Here is a summary of current sports news.
Tennis-Medvedev puts Russian team in Davis Cup semi-finals
Daniil Medvedev sent the Russian Tennis Federation to the Davis Cup semi-final against Germany by beating Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-4 6-4 on Thursday to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the draw. World number five Andrey Rublev previously beat Ymer’s older brother Elias 6-2 5-7 7-6 (3).
Baseball-MLB blocks players after failing to strike new labor deal
Major League Baseball locked its players out on Thursday after failing to strike a new collective agreement (CBA) before the midnight deadline. The ruling puts an end to all players’ activities with respect to their clubs, including free agent signings, trades and use of team facilities.
NBA-LeBron clears COVID-19 protocols, eligible to return Friday
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James returned two PCR tests negative for COVID-19 over a 24-hour period and is eligible to play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, the NBA announced Thursday. James was forced out of Tuesday’s road victory over the Sacramento Kings after being placed under the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Exclusive-Football-FIFA vice-president Montagliani offers compromise on World Cup plan
FIFA vice-president Victor Montagliani spoke of a possible compromise solution on the proposal for a biennial World Cup that has divided the world governing body. Canada’s Montagliani, who is president of CONCACAF which governs football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, is a key ally of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and his idea of an alternative tournament is expected to be discussed this this month.
Rory McIlroy tied for three-way lead in Hero World Challenge
Rory McIlroy, Daniel Berger and Abraham Ancer shot 6-under-66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas. A group of 20 of the world’s best golfers compete on the Albany Golf Course at an event hosted by Tiger Woods to benefit his charity, the TGR Foundation.
China resents exit from women’s tennis court in solidarity with Peng
Beijing took umbrage on Thursday over the suspension of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments in China in solidarity with Peng Shuai after the player filed a sexual assault charge and then disappeared from public view. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin did not directly mention the WTA https://www.reuters.com/article/tennis-wta-china-idUKL1N2SM3FC, but insisted that China ” opposes the politicization of sport “.
Auto race-Verstappen, Hamilton plays cool before the critical moment
Max Verstappen put on an unperturbed figure Thursday ahead of the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a race that could bring the Red Bull driver a first Formula 1 world title. Verstappen leads Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by eight points in the standings ahead of the ‘penultimate race of the season around the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.
League, Raiders beat Oakland appeal to move team to Las Vegas
The National Football League on Thursday dismissed an antitrust appeal from the city of Oakland, Calif., Over the Raiders’ 2017 decision to relocate to Las Vegas.
By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected Oakland’s claims that the league’s refusal to expand beyond 32 teams and its decision to charge to the Raiders a relocation fee of $ 378 million interfered with the competition.
Soccer-Ronaldo doubles to sink Arsenal and pass the 800-goal mark
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the 800-goal mark for club and country, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an incident-rich Premier League game on Thursday. United, with Michael Carrick on the bench as interim manager, were being watched by their new interim manager Ralf Rangnick and after the game Carrick announced he was leaving the club.
Alpine skiing – Switzerland’s Odermatt wins first Super-G of the World Cup season
Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt won the World Cup opening men’s super-G on Thursday in Beaver Creek, Colo., Picking up where he left off last season. Odermatt, winner of the final Super-G World Cup of the 2020-21 season in March, made his way down the Birds of Prey course in one minute and 8.61 seconds.
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