Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Swiatek confused, disappointed by Halep drug test failure
World number one Iga Swiatek said she felt confused after Simona Halep received a provisional doping ban and hoped there would soon be more clarity on the future of the Romanian player she looked up to. Two-time winner Halep was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency this month after testing positive for roxadustat, a banned blood booster.
Rugby-England have no plans to alter rolling maul attack, says captain Hunter
England captain Sarah Hunter has warned opposing defenses her side have no plans to alter their highly effective use of the rolling maul after booking their place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final on Sunday. The Red Roses, coached by Simon Middleton, handed Australia a 41-5 defeat in Auckland to set up a final meeting with Canada next Saturday, with England forwards front and center as they have been throughout the tournament in New Zealand.
NBA roundup: Thunder rally in 4th to stun Mavs in OT
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 38 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder forced overtime with an 18-2 run late in regulation before claiming a 117-111 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. After not playing the entire game, Isaiah Joe came off the bench with 4:53 left in the fourth to trigger the comeback. He quickly had seven points, a rebound and an assist while hitting the game-tying 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds left to force the extra period. Joe then finished with 15 points.
Football-De Bruyne puts Manchester City in the lead, Liverpool suffer shock defeat
Kevin de Bruyne’s superb free-kick sealed a 1-0 win for champions Manchester City at Leicester City to take them top of the Premier League, but Liverpool’s season went from bad to worse with a shock 2 defeat -1 at home to Leeds United on Saturday. Liverpool’s second consecutive loss to a bottom three team, following last week’s setback at Nottingham Forest, left them in ninth place, eight points behind the top four.
Motor racing-Verstappen on pole in Mexico and chasing F1 record
Red Bull’s two-time world champion Max Verstappen took pole position at the Mexico City Grand Prix on Saturday aiming for a record 14th victory of the season. The 25-year-old Dutchman, who won his second consecutive Formula 1 title this month with four races to go, passed the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez at high speed with a best time of one minute 17.775 seconds.
Soccer-Klopp laments lack of control as Liverpool fail again
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp had to reflect on his side’s inability to control games this season as a late goal gave Leeds United a surprise 2-1 win at Anfield on Saturday despite the Reds dominating the game. Liverpool conceded early but bounced back to equalize through Mohamed Salah. They enjoyed almost 70 per cent possession and managed 10 shots on target but still came away empty-handed as a 29-game unbeaten streak at home ended.
NHL roundup: Christian Dvorak’s hat trick leads Canadiens to victory
Christian Dvorak had a hat trick in the third period as the visiting Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Saturday night. Cole Caufield scored twice, Nick Suzuki added a goal and two assists and Juraj Slafkovsky also scored for the Canadiens, who erased a 3-1 deficit while winning for the fourth time in six games.
Rugby-Canada beat USA to reach World Cup semi-finals
Canada raced in four tries to beat neighbors USA 32-11 in a Women’s World Cup quarter-final showdown on Sunday, setting a date with tournament favorites the England in the semi-finals. McKinley Hunt, Karen Paquin, Paige Farries and Alex Tessier all cruised to send Canada to a fifth World Cup semi-final with a deserved win in wet conditions at Waitakere Stadium.
Baseball-Astros beat the Phillies to tie the World Series at 1-1
The Houston Astros got off to another quick start against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, but this time they stayed the course through late drama-filled moments for a 5-2 victory Saturday that allowed the World Series to play one game each. Houston took a 5-0 lead in Friday’s opener of Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship for its first playoff loss and was again tested by a relentless team from the Phillies.
Motor racing-Alonso and Alpine condemn F1 steward abuse
Fernando Alonso and his Alpine Formula One team have condemned race marshal Silvia Bellot’s online abuse after the two-time Spanish world champion was penalized at the United States Grand Prix and later reinstated. Bellot, also Spanish and the only female race marshal in Austin, takes on the role again in Mexico City this weekend.
(With agency contributions.)