Sports news roundup: Tennis-Federer ‘definitely’ predicts Tour return in 2023; MLB roundup: Jared Walsh hits for the cycle as Angels overtake Mets and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Tennis-Federer plans to “definitely” return to the Tour in 2023

Roger Federer said he “definitely” intends to return to top-level tennis in 2023, but added that he has made no concrete plans beyond his scheduled Laver Cup appearances and his home tournament in Basel later this year. The former world number one, who turns 41 in August, has not played since last July when he was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-final against Hubert Hurkacz.

MLB roundup: Jared Walsh hits for the cycle as Angels overtake Mets

Jared Walsh became the eighth player in Los Angeles Angels history to hit for the cycle in an 11-6 win over the visiting New York Mets on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif. third, and doubled in the fifth, homered in the seventh, and tripled in the eighth when center fielder Khalil Lee failed to make a dive on a sinking coating and the ball went to the wall.

Golf-Schwartzel wins the first match of the LIV and pockets the $4 million jackpot

South African Charl Schwartzel held off compatriot Hennie Du Plessis to claim the biggest paycheck in golf history in the LIV Invitational Series opener on Saturday. The 37-year-old led by three strokes heading into the third and final round at the Centurion course in north London, and consolidated with a round of 72 to seal the $4million prize.

Tennis: Andy Murray in Stuttgart final after Kyrgios lost his temper amid ‘racial slurs’

Former world number one Andy Murray looked back on his best on grass as he beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 6-2 to advance to the Stuttgart Open final on Saturday after the Australian lost his temper in the second set and said he was racially abused by a fan. The final is the 70th of Murray’s career and his second of the year after a runner-up finish in Sydney in January. The 35-year-old will face second seed Matteo Berrettini who is contesting his first Tour-level final of the season.

Golf-McIlroy and Thomas put the spotlight back on the Canadian Open

The Canadian Open showed the quality the LIV Golf Invitational Series breakaway couldn’t match on Saturday, with defending champion Rory McIlroy sitting atop a sparkling standings featuring three of the top 10 in the world. After a week of verbal fights and threats between the PGA Tour and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Series, the spotlight was on golf on Saturday with the Canadian Open highlighting the quality gap between the two tours.

Boxing-Riakporhe beats Turchi in two rounds at IBF heavyweight eliminator

British heavyweight Richard Riakporhe picked up a stunning win over Fabio Turchi in an IBF eliminator, landing a left hook body shot to floor the Italian in the second round and move closer to a shot at a world title. A grimacing Turchi managed to get back to his feet, but a member of his team entered the ring with a towel in hand to end the fight.

PREVIEW-Soccer-Five subs to write in the Laws of the Game

The use of five substitutes, introduced as a rule change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be officially enshrined in the Laws of the Game at a meeting in Doha on Monday, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said. ). Further discussions and possible decisions on concussion substitutes and semi-automated offside technology will also be on the agenda of the IFAB governing body.

Media giants fight for cricket rights in India

Disney, Sony and India’s Reliance will battle it out on Sunday for the media rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s richest cricket league, which is expected to fetch up to $6 billion. The IPL, which counts India’s top industrialists and Bollywood stars such as Shah Rukh Khan among its franchise owners, is often seen as a surefire ticket to high ratings and growth in the streaming space in booming line in India.

US football judge dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo rape trial in Las Vegas – Sky

A US judge has dismissed the Las Vegas rape trial against Manchester United and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Sky News reported on Saturday. The decision comes nearly three years after prosecutors said Ronaldo would not face any charges in Las Vegas in connection with an assault allegation sexual abuse of 10 years because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Rugby-Tui strikes twice as Black Ferns blank Canada

Sevens star Ruby Tui scored her first two tries as New Zealand continued their preparations to host the Women’s World Cup by shutting out Canada 28-0 at the Pacific Four tournament in Auckland on Sunday. Tui, playing in only her second game for the world champions, tossed the ball over the head of Canada fullback Elissa Alarie and collected to hit the ground in the 47th minute.

(With agency contributions.)

Herman C. Harkins