MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) – Novak Djokovic admitted that his Australian travel declaration contained false information, and that he “decided to attend an interview and photo shoot in Serbia last month after testing positive for COVID-19″. error” is also accepted. ,
In a statement posted on her social media accounts, the tennis star blamed “human error” by her support team for failing to announce she had traveled in the two-week period prior to entering Australia.
Misinformation about form could be grounds for deportation, the latest twist in the saga of whether an athlete should be allowed to remain in Australia despite not being vaccinated. Initial news that Djokovic had been exempted from strict vaccination rules to enter the country caused an uproar, and ensuing controversy overshadowed the lead up to the Australian Open.
Djokovic acknowledged the flaws when he tried to clarify what he called “persistent misinformation” about his movements after being infected last month – though he did not specify what inaccuracies he was referring to.
The nine-time and current Australian Open champion is in limbo ahead of the year’s first tennis major, which begins on Monday.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC ( Associated Press) — Duke has played two games with unstable shooting and turnover-prone play since returning from the COVID-19 outbreak.
This time around, the eighth-ranked Blue Devils ramped up their offense behind a blooming new player and an opportunistic defense—without Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Paolo Banchero had 24 points and Duke opened it with 13 straight shots spanning halftime and beat Wake Forest 76–64, turning it into his best game since returning from a stoppage that included two postponed games.
Fellow freshman AJ Griffin had a season-high 22 points on his debut, the next step in his development after missing most of the last two seasons in high school due to injury. It helped the Blue Devils to bounce back from the weekend’s home loss in Miami, as well as win, while Krzyzewski was out of school for what the school called a “non-COVID-19-related virus.”
CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, James Harden added 25 points and a season-high 16 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled off an easy win over Chicago, defeating the Bulls 138 in a matchup between the top Eastern Conference defeated by -112. two teams.
Durant had 17 points in the third. The second-placed Nets overcame pre-leading Chicago 20 in the quarter to quell the raucous crowd and win for the second time with all three Superstars in the lineup.
Kyrie Irving scored nine runs in his third game. The seven-time All-Star has refused to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and has been barred from suing in New York because of the city’s mandate.
LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — An extra week of games, a close finish and a non-election year helped propel the NFL to its highest regular-season rating in six years.
The 272 regular-season games averaged 17.1 million viewers across television and digital platforms, a 10% increase over 2020 and the league’s highest average since 2015.
It was expected that viewership would increase after the 2020 season was played in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with empty stadiums presenting a peculiar sight, and changing viewing habits of many. The first half of that season also happened in the middle of a presidential campaign, when many people were watching cable news channels.
Three out of five television packages experienced double-digit growth. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football” packages on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime were both up 16% from last season, followed by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at 11%.
It was also the first season the league played in 17 regular season games. Despite the extra games, not too much of a blowout. According to the league, 64% of all games this season were within a score in the fourth quarter.
CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — John Lester, a durable left-hander who won three World Series titles over 16 years in the Majors, has announced his retirement.
Lester, who turns 38 on Friday, finished with a 200-117 record and 3.66 ERA in 452 career games, including 451 starts. He has also been a reliable post-season artist, having compiled 2.51 eras in 26 appearances.
The 6-foot-4 Lester helped Boston win championships in 2007 and 2013, and led the Chicago Cubs in 2016. The championship for the Cubs was the franchise’s first since 1908.
NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — US prosecutors have charged a Texas man with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing at last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, including star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare.
Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be charged under the new US anti-doping law that governs international sporting events.
The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Lira distributed human growth hormone and erythropoietin, a blood-building hormone, “for the purpose of corrupting” the 2020 Games, which were held in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lira is also accused of conspiracy to violate drug misbranding and adulteration laws. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on the allegations.
The criminal complaint identifies Okagbare only as “Athlete 1”, but includes details including her performance in specific races, making it clear that she was one of Lira’s clients. A text message was sent to Okagbare seeking comment.
Okagbare was provisionally suspended in July 2021 for testing positive for human growth hormone – in an out-of-competition test – due to the former World Championships silver medalist running the women’s 100-meter semifinal at the Olympics. Was.