Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf-Oosthuizen keeps his cool to retain Open lead
South African Louis Oosthuizen held his nerve to lead the British Open by one shot after a gripping third-round played out in bright sunshine at Royal St George’s on Saturday. Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, had moved serenely to 13 under par with a birdie at the ninth hole before two bogeys, his second and third of the tournament, halted his progress.
Olympics-Competitors in athletes’ village infected with COVID-19
Tokyo Olympics organizers on Sunday reported the first COVID-19 cases among competitors residing in the athletes’ village, as its population swells ahead of the start of the pandemic-hit Games next week. Two athletes from the same country and competing in the same sport staying in the village in the Harumi waterfront district tested positive for the virus, organizers said without providing further details.
Golf-Rahm hangs tough to stay in contention
Jon Rahm dug deep to eke out a third-round 68 on Saturday and keep alive his hopes of adding the British Open title to the U.S. Open crown he picked up last month. The powerful Spaniard started the tournament slowly with a 71 but moved into contention with a second-round 64 and overcame a bogey on the par-five seventh to collect three birdies on the back nine and move within four shots of the lead.
NBA-Milwaukee edge Phoenix to grab 3-2 NBA Finals lead
The surging Milwaukee Bucks took control of the NBA Finals with a 123-119 victory over the host Phoenix Suns on Saturday to move a win away from ending one lengthy championship drought and extending another. After dropping the first two games of the series the Bucks have roared back to life and after hanging on in a wild Game Five finish, now lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 3-2.
NBA-Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo out for Game Five
Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of teammate and twice league Most Valuable Player Giannis, has been ruled out for Game Five of the NBA Finals on Saturday due to the league’s health and safety protocols. Entering the league’s health and safety protocols does not mean that Antetokounmpo, who has played a minor role off the bench during the playoffs, has contracted the coronavirus.
Olympics-South Korean IOC member Ryu tests positive for COVID-19
An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games and has been isolated. Ryu Seung-min, who won the Olympic table tennis gold in men’s singles in 2004, was diagnosed with the virus after landing at Narita International Airport on Saturday.
Olympics-Swimming-Peaty eager to race but understands health worries over Games
Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty has said there is no right answer to questions on the Tokyo Games taking place during the COVID-19 crisis but he is among the “biased” athletes who want the event to happen and is taking every precaution to compete. Postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the July 23-Aug. 8 Games are being held mostly without spectators and under strict quarantine rules. Organizers on Sunday reported three new cases of infection among athletes, up from one new case a day earlier.
Cycling-Tour de France winning margin could not have been bigger, says Pogacar
Tadej Pogacar hammered his rivals in the first mountain stages of the Tour and the Slovenian, who is set to retain his title on Sunday, said he could not have done more in the three-week race. The 22-year-old UAE Emirates rider leads Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard by five minutes 20 seconds going into Sunday’s largely processional final stage to the Champs Elysees in Paris, and third-placed Richard Carapaz of Ecuador by 7:03.
China to complete construction for 2022 Winter Games by October
China is expected to complete construction work for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by October, the state-backed Xinhua News agency reported on Sunday. Fifty-three of the 57 Winter Olympic projects in Beijing and nearby Yanqing have been finished, while the remaining four, including renovation of the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, is due for completion in coming months.
Olympics-Swimming-Australia’s McKeown driven to new heights by father’s memory
Driven by the memory of her dead father, Australian teenager Kaylee McKeown has hit a stunning vein of form just in time for her Olympic debut and heads to Tokyo ranked number one in the world in her three individual events. The bubbly 20-year-old Queenslander lit up the Australian trials last month with a world record in the 100 meters backstroke and set the best times of the year in both the 200m backstroke and 200m medley. (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)