Sports news of the day: what you need to know
Last – Bottom-table Magic upset top-table Mystics 48-47 in their ANZ Premiership netball game in Auckland.
It’s only the Magic’s second win this season.
After fading late in their recent games – and fearing a second season with just one win – the Magic prevailed in a classic seesaw battle at the Mystic home ground in Auckland.
It may have been an “ugly” low-scoring affair – as Magic shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio called it – but the Magic’s dogged defense paid off in the end.
And they can now claim to be the only team to have beaten the Mystics twice this year.
The Mystics were without their star shooter, Grace Nweke – in the crowd on crutches with an ankle injury – so they turned to Monica Falkner and Filda Vui to hold their shot.
Mahmood out for the season
England’s fast bowling contingent have been dealt another blow with dressmaker Saqib Mahmood out for the season with a stress fracture in his back.
Lancashire bowler Mahmood last bowled for his county in April and complained of back pain as scans revealed a broken bone.
England return to action next month when World Test champions New Zealand begin a three-game tour at Lord’s on June 2, but fellow fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are also sidelined as they continue to recover from elbow operations.
The speedy 25-year-old, capable of hitting 90 miles per hour and generating a reverse swing with the old ball, made his England debut earlier this year in the Caribbean.
IOC to allow Russians at board meeting
Russian members of the International Olympic Committee can attend this week’s IOC session despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the Olympic body saying they are not representatives of their country.
Russia currently has two IOC members with former Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva and Shamil Tarpishchev. Former longtime member Vitaly Smirnov is an honorary member of the IOC.
“Under the Olympic Charter, IOC members are not representatives of their country in the IOC,” an IOC spokesperson said in response to questions about the eligibility of Russian IOC members for the session .
The IOC holds its Executive Board and Session from Wednesday to Friday with members present either in person in Lausanne, Switzerland or online.
Since February’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation”, many sporting bodies have moved events and suspended Russian teams or athletes while sponsors have terminated contracts in sign of protest.
The IOC has recommended that events in Russia be canceled or moved and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not participate or compete under a neutral flag.
F1 has the right to ban jewelry
Formula 1 is right to ban cockpit jewellery, but the ruling FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the FIA were at an impasse at this month’s Miami Grand Prix over the piercings the Mercedes driver raced with for years and said he couldn’t remove them .
Hamilton was asked to eliminate them by the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29, but said he had no intention of doing so.
“It’s a rule for the right reasons,” the former Benetton, McLaren and Williams driver, who is heavily involved in driver safety and education, told Reuters.
“I probably would have liked a slightly different approach to how to deliver the message.
The ban on jewelry, as well as the wearing of non-compliant underwear, has long been in the rules but rarely enforced until the FIA cracked down this season.
It says items under mandatory flame retardant clothing could increase the risk of burns and highlighted the risk of critical delays or complications if medical imaging is needed following an accident.
Monfils will not play Roland Garros
Local prospect Gael Monfils will sit out the French Open later this month as he goes under the knife to fix a problem with his right heel.
Monfils, 22nd, started the year well by winning his 11th ATP Tour title at a tune-up event in Adelaide before reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, where he was beaten by Matteo Berrettini.
He has struggled in recent months, however, not making it past the round of 16 at the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid.
Monfils, 35, reached the last four at the 2008 French Open and repeated the feat eight years later at the 2016 US Open, but never reached a Grand Slam final.
The French Open begins on May 22.
City to “give one’s life”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he was ready to “give his life” in the final game of the season to retain the Premier League title in front of his fans.
City were held 2-2 at West Ham United in their penultimate game yesterday, taking them four points clear of Liverpool, who can close the gap to one point when they travel to Southampton tomorrow .
City then welcome Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the campaign.
“Next week our stadium will be full, we will give them our lives and they will give theirs, all together,” Guardiola said. “To do so is an incredible privilege, after many years.
“To have our chance with our people, to win a game to be champions. I can’t wait to be there.”
While City could be crowned champions on Tuesday if Liverpool lose, Guardiola said he was only focused on his own side.
“Whether they lose or win is up to us to make the match as perfect as possible,” Guardiola added.
Victory for Djokovic’s son
Novak Djokovic said his seven-year-old son Stefan won his first tournament the same day the Serb lifted his first crown in more than six months at the Italian Open, describing their success as a “double sun”.
Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to triumph in Rome yesterday, securing a perfect week at world number one ahead of the French Open from May 22, but the 20-time Grand Slam winner was also delighted for his son.
“The journey has started successfully. My son won a tournament today. A sunny double,” said Djokovic, adding that his son’s victory in the small club tournament will remain etched in his memory.
“I wanted him to enjoy it on the pitch… He was on cloud nine with the family, my parents, my wife’s parents, everyone supporting him. It’s good.”
Djokovic said he would fully support his son if he decides to pursue a career in tennis.
“He’s only seven years old… He shouldn’t feel any pressure or expectations yet, although he’s going to do it because it’s part of his family. He’s going to get a lot of attention if he plays tennis, especially in our country,” added Djokovic. .