Update on the latest sports
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP-CELEBRATION
US soccer team parades up Canyon of Heroes
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. women’s national soccer team has been treated to a ticker tape parade in New York City to celebrate the team’s second consecutive World Cup victory.
Fans cheered and construction workers sounded air horns as members of the team rode floats through lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes.
Co-captain Megan Rapinoe (ruh-PEE’-noh) danced and swigged Champagne.
The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Bill de Blasio was presenting the players with symbolic keys to the city.
Djokovic into Wimbledon semifinals for 9th time
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the ninth time.
The four-time champion at the All England Club beat David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. After trailing 4-3 in the first set, Djokovic turned things around quickly, winning 10 straight games.
Wednesday’s other quarterfinals feature eight-time champion Roger Federer against Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee), Rafael Nadal playing Sam Querrey (KWEER’-ee) and Roberto Bautista Agut facing Guido Pella.
Timberwolves don’t match Grizzlies’ offer sheet to Jones
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to guard Tyus Jones, clearing the way for him to join the Memphis Grizzlies.
Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas issued a statement late Tuesday saying, “We sincerely thank Tyus for his contributions on the court and Tyus and the entire Jones family for their genuine impact on the Twin Cities community.” Rosas adds, “We wish them nothing but the best in Memphis.”
ESPN had reported that Jones and the Grizzlies had agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth $28 million.
The 23-year-old Jones averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 22.9 minutes for the Timberwolves this past season.
The 6-foot-2 Jones had spent his entire four-year NBA career with the Timberwolves. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him out of Duke with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft but immediately traded him to Minnesota.
SOUTH KOREA-SKATER BAN
South Korean skater faces 1-year ban over alleged assault
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s skating body has decided to ban two-time Olympic speed skating champion Lee Seung-hoon for a year over allegations that he assaulted two teammates during several international competitions.
An official from the Korea Skating Union said Wednesday that Lee has denied the accusations and will likely appeal to South Korea’s Olympic Committee by next Monday’s deadline.
The official from the skating union says it gathered third-person accounts and other evidence before its governing committee concluded that Lee abused the two unidentified teammates at hotels and restaurants while they competed in international events in 2011, 2013 and 2016.
Lee won gold medals at the men’s 10,000 meters race at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and at the mass start event of last year’s Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.