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11th August

IOC-backed Safer Sport Day held under cloud of abuse scandals

LAUSANNE, 11 AUGUST 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is among the organisations to have marked Safer Sport Day, being held this year under a cloud of abuse scandals that have emerged across...

Athletics: Kenya’s Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus, out of Monaco meet

(Reuters) – Kenya’s Olympic and world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday, the 25-year-old has confirmed. Kipruto, whose personal best is eight minutes 0.12 seconds, said he was in great shape ahead of the event and hoped to...

10th August

Ferro is the first champion in five months as WTA Tour returns

(Reuters) – France’s Fiona Ferro became the first WTA champion in five months on Sunday as she overpowered Anett Kontaveit 6-2 7-5 to win the Palermo Ladies Open, the first Tour event to be staged since the COVID-19 epidemic shut down the sport. Ferro went 10 matches unbeaten in regional exhibition events after the Tour...

England’s Stokes to miss rest of Pakistan series

(Reuters) – England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the test series against Pakistan for family reasons, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday https://www.ecb.co.uk/england/men/news/1750548/official-statement-ben-stokes. The ECB confirmed Stokes will fly to New Zealand later this week and will miss England’s two test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl...

Morikawa wins PGA Championship for first major title

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – American Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Sunday to secure his first career major title. Morikawa shot a six-under-par 64 to reach 13 under on the week, two strokes better than overnight leader Dustin Johnson (68) and English Ryder Cup veteran Paul Casey (66). Former world...

ICC announces postponed World T20 to take place in Australia in 2022

SYDNEY, 10 AUGUST 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the postponed Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, due to take place in Australia, will now take place in the country in 2022. The tournament was due to take place in October and November, but has been moved back two years. This...

Tennis: Kontaveit upsets top seed Martic to set up Ferro final in Palermo

(Reuters) – Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit produced an aggressive display to stun top seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 on Saturday as she set up a title showdown at the Palermo Ladies Open with Fiona Ferro. Playing in her first semi-final since Stuttgart in April 2019, Kontaveit struck 31 winners and broke Martic’s serve five times. Martic...

Golf: Morikawa grabs early one-shot clubhouse lead

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Collin Morikawa birdied three of his final four holes to grab a one-shot, third-round clubhouse lead over Bryson DeChambeau at the PGA Championship on Saturday while overnight leader Li Haotong was one shot lower after nine holes. Li was the on-course leader when he made the turn at TPC Harding Park...

9th August

McIlroy praised for sportsmanship at Harding Park

(Reuters) – World number three Rory McIlroy has earned praise for upholding the spirit of the game after a bizarre incident in his second round at the PGA Championship. The Northern Irishman’s tee shot on the third hole sailed way right of the green on Friday, before the ball was accidentally stepped on by a...

Woakes and Buttler propel England to unlikely win over Pakistan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – A magnificent partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped propel England to an unlikely three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a topsy-turvy first test at Old Trafford on Saturday. Woakes joined Buttler at the crease with England having slumped to 117-5 in their pursuit of a daunting 277 on a bowler-friendly...

Serena turned into bit of a recluse during COVID-19

(Reuters) – Serena Williams said on Saturday the COVID-19 outbreak has not only given her a much needed stretch of downtime with her family, it has also turned her into a bit of a “neurotic” and “a recluse” given her past health scares. The 23-times Grand Slam champion, who has a history of blood clots...

IPL clash sees England tour of India moved to early 2021

(Reuters) – England’s limited overs tour of India that was scheduled for late September has been postponed to early 2021, officials confirmed on Friday. While the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cited the prevailing COVID-19 conditions in India, the tour would also have clashed with the revised dates of the Indian Premier League that...

Stokes, Woakes keep England in the hunt in first test v Pakistan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – England roared back into contention with the ball but Pakistan remained in the driving seat following an intriguing third day of the first test at Old Trafford on Friday. Pakistan closed the day on 137 for eight in their second innings, an overall lead of 244 on a wearing wicket where...

8th August

China’s Li grabs two-stroke lead at PGA Championship

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – China’s Li Haotong may not have been on anyone’s radar ahead of this week’s PGA Championship but he thrust himself into the mix with a bogey-free trip around TPC Harding Park on Friday to grab the second-round lead at the year’s first major. Li, whose best finish in 2020 is a...

Tiger finds that looks can be deceiving at Harding Park

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – TPC Harding Park’s narrow fairways and thick rough have given players fits through the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, but it was the course’s unexpectedly slow greens that caused headaches for Tiger Woods on Friday. The greens are relatively flat, but the combination of second-round hole positions that favored...

What’s SUP? Surfing loses bid for total control of paddle boarding

The International Surfing Association has lost its bid for sole control of Stand-Up Paddleboarding although it has won the right to govern it at Olympic level following a ruling by sport’s highest tribunal the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ISA had been in a long-running dispute with the International Canoe Federation to run a...

Tiger adjusting to a new normal at spectator-free PGA Championship

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tiger Woods said the absence of an adoring and raucous crowd at the PGA Championship on Thursday was part of the “new normal” for the sport, which is holding its first major without any fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Woods, who is playing for just the second time...

Shan, Abass put Pakistan on top in first test v England

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Shan Masood scored a third century in as many innings and seamer Mohammad Abbas caused mayhem at the top of the England order as Pakistan moved ahead in the first test at the close of day two at Old Trafford on Thursday. England are teetering at 92 for four, still 234...

London Marathon mass race cancelled, elite race on

LONDON (Reuters) – The mass participation London Marathon has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but an elite-only race, on a multi-lap, fan-free circuit and featuring Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, will be held on Oct. 4, organisers said on Thursday. The 2021 version of the race – held in March or April since it began...

Coronavirus hits British Champions Day prize money

(Reuters) – The total prize money for this year’s season-ending British Champions Day at Ascot race course has been cut by about 40%, to 2.5 million pounds, due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain’s richest raceday, which will be held on Oct. 17, paid out a total of 4.2 million pounds in...

7th August

Turkey’s Mingir gets two-year ban for doping violation

(Reuters) – Turkish steeplechaser Gulcan Mingir has been banned for two years after a re-test of her samples from the London Olympics in 2012 revealed the presence of a prohibited substance, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Thursday. Mingir, who was European champion in the 3,000-metre (1.9 mile) steeplechase in 2012, tested positive for...

Lee leads pack

Fiji’s number one professional golfer, Sam Lee, recorded a 5 under par 64 to win the professional category of the Long Run (Fiji) – sponsored 18 holes stroke event for the Late Maciu Malo Memorial Trophy. Lee collected $500 for his effort at the Lautoka Golf Club’s golf links. “It has been a while since...

Patel joins golf’s worthy cause

It was a proud moment for the family of the late Maciu Malo during the Long Run (Fiji) – sponsored charity tournament at the Lautoka Golf Club last Saturday. The event successfully raised $1000 cash alongside the provision of essential household items to be donated to the family. Club executive Raymond Singh thanked all the...

6th August

Malo’s tourney a success

THE LongRun (Fiji) – sponsored 18 holes stroke championship for the late Maciu Malo Memorial Trophy produced fireworks at the Lautoka Golf Club course last Saturday. As a three-hole play-off was required to decide the overall winner, national rep and Xavier College teacher Asish Chand and sponsor Ram Reddy, were both tied on 73 gross...

Cycling star fighting for life after horror crash

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma after sustaining head injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour de Pologne race in southern Poland, organisers said. Sprinting for the win at the end of the event’s opening stage, Jakobsen was sent flying into the side barriers after a collision...

England cricketers put their heads together in football relay on first day against Pakistan

Some cricket was played on a rain-affected first day of the opening test against England with the tourists reaching 139-2 at stumps on Wednesday, led by a Babar Azam half-century. In a disrupted game began their innings under moody skies and with the floodlights on, the England side entertained themselves during a breaker with a...

Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to COVID-19 concerns, entries announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he will not defend his U.S. Open crown this year at Flushing Meadows as organisers released the singles entry list for the Grand Slam. Spain’s Nadal had said in June that he had reservations about travelling to the U.S. amid the COVID-19...

NFL: Lions remove Stafford from COVID-19 list after ‘false positive’

(Reuters) – The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-19 reserve list and placed him on the active roster on Tuesday after confirming his test result was a false positive. The 32-year-old had been placed on the list last week, implying he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact...

NBA roundup: Doncic, Mavs nip Kings in overtime

Luka Doncic capped a 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist triple-double with an inside basket to break a tie with 1:57 remaining in overtime Tuesday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Sacramento Kings for a 114-110 victory at HP Field House inside the NBA bubble near Orlando. Tim Hardaway Jr. had six of his 22 points in...

5th August

Sport NZ tells gymnastics community it can trust complaints process

Sport NZ is backing steps taken by Gymnastics NZ to handle complaints over abusive coaching practices in the sport, as calls grow louder for an independent investigation. GNZ last week launched “urgent inquiries” after a Stuff investigation uncovered allegations of a culture that normalised emotional manipulation, fat-shaming and athletes being forced to compete with serious...

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