Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-Thankful Woods Enters Hall of Fame: ‘I Didn’t Get Here Alone’
Tiger Woods, who inspired a generation of players with his otherworldly talent, charisma and staggering success, took his place among the game’s greats on Wednesday as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. During a ceremony at the PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Woods gave a speech about his career and those who helped him along the way after his 14-year-old daughter, Sam, left him presented for induction.
Ukrainian Paralympians appeal for peace with banner at Beijing Games
Ukrainian athletes and officials issued a call for peace at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing on Thursday, unfurling a banner, observing a minute’s silence and calling for an end to the war sparked by the invasion of their country by the Russia. Led by National Paralympic Committee Chairman Valerii Sushkevych, the entire 20-member delegation waved a message of “peace for all,” accompanied by raised fists.
Tennis-Nadal says tougher penalties needed to curb player misbehavior
Tennis players attacking referees harm the sport and tougher penalties must be imposed to discourage this, Rafa Nadal told reporters on Thursday. Nadal’s comments came after Alexander Zverev received a year’s probation – but no immediate suspension – following an explosion in Acapulco last month where he smashed his racquet against the club’s chair. referee and verbally abused him.
Baseball ball! MLB and players reach agreement to end lockdown
Major League Baseball (MLB) and its locked out players reached an agreement Thursday on a five-year labor contract that ends the second-longest work stoppage in football history. MLB locked players out last December and had already canceled the first two weeks of the 2022 season, which was scheduled to start on March 31.
Tennis-Osaka blows Stephens on a windy day in Indian Wells
Naomi Osaka battled blustery conditions and an in-form Sloane Stephens to earn a 3-6 6-1 6-2 first-round win at Indian Wells on Thursday. In a showdown of former US Open champions, Osaka struggled in the opening set amid powerful flurries in her first match since January.
Soccer-Chelsea future uncertain after owner Abramovich sanctions
European champions Chelsea are now under British government control after Russian owner Roman Abramovich was placed under sanctions on Thursday. Abramovich, who came under intense scrutiny following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, announced he was selling the Premier League club last week.
Tennis-Djokovic marks Monte Carlo Masters as his next tournament
Novak Djokovic will kick off preparations for his French Open title defense next month at the ATP Masters clay-court event in Monte Carlo, the Serbian has stated on his website. The 20-time Grand Slam winner was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being kicked out of the country amid fury after initially being admitted to the tournament despite not being vaccinated against coronavirus.
Report: Raiders plan to cut LB Cory Littleton
The Las Vegas Raiders plan to release linebacker Cory Littleton as part of a cost-cutting measure, ESPN reported Thursday. According to the report, the team will save $11.75 million by designating Littleton as a post-June 1 release. At the start of the day, Las Vegas was projecting $17.8 million under the salary cap.
NBA roundup: Suns clinch top spot in league playoffs
Devin Booker returned from a four-game absence under COVID protocol and completed a near triple-double, helping the Phoenix Suns clinch first place in the NBA playoffs with a 111-90 win over the Miami Heat Wednesday evening. Booker finished with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, while Phoenix also got 21 points from Mikal Bridges and 19 points and 10 rebounds from Deandre Ayton. JaVale McGee added a season-high 11 points and 15 rebounds from the bench.
Football-UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against PSG president
UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo after the 3-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Spanish media reported that Al Khelaifi entered the match referee’s dressing room screaming after the game, an incident recorded by a Real Madrid employee with a mobile phone.
(With agency contributions.)