Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Mbappe says image rights dispute with federation a 'collective move'; ATP roundup: Stan Wawrinka upsets Daniil Medvedev at Metz and more
Wong recorded his sixth career multi-homer game to lead the Brewers, who remained 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the third and final National League wild-card berth after the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0. Cricket-Moeen says one-over 'gamble' cost England against Pakistan England captain Moeen Ali said his one over of off-spin bowling against Pakistan was a "gamble" that did not pay off after the visitors lost the second Twenty20 International in Karachi on Thursday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-Mbappe says image rights dispute with federation a 'collective move'
France striker Kylian Mbappe said his image rights dispute with the French Football Federation was a "collective move" to help fellow teammates. This week, the French Football Federation said it would review its agreement on players' image rights after media reported that Mbappe had refused to take part in sponsor activities.
ATP roundup: Stan Wawrinka upsets Daniil Medvedev at Metz
Stan Wawrinka pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday, beating top-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. The 37-year-old from Switzerland improved to 2-2 all-time against Medvedev, the former world No. 1 from Russia, who had nine aces but was hurt by 12 double faults. Wawrinka will next face Sweden's Mikael Ymer, who was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Gregoire Barrere of France.
Doping-WADA outlaws tramadol use from 2024, maintains cannabis ban
The World Anti-Doping Agency will add the painkiller tramadol to the list of banned substances for athletes in competition from 2024 and has maintained its ban on cannabis after a review. The decisions were taken by WADA's executive committee after a meeting in Sydney on Friday and followed recommendations from the body's advisory group on the list of banned substances.
MLB roundup: Brewers' Kolten Wong swats 3 HRs vs. Reds
Kolten Wong hit a career-high three home runs and had five RBIs as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers opened a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 victory on Thursday. Wong recorded his sixth career multi-homer game to lead the Brewers, who remained 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the third and final National League wild-card berth after the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0.
Cricket-Moeen says one-over 'gamble' cost England against Pakistan
England captain Moeen Ali said his one over of off-spin bowling against Pakistan was a "gamble" that did not pay off after the visitors lost the second Twenty20 International in Karachi on Thursday. Chasing 200 for victory, Pakistan were 104 for no loss in the 13th over when Moeen brought himself on and conceded 21 runs, including three sixes.
Tennis-Spaniard Alcaraz plots lengthy reign as men's No. 1
Having become the youngest player to top the men's world rankings, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is already plotting to make sure his stint as world number one is a long one. The Spaniard climbed to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows.
Soccer-Liverpool's Van Dijk admits to poor form at start of the season
Virgil van Dijk has admitted he made a poor start to the season for his club Liverpool and said he feels a heavy burden of responsibility as captain of both club and his country, the Netherlands. But van Dijk suggested he had turned a corner, particularly after a convincing performance for the Dutch against Poland in Warsaw on Thursday where they all but secured top place in their Nations League group, and a berth in next year's finals, with a 2-0 win.
Golf-U.S. make fast start in Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup got off to the blowout start many had predicted as the United States humbled a scrappy International team 4-1 in the opening foursomes on Thursday. The powerful U.S. team had looked poised for a sweep of the five matches until the Internationals snatched an unexpected point when South Korea's Kim Si-woo and Australian Cam Davis took down the all-star American pairing of world number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns 2-Up.
Apple will sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show starting in February
The National Football League has reached a multiyear deal with Apple Music to sponsor the Super Bowl Halftime Show, beginning with the American football championship game in February 2023, the league said on Thursday. The Super Bowl is usually the most watched television event of the year in the United States, and the halftime show has become a showcase, featuring such notable artists as The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, and Madonna.
Analysis-Baseball-Yankees' Judge captivates his sport with home run pursuit
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has captivated the baseball world as he blasts his way up the all-time single-season home run list and his power surge is welcome news for Major League Baseball after years of declining viewership. Long touted as "America's national pastime", MLB has been struggling to appeal to younger fans due partly to the length of games and slow pace of play but Judge's plate appearances have suddenly become appointment viewing.
(With inputs from agencies.)