Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Duke’s volleyball game in Utah moved after racist abuse hurled at black player
Saturday’s Duke University women’s volleyball game was moved to another location in Provo, Utah after racial slurs were hurled at a black player in the crowd during Friday’s game with BYU, school officials said. The incident prompted BYU to apologize and ban a fan identified as the perpetrator.
Football-Liverpool win 9-0, Haaland hit a hat-trick, United win away, Arsenal stay top
Liverpool equaled the record for the biggest ever Premier League victory with a 9-0 thrashing against Bournemouth on Saturday while Erling Haaland scored his first Manchester City hat-trick and Manchester United ended a seven-game losing streak in the championship. But Arsenal remain the only team with a 100 per cent record as they came from one goal to beat Fulham 2-1 thanks to a late Gabriel winner who kept the Gunners top of the table.
Tennis-Osaka “very anxious” before the US Open
Naomi Osaka believes the pressure she put on herself to reverse her on-court struggles in time for the US Open has left her “very anxious” heading into the final Grand Slam of the year. Osaka, who counts two New York titles among her four career Grand Slam triumphs and has been open about her mental health struggles, revealed her feelings when asked about her state of mind before August 29- seven. 11 U.S. Open
Tennis-Mannarino pleased with ‘unexpected’ title win at Winston-Salem ahead of US Open
Adrian Mannarino entered the Winston-Salem Open simply to train ahead of the US Open, but the Frenchman pulled off what he called an “unexpected” feat by winning the ATP 250 tournament on Saturday. Mannarino had a rocky start to the tournament when he saved four match points in his opener but bounced back in style by beating four seeds en route to his first tour-level final since 2020.
Motor racing-Verstappen fastest but Sainz takes Belgian pole
Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen took a lap in his own league in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, but Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz took pole position after penalties shook up the grid. The Dutchman clocked one minute 43.665 seconds around the 7km track to finish 0.632 seconds faster than Spaniard Sainz.
Motor racing-Ferrari makes tire error, Red Bull speed worries Leclerc
Ferrari made another strategic mistake on Saturday when it sent its main title contender Charles Leclerc onto the wrong set of tires during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
” Wait ! What are these tires? exclaimed Leclerc as he entered the final phase of the hour-long session on new soft tires instead of a used set.
Tennis title win in Cleveland boosts Samsonova’s preparation for US Open
Russian Liudmila Samsonova says winning the Tennis in the Land tournament in Cleveland helped her prepare for the US Open, although she expects different conditions at the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. Hard-hitting Samsonova picked up her 10th consecutive win with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Saturday’s final.
Golf-LIV Golf joins antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour
LIV Golf has joined a handful of its players in their antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, according to an amended complaint which showed four golfers have now deleted their names.
Phil Mickelson and 10 other golfers sued the PGA Tour in early August over its decision to suspend them for playing on the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.
Tennis-Williams sisters accept US Open double wildcard
Serena Williams and her older sister Venus have accepted a doubles wildcard for the US Open, tournament organizers announced on Saturday. The Williams sisters are two-time doubles champions at the last major tournament of the season, having triumphed together in 1999 and 2009. Together they have won 14 Women’s Grand Slam doubles titles.
Tennis-Nadal and Medvedev deplore the absence of Djokovic at the US Open
Rafa Nadal said it was sad news that arch-rival Novak Djokovic is missing the US Open, adding that the absence of a player of the Serbian’s caliber was a major miss for the hard-court Grand Slam. Djokovic, who won Wimbledon to take his major singles titles to 21, chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. He said on Thursday he could not travel to New York for the final Grand Slam of the year.
(With agency contributions.)