigne. The Napoli striker and team captain has 13 goals and 7 assists for the club this season. Left back Faouzi Ghoulam has also returned from injury. In what some Arsenal fans will see as good news, David Ospina has been declared fit as well (there is no rule against loanees playing against parent clubs in the Europa League). In all seriousness, it’s good to see the Colombian keeper fit – his head injury and subsequent collapse on the pitch last month was scary. Finally, rumored Arsenal summer transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly has served his European suspension and is expected to start.

Both Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny returned to training on Wednesday after missing out at the weekend. They face late fitness tests for Thursday’s match. Koscielny is the more likely of the two to be available. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was limited to a substitute role against Everton due to illness, but Unai Emery said in his press conference that the striker was available to start.

Masters Golf 2019

Masters Golf 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters Tournament will be the 83rd edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in 2019.  The Master’s festivities will begin Tuesday night with the Champions dinner, hosted by last year’s champion, Patrick Reed.

The 2019 Masters is nearly here, starting off the 83rd edition of this storied event at Augusta National. While this tournament does have the smallest field of any of the four golf majors, it boasts all the best talent on tour.

In addition to the 20 past champions that will tee off beginning on Thursday—these players secure the right to compete in the Masters for life by earning a green jacket—there are 67 other contenders all seeking the glory that winning this tourney brings. It’s a tough major to predict a winner for, but some players are currently standing out as having the most potential to win the Masters in 2019.

Before seeing who pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has pegged to top the leaderboard at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round at Augusta National, have a look at the full schedule, tee times, pairings, TV and live stream coverage information, updated odds for the field and more for the Masters 2019.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s that time of the year where everyone in the golf world has one question on their mind: Who are you picking to win the 2019 Masters? With an 87-man field featuring generational talent going head-to-head at Augusta National, rarely has such a call ever been more difficult.

All eyes are on Rory McIlroy this year as The Ulsterman looks to complete his career grand slam, but there’s some stiff competition throughout the field, namely from many of his young contemporaries like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler. Of course, we would be remiss without mentioning Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both of whom are among a litany of names looking to add another green jacket to their respective collections.

Simply put, this field for the Masters is loaded with stars, including many who have already played tremendous golf in 2019 both on the PGA Tour and worldwide. Narrowing this down to a champion and top finishers is a tough task, but we here at CBS Sports are certainly up to it. Take a look at our 1-87 ranking of the Master’s field, and figure out when your favorites will tee off with our list of Thursday tee times.

So who will win the 2019 Masters, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2019 Masters leaderboard from the model that nailed Patrick Reed’s victory last year, and find out.

Masters 2019

Masters 2019 Live : It’s a tough major to predict a winner for, but some players are currently standing out as having the most potential to win the Masters in 2019.

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The 2019 Masters Tournament will be the 83rd edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in 2019.

All eyes are on Rory McIlroy this year as The Ulsterman looks to complete his career grand slam, but there’s some stiff competition throughout the field, namely from many of his young contemporaries like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler. Of course, we would be remiss without mentioning Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both of whom are among a litany of names looking to add another green jacket to their respective collections.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s that time of the year where everyone in the golf world has one question on their mind: Who are you picking to win the 2019 Masters? With an 87-man field featuring generational talent going head-to-head at Augusta National, rarely has such a call ever been more difficult.

So who will win the 2019 Masters, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2019 Masters leaderboard from the model that nailed Patrick Reed’s victory last year, and find out.

Simply put, this field for the Masters is loaded with stars, including many who have already played tremendous golf in 2019 both on the PGA Tour and worldwide. Narrowing this down to a champion and top finishers is a tough task, but we here at CBS Sports are certainly up to it. Take a look at our 1-87 ranking of the Master’s field, and figure out when your favorites will tee off with our list of Thursday tee times.

Winner — Justin Thomas (16-1): Do I feel good about it? Not really. Am I thrilled with the pick? No. But I rolled with Thomas to start 2019, and I have no intention of deviating from it. There was an hour-long stretch last time around where he got a little frisky and flirted with the top of the board, and one of the things I like best is that he’s improved every year he’s played Augusta National. There’s a clear trajectory there that, when you combine it with his hole-less game, tells me he’s going to contend here for a long, long time.

Sleeper — Hideki Matsuyama (35-1): Matsuyama’s odds dropped from 45-1 or 40-1 to under 40-1 in the last few weeks, but he hasn’t finished outside the top 20 here in the last four seasons. He’s also second on the PGA Tour in approach shots (Thomas is first), and if he putts at all (at all!) he’ll be right there until the end.
Top 10 lock — Rory McIlroy: He hasn’t finished outside the top 10 here since 2013 and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in any tournament in 2019. I don’t know what else to tell you.
Top 5 in order: Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau

Surprise prediction: I don’t know if it’s a surprise, but I think Tiger Woods is going to contend early and fade late. He’s coming in with better form than people think, but I think the weight of opening 68-69 will legitimately get to him on the weekend, and he’ll fade to a T15 or something like that. But boy, those first two and a half days will be something.

The Masters 2019

The Masters 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters is nearly here, starting off the 83rd edition of this storied event at Augusta National. While this tournament does have the smallest field of any of the four golf majors, it boasts all the best talent on tour. It’s a tough major to predict a winner for, but some players are currently standing out as having the most potential to win the Masters in 2019.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s that time of the year where everyone in the golf world has one question on their mind: Who are you picking to win the 2019 Masters? With an 87-man field featuring generational talent going head-to-head at Augusta National, rarely has such a call ever been more difficult.

All eyes are on Rory McIlroy this year as The Ulsterman looks to complete his career grand slam, but there’s some stiff competition throughout the field, namely from many of his young contemporaries like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler. Of course, we would be remiss without mentioning Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both of whom are among a litany of names looking to add another green jacket to their respective collections.

Simply put, this field for the Masters is loaded with stars, including many who have already played tremendous golf in 2019 both on the PGA Tour and worldwide. Narrowing this down to a champion and top finishers is a tough task, but we here at CBS Sports are certainly up to it. Take a look at our 1-87 ranking of the Master’s field, and figure out when your favorites will tee off with our list of Thursday tee times.

So who will win the 2019 Masters, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2019 Masters leaderboard from the model that nailed Patrick Reed’s victory last year, and find out.

Winner — Justin Thomas (16-1): Do I feel good about it? Not really. Am I thrilled with the pick? No. But I rolled with Thomas to start 2019, and I have no intention of deviating from it. There was an hour-long stretch last time around where he got a little frisky and flirted with the top of the board, and one of the things I like best is that he’s improved every year he’s played Augusta National. There’s a clear trajectory there that, when you combine it with his hole-less game, tells me he’s going to contend here for a long, long time.

Sleeper — Hideki Matsuyama (35-1): Matsuyama’s odds dropped from 45-1 or 40-1 to under 40-1 in the last few weeks, but he hasn’t finished outside the top 20 here in the last four seasons. He’s also second on the PGA Tour in approach shots (Thomas is first), and if he putts at all (at all!) he’ll be right there until the end.
Top 10 lock — Rory McIlroy: He hasn’t finished outside the top 10 here since 2013 and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in any tournament in 2019. I don’t know what else to tell you. Top 5 in order: Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau

Surprise prediction: I don’t know if it’s a surprise, but I think Tiger Woods is going to contend early and fade late. He’s coming in with better form than people think, but I think the weight of opening 68-69 will legitimately get to him on the weekend, and he’ll fade to a T15 or something like that. But boy, those first two and a half days will be something.