Hometown favorite Rory McIlroy might have been the most famous of Northern Ireland and Ireland when the week began, but Shane Lowry looks like he could be giving him a run for his money after a splendid performance on Saturday in the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. The Irishman destroyed the course on a day where conditions were favorable, carding an -8 63 to go four shots clear of the field at -16 total. He leads Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and then has a further two shot advantage over JB Holmes and one more shot over Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose, who always seem to loom large at majors. Lowry looks to be the big favorite ahead of Sunday’s final round, which is being moved up due to harsh weather being on the way, but he has blown a four stroke lead at a major before- in the final round of the 2016 US Open in which he went on to shoot 76 and surrender the lead rather easily. Will history repeat for him, or will he become another first-time major winner?
The Oakland A’s hadn’t gotten too much joy off the Minnesota Twins in the first seven innings on Saturday night. In addition to giving up two solo home runs in the first inning to trail 2-0, they also just couldn’t get anything going offensively. But all of that started to change in the seventh inning as Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano keyed their comeback with home runs. Canha’s drove in two, while Laureano’s was a solo effort. In the bottom of the seventh, there were more fireworks to be had as the home team Twins came back to retake the lead at 4-3 with Miguel Sano hitting a home run and then a sac fly. That saw them leading going into the ninth where the A’s once again rallied. With Canha and Laureano again causing havoc on the base path, Khris Davis singled with two outs and both men scored to hand them the lead. From there, Oakland shut the door to win 5-4 and stay within 5.5 games of the Astros in the AL West. With the loss, the Twins are now just three games up on the Indians in the AL Central.
It’s impressive that a 40-year old man could beat a 30-year old man. That goes for virtually any sporting event. After all, 30 is a whole lot closer to ‘prime’ time than 40. It’s even more an accomplishment when it comes to boxing. Manny Pacquiao took it one step further on Saturday night as he did that by beating previously undefeated Keith Thurman by split decision. You read that right: undefeated. Pacquiao won the welterweight world title in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand, and in doing so avenged a man that had mocked him for being too small in the buildup. Pacquiao is now 62-7-2 in his career with 40 knockouts, while Thurman is now at 29-1 with 22 knockouts.