Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
50 years later, Germany apologizes for the 1972 Munich Games bombings
The German president on Monday asked forgiveness for his country’s failure to protect Israeli athletes and team members who were murdered 50 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We cannot fix this happened,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a rally including relatives of the dead and Israeli officials during commemorations at the airfield where a failed rescue attempt took place.
Tennis-Rublev beats Britain’s Norrie to reach US Open quarter-finals
Wet weather couldn’t dampen Russian Andrey Rublev’s sublime form as he beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 6-4 on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open. The ninth-seeded Rublev fired 11 aces in what turned out to be a quick affair, which would have been a relief considering he had been stretched to five sets in two of his previous three matches.
Tennis-Tiafoe is no longer under the radar after knocking down Nadal
Frances Tiafoe has said her days of flying under the radar are over after her stunning fourth-round upset against Rafa Nadal at the US Open on Monday. “It’s over, man. There’s no more dark horse,” American Tiafoe told reporters with a laugh after his 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over the Spaniard by 36 year.
Tennis-Sabalenka overcomes crowd and Collins to reach US Open quarters
Aryna Sabalenka overcame a New York home crowd and an in-form Danielle Collins to secure a 3-6 6-3 6-2 win on Monday and set up a US Open quarter-final against familiar foe Karolina Pliskova. American Collins came out firing to win the first set, but the tide turned in the second when sixth seed Sabalenka won a marathon service match to lead 4-3.
Former Tokyo 2020 board member arrested again over new corruption allegations – Nikkei
Haruyuki Takahashi, a former Tokyo 2020 board member and central figure in a growing corruption scandal around the Games, was arrested again on Tuesday on new allegations that he took bribes from a corporate sponsor, according to the Nikkei website. Local media reported that Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corp paid 70 million yen ($498,000) to a company linked to Takahashi, which allegedly helped the company be selected as a sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics.
Tennis-Swiatek survives surprise Niemeier test to reach US Open quarters
Iga Swiatek was spooked by little-known Jule Niemeier on Monday before the Polish top seed finally gave the 108th-ranked German a reality check 2-6 6-4 6-0 in the fourth round of the US Open. Swiatek, who claimed her second Roland Garros title during a 37-match winning streak earlier this year, barely looked like the best player in the world as she showered the court with errors to give up the first set .
Tennis-Nadal his own toughest critic after shock US Open fourth-round loss
Second-seeded Rafa Nadal said he would make no apologies after losing to American Frances Tiafoe in the US Open fourth round on Monday, despite a serious abdominal injury that derailed his run to the last major tournament of the year. Tiafoe hadn’t reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament since the 2019 Australian Open but had no problem ending the Spaniard’s path to a record 23rd Grand Slam title as Nadal struggled with his serve and on the return.
Cricket-Australia board appoints cultural review writer as chief ethics officer
Cricket Australia (CA) has appointed Simon Longstaff as its inaugural Ethics Commissioner, four years after leading a scathing review of board culture following the Newlands ball tampering scandal. The first recommendation from Longstaff’s 2018 review was that CA set up an ethics commission to hold administrators, players and staff accountable for the “ethical underpinnings of the game as played in Australia”.
Tennis-Pegula shines in rain to reach US Open quarter-finals
A surprise shower didn’t stop American Jessica Pegula from reaching her third Grand Slam quarter-final this year as she toppled twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2 at the US Open Monday. One of the sport’s most reliable returners, Czech Kvitova had won her two previous encounters but had to regret her missed chances – as she only converted two of the six break points she earned.
Brittney Griner’s Russian detention exceeds 200 days
Monday marked 200 days since WNBA star Brittney Griner was first detained at a Russian airport. The Phoenix Mercury Center was arrested on February 17 with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in his luggage.
(With agency contributions.)