Here is a summary of current sports news.
Olympics-US sends veteran squad to retain gold in women’s ice hockey
Led by Hilary Knight, the United States will send a veteran squad to the Beijing Winter Games in a bid to retain gold in women’s ice hockey, with 15 of the 23 players named Saturday having Olympic experience. Knight becomes the fourth female player to represent the United States at four Olympics, while Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein have all made three teams.
Olympics-Team Canada CEO “worried” if Beijing Games can go as planned
Just over a month before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said he was increasingly concerned that the Games could proceed as planned. “We are concerned,” COC CEO David Shoemaker told CBC in a New Years Eve interview. “We are confident that these Games can still be safely scheduled.
Tennis-Tsitsipas skips ATP Cup singles clash with elbow problem, wins rubber doubles
World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from his ATP Cup singles match with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Saturday due to a problem with his right elbow before returning with partner Michail Pervolarakis to win their rubber double. Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis beat Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski 6-4 5-7 10-8 in the doubles match, but Greece suffered a 2-1 loss to Poland after losing both of their singles matches.
Cricket-Crawley ready to do whatever it takes to play Ashes third test
England opener Zak Crawley said he would be prepared to endure more stringent health protocols to ensure the Ashes series is over, adding that tourists are determined to push Australia back heavily during of the fourth test of this week. Dominant innings and a 14-point victory in the third test in Melbourne on Tuesday gave Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, leaving England to play only for pride in the final two matches.
Soccer-Chelsea can compete with City’s ‘winning machine’, says Tuchel
Chelsea need to be realistic to catch up with Premier League leaders Manchester City this season, manager Thomas Tuchel has said, adding that the club’s staff issues have contributed to their decline in form. City are 11 points ahead of Chelsea after winning their last 11 consecutive league games and aim to win their fourth title under Pep Guardiola.
Tennis-Spain and Argentina easily win ATP Cup, Serbia beats Norway
Spain and Argentina both won their ATP Cup matches with some ease as professional men’s tennis returned for the 2022 season in the lucrative team tournament at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta shed light on Rafa Nadal’s absence with contrasting victories over Chileans Cristian Garin and Alejandro Tabilo.
Dan Reeves, former head coach and NFL player, has died at 77
Longtime NFL head coach and former player Dan Reeves died on Saturday at the age of 77, his family said in a statement. Reeves died “due to complications from dementia,” the statement said. He was “surrounded by his loving family in his Atlanta home,” the statement said.
Soccer-Sanchez header seals Spurs late win at Watford
Tottenham Hotspur’s top four ambitions received a boost on New Years Day as defender Davinson Sanchez proved an unlikely winner of the game deep in stoppage time to give his side a 1-0 victory at Watford struggling in the Premier League on Saturday. The visitors looked to be frustrated for the second game in a row, but Sanchez broke the deadlock in the sixth minute of extra time to send Tottenham fifth in the table, at least until West Ham United faced Crystal Palace later.
Rugby League convert Ferguson arrested for drug trafficking in Japan
Blake Ferguson, a former Australian rugby league international who recently changed codes, has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of drug offenses, his club NEC Green Rockets Tokatsu said. The imposing 31-year-old winger has played for more than a decade in Australia’s top National Rugby League (NRL) and has represented his country seven times.
NBA-I was a misfit when I joined the Nuggets, says MVP Jokic
Nikola Jokic struggled early in his National Basketball Association (NBA) career when he joined the Denver Nuggets and had to change his diet to become the league’s MVP in 2021, said the Serbian center. The 26-year-old joined the Nuggets from modest Serbian Mega Basket in 2015 and last season became the lowest NBA draft pick to win the regular season MVP title with an average of 26.4 points, 10.8 assists and 8.3 assists per game.
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