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Djokovic skips Toronto in the run-up to US Open tournament
00.03 am: Novak Djokovic will not participate in the tennis tournament in Toronto in August. The event does not fit into the Serb’s preparation for the US Open. Djokovic won the Toronto hard court tournament four times.
Djokovic has already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year. His big goal is to achieve a ‘Golden Slam’, which means winning all four grand slam tournaments in the same year and the overall victory in the singles at the Olympic Games.
Earlier this month, Djokovic tied his twentieth grand slam title at Wimbledon with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Djokovic, 34, hopes to single-handedly lead the list of most grand slam titles at the US Open.
“It would have been great to have Novak here,” said Karl Hale, tournament director in Toronto, where tennis will be played from August 9-15. “But we understand his decision. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”
Record score golf star Lee6, Van Dam disappoints
7:38 PM: South Korean golfer Lee Jeong-eun, better known as Jeongeun Lee6, has completed the second round of the Amundi Evian Championship in 61 strokes, 10 under par and equaling the record at a major tournament for women professionals. With a total of 127 (-15) over 36 holes, she improved the top score of her compatriot Chun In-gee from 2016. Lee6 recorded ten birdies Friday and lost a stroke.
Anne van Dam disappointed in France. With a total of 151, she found her name far in the rear. She made 81 strokes (+10) on Friday, for the twelfth hole (par-4) she scored eight. The 25-year-old Van Dam represents the Netherlands at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The women’s tournament begins August 4 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
FIFA bans ex-arbiter for life for sexual harassment
7:35 pm: FIFA has banned for life Rosnick Grant, former head of the referees of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF). The World Football Association is punishing him because Grant has been found guilty of abusing his position and sexual harassment. Grant also has to pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs, converted more than 92,000 euros.
Grant, a former international referee, was provisionally suspended from all football-related activities in February. That suspension was extended in June pending an investigation into his conduct.
“The trial chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee has found Mr. Rosnick Grant guilty of abusing his position and committing sexual harassment and abuse, including coercion and threats. That violates FIFA’s code of ethics,” the World Football Association said in a statement.
PSV with 1600 supporters to Johan Cruijff Scale in Arena
3 p.m.: After more than a year and a half, away supporters are welcome again at football matches next football season. PSV can take 1600 supporters to Amsterdam in the match for the Johan Cruijff Scale with Ajax, reports the Eindhoven club.
Depending on the European program of PSV, the match will be played on Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 August in the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Due to the corona virus, most professional football matches were played without an audience last season. At a small number of matches, limited home supporters were allowed to be present in the stadiums.
Herlings misses Czech Grand Prix because of shoulder
2:47 pm: Jeffrey Herlings will not participate in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, the fifth round of the 2021 MXGP world championship, this weekend. According to his team KTM, the Dutchman is suffering too much from a fracture in his shoulder after the bizarre incident last week during the Dutch GP in Oss. There, a competitor landed on Herlings’ shoulder during a jump with his motorcycle.
Herlings, 26, underwent further scans of his left shoulder blade earlier this week. The fracture he sustained on Sunday turned out to be bigger than initially thought. Herlings had been hit by another rider at the start of the first race in Oss and although he managed to win the sprint, he had to be sidelined for the second race. The former world champion must now recover to allow the crack to heal sufficiently.
“In everyday life I don’t have any pain in my shoulder, but sports and certainly something like motocross is a different story. We will have to skip this match with the goal of coming back 100 percent. It’s a shame and something that wasn’t my fault, but it is what it is,” said Herlings about his injury.
Herlings remained on his feet in the first moto in Oss after the collision with the other driver, won the first moto after a catch-up race, but was unable to start in the second round due to the shoulder. He is joint second in the World Cup standings behind Slovenian Tim Gajser.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema tests positive for coronavirus
11:39 a.m.: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Spanish top club has announced this in a statement. No details were given about the player’s health status. Real Madrid open the season in Spain on August 14.
Earlier this summer, Benzema played with France at the European Football Championship.
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