Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Draft-day trades: Grizzlies make two deals involving four first-rounders
The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the busiest teams during the NBA Draft in Thursday night, reportedly making deals involving four first-round picks and two veteran players. The Grizzlies first sent the 22nd and 29th overall picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 19th pick, which Memphis used on Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia.
Tennis-Nadal, and his foot, under scrutiny as he chases third Wimbledon title
When Wimbledon rolls out the plush green carpet to welcome Rafael Nadal to the championships for the first time in three years next week, it will be the Spaniard’s foot, rather than his formidable forehand, that will be scrutinized to the nth degree. Until a few days ago, very few people had even heard of ‘radiofrequency ablation treatment’ – a procedure that uses heat on the nerve to quell long-term pain.
Golf-Chun produces a record-breaking first round at the Women’s PGA Championship
South Korea’s Chun In-gee tied the record for the lowest opening round at a Women’s PGA Championship on Thursday with an eight-under-par 64 that gave her a five-stroke lead in Bethesda, Maryland. Chun, a two-time major winner, got off to a poor start with a bogey on the first hole but came firing back with nine birdies the rest of the way, her score setting a record for Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course.
Tennis-Favourite, but can Swiatek solve the grasscourt puzzle?
Poland’s Iga Swiatek makes no secret of her use of sports psychology and may need all her powers of positive thinking to plot her way to the Wimbledon title. The 21-year-old world number one appears to be a huge favorite going into the tournament — courtesy of a 35-match winning sequence that began in Qatar in February.
Basketball-Orlando Magic select Banchero first overall in NBA Draft
The Orlando Magic took Paolo Banchero’s first overall in the NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, with Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren going to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Auburn forward Jabari Smith headed to the Houston Rockets. Banchero, who averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 39 starts in his one year at Duke, will look to turn around a lackluster Magic after their 22-60 season.
Athletics-Kerley scorches in 100 heats, shock exit for Richardson
Tokyo silver medallist Fred Kerley produced a world-leading 9.83 seconds in the men’s 100 meters heats at the U.S. championships on Thursday but there was a shock in the women’s preliminaries when fan-favorite Sha’Carri Richardson failed to advance. World champion Christian Coleman, who returned to action in January after serving an 18-month suspension for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules, won his heat in 10.08 while Trayvon Bromell clinched his in 10.10.
MLB roundup: Yankees extend streak with rally vs. Astros
Aaron Hicks hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth inning and Aaron Judge followed with a game-ending, two-out single as the New York Yankees rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday to extend their home winning streak to 15 games. The judge’s second walk-off hit of the season occurred a day before he heads into an arbitration hearing after rejecting a long-term contract offer before the season. Judge’s hit gave the Yankees their longest home winning streak since 1961. The team record is 18 games, at the original Yankee Stadium in 1942.
Tennis-Wildcard Serena is the ultimate Wimbledon question mark
Serena Williams, an indomitable force for the best part of two decades, launches her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam at Wimbledon next week as the tournament’s biggest question mark after ending a year-long absence from competition. Williams played doubles at the Eastbourne International with Tunisian Ons Jabeur this week but the former world number one has not featured in a competitive singles match since limping out of last year’s first-round at the grasscourt major through injury.
Olympics-Geopolitical tension, inflation among challenges to 2030 bid – USOPC
Geopolitical tension and inflation are among the “barriers” Salt Lake City faces in its bid to host the 2030 Winter Games, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Chair Susanne Lyons said on Thursday. The U.S. is prepared to host back-to-back Games, with Los Angeles confirmed as the 2028 Summer Olympics host, Lyons said, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is likely to wait until the end of the year to make a call.
Tennis-Djokovic eyes redemption at Wimbledon amid the tempestuous season
The season has not panned out as Novak Djokovic would have envisaged back in January but the former world number one will hope to find redemption at Wimbledon as he looks to defend his crown and close in on Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles. The 35-year-old Serb has won the last three editions of Wimbledon in 2018, 2019, and last year, with the 2020 tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(With inputs from agencies.)