Sports News Roundup: Phillies put up 17 runs in win over Reds; NBA stars urged to end China endorsements over forced labor and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
MLB roundup: Phillies put up 17 runs in win over Reds
Andrew McCutchen homered twice and drove in four runs, Odubel Herrera homered twice, singled and knocked in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the host Cincinnati Reds 17-3 on Tuesday. Rhys Hoskins homered, doubled, and knocked in three runs and Ronald Torreyes had two hits, including his first home run since 2017, and two RBIs. Matt Joyce hit a grand slam in the ninth inning against Alex Blandino, an infielder, for a 14-run lead.
NBA stars urged to end China endorsements over forced labor
A U.S. congressional commission on Tuesday called on American basketball stars to end endorsements of Chinese sportswear firms that use cotton grown in China's Xinjiang region, warning against complicity in forced labor they say takes place there. In a letter to the National Basketball Players Association, the chairs of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China said more than a dozen NBA players had dealt with the China-based ANTA, Li-Ning, and Peak sportswear firms prior to the publication of recent Western media articles saying the companies had backed continued use of Xinjiang cotton.
PREVIEW-Tennis-Serena resumes hunt for 24th slam title on French Open Day 4
Seventh seed Serena Williams is back in action on day four of the French Open, where she takes on unseeded Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round. Williams, who is chasing an elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title, won her last major at the 2017 Australian Open.
NBA roundup: James Harden, Nets finish off Celtics to advance
James Harden totaled 34 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets pulled away in the fourth quarter and closed out their Eastern Conference first-round series with a 123-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in New York. The second-seeded Nets won the series four games to one and advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2014. Brooklyn will face the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.
Highlights of the third day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Tuesday (all times GMT). Claycourt master Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic cantered into the second round of the French Open where the shockwaves of Naomi Osaka's withdrawal were still felt.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots in a masterful performance as the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 for its second road victory of the second-round series Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C. It was nearly Vasilevskiy's second shutout in the Lightning's last three games until Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:30 remaining as Carolina went with an extra skater.
Tennis-Osaka should be applauded for prioritising mental health - Stephens
Naomi Osaka should be supported and applauded for her decision to withdraw from the French Open to focus on her mental health, former U.S. Open champion and WTA Players' Council member Sloane Stephens said on Tuesday. Japan's Osaka left the claycourt Grand Slam on Monday after refusing to attend the mandatory post-match press conferences and revealing she had been suffering from bouts of depression for three years.
Olympics-As unpredictable Games looms, Japan's sponsors struggle to adapt
With less than two months left until the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan's Asahi Breweries still doesn't know whether fans will be allowed into stadiums to buy their beer. Japan has scaled back its Olympic plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a slow vaccine roll-out. Now, foreign spectators won't be allowed in the country and organizers have yet to decide how many domestic spectators, if any, can attend.
Tennis-Top-ranked Barty fights through injury to advance past Pera
World number one Ash Barty fought through a hip injury and a tricky opponent in American Bernarda Pera with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory on her return to the French Open on Tuesday. Returning to the Philippe Chatrier court for the first time since her maiden Grand Slam win in 2019, the 25-year-old Australian seemed to be cruising against the 70th-ranked Pera when she was up 5-2 in the opening set.
Tennis-Golfer Wie West praises 'incredibly brave' Osaka
American golfer Michelle Wie West said the tennis world number two Naomi Osaka was "incredibly brave" to withdraw from the French Open in the wake of her decision to boycott post-match media duties. Osaka announced her decision on Monday, a day after she was fined $15,000 for not attending a post-match media conference and threatened with expulsion after her first-round win.
(With inputs from agencies.)