Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
NBA-Warriors’ Curry named NBA Finals MVP
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player by unanimous vote following the team’s 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Thursday. The Finals MVP award was one of the few major awards to elude the eight-time All-Star, who won two league MVPs and four championships.
NBA-Warriors crush Celtics for fourth NBA championship in eight years
The Golden State Warriors beat the Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Boston on Thursday to claim the championship trophy for the fourth time in eight seasons. Stephen Curry led the way for the visitors with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to claim his fourth title and first Finals MVP.
Gymnastics-British athletes victims of “child abuse”, according to former gymnast Pavier
Former gymnast Nicole Pavier has said British athletes are victims of ‘child abuse’ and findings of an independent review have shown that physical and mental abuse in clubs is more widespread than believed thought. The review, led by Anne Whyte QC, was commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England in August 2020 following allegations of abuse in sport in Britain.
Soccer-Infantino says soccer will be America’s best sport by 2026 World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said he expects football to be North America’s most important sport in time for the 2026 World Cup, as the tournament’s host cities in United States, Canada and Mexico were announced Thursday. World soccer governing body FIFA has announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada – that have been selected from among 22 entries presented at a special event at Rockefeller Center in New York.
MLB roundup: Guardians complete Rockies sweep
Amed Rosario drove in two runs, Triston McKenzie gave up one run in six innings and the visiting Cleveland Guardians finished a three-game sweep over the Colorado Rockies with a 4-2 win Thursday at Denver. Emmanuel Clase recorded the last three outs to land his 14th save for Cleveland. The Guardians are now perfect after three games of a nine-game road trip across three cities and have won four games in a row, as well as seven of their last eight.
WTA roundup: Coco Gauff advances to quarters in Germany
Seventh-seeded Coco Gauff needed just 63 minutes to defeat Xinyu Wang 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday and advance to the bett1open quarter-finals in Berlin. Gauff won 82.1% of his first serves in the victory. She will face No. 4 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
Golf-McIlroy edges US Open leader Hadwin by one point, Mickelson struggles
Tournament favorite Rory McIlroy was part of the five-man group sitting one shot away from Canadian Adam Hadwin after the first round of the US Open on Thursday, while Phil Mickelson struggled a week after making his debut at the LIV Golf. Mickelson, playing on his 52nd birthday and three days after facing a host of questions about his involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV series, shot an ungainly par 78 eight-for-78 to sit near from the bottom of the 156-man field at the Country Club.
2026 FIFA World Cup invasion will grow North American love for sport-Infantino
North America’s historic ambivalence towards football is no match for the spectacle of the 2026 World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday as he tries to make ” beautiful game” world the preeminent sport in the region as well. World soccer governing body FIFA has announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada – that have been selected from among 22 entries presented at a special event at Rockefeller Center in New York.
Snub Soccer-Capital: Washington, DC, dropped in for 2026 World Cup host gig
From Vancouver to Mexico City to Miami, the 2026 World Cup is set to take over North America, with one exception: the capital of the United States. The joint bid by Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, was one of six that fell through on Thursday when FIFA announced the 16 cities that will host matches in the global sports spectacle four years from now.
Olympic track and field sprint champion Jacobs cleared to return to training
Olympic sprint champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has been cleared to return to training after recovering from a muscle injury that forced him to withdraw from Diamond League meetings in Eugene, Rome and Oslo, it has been announced. the Italian athletics federation (FIDAL). Jacobs, who was injured in his 100 meters victory at a competition in Savona last month, underwent diagnostic tests on Wednesday, he added.
(With agency contributions.)