Sports News Summary: Astros beat Red Sox in Game 1 of Series; Olympian-BMX Fields racer says US has the upper hand in Tokyo and more

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MLB roundup: Astros delivers Red Sox in series opener

Jose Urquidy had an outstanding outing on his return from the injured roster while Kyle Tucker capped a productive month with another multi-hit, multi-RBI effort as the Houston Astros won Game 1 of their series at four-game home against the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Monday. Urquidy (4-2) missed two laps in the rotation after leaving his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels with right posterior shoulder discomfort on May 12. Urquidy had allowed two runs or less in four straight starts and picked up that excellent pitch, striking out the first 11 batters he faced before hitting a walk with two strikeouts to JD Martinez in the fourth inning.

Olympic BMX Fields racer says US has the upper hand in Tokyo

Gold-medal BMX rider Connor Fields said the Americans had an advantage ahead of the Tokyo Games as athletes in the United States were able to return to competition faster than riders in other countries. After a year in which the coronavirus pandemic led him to explore new methods of staying in shape such as hiking, mountain biking and setting up a gym in his garage, running is back and Fields is perfectly prepared to defend his 2016 gold medal.

NBA-Wizards bans fans from showing up on the pitch during 76ers game

A fan who ran onto the field before being approached by security during Monday’s NBA playoff game between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers will be banned from Capital One Arena, Wizards owners Monumental Sports said. & Entertainment. Videos posted to social media showed the fan heading to the court in the third quarter and jumping to touch the panel before being tackled to the ground by a security guard and taken away.

Swimming-Sjostrom returns to competition after broken elbow

Swedish Olympic 100m butterfly champion Sarah Sjostrom returned to competition in France on Tuesday after undergoing surgery for a broken elbow she sustained when she fell on the ice in February. The 27-year-old finished second in the 50m freestyle playoffs at the Mare Nostrum event in Canet en Roussillon with a time of 24.68 seconds, one second slower than her 2017 world record of 23.67.

Tennis – We need Naomi, says Monfils after French Open withdrawal from Osaka

French number one Gael Monfils said tennis needed Naomi Osaka back on the pitch after the Japanese player withdrew from Roland Garros amid a row over her media duties and revealed she was in pain of depression. One of the biggest names in the sport, Osaka stunned the tennis world when she pulled out of the Grand Slam on Monday after being fined and threatened with deportation for refusing to face the media after her first round match on Sunday.

Gymnastics-Nagornyy qualifies for Tokyo Olympics as gold medal favorite

Nikita Nagornyy, the world all-around champion gymnast, enters his second Olympics as a favorite after reaching milestones that could propel him to the top step of the podium in Tokyo. The 24-year-old Russian has dominated men’s gymnastics lately, winning three gold medals at the last world championships in 2019, winning the European all-around title in April and fulfilling his childhood dream of having an element that bears his name.

Tennis-Japan, sponsors join athletes to support Osaka after Roland-Garros withdrawal

Naomi Osaka received support from her country, Japan, her sponsors, prominent sports figures and tennis fans on Tuesday after the world number two’s consecutive withdrawal from Roland Garros for media obligations, claiming that she suffered from depression and anxiety. One of the biggest names in the sport, Osaka stunned the tennis world when she pulled out of the Grand Slam on Monday after being fined and threatened with deportation for refusing to face the media after her first round match on Sunday.

Major League Baseball sued for moving All-Star Game out of Georgia

A conservative group representing small business has sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union over the decision to move next month’s All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to that state’s new voting restrictions. In a complaint filed Monday evening, Job Creators Network said the defendants violated a 150-year-old federal civil rights law designed to fight the Ku Klux Klan by choosing “deliberately and maliciously” to punish small business owners. companies by moving the game, rather than seeking relief from state lawmakers.

Tennis-Nadal magic has yet to rub off on Auger-Aliassime as he loses to Seppi

Toni Nadal has made his nephew Rafael the greatest clay player the world has ever seen, but the magic has yet to rub off on his new charge, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. As wily Nadal sat at the edge of the court on Tuesday, Auger-Aliassime, 20, was expected to claim a first main draw victory at Roland Garros when he faced Italian veteran Andreas Seppi on court 13.

Tennis’s best Barty battles injury to overtake Pera

World number one Ash Barty battled a hip injury and a delicate opponent, American Bernarda Pera, with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory on her return to Roland Garros on Tuesday. Back on the Philippe Chatrier court for the first time since her first Grand Slam victory in 2019, the 25-year-old Australian appeared to be battling 70th Pera as she led 5-2 in the first set.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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