Sports News Roundup: Germany score massive upset over U.S. in FIBA World Cup semis; Soccer-Brazil thrash Bolivia 5-1 in Neymar's record-breaking appearance and more
The third seeds dropped their rackets and embraced in the middle of the court after Ebden's return landed in the net on match point to complete the comeback and extend their winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 18 matches. Tennis-Veteran Djokovic overcomes Shelton to reach US Open final Novak Djokovic used his experience to overcome American Ben Shelton as the Serbian battled past his 20-year-old challenger 6-3 6-2 7-6(4) to reach his 10th U.S. Open final on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Germany score massive upset over U.S. in FIBA World Cup semis
Germany shocked the fancied United States 113-111 in a high-octane knockout match on Friday to set up a first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup championship game against fellow European powerhouses Serbia. Guard Andreas Obst carried Germany with his tournament-high 24 points and six assists, including a clutch 3-pointer to build a comfortable lead before they fended off a late rally by the U.S.
Soccer-Brazil thrash Bolivia 5-1 in Neymar's record-breaking appearance
Brazil lived up to expectations by smashing Bolivia 5-1 at home in their 2026 World Cup qualifiers opener on Friday, with Neymar surpassing the late great Pele as the country's top scorer. The 31-year-old Neymar, who recently joined Saudi side Al-Hilal, bounced back after missing a penalty in the first half, scoring two goals in the 61st and 93rd minutes to become the country's all-time top scorer with 79 goals.
Spanish prosecutor files complaint against Rubiales for sexual assault, coercion
A Spanish prosecutor has filed a complaint with the High Court against suspended soccer federation chief Luis Rubiales for sexual assault and coercion over his allegedly unsolicited kiss on the lips of World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso. Prosecutor Marta Durantez Gil's decision came three days after Hermoso lodged a criminal complaint. It is up to the court to present formal charges.
Tennis-U.S. Open beefs up security after protesters stop match
The U.S. Open stepped up security for the men's semi-finals on Friday after environmental activists disrupted a women's match a day earlier, halting play for nearly an hour. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said additional police had been stationed around Arthur Ashe Stadium with undercover officers in the stands ahead of the first of Friday's two singles contests between Serbian thee-time champion Novak Djokovic and young American Ben Shelton.
Tennis-Home favourite Gauff ready to derail Sabalenka in US Open final
American teenager Coco Gauff can expect a capacity crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium to be in her corner as she fights formidable second seed Aryna Sabalenka for the U.S. Open crown on Saturday. Sabalenka is already assured the number one spot in the new rankings after the tournament but does not expect an easy road to a second Grand Slam title this year, with vocal home fans hungry to see sixth seed Gauff collect her maiden major title.
Tennis-Djokovic puts record books out of mind in hunt for 24th major title
Novak Djokovic could claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Sunday's U.S. Open final but will put that landmark out of his mind as he prepares to face old foe Daniil Medvedev. The Serb battled past American Ben Shelton in straight sets on Friday to set up a rematch with Russia's Medvedev, who denied him a rare calendar Grand Slam two years ago.
Tennis-Medvedev upsets Alcaraz to deny U.S. Open blockbuster final
Daniil Medvedev believed he would have to play at an 11 out of 10 level on Friday if he was to beat world number one Carlos Alcaraz and get to the U.S. Open final for a third time. The third seeded Russian would prevail 7-6(3) 6-1 3-6 6-3 in a fascinating encounter under Arthur Ashe Stadium's closed roof that ended Alcaraz's reign as Flushing Meadows champion, but to get the job done needed to up his game more than he thought.
Tennis-Ram and Salisbury win record third straight U.S. Open men's doubles title
American Rajeev Ram and Britain's Joe Salisbury rallied from a set down to beat India's Rohan Bopanna and Australian Matthew Ebden 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Friday to win an Open-era record third straight U.S. Open men's doubles title. The third seeds dropped their rackets and embraced in the middle of the court after Ebden's return landed in the net on match point to complete the comeback and extend their winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 18 matches.
Tennis-Veteran Djokovic overcomes Shelton to reach US Open final
Novak Djokovic used his experience to overcome American Ben Shelton as the Serbian battled past his 20-year-old challenger 6-3 6-2 7-6(4) to reach his 10th U.S. Open final on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. Shelton had flummoxed opponents in New York with his big serve, but the 36-year-old second seed Djokovic was able to harness his experience to neutralise a third-set surge from the young American.
Tennis-Alcaraz says he will not dwell long on US Open semi-final exit
Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz said he would not dwell long on his shock U.S. Open semi-final defeat to Russian Daniil Medvedev on Friday, as he exited the year's final major with plans to "grow up" from the loss. The crowds did their part to try to propel their fan-favourite Alcaraz past Medvedev, imploring the 20-year-old Wimbledon champion to keep fighting on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
(With inputs from agencies.)