Sports news roundup: Motor racing – Alonso sets the pace for wet F1 practice in Japan; Athletics-Nageotte, Johnson-Thompson nominated for Fair Play Award and more


Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Motor racing – Alonso sets the tone for wet F1 testing in Japan

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in a wet practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. The Spaniard lapped the wet Suzuka track in one minute, 42.248 seconds ahead of compatriot Carlos Sainz in his Ferrari.

Athletics-Nageotte and Johnson-Thompson nominated for the Fair Play Award

Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte and Commonwealth Games heptathlon winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson have been named among the nominees for the International Fair Play Committee’s Fair Play Award, World Athletics. American Nageotte has praised helping out Holly Bradshaw after the Briton suffered an injury at this year’s world championships in Eugene, later defending her competitor on social media for withdrawing from the event.

Soccer-Messi counts the days until the World Cup

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he is counting the days until the World Cup and believes his side have a good chance of winning the tournament. Messi, who will play his fifth World Cup in Qatar, told Star+ he felt nervous ahead of the tournament but was in good spirits.

Baseball-Five things to watch in the MLB playoffs

The expanded Major League Baseball playoffs will feature 12 teams battling for World Series glory for the first time, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, defending champion Atlanta Braves and the surprising Cleveland Guardians. Here are five things to watch for when the playoffs kick off on Friday:

American footballers ‘angry, exhausted’ after abuse report, says Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe said Thursday that she and her fellow U.S. Women’s National Team members were angry and exhausted following a scathing report into allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League ( NWSL). The independent investigation released on Monday found that the abuse of female players within women’s professional soccer in the United States was systemic and that the NWSL and American soccer’s governing body had failed to adequately protect female players.

MLB playoffs: Under-the-radar playoff performers for all 12 teams

In every baseball playoff, there’s an unsung hero who delivers a home run, saves a catch or comes out of the bullpen to close a game. These players etch their names in baseball lore – players like Bill Mazeroski, Bucky Dent, Kirk Gibson, Joe Carter, Aaron Boone, David Freese and Don Larsen, to name a few.

Great British motorcyclist Phil Read dies aged 83

Briton Phil Read, the first motorcycle rider to win world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix classes, died on Thursday aged 83, his family announced. Read, who raced in the world championship from 1961 to 1976, was a seven-time world champion and eight-time winner of the Isle of Man TT races.

Indonesian police say 6 people face criminal charges for stampeding in football

Six people, including police officers and match organizers, face criminal charges in Indonesia over a stampede at a football match this weekend that killed at least 131 people, the police chief said on Thursday. from the country. Saturday’s stampede in the Malang region of East Java was one of the world’s worst sporting disasters as hundreds of football fans tried to flee a stadium riot and gunfire. tear gas by the police, resulting in a crush aggravated by several locked exits.

LeBron James wants to own NBA expansion team in Las Vegas

LeBron James has clarified his goals after retirement: He wants to own an NBA team, and he wants it in Las Vegas. “I would love to bring a team here at some point,” he told reporters after scoring 23 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game on Wednesday. evening in Las Vegas.

No World Ranking Points for Next 2 LIV Events Despite MENA Deal

The Official World Golf Ranking Organization (OWGR) issued a statement on Thursday stating that no world ranking points will be awarded to LIV golfers in their next two events, despite the partnership the Tour has entered into with the MENA Tour. . LIV Golf on Wednesday announced its “strategic alliance” with MENA (Middle East and North Africa), which is recognized by the OWGR.

(With agency contributions.)


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