Below is a summary of the current sports newsletters.
Tennis-Swiatek Confused, Disappointed by Halep’s Failed Drug Test
World number one Iga Swiatek said she felt confused after Simona Halep was given a provisional doping ban and hoped there would soon be more clarity about the future of the Romanian player she looked up to. Two-time major winner Halep was provisionally suspended this month by the International Tennis Integrity Agency after she tested positive for the banned blood booster roxadustat.
Swimming-Ledecky breaks world record short course 1,500 meters freestyle
American swimmer Katie Ledecky broke the women’s short course world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Toronto on Saturday, almost 10 seconds faster than the previous record set by Sarah Wellbrock of Germany. Ledecky, a 10-time Olympic medalist, led from thread to thread on his way to capture the gold in a time of 15:08.24, which was more than 40 seconds faster than runner-up Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil (15:10). 48.82) .
NBA Roundup: Thunder rally in 4th to stun Mavs in OT
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a season-high 38 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder forced overtime thanks to an 18-2 run at the end of regulation before taking a 117-111 win over host Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. After not playing the entire game, Isaiah Joe came off the bench with 4:53 left in the fourth to kick off the comeback. He quickly scored seven points, a rebound and an assist, as he hit the tying three-pointer with 15.8 seconds left to force extra time. Joe finished with 15 points.
Football Monza’s Mari released from hospital after stabbing in supermarket
Serie A footballer Pablo Mari has been released from hospital after being stabbed in an attack at an Italian supermarket earlier this week, his club Monza said on Sunday. Mari faces at least two months out of competition after surgery on Friday for stab wounds. One man was killed and many injured in the attack.
Motor racing Verstappen on pole in Mexico and chasing F1 record
Red Bull’s two-time world champion Max Verstappen secured pole position at the Mexico City Grand Prix on Saturday with his sights set on a record 14th win of the season. The Dutch 25-year-old, who secured his second consecutive Formula 1 title this month with four races to go, drove the fast Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez with a fastest time of one minute 17.775 seconds.
Cycling-Colbrelli says to retire after being equipped with defibrillator
Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli, who required emergency treatment after he collapsed during the Volta a Catalunya race in March and was fitted with a subcutaneous defibrillator implant (ICD), said on Sunday he will retire from professional cycling. Colbrelli was knocked out by Australian Michael Matthews at the end of the opening stage of the race in Spain and fell to the ground. He required defibrillation and was later diagnosed with an “unstable cardiac arrhythmia”.
NHL roundup: Christian Dvorak’s hat-trick takes Canadiens to victory
Christian Dvorak scored a hat-trick in the third period when the visiting Montreal Canadiens rallied 7-4 past the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Cole Caufield scored twice, Nick Suzuki added a goal and two assists and Juraj Slafkovsky also scored for the Canadiens, who cleared a 3-1 deficit to win for the fourth time in six games.
Football Arsenal back on top, but Saka limps early in victory over Forest
Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 at the Emirates on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League, but the win may have come at a price after Bukayo Saka limped midway through the first half. Saka’s replacement Reiss Nelson scored a brace to go along with goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard. But the winger’s injury will be a major concern for manager Mikel Arteta and his English counterpart Gareth Southgate, three weeks before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
Rugby-Canada beats United States to reach World Cup semi-finals
Canada ran in four attempts to beat the United States’ neighbors 32-11 in an arm wrestle of a women’s World Cup quarter-final on Sunday, and arranged a date with tournament favorites England in the semi-final. McKinley Hunt, Karen Paquin, Paige Farries and Alex Tessier all crossed to send Canada to the fifth semi-final of the World Cup with a well deserved win in wet conditions at Waitakere Stadium.
Baseball-Astros defeated Phillies to equalize World Series at 1-1
The Houston Astros got off to another fast start against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, but this time they held it together during some dramatic late moments for a 5-2 win on Saturday to tie the World Series by one game apiece. Houston lost an impressive 5-0 lead in Friday’s opening game of the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship for its first loss of the postseason and was tested again by a relentless Phillies team.
(With input from agencies.)