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Sports news round-up: Murray produces turf masterclass to beat Tsitsipas in Stuttgart; PGA Tour players have no sympathy for suspended LIV deserters and more

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Golf-PGA Tour players have no sympathy for suspended LIV deserters

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and others who attended the Canadian Open had no sympathy for other golfers who were suspended from the PGA Tour on Thursday for jumping to the breakaway, Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Series. Back on the PGA Tour schedule for the first time since 2019 after a COVID-19-enforced hiatus, first-round play at the Canadian Open began under dark rain clouds as the feud between the two tours escalated.

Doping Russian canoeists sanctioned after CAS upheld appeals from WADA

Three Russian canoeists have been sanctioned after the sport’s highest tribunal upheld appeals by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the Canoe Association’s decision not to pursue anti-doping rule violations against them. Alexander Dyachenko, a 2012 Olympic champion, and Nikolay Lipkin were each banned for four years, while Aleksandra Dupik received a two-year ban, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.

MLB Roundup: Shohei Ohtani, Angels end 14-game losing streak

Shohei Ohtani threw seven strong innings and hit a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Angels broke a franchise-record 14-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. Ohtani gave up four on hits, walk two, strike out six and 100 pitches as he helped end Boston’s seven-game winning streak.

Golf big hit DeChambeau joins LIV Golf

Bryson DeChambeau became the youngest known American to leave the PGA Tour and join the LIV Golf Invitational Series as the Saudi-backed breakaway competition flexed its financial muscles on Friday. The 28-year-old former US Open champion, one of the longest hitters the sport has ever seen, joins six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and former world number one Dustin Johnson on the LIV train.

Tennis-Swiatek skips the Berlin event with shoulder problems and targets Wimbledon

French Open champion Iga Swiatek will miss next week’s Berlin Open WTA 500 tournament with a shoulder problem, but the world number one said on Friday she hopes to be fully fit for Wimbledon from later this month. Poland’s Swiatek defeated American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the final of Roland Garros last week to win her second Grand Slam title after a triumph in Paris in 2020.

Tennis-Murray produces grass masterclass to beat Tsitsipas in Stuttgart

Former world no the Stuttgart Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion stepped up his preparation for the grass-court major from this month, battling through a tight opening set against world no. 5 Tsitsipas before rolling back the years in the second set to complete the win.

Motorsport-Leclerc finishes opening day of Azerbaijani practice fastest for Ferrari

Charles Leclerc ousted Red Bull rival Sergio Perez from the top of the timesheets to finish Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with the fastest time for Ferrari. The Monegasque, who was trailing Perez at the end of the first session, set a lap of one minute and 43.224 seconds in the second hour of racing to end the day 0.248 seconds ahead of the Mexican.

Cricket Cheers! Mitchell squirts a six into the fan’s beer glass

New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell caused quite a stir on the opening day of Friday’s second Test against England when he tossed a six straight into a startled fanwoman’s pint of beer. “It popped in a beer,” exclaimed one commentator after the all-rounder followed a four with a six straight into the stands from a delivery from Jack Leach in the 56th corner at Trent Bridge.

Motorsport-Leclerc finishes opening day of Azerbaijani practice fastest for Ferrari

Charles Leclerc ousted Red Bull rival Sergio Perez from the top of the timesheets to finish Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with the fastest time for Ferrari. The Monegasque, who was trailing Perez at the end of the first session, set a lap of one minute and 43.224 seconds in the second hour of racing to end the day 0.248 seconds ahead of the Mexican.

Golf-Poulter Appeals PGA Tour Suspension Over LIV Golf Involvement

Britain’s Ian Poulter said he would appeal his suspension from the PGA Tour for his participation in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. The breakaway circuit has shaken the sport to its core, with the likes of six-time Major champion Phil Mickelson and former world number one Dustin Johnson signing on.

(With agency contributions.)

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