Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis: Zverev undergoes surgery on torn ankle ligaments after Roland-Garros exit
German world number three Alexander Zverev underwent surgery for torn ligaments in his right ankle on Tuesday after being forced to withdraw from his French Open semi-final against 22-time major champion Rafa Nadal last week. Zverev was leading 7-6(8) 6-6 against Nadal when he rolled his ankle and cried out in pain. The 25-year-old was fighting for his maiden Grand Slam title and would have taken over as world number one had he been successful in his quest.
Louisiana bans transgender girls from women’s sports teams
Louisiana has banned transgender girls from joining women’s sports teams, the latest in a series of similar bans in US states with conservative Republican-controlled legislatures. The bill binds schools and colleges in the state and was approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature last month with enough support to override any veto by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. who opposed the legislation.
Golf: Golfers LIV Mickelson and Johnson cleared for US Open
Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson can play in the US Open next week after the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced on Tuesday that it will not punish those who join the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson, former world number one Johnson and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia are among golfers exempted from the US Open who are also due to compete this week at the Centurion Club outside London during the inaugural LIV Golf event.
The NFL-League will hold its first official events in Africa, including the talent camp
The National Football League (NFL) will hold its first official events in Africa later this month as it strives to strengthen its international footprint. The events will take place in Ghana and will include a talent identification camp on June 21 and 22, in which 40 players from across the continent are expected to attend.
NBA: Warriors’ Thompson plans to pull out of Finals slump
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson says his poor shooting performance in the first two NBA Finals games won’t deter him from being aggressive in the future.
The five-time All-Star is one of the best marksmen in league history, but he hasn’t looked like one so far against the Celtics, going 10 for 33 from the floor and shooting just 26 % of his three-point shots.
Rugby-Saracens flanker Earl named Premiership Player of the Season
Saracens flanker Ben Earl has been named Premiership Player of the Season after leading his side to second place in the regular season following promotion from the Championship, organizers have announced. The 24-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bristol Bears, beat Harlequins duo Danny Care and Andre Esterhuizen as well as Leicester Tigers’ George Ford and Julian Montoya for the award, which was announced on Tuesday night.
NBA-‘Fire with fire’: Celtics looking to increase physique
The Celtics will look to impose their will on the Golden State Warriors when the teams face off in Boston for Game 3 of what was a bruising NBA Finals. Game 1 went to the Celtics after they used their superior size to stage a furious fourth-quarter comeback before the Warriors and forward Draymond Green countered with their own more physical play in a series-tying Game 2.
Golf-Woods to skip US Open still plans to play British Open
Tiger Woods said on Tuesday he had decided to pull out of next week’s US Open away from Boston, citing a need for more time to prepare his body for major championship golf, but still plans to play the British Open in St. Andrews in July. Woods returned to competition at the Masters in April, 14 months after nearly losing his right leg in a car crash, then contested the PGA Championship last month where he retired in pain after posting a top 79 normal in the third round.
Golf-Johnson quits PGA Tour to compete in LIV Invitational Series
Two-time US American champion Dustin Johnson said on Tuesday he had resigned from the PGA Tour to participate in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational which begins this week. In doing so, Johnson likely made himself ineligible for the US Ryder Cup team and could potentially jeopardize his chances of playing at the golf majors.
Motor racing-Williams fined for ‘procedural breach’ of F1 cost cap rules
Williams has been fined $25,000 for breaching Formula One cost cap regulations by missing a deadline to file the team’s 2021 accounts, the ruling FIA announced on Tuesday. He said an “agreed breach agreement” dated May 19, 2022 had been entered into by the FIA and Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited.
(With agency contributions.)