Ledecky, who had booked her Tokyo ticket by winning the 400m free on Monday, took on her toughest test of the week in the Omaha pool by racing in the two finals, adding two more events to her Olympic programme. After powering to a commanding win in the 200m Ledecky was back 70 minutes later and cruised home nearly half a pool length ahead of her nearest challenger Erica Sullivan in a time of 15 minutes, 40.50 seconds, the fastest in the world this year. The 24-year-old has now qualified in three events and will defend the 200 and 400m free gold medals she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while the 1,500m will be contested by the women at the Games for the first time in Tokyo.
Japan is set outline how it will lift its "state of emergency" curbs while keeping some restrictions, including spectator numbers at big events, amid fears that next month's Olympics could trigger a new wave of coronavirus infections. Media reports say the government is considering allowing up to 10,000 spectators into stadiums during the Games, in line with a plan endorsed by health experts https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/japan-considering-limited-domestic-spectators-olympics-media-2021-06-15 on Wednesday for local events. Later on Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is due to announce a decision on the state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures, which expires on June 20.
Yadier Molina delivered a walk-off single as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the visiting Miami Marlins 1-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. The Cardinals are 6-0 against the Marlins this season, having allowed just six runs. Cardinals starting pitcher Johan Oviedo threw seven scoreless innings while yielding six hits, striking out four and walking none.
Former World No. 4 Kiki Bertens announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of the 2021 season. "I want to share with all of you that I have decided this year will be the last season of my tennis career," Bertens said on Instagram. "I'm really happy that I can end it this way," said Bertens, who is currently ranked No. 20.
The U.S. Open has a reputation as golf's toughest test and a typically-exacting examination of skill and patience awaits the world's best players at the 121st staging of the major championship which starts on Thursday. The prevailing view of players is that anyone wanting to contend will have to avoid the thick rough waiting to gobble up errant shots at Torrey Pines south. The 7,652-yard par-71 layout, a city-owned municipal course that San Diego residents can play for as little as $63, hugs cliff tops above the Pacific Ocean and affords magnificent views of the world's largest water hazard.
Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic and captain Granit Xhaka made no excuses for their performance against Italy after they were thoroughly outplayed on Wednesday and now face a must-win game against Turkey in their last Group A match. But we lost the duels and lost too many easy balls.
Roberto Mancini has said it took "the end of the world" for him to become Italy coach but his side now appear to be in a brave new world following a classy 3-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday that propelled them into the Euro 2020 knockouts. After laying down a marker with a stunning second-half display in their opener to beat Turkey 3-0, Italy matched that scoreline but produced an even more assured performance. Manuel Locatelli was an unlikely figure to give Italy the lead in the first half when he started then finished off a sweeping attack down the right wing and then scored again after the break before striker Ciro Immobile adorned another magical night at the Stadio Olimpico by netting late on.
Renato Sanches’ career rehabilitation highlighted by Portugal cameo The midfielder is rebuilding his reputation after his struggles and has rediscovered his belief at title-winning Lille Renato Sanches made a significant contribution to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals in Portugal’s opening win at Euro 2020. Photograph: Tibor Illyes/AP
Diplomatic Rashford relishing ‘strange’ England reunion with McTominay Manchester United teammates may face each other Rashford insists England are not scared of any team Marcus Rashford hopes to line up against Scott McTominay in England’s home game against Scotland. Photograph: TF-Images/DeFodi Images/Getty Images
‘Gutted’ Kieran Tierney cursing luck and desperate to face EnglandThe Scotland defender laments missing the Czech Republic game and says he has a 50-50 chance of playing at Wembley Kieran Tierney, who is hoping to recover from a calf problem in time to face England on Friday, in training with Scotland on Tuesday. Photograph: Craig Williamson/SNS Group
Harry Maguire declares himself fit for England’s match against ScotlandManchester United captain has been out with ankle injury‘I’m available for selection, I’m looking forward to it’ Harry Maguire (centre) in training with his England teammates on Tuesday. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bolivian striker Marcelo Martins after he criticized the organization for hosting the Copa America amid the COVID-19 pandemic. CONMEBOL's disciplinary committee has asked the Cruzeiro player to prepare a defense after his sharp words were posted on social media, a source within the organization told Reuters. "Thanks for this CONMEBOL," Martins wrote on Instagram in a message he later deleted.