Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-McIlroy arrives at US Open with ‘pep’ in her step
Rory McIlroy has been nearly eight years since winning the most recent of his four majors, but he enters this week’s US Open more certain than he has in a long time that his game is ready for the toughest test in golf. McIlroy, who enjoyed a second-place finish at this year’s Masters before an eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship, comes to the Country Club as a tournament favorite after successfully defending his Canadian Open title.
NHL-Avalanche look to crush Lightning dreams of ‘three rounds’ for Stanley Cup
The Tampa Bay Lightning are closing in on a rare third consecutive Stanley Cup title, but while captain Steve Stamkos is confident his “pretty special” team will pull it off, they face a huge challenge from the… explosive Colorado Avalanche. The last team to win three consecutive NHL championships was the New York Islanders, who won four in a row in the 1980s.
Soccer-Major League Soccer and Apple TV sign 10-year partnership
Major League Soccer and Apple TV on Tuesday announced a partnership that will see all matches broadcast on the app for the next decade. From 2023 to 2032, MLS fans can access games through the league’s streaming service where they can watch all MLS, League Cup and select MLS NEXT Pro games.
Golf-Rahm says staying ‘mentally sane’ is US Open’s greatest asset
Jon Rahm understands more than many the kind of unwavering mental toughness it takes to win a US Open and the defending champion said on Tuesday there are no shortcuts when it comes to the challenge ahead. The Spanish world number two, speaking to reporters ahead of the championship widely accepted as the most grueling of them all, said the layout of the Country Club this week will prove punitive for anyone who fails to master all facets of their game.
FIFA World Cup fans in Taiwan will likely be listed as Chinese
An ID card that doubles as an entry visa for the World Cup in Qatar is likely to list Taiwanese fans as originating from China, a senior Qatari official said on Tuesday, after the island complained that its citizens could not register as Taiwanese. The issue is extremely sensitive for democratically-governed Taiwan, which bristles at China’s sovereignty claims over it, and in particular its giant neighbor’s efforts to claim Taiwanese as Chinese nationals.
Football-Barcelona will display the UNHCR logo instead of UNICEF
Barcelona have signed a partnership agreement with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, whose logo will appear on the Spanish team’s latest shirt in aid of refugee children, the LaLiga club announced on Tuesday. It will be displayed on the shirts of the men’s and women’s first teams in the 2022-23 season and will serve as a message of solidarity with the more than 100 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, Barca added.
Soccer-Legacy and pride at stake as FIFA prepares to name host cities for 2026 World Cup
The countdown to the 2026 World Cup kicks off in earnest on Thursday, as soccer fans in Canada, Mexico and the United States learn whether their cities have secured the coveted cup to host the 48-team tournament. Four years after FIFA selected the three countries’ North American bid, world football’s governing body will announce the host cities after a long process shrouded in mystery.
Tennis-Serena obtains a wildcard at Wimbledon to return to the Tour at Eastbourne
Serena Williams will resume her quest for an elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this month after making her long-awaited return to the Tour when she competes in doubles at the Eastbourne International. The former world number one has not played competitive tennis since limping out of last year’s first-round match at the grass-court major – where she won seven of her 23 titles – in tears due to a leg injury.
Cricket-IPL Broadcast Deal Fees $6.2 Billion; Disney, rights on Viacom bags18
US media giant Walt Disney and Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries have been the main winners of a high-stakes bid to broadcast the IPL, the world’s richest cricket league, for the next five years in lucrative deals to the organizers 6.2 billion dollars. Disney-owned Star India has retained the television rights to the Indian Premier League for 235.75 billion Indian rupees ($3.02 billion), Jay Shah, a senior cricket board official, said on Tuesday. after a three-day online auction saw the league’s broadcast value triple. from the last in 2017.
NBA-Wiggins heats up as Warriors beat Celtics to take Finals lead 3-2
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their fourth NBA title in eight years after Monday’s 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics gave them a 3-2 championship series lead. Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Warriors survived a third-quarter push from the Celtics to earn the best-of-seven series win going to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday.
(With agency contributions.)