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Sarah Walker ponders BMX future after missing out on Tokyo

BMX cyclist Sarah Walker has spent the last year mulling over what missing a second consecutive Olympic Games would feel like. She’d gone over the possible outcomes in her mind while she waited for the...

Patel’s stocks rising ahead of Black Caps test championship final

The Black Caps have given a further hint that spinner Ajaz Patel may have played his way in the starting lineup for the world test champions final against India starting at Southampton tomorrow. Patel has played just nine tests, with all of his 26 wickets coming in the six tests he’s played overseas. The 32...

George Bennett turns up the heat ahead of ‘extreme’ Tokyo Olympics

National champion George Bennett is turning the heat up on his preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after struggling in the cold at the recent Giro d’Italia. Bennett is bracing for weather “40 degrees” warmer than it was in Italy, when his Giro campaign came unstuck inside the first week due to the miserable conditions...

Tiger Woods shows off huge improvement from crash injuries as he arrives in California for US Open honour

Arriving in California to be honoured at the US Open, new footage has emerged of Tiger Woods successfully putting weight on his injured leg four months after he was hurt in a horrific car crash. In late February, Woods was driving in the Los Angeles suburbs when his SUV hit a curb, a tree and...

Japan to decide soon on domestic spectators at Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan will decide this month on whether to allow domestic spectators at the Tokyo Olympics, the government’s chief spokesman said on Wednesday, following media reports a proposal to allow up to 10,000 people at events was under consideration. The final call will be made taking into account coronavirus infection conditions and the prevalence...

Pin enthusiasts lament loss of trading chances in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – At every Olympics, away from the hordes of cheering spectators and the athletes competing for medals, pin enthusiasts lay out dozens of badges on corkboards or soft cloth in hopes of making a trade. The tradition of trading in the metal keepsakes that represent various sports, cities or competing countries has been...

Japan minister proposes cap of 10,000 spectators at major events – Jiji

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s minister in charge of coronavirus measures has proposed to limit spectators to 10,000 at major events, Jiji Press said on Wednesday, ahead of a decision scheduled for this month on domestic spectators for the summer Olympics. Large venues in the capital, Tokyo, are now allowed only up to 5,000, or half...

Rahm says he regrets not prioritizing coronavirus vaccination

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) – Jon Rahm acknowledges that not prioritizing a coronavirus vaccination proved very costly, but he has been cleared to play again and vows to be ready for the U.S. Open starting at Torrey Pines on Thursday. World number three Rahm had a six-shot lead after 54 holes at the Memorial tournament...

16th June

Wilder and Fury trade barbs ahead of trilogy fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury vowed to run Deontay Wilder down while the challenger said blood will be shed as the fighters came face-to-face in an odd press conference ahead of their July 24 trilogy fight in Las Vegas. Fury (30-0-1) first fought former long-time heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1) to a...

Team New Zealand reject Auckland bid for 37th America’s Cup

(Reuters) – America’s Cup holder Team New Zealand (TNZ) has rejected its home government’s offer to host a match defending its trophy in Auckland and will now look at options offshore, the sailing outfit said on Wednesday. TNZ, who retained the “Auld Mug” earlier this year in Auckland with a 7-3 victory over Italy’s Luna...

Ishikawa has one last chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) – Fourteen years after becoming the youngest winner on Japan’s golf tour as a humble 15-year-old amateur, Ryo Ishikawa is on the verge of missing out on his dream of playing at the Olympics on home soil. Only a very high finish at this week’s U.S. Open can earn Ishikawa the...

Smith ruled out, Cummins, Warner rested from Australia’s Windies tour

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia will send an understrength squad to the Caribbean for the white-ball tour against the West Indies, with Pat Cummins, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell opting out, and Steve Smith injured. Cricket Australia said pace trio Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams, along with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, had also opted out...

NZ out to end final jinx, India’s Kohli chases first ICC trophy

(Reuters) – An upbeat New Zealand will take on an undercooked India aiming to become test cricket’s first official world champions when they clash in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from Friday. The one-off match at the Rose Bowl marks the culmination of a two-year cycle of the WTC, which was...

Seven NZ swimmers to make Olympic debut in Tokyo

Seven New Zealand swimmers will make their Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, with the team headlined by Wellington’s Lewis Clareburt. Zac Reid, Erika Fairweather, Eve Thomas, Hayley McIntosh, Ali Gayler and Carina Doyle round out the squad. All seven will be competing at their first Olympics. Clareburt is the most decorated swimmer, winning bronze...

Joshua believes Fury fight will ‘never happen’

World heavweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua doubts his fight against fellow British heavyweight Tyson Fury will ever happen according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn. Joshua called Fury “a fraud” after their proposed bout in August in Saudi Arabia was called off. It fell through after an arbitration hearing ruled Fury must first fight American Deontay...

Mickelson shuts out noise in bid for elusive U.S. Open title

Phil Mickelson, fresh off a historic win at the PGA Championship, said on Monday he had a head start on getting reacquainted with Torrey Pines in a bid to bury his U.S. Open demons this week. Mickelson, who has finished runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, grew up playing Torrey Pines but...

Paralympians still battle misconceptions, says Stockwell

Sports fans still fail to recognize the huge effort and dedication it takes to get on to a Paralympic team, American triathlete Melissa Stockwell said. “Some misconceptions are that with the Paralympics, we just sign up and go to the Games,” the Iraq war veteran told Reuters. “But we train just as hard as able-bodied...

NBCUniversal CEO says Tokyo Olympics could be most profitable ever for company

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Shell said on Monday that the upcoming Tokyo Games could be the most profitable Olympics in NBC’s history. “I think we’re pretty optimistic about both the ratings and the economics of the Olympics and advertisers have embraced it,” Shell said at Credit Suisse’s virtual Communications Conference. Every Olympics has an issue...

Jaguars LB K’Lavon Chaisson tests positive for COVID-19

Jacksonville second-year linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson will be held out of Jaguars’ minicamp after testing positive for COVID-19. Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Chaisson will be retested. Chaisson attended the pass-rush camp hosted by Denver Broncos star Von Miller in Las Vegas over the weekend. Chaisson played in all 16 games (three starts) in...

Stars D Stephen Johns announces retirement

Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns is retiring from the NHL, citing his struggles with post-concussion syndrome. Johns hasn’t played since appearing in the opener of the 2020 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames, which he left with an unspecified injury. The 29-year-old appeared in 167 career NHL games, all with Dallas, across parts of...

Predators G Pekka Rinne wins NHL’s humanitarian award

The Nashville Predators’ Pekka Rinne was chosen the winner of the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Monday, the first Predators player to receive the award, which is based on humanitarian and leadership contributions made to a player’s community. Rinne was one of three finalists alongside the New Jersey Devils’ P.K. Subban and the San...

Olympics organisers to unveil “playbook” as IOC’s Coates arrives in Tokyo

Olympics organisers prepared on Tuesday to unveil their latest “playbook” of rules to control COVID-19 infections as Japan’s government pondered whether to extend a state of emergency and senior Olympics official John Coates arrived in Tokyo. Coates, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its point-man for the event, sparked a backlash last...

15th June

Paralympians still battle misconceptions, says Stockwell

Sports fans still fail to recognize the huge effort and dedication it takes to get on to a Paralympic team, American triathlete Melissa Stockwell said. “Some misconceptions are that with the Paralympics, we just sign up and go to the Games,” the Iraq war veteran told Reuters. “But we train just as hard as able-bodied...

Two Olympics, two Tokyos: Father, son design aquatics venues decades apart

When Paul Noritaka Tange won the rights to design the Aquatics Centre for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one of the first things he did was to visit the grave of his father: the revolutionary Pritzker-winning architect, Kenzo Tange. “I wanted to tell him I’d grown enough to do this, too. That the office he founded...

Joshua believes Fury fight will ‘never happen’

World heavweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua doubts his fight against fellow British heavyweight Tyson Fury will ever happen according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn. Joshua called Fury “a fraud” after their proposed bout in August in Saudi Arabia was called off. It fell through after an arbitration hearing ruled Fury must first fight American Deontay...

Tokyo Games organisers want athletes to ‘export’ condoms

Tokyo Olympic organisers will be giving away 150,000 condoms at next month’s Games but are now telling athletes to take them home rather than use them in the Olympic village where social distancing rules and coronavirus measures are the top priority. Large numbers of condoms have been given out at the Games since the 1988...

After remarkable recovery, Bromell keeps the faith at U.S. Olympic trials

Nearly five years since he was carted off the track at the Rio Games with a torn Achilles, Trayvon Bromell attributes his remarkable comeback to one thing: An act of God. The devoutly religious sprinter has endured a litany of injuries on and off the track in his 25 years: breaking both his knees, and...

Krejcikova plans to mark titles sweep in Paris with rare sip of champagne

Czech Barbora Krejcikova said she was going to enjoy a rare glass of champagne on Sunday after completing a singles-doubles title sweep at the French Open by taking the women’s doubles trophy with compatriot Katerina Siniakova. Krejcikova became the first player to win both the women’s singles and doubles title in Paris since Frenchwoman Mary...

French Open organisers defend Osaka handling, say ‘can do better’ on mental health

French Open organisers defended their handling of the Naomi Osaka situation on Sunday but accepted that the governing bodies need to do better on mental health issues following the Japanese player’s exit from the Grand Slam over her media boycott. Osaka announced in the build-up to the French Open that she would not attend the...

14th June

Hadley on Palmetto collapse: ‘freakin’ awful’

Chesson Hadley was on the cusp of his first PGA Tour win in seven years on Sunday until a disastrous finish at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree where he bogeyed the final three holes to finish one shot back. Hadley, who missed the cut in 10 of his last 12 events, started the final round...

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