Sports News Roundup: Golf-Spieth to put injured wrist to the test at Colonial; Soccer-Brighton snap champions Man City's winning streak and more
Despite an injury that denied him time to sufficiently prepare, Spieth opted to play last week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York where he was seeking the final leg of the career Grand Slam of golf's four majors. Soccer-Brighton snap champions Man City's winning streak Champions Manchester City's 12-match winning streak in the Premier League came to an end as Julio Enciso's stunner earned sixth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-1 draw to seal them a Europa League berth on Wednesday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-Spieth to put injured wrist to the test at Colonial
Jordan Spieth heads into this week's Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas ready to test a wrist injury that limited him at the PGA Championship and fully aware that aggravating it could derail his preparation for the year's final two majors. Despite an injury that denied him time to sufficiently prepare, Spieth opted to play last week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York where he was seeking the final leg of the career Grand Slam of golf's four majors.
Soccer-Brighton snap champions Man City's winning streak
Champions Manchester City's 12-match winning streak in the Premier League came to an end as Julio Enciso's stunner earned sixth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-1 draw to seal them a Europa League berth on Wednesday. Treble-chasing City, who wrapped up a fifth title in six seasons at the weekend, lacked their usual intensity but took the lead when Phil Foden slotted home in the 25th minute.
Soccer-LaLiga chief Tebas apologises for rant about Vinicius's racism complaint
LaLiga President Javier Tebas apologised on Wednesday for his online rant at Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr after the Brazilian took to social media to complain about racist insults he suffered during a match and the Spanish league's inaction. The game against Valencia on Sunday was halted for 10 minutes as Brazilian Vinicius pointed out fans who were abusing him before he was involved in an altercation with Valencia players which led to him being sent off.
Soccer-England's Southgate concerned by Maguire form, conditions of Toney ban
Gareth Southgate said Harry Maguire's lack of playing time makes it difficult to guarantee he will start games for England while the manager also had concerns over Ivan Toney's rehabilitation during his eight-month ban from football. Maguire, who became the world's most expensive defender when Manchester United signed him for 80 million pounds ($100.97 million), is no longer a first-choice centre back for his club despite being named the team's captain.
Skiing-Russian and Belarusian athletes remain banned from FIS events
Russian and Belarusian athletes will continue to be barred from competitions organised by skiing's global federation (FIS) due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, the governing body said on Wednesday. The International Olympic Committee recommended in March that athletes from Russia and Belarus be allowed to return to international competition as neutrals, provided they did not support the war or were not affiliated with the military.
Soccer-Jordi Alba to leave Barcelona after 11 years
Defender Jordi Alba will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after 11 years with the Catalan outfit, the LaLiga club said on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Spain international has played more than 450 games for Barcelona, winning the Champions League in 2015, six LaLiga titles, five Copa del Rey titles, four Spanish Super Cups and the Club World Cup.
Tennis-Ymer disqualified in Lyon after smashing racket on umpire's chair
Mikael Ymer was disqualified from the Lyon Open on Wednesday after he smashed his racket on the umpire's chair following an argument over a line call. Swede Ymer was playing Frenchman Arthur Fils in the last 16 of the ATP 250 event when the 24-year-old argued with the umpire over a return and pointed to a mark on the clay to make his case.
Boxing-Alvarez sets sights on Bivol rematch
After his victory over Britain's John Ryder earlier this month, undisputed super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez told Reuters on Wednesday he wants another fight with Dmitry Bivol, who handed him a rare loss last year. The win over Ryder brought Alvarez's record up to 59-2-2 in front of a home crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Soccer-Iniesta to leave Vissel Kobe in July
Former Spain international Andres Iniesta will leave Vissel Kobe midway through the current J.League season, the Japanese club said on Thursday. The former Barcelona midfielder, who turned 39 earlier this month, joined Kobe in 2018 after a glittering career at the Catalan club where he won 30 trophies. He also won the World Cup and back-to-back European Championships with Spain.
Soccer-CONMEBOL fines Argentina's Racing and Uruguay's Nacional for racist insults
CONMEBOL has fined Argentine team Racing Club and Uruguay's Nacional for racist behaviour by their fans during Copa Libertadores matches against Brazilian sides Flamengo and Internacional. Racing were fined $100,000 by CONMEBOL after their fans made racist gestures towards fans of the opposing team during a 1-1 draw with Flamengo on May 4.
(With inputs from agencies.)