Serpentine wins Derby in stunning fashion

LONDON – Serpentine produced an incredible display of front-running to win the Epsom Derby on Saturday as Aidan O’Brien became the most successful trainer in the history of the famous flat race. The 25-1 shot opened up a huge lead on the favourites and they could not respond as Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, powered across the line. There were no spectators to witness it, however, with the re-scheduled race being run behind closed doors…

"Serpentine wins Derby in stunning fashion"

Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home

BANGKOK – Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now. Leaders of the sport hailed the return to the ring after the shutdown, which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work, and said they hoped spectators would be allowed to attend matches again soon. “I’m very happy…

"Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home"

Tiafoe tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Atlanta event

– Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for COVID-19 and been forced to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup exhibition tournament in Atlanta, the American said on Saturday. Tiafoe played in the first session on Friday and beat Sam Querrey in straight sets at the event in which the top eight American players are participating. The 22-year-old Tiafoe had said after the match that he struggled to play in the heat and felt dizzy. “Unfortunately, I…

"Tiafoe tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Atlanta event"

Badminton: China’s Lin Dan announces retirement

– China’s two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan, one of the sport’s greatest singles players, announced his retirement on Saturday. The 37-year-old, who won the Olympics singles titles in Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 London Games, has won all the sport’s major titles, including five world championships’ gold medals. “I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments,”…

"Badminton: China’s Lin Dan announces retirement"

Jimmie Johnson becomes first NASCAR driver to contract COVID-19

– Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has become the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports said on Friday. Johnson, who will not return to competition until being cleared by a physician, has not experienced COVID-19 symptoms and was tested upon learning earlier on Friday that his wife had tested positive after having allergy-like symptoms. “My first priority is the…

"Jimmie Johnson becomes first NASCAR driver to contract COVID-19"

Golf: Simpson in share of lead at halfway point in Detroit

– Webb Simpson, who skipped last week’s tournament after his daughter tested positive for COVID-19, made a late birdie to earn a two-way share of the lead after the second round at Detroit Golf Club on Friday. World number six Simpson, the top-ranked player in this week’s field, shot a bogey-free, eight-under-par 64 for a 12-under halfway total of 132 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic where he shared a one-shot lead with fellow American Chris…

"Golf: Simpson in share of lead at halfway point in Detroit"

Athletics: Sprinter Thomas cleared by AIU in whereabouts failure case

– American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas’s provisional suspension for allegedly failing to make herself available for anti-doping tests has been lifted, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. Thomas, twice a 200 metres winner at the Lausanne Diamond League, had been banned in May by the AIU for allegedly missing three tests in a 12-month period, a violation of anti-doping rules. But according to the AIU’s Twitter account, Thomas provided new evidence in June and…

"Athletics: Sprinter Thomas cleared by AIU in whereabouts failure case"

Latifi finally makes it past first practice

SPIELBERG, Austria – Nicholas Latifi declared himself a proper Formula One driver on Friday after the Canadian rookie finally made it past first free practice at a grand prix weekend. The Williams driver had taken part in 11 previous opening sessions to gain experience but the Austrian season-opener was the first time he did not have to hand back the car to someone else at lunchtime. “I really enjoyed being back in the car,” said…

"Latifi finally makes it past first practice"

Golf: DeChambeau motors into share of early lead in Detroit

– Bryson DeChambeau birdied his final hole to cap an error free five-under 67 and grab a share of the early second round lead with three others at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on Friday. Playing the back nine first at the Detroit Golf Club, DeChambeau came agonizingly close to completing his round with an ace. He hit his approach on the par three ninth to within two-feet of the cup, settling for an…

"Golf: DeChambeau motors into share of early lead in Detroit"

Hamilton makes a statement as F1 gets back on track

SPIELBERG, Austria – Formula One got back on track in changed circumstances but familiar fashion at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes and six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton picking up where they left off last year. The Briton and team mate Valtteri Bottas responded to the ‘new normal’ resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by finishing one-two in both free practice sessions on the latest start to a campaign. Hamilton, wearing a ‘Black…

"Hamilton makes a statement as F1 gets back on track"