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Football-More than half of all players at the Euros and AFCON finals have abused an online study

More than half of all players in last year’s European Championship and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals experienced some form of discriminatory online abuse, a report has revealed. report released by world football governing body FIFA. The independent report used artificial intelligence to track over 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semi-finals and final stages of both competitions and found the majority of abuse was homophobic (40%) and racist (38%).

Defending golf champion Rahm is one of the leaders at the US Open

Defending champion Jon Rahm squandered a chance to take the lead in the final round of the US Open after a closing double bogey left him one shot behind co-leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris on Saturday. Rahm came in at the par-four 18th one stroke ahead, but needed two shots to get out of a fairway bunker after the first attempt hit the face of the trap en route to a one-over 71. by which left him at three cents on the week at the Country Club.

Tennis-Ukraine Svitolina hoped US Open would take tougher action against Russians

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina disagrees with US Open decision to allow players from Russia and Belarus to compete as neutrals and hopes Grand Slam organizers take a tougher stance after the invasion of his country by Moscow. Russian and Belarus players are banned from competing at Wimbledon, which begins June 27, but the United States Tennis Association has allowed them to play under a neutral flag on the New York hard court.

Tennis-Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon due to Achilles tendon injury

Former world number one Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon with a left Achilles injury, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced on Saturday. The Japanese from Osaka suffered an injury in Madrid, forcing her to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome ahead of the French Open where she lost in the first round.

Athletics-Fraser-Pryce dazzles at Paris Diamond League meeting

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce equaled her season best time of 10.67 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday. The 35-year-old Jamaican was in a class of her own after a lightning-fast start to beat Britain’s Daryll Neita by 0.32 and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou by 0.34.

Motor racing – Verstappen on pole in Canada, Alonso on the front row

Red Bull Formula 1 leader Max Verstappen shone in the wet to take pole position in the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday as Alpine’s ever-green Fernando Alonso celebrated his first-place finish in a decade. Verstappen’s main title rivals disappeared from sight, Mexican team-mate Sergio Perez crashed out and qualified 13th while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended a streak of four poles in a row by falling to the 19th place due to engine penalties.

Golf-US Open co-leader Fitzpatrick feels at home at Brookline

US Open co-leader Matt Fitzpatrick has had success at the Country Club before and thinks that experience will stand him in good stead when he takes on some of golf’s best players in the final round of the third major tournament. the year. The 27-year-old Englishman won the 2013 US Amateur held at Brookline and believes the triumph will give him an edge over the competition in Sunday’s final round, where defending champion and world number two Jon Rahm hides on his back.

Swimming-Ledecky tops US medals on day one of world championships

Olympic silver medalist Katie Ledecky cruised to victory in the women’s 400m freestyle on the opening day of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest on Saturday to claim a record 16th gold medal in the competition. Ledecky, 25, was already the most successful swimmer at the world championships and now has 19 medals in total. Only fellow men Michael Phelps (26 titles) and Ryan Lochte (18) have won more gold medals.

Tennis-Berrettini qualifies for Queen’s final against Krajinovic

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini reached his fourth straight final on grass as he overpowered unseeded Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp at the Queen’s Club Championship on Saturday. Friday’s scorching heat was gone at historic London, but defending champion Berrettini maintained his winning streak on the grass to win 6-4 6-3.

MLB roundup: Cardinals hit Red Sox

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer, and Nolan Gorman and Tyler O’Neill each added a solo shot to propel the visiting St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. St. Louis’ Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt each had two-run singles, and Arenado added an RBI single in a six-run sixth inning. Dylan Carlson and Andrew Knizner each had an RBI double, and Harrison Bader and O’Neill each had three hits to help the Cardinals clinch a two-game losing skid.

(With agency contributions.)