Federer items go to auction
Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has announced that he is putting a collection of personal items up for auction at Christie’s in two sales in June and July to raise money for his foundation. A live auction taking place on June 23 would feature 20 lots, with each one reflecting one of Federer’s Grand Slam titles. Prices are to range from ￡3,000 to ￡70,000 (US$4,200 to US$97,700). Lots include the outfit and racket from Federer’s 2009 French Open final victory over Robin Soderling, which completed his career Grand Slam, including the shoes still coated in red Roland Garros clay dust.
Turkey to replace Canada
Turkey is to replace Canada on this year’s Formula One calendar after the June 13 race in Montreal was canceled on Wednesday for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Formula One said that it had extended Montreal’s contract by two years to take into account the cancelations, securing the race until 2031. The race had been scheduled for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the weekend after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Turkey’s Istanbul circuit would be logistically convenient for air freight coming from Baku. The Turkish race returned last year for the first time since 2011 and also at short notice to bolster a calendar ravaged by the pandemic.
Porter Jr fined for club visit
Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr has been fined US$50,000 for breaches of the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league said on Wednesday. Porter visited a Miami club along with teammate Sterling Brown on Monday last week, in contravention of the league’s rules against attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people, and entering bars, lounges and similar establishments. US media reported that Brown, who sustained facial lacerations after being assaulted on his way out of the club, would not be fined.
Sagan takes first stage
Former world champion Peter Sagan came out on top in a sprint finish to the first stage of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday. Team Ineos Grenadiers rider Rohan Dennis managed to keep hold of the overall lead that he claimed in Tuesday’s prologue. Sagan, riding for Team Bora-Hansgrohe, finished ahead of Italian Sonny Colbrelli and New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin after a 168km run between Aigle and Martigny in Switzerland. “It was probably the only stage that suits me because the following ones will be very difficult,” Sagan said.
Zverev beats Berankis
Alexander Zverev on Wednesday began his bid for a third Munich Open title by beating Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 6-4. Top seed Zverev, who won the tournament in 2017 and 2018, hit six aces, saved three of the five break points he faced and converted five of his own against his 89th-ranked opponent. The sixth-ranked German next faces Ilya Ivashka in the quarter-finals. The 107th-ranked player from Belarus overcame American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2.
The all-English Champions League final might be played in England after Turkey was added to its “red list” of countries where all but essential travel is banned due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Chelsea and Manchester City are due to meet on May 29 in Istanbul and UEFA was hoping to allow about 10,000 fans into the biggest club game of the European soccer season. However, the British government on Friday warned supporters not to travel to Turkey after imposing the new travel restrictions and said that the English Football Association was in talks with Champions League organizer UEFA about staging the game in
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga yesterday said that he has never “put the Olympics first,” the same day an opinion poll showed that nearly 60 percent of people in Japan want the Olympics canceled less than three months before they begin. Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of the month and is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising further questions about whether the Games should go on. Its vaccination rate is the lowest among wealthy nations. International Olympic officials, Tokyo planners and Suga have insisted that the Games would go on in “a
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who has earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s fastest players, plans to test his speed against some of the US’ top sprinters on Sunday with a possible eye on the US Olympic trials. Metcalf is to run in the 100m at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Golden Games and Distance Open in Walnut, California. The Pro Bowler’s name appeared on the official entry list for the meet on Monday afternoon, when he appeared to confirm his participation with an enigmatic Twitter post. Others who have entered the race include 2016 Olympian Mike Rodgers
Jose Mourinho and AS Roma seem like a good fit, after the Portuguese was surprisingly named as the club’s new coach on Tuesday, but it is unlikely to be an easy return to management for a man with a point to prove. “No break, I am always in football” was the short, sharp response Mourinho gave reporters after his sacking by underperforming English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur 15 days ago. However, few expected him to be back quite so soon. Several Italian newspapers on Tuesday carried stories on former Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri being lined up to replace the under pressure Paulo