world Cup: Ukraine’s bid to qualify for the World Cup will resume on June 1 against Scotland after the semi-finals in Glasgow in March were postponed due to Russia’s invasion of the country.
Also on Thursday, FIFA said that the postponed final in that category against Wales in Cardiff would be on June 5 to determine the last European team to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
The winner of the winning match will participate in a group at the World Cup Finals in November along with England, the United States and Iran.
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Felix to retire: Alison Felix, who wrapped up last year’s Tokyo Games with more Olympic medals than any American track and field athlete in history, says she will retire after the 2022 season.
“This season isn’t about clock time, it’s simply about cheer,” Felix said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “If you see me on the track this year, I hope to share with you a moment, my memory and my appreciation.”
At the age of 35, Felix won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race last summer in Tokyo, then followed up with a gold medal in the 4 x 400 relay. That was her 10th and 11th Olympic medals, which helped her pass Carl Lewis in the US record book and left behind one runner. Only in history, it is Finnish Paavo Nurmi, who won 12 medals between 1920 and 1928.
Her last major tournament will be the US Championships from June 23-26, and then the World Championships, to be held in Eugene, Oregon, July 15-24. Felix also owns 13 gold medals and 18 world championship medals.
LPGA: Hannah Green fired 6-under 66 late on Wednesday to take the lead after the first round of the LPGA Lotte in Iowa Beach, Hawaii.
Green had eight birds, including five in the top nine, at Hoakalei Country Club, a first place in the tenth edition of the tournament. The Australian hit 11 of 14 passes, 14 of 18 in regulation and only needed 26 hits.
Heo Joo Kim, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Aditi Ashok, Alison Lee, and Gemma Dreborg were a big hit.
Monte Carlo Masters: Third seed Alexander Zverev defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 7-5 at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the claycourt season opener in Monaco.
Karino broke through Busta Zverev to open the second set and set up a 3-1 lead before the Germans charged into their quarter-final match against Yannick Sener, who beat eighth seed Andrey Rublev 5-7 6-1 6-3.
Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced by defeating Laszlo Djeri 7-5, 7-6 (1). He will meet fifth-placed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Indian Wells winner Taylor Fritz reached the quarter-finals by defeating doubles partner Sebastian Korda 7-6 (4), 7-5. Fritz will meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who surprised top seed Novak Djokovic on Tuesday. The Spaniard beat David Goffin 6-4, 6-1 to take the lead on Thursday.
Grigor Dimitrov also advanced by defeating seventh-seeded Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-5.
Formula One: Formula One’s board has dismissed criticism of its too-safe car after drivers complained after last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA said in a statement on Thursday that the priority was not to satisfy the drivers but to ensure safety on the track.
“The FIA would like to reiterate that the primary function of the safety car is, of course, not full speed, but the safety of drivers, guides and officials,” the statement said. “The effect of the safety car’s speed on the performance of the following cars is a secondary consideration, with the effect being the same among all competitors.”
Mercedes and Aston Martin are sharing safety car duties in Formula 1 this season, and the Mercedes safety car will be around five seconds faster per lap. The Aston Martin was deployed twice during the Australian Grand Prix, and world champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing likened it to a “turtle” because he thought it was too slow.
The drivers couldn’t get enough heat in their tires because they drove behind them at lower speeds than they would have liked.
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