Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Olympics – Return route for Russian athletes considered, USOPC says
Russian athletes who have not been welcome at international events due to the country’s war with Ukraine may soon be allowed to resume competition, the head of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Thursday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidelines to sports governing bodies in February to remove Russian and Belarusian athletes from competition.
Cricket-England players had ‘no problem’ with Hales call-up: Buttler
England captain Jos Buttler says the players have no problem with Alex Hales’ inclusion in the Twenty20 World Cup squad after the batsman received his first call-up since dropping out of the squad in 2019. Hales, 33, has been called up as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow, who was ruled out of the tournament in Australia after sustaining a lower limb injury while playing golf.
Tennis – “He redefined greatness”: tributes pour in as Federer announces his retirement
Roger Federer’s decision to retire may not have come as a surprise to the tennis world, but Thursday’s announcement still sparked an outpouring of sadness as current and former players celebrated the one of the sport’s greatest athletes. Heartbreak and goat emojis (greatest of all time) filled social media after the 41-year-old Swiss posted a lengthy letter saying he was finally hanging up his racquet after 24 years on the Tour, the Laver Next week’s Cup in London to be his swan song.
Tennis-Reaction to Federer announcing his retirement
Here’s a roundup of reactions to Roger Federer, 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one, announcing his retirement from the sport at the age of 41 after the Laver Cup later this month. RAFA NADAL, 22 TIME GRAND CHEMELE WINNER
The NFL-Bundesliga and the NFL join forces
The National Football League (NFL) and the German Bundesliga (DFL) announced a deal on Thursday that will see two of the world’s most successful sports operations work together to help grow their businesses in their respective markets. After informally sharing their expertise in various areas since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL and DFL said they would strengthen their collaboration in production, broadcast and programming, digital innovation and marketing.
Cycling-Alaphilippe aims for a rainbow hat-trick in Wollongong
Australian cycling fans will have their first chance to see elite racing after two years of COVID-19 isolation when the Road Race World Championships take place in the coastal town of Wollongong from this weekend. -end. While the passion for cycling may not be as intense in Australia as it is in its European heartland, pelotons are a familiar sight on weekend roads and significant numbers of fans stay up all night to watch the Grands Tours on television.
Davis Cup: USA make it 2-0 with victory over Kazakhstan
Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz picked up singles victories on Thursday to lead the United States to a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan in Davis Cup group action in Glasgow, Scotland. The Americans improved their record to 2-0 after beating Great Britain a day earlier. Sitting in the top spot in Group D with one game remaining, they are more than likely a lock on reaching the knockout stage. Great Britain face the Netherlands (1-0) on Friday.
Phil Mickelson plans to drop his name from LIV lawsuit against PGA Tour
Phil Mickelson said he was no longer “necessary” to be attached to an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour and he had not yet decided whether he would stick to it or withdraw his name. Speaking to reporters at Rich Harvest Farms ahead of this weekend’s LIV Golf Invitational Chicago, Mickelson expressed confidence in the suit now that the LIV Golf entity has joined its players.
Tennis-Whatever the numbers say, Federer’s artistry was unmatched
The empty debate over who is the greatest male tennis player of all time will not stop now that Roger Federer has decided to hang up his racquet and bask in the glow of his meteoric career. Strong stats show the Swiss maestro has already been eclipsed by great career rivals Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in some of the key metrics used to determine greatness.
Tennis-Federer will end his stellar career after next week’s Laver Cup
Roger Federer, considered by many to be the greatest male player to wield a tennis racket and who took the sport to new heights in a career spanning more than two decades, will retire after the week’s Laver Cup next in London. The 41-year-old, who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and redefined a sport with his artistry and grace, announced the news that tennis fans around the world have long dreaded in a lengthy statement on Thursday.
(With agency contributions.)