Sports News Roundup: Athletics-Tokyo to Host 2025 World Championships; Russian basketball boss defends Brittney Griner in drug lawsuit and more

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Athletics-Tokyo will host the 2025 World Championships

Tokyo has been chosen as the host city for the 2025 World Championships in Athletics, the sport’s governing body announced on Thursday a day before the start of this year’s event in Eugene, Oregon, a year later than planned due to of COVID-19. The event will return to the site of last year’s Olympics in the year the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) celebrates its centenary.

Russian basketball boss defends Brittney Griner in drug trial

A Russian basketball club manager testified in favor of U.S. Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star Brittney Griner on Thursday in her third appearance in a Russian court on drug trafficking charges, punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years. Griner, the two-time Olympic gold medalist who has played in Russia in the offseason since 2014, was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on February 17 after vaping cartridges containing hash oil were allegedly found in his luggage.

Figure skating – Finland replaces Russia as host of the Grand Prix

Finland will stage a round of the Figure Skating Grand Prix series after Russia was withdrawn as hosts following their invasion of Ukraine, the International Skating Union (ISU) has announced.

The Nov. 25-27 event will be held in the Finnish city of Espoo, the ISU announced on Thursday, as the last of six regular Grand Prix events in the 2022-23 schedule.

Griner’s lawyers tell Russian court he was prescribed medical cannabis

Lawyers defending American basketball player Brittney Griner said in a Russian court on Friday that she was prescribed medical cannabis in the United States for a chronic injury, a Reuters reporter in the courtroom reported. Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges carrying up to ten years in prison after she was detained at a Moscow airport in February with vape cartridges containing hash oil.

ATP review: Maxime Cressy and John Isner reach Newport semi-finals

Maxime Cressy and John Isner picked up victories on Thursday to set up a semi-final meeting at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport, No. 2 seed RI Isner pushed with a 7-6(2), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) win over No. 5 seed Benjamin Bonzi of France. Isner hit 29 aces and put 65% of his first serves in play in a match that lasted just under three hours.

World Athletics Championship organizers scramble to resolve visa issues

Organizers of the World Championships in Athletics were desperately trying to help remove a visa block that threatens to prevent around 100 athletes, coaches and officials from entering the United States for the event which begins on Friday . Dozens of athletes from around the world have reported their issues, with Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala being among the most prominent. Omanyala finally got her visa, but now faces a race to get to Eugene in time for Friday’s 100-meter preliminaries.

Golf-Woods struggles badly as St Andrews return

Tiger Woods made a dismal start to his British Open bid as he hit two first double bogeys on the way to a 78-over-par six that left him 14 shots behind the leader on Thursday. The 15-time US Major champion, who won the Open twice at St Andrew’s, looked uneasy from the moment he found the water on the first par-four hole and started with a six on his card.

MLB roundup: Leaving 10 players at home, Royals win in Toronto

Bobby Witt Jr. and Nate Eaton homered and Edward Olivares had three hits and an RBI as the exhausted Kansas City Royals beat the host Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Thursday night. The Royals won despite having to leave 10 players at home because they didn’t meet Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Eaton was one of eight players added to replace the regulars. His home run was the first hit of his major league career and came in his debut.

Athletics-Brace for more fall records on Eugene’s latest ‘fastest track

When the world’s fastest runners marvel at the “Tracktown magic” at the World Championships in Athletics over the next two weeks, it won’t be something in the air of Oregon that propels them to greater heights. new levels of performance, but what’s under their feet

Eugene’s Hayward Field has always been the center of American athletics and now, completely rebuilt, it has a track that has seen records drop since it was installed in 2021.

Athletics-Queen of the track Felix soaking in ‘full circle’ moment before retiring

Veteran American sprinter Allyson Felix’s 10th and final world championships will serve as a ‘full loop’ moment for the most decorated woman in athletics, as she lifts the curtain on one of the most dazzling careers in the sport. Athletics. The 11-time Olympic medalist announced her intention to retire a year ago and leaves the sport as the undisputed queen of American athletics, with 18 world medals to her name already.

(With agency contributions.)

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