Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Laver Cup match briefly halted after protester sets arm on fire on court
Play was briefly halted when a man ran on court and set his arm on fire during a Laver Cup match at London’s O2 Arena on Friday. The man, protesting about the use of private jets in Britain, sat down and lit a substance on his arm during the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman.
Soccer-Spain women’s players deny asking for coach to be fired
Spain women’s players said on Friday that they never asked the Spanish FA (RFEF) to sack their coach Jorge Vilda. The RFEF issued a statement on Thursday saying that 15 players had threatened to stop representing the national team if Vilda was not fired.
Soccer-Kamada and Mitoma strike as Japan breeze past United States
Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma were on target as Japan continued their preparations for November’s World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 win over the United States in Dusseldorf on Friday. Kamada’s 24th minute strike was given after VAR overruled the onfield officials who believed the Eintracht Frankfurt forward was offside while Mitoma added the second for Hajime Moriyasu’s side with two minutes remaining.
Tennis-Fans flock to pay homage to Federer
Fans flocked from far and wide to pay homage to Roger Federer as the Swiss tennis great brought down the curtain on his glittering career at London’s O2 Arena on Friday. The 41-year-old was set to play with great rival Rafa Nadal in the evening doubles slot on the opening day of the Laver Cup in what will be his last professional match.
Baseball-Home run king Bonds says he is rooting for Judge
Barry Bonds would welcome Yankees slugger Aaron Judge breaking his single season record of 73 home runs set with the San Francisco Giants in 2001, he has told the Sportico website.
Judge hit his Major League-leading 60th home run on Tuesday, tying the mark set by Yankees great Babe Ruth, and is now one big swing shy of Roger Maris’s 61-year-old American League record.
Soccer-More questions than answers as England limp towards World Cup
World Cup semi-finalists in 2018, European Championship runners-up last year, England were surfing a wave of optimism, but the wheels have come off spectacularly and they now look anything but potential winners in Qatar. Friday’s 1-0 defeat in Italy relegated them from the Nations League top tier after a campaign in which they lost twice to Hungary – including 4-0 at Wembley – and once to Italy along with two scrambled draws.
Baseball-New York AG asks MLB and Apple to let more fans watch Yankees game
New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked Major League Baseball and Apple to allow Friday’s Yankees game, in which Aaron Judge will look to tie the AL home run record, to be aired on the team-owned YES Network. As it stands, the only way to watch the broadcast of the game against the visiting Boston Red Sox is on streaming service Apple TV+.
Soccer-Raspadori gives Italy 1-0 win to relegate stodgy England
England’s sorry Nations League run continued on Friday as Giacomo Raspadori’s 68th-minute strike gave Italy a deserved 1-0 win that relegated the shot-shy visitors to the second tier League B and kept the Italians in the hunt to top Group 3. There was precious little to provide optimism for England’s fans with Qatar only two months away but at least they will be going, unlike Italy, still trying to come to terms with their failure to qualify for the second World Cup in a row either side of winning the European Championship.
Golf-U.S have Internationals on the ropes after dominating fourballs
International captain Trevor Immelman vowed his men would fight to the final bell in the Presidents Cup but they were outclassed on Friday by the United States who dominated the fourballs by taking four of five points. Following a 4-1 thrashing in Thursday’s foursomes (alternate shot) the Internationals returned to the Quail Hollow Club looking for a way to slow their rampaging opponents but had no answers as the U.S. increased their lead to 8-2 after two days.
Chess-FIDE shares Carlsen’s concerns about the damage of cheating in the sport
The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has rebuked world champion Magnus Carlsen for abruptly conceding an online game against Hans Niemann while adding it shared the Norwegian’s concerns surrounding cheating in the sport. Carlsen resigned after just one move against American Niemann, who lags almost 200 Elo points behind him, at the Julius Baer Generation Cup this week, just days after he left an over-the-board tournament following a loss to the same opponent.
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