Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-‘I am not God! I can’t win every game’ – Osaka proud despite early exit
Naomi Osaka was at peace with herself after another failed attempt to defend a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and the former world number one was particularly proud of how she managed to shape her state of mind. mind to deal with difficult losses. The former world number one crashed out of Melbourne Park after a third-round loss in the tiebreaker to American Amanda Anisimova – the same stage where the four-time major winner left the US Open four months ago .
NFL-Chiefs, Bills brings high-powered offenses to playoff showdown
The divisional round of the NFL playoffs this weekend features four tantalizing matchups, including a potential high-scoring shootout between Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs and Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills. Mahomes and Allen are two of the most gifted quarterbacks in the National Football League and are coming off lopsided wins in the first round of the playoffs in which they both threw five touchdown passes.
Motor racing-F1 bans pre-race military flyovers, but red arrows are OK
Formula 1 will ban pre-race flypasts by military aircraft this season, but Britain’s Red Arrows display team will be exempt, along with passenger jets using sustainable fuels. Formula 1 said the decision was made for environmental reasons, with the sport determined to reduce its carbon footprint.
Soccer-Sargent double helps Norwich climb out of relegation zone with win at Watford
American Josh Sargent’s first goals in English football helped Norwich City to a crucial 3-0 win at Watford on Friday, a win that lifted Dean Smith’s side out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season. Sargent’s superb finish six minutes after the break put the visitors ahead as he opened his Premier League account in style.
Canadian Olympic snowboarder Parrot goes for gold in Beijing after battle with cancer
Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot said on Friday the mental toughness he gained during his battle with cancer has carried over to the slopes where the slopestyle silver medalist from Pyeongchang now hopes to do better and win the gold at the Beijing Olympics. Parrot’s career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2018. Two months after being declared cancer-free in mid-2019, Parrot won an X Games big air gold medal at the of his return to competition.
Tennis-Nadal fends off Khachanov to reach Melbourne round of 16
Sixth-seeded Rafa Nadal lost his opening set at this year’s Australian Open but still advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-1 loss against Karen Khachanov on Friday. The Spaniard, looking to claim a record 21st Grand Slam title in the absence of great rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, was sensational as he took a two-set lead.
Olympics-Australian minister backs athletes’ right to freedom of expression during Beijing Games
Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said restrictions on athletes’ speaking at the Beijing Winter Games next month are “very concerning”, adding that they should be free to express their views during the Olympics. Earlier this week, athletes heading to the Beijing Games were warned not to speak out on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar organized by Human Rights Watch.
Kilde (Alpine Ski-Norway) wins the Kitzbuehel downhill ahead of the French duo
Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde claimed victory in the classic World Cup downhill from Kitzbuehel on Friday, beating French veteran Johan Clarey by 0.42 seconds. A great day for the French team ended when Blaise Giezendanner, 43rd, produced a spectacular run to push the Austrian Matthias Mayer to third place.
Olympics-Wellinger uncertain for Beijing Games after positive COVID-19 test
Double Olympic gold medalist Andreas Wellinger’s participation in the Beijing Games next month is in doubt after the German ski jumper said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. The 26-year-old, who won individual gold in Pyeongchang and team gold in Sochi, was due to return to action at a World Cup event in Titisee-Neustadt on Friday after injuring his knee during training in Zakopane earlier this month.
Cricket-Hazlewood back from injury for Sri Lanka series
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will be back in action for next month’s Twenty20 International Series against Sri Lanka after lateral tension cut short his Ashes campaign. Hazlewood suffered the injury on the third day of the Ashes’ first Test at the Gabba in early December and was ruled out for the remainder of the series, which Australia won 4-0 against England.
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