Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Sterling says racist abuse did not cross his mind before Chelsea move; Tennis-Kyrgios produces another showstopper to down compatriot de Minaur and more
The 27-year-old England forward said the incident, which occurred at Stamford Bridge in 2018 and saw Chelsea fan Colin Wing hit with a lifetime ban, had made him aware of his responsibilities as a leading Black player. Tennis-Kyrgios produces another showstopper to down compatriot de Minaur Australian Nick Kyrgios produced another extraordinary performance to demolish compatriot Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-3 at the Canadian Masters on Thursday, a day after stunning world number one Daniil Medvedev.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-Sterling says racist abuse did not cross his mind before Chelsea move
Raheem Sterling said that the racist abuse he faced from a Chelsea fan at Stamford Bridge several years ago did not cross his mind before he made the decision to sign for the club from Manchester City last month. The 27-year-old England forward said the incident, which occurred at Stamford Bridge in 2018 and saw Chelsea fan Colin Wing hit with a lifetime ban, had made him aware of his responsibilities as a leading Black player.
Tennis-Kyrgios produces another showstopper to down compatriot de Minaur
Australian Nick Kyrgios produced another extraordinary performance to demolish compatriot Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-3 at the Canadian Masters on Thursday, a day after stunning world number one Daniil Medvedev. The fiery Wimbledon finalist has been playing the best tennis of his career and is showing no signs of slowing down in Montreal, where he won the first four games of the opening set in which de Minaur won scarcely more than half of his first-serve points.
Rugby-All Blacks 'making steps' despite rough patch, says hooker Taylor
It might be bravado to support embattled coach Ian Foster but hooker Codie Taylor said the All Blacks are making progress despite floundering in their worst losing streak in nearly a quarter of a century. Taylor has been recalled to the bench for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks at Ellis Park after being dropped for the 26-10 defeat at Mbombela, the All Blacks' worst loss in South Africa in 94 years.
NFL preseason roundup: Graham Gano's FG lifts Giants over Patriots
Graham Gano made a 24-yard field goal as time expired to lift the New York Giants over the New England Patriots 23-21 on Thursday night in a preseason game in Foxborough, Mass. New England had taken a 21-20 advantage with 4:51 left to play in the fourth after quarterback Bailey Zappe connected with wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey for a 20-yard touchdown. But the Giants responded with vengeance, putting together an 11-play, 69-yard drive to get well within field-goal range for Gano.
MLB roundup: Dodgers win season-high 10th straight game
Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Joey Gallo hit home runs Wednesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-best winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Trea Turner and Will Smith also had RBI hits as the Dodgers improved to 13-4 in interleague play this season. Los Angeles also improved to 32-5 since June 29 while pushing their major-league-best record to 77-33.
Tennis-Swiatek upset by Haddad Maia in Canadian Open last 16
Polish world number one Iga Swiatek was stunned by Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4 3-6 7-5 at the Canadian Open on Thursday, while Jessica Pegula beat holder Camila Giorgi to join Coco Gauff and Simona Halep in the quarter-finals. In the opening set of their last-16 clash, Swiatek struck a double-fault to hand the unseeded Haddad Maia a 3-2 lead and the Brazilian leaned on her powerful serve and groundstrokes to close out the frame without facing a break point.
Tennis-Rampaging Kyrgios on a mission to shed 'wasted talent' tag
Tired of being branded a wasted talent, Nick Kyrgios hopes his "amazing tennis" will get the critics off his back so they might give him space to relax off court and not condemn him for enjoying a beer at a pub. A day after stunning world number one Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios steamrolled compatriot Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-3 at the Canadian Masters on Thursday to notch his 15th win from 16 matches.
Tennis-Zverev targets Davis Cup and hopes to play in U.S Open
Alexander Zverev expects to be back from injury to play for Germany in the Davis Cup in September but said on Thursday there was a real chance of returning earlier at the U.S Open. The 25-year-old world number two has had surgery after damaging ligaments in his right ankle during this year's French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal but hopes he might be ready for this year's final Grand Slam. [
Soccer-Qatar to kick off World Cup as finals brought forward by one day
This year's World Cup in Qatar will start a day earlier than originally scheduled with the opening ceremony now taking place before the host nation kick off the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20 against Ecuador, world governing body FIFA said on Thursday. The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar's first game on Nov. 21, which would have created the unusual situation of two matches - Senegal v Netherlands and England v Iran - being held before the ceremony.
Soccer-Chelsea tailor-made for me, says Sterling
Raheem Sterling said his new club Chelsea feel "tailor-made" for him due to the progress they have made under manager Thomas Tuchel and because going there gives him the chance to reconnect with his London roots. The England forward, 27, joined from Premier League champions Manchester City last month, becoming Chelsea's first signing under new ownership led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
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