Sports news roundup: Tennis-Medvedev crushes Shapovalov in Cincinnati; Tennis-Medvedev not against off-court training but sees little impact and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Tennis-Medvedev crushes Shapovalov in Cincinnati

World number one Daniil Medvedev beat Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-5 to reach the Cincinnati Open quarter-finals on Thursday ahead of his US Open title defense. The Russian seed was joined in the last eight by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Borna Coric but compatriot Andrey Rublev, seeded sixth, was ousted by Taylor Fritz.

Tennis-Medvedev not against off-court training but sees little impact

World number one Daniil Medvedev isn’t against the ATP Tour’s off-court coaching lawsuit, but the Russian said on Thursday he doesn’t see it having much impact. The trial, which began last month, allows an individual to coach a player both verbally and non-verbally from a designated seat provided it does not interrupt play or interfere with an opponent.

America’s Big Ten college sports league strikes multi-year TV deals

College Sports League The Big Ten Conference said Wednesday it has reached multi-year television rights deals for its football, basketball and other intercollegiate games. The deals with CBS, FOX, NBC and NBCUniversal’s Peacock give The Big Ten, which includes soccer powerhouses Ohio State and the University of Michigan, a solid lead in the race to capitalize on the growing interest in college football.

Tennis-‘Relieved’ Raducanu returns freely in front of US Open defense

Emma Raducanu will be heading to defending her US Open title in just over a week, relieved to be swinging free again and playing the same kind of attacking tennis that took her to a first World Cup title. Grand Slam last year. The 19-year-old put in ruthless performances at the Cincinnati Open to beat former big winners Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka before exiting the tournament with a loss to world number eight Jessica Pegula.

NFL – Browns’ Watson to serve 11-game suspension

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended 11 games without pay and fined $5 million for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced Thursday, a sentence more severe than the previously recommended six-game ban. An independent disciplinary officer found this month that Watson violated league policy in “various ways”. He decided he should be suspended for six games but did not fine him.

Tennis-Swiatek, Raducanu, Kontaveit ousted in Cincinnati

World number one Iga Swiatek and defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu were both eliminated from the Cincinnati Open on Thursday, while second seed Anett Kontaveit also saw her preparations for Flushing Meadows cut short in round of 16. Raducanu had beaten former Grand Slam champions. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in the previous two rounds but were brought down to earth with a bump in a 7-5 6-4 loss to Jessica Pegula, the eighth-ranked American in the world.

Athletics-Briton Asher-Smith calls for more research into how rules affect performance

Dina Asher-Smith has called for more funding for studies into how a woman’s period can affect sports performance after the British sprinter stopped with a cramp during her 100 meters title defense at the Championships from Europe to Munich. Asher-Smith stopped midway through Tuesday’s race with a calf cramp and finished last. The 26-year-old returned to action later in the week to qualify for Friday’s 200m final.

Basketball-MVP candidate Wilson shoots to become WNBA’s ‘uncontrollable’ threat

Las Vegas Aces natural defensive force A’ja Wilson said Thursday that a whole new mindset has helped her achieve the best season of her career as she cruises through the WNBA playoffs. as a top contender in the MVP race. Averaging 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in the regular season, the 2020 MVP aims to bring home a first WNBA title for the Ace, after focusing on one goal singular personal – getting “out of control”.

Boxing-Usyk the favorite ahead of Joshua rematch

Defending Ukrainian champion Oleksandr Usyk bids money ahead of his ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ world heavyweight title rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. British bookmaker William Hill had Usyk as a 4/7 favourite, with 80% of customers backing the Ukrainian to win by knockout or stoppage. Joshua was a 13/8 underdog, with a draw at 16/1.

MLB roundup: Braves wrap up series win over Mets

Michael Harris II got the go-ahead with a brace in the seventh inning to send the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the visiting New York Mets on Thursday. The win gave the Braves a 3-1 series victory and cut the Mets’ National League East lead to 3½ games. It’s the first time the Mets have lost a series to a divisional opponent this season.

(With agency contributions.)