Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Osaka hints at return with photos of her back on court; Tennis-Switzerland set up Billie Jean King Cup final with Russia and more
The Packers placed Rodgers on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday and as a result he will miss Sunday's game against the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. Tennis-Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev reach Paris semis Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a sixth Paris Masters title with 6-4 6-3 win over American Taylor Fritz while world number two Daniil Medvedev tamed home crowd favourite Hugo Gaston 7-6(7) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals on Friday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Switzerland set up Billie Jean King Cup final with Russia
Belinda Bencic overwhelmed Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2 on Friday to help lead Switzerland into a Billie Jean King Cup final showdown with four-time champions Russia. Switzerland reached the final for the first time since 1998 after Jil Teichmann romped to a 6-0 6-3 victory over Storm Sanders before Bencic handed the Swiss an unbeatable 2-0 lead by dispatching Tomljanovic in front of American great Billie Jean King, who watched on from the stands.
Tennis-Osaka hints at return with photos of her back on court
Naomi Osaka hinted she had resumed training after posting photos of herself standing on a tennis court and holding a racket. The Japanese former world number one said she was taking a break from the sport to focus on her mental health following her shock third-round exit at the U.S. Open in September.
Baseball-Baker to return as Astros manager in 2022
Dusty Baker will manage the Houston Astros again next year after the veteran skipper and the World Series runners-up agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced on Friday. Baker led the team to the American League Championship Series in 2020 and the World Series this season before falling to the Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic on Tuesday.
Motor racing-Horner indicates Red Bull could dash Perez's home win hopes
Red Bull boss Christian Horner emphasised on Friday that team orders were a part of Formula One and refused to rule out telling Mexican Sergio Perez to give up a home victory this weekend. No Mexican driver has ever won a home grand prix but Perez has a winning car and has been on the podium in his last two races.
Motor racing-Hamilton and Raikkonen reprimanded for bollard error
Formula One world champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen collected reprimands on Friday for going off track and then failing to return correctly in first practice for the Mexico City Grand Prix. Three reprimands in the course of a season trigger a 10-place grid penalty but Friday's was a first of 2021 for both drivers.
Red Bull reserve driver Alex Albon is helping Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda get up to speed at sister team AlphaTauri, principal Franz Tost said on Friday. Thai racer Albon made his debut at Toro Rosso, now rebranded AlphaTauri, in 2019 before moving on to the main Red Bull team and then being dropped at the end of 2020 to make way for Mexican Sergio Perez.
Olympics-PETA urges IOC to modernise and drop equine events from Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must recognise that immediate change is needed and should drop equine competitions from future Olympic Games, animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said on Friday. PETA, which made a similar request in August during the Tokyo Games after acts of cruelty to horses, said it would step up its pressure by asking supporters to contact the IOC directly and urge it to "modernise."
Athletics-Runners cheer return of New York City Marathon
With sports stadiums packed full of fans and the bright lights of Broadway shining bright again, another 'Big Apple' institution returns from a COVID-19 hiatus on Sunday with the 50th running of the New York City Marathon. Last year's marathon was cancelled due to the pandemic and while this year's race will take place under an array of health and safety protocols competitors see its return as a sign of life getting back to normal.
NFL-Packers QB Rodgers denies he lied about his COVID-19 vaccine status
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week, insisted he did not lie when he told reporters in August that he was "immunized" in response to a question about whether he had taken the COVID-19 vaccine. The Packers placed Rodgers on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday and as a result he will miss Sunday's game against the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a sixth Paris Masters title with 6-4 6-3 win over American Taylor Fritz while world number two Daniil Medvedev tamed home crowd favorite Hugo Gaston 7-6(7) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals on Friday. Alexander Zverev made sure three of the world's top four will compete in the last four after he toppled Casper Ruud 7-5 6-4 while Poland's Hubert Hurkacz dug deep to beat Australian James Duckworth 6-2 6-7(4) 7-5.
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