Here is a summary of current sports news.
Report: NBA slashes COVID return time for some players
Some NBA players may face a shorter waiting period to return to action after testing positive for COVID-19. ESPN reported on Friday that the league and the National Basketball Players Association have agreed to a new health and safety protocol for vaccinated and asymptomatic players who have tested positive.
Tennis-Spain and Argentina first winners as ATP Cup opens new season
Spain and Argentina both won their ATP Cup matches with some ease as professional men’s tennis returned for the 2022 season in the lucrative team tournament at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta mocked Rafa Nadal’s absence with contrasting victories over Chileans Cristian GarÃn and Alejandro Tabilo.
Questionable Lamar Jackson for Ravens vs Rams
Lamar Jackson could make his injury return Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson is listed as questionable on Baltimore’s injury report for the game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams despite missing the last two days of training with an ongoing ankle injury.
Athletics-Ethiopians Aregawi and Taye smash 5km world records in Barcelona
Ethiopians Berihu Aregawi and Ejegayehu Taye ended 2021 on a high note by breaking the men’s and women’s 5km world records on Friday at the Cursa dels Nassos in Barcelona. Aregawi, 20, nearly broke Joshua Cheptegei’s world record in Lille last month and succeeded this time with a time of 12 minutes and 49 seconds, slashing the Ugandan mark by two seconds.
Celtics legend, Hall of Famer Sam Jones dies at 88
Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones, Hall of Fame member and 10-time NBA champion, has died aged 88. Only his longtime Celtics teammate Bill Russell, with 11, has won more NBA rings as a player than Jones, a five-time All-Star and a member of the 25th, 50th and 75th anniversary teams of the NBA.
Soccer-Three COVID-19 positive Liverpool players ahead of Chelsea trip – Klopp
Three Liverpool players and other staff tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the trip to Chelsea, but it is too early to ask the Premier League to postpone the game, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday. The league has postponed 18 games so far due to a mix of COVID-19 outbreaks and injuries at several clubs, leaving them without enough players to fill the games.
Report: Liberty hires Sandy Brondello as new coach
New York Liberty will hire former Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello in the same role, ESPN reported on Friday night. Brondello coached Phoenix for eight years, but the two sides agreed to go their separate ways in early December despite Mercury reaching the WNBA Finals.
Tennis-‘Here I am’ – Nadal reaches Melbourne ahead of Australian Open
Rafa Nadal confirmed his candidacy for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title on Friday by posting a photo of himself in Melbourne Park on social media and allaying fears that he might miss next month’s Australian Open. Nadal caught the novel coronavirus while playing in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi this month and said he would make an nL1N2T50ML decision on his future tournaments based on his “evolution” over the weeks to to come.
NHL postpones more games in Canada due to fan limits
Even as teams return to the ice after their extended break due to coronavirus outbreaks in the league, the NHL continued to postpone games on Friday due to attendance restrictions in Canada, extending the postponement list to 16 games in the over the next two weeks. The league said Tuesday it would move games in five of its seven Canadian cities to “dates later in the season when these restrictions could be relaxed or lifted.” With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, capacity for indoor sporting events is currently limited in Canada, according to the province.
Soccer-Lukaku’s comments on his discontent with Chelsea are unnecessary -Tuchel
Comments from Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku that he was unhappy with life at the club are of no use, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday, adding that they would discuss the issues with the striker at behind closed doors. Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Italian champions Inter Milan in August, told Sky Italy he was not happy with Tuchel’s system while admitting he would like to return to Italy at a given moment in his career.
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