Sports News Roundup: Athletics-Olympic champion Crouser shatters own shot put world record; Tennis-Sabalenka ignores Ukrainian 'hate' with eyes on number one at Roland Garros and more
The penalty means also that Alpine's Esteban Ocon moves up to third and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz will start fourth. Soccer-Luton promoted to Premier League after playoff win over Coventry Luton Town will play in the Premier League for the first time after beating Coventry City 6-5 on penalties in Saturday's Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium, earning a return to England's top flight after a 31-year absence.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Athletics-Olympic champion Crouser shatters own shot put world record
Two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser demolished his own shot put world record on Saturday, throwing for 23.56 metres at the Los Angeles Grand Prix. The American surpassed his previous mark of 23.37 metres, which he achieved at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon in June 2021.
Tennis-Sabalenka ignores Ukrainian 'hate' with eyes on number one at Roland Garros
Aryna Sabalenka's opening match in her quest for a second Grand Slam title has political undertones when she faces Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk at the French Open on Sunday, but the Belarusian has not time to delve on any negative feelings towards her. Kostyuk has maintained she will not shake hands with tour rivals from Russia and Belarus, who she feels have not done enough to speak out against the invasion of her country.
Tennis-Ruud banking on French Open experience for deep run after 'up and down' season
World number four Casper Ruud admitted his preparation going into the French Open has not been ideal but is counting on his experience from his final run last year and the ability to endure five setters to go deep at Roland Garros. Ruud reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros last year but the Norwegian was swept aside by Rafa Nadal in straight sets as the Spaniard won his 14th crown on the Parisian clay.
Motor racing-Leclerc handed three-place grid drop at home Monaco GP
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was handed a three-place grid drop for his home Monaco Grand Prix for impeding McLaren's Lando Norris in qualifying on Saturday, meaning he will start sixth instead of third. The penalty means also that Alpine's Esteban Ocon moves up to third and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz will start fourth.
Soccer-Luton promoted to Premier League after playoff win over Coventry
Luton Town will play in the Premier League for the first time after beating Coventry City 6-5 on penalties in Saturday's Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium, earning a return to England's top flight after a 31-year absence. Coventry's Fankaty Dabo blazed his spot kick over the crossbar after the shootout went into sudden death following a 1-1 draw and a tense but goalless period of extra time, when Luton's Joe Taylor had a late goal disallowed due to handball.
MLB roundup: Overturned DP helps Marlins beat Angels
A replay review and overturned call helped key a four-run 10th inning that propelled the Miami Marlins to an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif. The Marlins took a 5-4 lead in the 10th and loaded the bases with one out. However, the Angels appeared to get out of the jam on a pitcher-to-catcher-to-first double play. On a Marlins review, the catcher's foot was not on home plate as he fielded the throw. A run scored to make it 6-4, and with the inning extended, Garrett Hampson followed with a two-run single.
Ice Hockey-Germany beat U.S to set up final showdown at worlds with Canada
Germany reached the final of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday after holding on for a 4-3 win over the United States, who suffered their 12th straight semi-final loss.
Germany secured the win in Tampere after equalising with 87 seconds left in regulation time before forward Frederik Tiffels scored in overtime. They will face Canada in the final
Soccer-Bayern win Bundesliga with last-gasp goal in dramatic season finale
Bayern Munich snatched their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title in dramatic fashion with a final day 2-1 win at Cologne on Saturday courtesy of Jamal Musiala's 89th minute goal, grabbing the trophy from the hands of rivals Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund had gone into the last game of the season in top spot but stumbled to a 2-2 against visitors Mainz 05, allowing Bayern to squeeze past them in the tightest league race in years.
Soccer-Luton complete fairytale rise from dark days of fifth tier to Premier League
Luton Town's promotion bid hit a speed bump when Southampton prised away their beloved manager Nathan Jones earlier this season, but they have now returned the favour by taking the south-coast club's place in the Premier League. Jones had led Luton to automatic promotion from League Two and even a Championship playoff semi-final in two spells but left in November when they were ninth, leaving Luton in a predicament.
Tennis-Djokovic owes growth of his career to 'biggest rival' Nadal
Novak Djokovic joked that he was a relieved man after Rafa Nadal withdrew from the French Open due to injury but deep down the Serbian has nothing but respect for his eternal rival, saying a part of him would leave if the Spaniard retires in 2024. Nadal failed to regain full fitness from a hip injury he suffered at the Australian Open in January and the 14-times Roland Garros winner said 2024 could be the last year of his professional career.
(With inputs from agencies.)