The following is a summary of the latest sports news.
Tennis-Djokovic denounces ‘insane’ Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarusian players
World number one Novak Djokovic said Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine was “insane”. Wimbledon announced on Wednesday that it had banned all Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s championships due to the invasion, which Russia described as “special operations”.
Exclusive-Tennis-ATP and WTA join hands to launch mobile app together
Tennis fans will be able to follow the men’s and women’s matches on a single mobile app from Wednesday, the latest in a series of collaborations between the ATP and WTA tours aimed at bringing the divided sport together. The new ‘ATP WTA Live app will replace the existing ATP and WTA apps and allow fans to follow the official scores and results of the men’s and women’s matches.
Tennis-ATP and WTA criticize Wimbledon for banning Russian and Belarusian players
Wimbledon has banned all Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s championships due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a decision quickly condemned by the men’s and women’s tour and American great Martina Navratilova. The move is the first time players have been banned on grounds of citizenship since the post-World War Two era when German and Japanese players were expelled.
Jay Wright retires, Villanova appoints Kyle Neptune as successor
Villanova coach Jay Wright retired two weeks after his 21st season ended in his fourth Final Four. Wright plans to move into fundraising and advisory roles at Villanova, where he won two national championships.
Soccer-Bullet points preview from Premier League matches
Match-by-match facts and stats ahead of the 34th round of the Premier League from 23-25 April (all time in GMT):
Saturday, April 23
Boxing-Beterbiev will fight as Canadian after Russia ban, says WBC boss
Light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev will fight as Canadian boxer after boxers banned Russian boxers following the invasion of Ukraine, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said Wednesday. The WBC, IBF and IBO have said they will not legalize a fight involving boxers from Russia or Belarus.
Golf-Scheffler says the Green Jacket isn’t enough to avoid stints
World number one Scottie Scheffler said on Wednesday that she has not left her home in the Green Jacket she won as Masters champion and that the coveted outfit doesn’t even allow her to get out of housework. Scheffler, speaking to reporters ahead of this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event, said he treats the Green Jacket with respect but also has fun with it at home.
Andy Murray changes his mind about clay court, will play in Madrid
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray received a wildcard entry to the Madrid Open and will play in the tournament, reversing his decision to skip the claycourt season. The Madrid Open begins May 1 and runs until May 8. Murray has won the ATP Masters 1000 tournament twice, first in 2008 and then in 2015.
Boxing-No disrespect and no excuses when Fury and Whyte come face to face
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and challenger Dillian Whyte greeted each other and shook hands on Wednesday in the final news conference before their big clash at Wembley Stadium. Fury’s WBC title will be at stake on Saturday when the 33-year-old ‘Gypsy King’ takes on his former sparring partner, fellow Briton and top-ranked competitor Whyte in front of a sold-out 94,000 spectators.
Soccer-Man City returns to lead as Arsenal beat Chelsea
Manchester City regained their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion while Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Liverpool have taken over at the top of the table after their 4-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday, meaning City cannot go wrong at home to Graham Potter’s side.
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