Sports News Summary: Djokovic Retires From Western & Southern Open; Yankees finally rule out royals in 11 innings and more

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Belarusian Olympic sprinter to auction medal in support of athletes involved in raids

Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was removed from the Tokyo Olympics by the Belarus team after criticizing their coaches, is auctioning a 2019 European Games medal to support athletes who say they have been targeted by authorities. Belarusian team officials took the 24-year-old to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport against her will on August 1st, one day before she was supposed to run the 200m.

Tennis Djokovic withdraws from Western & Southern Open

World number one Novak Djokovic retired from this month’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday, saying he needed more time to recover from a season in which he won three Grand Slam tournaments and in the Olympics Tokyo took part.

“I need a little longer to recover after a physically demanding journey from the Australian Open to Tokyo,” he wrote on Twitter.

Soccer Messi is welcomed as a hero in France after agreeing to join PSG

Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was received like a hero following his flight to France on Tuesday to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) following his shocking departure from Barcelona. The deal to sign the 34-year-old Argentine is a huge coup for the wealthy PSG, who will add one of the best footballers of all time to an already formidable frontline that includes Brazilian Neymar and young Frenchman Kylian Mbappe.

Soccer-Premier League introduces random COVID-19 status checks for ticket holders

Fans participating in Premier League games will be doing random checks of their COVID-19 status in some stadiums during the opening weeks of the new season. Ticket holders should be ready to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative lateral flow test result via the NHS COVID pass within 48 hours prior to the game, the English Premier League said in a statement.

MLB Roundup: Yankees Finally Eliminate Royals in 11 Innings

DJ LeMahieu’s RBI double in the 11th inning gave the New York Yankees a lead they didn’t want to give up when they beat hosts Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Monday night. New York scored two more in 11th on a Brett Gardner single and a throwing error.

US ratings for the Tokyo Olympics drop to half of the 2012 Games

U.S. viewership for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, a competition marred by the COVID-19 pandemic, fell, according to Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal. The 17-day event averaged 15.5 million prime-time viewers on the NBC broadcast network and digital platforms, including the Peacock streaming service, the company said in a statement. That was the smallest audience for the Summer Games since NBC aired it in 1988.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Cairns on life support – report

Former New Zealand cricket all-rounder Chris Cairns is on life support in a Canberra hospital after recently collapsing with a heart problem, New Zealand media reported Tuesday. Cairns, 51, had undergone multiple surgeries after an aortic dissection but had not responded to treatment as hoped, Newshub reported. An aortic dissection is a tear in the main artery of the body.

Olympics-ICC prepares application for inclusion of cricket in the LA 2028 Games

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is preparing an application to include the game in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the governing body announced on Tuesday. Cricket was last seen at the Paris Olympics in 1900 and has rarely been played at other multisport events, which many believe is essential to the game’s growth outside the Commonwealth of Nations.

Motorcycle Savadori is operated on after a violent MotoGP crash

Aprilia MotoGP rider Lorenzo Savadori was operated on on a broken ankle after a serious accident in Austria at the weekend, the Italian manufacturer said. The Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring was interrupted when Savadori crashed into Dani Pedrosa’s KTM on lap three after the Spanish deputy fell on lap and both motorcycles went up in flames.

Racing Ferrari wants Schumacher at Haas. stay

Ferrari wants Formula 1 rookie Mick Schumacher to stay with Haas for the next season and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi to stay with Alfa Romeo, said team boss Mattia Binotto. Both are graduates of the Ferrari Academy and Ferrari provides engines to both teams.