SAG HARBOR, N.Y. — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was arrested Sunday night and charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to multiple reports Monday, Aug. 6. TMZ, the first to report the news, stated France was pulled over at 7:30 p.m. ET after running through a stop sign in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The report said France failed a field sobriety test, with sources telling the outlet France's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
AKRON, Ohio — A week before defending his PGA Championship title, Justin Thomas showed his game is in fine fettle as he blew away the field for a four-stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Sunday, Aug. 5. Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged, a 1-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title, and his first in a World Golf Championships event. He finished at 15-under 265 at Firestone, while fellow American Kyle Stanley carded 68 for second place on 11 under.
LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch overcame starting from near the rear of the field because of a penalty for failing post-qualifying inspection, an out-of-sorts car early in the race and several late-race restarts to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday, July 29. The victory in the Gander Outdoors 400 was the sixth of the year for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and tied him with Kevin Harvick—who also failed post-qualifying inspection and was penalized to the back of the field—for the most in the series.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Defending champion Jordan Spieth never looked back after making a "dream start" eagle at the first to vault into a tie for the third-round lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at the British Open on Saturday, July 21. In Carnoustie conditions that were perfect for low scoring until a brisk breeze sprang up just as Spieth was finishing, the 24-year-old Texan drove the first green and sank a 12-footer before adding four birdies for a 6-under-par 65.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—Zach Johnson often gets confused with his namesake, world's top-ranked Dustin, but there was absolutely no mistaking which of the two was happiest after the British Open second round on Friday. While Zach (67) surged through the field in cold, wet conditions at Carnoustie to share top spot on six-under with fellow American Kevin Kisner (70), Dustin (72) was packing his bags after missing the cut on 148, six over. "I've been called Dustin many times," the joint leader told reporters. "I doubt he's been called Zach that many times.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—Kevin Kisner put a mediocre links record aside and surged to the first-round lead with a five-under-par 66 at the British Open at a fiery fast and baked-out Carnoustie on Thursday. On a day when some of the game's less famous outplayed the big names, Kisner earned a one-stroke lead over long-hitting fellow American Tony Finau and South Africans Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard. A former University of Minnesota player, van Rooyen was a Pine to Palm medalist at the Detroit Lakes, Minn., tournament in 2011.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—Gary Player has a hunch it will be Rickie Fowler's week at the British Open but his "big wish" is for Tiger Woods to end a 10-year major drought by holding aloft the Claret Jug for the fourth time. The 82-year-old South African, who won the second of his three British Opens at Carnoustie 50 years ago, believes world golf needs Woods back at the top of his game. "Tiger is responsible for all these guys playing for a million dollars every week," Player told reporters on the eve of the championship.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—Former champion Todd Hamilton believes the unusual conditions prevalent at this week's British Open could prompt a "quirky winner," maybe even the first 50-something to land a major championship victory. The previously unheralded American took the golfing world by storm when he captured the coveted Claret Jug at Royal Troon in 2004 and it remains the solitary major triumph of his career.
MOSCOW—France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style on Sunday, July 15, as a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended battling outsiders Croatia's dreams of a first title. After an early own goal by Mario Mandzukic France's big guns delivered on the biggest stage of all as Antoine Griezmann—with a penalty awarded after a VAR review—Paul Pogba and teenage tyro Kylian Mbappe all hit the target.
MOSCOW—A debatable penalty awarded with the use of FIFA's new video replay system proved a turning point in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 14, and raised more questions over whether the new technology is being used in the way it was originally intended. France and Croatia were level at 1-1 in an evenly contested match when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana was alerted to a possible handball and, after checking the off-field screen, he decided Croatia's Ivan Perisic had handled.