Sports News Roundup: Tiger Woods confirms WD from Genesis due to flu diagnosis; NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona postponed until Monday and more

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 18-02-2024 10:52 IST | Created: 18-02-2024 10:26 IST
Sports News Roundup: Tiger Woods confirms WD from Genesis due to flu diagnosis; NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona postponed until Monday and more
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Golf-Spieth takes responsibility for Genesis Invitational disqualification

Jordan Spieth admitted to signing for the wrong score at The Genesis Invitational at Riviera on Friday as the former U.S. Open champion was disqualified for the first time in his career.

The PGA Tour said that the former world number one had signed at the end of the second round for a three on the par-three fourth hole when he had made a four.

Report: Sacramento strong contender to host itinerant A's

Sacramento has emerged as a strong contender to host the Oakland Athletics as they await construction on a new ballpark in Las Vegas, The Athletic reported. Last year, unable to secure a new stadium deal in California, A's owners announced their intention to leave the aging Coliseum in Oakland and head toward the desert. With a stadium on the Las Vegas Strip not scheduled to open until 2028, and the current lease on the Coliseum ending after the 2024 season, the A's will need a place to play for three seasons.

Tiger Woods confirms WD from Genesis due to flu diagnosis

Tiger Woods confirmed Saturday over social media that he is dealing with the flu. Woods' announcement came one day after he withdrew from the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona postponed until Monday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Saturday's scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been postponed to Monday morning because of rain. The season-opening race has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ATP roundup: Nicolas Jarry downs Carlos Alcaraz at Argentina Open

Third-seeded Chilean Nicolas Jarry cruised to a 7-6 (2), 6-3 upset of No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain on Saturday in the semifinals of the IEB+ Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. Jarry battled back from a 6-5 deficit in the first set to force a tiebreaker, where he raced out to a 6-1 lead that ended up being too much for Alcaraz to handle. Jarry then won the final three games of the second set to complete the sweep.

Report: Diamondbacks to sign OF Randal Grichuk

The Arizona Diamondbacks are singing veteran outfielder Randal Grichuk to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2025, ESPN reported Saturday. The deal is worth $1.5 million this year and includes a $6 million option with a $500,000 buyout for next season, as well as performance bonuses, per the report.

Swimming-World Aquatics stands by its strict Russia policy for Olympics

World Aquatics (WA) are standing by their strict criteria for Russian and Belarusian swimmers to return to international competition - even if it means some of the world's best from the two countries boycott the Paris Olympics. Swimming's global governing body approved the return of Russian and Belarusian participants last September after banning them following Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

Tennis-Swiatek holds off Rybakina to capture third straight Qatar Open crown

Top seed Iga Swiatek overcame a gritty challenge by world number four Elena Rybakina to take home the Qatar Open title for the third straight year with a 7-6(8) 6-2 victory in Saturday's final. The 22-year-old Pole, who raced to her 12th consecutive match win in Doha, became the first player to capture a singles title at an event in three successive years since Serena Williams triumphed in Miami from 2013-15.

Soccer-MLS season may start with replacement refs amid labor dispute

The Professional Referee Organization said on Saturday it has decided to lock out Major League Soccer referees ahead of next week's start to the 2024 season after the Professional Soccer Referees Association rejected a proposed new labor pact. The PRO will lock out referees effective 12:00 am. ET (0500 GMT) on Sunday and, barring a change, the 2024 MLS season opener on Wednesday featuring Argentine great Lionel Messi's Inter Miami club will be officiated by replacement referees.

High-scoring Canucks take on offensively challenged Jets

Fresh off a gritty win over Detroit that enabled them to become the first team this season to reach 80 points, the high-scoring Vancouver Canucks host the offensively challenged Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. It is a matchup of contrasting styles. The Jets lack offensive firepower but make up for it with one of the stingiest defenses in the league, while the Canucks have the best record in the NHL and are making a major impact in the scoring race.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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