Sports News Roundup: NFL-Commanders owner Snyder will not appear before a congressional panel next week; Tennis-Kyrgios loses his temper before overthrowing Tsitsipas in Halle and more

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NFL-Commanders owner Snyder will not appear before a congressional panel next week

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder will not appear before a House committee on his team’s work culture next week, as requested, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. Earlier this month, the Oversight and Reform Committee asked Snyder and National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear at the hearing as part of its investigation into allegations about a hostile work culture among commanders.

Tennis-Kyrgios loses his temper before overthrowing Tsitsipas in Halle

Nick Kyrgios was involved in a heated altercation with the referee over a time violation before pulling himself together to beat world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-7 6-2 6-4 and advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Halle Open Wednesday. The unstable Aussie received a warning for taking too long to return Tsitsipas’ serve as he trailed 2-0 in the second set and then summoned the supervisor to express his displeasure.

Motor racing-Melbourne to host Australian Formula 1 GP until 2035

Melbourne will host the Australian Grand Prix until 2035 under a new deal which will also see Formula 2 and Formula 3 added to the calendar for the first time next year, Formula 1 and the local organizers. The current contract for the race at Albert Park was due to expire in 2025 and Sydney had expressed an interest in taking it on.

NBA – “It’s not over”: the Celtics rely on experience before a playoff game

The Celtics said the experience they gained from winning three playoff games in the playoffs prepared them to do it again in Game 6 of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Boston on Thursday. With their backs to the wall, the Celtics had two win-or-go games against the Bucks and a seventh game against the Heat that earned them their ticket to the Finals.

MLB roundup: Cards’ Miles Mikolas narrowly misses no-hitter against Pirates

Miles Mikolas ran out with a no-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Tuesday night to complete a doubles sweep. After Mikolas retired Michael Perez on a groundout and Tucupita Marcano on a flyout in the ninth inning, Cal Mitchell threw a ground-rule double at 2-2 pitch. Mikolas was then taken out of the game, just before the first hit by a Cardinals pitcher since Bud Smith accomplished the feat on Sept. 3, 2001.

NBA-Warriors seek ‘Game Six Klay’ to deliver championship

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson earned the nickname ‘Game Six Klay’ for his spectacular play in these critical contests, but said he wasn’t looking to force the issue in Game Six of the final Thursday. Thompson has been steadily warming up over the course of the series and the game offers the Warriors a chance to beat the Celtics on the road and win their fourth championship in eight years.

Motor racing – Mercedes says it took Hamilton’s Baku setup too far

Mercedes took Lewis Hamilton’s car setup too far in Azerbaijan last weekend and cannot cause him such pain again, the Formula 1 team’s chief strategy officer said on Wednesday. British world champion suffered severe back pain while struggling with his bouncing car in Baku and said it had been his most painful race.

Golf-Mickelson title bid stands out at US Open

Of all the storylines unfolding ahead of this week’s US Open, none is as compelling as Phil Mickelson’s latest attempt to win the tournament for the first time. The 156-man field for the third major of the year, known as golf’s toughest test, includes plenty of in-form players looking to build on impressive starts to the season, but none will make headlines as will Mickelson.

Golf-USGA says LIV golfers may face tougher road to future US Opens

United States Golf Association chief executive Mike Whan said on Wednesday he could foresee a day when it would be more difficult for those who joined LIV Golf to advance to the US Open, but did not don’t want to make a knee-jerk reaction to this. Last week, the USGA cleared the way for LIV Golf players to compete in the US Open from June 16-19, saying it would be unfair to change the criteria once established and deny entry to those who have already secured a place in the field.

Soccer-Alves confirms Barcelona departure

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves will leave the LaLiga club when his contract expires at the end of this month, ending his second stint with the Catalan giants just over six months after joining as a free agent. The 39-year-old Brazilian won six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns in his first stint with Barca from 2008 to 2016.

(With agency contributions.)

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