Donald Young wins in Nice
US qualifier Donald Young rallied to reach the second round at the Nice Open, beating sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday. Young served 10 aces, twice as many as Fognini. Fifth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal needed three sets to overcome another qualifier, Quentin Halys of France, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Halys had 12 aces, but also had nine double-faults. Eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany advanced when Kyle Edmund of Britain quit after the two split the first two sets. Edmund fell while leading 4-3 in the second and appeared in pain. He finished the set, losing it 7-5, but did not play the third. Another qualifier advanced when Diego Schwartzman of Argentina defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.
Delbonis defeats Tipsarevic
Sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) on the Serbian’s return from an eight-month injury absence at the Geneva Open on Monday. Tipsarevic, a former No. 8, is ranked 686th after not playing consistently injury-free since 2013. Seventh-seeded Steve Johnson of the US beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3, 7-5 to score a first clay-court win this season at his fourth attempt. Eighth-seeded American Sam Querrey fell to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 loss against clay specialist Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain. Another former top-10 player, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, won against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 7-5, 7-5.
Kohli breaks Gayle record
Red-hot Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten half-century to break Chris Gayle’s record for the most runs in a single Indian Premier League season. Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has racked up 752 runs in 12 matches so far this year, including three centuries and five 50s. Kohli’s 75-run blitz on Monday kept the Challengers’ play-off hopes alive after they crushed the Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets. The India batsman overtook the powerful Gayle, who scored 733 runs in 15 matches in 2012, while Australia’s Mike Hussey tallied the same figure in 17 games in 2013. Kohli, who batted with an injured finger, stitched together a 115-run unbeaten stand with A.B. de Villiers (59). Their partnership came just two days after they recorded the highest partnership (229) in Twenty20 cricket history during the Challengers’ match against the Gujarat Lions.
Tyson Fury apologizes
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists he is “in no way a racist or bigot” after apologizing on Monday for comments he made in an hour-long video. Fury caused controversy after remarks in the interview last week, which led to widespread calls for him to be banned from boxing. “I apologize to anyone who may have taken offense at any of my comments,” Fury said in a statement. “I said some things, which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do. Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public. I mean no harm or disrespect to anyone and I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard.” Fury has previously been accused of sexism and homophobia and also made controversial remarks about Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. In his latest outburst, he claimed “Zionist, Jewish people ... own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations.”
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Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of