ROCK AUSTRALIAN OPEN
A BOMBSHELL report alleging widespread match-fixing in tennis hit the Australian Open as the season's first Grand Slam tournament began under a cloud yesterday.
The BBC and BuzzFeed claimed 16 top-50 players in the past decade, including Grand Slam champions, had been repeatedly suspected of fixing matches for betting syndicates.
Three suspect matches were at Wimbledon, and eight of the players under suspicion were due to take to the courts for the Australian Open in Melbourne, the report claimed.
None of the "core group" of 16 players had faced sanctions, added the report, which was based on secret files leaked by a group of anonymous whistle-blowers.
GOMEZ EDGES SNEDEKER IN PLAY-OFF TO WIN SONY OPEN
ARGENTINA'S Fabian Gomez birdied the second play-off hole on Sunday to beat Brandt Snedeker for the US PGA Tour Sony Open title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gomez blistered the par-70 Waialea Country Club course for a final-round 62 for a 20-under total of 260.
After he and Snedeker pared the first play-off hole - the 18th - they returned to the 18th tee for the second hole of the decider.
Gomez two-putted from the front of the green for birdie, collecting the second US PGA Tour title of his career when Snedeker just missed his birdie chance from 10 feet.
LEDECKY IMPROVES OWN 800M FREE WORLD RECORD
OLYMPIC champion Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the women's 800m freestyle with a time of 8min 6.68sec on Sunday at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas.
"It was exciting," she told reporters after improving on her previous best of 8:07.39.
"It's always exciting when you can get pushed along by a crowd like this in Austin."
Ledecky now owns the eight fastest performances of all time in the women's 800m free, with two of them coming in Austin.