Sports News Roundup: Basketball-Michael Jordan Olympic jersey fetches over $3 million at auction; Motor racing: Hamilton says new Mercedes deal is close, no Ferrari talks and more
Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Marcus Rashford scored for United, who needed a point from their final two league games to officially end Liverpool's fading hopes of securing a spot in Europe's premier club competition. Motor racing: Hamilton says new Mercedes deal is close, no Ferrari talks Lewis Hamilton denied talking to Ferrari about a move to the Italian Formula One team and said on Thursday he was close to agreeing a new contract with Mercedes.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Basketball-Michael Jordan Olympic jersey fetches over $3 million at auction
A jersey worn by basketball star Michael Jordan while representing the United States during the 1992 Summer Olympics was sold at auction for $3.03 million on Thursday. The auction was run by Goldin, an online collectibles marketplace.
Motor racing: Hamilton says new Mercedes deal is close, no Ferrari talks
Lewis Hamilton denied talking to Ferrari about a move to the Italian Formula One team and said on Thursday he was close to agreeing a new contract with Mercedes. The seven times world champion, the sport's most successful driver of all time, is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation the 38-year-old could join Ferrari.
Soccer-Manchester United back in Champions League with 4-1 rout of Chelsea
Manchester United will be back in action in next season's Champions League after they hammered Chelsea 4-1 on Thursday to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes (penalty) and Marcus Rashford scored for United, who needed a point from their final two league games to officially end Liverpool's fading hopes of securing a spot in Europe's premier club competition.
Soccer: One mission accomplished but job not yet done for Ten Hag
While Manchester United ticked off a major season goal by securing their return to the Champions League next season after a year's absence, manager Erik ten Hag made it clear his team has unfinished business. United, who are chasing a domestic double, face rivals and treble-chasers Manchester City in the FA Cup final on June 3 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Soccer-Salah 'devastated' as Liverpool miss Champions League spot
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said he was "totally devastated" that they had failed to secure Champions League qualification and that the club had let the fans down. Manchester United's 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday ended Liverpool's hopes of earning a berth in Europe's premier club competition next season. Juergen Klopp's side are fifth, four points adrift of the top four with one game remaining.
Athletics-Jacobs pulls out of Diamond League showdown with Kerly
Olympic gold medallist Lamont Jacobs said he has been forced to "postpone" his 100 metres showdown with world champion Fred Kerley at the Diamond League meet in Rabat this weekend due to a back issue. The Italian was set to make his first appearance in an outdoor event this year after a "winter of intense preparation" having withdrawn from last year's World Championships before the semi-finals due to a thigh injury.
Celtics cruise past Heat in Game 5, extend series again
Derrick White scored 24 points as the host Boston Celtics staved off elimination for the second consecutive contest with a 110-97 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday. The Heat never lead in the game, but they still hold a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series as they head home for Game 6 on Saturday.
Tennis-Alcaraz says he is just 'one of the favourites' ahead of French Open
World number one Carlos Alcaraz, who will be fighting for his first French Open title, does not consider himself favourite to win, saying his main priority is to enjoy the tournament beyond defending his ranking. Having been placed in the same half of the draw as 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic on Thursday, the 20-year-old Spaniard said he was keen to manage his own expectations.
AT&T's DirecTV signs deal to offer NFL Sunday Ticket games to bars and casinos
AT&T Inc's DirecTV on Thursday announced a multi-year deal to broadcast the Sunday Ticket package of National Football League (NFL) games for commercial locations including bars, restaurants and casinos in the United States. The satellite television provider, which had the rights to Sunday Ticket until the end of the 2022 season, said the agreement is set to begin with the upcoming 2023 NFL season.
Golf: Block struggles at Colonial as club pro sits dead last
Michael Block had a near ace and managed to save par from a bridge but ultimately endured a miserable start to the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday in his first start since taking the PGA Championship by storm last week. Block, the 46-year-old clubhouse professional who finished in a share of 15th at the year's second major, struggled to an 11-over-par 81 at Colonial Country Club that left him dead last in the 120-player field and 19 shots back of leader Harry Hall.
(With inputs from agencies.)