Sports News Roundup: Games-India pushes for shooting and wrestling at Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games; MLB roundup: Quick start propels Mets past rival Yankees and more

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Games-India pushes for shooting and wrestling at Commonwealth Games Victoria 2026

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has requested the Commonwealth Games Federation (GCF) to include shooting and wrestling in the 2026 edition of the Games in the Australian state of Victoria. India had threatened to boycott England’s Birmingham Games, which begin on Thursday after filming was pulled from the schedule and had to be dissuaded from the move.

MLB roundup: Quick start propels Mets past rival Yankees

Eduardo Escobar’s two-run homer capped a four-run first inning and Taijuan Walker bounced back from a rocky start to pitch six innings for the host New York Mets, who beat the New York Yankees York 6-3 Tuesday night. The Mets have won two straight on a three-game losing streak. The Yankees have lost four of six since the All-Star break and are 10-11 this month.

Football-Barcelona manager Xavi ‘very happy’ with rejuvenated Dembele

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez says striker Ousmane Dembele is a reborn player after the France international netted twice in the LaLiga club’s 2-2 draw with Serie A side Juventus on Tuesday at the stadium Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Dembele opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a fine solo effort, dribbling past Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro before firing a fierce shot past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, but his goal was canceled out by Moise Kean’s equalizer at the 39th minute.

Motor racing-W Series moves Asian debut from Suzuka to Singapore

The all-women’s W-Series car racing championship has canceled plans to race in Japan for the first time and will instead make its Asian debut in Singapore in October, organizers said on Wednesday. The decision was due to “unforeseeable operational challenges”.

Horse Racing – Judge Halts Safety Law Implementation in Louisiana and West Virginia

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a request from Louisiana and West Virginia to halt implementation of the Horse Racing Integrity and Security Act (HISA) in those states until after a larger lawsuit challenging its constitutionality is decided. U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty granted a preliminary injunction, saying the threat of harm to the states and their racing commission outweighed that of the defendants, who included the HISA authority.

American basketball star Griner treated his injuries with medical cannabis, defense says

The defense team of American basketball player Brittney Griner, detained in Russia on drug trafficking charges, argued in court on Tuesday that she used medical cannabis to relieve pain from her injuries, like many other international athletes in ‘elite. Griner, a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star who played in Russia during the league’s offseason, was arrested at a Moscow airport on February 17 with vape cartridges containing hash oil in his luggage. Medical marijuana is illegal in Russia.

Victims’ rights advocate wants top Hockey Canada executives to quit

Former NHL player and victims’ rights advocate Sheldon Kennedy called on Tuesday for the resignation of Hockey Canada’s executive team following sexual assault allegations involving two national junior teams. Kennedy, co-founder of Respect Group, which aims to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination, released a statement a day after Hockey Canada unveiled its plan to eliminate “toxic behavior” in sport.

England football greats hail women’s team after Euro semi-final victory

England footballers past and present hailed a “special” national team after beating Sweden 4-0 on Tuesday to reach the final of the European Women’s Championship. Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby propelled England to a sensational victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Bramall Lane in Sheffield and earned them qualification for their first Euro final since 2009 .

Report: NBA will not have a vaccination mandate in 2022-23

After a few high-profile vaccine-related absences from games last season, the NBA will not have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for players in 2022-23, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday, citing a memo from the NBA’s office. league she had obtained. The league will “strongly suggest” that team personnel stay current with vaccinations, according to the report. Discussions between the league and the NBA Players Association continue over whether unvaccinated players will be subject to periodic COVID-19 testing in the upcoming season. Last season, the NBA did not require all players to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but players who were not vaccinated or did not receive a booster dose were subject to certain protocols, such as game day testing. . Players were also held accountable for state mandates with their own vaccination requirements. While the NBA said 95% of its players had been vaccinated before last season, one player who hasn’t been the subject of frequent news. Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets refused to get vaccinated and missed the first three months of the season. Even when Irving returned on January 5, he could only play in road games due to local New York mandates. He finally played his home opener on March 27, but the Nets were eventually kicked out of the first round of the playoffs by a Boston Celtics sweep. Another player who was not vaccinated was Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers, who had to miss three games in his team’s first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. While the majority of the strictest COVID-19 rules and mandates have been lifted in the United States, Canada still requires that all people entering the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19. –Field-Level Media

Tennis-Kyrgios retires from singles in Atlanta with knee problem

Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Atlanta Open singles draw with a left knee problem on Tuesday ahead of his first match since finishing second at Wimbledon this month. The 27-year-old was drawn by Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in his first round of the hard-court ATP 250 event in Georgia but instead addressed the crowd after his withdrawal.

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