Perth may not be able to hold an Ashes test over Australia’s home summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, sports minister Richard Colbeck said on Tuesday. Perth is scheduled to host the fifth and final test from Jan. 14 but Colbeck said Western Australia (WA) capital might have to miss out because of the state’s quarantine requirements.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Cricket-Perth Ashes test in doubt due to COVID-19 curbs – minister
Gymnastics-Biles says she should have quit before Tokyo Games
Four-times Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles told New York Magazine that she should have quit gymnastics “way before Tokyo,” where she suffered from a case of “twisties” that derailed her attempt at a record haul of six golds. The 24-year-old American dropped out of the opening event at the Summer Games, the team competition in July, after just one vault and later said she was struggling with the “twisties,” a serious mental block in which gymnasts lose their sense of orientation.
Soccer-UEFA nullify proceedings against Super League rebels
UEFA has nullified disciplinary action against breakaway Super League clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus after a Madrid court ruled that European football’s governing body should not sanction the rebel clubs. UEFA had opened a probe against the three clubs but in June it suspended proceedings after being notified by Swiss authorities of a court order from the commercial court in Madrid obtained by the legal entity European Super League Company SL.
Both seeded players in action lost Monday during the opening round of the ATP Tour’s Sofia (Bulgaria) Open. Italy’s Gianluca Mager upset sixth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-2, and France’s Benoit Paire knocked off seventh-seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-4, 7-5.
ATP roundup: Two seeds fall in Sofia