Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Fans show their love as the victorious South African women’s football team returns
Delighted fans welcomed South Africa’s women’s soccer team to Johannesburg’s main airport on Tuesday after winning their maiden Africa Cup of Nations title. The team, dubbed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), beat tournament hosts Morocco 2-1 on Saturday, earning a place at next year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Motor racing-F1’s Perez will own the Mexican team in the electric motorboat series
Formula One driver Sergio Perez is entering his own Mexican team in an all-electric racing boat championship due to start next year, organizers announced on Tuesday. The series is the brainchild of Alejandro Agag, founder of the Formula E and Extreme E electric car and off-road racing series.
Cycling-Ludwig wins the third stage of the Women’s Tour, Vos retains his yellow jersey
Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig finished strong to win stage three of the Women’s Tour de France on Tuesday, while Dutch great Marianne Vos came second to retain the yellow jersey. Vos had grabbed the yellow jersey on Monday after winning Monday’s second stage, but Futuroscope FDJ rider Suez Ludwig held her off to win the hilly 133.6 kilometer route from Reims to Epernay in a time of three hours and 22.54 minutes.
Tokyo prosecutors raid home of former Olympic board member – Kyodo
Tokyo prosecutors raided the home of former Tokyo 2020 Olympics board member Haruyuki Takahashi on Tuesday over alleged improper payments made to him by costume retailer Aoki Holdings Inc. , Kyodo reported on Tuesday. Prosecutors also raided the office of advertising giant Dentsu Group Inc, Kyodo reported. Takahashi is a former company executive, who said he was cooperating with prosecutors. Reuters could not contact Takahashi.
Cycling-Kenny considered quitting cycling after ectopic pregnancy
Five-time British Olympic gold medalist Laura Kenny said she was considering stepping away from cycling at the start of this year after a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy left her at the ‘breaking point’ . Kenny said in April that she had a miscarriage at nine weeks in November and had a fallopian tube removed in January due to an ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilized egg implants in the exterior of the uterus.
American basketball star Griner treated his injuries with medical cannabis, defense says
The defense team of American basketball player Brittney Griner, detained in Russia on drug trafficking charges, argued in court on Tuesday that she used medical cannabis to relieve pain from her injuries, like many other international athletes in ‘elite. Griner, a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star who played in Russia during the league’s offseason, was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 with vape cartridges containing hash oil in his luggage. Medical marijuana is illegal in Russia.
Golf-PGA Tour leaves LIV golfers out of new playoff eligibility list
The PGA Tour has created a separate list of eligibility points for the FedExCup playoffs that ensures golfers who have been suspended for joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series do not negatively affect the eligibility of other players. At the end of the PGA Tour regular season, the top 125 on the eligibility point list qualify for the playoffs, which are three events with a progressive cut with fields of 125, 70, and 30. The winner receives $18 million out of a $75 million bonus pool. .
MLB roundup: Jonathan India, Reds slam Marlins
Jonathan India won his first career grand slam and came within a triple of the cycle as the Cincinnati Reds routed the Miami Marlins 11-2 on Monday. Brandon Drury opened a one-run game with a three-run homer in the fourth as the Reds won their eighth straight home game against Miami, outscoring the Marlins 53-12 in eight games.
Games-WADA signs an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation to strengthen the fight against doping
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has signed an initial four-year agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to collaborate in the fight against doping, it announced on Tuesday. The AMA said the agreement, which was signed at the CGF General Assembly in Birmingham before July 28-August. 8 Commonwealth Games, was to facilitate joint activities among member countries and to strengthen its anti-doping programme.
Athletics and USA complete historic medal haul on record-breaking final day
Armand Duplantis brought down the curtain on the World Championships in stunning fashion on Sunday, breaking his own pole vault world record in the final act of the 10-day athletics meet in Eugene. After the United States took emphatic victories in the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays, Duplantis took center stage and duly delivered a perfect finish for the first championships on American soil.
(With agency contributions.)