Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Guard Ben simmons left the team’s training facility without training and is expected to meet with the organization’s leadership on Friday morning to discuss his status as a troubled player again, sources told ESPN. Simmons described discomfort in his back to Sixers staff Thursday morning and underwent brief treatment before medics allowed him to practice – only to then leave with no activity on the field, sources said. Simmons, who requested a trade four months ago, has left little mystery to Sixers officials and the rest of the league about his desire to never play another game for the franchise. Philadelphia wants him to be on the roster and play while he searches for a trade, or plans to continue to impose significant fines on Simmons for missing games and violating team policies, have sources said.
Russia wins world title
Angelina Melnikova of Russia won the women’s all-around final to win the first gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. Melnikova, the 2020 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, built a solid lead with high scores on vault and uneven bars and finished with 56.632 points. With the defending champion Simone BilÃ¨s and Tokyo Olympic Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee since the United States did not participate, the stage was set for the emergence of a new generation of gymnasts. Leanne Wong of the United States was second with 56.340 points, followed by his teammate Kayla DiCello with bronze at 54.566. The World Gymnastics Championships are the first major international sporting event held in Japan since the Olympics. Unlike the Tokyo Games, spectators are allowed at the Kitakyushu General Gymnasium. The men’s all-around competition will take place on Friday.
The kb sequence is complete
Jin young ko missed the extension of a record-breaking LPGA Tour goal in the rain as her compatriots South Korea occupied the first round standings of the BMW Ladies Championship in Busan, South Korea. Ko had 14 straight rounds in the ’60s, tying him up with Annika sorenstam (2005) and So Yeon Ryu (2015-17) for the greatest number in the history of the tour, before the round. But Ko finished 71 under par after a birdie on the 18th hole at LPGA International Busan. Ko was seven strokes behind the leader Na Rin An, who shot 64. To Gee Chun and Ju Young Pak was 65 and tied for second. American Danielle Kang, whose father was born in Busan, shot 66 and was in a group tied for fourth … Jeff Winther shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open in Santa Ponsa, Spain. The Danish player managed 10 birdies and two bogeys. Two players were tied for second place – Niklas lemke and Bryce easton, who scored 63 for the lowest rounds of his career on the European Tourâ¦ Japanese golfer Hiroshi Iwata shot a 7-under 63 to take the lead in the first round of the Zozo PGA Tour Championship in Chiba, Japan. Iwata had a one-shot lead on Joaquin niemann and Masters 2021 champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Six schools join the AAC
Six schools – Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Rice and UAB – have accepted invitations to join the American Athletic Conference, the league said. No date has been set for schools to join the conference, but a source told ESPN that the earliest possible would be the 2023-24 season … A football game between Drake and Stetson scheduled for Saturday in Des Moines has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns among Drake staff. Under league rules, Drake will forfeit. College-level coronavirus-related game cancellations have been rare this season. Pioneer Football League teams compete in Division I Football Championship Subdivisionâ¦ Former Texas linebacker Jake ehlinger, the younger brother of the former Longhorns quarterback Sam ehlinger, died of an accidental drug overdose caused by fentanyl, his family said. Jake Ehlinger, 20, was found on May 6. No cause of death was immediately disclosed, and the family’s statement says they believe he ingested a dose of the prescription drug Xanax containing toxic substances, including fentanyl.
Sakkari, Halep advance
Maria sakkari clinched a spot for the WTA final for the first time reaching the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals in Moscow when Anna kalinskaya retired with illness in the second set. Third seed Sakkari, who was leading 6-2, 1-0, when Kalinskaya retired, became the first Greek woman to qualify for the season-ending event for the top eight players. Former champion Simona halep also advanced by beating the favorite at home Veronika kudermetova, 6-1, 7-6 (4) and Anett kontaveit ousted Andrea Petkovic, 6-1, 6-4. In the men’s tournament, Adrien mannarino saved a match point before beating the defending champion Andrei Rublev of Russia, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals … During the first formal disqualification of an athlete from the Tokyo Olympics for doping, the Russian Igor Polyanskiy was banned for three years, World Triathlon. Polyanskiy admitted to doping with EPO, an endurance-boosting hormone, before the Olympics and is banned until the 2024 Paris Games. World Triathlon added that Polyanskiy did not dispute his positive test in a sample taken at a training camp in Vladivostock, Russia, five days before starting to compete in Tokyo.