Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Kane has eyes firmly on Rooney’s England record; Golf-Kang attends US Women’s Open with spinal tumor and more
Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-Kane has his eyes on Rooney’s England record
Harry Kane is determined to beat Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record ahead of this year’s World Cup final in Qatar, but the Tottenham Hotspur forward says team performance will always trump his pursuit personal landmarks. The 28-year-old needs five more goals to eclipse Rooney’s mark of 53, with two Nations League games against Hungary and one against Germany and Italy this month likely to offer him the opportunity to achieve this goal.
Golf-Kang attends US Women’s Open with spinal tumor
American Danielle Kang finished just above the cut line on Friday at the US Women’s Open but said she was excited to play after it was revealed she was competing in the golf major with a spinal tumor. Kang’s brother Alex posted a video this week on Instagram of the six-time LPGA Tour winner from Southern Pines, North Carolina, with the caption “the only person I know who plays with a spine tumor. spinal… So determined.”
Tennis-Zverev concerns a “very serious” injury after the exit of Roland-Garros
Alexander Zverev has backed Rafael Nadal to win a 14th French Open title after revealing he fears the ankle injury that forced him out of Friday’s semi-final against the Spaniard will be “very severe”. Zverev had to be pushed off the Philippe Chatrier court in a wheelchair after twisting his ankle at the end of the second set as he led 7-6 (8) 6-6 in his encounter with the 21-time champion of the Grand Slam.
Soccer-Mane says he will listen to Senegalese on Liverpool move
Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has said he will listen to the Senegalese people as he decides his future at the Premier League club amid speculation he could leave Anfield with just one year remaining on his current deal. Mane, who has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, said earlier he would announce a move after last weekend’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, which Liverpool lost 1-0.
Tennis-After setting Nadal’s date, Ruud has something to brag about
As a child, Casper Ruud watched tennis a lot on television, dreaming of one day playing in a Grand Slam final. The Norwegian will now have plenty to brag about after securing a date with 13-time Roland-Garros champion Rafa Nadal on Sunday. Ruud, 23, was confident he could count all the finals Nadal played at Roland Garros and the opponents the Spaniard defeated during his record.
Soccer-Belgium beats just what the team needed, says coach
Belgium’s defeat was ‘just what the team needed’ as they eye up the World Cup, coach Roberto Martinez insisted after Friday’s 4-1 loss to neighbors Netherlands in the League of Nations Nations. It was the Belgians’ first home defeat since Martinez’s first game in charge in September 2016 against Spain, and will be a blow just months before the World Cup final in Qatar, where the Belgium are among the most wanted teams.
Norwegian tennis player Ruud prepares for Roland-Garros final against Nadal
Eighth seed Casper Ruud rallied from a set down to beat an error-prone Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 on Friday to become the first Norwegian to reach a Grand Slam singles final and stage a French Open title clash against 13-time champion Rafa Nadal. With his victory against the Croatian on the Philippe Chatrier court, Ruud will rise to at least sixth in the world in career when the list is updated at the end of the Grand Slam on clay at Roland Garros.
NBA-Lakers sign Ham as new head coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Darvin Ham as their new head coach on a multi-year contract, the NBA franchise announced Friday. Ham, 48, replaces Frank Vogel who led the Lakers to the 2020 championship but failed to guide them to the playoffs this season.
Tennis-Osaka in Wimbledon entry list, Federer and Williams sisters absent
The name of four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was on the Wimbledon singles entry list released by organizers on Friday, but veterans Roger Federer and the Williams sisters were not included. Osaka said last month she was “not 100 per cent sure” she would compete in the grass-court Grand Slam because the sport’s governing bodies’ decision to strip the tournament of ranking points had reduced her motivation to play. .
Football-UEFA apologizes to fans for ‘painful events’ in Champions League final
UEFA has issued an apology to fans who were affected by events surrounding the Champions League final after ticket fraud and crowd unrest marred the showpiece event at the Stade de France in Paris. The match was delayed for more than 30 minutes after officers forcefully restrained people trying to enter the Stade de France while riot police also sprayed tear gas at supporters, including women and children.
(With agency contributions.)