Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch in Saudi Arabia draws criticism

(CNN)The decision to stage the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia has drawn heavy criticism from human rights group Amnesty International. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features Saudi Arabia has hosted a number of fights in recent times, including Amir Khan’s win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith’s World Boxing Super Series victory against George Groves. It also welcomed the opening race of the 2018-19 Formule E season, motorsport’s all-electric race series, and will stage the world’s richest horse race — with a prize purse of $20 million — next year. However, the middle east country’s “abysmal human rights record” has been called into question by Amnesty International UK, which urged Joshua to …

Peter Crouch: ‘Getting 50,000 people on their feet you can’t replicate that’

Hes played for seven Premier League clubs and been capped 42 times, but last month he finally hung up his boots. So whats next for one of Britains best-loved footballers? Folded up in the corner of a sofa, wearing skinny black jeans and a black shirt, limbs tucked away wherever they will go, Peter Crouch looks a bit like a sleeping bat. (Except he isnt hanging upside down, obviously). He is tired, he says. Not from a season sitting on benches, in Stoke and Burnley; or from being out on the town, dancing like a robot; but because there is a new addition to the Crouch family: child number four, aged four weeks when we meet in a fancy London …

The true effect of sledging on performance is nothing to shout about | Sean Ingle

When England and Australia meet in the Ashes there will be plenty of talk on the field but there is no evidence that it works Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. When it comes to the art of sledging, few stories beat the one where Michael Slater, the fiery Australia opener, was welcomed to the crease during a Sheffield Shield match by Shane Warne and Darren Berry, intimating he was a timebomb. Tick. Tock. The tag-team verbals between Warne and Berry continued until Slater succumbed to the pressure by holing out at midwicket a few overs later. At which point they yelled out Kaboom! in unison. At Edgbaston on Thursday the sledging is bound to have a spikier edge. How could it …

Bob Bradley recovers from Swansea nightmare as LAFC take MLS by storm

The former USA coach admitted he failed during his brief stay in the Premier League. But his new team are close to unstoppable this season Los Angeles already had the most successful franchise in Major League Soccer history. A team that average around 22,000 a game and the cultural impact made by the franchise is even stronger. None of this is as impressive as the team they have put together on the pitch, though. With more than half of the regular season played, Bob Bradleys team are the runaway leaders both at the top of the Western Conference and in the Supporters Shield standings. They have suffered two league defeats all year, scoring more goals (53) and conceding fewer (17) …

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dies aged 27

The Los Angeles Angels have confirmed pitcher Tyler Skaggs died before Mondays game against the Texas Rangers. He was 27 The Los Angeles Angels have confirmed pitcher Tyler Skaggs died before Mondays game against the Texas Rangers. He was due to turn 28 on 13 July. Police in Southlake, Texas, responded to reports of an unconscious man in a hotel room on Monday morning. Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas, an Angels statement said. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with …

We worship the body: India’s kushti mud wrestlers a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of Indias traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company office in Mumbai, his limbs coiled inside a polyester uniform. By evening, when he enters the hallowed square of the clay pit, he is released in a blaze of brute force. Patil is a wrestler of the traditional Indian school of mud-clay wrestling called kushti which dates back to the Mughals and is passed down from generation to generation. Kushti is practiced in an akhara, or wrestling academy, where everything is governed by strict rules …

Gary Woodland holds off Koepka and Rose to win US Open

An emotional Gary Woodland celebrated his first major title at Pebble Beach The finest tribute payable to Gary Woodland for this, his maiden major triumph, lies in the identity of the individual he held off. As Brooks Koepka stalked to within one stroke of Woodland, through various stages of this US Opens closing round, the outcome appeared a formality. Koepka, such a specialist in this major championship domain, was on the verge of history in seeking to become only the second man to win three US Opens in succession. Not only did Woodland refuse to wilt; he took this title by three shots. It was impressive to see Koepka, denied his fifth major win in nine starts, amongst those waiting …

The US scored 13 against Thailand but we still don’t know if they can defend

The Americans have a host of brilliant attacking players but it is their defenders who will most likely decide whether they can retain their World Cup title The USAs campaign to defend their Womens World Cup title could not have started more comfortably as the Americans seven attackers pushing toward goal and just three defenders at the back. Becky Sauerbrunn was officially left out because of a quad issue, but she may have actually been rested to conserve the minutes of the oldest and arguably most important defender on the team. The fact still remains: in the five matches USWNT have played against teams ranked in the top 10 this year, they have conceded multiple goals in all but one …

Johanna Konta and Ashleigh Barty look to steal teenagers thunder

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova produced a stunning performance to defeat the defending champion, Simona Halep, and reach the French Open semi-finals The thunderstorm expected to rip through Roland Garros on day 13 will be forgotten soon enough if Amanda Anisimova and Marketa Vondrousova become the first teenage finalists in a major championship since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis at the US Open 20 years ago. That possibility describes a cycle of change that Williams had strangled with her brilliance in compiling 23 majors, a run that has stalled since the 37-year-old grande dame of tennis became a mother in September 2017. She has not won a tournament since and her game has an air of anxiety about it. Her …

Lewis Hamilton confident he can remain a power in Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton goes into Sundays Canadian Grand Prix with an upgraded Mercedes engine and a 55-point lead over Sebastian Vettel on a track that should suit the Germans Ferrari Lewis Hamilton has expressed his confidence going into the Canadian Grand Prix, as Mercedes bring their first upgraded engine to the race. The British driver, who leads the world championship, also reaffirmed a positive attitude in making the absolute most of every chance in life after the recent deaths of Niki Lauda and Harry Shaw, the five-year-old who had been suffering from bone cancer and to whom Hamilton had dedicated his win at the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton goes into the meeting at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a 17-point lead …

Epsom Derby 2019: Aidan O’Brien saddles over half of Epsom Derby field

(CNN)Billed as Britain’s richest race, the Epsom Derby is the stand-out fixture on the social and sporting calendar. Held at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year since 1780, save from the World War years, the race is a rare test in terms of both speed and stamina. “It is the ultimate test of the three-year-old thoroughbred,” Phil White, regional director of Jockey Club racecourses, told CNN Sport’s Winning Post in 2018. “That’s due to the undulations of the ground, and the course itself is unbelievably challenging.” The tough course features a long uphill drag out of the starting gates, a left-hand bend, a downhill gallop into the straight before a lung-busting uphill finish. Inside the ‘most exciting 2 minutes in sports’ …

Brooks Koepka clinches fourth major at PGA Championship

(CNN)The coronation had more spice than he would have liked, but Brooks Koepka held his nerve to seal back-to-back PGA Championship titles to confirm his status as a once-in-a-generation player. Rowdier elements of the already raucous New York crowd chanted “DJ, DJ” at Koepka as they sensed late sport in the bearpit of Bethpage Black. Memories raced back to other famous collapses, such as Jordan Spieth’s Masters misfortunes when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine to play in 2016. Or the similar Augusta agonies of Rory McIlroy or Greg Norman. But with Koepka at his mercy, Johnson faltered at the 16th and 17th to finish six under, and though Koepka dropped a shot at the 17th he had done …

Preakness Stakes 2019: Anticipation builds after Kentucky Derby drama

(CNN)It’s dubbed the “middle jewel”, the second-leg of the prestigious Triple Crown where dreams of a rare treble are made. READ: Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended 15 days Dramatic Derby The dust still hasn’t settled on the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby — which even caused US President Donald Trump to weigh into the debate. It all began when Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home. Officials decided that Maximum Security impacted the progress of War of Will, which in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress. Second-placed Country House was subsequently awarded the …

Rafael Nadal brings teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime back down to earth

Rafael Nadal moved into the third round of the Madrid Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime Prodigies abound in tennis but there was no denying proven class on Court Manolo Santana on Wednesday as the 32-year-old Rafael Nadal quelled the clamour growing around the Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime and moved into the third round of the Madrid Open, a tournament he has won five times. Auger-Aliassime, who helped his country beat Germany in Madrid in the junior Davis Cup final four years ago, soaked up the early pressure, then put perhaps too much faith in his booming ground strokes as he racked up 30 unforced errors. He fought doggedly to save five match points but, …

‘Genius’ Aidan O’Brien secures 10th 2,000 Guineas as Magna Grecia wins

(CNN)Trainer Aidan O’Brien made history in Newmarket Saturday, becoming the first trainer to win the 2,000 Guineas three times in a row in nearly 200 years. “I don’t think people give him enough credit,” said winning jockey O’Brien, who rode Saxon Warrior to victory in last year’s race. “He’s a genius and I’m just learning as much from him as I can.” Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

Notre Dame topple UConn to book showdown with Baylor for NCAA title

The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sundays night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches McGraw and Baylors Kim Mulkey are women. The same two, McGraw said after Friday nights 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. This weekend were all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final. …