Sports news roundup: Legendary cricketer Shane Warne dies aged 52 in Thailand; Te and Morennis-Federer’s coach says he’s unlikely to play at Wimbledon – report

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Legendary cricketer Shane Warne dies aged 52 in Thailand

Australian cricketer Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended sport, died Friday at the age of 52. Warne, who ended his spellbinding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 Test wickets, died of a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, his family confirmed in a statement.

Tennis-Federer coach says he’s unlikely to play at Wimbledon – report

Roger Federer is unlikely to play at Wimbledon this year as the Swiss great continues to recover from knee surgery, his coach Severin Luthi has told a Swiss newspaper. The eight-time Wimbledon champion’s most recent match was at Wimbledon last year, where he fell in the quarter-finals and then announced he would undergo his third knee surgery in two years.

Cricket-Reaction to the death of Australian great Shane Warne

Here are the reactions to the death of Australian Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers of all time. AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON

Baseball-Players launches relief fund for workers affected by lockout

Major League Baseball (MLB) players announced Friday they are launching a $1 million relief fund for workers affected by the ongoing lockdown. The fund, jointly administered by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, will be used to benefit stadium employees and others experiencing financial hardship after MLB canceled the start of the regular season when she failed to reach a contract with the players.

Australia shocked by cricket mourns cricketing great ‘Warnie’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison led a cascade of tributes to Shane Warne as the country woke up on Saturday to news the cricket great had died of a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand. As many in the sporting world and beyond have expressed their shock and grief, Morrison said Warne’s family had been offered a state funeral for the sportsman known to his compatriots simply as ” Warnie”.

Horse racing-Baffert request for reprieve of suspension denied by Kentucky officials

Trainer Bob Baffert’s request for a 90-day suspension has been denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), his attorney said Friday. Last month, race stewards overturned the victory of Baffert-trained horse Medina Spirit in the 2021 Kentucky Derby due to the presence of a banned drug in his system and issued the trainer with suspension and a fine of $7,500.

Soccer-City defender Zinchenko questions the silence of Russian players

Manchester City’s Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko has questioned the refusal of Russia’s leading footballers to speak out against their country’s invasion of their country. After Russia invaded Ukraine last week, FIFA and UEFA suspended the country from international tournaments, but none of the country’s top players publicly criticized President Vladimir Putin’s decision to enter. in war.

Tennis-Horansky keeps Slovakia alive against Italy for Davis Cup final spot

Slovak Filip Horansky stunned Italian world number 21 Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(2) 6-3 to tie their Friday qualifying game for a place in the Davis Cup finals later this year. The 12 winning teams from Friday’s and Saturday’s round-trip playoffs will join Croatia, who secured automatic qualification for the 2022 final as last year’s runners-up, and wildcards Serbia and Great Britain.

Tennis-‘I’d probably be in prison’: Serena sees a double standard in the Zverev case

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion, says she would have been punished much harsher had she behaved similarly to Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who was kicked out of a tournament last month for unsportsmanlike conduct. The world number three was kicked out of the ATP 500 event in Acapulco after repeatedly smashing his racket into the referee’s chair following a doubles loss.

Warm welcome from the Paralympic-Ukrainian contingent at the opening of the Winter Games in Beijing

Ukrainian athletes were warmly welcomed on a chilly evening in Beijing as the Paralympic Winter Games opened on Friday, after athletes from Russia and Belarus were sent home on the eve of the Games following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons made an impassioned appeal for peace during the ceremony at Bird’s Nest Stadium attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

(With agency contributions.)

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