Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Wimbledon semi-final run leaves Britain’s Norrie yearning for more; WNBA Basketball Star Stewart Says Signature Shoe Deal With Puma Was Game Changer & More
Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Wimbledon semi-final run leaves Britain’s Norrie yearning for more
Many would say Cameron Norrie punched past his weight by reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, but not the Briton, who wants to go further and win a Grand Slam one day. The 26-year-old has led the home challenge at the All England Club for the past fortnight, but his bid to become Britain’s first runner-up since Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon title in 2016 ended on Friday by a defeat against Novak Djokovic.
Tennis-Another year, another new champion as Jabeur and Rybakina face off
When Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina meet in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, it will be the fifth successive edition that a first women’s champion has passed through the wood-panelled revolving doors of the All England Club. The fast-paced champions’ carousel that has become a feature of the women’s game, with incumbent Australian Ash Barty not even playing anymore, stands in stark contrast to the “same old, same old” of the men’s game at Wimbledon. for almost two decades.
Football-Blatter, Platini cleared of fraud in a trial in Switzerland
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and French soccer legend Michel Platini were both cleared by a Swiss court on Friday after a seven-year investigation during which they were expelled from the sport. A judge said the couple’s account of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ for FIFA to pay Platini 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) for consultancy work was credible and that serious doubts existed about to the prosecution’s allegation that it was a fraudulent payment.
WNBA basketball star Stewart says signature shoe deal with Puma was a game-changer
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart unveiled her signature shoe with Puma on Friday, the first such partnership in more than a decade in professional women’s basketball. The Seattle Storm forward said she hopes the “Stewie 1” shoe will help pave the way for more exclusive shoes in women’s basketball, with lucrative deals often falling on the men’s side.
Golf-Spieth says he’s committed to PGA Tour and not in talks with LIV
Jordan Spieth on Friday denied a report that he was in talks to leave the PGA Tour for the lucrative Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. LIV has lured big winners including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau with huge sums of money, while others like Spieth and Rory McIlroy have said they plan to stick with the PGA tours and DPWorld.
Olympics – Former LA28 CEO Sykes Elected USOPC President
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced on Friday that former Los Angeles 2028 CEO Gene Sykes has been elected chairman of the board starting next year. Sykes, who oversaw the successful bid campaign to bring the Summer Games back to Los Angeles, will replace current president Susanne Lyons when her term expires.
Football-UEFA and FIFA to take on rebel Super League in hearing at EU’s highest court
Football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA will next week seek to convince Europe’s top court that they have the right to stop clubs joining a breakaway league and penalize players in a potentially shattering case. their monopoly power and lucrative media rights. The dispute between UEFA, FIFA and the European Super League has ramifications for other sports, clubs and players eyeing lucrative deals from rogue bodies and hoping to profit from them over relatively short careers.
Tennis-Djokovic happy, not surprised, Kyrgios is in the final
A fortnight ago, few would have predicted Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios would be the man standing between Novak Djokovic and a fourth straight Wimbledon title. Djokovic himself, however, isn’t surprised that it’s Kyrgios who will stand on the other side of the net on Sunday.
Tennis-No sleep for ‘restless’ Kyrgios as first grand final looms
Nick Kyrgios has cheekily said in the past that he sometimes hates tennis, but on Thursday night, after his place in the Wimbledon final was confirmed, the Aussie was so restless he couldn’t sleep more than a day. hour. Kyrgios was at dinner when he found out his scheduled Friday semi-final showdown against Rafa Nadal had been called off, with the 22-time Spanish Grand Slam champion forced to withdraw due to a torn muscle in his chest. ‘abdomen.
Tennis-Djokovic returns to beat Norrie and set up Kyrgios final
Top seed Novak Djokovic staged a blockbuster Wimbledon final against Nick Kyrgios after recovering from a torrid start to overwhelm Britain’s Cameron Norrie 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Friday.
For an hour on sunny center court, the Norrie-inspired ninth seed eclipsed the 20-time Grand Slam champion and looked capable of a huge upset in his first major semi-final.
(With agency contributions.)