Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NBA-Grizzlies’ Morant suspended for eight games for gun incident
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has been suspended for eight games without pay by the league for live streaming a video on Instagram where he could be seen holding a firearm at a Denver area nightclub earlier this month. The sanction comes after Morant met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in New York to discuss the 23-year-old’s conduct. The two-time All-Star previously said he planned to take some “time away” and apologized for the incident.
Tennis-Tiafoe downs Norrie to set up Medvedev showdown at Indian Wells
American Frances Tiafoe beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-4 at Indian Wells on Wednesday to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final where he will face Daniil Medvedev after the red-hot Russian dispatched Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 7-5. After a rare rain delay halted play in the match’s early stages, Tiafoe whipped a forehand crosscourt winner to break Norrie for a 4-3 lead.
NFL-Rodgers says he wants to play for New York Jets
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers plans to play for the New York Jets next season after winning four league MVPs in 18 years with the Green Bay Packers, he said on Wednesday. The 39-year-old said a trade package between the teams still needed to be worked out.
Soccer-Manchester United to tour U.S in the summer
Manchester United will visit the United States this summer to play pre-season matches and prepare the squad for the next campaign, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. United did not specify when or where the exact location of each match will be held, but said that the programme will be revealed over the coming weeks.
WBC roundup: Mexico blasts Canada to claim Pool C
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena doubled twice and drove in five runs as Mexico routed Canada 10-3 on Wednesday in Phoenix to win Pool C in the World Baseball Classic. Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez added a two-run single and a solo homer for Mexico, which finished 3-1 in group play. Canada, which fell to 2-2, would be eliminated Wednesday night if the United States (3-1) defeats Colombia (1-2).
Alpine skiing-Slovenian Stuhec wins World Cup downhill final
Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec won the last women’s downhill race of the season at the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra on Wednesday. The 32-year-old took the title ahead of the season’s Crystal Globe winner Sofia Goggia in second and Lara Gut-Behrami in third.
Golf-Steak not tension on Masters Champions Dinner menu this year, says Scheffler
Back at Augusta National for a round ahead of his Masters defence, Scottie Scheffler was more willing to share his feelings on Wednesday than what is on the menu for the Champions Dinner he will host. Scheffler said that wearing the Green Jacket around the stately grounds made last year’s victory seem “more real”, and approached the champion’s Zoom call with the same caution he would entering Amen Corner on a Masters Sunday with a two-shot lead.
Tennis-WTA warns Potapova over Russian soccer team shirt
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has issued a formal warning to Anastasia Potapova for wearing a T-shirt of Russian soccer team Spartak Moscow before her match against Jessica Pegula at Indian Wells this week. Russian Potapova’s actions were viewed as a public show of support for her country during its invasion of Ukraine and the 21-year-old was criticised by world number one Iga Swiatek.
Tennis-Sabalenka crushes Gauff to book spot in Indian Wells semis
Aryna Sabalenka put on a serving masterclass to crush American Coco Gauff 6-4 6-0 on Wednesday and reach the semi-finals at Indian Wells, where she will face seventh seed Maria Sakkari. The Australian Open champion never faced a break point and used her hard and accurate serve to dispatch Gauff.
Tennis-Sabalenka feels like a ‘different player’ following Grand Slam breakthrough
Aryna Sabalenka said her Australian Open triumph has helped tame the nerves that had undermined her in the past and has infused her with a self-belief she harnessed to devastating effect on Wednesday when she routed Coco Gauff at Indian Wells. Sabalenka’s most potent weapon – her punishing serve – had become her biggest liability last year when she made a WTA-leading 428 double faults. At one point she even resorted to an underarm serve.
(With inputs from agencies.)