Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Bryson DeChambeau: Phil Mickelson ‘turned dark’, no contact
Bryson DeChambeau was asked Monday at Augusta National Golf Club if he had been in contact with Phil Mickelson since the fallout from comments he made about a potential league to compete with the PGA Tour. “I tried to reach out, but it went black,” DeChambeau said. “There is no contact.”
Motor racing – Good to be back home for struggling Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo thinks he might have once taken the Australian Grand Prix for granted, but three years without any Formula 1 action at Albert Park has left him craving a home race. The 32-year-old will get his wish this weekend when the World Championship Tour returns to Melbourne for the first time since the 2020 race was canceled at the 11th hour as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated. captured Australia for the first time.
Golf-Cantlay stays on its toes at Augusta in latest Masters bid
Tour Championship winner Patrick Cantlay expects Augusta National to keep him on his toes as he renews his quest for a first major title at the Masters this week. The American missed the cut at Augusta in 2021 but has won three PGA Tour victories since, including the Tour Championship in September before earning PGA Tour Player of the Year honors.
Exclusive-Tennis-ATP warns of stricter action in case of misconduct
Tennis officials will impose tougher penalties for on-court fouls, the ATP warned in an internal memo on Monday, as the men’s governing body simultaneously revises its guidelines for cracking down on repeat offenders. Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios has been fined $60,000 for a series of angry outbursts at the Indian Wells and Miami Open events, with many observers saying he should have been disqualified.
NHL roundup: Auston Matthews ties Leafs goal in single season
League leading scorer Auston Matthews scored his seventh career hat trick and tied Toronto’s season record for goals with 54, leading the Maple Leafs to a 6-2 win over host Lightning from Tampa Bay on Monday night. Matthews scored twice in the second period and once in the third to tie Rick Vaive’s goal tally in the 1981-82 season. Mitchell Marner of Toronto had a goal and two assists to extend his one-point streak to 10 games (six goals, 16 assists).
Soccer-Qatar will host a World Cup but not as we know it
November’s World Cup in Qatar will be unlike any other final that has taken place before and the logistical challenges faced by organisers, from providing sufficient accommodation to managing unruly supporters, will make only intensify. The Gulf state will host the first World Cup in the Middle East, the first in a Muslim state, and no other tournament has ever been held in the northern hemisphere in winter.
Desperate Lakers must catch fire against Suns
The Los Angeles Lakers remain in desperation mode as they inch closer to elimination from the play spot review. The Lakers have lost six straight and 19 of their last 24 as they enter the game to win on Tuesday night’s road against the NBA’s top Phoenix Suns (62-16).
Golf-Tigermania sweeps Augusta as Woods keeps the masters guessing
Tigermania returned to Augusta National in full force on Monday as a cautious Tiger Woods left the golfing world guessing whether he will be in the Masters realm. Woods’ watch kicked into high gear as hordes of spectators flocked to Augusta National to catch a glimpse of the 15-time major winner who kept fans in suspense, saying on Sunday that going to the Masters would be a “game decision”.
Soccer-Rooney would choose Pochettino over Ten Hag for next Man United manager
Wayne Rooney has said he would choose Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino over Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag to take over his former club Manchester United. British media have linked Pochettino and Ten Hag with the top job at United, with caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s tenure set to end after this season.
Soccer-Arteta apologizes for Arsenal’s ‘unacceptable’ performance at Palace
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has apologized for his side’s “unacceptable” performance in Monday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace. Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four have suffered a blow after slipping to fifth, one place below Tottenham Hotspur, who have played one game more.
(With agency contributions.)