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TENNIS

The world’s best male tennis player Novak Djokovic spent Orthodox Christmas on Friday in an immigrant detention hotel in Australia as he sought to push back the deportation due to the country’s COVID-19 rules and participate in the Australian Open.

Djokovic received calls from his native Serbia, including his parents and the president, who hoped to cheer him up during the holidays.

The 34-year-old vaccine-skeptic was not allowed into the country on Wednesday evening when federal border officials at Melbourne airport rejected his medical exemption to Australia’s strict vaccination requirements against COVID-19.

He has been confined to the Melbourne Detention Hotel pending a court hearing on Monday, a week before the tournament begins, where he is looking to win his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title.

GOLF

Long regarded as the premier event in women’s golf, the US Women’s Open now has cash prizes and future venues to match.

The United States Golf Association announced on Friday that the stock market will almost double this year to $ 10 million, by far the richest in women’s golf and prestigious awards in women’s sport. The purse was $ 5.5 million when Yuka Saso won at the Olympic club last year.

The USGA was instrumental in making this possible one main sponsor – PreMedica, an Ohio-based nonprofit integrated health organization serving 28 states.

Along with a huge cash win, the USGA is sending women to some of the classic US Open models that have been welcoming men for decades. This list includes a return to Oakmont and Pinehurst # 2, as well as Riviera, Oakland Hills, Merion, Inverness and Interlachen.

FIGURE SKATING

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Two-time champion Alysa Liu withdrew from the U.S. figure skating championships after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, less than a day after a third place finish in the program runs the put in position to make the Olympic team.

Liu, 16, is at least the fifth competitor to test positive for the virus in preparation and at the national championships, and the third who was scheduled to make the squad for the Beijing Games. Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier’s pair tandem quit the day before the competition started when they tested positive.

Much like Knierim and Frazier, who are considering applying for one of the two couples spots on the Olympic team, Liu has informed US Figure Skating that she will apply for one of the three female spots based on her recent work.

COLLECTIVE FOOTBALL

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson, who started 10 games and scored 24 touchdowns in 2021, announced on Friday he would transfer to Nebraska.

Thompson was a Hudson Card substitute for the first two games in Texas before taking on the starting role. He went 4-6 as a starter and had 2,113 yards. Texas finished 5-7 in a season that included the program’s first five-game losing streak since 1956.

The Oklahoma City native will be a graduate transfer. He announced the move on social media.

College athletics

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State will become the 11th member of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1.

University officials announced Friday that the board of trustees has accepted an invitation from the Missouri Valley conference and will be leaving the Ohio Valley conference.

The MVC does not include football or the gun, so Murray State is working to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in the sport. Murray State’s rifle program, which is sixth in the country, will continue to participate in the Ohio Valley Conference.

WNBA

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Liberty hired Sandy Brondello as their new coach on Friday.

Brondello led the Mercury to the WNBA Finals this year, then parted ways with the team in the offseason. She was 150-108 in eight seasons with Phoenix, qualifying for the playoffs every year.

She replaces Walt Hopkins, who left Liberty last month after helping the team reach the playoffs.

New York lost to the Brondello Mercury in the first round on a last second shot.

SAIL

The American Magic Sailing Team joined the New York Yacht Club on Friday to announce a challenge for the America’s Cup, though it will be without racing titan Roger Penske as one of its principals.

Penske, owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as Team Penske, was one of American Magic’s top three in the 2021 America’s Cup. The American team suffered a catastrophic capsize and was eliminated. of the challenges of the challengers without winning a race.

Directors Doug DeVos – Amway Co-President – and Hap Fauth will continue to support American Magic.

HOCKEY

CALGARY, Alta. (AP) – The Western Hockey League suspended 15 teams on Friday and postponed eight games due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Major Junior League said on Friday that the teams involved – the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers, Medicine Hat Tigers, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, Victoria Royals and Winnipeg Ice – have seen players and staff added to the COVID-19 protocol list due to symptoms or positive tests.

The WHL has given permission for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos to resume all team activities.

FOOTBALL

BORDEAUX, France (AP) – Marseille ended a 44-year wait and finally beat Bordeaux in the French league on Friday.

Cengiz Ãœnder’s goal in the first half was enough for the visitors to win 1-0, Marseille’s first to Bordeaux since October 1977.

The home team were without a host of players due to coronavirus infections and injuries, while Marseille were without Steve Mandanda, Alvaro Gonzalez, Valentin Rongier and Arkadiusz Milik. Midfielder Pape Gueye and striker Bamba Dieng are in the Africa Cup.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Florida State senior midfielder Jaelin Howell won the Hermann Trophy for the second year in a row Friday night as Georgetown’s top girls college football player and junior midfielder, Dante Polvara, won the male award.

Howell, of Lone Tree, Colo., Had three goals and four assists in 23 games last season for National Champion Seminoles. She is the sixth repeat winner of the Missouri Athletic Club award, following Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow, Christine Sinclair, Morgan Brian and Catarina Macario.

Howell edged out Brigham Young senior midfielder Mikayla Colohan and Santa Clara senior striker Kelsey Turnbow in the coaches vote.

Polvara, of Pleasantville, New York, has seven goals and six assists in 22 games.

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