Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Bolt holds on to win 100 meters at final Golden Spike
Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the 100 meters at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday as he gears up for a final world championships in London this summer. In his second 100m outing of his final season, the Jamaican was slow out of the blocks but jumped ahead before the halfway point to finish in a time of 10.06 seconds, just edging Yunier Perez of Cuba, who ran a personal best 10.09 seconds.
Tennis: Male coaches continue to dominate women’s game
Tennis has sought to lead the way on the equality front over the past 20 years by giving men and woman the same prize money and billing in big tournaments — but a glance at the players’ boxes tells a different story, with male coaches reigning supreme. It is rare to find a female coach in the higher echelons of the game, even among women players. In fact, only five of the world’s top 100 women singles players have female coaches.
Horse racing — Payne suspended for a month for failed dope test
Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, has been suspended from racing for a month after testing positive for a banned appetite suppressant. Payne tested positive for Phentermine after submitting a urine sample at a regional meeting in Swan Hill in Australia’s southern state of Victoria on June 11.
Jackson and struggling Knicks agree to part ways
Phil Jackson’s turbulent three-year stint as team president of the New York Knicks ended on Wednesday with the 71-year-old having failed to revive the once-proud club. Jackson, already a Hall of Fame member after winning a record 11 NBA titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, was touted as a savior but never came close to delivering the Knicks their first championship since 1973.
Back from exile, Laver led Wimbledon into brave new world
Few subjects animate tennis aficionados quite like the «greatest of all time» debate, but there is a consensus that Rod Laver’s 1969 calendar year grand slam remains a yardstick for the modern game. But for a quiet revolution that took place on the Wimbledon turf two years previously, however, Laver’s feat would be absent from the record books and tennis may never have flourished into the global spectacle it is today.
McEnroe says he regrets comments on Serena Williams
John McEnroe on Wednesday said he regretted recently saying Serena Williams would be ranked «like 700 in the world» if she had to play on the men’s circuit and said he was surprised by the controversy his comments ignited. McEnroe previously said that Williams, a record 23-times grand slam champion in the professional era, was the best female player ever but then declined to label her the best player overall, prompting Williams to ask McEnroe for «respect».
Clippers agree to trade PG Paul to Rockets: reports
The Los Angeles Clippers reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade to send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Paul, 32, agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million contract, clearing the way for the Clippers to execute a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets and bring back assets for the star player, league sources told The Vertical.
Swimming: Ledecky wins again at nationals, on pace for busy worlds
Katie Ledecky claimed another national title in another year’s best time in winning the 200 meters freestyle at the USA Swimming national championships on Wednesday. The five-times Olympic gold medalist notched her 12th career national title with a time of one minute 54.84 seconds in Indianapolis as she ramps up for the worlds in Budapest.
Vettel risks further sanction after Baku clash
Ferrari’s Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel risks further sanctions after the governing body re-examines his ‘road rage’ clash with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Wednesday that it would take another look at the evidence on Monday.
Golf: NBA’s Curry to compete in Web.com Tour event
Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, one of the best shooters in basketball history, will get to see how he stacks up against professional golfers after receiving a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. The Golden State Warriors guard, who two weeks ago won his second NBA title in three years, is an avid golfer and will add plenty of publicity to the Aug. 3-6 event in Hayward, California.