Pol Espargaro on a KTM posted the quickest time in opening practice on Friday for this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP.
Rain delayed the scheduled 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT) start of the second day’s play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton on Friday.
A Super Rugby match in Auckland was cancelled and fans were barred from another game elsewhere as officials battled a surge of coronavirus cases in New Zealand’s biggest city on Friday.
South African Brad Binder will try to serve up another dose of last weekend’s wizardry at his KTM team’s home Austrian MotoGP on Sunday, although torrential rain is forecast to drench the picturesque circuit in the shadow of the Alps.
Harold Varner fired eight birdies in shooting an eight-under par 62 that put him in a three-way tie for the first-round lead Thursday at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Undefeated American David Benavidez defends his World Boxing Council super middleweight world title for the third time on Saturday against Colombia’s Alexis Angulo.

World Tennis Serena rallies past Venus, builds confidence for US Open

Serena Williams rallied to defeat sister Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday in a second-round matchup of Grand Slam champions at the WTA Top Seed Open.

World Tennis Andreescu won’t defend US Open title due to coronavirus fears

Reigning US Open women’s champion Bianca Andreescu said Thursday she will not defend her title, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an inability to prepare for the event.

World Cricket Anderson strikes against Pakistan as Alam’s long wait ends with a duck

England great James Anderson returned to form with two wickets against Pakistan at Southampton on Thursday as Fawad Alam’s long wait for a Test recall ended with a duck.

World Sport Roglic takes Dauphine lead as Froome loses time again

Vuelta a Espana champion Primoz Roglic clinched the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday after winning the second stage as Chris Froome continued to struggle on his return to the race.

World Athletics Lego-builder Warholm fires broadside as track returns in Monaco

Karsten Warholm has interspersed training in the coronavirus-enforced lockdown with building Lego models, but the Norwegian hurdler is out for more glory when track competition returns in Monaco on Friday.

World Tennis Djokovic says he will play at US Open

Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the coronavirus restart.

World Cricket Aussie bowler Starc bulked up to challenge speed record

Australian strike bowler Mitchell Starc has muscled up during the off-season and modified his bowling action as he targets crashing through the hallowed 100 mph mark.

World Sport Dodgers pitcher Kelly has suspension reduced

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly’s eight-game suspension for throwing at Houston Astros batters was reduced to five games upon appeal on Wednesday, the Major League Baseball club said.

World Tennis ‘That’s what I want’ – top-ranked Barty driven by Wimbledon ‘dream’

World number one Ashleigh Barty won’t have a chance to fulfil her dream of winning Wimbledon this year, but she remains laser-focused on being crowned champion at the All-England Club.

Formula 1 Verstappen wants repeat of Spanish magic to pile pressure on Hamilton

Fresh from winning last Sunday’s 70th Anniversary race at Silverstone, Max Verstappen returns to the scene of his maiden F1 triumph seeking to intensify his title challenge with the 10th win of his career at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

World Sport Bucks star Antetokounmpo suspended after head-butting opponent

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended for one game after head-butting Washington Wizards center Moritz Wagner during a game, the league said Wednesday.

World Athletics World 200m champion Lyles admits long-term psychological problems

World champion sprinter Noah Lyles revealed on Wednesday that he has had psychological problems since he was eight years old, issues that worsened with the coronavirus pandemic, the postponement of the Olympics and the Black Lives Matter movement.

World Cricket Pakistan’s Hafeez in isolation after golf course virus breach

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has been forced to self-isolate after breaching coronavirus protocols by meeting a member of the public while playing golf ahead of the second Test against England, team management said on Wednesday.

World Golf Tiger to defend Masters title behind closed doors

Tiger Woods will have to defend his Masters title behind closed doors after Augusta chiefs admitted Wednesday that the risks caused by the coronavirus in allowing thousands of fans to attend “are simply too significant to overcome”.




 

 

 

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