Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NBA-Warriors’ Curry wins his first Finals MVP award
Golden State Warriors sharpshooting guard Stephen Curry won his first NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award by a unanimous vote following the team’s championship-clinching 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game Six on Thursday. The Finals MVP award was one of the few major honors that had eluded the eight-time All-Star, who has won two league MVPs and four championships.
NBA-Warriors relish ‘most unlikely’ championship of a dynasty run
Golden State Warriors players and coaches said winning their fourth NBA Championship in eight years was extra special given the depths the team had sunk to in the last two seasons. The Warriors finished with an NBA-worst 15 wins in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and after failing to reach the playoffs last year some thought it was time to break the team-up.
NBA-Golden dynasty: Warriors win fourth NBA Championship in eight years
The Golden State Warriors cemented their place as one of the NBA’s great dynasties with Thursday’s 103-90 Game Six win over the Boston Celtics sealing their fourth Championship in eight seasons. The 4-2 Finals series win brought the Warriors a seventh championship, breaking a tie with the Chicago Bulls for sole possession of the third place in the all-time winners list behind the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, who both have 17 titles.
Gymnastics-British athletes subjected to ‘child abuse’, says former gymnast Pavier
Former gymnast Nicole Pavier said British athletes were subjected to “child abuse” and that the findings of an independent review showed physical and mental mistreatment at clubs was more widespread than first thought. The review, led by Anne Whyte QC, was commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England in August 2020 following allegations of mistreatment within the sport in Britain.
Soccer-Infantino says soccer to be top U.S. sport by 2026 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he expects soccer to be the biggest sport in North America in time for the 2026 World Cup as the host cities for the tournament in the United States, Canada, and Mexico were announced on Thursday. World soccer governing body FIFA announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada – that was successful from the 22 bids put forward in a special event at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
MLB roundup: Guardians complete sweep of Rockies
Amed Rosario drove in two runs, Triston McKenzie gave up one run over six innings and the visiting Cleveland Guardians finished off a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-2 victory on Thursday in Denver. Emmanuel Clase recorded the final three outs to pick up his 14th save for Cleveland. The Guardians are now perfect after three games of a nine-game, three-city road trip and have won four consecutive games, along with seven of their last eight.
Tournament favorite Rory McIlroy was among the five-man pack sitting one shot back of Canada’s Adam Hadwin after the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday while Phil Mickelson struggled a week after making his LIV Golf debut. Mickelson, playing on his 52nd birthday and three days after facing an onslaught of questions about his involvement with the Saudi-backed LIV series, shot an unsightly eight-over par 78 to sit near the bottom of the 156-player field at The Country Club.
North America’s historical ambivalence to soccer is no match for the spectacle of the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, as he bids to make the world’s “beautiful game” the preeminent sport in the region as well. World soccer governing body FIFA announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada – that was successful from the 22 bids put forward in a special event at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
From Vancouver to Mexico City to Miami, the 2026 World Cup is poised to take over North America, with one notable exception: The United States’ capital city. The joint bid of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, was one of six that didn’t make the cut on Thursday when FIFA announced the 16 cities to host matches in the global sports spectacle four years from now.
Athletics-Olympic sprint champion Jacobs cleared to resume training
Olympic sprint champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has been cleared to resume training after recovering from a muscle injury that forced him to withdraw from Diamond League meetings in Eugene, Rome, and Oslo, Italy’s athletics federation (FIDAL) said. Jacobs, who picked up the injury in his 100 meters win at a meet in Savona last month, underwent diagnostic tests on Wednesday, it added.
(With inputs from agencies.)