Sports News Roundup: David Bote homer lifts Cubs over Reds, 1-0; Jayson Tatum nets 50 in Celtics' victory and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
David Bote's home run to left was the difference as the host Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on a cold and blustery Friday afternoon. The Cubs have won five consecutive games and seven of the past eight. They play host to the Reds again Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field in the second game of a three-game series.
Mike Tyson says psychedelics saved his life, now he hopes they can change the world
During his reign as heavyweight champion of the world, no one was more feared than Mike Tyson, who obliterated opponents with ruthless efficiency. But all the while, the troubled superstar was at war with himself, battling an abusive voice in his battered head that led "Iron Mike" to the brink of suicide.
Motor racing-McLaren boss says Montoya makes team stronger for Indy 500
McLaren Racing Chief Executive Zak Brown said on Friday that Juan Pablo Montoya brings more than just experience to the paddock at the Indianapolis 500 and makes his teammates better because of his ability to speak up, Montoya, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who will make his return to the race on Sunday for the first time since 2017, will pilot the third Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to team up with full-time drivers Pato O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
NBA roundup: Jayson Tatum nets 50 in Celtics' victory
Jayson Tatum scored a playoff career-high 50 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 125-119 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Friday night. The Nets lead the series 2-1 and Game 4 is Sunday night when a full-capacity crowd will be allowed in Boston.
Soccer-Italy thrash San Marino 7-0 to stretch winning run
Italy warmed up for the European Championship in style with a 7-0 thrashing of San Marino in a friendly on Friday. Roberto Mancini's side struggled to break down the minnows early on in Sardinia, but captain Federico Bernardeschi hammered them into a 31st-minute lead before Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari added a second three minutes later on his debut.
Charles Schwab Challenge suspended; Jason Kokrak in lead
The second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, was suspended due to inclement weather on Friday. The round was called at 1:49 p.m. CT due to what the PGA Tour termed "a dangerous weather situation." The horn blew and players were quickly removed from the course.
MLS hits Beckham-owned Inter Miami with $2 million fine
Inter Miami, the club co-owned by David Beckham, has been fined a record US$2 million by Major League Soccer over salary budget breaches following an investigation into last year's signing of former France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The 2018 World Cup winner, who joined Inter Miami following a three-season spell in Italy with Juventus, and Andres Reyes should have occupied designated player slots, the MLS said in announcing their verdict on Friday.
Knicks to sell playoff tickets exclusively to fully vaccinated fans
The New York Knicks announced Friday that tickets for games at Madison Square Garden will be sold exclusively to fully vaccinated fans should the team advance past the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks also announced Friday that Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the visiting Hawks has been sold out.
Soccer-Neymar hits back at Nike over sexual-assault investigation
Brazilian soccer player Neymar hit back at sportswear maker Nike Inc on Friday, saying the company's statement that it terminated an endorsement deal because he refused to cooperate with an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a Nike employee was "an absurd lie". In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Nike - which had Neymar on a long-term contract - said it terminated the deal last year after an employee came forward with what it said were "credible" allegations against the player.
American Kenneth Bednarek edged Canadian André De Grasse in a scintillating 200 meters race at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday as Kenyans dominated the middle-distance competitions. Bednarek won in 19.88, one-hundredth of a second ahead of De Grasse whose compatriot Aaron Brown was third (20.25) on a hot and humid night in the Qatari capital.
(With inputs from agencies.)