Sports briefs: American Jordan Burroughs rides 60-match win streak into world wrestling finals
wrestling • Defending champion and 2012 Olympic gold-medalist Jordan Burroughs brings a 60-match winning streak to the wrestling world championships in Budapest, Hungary. The American will face Gamid Dzhalilov of Tajikistan in Wednesday's first round in the 163-pound freestyle category and could meet former world junior champion Kakhaber Khubezhty of Russia in the second round.
Burroughs said the changes made this year to the scoring system one of the key modifications credited with helping the sport regain its place at the Olympics until at least 2024 favor his assertive style.
"I'm an aggressive, offensive wrestler," Burroughs said before his weigh-in Tuesday. "It got easier for me."
Among the changes, the matches feature cumulative scoring and two, three-minute rounds. Before, there were separate scores in each of three, two-minute periods. Also, more points are awarded for attacking moves, there is no overtime period and a match can end with time still on the clock if one of the wrestlers achieves a seven-point advantage.
Bethpage Black to host Ryder Cup
golf • The Ryder Cup is coming to Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. The PGA of America announced Tuesday that the Long Island course will host the rowdiest event in golf in 2024. The public course with a reputation of loud and boisterous fans also will get the 2019 PGA Championship.
Senegal can't host World Cup qualifier
soccer • Senegal must go on the road for both legs of its World Cup qualifying playoff against Ivory Coast. The Confederation of African Football imposed a one-year ban on Dakar's Leopold Senghor Stadium following a riot last October during a loss to the Ivory Coast in an African Cup of Nations qualifier, and the governing body says the penalty applies to Would Cup qualifiers. With a berth in the 2014 event in Brazil at stake, Ivory Coast will host the first leg of the total-goals series next month and the second leg will be played in a neutral nation in November.
From wire reports
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