Here is a summary of current sports news.
Soccer-Cavani remaining at Man Utd until end of season: Rangnick
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani will remain at the club until the end of the season, interim manager Ralf Rangnick has said. Cavani’s contract expires at the end of June and the Uruguay international was linked with Barcelona and Juventus, while there were reports that the 34-year-old could return to South America during the January transfer window.
Figure skating-Chen wins sixth straight U.S. national title
Nathan Chen won the US figure skating championships for the sixth consecutive year in Nashville on Sunday, dominating fashion to solidify his status as the gold medal favorite for the Beijing Olympics next month. Chen, whose only loss since the Pyeongchang 2018 Games came last October in the first Grand Prix event of the Olympic figure skating season, was far from perfect in his free skate as he fell twice. but still did more than enough to separate from the peloton.
Steelers’ TJ Watt equals NFL sack record of season
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt tied the official NFL single-season sack record of 22.5 as he brought together Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the dying minute of the first half of Sunday’s game. The sack put Watt on par with Michael Strahan, who set the record in 2001 for the New York Giants.
Tennis-Kvitova survives Rus scare in Sydney opener
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova survived a scare against Arantxa Rus in her Sydney Tennis Classic opener on Monday, coming back from a set to win 3-6 7-6 (4) 7-5 to reach the second round of the WTA 500 tournament.
Czech Kvitova was stunned by Priscilla Hon in the first round in Adelaide last week and came close to another shock as she obediently lost the first set to world number 66 and was then dragged into a second set tie-break.
Australian court orders Djokovic’s release from immigrant detention
An Australian judge ruled on Monday that Novak Djokovic should be immediately released from immigration detention, saying the government’s decision to revoke the tennis star’s visa to enter the country was “unreasonable”. Judge Anthony Kelly ordered that Djokovic be released within 30 minutes and that his passport and other personal documents be returned to him, reigniting the world number one’s attempt to win a 21st Grand Slam title at the upcoming Australian Open .
NFL roundup: Raiders, 49ers win in overtime to land playoff spots
Derek Carr threw a pair of touchdown passes to Hunter Renfrow and Daniel Carlson kicked the last of his five field goals as time expired in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders clinched a berth in the playoff field of the NFL standing for a 35-32 victory Sunday night during the Los Angeles Chargers’ visit. Carr had 20 of 36 passes for 186 yards as Las Vegas (10-7) have won their last four games to earn a trip to Cincinnati for a wildcard game on Saturday. To add to the drama, a draw would have put both teams in the playoffs. Instead, the Raiders’ victory knocked out the Chargers and saw the Pittsburgh Steelers advance to the playoffs.
NBA roundup: Warriors win in Klay Thompson’s long-awaited return
Klay Thompson returned from a 2.5-year absence with 17 points in 20 minutes of play, and Stephen Curry scored a high of 28 points on Sunday night as the Golden State Warriors ended a two-game losing streak with a 96-82 defeating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers in San Francisco. Playing for the first time since tearing his ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Thompson needed just 40 seconds to register his first basket of the season and less than half to throw his first dunk and splash his first 3 pointers.
Tennis-Barty withdraws from Sydney event ahead of Australian Open
World number one Ash Barty withdrew from the Sydney Tennis Classic on Monday to give him time to recuperate for the Australian Open, which begins next week. Barty won Adelaide’s international singles title on Sunday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Elena Rybakina before teaming up with Storm Sanders for the doubles title.
NHL-Two more NHL games postponed due to COVID-19 issues
The National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule has taken another blow as two games scheduled to be played on Monday were postponed due to COVID-19 issues affecting both the New Jersey Devils and the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton placed five players and six members of its support staff into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol while New Jersey signed four players into the protocol this weekend.
Football-Arsenal collapse, Liverpool and Tottenham survive FA Cup scares
Arsenal became the most publicized victim of the FA Cup third round as the 14 winners lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, but Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur avoided early exits after scaring lower league sides on Sunday. Forest repeated their third round victory over Arsenal in 2018 thanks to substitute Lewis Grabban in the 83rd minute.
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