Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Golf-McIlroy calls Koepka ‘duplicity’ for joining LIV

Rory McIlroy described Brooks Koepka as misleading after the four-time major winner defected to the LIV Golf Invitational Series on Wednesday, then urged the PGA and European Tours to join forces against the Saudi-backed venture. Koepka, a former world number one, has become the latest big name to join the lucrative LIV Series, joining a list that includes six-time great champion Phil Mickelson, former Masters champion Dustin Johnson and former champion US Open Bryson DeChambeau.

MLB roundup: Shohei Ohtani breaks career-high 13 wins

Shohei Ohtani pitched eight scoreless innings, allowed just two hits and hit a career-high 13 to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night in Anaheim, in California. The performance came a night after Ohtani homered twice and made eight runs.

Tennis-No ranking points offered but Wimbledon no exhibition

Wimbledon begins on Monday without Russia’s world number one Daniil Medvedev and former Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, but the grass-court Grand Slam will hardly look like an exhibition event despite having no ranking points on offer. The 2022 edition of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament will go without points after organizers decided to ban players from Russia and Belarus following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Tennis-Swiatek seeks to establish its domination on the lawns of Wimbledon

A key part of the appeal of any sport is the presence of a dominant figure – a benchmark for others to aspire to – and in this respect, women’s tennis has been blessed with Serena Williams as its figurehead. But with the American in her 41st year and back at Wimbledon for a potential farewell after a year away, the worry is whether a player can fill her shoes.

Navratilova slams IOC for lack of leadership on transgender issue

The great pioneer of tennis and gay rights, Martina Navratilova, has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its lack of leadership on the issue of the inclusion of transgender athletes in sport. The issue was highlighted by last weekend’s decision by swimming’s governing body FINA to ban athletes who have gone through part of male puberty from competing in elite women’s competition. .

Tennis-Exhibition corresponds to a “perfect” preparation for Nadal before Wimbledon

Rafa Nadal played his first match on grass in three years on Wednesday and the Spaniard said a few exhibition matches at Hurlingham Club were the perfect preparation for Wimbledon, where he will be looking to win a third straight Grand Slam this season. Nadal won the Australian Open and French Open for the first time back-to-back and a victory at Wimbledon, where the main draw begins on Monday, will bring him closer to becoming the first man to win all four majors in the same tournament. . year since Rod Laver in 1969.

American swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by trainer

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was at risk of drowning after losing consciousness in the world championship pool in Budapest on Wednesday before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes. Spain’s Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after watching Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her free solo final routine.

Tennis-A Wimbledon without Federer, McEnroe looks on the bright side

Wimbledon is set to kick off without Roger Federer for the first time in more than two decades next week and with the Swiss maestro’s career counting down, John McEnroe says he is grateful to be able to watch him play the sport for so long. long time. Federer, who turns 41 in August, has had three knee surgeries in the past two years and hasn’t played a competitive game since his quarter-final loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the grass-court Grand Slam. last year.

Rights groups call on Biden to negotiate release of WNBA star Griner

A coalition of human rights groups called on US President Joe Biden on Wednesday to “reach a deal” to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for months. Griner was taken into custody at a Moscow airport on February 17 when a search of her luggage allegedly revealed several cannabis oil vape cartridges. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

Tennis-Nadal Schedule Slam bid faces Djokovic challenge on grass

Rafa Nadal’s hopes of winning Wimbledon for the first time in over a decade and staying on track for the calendar year Grand Slam will meet a familiar opponent in Novak Djokovic who is trying to extend his dominance over the major field. For the first time in his career, the Spaniard has won the Australian Open and the French Open back-to-back and has the chance to become the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver achieved the feat in 1969.

(With agency contributions.)