Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Boxing-UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou considering Fury fight
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has said he hopes to fight Tyson Fury in a crossover fight in 2023 and there’s a “70% chance” his next opponent will be the British boxer. WBC heavyweight champion Fury had suggested he would fight Ngannou when the pair spoke in the ring following the Briton’s win over Dillian Whyte on Saturday.
Rugby-All Blacks will open the Irish Series at Eden Park Fortress
New Zealand kick off their international season against Ireland at Eden Park on July 2 before meeting Six Nations runners-up Dunedin and Wellington in the three-Test series. The All Blacks have won 46 consecutive games at Eden Park since their last defeat in Auckland in 1994 and will be hoping to extend the streak after losing 29-20 in their last clash against the Irish in Dublin in November.
Exclusive: Boxing – Usyk steps up Ukraine relief effort ahead of Joshua fight
Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk will harness the star power of his rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua to raise relief money for his native Ukraine, the unified heavyweight champion has told Reuters. Usyk and Joshua are expected to fight later this year, although a date and venue have not been determined.
Boxing: Whyte says Fury’s push during knockout streak was illegal
Dillian Whyte believes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury escaped with an illegal push during their title fight on Saturday and demanded a rematch after suffering a sixth-round technical knockout at Wembley Stadium. Fury appeared to push fellow Brit Whyte after landing a devastating uppercut with a second left in the round, eventually forcing referee Mark Lyson to stop the fight.
Golf-Mickelson calls on PGA Tour to be released to participate in LIV Golf event
Phil Mickelson has asked the PGA Tour for a release that would allow him to play the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event near London in June and he has also signed up to play in the PGA Championship and US Open, his agent said. Players had until Monday to submit a request to the PGA Tour to participate in a contentious tour event. The first LIV Golf Invitational will be held June 9-11 at the Centurion Golf Club outside London.
ATP roundup: Frances Tiafoe rallies to Portugal
Fifth-seeded Frances Tiafoe bounced back from a tough first set to defeat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 on Monday in the first round of the Millennium Estoril Open in Estoril, Portugal. Tiafoe lost serve in the opener of the match and fell behind quickly. But after securing a narrow win in the second set, the American dominated the final set – going 3-for-3 on break point opportunities and saving all three break points he faced.
Swimming-FINA investigating after Rylov competed while serving ban
Swimming’s world governing body FINA said on Monday it had launched an internal review after Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov competed in national championships while serving a ban for participating in a rally in support of swimming. invasion of Ukraine by Moscow. Rylov, who won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was among several athletes who attended a massive rally at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium last month hosted by President Vladimir Putin.
Maple Leafs sign Hobey Baker winner G Dryden McKay
Goaltender Dryden McKay, the reigning recipient of the Hobey Baker Award for Outstanding College Hockey Player, signed a two-year contract Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. McKay, who played four seasons at Minnesota State, recently received a six-month suspension from the US Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine. The 24-year-old goalkeeper blamed the positive test on a contaminated vitamin D3 immune booster he took to ward off COVID-19.
Olympic snowboarding champion Kim will take a break for her mental health
Two-time Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim has said she will not be competing in the 2022-23 season to focus on her mental health after an “exhausting” year. The American became the youngest woman to win Olympic gold in snowboarding when she won the halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Games aged 17 and defended her title in Beijing earlier this year.
Biden welcomes Stanley Cup winners Tampa Bay Lightning to the White House
US President Joe Biden hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning at the White House on Monday to celebrate the National Hockey League team’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, as he and his fellow Democrats tussle with the Republican governor who leads the team’s home state of Florida. Monday’s visit was the Tampa Bay team’s first-ever visit to the White House to celebrate a Stanley Cup championship win.
(With agency contributions.)