Sports News Roundup: Djokovic Plays a Set at the Adelaide Exhibition; PM Suga says Japan is determined to hold Olympics and more this summer

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Cubs, OF Joc Pederson, agree to a $ 7 million deal

Outfielder Joc Pederson has agreed to a $ 7 million one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to several reports. The contract is still pending. David Culley introduced himself as the Texans’ head coach

David Culley is officially the Houston Texans head coach. Culley has been an NFL assistant coach for 27 years after 15 years in college taking on an urgent concern franchise starting with the face of the team, quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Top 25 Roundup: # 15 Kansas Shakes Off a Bad Start and Beats TCU

David McCormack scored 15 points to help Kansas overcome a sluggish start Thursday night when the # 15 Jayhawks stumbled against TCU 59-51 in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks (11-5, 5-4 Big 12) halted a loss in three games Despite being 19-18 at halftime, they scored less than 20 points in the first half for the first time since 2002 against Oklahoma.

After that, Djokovic plays a set in the Adelaide exhibition

World number 1 Novak Djokovic pulled out of an Adelaide exhibition on Friday over a blistered hand before finally showing up on the pitch to play a set and helping fellow countryman Filip Krajinovic beat Jannik Sinner. Djokovic was scheduled to open the “Day at the Drive” event in front of 4,000 spectators at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive Tennis Club, but withdrew a few minutes before arriving on the court and was replaced by Krajinovic.

Detry takes half the tour at the Dubai Desert Classic

Belgian Thomas Detry, who had his eye on a first European Tour title, climbed to the top of the rankings halfway through the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. Detry, who started three shots behind Richard Sterne, the overnight front runner, carded five birdies to make his first round of five under par 67 in a second round without a bogey at Emirates Golf Club.

PM Suga says Japan is determined to hold Olympic Games this summer

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that Japan was still determined to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer as planned. Amid speculation, the event could be canceled again due to the coronavirus pandemic, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said on Wednesday that the IOC had been fully committed to this.

Djokovic lets the fans guess, Serena visits the zoo after the quarantine

Novak Djokovic made a confusing appearance at an exhibition event and Serena Williams took her daughter to the zoo on Friday when some of the world’s top tennis players soaked up their freedom after 14 days of quarantine before the Australian Open. Djokovic, Williams and Rafa Nadal were among a select group of players who were more isolated in Adelaide than Melbourne and scheduled for exhibition games in the city on Friday.

NBA Roundup: Pistons Silence Lakers, Tease Angry

Blake Griffin scored 23 points and hosts Detroit Pistons kept the Los Angeles Lakers goalless for almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter while taking a 107-92 win on Thursday. For the Lakers, who played without Anthony Davis (Quad), it meant scoring few points that season and losing for the first time this season in a row. The Lakers lost their second straight game after 10-0 to start the season.

Cardinals bring back Adam Wainwright for season 16

Adam Wainwright signed a one-year contract to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 39-year-old right-handed is back with the franchise for a 16th season. The team did not disclose the terms, but was set at $ 8 million in multiple reports with opportunities for performance incentives.

Canadian Olympians Against Skipping COVID-19 Vaccine Line

For some Canadian athletes traveling to the Tokyo Olympics this summer, the thought of getting a vaccine for COVID-19 in front of a fellow citizen in need would undermine the importance of being an Olympian. Vaccines against COVID-19 are not mandatory for athletes and team members at the Games, but Dick Pound, a Canadian and the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has stated that priority should be given to athletes when the Olympics take place as planned.

(With contributions from agencies.)