Sports Highlights: World Records, Tennis Triumphs, and Unfortunate Farewells

This summary of current sports news includes Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone's world-leading 400m hurdles, Iga Swiatek's triumph at the French Open, a postponement of Mike Tyson's fight, Drew Gordon's tragic car accident, and other notable highlights across various sports.

Reuters | Updated: 01-06-2024 10:28 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 10:28 IST
Sports Highlights: World Records, Tennis Triumphs, and Unfortunate Farewells
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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Olympics-McLaughlin-Levrone sets world lead on return to 400m hurdles

Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone ramped up preparations for a title defence at this year's Paris Games by running a world-leading time of 52.70 seconds on Friday in her first 400 metres hurdles race in over a year. McLaughlin-Levrone, the world record holder in the 400 hurdles, last competed in the event in August 2022.

Tennis-Easy wins for Swiatek and young guns, furious Rublev falls at French Open

Iga Swiatek kept her cool to breeze into the French Open fourth round on another damp day at Roland Garros on Friday but the red mist descended on Andrey Rublev who raged and ranted before becoming the highest men's seed to crash out. Carlos Alcaraz got closer to his best level after a recent arm injury by beating American Sebastian Korda 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 while fellow Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova saw off Chloe Paquet 6-1 6-3 after a scare in the previous round.

Boxing-Tyson's ulcer flare up forces Paul fight postponement

Mike Tyson and Jake Paul's hotly-anticipated fight is being pushed back from its July 20 date due to the former heavyweight champion's recent ulcer flare up, promoters said on Friday. Medical professionals recommended Tyson, 57, does minimal light training over the next few weeks as he recovers before returning to full training with no limitations, Paul's Most Valuable Promotions said in a statement.

Former 76ers F Drew Gordon dies in car accident at 33

Former NBA player Drew Gordon, the older brother of Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, died in a car crash on Thursday in Portland, Ore. He was 33. According to a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office report, Drew Gordon was the driver of a "three-wheeled autocycle" that crossed the center line into an oncoming pickup truck in an unincorporated part of the county. Gordon died at the scene, according to the report, while two occupants of the pickup were transported to an area hospital "with non-life threatening injuries."

Biden celebrates repeat Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at White House

U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed the NFL Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to the White House on Friday, joking about the upcoming presidential election and donning a Chiefs helmet. "Winning back to back, I kind of like that," Biden said, chuckling, as he spoke in front of the National Football League team on the White House's South Lawn. Biden, a Democrat, faces a close rematch with Republican Donald Trump in November.

NFL-Bills sign Olympic champion wrestler Steveson

The Buffalo Bills have signed Olympic champion wrestler Gable Steveson as an undrafted free agent defensive tackle, the National Football League (NFL) team said on Friday. Steveson won gold in men's freestyle super heavyweight wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 when he scored on a spin-behind takedown with 10 seconds remaining and then another as time expired to win by one point.

Tennis-Brilliant Alcaraz fells Korda to book French Open fourth-round spot

Third seed Carlos Alcaraz sparkled and showed steely resolve in his most convincing match at the French Open this year for a 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over American Sebastian Korda to reach the fourth round of Roland Garros on Friday. Still wearing a compression sleeve after a recent forearm issue, Alcaraz produced a stellar show in a rematch of the duo's 2022 encounter to firmly put himself back in the conversation as the favourite to lift the title in Paris and a third major.

Mariners fire bench coach Brant Brown

The Seattle Mariners, who lead the American League West Division, fired bench coach and offensive coordinator Brant Brown before Friday's home game against the Los Angeles Angels. The team said its director of hitting strategy Jarret DeHart and its assistant hitting coach Tommy Joseph would "continue and expand on their roles with the hitters."

Gymnastics-Biles dominant on first day of U.S. championships

Simone Biles got her bid for a record-extending ninth all-around title at the U.S. championships off to a sensational start on Friday, piling up 60.45 points to take a more than three-point lead after the first night of the competition. Starting on vault, Biles landed her signature Yurchenko double pike to thrill the fans in Fort Worth, Texas, and was rewarded with a 15.80 from the judges at the meet, which will help determine the U.S. team for the Paris Olympics.

Orioles starters John Means, Tyler Wells out for season

The Baltimore Orioles will be without starters John Means and Tyler Wells for the rest of the season. Baltimore general manager Mike Elias told reporters Friday that Means and Wells need surgery to repair damage to their ulnar collateral ligaments and will miss the remainder of the 2024 campaign.

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