Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-Laver Cup match briefly halted after protester set arm on fire on court
A man ran on to the court in London’s O2 Arena and set his arm on fire on Friday to protest the use of private jets in Britain, briefly halting the Laver Cup meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. Security personnel acted quickly to drag the man off the court before play resumed following a quick check of the surface which was not damaged during the bizarre incident.
Tennis-Federer’s retirement leaves a void that cannot be filled, says McEnroe
Roger Federer’s retirement from competitive tennis will leave a void that can never be filled, according to former world number one and seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe. The 41-year-old Swiss will bow out later on Friday when he partners great rival Rafa Nadal in a doubles encounter at the Laver Cup.
Soccer-Kamada and Mitoma strike as Japan breezes past the United States
Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma were on target as Japan continued their preparations for November’s World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 win over the United States in Dusseldorf on Friday. Kamada’s 24th minute strike was given after VAR overruled the onfield officials who believed the Eintracht Frankfurt forward was offside while Mitoma added the second for Hajime Moriyasu’s side with two minutes remaining.
Soccer-Ronaldo charged with improper conduct after smashing fan’s phone
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) for smashing a teenage fan’s phone to the ground following a defeat at Everton last season. Ronaldo, 37, apologized to the 14-year-old fan via social media after the incident, which took place after United’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park in April.
Soccer-World Cup players to get FIFA data analysis app
When the World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Nov. 20 fans can expect a flurry of stats and match footage on social media and FIFA is hoping that includes data and content from a new player app. FIFA said on Friday that all players at the finals will be able to browse their performance data on a purpose-built app developed by the governing body which allows footballers of all 32 teams access to analysis and information.
Soccer-Son’s late free kick earns South Korea a draw with Costa Rica
Son Heung-min’s late free kick earned South Korea a 2-2 draw with fellow World Cup qualifiers Costa Rica in a friendly international in Goyang on Friday. The Tottenham Hotspur forward curled his 85th minute set piece past substitute goalkeeper Patrick Sequeira minutes after Esteban Alvarado had been sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
Tennis-Federer to bow out in style with Nadal by his side
Some of the most iconic moments of Roger Federer’s glittering career featured Rafa Nadal across the net but on Friday his great Spanish rival will be alongside him for his final bow. The 41-year-old Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles and for many the greatest player to wield a tennis racket, is back in one of his favorite cities to bring down the curtain on a 24-year professional career that scaled staggering heights .
Tennis-Spaniard Alcaraz plots lengthy reign as men’s no. 1
Having become the youngest player to top the men’s world rankings, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is already plotting to make sure his stint as world number one is a long one. The Spaniard climbed to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Golf-US makes fast start in Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup got off to the blowout start many had predicted as the United States humbled a scrappy International team 4-1 in the opening foursomes on Thursday. The powerful US team had looked poised for a sweep of the five matches until the Internationals snatched an unexpected point when South Korea’s Kim Si-woo and Australian Cam Davis took down the all-star American pairing of world number one Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns 2 -Up.
Motor racing-Latifi to leave Williams at the end of the F1 season
Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi will leave Williams when his contract expires at the end of the season, the Formula One team announced on Friday. Latifi, 27 and in his third season in Formula One, is the only driver on the current starting grid yet to score a point in 16 races so far this year. He has a career total of seven points from 55 starts.
(With inputs from agencies.)