Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Football-PSG Messi and Verratti will miss the clash of Angers due to injury
Paris St Germain striker Lionel Messi and midfielder Marco Verratti will miss Wednesday’s trip to Angers through injury, the Ligue 1 club announced on Tuesday. Messi has an inflamed left Achilles tendon while that Verratti is absent with a knee problem. Central defender Presnel Kimpembe will also be out, with all three players due to be assessed again ahead of PSG’s game against Lens at the weekend.
Soccer-Pique rejects wrongdoing over €24m Saudi Super Cup deal
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has rejected any wrongdoing over his involvement in helping the Spanish FA secure a deal to move the Super Cup from Spain to Saudi Arabia, a deal that earned his company Kosmos £24m. euros ($26 million) in commission. On Monday, the El Confidencial website published leaked audio recordings from 2019 which revealed details of Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales and Pique’s contract negotiated with Saudi Arabia which included Kosmos receiving 4 million euros for each of the six editions of the Super Cup that were to be played in the Middle Eastern country.
Tennis-France withdraws from bid process to host Davis Cup group stage
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said it had withdrawn from the bidding process to host the group stage of this year’s Davis Cup final due to “onerous financial and operational conditions “. The International Tennis Federation originally named Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Malaga as hosts for the group stage of the men’s team competition from September 14-18.
Cycling-British Cycling offer support to Wiggins after abuse allegations
British Cycling said on Tuesday its backup team had contacted Bradley Wiggins after the five-time Olympic champion alleged he was sexually groomed by a coach when he was 13. Wiggins, 41, made the claim in an interview with Men’s Health UK. magazine and said the abuse impacted him as an adult. He did not name the coach.
NBA roundup: Jalen Brunson scores 41 as Mavs even have a streak with Jazz
Jalen Brunson exploded for 41 points, Maxi Kleber added 25 and host Dallas Mavericks were on fire from the outside to overcome the absence of superstar Luka Doncic in a 110-104 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday evening. The teams’ Western Conference first-round playoffs are tied at one win apiece heading into games in Salt Lake City on Thursday and Saturday.
Golf-Weir, Choi, Ogilvy and Villegas named Presidents Cup assistants
International team captain Trevor Immelman on Tuesday named Mike Weir, KJ Choi, Geoff Ogilvy and Camilo Villegas as his four assistants for the Presidents Cup showdown against the United States at Quail Hollow in September. For Weir, Choi and Ogilvy, the September 22-25 Presidents Cup in North Carolina will mark their third stint as assistants while Villegas will make his first appearance as an assistant.
Panthers LB Damien Wilson facing assault charge
Carolina Panthers linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested in Texas last week after his former girlfriend said he threatened to kill her with a tire iron, the Dallas Morning News reported. Wilson, 28, faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm to a family member, Frisco police confirmed in an email to the newspaper.
Golf-tennis champ Barty signs up for a World Celebrity Series
Former tennis world number one Ash Barty has fueled speculation that her post-retirement sporting career will focus on golf by entering a series of exhibition tournaments featuring 23 other sports celebrities. Barty, who retired at the age of 25 last month, will represent a Rest of the World team led by Ernie Els against a United States team led by another big winner, Fred Couples.
NHL roundup: Capitals snap Avalanche’s 9-game winning streak
Marcus Johansson scored the game-clinching goal at 10:46 of the third period and the Washington Capitals beat the Avalanche 3-2 Monday night in Denver, ending Colorado’s nine-game winning streak. Alex Ovechkin scored his 48th goal of the season and Garnet Hathaway added a goal for the Capitals, who won six of seven. Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves.
Soccer-Man United’s Ronaldo to miss Liverpool game after newborn twin dies
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will not play against Liverpool in the Premier League later on Tuesday following the death of his newborn son a day earlier, the club have said. Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, who announced in October last year that they were expecting twins, said on Monday one of the two babies had died.
(With agency contributions.)