Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Nadal Scripts Best Start A Season, Medvedev Keeps News #1; South Africa-cricketer Ngidi kicked out of 2nd and more New Zealand Test

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Tennis-Nadal scripts best start a season, Medvedev keeps No. 1 ideas

Rafa Nadal extended his winning streak in 2022 to 12 matches in his best start to the season of his career, knocking out American Stefan Kozlov 6-0 6-3 in Acapulco on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 tournament. The 21-time Grand Slam champion, a three-time winner in the coastal resort town, arrived in Mexico after winning an Australian Open tune-up event and the hard-court major in Melbourne last month after missing out part of last season with a foot problem.

South Africa-cricketer Ngidi kicked out of second New Zealand Test

South African leader Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the second and final test against New Zealand with a back injury, the team announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old missed the first test, which saw South Africa beaten by one run and 276 runs in Christchurch over the weekend.

Games-Athletes are free to protest against social injustice at Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Competitors at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be allowed to kneel or display a symbol of solidarity with a cause after organizers unveiled a set of “guiding principles” for athlete defense on Wednesday. Athletes can wave an Indigenous or pride flag during a victory lap, raise their fists on the podium or speak out for other social justice causes.

British cycling’s most successful Olympian Kenny retires to coach

Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Jason Kenny, has retired from his cycling career and will take up a post as sprint coach with British Cycling, the 33-year-old has said. Kenny became Britain’s greatest Olympian when he claimed victory in the men’s keirin at the Tokyo Games in August to take the seventh gold of his incredible career and surpass former track cycling teammate Chris Hoy.

Football-MLS chief says league not a nursing home after Neymar comments

Major League Soccer (MLS) is losing its image as a league for players about to retire, commissioner Don Garber has said after Paris St Germain and Brazil striker Neymar expressed his desire to play in the United States. United before the end of his career. Neymar told the Fenomenos podcast this week that he would like to play in the United States for at least one season before joking ‘their season is shorter so I’ll have three months off’.

Baseball-MLB sets Monday deadline as labor negotiations continue

Major League Baseball will cancel games if a labor agreement being negotiated with its players is not finalized by Monday, a league source said. “The deadline is the deadline,” the source told Reuters on Wednesday.

Tennis-Zverev expelled from Acapulco for assault on referee’s chair after doubles loss

World number three Alexander Zverev has been expelled from the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after repeatedly smashing his racket against the referee’s chair following a double defeat. The German later apologized for his behavior after he and Brazilian Marcelo Melo lost 6-2 4-6 (10-6) to British-Finnish pair Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

South Korea’s Golf-Kim prepares for US Open after USGA awarded spot

South Korean Kim Joo-Hyung will play at this year’s US Open after the United States Golf Association (USGA) granted a spot on Thursday to the winner of the 2020-21 Asian Tour Order of Merit in the major tournament. A joint second place finish at last month’s Singapore Open – the final event of the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season – helped Kim wrap up the title on merit and the 19-year-old said he was delighted to earn a place in the United States. Open.

Kyrie calls home? New York mayor plans to end vax’s tenure

Kyrie Irving may soon be available for home games in Brooklyn. New York Mayor Eric Adams said he was eager to end the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which would pave the way for the Nets to use their All-Star point guard in games at Barclays Center. Irving played road games with the Nets but declined the COVID vaccine required for players in New York’s home market.

Tennis-Djokovic maintains winning comeback with Khachanov defeat in Dubai

World number one Novak Djokovic impressed again in his first tournament since being sent off ahead of the Australian Open, beating Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6(2) to reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships Wednesday. Much like against Lorenzo Musetti in his opener here on Monday, Djokovic received plenty of vocal support from a large crowd at the Aviation Club and responded with dazzling tennis under the lights.

(With agency contributions.)

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