Sports News Roundup: NBCUniversal Says Beijing Olympics Coverage Includes “Geopolitical” Issues; NHL-NHL unveils plan to get season back on track after COVID-19 disruption and more

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NBCUniversal Says Beijing Olympics Coverage Will Include ‘Geopolitical’ Issues

Comcast’s Corp. NBCUniversal, under pressure from human rights groups, said Wednesday its broadcast coverage of the 2022 Beijing Olympics will include the “geopolitical context” of China as the host country. The coverage plans, detailed in a video presentation to reporters, followed urgings by human rights groups and a US congressional committee to cover China’s rights abuses during the Olympics, which begin February 4.

NHL-NHL unveils plan to get season back on track after COVID-19 disruption

The NHL, which has postponed more than 100 games due to COVID-19 concerns, unveiled an updated schedule on Wednesday that it says would allow teams to complete their full regular season before the original closing date of 29 April. As part of the changes, the break in the schedule that was previously designated as a break to allow National Hockey League players to participate in the Beijing Olympics will now see 95 games played during the February 7-22 period.

Surfing-Slater cannot compete in Australia without vaccination, says health minister

US surfer great Kelly Slater will not be allowed to compete in upcoming events in Australia unless he gets a COVID-19 vaccination, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday. Eleven-time world champion Slater, who has not disclosed his vaccination status, has defended tennis world number one Novak Djokovic after the unvaccinated Serb was arrested and subsequently expelled by authorities ahead of the Australian Open.

Australian court rules minister acted rationally in canceling Djokovic’s visa

An Australian court said on Thursday it had dismissed tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s challenge to revoke his visa because the minister who revoked him reasonably believed Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID. -19, could pose a risk to the community.

The Federal Court also rejected the argument that Djokovic had never urged anyone not to get vaccinated, saying it was possible to infer that the public would perceive he was opposed to vaccinations since he said that he had not been vaccinated.

Tennis-The third seed Muguruza eliminated by Cornet “super focused”

Former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew from the Australian Open on Thursday as she succumbed to a surprise 6-3 6-3 second-round loss to France’s Alize Cornet. Cornet gave Spain’s number three seed little breathing space throughout her straight-set win to advance to the next round, where she will face either Heather Watson or Tamara Zidansek.

Italy’s Supreme Court upholds 9-year-old Brazilian striker Robinho’s rape verdict

Italy’s Supreme Court has upheld former AC Milan and Brazil striker Robinho’s nine-year prison sentence for his involvement in the 2013 gang rape of an Albanian woman, his lawyer said on Wednesday. The judgment is unassailable and final.

Tennis-Stosur withdraw from singles after Melbourne Park loss

Sam Stosur’s 69th and final appearance in a Grand Slam singles tie ended in a 6-2 6-2 second-round loss to Russian 10th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open Thursday. The 37-year-old said last month she would focus solely on doubles following her 20th singles appearance in her home Grand Slam since 2002.

Tennis-Muguruza blames COVID outbreak after Cornet defeat

Suffering from a second-round exit from the Australian Open on Thursday, world number three Garbine Muguruza has blamed an outbreak of COVID-19 among her support squad for disrupting her preparations for the maiden Grand Slam of the season. The former Wimbledon and French Open champion, who reached the Australian Open final in 2020, was beaten 6-3 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena in her second-round clash with the unclassified Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

On a frozen pond far from the Olympics, meet China’s ice hockey veterans

“Today… the first game of the Winter Olympics… begins!” The scream echoes through a coterie of spectators near a frozen pond as 12 men, wearing helmets and other hockey gear, take up positions on a makeshift ice rink under a pale sun and sapphire sky.

Tennis-Sabalenka survives service collapse to avoid seed exodus

World number two Aryna Sabalenka survived a complete service meltdown to rally to a 1-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Wang Xinyu and avoid joining an exodus of top female seeds early Thursday at the Open from Australia. Brought to justice just after third seed Garbine Muguruza and sixth seed Anett Kontaveit crashed out in the second round, Sabalenka appeared to be following the same path when she committed six double faults in her first service game.

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