Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Motor racing – Aston’s transfer from Alonso is a surprise that also makes sense
Fernando Alonso’s move from Renault-owned Alpine to Formula 1 rivals Aston Martin in 2023 was a surprise announcement on Monday, but it also makes sense. The speed of the deal was perhaps the biggest shock, Aston Martin wasted no time in replacing one of the sport’s greats, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, with another.
Games-‘Heartbroken’ Peaty says he lost his spark after rare 100m loss
Three-time Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty said he was heartbroken and missing his usual spark after suffering his first defeat in the 100m breaststroke in eight years at the Commonwealth Games. Peaty, a former world record holder in the event and Commonwealth Games champion in 2014 and 2018, finished fourth in Sunday’s final after leading at the halfway point.
Celtics great Bill Russell, 11-time NBA champion, dies at 88
Former Boston Celtics star Bill Russell, one of the sport’s greatest winners as the mainstay of a team that won 11 NBA championships, as well as the league’s first black coach, died Sunday at the age of 88. The most valuable player, who was also outspoken on racial issues, died peacefully with his wife Jeannine by his side, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account which did not state the cause of death.
Motor racing-Alonso will race for Aston Martin from the 2023 season
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will race for Aston Martin from 2023 after the 41-year-old Spaniard signed a multi-year contract, the team announced on Monday. Alonso joins Renault-owned Alpine, replacing four-time German world champion Sebastian Vettel, 35, who last week announced his retirement at the end of the current season.
MLB roundup: Austin Riley gives Braves 1-0 win
Austin Riley cut a double field to right center to drive Matt Olson in the ninth inning and give the Atlanta Braves a 1-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. The winning rally came against Mark Melancon (3-9). With one out, Olson singled left and Riley followed with his 31st double and second game-ending RBI of the season.
Athletics-Gemili part ways with US coach Reider
Britain’s Adam Gemili has parted ways with US coach Rana Reider, who is under investigation for sexual misconduct, the sprinter’s agent confirmed to Reuters on Monday.
Reider is being investigated by the US Center for SafeSport — an independent body that deals with allegations of abuse in Olympic and Paralympic sports — following multiple complaints.
NFL-Browns Watson quarterback faces six-game suspension – report
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is to be suspended for six games for violating the National Football League‘s (NFL) personal conduct policy, a report on the league’s website said Monday. Numerous women have come forward over the past year and filed lawsuits against Watson, accusing him of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct.
A year after his Olympic defection, the Belarusian sprinter dreams of the Paris 2024 Games
A year ago, sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya’s life was turned upside down when she refused to fly back to her native Belarus after being kicked out of the Tokyo Olympics by her team. What began as a controversy over Tsimanouskaya’s entry into the 4×400 meters relay snowballed into a defection that became one of the Games’ biggest stories and highlighted the pressure Belarusian athletes are under face to challenge authority.
Golf-Donald replaces Stenson as Ryder Cup Europe captain
Former world number one Luke Donald has been named captain of the European team for the 2023 Ryder Cup, replacing Henrik Stenson, who was relieved of his duties before joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Stenson was stripped of his captaincy last month, hours before the Swede announced he was joining the lucrative Saudi-backed series and England’s Donald later told Golf Week he would would like to take over.
Football season starts now, says Rooney after DC United debut win
New DC United manager Wayne Rooney has urged his side to use their 2-1 win over Orlando City as a platform for the rest of the Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign as the former Manchester striker United started their reign successfully. Added-time goals from Chris Durkin and Taxiarchis Fountas gave DC United the win after Junior Urso put Orlando ahead in the first half at Audi Field.
(With agency contributions.)