Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Kamada and Mitoma strike as Japan breeze past United States; Tennis-Part of me leaves with Federer, says emotional Nadal and more
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Tears flow as curtain comes down on Federer's glittering career
Roger Federer's trophy-laden career ended with defeat on Friday, but for once the result hardly mattered as the Swiss maestro headed into retirement with tears in his eyes and cheers ringing in his ears. With a sellout crowd of 17,500 at London's O2 Arena willing him on, the 20-time Grand Slam champion returned after more than a year away to play alongside Rafa Nadal, the Spaniard with whom he shared one of tennis's most captivating rivalries.
Soccer-Kamada and Mitoma strike as Japan breeze past United States
Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma were on target as Japan continued their preparations for November's World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 win over the United States in Dusseldorf on Friday. Kamada's 24th minute strike was given after VAR overruled the onfield officials who believed the Eintracht Frankfurt forward was offside while Mitoma added the second for Hajime Moriyasu's side with two minutes remaining.
Tennis-Part of me leaves with Federer, says emotional Nadal
Sitting courtside Rafa Nadal cried as his great rival, Roger Federer, bid an emotional farewell to tennis at the Laver Cup on Friday, later saying an important part of him was also leaving the men's Tour with the retirement of the Swiss. Pictures and videos of Federer and Nadal - who shared one of tennis's most enthralling rivalries - crying together after combining for Team Europe in a doubles defeat at London's O2 Arena went viral on social media, leaving their legions of fans highly emotional.
Soccer-Messi powers Argentina past Honduras in Miami
Lionel Messi scored twice and Argentina dominated Honduras 3-0 on Friday in Miami as the World Cup-bound team continues to fine-tune its game ahead of the upcoming international tournament in Qatar. Messi was at the center of the action from the opening whistle, lobbing a pass to the charging Papu Gomez who found Lautaro Martinez for an early 1-0 lead.
Tennis-Fans flock to pay homage to Federer
Fans flocked from far and wide to pay homage to Roger Federer as the Swiss tennis great brought down the curtain on his glittering career at London's O2 Arena on Friday. The 41-year-old was set to play with great rival Rafa Nadal in the evening doubles slot on the opening day of the Laver Cup in what will be his last professional match.
Golf-Lack of putting not fight has Internationals in hole, says captain
A lack of clutch putting not fight says International captain Trevor Immelman has put his team in the hole they will try to climb out of on Saturday to keep the United States from bringing the Presidents Cup to an early conclusion. Hammered 4-1 in both the opening foursomes (alternate shot) and fourball (best ball) sessions the Internationals trail the rampaging U.S. 8-2 after two days and must quickly find a way to slow the American juggernaut.
Tennis-Federer admits to last night nerves after emotional farewell
Roger Federer may have been one of the sporting world's great communicators over the last two decades but the Swiss confessed he had been dreading being handed a microphone after his glorious career came to a close at the Laver Cup on Friday.
The 41-year-old polyglot, who has given countless on-court interviews in his 24 years at the top of the game, feared that his emotions would render him inarticulate after his final doubles match at London's O2 Arena.
Baseball-New York AG asks MLB and Apple to let more fans watch Yankees game
New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked Major League Baseball and Apple to allow Friday's Yankees game, in which Aaron Judge will look to tie the AL home run record, to be aired on the team-owned YES Network. As it stands, the only way to watch the broadcast of the game against the visiting Boston Red Sox is on streaming service Apple TV+.
Cycling-Van Vleuten snatches road race world title after hellish ride
Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten staged a classic late attack to win the world championship road race in a stunning finish on Saturday despite nursing a fractured elbow throughout the 164.3-km race. The 39-year-old was a major doubt for the race after sustaining the injury in a crash in the mixed relay on Wednesday and rode through pain to claim the rainbow jersey for the second time after 2019.
Golf-U.S have Internationals on the ropes after dominating fourballs
International captain Trevor Immelman vowed his men would fight to the final bell in the Presidents Cup but they were outclassed on Friday by the United States who dominated the fourballs by taking four of five points. Following a 4-1 thrashing in Thursday's foursomes (alternate shot) the Internationals returned to the Quail Hollow Club looking for a way to slow their rampaging opponents but had no answers as the U.S. increased their lead to 8-2 after two days.
(With inputs from agencies.)