SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia captain Boyd Cordner has retired from rugby league because of the concussion symptoms that have kept him on the sidelines since last November.
Cordner, who had his 29th birthday last week, announced his decision to retire on Monday, days after abandoning his latest plan to return to the National Rugby League for an 11th season with the Sydney Roosters.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — England endured its first test series defeat at home since 2014 after meekly surrendering to New Zealand in less than an hour of play on the fourth day of the second test at Edgbaston on Sunday.
ALICE SPRINGS, Australia (AP) — A spectator was killed and two people were injured after an accident involving a racing vehicle in the Finke Desert Race in central Australia on Monday.
Motorsport Australia issued a statement saying police in the Northern Territory confirmed a man died following the incident that occurred about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the finish of the 460-kilometer off-road race.
SEOUL (AP) — Son Heung-min sent a message of support to former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Christian Eriksen on Sunday after his second-half penalty gave South Korea a 2-1 win over Lebanon in Asia’s second round of World Cup qualifying.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Islamabad United moved atop the Pakistan Super League standings after making a dramatic recovery for a 28-run win over Lahore Qalandars on Sunday.
Pakistan international Asif Ali revived Islamabad from a precarious 20-5 with a 43-ball 75 to take the two-time champion to a total of 152-7 after captain Shadab Khan won the toss and surprised almost everyone by choosing to bat.
PARIS (AP) — French Open organizers defended their “pragmatic” approach in their dealings with four-time major champion Naomi Osaka during the tournament, saying Sunday they tried to engage with her several times before she decided to withdraw because she needed a mental health break.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Swimmer Kaylee McKeown says the death of her father 10 months ago inspired her to break the 100-meter backstroke world record on Sunday at the Australian Olympic trials.
The 19-year-old McKeown had a time of 57.45 seconds at the South Australian Aquatic Centre to improve on the previous mark of 57.57 set by American Regan Smith in 2019.
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Matilda Castren became the first Finnish winner in LPGA Tour history Sunday in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, pulling away on the front-nine at foggy Lake Merced and holding off Min Lee by two strokes.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Islamabad United fast bowler Hasan Ali will miss the remainder of the Pakistan Super League because of family commitments.
“I want to say to all Islamabad United fans, unfortunately due to personal reasons I have to pull out of the remaining PSL matches,” Hasan was quoted as saying in Islamabad’s statement.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Israel Adesanya did not like the way his first fight against Marvin Vettori went despite winning in a split decision.
The crafty UFC middleweight star left no doubt in the rematch, pummeling Vettori with a flurry of kicks to the head and legs to defend his title.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia coach Dave Rennie has named 11 uncapped players in a 38-man squad to take on France in a three-test series in July. The squad includes 105-test veteran Michael Hooper as captain after a one-year stint playing in Japan.
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Min Lee made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.
Coming off a Symetra Tour victory, Lee also birdied the par-5 15th and par-3 17th to pull away from former Stanford player Lauren Kim and Finland's Matilda Castren.
DETROIT (AP) — Chip Ganassi tells anyone who will listen that "I like winners” whenever one of his drivers takes the checkered flag. So when Marcus Ericsson was hired, he worried the team owner would see his long losing streak and question the pick.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Celebrated Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan was suspended for three matches on Saturday after kicking over the stumps in a wild reaction to a cricket umpire’s decision the day before.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues will play the Dunedin-based Highlanders in the final of Super Rugby trans-Tasman next weekend after New Zealand champions the Crusaders fell short of a finals place in the tournament’s final round.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Mack Horton won’t defend his Olympic 400-meter freestyle title in Tokyo after failing to make the Australian team for the event.
Horton finished third in the final on the first night of the Australian selection trials on Saturday.
DALY CITY, Calif (AP) — Danielle Kang birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, the tour’s second straight event on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Australia became the fourth Asian team to advance to the third stage of World Cup qualifying after beating Nepal 3-0 on Friday.
Goals from Mathew Leckie, Fran Karacic and Martin Boyle in Kuwait City earned Australia Group B honors and a seventh win out of seven matches.
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Palou still felt the sting from his second-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 when he saw Helio Castroneves at the victory dinner and begged the winner to tell him how he made the decisive final pass.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — New Zealand made England suffer for dropped catches to trail by only 74 runs after day two of the second test at Edgbaston on Friday.
Replying to England's 303 all out, New Zealand was 229-3 after the unexpected dismissal of Will Young on 82 off the final ball of the day.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Celebrated Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has apologized after kicking over the stumps in a wild reaction to a cricket umpire's decision on Friday.
In a Dhaka Premier League match between traditional rivals, Mohammedan Sporting Club captain Shakib was bowling against Abahani Limited captain Mushfiqur Rahim, a fellow Bangladesh international.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese county official appears to have jumped to his death during a probe into the deaths of 21 runners last month when freezing rain and gale-force winds hit the mountain on which they were competing in an ultramarathon, state television reported Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin, New Zealand-based Highlanders moved temporarily into first place in Super Rugby on Friday with a 33-12, bonus-point win over the ACT Brumbies.
The Wellington-based Hurricanes earlier had a 43-14 bonus-point win over Australian champions the Queensland Reds.
TOKYO (AP) — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month.
This would be just a few weeks before the Olympics are to open on July 23.
Singer Cody Simpson was dominating attention ahead of Australia’s Olympic swimming trials, until Maddie Groves withdrew from the six-day meet following a series of social media posts condemning “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.
GENEVA (AP) — Brisbane has long seemed to be in a one-horse race to host the 2032 Olympics.
That race looks sure to be over and won next month when the International Olympic Committee meets before the Tokyo Games open.
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Irish rookie Leona Maguire shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Lake Merced to take the first-round lead in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, the tour's second straight event on the San Francisco Peninsula.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The competition-leading Lahore Qalandars had a 10-run win over Peshawar Zalmi as the second game in the first double-header since the resumption of the Pakistan Super League finished in the early hours of Friday morning.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Former National Rugby League winger Suliasi Vunivalu has a hamstring injury and will miss making his debut for the Wallabies in the three-test series against France.
Vunivalu limped off the field in Queensland’s 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman loss to the Auckland-based Blues last weekend.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rashid Khan’s brilliant allround performance earned Lahore Qalandars a last-ball five-wicket win over Islamabad United as the Pakistan Super League resumed after more than three months on Wednesday due to COVID-19.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s Olympic baseball team has given up trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games because of coronavirus-related travel complications.
Baseball Australia’s chief executive Glenn Williams on Wednesday said the “gut-wrenching” decision to withdraw makes Olympic qualification impossible.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic Village has traditionally been a fun place to be, housing thousands of young athletes and staff ready to party and share a few beers and bubbly toasts.
But not at the Tokyo Olympics, which are to open in just over six weeks amid a pandemic.
SEOUL (AP) — Kim Shin-wook scored the first goal for South Korea on Wednesday in a World Cup qualifying match, and then the whole team celebrated the memory of a former national team great.
Kim and his teammates held aloft a shirt bearing the name of Yoo Sang-chul, who represented South Korea 124 times and died on Monday at the age of 49 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — New Zealand will be without captain Kane Williamson for the second and final test against England starting Thursday because he is resting his injured elbow.
The decision was taken with the World Test Championship final against India from June 18-22 in mind, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Wednesday.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — New South Wales outclassed Queensland 50-6 Wednesday for its biggest victory margin in the opening match of the annual State of Origin rugby league series between the two Australian state rivals.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Adam Goodes had seen and heard enough when he retired in 2015 as one of the most illustrious Indigenous players in the Australian Football League.
Nearly six years later, it appears the pain from the verbal and racial abuse he took from spectators and even from a team executive as one of the highest-profile Black players in the top tier of Australian Rules football hasn't diminished.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen could easily be portrayed as his generation’s Byron Nelson, and not just because of his syrupy swing.
Nelson retired from a full schedule when he was 34 (with 51 wins and five majors) to become a rancher.
When Muhammad Ali died five years ago, his name was known worldwide. But it was home, to Louisville, Kentucky, where he returned.
From his death on June 3, 2016, to his funeral a week later, the Bluegrass community that raised him joined visitors from around the globe to celebrate the life and legacy of “The Greatest.” That week is the focus of the new documentary, “City of Ali.”
TOKYO (AP) — Roads were being closed off Tuesday around Tokyo Olympic venues, including the new $1.4 billion National Stadium where the opening ceremony is set for July 23.
This is a clear sign that Tokyo Olympic planners and the International Olympic Committee are moving forward despite public opposition, warnings about the risks of the games becoming a spreader event, and Tokyo and other parts of Japan being under a state of emergency until June 20.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While players from Japan, Australia and Syria were extending winning streaks, a defender from Kyrgyzstan was having some difficulty handling a new assignment in Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoo Sang-chul, one of the stars of South Korea’s surprising run to the semifinals at the 2002 World Cup, has died after long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 49.
Yoo played 124 times for South Korea from 1994 to 2005.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks captain Wayne “Buck” Shelford was knighted Monday in the New Zealand civil honors list commemorating the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
Shelford, who has recovered from lymphoma, was honored not only for his services to rugby but for his work as a men’s health advocate, in youth suicide prevention and as a champion of the Maori language.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yuka Saso modeled her golf game after Rory McIlroy, spending hours watching videos of his swing before going to bed each night in order to perfect her own.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The emotion and intensity felt the same to Patrick Cantlay, whether it was his clutch 25-foot birdie putt to tie for the lead or his 12-foot par putt in a playoff that made him a winner again Sunday in the Memorial.
Reigning Olympic tennis gold medalist Monica Puig will miss the Tokyo Games and the rest of the season after having surgery on her right shoulder.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Max Verstappen was cruising toward an easy second consecutive victory until an unexpected tire failure turned the Azerbaijan Grand Prix into a two-lap shootout, a shock victory for teammate Sergio Pérez and one of the more memorable races in recent memory.
LONDON (AP) — England batted slowly and carefully Sunday to hold out against New Zealand on the final day of the first test at Lord's which saw pacer Ollie Robinson later suspended for old abusive tweets.
TARANTO, Italy (AP) — Nathan Outteridge steered Team Japan to victory in the podium race Sunday at the SailGP Taranto regatta after the United States' boat broke down while in the lead.
It was a big comeback for Outteridge, an Olympic gold and silver medalist who collided with the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lexi Thompson needed to get her mind right before she could get her game back and now is in position to win her second career major.
Thompson shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead into the final round of the U.S.
SYDNEY (AP) — The Hamilton-based Chiefs started and finished strongly to beat the Melbourne Rebels 36-26 Sunday and wrap up the fourth round of the Australia-New Zealand Super Rugby tournament.
The match was the second involving the Rebels to be played in Sydney because of a community outbreak of COVID-19 in Austalia’s second-largest city.