World Cup 1, today 9pm; tomorrow 9.30pm.
New Zealand’s golden girl Lisa Carrington heads the eightstrong, all- women squad at this year’s two World Cups but there is a hint of unfamiliarity about her role in the first regatta in Portugal’s Montemor- O- Velho this weekend and a week later in Hungary. She will be in K2 and K4 boats in Portugal but will race the K1 200m next week. Carrington comes into the K4 for the now- retired Jaimee Lovett in one of two Kiwi crews who will race the K4 200m and 500m. Carrington and Aimee Fisher, who will also contest the K1 200m in Hungary, will race the K2 200m and K2 500m here. Also in the New Zealand contingent determined to build on the strong showing in Rio are Caitlin Ryan, Kayla Imrie, Kim Thompson, Briar McLeely, Rebecca Cole and Britney Ford. After the World Cup, the paddlers will return home and await the naming of the New Zealand team for this year’s world championships in late August in the Czech Republic. It’s another busy week. There’s the last three rounds of the Byron Nelson from this morning. It’s the same for the women at the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship, where Lydia Ko is striving to retain her No 1 ranking. It’s also the latter stages on the European Tour in Sicily. The Europeans then turn their attention to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth from Thursday. Rory McIlroy heads the field which includes defending champion Chris Wood and South Korean An Byeong- hun, who won two years ago with a record 15- under, six shots clear of the field. Played since 1955, Europeans have dominated, with the only US winner the late, great Arnold Palmer in 1975. Ryan Fox was the first alternate on the early entry list and should get a start. The women are at Ann Arbor in Michigan from Friday for the Volvik Championship won in its inaugural year by Ariya Jutanugarn at - 15. Ko was T16 at - 4. The Champions Tour hosts their Senior PGA at Trump National from Friday, with Rocco Mediate defending after firing 19- under to break the record set in 1973 by Sam Snead by three shots.
Serbia won the last Fifa Under- 20 World Cup in New Zealand two years ago, beating Brazil in the final.