Overview of sports news: the world cycling championships-2027 will be held in Haute-Savoie in France; Tennis-Federer one of the greatest athletes of all sports: Djokovic and more
Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
The 2027 World Cycling Championships will be held in Haute-Savoie in France
The 2027 world cycling championships will be held in Haute-Savoie, a region in the Alps in eastern France, the governing body of the UCI announced on Thursday. “Haute-Savoie will host the second edition of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2027, bringing together the disciplines of cycling,” the UCI said on Twitter.
Tennis-Federer one of the greatest athletes of all sports: Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has hailed the retirement of Roger Federer as one of the greatest athletes of all time and said he will leave a lasting legacy for the world of tennis. The 41-year-old Swiss great will play competitively for the last time in this week’s Laver Cup, joining the European squad alongside Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic – the three biggest rivals of his glittering 24-year career .
Soccer-Houghton not planning to end his career in England with the World Cup on the horizon
England defender Steph Houghton said she was frustrated to miss out on the Women’s European Championship, but the 34-year-old has no intention of ending her international career until the World Cup in 2023. Houghton, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in September 2021 and later underwent surgery, was left out of Sarina Wiegman’s squad that won the Euros in front of home fans after beating Germany in final in July.
Baseball-Mets set unwanted record after 106th batter hit per pitch
The New York Mets saw a modern-era record 106th batter hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Luis Guillorme was hit in the left foot by Brewers reliever Jake Cousins in the ninth inning, sending the infielder crashing to the ground, as the Mets passed the 2021 Cincinnati Reds for the most hitters touchdowns in a single season since 1900, according to Major League Baseball.
Tennis-Osaka withdraws to Tokyo with abdominal pain
Naomi Osaka’s title defense at her home Pan Pacific Open ended on Thursday when the former world number one pulled out ahead of her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia due to abdominal pain. “I’m really sorry that I couldn’t compete today,” said the four-time Grand Slam champion, who won the tournament in its last edition in 2019 in her hometown of Osaka.
Golf-South Korea forms backbone of international Presidents Cup squad hopefuls
South Korea will form the backbone of the international team’s hopes of upsetting the United States at the Presidents Cup with a record four players playing at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday. Im Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo, Tom Kim and KH Lee make up a third of Trevor Immelman’s 12-man squad and will be counted on to produce points if the Internationals are to challenge the heavily favored Americans.
Basketball-American women jump number 15 jersey at World Cup to honor Griner
USA Basketball said none of its Women’s World Cup players will wear number 15 when the tournament begins on Thursday, in honor of Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia for drug trafficking last month. Griner, who wore number 15 in international competition, helped the United States collect two of their 10 gold medals at the quadrennial tournament, which takes place in Sydney this year.
Golf-International prepares for the Presidents Cup
With the Presidents Cup due to kick off on Thursday, international captain Trevor Immelman has positioned his side as the biggest underdogs since David met Goliath as they take on the powerhouse United States on their home turf. Even American players have expressed sympathy for the challenge facing Immelman who will send a record eight Presidents Cup debutants to Quail Hollow Club.
Golf veterans Scott and Matsuyama lead internationals against USA
Former Masters champions Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama will lead an inexperienced international team into battle after being paired for the Presidents Cup opening foursome on Wednesday against the American partnership of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele. With a record eight Presidents Cup debutants in his squad, international captain Trevor Immelman will rely on his two most experienced players, Australia’s Scott and Japan’s Matsuyama, to ensure a regular start at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday against the Very favored Americans.
NBA-Suns owner Sarver announces plans to sell team
Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Wednesday he was looking for buyers for the team a week after he was suspended for a year and fined $10 million by the National Basketball Association (NBA) in following an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct. An independent investigation found that Sarver, who bought the Suns and Phoenix Mercury from the WNBA in 2004, engaged in unfair conduct toward female employees, including “sex-related comments” and inappropriate remarks about the employee appearance.
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