Sports News Roundup: Golf-Oosthuizen chases down Morikawa to lead Open at halfway point; Olympics-Basketball-Johnson, McGee added to U.S. Olympic roster and more
With Bolt leading the way in his own inimitable style, Jamaica won all nine men's track sprint finals in Beijing, London and Rio -- although they later lost their 2008 4x100m gold medals after Nesta Carter failed a dope test. Olympics-First COVID case found at athletes' village, raising fears ahead of Games A person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics athletes' village, organisers said on Saturday, in the first such case that adds to concerns about infections at the Games which begin next week.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-Oosthuizen chases down Morikawa to lead Open at halfway point
Former champion Louis Oosthuizen chased down American pace-setter Collin Morikawa then turned on the afterburners to take a two-stroke halfway lead at the British Open with a sizzling five-under 65 under cloudless skies on Friday. Early starter Morikawa tore up the Royal St George's links with a superb six-under 64 to storm three shots clear before overnight leader Oosthuizen had even started his second round.
Olympics-Equestrian-US showjumping's 'old married couple' going for gold again
After more than three decades working together and representing the United States, McLain Ward and Lee McKeever joke that they are equestrian sport's "old married couple". Ward, an Olympic and world showjumping champion, is the man in the saddle and groom McKeever is caddy and pit crew -- equal parts horse whisperer and sport psychologist.
USA Basketball named San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson and Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee to its Olympic roster on Friday, after two players were unable to make the trip to Tokyo. Three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was forced to go into health and safety protocol this week, and Cleveland Cavaliers five-time All-Star Kevin Love withdrew from the Games citing ongoing recovery to a calf injury.
No. 6 seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia knocked out top-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Hamburg European Open in Germany. Despite Tsitsipas smashing 11 aces compared to Krajinovic's one, Krajinovic fared better on first serves won with a 76 percent success rate (31 of 41). Krajinovic also converted on five of eight break-point opportunities.
Golf-Koepka says he loves his driver after DeChambeau's equipment issues
Brooks Koepka appeared to take a subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau in the latest round of their feud, when he said he "loves his driver" in the wake of his fellow American's faux pas over equipment issues at the British Open. The tension between world number eight Koepka and number six DeChambeau provided an interesting sub-plot before the event and matters escalated after DeChambeau apologised on Thursday for comments he made about his own driver.
Travis Jankowski leads Phillies past Marlins in Game 1
Travis Jankowski doubled, singled twice and drove in a career-high four runs as the host Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. Didi Gregorius walked twice and scored two runs. Rhys Hoskins also scored twice for the Phillies.
Cycling-All smiles for Bahrain Victorious as Mohoric wins Tour stage
Slovenian Matej Mohoric gave Bahrain Victorious something to cheer with his second stage win in this year's Tour de France two days after French police searched his team's accommodation and vehicles amid an investigation into potential doping. Mohoric, who had already prevailed in the seventh stage in Le Creusot, attacked from the breakaway to wrap up a solo victory on the 19th stage, a 207-km ride from Mourenx, virtually zipping his mouth shut as he crossed the line.
Houston Astros fans struck out in their quest for ticket refunds over the Major League Baseball team's sign-stealing scandal, when a Texas state appeals court found they had no legal basis to collect damages. Reversing a lower court judge, the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston said on Thursday that buying tickets gave fans merely a right to watch games in person, not a right to have games played honestly or for the Astros to live up to their "Earn History" slogan.
Exclusive: Olympics-Athletics-Bolt sees only tough times in Tokyo for Jamaica's men
Usain Bolt is disappointed with how Jamaican men's sprinting has developed since he retired and predicts his compatriots will find it tough in Tokyo after his glorious domination of the last three Olympics. With Bolt leading the way in his own inimitable style, Jamaica won all nine men's track sprint finals in Beijing, London and Rio -- although they later lost their 2008 4x100m gold medals after Nesta Carter failed a dope test.
Olympics-First COVID case found at athletes' village, raising fears ahead of Games
A person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics athletes' village, organisers said on Saturday, in the first such case that adds to concerns about infections at the Games which begin next week. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive. He would not reveal the person's nationality, citing privacy concerns.
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