China said it wants to strengthen ties with North Korea, its isolated neighbor under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear weapons program, which is due to hold a massive military parade in the capital on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party. In a letter delivered by Liu Yunshan, the most senior Chinese official to visit Pyongyang since leader Kim Jong Un came to power following his father's death in 2011, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said China attached vital importance to its relationship with North Korea, China's official Xinhua news agency said late on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jacob deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in his postseason debut and Daniel Murphy homered off a star-crossed Clayton Kershaw to help the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night for a 1-0 lead in their NL Division Series.
World number one Jordan Spieth holed two crucial, knee-trembling putts on the final two holes to maintain the US team's slender one-point lead after Saturday's morning foursomes in the Presidents Cup. Spieth, with partner Dustin Johnson, was up against the man he battled for supremacy in Majors all season, Jason Day, who was teamed with Charl Schwartzel. Once again it was the young Texan who emerged victorious, as he had in the US Masters and US Open this year, while Day beat Spieth to win the US PGA Championship.