Here is a summary of current sports information.
Australian Olympics softball team arrives in Japan as Japan expands vaccine rollout
The Australian softball team arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday for a pre-Olympic camp, the first national team to come to Japan to train since the Games postponed, even as a majority of Japanese oppose the organization of the Games due to COVID-19. Japan is grappling with a fourth wave of COVID-19 eight weeks before the planned start of the 2020 Olympics, with 10 regions, including Tokyo, under a state of emergency until June 20, but the vaccine rollout in the country has been slow.
MLB roundup: Astros beat Red Sox in game opener
Jose Urquidy delivered an outstanding outing on his return from the injured roster while Kyle Tucker capped a productive month with another multi-hit, multi-RBI effort as the Houston Astros won Game 1 of their home series of four games against the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Monday. Urquidy (4-2) missed two laps in the rotation after leaving his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels with right posterior shoulder discomfort on May 12. Urquidi had allowed two runs or less in four straight starts and resumed that excellent pitch, abandoning the first 11 hitters he faced before giving JD Martinez a two-out walk in the fourth inning.
NBA-Wizards bans fan who showed up on the field in 76ers game
A fan who ran onto the field before being attacked by security during the NBA playoff game between Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers will be banned from Capital One Arena, owners of Wizards, Monumental Sports & Entertainment have said. Videos posted to social media showed the fan heading to the court in the third quarter and jumping to touch the panel before being tackled to the ground by a security guard and taken away.
Brazil chose to host Copa America as pandemic-stricken Argentina pull out
The Copa America will be held in Brazil next month, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) announced on Monday, although President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff has said the ongoing talks may not reach a formal conclusion. before the next day. The surprise announcement, which would involve moving the competition from one South American coronavirus hotspot to another, means the world’s oldest international tournament could start as planned on June 13, with the final on July 10.
Tennis-Medvedev gets monkey on his back with first French Open win
Daniil Medvedev’s very first victory at Roland Garros on Monday dispelled any doubts the second-seeded might have had about his Grand Slam chances on clay, filling him with confidence for the remainder of the tournament. The Russian defeated Kazakhstani Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-3 7-5 on Monday, eventually winning his first match at Roland Garros in his fifth attempt.
Sports comrades gather around Osaka after Roland-Garros withdrawal
Tennis and sports figures rallied to support Naomi Osaka after the women’s world number two’s consecutive withdrawal from Roland Garros over post-match media duties, claiming she was suffering from “depression” and ‘”anxiety”. One of the biggest names in the sport, Osaka stunned the tennis world when she pulled out of the Grand Slam after being fined and threatened with deportation for refusing to appear at a press conference compulsory Sunday.
As Japan loses training camps, Olympic buzz fades
Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Japanese city of Kamo spent 70 million yen ($ 640,000) on horizontal bars, gymnastic mats and other improvements to training facilities for 42 Russian gymnasts and coaches who will no longer be. The team has abandoned pre-Olympic training plans in Japan due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, local officials said. Officials in the northwestern city of 25,000 say they regret the missed opportunity to host the team, even more than the money spent.
PREVIEW-Tennis-Top seeds in the spotlight during the third day at Roland Garros
Defending champion Rafa Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic will lead the third day of Roland Garros on Tuesday, with women’s seed Ash Barty also in the first round at Roland Garros. Nadal, who is seeking a record 14th title at his favorite Grand Slam, is seeded third this year and in the same half of the draw as seed Djokovic.
Athletics: Florida teenager Knighton surpasses Bolt’s age bar
Florida teenager Erriyon Knighton knocked down Usain Bolt’s 200m marks for the Under-18 athletes in an American Track League meet on Monday, while world champion Grant Holloway dominated a quality land of 110 m hedges. Knighton, 17, raced over Olympic 100m favorite Trayvon Bromell to win the 200m in 20.11, slashing Bolt’s time by 0.02 seconds in 2003.
Tennis-Serena survives fear in Roland-Garros first night match
American Serena Williams survived a scare in the French Open’s first-ever night game, edging Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6) 6-2 in the first round on Monday. Organizers introduced night games under the lights of Philippe Chatrier court this year to provide late drama for fans, but the game was played in an empty stadium due to a COVID-19 curfew in the French capital .
(With contributions from agencies.)