The following is a summary of current sports news.
Football-More than half of all players at Euro, AFCON finals have abused online research
More than half of all players who participated in last year’s European Championship and African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals were subjected to some form of discriminatory abuse online, according to a report released by football’s international governing body FIFA. An independent report used artificial intelligence to track over 400,000 social media posts in the semi-finals and finals of the two contests and found that most of the slurs were homophobic (40%) and racist (38%).
Golf defense champion Ram one of the leaders of the US Open
Defending champion John Rahm squandered a chance to take the lead in the final round of the US Open after being one shot behind co-leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris on Saturday with a final double bogey. Rahm arrived on par-four 18th with one throw, but it took him two throws to get out of the fairway bunker after the first try hit the face of the trap en route to par-71, leaving him three less than a week at the country club.
Svitolina from Tennis-Ukraine hopes that the US Open will take tougher measures against the Russians
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine disagrees with the US Open’s decision to allow players from Russia and Belarus to compete as neutrals and hopes Grand Slam organizers will take a tougher stance following Moscow’s invasion of her country. Russian and Belarusian players are banned from Wimbledon, which kicks off June 27, but the US Tennis Association has allowed them to play under a neutral flag at a hard-surface major in New York.
Tennis-Osaka withdraw from Wimbledon due to Achilles injury
Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Wimbledon with a left Achilles injury, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced on Saturday. Japan’s Osaka suffered an injury in Madrid which caused her to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome ahead of the French Open, where she lost in the first round.
Athletics-Fraser-Pryce shines at the Diamond League meeting in Paris
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce repeated her season-best time of 10.67 seconds to win the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday. The 35-year-old Jamaican was in her class after a super-fast start, beating Britain’s Daryl Neita by 0.32 and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Jose Ta Lou by 0.34.
Motor racing: Verstappen on pole in Canada, Alonso in the front row
Red Bull Formula One leader Max Verstappen shone in the wet as he took pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday as the evergreen Alpine Fernando Alonso celebrated his first front-row slot in a decade. Verstappen’s main title rivals faded from view, Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez crashed to qualify 13th, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended a four-straight pole streak, dropping to 19th with engine problems.
US Open golf co-director Fitzpatrick feels at home in Brooklyn
US Open co-leader Matt Fitzpatrick has experienced success at The Country Club before and believes the experience will stand him in good stead as he takes on some of the best golfers in the final round of the year’s third major tournament. The 27-year-old Englishman won the 2013 US Amateur Championship in Brooklyn and feels the triumph will give him an edge over his opponents in Sunday’s final round, where defending champion and world No.
British Olympic champion in athletics Kelly Holmes came out as a lesbian
Two-time British Olympian Kelly Holmes has admitted to being a lesbian, saying she was nervous and thrilled to have taken a step that could have saved her years of heartache. The 52-year-old, who won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Athens Games, said on Saturday she knew she was a lesbian since she was 17.
Swimming-Ledecky leads U.S. medal collection on first day of Worlds
Olympic silver medalist Kathy Ledecky won the women’s 400m freestyle on the opening day of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest on Saturday, taking a record 16th gold medal in the competition. Ledecky, 25, was already the most successful swimmer to compete in the World Championships and now has 19 medals. Only her compatriots Michael Phelps (26 titles) and Ryan Lochte (18) have won more gold medals.
MLB Roundup: Cardinals Defeat Red Sox
Nolan Arenado scored two goals against the homer, with Nolan Gorman and Tyler O’Neal adding one shot each to fuel the visiting St. Louis Cardinals and defeat the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Saturday. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis each had two singles, while Arenado added an RBI single during the six-run six-running inning. Dylan Carlson and Andrew Kniesner had an RBI double, while Harrison Bader and O’Neal each had three hits to help the Cardinals break a two-game losing streak.
(According to agencies.)