Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
French rugby union president Laporte goes on trial over sponsorship deal
Three of France’s most prominent rugby figures went on trial on Wednesday, charged with offenses relating to suspicious commercial deals, shedding light on how the sport is run in the country a year before it hosts the Cup of the world. The president of the national federation, Bernard Laporte, and the owner of the first division club of Montpellier, Mohed Altrad, are accused of influence peddling in connection with the sponsorship of the national team.
Man accused of doping at Olympics says new US law is unconstitutional
The first person ever charged under a new US law allowing prosecutors to target doping in international sports competitions argues the law is unconstitutional, in a bid to persuade a judge to dismiss the charges against him. Eric Lira, who was arrested in January for distributing performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, to athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, argued in a filing late Tuesday that Rodchenkov’s 2020 law wrongly relies on rules established by the United Nations and the world. Anti-Doping Agency.
Tennis-dejected Kyrgios feels like he’s ‘failed’ at US Open
Nick Kyrgios said winning is the only thing that matters at a Grand Slam and he was “devastated” by his five-set loss to Karen Khachanov in the US Open quarter-final on Tuesday. The Aussie took on Khachanov but didn’t do enough to counter the Russian’s punishing serve as he fell 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 to end his bid for a first slamming Grand Title.
Golf-Spieth and Morikawa among six captain’s picks for US Presidents Cup squad
Great champions Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa were among six captain’s picks named Wednesday to the United States Presidents Cup squad who will be big favorites in two weeks against an international team hit by a surge of LIV defectors Golf. In addition to Spieth and Morikawa, USA captain Davis Love III completed his 12-man squad by naming Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young to the squad.
Soccer-Giggs will face a new trial for assault
Former Manchester United football player Ryan Giggs will face a retrial next year, a British judge ruled on Wednesday, after a jury was unable to rule on the charges regarding his girlfriend at the time. Giggs, 48, has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to Kate Greville as well as controlling and coercive behavior. He also faced a charge of common assault against Greville’s sister, Emma.
Football-Chelsea sack Tuchel after Champions League loss to Zagreb
Chelsea sacked coach Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday a day after his side lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener. The Premier League club have confirmed on their website that they have parted ways with the German manager who guided Chelsea to Champions League glory in their first season.
Cycling-Uran wins stage 17 of the Vuelta in a close final, Evenepoel retains the lead
Rigoberto Uran held off Quentin Pacher and Jesus Herrada in a thrilling sprint to win Stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday as overall leader Remco Evenepoel maintained his advantage and closed in on a maiden Grand title Round. Cofidis’ Herrada looked set to claim victory with less than a kilometer to go before EF Education-EasyPost’s Uran chased him with 200m to go to take his first Grand Tour stage victory since 2017.
Tennis-Khachanov overthrows Kyrgios to reach US Open semis
Karen Khachanov beat Nick Kyrgios 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 at the US Open on Tuesday to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Russian Khachanov, seeded 27th, fired an irreversible serve on match point to seal victory over the Australian, who had knocked out world number one Daniil Medvedev in the previous round.
NFL-Bills ranked Super Bowl favorites, Brady back for more
The Buffalo Bills will begin their quest for a long-awaited Super Bowl when they face the defending champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday in the first game of an NFL season that could be the last for the decorated quarterback. of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady. Buffalo, which lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s, has deadly passer Josh Allen leading a dynamic offense that can strike fear into defenses and has been named the early favorite to win it all this season. .
The recent and turbulent managerial history of Soccer-Chelsea
Chelsea have a new owner, but the ruthless strategy employed by former owner Roman Abramovich when it comes to hiring and firing managers appears to have remained at Stamford Bridge. Just over three months after a consortium led by American Todd Boehly completed the takeover of Chelsea for 4.25 billion pounds ($4.86 billion), Thomas Tuchel has been fired.
(With agency contributions.)