Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson suffer shock defeats at WGC Match Play

• McIlroy felt ‘a little flat’ in 3&1 loss to Peter Uihlein
• Bernd Wiesberger stunned defending champion Johnson

This was a day to prove why sponsors and broadcasters prefer the WGC Match Play in group rather than straight knockout format. Had the latter rules applied, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy would have exited Austin Country Club after 18 holes.

Johnson, the defending champion and world No 1, was the biggest casualty of day one as he slipped to a 3&1 loss at the hands of Bernd Wiesberger. McIlroy’s defeat to Peter Uihlein, 2&1, also raised eyebrows given the Northern Irishman’s heroics when winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. In both cases, it would be remiss not to recognise the performances of the winners; Wiesberger, a European Ryder Cup hopeful, and Uihlein both displayed nerveless touch in illustrious company.

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Climate science on trial as high-profile US case takes on fossil fuel industry

Courtroom showdown in San Francisco pitted liberal cities against oil corporations, and saw judge host unusual climate ‘tutorial’

The science of climate change was on trial on Wednesday when leading experts testified about the threats of global warming in a US court while a fossil fuel industry lawyer fighting a high-profile lawsuit sought to deflect blame for rising sea levels.

The hearing was part of a courtroom showdown between liberal California cities and powerful oil corporations, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP. San Francisco and Oakland have sued the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, arguing that they are responsible for damages related to global warming.

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Serena Williams beaten by emerging talent Naomi Osaka at Miami Open

Naomi Osaka defeated 23-times grand slam singles champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 in the Miami Open first round on Wednesday, the latest big win for the emerging 20-year-old Japanese player.

The pair were on serve in the first set of their first career meeting until Osaka, who won her first career title at Indian Wells last week, forced break point chances at 3-3 and Williams was unable to deal with a blistering backhand at her feet. The world No22 broke Williams again after a back-and-forth deuce battle to take the first set. 

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Cynthia Nixon to run for New York governor – video

The actor Cynthia Nixon announced that she is running for New York governor, in a move that will pit her against the incumbent Democrat, Andrew Cuomo. Her website suggests that she will be coming at the ‘centrist and Albany insider’ Cuomo from the left, and attacking him for his ‘inhumane budgets’, for ‘selling New York off to the highest bidder’ and for not sorting out the increasingly decrepit New York subway system. If she’s elected, she will be the first female and first openly gay governor of New York.

Go Nixon! Cynthia to run as New York governor

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Anthony Joshua raises Joseph Parker threat level with Deontay Wilder dig

Laid-back champion suggests the unbeaten New Zealander is a more dangerous proposition than the ‘one-punch American’

Heavyweights are not supposed to be laid-back – unless they have walked on to a left hook. But Anthony Joshua, elegant in his black, tailored tracksuit, embroidered with his “AJBxng” motif, his massive fists housed inside designer gloves and an initialled baseball cap perched on his head, is almost spookily relaxed, oozing menace and low-key glamour in equal measure.

At the Principality Stadium in Cardiff a week on Saturday, as many as 80,000 fans will hope to witness their world heavyweight champion throw off his languid mien and explode into life to knock out the unbeaten New Zealander, Joseph Parker – who owns the WBO’s slice of the championship – and continue his glorious ascent to sporting sainthood. Joshua knows it will not be that easy.

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