Sports News Roundup: Basketball-Storm to retire four-time WNBA champion Bird’s number 10 jersey; Tennis-Sun shines on Tsitsipas in dominant victory at Australian Open and more

Sports News Roundup: Basketball-Storm to retire four-time WNBA champion Bird’s number 10 jersey; Tennis-Sun shines on Tsitsipas in dominant victory at Australian Open and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Basketball-Storm to retire four-time WNBA champion Bird’s number 10 jersey

The Seattle Storm will retire four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird’s No. 10 jersey, the team announced Thursday, months after the 42-year-old ended one of basketball’s most decorated careers. ball. The Women’s National Basketball Association franchise will hoist its number to the rafters of the Climate Pledge Arena during a pregame ceremony on June 11, honoring the former No. 1 overall pick who defined basketball. of Seattle for two decades.

Tennis-Sun shines on Tsitsipas in dominant Australian Open win

Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas made short work of Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, winning 6-2 7-6(5) 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday, shortly time after the organizers defended their schedule after the late arrival the day before. Playing in glorious sunshine after two days of wild weather change, the top-ranked man in the draw after the early exits of incumbent Rafa Nadal and Casper Ruud played nearly flawless tennis to the delight of fans Greeks in the Rod Laver Arena. .

NBA roundup: Celtics claim eighth straight win with OT win over Warriors

Jayson Tatum had a game-high 34 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics defeat the visiting Golden State Warriors 121-118 in overtime on Thursday night in a meet-and-match matchup. in the NBA Finals last year. Al Horford added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which beat Golden State 15-12 in overtime to extend its winning streak to eight games. Marcus Smart (18), Jaylen Brown (16), Robert Williams (14) and Malcolm Brogdon (14) also scored in double figures for Boston. Williams added 11 rebounds.

NHL roundup: Connor McDavid lifts Oilers over Lightning

Connor McDavid’s 39th goal, the NHL’s leading scorer, broke the tie in the third period and proved to be the game-winning goal as the host Edmonton Oilers earned their fifth consecutive victory, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Thursday night. After a solid forecheck from Edmonton to open the third, McDavid used his speed to round Lightning defenseman Ian Cole on the right and score the go-ahead goal 2:10 into the period Zach Hyman had two goals while McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers. Ryan McLeod scored and Edmonton goaltender Jack Campbell made 28 saves for his fifth straight start.

Football-Ronaldo, Messi go back the years in a nine-goal thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi transported fans back in time to the height of their historic rivalry, as the two forwards scored in an exhibition game on Thursday before Hugo Ekitike secured a victory 5-4 from PSG to 10 against the season team of Riyadh. While the game may not mean much to the teams involved, football fans around the world got their money’s worth as a story that dominated the sport for over a decade seemed end in a memorable goalfest.

Australian Open 2023: Fifth day Friday

Highlights from day five of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday. All times are local (GMT +11) 1800 AUGER-ALIASSIME, OSTAPENKO AVANCE

Doping – Australian Olympian Bol tests positive for banned substance

Australian athlete Peter Bol, who finished fourth in the 800 meters at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance, Athletics Australia announced on Friday. The middle-distance runner returned an abnormal result for synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition urine test last October and was suspended on January 10 following approval by Sports Integrity Australia.

Top 25 roundup: Loyola Marymount ends No. 6 Zags home streak

Cameron Shelton scored a game-high 27 points, including a bank shot with 14 seconds left, as Loyola Marymount ended No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home win streak with a 68-67 decision Thursday night in Spokane, Wash. The Lions’ Keli Leaupepe blocked Drew Timme’s lay-up in the dying seconds and Julian Strawther’s lopsided 3-point attempt at the final buzzer failed.

Tennis-All business Swiatek enters second week at Australian Open

Top seed Iga Swiatek continued to work her way through the Australian Open draw on Friday, dismantling Cristina Bucsa 6-0 6-1 in glorious sunshine at Margaret Court Arena to reach fourth round. The 21-year-old world number one, who is looking to add a first Melbourne Park crown to the French Open and US Open titles she won last year, was busy as she walked through the first set in 23 minutes.

Tennis-worn Murray has energy to blast officials after late night

An exhausted Andy Murray still had enough in the tank to blast tennis officials after an epic five-set victory in the second round of the Australian Open that ended after 4am Friday (1700 GMT Thursday ), far beyond the usual Grand Slam midnight madness. . As fans headed home for a few hours to sleep or headed straight for work after watching Murray stage an epic fightback, rallying from straight sets and 2-5 down to beat home prospect Thanasi Kokkinakis 4- 6 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 7-5, the fiery Scot tore at the tennis officials, calling them ‘disrespectful’.

(With agency contributions.)

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